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Craig McEwan Ends the Year on a High with a Fine Stoppage

Stewart Dredge: Edinburgh middleweight Craig McEwan powered back to winning ways at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday night with a storming, second round knock out of tough, Polish veteran Mariusz Biskupski. He has now won twenty two of his twenty five pro fights.

McEwan had lost a very controversial split decision to eventual winner Larry Ekundayo in the first round of Sky Sports’ live Prizefighter at the beginning of November after dropping to light-middleweight, and he had come home to the Scottish capital determined to prove he is still one of Britain’s top middleweight prospects. Continue reading

Gamboa defeats Farenas in 12 to win interim WBA Super Featherweight title

By Joseph Herron: Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in the co-main event of the evening, Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) became the interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion by defeating Michael Farenas (34-4-4, 26 KOs) in a surprisingly competitive twelve round unanimous decision.

Although the judges at ringside correctly scored the twelve round contest 117-109, 118-110, and 117-108, in favor of the former World Champion, Michael Farenas proved to be a game fighter who was worthy of competing for a major world title.

The commence the action, Yuriorkis established his speed and power while landing hard, compact shots from mid to long range. The former Top Rank fighter was intent on reminding the fight fans in attendance of what they had missed for fourteen months of political boxing drama and inactivity. The Cuban missile seemed sharp and energetic for the entire three minute round.

After being momentarily wobbled by a straight left hand from the Filipino fighter in the first minute of the second round, Gamboa stayed calm and composed, retaliating with hard combinations on the inside. The Cuban exile floored Farenas with ten seconds left in the round with a hard counter right hook on the inside. Although Farenas was up immediately, the hard punching Filipino was ostensibly shaken by the punch. Continue reading

Vazquez dominates Gesta for 12 rounds to retain IBF Lightweight title

By Joseph Herron: On the undercard of the Pacquiao/Marquez IV PPV event, Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) successfully defended his 135 pound title by outpointing previously undefeated contender Mercito Gesta (26-1-1, 14 KOs) for twelve uneventful rounds. The judges at ringside scored the contest 117-111, 119-109, and 118-110, unanimously in favor of the reigning champ.

Throughout every round of the IBF Championship Lightweight contest, the incumbent title holder did a brilliant job of landing his left land and moving away from Gesta’s power punch. He seemed to outbox the tough Filipino prospect with ease while connecting the occasional straight right hand. Continue reading

Kessler Annihilates Magee

Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) is the new WBA Super-Middleweight Champion following a spectacular third-round destruction of Brian Magee (36-5-1, 25 KOs). Fighting in front of a boisterous crowd of 10,127 fans at Jyske Bank BOXEN in Herning, the Viking Warrior sent his opponent down in the second round with a huge right to the solar plexus. Kessler followed it up and scored another knock-down – only for the bell to save the champion. Kessler kept landing in the third, and when Magee went down from a body shot again, the referee waved the bout off. “It feels great to be champion again,” Kessler said. “We planned to go to the body and it worked very well. I am back at the very top, I am ready for everybody out there at super-middleweight.”

Magee praised Kessler afterwards. “He is a great champion and he deserved to win today. I never recovered from the first knock-down, which was a huge shot from him. I tried my best but couldn´t beat Kessler tonight. Congratulations to him.”

The victory gives Kessler plenty of options. “This is another great win for Mikkel,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “2012 was a big year for the Viking Warrior. First he destroyed Allan Green with huge left, now he stopped the reigning WBA champion with his right to the body. We will now carefully plan the next steps. There are a lot of great fights to be made.” Continue reading

World Series Of Boxing: Argentina overpower Poland; Mexico remain unbeaten after Algeria win

Lausanne, Switzerland, 09 December 2012 – It was a night to remember for the home team at the Estadio Vicente Polimeni as Argentina Condors recorded their first ever World Series Boxing (WSB) win after a sumptuous display against the visiting Hussars Poland. Lining up five of their finest Argentinean boxers, Martinez, Velasco Chanampa, Bravo, Peralta and Carrasco Herrera all excelled in this Group A encounter. Continue reading

Javier Fortuna decisions Patrick Hyland to win interim WBA Featherweight title

By Joseph Herron: In one of the more highly anticipated preliminary bouts on the Pacaquaio/Marquez IV fight card, knock-out artist Javier Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) defeated Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) with a surprisingly competitive twelve round unanimous decision. The judges at ringside scored the contest 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113.

The scheduled twelve round fight was for the interim WBA Featherweight Championship, and both men were looking for a sensational showing to attract bigger opportunities against the elite level fighters of the 126 pound weight class.

In the first two stanzas of the 126 pound fight, both men showed their opponent much respect and seemed surprisingly tentative to begin the match. But in the third round, Javier Fortuna began to realize that Patrick Hyland wasn’t planning to let his hands go early and began to open up with sharp straight left hands and right hooks around the tight guard of the cautious Irish fighter.

Although the hard punching Dominican fighter overwhelmingly landed more power shots than his opponent in rounds four and five, nothing seemed to detour Patrick Hyland. Fortuna seemed content with landing the occasional combination, then circling the Irish fighter with lateral movement on both sides of the ring. Continue reading

Darren Barker defeats Kerry Hope

By Michael Collins: Former middleweight title challenger Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) had too much power and class for the overmatched Kerry Hope (18-5, 1 KO’s) in stopping him in the 4th round at the Olympia, in London, England. Barker knocked Hope down in the 4th with a nice right uppercut and then was looking to finish him off on the ropes when Hope’s corner threw in the towel to halt the fight. Continue reading

Mikkel Kessler destroys Magee, wins WBA super middleweight strap

By Michael Collins,, photo: Wende / Team Sauerland – Using a fierce body attack, Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) chopped down WBA World super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-5-1, 25 KO’s) in a third round TKO on Saturday night to capture his World Boxing Association 168 pound title at the BOXEN, in Herning, Denmark.

Kessler started off slowly but once he figured out that Magee couldn’t handle it to the body, he dropped him with a nice right hand in the 2nd and then another time in the 3rd round. After the knockdown at the start of the 3rd, the fight was halted because Magee was in no shape to continue fighting.

Kessler landed probing shots in the 1st round as he looked for areas to attack the 37-year-old Magee. Kessler landed some nice jabs and a few single right hands but nothing special. The southpaw Magee charged Kessler and hit him with a few nice shots at the end of the round but for the most part it was all Kessler.

In the 2nd round, Kessler noticed that Magee was wincing when he hit him to the body. He then loaded up with a big right hand to the midsection of Magee that put him down. Kessler then continued to hammer Magee to the body, causing him on two occasions to crouch down in pain but not hitting the canvas. Continue reading

Fortuna decisions Hyland

Patrick Hyland will return home to Dublin without the WBA title belt he came to Las Vegas for but he leaves the Nevada desert with his reputation very much enhanced after a points defeat to Javier Fortuna last night. Continue reading

Marquez removes all doubt as he destroys Pacquiao

By Rob Smith: Juan Manuel Marquez said he wanted to take the judges out of it the equation this time and he sure did do a good job of that by knocking Manny Pacquiao out cold with a single right hand late in the 6th that sent Pacquiao down flat on the canvas face first tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That was brutal enough but Pacquiao stayed down, not moving a muscle for several minutes in one of those highlight reel knockouts. It reminded one of the KO that Pacquiao did against Ricky Hatton in the 2nd round of their fight in 2009. Hatton subsequently retired after the fight. It doesn’t look like Pacquiao will be retiring because he mentioned after that fight that he’s up for fighting Marquez for a 5th time, and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum seemed pretty eager to make that fight happen.

Marquez’s face was covered with blood at the time he caught Pacquiao with that big right hand. Marquez had been cut on the nose during the round. Continue reading