Sunday, September 10, 2006
Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall continued his winning ways Saturday night, stopping Darroll Wilson with a flurry in the 4th round. McCall became the WBC Champ in 1994 after a 2nd round knockout of Lennox Lewis.
Christian John retained the WBC featherweight title, defeating Renan Acosta by unanimous decision. John remaines undefeated at 38-0-1.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Samuel Peter became the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Oleg Maskaev by winning a disputed 12-round split decision over James Toney in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LOS ANGELES – Samuel Peter proved to be James Toney’s worst nightmare Saturday on Showtime. In a hard-fought heavyweight brawl that featured excellent exchanges and few clinches, Peter registered a hotly disputed, 12-round split decision over Toney in a World Boxing Council (WBC) elimination bout at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
In the Showtime Championship Boxing co-feature, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero dominated defending champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken to win the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title. The champion’s corner stopped the fight after the eighth round and the bout was declared a technical knockout.
The Toney-Peter WBC eliminator was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Don King Productions and Duva Boxing. The Guerrero-Aiken championship bout was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Art Pellulo’s Banner Promotions. Both bouts aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
By triumphing 116-111 twice and 112-115, Peter, of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Akwaibom, Nigeria, becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev. Peter’s biggest victory in the most important fight of his career came four days shy of his 26th birthday.
“I want Oleg,” said a jubilant Peter (27-1, 22 KOs), who entered the ring as the WBC No. 3 contender. “Toney never hurt me. I am solid like a rock. My game plan was to stick the jab. He picked some off, but it was working all night long. The trash talking before didn’t affect me at all.”
Toney (69-5-2, 43 KOs), a former three-time world champion of Los Angeles, by way of Grand Rapids, Mich., was incredulous about the decision.
“Peter didn’t do (expletive withheld),” said Toney, 38, the WBC No. 2 contender going in. “I’m not done with him. Hey, this is a joke. I didn’t lose the fight. I took everything away from him.
“I am not old. I am not fat and out of shape like Larry Holmes. This is not over. We are going to protest.”
Guerrero vs Aiken
Starting a little late, whoops (been watching since the start though). We’re three rounds into Guerrero-Aiken. Guerrero is definitely landing the better shots so far, but a few of them have been low blows ignored by the ref. To Aiken’s credit, he’s absorbing the shots well so far.
Round 4: Guerrero still landing the better shots, a few hard body shots, although none that rivaled two powerful ones that put Aiken on “pause” like in round 3. Aiken came back at the end of the round, landing some power shots of his own. He’s showing that as long as he’s on his feet, he has a chance in this fight.
Round 5: Outside of a low blow by Aiken this round was all Guerrero. Guerrero’s probably up 5 rounds to 0 on all cards. Guerrero’s starting to go to the head more. Aiken’s looking a little swollen above the right eye.
Round 6: Aiken’s spending more time on the ropes, and throwing fewer punches. While Guerrero’s been dominating the entire fight, this is the first round I’ve started to wonder if Aiken has a shot at winning anymore.
Round 7: One of Guerrero’s gloves is ripped and must be replaced so the start of the round is delayed. The extra time should benefit Aiken. Aiken comes out with a few power punches in the middle of the ring. HDTV reveals duck tape wrapped on some of the ropes. Is this common? Is my television deceiving me? It’s got to be awful brushing up against ropes like that. Someone should ask Eric Aiken, because he’s spending more time leaning on them.
Round 8: Ref takes a point from Aiken for holding. What a joke after the low blows that Guerrero got away with earlier. The Showtime crew, which includes Diego Corrales, agrees. It probably doesn’t matter at this point anyway. Guerrero’s landing a lot of shots. The fight doesn’t seem to be close to being stopped though. Aiken’s corner should consider it. The Showtime crew agrees with that too.
Before round 9 Aiken’s corner asks him if he wants to continue. Aiken says no. Corrales, who seems like he does think the fight should be stopped was critical of Aiken calling it quits himself. He puts it simlply, “you can’t quit.”
Result: Guerrero TKO win
The Ghost looked solid. Outside of a few questionably placed shots, he didn’t look like he could be stopped.
Guerrero speaks will with Jim Gray during the post fight interview. He had some Academy-like thank yous at the end.
Showtime pimps some of their shows in-between fights. If you flipped around, let me point you to Dexter.
Toney vs Peter
Round 1: I’m inspired to finish my cheeseburger. The fight is obviously at a much slower pace than the previous one, but the two don’t stand still. Peters throws a good amount of power shots, many missing. Toney ducks, throws a good amount of jabs, landing a good amount. Fewer body shots than I thought I’d see. Pretty even in general.
Round 2: Toney always appears confident, and he’s fighting that way. The pace picks up at the start of this round, with Toney tossing more punches than before. Toney’s hands are low. Things get a little sloppy at the end of the round. All in all, Toney threw more and landed the better shots this round. Is anyone getting hurt yet? Who can tell.
Round 3: Toney starts out strong, but Peter lands some big shots at the end of the round. Toney snuck in a few counter shots, but Peter might have stolen the round in the last minute. Brings the fight back to even for me.
Round 4: The first couple of minutes are similar to round 1 - power shots thrown by Peter, not landing many, and Toney throwing and landing jabs. The last minute of the round sees Peter throw a nice combo or two. Toney takes the shots, encourages Peter to keep on coming. It can be a sign of getting hurt, but with Toney you can’t be sure.
Round 5: Peter lands some big shots against Toney. Toney probably hasn’t taken a punch like that in a long time. I want to say ever, but he didn’t go down. Peter doesn’t attack enough and lets Toney shake it off. After some time Peter gets in some more power shots. Toney’s still punching at the end of the round and blood is coming out of Peter’s mouth. The round is still easily Peter’s. The judges’ scorecards are shown in the middle of the round and they’re all over the place. It’s 2-1 Peter from the cards and one judge has it heavily for Peter. He must have a different view than the rest of us.
Round 6: Both fighters are visibly tired, Peter more. Toney clearly lands more shots, including a few power shots, although they don’t seem nearly as powerful as Peter’s. A round for Toney, and it’ll be interesting to see who can put more back in the tank for round 7. Half-way over it seems doubtful both fighters can last another 6 rounds.
Round 7: As the action slows, Toney seems to be paying a lot of attention to what’s going on outside the ring. There’s not a lot going on until the end of the round. Peter lands one power shot shortly before the bell, but it’s an uneventful and even round.
Round 8: Someone in between round 6 and 7. Toney starts off strong, Peter usually has the better end, but there wasn’t as much this time around. Even-ish round, maybe an edge to Toney.
Round 9: Cards are shown and Toney’s made a comback. 2-1 Toney and it’s close on all cards. Peter “ear claps” Toney a few times and has a point deducted. That could be huge. These guys are exhausted and hugging frequently. Peter landed more shots throughout the round, but that point brings it back to even.
Round 10: Peter starts stong and ends strong. Toney has the middle of the round, but I’m not so sure if it’s enough to even-up Peter’s landed power shots and I doubt it is for the judges ringside. This one goes to Peter.
Round 11: The best way to describe this round is Peter just didn’t do enough to win it. Toney was more active, not very active, but certainly more than Peter. This might have made the last round a “must KO” situation for Peter.
Round 12: I’m amazed it’s gotten this far. Both think they need a knockout, which is exactly what you want from a round 12. It’s another good, even round, although it’s not as action packed as you’d think from two fighters trying to go for a knockout. Conditioning, from both fighters, certainly came into play here.
I have the fight with a slight edge to Toney, but wouldn’t be surprised by anything from the judges right now.
Result: Samuel Peter by split decision
Peter looks like he’s just won the lottery, and it’s a fitting feeling. The judge for Toney had him winning by 3 points. The judges for Peter had him winning by 5 points. If I may get a little internet on you: OMGWTF. Are you kidding? I can’t get upset about the split decision win, it was a close fight - but the margin of victory on those cards seems very large.
Peter fights Oleg Maskaev next.
After Peter tries to give a congratulatory huge to Toney, he says, “I won this fuckin’ fight”, not that you expected to hear anything different. Toney continues to talk smack.
After the post-fight interviews are done there’s almost a brawl in the ring. Peter is quickly pushed down the aisle and to the lockerroom before anything can really happen.
Judges cards are reshown. 5 point wins for Peter mean that those judges thought Peter won the fight 9 rounds to 3 because of the point deduction, barring any 2-point rounds. The press row cards are shown, they all have the fight a few points for Toney.
I’m not sure what Toney will be next, but I doubt retirement is on his mind.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
(Left-to-right) Sam Peter, Eric Aiken, promoter Dan Goossen, Robert Guerrero and James Toney pose after Wednesday’s press conference in Los Angeles. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
James Toney (69-4-3, 1 ND, 43 KOs) faces Sam Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout and IBF featherweight champion Eric Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs) defends against and Robert Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) Saturday at STAPLES Center on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
JAMES “LIGHTS OUT” TONEY
“I am the true heavyweight champion. The four other guys are nothing. There are only a couple of days left. I can’t wait. All this talking, telephone calls, press conferences, it is time for them to cease.
“It is almost time to fight. I am going to be right there Saturday night. I am a real fighter, not like the other guys he’s been facing. Peter says he is ready to fight. For Peter’s sake, I hope he is.”
SAMUEL “THE NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE” PETER
I am ready to fight 12 rounds, 15 rounds, whatever it takes. I will be very surprised if I don’t knock him out. Fans are going to see a lot of things from me, but mostly they are going to see me beat Toney.
“All his talk doesn’t bother me. We will lock horns Saturday. When the bell rings, the fight will start. I am not a dirty fighter, but if I see something to hit, I am going to hit it. I will hit Toney everywhere.”
ERIC “MIGHTY MOUSE” AIKEN
“People may not believe in me now, but they will after this fight. Winning a world title made me better. My focus is so much better than before. I have never had eight-nine weeks to prepare.
“This is a great opportunity for me to showcase my talents and abilities. It didn’t matter who I fought or where. But I am happy my first defense is in the states. I’d fight Godzilla if he could make 126.”
ROBERT “THE GHOST” GUERRERO
“I am not anxious but I am excited that my first shot at a world title is almost here. I know I am ready. I have done everything that I had to prepare for this. My team has done a great job getting me ready.
”Every fight is hard. I have nothing but respect for Aiken. He is a strong, powerful guy, but I am ready for anything and everything he has to offer. There will be a new IBF champion come Saturday.”
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Photo: Joe Miranda
Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) participated in an open media workout Monday at the Los Angeles Boxing Academy as they continued to prepare for their big fights Saturday at STAPLES Center on Showtime. Peter faces James “Lights Out” Toney (69-4-3, 1 ND, 43 KOs), in a 12-round WBC heavyweight elimination bout while Guerrero challenges IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs).
Friday, August 25, 2006
The 20-year anniversary celebration of Showtime Championship Boxing continues in spectacular fashion on Saturday, Sept. 2, when James “Lights Out” Toney faces Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter in a 12-round WBC heavyweight elimination bout on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. In the co-feature, Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken defends his IBF featherweight title against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
NEW YORK – Since its inception in July 2001, the critically-acclaimed Showtime boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,” has been about making exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing up-and-comers determined to fight for and win a world title. When former “ShoBox” fighters Eric Aiken and Robert Guerrero meet for Aiken’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight world title, Saturday, Sept. 2, on Showtime Championship Boxing, it will mark the first time that “ShoBox” graduates have advanced to the network’s championship series to face each other for a world title.
Aiken is one of the latest “ShoBox” alumni to garner a world title. He joins a list of fighters that includes Leonard Dorin, Scott Harrison, Juan Diaz, Jeff Lacy, Ricky Hatton and, more recently, Juan Urango and David Diaz (interim).
In a shocking upset on May 13, 2006, Aiken won the IBF featherweight belt when previously unbeaten champion Valdemir Pereira was disqualified at 1:37 of the eighth round for repeated low blows.
“It is always great to see fighters who have appeared on ‘ShoBox’ go on to win a major title,” said “ShoBox” Executive Producer Gordon Hall. “I hope the opportunities that are given to young fighters in tough match-ups help make them better fighters in the long run. This is an example where it has.”
The Aiken-Guerrero 12-rounder will open the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). In the main event, three-time world champion James “Lights Out” Toney will oppose Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter in a World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight eliminator. It is an ultimate crossroads bout, one neither boxer can afford to lose.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Featherweight Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) will challenge International Boxing Federation (IBF) 126-pound champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs) Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at STAPLES Center. Showtime will televise the world title bout at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The explosive match-up, featuring two of the busiest and hardest hitting featherweights in the business, will open the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast before headliners James “Lights Out” Toney and Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter go toe-to-toe in what promises to be an electrifying World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight elimination bout.
The exciting night of boxing will be promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Don King Productions and Duva Boxing.
Monday, August 07, 2006
In a brutal, extremely hard-fought match, Juan Manuel Marquez registered two knockdowns en route to winning the WBO interim featherweight title with a seventh-round TKO over game Terdsak Jandaeng Saturday on Showtime. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
STATELINE, Nev. - The Marquez brothers of Mexico City took center stage in front of more than 3,000 cheering fans Saturday and millions more watching on Showtime, and each were victorious in impressive and exciting fashion.
Making their 11th appearance on the same fight card, Juan Manuel Marquez captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim featherweight belt and became the mandatory challenger to WBO champion Scott Harrison with a seventh-round TKO over game Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand. Rafael Marquez made his seventh successful defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a ninth-round TKO over Silence Mabuza of South Africa.
The world championship twinbill at the MontBleu Resort Casino was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), on Showtime.
Making his first start since losing a controversial decision to Chris John in March 2006, WBO No. 2 contender Juan Manuel (45-3-1, 33 KO’s) scored two knockdowns against the WBO No. 1 contender, Jandaeng (24-2, 15 KO’s).
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
WBO No. 1 contender Terdsak Jandaeng shadow boxes during a brief workout Wednesday at Lake Tahoe. In Saturday’s main event on Showtime Championship Boxing, Jandaeng battles No. 2 Juan Manuel Marquez for the vacant WBO featherweight championship. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
NEW YORK – They are rough, talented, extremely confident, hard-hitting southpaws. Each has 15 career knockouts and only one loss. One will make his third United States start; the other, his fourth. Both fell short in the biggest fight of their careers.
Terdsak “Pit Bull” Jandaeng and Silence “African Spice” Mabuza, however, are quietly determined to make amends in dramatic fashion on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, when they appear in both halves of a world championship doubleheader (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) as the 20th anniversary of Showtime Championship Boxing continues in sensational style.
Jandaeng (24-1, 15 KOs ), the World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 featherweight contender, will face former two-time world champion/WBO No. 2 contender, Juan Manuel Marquez (44-3-1, 33 KOs ), for the WBO interim 126-pound title in the main event. The winner of Jandaeng-Marquez will be the mandatory challenger for WBO champion Scott Harrison. In the telecast’s opening bout, International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 bantamweight contender, Mabuza (19-1, 15 KOs), will box a rematch against defending IBF and International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound titleholder and Juan’s younger brother, Rafael (35-3, 31 KOs ). Rafael will make his seventh title defense.
Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will promote the world championship doubleheader from the outdoor sports pavilion at the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa at Stateline , Nev.