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By Richard Eberline April 16th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
Tonight sees a good welterweight fight scheduled at Foxwoods Casino in Manshantucket, CT as Andre Berto puts his WBC title at risk against former light welterweight contender Victor Ortiz.
Since winning the title against Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 2008, Berto, 27-0 (21), has defeated the respectable lineup of Steve Forbes, Luis Collazo, Juan Urango, Carlos Quintana and Freddy Hernandez.
While Forbes was years past and weight classes above his best and Hernandez was just too inexperienced, Collazo, Quintana and Urango provided varying degrees of difficult opposition for Berto to overcome.
Interestingly, all three are southpaws and could serve somewhat as a look at what could be expected this evening as Ortiz is also a lefty.
None of Berto's three opponents listed above had trouble hitting the WBC champion and that is the hole in the Floridian's armor; defense.
However, Berto has phenomenal offensive skills and relies on his lightning quick hands to keep his opponent from punching back most of the time. Collazo showed what can happen when that doesn't work as Berto barely won that fight. More...
By Nick Chamberlain April 5th, 2011 All Boxing Articles
Junior ‘The Hitter’ Witter, 37-4-2 with 22 KO’s, started his career back in 1997, in which he achieved the Commonwealth, British and European Light Welterweight titles before capturing the WBC belt, which he defended twice before losing it to Timothy Bradley.
Questions have arisen since his last few outings as to whether or not Witter can still perform at the level he used to. In his last fight, he lost to Victor Puiu 18-1-2.
Puiu is a decent enough fighter but nothing special, in reality the Witter of a few years back would have demolished him; in effect, the writing was on the wall. Before that, Witter lost to Devon Alexander, who was 18-0-0.
Alexander is a young, hungry, gifted fighter who belongs in the upper echelons of the division. Witter clearly did not have the legs, or the reflexes that allowed him to fight like he used to and he retired at the end of the eighth round, culminating in the only stoppage loss in his career.
Witter had a very hard career, and it was not the case of him not wanting the big fights, if anything, he would not shut up about fighting the top of the division whenever he had the airtime.
In a way, he made a rod for his own back in being such an awkward fighter…no one wanted to get involved. He was maximum risk, minimum gain.
Often he would openly call for bouts with Floyd Mayweather or Zab Judah, a wish he had granted by the latter, much to his detriment. Another thorn in his side, as he saw it, was a certain Mr. Hatton.
Unfortunately for Witter, whilst he was moving up through the paid ranks, there was another fighter, at light welterweight, who was making his own waves in the sport, Ricky Hatton. More...
By Boxing Press March 13th, 2011 All Press Releases
DiBella Entertainment announced today that the WBC Welterweight title fight between undefeated, defending champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be take place April 16 in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“I am so happy to be coming back to one of the premiere fight venues on the east coast,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, the promoter of the show. “Berto vs. Ortiz is as compelling of a match as could be made in the welterweight division. More...
By Boxing Press December 4th, 2010 All Press Releases
Following a spectacular third round knockout victory over former World Champion Vivian Harris in September, super lightweight star "Vicious" Victor Ortiz continues his quest for the 140-pound title Saturday, Dec. 11, when he takes on fellow contender Lamont "Havoc" Peterson in the HBO-televised co-featured bout to Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. More...
By Richard Eberline September 19th, 2010 All Boxing Results
Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora engaged in a light middleweight bout last night at Los Angeles' Staples Center, producing a 12 round draw in a bout that looked more like a track and field event than a boxing match.
Mora's strategy entailed running from the 39 year old Mosley and clinching whenever the former multi-weight champion got into range. Mora's ten year youth advantage allowed him to wear down his opponent in this manner and there was very little action until the later rounds.
When Mosley began to tire by the tenth, Mora started to score well but could not take control of the contest. Mosley got his second wind by the eleventh with some good exchanges resulting.
Mosley became the boss in the final round by the time he finally could get to grips with Mora but it was too late to make a real difference in the scoring, which was announced as a draw with the cards going 114-114 even, 116-112 for Mosley and 115-113 for Mora.
Mosley goes to 46-6-1 (39) while Mora stands at 22-1-2 (6). More...
By Boxing Press September 18th, 2010 All Press Releases
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Former multi-weight world champion Shane Mosley clashes with Sergio Mora, headlining a card tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Light middleweights, 12 rounds
Shane Mosley: 154 lb
Sergio Mora: 157 lb More...
By Boxing Press August 4th, 2010 All Press Releases
The Mexican Independence Day Bicentennial celebration will be a big boxing weekend as Golden Boy Promotions presents "200: Celebrate And Dominate" featuring Five-Time and Three-Division World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley against former World Champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora in a junior middleweight showdown. More...
By Alejandro Tostado February 21st, 2010 All Boxing Results
Lots of action in Mexico last night, big fights all across the country involving a raft of titles. The biggest bill took place at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, headlined by a clash for the WBC featherweight belt.
Reigning champion Elio Rojas, 22-1 (13), won virtually every round in a wide points decision against former title holder Guty Espadas Jr, 45-8 (28), via scores of 120-108 and 119-109 twice.
Dominican born New Yorker Rojas could be in line for a high profile unification bout against the likes of Yuriorkis Gamboa, Chris John or Juan Manuel Lopez.
American heavyweight Derrick Rossy, 24-2 (14), ended the hopes of opponent Joseph Harris, 10-11 (7), in the second for the WBC fecarbox strap. More...
By Alejandro Tostado February 20th, 2010 All Boxing Previews
It's a massive eveing of boxing tonight south of the border with three quality fight cards in Mexico City, Acapulco and Merida.
We kick things off at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida where Elio Rojas defends his WBC featherweight belt against Guty Espadas Jr.
Rojas, 21-1 (13), outboxed Takahiro Aoh in Tokyo for the crown this past July and must do the same against the veteran Espadas, 45-7 (28), who held the WBC title in 2000.
The WBA light flyweight strap is at risk at the Discoteca El Alebrije in Acapulco as reigning champ Giovanni Segura, 22-1-1 (18), makes his second defense.
Facing the big punching Segura is former interim WBO minimumweight challenger Walter Tello, 14-3 (6). More...
By Boxing Press January 28th, 2010 All Press Releases
2010 is now upon us and boxing's hottest series is revving up for another spectacular year, as HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" visits Mexico City for the first time on Saturday, February 20, for a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing at the Foro Scotiabank featuring fights sure to set the Mexico City night ablaze. More...
By Boxing Press January 19th, 2010 All Press Releases
WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto stated in a personal press release earlier today that due to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti and deeply affected his family who resides there, he is physically and emotionally unable to prepare for his Saturday, Jan. 30 bout with WBA Welterweight Champion Sugar Shane Mosley and, as a result, will withdraw from the bout.
Given the close proximity to the date of the event and the difficulty in finding a suitable replacement for Berto, the event will be cancelled entirely. More...
By Boxing Press January 11th, 2010 All Press Releases
Boxing fans are well aware that the first big fight of 2010 will be the welterweight championship showdown between Sugar Shane Mosley and Andre Berto at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, January 30, which will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing. More...
By Danny Wilson August 15th, 2009 All Boxing Results
Last night at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tuscon, AZ, the clash between former WBA light welter champ Vivian Harris, 29-3-1 (19), and Noe Bolanos, 20-4-1 (12), was short circuited when Harris collapsed in the second round following an accidental headclash.
The New York native could not continue and the bout was declared a no contest.
On the undercard, former Olympic bronze medallist Deontay Wilder, 7-0 (7), kept a perfect record by stopping Travis Allen, 3-5 (3), in the first round at heavyweight.
The Miccosukee Casino in Miami, FL saw big punching ex-world lightweight title challenger Antonio Pitalua, 47-4 (41), return from a loss to Edwin Valero in April by knocking out Jose Reyes, 23-7 (8), in the sixth frame.
At the Myth in Maplewood, MN, super middle veteran Matt Vanda, 41-9 (22), outpointed light heavy Ted Mueller, 19-16-2 (9), over eight frames.
By Boxing Press August 14th, 2009 All Press Releases
Ahead of the Golden Boy Promotions fight card tonight at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tuscon, AZ, the principal boxers all weighed in yesterday.
Light welterweights, 10 rounds
Vivian Harris: 141 lb
Noe Bolanos: 139 lb More...
By Boxing Press August 14th, 2009 All Press Releases
On August 14, 2009, Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions will partner up for the 24th time to offer Southern Arizona fans and ESPN2 viewers a lineup of supreme boxing entertainment.
The main event of the evening features former world champion Vivian "Vicious" Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) out of Brooklyn, New York. Harris held the WBA Junior Welterweight belt from 2002 to 2005, holding off opponents such as Diosbelys Hurtado and Oktay Urkal during his reign. More...
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