Monday, October 01, 2007
SACRAMENTO – Boxing fans were treated to two thrilling and memorable fights on Saturday night as “Bad” Chad Dawson retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight belt with a flawless dismantling of Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza Saturday, Sept. 29 on Showtime Championship Boxing from the ARCO Arena.
Referee Jon Schorle stopped the fight at 2:30 of the fourth round (KO).
In the co-feature, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko became boxing’s newest champion capturing the International Boxing Federation (IBF) 118-pound crown with a one-sided victory over Luis “El Demoledor” Perez.
Referee Dan Stell stopped the fight on the recommendation of ringside physician Smith Ketchum immediately after the seventh round.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
With fall approaching, temperatures may be dropping, but the highly-anticipated October 13th card in Moscow ? featuring the WBO Heavyweight title fight between champion Sultan Ibragimov and challenger Evander Holyfield ? is heating up with the addition of a 115-pound world championship bout between two of the premier super flyweights in the world.
In this hard-hitting 12 round co-feature, Russia?s own Dimitri Kirilov will look to gain the IBF world title when he battles 2000 US Olympian Jose Navarro for the vacant crown.
?This fight is as good as it gets for fans of the fast-paced super flyweight division,? said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. ?Kirilov has a lot to prove in front of his home fans as he tries to regain the world title, and Navarro knows that this may be his last shot at the championship at 115 pounds. This bout should be explosive.?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Stoke’s English flyweight champion Chris Edwards will take part in Impact Boxing’s next event which is scheduled for 29th September at Fenton Manor Sports Complex. Chris will contest a six round contest which is to be a warm-up prior to his much anticipated third encounter with Huddersfield’s Dale Robinson.
Edwards last boxed in April when he scored a hotly contested draw against Dale Robinson in a British and Commonwealth title clash which has since been nominated as fight of the year by the British Boxing Board of Control. The verdict will be announced at a BBBofC dinner that Edwards will attend in November.
Edwards is contracted to face Robinson again later this year on a Frank Maloney promoted show, the date for which has yet to be confirmed. The contest is likely to be for the British and Commonwealth super-flyweight titles, the weight division having only recently been introduced by the Board.
“I’d hoped to be fighting Dale again in September,” said Edwards today, “but apparently he won’t be ready by then. Hopefully we will meet again in November now. So in the meantime I need to keep sharp and the opportunity to do so in front of my fans in Stoke means a lot to me.”
Friday, March 30, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The legal battle over the almost fight between Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams was finally settled in court yesterday.
What happens now? The results via ESPN:
Under the terms of the settlement, Goossen will promote the fight, which he won the right to Jan. 30 with a purse bid of $1,506,250, of which Margarito is entitled to 80 percent, or a career-high payday of $1.205 million. He will also receive an additional $395,000 that Goossen promised to pay him on top of the winning bid amount.
Although Top Rank won’t be involved in promoting Margarito-Williams, Arum said part of the settlement included Margarito signing a one-year extension to his promotional agreement with Top Rank, which will take him through at least 2008 with the company.
Also, if Margarito defeats Williams and Cotto defeats Zab Judah—who replaced Margarito in the June 9 fight—Margarito and Cotto will meet in the fall on HBO PPV.
- The Albuquerque Tribune is reporting that Johnny Tapia will not be charged by police with possession of cocaine for the time being.
Tapia was originally taken into custody on March 12 after he was hospitalized for a drug overdose.
Joel Julio vs Thomas Davis - Detroit, MI - Junior Middleweight (ESPN 2)
Jhonny Gonazalez vs Irene Pacheco - Tucson, AZ - WBO Bantamweight Title
Alfonso Gomez vs Martin Concepcion - Newcastle, England - Junior Middleweight
Freddy Curiel vs Ross Minter - Newcastle, England - Welterweight
Walter Wright vs Anthony Small - Newcastle, England - Junior Middleweight
Jesse Brinkley vs Robin Reid - Newcastle, England - Light Heavyweight
Cornelius Bundrage vs Colin McNeil - Newcastle, England - Junior Middleweight
Jerson Ravelo vs Paul Buchanan - Newcastle, England - Super Middleweight
Michael Clark vs Nigel Wright - Newcastle, England - Welterweight
Jonathan Reid vs Paul Smith - Newcastle, England - Middleweight
Virgil Hill vs Henry Maske - Munich, Germany - Cruiserweight (PPV)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Victor Burgos remains hospitalized but has been moved out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room according to a report by ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Wednesday.
“It all sounds really positive. He’s breathing on his own,” King public relations director Alan Hopper said Wednesday.
Burgos, 32, had been on a ventilator, but is now breathing on his own.
“A tube in his throat had been removed earlier, but residual soreness still makes it difficult for him to speak above a whisper,” Gonzalez said in an e-mail to Hopper. “Victor has been recognizing friends and family members that come to visit. He was also visited by two of his children for the first time [Monday].”
Monday, March 05, 2007
CARSON, Calif. — Mexican boxer Victor Burgos was whisked from the ring to a hospital on Saturday where he underwent immediate surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain and to reduce swelling after participating in an International Boxing Federation flyweight championship against Vic Darchinyan at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Burgos survived the operation at Los Angeles County Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center in nearby Torrance, Calif., but is still in a medically induced coma, a common technique used after head trauma to help reduce harmful brain swelling. His doctors have also reported Sunday that Burgos has already shown certain signs of movement in the intensive care unit that can only be described as positive.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
IBF/IBO bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez captured the WBC super bantamweight title with an exciting seventh-round TKO over defending champion Israel Vazquez. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
CARSON, Calif. – After breaking his opponent’s nose in the first round of an electrifying bout, IBF Bantamweight Champion Rafael Marquez captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title by stopping defending champion Israel Vazquez at the end of the seventh round Saturday on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Vazquez asked his trainer, Freddie Roach, to stop the contest because he was having trouble breathing.
“I was able to breathe through my mouth, but I couldn’t get any air through my nose,” Vazquez said. “I couldn’t breathe. I was taking a lot of shots because of that.”
After rallying from a third-round knockdown, Marquez went toe-to-toe with Vazquez for the remainder of the non-stop action bout that lived up to its billing. At the time of the stoppage, Marquez led the battle of Mexico City, Mexico, natives 67-65 twice and 66 apiece on the scorecards. Discussions for a sequel to the “Fight of the Year” candidate already are underway.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan and IBF/IBO bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez. Photo: Joe Miranda
IBF/IBO champions Rafael Marquez (bantamweight) and Vic Darchinyan (flyweight) participated in open media workouts Tuesday as they finalized preparations for their upcoming world title fights Saturday, March 3, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
In one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in years, Marquez will step up a notch in weight and challenge WBC and The Ring 122-pound champion Israel Vazquez in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
The showdown between two of boxing’s most exceptionally talented and exciting warriors at the peaks of their games will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Romanza Productions, and Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
In an excellent co-feature, undefeated hard-hitting Darchinyan defends against former IBF champion and current top contender Victor Burgos.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Showtime continues to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network as it delivers yet another incredibly compelling match-up Saturday, March, 3, 2007. In one of the most highly anticipated fights in years, Israel Vazquez will defend his WBC super bantamweight title against IBF/IBO bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
The showdown between two of boxing’s most exceptionally talented and exciting warriors at the peaks of their games will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
In an excellent co-feature, undefeated hard-hitting IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan defends against former IBF champion and current top contender Victor Burgos.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine’s Day bitches…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Just because he is sick, doesn’t mean that Shannon Briggs can’t still talk smack on Sultan Ibragimov:
“We contemplated fighting. I wanted to fight,” said Briggs. “To me this fight was a joke. How did he even become my mandatory? Off a draw with Ray Austin? OK, but it was an easy payday. But we came to the realization that it wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Me losing to Ibragimov because of illness, people don’t want to hear about that.”
- Despite being heavily rumored to be taking on Koki Kameda this spring, WBC Flyweight Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam will now be heading to Japan to defend his title against Yo Sam Choi.
- Cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey will take on his fellow 2000 US Olympic Trials teammate, Felix Cora Jr, on April 6th.
- Look for it to be announced later this week that Jason Litzau will be returning to the ring in April…
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