Cuba’s Luis Ortiz stops Bryant Jennings in 7th of heavyweight bout

Luis Ortiz/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

Luis Ortiz of Cuba on Saturday night stopped Bryant Jennings of Philadelphia at 2:41 of the seventh round at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. The bout was televised by HBO.

Ortiz decked Jennings (19-2) in the fateful seventh and then stopped him with a subsequent attack.

Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) retained his interim heavyweight title belt.

 

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Chris Arreola survives third-round knockdown to beat Kauffman

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Chris Arreola of Riverside on Saturday got up from a third-round knockdown to win a split-decision over Travis Kauffman in the heavyweight semi-main event from AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Two judges – Valerie Dorsett and Ursolo Perez – favored Arreola (37-4-1) by a 114-113 count. The other judge – Wilfredo Esperon – had Kauffman winning 114-113.

The bout was underneath the junior welterweight main event between Omar Figueroa and Antonio DeMarco.

 

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Deontay Wilder to defend heavyweight title against Artur Szpilka in Brooklyn

 

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

For the first time since 1900, a heavyweight title fight will take place in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Deontay Wilder will make the third defense of his belt when he tangles with Artur Szpilka on Jan. 16 at Barclays Center (on Showtime).

According to a news release, the last time a heavyweight fight was contested in the borough of Brooklyn was when James Jeffries knocked out James Corbett in the 23rd round on May 11, 1900 on Coney Island.

“I’m excited about coming to New York City, I’m excited about displaying my talents and I’m excited about fighting at Barclays Center,” said Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. ” I want to thank my opponent Artur Szpilka for accepting this opportunity that I’m giving him. I wish him luck. He’s going to need it.”

Wilder, who is 6-foot-7, is 35-0 with 34 knockouts.

Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) – a 6-3 southpaw – is from Poland.

“It feels amazing,” Szpilka said, “to get the opportunity to fight Deontay for his heavyweight world title.”

Szpilka is the No. 8-ranked contender to Wilder’s title.

 

 

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Tyson Fury defeats Wladimir Klitschko and is new heavyweight champion

Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Tyson Fury pose during the promotion for Saturday’s fight/Photo by Martin Meissner, Associated Press

 

Wladimir Klitschko’s long reign as heavyweight world champion ended Saturday when he lost a unanimous decision to Tyson Fury in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Klitschko (64-4) simply could not get his punches going and was a mere shadow of the fighter who had not lost since April 2004 when he lost via 5th-round TKO to Lamon Brewster.

Fury (25-0) won by scores of 115-112, 115.112 and 116-111. Fury lost a point in the 11th round for rabbit punches.

Klitschko is 39, Fury 27.

Fury won three championship belts.

The fight was televised by HBO.

 

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez says he has no fear of heavy-handed Gennady Golovkin

 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez lands a left to the jaw of Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas/Photo by John Locher, Associated Press

 

It was Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico had just defeated Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico to win a piece of the middleweight championship.

Since Gennady Golovkin holds two of the other three major belts – there are, laughingly, four – the obvious question to Alvarez afterward was, would he like to tangle with Golovkin? Golovkin is a vicious puncher with a 91-percent knockout ratio.

Alvarez replied, pulling no punches.

“A lot of people, before this fight happened, were asking me about Golovkin and I didn’t want to answer because I had respect for the person I was going  to fight tonight,” he said at the post-fight news conference. “But now they can ask me. And I know Golovkin very well. He’s a friend of mine and like I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, I have respect for him, but I’m not afraid of anybody. I’ll fight anybody, any time. I’m not afraid of anybody. And if you guys don’t believe me, I’ll get back in the ring, put the gloves on and go another 12 rounds.”

 

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Miguel Cotto, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez weigh in before about 7,000 fans

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Approximately 7,000 fans took in Friday’s weigh-in for Saturday’s middleweight fight between Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

The middleweight limit is 160 pounds, but there is a catch-weight limit of 155. Cotto weighed 153 1/2 pounds, Alvarez 155.

Only Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) can walk out of the ring with the middleweight title belt because the WBC stripped Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) of it earlier this week when he refused to pay the sanctioning fee.

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WBC strips Miguel Cotto of middleweight belt; fight still on

Boxer Miguel Cotto greets the crowd at the start of a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in New York. Cotto and Floyd Mayweather are scheduled to fight May 5 in Las Vegas.

Miguel Cotto/Photo courtesy of Associ

 

The World Boxing Council on Tuesday stripped Miguel Cotto of his middleweight title for what the WBC said was his refusal to comply with its rules and regulations. Cotto was set to defend his belt against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view). The fight is still on at this time, but Cotto won’t be able to walk away from it as champion, even if he wins, based on the WBC’s action.

Here is part of a statement released by the WBC and its president, Mauricio Sulaiman:

“After several weeks of communications , countless attempts and good faith time extensions  trying to preserve the fight as a WBC World Championship, Miguel Cotto and his promotion did not agree to comply with the WBC Rules & Regulations, while Saúl Alvarez has agreed to do so.  Accordingly, the WBC must rule on the matter prior to the fight.

“The WBC hereby announces that effective immediately  has withdrawn recognition of Miguel Cotto as WBC World Middleweight Champion.  If  Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wins the fight against  Cotto, he will be recognized as  the WBC middleweight world champion .

“The WBC’s decision is premised on the fact that Miguel Cotto and his camp are not willing to abide by the governing WBC Rules & Regulations, and the specific conditions the WBC established to sanction the fight.  Simply put: they are not willing to respect the very same rules and conditions which applied to  Cotto becoming WBC champion. The WBC wishes Miguel Cotto the best of luck as we truly regret the course of action which led to them taking such decision.”

The WBC did not spell out exactly where Cotto failed to live up to his obligations. But several outlets are reporting that Cotto refused to play the $300,000 sanctioning fee for Saturday’s bout.

 

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After what Terence Crawford did, Manny Pacquiao may look elsewhere

Terence Crawford/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

Terence Crawford was in a sense auditioning for a fight with Manny Pacquiao when he squared off with Canada’s Dierry Jean on Saturday at CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Neb.

Pacquiao is currently trying to decide who will be his final opponent. Crawford is one of the possibilities. Perhaps Pacquiao won’t want anything to do with Crawford after Crawford decked Jean in rounds 1, 9 and 10 on his way to a 10th-round technical knockout victory.

That gives Crawford a record of 27-0 with 19 knockouts. Saturday’s victory was the first defense of his junior welterweight world title. He is a former lightweight champion as well.

Crawford is 28. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) is 36 and will turn 37 on Dec.

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Gennady Golovkin stops David Lemieux in eighth at Madison Square Garden

Gennady Golokin/Photo courtesy of K2 Promotions

 

Gennady Golovkin on Saturday added David Lemieux’s world-title belt to his collection by dominating and stopping Lemieux in the eighth round of their middleweight title-unification bout before over 20,000 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight was stopped at the 1:32 mark by referee Steve Willis. Golovkin decked Lemieux in the fifth round.

Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) now has 21 consecutive knockouts. Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) has now been stopped twice inside the distance.

 

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Deontay Wilder stops Duhaupas in 11th, Dominic Breazeale wins decision

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Deontay Wilder on Saturday evening defended his heavyweight world title for the second time by stopping Johann Duhaupas of France in the 11th round at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The bout was stopped by referee Jack Reiss at 55 seconds.

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made his first defense in Birmingham as well, when he knocked out Eric Molina in the ninth round in June at Bartow Arena.

Wilder is now 35-0 with 34 knockouts. The only fighter he hasn’t knocked out as a pro is Bermane Stiverne, from whom Wilder took the title with a unanimous decision in January in Las Vegas.

Wilder was winning by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 at the time of the stoppage. There was heavy swelling under Wilder’s left eye, but he dominated and really beat up Duhaupas.

Also on the NBC-televised card, heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is now 16-0 after winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Fred Kassi in the semi-main event. Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 100-90.

 

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