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“Just call me Kellie” . . . More
Reaction to Frank Maloney’s decision to swap gender. More
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By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Rick Lopez and his company New Generation Fight Promotions have their second show ready to go this Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the DIA area. Lopez stormed the Colorado boxing scene in June bringing a very well received show that was standing room only. That fight card was called ‘Uprising’ and the follow up sophomore effort is entitled ‘The Stand’ and will once again showcase some of Colorado’s best talent including Ricky Lopez, Donovan Estrella and Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez, in separate bouts. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
(L-R) Legendary cutman Miguel Diaz, record-breaking blow-by-blow announcer Colonel Bob Sheridan, and Hall of Fame Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, were among the inductees Saturday night at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Induction Dinner at The Tropicana Hotel-Casino.
Huge coverage in today’s edition of The Mirror about the sex change plans of former Lennox Lewis and David Price manager/promoter Frank Maloney, who is now living as a woman and going by the name of “Kellie.”
Lennox Lewis issued the following statement on his Facebook page:
I was just as shocked as anyone at the news about my former promoter and my initial thought was that it was a wind up. The great thing about life, and boxing, is that, day to day, you never know what to expect.
This world we live in isn’t always cut and dried or black and white, and coming from the boxing fraternity, I can only imagine what a difficult decision this must be for Kellie (formerly Frank Maloney).
However, having taken some time to read Kellie’s statements, I understand better what she, and others in similar situations, are going through. I think that ALL people should be allowed to live their lives in a way that brings them harmony and inner peace.
I respect Kellie’s decision and say that if this is what brings about true happiness in her life, than so be it. #LiveAndLetLive
Professional Boxing is making a rapid move in Mainland China with the first promotion of Li Sheng Seca Promotions, Edmund Ye Chu and Top Rank with their first promotion in Shanghai, China on August 26th with a world championship fight card at the state of the art new Mercedes Benz Arena. The headliner is a WBA interim light flyweight world title fight between WBA #2 Randy Petalcorin from Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, and #6 rated Walter Tello from Puerto Armuelles, Panama. (more…)
“I came here to purge,” WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray after his crushing second-round knockout against “Lighting” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in front of 7,012 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I told everybody tonight was going to be the ‘Danny Garcia Show.’ No matter who I fought tonight, they were going to get beat. I was going to purge. I was out to kill. I didn’t think this was going to be an easy fight. I thought he’d try to box me. But it is not about the opponent. When I am at my best I can beat anybody and I already proved that.”
[On a potential matchup with Lamont Peterson] “I leave it up to Al Haymon, but if he [Peterson] wants it. I’ll give it to him. I show up fight night and sometimes I have good nights or bad nights, but I always find a way to win.”
“I am disappointed,” said heavyweight Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) after losing a controversial ten round majority decision against IBF #2 rated Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sands Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rossy outthrew Glazkov 738 to 400, and outlanded the Olympic medalist 184 to 159, but still came up on the short end of two scorecards, with judge Pierre Benoist crediting Rossy with just two rounds the entire fight.
“It’s hard to get the words together,” stated Rossy. “I am trying to find out what they were looking at. There is no accountability. You are messing with peoples’ lives. I take my hat off to Glazkov. I know I won that fight. When it is very askew you have to wonder, where is the accountability?”
“I want to fight Peter Quillin in Brooklyn right here at the Barclays Center. The Brooklyn fans deserve it and it’s going to happen soon hopefully,” newly crowned WBA middleweight “regular” champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray after his fifth round KO against Australian Jarrod Fletcher (18-2, 10 KOs) in front of 7,012 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I wanted to pace myself,” said Jacobs. “I didn’t want to punch myself out. I respected him. But I didn’t see any way that he could defeat me. I was sitting down on my punches and throwing in bunches. He was a tough customer. I hope he’s okay.”
Jacobs won the title three years after battling cancer. “Boxing taught me to have the mental strength to overcome anything. And that’s what I did. My advice [to others fighting cancer] is to be strong. But even if you can’t beat it, be happy. Be grateful that we even have this life.”
“I was able to show a lot of dimensions of my game,” IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray after retained his title by TKO10 against Edgar Santana (29-5, 20 KOs) in front of 7,012 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I was boxing well. I fought on the inside well. I actually think I should have gotten him out of there sooner but I give myself an okay grade. I think it was [round] four or five. I hurt him. I didn’t finish him. I don’t know why I didn’t but I knew I hurt him -and it was over- it was just a matter of time. I just had to get the right spot, push on the gas and go forward.”
[On a potential fight with Danny Garcia] “This is the fight all the fans and the media want. I’m willing to do it. Again, I’m going to say this: ‘I’m willing to do it.’ Hopefully it gets done…It makes more sense to do it at 140 but if it has to happen at 147 I have no problem.”
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg outpointed Denis Grachev of Russia over 12 rounds in a gruelling and bloody affair at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park to capture the vacant WBC silver light heavyweight title on Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament. Judges Kevin Scott (USA) and Joe Chaane (South Africa) scored 116-112 and 117-111 whilst judge Lateef Muiss (Nigeria) had it a way out 120-108.
Liebenberg (79,20kg) suffered a cut over the right eye early in the first round from a possibly clash of heads and Grachev (78,40kg) was cut on the top of his head after a clash of heads in the fourth round. Both fighters bled throughout as their cornermen failed to stop the bleeding. Grachev (13-4-1, 8 KOs) made a good start and possibly won two of the first three rounds but the rugged Liebenberg (16-0, 11 KOs) came back at him to score with thudding blows to the head throughout the fight to emerge a clear winner at the end. (more…)
WBO mini-flyweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez Jr. (15-2, 10 KOs) retained his title and acquired the IBF belt of Katsunari Takayama (27-7, 10 KOs) with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision in a 105lb unification clash in front of more than 12,000 fans at the famed Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Rodriguez dropped Takayama in round three but Takayama staged a furious comeback and the bout became a war of attrition with both boxers being rocked down the stretch. In the end it was Rodriguez winning by scores of 116-111, 115-112, and a ridiculous 119-108.
In the co-feature, former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (44-14-1, 29 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Irving Berry (22-6-2, 19 KOs) in a featherweight clash. Scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 98-92.
Photos: Leopoldo Gonzalez / Temmy Villa Canelo Promotions
WBC #1 super bantamweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (30-0-1, 22 KOs) kept his “0” intact and successfully defended his WBC silver belt with a twelve round unanimous decision against Mario “Huracan” Macias (26-13, 13 KOs) at the Auditorio Jose Maria Arteaga in Queretaro, Mexico. Scores were 118-109, 116-111, 117-110.
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Jose “Josesito” Felix Jr. (27-1, 22KO), coming back from an unsuccessful WBA super featherweight title challenge, rebounded nicely with a dominant 6th round TKO over journeyman Alejandro Rodriguez (21-15, 12KO) on Saturday night at the Glendale Civici Auditorium. Felix Jr. easily outboxed Rodriguez, badly bloodying the nose of Rodriguez in the process. By the sixth round, Rodriguez was a bloody mess and on his way to a wide decision loss or knockout loss when he knelt in his corner in pain while grabbing his hand. Rodriguez was ruled unable to continue due to injury, leading to a TKO victory for Felix Jr. Time of the stoppage was 1:41 of the sixth round of the scheduled 8 round lightweight main event.
Undefeated junior welterweight southpaw, Jose Zepeda (21-0, 18KO) put an awesome display of body punching with a third round knockout over the game Adrian Garza (8-4, 6KO). Zepeda was in control the entire way and dropped Garza early in the third round with a hook to the body and twice more before the referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the third round.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (14-0, 8 KOs) won a highly competitive split decision over the slick boxing Stan Martyniouk (13-2, 2 KOs). The 21 year old San Antonio, Texas, native, Najera, was the aggressor, throughout, but Martyniouk boxed well the entire way and managed to land a few solid power shots, as well. However, Martyniouk, relying largely on his jab and counter punching, was going to be hard pressed to win while fighting from a defensive position. Judges scored the bout 79-73, 75-77 (in favor of Martyniouk) and 78-74. There were no knockdowns in the bout and neither fighter seemed seriously hurt at any point. (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle / Main Events
IBF #2 undefeated heavyweight contender Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs) was lucky to win a ten round majority decision over Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rossy mostly outworked Glazkov, but a last round rally salvaged the win. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, and an absurd 98-92.
Little known light heavyweight Vasily Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) took apart world rated Robert Berridge (24-2-1, 20 KOs), scoring a fifth round TKO. Lepikhin knocked down Berridge at the end of round two and twice in round five. Referee Gary Rosato waved it off after Lepikhin continued to deal out punishment. Time was 1:04.
Hot heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round KO over Keith Thompson (7-3, 4 KOs). Parker dropped Thompson twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:41. (more…)
By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME
In the scheduled 10-round main event, WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, Philadelphia, stopped Rod Salka, Pittsburgh, in round two, after three brutal knockdowns. The fight was a non-title bout. The first knockdown came from a hard right hand. Another right put Salka on the deck for the second time. Finally, a left hook dropped Salka again. Referee Steve Willis stopped the fight at 2:31 of round two. Garcia remained undefeated, 29-0, 17 KOs. Salka lost for the fourth time, 19-4, 3 KOs.
Lamont Peterson, Washington, DC, defended his IBF junior middleweight title with a 10th round TKO of Edgar Santana, New York. Peterson, 33-2-1, 16 KOs, scored well with a blistering body attack throughout the fight and landed chopping power shots all night long. Peterson only used his feet to reposition himself and to take an occasional breather. The rest of the time, he stayed in the pocket and chopped away at his rugged foe. Santana, 29-5, 20 KOs, landed as well, but Peterson outworked him in every round. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but the fifth round could have been scored 10-8, given the amount of punishment Peterson dished out. Finally in round ten, with Peterson landing freely to the head and body, the ringside physician signaled that he wanted the fight to be stopped. So referee Pete Santiago halted it at 2:48 of the tenth.
It was bombs away in the first round of the Daniel Jacobs-Jarrod Fletcher vacant WBA middleweight championship fight. Jacobs, Brooklyn, came out fast and dropped Fletcher with a nasty left hook in round one. After that, it seemed that every punch Jacobs threw hurt the Australian, but somehow he made it to the end of the round. In round two, Jacobs appeared to ease off for some reason, instead of going for the knockout. “When I hurt him in the first round and he didn’t go out, I wanted to pace myself and not get tired,” Jacobs said. Jacobs kept the upper hand as the rounds ticked by, but didn’t come close to putting his opponent down again. However, in round five, just when Fletcher appeared to be getting brave, Jacobs refocused and went for the kill. A hard left hook softened Fletcher before a pair of rights put him down again. Referee Michael Griffin stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:58 of round five. Jacobs improved to 28-1, 25 KOs. Fletcher fell to 18-2, 10 KOs. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian featherweight champion Corey McConnell (14-1-1, 2 KOs) stopped Filipino Ryan Sermona (16-6, 8 KOs) in round seven of scheduled twelve to capture the WBC International super featherweight title at the Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, NSW, Australia on Saturday. McConnell’s only loss was to highly regarded Englishman Lee Selby in Commonwealth title challenge in England in 2013. IBF #10 Sermona had previously visited Australia stopping Matt Garlett inside the distance.
WBA middleweight “interim” world champion Dmitry Chudinov (14-0-2, 9 KOs) overpowered and destroyed #12 rated Medhi Bouadla (30-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Open-Air Bike Show in Sevastopol, Crimea. Chudinov dropped Bouadla in round one with a left hook to the body. In round two, Bouadla twice took a knee to escape brutal Chudinov barrages. Chudinov floored Bouadla two more times in round three to end it.
Former world title challenger and Mike Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams (46-23, 35 KOs) was defeated in four rounds by pro debuting Pavel Doroshilov. Williams was holding ice over his left eye as he remained in his corner following the fourth round of a scheduled six. The 41-year-old Williams has now lost 13 of his last 15 fights. (more…)
Due to multiple fights falling out at the last minute, All Out Promotions and Edmond’s Promotions have cancelled tonight’s card at the Police Athletic League in Parsippany, NJ.
Additional information on a potential September date will follow shortly.
On October 4, one of the most popular featherweights in the UFC, “The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, will be back in the Octagon to start his road back to a 145-pound title shot when he faces Akira Corassani in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Stockholm at the Globe Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Two versions of the WBA world middleweight title will be on the line today, and neither of them involve a fighter with the initials “GGG.” First up it will be WBA middleweight “interim” world champion Dmitry Chudinov (13-0, 8 KOs) defending his belt against #12 rated Medhi Bouadla (30-5, 11 KOs) in Sevastopol, Russia. Later on, the vacant WBA middleweight “regular” world championship will be the prize when WBA #3 rated Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) meets #2 Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) in Brooklyn, NY.
Two weeks ago, WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin successfully defended the “super” version of the WBA belt against Daniel Geale at Madison Square Garden.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #9, WBO #10 140-pounder Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (34-4-3, 25 KOs) stopped Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (15-7-1, 8 KOs) in round five of a scheduled twelve with the vacant Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title up for grabs at the Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Friday. Bennett was in control of the contest from round one and at :45 of round five, referee
Brad Griffith called it off. Bennett who has boxed successfully in the USA is after title shots against WBA champion Danny Garcia and WBO champion Chris Algieri.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Classy Australian lightweight Cameron Glass scored a tenth round knockout over Brendan Saunders to capture the WBF Asia Pacific title at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Saunders controlled rounds one and two but in round three Glass found the range for his combinations and visibly hurt his opponent several times in the following rounds. The action see-sawed with both boxers having good rounds but in round ten a booming right hand from Glass dropped Saunders and referee Gary Dean crowned Glass. (more…)
Heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will settle their differences once and for all on November 22 at the ExCeL London. The bitter rivals have built up a lot of anger and frustration over the postponement of their fight last month and are now set to battle it out in an explosive battle for the European and Vacant British titles and a Final Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.
Londoner Chisora withdrew from the first fight after fracturing his hand in sparring on the week prior to the fight and top ten world ranked Alexander Ustinov was brought in to fight Fury. On the night before the show Fury’s uncle and first pro trainer, Hughie, was taken critically ill into hospital and Fury was withdraw by his other uncle and current trainer, Peter, feeling that he was not mentally prepared for the fight. (more…)
Former WBA superflyweight champion, Venezuelan Liborio Solis (18-3) stopped Mexican Jose Carlos Vargas (13-10) on the main event of a six fights card celebrated on Saturday night at Gimnasio Yuyin Luzcando in Panama City, Panama.
After trading power punches, Vargas went to the canvas at the end of the first round. In the second Solis dropped his opponent twice forcing referee Guillermo Perez to declare a TKO exactly one minute into that round.
Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes
In a clash of young prospects, welterweight Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over previously undefeated Daniel Rosario (8-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City.
Both fighters had their moments in a bout that offered good two-way action. Scores were 95-95 and 98-92, 97-93 for Ortega, who claimed the vacant WBO Latin welterweight title. Rosario is trained by Evangelista Cotto.
In a war between unbeaten welterweights, Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (16-0, 12 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over James “Keep ‘em Sleepin” Stevenson (21-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Great two-way action in every round. Vasquez dropped Stevenson in round eight and the bout was waved off in round nine. Time was :25.
In a great fight, lightweight Monty Meza Clay (36-3, 22 KOs) scored a spectacular tenth round TKO Over Alan Herrera (32-7, 21 KOs). Meza Clay dropped Herrera in round six, but Herrera came back to rock Meza Clay in round nine. The local fan favorite Meza Clay wasn’t about to disappoint his hometown fans, however, and he came out throwing non-stop punches in round ten to rock Herrera and force a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:00.
Big-punching 2012 Olympian middleweight Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (6-0, 6 KOs) destroyed unfortunate Willie Fortune “500” (17-2, 8 KOs) in the first round. Khytrov jumped right on Fortune and blew him away with a barrage of punches. Time was :30.
WBC #5 super welterweight contender Willie “The Great” Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda (17-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night outdoors at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Nelson won by scores of 98-92 on all cards, but Grajeda staggered him in rounds three and eight.
Super middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (15-2-1, 12 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Norbert Nemesapati (14-1, 13 KOs). Nemesapati rocked Escalera in round one, but Escalera stormd back to batter Nemesapati in round two. Escalera dropped Nemesapati in round three and went on to win by scores of 78-73, 78-72, 79-72.
In his pro debut, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zhang Zhilei needed just 17 seconds to KO badly outgunned Curtis Lee Tate (6-5, 6 KOs). The 31-year-old Zhilei moves to 1-0, 1 KO after his brief pro debut. The KO punch was a straight left to the shoulder of Tate.
Photos: German Villasenor
Jose Felix Jr. 136.8 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 136.6 Lbs.
Stan Martyniok 134.6 vs. Ivan Najera 135.6
(Najera came back and made the contracted 135 weight)
Esquiva Falcao 157.4 vs. Malcolm Terry 154
Jose Zepeda 142 vs. Adrian Garza 142
Edgar Valero 120.4 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 120
Zachary Wohlman 141.2 vs. Paul Velarde 138.4
Liam Vaughan 159 vs. Saul Benitez 156.4
Luis Diaz 130.6 vs. Luis Sedano 131.2
Alexey Zubov 198.4 vs. Harvey Jolley 191.6
Venue: Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California
Promoter: Top Rank/Bash Boxing
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Vyacheslav Glazkov 218.5 vs. Derric Rossy 232.5
Robert Berridge 173.5 vs. Vasily Lepikhin 174
Joseph Parker 228.5 vs. Keith Thompson 220
Frankie Garriga 121.5 vs. Luis Acevedo 121.5
Tyrell Wright 221 vs. Randy Easton 218.5
Ismael Serrano 138.5 vs. Johnathan Williams 141.5
Khalib Whitmore 177.5 vs. Lamont Capers 177
Venue: Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBC Sports Network
By Karl Freitag
Oddsmakers view all three of Saturday night’s featured bouts at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as lopsided encounters. WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia is a 34 to 1 favorite (-3400) to defeat Rod Salka (+1700) in the non-title main event, IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson is a 25 to 1 pick (-2500) to defeat Edgar Santana (+1400), and in the closest matchup, Daniel Jacobs is a 7 to 1 favorite (-700) to win a version of the WBA middleweight title against Jarrod Fletcher (+500).
The over/under propositions, however, are all close and fluctuating. Currently, the over/under for Garcia-Salka is 7.5 rounds with over at -165 and under at +135. The over/under for Peterson-Santana is 10.5 rounds with over at -105 and under at -125. Finally, the over/under for Jacobs-Fletcher is 8.5 rounds with over at +115 and under at -145.
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