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GYM presents “Rapides et Dangereux” tonight in Montreal!

By Ace Freeman (23-Sep-2014)

Pro boxing on a Tuesday night? GYM presents the latest instalment of “Rapides et Dangereux” tonight in Montreal!

Professional boxing returns to the Montreal Casino in Quebec, Canada tonight with the latest instalment of Groupe Yvon Michel’s popular “Rapides et Dangereux” series. In the main event, heavyweights Eric Barrak and Oscar Rivas will be squaring off in a battle of big men. Five other fights will also be on tap, including an interesting co-feature between Stephan Larouche-trained Bogdan Dinu (10-0, 6 KOs) and Kertson Manswell (24-9, 18 KOs). Dinu recently inked two-year contract with InterBox. Rounding out the card are Francesco Cotroni (7-3-1, 4 KOs) facing Steve Lantagne (1-3-1), David Theroux (2-0, 1 KOs) vs. Vango Tsirimokos (6-8, 1 KO) and Eye of The Tiger Management newcomer, Will Medera (3-0, 2 KOs) clashing with Wayne Smith (0-2-1). Click here for ticket info

Canada’s ‘Prince of Hali’ Tyson Cave inks promotional pact with Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing!

By FightFan News Wire (22-Sep-2014)

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing is proud to announce the signing of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Tyson ‘Prince of Hali’ Cave (24-2, 8 KOs) to a promotional agreement.

A former five-time Canadian champion as an amateur (record 160-16), 32-year-old Tyson Cave has already won the WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight, the CAM (Canadian American Mexican) Super Bantamweight and the Canadian Super Bantamweight Championships as a professional. He is currently rated No. 5 in the world by the WBA.

“It’s a great honor to be joining Sampson’s promotional stable. He works with guys like (former middleweight world champion) Sergio Martinez, and now I’m working with him,” said Cave. “I’ve been working very hard and patiently waiting for the chance to reach my potential. I’m very grateful to Sampson Lewkowicz for investing in me. I won’t disappoint him.”

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Donaire-Walters World Title Rumble Oct. 18 on HBO!

By FightFan News Wire (22-Sep-2014)

A huge featherweight battle is on tap for Saturday Oct. 18 when Nonito Donaire takes on Nicholas walters for the WBA title!

Top Rank® announced today that 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion NONITO ‘The Filipino Flash’ DONAIRE and undefeated world champion NICHOLAS ‘The Axe Man’ WALTERS will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters will take place Saturday, October 18, at StubHub! Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also feature WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defending his titles against World Boxing Council (WBC) interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio. Golovkin vs. Rubio and its undercard are presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions, in association with Promociones Del Pueblo

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Potential “Fight of the Year” alert! Orlando Salido KO’s Terdsak Kokietgym in 11 after a knockdown filled war!

By Ace Freeman (21-Sep-2014)

Photo courtesy of Zanfer Boxing

Orlando Salido TKO 11 Terdsak Kokietgym: What a fight! On Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, former WBO featherweight champion Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), from Mexico, dug deep to stop ultra-tough Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs), from Thailand in the eleventh round in an absolute war that saw both fighters down several times. The fighters traded knockdowns in the opening round and then each scored several more KD’s in what was an absolute fire fight. Salido got stronger down the stretch and took over the fight late, scoring a bruising and violent stoppage in Round 11. The win captured the well travelled Salido the interim WBO 130-pound title. The full version is held but Mikey Garcia, who defeated Salido by technical decision in 2013. Tonight’s bout was a sure fire candidate for 2014 “Fight of the Year”.

de Mori frustrates Goles to earn third round DQ win!

By Ace Freeman (21-Sep-2014)

Mark de Mori DQ 3 Marino Goles

Rising heavyweight contender Mark ‘The Dominator’ de Mori (27-1-2, 23 KOs) defended his WBU heavyweight title Saturday with a third round disqualification victory over a roughhousing Marino Goles (16-2, 14 KOs) at the Stadthalle in Niedersachsen, Germany. The hulking Australian got out to a quick start and began to control the action with a piston like jab. When it became clear de Mori had an edge in speed the Croatian challenger became increasingly frustrated and quickly resorted to fouling. Goles headbutted and threw several low blows in addition to hitting after the break and was deducted two points in the second for his tactics. In Round 3, de Mori landed a telling right hand and Goles clinched and used his head again while pushing and wrestling the Australian back to the corner. The referee had seen enough and disqualifed Goles, giving de Mori the third round DQ win.

“I was faster and stronger than ever and felt in complete control,” de Mori said post fight. “Next we have some potential fights available in Europe but the real goal is to get a fight with WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev. Failing that I aim to stay busy and just keep improving.”

Final Results from Foxwoods: Dargan and Mchunu Walk Away With NABF Titles!

By FightFan.com Staff (20-Sep-2014)

Thabiso Mchunu W UD10 Garrett Wilson

Photo: Daryl Bughman/Main Events

In the main event of the afternoon cruiserweights Thabiso ‘The Rock’ Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs) and Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-8-1, 7 KOs) faced off for the NABF Cruiserweight Title. The ten-round cruiserweight match-up between Mchunu’s southpaw style and Wilson’s wild style made for an exciting fight. Thabiso landed some clean shots and Wilson countered to no avail. The fifth round was slow with Wilson chasing down Mchunu and Wilson finally landing some shots. The ninth round started off with a bang, both fighters were trading big punches. The crowd began chanting for Wilson and the action started to pick up in the final round with both fighters coming out swinging. In the tenth, the referee deducted a point from Mchunu for holding, but it did not matter as Mchunu retained his NABF Cruiserweight Title with a unanimous decision victory (96-93, 99-90 and 98-91).

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Saturday Scorecard: Groves defeats Rebrasse, Dawejko destroys Banks, Dargan beats Perez in a thriller!

By Ben Rasofsky (20-Sep-2014)

Ben Rasofsky recaps Saturday action from around the boxing world.

‘Saint’ George Groves (20-2-0, 15KOs) is now the No. 1 WBC super middleweight contender and EBU champ after taking a unanimous decision over Christopher Rebrasse (22-3-3, 6KOs) by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 118-110 to snatch the Frenchman’s European title. Rebrasse was in the fight the whole way but simply didn’t do enough to retain his title against a relentless Groves. “St. George” landed the harder, cleaner shots all night long. With the win, Groves is now the mandatory challenger for WBC champ Anthony Dirrell.

Gotta love Garrett Wilson (13-8-1, 7KOs) for his heart, but Thabisio Mchunu (17-1-0, 11KOs) was just too skilled and too slick for the battler from Philly. I think Mchunu would give anyone in the division a good fight. Can’t wait to see both these guys in action again.

I hope no one blinked during the Joey Dawejko (12-3-2, 5KOs) fight last night! The former USA amateur champ made short work of Yohan Banks (7-9-3, 5KOs) in Chester, Pennsylvania, scoring a KO1. The win was his fourth in a row since losing to Charles Martin in 2013.

Wow, lightweight Karl Dargan (17-0-0, 9KOs) of Philly gets off the canvas to stop Angino Perez (17-6-0, 5KOs) with a right hand in the 5th!

Mchunu vs.Wilson: Saturday afternoon boxing on NBC!

By FightFan News Wire (20-Sep-2014)

The Sep. 20th special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT and will feature a ten-round cruiserweight match-up between Thabiso ‘The Rock’ Mchunu and Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson for the NABF Cruiserweight Title and a ten-round lightweight match-up between Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan and Angino “The Nightmare” Perez for the Junior NABF Lightweight Title. The undercard bouts are subject to change. Tickets are $100, $75 and $40 and are available through Foxwoods.com and Ticketmaster.com. The card is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Showpony Promotions. The special NBC Fight Night broadcast will begin live at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT.

‘Siri’ Salido faces Kokietgym for interim WBO title Saturday!

By FightFan News Wire (19-Sep-2014)

Photo courtesy of Zanfer Boxing

This Saturday, September 20, at the Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, former WBO featherweight champion Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs), from Mexico, and Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs), from Thailand, will fight for the interim WBO junior lightweight (130 pounds) title. The referee for the Salido-Kokietgym bout will be Eddie Claudio, from United States, and the judges are also all American, including Patricia Morse Jarman, Robert Hoyle and John Madfis. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be the WBO Ratings Committee Chairman, Luis Perez. Salido is ranked No. 1 and Kokietgym is the No. 2 ranked fighter for the WBO at 130 pounds. The champion is Miguel Angel ‘Mikey’ Garcia.

Big Ben’s Boxing Beat: Wilson in Critical Condition; Quigg Retains WBA Title; Skoglund Still Perfect, More!

By Ben Rasofsky (19-Sep-2014)

‘Big’ Ben Rasofsky with news and notes from around the boxing world!

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Jerome ‘Wipeout’ Wilson (8-3-0, 2KOs) of Sheffield, England, has suffered a severe head injury and will likely not fight again. After suffering a knockout in his fight with Serge Ambomo, Wilson was rushed to hospital, where he received surgery for a brain bleed. He is currently in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to ‘Wipeout’ and his family. {Click here donate to the Wilson family}

WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22KOs) of Bury, England, defended his title against Belgium’s Stephane Jamoye (26-6-0, 6KOs) on Saturday in Manchester, scoring a TKO3 stoppage. Quigg is one of two WBA super bantamweight champs, the other being “Super Champion” and WBO title holder Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0-0, 9KOs). Right now, Quigg is ranked fifth in the world by the Boxrec.com automated rating system behind: #1) Rigondeaux , #2) IBF champ Carl Frampton (19-0-0, 13KOs), #3) WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16KOs) and #4) American contender Chris Avalos (24-2-0, 18KOs)

Super featherweight Harmonito Dela Torre (14-0-0, 9KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines, kept his undefeated record intact with a KO4 in his hometown over Isack Junior (22-6-2, 8KOs) of Indonesia. The bout was scheduled for twelve rounds.

Undefeated Danish cruiserweight Micki Neilson (15-0-0, 12KOs) added another win to his resume on Saturday, stopping Tamas Bajzath (10-12-1, 5KOs) of Hungary in the second round in Denmark. It’s probably time to ratchet up the twenty-one year old’s level of competition. He’s only faced three opponents with winning records in his fifteen fight career.

Light heavyweight prospect Erik Skoglund (21-0-0, 11KOs) Nyköping, Sweden, continued to inch his way towards a world title fight on Saturday, taking a unanimous twelve round decision over Stefano Abatangelo (18-4-1, 6KOs) to retain his European Union title via scores of 118-109, 120-106, and 118-108. Skoglund also added a regional IBF strap to his collection, which will likely serve him well come rankings time. The WBA, IBF, and WBO all rank Skoglund as one of the top ten light heavies in the world.

American super flyweight hopeful Oscar Cantu (9-0-0, 1KO) fought a rematch with Joseph Rios (13-11-2, 4KOs) in Beeville, Texas, on Saturday, taking a UD8 victory. Two judges had the fight very close, turning in scores of 77-75, while the third saw it 79-73. Cantu also won his initial match with Rios via UD in a six rounder held last month in Corpus Christi.

‘Saint’ George Groves returns Saturday in Wembley!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Sep-2014)

This weekend marks the ‘Return of the Saint’… George Groves vs. Chris Rebrasse will be shown live on Sky Sports. Tickets are available via ssearena.co.uk and axs.com or by calling 08448 24 48 24.

Photo: Philip Sharkey

Super middleweight star George Groves conducted a media workout at his Hammersmith gym this week ahead of Saturday night’s WBC World title final eliminator and European Championship challenge against Christopher Rebrasse at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Groves was put through his paces by coach Paddy Fitzpatrick and looked in top shape as he enters the final days of training prior to his Wembley return.

“I’m chomping at the bit,” said the 26 year-old. “Obviously less is more at this stage but we’ve had a very good camp and we’ve enjoyed ourselves. Now I can’t wait to get in there and rock ‘n’ roll. I’m counting down the seconds before I can get back in the ring and back to what I do best.”

Heavyweight Mark de Mori returns Saturday in Germany!

By Ace Freeman (17-Sep-2014)

Stay tuned Saturday for news from Germany as once-beaten heavyweights Mark de Mori and Marino Goles clash in an important heavyweight contest!

Rising heavyweight star Mark ‘The Dominator’ de Mori is ready to take Germany by storm this weekend when the hulking 32 year old takes on once-beaten Croatian power-puncher Marino Goles at the Stadthalle in Niedersachsen, Germany. de Mori will be defending his WBU title that he won by defeating Adnan Buharalija a year ago. Both men have only one career defeat and a lot is riding on the important matchup. de Mori is on the verge of a world top ten rating with several major sanctioning bodies and a win on Saturday could lead to a long awaited world title opportunity. The card will also feature Natalia Smirnova taking on Nevenka Mikulic as well as Viskhan Murzabekov and Mohamed Mimoune clashing in a welterweight contest. The card is being presented by Tiemo Dau (Pankra Promotions) in association with Wjatscheslaw Tschibisow (ITS Promotion). Stay tuned Saturday for the latest from Germany!

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Is Anthony Joshua the future of the heavyweight division?

By Altaf Mubarik (17-Sep-2014)

Altaf Mubarik with some analysis of up and coming British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (8-0, 8 KOs).

FightFan.com correspondent Altaf Mubarik was ringside in Manchester on Saturday night to witness a one-sided win for Anthony Joshua against Konstantin Airich. Joshua toyed with his opponent for a couple of rounds and then unleashed a big right cross followed by an onslaught of hooks which dropped Airich. Airich got up but was stopped on his feet shortly after by Referee Steve Gray having been at the receiving end of another powerful combination on the ropes. Joshua’s next opponent Denis Bakhtov will be a slight step up given that Bakhtov beat Airich in July this year. Bakhtov has also gone the distance with decent opponents such as Wawrzyk, Glazkov and Ustinov. Joshua now has a record of 8 wins from 8 fights with 8 knockouts but is he the future of the heavyweight division or is he merely a pretender who will be exposed when he steps up in class?

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The “First Lady” Makes it Official: Braekhus Unifies the World Welterweight Title!

By Ben Rasofsky (17-Sep-2014)

Ben Rasofsky takes a look at Cecilia Braekhus’s big win from last weekend.

On Saturday, September 13, Colombian-born Cecilia ‘First Lady’ Braekhus (26-0-0, 7KOs) accomplished something rarely seen in contemporary boxing: the unification of all four major belts. Now fighting out of Bergen, Norway, Braekhus made her way across the Skagen Strait to Denmark to put her WBA, WBC, and WBO welterweight championships of the world up against Croatia’s Ivana Habazin (13-2-0, 5KOs), who threw her IBF strap in pot to make it a true world title clash. Unfortunately, it was almost immediately apparent that Habazin was in well over her head. A lightning quick double jab, combined with a devastatingly accurate right hand, allowed Braekhus to control matters, punishing a game but outgunned Habazin. The fight went the distance, but all three judges had it a shutout. 100-90 for Braekhus.

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Post Fight: Mayweather speaks out after the Mayhem!

By FightFan.com Staff (15-Sep-2014)

Video courtesy of InThisCornerTV.com

Courtesy of James ‘Smitty’ Smith, check out post fight commentary from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas where Floyd Mayweather spoke out after his resounding victory over Marcos Maidana in their awaited rematch. Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) successfully defended his WBC and WBA Welterweight and WBC Super Welterweight World Championships with a unanimous 12-round decision victory in a rematch with Argentine slugger Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday in front of 16,144 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

Weekend Roundup: Mrdjenovich wins in Edmonton, Nunez upsets Acosta, Marcos still unbeaten, more!

By Ben Rasofsky (15-Sep-2014)

Quick results from around the boxing world this weekend courtesy of ‎Ben Rasofsky.

Edmonton’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (33-9-1, 17KOs) retained her WBC featherweight championship Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta, scoring a sixth round stoppage over Marilyn Hernandez (25-10-0, 16KOs) of the Dominican Republic. With the win, Mrdjenovich also retains her #1 ranking on Boxrec.com and showed why she is widely considered one of the best in the world. The bout was the main event of the latest from Edmonton’s KO Boxing Promotions.

Cody Ries (4-0-0, 2KO) of Edmonton showed he is the real deal Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre, defeating two time national title challenger Paul Bzdel (5-6-1) of Saskatchewan via majority decision in their four round middleweight clash. The scorecards read 59-57, 59-57, 58-58.

It looked more like a Muay Thai bout than a boxing match, but Marisa Nunez (7-5-2) pulled off the upset in Argentina tonight, taking a majority decision over Monica Acosta (19-2-2, 5KOs) for the vacant IBF light welterweight championship of the world. Nunez landed left hooks throughout the fight, catching Acosta before many of the frequent clinches. Although Acosta seemed to be physically strong in the early going, Nunez eventually imposed her will, pinning Acosta to the ropes for much of the fight. The final scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95.

Argentinian light middleweight prospect Gabriel Orlando Duran (3-0-0, 1KO) remains undefeated after his four round majority decision win over Roberto Ariel Ledesma (3-2-0). Everyone got their money’s worth from this fight alone – an absolute war. Duran just seemed to land the cleaner shots, while Ledesma’s nonstop aggression made the fight a difficult one to judge. The final scores were 39 1/2-38, 39-37, 39-39

Yesica Patricia Marcos (24-0-2, 8KOs) remains undefeated after stopping Silvia Fernanda Zacarias (8-17-5, 1KO) via TKO4 in Argentina this weekend. The fight was all action from the opening bell, with the two women exchanging power shots consistently while the fight lasted. After trading shots in the fourth Zacarias took a knee. She beat the count, but the referee waved off the fight.

Undefeated Irish light welterweight prospect Paul Sutcliffe Jr. (6-0-0, 5KOs) of Dublin turned in a dominant performance Saturday in his hometown, dropping Martin McCord (1-4-1, 1KO) of Ayr, Scotland, three times before winning on points in a four rounder.

London’s Ahmet Patterson (13-0-0, 4KOs) is the new English welterweight champ after scoring a TKO4 victory over Chris Gaynor (15-2-0, 8KOs) of Rotherham today in Sheffield. Patterson was the BBBofC’s Southern Area regional champ.