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It was announced today at a press conference in London that heavyweight contender Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora will face Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on February 15th at the Copper Box Arena in London. Chisora will share the bill with Tyson Fury with an eye on meeting Fury in a rematch in the summer. Promoter Frank Warren stated that he would like Fury-Chisora to be a WBO title eliminator and stage the bout at West Ham’s Upton Park stadium. Chisora and Fury were complimentary to each other, but Fury had harsh words for ex-world champion David Haye, who twice pulled out of fights against him. “He’s a f—ing b–ch and he wouldn’t fight,” stated Fury. Chisora’s opponent Johnson is coming off a poor performance against Christian Hammer in December. Fury’s foe is Gonzalo Omar Basile of Argentina.
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events
After losing his unbeaten record in a controversial decision last March in Chicago, 26-year-old Puerto Rican boxer Roberto Acevedo (8-1, 5 KOs) came back in a big way last Friday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, proving he’s one of the top prospects in the light heavyweight division. Acevedo looked strong in his debut after moving up from super middleweight as he blew away highly touted and previously undefeated WBA #14 rated Ilshat Khusnulgatin (11-1, 6 KOs).
“I felt strong. My hands went well and I could hurt him and finish him off. Thank God we could do the work and show we are here to stay,” said Acevedo, who took the fight on only 7 days notice. Roberto, who is managed by Boxing Free Agent Management, will be returning to the ring in March looking for a regional title.
A new reality series called “Welcome to Los Vargas” following the life of retired three-time world boxing champion Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas and his family, aired Sunday night on the mun2 network. In the premiere episode, viewers met the family and learned that Fernando has started a new career – as a boxer trainer. When Fernando and his wife Martha go to a concert in downtown Las Vegas, they leave Grandpa in charge of the kids. Martha receives a surprise from Frankie J.
Known for competitive fight cards and his “Boxing at its Best” motto, California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis closed off his 2013 season last November with the best night of professional boxing San Diego, CA, had seen in a long time. A night of knockouts, back and forth action and an all-out night of club fights atmosphere was lived by the nearly sold out crowd. DePhilippis together with his outfit Bobby D Presents and in association with Caribe Promotions are committed to keep it going with a mega-fight card that guarantees to start the New Year with a bang in their first fight event of 2014 in their running boxing series “San Diego Fights” all set for Friday, February 28th, at the new home for San Diego live professional boxing, the Crown Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Jeff Julian
9th ranked WBA contender Travis “My Time” Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) captured the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA with laborious one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over Vincent Thompson. Travis targeted the body and landed several hard shots up top, but Thompson fought throughout the fight in survival mode with small combinations while clinching constantly, which led to a less than exciting fight. All three judges had it heavily in favor of Travis Kauffman by scores of 98-92 and 100-90 x 2 for the unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Gavin Rees says that defeat against Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday (February 1) would spell the end of his career. The former WBA world light welterweight champion was stopped by Adrien Broner in Atlantic City for ‘The Problem’s’ WBC lightweight crown in February and followed that with a slender defeat to Anthony Crolla in Bolton in June. The 33 year old now tackles his fellow Welshman in an eliminator for the British title live on AWE TV, but there’s more than just a shot at the title on the line for ‘The Rock’.
“If I lose to Gary I think that would be the end of the road for my career,” said Rees. “It’s all on the line for me, if I lose its curtains. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO junior lightweight champion Miguel Angel (Mikey) Garcia continued to burnish his credentials as one of the best fighters in the world Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, bouncing back from a brief second-round scare to win a unanimous decision against top contender Juan Carlos Burgos. The fight was the main event of a double-header televised by HBO. (more…)
Gary Shaw Productions and Antonio Leonard Promotions have just signed two of the top U.S. amateur boxers in Kenneth Sims Jr. and Eduardo Martinez. Both fighters who hail from Chicago, IL, were brought to the professional ranks by manager James Prince and are trained by Kenneth Sims Sr. “These two kids have remarkable talent,” said Gary Shaw. “I want to thank my good friend James Prince for bringing me these two top fighters from the amateurs. Antonio Leonard, James and I will once again start another journey together as we did in the past with the late Diego Corrales and many others. We will go far with these two young men.”
By Tracy Morin/MemphisBoxing.com at ringside
The first 2014 edition of Fights at the Fitz in Tunica, Mississippi, drew an enthusiastic crowd to support local fan favorites pitted against time-tested veterans, plus adopted son Tony Mack facing a young undefeated in the card’s main event. Full story…
As we reported, the highly publicized pro debut of 2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (4-2, 0 KOs) against Fidel “El Terrible” Rios (9-0-2, 3 KOs) in Brazil ended prematurely when, thanks to some overzealous refereeing, both fighters were disqualified for hitting after the bell. Interestingly, according to Falcao’s official Fight Fax record, he already has had six pro fights, including two losses. This is courtesy of his six paid bouts on the controversial “World Series of Boxing” circuit that occurred prior to his participation in the Olympics.
Falcao-Rios was supposed to air on FOX Deportes on Saturday night, but in the U.S. we ended up with replays of classic fights instead. However, video of Falcao-Rios has popped up on YouTube, so here’s what went down…
Although he was the winner in his first fight with Manny Pacquiao, current WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley sounds like a man looking for redemption when he faces Pacquiao again on April 12 on a PPV megacard in Las Vegas. “This fight is to get the credit I didn’t get the first time,” Bradley told boxing scribe Leighton Ginn of the Desert Sun. “In this fight, I have to beat him as convincingly as I beat Marquez.”
Bradley said that it “feels great” to get the rematch. “I’m happy to have this opportunity to get rid of this dark cloud that has been looming over me since 2012.” He also stated that he’s expecting a more aggressive Pacman. “I’m ready for whatever Pacquiao brings. I’m ready basically to win and get the credit I deserve that I didn’t get in the last fight!”
Lamont Peterson sets his sights on Danny Garcia for a possible junior welterweight unification fight, after his weekend win. More
Police searched the home of champ Jean Pascal in connection to a possible sexual assault, over the weekend. More
Amir Khan is expected to know if he’s won the boxing lottery with a Floyd Mayweather showdown, next week. More
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In the main event at the Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort in Santa Fe, N.M., Tony “The Warrior” Valdez (8-4-3, 7 KO’s) seemed gun-shy against a less-than-formidable opponent in Jaime Gutierrez (4-8) of Albuquerque.
The fans in attendance at the Holmes Boxing and Orthrus Promotions card were expecting a blood and guts war, as has been the norm every time Valdez fights. What they got was a cautious and controlled boxing match. (more…)
Caceres and Sergio Pettis, younger brother of lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, won fight of the night for their bantamweight brawl. The two exchanged big shots early on, with Pettis controlling the first two rounds. But Caceres came out strong in the third, finishing the younger Pettis via rear-naked choke with just 20 second left to fight . . . Click here for more
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By Julian Burgower and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson of Washington, DC notched win number 32 and successfully made the second defense of his title tonight by outpointing a very game Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean of Montreal, Quebec, Canada Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Peterson got off to a slow start before the 5,668 hometown fans in attendance allowing Jean to use his quickness and carry three of the four rounds on two of the judges’s scorecards. Wanting to prove that his knockout loss last May to Lucas Matthysse was merely a setback, Peterson warmed up in the fifth and sixth rounds, connecting with a solid body attack as Jean backed into the ropes. Peterson continued to attack in the seventh, landing wide punches almost at will. Jean remained competitive throughout the fight, connecting with a good uppercut in the eighth. Peterson continued to dig shots to the body which seemed to drain Jean of his speed and in the 10th round caused referee Roberto Ramirez, Sr. to call a short halt to the action as Jean complained of a left that struck on the hip. Peterson cruised the 11th and 12th rounds to win a unanimous decision by scores of 115-113, 118-111 and 116-112. (more…)
The highly anticipated pro debut of 2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao ended in disaster Saturday night when both he and his opponent Fidel “El Terrible” Rios (9-0-2, 3 KOs) were surprisingly disqualified after round two at the Arena Santos in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The fight got out of hand when both fighters continued to punch after the bell in round two and referee Jose Bezerra controversially DQ’d both of them rather than issuing a warning or deducting points. With no winner, the official result will be a no contest. Both fighters were enraged by the call and want a rematch.
In the main event, unbeaten featherweight Adeilson Dos Santos (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Carlos Gaston Suarez (6-3, 1 KO). The card was Golden Boy Promotions first event in Brazil.
WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia spoke in the ring after his dominant win over Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night in the Madison Square Garden Theater.
On his fight with Burgos…
I found my rhythm, found my distance…his height and his reach were giving me a little difficulties at first, but once I found my rhythm and my range I was able to work at that pace. He’s a tough guy, he’s resilient, he can take paunch and he went the distance. I was expecting him to do that.
How he would deal with Yuriorkas Gamboa or Manny Pacquiao…
I find my distance, find my range, timing. Timing beats speed and I have all those skills and when I fight someone like them I’ll prepare for them.
If Gamboa or Pacquiao could be next…
If they wanna sit down and put it on the table, that’s what we gotta do. They know what to do, we know what to do. Gotta sit down and negotiate the fight and agree on the terms.
Former world champion Adrien Broner spoke with Brian Kenny during Saturday’s Showtime telecast. Here are some highlights:
Regarding his first loss last December to Marcos Maidana…
“That’s not the first time I took defeat. It might not be the last time. But God has got something in store for me. I am set for a major comeback. Maidana did what he was supposed to do. He threw big shots. I was in a hell of a fight. It comes with the territory. That’s boxing. Sometimes you don’t get hit, but sometimes you do. It’s not about that. It’s about how you get up. And I got up and fought to the last.”
On exercising a rematch clause for an immediate return fight with Maidana…
“Of course. I am a fighter. If I go on, I know I can beat anybody. If I go on, what will they say? ‘Oh, At least Maidana beat him.’ I’m the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather, so since I took my loss everyone feels like Floyd Mayweather took a loss because I’m the closest thing to him. And still to this day I’m the closest thing to him.” (more…)
In an attempt to broker a deal to halt violent protests and political unrest in the country, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders and offered former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko a job as Vice Prime Minister, responsible for humanitarian issues. But Klitschko, who heads the UDAR Party and has declared his intention to run against Yanukovych for president, rejected the offer and instead demanded that the Urkrainian presidential elections be moved from 2015 to later this year.
By Przemek Garczarczyk/Mateusz Borek
Still undefeated heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com after his Saturday night win by tenth round TKO against Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs) in New York City’s Madison Square Garden Theater. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
WBA #9 heavyweight contender Travis “My Time” Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) captured the WBA Fedelatin title at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA with a laborious one-sided ten round unanimous decision victory over Vincent Thompson on Saturday night. Travis targeted the body and landed several hard shots up top, but Thompson fought in survival mode with small combinations and clinching throughout which led to a less than exciting fight. All three judges had it heavily in favor of Travis Kauffman by scores of 98-92 and 100-90 x 2 for the unanimous decision victory.
In the other fight of interest on the card, former top rated US amateur and rising bantamweight sensation Miguel “No fear” Cartagena upped his record to 11-0, 4 KOs with a dominant sixth round stoppage of tough veteran Felipe Rivas (15-16-2, 9 KOs). Cartagena had Rivas heavily behind and withering as sixth round came to a close. In Rivas’s corner, the ringside physician saw what appeared to be a fractured bone in his wrist and called for the fight to be stopped. Rivas and his corner complained profusely about the stoppage. The official time of the TKO was three minutes of the sixth round.
It wasn’t a popular decision with the fans at the United Center, but in the UFC on FOX main event Saturday, Benson Henderson was able to get back in the win column in his first fight since losing his UFC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis last August, scoring a razor-thin five round split decision victory over Josh Thomson . . . Click here for more
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By Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO jr lightweight Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) successfully defended his belt by twelve round unanimous decision against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-2-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night in the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Burgos had his best moment in round two when he staggered Garcia with a left hook. However, Mikey rocked Burgos with a right hand in the following round and dominated the fight the rest of the way. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.
In an intriguing showdown between unbeaten heavyweights, Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) won by tenth round TKO over Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs). Jennings dropped Szpilka in rounds six and ten, getting a referee’s stoppage with his follow up barrage in the tenth. Time was 2:20.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan moved to 20-0 with 13 KO’s following a one-round win against Matt Vanda after the latter appeared to suffer an injury to his left bicep. The bout was called off on the advice of the ringside physician at the 2:51 mark of the opening frame with Vanda complaining of pain to the area. Vanda is now 45-16 with 24 KO wins.
In a battle of undefeated lightweights, Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (10-0, 7 KOs) shone brightly, knocking out Mexican Lauro Alcantar (8-1, 1 KO) with a spectacular left hook to the chin in round one. The Puerto Rican prospect wasted no time getting his offense going, landing a right hand and a left hook a few moments later that caused Alcantar to spin and crash to the canvas, flat on his back. Referee Gary Rosado immediately halted the bout at 21 seconds of the opening stanza.
Super middleweight Jesse Hart defeated veteran Derrick Findley via six-round unanimous decision. All three judges submitted identical scores of 60-54 for the unbeaten Hart (12-0, 10 KO’s). There were no knockdowns in a dominant performance. Findley (20-12-1-1) is now 0-4-1-1 in his last six fights. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson returned from his non-title KO loss to Lucas Matthysse to win a twelve round unanimous decision and successfully defend his belt against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. After four close rounds, Peterson won rounds five to seven. Jean then rallied and took rounds eight and nine. Peterson had more left late and won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 118-111.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous fan favorite Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs). The cut-prone Rosado was hampered by a nasty cut over the left eye in round five from a headbutt. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 100-90. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
After narrowly defeating Firat Arslan in their 2012 fight, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) scored an explosive sixth round TKO against Arslan (33-7-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Fighting in front of his hometown fans, the 43-year-old Arslan brought the pressure as he attempted to become the oldest cruiserweight world champion in history. The champion Huck, however, was more than willing to trade and dished out as much punishment as he received. The 29-year-old Huck finally broke it open in round six as he battered a tiring Arslan to the deck. Arslan was quickly back on his feet, but Huck was right on top of him and bludgeoned Arslan to the deck again. A very shaky Arslan managed to continue, but after more brutality from Huck the bout was waved off by referee Mark Nelson. Time was 1:56.
“I would like to thank Firat Arslan for bringing such a great fight to me,” said Huck in the ring after the fight. “I take my hat off to him. He’s a great fighter. I took the first fight lightly, this time I had full concentration. I think I silenced all the critics today. Now I’d like to enjoy my victory. Thank you to the fans, even if at the beginning they all were against me. My trainer says when I’m in top shape no one can beat me, whether it’s at cruiserweight or heavyweight!”
Following consecutive KO losses to Tony Thompson, British heavyweight hope David Price (16-2, 14 KOs) scored a quick first round KO over over late sub Istvan Ruszinsky (12-10-1, 8 KOs) in his debut under the Sauerland Event promotional banner. A body punch dropped Ruszinsky and ended the fight at 2:00. (more…)
Bob Arum and Todd duBoef, CEO and President of Top Rank, respectively, and Michael Koncz of MP Promotions have announced that an agreement was reached today for undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Both fighters and their teams will embark on a U.S. media tour the week of February 3, including press conferences in Los Angeles and New York on Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6, respectively. Ticket information and other details on the promotion and the media tour will be released shortly. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Sumio Yamada
An award ceremony took place at Tokyo Dome Hotel on Friday in Japan. WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Boxer of the Year for his three successful defenses all within the distance last year.
In the beginning of the ceremony sounded ten gongs to be dedicated to the late WBC president Jose Sulaiman who passed away last week before all attendants (JBC commissioner Yuko Hayashi, promoters, managers, trainers, boxers, press people, etc.). We really appreciate his great contributions to the improvement of boxing to make it safer so that your sons may participate in boxing. May his soul rest in peace.
Other awardees are as follows:
Technique Award: Takashi Uchiyama (WBA super-feather champ)
Valuable Victory Award: Takashi Miura (WBC super-feather champ)
Fighting Spirit Award: Akira Yaegashi (WBC flyweight champ), Kazuto Ioka (WBA light-fly champ)
Award for Efforts: Katsunari Takayama (IBF mini fly champ)
Knockout Award: Shinsuke Yamanaka
Rookie Award: Ryota Murata (ex-Olympic gold medalist; 2-0, 2 KOs; OPBF top middleweight contender)
Fight of the Year: Takashi Uchiyama vs. Daiki Kaneko (Uchiyama came off the canvas to retain his WBA 130-pound throne on December 31)
Female Boxer of the Year: Naoko Fujioka (newly crowned WBA super-fly champ by jumping up three categories)
Female Fight of the Year: Naoko Fujioka vs. Naoko Yamaguchi (Fujioka dethroned Yamaguchi on November 13)
Travis Kauffman 237 vs. Vincent Thompson 234
(WBA Fedlatin heavyweight title)
Frankie De Alba 131 vs. Chazz McDowell 134
Miguel Cartagena 112.5 vs. Felipe Rivas 114
Sammy Quinones 136 vs. Benjamin Burgos 131
Khalib Whitmore 177 vs. Antonio Liles TBA
Christian Molina 140 vs. Dominic Goode 139
Lonnie Jackson Jr. 138 vs. Robert Ramos 136
Venue: Sands Bethlehem
Promoter: King’s Boxing and XFE
1st Bell: 7:15 est
Former WBA Light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (34-7-1, 20 KOs) snapped a five fight losing streak TKOing journeyman Lawrence Hughes in three rounds on Friday night at the Chevrolet Event Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alcine dominated the junior middleweight bout over the retreating Hughes from beginning to end. Alcine has relocated from Montreal, Canada to Southern California teaming up with trainer Phil Paolina and Journeyman Management. Alcine is looking to get right back in the ring next month in Phoenix, Arizona.
By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a sensational second round TKO over “El Anestesista” Miguel Angel Huerta (27-12-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Huerta rocked Orozco and had him in big trouble in round one, but Orozco then knocked down Huerta face first in round two and referee Pat Russell waved it off during Orozco’s brutal followup barrage. Time was 1:00.
Former IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (23-2-1, 13 KOs). Now rated #8 after losing his belt to Ishe Smith, the 40-year-old Bundrage won by scores of 118-110 on all cards. (more…)
Middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) returned from his game effort against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in November to absolutely destroy Patrick Majewski (21-2, 12 KOs) in just 46 seconds on Friday night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. Stevens immediately knocked down Mejewski with a jab, then floored him twice more before it was waved off by referee Lindsey Page.
Coming off his big win over Eddie Chambers, cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (14-1, 9 KOs) outpointed Olanrewaju Durodola (15-2, 14 KOs) over ten workmanlike rounds to claim the vacant NABF belt on Friday night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. The methodical Mchunu dropped Durodola in round two of what was mostly a dull contest. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 96-93.
Roberto Acevedo (8-1, 4KOs) pulled the upset of the night, handing the first loss on the record of Russian prospect IIshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (10-1, 6KOs) by an impressive first round TKO in their scheduled eight round light heavyweight contest. Khusnulgatin tried to establish the jab in the opening ten seconds, but Acevedo immediately rocked him with three straight right hands. The Sheriff retreated to a corner, while Acevedo banged away with heavy shots. Khusnulgatin tried to weather the storm as he slid along the ropes, but Acevedo continued to find his way with big right hands that pierced the Russian’s defense. Acevedo seemed worried he might punch himself out and let IIshat off the ropes, but another big flurry had the Russian again in trouble while in the corner. Acevedo landed another big overhand right as Referee Lindsey Page took a very close look in and appeared to be just seconds from a stopping the fight. The Russian prospect was able to escape the corner. It would not matter though, as Acevedo trapped Khusnulgatin in the adjacent corner again and sent him to the canvas with a huge straight right hand. Referee Lindsey Page had seen enough and waved the fight off without a count, giving Roberto Acevedo the impressive first round TKO victory. The official time of the stoppage was 2:09 of the first round.
Junior middleweight prospect “Silky” Wilky Campfort (16-1, 9KOs) won his fifteenth consecutive bout with an eight round split decision upset of DeCarlo “3mendo” Perez 11-3-1, 4KOs). Perez entered the fight on quite a ride, having captured six straight over the likes of prospects Shamone Alvarez (21-5, 12KOs), Jamar Freeman (9-1-2. 5KOs) and Dante Moore (8-0-2, 4KOs). Right from the opening bell, Perez appeared the more accurate puncher. Campfort would not give in though, capturing the middle rounds with sudden bursts of powerful shots. Perez mounted a good comeback late in the fight, but it was not enough as only one judge scored the fight 77-75 in his favor. The other two officials saw it the other way, 78-74 and 77-75 for “Silky” Wilky Campfort, giving him the close split decision victory.
Undefeated heavyweights, Marc Rideout (4-0-2, 1 KOs) and Fred Latham (4-0-1, 2 KOs’s) put their undefeated records on the line in the four round windup bout, but when the dust settled, both fighters left the ring with a workmanlike four round draw. Rideout seemed to be the fitter boxer as he moved around with sharper straight shots to capture the opening two rounds. It looked like Rideout was on his way to the victory, when the tiring Latham caught the attention of the undefeated Philadelphian with several heavy shots in the final minute of the third. Latham seemed to gain confidence from the success in the previous round as he confidently stood up Rideout with a big right hand in the middle of the final round. Both fighters began to tire as they traded a bit, between clinches. In the closing minute, Latham found his mark again, rocking Rideout with a chopping shot. Latham jumped on him and banged away with a heavy four punch combination, but his gas tank was on empty, which Rideout to recover. Both fighters looked gassed as they traded light shots inside until the final bell sounded. All three judges saw the fight 38-38 even for the well-deserved four round draw.
Junior welterweight Hassan Young (5-1-1, 3KOs) dropped Justin Johnson four times on his way to a one sided six round unanimous decision victory. Young sent Justin Johnson to the canvas twice in the second, once in the fifth and again in the sixth round, but each time Justin Johnson was hurt, he let off the gas to avoid a hard counters, which allowed his opponent to counter and recover. Johnson tried to box and jab when he could, but just couldn’t match the boxing abilities of the talented Young, who captured the one sided six round unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-50 x 2 and 60-51 respectively.
Jr welterweight Wellington Romero upped his record to 2-0 with one sided first round stoppage of “Speedy” Ismael Serrano 1-1. Romero was on his “A” game in this one, as just moments into the fight he sent Serrano face down to the canvas with a chopping left. Acevedo rose to his feet and pressed forward, while still not fully recovered. Romero looked for an opening and stunned him again with a big left hand. Serrano covered in the corner as Romero unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches before referee Allan Huggins jumped in and called a halt to the contest at 1:29 of the opening round giving Wellington Romero the TKO victory.
In the opening bout of the evening, cruiserweight sensation Venroy July (16-1-2, 6KOs) captured his third straight victory and his ninth in his last ten with a six round unanimous decision over hard hitting Sevdall “The Illyrian” Sherifi (9-3-3, 8KOs). The first two rounds were a give and take affair, but July took over in the third by targeting the body. July continued to outwork the Illyrian over the last four rounds to capture the unanimous decision victory by scores of 59-55, and 58-56 x 2.
Gerardo Martinez at the Buffalo Thunder Casino in Santa Fe, N.M.:
Jaime Gutierrez 119 vs. Tony Valdez 117.8
Brandon Holmes 123.6 vs. Brandon Muñoz 120.5
DJ Morrison 130.4 vs. Monica Lovato 123.9*
* Morrison took fight on late notice
Brian Mendoza 152.6 vs. Mark Cordova*
* Cordova not present at weigh-in
Miguel Garcia 137.5 vs. Josh Montoya 138.1
Michael Herrera 118.3 vs. Angelo Leo 118.6
Manuel Eastman 184 vs. Mike Alderete 206.3
Michael Coca Gallegos 147.8 vs. Matthew Baca 147.8
Undefeated prospect light heavyweight Thomas Williams Jr. (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Cornelius White (21-3, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Williams dropped White in round one, but White turned the tables and floored Williams. Williams then responded by flooring White again to end it. Time was 2:49. Round of the year so far.
In a big upset, journeyman super middleweight Eddie Hunter (10-9-2, 3 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Ronald Hearns (26-5, 12 KOs). This is the fourth straight knockout loss for Hearns, who is the son of ring legend Tommy Hearns.
In his first bout since suffering his first career loss (via controversial stoppage against Derek Chisora last July), heavyweight Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Grover Young (7-12-1, 4 KOs). Time was 1:51. Young has now dropped five straight.
Former world champion Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Jonathan Arrellano (14-3-2, 3 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Ramos dropped Arrellano twice in round four and again in round five but was unable to finish him. Scores were 98-88, 98-89, 98-89.
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