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Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two ...

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Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), ...

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Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when ...

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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime

Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two weeks away from his fight against pound-for-pound king and WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs). Berto will square off against Mayweather Saturday, September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime pay per view. We caught up with Berto as he talked about his upcoming showdown with Floyd.

“This fight was supposed to happen two or three times. Situations with me not taking care of myself and not taking opponents seriously caused it to happen. But styles make fights and we’ll see what the boxing fans say Sept. 12,” Berto told Fightnews.com “I have already prepared myself mentally. From an energy aspect, I feel great. It’s my first time in a while coming into a fight with no injuries. This is the healthiest I’ve been since I can remember.”

Berto is preparing for Floyd with his trainer Virgil Hunter in Oakland, California.

“I have been working a lot this camp we worked on a lot of different things at camp. I have the speed to keep up with him. I have more power,” Berto stated. “At the end of the day, I am putting in the work and focused. The whole team is confident. I am in the best shape ever!” (more…)



September 1st, 2015


Boxing News

Late results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

A busy boxing month closed off this Saturday night, August 29th, with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presenting the seventh and final fight card in the border city in less than thirty days. The event took place at the Perro Salado billiard hall. Quaint but comfortable, the building was jam packed with Tijuana fight fans as well as action in the ten fights featuring talent from both sides of the border.

In the main event, former WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (31-6-2, 22KO) stepped back into the ring to completely annihilate late-sub Daniel “Spaghetti” Yocupicio (3-30-2, 0KO) in the second round of a scheduled light heavyweight ten.

Gutierrez is coming off two straight losses at welterweight and has not seen action since January while the fight marked the fifth time Yocupucio traveled from his native Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, to Tijuana to face off a local fighter. (more…)



September 1st, 2015

UFC

Conor McGregor Adds To His Tattoo Collection

Conor McGregor has an itch when it comes to getting fresh ink, and on Sunday night the interim UFC featherweight title gave his itch a little scratch . . . Click here for more

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September 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Adrien Broner returns to Cincinnati for title shot

Riddick Bowe still looking for inner peace

The little significance of a 48-0, 49-0 and 50-0 record

Carl Frampton turns down big money deal



September 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs amped up for Saturday fight

Think Shannon Briggs is ready for his fight on Saturday night?

With more than 20 former world heavyweight champions ringside, former Lineal and World Boxing Organization (WBO) world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs will battle Mike Marrone in a 12-round heavyweight bout, headlining “World Heavyweight Champions – Saturday Fight Night” at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, CA.

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August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Aldrich Arena, Maplewood, MN

By Jesse Kelley

Marcus Oliveira (26-1-1, 21 KO’s) of Pottawatomie, KS stopped Florida’s Dionisio Miranda (22-13, 19 KO’s) in the third of a scheduled 8 round Light Heavyweight bout at Aldrich Arena in Saint Paul, MN. Oliveira seemed fine with giving away the first round or two as he let Miranda come forward and throw punches. Not much landed because of the tight defense of Oliveira, but Miranda was busier in terms of punch output. Oliveira was all business as he came out for round three however. Oliveira went right after Miranda with jabs before throwing a hard straight right to the head that dropped Miranda in a corner. Miranda stayed on the canvas holding his head as referee Mark Nelson counted him out. The official time of the stoppage was :33 into the third round. The victory puts Oliveira back in the win colum following his lone defeat to Juergen Braehmer in December of 2013. (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

New Book: Boxing in Australia

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Packed with characters, stories and statistics and with over 130 color and black-and-white photographs, “Boxing in Australia” reveals the savage beauty of boxing in all its glory. “Boxing in Australia” is Grantlee Kieza’s eleventh book and it takes a comprehensive look at the fight game from the colonial times to the present- the triumphs and the tragedies. Here are the true stories of scrappers rising above humble beginnings and underdogs defying the odds: from young indigenous boxer Lionel Rose who, in a few short years, went from living in a remote community to being a world champion, to pigtailed pugilist Kostya Tszyu, who escaped childhood in Communist Russia to become a legend of the sport. Find out how the battle between a black and a white boxer attracted one of the biggest ever crowds in Australian history, how travelling tent-boxing shows launched careers, and how bare-knuckle brawl impressed bushranger (and heavyweight champion) Ned Kelly. Follow the fortunes of bruisers and battlers including Jeff Fenech, Anthony and Tony Mundine, Danny Green, Vic Parrick, Johnny Famechon, Les Darcy, Dave Sands, Jimmy Carruthers and many others. (more…)



August 31st, 2015

UFC

Mighty Mouse’s Fab Five

Currently sitting at number three on the pound-for-pound list, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson isn’t just one of the most dominant champions competing in the Octagon at the moment; he may be one of the most dominant ever. That’s high praise for the Washington state standout, but he’s not resting on his laurels as he approaches his September 5 main event against the one man to give him his toughest bout as champion, John Dodson. Here are Mighty Mouse’s Fab Five . . . Click here for more

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August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Results from the Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN

By Jesse Kelley at ringside

Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-7-2, 14 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN became the Minnesota State Cruiserweight champion on Friday night after stopping former champ Al Sands (15-2, 13 KOs) at 2:36 of the first round at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Sands, of Duluth, MN threw some nice hard jabs to get the fight rolling. Williams didn’t flinch though and inched his way in towards Sands to close the gap. Fighting out of the southpaw stance, Williams landed a hard left hook that caught Sands on the chin. Sands stumbled but fired back. Williams continued to chase Sands though, landing two more flush lefts to the head followed by a right to the head and finally the body that sent Sands down to the canvas. Sands bravely got to his feet and stumbled back to a corner where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off.

“I was measuring his jab and speed and trying to close the distance” said Williams. ” I was surprised that he was hurt that bad when I caught him with the first punch so I jumped on him. It was a good stoppage because I was waiting to run out of the corner and catch him with more if the fight continued.”

Robert “Bravo” Brant moved to (17-0, 11 KOs) of Oakdale, MN with a third round stoppage of Lekan Byfield (6-11-2, 1 KO) of Atlanta, Georgia in the co-featured Middleweight bout. Byfield proved to be tricky at times but was not able to stand up to the powerful and accurate shots from Brant. After the bout, Brant announced that his next fight will be televised November 6th on Showtime, most likely from Las Vegas. (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

McDonnell and Kameda poised for Sunday rematch

After a razor-thin decision in their first fight, top bantamweights Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) will square-off again on the Sunday, September 6 edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 12-round bantamweight showdown will kick-off the telecast beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be headlined by a super middleweight battle between Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) and Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs).

In the first fight between the United Kingdom’s McDonnell and Japan’s Kameda, which originally aired on the May 9 installment of PBC on CBS, McDonnell narrowly took the decision 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards.

“I have a great engine and I always come on strong in the back end of the fight,” said McDonnell. “I think from round six on it was my fight. I started too slowly in the first fight but I worked hard and got the win.”

“I definitely think I won the first fight,” said Kameda. “I landed the much harder punches and built up enough of an early lead, but the judges saw what they saw. It was a close fight and I know I can change the outcome this time.” (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is proud has announced its inductees for 2015, all of whom will be honored at a banquet October 2 at Mystic Lake Casino. 2015 Inductees are Danny Davis, Duane Horsman, Mel Brown, Art Lasky, Charley Retzlaff, Sammy Gallop, Mike Collins and Jim Wells along with special recognition to Jamal James.

The banquet is the sixth annual and includes several individuals closely identified with Minnesota boxing over the years. (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Boston

Nick DiSalvo and Vincent Traietti are bringing boxing to the Dorchester National Guard Armory on October 17. The main event pits Chris Traietti (18-3 14KOs) of Quincy, MA against Gary Culp (10-10 9KOs) of Hannibal, MO for the vacant NABA-US and IBA Americas Cruiserweight Championships. Also scheduled to appear are local favorites such as super middleweight Brandon Montella (1-0), heavyweight Nick Cyr (2-1), undefeated heavyweight Jean-Pierre Augustin (5-0-1), Cruiserweight Vinnie Carita (10-1-1) and Jr Middleweight Anthony Everett (1-3) against opponents to be announced soon. Tickets start at $30 and can be found on TicketRiver.com



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), both hailing from Japan, will collide in a world female 102-pound unification bout in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22. The fast-punching southpaw Koseki, making her sixteenth defense, had proposed an encounter with another organization’s champ Miyao, with five successful defenses, who finally accepted this encounter with both belts on the line. Koseki, 33, said, “I wish to defeat Miyao rather than acquire a couple of belts.” Miyao, a year her junior, quickly replied, “I want two belts by beating her.” Miyao’s promoter/manager Hideyuki Ohashi said, “This is a very significant event for the sake of the female boxing’s future. We hope this bout will attract people’s attention and elevate the status of the women’s boxing.”



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when he retired game compatriot challenger Kazuya Murata (11-5, 5 KOs), 134.75, on the stool after the fifth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. The elongated six-footer, making his fourth defense, had dethroned Yoshitaka Kato on points in Tokyo in January of the previous year, and experienced some tough defenses so far but showed his superior strength to the local prospect in Kobe. After the fourth, the official tallies were announced: 39-37 twice and 40-36 in favor of Nakatani. The champ, a stablemate of WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, accelerated his attack and hurt Murata with solid combinations, which deteriorated the game challenger’s vision so that the third man called a halt due to the ring physician’s advice. It proved afterward that the loser suffered an eye socket fracture, and he was rushed to hospital.

Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Jesse Hart to host Philly media day

Before he heads to Las Vegas for his showdown with Aaron Pryor Jr. on the fall season debut of The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart will host a media day workout on Wednesday, September 2, from 11AM to 1PM at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym (545 North 3rd Street) in Philadelphia.

The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, kicks off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.  The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets, priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Room and ticket packages are also available.



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr.

Photo: Team Gonzalez

Photo: Team Gonzalez


By Robert Coster

On July 18th, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr., fighting for only the second time in the USA, lost a hard-fought decision against touted IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton. Gonzalez (25-2-2, 15 KOs) gave a great account of himself, knocking Frampton down twice in the first round. For many onlookers, Alejandro, the son of former featherweight champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, became something of a revelation even in a losing effort. Fightnews caught up with the 22-year-old to talk boxing, about the Frampton fight and what lays ahead.

Alejandro, your fight with Frampton was only your second bout in the USA. Congratulations on a great and gallant effort. What’s your take on that fight?

It’s hard to win a decision against an unbeaten champion and star like Frampton. There’s always an element of “protecting the champion” in such a fight. This said, I accept the outcome and it’s in my past. I have to look to the future. (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz-Mares Wrap-Up

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met with the media following their intense showdown Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in what was the Battle of L.A. Santa Cruz scored a majority decision victory.

“I am very happy and thank you all for your support,” said Santa Cruz at the post-fight press conference. It was a hard fight, but we trained very hard in the gym. It was a war and we came out with the victory. He was trying to knock me out. We were patient and my dad said he wasn’t going to last like that and that he was going to get tired. My dad said I can box him. Many people thought that I couldn’t box him but I could box and I had to be smart this fight and do what I do.” (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Vitali Klitschko added to historic ex-heavyweight champions gathering

Former heavyweight champion of the world Vitali Klitschko has been confirmed to attend the historic gathering of former heavyweight champions this weekend. Since retiring from boxing, Vitali has been very busy working full time in politics in his native Ukraine. We’re told Klitschko wanted to be a part of this event and will take time out from his job as Mayor of Kiev to attend.

“World Heavyweight Champs – Saturday Fight Night” will be headlined by former two-time heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs), who will face Mike Morrone (21-4, 15 KOs) at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The card will be a celebration of heavyweight boxing with more than 20 former world heavyweight champions confirmed to attend, including Vitali’s younger brother and reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, Tony Tubbs, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Michael Bentt, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Mike Weaver, Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon Thomas, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Bruce Seldon.



August 31st, 2015

UFC

The Flyweight Division Heats Up

It may be one of the youngest collectives under the UFC banner, but the flyweight division is starting to shape into a highly competitive outfit with perennial title threats lurking in its ranks, all of which are aiming at dethrone long-reigning king and pound-for-pound-ranked Demetrious Johnson, who has stood for the past three years as the first and only champion of the 125-pound fold . . . Click here for more

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August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame announces 2015 Inductees

Mike McNamara, the Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, announced the Hall’s 2015 class of inductees today. This year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois. They include David Diaz, Montel Griffin, Bobby Hitz, Nate Jones, Lee Roy Murphy and Tony Zale among others. (more…)



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao makes Forbes‘ list for philanthropists

Downtown Las Vegas events center steps into boxing ring



August 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Mares: I thought I won the fight

“It was a close fight, but I thought I won the fight. I thought I pulled it off,” stated former world champion Abner Mares after dropping an all-action majority decision to Leo Santa Cruz in a clash for the WBA “super” featherweight title on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“My plan was to box him, but I started out really fast. I felt good but my corner told me to box more, so I did that. It was a good fight. Leo is good. He’s a great fighter. I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I’m more than willing to have a rematch. It was a close fight. I knew he had never faced a fighter like me and he proved today he’s a great fighter.

“The fans were the winners tonight. It was a great fight for the fans. I think I deserve a rematch and I think the fans deserve another show. It was my mistake. I started really good, but along the way I changed my plan for some weird reason and I don’t know why I did it.”



August 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz: If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch

“If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I want to fight the best. I want the big fights,” said newly crowned WBA “super” featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz after defeating archrival Abner Mares by majority decision on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

“I was surprised Abner came out so strong. He came right at me but we figured him out and we got the win. I stayed outside with the jab. We were able to take control. My dad told me that we could beat him by boxing. We want to be aggressive but tonight we had to box him too and that’s how we got it done.”



August 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer

Welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel “Tokado” Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at El Domo in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Scores were 94-94, 95-94 and 95-93 for the son of former world champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez.

In other action, WBC female bantamweight champion Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (34-8, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Kandy “La Rubia” Sandoval (9-7, 2 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.

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August 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions

Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning the vacant WBA “super” featherweight championship and WBC “diamond” featherweight championship over Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15KO) by majority decision victory on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Santa Cruz was able to box very effectively from the outside while Mares was not as effective while trying to maul Santa Cruz on the inside. Mares bled from over his right eye from a possible headbutt and both fighters were swollen badly by the championship rounds.

Mares never stopped coming forward and throwing punches in bunches but it was Santa Cruz who displayed the better ring generalship and who landed the more effective punches. In an epic twelfth round that brought the 13,000+ fans in attendance to a frenzy. Santa Cruz and Mares traded heavy shots until the final bell with neither willing to take a backwards step. By scores of 117-111, 114-114 (?!) and 117-111, Santa Cruz is the majority decision winner.

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August 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Mosley KOs Mayorga in six

By David Robinett at ringside

It might have been the rematch that nobody was asking for, but nearly seven years after stopping Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga with one second left in the twelfth round of their first fight, “Sugar” Shane Mosley capped an entertaining scrap by stopping Mayorga again, this time with one second left in round six via a controversial body shot that put Mayorga down for a full ten count on Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Prior to that, the 43-year old Mosley, (48-9-1, 40 KOs), and the 41-year old Mayorga, (31-9-1, 25 KOs), gave the fans in attendance their money’s worth, trading bombs, exchanging taunts (mostly Mayorga), and looking fairly spry in the ring, if a few steps slower than their respective primes.

Mosley was the one landing the hardest punches, repeatedly snapping Mayorga’s head with both hands, albeit one punch at a time rather than the sizzling combinations Mosley used to put together in his heyday. Mayorga did what Mayorga does, swinging wildly with clubbing punches and spending portions of several rounds daring Mosley to punch him as hard as he could, at one point even drawing a warning from the referee for letting Mosley continually hit him uncontested. (more…)



August 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Daley demolishes Ilie in two

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Denton Daley reaffirmed his monicker of ‘Dangerous’ Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga as he made short work of Italian based Giulian Ilie (20-10-2 6KO), stopping the Romanian fighter at 1:25 of the second round, the referee making a full count of ten.

The 8th ranked cruiserweight (WBA) wasted precious little time as a double jab set up a right to the chin that deposited Ilie who if nothing else came in with a label of durable in his previous fights.”I can honestly tell you I wasn’t expecting anything,” Daley told Fightnews after the fight talking about the advertised durability of his opponent who had gone into the 10th versus top-ranked cruiserweight and Olympic Gold Medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev amongst others. “My coach, however, knew it was going to go that way from the way we were training and that is the only result he would have accepted from that fight. I hit him with a shot, and I just didn’t know the devastation of it until I saw it afterwards on replay. It all just felt natural.” (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Undercard Results from The Forum

By David Robinett at ringside

In the first female boxing match on pay-per-view in more than a decade, IBF World female super bantamweight champion Yulihan Luna-Avila, (12-2-1, 1 KO), and IFBA World junior featherweight champion Maureen Shea, (24-2-1, 12 KOs), fought to an entertaining ten-round split decision draw. Scores were 97-93 for Luna, 98-92 for Shea, and 95-95. The fight was a true clash of styles, with the veteran Shea coming forward the entire fight as the youngster Avila tried to strafe her on the way in with straight left and right hands. Clearly the scoring was based on the judges’ preferences, whether it was Shea’s constant aggression or Luna’s ring generalship and counterpunching. Shea, whose previous claim to fame was serving as Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank’s sparring partner during the filming of the 2004 film “Million Dollar Baby,” was the heavier puncher but never really hurt Luna. The light hitting Luna never had Shea in any danger either, but her precision punching left Shea’s face badly marked up, notwithstanding the draw on the scorecards.

In the opening bout of the evening’s pay-per-view telecast, lightweight prospect Joel Diaz, Jr., (20-0, 16 KOs), laid a beating on veteran opponent Luis Arceo, (28-14-4, 18 KOs), who fought back like a man before succumbing in the fourth round to cuts over each eye, his cheek, his nose, and the superior skill and power of his younger opponent. Each fighter rocked the other in the first round with the left hand. Diaz was surprisingly easy to hit for the slower, older Arceo but Diaz simply continued to step on the gas, daring Arceo to keep up as the two fighters traded leather over the next two rounds while Arceo’s face began to break down from the onslaught. In round four, Diaz finally put Arceo down with a straight left, right hand combination. Arceo rose to his feet and was game to continue but referee David Denkin stepped in to protect Arceo from himself at 1:27 of the fourth round. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions

WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off the canvas and scored a spectacular come from behind fifth round knockout victory over WBC rated #1 contender, Hugo Ruiz (35-3, 30KO). Ruiz floored Ceja in the third round with a left hook counter and had started to take control of the bout but then may have gotten too comfortable and was late in trading hooks with the heavy handed Ceja. The result was Ruiz getting dropped hard, getting up on unsteady legs and Ceja taking full advantage and never letting up until the referee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the fifth round. With the victory, Ceja wins the interim WBC super bantamweight championship. Should the regular champion, Leo Santa Cruz elect to stay at featherweight, Ceja would be promoted from interim to regular champion. Should Santa Cruz elect to return to super bantamweight, Ceja would become the mandatory challenger to Santa Cruz.

In the televised swing bout, Alejandro Luna (19-0, 14KO) kept his record perfect with a dominant fourth round knockout victory over Sergio Lopez (18-10-1, 12KO) in a scheduled eight round lightweight bout. Although there were no knockdowns, Lopez was getting hammered and the timing of the stoppage was most appropriate. At 0:34 of the fourth round, the referee stops the bout with Luna taking a barrage of punches in a neutral corner.

Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (24-5, 19KO) delighted the fans in attendance with a five round beat down of one time contender, but loser of four of his last five bouts, Hector Munoz (22-16-1, 14KO). What Angulo lacked in speed, he more than compensated for with precise timing and power. Munoz suffered a bad cut in the fourth round from an accidental headbutt and that helped expedite the end. From an accumulation of power punches, Munoz went down late in the fifth round, got up but then retired on his stool and did not come out for the sixth round and nobody come blame him after the assault he endured from Angulo. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Usyk crushes Muller in three

WBO #2 cruiserweight contender and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Oleksandr Usyk (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round TKO over WBO #15 Johnny “The Hurricane” Muller (19-5-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine. Usyk dropped Hore twice in round three and got the stoppage from referee Ingo Barrabas with his follow up barrage seconds before the round ended.

Usyk’s 2012 Ukrainian Olympic teammate, silver medalist Denys Berinchyk, won his pro debut by fourth round TKO over Tarik Madni, 19-9-1, 1 KO) in a junior welterweight clash.

Former heavyweight champion and Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko took in the action from ringside.



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

WBO #3 Tso stops Hore in seven

Unbeaten Top Rank super flyweight Rex Tso (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over two-time Australian Olympian Brad Hore (5-2, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong, China. With the win, the WBO #3, IBF #5, WBA #8 rated Tso claimed the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight title.

In the co-feature, middleweights Kerry Hope (22-7-1, 2 KOs) and Petchsuriya Singwancha (14-10-1, 8 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw.



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Clarkson Dominates in Fort Worth

By Robert Hughes/Ringside
Photos by Stacey Verbeek

Light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson on Saturday made quick work of Rayford Johnson in Fort Worth during the annual ‘Scott Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom’ black-tie fund-raiser for the Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club.

The Main Event looks better than ever and was looking to be tested but Johnson offered up nothing as an opponent.
“I was prepared to go to war, I guess I beat him to the punch,” Clarkson said.

So the Dallas native and local favorite improves his record to (15-3, 9KOs) against Johnson, (11-19, 7 KOs), a man who probably shouldn’t be fighting professionally.

As the opening bell rang The Main Event ran Johnson around the ring for a moment and then quickly into a corner with a flurry of blows, sending him to his knee and forcing an eight-count by referee Robert Chapa. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Hirsch captures IBU title, Enriquez comes back with win

By Renzo Novara and Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

Borizteca Promotions upped the ante on Friday night, August 28th, on club-level boxing events in Tijuana with a complete show at the Mezzanine Hall featuring fighters from both sides of the border. The whole event was broadcast live on the internet via YouTube. In the main event, Tony “Go Get ‘Em” Hirsh (19-6-2, 8KO) of Oakland, CA, captured the IBU middleweight crown with a unanimous decision over Mexicali, Mexico’s Rolando “Indio” Paredes (9-3-2, 8KO) in a ten rounder.

Paredes was the more aggressive of the two in the first half of the fight, throwing the larger amount of punches and the more effective ones. Left hooks and a straight right hand kept Hirsch at bay for most of the first couple of rounds.

It worked in Hirsch’s favor that Paredes activity tired him out by the middle rounds, scoring with jabs and hooks to the head of the Mexicali fighter. Hirsch kept pushing the fight in the second half but it was more Paredes lack of action than Hirsch increasing punch rate. Never the less, it was Hirsch that battled it out until the end scoring the unanimous decision and capturing the belt. Judge Alejandro Rochin scored it 98-92 while Leo Ibarra saw it 97-93. Benjamin Rendon saw it the closes with a scorecard of 96-92. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

McElroy Impressive After Layoff

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

After a layoff of almost two years, Detroit welterweight William McElroy, who might be said to be the prize product of Jimmy Paul’s Hands On Boxing Gym, (with a very large assist from Dr. Rashad Ali) Paul was able to get McElroy back into action Friday night against a very determined and durable Lionel Jimenez of East Moline, Illinois, at Warren’s DiCarlo’s Convention Center.

The first-time promotion of Ali’s, Bare Knuckle Promotions was a long-time coming, as Ali had intended to promote in the area over a year ago, but he has finally got a start, albeit a rocky one. The program started a full 75 minutes past the start time and the “intermission” between the amateur bouts and the three pro encounters was overly-protracted and loud enough to create vibrations capable of moving one’s drink from one side of the table to the other. A co ordinator was desperately needed.

This was one of the rare pro-am shows that there should be more of in these dog days of Detroit boxing in which there hasn’t been anything more than a 6-round main go in Michigan for almost the last year, or since Tony Harrison took out Bronco McKart in Cobo Hall in just over a minute. (more…)



August 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Maicelo defeats Bennett In DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Boxers from Washington, DC and the state of Ohio were the featured boxers on King’s Promotions’s first promotion in Washington, DC. However, a boxer from New Jersey stole the spotlight in the featured contest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

In the main event, lightweight Jonathan Maicelo of North Bergen, NJ won a 10-round unanimous decision over Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett of Cincinnati, OH. Maicelo, a native of Peru, simply outworked Bennett throughout the contest getting off first in every meaningful exchange. Maicelo, who fought for an interim world title in his previous bout, won this bout by scores of 99-91 and 97-93 (twice) to raise his record to 22-2, 12 KO’s. Bennett’s record fell to 19-2, eight KO’s.

The co-feature saw Landover, MD super middleweight “The Real Deal” Phil Jackson Benson successfully bounce back from a knockout loss in April with a third-round knockout over Jinner Guerrero of Sucumbios, Ecuador. Benson was dominant in this performance knocking down Guerrero twice in the first two rounds. In the third round, Benson battered Guerrero until Guerrero’s camp stopped the bout at 1:08 of the round. Benson is now 16-2, 15 KO’s while Guerrero drops 8-6, four KO’s. (more…)



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