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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Samoan-born, Australian-based heavyweight Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai ( 18-3-3, 14 KOs) will be in action on Wednesday when he clashes with American heavyweight Travis Walker (34-4-1, 28 KOs) over ten rounds at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Walker, 6’4″ 245lbs, was crowned interim NABF heavyweight champion in 2008 when he stopped TJ Wilson in two rounds but was defeated by world rated Chris Arreola in 2008 and Johnathon Banks in 2010. Leapia, 6′ 230lbs, scored an impressive round one knockout victory over Bob Mirovic in 2010. Mirovic had been the distance with several world rated heavyweights including former giant WBA champion Nikolay Valuev. (more…)
Saturday night in Denver, Colorado, Robert Rodriguez and Fidel Maldonado, two of boxing’s brightest young prospects, thrilled local fight fans with spectacular first round knockouts. Fighting out of nearby Greeley, Colorado, 19 year old super bantamweight Rodriguez improved to 4-0-0, dropping pro debuting Michael Montalbano three times in the initial stanza on his way to earn his first stoppage. After a sensational amateur career, this was Rodriguez’s first professional bout in his home state of Colorado and the crowd at Red & Jerry’s were on their feet throughout the first round cheering on the hometown hero.
Also fighting under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner, 18 year old Fidel Maldonado stayed perfect, stunning the crowd with a brutal first round knockout of undefeated Denver prospect Jacob Dominguez, the end coming at the 1:29 mark of the round.
With the win, Albuquerque’s Maldonado improved to 3-0-0, all by first round knockout, while Dominguez moved to 2-1-0 (1KO).
Details of upcoming bouts by Rodriguez and Maldonado will be announced shortly.
While most people were rooting for Court McGee at the Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 19 because of his compelling back-story, there was at least one fighter who could fully empathize with McGee’s rise from the ashes reinvention. That was “The Immortal” Matt Brown from TUF 7, who, like McGee, battled substance problems and an eventual heroin overdose before making a name for himself in the realm of mixed martial arts. Brown’s cheating of death earned him the nickname “The Immortal,” and he was happy to see “The Crusher”—whom he actually met at the tryouts for TUF 7—realize his moment of triumph . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC.com
By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented flyweight Austreberto Juarez (9-0, 2 KOs), training out of Tune Up Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will take on Joseph Rios (7-4-1, 2 KOs) of San Antonio, TX on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on the latest edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights which will be headlined by Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (29-1-1, 11 KOs) taking on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KOs). Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Doors open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm. Click here for more photos…
Ringside by Jeff Zimmerman
Photography by Robert Hughes
In a crossroads fight for, both, the son of legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and Irishman John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs); Chavez Jr proved he was the one ready to take his fight to the next level with a dominating performance over Duddy. Chavez won a hard fought unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 116-112 and 117-111 to claim the WBC silver middleweight belt which puts him in line for a world title shot . . . Click here for more
Newly elected Congressman Manny Pacquiao was sworn into office on Monday at the Sarangani Provincial Capitol grounds. Yesterday Pacman switched political party affiliations, moving from the Nacionalista Party to the Liberal Party. He is expected to return to the ring in November against an opponent to be named.
By Felipe Leon
With a much anticipated battle between two Tijuana fighters, Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. and Rodrigo Juarez, Baja Boxing comes back with their second fight card of the year on July 17th at the El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana, MX. The main event will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa. The undefeated Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) will be risking his newly acquired WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight title against Juarez (15-11-1, 11KOs) in a dangerous match up for the young fighter who will be facing an opponent who has him beat in experience. (more…)
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs) of Mexico returns to the ring July 24th against Hisashi Amagasa (15-4-2, 12 KOs) of Japan. The bout will be a featherweight main event and take place in Campeche, Mexico. Promociones de Pueblo will promote the event. Gonzalez has won 4 in row since his loss to WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
Three days ago, a press release from Gary Shaw Productions’ publicist was sent to the world including alleged quotes from unbeaten Argentine Carlos Abregú in which the latter shockingly blasted WBA Interim Super Lightweight champ and his fellow compatriot Marcos Maidana. In that press release numerous quotes bashing Maidana were attributed to Abregú, who is currently training in Brooklyn, N.Y., in preparation for his fight against Timothy Bradley, scheduled next July 17. However Maidana says Abregú called him and made it clear he never said a word about him.
Maidana says when he learned about these quotes he was at first quite surprised as Abregú is known in Argentina as a good and quiet guy. However, Maidana got terribly upset and decided to answer to Abregú, only to be surprised once again when he received a phone call from Abregú himself from the U.S. “Guess what, Abregú called me and made it clear that he had never said a single word about me, whatsoever,” Maidana said. (more…)
Krzysztof Soszynski has mastered one dimension and won 20 of 31 professional contests. Now ‘The Polish Experiment’ is working on the second, third and forth dimensions, all in the hope of gradually emerging as one of the very best light-heavyweights in the world. A late-bloomer and hard-grafter, Soszynski is now on the brink of cracking the big league, yet remains firmly attached to and aware of a time when progression and victories didn’t quite some so easy to him . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
After the spectacular domination that the “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., displayed over “Ireland’s” John Duddy, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum believes Chavez Jr has finally arrived as a fighter. Although his namesake is legendary, until tonight, no one knew for sure if Junior was the real deal. Arum is now convinced. “Tonight we have a new star, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He can fight anybody, anywhere,” Arum exclaimed. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
“Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) remained unbeaten and proved he’s for real with a twelve round unanimous decision over “Ireland’s” John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs) as he claimed the vacant WBC silver middleweight belt on Saturday night in front of more than 10,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
It was a good action fight, but Chavez was more accurate with his punches and came on strong down the stretch to win by scores of 120-108, 116-112, 117-111.
After the fight, promoter Bob Arum mentioned Miguel Cotto as a possible future fight for Chavez.
“I rocked him in the third round, a really big punch and he was hurt. But he fought and battled back, a sign of a good fighter,” said Duddy. When Bob Arum walked over John added, “…Bob, I only wish I could have given you a better fight.”
Fighting under the Top Rank banner for the first time, Mexican ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs) dominated Adailton Dejesus (26-5, 21 KOs) over te rounds in a super lightweight clash. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 99-91. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Promociones ARCE
Super featherweight Eduardo Escobedo (28-3, 20 KOs) won a fifth round technical decision over Arístides Pérez (17-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBC silver belt on Saturday night at the Estadio de Futbol Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. On the undercard, former WBA 130lb champion Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs) won by fourth round TKO over Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (28-6, 16 KOs) who couldn’t continue after suffering a knee injury in round four. For more details and photos click here…
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Former world title challenger and reigning USBA middleweight champion Lajuan Simon (23-2-2) of Philadelphia earned a hard fought decision over Jose Angel Rodriguez (15-2) of the Bronx in the main event at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. The decision was unanimous but Rodriguez was aggressive all ten rounds and made Simon work hard every round. Scores were 97-93, 99-91 and 97-93. For more details and photos click here…
By Alex Dombroff at ringside
Heavyweight Nicolai Firtha (18-7-1, 7 KOs) scored an upset second round TKO over Tony Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Firtha caught Grano with a big right hand that dropped him at the end of round one… Firtha came out charging in round two, dropped Grano again and followed up with a barrage against the ropes, which caused Dick Flahrety to stop the bout at 2:15.
Featherweight Mike Oliver (24-2, 8 KOs) won by eighth round DQ over former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-14-2, 23 KOs). Pastrana had two points deducted throughout the fight for dirty tactics, and was disqualified by referee Michael Ortega in round eight for twisting Oliver’s arm (as if he was trying to break it).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hometown favorite WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (12-3, 3 KOs) retained her title with a ten round unanimous decision over Colombian Liliana Palmera (19-7-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 8000+ fans at the Jockey Club in Lima, Peru. Other than a flash knockdown in the second round, Malpartida was in command the whole way, winning 98-91 on all cards.
Albanian cruiserweight Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (28-6, 18 KOs) scored a unanimous decision win over Sandro Siproshvili (23-6, 10 KOs) of Georgia to claim the vacant WBO European cruiserweight title on Saturday night at the Calafatti Halle Prater in Vienna, Austria. In a very exciting fight for the fans, Seferi won with scores of 116-113, 116-113 and 115-113.
It was a happy Saturday for the Seferi family since Nuri’s younger brother, Sefer Seferi (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO against Viktor Szalai (14-31-3, 4 KOs ) to win the vacant WBF’s Intercontinental cruiserweight title on the same card.
Unbeaten WBA #5 rated heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (21-0, 16 KOs methodically pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over veteran Paolo Vidoz (26-9, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine. Scores were 115-113, 119-109, 120-108.
WBA #9 welterweight Viktor Plotnikov (24-1, 12 KOs) retained his WBA belt by tenth round TKO over Christian Bladt (35-11-2, 11 KOs).
The Latin Fury 15 PPV telecast tonight will include highlights of the Jose Benavidez vs. Josh Beeman fight. Benavidez, from Phoenix, is one of Top Rank’s best prospects. At 18, he has a record of 6-0, 6 KOs. Benavidez is trained by Freddie Roach.
Tonight’s WBA female super fwatherweight world championship fight between champion Kina Malpartida and Colombian challenger Liliana Palmera could be seen LIVE and FREE on the internet at http://www.teleperuana.com/2009/02/atv-television.html The show will start at 6:30PM Lima, Peru/7:30PM ET opening with undefeated jr. welter Juan JZ Zegarra (4-0, 4 KOs) taking on Julio Cesar Burgos (4-2), followed by featherweight sensation Carlos “Mina” Zambrano (10-0, 4 KOs vs Ramon Elizer Esperanza (13-2-1, 6 KOs), WBC Latino champion Jonathan “La Cobra” Maicelo (12-0, 8 KOs) defends his title vs Alberto Leopoldo Santillan (16-5, KOs), then Malpartida vs Palmera.
Photography By Emily Harney
Super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez stopped late sub Ibahiem King on Thursday night at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. Rodriguez dropped King twice in the fifth to end it. (More)
If you don’t believe in the idea of acquiring victory in defeat, ask Stephan Bonnar. He’d tell you there was little to celebrate four months ago in Sydney but, despite a third straight loss, ‘The American Psycho’, though typically bloody and battered, was somehow able to conjure a smile . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Alexander Ustinov 297.62 vs Paolo Vidoz 266.76
(EBA heavyweight title)
Viktor Plotnikov 145.51 vs Christian Bladt 145.51
(EBA welterweight title)
Andriy Rudenko 246.92 vs Raymond Ochieng 222.67
Dmytro Nikulin 156.53 vs George Dimoso 152.12
Mamed Yadgarov 123.46 vs John Gicharu 123.46
Valentyn Holovko 136.69 vs Rustem Memetov 136.69
Oleksandr Spyrko 149.91 vs Leonti Vorontsuk TBA
Artem Ayvazidi 141.1 vs Arvydas Trizno TBA
Salambek Baysangurov 176.37 vs Andriy Aheyev 176.37
Oleksiy Bondarenko TBA vs Rakhim Mingaleyev TBA
Venue: Sportpalace, Odessa, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Ukraine
TV: Inter Click here for photos
By Graham Houston
After a protracted and careful buildup, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. steps into the ring for his first 12-rounder when he meets John Duddy in the main event on Latin Fury 15 in San Antonio on Saturday. The two meet for the WBC’s recently inaugurated middleweight Silver championship, which is a steppingstone to the title — if anyone can keep track of world titles any more. For fans, though, the important thing is that this has the potential to be an action-packed fight. (more…)
Unbeaten 20-year-old super lightweight prospect Pablo Cesar Cano (19-0-1, 15 KOs) won a hard fought ten round split decision over Oscar Leon (28-13, 18 KOs) to claim the NABF super lightweight title on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza La Condesa in Mexico City. Although entering as a loser in eight of his last nine, the 36-year-old Leon gave the 20-year-old Cano all he could handle. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 for Cano, 96-94 for Leon. Cano claimed the vacant NABF title.
Light heavyweight prospect Marco Antonio Periban (8-0, 5 KOs) got a fifth round TKO over Jason Naugler (18-13-1, 11 KOs) when the bout was waved off due to a cut.
Super lightweight Ivan Cano (7-3, 5 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Adrian Quiroz (5-2, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six rounder.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Fight Magazine, the Russian monthly flash publication, has released its pilot issue in English. The editor-in-chief is boxing legend Kostya Tszyu. The plan is to publish the magazine monthly starting in a few months. Click here to download.
See below for a special message for Fightnews readers from Kostya Tszyu.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Rising middleweight prospect Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (15-1-1, 2 KOs) is set to fight the biggest match of his career on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona New York, when he faces the former world title challenger Lujuan Simon (22-2-2, 12 KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening. Fightnews had the opportunity to speak with the thirty-one-year-old southpaw on the eve of his big battle. (more…)
Tony Grano 218.5 vs. Nicolai Firtha 254.5
Mike Oliver 124.2 vs. Mauricio Pastrana 122.5
Joe Smith Jr 175 vs. Walter Foster TBA
Frankie Trader 138 vs. Noel Garcia 137
Edwin Soto 140 vs. Bryan Abraham 137.2
Rick Dawson 164.5 vs. Jeremiah Jones 165
Carlos Hernandez 140.5 vs. Jonathan Vasquez 141
Luis Rosa Jr 125 vs. John Passantino 125
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Someone should tell Frankie Gomez that he could pace himself to actually fight the scheduled rounds and not end a fight so early.
“Once I saw that he did not have enough on his punches, I went after him,” Gomez said after less than one round of action.
Fair enough. . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Blake Capparello (5-0, 2 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped highly regarded Kane McKay (8-9-2, 4 KOs) in eight rounds to capture the World Boxing Foundation Australasian 175 pound title at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Capparello is scheduled to challenge Shane McConville for the Australian light heavyweight championship on August 8th in a Michael O’Brien promotion. (more…)
Salvador Sanchez II of Mexico will wear the robe, trunks and shoes that his legendary uncle, world champion Salvador Sanchez, wore against Juan LaPorte in a 1980 world title fight. Grant Elvis Phillips, manager of young Salvadore Sanchez II, said it is a tribute to the Sanchez family at Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 here in the Alamodome on Saturday night. Sanchez II will take on Tomas Villa in the opening PPV bout.
Villa is from Midland, Texas. He works in an oilfield servicing pumping units during the day, then trains in the evening.
Gabriel Elizondo, who is taking on Raul Martinez in a battle of San Antonio fighters on the PPV, said “…I really need my A-Game going. My plan is to take away his confidence. Raul tends to wear down in the late rounds.” Gabriel is reunited with trainer Tony Ayala for this fight.
Raul Martinez: “Tony Ayala brings in fighters in top condition. That concerns me going into the fight against Elizondo.” Martinez adds if he wins he will celebrate with a bowl of ice cream. “Vanilla custard will work,” he said today. “I haven’t been eating much since I have been in training camp.”
Adailton DeJesus of Brazil said he has seen “every available video of Marco Antonio Barrera” to prepare for his showdown with the former world champion on Saturday night. “Barrera was a champion when I first started boxing,” DeJesus said. “I learned about boxing myself just watching his videos. Now, here we are, going against each other.” DeJesus said he has fought times outside of Brazil – 5 times in the USA, once in Argentina, once in Panama.
Barrera on DeJesus: “He’s taller than me and hits hard. He has long arms, reminding me of Kennedy McKinney.”
John Duddy’s previous trainers were Pat Burns and Don Turner. Duddy is now trained by Harry Keitt. Duddy trained for weeks in the Pocono Mountains, Bushkill, Pa., and finished his work at Gleasons Gym in New York. George Mitchell is the cutman for Duddy.
Freddie Roach on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: “He practices all the moves I teach him everyday.”
Chavez Jr on Roach: “I knew I needed to work with him for discipline, hard work and to get to the next level. I am going to show everyone what hard work really means when I get into the ring Saturday night. I know this is the most important fight of my career.”
Miguel Diaz is the cutman for Chavez Jr. Lupe Contreras is the ring announcer. Officials for the main event are referee John Shorle (California), and judges Julie Lederman (New York), Jurgen Langos (Germany) and Glen Crocker (Texas)
Top Rank.com will stream the undercard bouts which get underway 7:15 pm eastern/4:15 pm pacific. Latin Fury 15 PPV goes live 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.
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