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By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Not much live boxing this week, but if you’re in the mood to see some exciting ring action, be sure to catch a replay of SHOWTIME’s knockout-filled ShoBox card from last Friday night, which will be available On Demand beginning Wednesday, Oct. 6 and ending Tuesday, Oct. 19. Click here for a full report of the night’s action.
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight contender Brandon Rios has an opponent on Saturday, December 4th. However, it is not against a world title holder as was originally planned. Rios’ manager, Cameron Dunkin, told Fightnews.com that veteran Noe Bolanos (21-5-1, 13 KOs) will be the man opposite of Rios in a 10 round bout at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The bout is part of a pay per view card, presented by Top Rank. In the main event, unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. will take on Alfonso Gomez in a 12 round bout.
Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) is coming off an impressive seven round disqualification victory over Anthony Peterson last month in Las Vegas. Rios was well ahead on the scorecards as the bout was stopped because of repeated low blows by Peterson. (more…)
Photos and report by Oliver Dütschler
Unbeaten WBC Youth World lightweight champion Gabor Veto (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a first round KO over to take the vacant Central African & Eastern belt against Rajabu Maoja (16-8-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toy Market in Kibera’s dangerous slums area of Nairobi, Kenya. Veto put Maoja on the deck in round one an finished him with a right straight at 0:31 of round one.
Former four-time world heavyweight champion and 1984 light heavyweight silver medalist Evander Holyfield meets Chinese 2008 super heavyweight silver medalist Zhang Zhilei at The Capitale in New York City.
After two wins in 15 days in the Chicago area, WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) is now gunning for an all Irish showdown with WBC #9 John Duddy in Ireland or New York. While the Duddy camp says Lee is just one of their options and mentioned ex-champ Yuri Foreman as another possibility, Lee’s manager Emanuel Steward says he has has been in contact with Craig Hamilton, Duddy’s manager and both are on the same page. “I am very excited about trying to make the fight,” Steward commented. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
On Wednesday, October 6th, junior welterweight New Yorican Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (11-0, 1 KO) headlines DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” at the BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square, NYC.
The Sunset Park, Brooklyn native returns from his most impressive performance to date, a four round thrashing of Ray Betancourt for his first career KO to face Terry Buterbagh, who returns to NYC following an upset of New Yorker Tommy Rainone at Yankee Stadium in June. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum are holding a media day at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Filipino fighter’s high-altitude training camp in Baguio City in the Philippines. “It should be a huge event,” said Arum from Los Angeles on Monday afternoon (Sunday night in the US). Pacquiao is currently in the thick of training in the Philippines’ summer capital that is five-to-six hours from Manila by land for a Nov. 13 showdown with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Baguio City has an elevation of more than 5,000 feet and is conducive to training owing to its cool climate and rugged terrain.
Arum said he will be joined by Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran, who is bringing in a couple of Mexican mediamen in the trip. “I am very excited to be there and see Manny, the rest of the team and the Filipino boxing fans,” added Arum, who arrives in Manila on Oct. 16. Taskmaster Freddie Roach and ace conditioning coach Alex Ariza would also be available for interviews. Pacquiao will train six days a week at the Shape Up Boxing Gym inside the Cooyeesan Hotel in Baguio City until the third week of October.
Ringside Report by Billy “Loops” Luppert and Scott Ploof
Photos: Ray Bailey
One would think a change of opponents 48 hours prior to fight time could have one scurrying to change game plans, especially given the different styles of the opponents. Not for Joey “KO Kid” Spina. To Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs), it doesn’t matter who you put in front of him, his game plan is always the same. Knock him out. That plan certainly worked Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino, as Spina easily dispatched last minute replacement, and former world title challenger Antwan Echols (32-15-4, 28 KOs) 49 seconds into round three. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the entire ringside report.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will be headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada as he prepares for his showdown on December 11 with the WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan at the Mandalay Bay. Maidana will be accompanied from Argentina by trainer Cristian Rodríguez and advisor Sebastián Contursi, and will also work with trainer Miguel Diaz and maybe a physical trainer. Meanwhile Khan will open training camp at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz
Rising star Andy Lee (25-1-0, 19 KOs) of the middleweight division stayed active with an annihilation of Troy Lowry (27-12-0, 11 Kos) Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN., just 15 days after scoring a TKO over Michael Walker. This victory secures a proposed meeting against fellow Irishmen, John Duddy at Madison Square Garden in December. In Lee’s corner was Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and IBF Junior Middleweight champ, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. The fights were promoted by Bobby Hitz, who also celebrated his birthday before the cheering of the entire crowd. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Tricky and fast-moving southpaw, top contender Makoto Fuchigami (14-6, 5 KOs), 159.25, wrested the Japanese middleweight belt when he battered defending champ and OPBF #1 Tetsuya Suzuki (25-9, 15 KOs), 160, from the outset, decked him with a southpaw left cross in the second and finally halted him with a fusillade of punches at 0:45 of the sixth round on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Promoter Frank Warren says unbeaten British heavyweight and Commonwealth champion Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) has been offered a December 11 title shot against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. “The money on the table is not amazing,” Warren wrote in his column in The Sun, “but Derek has told me he just wants the opportunity to prove himself. Part of the deal for the fight will be a couple of options on Del Boy if he wins.”
A win over Chisora would add fuel to the fire in the UK for a showdown between Wlad and WBA champ David Haye, as well as eliminate another possible domestic opponent for “The Haymaker,” who takes on countryman Audley Harrison on November 13.
Other names who have been linked to Wlad’s next defense were David Tua and Chauncy Welliver. Despite coming off of a disappointing draw against Monte Barrett, the Tua camp passed on the title shot alleging a lowball offer. Tua will now likely take a tune-up in the US, then focus on a rematch with Barrett in New Zealand. Welliver is considered an alternative if Klitschko-Chisora falls apart.
Just days after a British tabloid posted video of “The Hitman” allegedly using cocaine, followed by the BBBC stripping Ricky of his boxing license, Ricky Hatton has now been accused of having an eleven month affair with a female fighter who says Ricky dumped her to go back his fiancée. All the tawdry details are revealed in today’s issue of the Sunday Mirror. Click here for the story.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super flyweight Juan José “Goofy” Montes (19-1, 12 KOs) won a five round technical decision over Filipino Silvester Lopez (14-3-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in an important WBC 112lb eliminator by technical decision at the Olympic Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. The bout was sent to the judges when Montes was unable to continue due to a cut on his right eyebrow caused by a headbutt from Lopez in the second round. All three scorecards favored the Mexican by identical scores of 48-45.
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC female light flyweight world champion Naomi Togashi (8-0-1, 4 KOs) from Japan defeated Mexican challenger Irma Sanchez (18-4-1, 5 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision to retain her WBC green belt for the fifth time. Scores were 99-91, 97-93 and 99-93, all favorable to Togashi (who won the title in her fourth fight). (more…)
By Ervin Gallen / www.profiboksz.hu
Unbeaten Hungarian middleweight Istvan “The Spartan” Szili (6-0, 1 KO), returning five months after his previous fight, scored a four round unanimous decision over Janos Petrovics (19-36, 8 KOs) in a good bout on Saturday night at the Dr. Papp Laszlo Sporthall in Szentes, Hungary. This fight, witnessed by 1,500 spectators, was Szili’s debut for the reactivated Hungarian team of Felix Promotion headed by promoter Felix Racz.
By Karl Freitag
WBA interim flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) impressively destroyed former champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (50-3-1, 20 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. Concepcion spectacularly dropped Kaovichit three times in the first round prompting referee Rafael Ramos to wave it off after just 90 seconds of brutality. Concepcion celebrated by doing a backflip off the top rope.
Two years after winning the title, WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) finally defended the belt. Jones stopped mandatory challenger Valery Brudov (38-3, 27 KOs) at the end of round eleven when referee Luis Pabon waved off the fight due to deep cuts above Brudov’s eyes. The 38-year-old Jones, who nearly won the WBA 154lb world title in 1998 before restablishing himself five weight divisions higher, outworked Brudov all night long, much to the delight of promoter Don King who was observing from ringside. (more…)
Photos, results by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jr middleweight José “Barretas” Pinzón (17-1-1, 12 KOs) avenged his only loss with an eighth round KO of Jaime “Indio” Barboza (17-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Pinzón dropped Barboza twice in round eight and the bout was waved off at the 1:58 mark.
Barboza stopped Pinzon in seven round in May in a clash for the vacant WBC Youth jr middleweight title, but Pinzon took the belt for himself as well as evening the score. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (23-1, 17 KOs), returning just 15 days after his previous fight, scored a four round annihilation of Troy Lowry (27-10, 16 KOs) in a super middleweight bout on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lee knocked down the outclassed Lowry five times before the bout was waved off at 2:59 of the fourth.
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The vacant WBC/USNBC middleweight championship was decided on Saturday in the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Power-puncher Samuel Miller (21- 4, 18 KOs) of La Habra, Calif., out slugged undefeated Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues (17-1, 13 KOs) and scored a seventh round TKO. A right-left combination floored Rodrigues who barely beat the count. The follow up flurry forced the referee to stop the fight at 1:48. Both fighters came out determined to knockout the other as each punch thrown had KO written all over them. Miller originally from Columbia is now the new belt holder. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
WBA rated #6 super middleweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs) defeated Antwun Echols (32-15-4, 28 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the Fox Theatre inside of the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Echols, who took the fight on 48 hours notice after the original opponent “Sucra” Ray Oliveira did not clear his medicals, looked sharp early but was knocked down after a left hook from Spina landed just after the bell rang to end the second round. Spina continued to land punches and after several hard shots, the fight was stopped by referee Johnny Callas at 49 seconds of round three. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Providence, RI super middleweight Vladine Biosse (9-0, 4 KOs) put on a dominant performance over his opponent Ariel Espinal (8-16-3, 4 KOs) in the six round co-feature of the evening. Biosse used his speed to outwork, outmaneuver, and outland the larger Espinal. Scores of the bout were a perfect shutout for Biosse, 60-54 on all cards.
David Bauza had almost every advantage over Jeremy Wood (0-2), and he used all of them to outclass Wood en route to a four round shutout. Bauza (6-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect record alive as all three judges scored the bout 40-36 in his favor. (more…)
After a 5 month hiatus boxing will return to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida on October 22. In the main event, WBO Latin welterweight champion Jesus Pabon of Carolina, Puerto Rico will make the first defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in hard-punching veteran Antonio Pitalua of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Pabon’s Title at stake. (more…)
Unbeaten European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over to retain his EBU belt against Barry Morrison (18-5, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Letterkenny Leisure Complex in Letterkenny, Ireland. McCloskey put Morrison on the deck in round five and finished him with a right left combination at 1:28 of round seven.
Unbeaten lightweight Andy Murray (22-0, 12 KOs) outpointed John Nolasco (18-5-4, 8 KOs) over ten rounds. The bout was scored 100-91.
Super featherweight Stephen Foster (28-2-1, 18 KOs) dethroned European champion Levan Kirakosyan (33-6, 23 KOs) with a third round KO on Saturday night at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. A left hook to the chin finished Kirakosyan at 2:16.
Super featherweight Anthony Crolla (19-2, 7 KOs) stopped Andy Morris (19-4, 7 KOs) in round seven to claim the vacant English title.
By Joe Koizumi
Fight photos by Boxing Beat
Unheralded underdog Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-1-1, 8 KOs), 121.75, astoundingly captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision over highly regarded defending champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (41-2, 29 KOs), 122, over twelve upset rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Jean-Francois Toupin (France) 115-114, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 115-113 and Derek Milham (Australia) 118-110, all in favor of Lee. The referee was Kazunobu Asao (Japan). The WBA supervisor was Gualtiero Becchetti (Italy). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded underdog Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-1-1, 8 KOs), 121.75, astoundingly captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision (115-113, 115-114 and 118-110) over highly regarded defending champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (41-2, 29 KOs), 122, over twelve upset rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Lee, a Japan-born Korean, kept moving and countering the aggressive champ who kept stalking the elusive target all the way. Poonsawat, making his fourth defense, failed to catch the Fancy Dan although he threw twice as many punches as the counterpunching challenger. (More to come)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim flyweight world champion Luis Concepcion (21-1, 16 KOs) and former WBA world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (50-2-1, 20 KOs) meet today at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. The three judges are Nelson Vaquez (Puerto Rico ), Tom Miller (USA) and Ted Ginza (USA). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man when WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones (36-3-2, 28 KOs) defends against Valery Brudov (38-2, 27 KOs). The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Levy Martinez (USA) and Carlos Sucre (Venezuela). The fight supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua).
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation fights were scheduled for 20 rounds, but prospects Tim Coleman and Archie Ray Marquez only needed a total of six to score quick KOs on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. In the main event, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) was aggressive, scoring a knockdown in the second round before landing a brutal uppercut that KO’d two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) at 2:13 of the third round. In Friday’s co-feature, Marquez (10-0, 1 ND, 7 KOs) was equally aggressive in his own third round knockout of Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) at :11. (more…)
Report by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Joe Cordova
In the main event of Thursday evening’s World Extreme Cagefighting, world featherweight champion and pound-for-pound hopeful Jose Aldo stopped former UFC standout Manvil Gamburyan in the second round with a vicious TKO . . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
USBA junior welterweight champion Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) on Friday night at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Trained by Roger Mayweather, Coleman dropped Lopez with a big right hand in round two and sent him down face first with an uppercut in round three. Beautiful KO by Coleman. Time was 2:13.
In a terrific fight, unbeaten lightweight Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a scintillating third round TKO over Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs). Marquez was deducted a point for a low blow in round two, but he floored Santiago with a brutal barrage at the end of the same round. Marquez immediately jumped all over Santiago at the beginning of round three and the bout was waved off referee Ray Corona. Time was :11. (more…)
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) of Argentina got his 50th victory as a professional by unanimously decisioning Wilson Alcorro (26-13-3 , 17 KOs) of Colombia in the lightweight main event. The official scores were 100-90.5, 100-92, 99.5-93.5 all in favor of Barrios. The 34 year old Barrios completely dominated the bout from beginning to end and showned no signs of ring rust in his first fight in nearly a year. Barrios gave it his best to get Alcorro out of there in the last round but the 36 year old Alcorro was able to weather the storm and see the final bell. Alcorro did come to fight but just had nothing at all on his punches but showed a lot courage as he took a lot of punishment throughout. No knockdowns were scored in the bout. The event took place at the Club de Regatas,in Corrientes, Corrientes, Argentina and was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Mario Arano’s Arano Box.
Welterweight Hector David Saldivia (38-2, 28 KOs) of Argentina brutally stopped Jailton De Jesus Souza (12-2, 10 KOs) of Brazil by way of third round TKO. The Brazilian hung tough for the first few rounds though getting the worst of it for the most part. In round three Saldivia went to another gear and battered his opponent with a barrage of power punches to the head of his opponent until the corner threw in the towel at about the same time the referee was called a halt to the bout.
Bobby Hitz, founder of Hitz Boxing, is calling foul on Antwun Echols after the former world title challenger allegedly split on a signed contract to face Miguel Hernandez tomorrow (Saturday) night in Hammond, Indiana in favor of facing Joe Spina at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut for promoter Jimmy Burchfield.
“It’s a cowardly act,” said an irate Hitz. “The most unprofessional thing you can do.” Hitz says that Echols people submitted a signed contract to the Indiana commission and that his manager even called asking for their transportation confirmation number. (more…)
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) returns to movie theaters with the biggest fight of the year with UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez featuring this championship heavyweight battle in more than 300 select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, October 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. The baddest man on the planet, reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will attempt to successfully defend his title for a third-consecutive time, this time against unbeaten Cain Velasquez, who is looking to take Lesnar’s belt and become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion in fighting history. Broadcast live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the much anticipated fight card also features the light heavyweight match-up between Tito Ortiz and his former “The Ultimate Fighter” protégé, Matt Hamill. (more…)
From the Holiday Express in Garden City, Kansas for Saturday night’s fights:
Jose Gonzales 154 vs Timothy Conners 154
Raymond Montes 117.4 vs Shawn Nichol 117.4
Joel Vargas 147 vs Yankton Southern 144.6
Chris Russel 139.4 vs David Castillo 138.8
Noel Esqueda 146.2 vs Jessie Comber 144
Emmanuel Brown 136.4 vs Benjamin Vasquez 138.6
Andy Lee 163 vs. Troy Lowry 164
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Mustafah Johnson 160
Dave Latoria 231 vs. Yevgeniy Shishporenok 273
John Lewus 147 vs. Gabriel Morris 149
Russell Fiore 143 vs. Shawn Hodson ??
Jeremias Correa 130 vs. Harvey Phillips 126
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
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