Sturm defeats Barker

barker674In a surprise upset, former WBA midleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KO’s) came out fast and knocked IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-2, 16 KO’s) out in the 2nd round tonight at the Porsche Arena, in Stuttgart, Germany. Barker was knocked down twice in the 2nd round from clubbing right hands to the head from Sturm.

Barker was able to get back to his feet after the 2nd knockdown, but he was taking some big head shots that led to his corner choosing to have the fight stopped by throwing the towel in.

Barker reportedly dislocated his left hip in the fight. In watching it on replay, the injury may have occurred when he was staggered after the 1st knockdown. Barker almost lost his feet and he put a lot of weight on his left leg.

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Liam Smith re-signs with Frank Warren; puts on devastating display against Thompson

British Light-Middleweight Champion Liam Smith has extended his promotional deal with Frank Warren by signing a new deal.

The Liverpool ace put on a ruthless performance tonight in front of his home fans at the Liverpool Echo Arena to destroy challenger Mark Thompson inside four rounds to successfully make the first defence of his title.

Smith, 25, who is now undefeated in 16 fights with six knockouts, is delighted to continue working with his promoter who he signed with in 2008 and is looking to achieve big things in 2014.

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Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Victorious in Chicago

IMG_0122WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk successfully defended his title last night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. This victory completed his trilogy of fights with Italian former champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and was also his sixth defense of the WBC belt. Wlodarczyk displayed a true veteran’s poise in the ring tonight and put on a flawless performance. Fragomeni was giving up several inches in height and reach but sometimes it felt like a foot. Wlodarczyk’s footwork was also put on display as he rarely if ever let Fragomeni get inside, the only place the challenger could get any solid work in.

The highlight of the fight was most certainly the left hook in round four that knocked Fragomeni to the canvas. It was a strange knockdown on a very short punch. The two came close together and the referee came over and it looked like there was going to be a break and Wlodarczyk just threw a punch. Fragomeni went down to his stomach and was shaking his head as the count picked up and it didn’t look like he was going to make it.

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ShoBox: Knockout Night For “Money Team”: Love, Jack, Bey and Pearson KO Opponents

Love_KR6A0468_2Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather’s “Money Team’’ fighters went 4-0 in fights Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® from Little Creek Casino Resort.

Each won by convincing knockout, much to the delight of Floyd, who watched from ringside.

“I’m proud of my team,’’ he said. “We have a talented group of fighters and they proved that tonight. It was a nice crowd of boxing fans and I enjoyed myself. The city of Shelton, Wash., welcomed us with open arms and the hospitality was great! I’m looking forward putting on more exciting shows like the one Mayweather Promotions put on tonight.’’

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Australian Boxing: Zac Dunn Stops Marlon Alta in Five

Zac Dunn II Rising super middleweight prospect, Zac Dunn (11-0, 10 KOs), retained his unbeaten record on Friday night with a dominant performance over Filipino Marlon Alta (12-4, 9 KOs) at the Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.

Headlining the five fight card hosted by promoter Murray Thomson, the main event between Dunn and Alta possessed two power punchers with strong knockout ratios, which presented the likely scenario of a knockout win to whoever emerged the victor.

Dunn maintained a steady relentless pace throughout the early rounds looking to breakdown the tough Filipino. In round two, Dunn scored a solid knockdown on Alta following a body and head shot combination.

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Travis Kauffman dismantles Barnett in the first round

!cid_3E9D733D5AB04C66B8EA22F499AEAB1E@MarcAPCBefore a raucous crowd of almost 5,600 patrons at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, WBA number-10 ranked Heavyweight Travis Kauffman destroyed late replacement Jason Barnett inside of one round to capture the WBU Intercontinental championship.

The show was promoted by King’s Promotions.

Kauffman came out and boxed well until he landed a crushing body shot that sent Barnett down to his knees. Barnett got up but not for long as a right to the head sent him down for a second time. Barnett would get to his feet but a barrage of punches sent Barnett for a third and final time and fight was stopped 2:09 into the contest.

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Nothing Spoiled in Quebec: Stevenson and Kovalev are Victorious

stevenson56There was no bump in the road last night for a possible light heavyweight showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson. In two fights with a very showcase feel both belt holders took care of business with definitive knockout wins. Kovalev’s came very early and was very destructive. Ismayl Sillakh, a Ukrainian challenger now fighting out of Simi Valley, California was out cold from an overhand right that had him out on his feet.

Two jabs assisted his fall as the referee Marlon Wright was waving it over immediately. Sillakh fell under the bottom rope and the doctors struggled to get him back under the ropes so they could examine his condition. People sitting ringside stuck out hands to prevent him from crawling off the ring and onto the floor. Kovalev had shattered the once promising contender with two solid overhand rights.

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Adonis Stevenson – Fighter Of The Year for 2013?

stevenson58 Even though there is exactly one month left in 2013, I think tonight is the right time to give serious consideration to the person who should be recognized as the fighter of the year for 2013. I’ll give you a clue about the person I have in mind for 2013’s Fighter Of The Year – he just knocked out the #1 contender in the light-heavyweight division, Tony Bellew. Tonight’s boxing main event on American premium cable and satellite television network, HBO, [or last night, depending on what time zone in which you viewed the fight] showcased the prime candidate for the 2013 Fighter Of The Year. Poor Tony Bellew didn’t know what hit him. Was it a bird? Was it a plane?

No – it was Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson, the World Boxing Council (WBC), Ring Magazine and universally recognized Light-heavyweight Champion. Tony Bellew won a world title-eliminator earlier this year to become Adonis Stevenson’s mandatory challenger.

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Stevenson obliterates Bellew; Kovalev crushes Sillakh

stevenson54WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) hammered Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) at will with power shots en route to stopping him in the 6th round tonight at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The fight was embarrassingly one-sided from start to finish, and it probably would have been over much sooner if Bellew hadn’t moved as much as he did.

In the 6th round, Stevenson hit Bellew with a big left to the head that sent him down on the canvas badly hurt. To Bellew’s credit he was able to staggered back to his feet, but Stevenson was on him right away in hitting him with a hard left hand that caused Bellew’s legs go stagger and look like noodles. Stevenson then hit a defenseless Bellew with two more left hands to the head that caused the referee to stop the fight to save Bellew from getting knocked down a 2nd time.

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