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At the Directorate Meeting of the 94th WBA Convention at The Westin Playa Bonita in Panama this morning, Gilberto Mendoza, longtime President of the World Boxing Association, announced his retirement due to ongoing health concerns. The by-laws of the WBA state that there is a prescribed period of time before a new candidate for president can be named. But on hearing the news of Sr. Mendoza’s sudden retirement—he spoke to those present via live video stream from his hospital bed and was as ebullient as ever—there was unanimity among the forty members at the Directorate Meeting that 2nd Vice President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who has been acting President in his father’s absence, be named new President of the organization.
Intelligent, level-headed, and without a pompous bone in his body, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza is a man without enemies, perhaps the only man in boxing about whom that can be said. When the closed-door session of the Directorate Meeting ended, but not before many celebratory handshakes and hugs greeted the new President, he held an impromptu press conference to announce the news. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated world ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez has always considered Tucson his second home, it’s where he grew-up, where he took up boxing and where many of his relative live. So for him this past Saturday was one of the most memorable of his professional career. “It was a great feeling to come to Tucson and fight. Coming into the ring and feeling all the support and knowing you have some many people supporting you is very special. It definitely was one of the best nights of my career so far,” said Valdez, after the fight.
In the ring, Valdez was very special too as he stopped a game Ernie Sanchez in the third round of the main event of “The Homecoming” that took place in the Tucson Arena.
Valdez look sharp from the first bell as he took the fight to the Filipino Sanchez, who had no problem engaging with the two-time Mexican Olympian. Valdez was quick and right on point with his powerful combinations thru the first two rounds as the crowd kept chanting his name thru the first two rounds.
“I felt good and I knew he wanted to fight. He came ready and was very strong. I knew the fight was going good and the fans would be entertained from the way he was fighting,” said Valdez. (more…)
Dr. Gilberto Mendoza resigns as WBA President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza elected new President by majority vote
By Tracy Morin
Long time WBA President Dr. Gilberto Mendoza has resigned as President go the WBA citing health reasons. Mendoza was elected to the post in 1982 and served 33 years.
By majority vote, the WBA Directors then elected current Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza as new leader of the organization. He will serve a five year term.
Photos: Craig Bennett/Main Events
While in Los Angeles last weekend, WBA/IBF/WBO unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev discussed his HO-televised rematch with former world champion Jean Pascal set to take place on January 30 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
When you go into a rematch with a guy you’ve already knocked out, do you want to beat him even better this time?
I would like to beat him more clearly, where there is no questions, no doubt between me and him.
How tough was your first fight with Pascal? Was it tough at all? How do you remember it?
It was a very hard fight. I missed some punches from his counter attack because I did some mistakes. But right now I’ve fixed it and next the fight should be very interesting. I would like to destroy him as a boxer forever. (more…)
Undefeated Belgian cruiserweight top prospect Ryad Merhy, 17-0-0(14, is looking forward to capture his first major belt when he is facing Canadian champion Sylvera Louis, 7-3-0(3), for the vacant WBC Silver Intl belt next Saturday at the famous Spiroudome of Charleroi, Belgium live on RTL TV.
Alain Vanackere of 12 rounds promotion presents on the same card a second WBC fight. Imad Azaroui, 8-0-0(1) is fighting compatriot Mouhamed Sder, 8-2-2(2), for the vacant WBC Francophone welterweight title.
Current WBC Youth heavyweight champion Herve “HH” Hubeaux, 22-1-0(10), is having a 10rd non-title on the undercard against Georgian Gogita Gorgiladze, 26-9-0(21).
Seyedin Syroos, Michel Garcia and Bilal Ben Sidi, who makes his pro debut, are completing the card.
Date: Dec 19, 2015
Place: Charleroi, Belgium
Promoter: Alain Vanackere – 12 rounds promotion
Story/Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBxingHistory.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 19-1, 10 KOs, gets the chance to rebound from his first professional defeat on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. His fight with Luis Ortiz, 23-0, 20 KOs, 1 No Contest, is the main event on a nationally televised HBO card. It is another big fight for Jennings who fought for the world title in his last outing. Ortiz is the current Interim WBA heavyweight champ, and a win by Jennings would earn him that sliver of the title. More importantly, such a victory would put the North Philadelphian in a prime position to perhaps become THE key player in the suddenly wide-open heavyweight division.
In his most recent fight, Jennings challenged long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko, and although the champ comfortably retained his title by unanimous decision, Jennings was lauded for his performance which reinforced his standing as a future titleholder.
Last month, Tyson Fury surprised many by upsetting Klitschko and taking Wlad’s collection of title belts back to the UK with him. Although it appears there will be an immediate rematch between the two, the win by Fury rattled the division considerably and officially ignited genuine thoughts of the post-Klitschko era.
“I watched it,” Jennings said from his training camp in Boca Raton, Florida. “But of course, I didn’t like it. I don’t think anybody liked it. It was just ugly to watch.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane came back from 13 months of inactivity to stop Filipino Renz Rosia in the ninth round to retain his IBO flyweight belt at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. Mthalane who was defending the belt for the second time dominated the fight from the first round as he fought from behind his tight defence and educated left jab. The southpaw Rosia who is ranked at number fourteen by the IBO never got into the fight and after taking a battering throughout, his corner decided not let him come out for the bell at the start of the tenth round. (more…)
Before Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit meet for the welterweight championship in the main event of UFC 195 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 2, UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers will get a main event of their own on the same night when lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and “Irish” Joe Duffy finally meet in the Octagon . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Hungarian cruiserweight champion Imre Szello improved his record to 10-0, 6 KOs with a third round knockout against Tanzanian Said Mbelwa (33-18-4, 22 KOs) in a bloody affair on Saturday night at the City Sporthall in Dunaujvaros, Hungary. Szello was cut early in the second round.
Former amateur star Norbert Harcsa improved to 2-0, 0 KOs, by outpointing Bosnian Nikola Matic (13-31, 9 KOs) over six rounds.
Hungarian light heavyweight champion Richard Baranyi stopped his Georgian opponent George Aduashvili in the second round and moved to 14-1 with 11 KOs. Aduashvili falls to 21-17-1, 10 KOs. (more…)
The 94th World Boxing Association Convention will be taking place this week at The Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama. Starting on Monday and running through Friday, many topics will be addressed. Click here to see the agenda.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A packed house at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD that featured numerous local political dignitaries saw the son of a Baltimore Boxing legend make a very successful pro debut. Middleweight Shariff “C3” Rahman scored a first-round TKO over Alex Ashbury of Kannapolis, NC. Rahman knocked down Ashbury three times to earn his victory. Ashbury is 0-4.
Rahman’s father, former undisputed world heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, was on hand, not only to support his son but he also participated in a four-round exhibition contest on the card against Robert Dunton of Hopkins, SC. Another former world champ, Zab “Super” Judah, worked Shariff Rahman’s corner. (more…)
In front of a packed house at the Sport Palace in the capital of Ukraine, undefeated #1 ranked cruiserweight contender Oleksandr Usyk, (9-0-0, 9KO’s) scored a seventh round stoppage of Pedro “El Reguilete” Rodriguez, 22-2-0 (19KO’s), on Saturday night. Defending his WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title for the fourth time, Usyk aggressively battled the Cuban from the opening bell, dropping him in the sixth stanza. Following a barrage of punches from the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rodriguez was sent to the canvas again in the seventh as the fight was waived off. (more…)
Conor McGregor predicted his shots would make Jose Aldo crumble, but after just 13 seconds all it took was one . . Click here for more at UFC.com
Anthony Joshua’s next fight scheduled for April 9th, Dereck Chisora currently favored to be the opponent
By James Slater
Unbeaten British heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua, the new British champion courtesy of last night’s brutal KO of bitter rival Dillian Whyte, is already being asked about his next fight. The 15-0 (all KO’s) star had to get through a few rough patches against former amateur nemesis Whyte before ending matters in the 7th, and Joshua is level headed enough to admit he is not yet ready for the division’s elite.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has Tweeted how his star fighter will next box on April 9th, once against at The O2 in London, against a TBA. Whoever Joshua fights in April, a full house can be assured, but the leading candidate right now seems to be former British heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora. Chisora – who recently signed a promotional deal with Sauerland – boxed on last night’s card, picking up his second win inside a week as he stopped Jakov Gospic via 3rd-round TKO. Currently 24-5 with 16 KOs, Chisora has the kind of world class experience Joshua told Sky Sports he himself needs to gain. (more…)
“I’d like to say it was an honour to share the ring with Roy who in my eyes is still a ring legend and I hope that he recovers fully from this,” Enzo Maccarinelli discussing his fourth round stoppage of Roy Jones Jr at the VTB Arena in Moscow Saturday night. “Regarding my win, I’m over the moon with the performance and it showed that I’ve got the power to hurt anybody. This fight was at cruiserweight where I’ve held a world title and I’ve also dropped down to light-heavyweight where I fought Juergen Braehmer for a world title, I’m comfortable at either and wherever the best opportunities are I’ll take them.
“I said before the fight that I fight best when the pressure is on and coming out to Russia where Roy has become a favourite certainly put the pressure on me to perform and I did that. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez and Alma Montiel
WBC female flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez (25-4-3, 4 KOs) successfully defended her title by nine round technical decision over former world champion Simona Galassi (23-5-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the BlackBerry Auditorium in Mexico City. In the ninth round, a head clash caused a deep cut in Galassi’s eyebrow so the bout was sent to the scorecards where Chavez prevailed.
The co-feature, a WBC flyweight eliminator between Saul “Baby” Juarez (22-4-1, 12 KOs) and former champion Osvaldo “Gallito” Novoa (14-6-3, 9 KOs), was stopped after just 42 seconds due to a head clash that left Novoa with a bad cut and the bout was ruled a draw. (more…)
It was Patrick Nielsen who came out on top in his domestic mega-fight with Rudy Markussen last night at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen. The Albertslund-boxer scored a third-round technical knockout victory over the former European Champion and World title challenger. In the third round, Nielsen began to assert his dominance and Markussen looked in trouble. With 1 minute and 24 seconds gone, Nielsen floored Markussen and the ‘Hard Hitter’ was unable to find his feet as the referee counted him out.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont
Former IBF, WBC, WBA champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (42-8-1, 31 KOs) forced Cris “The King” Paulino (14-2, 4 KOs) to retire at the conclusion of round two of a scheduled ten round bout to capture a WBC regional super bantamweight title at the Alexandria Basketball Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday.
Paulino connected with accurate combinations in round one against the aggressive Darchinyan, who had problems finding the range against the mobile sharpshooting Filipino. The 39-year-old former IBF, WBC, WBA world champion Darchinyan stepped up a gear in round two and dropped his opponent with a power body shot. Paulino took the eight count and then finished the contest on unsteady legs and his cornerman pulled Paulino out of the contest to save him from further punishment. (more…)
Conor McGregor runs this town now. After a year of hype and buildup, the Dublin, Ireland native delivered on his promise in the main event of UFC 194 Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, taking just 13 seconds to end Jose Aldo’s reign as UFC featherweight champion as well as his decade-long unbeaten streak . . Click here for more at UFC.com
Co-Main: Luke Rockhold didn’t hide his confidence heading into his UFC 194 co-main event against Chris Weidman, and it didn’t take long to find out why, as the former Strikeforce champion dominated the New Yorker Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, stopping him in the fourth round to win the UFC middleweight championship . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Ernie Sanchez (15-7-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tucson Arena in Tucson, Arizona. A crushing left hook put Sanchez down and out. Time was :59.
WBA interim super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Sidney Siqueira (26-11-1, 17 KOs) in a non-title jr middleweight fight. Benavidez was in command all the way although he occasionally took hard shots on the ropes. Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90. “I haven’t felt that well for awhile,” said Benavidez afterward. “It started with a stomach virus. But I wanted this fight and got into the ring. I had my speed but not all of my power. The good thing was that I went 10 rounds and got some good work in.”
Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart (19-0, 16 KOs) needed just 54 seconds to demolish Andrik Saralegui (8-4, 6 KOs). Hart, the son of Philly ring legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, dropped Saralegui twice.
Brazilian Olympian Esquiva Falcoa dropped Hector Munoz in the second round and stopped him in the fourth round. Miguel Diaz, chief trainer for Falcoa, was very pleased with Falcoa’s performance. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In an IBF light heavyweight eliminator, undefeated Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Karo Murat (27-3-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. Barrera dropped Murat at the end of round four, and got the TKO in round five with a barrage of punches. Time was :25. Murat complained to referee Wayne Hedgpeth about a quick stoppage. Barrera is now mandatory IBF challenger for Main Events stablemate Sergey Kovalev, who was at ringside watching.
Unbeaten welterweight Pedro “Roca” Campa (20-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Aaron “La Joya” Herrera (29-4-1, 18 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 98-92.
Unbeaten middleweight Arif “The Mayhem” Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over southpaw Jonatan “Oso” Tavira (12-4, 9 KOs). Magomedov dropped Tavira in rounds four and seven. Time was :55. (more…)
Despite seeing his seven-fight winning streak snapped in UFC 194 prelim action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Frankie Saenz proved that he was ready for prime time, putting on a gutsy effort before losing a decision to bantamweight superstar Urijah Faber. . Click here for more at UFC.com
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
Jr middleweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Antonio DeMarco (31-6-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the newly renovated AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Figueroa took it to DeMarco by smothering him with power shots and punch volume. DeMarco got going late in the fight, but it was too little, too late. One judge scored it 116-112 and the other two judges saw it 115-113.
Heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (37-4-1, 31 KOs) won a razor-thin split decision over Travis “My Time” Kauffman (30-2, 22 KOs). Arreola came out aggressively in the first round but Kauffman made it a real war, dropping Arreola in round three. After the full twelve, one judge had it 114-113 for Kauffman, while two judges saw it 114-113 for Arreola.
Former world champion Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) scored a TKO over Gilberto Sanchez Leon (33-14-2). Ortiz had an easy eight rounds, dominating the fight. The referee stopped the fight at the end of round eight. The time was 2:57. (more…)
Tonight at the Centre sportif des ascenseurs at Thieu Belgium Islam Teffahi retained his WBC Francophone title and added the WBC Silver Intl title to his collection with a close but deserved majority decision over local Sheldon Moore.
Moore started very confident and won the first 4 rounds but Teffahi, seemingly a slow starter came back into the fight from the 5rd on. After 8 round all judges had it level at 76-76. Moore looked very tired and was warned several times for clinching. Teffahi was still very accurate and mobile winning the rounds. At the final bell it was scored 114-114 by Verwijs. But was outvoted by Silvi with 115-113 and Pobyvailo 116-113 for defending champion Teffahi.
Timur Nikarkhoev had a cautious start but from the 2nd he dominated his opponent Ramazi Gogichasvili scoring to face and body with both hands. After a huge 5th round for the young Timur Nikarkhoev the Georgian visitor did not come out for round 6.
Unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in London. Joshua punished bitter rival Whyte in the first round of the clash of bitter rivals, then after some late punches, both corners emptied into the ring. Both Joshua and Whyte were rocked in round two. Joshua, who had never previously gone longer than three rounds was in command until he knocked out Whyte in round seven. Time was 1:27.
In a WBA eliminator, middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (21-1, 15 KOs) punished Gary O’Sullivan (22-2, 15 KOs) for seven rounds before O’Sullivan’s corner pulled their man out.
In a clash for the WBA interim world lightweight title, KO artist Ismael Barroso (19-0, 18 KOs) crushed Kevin Mitchell (39-4, 29 KOs) in five rounds. Barroso was credited with a knockdown in round four. Barroso scored another knockdown in round five, then blasted Mitchell out of there. Time was 2:40.
Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Mateusz Masternak (36-4, 26 KOs) to claim the vacant European cruiserweight title. Scores were 115-112, 115-112, 115-113.
In an upset, previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (12-1, 10 KOs) lost a twelve round split decision against Yvan Mendy (33-4-1, 16 KOs). Mendy knocked down Campbell in round five.
Former two division world champion Paul Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) outpointed Antonio Moscatiello (20-3-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the vacant EBU-EU welterweight title.
In his second fight in seven days, heavyweight Dereck Chisora (24-5, 16 KOs) stopped journeyman Jakov Gospic (16-14, 12 KOs) in round three.
Former cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (41-7, 33 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round knockout over 46-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (62-8, 45 KOs) on Saturday night at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Maccarinelli floored Jones with an uppercut then laid him out face first with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:59.
WBA #7 light heavyweight Stanislav Kashtanov (33-2, 20 KOs) stopped Bernard Donfack (22-14-3, 11 KOs) in round eight.
WBA #7 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) kayoed “The Sandman” Konstantin Airich (22-15-2, 18 KOs) in round five.
WBA #3 middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (17-1-2, 11 KOs) halted Benjamin Simon (26-3, 25 KOs) in round four.
By James Slater
London-born cruiserweight warrior Ola Afolabi, 22-4-4(11) has announced on social media how he will tackle familiar foe Marco Huck for a fourth time next February, once again in Germany. The fight is set for Feb. 27th in Halle, Germany. The fourth clash between the two will contest the IBO belt, currently the property of 35-year-old Afolabi.
“We’re off to Germany to fight Marco Huck for the fourth time. I guess he’s not too fond of fighting outside of his hometown. Just a job to me. I’ll fight him on the moon,” Afolabi wrote on his FaceBook page yesterday.
This time, it will be Afolabi who will enter the ring as the defending (IBO) champion. Back in 2009, 2012 and 2013, Huck was the defending WBO cruiserweight champ and he won decisions over Afolabi in the first and third fights, picking up a 12-round draw in the second meeting. All three fights were tough, hard encounters, with both men pushing themselves to the limit. Now, Afolabi hopes his fourth shot at Huck will prove victorious. (more…)
WBC Statement: In the last few days, the WBC has been working diligently with all interested parties to ultimately facilitate the fight between WBC Middleweight World Champion Saul Alvarez and WBC Middleweight Interim Champion Gennady Golovkin. That bout carries enormous implications and is of great importance for boxing, both in terms of history and for the future of the sport.
Many details must be addressed for or a Super-Fight of that magnitude to actually occur. The boxers’ respective promoters, Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions, have been communicating in good faith to finalize the details of the negotiations for the contest to come to fruition. Recognizing that their discussions have been ongoing, the WBC has given the parties the flexibility to continue to work amicably to finalize terms, with the ultimate goal being that the two champions meet in the ring.
In order to bring closure to the negotiations, the WBC plans to attend an in-person session between the two promotional companies this weekend in Los Angeles. The WBC’s goal is to facilitate this fight, which will be of tremendous magnitude for the sport of boxing and its fans all over the world.
There isn’t much left for Frankie Edgar to prove after his stunning first-round knockout of Chad Mendes on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in Las Vegas. . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
The much-anticipated announcement of Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent during Friday night’s truTV telecast never happened. Pacman isn’t ready to choose his next opponent just yet.
Scale woes: Former lightweight champion Omar Figueroa weighed a whopping 11 pounds over the jr welterweight limit for today’s showdown with Antonio DeMarco in San Antonio, Texas.
More scale woes: Current WBA interim jr welterweight champion Jose Benevidez Jr weighed 5.4 pounds over the limit for a non-title bout scheduled in the welterweight division tonight in Tucson. That’s 12.4 pounds over his fighting weight.
Tempers flared in Denmark when super middleweights Patrick Nielsen and Rudy Markussen had to be restrained when a shoving match threatened to escalate.
During Friday’s weigh-in in London, heavyweight Dillian Whyte turned his back toward archrival Anthony Joshua during their face-off. But Whyte was one-upped by middleweight Gary O’Sullivan. During his face-off with Chris Eubank Jr, O’Sullivan leaned over and kissed Eubank on the lips!
We have another marathon fight card tonight in Texas! 15 bouts are scheduled and that’s after the late cancellation of a scheduled heavyweight ten rounder between Charles Martin and Dominic Breazeale.
The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation will host its 19th Annual Toy Giveaway today at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School in East LA. Oscar will be joined by boxers Antonio “Relentless” Orozco, Frankie “Pit Bull” Gomez, Diego De La Hoya, Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taisha, Ivan “Striker” Delgado, and Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete, as they help distribute thousands of toys to pre-selected children in the East Los Angeles community.
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Formerly two-time world champ, Japanese southpaw Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15 KOs), 127, came off the canvas twice and fought back very hard to earn a close but unanimous decision (96-93, 95-93, 95-94) over fast-punching Mexican, WBO#5 super-feather Carlos Ruiz (14-2, 5 KOs), 126, over ten hard-fought give-and-take rounds on Friday in Kobe, Japan. Winning the first two sessions with ease, Hasegawa might feel it wouldn’t be a tough night, but the fact wasn’t what he felt out. The closing seconds of the third witnessed Ruiz explode a smashing right to the button of the Japanese speedster, who badly hit the deck and resumed fighting to be fortunately saved by the bell. Though Hasegawa dominated the fourth, he went back to the canvas with a same straight right to the chin in the fifth. But Hasegawa fought back hard to win round after round from the sixth, utilizing his hand speed, shifty mobility and counterpunching. Ruiz, an intelligent student of Mexican Institute of Technology (Mexican MIT), occasionally attempted to score the same right to the puzzling lefty for the third time, but Hasegawa displayed his experience of having kept his WBC bantam belt ten times and having acquired the WBC feather throne in showing a last surge with a flurry of punches in the final session. Hasegawa said, “I took just a couple of punches from Ruiz, but they made me hit the canvas twice. Except that, I completely controlled the fight.” Ruiz said, “I admit it’s a close fight, but I thought I won. Though he threw more combinations, I blocked them to nullify his busy punches.” (more…)
Cody Crowley 149.5 vs. Kevin Cooper 148.5
Shariff Rahman 167.5 vs. Alex Asbury 162
Devin Butcher 166 vs. Daryl Watkins 171
Travis Reeves 188 vs. Anthony Caputo 199.5
Stephon Morris 172 vs. Cassanova Brooks 170.5
Malik Hawkins 149.5 vs. Jose Valderrama 152
Jerome Featherstone 162 vs. Jessie Singletary 167
Hasim Rahman 274 vs. Robert Dunton 244
Note: 43-year-old former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman is fighting a exhibition and his son Shariff is making his pro debut. Zab Judah is working in the corner of Shariff.
Venue: Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Promoter: Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Productions
Salomon Becerra 225 vs. Tommonte Jefferson 242
Ramiro Bueno 162.4 vs. Kenneth Council 157.6
Marcus Willis 159 vs. Martese Logan 159
Johnny Frazier 130 vs. Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr 130.2
Rydell Griffin 148 vs. Ed Brown 145
Francois Russell 227 vs. Willie Jake Jr 241
Lionel Jimenez 147.4 vs. Kenneth Thomas Jr 147.2
Venue: Sparta Training Academy, Fishers, Indiana
Promoter: 4 Champs Promotions
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