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Josesito Lopez Scores UD Win over “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis

 Josesito  Lopez Scores UD Win over Mighty Mike ArnaoutisPhoto: CARLOS BAEZA – Welterweight Josesito Lopez, also known as the “Riverside Rocky,” overcame an early knockdown to score a unanimous decision win against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis on Friday, Dec 13 from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. An accidental head-butt in the eighth round left Arnaoutis with a nasty cut above his left eye. The ringside physician ruled Arnaoutis unable to continue, which took the fight to the scorecards. After eight rounds, the judges ruled in favor of Lopez, 77-74, 77-74, and 76-75.

By far Lopez was the more active fighter, but establishing a smooth rhythm proved difficult against the crafty southpaw.

“I didn’t have my “A” game tonight, but I worked through it and did enough to get a win,” said Lopez, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. “I was able to move well and apply pressure, but I never really settled into a nice pace.” Continue reading

Brian Minto Stops Cameron

 Brian Minto Stops CameronBrian Minto scored a technical knockout victory when Shane Cameron’s corner stopped their WBO regional heavyweight title bout at The Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday night.

In the main event of the Annual Fight For Life Charity Night, Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) started quickly, backing Cameron (29-4, 22 KOs) up and working away hard in close.

Cameron hurt Minto in the third with a short left hook, but it was all Minto from there. Cameron ended the third, the only round he took, with a cut over his left eye which referee Lance Revill ruled was caused by a punch.

A series of rights pushed Cameron back late in the fourth round.

The American was deducted a point in the fifth (elbow) and sixth (elbow). Continue reading

Josesito Lopez beats Mike Arnaoutis by technical decision

 Josesito Lopez beats Mike Arnaoutis by technical decisionPhoto: CARLOS BAEZA – Welterweight Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KO’s) looked like a shell of his former self tonight in struggling badly to defeat journeyman Mike Arnaoutis (24-10-1, 11 KO’s) by an unimpressive 8th round technical decision caused by a head-butt in the 8th round at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.

Arnaoutis banged heads with Lopez in the 8th, causing a wide cut over the side of Arnaoutis’s left eye. He had already suffered a small cut over his right eye earlier in the fight, but that one wasn’t as bad as this one. Arnaoutis told the ringside doctor that he couldn’t see out of his left eye, and the fight was then stopped. The judges scored it 77-74, 77-74, 76-75.

Lopez took a lot of shots in this fight, and he’s quite fortunate that Arnaoutis had no power to speak of because it’s easy to imagine that Lopez would have been stopped in this fight with the way that his head was swinging violently each time Arnaoutis would land a shot. Continue reading

Brian Minto TKOs Shane Cameron

 Brian Minto TKOs Shane CameronRound by Round: Shane Cameron (29-3-0) V Brian Minto (38-7-0) – Trust Arena, Auckland, New Zealand

Shane Cameron hasn’t fought since his 2012 Cruiserweight title bout with Danny Green. Comparatively Brian Minto has fought three times in 2013 for two decision losses and a win. The pro-Cameron crowd know little of Brian Minto. Minto a relatively small heavy is a live dog given against a similarly sized heavy like Cameron. Minto has fought the far higher calibre of opponent and brings great application and heart to his game.

This fight for as long as it last could be a barn stormer given we have two heavyweights who like to exchange. Neither man will have to go looking for each other.

Minto ring walk: Minto is calm as a cucumber. Accompanied by his coach the home-country boy Kevin Barry. Continue reading

“Danger Zone” weigh-in: Adrien Broner – 144.4, Marcos Maidana – 146.2

 Danger Zone weigh in: Adrien Broner   144.4, Marcos Maidana   146.2This afternoon from the Farmers Market in downtown San Antonio, Texas, WBA Welterweight Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana participated in the official preliminary weigh-in event and posed for the capacity filled venue of media members and fight fans.

On the eve of the highly anticipated main event of the evening, the defending champ seemed jovial and relaxed as he stepped onto the commission scale. Sporting a pair of shades, the reigning title holder began shadow boxing after he weighed in at a healthy 144.4 pounds.

When Maidana stepped onto the scale, “The Problem” began talking to the Spanish speaking Argentine fighter. Seemingly unphased by the inaudible banter, “El Chino” Maidana weighed in at approximately 146.2 pounds. Both men appeared to be full of energy and didn’t show any signs of dehydration. Continue reading

Carl Frampton wants Leo Santa Cruz fight

 Carl Frampton wants Leo Santa Cruz fightPhoto: ©Russell Pritchard – Belfast sensation Carl Frampton has opened the door to a spectacular world title showdown with Leo Santa Cruz next year.

The WBC super-bantamweight champion, Santa Cruz, called out the Ulsterman ahead of his fight with undefeated Cesar Seda this weekend on BoxNation, naming him as a potential opponent for a mega bout in 2014.

Frampton is currently the mandatory challenger for Kiko Martinez’s IBF world title, raising the stakes in a future matchup with Santa Cruz, should he triumph over the Spaniard once again, having stopped him in nine rounds when they met last February. Continue reading

“People power” in boxing: Pacquiao-Mayweather (part II)

 “People power” in boxing: Pacquiao Mayweather (part II)                                                                                    NO solid fight for the unbeaten “number one” boxer except the resurrected eight-division champion whom he got accustomed to avoid. Thus who is the Money Team looking for to challenge their “man” outside of the Filipino sports icon? Nobody.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. runs on the wrong side of the road if he is not fighting Manny Pacquiao next, while Pacman has an unfinished business to do with Timothy Bradley if Floyd decides to stray in barren grounds. The world has yet to see the best of Mayweather and no opponent but Pacquiao can bring it out in him.

FMJ will do a calamitous disservice to himself, his promotional outfits and Showtime if he opts to continue ignoring his worst fear in Pacquiao. Counter flows are forbidden in a single-way-narrow-street game called boxing. Continue reading

Lucas Browne closes year with another knockout

 Lucas Browne closes year with another knockoutLUCAS “BIG DADDY” BROWNE can now turn his attention to title fights in 2014 after he ended this year with another stunning knockout.

The Aussie banger dispatched New Orleans-born Kiwi Clarence Tillman inside two rounds at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington on Friday night (December 13th).

Tillman previously managed to go the distance with Browne in August 2011, but was swiftly outgunned this evening.

After a patient opening two minutes, Lucas began to rip shots to the body before homing in on Tillman’s head with heavy right hooks. Continue reading

Mike Perez vs. Carlos Takam on Janaury 18th on HBO

 Mike Perez vs. Carlos Takam on Janaury 18th on HBOMontreal, Canada (December 13, 2013) World ranked heavyweight Mike “The Rebel” Perez will make a quick return to the ring taking on hard-hitting contender Carlos Takam of France on Saturday, JANUARY 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

The Perez/Takam clash contested for the World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) US-NBC Title will be a featured bout on the massive event headlined by Canada’s two most popular fighters, Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. Perez vs. Takam is presented by K2 Promotions while Pascal vs. Bute is promoted by GYM Promotions and Interbox. January 18 will be a tripleheader televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

“We’re thrilled to bring Mike back to the ring and back on HBO so quickly following his win on NOVEMBER 2 at Madison Square Garden” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “Mike’s battle with Magomed Abdusalamov was a highly competitive bout and in light of Mago’s injuries from that fight Mike will be dedicating this upcoming bout to him.” Continue reading

Weights: Amir Mansour – 229 Kelvin Price – 240

 Weights: Amir Mansour   229   Kelvin Price    240Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events – Trent Laidler, Palm Beach, FL Pro Debut VS. Vincent Floyd, Philadelphia, Pro Debut – 4 Rounds Middleweight
Trent Laidler – Weight: 158.5
Vincent Floyd – Weight: 160

David Rodriguez, El Paso, TX,36-0, 34 KOs VS. Darnell Wilson, Miami, FL 24-17-3, 20 KOs – 6 Rounds Heavyweight
David Rodriguez – Weight: 254.5
Darnell Wilson – Weight: 239

Steve Cunningham, Philadelphia,25-6, 12 KOs VS. Manuel Quezada, Bakersfield, Ca, 29-7, 18 KOs – 8 Rounds Heavyweight
Steve Cunningham – Weight: 208
Manuel Quezada – Weight:230

Andrew Peurifoy, Sicklerville, NJ, Pro Debut VS. Aaron Leonard, Philadelphia, PA, -0-1-1 – 4 Rounds Heavyweight
Andrew Peurifoy – Weight:201.5
Aaron Leonard – Weight: 211 Continue reading

Weights from Neubrandenburg: Pulev vs. Abell

 Weights from Neubrandenburg: Pulev vs. Abell(Photo Wende) Here are the weigh in results from Neubrandenburg, Germany for tomorrow’s
show at the Jahnsportforum Neubrandenburg:

IBF International Heavyweight Title, 12 rounds:

Joey Abell (USA): 112.7 kg / 248.5 lbs

Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria): 115.1 kg / 253.8 lbs

WBA Intercontinental Super Welterweight Title, 12 rounds:

Dieudonne Belinga (France): 69.4 kg / 153.0 lbs

Jack Culcay (Germany): 69.8 kg / 153.9 lbs Continue reading

Broner vs. Maidana: Will Chino shut Broner’s mouth or will Adrian’s speed be too much of a problem for Marcos?

 Broner vs. Maidana: Will Chino shut Broners mouth or will Adrian’s speed be too much of a problem for Marcos?Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME – The old saying “If you build it they will come” rings true for boxing.

In 2013 the two biggest networks and promoters have improved the quality of their product despite engaging in a Cold War.

Both networks have done a great job building events along with lowering the average price of admission causing attendance to rise and the best example of this would be San Antonio, Texas.

Earlier this year Canelo Alvarez fought Austin Trout on Showtime in front of almost 40,000 fans at the Alamodome.

This summer Showtime had what was probably the best tripleheader of the year back in San Diego, oops I mean San Antonio. Continue reading

Trainer Rick Morones Jr: “Adrien Broner will KO Marcos Maidana”

 Trainer Rick Morones Jr: “Adrien Broner will KO Marcos Maidana”Every great trainer throughout boxing’s storied history has insisted that fights are won and lost in the gym. If the age old adage is indeed true, former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Marcos Maidana could be in serious trouble this weekend.

Throughout the entire week leading up to the eventual “gun fight” with the hard punching Argentine, three division world champion and current WBA Welterweight title holder Adrien “The Problem” Broner has been finalizing head trainer Mike Stafford’s game plan at the Team Morones Boxing Club in San Antonio, Texas.

Talented, young gym owner and trainer Rick Morones Jr. has been thoroughly impressed with what he’s seen from the Cincinnati, Ohio native during the days leading into the highly anticipated showdown.

“Adrien Broner is a beast,” claims the 28 year old boxing mentor. Continue reading

Remembering thrilling warrior Ezra Sellers – the former IBO cruiserweight champ passes away at age 45

 Remembering thrilling warrior Ezra Sellers   the former IBO cruiserweight champ passes away at age 45In sad news, it has been reported (though not widely) how always-exciting cruiserweight warrior Ezra Sellers passed away earlier today due to heart problems that only recently surfaced. The 45-year-old who lived in Pensacola, Florida was a humble fighter who let his fists do the talking and fellow fighters such as Roy Jones Junior and Al “Ice” Cole have expressed their sadness at Ezra’s unexpected passing.

Turning pro as a heavyweight after a brief amateur career, Sellers was matched with a 5-0 Bruce Seldon in August of 1989. The future WBA heavyweight champ was a little too much for the green Sellers, stopping him inside two-rounds in Atlantic City. After taking some time to take stock, Ezra, as determined as ever, return to the ring in 1992, winning three fights by quick KO before being TKO’d in the 4th-round by a little-known fighter named Ed Thompson in ‘93. Continue reading

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