News: Tommy Karpency; Juan Urango; Andre Berto

WBC#32 light heavy contender, Tommy Karpency (18-1-1 11kos) successfully defended his WBA Fedecentro Title Friday night in Morgantown, West Virginia via a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Chuck Mussachio (13-1-2 5kos). Karpency, 22 years old, controlled the pace early by landing more punches and kept his opponent off balance with several harder shots. No knockdowns were recorded as Karpency prevailed comfortably on the cards, 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94. In the co-feature, former WBC#1 lightweight contender, Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (39-5-1 18kos) looked impressive as he posted a six round shutout over durable vet Dezi Ford (24-27 9kos)..

Clark's handspeed and overall superior skills enabled him to land effective combinations at will throughout the bout. All three judges scored the fight 60-54. In other action, middleweight prospect Jimmy Lubash (14-2 6kos) rebounded with a lopsided 6 round decision win over journeyman, Mike McFail (12-36-2 4kos). Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 (twice). In addition, local heavyweight prospect Jason Pettaway (4-0 2kos) won a unanimous decision over trialhorse Jonathan Felton (6-16 5kos). Score were 40-36 on all cards. The card was presented by Simons' Promotions at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.


HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 21 – Make way, Hanley Ramirez, Cody Ross, and Dan Uggla, because two heavy hitters will be joining the Florida Marlins lineup on Wednesday, August 26th, as junior welterweight world champion Juan Urango and former champion Randall Bailey throw out the first pitch at Land Shark Stadium before the Marlins take the field against the rival New York Mets.

This meeting between Urango and Bailey on the baseball diamond, which will take place at 7pm, precedes their meeting in the ring at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Friday, August 28th. The two junior welterweight knockout artists, who boast a combined KO percentage of 85%, will headline the season finale of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

Tickets for this event, which is headlined by the championship doubleheader featuring Juan Urango vs Randall Bailey and Clinton Woods vs Tavoris Cloud, are priced at $52, $102, $152, and $202, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or by going online at

Doors open at 7:00pm, and the first bell rings at 8pm. The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast begins at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
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Andre Berto Responds to Ochocinco’s Challenge

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) – A war of words between WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ochocinco on Twitter hit new levels on Thursday following the Bengals’ victory over the New England Patriots as Ochocinco told the media that he plans to fight Berto following the football season. “So when I get in the ring and knock out Berto, and people are like ‘I didn’t know Chad could fight, I just told you,’” Ochocinco told the Sporting News.

Berto is ready to take on Ochocinco’s challenge and had these remarks upon reading about his post-game comments. “Ochocinco has been talking about fighting me for awhile now,” Berto said. “Now that he is talking publicly, I’m ready to get this thing going. When his football season is over, which should be before the playoffs start, I’ll give him the beating of his life. I’ll show him the difference between kicking footballs and getting his butt kicked. “

“By the time I am done with him, he’ll want to change his name to No Mas,” Berto added. “If he’s serious, I’ll give him the business. But if you ask me, he should worry about making sure he scores more points as a wide receiver than a kicker.”

Ochocinco and Berto have been discussing their potential match-up on Twitter for over two weeks. Follow Berto on Twitter at to get additional updates on the potential match-up between one of the NFL’s top wide receivers and the undefeated welterweight champion.

Article posted on 22.08.2009

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