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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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Boxing News

Bailey-Figueroa Photo Gallery!

In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, two-time former world champion Randell Bailey (39-6, 34 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over Frankie Figueroa (20-3, 13 KOs) last Friday night outdoors on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Click here for photos.



April 7th, 2009



Boxing News

Lopez wins WBC Intl belt!

Young prospect Sylvester Lopez demolished Korean national champion Jong-Nam Park in round eight to win the vacant WBC International super flyweight title Sunday night at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City , Metro Manila, Philippines. Lopez caught Park with vicious left hook to the body to send the 26-year old Korean on the canvas and referee Bruce McTavish stopped the fight at 2:16 of the round. The 21-year-old boxer of promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. was comfortable ahead on three judges’ scorecards at the time of stoppage. Park went down three time from body shots in the first round, but he gave Lopez hard times, particularly in round 4. Lopez, 21-year old native of Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay, take his time and his patience paid off. Lopez improved to 9-2-1 with six knockouts. He dedicated his victory to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and to the boxing fans.



April 6th, 2009

UFC

Torres still the champ!

WEC 40 full report & photo gallery!

Jose Santiago at the Octagon
Photos by Joe Cordova 

In front of 5,257 fight fans at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, local superstar Miguel Angel Torres defended his WEC bantamweight title against Takeya Mizugaki, who pushed the champ through five tough and rugged rounds.

In the opening round Mizugaki surprised Torres and the crowd by standing toe-to-toe with Torres and holding his own in the cage as the two exchange vicious blows. Torres appeared to be a little tentative after experiencing a few solid shots from the challenger . . . Click here for more

 



April 6th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rueda, Hernandez victorious!

By: Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

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Box Latino and PM Promotions joined forces on Saturday night to put on an exciting seven bout fight card billed as “The Revenge” at the legendary El Foro Theatre in the heart of TIjuana, MX. The theatre housed Jai Alai matches in its previous life but now is known at the house that the sweet science built since its considered the home of Tijuana club shows. In a stunning upset, Carlos Rueda (12-3, 11KO) of Nicaragua stopped previously unbeaten David “Flecha” Gaspar (9-1-1, 6KO) with a third round TKO in a scheduled ten round super flyweight match up while in the semi main event Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez earned a tough split decision over Costa Rica’s Alejandro Martinez in ten bantamweight rounds. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Valuev-Chagaev to purse bid!

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has called for an April 13th purse bid for a heavyweight championship fight between WBA champion Nicolay Valuev and champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev. Minimum bid is $1 milllion. The purse disbursement will be 55% for Ruslan Chagaev and 45% for Nicolay Valuev. The bidding will take place at 6PM at the at European Boxing Association office in Vitoria, Spain, and be directed by Bartolome Torralba. The bid will be monitored by WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza via internet video conference from Panama City, Panama.



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye venue named!

By Alexey Potapov

Team Klitschko has informed Fightnews.com that WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will fight former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. The stadium can hold 65,000 spectators and is home to the famous German football club Schalke 04. Previously it was planned to stage the Klitschko-Haye fight in London at Stamford Bridge Stadium, which is home to Chelsea Football Club.



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman-Hitman in Times Square!

Photo: HBO

Photo: HBO

The fight may be taking place 2,500 miles west, but Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton currently have a big presence in New York City’s Times Square. A giant billboard highlighting the upcoming Pacquiao-Hatton collision will be on display through the May 2nd pay-per-view event. An estimated 40 million impressions will take place in one of the world’s busiest intersections.



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis targets Khan!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated Australian lightweight Michael Katsidis has English 135-pound star Amir Khan in his sights after stopping former two-division world champion Jesus Chavez in Austin, Texas on Saturday. “I think Australia would love to get one up against England with that Amir Khan fight, but time is of the essence and Casamayor is not getting younger,” Katsidis told the Brisbane Times. “I want him before he retires to make the wrongs right.” Katsidis also said he reinjured his right hand in the third round against Chavez. “It’s the size of a bloody football, it’s the same injury that happened in the Juan Diaz fight.”



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Arslan injured; Huck fight off!

Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan from the Spotlight Boxing Team has had to pull out of his May 9th European title shot against Marco Huck of the rival Sauerland Event Team due to an injury to his left foot. Arslan suffered a stress fracture in the foot back in January that seemed to have healed, but the foot has not responded well to the demands of a full training camp and a continuation of his pre-fight preparations was not possible. “Until recently I had hope that this injury was healed up and I could fully get through the preparations for the fight against Marco Huck. Now, however, I have a medical training ban and need to ensure my future health. I hope that the injury completely heals and then I can line up the next title chance. I’m very sorry for my fans. They have given me so much encouragement over the last few months and everyone was cheering me on for the fight against Marco Huck. I’m sure that I’ll come back very soon and be ready to box Marco for the title!”



April 6th, 2009

Feature Story

More on Bradley-Holt!

Post Fight Comments

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Timothy Bradley: In the first round I just listened to my corner, I got up and strapped hold of my balls and said we gotta get it going now, we were behind already. Kendall Holt is a true champion, you can’t take anything away from him. It’s the toughest fight of my career, a lot tougher than Witter. I just want to thank Kendall because I know he will be back like he says he will because he is a true champion. I got up like a champion is supposed to. He stung me in the first round, I think the second [knockdown] was a bit more of push as I had my head down, but he definitely stung me. I got up though and my legs were numb, but I shook it off. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

Announcement

Reyes: ‘My time is now!’

 Having declared prior to the fight that “My Time Is Now” lightweight contender Rolando Reyes stepped up to the plate on Saturday night with a crushing fifth round knockout of former world champion Julio Diaz at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX . . . . Click here for more



April 6th, 2009

Feature Story

Full Report: Bradley-Holt!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

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In a 140lb unification clash, undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) took the belt of WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) vis twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Holt dropped Bradley in round one with a big left hook, but Bradley recovered and went on to outwork Holt in most of the ensuing rounds, although Holt landed the harder punches. Holt knocked down Bradley again with seconds left in the fight, but it wasn’t enough as Bradley won 114-112, 115-111, 115-111. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Meehan calls for Valuev shot!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #1 Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) is calling out to WBA champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) after reading that the “Russian Giant” was considering a voluntary defense of the championship. The WBA #1 heavyweight Meehan talked with Fightnews today. “Nikolay Valuev has to fight me now, if he wants to have one more voluntary defense,” Meehan said. “I’m ready to fight him on May 30th.” Meehan went on to say, “I’m the WBA #1, so I should be the mandatory, but it doesn’t matter to me if I’m the mandatory or not as I’m confident of a victory. Not only a victory, but a KO victory! I will do to him what I did to DaVarryl Willamson. Valuev is scared to face me and so is his promotor Wilfried Sauerland. My promoter Don King is negotiating with the WBA, to give me this fight. I wish to give the boxing fans the fights they want to see. At the moment there is a lot of fat, lazy big men, tired after three rounds, and it’s killing our sport. Fight me Valuev, face me in the ring! I leave this in God’s hands.”



April 6th, 2009

Announcement

Ex-champ Marcano passes

By Robert Coster

Former WBA super featherweight champion Alfredo Marcano passed away yesterday in Cumana, Venezuela at the age of 62 after a long bout with cancer. Marcano turned pro in 1966 and fought some of the best and toughest boxers at 125 and 130lbs in his native Venezuela, Mexico and the United States, always giving his best effort. Curiously enough, Marcano won the title at a time when his career had taken a downward spiral (4-5) and probably was viewed as a “safe” opponent for reigning WBA Champion Hiroshi Kobayashi. Their fight took place in Japan on July 29,1971 and the gritty Marcano, trailing on points, kayoed Kobayashi in the 10th round. Alfredo then returned to Japan for his first title defense and stopped Kenji Iwata in 4 rounds. Marcano lost the title to Ben Villaflor via a 15 round decision in Honolulu on March 25,1972. The Venezuelan then returned home and racked up 8 straight wins which gave him the opportunity to meet Bobby Chacon at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on September7,1974 for the vacant WBC Featherweight title. Alfredo put up-as always- a game effort but was kayoed by the red-hot Chacon in 9 rounds. Alfredo Marcano retired in 1975 after a kayo loss to Art Hafey with a final tally of 44-11-5, 29 KOs. Rest in Peace, Champ.



April 6th, 2009

Announcement

Steve Dack passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former (1990) New South Wales State middleweight champion Steve Dack passed away on Friday in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Dack was only 44 years of age. He suffered a gun shot wound that police said was not suspicious. Dack boxed the best Australian middleweights including former WBC light heavyweight Jeff Harding. He boxed a supporting bout as a professional to Kostya Tszyu vs Hugo Pineda in January 1996 at Parramatta, NSW, Australia when he outpointed Glen Baragry over six. (more…)



April 6th, 2009

UFC

Torres edges Mizugaki at WEC

Photo: Joseph Cordova

Photo: Joseph Cordova

 Jose Santiago at the Octagon

In one his sternest tests to date, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres scored a unanimous decision over Takeya Mizugaki after 25 brutal minutes. Mizugaki fought hard throughout round one and was not shy about landing hard punches to the head of the champion. The second round saw Torres assume the center of the cage and land the more significant blows during a number of scintillating exchanges. Round three was highlighted by toe-toe-toe action in which the challenger opened a large gash over the right eye of the champion with a hard left hook. Torres took over the fight in the fourth round as he stalked Mizugaki around the cage and landed piercing jabs. In the fifth round for the first time in his 36 fight professional career, Torres handled his aggressive opponent with class by using strategic clinches to slow the fight to a manageable pace. Judges’ scorecards read 49-46 twice and 48-47 all in favor of Miguel Angel Torres. (more…)



April 5th, 2009

Full Report

Blue Horizon Report/Photo Gallery!

Nakash Batters Brunelli To Remain Unbeaten!

Ringside Report by Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Jeff Julian

Israeli soldier Ran Nakash (18-0, 14 KOs) was able to get inside the long reach of local favorite Dave Brunelli (8-5, 3 KOs) and open up a cut along Brunelli’s right eye that was deep enough for the ringside physician to call a halt to the fight. The scheduled eight round cruiserweight main event was stopped at 1:18 of round seven on Friday night at the jam-packed Blue Horizon in Philadelphia , PA. Nakash took the early rounds, but Brunelli was in the midst of a comeback when the bout was stopped. In the co-feature, Julius “Marvel” Edmonds upset Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson by unanimous decision in a six round junior welterweight bout. The show was promoted by Vernoca Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.



April 5th, 2009

Full Report

‘Lightweight Lightning!’ report/gallery

Valero strikes down Pitalua; Katsidis, Escobedo, Reyes score big wins in Austin

valeroreportRingside by Byron Spurlock & Jeff Zimmerman
Photography by Chris Cozzone

Former WBA Jr. Lightweight Champion Edwin Valero didn’t waste any time Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, keeping his record perfect by dismantling Antonio Pitalua in the second round for the vacant WBC lightweight belt.

The scheduled 12-round championship fight topped off a heavy night of lightweight action televised on PPV and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Valero not only made a statement with his destruction of Pitalua-who’d not lost a fight in nearly eight years-but staked his claim as the champ to beat at 135 pounds . . . . Click here for more



April 5th, 2009

Full Report

Valero ready for anyone!

New lightweight champ wants Marquez, Pacquiao in near future

postfight1247Postfight presser by Chris Cozzone

“I delivered” and “I’m ready for anyone” were the two statements issued, both, verbally and fistically, last night by newly-crowned WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. 

“This is a new beginning for me,” said Valero, who had little problem giving top contender Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) his first loss in eight years, after flooring him three times in round two.. . . Click here for more



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Soto may return in May!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Strong possibilities exist that popular WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto of Mexico will be added to the May 2 super card featuring Manny Pacquiao against Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Word is he will defend against Canadian Benoit Gaudet. Gaudet have a record of 20-1 with 7 KOs. Soto, who recently defended his title in an impressive way against Antonio Davis on March 28 in the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Mexico, would be coming back after just five weeks.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Povetkin: I’m ready for Klitschko!

Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) celebrated a successful return from injury on Saturday night as he defeated Jason Estrada in a battle of Olympians. IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko now has to face IBF mandatory challenger Povetkin after his voluntary title defence against David Haye on June 20. “I finally want to accomplish my dream and fight [Klitschko],” Povetkin stated. “Obviously, it will be a completely different fight from today because Klitschko is much bigger and not as fast as Estrada. I still have to improve a few areas of my game but I am ready for him. I cannot wait for the fight to happen.” Kalle Sauerland added, “We are ready for Klitschko. This was a good tune-up fight. Alexander has been working very hard to finally get the world title shot and he cannot wait to fight Wladimir.” (more…)



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Castillejo fights to a draw!

By Robert Coster

In what might prossibly be his last fight, 41 year-old Javier Castillejo (62-8-1, 43 KOs) fought a bittersweet draw against countryman Pablo Nevascues (23-1-1, 16 KOs) in Leganes, Madrid on Saturday night. The old “Lynx of Parla” salvaged a draw in the last round, hurting Nevascues and almost stopping him. Castillejo’s legion of fans in Spain -where he is a legend- are hoping that Javier realizes that it is time for him to hang up the gloves. If such is the case, Javier Castillejo would retire with numerous laurels to his credit: he was WBA jr middleweight champion 1999-2001, WBC interim jr middleweight champion 2001-03 and WBA middleweight champion 2006-07, apart from being European Champion on various occasions.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Night of Upsets!

#15 Kimura, #10 Ishii fall

By Joe Koizumi

It was a disastrous night of upsets for defending champs in a Japanese title twinbill on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Unheralded Yosukezan Onodera (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 134.75, dethroned WBA#15 formidable national super-light champ Norio Kimura (35-7-2, 19 KOs), 134.75, making his fourteenth defense, by an unexpectedly lopsided verdict (99-91, 98-92 and 97-93) over ten. Also, huge underdog Ryuji Migaki (13-1, 9 KOs), 134.75, decked WBA#10/WBC#12 Japanese lightweight champ Ichitaro Ishii (21-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, in the eighth and halted him at 0:30 in the ninth to capture the national belt to his credit. It was a deluxe show in commemoration of ex-WBA 105-pound champ Yutaka Niida’s farewell to the ring, but his stablemates, Kimura and Ishii, both forfeited their belts in great upsets. (more…)



April 5th, 2009

UFC

Tapia on the rebound

LIVE ON VERSUS TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/6PM PT

Story by Jose E. Santiago

A flamboyant figure of Mexican pride, Manny Tapia often enters the cage sporting flashy trunks, and dyed hair displaying the colors of the Mexican flag. After suffering his only MMA loss at the hands of bantamweight king, Miguel Torres in December, Tapia is looking to get his career back on track on April 5th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with a victory over relatively unknown but dangerous Akitoshi Tamura . . . . Click here for more



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

García-Barrera rescheduled!

IBF strawweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García’s title defense against Colombian Ronald Barrera, originally slated for a Azteca America telecast on Saturday night, was postponed until next Saturday (4/11) at the Arthur C. Nahl Stadium in La Paz. The date was apparently pushed back a week due to television commitments. García (25-0-1, 15 KOs) has previously outpointed Barrera (26-5-1, 16 KOs) in a February 2008 IBF title eliminator. He won the world title in his next fight.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley mandatory next!

Unified WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. has been ordered by the WBC to face the WBC mandatory contender immediately without any intervening fight. That was part of the arrangement in which Bradley was given special permission to fight Holt instead of making his mandatory defense. Bradley has 15 days to inform the WBC of his decision. The WBC’s top rated 140-pounder is currently Devon Alexander.



April 5th, 2009

Preview

WEC tonight on VERSUS!

LIVE ON VERSUS TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/6PM PT

Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) defends his WEC bantamweight title against striker Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) LIVE TONIGHT on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez. Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City.
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With four straight WEC wins, Torres has rapidly become one of the most feared fighters in the sport. The blend of speed, striking, and submissions skills of Torres will be on display when he takes on the renowned Japanese star Mizugaki. Unbeaten since 2007, Mizugaki is heralded for his Muay Thai striking and willingness to trade. The 5’7″, 135-pound challenger makes his U.S. debut in Chicago on April 5 and has vowed to knock out the hometown champion. (more…)



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sosa retains WBC 108 belt!

WBC mini flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) retained his title with a fourth round KO over Pornsawan Porpramook (21-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman. The bout was halted after a non-stop barrage of unanswered punches by Sosa, who made his eighth successful title defense.



April 5th, 2009

Boxing Result

Bradley unifies 140lb titles!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

In a 140lb unification clash, undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) took the belt of WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Holt dropped Bradley in round one with a big left hook, but Bradley recovered and went on to outwork Holt in most of the following rounds, although Holt landed the harder punches. Holt made things interesting by knocking down Bradley again with seconds left in the fight, but it wasn’t enough as Bradley won 114-112, 115-111, 115-111.
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In an IBF super middleweight title elimination bout, Librado Andrade (28-2, 21 KOs) was too strong for #2 Vitali Tsypko (22-3, 12 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Andrade dropped Tsypko with a right hand in round two, put him down again with an uppercut in the seventh, and mostly punished Tsypko who, although outgunned, showed great heart. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 120-106. With the win, Andrade earned a rematch with IBF champion Lucien Bute.
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Adrian Diaconu (26-0 15KO) returned home to Montreal in front of 7,513 fans at The Bell Centre for the first time since winning WBC light-heavyweight world champion in his native Romania. Diaconu who became available when his scheduled fight for next week in Rome Italy fell through and was involved in a non-title affair versus local product David Whittom (10-8-1 6KO) who gave the champion eight tough rounds. Diaconu who exhibited heavy hands throughout was able to easily walk away with a 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 victory on the scorecards. (more…)



April 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Valero destroys Pitalua!

Katsidis, Escobedo, Reyes other winners
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

By Jeff Zimmerman and Byron Spurlock at ringside

Unbeaten KO artist Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC lightweight title with a spectacular second round annihilation of Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center, in Austin, Texas. After a quiet first round, Valero dropped Pitalua three times in round two before referee Laurence Cole ended it at the :49 mark. Valero, who previously held the WBA super featherweight title, looks to have brought his power to the 135lb division.
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Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) stopped former super featherweight titleist Jesus Chavez (44-5, 30 KOs) after seven hard fought rounds. Hometown favorite Chavez came out aggressively as usual, but the rugged Katsidis simply beat him up until Chavez finally quit in his corner before round eight.
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Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (20-1 12 KOs) dropped former world champion Carlos Hernandez (43-8-1 24 KOs) in rounds one and two, but was forced to go the route in an action-packed fight. Hernandez was credited with a knockdown in round six, but it wasn’t enough as Escobedo prevailed 96-91, 94-93, 95-91.
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In a stunning upset, lightweight Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) knocked out former two-time IBF champion Julio Diaz (36-5, 26 KOs) in round five. Reyes suddenly ended a very technical fight to that point by dropping Diaz twice in the fifth before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:17. (more…)



April 4th, 2009

Scale Watch

WEC 40 weigh-in!

By Jose Santiago at the scale; Photos: Joe Cordova

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World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (35-1) defends his title against Japanese superstar Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) this Sunday LIVE on VERSUS from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran (31-10-1) looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez (9-0). Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City. Below are the official weigh-in results:
Miguel Angel Torres 135 vs. Takeya Mizugaki 135
(WEC Bantamweight title held by Torres)
Jeff Curran 134 vs. Joseph Benavidez 134
Shane Roller 156 vs. Ben Henderson 156
Raphael Assuncao 145 1/2 vs. Jameel Massouh 146
Bart Palaszewski 155 vs. Anthony Njokuani 156
Dominic Cruz 135 vs. Ivan Lopez 134 1/2
Wagnney Fabiano 146 vs. Fredson Paixao 144
Eddie Wineland 135 vs. Rani Yahya 136
Manny Tapia 135 1/2 vs. Akitoshi Tamura 135 1/2
Rafael Dias 145 vs. Mike Budnik 149
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WEC: Torres vs. Mizugaki will be televised LIVE on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT. All live WEC events are presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local
viewing area, visit http//www.versus.com/findversus.



April 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Pascal finishes Nievas!

Lontchi KOs Santos, L’Heureux wins

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Super middleweight Jean Pascal (22-1 15KO) dominated Pablo Nievas (22-6-1 15KO), knocking out the Argentine fighter in a match-up of the two former world title contenders at :42 seconds of the 5th round. With Pascal on the ropes and Nievas doing his best to mount a body attack, Pascal launched a massive left hook to the chin of his opponent and would follow up with another left before Nievas went crashing down to the canvas where he would stay the full ten and have to be helped to a stool afterwards. The fight was the first back for Pascal since his loss, a world title fight where he lost a decision to Carl Froch. The fight sets up the intriguing possibility of Pascal meeting up with WBC light heavyweight champion and fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu. (more…)



April 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Povetkin defeats Estrada!

By Alexey Sukachev

Coming back after a dangerous leg injury, 2004 Athens super heavyweight gold medalist and current IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over American Olympian Jason Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) by scores 99-94, 98-92 and 97-93 on Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Estrada took the first round with his speedy jab and several well-placed combinations on the inside. Since round two, Povetkin started to find a path for his strong left hook over Estrada’s block and did it well. Round three was huge for Povetkin who scored several times with the lead left and did well on the inside pressing the American. Rounds four through six were pretty even with Estrada being less precise but more successful on the defensive while the Russian fighter scored occasionally but wasn’t been able to keep Estrada at bay. However, it was Povetkin who was more active and scored more blows than his opponent. In round seven, Povetkin finally began to dominate Estrada delivering numerous punches in his usual speedy style while Estrada looked fatigued and preferred to tie up Povetkin on the inside. Round eight was another huge round for Povetkin. Estrada did his best to avoid more punishment in the ninth stanza but in round ten Povetkin rocked Estrada with his trademark combinations several times and was very close to putting him down. The American fighter was able to survive till the final bell only to see himself losing a wide decision on all three judge’s scorecards. Fightnews had it 99-93 for Povetkin. (more…)



April 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko to be honored in NJ!

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will join world boxing champions Sugar Shane Mosley, Mark Breland and Bobby Czyz in attendance this Tuesday at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark to receive boxing awards. Other boxing celebrities such as Emmanuel Steward, Harold Lederman, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Bernard Hopkins, Ivan Robinson, Al Cole, and Tomaz Adamek are also scheduled to appear at the 7th Annual Awards Dinner and Celebrity Reception hosted by C.O.M.B.A.T.T., Inc. Former New Jersey Athletic Commissioner, Larry Hazzard is founder of the non-profit youth organization hosting the awards dinner and expressed his joy in honoring the champions and others on April 7th. “Being a former school principal I have always emphasized to students that they can excel in the classroom while participating in sports,” Hazzard said. (more…)



April 4th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights fron Ciudad Victoria!

Photo courtesy ESTO

Photo courtesy ESTO

By Robert Coster

Edgar Sosa 108 vs Porsawan Porpramook 107.8
(WBC light-Flyweight title)
Reyes Sanchez 134.6 vs Rosbel Montoya 134
Guty Espadas Jr 125.5 vs Carlos Martinez 125.5
Alberto Garza 125 vs Genaro Camargo 125
Mia St John 131.5 vs Brooke Dierdoff 131.4
Ramon Ayala 135.3 vs Jose Luis Amado 132.4
Carlos Cuadras 117.8 vs Arturo Camargo 117.8
Julio Cesar Cabrera 115 vs Antonio Arcos 115
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia
Live transmission by Televisa (Mexico)

Comments by Porsawan Porpramook: ” I believe my punching power will prevail. I’m going to knock him out.”
Comments by Edgar Sosa: “I will do my talking in the ring. I have trained hard and I’m confident.”
Promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia: “We have called this card Historia in Victoria and this is indeed an historic event in this city. We hope for an action-packed card.”



April 4th, 2009




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