Berto vs. Guerrero & Thurman vs. Quintana on HBO this Saturday
HBO SPORTS® SERVES UP A THANKSGIVING WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER WHEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®: ROBERTO GUERRERO VS. ANDRE BERTO
AND KEITH THURMAN VS. CARLOS QUINTANA IS SEEN SATURDAY, NOV. 24
HBO Sports unleashes an exciting Thanksgiving weekend doubleheader when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ROBERTO GUERRERO VS. ANDRE BERTO AND KEITH THURMAN VS. CARLOS QUINTANA is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 24 (10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 25 (8:30 a.m.) and 26 (12:15 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 25 (5:30 p.m.) and 27 (11:15 p.m.)
Welterweight star Roberto Guerrero of Gilroy, Cal. (30-1-1, 18 KOs) puts his seven-year undefeated streak on the line in a 12-round, 147-pound showdown. Guerrero, 29, will confront the formidable Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) of Winter Haven, Fla., who will be fighting for the first time since Sept. 2011, when he soundly defeated Jan Zaveck. Known for his devastating power, the 29-year-old Berto fought Victor Ortiz on HBO in April 2011 in a spectacular fight that made “best of” lists for the year. This Thanksgiving weekend matchup is one of the most intriguing headliner bouts of 2012.
Opening the evening, Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KOs) of Clearwater, Fla., takes on Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs) of Moca, Puerto Rico in a scheduled ten-round, junior middleweight tilt. Just 23 years old, Thurman knocked out his last seven opponents; his sixth-round knockout of Orlando Lora served notice that he is a rising star. Quintana, 35, is best known for his surprising unanimous decision victory over Paul Williams in Feb. 2008, which was Williams’ first professional loss. Quintana, who previously fought Joel Julio, Miguel Cotto and Andre Berto, hopes to use his vast experience to withstand Thurman’s considerable skills.
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5th World University Boxing Championship: Host Azerbaijan dominates Medal Podium
5th World University Boxing Championship:
Host Azerbaijan dominates Medal Podium
The 5th FISU World University Boxing Championship took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from November 13th to 18th, 2012. 74 participants from nine countries (AZE, RUS, UKR, TUR, KAZ, EST, MDA, GEO, TGK) took part in the event. Boxers from 7 nations mounted the medal podium in 10 categories. Host Azerbaijan tops the gold medal podium with 5 medals, followed by Russia (3 gold) and Ukraine (1 gold). A complete overview of the medal table can be found hereafter.
Overview of the Gold Medal Fights
The first gold medal to be awarded was in the 49kg category between Salman Alizada (AZE) and Ferhat Pehlivan (TUR). The first round was won by the local boxer 3-2 and in a much more active second round, Alizada increased the gap with a 4-1 score. The last round ending on a 5-5 score offered a contested victory of the local boxer on the score of 12-8. Alizada takes the first gold of the championship while Pehlivan gets silver for Turkey.
In the 52kg category, another boxer from the host country, Mammadov faced Shepelyuk (UKR). Shepelyuk took a good start winning the first round 3-2, but Mammadov reacted in a second round spent with the two boxers clinching most of the time, taking the round and the advantage 3-1. The last round taken 5-2 by Mammadov was just a confirmation of the result, with a final score of 10-6 in favour of the local, grabbing a second gold for Azerbaijan, while Shepelyuk took the first silver for Ukraine.
The next final saw Javid Chalabiyev (AZE) lose the first round against Mahir Pashayev (RUS) 6-5 in the 56kg category. Pashayev took the second round on the score of 4-2 creating a three-point gap before the last round. With a score of 6-6 in the last round, Pashayev took the first gold of the competition for Russia, Chalabiyev grabbing silver.
In the 60kg category, Shahpalangov (AZE) faced another Russian boxer, the impressive Dmitry Yun (RUS). The first round was concluded on a score of 4-4 in what appeared to be the most intense fight of the day until then. The local boxer took the second round on the score of 4-3 and the last one 5-1, offering one new title for the host country on the overall score of 13-8.
In the 64kg category, another match between Azerbaijan and Russia took place with Ruslan Urikh (RUS) facing Heybatulla Hajialiyev (AZE). Urikh took the lead in the first round (4-3) in what appeared to be a very tight fight and increased his advantage taking the second round 5-3. Urikh concluded the fight by another round taken 5-3 for a new gold medal for Russia on the final score of 14-9.
The next final opposed Tamerlan Abdullayev (AZE) to Onur Sipal (TUR) in the 69kg category. The first round saw Abdullayev take the advantage with a win 3-1. The second round ended on a 5-5 score leaving uncertainty on the final result of this match to be decided in the last round. The last round went to Sipal with the score of 6-5 but it was not sufficient to close the gap. The title finally went to Abdullayev on a 13-12 final score.
In the 75kg category, Ahmadov (AZE) faced Suleymanov (RUS) in the bout for gold. The fight remained undecided until the last bout (1-1/4-3 in favour of Ahmadov in the first rounds) and the decision was finally made by the judges after a final score of 7-7. The judges declared Ahmadov the winner.
The next fight brought Russia’s Nikitin and Ukraine’s Ganzulia in the ring for the 81kg category final. Ganzulia took the lead immediately with a well controlled 4-2 first round but uncertainty came back when Nikitin won the second round 4-3 just one point behind before last round. Despite a last round won by the Russian 5-4 and a score of 11-11, the victory went to Ganzulia on a judges’ decision.
Next, Rain Karlson (EST) appeared in the ring to be declared winner of the 91kg category after the two contestants of the other semi-finals were disqualified earlier in the event.
The last final of the competition (+91kg) opposed the Turkish boxer Achik to Russia’s Emelyanov. Achik took the first round 4-3. In the second round Emelyanov dominated with a clear 6-3 win. The last round of the competition crowned Emelyanov on a final score of 14-11 Emelyanov also received the trophy of ‘best boxer of the tournament’.
1. Alizada (AZE)
2. Pehlivan (TUR)
3. Bainiazov (KAZ)
3. Ibiyev (RUS)
1. Mammadov (AZE)
2. Shepelyuk (UKR)
3. Alparslan (TUR)
3. Efremov (RUS)
1. Pashayev (RUS)
2. Chalabiyev (AZE)
3. Prudkiy (UKR)
3. Tursun TUR)
1. Shahpalangov (AZE)
2. Yun (RUS)
3. Aydin (TUR)
3. Kartashov (UKR)
1. Urikh (RUS)
2. Hajialiyev (AZE)
3. Galagot (MDA)
3. Karslioglu (TUR)
1. Abdullayev (AZE)
2. Sipal (TUR)
3. Koshkarov (RUS)
3. Muratov (KAZ)
1. Ahmadov (AZE)
2. Suleymanov (RUS)
3. Kuttibekov (KAZ)
3. Makarov (UKR)
1. Ganzulia (UKR)
2. Nikitin (RUS)
3. Huseynli (AZE)
3. Seifoldanov (KAZ)
1. Karlson (EST)
1. Emelyanov (RUS)
2. Achik (TUR)
3. Mehdiyev (AZE)
3. Skorye (UKR)