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Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
With a pending month long celebration of Mexico’s bicentennial around the corner in September, the fireworks came early this past Friday night at Tijuana’s Municipal Auditorium compliments of bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (7-0, 2 KOs) as he systematically destroyed Jesus “Kalaka” Navarrete (18-4, 13 KOs) in two rounds in the final of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament presented by Zanfer Promotions and Canal Azteca . . . Click here for more
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) returned with a unanimous decision win over Mbwana Matumla (19-5, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine to take the vacant WBC International Silver super flyweight title. This boxing show attracted more than10,000 spectators. Matumla competently worked jabs with his long reach and moved well in the ring, possibly breaking Sidorenko’s nose. But from the third round on, Wladimir dominated. He was always aggressive, threw many blows, and well worked with body-punches. In the seventh round, Sidorenko started to hammer in the Ugandian. Sidorenko was very fast and active, helped by Matumba who was passive surprising the onlookers. In the twelfth round, Sidorenko rocked his foe and looked for the knockout, but Matumba stayed on his feet. Judges scored it 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Fightnews scorecard 118-110. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
Last night at the luxurious Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in the heart of Atlanta GA on a card promoted by Greg Barckoff’s The Big Rock Out, Zahir “King” Raheem and Paul “The Truth” Delgado dazzled their hometown crowd with an excellent exhibition of flash and power. The crowd was also treated with the The Big Rock’s presentation of “The Ring of Honor” to legendary Atlanta and boxing great Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez, of New York, NY won the vacant IBF North American middleweight belt with a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over Russell “Spiderman” Jordan, of Rochester, NY last night at the sold-out Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, of Penns Grove, NJ brutally stopped Samuel “Showtime” Brown, of Fort Campbell, KY in the second round of a scheduled six round heavyweight contest. (more…)
If Frankie Edgar hasn’t changed a lot – actually, not at all – since winning the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn in April, it’s not hard to understand why.
As recently as mid-2007, before his third UFC bout, against Spencer Fisher, Edgar’s days weren’t filled with training, interviews, photo shoots, and time with the family. They were filled with training, interviews, photo shoots, time with the family, and full shifts as a union plumber . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
In a featherweight main event former world title challenger Emmanuel Lucero (24-5-1, 14 KOs) returned to the ring with a unanimous eight round decision win over veteran Robert Da Luz on Thursday night at the Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina. Lucero once unsuccessfully challenged then IBF super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
On the undercard unbeaten super middleweight irish prospect Chris Fitzpatrick (11-0, 4 KOs) blasted out Vincent Robbins in one round. Welterweight Harrison Cuello (20-13-3, 15 KOs) rebounded from his loss earlier this month to Breidis Prescott with a 1st round KO of Shane Gierke. The event was promoted by Andrew Stokes’ Palmetto Boxing.
By Graham Houston
There usually comes a time when great champions with long winning runs suffer their first loss and it always comes as something of a surprise. Antonio Cervantes losing to Wilfred Benitez, Eder Jofre to Fighting Harada, Pascual Perez to Pone Kingpetch, Ruben Olivares to Chucho Castillo, Wilfredo Gomez to Azumah Nelson, are all fights that come to mind in which champions who had been winning title fights almost as a matter of routine left the ring as ex-champs.
One wonders if Ivan Calderon might be coming to the end of his long winning sequence. The Puerto Rican southpaw is a magnificent boxer but at 35 he is at an age when a fighter in the lighter weight classes can suddenly not so much grow old overnight but become old enough to lose a fight they would once have won.
Calderon faces what I think is a dangerous fight in Puerto Rico on Saturday when he meets Mexico’s Giovanni Segura in a junior flyweight title unification match. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a fascinating battle of veterans Cassius Baloyi and Mzonke Fana meet in a clash for the vacant IBF junior lightweight belt at Carnival City near Brakpan next Wednesday night. Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has put together in South Africa one of the best bills in recent years, when boxing returns to the Carnival City Casino after an absence of five years, which will feature seven outstanding South African fighters and a former Japanese world champion.
Also featured on the card will be Moruti Mthalane vs Zolani Tete for the IBF flyweight belt, Jeffrey Mathebula vs Takalani Ndlovu in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator and Tshepo Lefele against Katsunari Takayama from Japan in an IBF mini-flyweight title eliminator. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau (16-1, 5 KOs) outscored Sonni Michael Angelo (16-10-2, 5 KOs) over eight action rounds at the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Scores were: 79-72, 80-73, 78-73. New Zealand born Talipeau controlled the action in most of the rounds and dropped Michael Angelo in round five. Talipeau is scheduled to clash with former two time world title challenger Shannan Taylor in October over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs on a Grange Gym promotion. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian welterweight Steve Maxwell (8-3, 6 KOs) dropped Yodmongkol Singmanasak (11-9-1, 7 KOs) for the full ten count in round five of a scheduled ten round bout to retain the WBC (ABC) 147 pound title at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday. Singmanasak was down in round one. The Thai boxer had visited Australia previously when he was stopped in four rounds by former amateur silver medal winner in world titles Dilshod Mahmudov who is now based in Australia. Maxwell’s best win came in 2010 when he defeated Heath Ellis.
Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO’s) of Argentina retained his WBO Latino junior welterweight title against Rogelio Castañeda (26-16-3, 8 KO’s of Mexico by way of first round KO on Friday night at the Estadio Cubierto Newell Old Boys in Rosario, Argentina. After a brief feeling out period Matthysse dropped Castañeda half way through the round with a left hook. Castañeda beat the count but was on unsteady legs and the bout continued on. Moments later a barrage of punches sent Castañeda to the canvas again but he again beat the count but visibly still shaken. Matthysse finished matters with a series of punches puncuated with an overhand right that sent Castañeda crashing hard to the canvas for the third and final time. The corner through in the towel and the referee waved off the bout at the same time. The bout was a rematch of a 2008 no contest where the bout was prematurely ended after an accidental clash of heads cut Castañeda.
Former two-time world title challenger Sebastián Luján (34-5-2, 22 KO’s) of Argentina successfully defended his WBC Latino welterweight title against Emilio Julio (16-8-1, 8 KO’s) of Colombia by way of seventh round TKO. Lujan dominated the fight swarming Julio with a volume of body and head shots. Luján had Julio reeling so bad in round 5 that Julio excessively held so much the referee deducted a point. More punishment followed in round six by Luján and Julio stayed on his stool and did not answer the bell for round seven. The event was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Producciones.
By Nick Giongco
From the deck of a cruise ship docked in the South of France, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said that a ringside ticket to the Nov. 13 world super-welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will be retailed at a reasonable $700 a pop. Arum told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews that other tickets will be sold at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 for the fight to be held at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. These were the same prices when Pacquiao fought the last time in March against Joshua Clottey when he drew almost 51,000 spectators. Arum believes this fight will lure more than 70,000 fans since Margarito has a fan-base in Texas being Mexican and that the event will take place right smack in the (National Football League) season. “This is going to be a lot bigger than the March fight,” said Arum, who is in the final phase of his two-week European vacation. Arum will be back in the US in time for a three-city press tour that kicks off in Los Angeles on Tuesday. From Hollywood, the traveling circus’ succeeding stops would be New York and Dallas, where Texas billionaire Jerry Jones is rolling out the red carpet.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim super lightweight world champion Marcos Maidana and American challenger DeMarcus Corley made weight without problems at today’s weigh-in at the famous Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maidana registered 138.82, while Corley scaled in at 137.94. Corley got a lot of attention when he reported to the weigh-in wearing the shirt of the Argentina National Soccer Team with the number 10 and his surname in the back. This will be the third defense of Maidana and his second in Argentina.
He made a huge splash this summer by announcing that he had signed with the Boston Celtics, one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. Now, 15-time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal will meet the loyal Boston sports fans for the first time at tomorrow’s UFC® FAN EXPO™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center. The 7’1” superstar will appear on the main stage at 12pm ET alongside UFC commentator Mike Goldberg for a Q&A Session with fans. (more…)
Photo by Tom Briglia / PhotoGraphics Photography
Chazz Witherspoon 231 vs. Livin Castillo 212
Farah Ennis 173 vs. Reggie Pena 178
Jose Reyes 138 vs. Walter Estrada 134
Lavarn Harvell 170.5 vs. Nathan Bedwell 169
Isaiah Seldon 160.5 vs. Jason Johns 164.5
Eugene Soto 163.5 vs. Maurice Williams 164
Venue: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Spartan Fight Promotions (Mike Brestle)
Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs) not only hopes to get a shot at the winner of October’s Juan Manuel Lopez-Rafael Marquez fight, but vows to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Marco Antonio Barrera when he takes on Jackson Asiku (26-3, 14 KOs) Sept. 15 at the Hilton in Las Vegas. Gonzalez and Asiku will fight for the IBO featherweight title – the same belt that was at stake when Barrera fought, and defeated, Prince Naseem Hamed in 2001. “All the Mexicans will be supporting me when I fight in Las Vegas during Mexican Independence Week,” says Gonzalez. The card is promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo. The card’s co-main features Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), who will fight for the IBO 122-pound belt against Daniel Jimenez (19-3-1, 11 KOs), of Puerto Rico.
Robert Kravantka at the scales
Photos by Ed Mulholland
From the TD Garden Arena in Boston:
For the UFC Lightweight Championship:
Frankie Edgar 154 vs. BJ Penn 154
James Toney 237 vs. Randy Couture 220
Kenny Florian 156 vs. Gray Maynard 156
Nate Diaz 171 vs. Marcus Davis 170
Mario Miranda 185 vs. Demian Maia 184
Gabe Ruediger 155 vs. Joe Lauzon 156
Nik Lentz 155 vs. Andre Winner 154
John Salter 185 vs. Dan Miller 185
Greg Soto 170 vs. Nick Osipczak 171
Amilcar Alves 171 vs. Mike Pierce 171
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Photo by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Ivan Calderon 107.8 vs. Giovanni Segura 107.9
Jovanne Fuentes 112.3 vs. Mcwilliams Arroyo 113.3
Héctor Marengo 135 vs. José González 135
Sigfredo Medina 120.5 vs. Mcjoe Arroyo 118.4
José Ángel Román 145.6 vs. Alexander De Jesús 138
Samuel Santana 137.1 vs. Felix Stkitts 137
Christopher Vélez 140.4 vs. José Carlos Lozada 141
Rey Díaz 136.4 vs. Jeffrey Fontánez 132
Edwin Galarza 136 vs. Alexander Vega 134.7
Venue: Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: PPV 9PM ET/6PM PT
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Photos and report by Chris Perry
The following weights were recorded at the official weigh-in for the Aug. 28 “War At The Shore” event promoted by Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The weigh-in was held at Max and Erma’s Restaurant inside the Doubletree Hotel in Virginia Beach.
“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey 134 vs. Leo Martinez 135
Meacher Major 134 vs. Jamar Saunders 135
Maurice Byarm 256 vs. Earl Ramone Hayes 267
Antwain Britt 220 vs. Antonio King 228
Frankie Filipone 170 vs. Willie Williams 174
Kenny Moody Jr. 157 vs. Omar Sims 158
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA
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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Featherweight Ronny Rios won by fourth round knockout over Leivi Brea in a scheduled six round bout at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Rios (12-0, 6 KO’s) was getting the better of the exchanges early in the fight, but was deducted a point after he landed a low blow in the second round. Brea came on late in the second and third, but Rios began to get to Brea (17-9-3, 9 KO’s) with hard shots to the body. In the fourth round, Rios landed a right hand to the body that dropped Brea to one knee. Brea got up, but was dropped again to one knee by another right hand to the beltline. Brea remained on one knee, complaining that the punch was low as referee Jose Cobian counted him out at 2:59. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Elite Boxing
Wladimir Sidorenko 114 Mbwana Matumla 115
(vacant WBC International Silver super flyweight title)
Timur Akhundov 127 vs. Mamed Yadgarov 123
Dmytro Kucher 196.2 vs. Joey Vegas 191.2
Viktor Postol 141.7 vs. Jay Morris 141.3
Nikolay Israelyan 216.9 vs. Paata Berikashvili 201.5
Vitaliy Kosak 229.8 vs. Hor Badalian 231.9
Maksym Ponomariov 153.7 vs. Mykola Korenev 155.8
Venue: Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine
Promoter: Elite Boxing Promotion
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By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBO #4 bantamweight Pungluang Sor Singyu (29-1,19 KOs) impressively captured the vacant WBO youth bantam title as he landed a right straight to destroyed Filipino Joel Rafols (11-8-2,2 KOs) at 2:14 of the opening round on Wednesday at Western University in Pathumthani, Thailand.
Also, WBO#7 and WBO Oriental 135lb title holder Thai Tor Silachai (17-2,11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin in a six round non-title bout.
And Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express outpointed Petchmongkol Muangsima in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
ABCO#10 lightfly Yodmongkol Wor Saengthep (8-1, 7 KO) successfully grabbed the vacant WBC youth 108 lb title as he stopped Heri Punomo on Friday at E-sarn University in Khonkaen, Thailand. The Thai boy dominated most of the action, weakening the Indonesian with effective bodyshots. Finally, the show was ended when the new champion landed two consecutive right hooks which anihilated his foe at 1:27 of round seven. Scoring after round six was 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.
In other action, WBC#10 fly Panomroonglek Kiatmookao (29-1, 16 KOs) excitingly exchanged toe-to-toe with Ego Yohan before he destroyed the Indonesian with a tough left hook at the belly, scoring a KO at 0:34 of round three of six round non-title bout.
ABCO#3 and Thai lightweight champion Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (17-6,11 KOs) easily destroyed Chingchai Kiatpracha with his vicious bodyshots at 1:18 of the opening round.
ABCO#11 and Thai lightfly title holder Liempetch Sor Veerapol (18-7-1,11 KOs) drew with Fahpikhat Twingym in a six round non-title bout. This event was pormoted by Petchyindee Boxing Promotion.
By Dave Spencer
Omri Lowther 138.1 vs. Henry Lundy 140**
**Contract weight was 139 pounds and Lundy who was a last minute replacement for Edner Cherry forfeits 20% of his purse.
Nicholson Poulard 172 vs. Alfredo Contreras 170.2
Kevin Bizier 156.6 vs. Leonardo Rojas 158.7
Arash Usmanee 134.15 vs. Carlos Martinez 134
Samuel Vargas 148.10 vs. Michael Springer 147.7
Patrick Tessier 161.9 vs. Francis Lafreniere 163.4
Ahmad Cheikho 152.14 vs. Jonaton Leveille 156.10
Venue: Club Metropolis
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel
First Bell: 7pm
Television: ESPN2 (9pm)
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Luis Cruz 130 vs. Hevinson Herrera 130
(Vacant WBO Latino junior lightweight title)
Jayson Vélez 122 vs. Isaac Hidalgo 123
Jesús Rojas 123.7. vs. Angel Paneto 120.a
Jonuel Tapia 155 vs. Giovannie Rodríguez 155
Luis Braña Jr. 119 vs. Eduardo Meléndez 120
Juan Herrera 114 vs. Emanuel Rivera 114
Irvin Hernández 125 vs. Juan G. Cruz 122.5
Alberto Mercado 130 vs. Hipólito Rivera 129.
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Viera, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment
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By Chris Cozzone
Former world champ Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) says he’ll be bringing his own judge and referee to Germany on Sept. 11 when he rematches IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs).
“I got my own judge and referee – my right hand and hook,” Peter said today during an international teleconference. “I don’t think Wladimir will be able to stand past four rounds.”
After an extensive training camp in Big Bear, under Abel Sanchez, Peter departs for Germany on the 2nd.
“This has been the best,” said Peter. “Everything is kind of the best. I have the best promoter in the world, the best manager, the best coach. The world will see a different Sam Peter on Sept. 11.”
Stay tuned for a full report.
Next week Congressman Manny Pacquiao and the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will embark on a coast-to-coast media tour to launch the promotion of the Pacquiao vs. Margarito, World Super Welterweight Championship, clash on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a media only stop in the Los Angeles area, the tour will be open to the public on Wednesday (9/1) in New York City and on Friday (9/3) in Dallas.
For fight fans wanting to attend: Wednesday’s event begins at 11:30AM ET at Chelsea Piers – Pier 60 (23rd St. & The Hudson River, New York, NY 10011). Friday’s event begins at 11:30AM CT at Cowboys Stadium – East End Zone Platform (900 East Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76011).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Jose H Rivera will be the third man in the ring when Puerto Rican WBO Jr. Flyweight world champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) and Mexican WBA Jr. Flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (24-1-1, 20 KOs) meet at Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on August 28. The three judges are Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico ) Lisa Giampa (USA) and Gustavo Padilla (Panamá). The WBA fight supervisor is Carlos Chavez (Venezuela).
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