Kyoguchi keeps OPBF 105lb belt; Unbeaten Inoue wins vacant Japanese 154lb title

Kyoguchi keeps OPBF 105lb belt; Unbeaten Inoue wins vacant Japanese 154lb title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten prospect, WBC#10 Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6 KOs), 105, successfully retained his OPBF minimumweight belt, but his ...

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Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

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Joshua TKOs Klitschko in eleven

In the biggest heavyweight title fight in years, undefeated IBF champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round TKO over long-reigning former kingpin Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 54 KOs) to retain his IBF title and claim the vacant WBA title in front of a record-setting 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Joshua landed the better shots in round one. Tactical round two, Wlad connected with a right hand early. Joshua ramped up the pressure in round three. Both landed hard shots in round four. Joshua rocked Klitschko and dropped him in round five. Wlad, cut over the left eye, came back to hurt Joshua later in the round. Klitschko dropped Joshua with a crushing right hand in round six and dominated the round. Joshua appeared gassed in round seven and Klitschko pressed the action. Klitschko backed up Joshua with his jab in round eight. Joshua did some good bodywork in round nine and had clearly gained his second wind in round ten. Joshua landed some big shots in round eleven, dropping Klitschko twice. The bout was finally waved off by referee David Fields after Joshua’s savage follow-up barrage following the round’s second knockdown. Time was 2:25. Great fight!

Scores at the time of the stoppage: 96-93, 95-93 Joshua, 95-93 for Klitschko. After the fight, Joshua called out Tyson Fury. Klitschko stated he wants to “analyze what the heck happened.”

In the biggest heavyweight title fight in years, undefeated IBF champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh …


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Quigg, Campbell victorious in title eliminators

Two important world title elimination bouts took place on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London on the Joshua-Klitschko undercard.

In an IBF featherweight eliminator, IBF #5, WBC #5, WBA #8 rated former 122lb world champion Scott Quigg (33-1-2, 24 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF #4 Viorel Simion (21-1, 9 KOs). Quigg, now trained by Freddie Roach, won by scores of 117-111, 117-111, 115-113. He will now go on to challenge IBF champion Lee Selby.

In a WBA lightweight title eliminator, WBC #2, WBA #7, IBF #9 rated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (17-1, 14 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage of WBA #1 rated former world champion Darleys Perez (33-2-2, 21 KOs). Campbell was winning the fight when Perez indicated he could no longer continue due to an injury. Campbell is now in line to challenge WBA world champion Jorge Linares.

Two important world title elimination bouts took place on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London on the Joshua-Klitschko undercard. …



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Nietes beats Nantapech to win IBF fly title

Former minimum and light flyweight world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KOs) is now a three-divison world champion. Nietes scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Komgrich “Eaktawan” Nantapech (22-4, 15 KOs)to claim the vacant IBF world flyweight championship on Saturday night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Nietes had to work hard, especially down the stretch. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 115-113.

In the co-feature, WBO #6 featherweight Mark Magsayo (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO against Issa Nampepeche (24-8-4, 11 KOs).

Former minimum and light flyweight world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KOs) is now a three-divison world champion. Nietes …


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Farmer returns tonight at Temple University

By Matt Thompson

The Urban League of Philadelphia in association with Hard Hitting Promotions have put together tonight’s Second Annual “Night at the Fights” benefit at the famed Temple University Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The “Fight Night 2” event – which support urban youth programs – showcases pro and celebrity boxing plus live comedy and music acts. Headlining the pro boxing segment is Philly’s own NABF jr lightweight champion Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer (24-4-1, 5 KOs) against former WBF super bantamweight titlist Arturo Santos Reyes (19-7, 5 KOs) in a ten-round non-title contest. (more…)

By Matt Thompson The Urban League of Philadelphia in association with Hard Hitting Promotions have put together tonight’s Second Annual …




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Ramos edges Beltran, De Leon and Barboza remain unbeaten

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Super featherweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (24-1, 6KOs) of Austin, Texas and two-time world title challenger Miguel Beltran, Jr. (31-6, 21KOs) of Mexico went the distance Friday night at the Burbank Marriott Convention and Event Center in Burbank, California in the UniMas Solo Boxeo main event. Beltran staggered Ramos with a left hook in round two but Ramos responded with a big left hook of his own. Ramos boxed smart as he landed big shots on Beltran. In round four, Beltran connected Ramos numerous times with the right hand. The fifth round saw Ramos suffer a cut on his right eye from a punch by Beltran.

Halfway through in the sixth Ramos and Beltran boxed more cautiously as they landed solid punches. However in the seventh Ramos and Beltran exchanged as Ramos landed the thudding right hand throughout the round. Ramos pressed in the eighth landing the right as Beltran boxed and countered. The final two rounds, it was Beltran going forward as Ramos held his own boxing from outside. Both finished the fight toe to toe in the center of the ring.

In the end, the judges scored the fight 97-93, 96-94, and 96-94 as Casey Ramos wins a unanimous decision. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Super featherweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (24-1, 6KOs) of Austin, Texas and two-time world title …


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WBO female 112lb champ Yoshikawa to face Mexican Alarcon today

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

This reporter sometimes wonder why such pretty girls exchange punches in the ring, but such an impression repeated at the weigh-in yesterday. WBO female flyweight champion Nana Yoshikawa (7-1, 4 KOs) will make her initial defense against Mexican national titlist Monserrat Alarcon (8-3-2) today (Saturday) in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Yoshikawa, who turned professional late after her long amateur career, acquired the world belt in her eighth bout by defeating Korean Eun-Hye Lee in the title bout for the vacant championship. Yoshikawa, trained by her husband Shinji Nogami, tipped the beam at the 112-pound class limit, while Alarcon a quarter pound lighter at 111.75.

Yoshikawa said, “I wish to show a good performance to respond to my supporters and defend my belt.” Alarcon, also a cute girl, expressed her ambition, saying, “I’d like to bring back the world belt to Mexico.” Monserrat is accompanied by her promoter Hector Garcia and trainer Agustin Vazquez. (more…)

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi This reporter sometimes wonder why such pretty girls exchange punches in the ring, but such …


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Zambrano, Marrero make weight

Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Carlos Zambrano 125 vs. Claudio Marrero 125.4
(WBA featherweight title)

Jeison Rosario 159 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 157.2
Juan Heraldez 143.8 vs. Alfonso Olvera 143.8
Ladarius Miller 137 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 139.2
Layla McCarter 142 vs. Szilvia Szabados 147
Kevin Newman 163.4 vs. Pablo Velez 163.4
Ronald Gavril 167.2 vs. Decarlo Perez 165.4
Daniel Gonzalez 120.2 vs. Mario Ayala 122.4
Thomas Hill 155.8 vs. Lucius Johnson 155.4

Venue: Sam’s Town, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: FS1, FS2

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Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions Carlos Zambrano 125 vs. Claudio Marrero 125.4 (WBA featherweight title) Jeison Rosario 159 vs. Nathaniel …


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Kyoguchi keeps OPBF 105lb belt; Unbeaten Inoue wins vacant Japanese 154lb title

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten prospect, WBC#10 Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6 KOs), 105, successfully retained his OPBF minimumweight belt, but his knockout streak from his professional debut halted at six as he had to be satisfied with a unanimous decision (119-109, 118-111, 117-111) over elusive Filipino southpaw Jonathan Refugio (16-6-5, 4 KOs), 104.25, over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The hard-hitting champ, 23, kept stalking the shifty footworker all the way, but Refugio continually refused to mix it up, moving to-and-fro and side-to-side until the end. Kyoguchi, in rounds eight and nine, accelerated his attack and pinned him to the ropes, but Refugio managed to avert Kyoguchi’s solid combinations. It might be a good lesson that the talented Hiroto experienced a twelve-round competition to verify his stamina and durability. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten prospect, WBC#10 Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6 KOs), 105, successfully retained his OPBF …



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Monica, Glenys make weight in Colombia

By Héctor Villarreal

Colombian female lightweights, Monica Henao (1-0) and Glenys Cardona (2-12-2) met the scale for their anticipated 4 rounds fight on Saturday at Municipio del Palmar, Varela, Atlantic Department, Colombia. Henao, a beautiful former round card girl turned pro fighter, who debuted last year in Germany, hit the scale on 132.5 pounds, while Cardona, a more experienced local warrior weighed 131.

Henao vs Cardona is promoted by Juan Carlos Devia´s ProBox del Caribe in the Noche de Campeones II event headed by the clash between male super lightweights Eduard Merriaga (7-0) and Wilmer Ruiz (6-1), scheduled for 10 rounds.

By Héctor Villarreal Colombian female lightweights, Monica Henao (1-0) and Glenys Cardona (2-12-2) met the scale for their anticipated 4 …


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Weights from Chihuahua

Omar Chávez 156 vs. Ramón Álvarez 156

Photo: Zanfer

Irma García 118 vs. Judith Rodríguez 118.5
Jaime Munguía 148 vs. Johnny Navarrete 148
Bekman Soylybayev 130 vs. Samuel González 130
Jorge García 148 vs. Juan González 148.5
Melissa Esquivel 122 vs. Mónica Gutiérrez 122
Bryan González 130 .4 vs. Kevin Ronquillo 131
Sergio Sánchez 122.5 vs. Miguel a Martínez 123
David Picazo 117 vs. Rogelio Armenta 117.5

Venue: Gimnasio “Manuel Aguirre”, Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Promotor: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

Omar Chávez 156 vs. Ramón Álvarez 156 Irma García 118 vs. Judith Rodríguez 118.5 Jaime Munguía 148 vs. Johnny Navarrete …


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Mthalane retains IBO flyweight belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane retained his IBO flyweight belt with an outstanding performance when he knocked out Genesis Libranza from the Philippines in the fourth round, in front of a poor crowd at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night.

Mthalane (50.76 kg) who had been out of action for 17 months looked in fine condition as he came out for the first round to score with stinging combinations to the head and body.
This was same pattern in round two and when Libranza (49.92 kg) changed to the southpaw stance in third stanza it made no difference as the South African continued to outbox him.
Quick off his stool in the fourth round Mthalane scored with big shots to the body before he dug in another stinging left to the body which sent Libranza down on all fours clutching his side in pain, where referee Tony Nyangiwe counted him out at 1 minute 23 seconds into the round. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane retained his IBO flyweight belt with an outstanding performance when he knocked out …


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Pulev beats Johnson by unanimous decision

IBF #2, WBC #3, WBO #5, WBA #9 heavyweight Kubrat “Cobra” Pulev (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (30-8-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. Johnson gave Pulev plenty of problems over the first six rounds, connecting with jabs and making Pulev miss. However, by round eight “Kingpin” seemed spent and he rarely left the ropes after that. Pulev had a big round in round ten and punished Johnson for the rest of the fight. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. Pulev won his fifth straight while Johnson has now dropped seven of his last nine. The bout was for the WBA inter-continental heavyweight championship.

IBF #2, WBC #3, WBO #5, WBA #9 heavyweight Kubrat “Cobra” Pulev (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round …



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Ramos Upsets Freeman in North Carolina

By Matt Thompson

Junior middleweight Jeremy Ramos, of Colorado Springs, CO, celebrated a belated birthday–he turned 30 on April 15–by scoring a unanimous six-round decision over hometown favorite Jamar Freeman before a packed house at the Durham Armory in Durham, North Carolina.

Ramos, who snapped a four-fight losing streak, rallied in the final two rounds to win by scores of 58-56 across the board and pump new life into his career.

“I had to step it up in the last two rounds,” Ramos said. “I knew it was a close after four rounds. In my last fight in Philadelphia, I thought I got robbed by the judges against Steve Martinez and I didn’t want the same thing to happen again.” (more…)

By Matt Thompson Junior middleweight Jeremy Ramos, of Colorado Springs, CO, celebrated a belated birthday–he turned 30 on April 15–by …


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EBU Updates

By Marco Bratusch

Mediaglobal boxing promotion won today EBU bid earning the rights to stage the fight between European bantamweight titlist Karim Guerfi (25-3, 7 KOs) against experienced official challenger Stephane Jamoye (31-7, 16 KOs), from Belgium. The winning offer was 7,500 Euros, topping a Promotion GMG bid of 6,000 Euros. The fight is expected to take place on June 17th in Paris, per Mediaglobal.

It must be clarified that a previous purse bid had been held for the same title last February, with JMM Management winning that bid with a sizeable offer. Nevertheless, when the already scheduled fight had to be postponed because of some back treatments required by Jamoye, the promoter could not provide alternative dates in the near months, eventually forcing EBU to call for a new bid. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch Mediaglobal boxing promotion won today EBU bid earning the rights to stage the fight between European bantamweight …


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Joshua-Klitschko officials named

Officials have been named for Saturday’s heavyweight title clash in London between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Referee David Fields, of New Jersey, will be the third man in the ring, while Don Trella (Conn.), Nelson Vazquez (Puerto Rico) and Steve Weisfeld (N.J.) will score the 12-round bout for Joshua’s IBF belt and the vacant WBA title.

Anthony Joshua: “I’m only going to be myself – the fight is already as big as it can be. There’s belts on the line, there’s legacy on the line, there’s 12 rounds of intense, ferocious boxing on the line. It comes with everything you want to see – boxing skills, power, timing. It’s just how long you can last and withstand each other’s abilities. I don’t hate Klitschko, I don’t dislike Klitschko, but I want to beat Klitschko. Someone is going to win and someone is going to continue with their career. And I’m very confident that’s me.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “This is a big step for AJ. He hasn’t fought this type of quality fighter yet. It’s going to be challenging for him, and it’s going to be challenging for me. This fight is 50-50, both fighters have a chance to win the fight, but I have this feeling that this is my night.”

Officials have been named for Saturday’s heavyweight title clash in London between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Referee David Fields, …


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Results from Dallas, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Lucio Quintero

Roy Jones promoted Forth Worth native Tony Lopez (12-2, 4 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time since he lost last September when he pursued the vacant WBA-NABA bantamweight title against Stephon Young in Las Vegas. Lopez fought in the main event against Ranel Suco (16-9-2, 7 KOs) as The Real Estate Council hosted their annual Fight Night XXIX, Havana Knockout, in front of their usual packed house at the Hilton Anatole on a beautiful night in Dallas, Texas. At stake was the super bantamweight WBC USNBC title.

Early in the first round, the southpaw Lopez was landing combinations to the head and body of Suco. Suco, also a southpaw, was showing swelling around the right eye immediately. Suco was game though as he countered Lopez at times to the body and didn’t mind mixing it up with the bigger Lopez. In the 3rd round, Suco came out very aggressive, but Lopez also countered and landed a big shot the head of Suco. Suco came back with a tripe right hook and Lopez quickly responded with a left hook of his own. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Lucio Quintero Roy Jones promoted Forth Worth native Tony Lopez (12-2, 4 KOs) returned to the …



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Joshua ten pounds heavier than Klitschko

Anthony Joshua 250.1 vs. Wladimir Klitschko 240.4
(IBF and vacant WBA heavyweight championships)

Wembley Stadium, London, England
Promoter: Matchroom, K2
TV: Showtime (live), HBO (delayed)

Anthony Joshua 250.1 vs. Wladimir Klitschko 240.4 (IBF and vacant WBA heavyweight championships) Wembley Stadium, London, England Promoter: Matchroom, K2 …


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Nietes, Nantapech make weight

Donnie “Ahas” Nietes 112 vs. Komgrich “Eaktawan” Nantapech 112
(IBF world flyweight championship)

Mark Magsayo 126.2 vs. Issa Nampepeche 124.6
Jeo Santisima 122.8 vs. Master Suro 122.4
Virgil Vitor 121.8 vs. Michael Escobia 122.2
Junrel Jimenez 112.8 vs. Romulo Ramayan 111.2
Kenneth Gentallan 113.8 vs. John Kenan Villaflor 112
Esneth Domingo 111.4 vs. Ramil Antaran 111.4
Christian Bacolod 108.4 vs. Mike Kinaadman 103.4

Venue: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Promotions
TV: TFC

Donnie “Ahas” Nietes 112 vs. Komgrich “Eaktawan” Nantapech 112 (IBF world flyweight championship) Mark Magsayo 126.2 vs. Issa Nampepeche 124.6 …


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Weights from Chicago

Josh Hernandez 127.5 vs. Gavino Guaman 130.5
Shawn Simpson 117.5 vs. Jose Elizondo 117
Jessica McCaskill 133 vs. Brenda Gonzalez 134.5
William Hernandez 129 vs. Giovanni Mioletti 131.5
Aidar Sharibayev 135 vs. Orlando Perez 135
Ruben Schobitz 167.5 vs. Cesar Ruiz 168

Promoter: Warriors Boxing Promotions
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago

Josh Hernandez 127.5 vs. Gavino Guaman 130.5 Shawn Simpson 117.5 vs. Jose Elizondo 117 Jessica McCaskill 133 vs. Brenda Gonzalez …


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UniMas Weights from Burbank, CA

Casey Ramos 131.8 vs. Miguel Beltran 131.4
Eric Deleon 131.6 vs. Daulis Prescott 131.6
Arnold Barboza Jr 142.4 vs. Markus Morris 142.6
Eric Fowler 141.2 vs. Ashkat Ualikanov 141.6
Dominic Serna 129.4 vs. Alexander Acuna 131.0
Cristian Robles 113.4 vs. Jose Luiis Marin 115.6

Venue: Mariott Events Center, Burbank, CA
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

Casey Ramos 131.8 vs. Miguel Beltran 131.4 Eric Deleon 131.6 vs. Daulis Prescott 131.6 Arnold Barboza Jr 142.4 vs. Markus …


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New fight added to Ward-Kovalev 2 PPV

USBA middleweight champion Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0, 8 KOs) and Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) will lead off the HBO Pay-Per-View lineup for Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Also confirmed for the telecast is a WBA super bantamweight title clash between Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs).

Tickets still available.

USBA middleweight champion Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0, 8 KOs) and Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs) will lead off …


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Lemieux: I’m in better shape than I was against Stevens

Fighting as the co-main event to Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr., former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) makes quick return to the ring after spectacular knockout over Curtis Stevens in March to face Marco “Dorado” Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena, live on Pay-Per-View. Below is what David Lemieux and his trainer Marc Ramsay had to say yesterday at their media day:

David Lemieux: “I’m in better shape than I was against Stevens. I only took a week off before heading back to the gym. I could not pass up the opportunity to fight on the May 6th card as the co-main event for Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., while all eyes will be on us. I love the Mexican fans who always put on a great atmosphere during the fights.

“Reyes is a solid opponent, but I am very confident in my abilities. I don’t think he will last long in the ring against me. I intend to make another statement on May 6.”

Marc Ramsay: “It’s going to be a good fight, especially in the early rounds. We are facing a bit of a kamikaze boxer, which we must take very seriously. You have to have a good defense and a good approach…when it comes to technique, David really is superior, so it’s going to have to show. He is very conscious of the extent of the importance of this fight.”

Fighting as the co-main event to Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr., former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) makes …


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Casey Ramos returns tomorrow night

World rated super featherweight Casey Ramos is back in action on a Top Rank card
at the Marriott Events Center in Burbank, California, on Friday night. Casey, 23-1, 6 KOs, will take on Miguel Beltran, 31-5, 21 KOs, in the main event which will be televised on Solo Boxeo Unimas.

“I know all about Miguel Beltran. He is a tough fighter who has already fought for the world title,” Ramos said. “This is a big fight for the both of us.” (more…)

World rated super featherweight Casey Ramos is back in action on a Top Rank card at the Marriott Events Center …


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Conlan returns May 26 in Chicago

Chicago fight fans will have a chance to get their Irish up when Ireland’s Olympic hero Michael “Mick” Conlan comes to town. Hot from his high-profile professional debut, a literal knockout performance which took place on St. Patrick’s Day at a sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden, Conlan continues his U.S. tour, going from the Big Apple to the City of the Big Shoulders. He will headline a nationally-televised event on Friday, May 26, at UIC Pavilion, in a six-round featherweight bout. The card will also feature former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and undefeated Top-10 welterweight contender Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo in separate 10 and eight-round bouts, respectively.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to Conlan’s Chicago debut go on sale Tomorrow! Friday, April 28, at Noon CT.

Chicago fight fans will have a chance to get their Irish up when Ireland’s Olympic hero Michael “Mick” Conlan comes …


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Joshua: Klitschko’s got a good chin

Anthony Joshua: “He’s got a good chin. How long has he reigned, 10 years? Yeah, he’s got a good chin. You can’t be a championship fighter for 10 years if you have a bad chin. That’s the thing about the heavyweight division, it takes one shot. All these fighters that we claim have got good chins are the ones who get knocked out by Wladimir, so he must be doing something right. I remember Samuel Peters had a granite chin but they still end up getting knocked out down the line and they don’t go on to do great things. So, regardless of the chin, I think he’s got something right that works.”

Anthony Joshua: “He’s got a good chin. How long has he reigned, 10 years? Yeah, he’s got a good chin. …


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LIVE Joshua vs. Klitschko Final Press Conference

Highlights from today’s final press conference from Sky Sports Studios. Just two more days until the heavyweight world championship bout between undefeated champion Anthony Joshua and long-reigning kingpin Wladimir Klitschko is the most significant heavyweight fight in more than a decade.

Wladimir Klitschko: I feel young, hungry, humble and totally obsessed with my goal…my goal, my obsession, my love is that those belts end up in my hands.
Anthony Joshua:
It’s just me and a man trading blows and the best man will win….April 29 is another stepping stone towards greatness.

Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs) will unify the heavyweight division as they meet for Joshua’s IBF World Championship and the vacant WBA World Championship in front of a record-setting 90,000 fans at Britain’s largest stadium.

Highlights from today’s final press conference from Sky Sports Studios. Just two more days until the heavyweight world championship bout …


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Burnett challenges Haskins for world title in Belfast

Ryan Burnett will challenge Lee Haskins for the IBF World Bantamweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on June 10, live on Sky Sports.

“I always dreamed of headlining in Belfast and now I have the opportunity to do it for a World Title – I’m so excited,” said Burnett.

“Home advantage is going to be massive. I’ve been in the opposite corner when I fought Ryan Farrag in Liverpool and experienced that side of it. I got a little taste of it when I was on the undercard when Carl Frampton boxed Scott Quigg, when I came out everyone went crazy.

“That felt like a home show! It gives you that extra spring in your step, I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in front of my home fans in Belfast. I can’t wait. (more…)

Ryan Burnett will challenge Lee Haskins for the IBF World Bantamweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on June …


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Ruaviking: I am coming to win over Nietes on Saturday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Thai promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang is aiming for his flyweight contender IBF#4 Eaktawan BTU Ruaviking (22-3, 15 KOs) to capture the vacant IBF Flyweight title against IBF#3 Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22 KOs) in Cebu City on Saturday.

Eaktawan said “Nietes is a very dangerous boxer, but I will do my best. I am coming to win. There is no pressure on me. I’m not worried about fighting in the Philippines.”

Jimmy Chaichotchuang said “Since Srisaket Sor Rungvisai beat Roman Gonsalez, I hope Eaktawan can do the same to shock Nietes in the Philippines.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang Thai promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang is aiming for his flyweight contender …


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Johnson: ‘’I’m going to break Pulev down and make him quit!’’

Photo: LAP.bg

Kevin Johnson (30-7-1, 14 KOs) says he will break Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) down and make him quit when they meet for the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title on Friday night at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria.

‘’Pulev doesn’t scare me,’’ said the American heavyweight. ‘’He’s a cartoon character. He might look serious but that’s because he’s an ugly dude, and ugly people always look serious. Whereas, people like me always have a smile on their face. It is what it is. I can smile in person and I can whoop ass in the ring.

‘’On Friday, I’m going to break him down and make him quit. He can take a lot of shots but there will come a time when he’s going to say enough is enough. It might be in the fifth round, it might be in the seventh or it might be in the twelfth. It doesn’t matter; all that matters is that I’m taking that belt home!’’ (more…)

Photo: LAP.bg Kevin Johnson (30-7-1, 14 KOs) says he will break Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) down and make him …


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Pacquiao: Horn will stand and make an exciting fight

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont

WBO#2 Jeff Horn will have the hometown advantage when he squares off against boxing legend and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on July 2 at the Suncorp stadium in Brisbane with most of the expected 55,000 fans cheering for the Aussie schoolteacher but this is not the first time the future Hall of Famer has boxed in front of a massive attendance reports Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. Promoters Bob Arum and Dean Lonergan were also with Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn at Sydney airport’s Pullman hotel for a press conference Thursday.

Pacman beat Anthony Mundine’s conqueror Joshua Clottey at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas in 2010 before 51,000 fans and he hopes there will be even more to cheer for Horn at Suncorp.

He said he had also fought in front of hostile crowds before and in 2003, at a huge auditorium in San Antonio, Texas, beat Marco Antonio Barrera before his opponent’s army of Mexican supporters.

“The only three friends I had in the whole place were the people in my corner,” Pacquiao said.
“But I still won. I think Jeff Horn will make an exciting fight. I throw a lot of punches and he likes to go toe-to-toe. He is very aggressive.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermont WBO#2 Jeff Horn will have the hometown advantage when he …


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De Gracia vs Sanchez on Civil War, May 18 in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Undefeated featherweight Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (20-0-1, 16 Ko’s), ranked #9 by WBA, faces Jorge “El Buffalo” Sanchez (16-2, 9 Ko’s) on Thursday, May 18th at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall, on the main event of the “Civil War” card announced by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. The De Gracia vs Sanchez fight is scheduled to 10 rounds on 126 pounds.

Former world title challenger Irving “El Relampago” Berry (22-6-2, 9 Ko’s) faces Jonathan Arenas (18-1, 12 Ko’s) on 8 rounds/ 130 pounds.

Undefeated prospects, Jaime Arboleda, Jaime Muñoz, Keyver Fernandez, Gerardo Murillo and Rafael Pedroza are also included on the card.

By Héctor Villarreal Undefeated featherweight Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (20-0-1, 16 Ko’s), ranked #9 by WBA, faces Jorge “El …


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Arum: Pacquiao-Horn will be a competitive fight

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum is confident WBO #2 Jeff Horn will be a good challenger for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao when they clash at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on July 2. “Obviously, they see Manny fighting a guy who’s never fought in the United States and that’s why they say, ‘who is Jeff Horn?’,” Arum said. “But some great writers now are coming around that Jeff has the style to make it a real competitive fight. They just didn’t know who Horn was.”

Arum added, “Manny can use his speed and (agility) to avoid punches and hit, that gives Manny a big advantage. But because Manny tends to be very aggressive offensively, he leaves himself open for a counter. Jeff, when I watched him, is a terrific counter-puncher. That’s going to be his strength. When Manny attacks, will Jeff be able to stand there, face Manny’s punch and hit Manny with a counter right? If he does, with what strength can he hit him and what effect will it have? That, to me, is the fight. Everything else is baloney.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum is confident WBO #2 Jeff Horn will …


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Plenty of action for boxing fans in SA

By Ron Jackson

There is plenty of action for boxing fans over the coming weekend, with tournaments in Johannesburg and Brakpan on Friday night and in East London on Sunday. South Africa’s IBO flyweight champion, Moruti Mthalane 34, who has a record of 32-2; 21 makes the third defense of his belt when he faces 23-year-old unbeaten eleven fight novice Filipino, Genesis Libranza at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Turfontein, Johannesburg. (more…)

By Ron Jackson There is plenty of action for boxing fans over the coming weekend, with tournaments in Johannesburg and …


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Weights From Durham, NC

Jamar Freeman 156 vs. Jeremy Ramos 155 1/2
Marklin Bailey 134 1/2 vs. Vinnie Denierio 133 1/2
Carltavius Jones Johnson 154 vs. Donnie Marshall 157
Nate Williams 247 vs. Brandon Maske 289
Noy’a McNair 130 vs. Carlos Olmeda 134 1/2
Sean O’Malley 147 1/2 vs. Anthony Sonnier 146 1/2
Lawrence Gabriel 197 vs. Austin Bryant 193
John Mitchell 174 vs. Alan Lawrence 178 1/2
Osnel Charles 142 vs. Joey Figueroa 149 1/2
Keontra Whitley 169 vs. Eric Moon 169

Venue: Durham (NC) Armory
Promoter: Top Catz Boxing
First bout: 7 pm

Jamar Freeman 156 vs. Jeremy Ramos 155 1/2 Marklin Bailey 134 1/2 vs. Vinnie Denierio 133 1/2 Carltavius Jones Johnson …


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Pacquiao and Horn meet at Suncorp Stadium

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO#2 Jeff Horn came face to face with each other it was reported by Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday where they will clash on July 2.

“I know what it is like to be young and hungry,’’ Pacquiao said. “Many times I would lie awake and dream of my chance. I like this fight with Jeff Horn because he stands and fights, he does not run away in the ring. It will be a very exciting fight for the fans.’’

“I still can’t believe I’m actually here,’’ Horn said at Wednesday’s official meeting at Suncorp Stadium. “I’m getting ready to fight an absolute legend of world sport.

“It’s much more than a dream come true for me and all the people who have helped me get here but now I have to make that dream a reality and take Manny’s world title.’’

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO#2 Jeff Horn came face to face …




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