Archive for February 27, 2012

Early Fight of the Year Contender-Montes Beats Ibarra in Total War

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Early Fight Of The Year Contender – Montes Beats Ibarra In Total War

Less than two months into 2012, we probably already have the fight of the year locked down after fellow Mexicans Juan Jose Montes and Oscar Ibara traded non-stop bombs Saturday night in Guadalajara in their fight for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight title.

Ibara got off to the better start and landed some huge right hands in the first round, but “Goofy” Montes took back control in the second by driving his opponent to the ropes and firing relentlessly with both hands. Ibara didn’t just receive, but landed some shots of his own and the capacity crowd was on its feet watching what was turning out to be an outright war.

This trend continued throughout, Montes on the offensive but Ibara always active and dangerous with his right hand. In the fourth, he cut Montes over the right eye, and in the tenth over the left, and with a bloody nose to boot, it was evident that Ibara had his share of success. But Montes continued to charge relentlessly, and showed extraordinary courage and determination from start to finish.

After twelve pulsating rounds of boxing in which the crowd had hardly used their chairs, they gave the two warriors a two-minute standing ovation while waiting for the decision. Judges Jose Garduno, Sergio Sotelo and Alan Santana scored the bout 118-109, 116-111 and 114-113, all for Montes, but both fighters deserved big credit for putting on one of the best WBF world title fights in recent memory.

New World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight Champion Juan Jose Montes improved his professional record to 22-2 (14), while Oscar Ibara fell to 27-6 (18). The fight was promoted by Hector Garcia and HG Boxing, and televised live in Mexico by Televisa. Supervisor was WBF President Howard Goldberg.

On the previous night, Friday February 24 in Saint Quentin, France, local hero Thierry Karl captured the vacant WBF International Cruiserweight title with a unanimous decision over Georgian Sandro Sirposhvili at the Palais des Sports. Karl fought a clever fight, and seemed to be one step ahead of his opponent from the first bell, although Siproshvili never stopped trying.

At the conclusion, scores were 97-93 (Jean Marcel Nartz, Germany), 99-93 (Alfred Asaro, France) and 100-90 (Robert Verwijs, Netherlands). The referee was Alexsander Kalinkin from Russia. The fight was promoted by Boxing Club des Saint Quentin. Thierry Karl, who won his first title at Cruiserweight, is now 30-5 (19) in the professionals. Siproshvili drops to 25-11 (12).

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Fight Recap: Broner-Perez

Fight Recap: Adrien Broner- Eloy Perez

By Aaron Lloyd

February 25- Junior lightweight sensation, and WBO titlist, Adrien Broner put on a dominating performance in St. Louis on Saturday, stopping the highly regarded Eloy Perez in the fourth round of their scheduled twelve round fight, and proving that he “can” definitely dish out a world of problems.  “Afri-cans, Ameri-cans, Domini-cans, Mexi-cans, they all can get it,” Broner replied post-fight, “they should call me the Can Man.”  While Broner did his best Muhammad Ali impression after the fight, he was all business during, confounding his overmatched challenger with angles and giving him fits with his exceptional hand speed.  Broner started cautiously, picking his shots, throwing jabs out of range, and utilizing his famous “Mayweather shoulder roll” to make Perez miss. However, from round three on, it became apparent that Perez’s stationary stance and reserved punch output were allowing Broner to pot-shot and open up with combinations, and by round number four, Broner was exhibiting complete and total dominance over his frustrated challenger.  Just seconds into round four, Broner landed a straight right hand which staggered Perez, and he immediately followed up with another chopping right to the back of the head as Perez fell to the canvas.  After struggling to get up (unsuccessfully) several times, referee Genaro Rodriguez called a halt to the action, officially, at 2 minutes and 24 seconds.  When asked later if he was going for the knockout, Broner offered up another of his many “Broner-isms,“ stating, “I just wanted to tender the meat up, and fry it in the later rounds.”  Once again, “the Problem” displayed exceptionally fast hands and wits, improving to 23-0 with 19 knockouts, and validating his status as one of the sport’s most talented and entertaining fighters, while Eloy Perez, suffering his first professional loss, fell to 23-1-2 with 7 KO’s.    

 

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Fight Recap: Jessie Vargas vs. Lanardo Tyner

 Fight Recap: Jessie Vargas vs. Lanardo Tyner

February 24- Highly regarded welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas endured an emotional, foul-filled affair with gutsy Lanardo Tyner, to win a hard fought decision over ten rounds on Friday night.  From the opening bell, the two fighters stood forehead to forehead trading vicious body shots and uppercuts on the inside.  Tyner found the pace and style of the fight very much to his liking in the early going, as Vargas’ trainer, Robert Alcazar, implored his fighter to box rather than stand and trade.  As the punches landed, however, so too did the taunting and verbal insults, and Vargas, never one to walk away from a fight, choose to stand and slug it out at close quarters, rather than back away.  Unfortunately, for each punch that was landed upstairs, it seemed like two were finding their mark downstairs, as low blows halted the action in rounds 1, 4, and 8, prompting Steve Farhood to remark at the fights’ conclusion, (you) “hit each other in the n@# for ten rounds and then you hug each other.”

It was definitely a busy evening for referee Tony Weeks, as he chastised and admonished both fighters for repeated low blows, as well as for hitting after the bell.  Underlying all the extracurricular drama, however, was the indisputable fact that an excellent fight was taking place, one in which Vargas was beginning to take control.  Tyner landed some spectacular hooks on the inside, and gave the young prospect all he could handle at times, however, Vargas absorbed everything lobbed at him, and summarily went to work throwing more (566-475), and landing more (225-155) by fights’ end.  In all, it was an impressive performance for the talented young phenom, as he kept his cool in a firestorm, and showed great resilience in the trenches, coming away with a much deserved 99-91 shutout victory.  Vargas, now 18-0 with 9 knockouts, is on his way towards securing a major fight by years’ end if we are to believe the Mayweather Promotions propaganda.  

Deandre Latimore vs. Milton Nunez

Despite suffering two late round knockdowns, junior middleweight prospect Deandre Latimore held on to win a close ten round decision over Milton Nunez, on this week’s undercard edition of ShoBox: the New Generation.  The pacing of the fight was measured over the first few rounds, as each fighter spent time sizing each other up, and landing in the anemic single digit range over rounds one and two.  In round three, however, Latimore began to vary his attack, landing well with straight lefts, and right hooks to the body, putting Nunez against the ropes and doing some of his best work of the fight.  Through the middle rounds, the fight fell into a similar groove, with Latimore outworking his taller opponent, and finding success with a series of straights, which had Nunez looking to hold in the sixth frame.  In round number seven, Latimore once again had his man hurt, this time with an uppercut, but Nunez weathered the storm, and managed to fight through to the eighth on what looked like rubbery legs.       

In round number nine, however, the complexion of the fight changed dramatically when Nunez landed a straight right of his own that sent Latimore reeling to the ropes, and then down from what looked like a slip.  Referee Joe Cortez ruled it a knockdown, however, and after taking the mandatory count, Latimore found himself clinching and holding in order to survive the last twenty seconds.  In round ten, Latimore came out on his bicycle, desperately needing to clear his head after the “too brief” rest period, and he was able to avoid the head hunting tactics of Nunez for the first half of the round, until a straight right (later determined to be a head butt) sent him down for a second time.  Latimore arose in plenty of time, and fought through to the final bell, now four points closer on the scorecards.  In the end, Latimore narrowly out-landed Nunez over the course of the fight (108-98), and narrowly edged him out on the scorecards as well, 94-94, 96-92, 95-94.  With the win, Deandre Latimore improved to 23-3 with 17 KO’s, while Milton Nunez fell to 23-4-1 with 21 knockouts.              

 

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WBF Title Fights in USA and France on February 24th

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WBF Title Fights in USA and France on February 24th

Two World Boxing Federation (WBF) title fights will take place on Friday February 24, as Mike Tiberi faces Toris Brewer for the vacant North American Super Middleweight title in Dover, Delaware, USA, and Thierry Karl and Sandro Siproshvili clash for the vacant International Cruiserweight crown in Saint Quentin, France.

Going for his first professional title, “Mighty” Mike Tiberi, a 23-year-old bright prospect from nearby Wilmington, has racked up an
impressive 18-1 (7) record since entering the paid ranks in June 2007. His sole defeat came in his seventh bout to fellow undefeated prospect Dwayne Shelton, dropping a four round decision. Since then he has moved up a weight-class, and hasn’t come close to losing again.

His opponent, 38-yeal-old Toris “The Bull” Brewer, 14-4 (6), could turn out to be the biggest test so far for Tiberi. While the South Carolina resident is coming off two losses, he has never been stopped and has mixed with better opposition than his younger foe. A real Prospect vs. Veteran encounter, the Tiberi vs. Brewer WBF North American Super Middleweight title fight goes ahead at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, as is the co-feature alongside a Super Featherweight battle between top-contender Juan Carlos Burgos and former world champion Cristobal Cruz.

On the same night in France, at the Palais des Sports in Saint Quentin, former two-time French national champion Thierry Karl will take a crack at his first Cruiserweight belt, the WBF International, when he steps in the ring with Georgian tough-guy Sandro Siproshvili.

Karl, 29-5 (19), holds some excellent wins in lower weight classes, such as stoppages over undefeated opponents Dejan Ribac (16-0) and WBO world title-challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (19-0), but it remains to be seen if he can carry his punching power up to cruiserweight.

In his last fight, this past November, Karl (27) stopped Serbian journeyman Mile Nikolic in the first round, but a seasoned campaigner such as Siproshvili will be a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.

Based in Prague, Czech Republic, Siproshvili, 25-10 (12), has fought some of the best Cruiserweights in Europe. Only stopped in his professional debut, the 29-year old Georgian has gone the distance with former World Champions Herbie Hide and Ola Afolabi, as well as several top-class contenders.

While Karl must be considered the favorite, Siproshvili will definitely be a true test for him at Cruiserweight, and if the Frenchman is not on top of his game he will surely have a hard time winning the fight. On the other hand, if he manages to win inside the distance, and do what Hide and Afolabi couldn’t do, it will be a great measure of what kind of success he may achieve at the new weight.

The Thierry Karl vs. Sandro Siprosvili WBF International Cruiserweight title fight is scheduled for ten rounds, and is presented by Sport
Evenements Promotion. Also on the card will be a European Union Super Featherweight title fight between Guillaume Frenois and Hovhannes Zhamkochyan.

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Analysis – Cloud vs. Campillo – 02/17/12

Analysis – Cloud vs. Campillo – 02/17/12

By Brian Grammer

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Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19KOs) won a split decision victory over Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Tx, winning 116-110, 114-112, 111-115 to defend his IBF light heavyweight crown. Cloud dropped Campillo twice in round one and then had a battle on his hands as Campillo came out in the second changing the pace and angles the rest of the way.

When Campillo was knocked down, he was circling to his left, which is a problem for a southpaw against a conventional fighter. For the rest of the contest, Campillo changed the angles and distance and really turned what could be a rout into a great fight.

Campillo used the jab and the lead left hand to effectively get inside Cloud’s range and then through combination after combination at the champion. Fortunately for Cloud, his defense was spectacular, picking off many of the punches thrown at him, although he ended the contest with two cuts over his left eye.

Cloud turned the tables in the middle rounds by countering the combinations from Campillo with powerful right hands that would drive the challenger back into the ropes. The final two rounds would prove pivotal for Cloud. By winning these two rounds, he ended up winning the contest instead of a draw, had he lost them. FNPP scored the contest 115-111.

 

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Analysis – Williams vs. Ishida – 02/17/12

Analysis – Williams vs. Ishida – 02/17/12

By Brian Grammer

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Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KOs) put on a dominating performance against Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs), putting aside some doubts about Williams ability to compete against the leading 154 pounders. Williams won a shutout decision, 120-108 on all three cards. FNPP scored it 117-111.

Williams continues to lean in and fight in a tight, inside style, which is unusual for a 6 foot tall fighter. But, he made it work for him, pounding away at Ishida as they lay their heads against their opponent’s chest.

Williams used the right hand to pound away at Ishida’s midsection when in the clinch, and at times, he appeared to be holding Ishida with the left as he landed the blows.

Ishida was a tough competitor, but was either just a half beat behind on throwing his punches, or when he did land, it was mostly an arm punch. Work needs to be in the gym to teach Ishida how to sit down more on his shots.

The night belonged to “The Punisher” as he erased some doubts about his ability. The lanky left-hander from Aiken, SC. never was in trouble like he was against Lara.

 

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Fight Recap: Gonzalez-Lyell, Dulorme-Ambriz

Fight Recap: Gonzalez-Lyell, Dulorme-Ambriz

By Aaron Lloyd

Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Billy Lyell (Junior Middleweights)

February 17, 2012- Puerto Rican sensation Jonathan Gonzalez improved to 15-0 with 13 knockouts Friday night after taking a hard fought ten round decision over the gritty Youngstown native Billy Lyell.  Lyell came out aggressive in round one, and stood toe to toe with his taller and more powerful adversary throughout much of the fight, utilizing a high volume attack and good body work to frustrate Gonzalez and force him into a pace that seemed unsettling at first.  As the rounds wore on, however, Gonzalez began to land more frequently with power shots, and by round eight, the accumulation of punches began to take its toll on Lyell, slowing his attack, and marking his face up by the fights’ end.  At the conclusion, Gonzalez had a distinct edge in punches thrown (616-476), punches landed (242-179), and total power shots (192-132).  In all, it was an action packed fight with Lyell carrying many of the exchanges, but falling short in the end, by scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 98-92.

Aris Ambriz vs. Thomas Dulorme (Welterweights)

In the night’s main event, prospect Thomas Dulorme (14-0 (11)) continued to impress as he recorded a sensational first round knockout of last minute stand-in Aris Ambriz.  From the opening of round one, Dulorme worked well behind the jab, and landed a series of lightening fast combinations on his overmatched opponent.  At 1:10 of the opening frame, Dulorme landed with a beautifully timed left hook that dropped Ambriz, and prompted the mandatory count.  After rising at the referee’s count of four, Ambriz, still obviously still hurt, was immediately sent back to the canvas via a straight right hand, as Dulorme displayed great finishing instincts.  The official time of the stoppage occurred: 48 seconds into round one, and with the loss Ambriz fell to 16-3-1 with 8 knockouts.

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Post Fight Analysis – ESPN Friday Night Fights Dallas defeats Gonzalez

Post Fight Analysis – ESPN Friday Night Fights Dallas defeats Gonzalez

By Brian Grammer

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February 17, 2012- Lightweight Mike Dallas Jr. (18-2-1, 7 KOs) got back on the winning track by overwhelming a disappointing Miguel Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KOs), securing a unanimous 10 round decision.

Dallas used bodywork to his advantage throughout the contest, tying up Gonzalez with one hand, while banging away with the other. Early in the bout, Dallas was warned twice for low blows and although he landed a few more on the border, the young fighter never was docked a point.

The early rounds were dominated by Dallas’ heavy bodywork while Gonzalez never could get on track. There was a clash of heads in the 2nd that opened a nasty gash over the left eye of Dallas, but it was well taken care of by his corner for the rest of the bout.

Gonzalez never could live up to the nickname of “Silky Smooth”, but reports of a left hand in a cast up to as recently as 2 weeks ago could have had an effect on his conditioning and power.

Judge’s scorecards 100-90, 100-90, 100-89. FNPP had it 99-91.

Estrada vs. Woods

Super middleweight Shawn Estrada (14-0, 12 KOs) blew up his opponent, Terrance Woods (9-4, 6 KOs), battering him around the ring, and the scale, stepping on and weighing in originally at 196 pounds, winning a unanimous decision.

Through some creative contract work and a very liberal Texas commission, the fight went on with Woods weighing in at 177 pounds and Estrada re-weighing at 192, just making the 15 pound difference allowed in Texas for fights at or above light heavyweight.

Estrada was never in any danger in this contest, although the added weight did slow him down, but Woods never was in this contest. Uppercuts on the inside and big straight right hands rained down on the very tough Woods throughout the fight.

FNPP scored the contest at 79-72. Official scores were 76-74, 80-72 and 80-72.

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Pegada Explosiva, Montes vs. Ibarra For WBF World Title

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In what promises to be an exciting and fan-friendly fight, fellow Mexicans Juan Jose Montes and Oscar Ibarra will  clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight Championship at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara on February 25, on a show promoted by Hector Garcia and his HG Boxing.

Both boxers fight in the characteristic come-forward-style that Mexican boxers are known for, both are young and hungry, and both have significant power in their punches, so it seems unlikely that this will be anything but a fantastic fight for the fans to watch.

Now 22 years old, Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) has been a pro since he was only seventeen years old. He won his first seven bouts by stoppage before suffering a setback against Jesus Ceja at the very same venue he now faces Ibarra for the WBF World title.

Montes emerged victories from his next twelve fights, won various regional titles along the way, and defeated several top-class opponents, such as the undefeated Jose Salgado (18-0), whom he impressively knocked out in two rounds, to line up a shot at WBC World Champion Tomas Rojas last year.

In what was not one of his best nights in the ring, Montes retired before the start of the twelfth round against Rojas but gained valuable experience that he will try to utilize in his second shot at a world crown against Ibara.  Since losing to Rojas, Montes has come back with two emphatic knockout victories, and believes he is better prepared this time to come out on top.

Just like his opponent on the 25th, Oscar Ibarra (27-5, 18 KOs) has won several regional belts, but unlike Montes he has yet to fight for a world title. After winning thirteen of his first fourteen fights, Ibarra had a horrific 2008, losing three of his four bouts that year.

But from the beginning of 2009, the now 26 year old from Mexico City, turned things around and won thirteen straight to establish himself as a world-class operator.

There is always a lot of local pride on the line when Mexicans fight each other, and especially when they fight for a world title. But there are never any guarantees that a fight will be entertaining. However, some pairings come as close as is possible to a guarantee, and Montes vs. Ibarra is such a match-up. It is bound to be explosive!

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Paul David To Face Travis Dickinson On 25th Feb – At Light Heavy

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PAUL DAVID Vs. TRAVIS DICKINSON
Aberdeen, Scotland, 25th February 2012

London – Tuesday, 14th February 2012

 

Paul David To Face Travis Dickinson On 25th Feb – At Light Heavy

English Super Middleweight Champion Paul David is set to face Prizefighter – Light Heavyweight winner Travis Dickinson on the undercard of the Frank Maloney and Tommy Gilmore promoted Denis Shafikov versus Lee McAllister European Light Welterweight Title fight at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Saturday 25th February.

Speaking earlier, David, who will be making his first outing under the guidance of his new manager/coach TRAD TKO’s Johnny Eames, made it clear that he was relishing the prospect:

Yeah, I can’t wait; the fight is on the undercard of Lee McAllister.  I’ve fought up there before and Lee McAllister always sells out, so it’s going to be a packed hall.  I saw Travis Dickinson earlier in his career.   I didn’t think too much of him, so was a bit surprised when he won Prizefighter at Light Heavy.  He’s going to be well prepared and up for it, but I’ve been here at the TKO about a month and half now and have been sparring with Leon (Williams), when he was British Champion, and had no problem with him. There’s Mitchell Balker from the Netherlands and I’ve had no problem with any of these guys.  They’re bigger guys than me but I use my speed and boxing skills to get around them.  I’ll deal with Travis Dickinson the same way.

After I’ve dealt with Travis Dickinson I’m going to be looking for a British title fight, either the winner of Tony Bellew-Danny McIntosh or maybe I can get George Groves in the ring.  Hopefully, Frank Warren can take his nappy off him and put him in with me like a real fighter.

I’ll get this fight out of the way then see what Johnny can do for me.  All I want is a serious English title defense, one that really means something.  You know Robin Reid beat Daniel Cadman so maybe he’ll have the stones to step in the ring with me and we can start something like a British title eliminator, so I can get at George Groves after he takes out his old foe Kenny Anderson.

Yeah, so either Light Heavyweight or Super Middleweight works for me, even Cruiserweight, which is kind of weak at the moment.  Three divisions are open to me and I’m ready for all of them.  I’m just ready to go.””

Johnny Eames then expanded on how the Dickinson fight was made:

 “Yeah, obviously since he joined us we have been trying to get Paul a fight.  In the short time he’s been with us, we have had numerous offers of fights, but each time the fight got close, we heard nothing more.

I suppose we’ve had twelve different opponents he was going to have, including an English title defense against Patrick Mendy, which didn’t come around, through no fault of our own.  Then Travis Dickinson was available, so I made the call to Frank Maloney and he said yes, so we can now get this show on the road and see what we’ve got”.

This fight is a six rounder at Light Heavyweight, not Super Middleweight – you know it’s a case of ‘this week Light Heavyweight, next week Super Middleweight’ with Paul, as all he wants to do is fight.””

Paul David against Travis Dickinson features on the undercard of the Denis Shafikov versus Lee McAllister European Light Welterweight title bout at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Saturday, 25th February.

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