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By: Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
Last night at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA, Sports Fan Properties presented the Big Rock 4. The main attraction of the night was Paul “The Truth” Delgado (25-9-1, 4 KOs) vs. Chris “The Gentleman” Gray (13-13, 1 KO) for the vacant IBF/USBA Southern Region belt scheduled for ten. Although Delgado won the fight, he along with all his supporters was impressed with the craftiness and determination Gray displayed throughout. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Last night’s edition of the Badia Spices Friday Night Fight series at the Magic City Casino in Miami showcased seven dynamic Cuban prospects. In a card billed as “Cuba vs. the World” the Cuban fighters with the unbelievable amateur backgrounds dominated. All seven won their bouts in impressive fashion; obliterating four opponents by 1st round stoppage. (more…)
Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon
It is a common occurrence in Mexico that the 25th of December, Christmas, is celebrated with a vast array of fireworks. Zanfer Promotions, Mexico’s leading promoter, began its celebration early last night at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium with “Duelo de Campeones (Champion’s Duel)” in which upsets, bloody wars and knockouts were the order of the day . . . Click here for more
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
New IBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) scored a brutal twelfth round TKO over Colombian power puncher Richard Gutierrez (26-5-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine. In the fourth round, Gutierrez scored a flash knockdown, but Bajsangurov was quickly recovered and captured the initiative. After the sixth round, the fight became a real war. Baysangurov took over in the tenth round and in the twelfth round the Russian administered a brutal beating to Gutierrez forcing the referee to stop the fight. Watching the fight from ringside were President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Former IBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion Vitaliy Rusal (27-2, 19 KOs) surprisingly lost a unanimous decision to unheralded Oleksandr Cherviak (9-1, 1 KOs). Oleksandr shocked Rusal with constant pressure and very aggressive attacks. Scores were 78-75 (twice) and 78-74. Fightnews.com scored it 78-74 for Cherviak. (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Photos: Jeff Pamungkas
Undefeated longtime WBA featherweight world champion Chris John (43-0-2, 22 KOs) and Fernando David Saucedo (38-4-3, 1 KO) made weight for their world championship fight on Sunday at the Indoor Tennis Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. John weighed 56.9 kgs (125.4 lbs) and Saucedo weighed 56.7 kgs (125 lbs).
In the co-feature, featherweights Daud Yordan (26-1, 20 KOs) and Damian David Marchiano (16-6-1, 6 KOs) meet for the interim WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title. Yordan weighed 56.9 kgs (125.4 lbs) while Marchiano scaled in at 57.0 kgs (125.7 lbs).
An aggressive Holly Holm (29-1-3, 9 KOs) punched her way to an eighth round TKO victory over Ann Marie Saccurato (15-4, 6 KOs), Friday night at Route 66 Casino Hotel west of Albuquerque. Unlike the rematch three years ago, that saw Holm win a decision, the local favorite pushed for a knockout win, in defending her IBA jr. welterweight title. In the co-main, Chevelle Hallback (28-6, 11 KOs) had to settle for a split decision win over Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-11-2, 1 KO). Scores were 77-75 Cisneros and 77-75, 78-74 Hallback. On the undercard: Vincent “Li’l Man” Mirabal (7-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over tough Joel Vargas (3-2-1, 3 KOs), of Dodge City, Kan. Scores were 60-54 twice and 58-56. Albuquerque strawweight Jodie Esquibel (6-5-1, 2 KOs) broke her losing streak with a six-round unanimous decision over Savanna Hill (7-7, 4 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark. Espanola debuter Antonio Martinez (1-0, 1 KO) destroyed debuting Michael Montalbano (0-1) for a first round TKO; Manny Thompson (1-0, 1 KO), of Wichita, Kan., TKO’d unwon Albuquerquean Christian Bruffy-Holmes (0-2) in round one.
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
If there were no Stephan Bonnar, it’s safe to say that there’d be no UFC.
The season one Ultimate Fighter runner up’s now epic three round war with eventual winner Forrest Griffin is often credited by UFC president Dana White as the bout that saved the company from total extinction. Not only was Bonnar also awarded a six figure contract with the organization for his efforts; White has also gone on record saying Bonnar will be with the company forever . . . Click here for more
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By Karl Freitag
Tonight two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) risks an upcoming shot at WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel in a dangerous 12-round pay-per-view battle against former longtime WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Meanwhile, Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) must do his part next week Eduardo Garcia (21-5-1, 9 KOs) next week in Torreon, Mexico. If both Donaire and Montiel are victorious, they have a February 19 showdown in Las Vegas already lined up.
Also, WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) is on a mission to show the world that he, and not countryman Juan Manuel Marquez, is the best lightweight in the world. Soto is set to defend against Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
The knockout streak lives on for Lateef “Power” Kayode, the Hollywood cruiserweight from Nigeria who registered a sixth-round knockout for the 14th consecutive fight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday night from Chumash Casino Resort. In the co-feature, former Cuban Olympian Luis “La Estrella” Franco remained undefeated moving his record to 8-0 (5 KOs) with a disqualification (low blows) win over Eric “Outlaw” Hunter at 2:34 of the eighth round. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Friday night’s Pugilistic Promotions card boasted the title “Cuba vs. the World” in a packed card of former Cuban amateur standouts. All 7 Cuban exiles on the card won their contests in stunning fashion by scoring 4 first round stoppages. Future bouts may require the alternate title “Who in the World wants to fight vs. Cuba?” as many of these fighters seem well ahead of the curve.
The main event tripleheader saw light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs) batter feisty Mexican opponent Juan Jose Ruiz over 6 rounds to earn an easy unanimous decision victory. Despaigne’s combination punching had Ruiz literally running from the opening bell, yet he did manage to finish the fight. All 3 judges scored it 60-54 for the Cuban. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou (48-11-2, 31KO’s) is primed to upset red hot favorite Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds in Estadio Beto Alvila, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico on Saturday with the WBC Silver light middleweight title up for grabs. “Alvarez has not boxed any name fighters, only a burnt-out Carlos Baldomir who I battered in a sparring session recently.” said Ndou. ” I have got a great trainer in Harold Volbrecht in my corner and also Australia’s Grantlee Kieza who was in the corner of Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding and Joe Bugner in several of there big fights.” Ndou added. ” I must thank Mike Marchionte for getting this fight for me. I am sure I will be victorious on Saturday and a win over Alvarez which will help get me in the mix to fight big name opponents.” (more…)
Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Juan Manuel Lopez will be at ringside at Top Rank’s “In Harm’s Way” PPV at the Honda Center on Saturday night.
Congratulations to Fightnews.com photographer Big Joe Miranda, who was named “Photographer of the Year” by the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum at American Sports University in San Bernardino, California.
It was an expensive case of the flu for Julio Ceasr Chavez Jr., who had to pull out of his PPV clash with Pawel Wolak. Junior is said to have forfeit a $775,000 purse for the bout.
Welterweight Paul Delgado (25-9-1, 4 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Chris Gray (13-13, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With the win, Delgado claimed the vacant IBF/USBA Southern Region belt. Scores were 97-93 twice and 95-95.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a championship webcast tonight – free of charge. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico or the United States. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Estadio Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico – WBC Silver super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 34-0-1 with 26 knockouts, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will make his second defense of the title against Lovemore “The Black Panther” Ndou, 48-11-2 with 31 knockouts, of Sydney, Australia. (more…)
In an upset, lightweight Noe Bolaños (22-5-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBC Youth interim champion Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (18-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the University of Guadalajara Olympic Coliseum in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The bout was waved off by the referee after Bolanos quickly stunned Gonzalez with a series of blows. Time was 2:51. Gonzalez had accepted the fight on short notice after original headliner Pablo Cesar Cano pulled out sick earlier this week.
Featherweight Charles Huerta (16-1, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Arturo Camargo (23-17-2, 20 KOs). Huerta dropped Camargo twice in round four with body shots and went on to win by scores of 76-74, 76-74, 77-73.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Top-10 world-ranked undefeated cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode (15-0, 14 KOs) scored a brutal sixth round KO over Ed Perry (17-5-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Kayode sent Perry to the deck at the end of round four with bodyshots and Kayode’s body barrage sent Perry down for the count at :51 of round six.
Former Cuban Olympian Luis “La Estrella” Franco (8-0, 5 KOs) won by eighth round DQ over Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (15-2, 8 KOs) in a super featherweight bout. Franco appeared headed to a points decision, until Hunter was tossed by referee Jon Schorle for repeated low blows. Time was 2:34. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Middleweight Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (21-6-2, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over Lajuan Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night in the Rollins Center at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Miranda outboxed Simon to win by scores of 115-112 and 115-113 on two cards, while Simon was up 115-114 on the third card. With his victory, Miranda claimed the WBC Continental Americas belt. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada at ringside
If most two handed fighters can’t make it out of the second round with middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux, what chance does a one-handed fighter have? The answer: hardly any. Lemieux disposed of Purnell Gates (18-2 13KO) with the Michigan fighter’s corner throwing in the towel after two knockdowns in the second round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Gates had grabbed his right hand early in the first round, wincing in pain and started running as far and fast as he could for the remainder of the bout that officially ended at 2:50 of round two. Lemieux who is ranked #3 by both the WBA and WBC remains perfect at 25-0 scoring his 24th stoppage, the 21st within the first two rounds.
Renan St-Juste (22-2-1 15KO) destroyed Sebastien Demers (31-4 11KO) at :54 of the second round, knocking the super-middleweight down and capturing the NABO championship. A counter left hand buckled the knees of Demers and St-Juste chased his opponent across the ring with two more lefts, putting him on his back and out cold. (more…)
Saul Alvarez 149.6 vs. Lovemore N’Dou 148.9
(WBC Silver super welterweight title)
Daniel Ponce De Leon 127 vs. Sergio Medina 127
Victor Terrazas 127 vs. Filomeno Jaramillo 127
Jose Salgado 119 vs. Alejandro Chable 119
Jesus Silvestre 108 vs. Irving Garcia 108
Sergio Villanueva 125.6 vs. Erick Perez 125.6
Eric Arreola 121.2 vs. Humberto Morales 120.1
Bladimir Lopez 143.3 vs. Uriel Marquez 141.7
Jose Lopez 145.5 vs. Carlos Camarillo 144.4
Venue: Parque De Biesbol Beto Avila, Veracruz, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO Latino/Televisa
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
From the ShoBox/SHOWTIME family to you and your families, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday season.
Tonight on ShoBox we have undefeated, power punching Lateef Kayode vs Ed Perry and undefeated former Cuban amateur champ Luis Franco vs Eric Hunter. See it at 11PM ET/PT. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentina’s Jonathan Barros and the Panamanian Irving Berry both weighed 125 pounds for their clash on Saturday for the vacant WBA featherweight title. The bout will take take place at the Polideportivo ‘ Vicente Polimeni’ Gym in Heras, Argentina. The winner between Barros and Berry will become the WBA regular featherweight champion, joining unbeaten WBA featherweight “super” champion Chris John and WBA featherweight “unified” champion Yuriorkis Gamboa as reigning WBA featherweight world title holders.
The WBA has appointed referee Raul Caiz (USA), judges Alfredo Polanco (Mexico), Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), and Hubert Erale (Canada) and supervisor Rodolfo Fortich (Colombia) to work the fight.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Nonito Donaire 118 vs Wladimir Sidorenko 117.6
Humberto Soto 134.8 vs Urbano Antillon 135**
(WBC lightweight championship)
Mikey Garcia 123.2 vs Olivier Lontchi 125.6
Pawel Wolak 161.4 vs Jose Pinzon 159***
Joe Hanks 235 vs Villi Bloomfield 253.5
Andy Ruiz Jr 262 vs Francisco Diaz 231.6
Rodrigo Garcia 151 vs Rodrigo Villarreal 148.4
Jesse Adame 122.8 vs Gabino Saenz 124.8
Jesse Magdaleno 125.4 vs Manuel Machorro 121.4
Jessie Roman 133.6 vs Johnny Frazier 132.4
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Promoter: Top Rank
** Weighed 135.2 initally, made weight an hour later
*** Weight limit was 162
In what promises to be one of the most exciting and promising trends to emerge in boxing recently, the Chinese government has thrown its hat into professional boxing as it is promoting an exciting WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight title between American Randy Griffin (24-2-3, 12 KOs) and Australia’s Kariz Kariuki (22-9-2, 18 KOs) December 4th at the Jinnan Tianjin Sports Center in Tianjin, China. The fight between former middleweight #5 ranked WBO contender Griffin (who held Felix Sturm to a twelve round draw in a WBA title fight back in 2007 before losing a tough decision to Sturm the following year) and former WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion and former WBO Oriental super middleweight champion Kariuki, promises to propel the winner into the top ten of the light heavyweight division and also to thrust China into the forefront of professional boxing. (more…)
From The Palms in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s TUF Finale on SPIKE TV:
Jonathan Brookins 154 vs. Michael Johnson 156
Stephan Bonnar 205 vs. Igor Pokrajac 205
Kendall Grove 186 vs. Demian Maia 186
Rick Story 170 vs. Johny Hendricks 171
Leonard Garcia 145 vs. Nam Phan 146
Cody McKenzie 154 vs. Aaron Wilkinson 155
Ian Loveland 145 vs. Tyler Toner 146
Kyle Watson 156 vs. Sako Chivitchian 156
Will Campuzano 136 vs. Nick Pace 138
Pablo Garza 126 vs. Fredson Paixao 125
Rich Attonito 185 vs. Dave Branch 185
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