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By Karl Freitag & Alexey Sukachev
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IBF middleweight champion ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (29-0, 23 KOs) overcame a strong challenge from previously unbeaten Lajuan Simon (21-1, 12 KOs) to retain his title for the ninth time on Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. After his normal start in which he blocked many punches with his peek-a-boo defense, Abraham opened up in round five landing a sustained barrage of hard shots. The champ was back in his defensive shell in round six. Big round seven for Abraham but Simon had Abraham holding on after a left hook in the eighth. Rounds nine and ten were close as Simon was busier, while Abraham landed the harder shots. Abraham had a big round eleven, landing numerous hard right hands, but round twelve was another close one. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 117-110.
In an important heavyweight eight-rounder, former WBO world champion Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs), now ranked #11 by the WBA, scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over EBU ex-titlist Brit Michael Sprott (31-13, 16 KOs) with the scores: 78-73 (twice) and 79-73. Both fighters looked cautious in the first round but Brewster was by far more agressive. Brewster and Sprott fought on even terms for the two next rounds but at the very end of round three the American fighter missed with the right hand and immediately connected with the huge left hook sending Sprott down. The Brit boxer was able to recover well and showed guts in round four, repelling Brewster’s attacks. Sprott was a bit more active in round five. For the next three rounds Brewster tried to impose his will on Sprott but was unable to land something serious. Both pugilists stood their ground at the last minute of round eight with Brewster being a bit more consistent. Fightnews scored it 78-74 for Brewster. (more…)
By Lee Bates at ringside
Enthuastic fight fans who filled the fight venue at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines and were treated to a very well matched fight card. The fight card was loaded with action and several competive bouts. The very well organized and professional event was promoted by the well renown ALA Boxing promotions based in Cebu City, Cebu Phillipines. In the main event Z Gorres (29-2-2, 16KOs) was successful in his bantamweight debut as he stopped former IBF world champion Roberto “Mako” Leyva (25-9-1, 20KOs) by 7th round TKO. In the co-feature WBO #1 minimumweight Milan Melindo (18-0, 5KOs) defeated former IBF world champion Muhammad Rachman (62-7-5, 31KOs) in his toughest fight to date by 10 round unanimous decision. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev scored a first round TKO over Rich Boruff on Saturday in Mordovia. Maskaev-Boruff took place in Saransk, the capital of Mordovia. Maskaev is now 36-6, 27 KOs. Boruff slips down to 17-3-1, 10 KOs. Time was 1:35 of the first round. The American was able to beat the count afer being dropped but was ruled too wobbly to continue. The WBC has mandated that the winner of the March 21 Vitali Klitschko-Juan Carlos Gomez WBC heavyweight title fight must face Maskaev next.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian welterweight star Leonard Bundu (18-0-1, 6 KOs) won a one-sided unanimous decision over Frenchman warrior Frank Haroche Horta (18-8-3, 5 KOs) last night at The Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. With the win local idol Bundu won the Union European Title at 147lbs.
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese lefty prospect Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), 126, impressively captured the WBC featherweight belt as he aggressively battered defending champ, Mexican warrior Oscar Larios (64-6-1, 40 KOs), 126, all the way and dropped him in the final session to score a unanimous decision (119-107, 118-109 and 116-111) over twelve lopsided rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
In Kobe, Japan, WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), 117.75, kept his throne as he made short work of official challenger Vusi Malinga (18-3-1, 11 KOs), 115.5, South Africa, flooring him with fast combinations three times en route to a quick TKO win at 2:37 of the opening session in a contest of southpaws. It was the Japanese champ’s eighth defense since he dethroned Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion of Thailand via unanimous verdict in 2005. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
With a mere two weeks away from “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” mega-PPV being held in the border city of Tijuana, MX, big changes to the televised and non-televised fight card have come to light. Although the main event between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (38-0-1, 29 KOs) and the Argentinean Luciano Leonel Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) is intact, it has been revealed exclusively to Fightnews.com that two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (57-9-1, 49 KOs) is off the televised portion of the night (more…)
Junior middleweight prospect Rashad Holloway returns to action in his hometown against Puerto Rican banger Doel Carrasquillo on Saturday, March 21st at the U.S.. BANK ARENA in Cincinnati . Holloway will face Carrasquillo in the co-main event of “3 THE HARD WAY”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by TMAX EVENTS and TKO BOXING promotions, home of “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS.”. . . click here for more
Robert Coster at ringside
from Amneville-les-Thermes, France
In a battle of former world champions, French hero Mayhar Monshipour (31-3-2, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of game Felix Machado (25-10, 12 KOs) of Venezuela at the beautiful Galaxie Arena in this small French town near the German border. Machado’s corner decided to keep their man from continuing at the end of the fourth round due to an ugly cut over the right eye. The bout while it lasted was entertaining as Monshipour attacked his foe from the get-go in his customary aggressive style. (more…)
By Craig Watt
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WBO#1 ranked lightweight Marco Antonio Barrera (65-6-1, 43 KO’s) puts his much respected and established boxing credentials on the line when he takes on UK boxing sensation Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KO’s) at the MEN Arena on Saturday. The 35 year old from Mexico has an amazing boxing pedigree as a seven time boxing world champion and a three weight world champion. His role of honour includes WBO super bantamweight, WBC and IBO featherweight, WBC and IBF super-featherweight titles in his career that spans 73 professional fights since he started his pro career as a 15 year old in 1989. This followed a distinguished amateur career when his record was 104 wins and just 4 defeats and he secured five Mexican national championships. He is without doubt one of the most successful boxers, in any weight division in the last ten years. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO world bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs)intensely hits the mits while working out San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday. “I’m training extremely hard as I know I’ll have a strong fighter in Juan Manuel Lopez in front of me come April 25th.” said Lopez. Penalosa will immediately head to California to train with Freddie Roach in Hollywood at the Wildcard Gym.
The event titled “Champion vs. Champion” will be promoted by Top Rank Inc. & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and televised on HBO.
Mark Vaz at the scales
Irish featherweight champ Patrick Hyland (15-0, 8 KOs) fights Nicaraguan challenger Carlos Guevara (12-8-2, 9 KOs) for the IBA International title this Saturday when Celtic Pride Boxing presents an action-packed St. Patrick’s Day Weekend show at the Dorchester Armory in Boston. In the co-main event, “Spike” O’Sullivan (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cork, Ireland goes toe-to-toe with veteran Jimmy LeBlanc (12-15, 9 KOs) of nearby South Boston plus 2008 U.S.A Olympian Danny O’Connor encounters Charles Wade (4-7, 1 KO). Several more bouts featuring top local talent are scheduled. Tickets are available at the box office or call 508-746-0176. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30 pm. (more…)
Unbeaten jr featherweight prospect Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez, Jr. (15-0-1, 12 KOs) defended his WBO Latin and WBA Fedcentro titles against former WBC Continental Americas Champion Jose “Pepe” Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 120-107.
In a six round jr welterweight clash, Javier Monserate (11-1-1, 4 KOs) and Julian “Baby” Rodriquez (17-15-4, 11 KOs) battled to a draw. Scores were 58-56, 56-58, 57-57.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
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This time there would be no controversy. IBF 168-pound world champion and hometown favorite Lucian Bute (24-0 19KO) laid a quick and efficient beatdown of Fulgencio Zuniga (22-4-1 19KO) handing the Columbian the quickest defeat of his eight year career with a TKO victory at 2:25 of the fourth round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. If the Romanian southpaw was looking for a measure of redemption from the controversial ending in his last fight, he got it and more. Bute dropped the three-time title challenger with a left uppercut to the body early in the round, Zuniga managed to beat the count but the IBF champion was relentless in his pursuit, giving New Jersey referee Lindsey Page no choice but to pull the plug as the champion jumped on the opportunity. Time was 2:25.
Jo Jo Dan moved his record to a perfect 24-0 (13KO) in a 40-36 (X3) over Cesar Soriano (19-23 13KO) of Mexico City. It was admittedly a stay-busy fight for the #5 (WBC) ranked super-lightweight who should see the division open up for him once the Timothy Bradley-Kendall Holt unification and Hatton-Pacquiao bouts take place. This one though was pretty much a clench fest for the duration of the four rounds.
A dominant performance for former Olympian Benoit Gaudet (20-1 7KO), winning every round on his way to a 80-72, 80-72, 80-71 decision over Genara Trazancos of Mexico City. The #4 ranked WBA featherweight (#10 WBC), amped up the pressure as this one went on, starting to put his punches together in the fourth and breaking his opponent in two with a right to the mid-section a round later. Trazancos touched down a glove but it was ruled a slip. Despite the virtual knockdown and a sustained body attack by Gaudet, it was the only round that the Mexican showed anything, landing a pair of right hands that the hometown fighter hanging on briefly. A simultaneous low blow and clash of heads in 7th had both fighters limping away and holding their anatomy, both being warned for their infractions. Trazancos was in survival mode down the stretch and Gaudet could do little more than land one at a time and let this one go to the scorecards. (more…)
Unbeaten WBC #2/WBO #2/WBA #9/IBF #10 super middleweight and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, who thus far has been moved carefully in his 18 bout career, says he’s ready for a world title fight. “I’ll be watching tonight’s fight intently between Lucian Bute and Fulgencio Zuniga,” said Ward. “I believe the champion will retain his title. This is the fight I would love to get. It would be a great match. The challenge would be a great one and it is exactly the direction I would like to go in my career. He’s the champion trying to keep his title and I am a young lion trying to take it…I only want the big television fights, and where I can get 16,000 of my hometown fans in attendance. I’m very interested in taking on the winner of Bute vs. Zuniga or (Jermain) Taylor vs. (Carl) Froch but tonight I am rooting for Bute.”
Cesar Canchila and Geovani Segura had no problem making weight as both of them tip the scale at a trim and ready 107.5 lbs for their world championship fight tomorrow night here in tha capital city of Baja Caifornia. Canchila of Colombia will be defending the WBA Mini flyweight Interim championship for the first time against Segura of Los Angeles, by the way of Guerrero, Mexico. Canchila captured the crown with a unanimous decision win over Segura on July 26 of last year en Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Mark Davis 133.5 vs Adauto Gonzalez 132.5
Tyrese Hendrix 137 vs Phillip Payne 137
Shawn Porter 154.5 vs Abdias Castillo 159
Dominic Wade 161.5 vs Chris Davis 161
Randy Johnson TBA vs Rodrika Ray 203
Venue: The Fitz, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight
By Alexey Sukachev
British junior welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (19-0, 9 KOs) has completely depowered overmatched Dean Harrison (14-2, 4 KO) to defend his title for the first time on Friday night in Widnes, England. Southpaw McCloskey decked Harrison hard in the first and then continued to beat him to the punch, making every round a painful lesson for his opponent. The referee waved it off after McCloskey landed another blistering combination on heavily battered Harrison in round four. It was a counter left hook in round one that put Dean down. McCloskey looked awesome tonight. He can be a major player at 140 lb.
By Gabriel F. Cordero in Torreon, Mexico
Nehomar Cermeño 118 vs Cristian Mijares 118
David Rodriguez 249 vs. Manuel Pucheta 237
Austin Trout 154 vs. Martin Avila 154
All is ready for the WBA interim bantamweight clash between the Mexican Cristian Mijares and the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño this Saturday in Torreon, Mexico. Both boxers are in good condition and set to enter the ring of the 10,000-seat Coliseo Centerario. The bout will be televised in Mexico and internationally by Televisa. Former Mexican world champions Pipino Cuevas, “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Ultiminio Ramos and “Puas” Olivares among others are on hand to give support to their countryman Mijares.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr 121.5 vs Jose Beranza 120.5
Jose Duran 142.5 vs Angino Perez 141.5
Javier Monserate 139.5 vs Julian Rodriguez 141.3
Jonathan Cepeda 159.5 vs Carlos Pena 160
Jose Pagan 125 vs Vineash Rugen 127
Amaury Torres 144 vs Jesse Francisco 143.4
Jones Petit Homme 139.5 vs Clayvonne Howard 139.5
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL
Promoter: All Star Boxing
For over 15 years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® has been the gold standard for mixed martial arts (MMA), the leader in the world’s premier combat sport. So it is with great pride that the UFC® announces an event that will celebrate the past, the present, and the future of this organization. On Saturday, July 11th, Bud Light® will present UFC 100 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it will be a night no fight fan will ever forget.
Featuring the premier athletes in the sport of MMA today, the UFC 100 fight card will be stacked with fighters who have carried on the legacy established by the greats of UFC such as Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, and Mark Coleman, while building a foundation for the future warriors of the Octagon™ . . . Click here for more
Homecoming for O’Connor!
By Mark Vaz
The buzz in Boston this week is that native son Danny O’Connor has returned home for his first professional fight. After an outstanding amateur career which included winning the 2008 National Golden Gloves light welterweight championship and concluded with an alternate spot on the 2008 U.S.A Olympic Boxing Team, O’Connor signed with Seminole Warrior’s Promotions, and has fought in New Hampshire, Canada, and Florida, including an ESPN2 appearance two weeks ago. Scheduled to fight in New York, his hometown fans got lucky when The Garden show fell through and he was added to Saturday’s Celtic Pride Boxing action-packed St. Patrick’s Day Weekend show at the Dorchester Armory in Boston. (more…)
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Amir Khan 134.5 lbs vs Marco Antonio Barrera 135
(WBO lightweight eliminator)
Enzo Maccarinelli 199.25 vs Ola Afolabi 199.25
(Interim WBO Cruiserweight Title)
Nicky Cook 130 vs Rocky Martinez 130
(WBO Super Featherweight Title)
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Promoter: Frank Warren
Pay-Per-View Information: Integrated Sports is distributing three 12-round championship bouts featured on the “Khan-Barrera” pay-per-view card, presented by Frank Warren, in North America for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice, Shaw Cable, Star Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A replay will be shown later that night starting at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT.
Notes: Highlights of the Commonwealth Light Middleweight title fight between defending champion Bradley Pryce (27-6, 17 KOs) and challenger Matthew Hall (21-1, 14 KOs) will also be shown on PPV.
As previouly reported on Fightnews.com, NABF light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa (20-2, 13 KOs), now known as Gato Figueroa, takes on former WBO light welterweight champion Randall Bailey (38-6, 34 KOs) in an IBF title eliminator on April 3. The winner between IBF No. 3 rated Bailey (No. 1 and 2 are unrated) and No. 6 ranked Figueroa, shown live on ESPN from Memphis, will earn a title shot against IBF champion Juan Urango. “This is a phenomenal opportunity for me and I’m very happy that the fight has been made,” Figueroa said from his Miami-based training camp. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champon Oleg Maskaev weighed in at 248 while Rich Boruff weighed 231for their fight on Saturday in Mordovia. The event is a huge sell-out and there isn’t even standing room only available. The Head of State for the Republic of Mordovia, Nikolay Merkushkin, said “Maskaev is idolized by the people of Mordovia, particularly our youth. Due to the huge demand to see Maskaev, we are setting up 5 large screens throughout the city of Saransk to give his fans an opportunity to see the fight.”
The three-title bill card by Promociones del Pueblo for the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevado in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, is set for Saturday, March 21. The card, televised on Televiso in Mexico, features three WBC Fecombox title bouts. In the main event, Yory Boy Campas (92-13, 74 KOs) will test rising Chihuahuan star Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (10-0, 10 KOs) in a 12-rounder at middleweight. Fighting for the 140-pound Fecombox belt, hard-hitting Juarez super lightweight Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-1, 17 KOs) will take on Antonio “Cubanito” Izquierdo (17-4-1, 14 KOs) of Chihuahua in a 12-rounder. At 115 pounds, Victor Zaleta (7-1, 4 KOs) goes 12 with highly ranked Luis “Titi” Maldonado (37-3-1, 28 KOs). –Chris Cozzone
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Eastern European heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) will be back to the squared circle on March 21 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, as a part of Klitschko – Gomez undercard. Ustinov, 32, who is born in Russia and possesses Russian citizenship, lives in Minsk, Belarus, and fights under Ukrainian K2 East Promotions banner, will take on American Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a non-title clash. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham 159.6 vs Lajuan Simon 157.2
(IBF middleweight championship)
Lamon Brewster 234 vs Michael Sprott 234
Dominik Britsch: 159.8 vs Daniel Urbanski 159.8
(IBF Youth middleweight title)
First Lady Cecilia Braekhus 143.1 vs Vinni Skovgaard 146.8
(WBA/WBC female welterweight titles)
Venue: Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
By Lee Bates at the scale
Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15KOs) and Roberto Leyva (25-8-1, 20KOs) both made weight for their 12 round showdown this Saturday for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City in the Phillipines . Both Gorres and Leyva intially came in slightly over the 118 pound weight limit with Gorres at 118.5 and Leyva at 119. Gorres scaled 118 even on his second attempt while Leyva came in at 116 3/4 on his second attempt. Milan Melindo (17-0, 5KOs) and Muhammed Rachman (62-6-5, 31KOs) who will be in the semi main event scaled in at 106 lbs each.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan “Juanma” Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) pose with their respective title belts at their press conference on Thursday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The two will meet April 25th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico for Lopez’ title. The event titled “Champion vs. Champion” will be promoted by Top Rank Inc. & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and televised on HBO.
Andy Lee will face a familiar foe at The O2, Dublin on March 21st when he takes on former European title challenger Alex Sipos. Lee was a late addition to an already packed O2 line-up after a scheduled headline appearance at Madison Square Garden fell through last week. The two men are already familiar with each other having sparred at a Wladimir Klitschko training camp in Austria last year. Lee’s trainer, the legendary Emanuel Steward was very impressed with Sipos during those sessions and even invited the German to train at his famous Kronk Gym in Detroit. While Sipos never made it Stateside he’s coming to Dublin and planning on making Steward wishing he’d never set eyes on him in the first place. The Munich native Sipos has 19 wins and 2 draws from his 26 pro outings and his only stoppage defeat came courtesy of an elbow injury.” The main event will create history as for the first time ever a Dubliner challenges for a world title in his native city with Bernard Dunne bidding for Ricardo Cordoba’s WBA world title.
By Lee Bates
The final press conference was held today for Saturday’s main between Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15KOs) and former IBF world champion Roberto ‘Mako’ Leyva (25-8-1, 20KOs). The proceedings took place today at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City in the Phillipines site of the fight. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title. Ala Boxing Promotions is promoting the event. The bout preceding the main event also stands to be an entertaining fight where Gorres’ Ala Boxing Promotions stablemate Milan Melindo (17-0, 5KOs) takes on former IBF minimum world champion Muhammed Rachman (62-6-5, 31KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight contender Ben Crampton ( 21-1-2, 10 KOs) will box Joel Burke (13-17-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds at the Revesby Workers Club, NSW, Australia tonight. Crampton is a hot favourite to defeat Burke but the Newcastle boxer has defeated former world rated Daniel Lovett. Crampton boxed in London, England during 2008 losing a decison in Commonwealth title bout… Promoter Paul Nasari.
Former Australian heavyweight champion Nathan Briggs ( 20-5, 16 KOs) will punch it out tonight with Michael Kirby (4-2-1, 1 KO) over twelve rounds at the Mansfield Tavern Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Briggs is trained by his twin brother Paul who challenged Tomasz Adamek for the WBC light heavyweight crown losing twice in action packed fights by majority decision. Paul said, “Nathan is boxing great and is much improved. I am confident he will defeat Kirby on Friday.” In a super middleweight bout Tyrone Tongia (9-2, 5 KOs) will clash with the experienced Josh Clenshaw (26-14, 13 KOs) in what will be the Brisbane boxer’s toughest bout. Promoter Angelo Di Carlo
Former Australian welterweight champion Shannon McMahon (15-3-1, 6 KOs) will be back in action tonight at the Moonee Valley Racecourse Reception Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia when he will clash with Thailand’s Saengsada Charoenkasem (7-8, 4 KOs). McMahon defeated Paul Tapley in ten rounds in 2005 to capture the national championship. Promoter is Joe Nader. Several of Melbourne’s best glovemen will be in attendance including Sam Soliman who extended Anthony Mundine over twelve rounds for WBA super middleweight crown in 2008 and also lost disputed decision to Ronald Winky Wright. Soliman said. “Joe Nader is a very good promoter and I am looking forward to seeing Shannon McMahon boxing.”
WTMO Telemundo Orlando’s Rafael Carderera is the new face of Boxeo Telemundo. Carderera is the co-anchor of Telenoticias’s El Poder Deportivo, and is now the ring announcer for Telemundo’s national broadcast of Boxeo Telemundo on Friday. The title bout is between Jose Angel Beranza versus Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. “It’s a privilege to be selected by Telemundo and All Star Boxing as the host of Boxeo Telemundo. I am excited about the opportunity to take a more active role in the community and with Telemundo by representing Telenoticias Orlando,” Rafael said as he prepares for the match, which will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Boxeo Telemundo airs on tonight at 11:30pm/EST live on Telemundo. Carderera replaces longtime ring announcer Victor Suazo. The decision was made by Telemundo.
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
The last time fans saw super-middleweight Lucian Bute (23-0 18KO) in the ring, things weren’t going so great for the popular IBF world champion. A last minute charge from mandatory challenger Librado Andrade stunned a capacity Bell Centre crowd and put the undefeated Montreal fighter down for the first time in his professional career. Glassy eyed and legless, Bute managed to will himself to his feet with pandemonium breaking both inside and outside the ring. After the initial hysteria of long counts and home cooking, it was widely conceded that Bute who had gone down with five seconds left and had done what was required of him to win, by not only clearing the canvas before referee Marlon Wright’s elongated count but also a real time count of ten. With no time left, Bute was bruised and battered, but also vertical and victorious. The victory though came at a cost; the veil of invincibility was gone. The championship belt, showing preliminary signs of tarnish. Tonight the undefeated southpaw hopes to regain some of luster that escaped him last time out as he meets two-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1 19KO). (More)
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