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Welterweight Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped Juan Pablo Lucero (11-3,6 KOs) by way of 8th round knockout on Friday nigfht at the Polideportivo Unidad Turística in Embalse Río Tercero, Cordoba, Argentina. Martinez was in control of the bout from beginning pounding Lucero to the body from the start. Lucero, agressive throughout occassionally landed some wild right and lefts but they had no effect on Martinez. In the end it was a right hand to the body that ended matters as Martinez connected one sending Lucero to the canvas where the referee counted him out. With the win Martinez retained his WBC Latin America title. The show was promoted by Mario Margossian.
Bantamweight Jesus “Estrellita” Ruiz (20-2-2, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Luis “Surtigas” Melendez (26-5-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa, in Mexico City. Ruiz was knocked down in round three, but generally outworked Melendez, putting Melendez on the canvas in the ninth round and winning by a comfortable margin. With the victory, Ruiz claimed the WBC Latin bantamweight title.
Unbeaten lightweight Mauricio Pintor (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Omar Martinez (5-3-1, 4 KOs). Pintor is the son of former world champion Lupe Pintor.
By Chris Cozzone & Gerardo Martinez at ringside
Undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (15-0, 12 KOs) stopped Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Tingley Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM. The hard-hitting Avalos put Nieves on the deck in round two and twice in round four, the second time for the count. Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at the 2:20 mark.
Unbeaten hometown super featherweight favorite Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 6 KOs) outclassed Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) over eight rounds to win by scores of 79-72, 80-71, 77-74. Though losing the first round on most cards, Marquez took control in round two, outboxing Campos for the duration, scoring a knockdown in the final round.
On the undercard: Stealing the show was Albuquerque super bantamweight David Proa (7-1, 7 KOs) who scored the biggest win of his career over former Texas amateur star Adam Ochoa (2-1, 1 KO), who quit in round four, official time 2:38. In a high-action fight between Albuquerque welterweights, Vincent Mirabal (5-0, 1 KO) edged a split decision win over Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-3). Scores were 39-37 twice and 37-39. In yet another blistering fight, Albuquerque’s Nohime Dennison (2-1) won a unanimous decision over Amanda Crespin (0-2-1) of Las Vegas, N.M., with scores of 39-37. Arturo Crespin (4-1, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, N.M., paid back Albuquerque’s Carlos Sanchez (4-1, 1 KO), winning a majority decision with scores of 40-36, 38-38 and 39-37. Comebacking Duke City cruiserweight Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) won a near-shutout decision over Roy Ashworth (5-7, 1 KO) of Lake Charles, La., with scores of 60-52. In the opener, heavyweight Maurice Harris (21-14-2, 10 KOs), of Newark, N.J., won a unanimous decision over Billy Zimbrun (23-11-1, 13 KOs), of Ogden, Utah, with scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.
On a happy note, the first ShoBox telecast of 2010 marked the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In an IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division, Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 23 KOs)
scored a gutsy twelve round unanimous decision over Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Stevens, who had promised an early KO, set the tone by landing some good left hooks in round one. Brinkley, a participant in the The Contender I reality television show, weathered the storm, however, and proceeded to break down Stevens. Stevens finally wilted under the Brinkley barrage and went down at the end of round six. The big-punching Stevens looked to score a KO as the bout progressed, but Brinkley scored another knockdown in the twelfth to win going away by scores of 117-109, 118-108, 119-107. For more details and photos click here…
According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, a verbal agreement has been reached for WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) to defend his belt against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KOs) on May 1 in Las Vegas. The Mosley Camp has apparently agreed to Mayweather’s stipulation that both fighters be subjected to additional random blood and urine testing not normally required by the Nevada Athletic Commission (the same issue that torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao). The fight is expected to be signed and officially announced in the coming days.
By Scott Ploof at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
“The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (34-6, 18 KOs) captured the vacant NABF Middleweight title with a strong ten round decision over Matt “The Predator” Vanda (42-10, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Scores of the bout were 100-89 twice and 99-90. Manfredo Jr. worked over the body and came up with uppercuts throughout as Vanda did not have an answer to the punishment he was receiving. Vanda was knocked down late in round six from a hard body shot from Manfredo Jr. He continued to chase him after that as he tried but failed to put him away. Overall a great performance from Manfredo Jr. as he kept Vanda out of the fight throughout. The fight card was promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions.
Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (21-0, 12 KOs) kept his perfect record intact and retained his NABF Featherweight title as Rafael Lora (11-2, 5 KOs) retired in his corner after three completed rounds. Remillard used a solid body attack over those three rounds which took its toll on Lora and ultimately caused him to quit on his stool. Remillard felt vindicated after the fight, which was a rematch of their previous encounter which ended with him winning a controversial fourth round TKO over Lora.
Arash Usmanee (5-0, 2 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Jorge Ruiz (7-11-2) after a clash of heads caused a halt to the bout in the fifth round of their scheduled six round bout. Since the bout was called to a halt, commission rules stated that the fight go to the scorecards. It was there that Usmanee ultimately won by scores of 50-45, 49-45, and 48-47.
Fayetteville’s Rachel Clark (5-3-1, 3 KOs) won a close split decision victory over Hartford, CT’s Addy Irizarry (6-4, 2 KOs) over six two minute rounds. Scores of the bout were 58-55 and 57-56 for Clark, while the third judge scored it 57-56 for Irizarry.
In a hard fought four round lightweight battle, Joseph Perez (3-0, 1 KO) won a very close majority decision over Luis Quezada (1-2) by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38 even.
J’Leon Love (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut a successful one as he knocked down his opponent Vince Burkhalter (0-3) twice in the opening stanza to score the first knockout of his pro career at 1:33 of the first round.
By Gabriel F. Cordero at Scale
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez 105 vs Ivan Meneses 105
(WBA miniumweight championship)
Juan Landaeta 108 vs Francisco Rosas 108
(WBA light flyweight eliminator)
Venue: Auditorio Siglo XXI
Promoter: KO Entertainment
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
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Nonito Donaire, the Filipino Flash, will have a Media Day on Saturday, January 30, 1 pm, at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, Ca. Donaire, managed by Cameron Dunkin, will work out, then sign autographs and take photographs with fight fans. Donaire has been training for weeks, wiring in for a title fight against Gerson Guerrero of Mexico on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 Pay Per View event at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday, Feb 13. The Media Day is at the Undisputed Gym, 883 East San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, Ca.
Bernabe Concepcion of Rizal Province, Philippines, is training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. Concepion takes on tough Mario Santiago. Also training at the Wild Card is Gerry Penalosa of Cebu City. He will face Eric ‘Little Hands of Steel’ Morel of Puerto Rico in a world title eliminator.
Teenage phenom Jose Benavidez of Phoenix will also box on the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 card.
Two world champions from one of the most active and exciting weight divisions in boxing will meet in a unification bout on March 6 when undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” faces IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets priced at $175, $95, $50 and $35 go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. (more…)
Jorge Arce 115 vs Angky Angkota 115*
*after 40 minutes first time 116
(WBO super flyweight championship)
Joksan Hernandez 126 vs Eduardo Escobedo 126
Jackie Nava 122 vs Shatel Martinez 122
(WBC Women super bantamweight title)
Alfonso “Finito” Lopez 112 vs Sergio Cruz 113
Miguel Garcia 128.7 vs Arturo Gomez 128.7
Venue: Plaza de Toros Arroyo, Mexico City
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Sports Net/Fox Sports Espanol
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Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of Bayamón, Puerto Rico easily made the 30 day maximum weight limit for his upcoming February 27th bout with fellow unbeaten and former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. Vázquez Jr. weighed in at 129.5 which was well below the 140.3 allowed. 122 pounds will be the maximum weight limit allowed when Vázquez Jr. and Sonsona battle for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. Sonsona who is training in San Francisco weighed in at 130 pounds.
The Peter Manfredo Jr./Matt Vanda, Matt Remillard/Rafael Lora NABF Title bouts at the Mohegan Sun Casino tonight will NOT be streamed live tonight, despite what TKO Boxing calls “erroneous/fraudulent internet reports.” Said Chris Middendorf, CEO and Director of Boxing Operations for TKO Boxing, “TKO Boxing regrets that someone is trying to scam our loyal fans. We will be streaming our shows soon and will make an announcement at that point. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a great show tonight.” Tickets for the TKO Boxing Promotions event may be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Casino Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Doors open this evening at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.
The Association of Boxing Commissions today sent a letter to Dick Cole, head of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, informing Cole that the ABC is not in favor of suspended former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito being relicensed at this time “due to the seriousness of the violations surrounding the revocation of Mr. Margarito’s license by the CSAC [California State Athletic Commission],” although acknowledging that the Texas Combative Sports Program “would not be in violation of federal law should Margarito be relicensed after expiration of his current license issued by the CSAC.” To see the contents of the letter in full, click here.
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs Billy Lyell 156.7
(IBF middleweight championship)
Robert Helenius 243.6 vs Lamon Brewster 231.5
Karo Murat 174.8 vs Sean Corbin 173.7
(WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Kubrat Pulev 241.4 vs Matt Skelton 254.6
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Robert Hoyle will be the third man in the ring when Nicaraguan WBA strawweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (24-0, 20 KOs) and Mexican challenger Ivan Meneses (14-5-2, 8 KOs) meet at Auditorio Siglo XXI in Puebla, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Carla Caiz (USA) and Robert Gonzalez (USA). The fight Supervisor are Miguel Prado (Panamá). The other fight is a WBA miniumweight eliminator between the Venezuelan former world champion Juan Landaeta (25-6-1, 19 KOs) and the Mexican challenger Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas(20-7-2, 12 KOs).
By Rick Scharmberg
An open workout for the press took place yesterday at the freshly painted Elsmere Boxing Club in Wilmington, Delaware to promote “Friday Night Fights”, which will take place on Friday, February 26 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover Delaware. Participants included one-half of the main and co-main events, Mike “No Joke” Stewart and “Rockin” Ryan Belasco. In the main event, Stewart (44-7-2, 23 KOs) will face hard-hitting Brandon Baue (12-3, 10 KOs) in an eight round welterweight bout. In the co-feature, Belasco (11-4-3, 3 KOs) will face pressure-fighting Philadelphian Julias Edmonds (5-6) in a six round welterweight bout. The promoter is Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. (more…)
Tournament point leader “King” Arthur Abraham will kick off Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic when he faces Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in greater Palm Springs, live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The Armenian-born, German sports icon Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six World Boxing Classic point standings with three (3) by way of his final-round knockout victory over American Jermain Taylor on Oct. 17 in Berlin. Dirrell, the former middleweight bronze medalist (2004 Olympic Games) from Flint, Mich., dropped a close, disputed 12-round split decision to defending champion Carl Froch in his Group Stage 1 match for the WBC world championship the same night in Nottingham, England.
The event is being promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Sauerland Event. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow/Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. and are available at The Show box office, online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 1.800.585.3737. Prices are as follows: Floor $180; Loge $140; Mezzanine $85. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and his opponent Eddie Chambers faced off at a press conference yesterday at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, where their fight will take place on March 20.
Klitschko: “This is a great arena and the idea of more than 50.000 spectator gives me additional motivation. After a break of 7 months I am really looking forward to stepping back into the ring. Chambers is a very strong and quick opponent; therefore he is the number 1 in the WBO ranking. But for me, there is no doubt that I will win the fight and keep my belts.”
Chambers: “Sure, Klitschko is the favorite. But I will surprise him and shock the boxing world when I take his titles to the US on March 20.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Saturday is the dealine for promoters of the Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight Nehomar Cermeño and Panamanian WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno to arrive at an agreement to fight for the absolute WBA world title. Several sources indicate that the camps are not communicating and plan to go to a purse bid. “The promoters of Cermeño and Moreno to this moment have not mentioned any agreement to the WBA,” said WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. “The time limit is January. If they do not agree, in the next 10 days we’ll call a purse bid.”
Preview by Andreas Hale
When Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) and Curtis Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) meet on Friday night in their super middleweight battle at the Grand Casino Resort in Reno, both fighters know that they are the “gatekeeper” to their opponents’ future.
Brinkley is the #6 ranked contender by the IBF and Stevens is the #10 ranked contender by the IBF. The winner will capture the number two mandatory spot with the IBF world rankings and earn a title shot at champion Lucian Bute . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Miguel Cotto may be hooking up with a new head trainer. Sources have mentioned names like Buddy McGirt, Ronnie Shields and others. Cotto is expected to return on June 12 at Madison Square Garden to challenge WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. Current trainer Joe Santiago, also the matchmaker of Miguel Cotto Promotions, and conditoning coach Phil Landman will remain on the Cotto staff. “We are seeking opportunities to improve in the corner and to seek the best preparation for the next fights,” said Cotto legal advisor Gaby Peñagarícano.
Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will enter it’s thirteenth year as the “Home of the Best in Chicago Boxing” this Friday night, January 29th with “Windy City Fight Night ” an outstanding evening of ten world class bouts of professional boxing.
Said Pesoli, “I’m truly honored that each year brings continued success to 8 Count Productions. The Chicago sports fans have continued to show their loyalty to us and we’re thrilled to present a huge night of boxing this Friday night at the UIC Pavilion as we enter our thirteenth year of promoting.” (more…)
Despite all of the pre-fight posturing and trash talk he has engaged in over his nearly 13-year mixed martial arts career, Frank Trigg is surprisingly honest about his place in the grand scheme of MMA.
At 37 years old and heading into his second bout of four on his current contract against Matt Serra at UFC 109 on February 6, Trigg is cognizant that the fight represents an invariable crossroads in his career. Either it will bring him to the end of the road that was his MMA career or it will lead him to start the climb back up the mountain of the UFC’s stacked welterweight class, where he hopes to reach the pinnacle before he runs out of road . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC.com
Undefeated, hard-hitting prospect Chris Avalos weighed in at 118 pounds and once-beaten Jose Nieves tipped the scales at 119 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Jockey Club at the Downs of Albuquerque in Albuquerque, N.M. Unbeaten, hometown favorite Archie Ray Marquez weighed in at 131 pounds and Derrick Campos measured 132 pounds for the ShoBox co-feature. The aggressive Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif., will make his main event debut when he when he faces Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a 10-round match tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The first ShoBox telecast of 2010 will mark the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot. Charles has been given the OK to return to action following a five-month battle with stage IV bladder cancer. It was announced in August that Charles was taking a leave of absence from his duties at SHOWTIME because of his illness. The last fight he worked was on July 31, 2009. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast on Saturday. It is free of charge – everyone is invited to watch. The webcast will begin at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time, and will last approximately two hours. Supporting bouts will be shown in addition to the main event. This webcast not available in Mexico or the United States, however the card can be seen on television. Headlining this Saturday’s show at the Restaurante Arroyo in Mexico City, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, 52-6-1 with 40 knockouts, of Los Mochis, Mexico, will battle Angky Angkota, 18-3 with 9 knockouts, of Semarang, Indonesia, in a 12-round super flyweight fight. (more…)
Jesus “Estrellita” Ruiz 118 vs Luis “Surtigas” Melendez 118
Octavio “Zurdo” Hernandez 123 vs Angel Aguilar 122
Hector “Cachorro” Morales 130 vs Ernesto Olarte 133
Mauricio Pintor 136 vs Omar Martinez 136
Adrian Quiroz 143 vs Martin “Pelon” Rivas 139
Antonio Laureano 109 vs Mario Andrade 109
Angel Molina 135 vs Ulises Moreno 136
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico DF, Mexico
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, Rafael Mendoza & Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
Donovan George 167 vs. Phil Williams 169
Ivan Popoca 141 vs. Federico Flores 140
Andrzej Wawrzyk 230 vs. Harvey Jolly 203
Kenny Galarza 142 vs. Ilido Julio 141
Achour Esho 145 vs. Alexander Tousignant 142
Andrzej Fonfara 172 vs. Adan Leal 170
Antonio Avila 134 vs. Herbert Acevedo 134
Sergio Cristobal 119 vs. Sergio Montes De Oca 121
Bobby Jaskierny 134 vs. David Laque 132.5
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Peter Manfredo Jr. 159.75 vs Matt Vanda 159.75
Matt Remillard 124.75 vs Rafael Lora 125.75
Arash Usmanee 130.25 vs Jorge Ruiz 135
Joseph Elegele 144 vs Chris Russel 142
Adelita Irizarry 143.5 vs Rachel Clark 137.75
Joseph Perez 132 vs Luis Quezada 131.25
J’Leon Love 165.25 vs Vince Burkhalter 163.25
Venue: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
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Gabriel Campillo 175 vs Beibut Shumenov 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Erislandy Lara 154.5 vs Grady Brewer 154.4
Eloy Perez 129.5 vs David Rodela 130
Carlos Molina 137 vs Tyler Ziolowski 138
Ronny Rios 127 vs Willshaun Boxley 126
Jessie Vargas 144 vs Rickey Kinney 144
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 152 vs Shadrack Kipruto 153.5
Gayrat Ahmedov 176 vs Harley Kilfian 177
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: KZ Event Productions and Golden Boy Promotions
By Andreas Hale
Jesse Brinkley 167.5 vs Curtis Stevens 165
Raymond Serrano 146.5 vs Ronnie Warrior Jr 147
Tyler Hinkey 270 vs William Mitch Williams 215
Jack Montgomery 173 vs Carlos Gayton 171
Brandon Gonzales 163 vs. Dumont Welliver ??
Venue: Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada
Promoter: Lets Get it On/Star Boxing
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Bob Ryder at the scale
Vernon Paris 142.6 vs Corey Alacron, 143.4
Darryl Cunningham 165.2 vs Skyler Thompson*
Brian Mihtar 158.4 vs Jeremiah Jones, 164.2
Willie Fortune 163.2 vs Guy Packer 163.2
Jesse Carradine 131.6 vs Calvin Pritchard, 137.6**
Sidney Gurley 163 vs Cameron Allen, 163
Raynard Darden 167.2 vs Chris Grays, 162.8
Walter Burns 207.2 vs Bernell Stewart, 217.2
Ali Mansour 264.6 vs Todd Welcome, 314.6
Luigi Gjokaj 136.4 vs Eric Ricker, 135.2
Venue: Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan
Promoter: Carlos Llinas International Productions and Ron Remus Productions
*Thompson was unable to get to weigh in due to traffic and will get on the scales tomorrow.
**Pritchard agreed to forfeit $200 of purse for being over contracted weight.
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One month before the mandatory fight between Omar Niño and Rodel Mayol for the WBC light flyweight championship, Niño complied with the pre-weigh-in mandated by the World Boxing Council. Today at noon, in Guadalajara, his hometown, Niño Romero weighed 52.000 kilograms, which means that he is in a weight that is more than optimum, as he is only three kilograms above the limit of his division. The WBC allows fighters to have a maximum overweight of 5 kilograms thirty days prior to the bout. “I am very motivated, mainly because my Promoter Hector Garcia has just told me that Mayol will be ready to fight me on the agreed date.” The battle between Niño and Mayol, scheduled to take place on February 27th, very likely in Mexico City, has been confirmed by the representative of the Filipino fighter a few hours after the WBC issued an ultimatum.
From the Downs’ Jockey Club in Albuquerque, N.M. for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card on Showtime.
Chris Avalos 118 vs. Jose Nieves 119
Archie Ray Marquez 131 vs. Derrick Campos 132
Vincent Mirabal 144.5 vs. Michael Coca-Gallegos 143.5
David Proa 120 vs. Adam Ochoa 119
Billy Zumbrun 228 vs. Maurice Harris 254.5
Amanda Crespin 128 vs. Nohime Dennison 126
Max Heyman 190 vs. Roy Ashworth 185
Carlos Sanchez 153.5 vs. Arturo Crespin 156
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
Televised on Showtime’s ShoBox at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA interim lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta is in Mexico to sign a promotional contract with promoter Ignacio “Nacho” Huizar’s KO Entertainment. Acosta had inked a contract last year with Top Rank but is looking to stay more active as he seeks to become full the WBA lightweight champion in 2010. “Mexico is important for me,” said Acosta. “It was here that I won my title against Urban Antillón and now I’m coming to continue my career here. I feel as though I’m Mexican since the public has treated me very well. I think I can do good fights for the people.” Acosta is hoping to defend his belt in March in Monterrey, Nuevo León against an opponent to be named. More photos…
The Association of Boxing Commissions, (ABC) has denied taking an official position on the future licensing of Antonio Margarito. In a statement issued today, ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff said, “This is to clarify that the ABC has had no official contact with the Texas Boxing and Wrestling Commission. The ABC has not issued any correspondence in reference to this matter….It is true that the ABC Legal Committee held a conference call on Tuesday and discussed this matter along with other agenda items. The ABC may make an official comment on the licensure of Mr. Margarito in the very near future.” Top Rank is hoping to get Margarito licensed in Texas to appear on the blockbuster Pacquiao-Clottey card on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
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