Koki and Tomoki Kameda rise, Daiki shocked in Osaka
Japan's Koki Kameda knocked out Mexican challenger Mario Macias in the fourth round to defend his World Boxing Association bantamweight title on Wednesday. The knockout came two minutes four seconds into the stanza when Kameda fired four punches to the stomach to send Macias onto the floor for the third time in the bout.
“I feel I was able to hit powerful punches. I'm in good form today. It's because this is my home town,” said Kameda, who floored Macias with a left hook in the first and third rounds. I think this was the best fight I fought in the bantam class."
It was Kameda's third defence since winning the vacant title when he beat Alexander Munoz of Venezuela in December last year, stretching his record to 27 wins, including 17 KOs, against one defeat. Macias, 26 and ranked 12th the WBA, saw his record reduced to 23 wins, including 11 KOs, against eight defeats.
by Boxing Clever - wbanews.com
Amir Khan’s DC Photo Tour
WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan and trainer Freddie Roach made a photo tour of Washington, DC, posing at various landmarks in the nation’s capital in advance Saturday’s world title defense against #12 rated super lightweight contender Lamont Peterson at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC which will be televised live on HBO in the United States and on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
by Hoganphotos/Golden Boy - wbanews.com
Kameda-Macias make weight
Koki Kameda and Mario Macias both weighed in at 118 pounds and are ready to for war this Wednesday at Prefectural, Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan, for the WBA bantamweight title. Tepparith Singwangcha and Daiki Kameda both also weighed in at 115 pound, for the WBA super flyweight title.
by wbanews.com, Photo Sumio Yamada
Anselmo Moreno schools Vic Darchinyan
Having built up a cult following in the U.S. via websites like YouTube, 26-year old WBA Bantamweight titlist Anselmo Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KO), 118, of San Miguelito, Panama, looked like he might be the goods. After Saturday’s unanimous decision victory, the whole world knows he’s that and more. Rare is the defensive fighter who can beat a man to the body and stay as comfortably in the pocket as Moreno does, evoking memories of the great Pernell Whitaker.
35-year old Armenian former Flyweight and Jr. Bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KO), 117 ¾, of Sydney, Australia, got a first hand chance to appreciate the rarity, soundly outboxed for most of twelve rounds by the man boxing may want to rename Guisantito Dulce.
Darchinyan rushed Moreno at the opening bell but it was the right jab of Moreno landing first. The first round would be a battle of jabs for a while, Darchinyan landing some glancing shots in close and Moreno digging to the body. A Darchinyan body shot pushed Moreno back but he struggled to land consistently.
Warmed to his task, Moreno was better offensively in round two. While Darchinyan had some eye-catching flurries, they mostly struck air while Moreno landed sharp, clean single lefts. A left from Moreno in the final minute seemed to rock Darchinyan and he had the power puncher flailing at shadows down the stretch.
A big Darchinyan left in the first minute of round three was taken well by Moreno and Darchinyan was given a chance to land it again. Moreno tattooed Darchinyan with a left uppercut just past the midway mark. A right to the head, and then the body, punctuated another frame for Moreno.
Lost for answers on how to make a head hunting approach work, Darchinyan ended the fourth round frustrated in a clinch and wound up losing a point for shoving Moreno to the floor. Darchinyan improved in the fifth, still taking some clean lefts but also taking advantage of a Moreno whose hands didn’t move much, forcing the action.
by Cliff Rold - wbanews.com
Cotto defeats Margarito when ring doctor halts fight
In their long awaited grudge rematch, WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto won the first two rounds by moving and punching. In round three he opened up Margarito’s right eye, the eye which Margarito suffered a broken orbital bone in the Pacquiao fight. Margarito upped the pressure as the rounds progressed, but Cotto’s mobility and sharp punching still did more damage. Margarito’s eye was swollen shut by round seven, but he continually applied pressure despite Cotto landing the better punches. Doctors took a long look at Margarito’s eye at the beginning of round nine, but the bout continued. NYSAC doctors stopped the fight at the start of round ten. The time was 0:03.
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside - wbanews.com
Povetkin stops Boswell
WBA heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) was satisfied with his eighth round KO of Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. “This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.” At the post-fight press conference, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck stormed to the podium to challenge Povetkin. “I have defended my title eight times, I need a new challenge at heavyweight,” Huck said. Povetkin was quick to accept: “Let´s get it on,” he replied.
Sturm retains title against Murray with draw
Longtime WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round draw against unbeaten Martin Murray (23-0-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Sturm again demonstrated his boxing skills in defending his title for the eleventh time in his third title reign. Murray had his best round in round eight when he rocked Sturm, but the champion recovered by the end of the round. Sturm closed the fight with a strong final round. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 Murray and 114-114.
By Karl Freitag - wbanews.com