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By Jason Kotar and Ryan Macalua at ringside
Photos: Javiel Centeno
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Undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. Berto’s speed and agility allowed him to negate Urango’s pressure as he compiled a 117-111, 118-110, 118-110 win. The “Iron Twin” Urango, will now move back to the 140lb division where he remains as the IBF titleholder.
In a WBC 154lb eliminator, former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) upset previously unbeaten junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (15-1, 12 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision. Cintron outworked Angulo for much of the fight, never allowing Angulo to get untracked. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) made quick work out of former NABO champion DeAndrey Abron (15-4, 10 KOs). Mack used his quickness to beat Abron to the punch evading Abron’s wide hooks while landing combinations to the body. In round four, Abron finally landed a sharp overhand left that only urged the agressive Mack to unleash furious combinations, finally putting Abron on the canvas with a overhand right. Abron made the count but Mack refused to let him off the hook by following up with a crushing left hook. The fight was then stopped.
Light Welterweight Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KO’s) scored an impressive TKO over Laquel Fleming (1-3-2). The 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Gonzalez hurt Fleming with a nice left hook then followed up with power shots till the referee stopped the fight at 1:45 of round one.
Heavyweight Wilmer Vazquez (9-0-1, 5 KO’s) won a rather unimpressive majority decision over tough veteran Andrew Greeley (14-27-2, 8 KO’s). The 2004 Venezuelan Olympian Vazquez fought at a very deliberate pace, landing good body shots when he let his hands go against the counterpunching Greeley. The scorecards read 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) outworked Samuel Brown (4-6-2) in the first round, sent Brown down with left uppercut at the end of the round. Brown beat the count. In round two, Hamer sent Brown down with an right uppercut. Brown beat the count again. Hamer then used a double jab to put Brown down once more. Referee Tellis Assimenios stopped the bout at 1:10 in the second round.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
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Another enthusiastic crowd at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in St. Thomas, USVI enjoyed a hot night of both amateur and professional boxing during Boxing In Paradise III. The show was promoted as usual by 340 Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing. Headlining the show was returning unbeaten WBA #9 super lightweight contender Victor Cayo of the Domincan Republic, who was victorious when he split open the lower lip of Mexico’s Arturo Morua in the opening minute. It goes without saying the majority of the attendees interest laid in the progress of hometown boys John and Julius Jackson, the progeny of local legend and two-division champ Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. Both were winners. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda
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Unbeaten super bantamweight Michael ‘Lil’ Warrior Franco of Riverside (15-0, 10 KOs) claimed his first pro title with a crowd pleasing fourth round TKO over Juan Jose Beltran (19-13-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Sports University in San Bernandino, California. Beltran could not figure out Franco’s strategy as Franco alternated between punching to the body and head in all rounds. Referee Tony Crebs waved it off at :38 of the fourth, crowning Franco as WBC youth super bantamweight titleholder. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis “G.W. Hope” Kauffman (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over divisional gatekeeper Livin Castillo (14-7, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. It was a right to the bodythat floored Castillo, who after getting up was unable to continue. Time was 1:26. In the co-feature, welterweight Ronald Cruz (5-0, 3 KOs) got a stoppage in round one as he pounded Norman Allen (6-2, 3 KOs) on the ropes. Time was 3:00.
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (now 21-1 with 16 KOs) scored his second consecutive first-round blowout moments ago at Kiev’s Palace of Sports. In the main event of the show, promoted by the K2 East promotional group, Baysangurov, 24, decked his Italian opponent Christian De Martinis (22-3, 10 KOs) once with a body-punch and once with a hard left hook to the head before knocking him down again after a thunderous right hand, which forced referee to stop the contest without a count. Baysangurov seized the vacant WBA Intercontinental title in the process. Next for Chechen native is August showdown against Contender II victor Grady Brewer.
Also, K2 East-promoted Croatian heavyweight Mario Preskar moved to 16-0-2, 10 KOs, after an eight-round workmalike unanimous decision over Russian journeyman entertainer Daniil “Shrek” Peretyatko (16-22, 6 KOs).
By Pasi Taavitsainen
European Union light welterweight champion Giuseppe Lauri (48-6, 6 KOs) retained his belt with by tenth round DQ against Juho Tolppola (22-6-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The bout became the main event after the WBA heavyweight championship clash between Nicolay Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev was canceled. The bout was stopped after Tolppola punched Lauri on the side of the head after a break command. It was a very hard fight with a lot of punches from both sides. Tolppola had previously been deducted two points by the referee for a head butt at the end of round one.
WBA, WBC female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus outpointed Amy Yuratovac over ten rounds to retain her belts. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 98-92.
Heavyweight southpaw Jarno Rosberg annihilated Viktor Szalai in just 26 seconds. A hard left hand to the head and the fight was over.
Light welter Denis Shafikov scored a first round TKO over John Cotterill Jr. Shavikov landed some hard bodyshots and a left uppercut to the head that put Cotterill down for the full ten count
Heavyweight Robert Helenius scored a sixth round KO over Scott Gammer. Gammer was down in rounds one and six. A right to the body and a right to the head and it’s game over. Helenius has a fast left jab and a hard body punch.
Super middle Niko Jokinen topped Istvan Petroczki over four (40-36)
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
An attractive clash between former world champion Paul Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) and unbeaten Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs) has been scratched from Top Rank’s big June 27 “Latin Fury 9″ PPV card in Atlantic City. Word is Alvarado was injured in sparring. Malignaggi will likely stay on the card against another opponent. The name of Juan Diaz has been mentioned as a possible foe. The show is headlined by two world title bouts, the WBO super bantamweight championship between Juan Manuel Lopez and Olivier Lontchi, and the WBO bantamweight championship clash between Fernando Montiel and Eric Morel.
WBO #1 rated super featherweight Kevin Mitchell’s promoter Frank Warren has so far been unable to entice WBO world champion Roman Martinez to come back to the UK for an immediate title defense. Martinez (22-0-1) won the 130lb belt on March 14th when he TKO’d then-champion Nicky Cook in the fourth round at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. According to Warren, Martinez’ handlers have rejected an offer close to $200,000 to fight mandatory challenger Kevin Mitchell right away, rather than wait until the mandatory defense is due. “Sooner or later Martinez is going to have to face me,” said Mitchell. “It’s a great offer to him from my promoter and he should take it now because he’s going to get well paid for the beating I’m going to dish out to him.” According to WBO rules, Martinez’ mandatory defense would be due nine months from the date he won the belt unless an exception is granted by the WBO Championship Committee.
After today’s hearing by the WBA, Universum Box-Promotion has issued the following statement about the events in Helsinki:
Universum Box-Promotion has presented the WBA with medical proof that Ruslan Chagaev does not have the infectious disease hepatitis, but only a hepatitis antigen (a substance that prompts the generation of antibodies and can cause an immune response). Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values have been examined for many years regularly — by measuring methods which are substantially more sensitive than that of the Finnish lab which carried out the blood test that the organizers used to support the refusal to fight.
Universum also provided the WBA with evidence that Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values are unchanged for many years and are safe. They are invariably below the international standard from which the hepatitis disease is considered infectious. Ruslan Chagaev’s current blood values also correspond to those which he had in the first fight against Nikolai Valuev in April 2007. The fight at that time was promoted by Sauerland Event under the supervision of the Austrian Federation in Stuttgart and if there was any doubt about these blood values, it would have been mentioned then. Therefore, today, like the first time, there is no reason to call off the fight. (more…)
Welterweight champion Andre Berto and IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango both made weight yesterday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL and are now ready to collide for the WBC World Title in tonight’s explosive double header on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Andre Berto 145.25 vs. Juan Urango 146.50
Kermit Cintron 153 vs. Alfredo Angulo 153.5
Yusaf Mack 176 vs DeAndrey Abron 174.5
Tor Hamer 222 vs Samuel Brown 246
Wilmer Vazquez 275 vs Andrew Greeley 236
Jonathan Gonzalez 146 vs Laquel Fleming 147
Berto vs Urango is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 pm ET/PT. In the televised co-feature, junior middleweight knockout artists Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron will slug it out, but after they do, the stage will be set for a bout many are calling a Fight of The Year candidate. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, go on sale on April 15, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com. For more information regarding this and other events, log on to: www.warriorsboxing.com
By Leonid Yuryev (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Yesterday, Kazakh contender-turned-promoter Marat Mazimbaev stage his second local show this year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In the main event of the evening Kanat Kartenbaev (9-3-2, 3 KOs) acquired the vacant interim PABA light welterweight title with a bloody sixth-round TKO over Indonesian Tia Koswara (16-9-2, 9 KOs). The loacal hero controlled the fight from the outset, finally dropping his opponent at the end of the fifth round. Koswara was able to survive the round but was decked again in the sixth; this time for the count. (more…)
Welterweight Frankie Santos (17-6-3, 9 KOs) was sure the bout against Hicklet Lau (20-19-2, 3 KOs) would be a real war.“The cut on my left eye bothered me a little bit, and I had some damaging punches in that area, but I was sure that this was my fight, so I focused and did what I was meaning to do,” said Santos, who won by unanimous decision and summed a new victory for his record.“Last time I won by decision, but now was his turn,” said Lau, who insisted that he wanted a third encounter with Santos. In another bout, lightweight Abner Cotto showed once again his power, and knocked out Nelson Agosto, at 35 seconds of the first round. Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment will be back with Boxeo Boricua en Caguas on June 26th. Luis “El Artesano” Cruz, will headline what promises to be a great event.
By Alexey Sukachev
Zaurbek Baysangurov 154 vs Christian De Martinis 153
(Vacant WBA I/C light middleweight title)
Max Bursak 163.5 vs Alexander Sipos* ??
Mario Preskar 216 vs Daniil Peretyatko 252
Dmitry Nikulin 152.3 vs Vitaly Olkhovik 148
Salambek Baysangurov 170 vs Andrey Monakhov 169
Alexander Spirko 150.8 vs Roman Kharkov 153.5
Mamed Yadgarov 123.6 vs Vladimir Sagalakov 118.7
Kostya Rovensky 155 vs Mikhail Vinnichenko 156
Petr Ocheretyanny 198 vs Sergey Pronin* ??
Ruslan Goncharov 188.7 vs Alexey Koziy 188
Ruslan Dzambulatov 163.4 vs. Alexey Shtempluk 162
Nikolay Israelyan 218.5 Vyacheslav Sherbakov* ??
* – to weigh-in later
Venue: Kiev Palace of Sports
Promoter: K2 East
TV: Inter (Ukraine)
Light heavyweight contender and former world champion Glen Johnson is optimistic about landing a rematch with IBO heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. “The Road Warrior” is particularly encouraged by the Dawson team’s decision to give up the IBF belt, rather thanto take a less lucrative mandatory defense.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
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Baltimore’s Cory “Black Ice” Cummings overcame mounting adversity to score a ninth-round TKO and capture the Maryland State Super Middleweight title over Demetrius Davis of Clinton at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Cummings did not get a minute out of the first round before the two veteran warriors clashed heads, causing a gash over Cummings’s right eye. In the eighth round the two clashed heads again, causing a cut on his left eye. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Yohnny Perez of Colombia came from behind to score a dramatic twelfth round stoppage win over South African Silence Mabuza in their IBF bantamweight title eliminator at the Springs Indoor Arena on Friday night. Mabuza (53.06kg) was less than two minutes away from victory when Perez (53.40kg) caught him with a stunning right to the jaw followed up by a stiff jab that dropped the South African to the canvas. He managed to beat the count but was on wobbly legs as a another barrage of punches sent him staggering across the ring as American referee Kenny Chevallier stepped in to wave the fight off at 1 minute 6 seconds into the twelfth round. (more…)
The WBA will make a decision about the cancelled title fight between heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev in seven days. The fight was called off on late Friday evening because Chagaev could not fulfill the local medical requirements. “We are now waiting for the WBA´s decision,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Of course Nikolai Valuev is the WBA heavyweight champion. Once again it showed that health-wise Ruslan Chagaev is not able to fight for the world title.” Universum, on the other hand, doubted the legitimacy of the Finnish Federation´s decision. “I am healthy and ready to fight,” said Ruslan Chagaev. “I don´t understand the decision.” It was not before Friday afternoon (after the weigh-in) that Universum turned in up-to-date blood tests which had been requested by the Finnish Federation. Since the documents could not rule out a danger of infection for Nikolai Valuev, the Finns did not grant Chagaev a license for the title fight in Helsinki.
By Alexey Sukachev
Though the Chagaev-Valuev main event is definitely off, Helsinki boxing show will nevertheless go on in the reduced form. This was confirmed by Pekka Maki, the head of P3 Boxing, who is operating as the local promoter of the event. “We are extremely disappointed that this wonderful evening was badly spoilt by the heavyweight disorder. This is a big blow to world boxing and a major letdown for all pugilistic fans on the Earth but for the Finnish fans specifically. So much effort has been put in to compile this tournament in Helsinki. We are apologizing to our fans for this miserable situation. However, the P3 Boxing has done everything to save the card and now we can guarantee that six fights will be held this night at Hartwall Arena.
“The new main event is the Guiseppe Lauri vs. Juho Tolppola collision for the EBU-EE light welterweight title. Ladies will fight in the semi-main bout of the evening when Cecilia Braekhus will put her WBA/WBC belts at stake against Amy Yuratovac. Denis Shafikov fight is also a go. Finally, fans will be able to watch after local prospects Robert Helenius, Jarno Rosberg and Niko Jokinen in the undercard. The show will be shown broadcast live in Finland, Italy and Norway. Unfortunately, heavyweight fights of Lamon Brestwer and Kali Meehan and welterweight title bout between Frank Shabani and Leonard Bundu were cancelled. We did our best to let them go but our abilities are limited,” commented extremely disgusted Finnish promoter. “Our fight is definitely on and Denis is ready to deliver his A-game despite these shameful circumstances surrounding the infamous Valuev-Chagaev showdown,” confirmed Shafikov’s manager and co-promoter Oleg Bogdanov.
Ringside by Byron Spurlock
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Featherweight prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen continued his winning ways with a decision over a game Carlos Hernandez at Thursday’s TKO Boxing “Beat Down in H-Town” event at the Arena Theatre in Houston . . . Click here for more
Weights from San Bernardino
By Big Joe Miranda
Mike Franco 121 vs. Juan Beltran 121
(WBC International Youth Belt)
Frank Gutierrez 124.75 vs. Jesus Adame 122.5
Kerry Folley 170.75 vs. Terrance Smith 175
Jaime Gutierrez 111.5 vs. Vachian Ayagyan 112.75
Anatoly Duvchonka 173.5 vs. William Harmon 174
Venue: American Sports University, San Bernardino, CA
Tickets: $100 $75 $35 $20
Weights from Virgin Islands
By Boxing Bob Newman
Victor Cayo 142 vs. Arturo Morua 142
NOTE: Cayo vs Morua has been changed from a scheduled 9rd WBA Fedelatin title at 140 lbs. to an over-the-weight 10 rounder.
John Jackson 152.5 vs. Idelfonso Soto 152
JV Tuazon 116 vs. Eduardo Melendez 116
Samuel Rogers 154.5 vs. Mark Sanders 154
Julius Jackson 164 vs. Jamal Williams 164
Venue: UVI Sports & Fitness Center, Saint Thomas, USVI
The “Boxing In Paradise III” show will open at 5:30 p.m. with several amateur bouts pitting local hopefuls against a strong Puerto Rican team. The professional portion will follow at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Weights from Reading, PA
Travis Kauffman 220.5 vs Livin Castillo 210.5
Julio Cesar Matthews 190.25 vs Kamarah Pasley 195.5
Craig Tomlinson 229 vs Jonathon Felton 229
Ronald Cruz 143.5 vs Norman Allen 141
Esteban Rodriguez 131 vs Travis Thompson 131.5
Venue: Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
Tickets: $65 $50 $35 $25
Welterweight Frankie Santos (16-6-3, 8 KO’s) made 152 pounds, while his opponent, Hicklet Lau (20-18-2, 9 KO’s) made 152.2 pounds, during the weigh-in for the Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, event organized by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Santos, from Salinas, Puerto Rico, said he’s much stronger and more prepared than the last time he faced Lau, when Lau won by majority decision. But his rival disagreed, saying that “I’ve already beat him, and despite of all his training, I doubt he’ll be able to do any damage”. A total of nine bouts will take place on friday nigth, in this edition of Boxeo Boricua. The event will face boxers from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the United States.
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WBA world featherweight champion Chris John, his challenger Rocky Juarez, and super lightweight contenders Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana spoke this week at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce their June 27 bouts at STAPLES Center. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
WBA welterweight champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is ready to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring and is willing to meet at a catch-weight to make the fight happen. In a statement, Mosley said: “There are conflicting reports from the Pacquiao camp an upcoming fight between me and Manny Pacquiao. I want it to be known that I want to fight Pacquiao and I want to fight him now. I’m willing to meet at a catch weight to make that happen. I know this is what Freddie Roach wants as well, as he has previously stated this to press. I am the best fighter in boxing and I am ready to reclaim the title of number one pound-for-pound fighter.” Mosley last faced Antonio Margartio in January 2009 and delivered a ninth-round knockout. Pacquiao is coming off a second-round knock-out victory over Ricky Hatton in May.
Behind on all scorecards at the beginning of the 12th round on Friday night in Johannesburg, South Africa, Yohnny Perez landed a huge left hand jab that sent Silence Mabuza to the canvas. Buzzed and on uneasy legs Mabuza beat the count. Perez proceeded to apply pressure and landed huge shots leaving no option for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the fight with 1:06 left in the last stanza. With the victory, Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) becomes the mandatory challenger for Joseph Abgeko who fights Vic Darchinyan on July 11 for the IBF bantamweight title. COMPLETE REPORT FROM RON JACKSON TO COME…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is planning call a private meeting on Saturday to further discuss the next steps in the ongoing Chagaev-Valuev saga:
“First of all we would like to apologize to all worldwide boxing community for the negative impact on the cancellation of the Heavyweight championship match scheduled for tomorrow Saturday 30th, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. Unfortunately we have not been officially informed the reported medical unfitness of WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev by the Finish Boxing Federation or the promoter responsible of the event. Despite the presence of WBA representatives at the meeting we are still awaiting for material in writing on the matter. No comments could be made without the knowledge of the facts on the cancellation. (more…)
Official Statement: Universum Box-Promotion
“We cannot understand all this. Ruslan Chagaev is ready to box. His bloodwork has been stable for several years, including before this fight. The German Boxing Federation (BDB), the WBA and Dr. Walter Wagner, the doctor representing the Austrian Boxing Federation (FVA) which regulates cards of Sauerland Events, have all classified him as safe. They are trying to dodge Ruslan Chagaev here by hook or by crook. We will examine this situation very closely and take any steps necessary.”
Boxing promoter Don King has asked the World Boxing Association to declare Nikolai Valuev its undisputed heavyweight champion after Saturday’s match between Valuev and WBA “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, was cancelled. “The World Boxing Association should act swiftly and unequivocally to designate Nikolai Valuev as its undisputed heavyweight champion,” King said from New York just before boarding a plane bound for Helsinki where he will make his case in person. “Nikolai has been patient in waiting for Chagaev to become medically fit to fight. We applaud the WBA for making every effort to allow Chagaev to return, but it is clear now that we must move on.” King is scheduled to arrive in Helsinki on Saturday morning at 8:50.
Upon today’s announcement that Valuev-Chagaev II has been canceled, Team Ruiz is demanding an immediate purse bid in order for Valuev-Ruiz III to be held by August 30 for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title. Two-time WBA champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) lost to Valuev last August 30th in Berlin by 12-round split decision. Team Ruiz petitioned the WBA for a variety of reasons regarding the conduct of the fight and in response to the appeal, the WBA declared Ruiz as its mandatory challenger for the winner of the Valuev-Chagaev title fight scheduled for this weekend in Finland. (more…)
The rematch between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev has been called off after Chagaev was unable to fulfill the Finnish Boxing Federation´s medical requirements. Finnish law prevents disclosure of any further private health medical information. “Unfortunately, we have no other chance but to call the whole show off,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Our top priority is Nikolai´s health and it could not be guaranteed.” Added Valuev: “I would have loved to make this fight but given those circumstances it is not possible.” The possibility of a replacement opponent was explored but with less than thirty hour’s notice arrangements could not be completed with Kali Meehan or Lamon Brewster. The entire card has been cancelled.
By Felipe Leon
On Thursday morning it was announced via teleconference by 2007 Manager of the Year Frank Espinoza that the star of his ever growing stable, three time world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31KO) was medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to return to the ring after over a year hiatus due to a detached retina. “I believe that second only to Pacquiao, Israel Vazquez is the most exciting fighter of his generation,” Espinoza stated enthusiastically. “We are extremely excited with the news of Israel fighting again. Will there be a fourth fight against Marquez? Or a first fight against Puerto Rican super star Juan Manuel Lopez? We don’t know but we’ll be taking one step at a time.” In even bigger news, Espinoza confirmed that as of early June the 31-year-old Vazquez was a promotional free agent with his contract with Sycuan Ringside Promotions running its due course. “We are going to honor our contract with Sycuan but that ends next month and then he will be a free agent,” Espinoza said emphatically. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC strawweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (31-0,12 KOs) successfully retained his WBC title as he impressively defeated former IBF 105lb champion Muhammed Rachman (62-8-5, 31 KOs) on Friday at Bangla Stadium in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. The Thai fighter mostly displayed his effective counterpunches to deny the Indonesian’s aggression and dominated at least seven of ten rounds. Accidental headbutts twice in round seven and round eleven rendered the challenger unable to continue so the fight was sent to the technical decision. Although the uncut champion was deducted two points by the WBC rule and regulation in case of accidental clash, he was comfortably ahead on the 106-101, 105-103, 105-103 scorecards. Oleydong, who has occupied his WBC belt since November 2007, retained his title for the third time.
In other action, WBC#6 lightfly Noknoi Sitthiprasert (22-4-1, 15 KOs) dropped Indonesian Adi Nukung once in round five before he won a unanimous decision and retained his WBC youth 108lb title for the twelfth time. WBC #1 fly Panomroonglek Kratingdaenggym (26-0,14 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Indonesian Danny Sultan. Former WBC flyweight champion Medgoen Kratingdaenggym (62-5, 44 KOs) outpointed Wanpadejsuk Sithsaithong in a six round non-title bout. And Liempetch Sor Veerapol outpointed Sornsak Korat Sportschool in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Petchyindee Boxing Promotion.
Award-winning photographer Chris Farina of Top Rank won first place with a riveting picture of Manny Pacquiao. Farina will be honored at the 84th annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner on June 12 at The Capitale in New York City. Farina took first place in the Action Photo category for his 2008 image of Manny Pacquiao landing an overhand left to the jaw of Juan Manuel Marquez, which resulted in Marquez being knocked down near the end of the third round and a shower of sweat and water rising from Marquez’ head. Pacquiao went on to score a split-decision victory. “I knew right away I had a classic photograph. You have both fighters, the referee, the right framework,” said Farina. Farina, 49, was born in Ohio. He moved to Pittsburgh, then to Tupelo, Miss. and arrived into Las Vegas in 1975. He initially worked as a musician, playing on the Las Vegas strip since the age of 17 with his brothers. Chris played 5 instruments – – saxaphone, bass, guitar, piano and trumpet. He and his brother Joey worked as backup musicians for many famous stars including Al Martino, Jerry Vale and Connie Francis etc. Farina has been a Top Rank photographer since 1988.
By Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night heavyweight tower Nikolay Valuev will not be the only Russian who will climb through the ropes and meet his opponent inside the boxing ring at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Another fighter, virtually unknown to the whole pool of European boxing fans, will have a chance to introduce himself to the worldwide pugilistic community. It will not be the first time when junior welterweight Denis Shafikov (19-0, 10 KOs) is set to showcase his brilliant talent in front of the roaring crowd. Yet, he has never fought in such a venue with the comparable list of stars or notables, taking their respective parts in the undercard and in the main event of the evening. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is in Tirol, Austria to prepare for his grudge match against former WBA/WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye, which takes place on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. This week, Wlad met members of the Austrian ski jump team, Trixi Moser, Alexander Pointner, Martin Koch, Thomas Morgenstern and Wolfgang Loitzl, who are in town preparing for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
By Christian Chataignier at ringside
Hussein Bayram (31-3, 17 KOs) won the super welterweight Grand Tournament with a six rounds stoppage over Damien Bertu (22-5-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Cirque d ‘Hiver in Paris, France. Bayram knocked down Bertu twice in the second round, then dominated the fight before again sending his rival to the floor at the sixth round, forcing referee Robin Dolpierre to stop the fight.
On the same card, middleweight Affif Belghecham (18-3-1, 3 KOs) keep the vacant title of the European Union with a TKO over Woulid Guarras (19-5, 13 KOs). Guarras did not come out for the eleventh round.
In another notable fight, French middleweight hope Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Britt Michael Monaghan (18-25, 2 KO) in round seven.
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