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By Joe Koizumi
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Fast-moving Mexican, WBC female 105-pound champ Anabel Ortiz (12-1, 4 KOs), 105, kept her belt as she impressively displayed her excellence in shifty footwork, accurate counterpunching and fine strategy to pound out a nearly shutout decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over WBC#2 OPBF ruler Nanako Kikuchi (12-4-1, 5 KOs), 105, over ten quick rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to Celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial 200 Years of Independence and are bringing their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday to the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City, Mexico home of the Cinturon de Oro Tournament. In the main event former world title challenger and current WBC CABOFE Champion Armando “Ichiro” Torres (13-7, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will face undefeated prospect Omar “Metralla” Gonzalez (17-0, 11 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in battle scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBC Latin light flyweight title at stake. (more…)
Prizefighter champion Willie “Big Bang” Casey will look to turn Big Bang Theory into reality when he challenges Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez for the Spaniard’s European Super Bantamweight title on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick on Saturday, November 6th. The unbeaten Casey has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the professional ranks since turning professional just 2 years and 10 fights ago and the 28-year-old southpaw will be looking to make the most of home advantage as European Championship boxing comes to Limerick for the first time ever. (more…)
Former heavyweight contender and WBO cruiserweight title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-4) returns to the ring on Friday October 29th at Ghost Riders’ Entertainment Complex in Minto’s hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. Minto will face Corey “The Cobra” Phelps (13-6-1) in the ten round main event for the vacant WBC Continental-Americas cruiserweight title. After losing consecutively to heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (29-2) and WBO cruiser champ Marco Huck (30-1), Minto aims to rebound against the upset minded 6’3 Phelps. Phelps is coming off losing an 8 round decision against Dewey Cooper (18-3-3) in Las Vegas; prior to that bout, Phelps had been credited with a draw versus eventual IBF title challenger Bobby Gunn (21-4-1). The undercard will showcase local lightweight Chris Hazimihalis (3-0) in a six rounder, while local junior middle, Joe Luketic, makes his debut in a four rounder. Tickets are priced at $20 & $50 and available by calling (724) 287-6923.
Andy Lee, the Kronk Irish middleweight contender headlines the ‘Windy City Fight Night’ boxing showcase promoted by 8 Count Productions this Friday night (September 17) at the multi-purpose UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL. Lee will be in action in a 10 round bout against the rugged and durable Michael ‘The Midnight Stalker’ Walker from Chicago, IL. The main event promises to have plenty of fireworks with Lee coming to town to take care of business. (more…)
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has plans to enter a rehabilitation clinic possibly as soon as today following embarrassing video of his alleged cocaine use that appeared over the weekend on the “News of the World” website.
“The Hitman” may have other problems as well. The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) is considering a possible suspension, fine or revocation of his fight and promoters’ licences. Hatton spokesman Max Clifford told the BBC, “He’s very, very flat. He just feels he’s let everybody down.”
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Sources close to the situation have informed FightNews that the October 2nd Super-Six battle between “King” Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch will have to be rescheduled. According to German newspaper BILD, Froch suffered a back injury in training and won’t be able to prepare for the fight with Abraham scheduled to take place in Monaco. More to come.
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
California Attorney General Jerry Brown, rising junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez, unified lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz and former world champion Sergio Mora pose on Sunday in East Los Angeles, California at the Bicentennial Mexican Independence Day Parade in advance of Mora’s bout against five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley, Ortiz’s bout against former world champion Vivian Harris, De Leon’s bout against top contender Antonio Escalante and Gomez’s bout against Cesar Holguin which will take place on September 18 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Click here for more parade photos.
By Graham Houston
The star turn on Saturday’s Boxing After Dark wasn’t Yuriorkis Gambia, as many had anticipated, but Brandon Rios. The crowd-pleasing lightweight from Oxnard, CA, looked powerful and precise in breaking down and overwhelming Anthony Peterson in a meeting of undefeated rising stars. This had looked an even-money fight, with Peterson a slight favourite because he had won nearly every round of every fight while Rios had some struggles earlier in his career. Rios, however, had shown improvement in the past year and on Saturday night he stepped up to another level. Peterson’s disqualification at the end of the seventh round saved him from being knocked out. (more…)
A calm, cool and collected Yuriorkis Gamboa boxed and remained relatively careful to keep his unbeaten record intact to defeat IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido via unanimous decision in their 12 round battle. The WBA featherweight champ looked a lot different than the Gamboa of the past – even sedated at times – as he picked his shots wisely while outpointing Salido by scores of 116-109, 115-109 and 114-109.
The fight was televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series on a Top Rank-promoted show that took place at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
Promoter Craig Zimmerman’s MEZ Sports once again delivered an exciting night of boxing Saturday night. This time MEZ Sports brought its Pandemonium fight series to the Riverside Convention Center, for the first fight card ever in the city of Riverside, California. More impressive was the fact that Zimmerman was able to put together a legitimate main event on extremely short notice. In the main Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (13-2-2, 8 KOs) of Indiana brutally knocked out “Mount” Lance Whitaker (35-7-2, 28 KOs) of Southern California at 2:59 of round 7 to win the IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Whitaker was rushed to the emergency room as a precaution after fight but is now reported to be ok. In the co-feature hometown flyweight fighter Anthony Villareal (10-3, 5KO’s) of Riverside stopped veteran Benjamin Garcia in round round.
Promoter Roy Englebrecht confirmed Sunday that top contender Juan Carlos Salgado injured his hand on Friday and will not fight Tyrone Harris for the IBO Super Featherweight World Title, Wednesday, September 15th at the Las Vegas Hilton. But not to lose a fight on his Viva Mexico At Las Vegas Televisa and PPV show, Englebrecht was able to get the IBO to approve an Eliminator bout between Harris and 30-7 Miguel Roman, with the winner facing Salgado for the World Title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Juan Carlos Salgado has suffered an injury to his right hand that will prevent him from fighting for the IBO super featherweight world title on September 15 in Las Vegas on the PPV event billed as “Viva Mexico.” Salgado suffered the injury while sparring during his final preparations to face Tyrone Harris.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF 154-pound champ Yuki Nonaka (20-8-2, 7 KOs), 153.5, barely earned a close but unanimous decision (96-95, 98-95 and 98-93) over previously unbeaten WBO#8 Dmitro Nikulin (21-1, 8 KOs), 153.5, over ten hairline rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.
In an encounter of southpaws, they cautiously probed each other with light jabs in the first two rounds. From the third, Nonaka started positively throwing solid southpaw lefts, while Nikulin covered himself up and responded to his attack. Each failed to hit in combination only to toss a punch at a time. Nikulin, in the last session, was penalized a point for hitting a rabbit punch to the back head of the veteran Japanese, six years his senior at 32. It was such a close affair that but for a penalization in the final round it might have been so close to a draw.
Promoter: Amagasaki Promotions.
By Christopher P. Cook
WIBA Women’s International Heavyweight Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil (16-6-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended her title against Crystal Davis (4-3-0, 3 KOs) at the Night of the Champions at the Skatium in Fort Myers, Florida. The WIBA and GBU champion O’Neil easily handled the much younger and less experienced challenger Davis, winning via decision.
Felix “Showtime” Camacho (20-6-0, 7 KOs), the younger brother of Hector “Macho” Camacho and former WBF world champion found the road back to be a difficult one. In a surprise upset, a game Adrian Perez (6-2-1, 1 KO), from Sarasota, out-pointed “Showtime” in the six round contest. Camacho had been inactive for over nine years and with this loss, may be headed back into retirement. (more…)
Could be, there’s a reason why Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa is so dour-faced.
Upon arriving at last night’s post-fight press conference, following his hard-fought-but-still-impressive title unification victory over Orlando Salido, 34-11-2, 22 KOs, the undefeated Gamboa, 19-0, 15 KOs, now holder of two featherweight titles (not quite half of the four top ABCs, Chris John being a WBA “superchamp” or “ultra-silver” or whatever they are calling their top belt-holders these days), arrived at the presser where he had to share the spotlight with rivals Miguel Angel Garcia and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez . . . Click here for more
Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa might’ve been the headliner on the card, but the real star of, both, the fight card and the post-fight press conference, was Brandon Rios.
Living up to his nickname, “Bam Bam” Rios, 25-0-1, 17 KOs, blasted through the guard of Peterson, 30-1, 20 KOs, flooring his formerly undefeated opponent in the fifth, en route to a win by disqualification in round seven. Rios was ahead on the cards, 68-62 trice, when Referee Russell Mora stopped the fight due to excessive low blows thrown by Peterson . . . Click here for more
Video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Three division world champion and Mexican boxing legend Erik Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) returned to knock out Willie Limond (33-3, 8 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Monumental Plaza de Toros Mexico in Mexico City. Morales seemed to shake off the ring rust after a few rounds and finally dropped Limond three times with body shots in round six to end it. Time was 2:46.
In a clash for the WBC International flyweight belt, former WBC 108lb world champion champion Edgar Sosa (40-6, 24 KOs) stopped reigning titleholder Ryan Bito (18-7-3, 6 KOs) in round ten. After building a commanding lead on the cards, Sosa dropped Bito twice in round ten with body shots and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:05. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In a unification clash for the IBF/WBA featherweight world titles, Yuriorkas Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palms Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The talented Gamboa won most the rounds, but had many difficulties against the experienced and cagey Salido. Salido was credited with a knockdown in round eight, but was staggered in round ten. Gamboa dropped Salido twice in round twelve, but was deducted two points for hitting Salido while he was on the canvas. Scores were 116-109, 114-109, 115-109. Gamboa is now WBA/IBF titleholder.
In a very entertaining WBA eliminator between unbeaten lightweights, Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 17 KOs) broke down Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KOs), eventually getting a seventh round victory by way of disqualification. Peterson dominated round one, but Rios’ pressure started paying dividends in round two and the bout became a thrilling firefight. Rios staggered Peterson in a big round four. Peterson was dropped hard with a left hand at the end of round five. Peterson was deducted two points for low blows in round six. Peterson was DQ’d by referee Russell Mora for another low blow in round seven at the bell ending round seven. All three judges had Rios up 68-62 at the time the bout was stopped. (more…)
Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (22-1, 13 KOs) of Argentina stopped countryman and former world title challenger Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas (24-9-1, 15 KOs) by way of a third round stoppage on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Pedro Estremador, San Carlos de Bariloche, in Rio Negro, Argentina. Bolonti hurt Nieves multiple times in the first two rounds but the veteran Nieves was able to weather those storms and remain upright. In round three Bolinti caught Nieves with a picture perfect left hook the put him on the seat of his pants. Nieves beat the count but was on very unsteady legs and his corner threw in the towel ending the fight. Bolonti retained his WBC Latino light heavyweight title in what is his biggest win to date. The veteran Nieves had lost in his 2007 challenge of then world champion Anthony Mundine and lost in 2009 to current world champion Jean Pascal. Osvaldo Rivero Promoted.
Final details are nearly ironed out for the Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) vs. Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) fight. The fight will take place at Newark’s Prudential Center on November 6th and will be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” People who have already purchased tickets for the now cancelled October 2nd Judah fight against Michael Clark can return them to Prudential Center box office and either exchange them now for the same seat on November 6th, or receive a full refund as soon as tickets for the November 6th card go on sale later this month. (more…)
The “News of the World” website has published an explosive story with video that appears to show former world champion Ricky Hatton caught on camera snorting cocaine. The video was supposedly shot by a friend who claims “If he carries on he’ll kill himself. I’m really, really worried for him.” Click here to see the shocking video.
12 hours before his unification fight against WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa, IBF champ Orlando Salido was stripped of the belt for exceeding the IBF’s maximum 10 pound weight gain rule after an 8AM weigh-in. Salido, who weighed 126 at yesterday’s weigh-in, weighed 138. The rule is intended to prevent the fighters from risking their health due to rapid weight gain. As a result the WBA title is still up for grabs for both fighters, but only Gambaoa is eligible to win the IBF belt. If Salido wins, the IBF title will be vacant.
By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) scored a dominating tenth round KO over Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Wladimir kept Peter at bay in round one, landing a few good right hands. Klitschko continued to punish Peter as the rounds progressed. Peter’s right eye was badly swollen midway through the bout. The Nigerian Nightmare was unable to get into the fight as the battering continued. Klitschko finally floored Peter with a barrage of punches in round ten and the bout was stopped. Time was 1:22. (more…)
European super middleweight champion Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) kept his Euro belt by punishing Roman Aramyan (30-9, 20 KOs) on Saturady night at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Magee was aggressive from the opening bell, battering Arayan until the challenger couldn’t come out for round nine.
In another Euro title clash, super bantamweight Kiko Martinez (23-3, 17 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Arsen Martirosyan (16-4, 6 KOs) to regain the vacant EBU 122lb title. Scores were 118-110, 116-112, 118-110.
Photos by Chris Royle
IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (33-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round majority decision over Jason Booth (35-6, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton-le-Spring, England. After Booth won the early rounds, Molitor woke up and got back into the fight after round five to pull it out. Scores were 116-113, 116-112 Molitor, 114-114.
Unbeaten featherweight Martin Lindsay (17-0, 6 KOs) outpointed journeyman Yauheni Kruhlik (10-13-2, 2 KOs) over six by a score of 59-55. Click here for more photos…
Contracts have been signed for USBA light welterweight champion Tim ‘The Pitbull’ Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland to make the first defense of his title against Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) of Venezuela . The bout will take place at the Chumash Casino in San Ynez, California and air as the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on Friday, October 1st, on SHOWTIME. In Coleman’s last fight he upset former world title challenger and hometown favorite Mike Arnaoutis in New York. Coleman is being trained by Roger Mayweather in Las Vegas, Nevada in preparation for this fight.
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
When two snake bitten boxers face each other for a second time, sometimes nothing gets settled. Such was the case as “The Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis of Baltimore, MD battled Newberry, SC’s Kelvin Kibler to a four-round majority draw at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. (more…)
Three generations of the Duva clan – family patriarch and legendary Hall of Famer Lou Duva, son Dino and granddaughter Amanda – were joined by trainer Al Mitchell to form the greeting party for Chinese heavyweight silver-medalist Zhang Zhilei upon arrival at JFK Airport in New York on Friday. Training camp for Team China commences immediately at Fernwood in the Poconos as the Chinese amateur squad gets set to face the best of the USA on Friday night, October 1, when “Empires Collide” Manhattan’s Chinatown.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Ukrainian, WBO European 154-pound champ Dmytro Nikulin (21-0, 8 KOs) will cope with ex-OPBF ruler Yuki Nonaka (19-8-2, 7 KOs) on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Both tipped the beam at 153.5 pounds today. It is an encounter of southpaws. WBO #8 Nikulin, under K2 Promotions, acquired the vacant WBO regional belt by scoring a third round knockout over Abdulaziz Matazimov in Ukraine last December. Nanaka, two inches taller and six years his senior at 32, forfeited his OPBF belt to Akio Shibata (who recently yielded the throne to Charlie Ota Bellamy) last November. Nikulin seems more skillful, faster and younger, but Nonaka may attempt to mix it up and hurt him with left crosses. Nikulin’s manager Alexander Krassyuk, responding to a TV interview, predicted his boy’s triumph either on points or by a stoppage. It will be a good fight to be presented by Amagasaki Promotions.
Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
After a spectacular showing in his ShoBox: The Next Generation debut last month where he upset the up-and-coming Chris Avalos, undefeated super bantamweight Christopher Martin (20-0-2, 6 KOs) received a rousing reception in his hometown of San Diego, Calif., as he stopped the experienced Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (32-3, 23 KOs) of nearby Tecate, Mexico, in the eight and final round of the main event of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” . . . . Click here for more
The full line-up has been set for tonight’s “Mexican Fiesta” card, televised live on PPV. In the main event, former champ Erik “Terrible” Morales (49-6, 34 KOs) takes on Willie Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Glasgow, Scotland, for the WBA International welterweight title. In the co-main, Edgar Sosa (39-6, 23 KOs), of Mexico City, is up against Filipino Ryan Bito (18-6-3, 6 KOs) for the WBA International flyweight championship.
Three more title fights round off the card: For the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title, Daniel Estrada (23-1-1, 19 KOs), of Mexico City, fights crosstown rival Reyes Sanchez (19-3-1, 11 KO); For the WBC Women’s super flyweight title, Ana Maria Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, is up against Alessia Graff (24-1, 9 KOs), of Stuttgart, Germany; and, for the WBC Youth junior lightweight championship, Ramon Ayala (18-1-1, 8 KOs), of Tlaxcala, Mexico, fights Antonio Sanchez Gomez (9-6-1, 6 KOs), of Palacio Durango.
“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Matiz Business Group, is distributed by Integrated Sports Media live from 9 PM / ET – 6 PM / PT on both cable and satellite TV, formatted pay-per-view for a suggested price $ 29.95.
World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Col. Bob Sheridan (blow-by-blow) calls the fight alongside former NFL player and veteran boxing announcer Benny Ricardo (color analyst).
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
WBC #1 rated jr. flyweight and NABF champion Adrian Hernandez (18-1, right) weighed in at 115lbs for his non-title fight against Jose Luis Cardenas (6-10) tonight at the famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Cardenas also weighed 115. (more…)
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