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Fightnews.com has received information on funeral services for Darius Watson, who passed away last Monday due to an apparent heart attack. Watson’s funeral services will take place on Tuesday at 11:15 AM at Amos Memorial Christian Church, located at 2445 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. Cards could be sent to the Watson family at 922 Diamond Dale Drive in Carson, CA 90746. (more…)
Unbeaten Philadelphia phenom Danny “Swift” Garcia will begin 2010 with his toughest fight to date on Friday, February 26 when he squares off against British veteran Ashley Theopane in the 10-round junior welterweight co-main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Also on the February 26 card – which is headlined by the 10-round featherweight battle between El Paso favorite Antonio Escalante and Juarez’s Mickey Roman – will be bouts featuring top Texas prospects Jermell Charlo and Omar Figueroa, Mexico’s Luis Enrique Grajeda and Uganda’s Sharif Bogere. (more…)
One day after the New Orleans Saints historic Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts, Roy Jones Jr. reflected back to that August day he was invited to the Saints’ training camp by Head Coach Sean Payton and delivered a speech to the team, which turned into a pep talk for the upcoming season. The theme of Roy’s speech was teamwork, “Each individual effort is wonderful, but the sum of all playing together as a team is greater. The Saints began the season by winning their first thirteen games and, it seemed against all odds, became Super Bowl Champions. It means that God is still using me to deliver positive messages to people,” said Jones. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside; photos by Ed Mulholland
A sellout crowd of 10,223 at the Prudential Center in Newark this past Saturday, with thousands of fans wearing the Polish national colors of red and white, cheered wildly for their boxing hero Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (40-1, 28 KOs) as he retained his IBF International heavyweight championship with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision victory over Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-3, 4 KOs). (More)
Former interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17KO) offered no excuses once he touched down in his hometown of Tijuana, MX, Sunday afternoon, after his loss against the now full-fledged WBC king Edwin Valero (27-0, 27KO) last Saturday night in Monterrey, MX. “I don’t have an exact response to what happened because I don’t know. I can’t explain why my body didn’t respond,” DeMarco said. “I do admit that in front of me I had a great champion, there is nothing to discuss. At one point of the fight, I couldn’t execute our game plan,” the 24-year-old DeMarco added. “I tried to go toe-to-toe but Valero was intelligent. He deserved to win.” (more…)
The California State Athletic Commission’s one year suspension of former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito is due to expire later this week and Margarito is looking to get back into the ring on the March 13 Pacquiao-Clottey card in Dallas. Team Margarito has already submitted an application for a boxing license to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which is currently being reviewed. Reciprocal enforcement of suspended boxing licenses are not mandatory beyond the term of the license itself, so despite the recent recommendation of the Association of Boxing Commissions to not license Margarito at this time, Texas boxing authorities are within their legal rights if they choose to do so. Stay tuned.
Although he has previously kept a lower public profile, Greg Cohen, Founder and CEO of The Empire Sports and Entertainment Inc., has long been a major player in boxing. The former majority owner of Cedric Kushner Promotions (CKP) and partner in Duva Boxing has been promotionally involved with a number of heavyweight champions and top contenders, including former WBO Champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs from the very first day of his pro career. (more…)
The popular boxing series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” will return to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida on February 19. In the main event, former world title challenger William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (23-3, 20 KOs) will face Jesus “Taquero” Vazquez (19-3-1, 17 KOs) in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds with the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title at stake. The 28-year-old Gonzalez is ranked WBA #9, WBO #12 and IBF #13. Vazquez is a former WBC Continental Americas beltholder. Also, former WBA world champion Clarence “Bones” Adams (44-6-4, 20 KOs) takes on veteran Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (33-22-4, 24 KOs) with the vacant WBA NABA featherweight title on the line. (more…)
Super Six tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) is on his way to America. The undefeated 29-year-old has boarded a plane to Los Angeles this morning. Coach Ulli Wegner is moving training camp to Palm Springs where Abraham will clash with Andre Dirrell in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 6. The fight takes place at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in greater Palm Springs, and is broadcast live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). “I am thrilled to return to America,” King Arthur said. “If you want to become a true superstar, you have to impress on both sides of the ocean. My KO victory over Edison Miranda in July 2008 was a good start. The Super Six tournament will give me maximum exposure in the US and I will continue where I left it when I take on Dirrell in four weeks.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former four-time world title challenger John “The Eastern Beast” Brown (24-17-2, 11 KOs), of Atlantic City, NJ will face Harrison Cuello (18-12-3, 14 KOs), of The Bronx, New York at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York on Friday, February 26. Headlining the big seven-bout show will be hard-hitting Brazilian Isaac Rodriguez (16-0, 13 KOs) taking on former Contender Brian Vera (16-3, 10 KOs) in a ten round middleweight bout. The promoter is Stars-R-Out Promotions. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Featherweight world rated Daud Yordan (25-0, 19 KOs) has decided to join Nonito Donairre Sr’s Kennel Boxing Gym in San Leandro, California within this month. “We think he needs to boost his boxing ability and physical condition in the US,” Pino Bahari, Yordan’s manager said. Yordan has fought twice in the US, outpointing Antonio Meza in September 2008, and a no contest with Robert Guerrero in March last year. After the Guerrero fight, Yordan has fought twice in Indonesia.
Last Friday in Fuscaldo, Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) staged a show with five fights. In the main event former WBA light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (60-10-2, 37 KOs) won the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title against Laszlo Hubert (24-6, 15 KOs) by TKO in round 4. It was the debut for Silvio Branco in the cruiserweight division.
Also, WBC #2 middleweight Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) won by TKO in round one against Norbert Nagy (7-3, 5 KOs). Next for Spada is a rematch for the WBC interim middleweight title against Sebastian Zbik. (more…)
“I’ve never had a fight that I was 100 percent at in Las Vegas . . . .”
That, says Nonito Donaire, will change on February 13.
In what will be his fourth appearance in Las Vegas, Donaire, 22-1, 14 KOs, will defend the interim version of the WBA’s super flyweight championship against Mexico City contender Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero, 34-8, 26 KOs, in the main event of a Top Rank Pay-Per-View card from the Las Vegas Hilton . . . Click here for more
If there’s one fight Mexican contender Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero has studied, in preparation for his Saturday showdown with Nonito Donaire, it’s the “Filipino Flash’s” 2007 upset over then-reigning champ Vic Darchinyan . . . Click here for more
In front of nearly 8,000 mainly hostile fight fans, lightweight king Edwin “Inca” Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, kept his WBC lightweight crown, as well as his KO streak, intact as he stopped former interim WBC champ Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico in a much-anticipated 12-round championship fight . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis (26-2, 21 KO’s) today contacted Fightnews and issued a challenge to popular American Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s). The two exciting fighters met in September 2008 in Houston, Texas when the American, known as “Baby Bull” won a split decision over twelve rounds. The 29 year old Katsidis is growing increasingly frustrated at the failure of full WBO 135 pound champion Juan Manuel Marquez to ink a fight mandated by the WBO and now is chasing a match with Diaz who is ranked WBO #7, WBA #2 and IBF #4 at jr welterweight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Chicago referee Pete Podgorski who has worked in fifty world title bouts around the world and has a solid background in boxing, along with brothers and sons, having held several amateur titles and also boxing as a professional. Pete talks to Fightnews and tells of his family’s proud boxing history and also how he feels that boxing officiating is continually improving because of boxing commissions and seminars that improve the skills of officials. (more…)
Don King Productions stablemates Carlos Molina (17-4-1, 5 KOs) and Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (17-0, 13 KOs) will face off March 6th for the IBF Latino junior middleweight title. The bout will be on the undercard of the Devon Alexander-Juan Urango 140 pound unification main event. Site of the card will be the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Freddy Hernandez admitted he has had difficulties facing southpaw fighters throughout his career. Friday night was no different for Hernandez, who had difficulties in the openings rounds against former world champion DeMarcus Corley. That did not stop an undeterred Hernandez from moving in and eventually landing the equalizing punch that ended the fight. Hernandez scored the biggest victory of his career, knocking out Corley in the fifth round of a scheduled 10 round fight before a sold-out crowd of 1,400 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
World-class professional boxing made it’s highly anticipated comeback to the Russian capital on Saturday, Feb. 6, during a huge show, which was promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab at Aquarium Hotel sports arena on the second floor of the giant Crocus Expo exhibition center on the outskirts of Moscow. Kirill Pchelnikov (Pushka Promotions) and German Titov (German Titov Promotions) aided in compiling the exact schedule of the tournament, which unfortunately was marred with several disappointing organizational blunders. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Six men are sitting around a long, gray table with a handful of microphones, dictaphones and notepads in the midst of cameramen, reporters and entrepreneurs. Four of them are wearing tracksuits, and only two are robed in high-priced classic jackets. The presser to announce an upcoming boxing show in Izhevsk, Russia, is right under way, and one can hardly believe that a shy, soft-spoken, tiny man sporting such a jacket is a boxer. Indeed, he is. Maybe one of the best this country has to offer. Highly regarded bantamweight contender Alexander Bakhtin (24-0, 11 KOs) chose an unusual path for a young Russian fighter to follow. (more…)
By Marcus Lammi (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night at Rewell Center Amarillo in Vaasa, Finland, Petro Koskimies with his quickly developing and rising Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions presented a very entertaining and dramatic show, which was co-promoted with St. Petersburg’s Jab Promotions, led by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov. In a scheduled twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO European and interim PABA welterweight titles Russia-based Tajik Sherali “The Lion” Mamadaliev (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Frenchman Frederic Serre (10-5, 2 KOs) in round six of a bout that really set the audience on fire. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Josh Hedges, UFC
In a battle of two living legends, Randy “The Natural” Couture defeated Mark “The Hammer” Coleman by rear naked choke at 1:09 in the second round. The bout was 12 years in the making, as the pair were originally slated to meet at UFC 17 before Couture was forced off the card with an injury. Back then, Coleman would’ve certainly been the favorite . . . Click here for more
Postfight reports by Anthony Springer, Jr.
50 bout veteran Guillard now “1-0”: With more than fifty fights to his name, Melvin Guillard announced to the world that none of his previous accomplishments matter anymore . . . Click here for more
Sonnen makes his mark on Marquardt: If you asked the average MMA fan about Chael Sonnen six months ago, the response would’ve likely been “Who?” . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten junior middleweight Alexander Abraham (25-0-1, 17 KOs), the younger brother of boxing superstar Arthur Abraham, has retired from the ring. According to trainer Ulli Wegner, an unexplained dizziness prompted the 28-year-old prospect to hand up his gloves. Meanwhile Arthur Abraham is headed to the United States to face Andre Dirrell in SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six tournament on March 6 in Palm Springs, CA.
By Joe Koizumi
21-year-old Japanese Daiki Kameda (16-2, 11 KOs), 112, captured the WBA flyweight belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision over defending titlist Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-2-1, 20 KOs), Thailand, over twelve lousy rounds in Kobe, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Glenn Feldman (US) both 116-110 and Pascuale Procopio (Canada) 114-112, all for the Japanese challenger. The referee was Lahcen Oumghar (Holland). It was a farce rather than a fight. Kameda slipped down on five occasions, while Denkaosen was penalized twice because of his repeated clinches in the sixth and eleventh. It was one of the very least technical bouts with world championships at stake held here in Japan. We, however, will have to evaluate and celebrate Kameda brothers having conquered the WBA and the WBC belts in the same 112-pound category in 69 days since his elder brother Koki, 23, dethroned WBC ruler Daisuke Naito in Saitama on November 30. Daiki and Koki finally followed the footsteps of Klitschko brothers having dominated the same heavyweight thrones at the same era. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching and fast-moving Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 4 KOs), 114, very impressively kept her WBA female super-flyweight belt as she swept all rounds with a beautiful display of speed, skills and power in scoring a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice and 99-91) over game and durable British challenger Shanee Martin (9-5-1, 5 KOs), also 114, over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. The referee was Firlin Marsh of New Zealand. Tenkai, a cute 25-year-old Japanese champ, simply stunned the audience who hadn’t seen so many female boxing bouts by showing her excellent form, reflexes, quickness, skills and stamina. Even this reporter previously thought that Tenkai was only a non-stop warrior, but she completely changed her image tonight so that our people realized that we might be proud of Tenkai being the most outstanding female boxer. (more…)
In a sterling performance, Edwin Valero of Venezuela improved to 27-0 with 27 knockouts and retained the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title with a dominant ninth-round TKO over WBC interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex., Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME®. The event at Arena Monterrey, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, was the first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast to emanate from Mexico in nearly 12 years and the first in Monterrey in more than 15.
Valero showed he was anything but one-dimensional as he outfought and, somewhat shockingly, outboxed the tentative and outclassed DeMarco while controlling all the rounds in a one-sided battle of southpaws. (more…)
Super featherweight Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (38-2-2, 28 KOs) claimed the WBA interim world title with a seventh round KO over reigning champion Likar Ramos (21-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Mérida, Yucatán. Solis recovered from a third round knockdown to floor Ramos in the sixth and finish him with a body shot just as the bell rang to end the seventh. Time was 2:59. With the win, “Coloradito” Solis joins Ulises “Archi” Solis in the exclusive club of world champion Mexican brothers. Click here for more photos
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr.
In a battle of legends, Randy Couture choked out Mark Coleman with a second round rear-naked choke hold at UFC 109 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Couture outboxed Coleman in the first, landing uppercuts. After unleashing a ground-and-pound attack on Coleman, Couture took his back, securing a rear naked chokehold at 1:09 of the second.
In the co-main, Chael Sonnen defeated Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision, with scores of 30-27 x 3. On the undercard: Paulo Thiago defeated Mike Swick by submission, at 1:54 of round two; Demian Maia won a decision over Dan Miller, scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice; and Matt Serra won by knockout at 2:23 of the first over Frank Trigg. Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) put on a brilliant display of boxing as he dominated interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Valero was cut under the right eye in round one and suffered a nasty gash on the forehead in round two from an elbow, which cost DeMarco a point. Valero, however, remained the aggressor as he both outpunched and outboxed DeMarco in virtually every round. After eight rounds, the scoring was 79-72 for Valero on all three cards. DeMarco trainer Romulo Quirarte finally stopped the one-sided beating after Valero dominated round nine. Impressive defense for Valero as he overcame adversity to win in front of a worldwide audience that included SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING viewers.
In a good action fight, unbeaten welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (24-4-1, 14 KOs). Abregu was dropped by a left hook in round two, but got up to floor Gutierrez in round three. Abregu was cut over the left eye by a punch in round seven but coasted to a 98-90, 97-91, 97-91 win. (more…)
By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 16 KOs) crushed Jorge Luis Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs) in three one-sided rounds. Rios cut Teron under his left eye in the first round as he threw a series of power punches to the head. Round two was pretty similar as the first one as Rios was pulverizing Teron with thunderous shots to the head. Rios put Teron into the ropes in the third round as he smelled the kill, but Teron was saved after his mouthpiece fell out the referee put a halt into the action. However, Rios didn’t let up and the referee finally stopped the fight at the 1:13 mark of the third round. Winner by TKO Brandon Rios. Rios becomes the new NABF lightweight champion. “This is my greatest win,” said Rios. “I worked so hard and was so dedicated in the gym. I hurt Teron right away. I wasn’t going to let up. I kept the pressure on. What a win!” Trainer Robert Garcia added, “…when you face a big tree like Teron you begin chopping right away. Brandon beat a top, quality fighter. We went right to the attack and Brandon did it.” Click Here for More Photos
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) continued his excursion in the heavyweight ranks with a hard fought twelve round decision over Olympian Jason Estrada (16-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 10,123 predominantly Adamek fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, and an off-base 118-110 as Adamek kept his IBF International belt. “I was prepared for 12 rounds, and pretty early in the fight I realized this is what would happen. So I had to conserve more energy, maybe be less aggressive than in my previous fights,” said Adamek afterward. Click here for more quotes and photos, plus other results
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#11/WBA#13 Japanese super-feather champ Takashi Miura (18-1-2, 14 KOs), 130, successfully kept his national belt by a shockingly split verdict (96-93, 96-94 and 94-96) over previously unbeaten top contender Seiichi Okada (10-1, 6 KOs), 129.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It greatly stunned the crowd that a judge favored Okada despite such a unanimous-looking contest probably due to his partial preoccupation. The hard-hitting champ took the initiative from the start with his busy, solid and accurate lefts to the face and the midsection, and maintained his pace almost all the way. Miura, who had dethroned another hard-punching southpaw Yoshimitsu Yashiro via TKO victory in a rematch (after a debatable draw), looked sharp and speedy enough to overwhelm game and durable Okada, steadily piling up points. Miura kept battering him up with effective lefts and southpaw right hooks, but Okada occasionally retaliated with a solid body shot at a time, which the judge might have wrongly evaluated too much. (more…)
Interview by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Tim “the Thrashing Machine” Hague already has seen the highs and lows of the wild ride of the Octagon in his short UFC career. In his first bout in May 2009, Hague submitted the highly touted Pat Barry in the first round at UFC 98. It was an impressive victory for the Canadian battler who had plied his trade in smaller King of the Cage Canada cards. However, he also experienced a low point when he lost in a highlight-reel, seven-second knockout to the powerful Todd Duffee at UFC 102 in August . . . . Click here for more
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