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

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Errol Spence, Jr. Workout at R&R Boxing Club

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New Parker opponent announcement on tap

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #14 heavyweight Razvan Conjanu (16-2, 9 KOs) is expected to be announced today as the replacement for WBO #1 Hughie Fury to challenge WBO champion Joseph Parker at the Sparks Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on May 6. “We are excited, we think we have got someone that is at least as good as Hughie Fury and certainly has more power than Hughie Fury,” Duco CEO David Higgins said. “He’s a very tough contender, so it’s a proper challenge. It’s looking promising … tomorrow we are planning a big announcement.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #14 heavyweight Razvan Conjanu (16-2, 9 KOs) is expected to be announced …



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Pulev and Johnson come face-to-face

Heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) and Kevin Johnson (30-7-1, 14 KOs) came face-to-face at a press conference today at the Hotel Marinela in Sofia ahead of their WBA Intercontinental title clash on Friday night at the Arena Armeec.

Photo: LAP Images

Pulev makes the first defense of the WBA strap he claimed with a third-round stoppage victory over former World Champion Samuel Peter in December, and also risks his IBF mandatory position, which would see him in line to face the winner of Saturday’s World title showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)

Heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) and Kevin Johnson (30-7-1, 14 KOs) came face-to-face at a press conference today at …


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Wilder targets Joshua-Klitschko winner

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder hosted a media conference call to give his thoughts on Saturday’s heavyweight blockbuster between undefeated IBF Champion Anthony Joshua and long-reigning kingpin Wladimir Klitschko live on SHOWTIME from sold-out Wembley Stadium in London.

On potentially fighting the winner later this year…

“Hopefully. There are a lot of people that are involved in this. If it were just solely up to me then I’d be 1,000 percent confident, but it’s not just me. That’s what the fans want. I’ve been wanting to give the fans what they want my entire career. Unfortunately, I am one of those fighters that’s always getting the short end of the stick. I only can work with what I can work with.

“I am very confident that I am the best in this division. I am very confident that I will unify this division. I am very confident that I will retire on top, undefeated as well. I’m just waiting for my moment. I’ve been sitting patiently all of this time, even in the start of my career and I’m sitting patient now. I’m just looking forward to my turn.”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder hosted a media conference call to give his thoughts on Saturday’s heavyweight blockbuster between undefeated …




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Ex-heavyweight champ Martin returns tonight

Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-1-1, 21 KOs) quietly returns tonight in an off-TV bout against journeyman Byron Polley (30-20-1, 13 KOs) tonight at the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. It will be Martin’s first fight since losing the title to Anthony Joshua 12 months ago. Martin had acquired the vacant world title in inauspicious fashion three months earlier when his opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov suffered a sudden knee injury and couldn’t continue.

Photo: Greg Crowder/Premier Boxing Champions

Yordenis Ugas 153.2 vs. Nelson Lara 152.4
Oscar Molina 149.4 vs. Levan Ghvamichava 149.4
Charles Martin 242.4 vs. Byron Polley 259.4
Elvina White 137.2 vs. Tammy Franks 134.8
Ryan Adams 165.6 vs. Carlos Dumas 162.2
Julius Dyes 150.8 vs. Taif Harris 150.4
Dedrick Bell 154.5 vs. Anthony Bowman 156

Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-1-1, 21 KOs) quietly returns tonight in an off-TV bout against journeyman Byron Polley …


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Ugas replaces Barrios in tonight’s FS1 main event

PBC has made a sudden change in tonight’s FS1 telecast. Welterweight Yordenis Ugas (18-3, 8 KOs) will now battle Nelson Lara (17-7-4, 9 KOs) in the 10-round main event on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes tonight, April 25 from the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.

Ugas steps in to fight on one day’s notice after Lara was overweight for his scheduled super lightweight bout with Mario Barrios, who declined to go forward with the match. The bout between Ugas and Lara will now be contested at the super welterweight limit.

Televised coverage begins with a 10-round matchup of exciting welterweights as once-beaten Oscar Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) takes on Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.

PBC has made a sudden change in tonight’s FS1 telecast. Welterweight Yordenis Ugas (18-3, 8 KOs) will now battle Nelson …


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Joshua: He’s old enough to be my dad / Wlad: All the pressure on the other side

The heavily-touted IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0) faces Wladimir Klitschko (64-4) for the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles this weekend. A record-breaking crowd of 90,000 will fill the Wembley Stadium this Saturday for what will be the most a historic night of boxing under the famous arch in North London.

Fight week is underway.

Anthony Joshua: “Age plays a role. He said himself he’s old enough to be my dad. I won’t let that be the reason I win, though. He’s going for his legacy, he wants his title back and it’s an amazing opportunity for me. I can box Klitschko for 12 rounds, make him miss, make him pay, don’t get hit — I can deal with him, trust me.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “All the pressure is on the other side, not on me. I don’t need to defend my titles, I don’t need to [worry about] losing a winning record. I just want to enjoy myself in the ring, enjoy the atmosphere, and enjoy my performance. I want to impress myself, and my knowledge of what I am capable of doing.”

The heavily-touted IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0) faces Wladimir Klitschko (64-4) for the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles …


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Tyson Fury targets July return

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury is targeting a July ring return. The former WBA Super, WBO, and IBF world heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since he dethroned long-reigning Heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. But now the controversial Mancunian wants to begin his mission to reclaim all of his belts this summer.

In a social media post, the ‘Gypsy King’ indicated he wanted to make his comeback on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ mandatory defense against Avtandil Khurtsize.

Promoter Frank Warren is currently finalizing details for Saunders’ mandatory defense against newly-crowned WBO Interim Champion Khurtsidze; with a July date in London looking likely.

“Gypsy King reporting into the World. I can confirm that I will be accompanying the one and only Billy Joe Saunders when he fights ‘Danny De Vito’,” Fury said in an Instagram post. (more…)

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury is targeting a July ring return. The former WBA Super, WBO, and …



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Late Results from Atlantic City

This past Saturday, unbeaten jr welterweight Keenan Smith (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Edgar Gabejan (27-34-7, 9 KOs) in round seven of their scheduled eight round bout that headlined a show at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

Smith dominated the action, as Gabejan was reduced to lunging holding and even went to the canvas several times for slips. Smith was able to score a knockdown in round seven from a flurry of punches. Smith was fully in control and stepped on the gas in the seventh, as he dropped Gabejan for a second time from a flurry of body punches. Gabejan got to his feet, but he had taken enough punishment and the fight was stopped at 1:43. (more…)

This past Saturday, unbeaten jr welterweight Keenan Smith (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Edgar Gabejan (27-34-7, 9 KOs) in round seven …


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Traietti triumphs as promoter, matchmaker and fighter

By Mark Vaz at ringside

Granite Chin Boxing presented their fifth event at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, MA, this past Saturday with a card featuring Worcester, MA featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzales plus hometown Chris Traietti against Alfredo Trevino of Sonora, Mexico, in a ten-round bout for the WBU Americas Cruiserweight Championship.

Traietti (23-4, 18 KOs) – doing triple duty as promoter, matchmaker and headliner – opened the bout working behind a strong jab, looking from the start to setup his most effective shot, a left hook to the body. Trevino (8-2-1, 1 KO) attempted to avoid it by jabbing and circling clockwise, taking Traietti’s leverage away from the hook but absorbing quick right cross counters in the process. Listening to his corner between rounds, Traietti made the adjustment and stepped to the right, cutting Trevino off and pinning him on the ropes where he was able to unleash a sustained body attack, dropping Trevino with shots that caused the crowd to wince in sympathy with Travino’s pain. Showing pluck, Trevino managed to regain his feet twice, however he finally succumbed to the clean shots. Referee Leo Gerstel stopped the bout after the third knockdown at 2:30 of round two. With the victory, Traietti captures the WBU Americas Cruiserweight Championship. (more…)

By Mark Vaz at ringside Granite Chin Boxing presented their fifth event at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, MA, …


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Barrios-Lara clash tonight

Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios (18-0, 10 KOs) is set for a main event showdown against Nelson Lara (17-7-4, 9 KOs) tonight on FS1 from the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. “I really don’t know much about Nelson Lara, except for the fact that he’s coming off a couple of wins,” stated Barrios, who is moving up two weight classes. “I’m sure his confidence is high, so I’m expecting a tough fight. Also, I know he’s fought at lightweight or super-lightweight for most of his career, so he’s got more experience fighting at this weight. One thing for sure is…I’ll be ready for anything he brings to the ring.”

Televised coverage begins with a 10-round welterweight matchup between Oscar Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) and Levan Ghvamichava (17-3-1, 13 KOs).

Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios (18-0, 10 KOs) is set for a main event showdown against Nelson Lara (17-7-4, 9 …


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The 12th Round: Made in Mexico

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – José Sulaiman son

The highly anticipated fight between Julio Cesar Chavez jr and Saul “ Canelo “ Alvarez has caught world attention and will certainly be a great success ; T-Mobile Arena was sold out immediately Pay-Per-View is expected to be over 1 million homes, both major TV Networks in Mexico (Televisa and Azteca) will air the fight which will break all existing records of tv audience in history in Mexico, so in essence it is a monumental success.

The WBC is extremely proud of both fighters, two Mexican warriors who have taunted each other for 6 years and now will have the opportunity to claim to be Mexico’s representative to the world.

Mexico has 2 major national celebrations, 5 de mayo and Independence Day on September 16. It has become a tradition to celebrate these 2 holidays with boxing events, specially in Las Vegas.

The WBC was founded in Mexico by it’s President Adolfo Lopez Mateos in 1963. Lopez Mateos was a boxer and even as acting President was regularly seen at boxing events, reason for which he is regarded as one of the greatest supporters of boxing in Mexico. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – José Sulaiman son The highly anticipated fight between Julio Cesar Chavez jr and Saul …



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WBC unveils special Canelo-Junior belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The special WBC belt that will be presented to the winner of the bout between the Mexican stars Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saúl Álvarez has officially unveiled Monday at the Toluca Airport in Mexico State. The belt was created in tribute to the former Mexican President 1958-1964 “Adolfo Lopez Mateos,” the main driving force for the creation of the World Boxing Council in 1963.

Photo: Alma Montiel

The belt will be a special prize for boxers who win major fights that are held on the big Mexican holidays in May and September. Alvarez-Chavez Jr. collide May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The special WBC belt that will be presented to the winner of the bout between the …


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Late Results from Elk Grove Village, IL

By Craig Wick at ringside

Hitz boxing went right back to the Belvedere Event Center in Elk Grove Village, IL, Friday night for their second offering of 2017 (more on that later), a 5-bout card highlighted, if the attendance was any indication, by some pretty popular local fighters. Chief among them was Chicago’s Tommy Hughes (2-0, 1 KO) who took the feature with a decision over Robert Guerra (2-4, 1 KO) Holland, MI, after four rounds of fast-paced light heavyweight action. Irish faithful expecting a quick night for Hughes should have done their due diligence, as Guerra, who turned pro in 2015, had faced nothing but beastly opposition since, and by and large stood up to it. His toughness was frequently called upon, especially in round 3, when he absorbed several crunching right hands that would have starched lesser fighters. Guerra showed his mettle in rallying back, in round four particularly, when both fighters got a rise from the crowed with frenetic action that lasted until the bell. No drama from the judges, as Hughes performed well and easily captured the decision on all three scorecards, 40-36. (more…)

By Craig Wick at ringside Hitz boxing went right back to the Belvedere Event Center in Elk Grove Village, IL, …


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Parker camp eyeing new foes for May 6 date

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be defending the championship on May 6 in Auckland, New Zealand, according to Duco Event boss David Higgins. “Any heavyweight worth their salt dreams of fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world,” Higgins told the Herald newspaper. “If someone offers you a six-figure sum and a title shot there will be a lot of takers. We need to look for someone who has been in camp because Joseph wants a challenge and thankfully we’ve got a few options. If we continue we’re putting on an opponent at least as good as Hughie Fury, if not better. And it’s a world heavyweight championship defense.”

Higgins also took a shot at the camp of Hughie Fury after Fury pulled out citing a back injury. “Frank Warren is talking in the media as if this fight is going to happen later in the year offshore. It’s flabbergasting – he’s saying that without even having spoken to us, so I’m furious…they’re probably going to cling to the mandatory and we’ll go through the proper process and request medical evidence and so on.

“We found out about the injury through the media … he just hasn’t communicated with us.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be defending the championship on May 6 …


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Porter-Berto wrap up

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos by: Emily Harney

Andre Berto and Shawn Porto battled it out in the ring for the chance to fight WBC Welterweight champion Keith Thurman. In front of 9,118 fight fans at the Barclays Center in New York, NY, both fighters came prepared and focused with the chance to become a world champion once again. In the end, both fighters endured cuts around their eyes that affected their vision during battle however they gave the fans a tough, courageous fight even though the referee Mark Nelson failed to prevent constant headbutts and illegal blows. More

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos by: Emily Harney Andre Berto and Shawn Porto battled it out in the ring …



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PBC adds McCarter-Szabados on FS2

Former world champion Layla McCarter (38-13-5, 9 KOs) meets former title challenger Szilvia Szabados (15-9, 6 KOs) in a women’s welterweight showdown while super lightweight prospect Ladarius Miller (12-1, 3 KOs) takes on once-beaten Jesus Gutierrez (14-1-1, 4 KOs) in a special edition of Premier Boxing Champions prelimson FS2 and FOX Deportes on Saturday, April 29 from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

Televised coverage begins on FS2 and FOX Deportes at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT before switching over to FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT for a show headlined by WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Carlos Zambrano (26-0, KOs) defending his title against once-beaten contender Claudio Marrero (21-1, 15 KOs).

Former world champion Layla McCarter (38-13-5, 9 KOs) meets former title challenger Szilvia Szabados (15-9, 6 KOs) in a women’s …


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Adrien Broner: I know who shot at me, people want me dead

By TMZSports.com

Boxing superstar Adrien Broner is finally talking about the shooting in Ohio last week … telling TMZ Sports he believes he was targeted because “every killer wants a celebrity on their list.” As we previously reported, Broner was arrested in Kentucky on Thursday after cops pulled him over in an SUV that was riddled with bullets.

Now, the boxer is telling us why he was shot at — and who wants him dead. We also asked Broner straight-up if he’s considering moving his family out of town knowing his life might be in danger. Scary stuff.

By TMZSports.com Boxing superstar Adrien Broner is finally talking about the shooting in Ohio last week … telling TMZ Sports …


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Saunders vows to make Khurtsidze ‘look stupid’

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was unimpressed with new WBO interim titlist Avtandil Khurtsidze. The 5’4 Brooklyn-based Georgian Khurtsidze stopped British champ Tommy Langford in five rounds to claim the interim belt on Saturday night at the Leicester Arena in Leicester, England, to set up a July clash with Saunders.

Billy Joe Saunders: “No disrespect to him but I will show you what he is when I fight him. All he is to me is a puffed up Danny De Vito coming forward throwing punches. He will never beat me ever and I will make him look stupid. Tommy should have got on his feet and made him miss and made him pay.”

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In another WBO interim world title fight, Zolani Tete picked up the vacant WBO interim bantamweight crown after outclassing Arthur Villanueva over twelve by scores of 119-108, 119-108, 120-107. Villanueva was down in the eleventh round.

That fight was originally scheduled to be an elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBO bantamweight title, but was elevated to interim title status after reigning champ Marlon Tapales was stripped of the belt for missing weight prior to his defense against Shohei Omori in Japan.

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was unimpressed with new WBO interim titlist Avtandil Khurtsidze. The 5’4 Brooklyn-based Georgian …


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Adamek talks comeback, Klitschko-Joshua

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m not a sitting home, counting the money type of guy,” says former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champ, and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek. “I’m still full of energy and boxing skills. I will prove that a 40-year-old Adamek is not too old to return to the ring. That I still have skills, can still provide ring excitement for my fans across the world. This is why I’m back. Not for money.”

Adamek (50-5, 30 KO) returns to the ring against New Zealand-born Australian Solomon Haumono (24-3, 21 KO) on June 24 at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, Poland. Adamek is already training with new coach Gus Curran from Vero Beach’s “House of Champions,” who will be in the Adamek corner for the first time, replacing longtime “Góral” trainer Roger Bloodworth. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I’m not a sitting home, counting the money type of guy,” says former light heavyweight and cruiserweight …


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Quigg-Simion elevated to IBF eliminator

Scott Quigg’s showdown with Viorel Simion has been ordered as an IBF world featherweight eliminator on Saturday night’s Joshua-Klitschko card at Wembley Stadium in London. Quigg returns to the UK to fight for the first time under new trainer Freddie Roach, and his clash with the Romanian now takes on even more importance following the IBF’s move.

Simion is ranked at #4 in the IBF, one place ahead of Quigg, and the winner would take the two spot, and if Selby’s mandatory challenger Jonathan Barros is unavailable to fight, then Saturday’s winner will meet Selby next. (more…)

Scott Quigg’s showdown with Viorel Simion has been ordered as an IBF world featherweight eliminator on Saturday night’s Joshua-Klitschko card …


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Adames talks about Crawford-Diaz

By Robert Coster

WBA #5 welterweight contender Carlos Adames is set to travel to California where he will be the sparring partner of his fellow Dominican, 2008 Olympic Champion Felix Diaz, who will be facing WBC/WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford on May 20th.

Photo courtesy of Upper Promotions

Flanked by his manager Jorge Luis Herasme, the 22-year-old Adames (11-0, 10 KOs), who has sparred with both Crawford and Diaz, answered the questions put to him by Fightnews.com® regarding both fighters. (more…)

By Robert Coster WBA #5 welterweight contender Carlos Adames is set to travel to California where he will be the …


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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 mandatory contender Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), of Colombia Saturday night in defending his WBO featherweight title at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California headlining the Top Rank Pay Per View card. Oscar Valdez did not make the post fight press conference but spoke to us briefly

“It was a tough fight and it was my first time going 12 rounds. I knew he was going to be a tough fighter. It was nothing easy much respect to Marriaga. We did good thank god,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com

In the co feature bout Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (35-0, 24 KOs), of Mazatlán, México, won a lackluster one-sided unanimous decision in the first defense of his WBO super middleweight title against Max “Tiger” Bursak (33-5-1, 15 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine. Ramirez talked about his first fight back since coming off an injury and winning the title over a year ago. (more…)

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


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Late results from Minnesota

By Ray Kilgore
Photos: Jesse Kelley at ringside

Delorien “Lord” Caraway (9-1, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, Mn defeated Jerome Rodriguez (7-7-3, 2 KO’s) of Allentown, Pennsylvania by unanimous decision in last Friday night’s main event at the Grand Casino in Hinkley, MN.

It was clear from round one that Rodriguez was going to have a long night dealing with Caraway’s speed and footwork. Caraway landed right hands to Rodriguez’s body and head, while feinting and mocking Rodriguez at times. But it wasn’t as if Rodriguez didn’t offer up a fight. In round two, he was able to stun Caraway with some good right hands and body blows. And several times throughout the fight, Caraway was forced to back up, circle and got hit with some clean head shots.

But to Caraway’s credit, he never lost his focus as he circled and reset when he needed. Once Caraway established his ground by using his jabs, game plan of movement, and solid right hands to Rodriguez’s head and body, Caraway got the job done.
The final scores read: 59-56, 58-56, 59-55. (more…)

By Ray Kilgore Photos: Jesse Kelley at ringside Delorien “Lord” Caraway (9-1, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, Mn defeated Jerome Rodriguez …


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Pacquiao hits Brisbane, Australia

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Monday for a series of press conferences throughout the country ahead of his July 2 defense of the world championship against WBO #2 Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, which is expected to become a record live gate of 55,000 fight fans. Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail was at Brisbane airport where Pacman commented on the event.

“My message for him is to work hard,” Pacquiao said. “Make sure you are in 100 per cent condition on July 2 so we can give a good fight and entertain the people. I am motivated and here to do my best.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Monday for …


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Mbenge stops Ness in seven

By Ron Jackson

In a rather untidy affair, Thulani Mbenge won the South African welterweight title when he stopped defending champion Sean Ness in the seventh round at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old Mbenge (66, 65 kg) who suffered a cut under his right eye in the early in the fight made a fast start and dropped Ness (66, 45 kg) with a right hand to the side of the head. Ness was not hurt and came back immediately.

There was definitely a clash of styles with the orthodox Mbenge against the unorthodox southpaw style of Ness, and as a result from the second round the fight developed into a spoiling and holding a match with both fighters receiving warnings from referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen for holding and other offenses. (more…)

By Ron Jackson In a rather untidy affair, Thulani Mbenge won the South African welterweight title when he stopped defending …


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Team Fury: Hughie has back injury

Team Fury/Hennessey Sports Statement: It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce that the WBO World Heavyweight Championship between the Champion, Joseph Parker, and mandatory challenger, Hughie Fury, scheduled for Saturday 6th May 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand, has been postponed.

Hughie has been declared medically unfit to box following a medical assessment. He has suffered an injury to his lower back which has been a serious issue for the last three weeks that has left him unable to train to his full capacity. Despite receiving intense physiotherapy treatment and his desire to fight for the WBO World title, after seeing his physiotherapist last Friday he has been advised to rest for 3-4 weeks before resuming training. (more…)

Team Fury/Hennessey Sports Statement: It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce that the WBO World Heavyweight …


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Ioka keeps WBA 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 112, successfully kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (117-110 twice, 116-111) over Thailand’s Noknoi Sithprasert (62-5, 38 KOs), 112, over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka maintained the initiative almost all the way with his economic way of fighting to hit without getting hit. Ioka was penalized a point for having hit low in round three, but kept battering the Thai challenger’s breadbasket so effectively that Ioka had him at bay in the tenth and eleventh rounds. Noknoi’s durability was beyond description. The referee was Raul Caiz Jr (US).

By Joe Koizumi WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 112, successfully kept his belt as he pounded out …


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Overweight ex-WBO champ Tapaples stops Omori in eleven

By Joe Koizumi

Overweight ex-WBO bantam champ Marlon Tapales (30-2, 13 KOs), 120, crashed the dream and ambition of Shohei Omori (18-2, 13 KOs), 117.5, to win the WBO belt when he finally caught up with the taller Japanese southpaw, dropped him in the closing second of the tenth and halted him at 0:16 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Until before the tenth Omori was leading on points—all 86-85, but all the tallies after Tapales badly decking Omori in the tenth were identically 95-94 for Tapales.

The Filipino lefty forfeited his belt since he failed to make the 118-pound class limit, and his victory left the WBO belt vacant. It was a gory competitive affair with Tapales bleeding from a cut over the right eyebrow in the fourth and Omori from a gash over the left eyelid in the seventh on.

The referee was Celestino Ruiz (US), and the judges were Levis Martinez, John Madfis (both US), and David Singh (Panama). The WBO supervisor was Rolando Marcos Hermoso (Panama).

By Joe Koizumi Overweight ex-WBO bantam champ Marlon Tapales (30-2, 13 KOs), 120, crashed the dream and ambition of Shohei …


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Moreno defeats Zamora, gains WBC title

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Phtos: Alma Montiel

Former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno obtained the light flyweight world championship, dethroning Ibeth “Roca” Zamora in an event held at the Unidas Deportiva Martín Alarcón Hisojo “La Hortaliza” in Metepec, Mexico.

The world rated Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta demonstrated that he is the best fighter against Juan Jiménez by a five round TKO.

Former Olympic Elías “Tigre de Zitlala” Emigdio, made his professional debut defeating Luis López by points in four rounds.

The legendary female wrestler Dulce “Sexy” Garcia prevailed in her professional debut against the experienced Yaneli Hernández by unanimous decision. Garcia is the wife of the Former double world champion Jhonny González. photos

By Gabriel F. Cordero Phtos: Alma Montiel Former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno obtained the light flyweight world championship, dethroning …


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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), Japan, by a come-from-behind stoppage at 1:36 of the twelfth and final round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Oishi, 32, making his first defense since wresting the belt from Takayuki Hosokawa last November, decked the Thai underdog in the second and was apparently leading on points by a wide margin after the eighth on open scoring system. Suddenly slowing down and then exhausted, Oishi absorbed a last surge of the Thailander and badly went down in the fatal session with the referee’s intervention. Unconscious ex-champ Oishi was carried out of the ring on a stretcher and rushed to Tane Hospital. He was all right without an expected brain surgery in accordance with the JBC’s announcement. The Edion Arena Osaka (AKA Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) celebrates three promotions every night from Friday to witness a new champion born in each of the first two shows.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka …


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Valdez-Marriaga Official Scorecard

Judges didn’t give Miguel Marriaga very many rounds in his war with WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez.

Judges didn’t give Miguel Marriaga very many rounds in his war with WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez.


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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very tough Colombian challenger, Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21KO) on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Valdez opened the fight very aggressively but when Marriaga’s chin passed the test, Valdez was forced to box, and boxed very capably, against the heavy-handed Marriaga. Just as Marriaga was building momentum, Valdez floored him with a left hook counter punch in the tenth round. What ensued was a round of the year candidate with Marriaga first rising from the canvas and surviving the next onslaught to then fighting back bravely and hurting Valdez. The two then went toe to toe for the championship rounds to the delight of the crowd, battling to the final bell. Judges scored the bout 119-108, 116-111 and 118-109, all in favor of Valdez yet Marriaga remained a threat until the very end. Valdez, in the post fight interview, expressed a desire to face Leo Santa Cruz or any other champion at 126 pounds.

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision …


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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, 15KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It was the first fight in over a year for Ramirez who was out with a hand injury.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Despite having a significant size advantage at 6’2″ over Bursak, Ramirez didn’t seem to have enough on his punches to hurt the durable Bursak who seemed content to just hang around for the twelve round distance. By scores of 120-106 on all three judges scorecards, Ramirez easily retains his WBO super middleweight title but does little or nothing to raise his own stock. At various times throughout the bout, the crowd started doing “the wave”, typically taking place at baseball games to get a rally going but none of the waves were successful to get the action going in this fight.

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over …


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Porter stops Berto in nine

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Andre Berto and Shawn Porto battled it out in the ring for the chance to fight WBC Welterweight champion Keith Thurman. In front of 9,118 fight fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, both fighters came prepared and focused on the chance to become a world champion once again. In the end, both fighters endured cuts on their eye that affected their vision and gave the fans a tough, courageous fight even though the referee failed to prevent constant headbutts and illegal blows.

Eventually Porter reigned supreme with the greater conditioning and accuracy in his power punches. Porter fought an inside fight and left Berto stumped as to how to counter effectively, suffering two knockdowns before the referee stopped the fight and awarded a TKO to Porter. The official time of the stoppage was 1:31 in round 9. Porter notches another victory to go to 27-2-1, 17 KOs while Berto picks up another defeat and is 31-5, 24 KOs. photos

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Andre Berto and Shawn Porto battled it out in the ring for …




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