FRANK GONZALEZ JR
"EL INCA": Edwin Valero Movie Premiere
Exclusive: Champs Attend Hollywood Event!
By Michele Chong
It was definitely a knockout night in Hollywood as a power-punching group of prizefighters attended a special red-carpet screening of "EL INCA"–a riveting new film about the late boxing champion Edwin Valero.
Here's my exclusive look at the December 1 bash held at the famed Egyptian Theatre right in the heart of Hollywood.
Happy 86th Birthday
Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
WARD HAPPY IN RETIREMENT
Retirement is fitting former world champ Andre Ward just fine
Chris Jan Jaszczuk
If Saturday night was truly Orlando Salido's last fight, what a way for him to exit the sport after giving it his all for almost 22 years.
Not only does he leave on his own terms, he left the ring giving everything he had and still provide fans with a thrilling candidate for 'Fight of the Year.
Salido was not able to overcome three knockdowns and a great effort from Miguel Roman, losing in the ninth round before a small, yet boisterous crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Roman (58-12, 45 knockouts), not only defeated one of the great action fighters of this generation, but he could claim that he forced Salido into retirement.
Salido (44-14-4, 31 KOs), who made his pro debut at the age of 15 in March of 1996, was not able to secure a fight with Lomachenko or any of the top fighters at 130 pounds. So he settled on Roman, a fighter who has been on the cusp of big fights, but has never defeated an elite fighter.
The co-main event saw Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer (25-5-1, 5 KOs) and Tokyo’s Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round IBF world title fight with Ogawa winning an unpopular majority decision.
The card opened with Francisco Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico taking on Stephen Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, UK in a 10-rounder.
Vargas got the nod by technicalTKO when a freak encounter caused Smiths left ear to almost tear in half and the Doctors stopped the contest and Vargas was ahead on all cards at the time
SALIDO LOSES AND RETIRES
HAPPY 86TH BOB ARUM
Vasyl Lomachenko made Guillermo Rigondeaux quit Saturday night, just as he predicted.
Rigondeaux didn’t suffer much punishment in a fight that largely lacked action, but told referee Steve Willis following the sixth round that he had suffered an injury to his left hand and couldn’t continue. Lomachenko’s technical knockout win enabled him to retain his WBO super featherweight title and win the first professional fight between a pair of two-time Olympic gold medalists.
by Kevin Iole
Andre Ward will be ringside on Saturday, calling the Orlando Salido-Mickey Roman fight for HBO instead of inside the ring displaying the talent that helped him become one of the greatest fighters of this generation.