Former welterweight world champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (46-13-6, 14 KOs) won a ten round split decision over fellow Argentinean Amilcar Funes (22-10, 17 KOs) in a jr middleweight bout on Friday night at the Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, Argentina. Baldomir started off strong and finished strong while Funes appeared to do enough to win the middle rounds. The official scores were 99-93 and 98-97 for Baldomir and 98-96.5 for Funes.
Chagaev defeats Walker
By Karl Freitag
Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) took a harder than expected eight round unanimous decision over Travis Walker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) in a good action fight on Friday night at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany. The fighters often traded big bombs, but Chagaev did a little more to win by scores of 77-75, 78-75, 77-76. Chagaev is the mandatory challenger for WBA heavyweight champion David Haye.
Top 5 heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) showed no ill effects from hand surgery, dropping Mike Sheppard (15-12-1, 8 KOs) twice in round one and twice in round two before the bout was waved off. Time as 1:18. Boytsov is rated WBC#3/WBA #3/IBF #11/WBO #4. After the bout Boytsov said his right hand was fine and he’s ready for Klitschko.
By Phil Doherty at ringside
The recent return of Pugilistic Promotions to Miami demonstrates a commitment to help rebuild local boxing from the ground up. Tonight that building process went a step further as the boxing ring needed to be assembled while fans waited and watched. Once the ring was completed the fights themselves proved compelling and competitive.
Eromosele Albert (22-4-1, 10 KO’s) won the vacant IBO Latin American middleweight championship against Joaquin Zamora (18-2-1, 12 KOs) at 2:11 seconds of the 9th round. Zamora received numerous incidental head butts which left gushing wounds above his hairline and below his right eye.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten super middleweight Farah Ennis (17-0, 10 KOs) won the vacant NABF super middleweight title by seventh round TKO over Victor Lares (15-5, 4 KOs) on Friday night at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. Ennis dropped Lares in round four, twice in round six and got the stoppage after knocking down Lares for the fourth time in round seven.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20 KOs) punished Alexis Mejias (11-6, 5 KOs) for four rounds before Mejias quit at the end of the fourth.