From Fightnews.com – Dominican southpaw Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Salisbury, Md., suffered a partially torn left biceps in training camp, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick. The previously announced 10-round super middleweight fight between Guerrero and Fitzpatrick was tabbed to open a three-fight telecast on Showtime, which will now be a doubleheader from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The main event will feature former undisputed 160-pound World Champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO’s) facing undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) in a 10-round middleweight bout. In the 10-round junior middleweight co-feature, former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO’s) takes on former world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO’s).
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From Fightnews.com (1/30/12) – Poland’s Kamil “Little Tyson” Laszczyk (7-0, 5 KO) won the Mid-South featherweight belt during the main event in Tunica, Mississippi, winning 60-54 on the scorecards after a hard battle in every round against seasoned Texas champion Samuel Sanchez (7-3, 3 KO). “It was a lot tougher fight that I expected. Sanchez came to fight, had two months to prepare and never backed down. I liked this challenge but it was a real test versus a fighter with a lot more experience in American-style boxing that I had. At least until this night,” said 21-year-old Laszczyk, a Polish national champion fighting now for Global Boxing in North Bergen, New Jersey. continued at Fightnews.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk, From Fightnews.com – Prize Fight and Global Boxing return on January 28th with the latest installment of “Fights at the Fitz” from the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In the headliner, undefeated rising prospect Kamil Laszczyk (6-0, 5 KOs) from North Bergen, NJ meets Texas champion Samuel Sanchez (7-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant Mid-South Featherweight Championship.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside, From Fightnews.com
WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) was dethroned by IBF #1 Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) in a controversial split decision on Saturday night before a partisan crowd in Peterson’s hometown of Washington DC. Khan dropped Peterson in round one but Peterson got back into the fight with a good round three. Khan adjusted his tactics and had success moving and flurrying. Khan was deducted a point by referee Joe Cooper for pushing in round seven. Close rounds down the stretch. Another point deducted from Khan for pushing in round twelve. Scores were 113-112, 113-112 Peterson, 114-111 Khan.
Lamont Peterson’s brother Anthony (31-1, 20KO’s) scored a one-sided decision over faded former title challenger Daniel Attah (26-9-1, 9KO’s) over 8 rounds. All 3 judges scored the bout a shutout for Peterson at 80-72. Attah had no answer for the crisp combinations that Peterson unloaded on him over the duration of the fight, but showed a lot of heart as he was able to hang in for 8 rounds, but had no answer for anything Peterson threw at him.
From Fightnews.com – Super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (32-3, 21 KOs) won an eight round split decision against Leon Bobo (18-9-1, 2 KOs) on Wednesday night at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Meza-Clay extended his win streak to four, while Bobo’s losing streak went to seven straight.
Meza-Clay vs. Bobo Thanksgiving Eve in Pittsburgh – From Fightnews.com
Fan favorite and former Fights at the Fitz regular, Leon Bobo (18-8-1) will square off with world ranked contender Monty Mez-Clay (31-3) in the main event of “Thanksgiving Feast of Fists”, Wednesday, November 23rd at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The co-feature, will showcase WBF Americas cruiserweight champion Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (19-1-2) as he locks horns with Utah state cruiserweight champion Gary “Pit Bull” Gomez (19-12-2). Five additional bouts are scheduled for the undercard. The event is presented by Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions.
From Fightnews.com – 40-year-old Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (29-12, 17 KOs) scored a stunning fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten and world rated Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. Brewer dropped Guerrero with a series of right hands in round four and finished him moments later with an uppercut. Referee Jon Schorle waved it off at 2:16.
Brewer, best known for winning the popular TV reality series “The Contender” in 2006, claimed the NABF title. Guerrero entered the ring rated WBC #6 at super welterweight and WBO #5/WBA #6/IBF #15 at middleweight.
Welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs). After a fairly lackluster fight, a barrage of punches by Mayfield prompted referee Gregorio Alvarez to step in at 1:03 of the final round. It was the first time Forbes has been stopped.
Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez.
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Lamont Peterson and Victor Ortiz were both on the fast track to stardom in the boxing world when their respective dreams were deferred in 2009. Ortiz (28-2, 22 KOs) was dealt a crushing blow when he could take no more punishment and threw in his own towel against Marcos Maidana last June. Peterson (28-1, 14 KOs) would see his train derailed as he was soundly beaten by Timothy Bradley last December. But since then, both fighters have sought to get their respective careers on track and will meet in a collision this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on the co-featured bout of the Khan vs Maidana headliner. On Monday’s conference call both junior welterweights were of little words but got their points across as their date with destiny nears . . .
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