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Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (6-0, 4 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over veteran Richard Hall (29-8, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder on Friday night at the Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despaigne outworked Hall all the way, winning by scores of 100-90 on all cards.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell (17-0-1, 11 KOs) dropped Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KOs) in round one and finished him in round two. Time was 1:18.
In other action: Headlining the local main event, Albuquerque cruiserweight “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-4-2, 3 KOs) weathered a first round knockdown to edge “Mad” Max Heyman (23-11-4, 13 KOs) by split decision. Heyman abandoned his jab to let Alderete take the fight by sheer aggression. Scorecards read 76-75, 77-74 and 75-76.
Albuquerque jr. featherweight Josh Gomez (2-0, 1 KO) slaughtered overmatched Derrick Lopez (0-4) in just :29; Comebacking jr. middleweight Jose “The Goose” Ramirez (11-10, 6 KOs), of Albuquerque, dropped Lucas “The Ghost” Galle (6-5) in round two en route to a four round decision, scores of 39-36 twice and 38-37; Albuquerque jr. featherweight Randy “Savage” Arrellin (4-3, 3 KOs) stole the undercard show with a savage TKO beating of Willie Villanueva (9-2, 2 KOs), knocking his foe down a handful of times before the stoppage at :31 of round four; In the opener, a female four-rounder at feather, Amanda Crepin (2-1-1) pitched a shutout over Clare De La Torre (1-10-1).
From Montreal’s Bell Centre for tomorrow night’s UFC 113 on PPV:
Lyoto Machida 205 vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (205
Paul Daley 170 vs. Josh Koscheck 170
Kimbo Slice 225 vs. Matt Mitrione 253
Alan Belcher 186 vs. Patrick Cote 184
Jeremy Stephens 155 vs. Sam Stout 155
Joe Doerksen 186 vs. Tom Lawlor 185
Marcus Davis 169 vs. Jonathan Goulet 169
T.J. Grant 169 vs. Johny Hendricks 170
Joey Beltran 239 vs. Tim Hague 266
Mike Guymon 171 vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida 170
Jason MacDonald 185 vs. John Salter 185
Welterweight Danny Garcia (17-0, 11 KOs) scored a brutal seventh round stoppage of Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (18-10-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) in Philadelphia. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the punishment after Fernandez’ corner waved the towel at 1:18.
Lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Jorge Ruiz (7-12-1). Ruiz was down four times, the fina time for the count. Time was 2:12.
Back in action after a nearly five year layoff, 27-year-old junior middleweight Mike Dargan (1-1-1) and Jason Montgomery (1-0-1) battled to a four round draw.
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In an interesting nine round main event at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI, Michael Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) dominated former USBA title holder Jason Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) and captured not only the unanimous decision but also his 40th professional victory. Scores of the bout were 90-80 twice and 89-81 in favor of Clark. Clark controlled the tempo of the fight as he worked his jab and turned it into combinations on Pires. Pires continued to press the action. He however continuously walked into the offense of Clark. Clark was solid with his hook combinations to the body and head of Pires. He was able to land two and three punch combinations on Pires at will. Pires continued to look to fight on the inside however Clark continued to punish him every time he came within range. A left hand at the end of round eight sent Pires to the canvas however he was able to answer referee Joey Luppino’s count at eight. Clark continued his domination in the ninth and final round as Pires did not have an answer for the slick attack of Clark. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. (more…)
“Next Great Champ” winner Otis Griffin (22-6-2, 9 KOs) scored an upset eighth round TKO against two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (28-6-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. The fight was close until Griffin’s fight-ending barrage in the eighth.
Former heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) destroyed Kevin Burnett (13-4-1, 8 KOs) in round one. Burnett was down twice.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Steve Wheeler 185 vs. Ariel Espinal 183 1/2
Elias Bouloubassis 155 1/2 vs. Kelvin Kibler 154
Shelley Seivert 160 vs. Tori Nelson 157 1/2
Jed Phipps 222 vs. Maurice Winslow 200
Mark Orndorff 222 1/2 vs. Riley Brooks 275 1/2
Mischa Christensen 151 1/2 vs. Dontre King 150
Dalemanik Roberson-El 175 1/2 vs. Ken Rosser 173
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing
After an administrative delay which caused a temporary relocation of his training camp locale from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan has received his P1 visa and will be heading to New York City as originally scheduled on Sunday in order to defend his title against hometown hero Paulie Malignaggi at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 15. “This is great news and I can’t wait to get to New York to finish up my training, get in the ring next Saturday and teach Paulie Malignaggi a lesson,” said Khan. “He’s been running his mouth for a while now and was probably hoping I wouldn’t get into New York. Well, Paulie, I’m on my way and you’re going to be my next knockout victim on May 15.” Upon hearing the news about Khan’s P1 Visa, Malignaggi said, “Welcome back to America, Amir. Now get ready for some punishment on May 15.”
After four years with HBO’s Boxing After Dark, Lennox Lewis will be leaving his post as commentator to begin fundraising efforts for his international training academy. Lennox is looking forward to developing a state of the art training facility for young boxers to improve their competitiveness in professional competition. Lewis also continues to explore innovative business ventures and film and television projects.
Paul Williams 152.5 vs Kermit Cintron 154
Martin Honorio 130 vs Argenis Mendez 130
Stan Martyniouk 133 vs Brian Ramirez 133
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs Adrian Aleman 123
Michael Ruiz Jr 118 vs Jose Pacheco 122
Jermiah Wiggins 152.5 vs Juan Diaz 153.5
Michael Dallas Jr. 149.5 vs Daniel Gonzalez 151
Venue: Home Depot Center in Carson, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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Antonio Margarito 154 vs Roberto Garcia 153
Jorge Solis 130 vs Mario Santiago 130
Urbano Antillon 135 vs Rene Gonzales 135
Mikey Garcia 128 vs Pedro Navarette 128
Note: Garcia’s bout moves onto the PPV
TR Livestream bouts:
Michael Farinas 128 vs Marlon Aguilar 128.5
Jose Benavidez 140 vs Arnaldo Pacheco 140
Venue: La Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Ags, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
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“Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns on May 14 at the famous Auditorio La Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz of El Dorado, Sinaloa Mexico will move up in weight and face Cuauhtemoc Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico in a battle scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant World Boxing Council Latin Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. Ruiz is the WBC Latin Bantamweight Champion, is currently ranked #9 WBC and brings a record of 21-2-2, 18 KOs. On the other hand Vargas , a one time contender,just returned fresh after a three year lay off with a new management team and brings a record of 16-2-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
He thrilled millions of boxing fans with an aggressive style that earned him a spot on the 1996 US Olympic team and two world junior middleweight championships. And on Saturday, June 19th, boxing superstar Fernando Vargas will begin his quest to bring the next generation of stars to fight fans, as he joins with long time fight promoter Roy Englebrecht and presents his first event as a promoter – “Melee at McDermont” – at the state of the art McDermont Field House in Lindsay, California.
At a Friday, May 7th Noon Press Conference at McDermont Field House, Vargas announced the main event for this historic card, which is the first ever professional boxing event in Lindsay (population 15,000), and will feature former world champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo looking to extend his two fight winning streak when he battles former IBA world titlist Vernie Torres in a super bantamweight main event. (more…)
European superstar Sergiy Dzinziruk will make his United States. professional debut and the fifth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight title against once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson on Friday, May 14, on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME®. The telecast will originate from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., and will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.
The 34-year-old Dzinziruk is arguably the world’s top junior middleweight, but is largely unknown in the U.S. The southpaw, who is currently training in Los Angeles for his first world title defense in more than 17 months, was inactive in ’09 due to a contract dispute with his European former promoter. (more…)
Antonio Margarito: “I am so glad to get back into the ring. I really missed the crowds and all of the fans — but I always kept training. I never left the ring. I feel strong and I am ready. During the last year I have always been in the ring working on my timing and keeping sharp. I expect Garcia to charge right at me on Saturday night. That is something I will deal with in the ring.”
Roberto Garcia: “My preparation was just not hard, but smart. This has been my best-ever training camp. My claws are sharpened. Working with Freddie Roach also means a lot of film study. Freddie knows everything there is about Margarito. I am not the same fighter I was two years ago. I’m a world champion in waiting. And one thing is for sure – Margarito is going to have trouble hitting a moving target.” (more…)
Universum’s unbeaten WBC, WBO and WIBF female featherweight world champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) will defend her titles against Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs) on the July 3 Universum card in Stuttgart, Germany. Menzer bristles over the fact that in one independent ranking Garside is rated above her. “I’ve recently had the toughest opponents that you can imagine, twice Esther Schouten, then Ramona Kuehne – and I was still only the #2. This has annoyed me. Now I’ll change this myself with my fists.” Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa added, “Great that the bout is against Jeannine. This will be the fight of fights in the featherweight division.”
It was also announced that the WBA interim cruiserweight clash between Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) and Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) will be televised on live TV along with the Manzer-Garside. “Great news,” said Arslan, “thank you ZDF. I’ll give 150%.”
Following an outstanding amateur boxing career, flyweight Randy Caballero continues in the professional ranks this Saturday night, May 8th at the Palm Springs Baseball Stadium in Palm Springs, California. The 19 year old Caballero, promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, made his pro debut on March 25th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, stopping Gonzalo Nicolas in 0:49 seconds of the first round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against top contender Hugo Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs), a Mexican switch-hitter, tomorrow (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. It will take place just eight days later after such a shocker that our national hero Hozumi Hasegawa was annihilated by Mexican Fernando Montiel in Tokyo. As his father Manuel Montiel is Cazares’ manager, all Montiel’s family moved to Osaka after the shock wave happened in Tokyo. For more details and photos click here…
Edgar Sosa received the “OK” from the doctors and will return to the ring this June 5th. The Mexican boxer underwent a tomography and a magnetic resonance, which determined that the titanium plaque will not be an obstacle for him to continue his boxing career. Edgar is ready for his first of three fights in 2010, the last of them against the winner of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Daisuke Naito who will fight for the WBC flyweight world championship. Sosa was operated on after receiving a head butt on his cheekbone from Rodel Mayol last November 21st in the second round as he was making the 11th defense of his WBC light flyweight world title in a bout that was staged in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) will make his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland when he takes on Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg on June 5. In the co-featured main event, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester faces mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin. “We are thrilled to add this fight to our June 5 card,” said Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer. “I have no doubts that Steve Cunningham will make a successful debut and reclaim his IBF title. But Ross is a strong opponent. I want to thank his management – namely Yvon Michel and Jeff Wald – to make this fight happen in a very short period of time. It will be an exciting evening.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced details of the tournament to take place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, South Africa on Saturday June 19. The exciting line-up will be headed by three IBO title fights with a clash of unbeaten fighters, Thomas Oosthuizen 11-0; 8 of South Africa and Australian Michael Bolling 12-0; 10 meeting for the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt. After the controversial ending to their first bout, IBO junior flyweight champion Hekkie Budler makes his first defence against Juanito Rubillar of the Philippines. Former South African champion, Gideon Buthelezi and Filipino Ronelle Ferreras clash for the vacant IBO minimumweight belt. On the undercard unbeaten heavyweight Florante Simba meets Elvis Moyo and in an exciting clash for the IBO Africa lightweight title Jason Bedeman defends against Bongani Dlamini.
Story by Felix Chavez
Talk about taking a step up.
On Friday night at Isleta Casino and Resort, just south of Albuquerque, former Cuban amateur star Yorandis Despaigne will undoubtedly face his biggest test as a pro when he faces former world title challenger Richard Hall in a scheduled 10-round light heavyweight fight.
The bout is the main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fight Series” and can be seen live on ESPN2 at 10 p.m ET / 8 p.m. MT . . . Click here for more
One week prior to his next challenge, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz reports himself ready as he closes training camp in Indio, California, where he readied himself to face Herman Ngoudjo in a junior welterweight main event next Friday, May 14, live on ESPN, from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. (more…)
It was the rudest awakening of Lyoto Machida’s professional career. No, not the punches and kicks he took from the resurgent Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in their UFC 104 bout last October in Los Angeles, but the aftermath of the bout, when fans turned on the soft-spoken champion as if he ran to Octagonside after the final bell and wrote out his own scorecards for the unanimous decision victory that allowed him to retain his UFC light heavyweight title and his unbeaten record . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Danny Garcia 141.5 vs Christopher Fernandez 141
Karl Dargan 137 vs Jorge Ruiz 138
Latif Mundy 163 vs Todd Eriksson 164
Andre Espuet 174.5 vs Charles Hayward 173.5
Mike Dargan 154 vs Jason Montgomery 152.5
Jose Ortiz 130 vs Jason Sosa 129.5
Julian Williams 152.5 vs Antonio Fernandez 154
Venue: The Arena (formally the New Alhambra)
Promoters: Golden Boy/Joe Hand Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is expecting to receive signed contracts for the WBA bantamweight world title clash between Panamanian champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (29-1-1, 10 KOs) and former WBA interim champion (19-1, 11 KOs) Nehomar Cermeño of Venezuela. The rematch date will be August 14 at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City and the event will be presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. This time Moreno, who won their first fight by controversial split decision over Cermeño on March 27th in La Guaira, Venezuela, will have the home country advantage, although Cermeño lives and trains in Panama, as well.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. The former champ became a free agent on January 24th after campaigning under the Universum banner. He spoke about his last fight against Amir Khan, working with legendary promoter Don King, and about a possible fight on August 7th against WBC/IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Saturday, May 8 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore is an interesting mix of fighters returning after a long absence and boxers making their pro debuts. The main event, however, is a classic matchup of youth versus experience. Undefeated Catonsville, MD cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler will battle veteran Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in the six-round main event. (more…)
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It’s getting close to fight time and the three time welterweight champion of the world, Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito is very anxious to get in the ring and fight for the first time in over 15 months. “I’ve have been working in the gym all time but it’s not the same to get into the ring and fight. Saturday night can’t get here soon enough for me,” said Margarito today, during an International Satellite tour from his hotel in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Margarito will battle Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia in the 10 round main event of “Latin Fury 14” a big championship card the will televised live on pay-per-view from the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes in the final weekend of the San Marcos Fair. For more details and photos click here…
Byron Mitchell 174.8 vs Otis Griffin 173
(USBA light heavyweight championship)
Michael Grant 257 vs Kevin Burnett 277
Venue: Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York
Promoter: X-Cel Worldwide/Bang Productions
Jason Pires 139 vs Michael Clark 139.5
(NABA/US junior welterweight belt)
Jesse Barboza 230 vs Winston Thorpe 223
David Bauza ?? vs Richard Grant 158
Keith Kozlin 166.5 vs Greg McCoy 166.5
Rick Dawson 167.5 vs Damion Reed 168
Vladine Biosse 172 vs Joe Gardner 171.5
Edwin Soto 142 vs Carlos Hernandez 141.5
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 150 vs Natoya Ervin 145
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Middleweight Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KOs) returns on Friday night after a short break following his unsuccessful world title shot in January against IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester. Lyell will take on Martinius Clay (13-24-4, 5 KOs) at the new Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. Lyell weighed in at 155, while Clay scaled in at 154.25. The card is promoted by Simons Promotions.
“This fight with me and (Kermit) Cintron will be a real classic fight,” said two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams. “I respect Cintron as a man, but when we get in that ring on Saturday night I’m gonna try my best to hurt him ‘cause I know he’s gonna try and hurt me. I’m gonna hit him with everything I got and he’s gonna have to fight me with everything he’s got because I’m gonna be on him. It’s real close to the fight. I don’t want to talk to no one. I just want to do my thing and get ready for Saturday night.
“It’s gonna be a war and I’m preparing myself for a war. In my mind I’m gonna have no sympathy for him in the ring. After the fight is over, okay, I hope he’ll be all right. I wish him all the luck but, come Saturday night when it’s time to get in that ring I’m gonna try and break his ribs, his jaw and I’m gonna try and kill him to death. That’s how I really feel. All the time I spent in training camp away from my family and my friends, it’s in my mind I’m gonna go get him, hands down. And I’m not gonna say no more.”
WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel was presented with his new world championship green belt by WBC president Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City. Montiel seized the title on April 30 dethroning long time champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Tokyo, Japan. Click here for more photos.
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