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Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
In a showdown years in the works, between the top two names of the last dozen years in the Four Corners area, Elco “The Animal” Garcia, of Ignacio, Colo., staked his claim as the reigning local champion with a dominating kayo win over Joe “Ironman” Gomez, of Bloomfield, N.M. . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
Former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 23KO’s) made an impressive ring return on Sunday in Perth, Western Australia after stopping experienced South African Anthony Van Niekirk (21-7-2, 13 KO’s) at 2.42 of the second round. The 36 year old Australian, known as the “Green Machine” was making his ring return after 16 months out of the ring, retiring as reigning WBA light-heavyweight champion in 2008. Green entered the ring to a vociferous hometown crowd on his return and the playing of the last post by army bugle added to the electric atmosphere on ANZAC war memorial weekend in Australia. In front of a sold out crowd of 4,500 fans at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Green impressed to keep on track for a lucrative re-match with fellow Australian Anthony Mundine in what could be the richest fight in Australian boxing history. (more…)
Report by Scott Ploof
Photo By Emily Harney
Fresh off of the biggest victory of his career, undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) and former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) along with their trainers and promoters took part in a post fight press conference inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Froch shocked not only Taylor but the entire 168 pound division when he stopped the former middleweight kingpin with just fourteen seconds left in the twelfth and final round. While Taylor and his team would love a rematch, it seems that Carl Froch and his promoter, Mick Hennessy have other plans. The press conference began with Team Taylor in attendance along with Taylor’s promoter Lou DiBella at the microphone leading off the conversation concerning the main event and its outcome. “What we saw tonight was one hell of a fight. Jermain looked solid early and almost had Froch out in the third. Froch displayed a solid chin throughout as Jermain was able to land some hard shots for about the first eight or so rounds of the fight. I think Carl came on late and made it a closer fight down the stretch and then he knocked him out.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao defended the decision of ace trainer Freddie Roach in pulling the plug on Gerry Penalosa’s bid to dethrone the Puerto Rican knockout sensation Juan Manuel Lopez, who became the first man to stop the two-division Filipino champion with a ninth-round TKO Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “Lopez is just too big and too strong for Gerry,” Pacquiao told visiting reporters from Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Inquirer and People’s Journal in his apartment unit at The Palazzo in Los Angeles. Pacquiao said Penalosa has nothing to be ashamed of since he put up a gallant stand and refused to be floored by the heavily-favored 25-year-old WBO super-bantamweight king. “We all saw that he did his best,” said Pacquiao, who watched the action live on high-definition TV. “Freddie was right in not allowing Gerry to come out for the tenth round. Do we have to wait for something bad to happen before we say that’s enough?” With the loss, Pacquiao believes Penalosa will announce his retirement. It was Gerry himself who told me that this (Lopez) fight will be his last and it would be best for him if he retires.” Penalosa turned pro in 1989 after a stellar amateur career. He had won the WBC super-fly in Feb. 1997 and later the WBO bantam title that he recently relinquished so he could meet Lopez.
Four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao looks over his custom Team Pacquiao bus that he will take to Las Vegas Monday afternoon for his upcoming “The Battle of East and West” World Jr. Welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
At the start of the twelfth and final round, WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch needed a knockout to win and that is just what he got. Froch stopped former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor with just 14 seconds remaining in the fight. “My trainer (Rob McCracken) told me I needed a big round in the 12th. He was right. You saw it, everybody saw it. I’m the champ.” Regarding the stoppage, Froch said, “You could see he was badly hurt and not defending himself. He was not even looking at me at the end. It was a great decision by the referee. I had to make a statement on American soil and I did just that.” Taylor called for a rematch after the fight when he said, “I want a rematch. He came over here and he really is a warrior. I know he’s got a good heart. I put 110% in the gym but he stayed with it and worked it.” Asked whether he agreed with the stoppage Taylor replied, “He thought it was time to stop it so he stopped it. My hat is off to the ref.” The fight of the year candidate will re-air on SHOWTIME TOO on Wednesday, April 29, at 10PM ET/PT. The fight will be available ON DEMAND from April 28-May 25.
Click the image to see highlights of WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm’s seven round beat down of previously unbeaten challenger Koji Sato, which took place on Saturday night in at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Three-time middleweight titleholder Sturm retained his title for the sixth time.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, a come from behind TKO stoppage over former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) with 14 seconds left in the twelfth and final round to retain his title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Taylor, who was ahead on two of the three scorecards entering the 12th round, did a superb job of not allowing Froch to land anything on the inside. Taylor had Froch down in the third round from an overhand right, but Froch was able to get up and sustain Taylor’s assault. Taylor was able to effectively counter Froch with his jab and right hand as Froch kept his hands by his waist the entire fight. As the fight wore on, the effective punching by Taylor wore thin as he was tiring out, but the former champion was still able to keep Froch from landing anything flush. The 12th round was a different story as Froch was able to come out and land a big right that put Taylor down on the canvas. Taylor was visibly hurt as Froch came in firing away. The end came as Froch put Taylor up against the ropes and unloaded several shots that Taylor had no answer for which prompted referee Michael Ortega to stop the bout.
Allan Green started the televised portion of the show off with a bang. Actually, four bangs. Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough. The first round was fought on even terms, and DeLeon actually had his best moments in the closing moments of the round. Early in round two, Green landed a left hook that dropped DeLeon hard. DeLeon rose, but Green wasted no time taking advantage of DeLeon’s shaky legs as he dropped him seconds later with an overhand right. The scene repeated itself twice more, with overhand rights sending DeLeon to the deck before it was waved off. Time of the stoppage was 1:54 of round two.
Former title-holder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, fighting for the first time since being stopped by Ricky Hatton five months ago, scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez. For the most part the fight went as expected, with Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) using the quicks the tactical skills that made briefly made him a world champion at junior welterweight. However, there was a tenuous moment towards the end of round six, when Fernandez (16-7-1, 9 KOs), who spent much of the fight punching air, finally connected and rocked Malignaggi against the ropes. Malignaggi regrouped in between rounds and cruised a 79-73 decision on all three of the official scorecards. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Rodel Mayol of the Philippines will face defending WBO light-fly champion Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico underneath the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 13. Mayol is now under the managerial control of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Mayol, originally from Cebu City in the Philippines, also trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
By Lee Bates
Quick quotes from post-fight presser:
Juan Manuel Lopez: Penalosa is a very tough fighter as I fully expected him to be. This was a very hard earned victory. My promoters will decide what is next for me and I will be ready for whoever they put in front of me.
Gerry Penalosa: I gave my absolute best tonight. Lopez was the better man tonight and I congratulate him.
Freddie Roach: I thought Lopez would slow down after the 4th round since he threw so many punches but he didn’t. I had told Gerry going into the 9th round that if he wasn’t able to hurt Lopez then I was going to stop the fight because he needed to hurt him or knock Lopez out at that point. Lopez I think is the best fighter at 122 pounds.
By Lee Bates
Fightnews caught up with former three-division world champion Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad, who updated what was previously reported on Fightnews of a rematch between Tito and Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins. ” It is true that we’re working on a rematch between Hopkins and I,” said Trinidad. “There are still some details that need to be worked out but we will meet at a catchweight that will be determined. The fight will be in Madison Square Garden in New York at the end of 2009.”
Former WBO junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2, 31 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Marlon “La Rata” Aguilar (19-7-1, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant NABF featherweight belt on Saturday night at the Coliseo Miguel Canto in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ponce De Leon was credited with a knockdown in round eight and went on to win 119-108 on all cards.
By Lee Bates at ringside
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) scored a brilliant ninth round TKO over WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-7-2, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Lopez was superb as he outpunched a very motivated Penalosa for nine brutal rounds. Penalosa’s trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight between rounds nine and ten. Lopez has now scored 13 consecutive knockouts.
Jr welterweight Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) claimed the WBO interim title when Willy Blain (20-1, 3 KOs) suffered a hand injury and was unable to go on in round seven. Time was 1:47.
In a scheduled 4 round cruiserweight bout 6 foot 6 inch Carlos Negron (2-0, 2 kos) stopped veteran Tyler Hughes (23-25, 8 KOs) in round 1 with an expolisive knockout that had the crowd on their feet. Negron knocked Hughes down and the game Huges beat the count but was in no condition to continue and his corner mercifully stopped the fight.
Juan Mercedes (23-2, 16 KOs) defeated Anthony Napunyi (14-5, 7 KOs) by TKO in round 6th in a super bantamweight bout. Mercedes was systematically breaking down Napunyi prior to the stoppage prompting Napunyi’s cornerman to stop the fight between rounds 6 and 7.
In a bout between bantamweights , David Quijano (9-1-1, 6 KOs) unanimously decisioned Jesus Martinez (18-6, 11 KOs) over 8 rounds by the scores of 79-73 and 78-74 twice. (more…)
Undefeated two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will make his Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday, June 13 on the undercard of the big world championship welterweight clash between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) will defend his WBO jr flyweight belt against Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs), the No. 4-rated contender from the Philippines. It will be the fourth defense of the 108-pound title for the Puerto Rican star. “It has always been my dream to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York and to do it the night before the National Puerto Rican Parade, makes it even more exciting for me. It will be a night to remember,” said Calderon, who is also a former WBO minimumweight world champion. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In an all-action brawl between two undefeated featherweights, Belfast-native Martin Lindsay (14-0, 6 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career by stopping the reigning British champion Paul Appleby (14-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth round. Lindsay looked strong with his hard and precision punching in the first two stanzas. Appleby cam back strong in the third rocking slightly fading local hero on several occasions. Round four was as brutal as they are with Lindsay being just a bit more active in the back-and-forth two-way massacre. Round five was for the champion. In round six, Martin Lindsay increased his tempo and started to land his punches at will. After the series of left and right hooks Appleby was pinned to the ropes, barely made it to the center of the ring only to be brutalized once again with the monsterous right hand of Lindsay prompting referee to stop the contest at 2:36 of the round six. Appleby is still to be decked in his career though.
Jr middleweight Ryan Rhodes (42-4, 28 KOs), who is ranked #8 by the WBC, got an easy seventh-round TKO over Hungarian journeyman Janos Petrovics (16-24, 8 KOs) on Saturday at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Petrovics was dropped by a huge left hook to the body, and was completely dominated throughout the contest. The bout was stopped at 1:07.
On the undercard, jr middleweight Michael Maguire (4-0, 1 KO) barely outpointed James Ancliff (6-6-1, 1 KO) over four rounds: 39-38.
By Karl Freitag
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) simply outclassed Koji Sato (14-1, 13 KOs) getting a seventh round referee’s stoppage after dealing Sato a brutal beating on Saturday night at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm was extremely sharp with his jab early on while fending off Sato’s powerful attacks. As the bout progressed, it almost seemed Sturm couldn’t miss as he schooled the previously unbeaten challenger. Referee Luis Pabon finally steped in to stop the carnage at 2:46 of round seven. It was Sturm’s sixth title defense.
WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his title with an eleventh round knockout over former middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-6, 27 KOs). It was a left-right combination that sent the 42-year-old Masoe to the deck where he was counted out by referee Mark Nelson. It was the unbeaten Balzsay’s first title defense. Time was 2:07.
Unbeaten middleweight Gennady Golovkin (16-0, 13 KOs) dropped Anthony Greenidge (13-3-1, 5 KOs) twice in round one and finished him at :49 of round five.
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Manuel Charr (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Gbenga Olouku (16-1, 10 KOs) in round seven. Time was 1:29.
Light heavyweight Gregory Soszynski (14-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ralf Riemer (8-7-2, 4 KOs). Time was 1:00.
Light heavyweight Patrick Dobroschi (9-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Mustapha Stini (6-34-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
Lightweights Magomed Jangubaev (3-0-1) and Brahim Bouizem (8-15) battled to a four round draw. Scores were 38-38, 38-38, 39-37 Bouizem.
The fight between unbeaten jr middleweight James Kirkland and Michael Walker on the May 2 Pacquiao-Hatton undercard in Las Vegas is definitely off. A request by lawyers of Kirkland, who was arrested last week on a weapons charge, to be released from custody under supervision to go through with the fight against Walker was denied Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Andy Austin in Austin, Texas. Kirkland, one of the most exciting young fighters in boxing, is facing a sentence of up to ten years.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Mike “No Joke” Stewart (43-7-2, 23 KOs) won the battle of returning veterans with a unanimous decision over Luis Alberto Santiago (18-9-2, 11 KOs) in the six round welterweight main event last night at the sold-out Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE. With both fighters coming off lengthy layoffs, Stewart scored a first round knockdown and finished strong to win by scores of 59-54 (twice) and 58-55. In the co-feature, Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-1, 7 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Willie Perryman (10-19, 7 KOs) in a four round heavyweight bout. The promoter was Capital City Promotions. (more…)
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Former two-division world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-2, 16 KOs) to win both 154lb bragging rights for St. Louis, Missouri as well as the vacant IBF jr middleweight championship on Friday night at the Scottrade Center. Spinks came out aggressively, but was dropped by Latimore in round one. After Latimore had success in early rounds, the cream rose to the top as the much more experienced Spinks outboxed Latimore in the middle rounds. Both fighters were cut and tired late in the fight but Spinks did more to win by scores of 115-112, 114-113 on two cards. Latimore was up 115-112 on the third card. Cory Spinks: “I’m back and I’m ready for anybody. I won back the world title at junior middleweight. I was a little rusty but I shook it off.” (Regarding being knocked down in the first round) “I thought it was mostly a slip in the first round, I thought I tripped just like the referee ruling Deandre’s knockdown a slip in the 12th round. I knew I had to perform in the last round and I did. I’m a master at this and I went out like a dog and got it.” Deandre Latimore: “I’m a little upset. I dropped him in the first round. That decision should have been mine. The scorecard had it 114-113 (for Spinks). I should have had that edge. I cut him and he cut me, what can I say? He got the decision.” (On his first-round knockdown of Spinks) “I caught him with a hook. He leaned in and I got him with some good shots and he went down. I played my hand right and I thought I should have won. I dropped him. ”
WBC #1 super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ninth round KO over Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez (19-4, 5 KOs). Alexander finally dropped Rodriguez in round eight and finished him with an uppercut in the ninth as “Chuy” went to a knee and stayed down. Time was :58. Devon Alexander: “Rodriguez was good. He gave me good work. He’s a rugged, awkward fighter. I’m ready for anybody at 140 pounds. I can and will get better. I’m the WBC super lightweight mandatory challenger. Now I’m ready for my first world championship appearance.” Jesus Rodriguez: “I got caught with a good shot (in the ninth round) and I just couldn’t see anymore. Devon was just too fast for me tonight.”
Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson (26-5, 22 KOs) extended his career with an impressive technical knockout over Carl “Iron Fist” Davis (14-3, 11 KOs). Davis gave a game challenge, but Williamson sent him to the mat with a sweeping shot in the fourth round. Davis took a knee early in the fifth before being dismissed later in the round after being floored with a picture-perfect right that caused the referee to halt the bout. Time was 2:52.
In a surprise, heavyweights Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (17-1, 16 KOs) and Charles Davis (17-17-2, 4 KOs) batted to a six round majority draw. Scores were 57-57 twice and 58-56 for Stiverne. (more…)
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WBO #3/WBA #7 junior featherweight Antonio Escalante (19-2, 13 KOs) impressively knocked out Gary Stark Jr. (22-3, 8 KOs) in round three on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois. Escalante floored Stark twice in round three and the bout was waved off by referee Gerald Scott. Time was 1:31.
Red hot super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (15-0, 14 KOs) was impressive again as he crushed Jose Varela (22-6, 15 KOs) at 1:29 of round two. Varela went down in a heap and was counted out after absorbing a huge Jacobs right hand.
Olympic heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (4-0, 4 KOs) annihilated journeyman Joseph Rabotte (3-6, 1 KO), scoring three knockdowns in round one. Time was 2:33.
2008 Chicago Golden Gloves champion Noe Perez (2-0) needed just 1:46 to demolish Ronnie Howell (1-2) in a featherweight bout.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker remained undefeated with an eight-round split decision over Ross “The Boss” Thompson of Buffalo, NY tonight at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. The 21-year-old Tucker also gained a learning experience along the way as he was taken through the eight-round distance for the first time in his young career. Tucker, who gave up nine pounds to his opponent (180 1/4 to 189 1/4), had a tough time dealing with the awkward style of Thompson, who used solid defense and countering shots to gain advantages. Thompson might have lost his advantage on the scorecards near the end of the fight, where he slowed his offensive assault and seemed to look only to counter Tucker. However, judge Malik Waleed thought Thompson did enough to win and scored the contest 77-75. The other two judges — Gary Camponeschi and Kenny Chevalier — saw the bout differently at 78-74 and 77-75 for Tucker. Fightnews scored the bout 78-74 for Thompson. (more…)
By Bob Ryder at ringside
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Middleweight Troy Rowland made a successful return after a 3 1/2 year absence with a solid TKO win in the second round over Joe Harden in Saturday night’s feature presentation at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Fighting before an enthusiastic home town crowd, Rowland dominated the first round with crisp jabs. Looking in great shape, Rowland quickly landed a booming right hand early in the second to drop Harden to the canvas. Two more quick knockdowns forced an automatic stoppage by referee Steve Daher at 1:10 and raised Rowland’s record to 24-2 (7). When asked if this display of punching power was the “new Troy Rowland”, Troy laughed it off but was obviously very pleased with his first fight back. “It turned out really good, I was holding off with my right hand a bit because I had hurt it earlier in the week. I was just jabbing, jabbing, jabbing, and all of a sudden I threw a right hand and just caught him good.” No firm date for Troy’! s next fight is set but his plans are to work his way back into 10 round fights in about a years time. His opponent Harden’s record falls to 10-21-2. (more…)
Adam Richards 200 vs. Gustavo Enriquez 198
Shawn Porter 155 vs. Sammy Sparkman 155
Farah Ennis 168 vs. Brad Austin
Bobby O’bannon 245 vs. Rodrika Ray 200
Jermall Charlo 151 vs. Anthony Bowman 151
Venue: Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight Promotions
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-5, 27 KOs) will challenge current world champion Karoly Balszay (20-0,14 KOs) for the WBO 160 pound championship later today in Krefeld, Germany. Masoe’s manager Noel Thornberry is confident that his fighter has what it takes to win. “Masoe is in great shape for this championship fight against Balszay and we are confident of scoring an upset win. He has knocked out 27 opponents in a 36 fight career. He has KO power in both hands.” Masoe won the WBA middleweight title by stopping Evans Ashira in two rounds in 2004. He lost the championship to Felix Sturm over 12 rounds in 2006. Balszay won the WBO 160 title by outscoring the highly regarded Denis Inkin earlier this year.
By Graham Houston
After years of saying how good he is, Carl Froch gets the chance to prove it in his biggest fight when he defends his WBC super middleweight title against Jermain Taylor at Foxwoods on Saturday, with Showtime televising in the U.S. and Super Channel in Canada, while in Britain ITV will have delayed coverage the next evening. (Fans in Britain and Ireland can also watch on internet PPV should they be so inclined.) For the first time in his career, Froch will enter the ring as an underdog. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) has scored 12 consecutive knockouts going into his bout this Saturday with WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). Penalosa for his part has never been stopped in 62 professional bouts. Both of these statistics lead the way for a very intriguing fight as one of these streaks is going to come to an end. When Fightnews caught up with Lopez, he spoke on comparisons of him and Felix Trinidad, the importance of him sticking to his game plan, and seeking a statement victory. (more…)
Guillermo Mayen Sr., of Promociones Mayen in Tijuana, Mexico, passed away Thursday. He was a pioneer in boxing promoting shows in Mexico, especially in Tijuana. His son, Guillermo “Memo” Mayen Jr., followed in his footsteps after his father retired in the 1983. Together the father and son team helped to begin the careers of many fighters’ with the most notables being: Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas and Antonio Margarito. With the guidance of his father, Memo took Promociones Mayen to a new level of promoting frequently selling out events every Monday of every week from the early 1980’s to mid-1990’s with cards at the Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana and the Plaza de Toros – El Toreo de Tijuana. A private service was held Friday afternoon and a public celebration of his life is scheduled for the coming days. He is survived by all the boxing fans in Tijuana, the region and of his era. FightNews sends our condolences to his family and loved ones.
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
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In a huge upset, unheralded middleweight Billy Lyell (19-7, 3 KOs) surprisingly won a split decision over previously unbeaten WBO #2/WBC #4/IBF #6 middleweight John Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Lyell simply outworked the sluggish Duddy to prevail 98-92, 97-93 on two cards. Duddy was ahead on the third card 96-94.
Jr middleweight Gabriel “King” Rosado (11-3, 6 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career with a ten round split decision over former world champion Kassim Ouma (26-6-1, 16 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 96-94 Rosado, 96-94 Ouma. Another disappointing
performance for Ouma, who now lost four out of his last five.
In a battle of unbeaten super lightweight, Henry Lundy (13-0-1, 7 KOs) stopped Jason Cintron (10-1, 3 KOs) with a brutal comination at 1:36 of round five. It was an uppercut that finished Cintron.
Unbeaten middleweight Przemyslaw Majewski (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over James Lubash (13-2, 6 KOs). Time was 1:17.
Cruiserweight Patrick Farrell (2-0, 2 KOs) needed just 66 seconds to demolish Doug Bowling (0-2). Bowling was down twice.
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By Joe Koizumi
Miyata Promotions announced WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito’s fifth defense to take place in Shanghai, China, on May 26. The 34-year-old Japanese will face WBC#14 Xiong Zhao Zhong, 26, of China, with his belt on the line. The promoter Hiroyuki Miyata says, “If victorious, we hope Naito will defend his belt again at the International Exhibition in Shanghai next year.”
By Lee Bates
Having won world titles at 115 pounds and 118 pounds WBO batamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2,36 KOs) will seek his third world title in as many divisions. To do so he will have to defeat heavily favored WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) this Saturday in Lopez’ homeland of Puerto Rico. A very confident Penalosa spoke with fightnews on adapting to both a time difference and climate of Puerto Rico, dealing with Lopez’ power, and his feeling very strong at 122 pounds. (more…)
From the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. for tomorrow night’s “Four Corners Showdown” card:
Joe Gomez 155 vs. Elco Garcia 154.4
Victor Filerio 182.4 vs. Dustin Hendrick 184.2
Abel Perry 152 vs. Lucas Galle 152.4
Vincent Mirabal 142.8 vs. Pedro Davila *
LeShaun Blair 121.8 vs. Javier Segura 129.8
* Will weigh in later.
For photos and more info, go to www.NewMexicoBoxing.com
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sydney 2000 Olympian super middleweight Kariz Kariuki (18-7-2, 17 KOs) formerly of Kenya stopped Sonni Michael Angelo (15-8-2, 5 KOs) in nine rounds at the National Convention Center, Canberra, ACT, Australia with the WBO Asia Pacific and African title up for grabs on Friday. Michael Angelo was cut over the right eye in round two which was caused by a head clash. The Doctor inspected the cut but ruled it okay to continue. Kariuki connected with power combinations to Michael Angelo head and body in round nine that had him on unsteady legs and at 2.40 of the round referee Les Fear crowned Kariuki the winner. (more…)
By Lee Bates at the scale
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Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez 121.8 vs Gerry Penalosa 121.5
(WBO junior featherweight championship)
Lamont Peterson 140 vs Willy Blain 138.4
(WBO light welterweight interim championship)
Carlos Negron 183.7 vs Tyler Hughes 183.8
Juan Mercedes 118 vs Anthony Napuny 119.3
David Quijano 116.1 vs Jesus Martinez 115.8
Max Rivera 135.8 vs Erick Cruz 135.8
Nelson Casanova 125.9 vs Christopher Rivera 126
Orlando Felix 136.9 vs Luis Daniel Colon 134.6
Jorge Melendez 150.6 vs Donovan Castaneda 148.7
Enrique Quinonez 138.9 vs Andres Navarro 137
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Top Rank/PR Best Boxing (Ivan&Peter Rivera)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photos: Emily Harney
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The four world-class boxers who will fight tomorrow/Saturday, April 25, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) made weight Friday at Mashantucket, Conn. In what will be a close, competitive, hotly contested match, Froch defends his WBC super middleweight title against former undisputed middleweight champion Taylor in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The undefeated Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, weighed 167 pounds, while Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark. weighed 166 pounds. Allan Green, of Tulsa, Okla., who is 27-1 with 19 KOs, will be opposed by Las Vegas-based Puerto Rican Carlos De Leon (21-2-2, 14 KOs) in an important 10-round super middleweight bout in the co-feature. Both Green and De Leon weighed the division-limit 168 pounds. Froch’s British fans showed up in force to support their countryman at the weigh-in Friday at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.z
Jermain Taylor 166 vs Carl Froch 167
Allan Green 168 vs Carlos De Leon Jr. 168
Saddam Ali 142 vs Brian Abraham 140
Paulie Malignaggi 141 vs Chris Fernandez 142
Dominic Guinn 229 vs Johnnie White 227
Danny O’Connor 140 vs Travis Hartman 140
Jonathan Nelson 163 vs Eddie Caminero 162
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