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- Johnson retires Gunn with 80-72 shutout
- Condit-Woodley Headed to Dallas
- Johnson-Gunn slashed to eight rounds. No WBU title on the line.
- Weights from Abu Dhabi
- Ramirez/Ramirez twinbill slated for UniMas Feb 1
- Hitz Boxing announces Jan 31, Feb 28 cards
- Orlando Salido Blanket Drive/Meet & Greet
- Golovkin to get WBA "super" title, Murray-Fletcher meet for WBA "regular" title, both to fight on same card in Monte Carlo
- WBC orders Rubio-Spada for interim title
- Wladimir Klitschko wants all the belts
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
Boom. Boom. Boom.
By the time the eighth round came around, that’s all that could be heard – Holly Holm’s repeatedly socking it to New York’s Ann Marie Saccurato. That is, before their 10-round rematch was cut short after Saccurato’s trainer signaled Referee Rocky Burke to end the slaughter at :51 of round eight . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
Russian boxing powerhouse German Titov Promotions announced that it has signed to a promotional contract 22-year-old Dominican Olympian Gilbert Lennin Castillo (3-0, 2 KOs) who fights in the light heavyweight class. Castillo was an amateur standout who represented his country to the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Titov had this to say about his new recruit, “Castillo is a young and talented boxer. He was an excellent amateur and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will perform very well as a pro.” Titov Promotions has another Dominican star in its ranks, 2008 Olympic junior welterweight gold medalist Felix Diaz. Titov traveled to the Dominican Republic to watch young Castillo in action on a boxing card last Monday and was positively impressed by the young man. Castillo will probably be fighting on another card in the Dominican Republic on December 19th. “We plan to keep Gilbert busy and move him up rapidly,” commented Titov.
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko has been released from the Helios Klinik in Schwerin, Germany after undergoing a battery of tests, including a CT scan. “I’m doing better again,” he said today. “I’m still waiting on some results and a clinic in Hamburg will do more tests tomorrow. I hope that we’ll know what happened. This is something I’ve never experienced before. I apologize to the fans in the arena and watching on television, but I hope I’m healthy again quickly and can take this fight. I would like to defend my title against Sosnowski as soon as possible.” Dimitrenko’s fight with Albert Sosnowski was cancelled after Dimitrenko feinted in his dressing room. Universum has announced that Dimitrenko is still champion and the bout will be rescheduled.
Barbados super lightweight prospect and 22-year-old Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine added another KO victory to his unblemished record to take his wins to 13 in as many fights. Young Antoine who turns 23 on February 4th, 2011 started slowly as he tried to figure out the award southpaw style of his Guyanese opponent Shawn Pile. Antoine sent Pile to the canvas early in the second round with a series of accurate combinations. Pile visited the canvas two more times in the third round, the last was a result of a well placed right uppercut. Referee Eon Jardine had seen enough and wisely saved Pile from further punishment. Antoine is a former WBC CABOFE super lightweight champion who was stripped of his title after he was refused permission by the local Barbados commission to defend during the 2010 AIBA women’s world championships. Antoine, who is trained by top local promoter Sam Layne is the brightest young prospect coming out of the Caribbean.
By Doug Gibson at ringside
In an tough eight-round fight in Ogden’s Golden Spike Arena Saturday night, Salt Lake City’s Gary Gomez took a close decision of Ogden’s Valente Tinajero to win the Utah Cruiserweight championship. It was an exciting fight that matched Tinajero’s aggressiveness with Gomez’s ring savvy. The veteran Gomez, 19-11-2, was pressed every round by Tinajero, 8-3, who frequently scored hard right hands. However, Gomez was able to counterpunch well against Tinajero, scoring to the body often. The final round was an exciting slugfest, as both fighters tried hard to end on top. In the end, the judges favored Gomez’ ring generalship. This reporter scored the fight a draw, 76-76.
In a preliminary bout, veteran Ogden heavyweight Billy Zumbrun, 24-12-1, scored a very easy second round knockout over woefully out of shape Tulsa, Okla., trial horse Jason Nicholson, 18-26-2. Zumbrun floored Nicholson three times before the fight was stopped.
In other fights, middleweight Todd Willingham scored a four round decision over Will Walton and lightweight Cesar Romero stopped Jason Hayes after three rounds.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
WBC silver super welterweight titleholder Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) maintained his unbeaten record with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over savvy veteran Lovemore N’Dou (48-12-2, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque De Biesbol Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico. Scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 for Canelo.
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon improved his record to 41-2 with 34 KOs with a seventh round TKO over Sergio Manuel Medina (35-4, 20 KOs).
In another notable fight, featherweight Victor “El Vikingo” Terrazas (28-2-1, 16 KOs) won by TKO in the second round against Filomeno Jaramillo (6-2, 2 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In the main event of the evening lightweight Jonathan Brookins was crowned as the new Ultimate Fighter Season 12 champion after defeating Michael Johnson via unanimous decision. In round one Johnson had the fight firmly in his grasp as he dropped Brookins repeatedly with hard, crisp combinations. Round two saw Brookins return to his wrestling and control his opponent from the top position for most of the period. The final round saw Johnson score with some blows, but the wrestling of Brookins took over again and he remained in control as time ticked away. Scorecards all read the same, 29-28.
Despite both being deducted points for blows to the back of the head, Stephan Bonnar defeated Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision in the evening’s light heavyweight co-feature. Scorecards all read the same, 29-26. (more…)
Jonathan Victor Barros of Argentina (31-1-1, 18 KOs) defeated Irving Berry of Panama (18-2-2, 9 KOs) to win the vacant WBA world featherweight title. The bout was fairly close for he first three rounds but Barros broke through at the end of round four stunning the southpaw Berry with a straight right. Round five saw Barros keeping up the pressure and hurting Berry with some more powershots upstairs. A straight right hand to the chin of Berry by Barros in round seven had him staggering and Raul Caiz Jr. had seen enough and stopped the fight. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni, in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting the event.
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
In a great fight, WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) barely retained his title with a hard fought unanimous decision over Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) in front of a crowd of 3,253 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The bout was a total war with both fighters trading bombs throughout. Whenever the champion’s precise punching gave him the edge, Antillon’s fighter’s heart would pull him back into the fight. Referee Ray Corona deducted a point from Antillon in round five for a low blow and that ended up costing him a draw. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 114-113, all for Soto.
Two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) said he would make a statement on Saturday night and that’s just what he did. “The Filipino Flash” destroyed former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-3-2, 7 KOs) to set up a February 19 clash with WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel. After staggering Sidorenko early, Donaire dropped him with a left/right combination at the end of round one. Donaire scored another knockdown with a big left hand in round three and put the former champion down for the count in round four. Time was 1:48.
Undefeated lightweight contender Mikey Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs) scored his most impressive win to date, knocking out former world title challenger Olivier Lontchi (18-2-2, 8 KOs) in round five. Garcia dropped Lontchi with a right to the head then put him down for the count with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:30.
Middleweight contender Pawel Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), who was originally slated to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the main event before Chavez pulled out with the flu, survived a rocky start against late sub Jose Pinzon (19-2-1, 13 KOs) but came through with a seventh round TKO. Wolak was knocked down and badly hurt in round two, but survived Pinzon’s follow-up attack and turned the fight around in the following rounds, finally putting Pinzon out on his feet in round seven. Time was 2:24. Click here for more photos…
Welterweight Ayi Bruce (18-3, 12 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Shamone Alvarez (21-3, 12 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBA welterweight world championship on Saturday night at at Ballys in Atlantic City. Scores were 95-95, 95-94, 97-93.
Unbeaten welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (14-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Geoffrey Spruiell (8-10, 2 KOs). Serrano floored Spruiell twice in round one, and put him down for the count :27 into round five.
Popular light heavyweight Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio (17-1-2, 5 KOs) dominated Theo Kruger (10-11-2, 3 KOs) over eight rounds en route to a unanimous decision. Scores were 79-73, 80-72, 80-72.
Middleweight Isiah Seldon (3-0), the son of former WBA Heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, won a four round majority decision over Todd Eriksson by scores of 38-38, 39-36, 39-36.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #6, WBA #11 super middleweight Les Sherrington (26-5, 17 KOs) clearly outscored Nader Hamdan (42-8-1, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Sherrington used accurate left jabs to pile up the points and in round twelve connected with hard combinations that had Hamdan in trouble. Scores Wally Lewis 119-110, Steve Marshall 117-112, Cyril Cairns 118-110. (more…)
“I was there just after he collapsed in the dressing room,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “He lay motionless on the ground. There are signs of food poisoning because he was very cramped. He said repeatedly that he wants to fight, but we couldn’t let that happen.”
Ring physician Dr. Christopher Goetz said “He had a very low blood pressure and was hyperventilating. His hands were clenched tight. Even though his condition stabilized, there was no chance that he could step into the ring. It’s necessary that he now go to the hospital to find out the cause of this condition.”
Dimitrenko was taken at 11:45PM to the Helios Kliniken in Schwerin for evaluation.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
The fight between European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko and Albert Sosnowski on Saturday night at the Sport und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany was shockingly cancelled just before fight time after Dimitrenko feinted in his dressing room. Dimitrenko was taken from the arena to the hospital on a stretcher. click here for a full report and more photos
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (30-2, 7 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Andreas Evensen (13-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. In his first title defense, Burns dropped Evensen in round one and was in command all the way. Scores were 119-108, 119-108, 118-109.
In an upset, super featherweight Paul Appleby (16-2, 11 KOs) lost a split decision to Joseph Laryea (14-4, 11 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title. Appleby was a 8 to 1 favorite to win this fight. He hurt Laryea early to the body but the African weathered the storm and dominated with his jabs keeping Appleby at a distance.
Former world title challenger Alex Arthur (29-3, 20 KOs) outpointed journeyman Jay Morris (13-17-1, 4 KOs) over eight by an 80-72 score.
Below is information regarding Mrs. Henrietta King’s South Florida memorial service and funeral in Cleveland:
Tuesday, December 7 at 2 p.m.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
900 North Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435
(East of I-95 between Boynton Beach Blvd. & Gateway Blvd.)
Arrangements by: James C. Boyd Funeral Home
2324 NW 6th St.
Ft. Lauderale Florida 33311
Saturday, December 11
10 a.m. – Family Hour and Viewing
11 a.m. – Funeral Service
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
8712 Quincy Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
Arrangements by: E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home
25900 Emery Road
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Cruiserweight Ed Perry had a lot to say about Lateef Kayode’s punching power after their scheduled 10 round Cruiserweight bout. “That’s the most power I’ve ever felt clean. I’ve been hit harder, but that was pretty clean.” The soft-spoken Kayode may not be as talkative, but his words do have an effect just like his punches. “I hit him in a good spot.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Dionisio “Mr. Nocaut” Miranda (21-6-2, 18 KOs) took home the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title with a twelve round split decision over world-rated Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (23-3-2, 12 KOs) last night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Miranda mixed hard body shots, jabs, and his trademark power shots to overcome Simon’s pressure, and revitalize his career in the process. The scores were 116-112 and 115-113 for Miranda and 115-114 for Simon. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino was the promoter, and Nick Tiberi matched the impressive eight-bout card. (more…)
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
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