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title Berto Crushes Trabant

By Dan Ambrose: In a fight that some people thought might be competitive going into the bout, undefeated knockout artist welterweight contender Andre Berto (21-0, 18 KOs) destroyed Michel Trabant (43-3-1, 19 KOs) in six brutal rounds on Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California. Trabant, 29, a fighter with an impressive record built on fighting mostly weaker competition in Germany, gave up after the sixth round due to the tremendous punishment that he had sustained during the course of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »

title Sosa Decisions Iribe

sosa33553.jpgBy Jim Slattengren: World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (31-5, 16 KOs) won an easy 12-round unanimous decision on Saturday night, defeating a badly over-matched Jesus Iribe (13-5-3, 7 KOs) at the Domo De La Feria, Leon, in Guanajuato, Mexico. Iribe, 25, had lost two out of his last four fights going into Saturday night’s title match with Sosa, and clearly didn’t belong in the same ring with him. However, due to his rankings, #13 in the WBC, Iribe was given a shot due to this being a non-mandatory bout by the champion Sosa.

The fight had little suspense, as Sosa was able to control every round of the fight with his superior work rate as he pounded out a clear decision win over Iribe. In the first four rounds of the fight, both fighters uncharacteristically – for light flyweights, that is – threw a low amount of shots, but the most of the punches were being thrown by Sosa. Sticking mostly to his jab, Sosa would repeatedly tag Iribe in the face as he came forward trying to press the action. Read the rest of this entry »

title Conception Defeats Ruiz

conception464444.jpgBy Eric Schmidt: Super bantamweight contender Bernabe Concepcion (24-1-1, 13 KOs) overcame a poor first half start of the bout to come on in later half of the fight to win a grueling 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz (21-5, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Domo De La Feria, Leon, in Guanajuato, Mexico. The final judges’ scores were 114-111, 114-112 and 114-112. Conception, only 20 years-old, appeared uncomfortable in the early rounds of the fight due to a tremendous amount of pressure that was being applied by his opponent Ruiz.

Accustomed to fighting from the outside, Conception was out of his element as Ruiz forced the fight on the inside, bulling Conception to the ropes for prolonged periods in the early going. Though Ruiz wasn’t much of a puncher, he kept a steady flow of hooks pouring in on Conception, keeping him from starting up his own offense.

In the first round, Conception, looking overly muscular (perhaps too muscular for his own good, for it didn’t seem to help with his power) fought the entire round with his back against the ropes, smiling while taking shots from Ruiz. He did little, but due to the power of his shots, I had Conception winning the round. He had his nose bloodied, however, from one of Ruiz’s many right hand shots landed during the round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Rivera Stops Pinzon

rivera46433.jpgBy John Dower: Tough Mexican welterweight Cosme Rivera (31-11-2, 22 KOs) stopped Colombian Raul Pinzon (15-2, 14 KOs) in the 8th round on Friday night to win the World Boxing Association Fedecentro welterweight title at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, in Miami, Florida. Rivera, 31, known mostly for his losses to Andre Berto, Julio Joel, and Zab Judah, landed a perfect left-right combination in the 8th round of the fight, sending Pinzon to the canvas. Blood pouring from a cut over his left eye, Pinzon, badly hurt, attempted to get to his feet, but was counted out by the referee at 2:00 of the round.

In the first two rounds of the fight, Rivera used a constant jab to keep the hard-punching Pinzon at a distance. From the outside, River picked his spots to land right hand shots against the plodding Pinzon. For his part, despite his large percentage of knockout victories on his record, Pinzon had fought almost entirely fighters with losing records. Against Rivera, he was essentially overmatched from the first minute of the fight. Only rarely did Pinzon land anything in the first two rounds, mostly circling the ring and trying to prevent getting nailed by Rivera. Read the rest of this entry »

title Flores Decisions Wilson

flores4644.jpgBy John Dower: Unbeaten cruiserweight contender BJ Flores (21-0-1, 13 KOs) won an unimpressive 12-round unanimous decision over Darnell Wilson (22-6-3, 19 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation title eliminator on Friday night at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, in Dover, Delaware. The 6’2″ Flores, 29, built up an early lead using his five inch height and reach advantage to jab the shorter Wilson from outside. However, Flores faded badly by round eight, spending the final four rounds running exclusively to try and avoid Wilson’s power shots. The crowd, naturally, booed the action hoping that it would spur Flores to want to fight more. It didn’t work, as he did little in the last four rounds of the fight. I have the fight scored a draw based on Flores’ lack of offensive in the 2nd half of the fight. However, the judges’ scored the fight 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110 for Flores.

In round one, Flores, a former 2001-2002 National amateur champion at 201 lbs and 1997 National Golden Gloves champion at 187 lbs, controlled the round using his long jab to keep the much shorter Wilson bottled up on the outside. Read the rest of this entry »

title Quintana Defeats Williams

By Chris Thomas: In an incredible shocking upset, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Paul Williams (33-1, 24 KOs) was defeated by a 12-round unanimous decision to challenger Carlos Quintana (25-1, 19 KOs) tonight at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California. Quintana, 31, had little trouble with Williams slapping punches, as he chose to stay on the outside, preventing Williams from landing his usual high number of shots, often more than 100 per round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Escalante Defeats Beranza

escalante4664.jpgBy “Big” Nate Anderson: Super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante (17-2, 10 KOs) won a relatively easy 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza (30-12-2, 25 KOs) on Friday night at the Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. Although virtually every round was dominated the 22 year-old Escalante, you wouldn’t know it by looking at his face, for he was cut over his right eye, and both his nose left eye had considerable swelling, making him look as if he were hit by a truck.

The funny thing of it was, Escalante wasn’t hit all that much in the fight, for he was able to avoid many of Beranza’s wild shots for the most part. However, Beranza, a fighter with very heavy hands and high percentage of knockout victories, seemed to have lead in his shots judging by the look of Escalante’s face by round eight. The final judges’ scores were 98-92, 100-92, and 96-94, all for Escalante. Read the rest of this entry »

title Resto Decisions Tapia

resto75554.jpgBy “Big” Nate Anderson: Junior welterweight Jeffrey Resto (21-2, 13 KOs) defeated Humberto Tapia (12-6-1, 6 KOs) by a hard fought eight-round split decision last night at the The Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. Resto, 30, fought well most of the fight while in the center of the ring, however, he often made the mistake of going to the ropes, allowing the younger, 22 year-old Tapia to punish him with shots and non-stop pressure. The final judges’ scores were 77-75, 75-77 and 77-75.

Resto, from the Bronx, New York, started off well in the first round, hitting Tapia with scorching right hands to the head. However, Tapia landed effectively with his own shots, hitting Resto with some excellent body shots in the round. However, it was Resto who appeared to do the better work, as he landed some spearing jabs and right hands when he had the chunky Tapia in the center of the ring.

In the 2nd round, Resto made the foolish mistake of going to the ropes, putting his back against them, and trying to fight Tapia at close quarters. Read the rest of this entry »

title Judah-Mosley: Is Zab Making A Mistake In Taking This Fight?

mosley4634332.jpgBy Dan Ambrose: Though nothing as of yet has been officially confirmed in terms of signings for the perspective March 31st bout between former WBC/WBA/IBF welterweight champion Zab Judah (36-5, 25 KOs) and former lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight champion Shane Mosley (44-5, 37 KOs), apparently there has been a verbal agreement between the two fighters to meet, according to the latest boxing news.

Both fighters are seemingly at a sticking point in their careers, as neither Mosley or Judah appear to be in the running for a nearby chance at one of the welterweight champions. Of the two, Mosley, 36, appears to have a bit more left in the tank, perhaps good enough to beat International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron or World Boxing Organization champion Paul Williams. Obviously, Cintron would be the easier task, since Williams is thought to be the best of the welterweights at this time, and would be a very tough fight for Mosley given Williams 6’2″ height and long wingspan. Judah, however, is a fighter out of his weight class. Read the rest of this entry »

title Antonio Tarver vs Clinton Woods

A second light heavyweight world title fight has been added to the April 12 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Sports & Event Programming, SHOWTIME announced today. IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods will defend his title against IBO titleholder and former undisputed 175-pound kingpin Antonio Tarver at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. Read the rest of this entry »

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