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By Felipe Leon
Professional boxing returns to “America’s Finest City” San Diego, CA, on Friday, September 16th, 2011, courtesy of veteran promoter Bobby D. Presents with Jorge Marron in association with Barron Entertainment. Billed as “Stars of Tomorrow”, the fight card celebrates Mexican Independence Day by featuring a slew of hometown talent stamping their mark on the local boxing landscape. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange captured the WBU (World Boxing Union) Junior Middleweight championship with a sixth-round TKO over Raul “El Toro” Munoz of Topeka, KS in front of a very partisan crowd at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
Lange, who was headlining his 13th consecutive card at the Patriot Center, had to go to a plan B of sorts in this bout as he traded his normal piston-like jab for a body attack. The move turned out to be a successful one as the body shots took their toll on the game Munoz. Lange was able to drop Munoz three times before referee Dr. Joseph Cooper stopped the contest at 2:44 of the sixth. Lange is now 37-4-2, 25 KO’s. Munoz is 22-15-1, 12 KO’s. (more…)
Both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez appear quite jovial singing a duet on TV Azteca.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC APPEARANCES BY MAYWEATHER, ORTIZ AND CANELO:
Sunday, 9/11, 2:00 p.m.
Oscar De La Hoya, Victor Ortiz and Canelo Alvarez will appear at Fiestas Patrias, The Plaza at Olvera Street.
Monday, 9/12, 5:00 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Canelo Alvarez, Erik Morales, Alphonso Gomez and all PPV fighters will appear at Universal City Walk located near The Cinemas.
By Mike Bernier at ringside
In the main event at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY, Amanda Serrano (12-0-1) of Puerto Rico, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY scored a second round TKO against Kimberly Connor (9-2-2) from Little Rock, Arkansas in a 10 round IBF Women’s Jr. Lightweight Championship fight. Serrano landed multiple power combinations in the middle of round two to send Connor to the canvas. Connor was dazed but somehow found a way to get up and was immediately jumped on by Serrano when referee Benji Estevez saved Connor from receiving any more damage at 1:45. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Bowling Green, Florida’s Daniel Lozano took a major step in his career this Friday as demolished his opponent en route to his first WBC title. In front of a standing room only crowd at the A La Carte Even Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Lozano (10-0-0, 7 KOs) won the WBC USNBC flyweight belt in a two round blowout of Jonathan Arias (12-7-0, 10 KOs). On the undercard of Fight Night Production’s card witnessed the continued success of Florida State champion Charlie Serrano, along with a series of unexpected draws. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Tomasz Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth and promoter Kathy Duva speak just after the fight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek, who just lost his first chance to get a third title in a third weight category against Vitali Klitschko, will long remember his trip to Poland. His plane, bound to JFK airport in New York, after almost three hours in the air had to make an emergency landing back in Warsaw when the pilots spotted a cracked window. “It was not a comfortable situation to all of the passengers,” said Adamek who is traveling with his wife, manager and members of Main Events promotional team, when his plane safely landed. “We of course know that today is the ten year anniversary of New York 2001 tragedy, so everybody was on edge when pilots announced that we have go back,” added Adamek, who most likely will now fly to the US on Monday.
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Bernd Bönte, longtime manager and managing director of the Klitschko Management Group is one of the most influential people around Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and he has no doubts that older of the two Ukrainian brothers is getting better with time. “I truly don’t know who can beat Vitali,” said Bönte after the WBC titleholder defended his WBC green belt against Poland’s Tomasz Adamek in Wroclaw, Poland. “He was terrific tonight. One of his best performances ever.” (more…)
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Josh Barnett punched his ticket to the Grand Prix finals in a dominant win over Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov.
In the quintessential striker vs. grappler matchup, Barnett tasted a couple blows from the sambo fighter before taking the fight to the mat. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Reigning WBO jr middleweight world champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) and European jr middleweight champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) recently locked horns at a press conference in advance of their September 30 rematch at the Rondo Arena (Hala Rondo) in Brno, Czech Republic. Dzinziruk won a controversial majority decision in their first fight and the rematch will be the first professional boxing world championship on Czech soil. Local favorite Konecny was on hand in person in Brno, while Dzinziruk was brought in live via Skype. (more…)
After winning a one-sided technical decision over former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon in front of 2,000 fans at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night, unbeaten former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa confirmed again that he will not stay in the featherweight division but move up in weight to get better fights against big names. “I’m done at 126,” stated Gamboa. “There’s nothing left for me to prove. I want to fight the best boxers in the world. Living legends like Manny Pacquiao. To be the best you have to beat the best. That is what I did at featherweight. And that is exactly what I want to continue doing. So bring on the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.” (more…)
Only two fighters remain in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, as Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier scored impressive victories in their semifinal bouts at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati Saturday night.
In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE star Josh Barnett continued to roll in his Strikeforce stint, earning a spot in the Grand Prix finals with a dominating first round submission win over Russia’s Sergei Kharitonov . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares (41-6-2, 19 KOs) showed he’s a force to be reckoned with in the bantamweight division with a third round stoppage of Jonathan Pérez (19-9, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Zacatecas, Mexico. The bout was halted after Perez was ruled unable to continue after being dropped.
After the fight Mijares stated “I feel much better at bantamweight, very strong and fast…this year I’m going for the world title and fights against Arce, Montiel or Nonito Donaire. I’m waiting to meet with my representatives and discuss any options.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank
In a clash of former world champions, unbeaten featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a eight round technical decision over determined Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gamboa had the clear speed advantage and was usually able to beat Ponce De Leon to the punch, but Ponce De Leon did his share of damage also. A vertical cut over the left eye of Ponce De Leon occurred in round eight and the bout went to the scorecards where Gamboa prevailed by scores of 70-63, 70-63, 69-64. Time was 1:24. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA 130lb champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a close twelve round unanimous decision over Argenis Méndez (18-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF version of the super featherweight world title at the UAG Gym in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Méndez, who was deducted a point in round five by referee Wayne Hedgepeth, had his chance when he decked Salgado moments before the final bell, but the Dominican visitor couldn’t finish him. The scores of 115-111, 114-112 and 114-112 were roundly booed by the audience. After the fight, Mendez insisted he won the fight and demanded a rematch. (more…)
Report, photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I knew from the beginning that fight was not going my way. I wanted to change this fight and find a way to trick Vitali, but he’s a smart fighter and was better tonight,” said Tomasz Adamek (42-2, 28 KOs) after losing to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs). “I don’t think he surprised me with anything today, he was just a better man. Physically I’m OK, just a lot of cuts. I will be able to live a normal life. This boxing, not chess. I got hit in the second round, I was able to keep my balance, but every big hit changes you, takes your strength. But I was still trying.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Heavy handed super featherweight Luis Cruz (19-0, 15 KOs) blew away Antonio Davis (28-7, 14 KOs), dropping him three times en-route to a sixth round knockout. Cruz ended the show with a picture perfect right uppercut in the sixth that sent Davis crumbling to the canvas for the final time at the 1:39 mark. (more…)
It’s official. As reported by Fightnews.com yesterday, Mexico City’s Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano, the WBC’s leading available contender and a young and hungry Mexican phenom has agreed to step in and face Erik Morales on next Saturday’s Mayweather-Ortiz card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Cano got his chance after Morales’ original opponent, Lucas Matthysse, withdrew from the bout earlier in the week due to a viral infection. (more…)
Mexican knockout artist Alfredo Angulo has commented on fellow contender Vanes Martirosyan turning down a WBC title elimination bout against him. “On one hand I’m shocked, but on the other, this doesn’t really surprise me,” said Angulo, who returned to the ring in August after a year long layoff, knocking out Joseph Gomez in 84 seconds. “Vanes Martirosyan is a tough guy, but only on the internet. He calls everybody out, says he’s not getting big fights, but then when he gets offered the opportunity of a lifetime, he turns it down. He needs to get out from behind his computer where he likes to talk about me and get into the ring where he can fight me.”
The bout was tentatively scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico on November 5 and was slated to be aired by HBO, giving both fighters the platform top level fighters normally crave. “We offered him everything in this fight, the winner would fight in a WBC world title fight, neutral officials so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable about fighting in Mexico and he would have made three times more for this fight than he’s ever made before,” said Angulo. “I guess he loves that 30-0 record more than actually fighting real fights against real fighters.”
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