Jose Uzcategui uppdate

Jose Uzcategui uppdate

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Wlodarczyk edges Gevor in IBF eliminator

Wlodarczyk edges Gevor in IBF eliminator

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Crawford dominates and stops Diaz to retain WBC and WBO 140lb titles

Crawford dominates and stops Diaz to retain WBC and WBO 140lb titles

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Russell retains WBC feather belt, Dirrell claims IBF interim super middle belt via DQ

Russell retains WBC feather belt, Dirrell claims IBF interim super middle belt via DQ

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Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

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34th IBF convention officially closes

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

The final meeting of the 34th annual IBF convention was held this morning in St. Petersburg, FL. The first order of the day was taking suggestions for next year’s convention. Possible sites include: St. Petersburg (Russia), Rome, Philippines, Macau (China) and Philadelphia. After cost analysis, federation exposure and travel feasibility, a decision will be rendered and made public. That was all the content of the closing meeting and with that, IBF president Daryl Peoples officially closed the 34th convention, bidding fare travels to the assembled delegates until next year, wherever that may be.

A private directorate meeting will be held this afternoon, in which matters concerning the Andre Dirrell-Jose Uzcategui fight as well as issues concerning the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko rematch and mandatory defense obligations will be deliberated and ruled upon. Fightnews.com will dispense the news as we learn it.

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Kevin Smith victorious in comeback fight

Hollywood came out in full force to catch a night filled with action-packed boxing matches, live performances and more at the B. Riley & Co. 8th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. The star-studded evening of boxing presented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions benefitted the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and its mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images for Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation

In the main event to the exclusive charity boxing soiree, Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers, Jr. (14-1, 10 KOs) took on Mexico City’s rugged Roberto “Escorpión” Pucheta (10-11-1, 6 KOs) in a six round lightweight bout. Rivers, Jr., returning to the ring after a 16 month absence, turned up the heat in the third round throwing combinations, giving his opponent a bloody nose late in the round. “K-Smoove” found his groove as the rounds progressed, landing with accuracy. The judges scored the bout all in favor of the East Coast fighter, awarding Rivers, Jr. the unanimous decision win with scores of 60-54, 58-56, and 59-55. (more…)

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Annual IBF Awards Banquet

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

Some 300+ delegates of the IBF/USBA 34th annual convention were on hand to celebrate the best in boxing at the annual awards banquet Wednesday evening. Emcee duties were expertly handled by former NFL guard with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles Ian Beckles.

Current awards, as well as some overdue rings were presented as follows:

IBF Female Fighter of the Year: Leonela Yudica, IBF Female Flyweight Champion
Still undefeated at 12-0-1, Señora Yudica, balances her boxing career with her full time job as a teacher at an elementary boys school in her hometown of San Juan, Argentina.

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By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Bob Newman Some 300+ delegates of the IBF/USBA 34th annual convention were on hand to …




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Srisaket, Yuh and Titov, Best of WBC Asia 2016

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Asian Boxing Council

Asian Boxing Council (ABCO), a regional organization affiliated with WBC, had held “WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai Press Conference and Annual Awards Presentation 2016-17” on Wednesday at Asia Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand. The highlight of the event was the annual awards’ presentation to the boxers and promoters who have an outstanding achievement during the year. The WBC Asia Boxer of the Year is the current WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Nakornloung who regained his WBC crown by defeating Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on March 18. The WBC Asia Female Boxer of the Year is Korean Hee Jung Yuh who is now the WBC Asia Female Super Flyweight title holder. The WBC Asia Promoter of the year is Mr.German Titov of RCC Boxing Promotions who promoted 13 WBC Asia championship bouts during 2016.

The others WBC Asia awards of the year were as follows: (more…)

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Asian Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council (ABCO), a regional organization affiliated with WBC, had held “WBC …


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IBF Champion Davis Signs Under Armour Endorsement Deal

By Gary Williams

IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Under Armour. The deal was announced today with the unveiling of new billboards that hover over Interstate 95 in Davis’s hometown of Baltimore, MD.

The 22-year-old Davis, who successfully defended his title with a crushing third-round TKO over Liam Walsh on May 20th in London, England, joins fellow world boxing champions Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Anthony Joshua along with legendary Baltimore-area athletes Ray Lewis and Michael Phelps as Under Armour endorsers. Under Armour’s headquarters are in Baltimore.

By Gary Williams IBF Super Featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Under Armour. The …


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De Carolis to take on Polyakov in Rome for WBA Intl

By Marco Bratusch

Former WBA “Regular” super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-7-1, 12 KOs) will finally have his comeback fight in Rome on July 13th for the vacant WBA International belt, according to his promoter Round Zero. The 32-year-old Roman fighter is scheduled to face rugged Russian Viktor Polyakov (12-1-1, 6 KOs), most likely at the Stadio Centrale del Tennis, one of the tennis stadiums where the customary “Internazionali” tournament is played in the “eternal city” during springtime.

De Carolis’ last fight occurred in Potsdam, Germany, last November in a Sauerland Event promoted card, where he dropped his belt into the hands of young challenger Tyron Zeuge who beat him by late K.O. after a solid performance. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch Former WBA “Regular” super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-7-1, 12 KOs) will finally have his comeback …


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It’s hammer time In Philly, Lundy looks sharp in open workout

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Perennial lightweight contender and division-jumper, Hammerin’ Hank Lundy, 27-6-1, 13 KOs, held an open workout today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia in advance of his June 2nd main event bout against Mexican Daniel Evangelista Jr., 19-7-2, 15 KOs, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The fight is a homecoming for Lundy, a South Philly native, has not fought at home for nearly eight years.

Lundy, one of the more colorful characters of the local fight scene, addressed the attending media members, and answered questions from social media followers.

“It’s always big coming home,” Lundy said about his return to Philadelphia. “I have a lot of fans, a lot of love and support in Philly, and this is a good chance to let them see me perform at home. (I want to) Give back a little. It feels good. It’s my hood.”

“Training camp has been good,” Lundy said. “I’ve been ahead of the schedule. I was in camp with Shawn Porter, got him ready for the Berto fight. I was the key guy out there in sparring sessions. So I’ve been cruising and just waiting to turn it up, getting ready for my fight.” (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Perennial lightweight contender and division-jumper, Hammerin’ Hank …



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IBF 2017 Convention Day 4

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

Day 4 of the 34th annual IBF convention began with the medical seminar, continued with the judges seminar and concluded with the annual awards banquet.

Doctors Domenic Coletta, Jr., Massimiliano Bianco, Paul Wallace and Rick Weinstein all presented talks based on their experience as ringside physicians and varying topics of concern in and outside the ring. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Bob Newman Day 4 of the 34th annual IBF convention began with the medical seminar, …


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Brook: There’s no way he can beat me / Spence: This is my time to get the belts

Kell Brook will make his fourth IBF Welterweight World Title defense against U.S. star Errol Spence Jr. at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England this Saturday on SHOWTIME. Both fighters participated in a public media workout today, Wednesday, at Peace Gardens in Sheffield, England.

Kell Brook: There’s no way he can beat me. I’m a man possessed and I have a serious job to do. This is my night to shine…I love it [being the underdog]. I was born for it. People don’t have me winning this fight, but that just gives me the extra energy I need to go out and prove them all wrong.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Errol Spence Jr: “This is my time, this is my era. This is my time to shine. This is my time to get the belts, this is my time to unify and become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world…I feel Saturday is kind of like a USA vs. UK battle. And U.S.A. is going to win!”

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

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Povetkin opponent named

Former heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin will return July 1 against Ukrainian Andrey Rudenko at the “Russia” (Luzhniki)
Concert Hall in Moscow. The 33-year-old Rudenko is rated WBO #9, WBC #13 and IBF #13 and has a record of 31-2, with 19 KOs. Povetkin-Rudenko will headline a big boxing show promoted by “World of boxing.”

Former heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin will return July 1 against Ukrainian Andrey Rudenko at the “Russia” (Luzhniki) Concert Hall in …


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Cotto-Kamegai collide Aug 26 for WBO 154 title

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only four-division world champion in the rich boxing history of Puerto Rico, will return to the ring on Saturday, August 26 to take on the always-exciting Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) in a 12-round match for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Cotto will attempt to secure a sixth world championship in four weight classes as he makes his 23rd appearance on HBO.

Miguel Cotto: “I’m very excited to be back and showcase a high level fight for the fans. Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title. I can’t wait to start training for this fight and get back in the ring on August 26.”

Yoshihiro Kamegai: “I fully understand who I am going to be in the ring against, but Cotto’s record and history won’t matter once we are toe-to-toe. I am looking forward to giving fans the kind of aggressive fight that they have seen from me before and having my arm raised in victory.”

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya: “Miguel Cotto is a legend who is still fighting for title belts more than a dozen years after first being crowned a world champion. It’s remarkable. But I’ve seen Kamegai in action many times, and the guy doesn’t ever take a step back. Miguel will have his hands full on August 26.”

Hector Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions: “August 26 will mark the return of Miguel Cotto pursuing his sixth world title. Cotto vs. Kamegai will be another epic battle that promises fireworks in the ring between Puerto Rico and Japan. Miguel Cotto is back on the big stage of boxing, fighting in Los Angeles on HBO. Nobody can miss it.”

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only four-division world champion in the rich boxing history of Puerto Rico, will return …



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Bivol-Agnew added to Ward-Kovalev PPV

Before fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and those watching live on pay-per-view are treated to the much-anticipated rematch between Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles on June 17, they will be excited by another light heavyweight match-up. WBA interim champion Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs) will face Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder.

Dmitry Bivol: “Cedric Agnew is the opponent with the biggest name in my career so far. He is an experienced fighter and is well-skilled defensively. The Kovalev and Ward rematch is the most important fight in the light heavyweight division right now and I am honored to be part of such an event. I am very motivated and excited about this fight and I am anxious to showcase my skills in the mecca of boxing of Las Vegas, USA live on one of the top boxing networks of HBO Pay-Per-View.”

Cedric Agnew: “This is my destiny and I won’t let anything or anyone stop me from conquering it. I will show everyone on fight night how serious I am.”

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FS1 card gets highest ratings to date

Saturday’s exciting Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 featuring unbeaten rising super middleweight contender David Benavidez knocking out former title challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina in the eighth round averaged 364,000 viewers for the show, according to Nielsen Media Research. The card was the most-watched Premier Boxing Champions show on FS1 to date.

The FS1 audience peaked in the 10:00 PM ET – 10:15 PM ET quarter hour with 580,000 viewers, who watched unbeaten featherweight contender Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) of defeat Mario Briones by third-round knockout in their scheduled 10-round contest.

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Shot of the Day

Ireland’s Olympic boxing hero Michael Conlan (right) and manager Matthew Macklin visit Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel inside City Hall Wednesday morning in Chicago.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Conlan returns Saturday night in Chicago against Alfredo Chanez (4-4, 2 KOs). In other notable fights on the card, former world champion Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) takes on Matthew Strode (24-4, 9 KOs) in a ten round welterweight bout, Alex Saucedo (24-0, 15 KOs) meets Wilberth Lopez (18-7, 13 KOs) in a six round super lightweight affair, and two-time Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas (16-0, 13 KOs) takes on Daniel Echeverria (19-4, 16 KOs) in an eight round welterweight matchup.

Ireland’s Olympic boxing hero Michael Conlan (right) and manager Matthew Macklin visit Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel inside City Hall Wednesday …


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Former SA boxer Robert Trott dies

By Ron Jackson

Robert Trott who fought as a junior-lightweight from February 1967 to June 1970 for most of his professional career passed away on Friday in Primrose, Germiston, South Africa. He was 73. Born Robert Stanley Trott in Cape Town on April 9 1944 he had a short amateur career before making his pro debut at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg on February 27 1967 against Lance Campbell and won on a third round technical knockout. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Robert Trott who fought as a junior-lightweight from February 1967 to June 1970 for most of his …



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Former champ Singwancha aiming for win 92

By Robert Coster

Sirimongkol Singwancha, does the name strike a bell? Maybe not, unless you closely follow boxing in Asia. Yet, Singwancha, 39, a former world champion in two divisions, is the active fighter with the most wins in boxing today, boasting a glossy record of 91-3, 57 KOs). On Saturday, Singwancha is stepping into the ring for the 95th time and looking for win 92 against Larry Siwu (24-8) in Singapore. Both men will battle it out for the UBO International super welterweight title. (more…)

By Robert Coster Sirimongkol Singwancha, does the name strike a bell? Maybe not, unless you closely follow boxing in Asia. …


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Ex-champ Robert Stieglitz retires

Former two-time super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz has announced his retirement as an active professional boxer. “I had a very, very difficult time in recent weeks making this decision,” said Stieglitz. “The sport of boxing has given me so much and in the last 20 years it was my life. In this great sport I’ve achieved everything you can achieve. After a long period of reflection, I decided to say farewell to active boxing and make room for the new generation. My will and my fighting spirit are still there, but after 35 years, the body doesn’t respond the the way I need it to to continue to be successful in the ring at a high level.”

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Stieglitz’ current European light heavyweight title now becomes vacant. European Boxing Union (EBU) has subsequently scheduled a fight for the belt between Dominic Bösel and Karo Murat on July 1 at the Ballsport Arena in Dresden, Germany.

Former two-time super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz has announced his retirement as an active professional boxer. “I had a very, …


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Spence a 2:1 favorite to defeat Brook

In the biggest fight of the week, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will face U.S. star Errol Spence in front of his hometown fans at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England, on Saturday. Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will be making the fourth defense of his IBF belt against Spence (21-0, 18 KOs), who is the mandatory challenger and one of the most highly regarded contenders in the sport today. Spence is a -225 favorite to dethrone Brook +175, even though Brook is the local favorite.

In the biggest fight of the week, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will face U.S. star Errol Spence in front …


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Q&A: Adam Lopez

It’s hard for a boxer to make a name in the sport. It can be just as hard carving out your own legacy when your father had a successful boxing career. Unbeaten featherweight prospect Adam “Blunose” Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) of Southern California could be facing this very scenario. His father, the late Hector Lopez, was a former Olympian for Mexico and multiple-time world title challenger.

Lopez took a giant step toward carving out his own identity following his upset of unbeaten 19-year-old Al Haymon fighter Jordan White (4-1, 3 KOs) of Washington D.C. this past Saturday by six round unanimous decision. The bout aired on Fox Sports 1 and was promoted by Tom Brown (TGB Promotions) at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Fighnews.com® spoke with Lopez immediately after the fight. (more…)

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EBU Update

By Marco Bratusch

An injury occurred in training to former WBO world super middleweight king and current European titlist at light heavyweight
Robert Stieglitz has forced his German promoter SES boxing to look for another suitable opponent in order to stage the fight against mandatory challenger Dominic Boesel (24-0, 9 KOs). As a result, Karo Murat (30-3-1, 19 KOs), already European title holder from 2008 until 2009 in the lower class, will now be the Boesel’s opponent on July 1st in Dresden, Germany, for the now vacant EBU title. Stieglitz is set to be the next mandatory challenger to be squared off against the winner once he is fully recovered. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch An injury occurred in training to former WBO world super middleweight king and current European titlist at …


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Figueroa-Guerrero on FOX July 15

A matchup between former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) headlines a night of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, July 15 in the first boxing event at the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The broadcast will also see unbeaten contender “Sir” Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) battling undefeated Long Island native and fan favorite Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs) in a light heavyweight showdown, and heavyweight Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) meets Adam Kownacki (15-0, 12 KOs) in an all-Polish showdown that promises fireworks.

A matchup between former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) …


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IBF 34th convention Day 3 report: General session, referee seminar & ratings meeting

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Official business was the order of the day as the 34th IBF convention continued into it’s third day in St. Petersburg, FL. After the customary introductions of attendees, various reports from the board of directors officers ensued, beginning with IBF president Daryl Peoples who delivered his “State of the IBF” address. Later in the day, the referees seminar and ratings committee meeting were held.

The directors, legal and regional reports were delivered by the assembled directorate. IBF president Daryl Peoples opened up by welcoming the delegation to St. Petersburg. “The IBF is proud to have some of the most elite athletes in boxing as our world champions and boxers of unlimited potential holding our regional titles.” Peoples went on to celebrate the federation’s growth through the addition of new regional officers, (Mikhael Denisov- Baltic region, Carlos Salazar- Central America and the Caribbean) and continued hard work of existing officers Roberto Rea- Europe, Onesmo Ngowi- IBF Africa, Ben Keilty- Pan Pacific and Ruihang Wang- IBF China. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Boxing Bob Newman Official business was the order of the day as the 34th IBF …


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#14 Monabesa retains WBC Int. Silver 108lb title

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos Jeff Pamungkas

WBC #14 lightfly Tibo Monabesa (15-0-2,7 KOs) retained his WBC International Silver 108lb title as he scored a techinal draw against WBF ASPAC title holder Arnold Garde (8-3-3,3KOs) on Saturday at Cendrawasih Stadium in West Jakarta, Indonesia.

The fight was a very close affair in the first round, which the orthodox contender looked little better. But from round two, the southpaw champion clearly dominated from his effective counter attack tactic. Unfortunately, an accidental clash from Filipino’s elbow caused the champion getting a serious cut so the ring physician recommended referee Erick Suwarno to suddenly terminate the bout at 2:22 of round 4. Following WBC rule for championship fight, if the fight could not continue within four rounds because of an accident, the “Technical Draw” have been declared although the defending champion was ahead on 39-38,39-37 and 40-37 scorecards. (more…)

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos Jeff Pamungkas WBC #14 lightfly Tibo Monabesa (15-0-2,7 KOs) retained his WBC International Silver 108lb title …


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Ceballos-Reynoso on PPV Saturday

Four fights will air live this Saturday night (May 27) on a $24.95 pay per view from Merida Yucatan, Mexico. Hometown favorite Manuel “El Venado” Ceballos (12-1, 8 KOs) battles veteran Argentinean fighter Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-4, 7 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino super middleweight title in the 10-round main event.

In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated Colombian knockout artist Romar Alexis Angulo (21-0, 18 KOs) will be showcased against another tough Argentinian super middleweight challenger, Rolando Mansilla (13-3-1, 5 KOs). Angulo is world rated by the WBO at #12 and #13 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). (more…)

Four fights will air live this Saturday night (May 27) on a $24.95 pay per view from Merida Yucatan, Mexico. …


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Briggs vs. Oquendo Is Officially Canceled

The Backyard Brawl: Briggs vs. Oquendo battle for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship on June 3 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL has been officially canceled.

The fight has not been rescheduled at this time. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.

The Backyard Brawl: Briggs vs. Oquendo battle for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship on June 3 at Hard …


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Groves: This is my best chance to become world champion

Super middleweight contender George Groves believes the time is right for him to be crowned world champion when he meets Fedor Chudinov on Saturday, May 27 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports Box Office. He will be challenging for the vacant WBA super middleweight championship in his fourth world title attempt.

Since linking up with coach Shane McGuigan, the 29-year-old has secured four successive victories. “My training has gone well and I feel really sharp,” said Groves. “I don’t feel rushed or like I’ve had to sacrifice anything, and come Saturday night, I’ll be firing on all cylinders. (more…)

Super middleweight contender George Groves believes the time is right for him to be crowned world champion when he meets …


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Fres Oquendo on Shannon Briggs Situation

By Boxing Bob Newman

Hard luck heavyweight contender Free Oquendo discusses the now cancelled fight for the WBA regular heavyweight title, as his opponent Shannon Briggs has tested positive for elevated testosterone levels through VADA. In St. Petersburg, Florida at the IBF convention, Oquendo is meeting with WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who also was on hand for the “Meet The Champions” festivities of the IBF convention.

By Boxing Bob Newman Hard luck heavyweight contender Free Oquendo discusses the now cancelled fight for the WBA regular heavyweight …


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Cherchi: Takam could fight with Pulev in China

By Ognian Georgiev

Italian boxing promoter and manager Christian Cherchi is trying to bring his protege IBF#3 Carlos Takam (34-3-1, 26 KOs) to a heavyweight title fight. The Cameroon-born puncher is looking to clash with IBF #2 Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) if Anthony Joshua’s IBF belt is stripped.

Mr. Cherchi, What are the chances of a Carlos Takam vs. Kubrat Pulev fight to happen?

We’ve got our hopes. We are in contact with IBF on the situation. The most important thing is the status of Anthony Joshua. He won the title in April 2016 in a voluntary defense of the champion Charles Martin. Joshua defended the title three times, in June against Dominic Breazeale, in December against Eric Molina and now in April 2017 against Wladimir Klitschko. Now he is heading for his fourth title defense against Klitschko in November. All those defenses were voluntary. (more…)

By Ognian Georgiev Italian boxing promoter and manager Christian Cherchi is trying to bring his protege IBF#3 Carlos Takam (34-3-1, …


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Ceja and Juarez in Panama

By Hector Villarreal

Mexican fighters, super bantam Julio “Pollito” Ceja (30-2, 27 KOs) and minimumweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) underwent medical examinations at Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, under the supervision of the Panamanian Boxing Commission for their WBC World title eliminator fights on Saturday night.

Dr. Rene Arevalo declared both of them in excellent health as well as their respective opponents, former World champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KOs) and Leroy “Sensational” Estrada (15-2, 6 KOs).

The previous 7-day weights were as follows:

Superbantam (122)
Anselmo Moreno 128 vs. Julio Ceja 127.75

Minimum (105)
Leroy Estrada 107 vs. Saul Juarez 111

The official weigh-in ceremony will be held at Hotel El Panama on Friday 1pm.

By Hector Villarreal Mexican fighters, super bantam Julio “Pollito” Ceja (30-2, 27 KOs) and minimumweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (23-5-1, 12 …


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Full Report: Inoue finishes Rodoriguez to keep WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs), 115, scored his fifth defense of his WBO 115-pound belt as he made short work of mandatory challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs), 114.5, knocking him out at 1:08 of the third round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue decked the Mexican-born US citizen with a countering left hook for the second time of the fatal round, and Rodriguez couldn’t beat the count of referee Ramon Pena from Puerto Rico. Naoya looked too strong and fast for the apparently overmatched Ricardo.

It’s a very lopsided affair, but this reporter describes the official scores before the spectacular knockout for record-keeping. Lisa Giampa, Pat Morley and Larry Hazzard Jr. (all from US) identically tallied 20-18 after the second session.

As Naoya reviewed “This was my best performance,” he looked sharp and speedy from the outset. Fleet of foot and fast of hand, Inoue began to show he was superior to Rodriguez, jabbing sharply with precision. The Mexican-born challenger who speaks Spanish more fluently than English despite his US nationality attempted to mix it up in the close range, and once forced the champ to the ropes with a flurry of punches. Averting all, Inoue quickly turned around and kept outpunching the game but limited challenger after he probably realized Ricardo’s punching power and hand speed. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs), 115, scored his fifth defense of …


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Melrose Fight Night results

By Matt Thompson at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney

Jr middleweight Greg “The Villain” Vendetti did not have to steal the win in Saturday’s main event of the Murphys Boxing “Melrose Fight Night” event at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA, because he walked right in and took it in the opening stanza. (more…)

By Matt Thompson at ringside Photos by Emily Harney Jr middleweight Greg “The Villain” Vendetti did not have to steal …


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Broner in jail, Mikey Garcia next for AB?

Two Adrien Broner news tidbits. Broner is currently serving three days in jail at the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky. According to FOX 19, AB is behind bars for contempt after missing some court appearances in relation a 2014 bar arrest.

Also, the buzz on social media is that a Broner clash with WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia could be in the works for July. That could be interesting.

Two Adrien Broner news tidbits. Broner is currently serving three days in jail at the Kenton County Detention Center in …


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Full Report: Melindo stops Yaegashi in one to unify IBF 112lb belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Filipino warrior, IBF interim junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs), 107.75, very impressively unified the IBF belts as he dropped IBF full titlist Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13 KOs), 107.75, Japan, three times in succession and scored a stunning TKO victory at 2:45 of the opening session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was so surprising that Yaegashi, 35, well-known by his durability and gameness, so quickly suffered a shocking defeat at the hand of the Filipino battler who wasn’t regarded as a hard-puncher. Midway in the first round Milando, 29, connected with a well-timed left hook, which had the Japanese down on the seat of trunks. It didn’t look so damaging a knockdown, but Milando repeated a same left hook to the still unsteady Yaegashi, flooring him again.

The Japanese champ recklessly tried to fight back and absorbed a solid left-right combination, badly hitting the deck for the third time in the first session. Referee Eddie Hernandez (US) didn’t hesitate to call a halt to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Filipino warrior, IBF interim junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs), 107.75, …


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IBF 34th annual convention: Day 2 report

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 34th IBF convention in St. Petersburg, Florida saw more fun in the sun with a luncheon cruise on Tampa Bay. Later on back at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, the popular fixture event, “Meet The Champions” was held in the Grand Ballroom at 7 p.m. Champs past and present were on hand, drinking and dining, posing and signing, with delegates and fans alike.

Among the special guests were resident Floridian champs Marvin Camel, Ronald “Winky” Wright, James Warring, Roy Jones, Jr., Nate Campbell and James “Buddy” McGirt. Other champs past and present who attended were Carolina Duer, Leonela Yudica, Katsunari Takayama, Yukinori Oguni, Phillip Holiday and Trent Broadhurst. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 34th IBF convention in St. Petersburg, Florida saw more …




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