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By Boxing Bob Newman
Former IBF bantamweight and WBC super bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez was a surprise visitor at the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame this weekend in Canastota, New York. Coming off his fourth encounter with bitter rival Israel Vazquez, Marquez is enjoying his time in “Title Town” with his trainer and Hall-of-Famer himself, Daniel Zaragoza. The two Mexican icons strolled the grounds, bought boxing t-shirts, signed autographs and posed for photos alongside Zaragoza’s enshrinement plaque inside the museum. After a tour of the museum, Marquez took time to chat with Fightnews about his recent, surprisingly easy redemption over Vazquez as well as who is on his hit list… (more…)
Middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (47-5-1, 40 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Samuel Miller (24-7, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF International belt o Saturday night at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Scores were 116-112, 117-110, 116-112. Miller was deducted a point for elbowing in round seven.
In the co-feature, middleweight Marco Reyes (15-1, 13 KOs) scored a thrilling, come from behind eleventh round KO over Jose Luis Zertuche (21-6-3, 16 KOs) to retain his WBC FEBCOMBOX belt.
By David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated welterweight prospect Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, (13-0-1, 8 KOs), forced a fifth round referee’s stoppage of overmatched Sergio de la Torre, (11-14-3, 1 KO), Saturday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California. Mayfield knocked de la Torre down twice in round three, and battered him unabated around the ring in every other round until the referee jumped in just before the bell to end the fifth round. More to come…
Tonight at the General Motor Place in Vancouver, Canada for UFC 115: The career of legend Chuck “Iceman” Liddell likely came to a close tonight when former UFC middleweight champ Rich “Ace” Franklin scored a first round knockout over the former light-heavyweight champion. With just five seconds remaining in round one, Franklin, fighting with broken left arm that was injured blocking a kick, scored a right hand counter that put Liddell out cold.
In the co-main event, Mirko Cro Cop defeated Pat Barry with a rear naked choke hold at 4:36 of round three. In a distance fight, Martin Kampmann won a unanimous decision over Paulo Thiago, with scores of 30-27 x 3. Ben Rothwell got the unanimous nod over Gilbert Yvel, scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice. Former WEC welter champ Carlos Condit took out Rory MacDonald with strikes at 4:53 of round three.
In other results: Evan Dunham won by split nod over Tyson Griffin (30-27, 29-28 and 28-29); Matt Wiman won by guillotine choke over Mac Danzig at 1:45 of round one; Mario Miranda TKO’d David Loiseau at 4:07 of round two; James Wilks won unanimously over Peter Sobotta (30-27 twice and 30-28); Claude Patrick won by submission over Ricardo Funch at 1:48 of round two; and Mike Pyle won by triangle choke over Jesse Lennx at 4:44 of the third.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight Lance Whitaker won a hotly-contested 12 round split-desicion over Andrey Fedosov at the famed Palladium in Hollywood, CA. Whitaker (35-6-1, 28 KO’s) was effective with his jab as Fedosov aggressively landed overhand right hands to the head. Fedosov (21-2, 17 KO’s) scored a knockdown with a left hand to the head in the fifth round. Whitaker came on as the bout progressed, as Fedosov was not as effective as he was early on. One judge scored the bout 115-112 for Fedosov, while the other two judges scored the bout 115-112 and 114-113 in favor of Whitaker.
Heavyweight Damian “Bolo” Wills won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Lionel Butler (32-17-1, 25 KO’s). Wills landed the more effective punches, although Butler landed his share as well. Butler stunned Wills in the second, but Wills (28-2-1, 21 KO’s) was able to recover and dominated the action. Wills opened a nasty cut over Butler’s left eye in the ninth, but Butler scored a knockdown in the same round. With blood coming out profusely from his eye, Butler traded hard shots with Wills in the 10th. Both had their moments in the 10th until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout for Wills, with scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Jesus Iribe (17-7-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Theater inside Madison Square Garden, NYC. Iribe knocked down Calderon in round two, but the champion rebounded and clearly outboxed Iribe thereafter, winning by scores of 118-109, 118-109, 116-111.
Japanese import Takashi Okada (2-0-1, 1 KO) shocked previously unbeaten former world amateur champion and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McWilliams Arroyo (3-1, 3 KOs), dropping the Puerto Rican prospect in round two and cutting Arroyo over his right eye in round three to win a four round unanimous decision. Judges Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 39-36, while Judges John McKaie and Steve Epstein saw it 38-37, all for Okada. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
Photos by HG Boxing
Veteran flyweight Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (32-6-1, 25 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over Richie Mepranum (22-2-1, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO flyweight crown formerly held Omar Narvaez on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Puebla, Mexico. In his third world title try, Miranda wouldn’t be denied as he dropped Mepranum in round four and twice in round five to end it. Mepranum had defeated Miranda’s highly regarded and previously unbeaten countryman Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in his previous bout. Click here for more photos…
The Warner Promotions event scheduled for June 26th in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of North Olmsted has been postponed. The entire card will be shifting to July 31st in downtown Cleveland at the Nautica Pavilion and will be a co-promotion with American Dream Promotions. There will be three bouts added to the original card, with Cleveland’s Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) headlining the card in a ten round bout. Also added to the card will be Cleveland’s “Awesome” Aaron Williams (19-2-1, 13 KOs) as he will participate in an eight round bout and Cleveland’s Dante Moore (6-0, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Opponents for all three will be announced shortly. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
With the 2010 edition of the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend well underway, fans flocked to boxing’s hallowed grounds in Canastoa, New York to take in the festivities on Friday. After several ringside lectures, fans were treated to a workout by current WBC middleweight king Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez with trainer Gabriel Sarmiento. Immediately afterward, the annul fist casting ceremony got underway. 2010 inductees Jung Koo “The Koeran Hawk” Chang, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Ed Schuyler, Larry Hazzard all took part in the annual rendering if a likeness of their fists, which will remain on display in the museum. (more…)
Andrey Fedosov 224 vs Lance Whitaker 248
Damian “Bolo” Wills 243 vs Lionel Butler 290.25
Johnny Suarez 155.75 vs Hedi Bouaziz 154.25
Artur Bernetsyan 133 vs Ramon Flores 135
Alejandro Luna 134 vs. Alejandro Cortez 136
Venue: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California
Promoter: Mez Sports
Doors open at 6:30PM, first fight at 7:30PM
By Jesse Kelley
Photo by Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (15-0-1, 9 KOs) stayed unbeaten Friday night in Saint Paul, MN by winning a unanimous decision over veteran Antwun Echols (32-13-4, 28 KOs). Truax controlled the first three rounds with thudding combinations to the head and body. Echols got himself into the fight during the middle rounds, wearing on Truax with uppercuts and body shots in clinches and on breaks. Echols was competitive throughout but looked happy to just be competitive as he mostly looked to land a fight ending punch. Truax was able to stay a step ahead of Echols each round with combination punches. Scores read 97-93, 99-91, 98-92 in favor of Truax. For more details and photos click here…
Looks like former Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (34-6-1, 29 KOs) is on the comeback trail. The 37-year-old “Clones Colossus,” who hasn’t fought since consecutive TKO losses to Mike Mollo in 2006 and Andrew Golota in 2007 is penciled in for an eight-rounder against TBA on July 10 at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. The card, promoted by Brian Burke’s Final Round Promotions, will also feature in a separate eight-rounder the return of Nagy Aguilera (15-3, 10 KOs) coming off his IBF heavyweight title eliminator loss to Sam Peter in March. Featherweight Luis Del Valle (9-0, 7 KOs) faces Pasqual Rouse (20-14, 11 KOs) for the New York State title in the main event. Tickets are on sale.
By Graham Houston
One of the sport’s best pure boxers, Puerto Rico’s Ivan Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs), is on TV on this quiet boxing weekend, defending his junior flyweight title against Jesus Iribe, a strong Mexican fighter who went the full 12 rounds with Brian Viloria and Edgar Sosa in prior world title attempts. The fight, to be televised on Fox Sports Espanol, is something of a showcase for Calderon, but this talented southpaw is 35 years old, which is getting up there in age for a 108-pounder. Calderon, I fear, is getting near the time when he could be ready to lose. Iribe doesn’t look likely to be the one who will push him over the edge, so to speak, but, at this stage of Calderon’s career, one cannot be certain. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 115 in Vancouver, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Rich “Ace” Franklin will look to recapture some of the old fire that made them legends of the sport.
After stepping in for an injured Tito Ortiz, Franklin and Liddell now find themselves in one of the UFC’s first true Hall-of-Fame fights. But, despite the flash and flare of yesteryear, do these giants still have what it takes to climb back to the top? Or will the glories of days gone by be a distant memory? Join Fightnews.com’s Brady Crytzer as he previews one of the most intriguing bouts of 2010 . . . Click here for more
Photo: Carlos Baeza WBC/NABF
Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. made an appearance at the NABF Convention currently being held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. The Award Dinner was a relaxed, southern buffet. The awards were as follows…
Fighter of the Year: Wilbert Uicab
Fight of the Year: Banks-Walker (accepting Tom Loefler – K2)
Most Dramatic Fight: Lee-Bunema (accepting Roland Jankelson)
Promoter of the Year: Square Ring (accepting: Roy Jones, Jr./John Wirt)
Matchmaker: Bobby Goodman
Female Fighter: Irma Sanchez
Female Promoter: Hector Garcia
President’s Award: Gayle Van Hoy
U. S. Army Helicopter pilot Steven Badgley is ready to make his pro debut at the Garden tonight. Bus loads of fellow Army men and women will be coming from Fort Dix, Camp Drum and West Point to cheer him on.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight Christopher Martin (18-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros (19-14-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. Martin had to work hard against the game Landeros and won by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Welterweight Luis Grajeda (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela (18-25-6, 9 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.
Karim Mayfield 146.5 vs Sergio De la torre 147
Sean Wate 138 vs Ben Rivera 138.5
Tony Hirsch 163 vs Jovanni Rubio 167.5
Bruno Escalante 118.4 vs Johnathan Alcantara 120.5
Venue: Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco CA
Promoter: Hard Knox Promotions/Mo’Betta Entertainment
Unbeaten European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (21-0, 11 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over Italian veteran Giuseppe Lauri (50-7, 29 KOs) to retain his belt on Friday night at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McClosley dropped Lauri in round two and laid him out in the eleventh with a right hand.
By Dave Spencer & Dave Baggs / Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux proved that he could be one of the hardest punches in the Middleweight division today as he destroyed former IBF Middleweight title challenger Elvin Ayala in less than 3 minutes of work. Less than a minute into the contest, Ayala was on the canvas, the recipient of a left-right hook combination. Ayala regained his feet but not his senses. Another short right hook put Ayala into the ropes and down for a second time. Smiling to his corner, Ayala arose at the count of 8 and was allowed to continue. Lemieux ended his night moments later with a followup barrage for knockdown number 3, ending matters at 2:44 of the first round. Lemieux (23-0, 22 KOs), with the victory, is the new WBC International Middleweight champion. Ayala falls to 20-5-1, 9 KOs.
Brian Vera, a participant of the 2008 boxing reality TV show “The Contender”, scored an impressive 3rd round stoppage over current NABF Super Middleweight champion Sebastien Demers moments ago on the ESPN televised card at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. Vera (17-4, 11KOs) dropped Demers with a beautiful left-right combination early in the 3rd. Demers, cut badly over the nose, arose on shaky legs with plenty of time left to survive. Vera jumped on the former IBF Middleweight title challenger immediately, again dropping Demers for another count. Demers (31-3,11KOs) looked out on his feet but was allowed to continue. Another right hand from Vera convinced the referee to wave off the contest at 1:57 of the round. More results…
From Vancouver, Canada for tomorrow night’s UFC 115 card, live on PPV:
Rich Franklin 205 vs. Chuck Liddell 205
Pat Barry 248 vs.Mirko Cro Cop 235
Gilbert Yvel 243 vs.Ben Rothwell 264
Rory MacDonald 170 vs.Carlos Condit 170
Martin Kampmann 170 vs.Paulo Thiago 170
Evan Dunham 155 vs.Tyson Griffin 154
Matt Wiman 156 vs.Mac Danzig 156
Mario Miranda 186 vs.David Loiseau 185
Peter Sobotta 171 vs.James Wilks 170
Claude Patrick 170 vs.Ricardo Funch 170
Jesse Lennox 170 vs.Mike Pyle 170
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Chuck Liddell offered little more than a blank stare in referee “Big” John McCarthy’s direction. At UFC 71, it took Quinton “Rampage” Jackson just 1:53 and a right hook in the opening stanza to bring “the Iceman’s” 25-month reign as light heavyweight champion to an end. Prior to that, Liddell had only tasted defeat on three other occasions (one of which a 2003 Pride loss to Jackson).
In other words, watching the mohawked warrior defeated in such a fashion was a pretty big deal . . . Click here for more
One Punch Productions has announced that the next installment of the popular Ballroom Brawl series will take place on July 16 in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The main event of the evening will feature undefeated welterweight contender Raymond Charles (12-0). Charles’ most recent appearance in Tampa was a sixth round knockout of Louis Leija on September 19th of 2009. (more…)
Julio César “Pingo“ Miranda 112 vs. Richie Mepranum 112
(Vacant WBO flyweight championship)
Rodolfo Hernandez 119 vs. Reynaldo Cajina 119
Mauro Romero 166 vs. Rigoberto Álvarez 166
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Yuri Foreman’s surgery was described as a success today in NYC. He expects to return to the ring in February.
Photo by Joel a. Colón/Pr Best Boxing/Top Rank
Ivan Calderon 106 vs Jesus Irbie 106
(WBO light flyweight championship)
After he weighed in Calderon sipped from a bowl of hot chicken soup. He drank from a glass bottle of Snapple Light Lemon Tea. Calderon said he brought in food and a chef to prepare his meals throughout fight week.
Steven Badgley 172 vs Carlito Angel Gonzalez 172 1/2
Badgley is wearing a tattoo on his chest with initials of eight fallen soldiers. “All friends of mine. Some of their families are coming to the fight on Saturday night.” Before the weigh-in Gonzalez said he wants to be introduced as Carlito on Saturday night.
For more details and photos click here…
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and his Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. at Yankee Stadium where they are special guests for tonights game and Vazquez, Jr. will throw the first pitch. Special thanks to Doug Jacobs of Integrated Sports for making it happen.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank was the winner of purse bid called by the WBO in New York for the mandatory unified bantamweight world title between the WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and interim champion Eric Morel. The winning bid was $102,500 and Top Rank was the only bidder. Possible venues and dates for the fight are a site in Mexico (July 17), Las Vegas (July 24) or Atlantic City (August 7). One snag may be that there were plans Montiel to defend his title against former WBA interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion on July 17. Stay tuned…
Photoc by Enrique “Kike” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
On a beautiful, sunny day in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico at “El Jardín Botánico de Caguas,” WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto talked about his great performance and big win over Yuri Foreman last Saturday at the Yankee Stadium.
“We trained really hard for the fight and I feel that I have the love for the game back and I’m hungrier than ever,” said Cotto. “I fixed the mistakes that I committed in the past. Now starts a new chapter and I’m back for the great challenges and the big names.” Click here for more photos…
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