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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to ...

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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

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

Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, and entered the event dressed as an old man – an older old man than he actually is, that is. The nearly 52-year old worked out before for a large media contingent with trainer John David Jackson and assistant trainer Danny Davis.

Hopkins also answered questions from the press, most of which regarded whether or not his scheduled 12-rounder with Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, would indeed be his final ring appearance. Both Hopkins and promoter Oscar De la Hoya, who was also in attendance at the workout, have gone on the record with assurances that Bernard would retire from boxing after the fight.

“I believe him,” De la Hoya said. “I believe this is going to be his final fight. We’re calling it “The Final 1”. We actually had him sign a contract, and it states in the contract, ‘I promise this is my last fight’,” De la Hoya said with a laugh. (more…)



December 5th, 2016

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Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com (more…)



December 5th, 2016


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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns this Saturday in Monterrey

Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring this Saturday night when he takes on Dominick Britsch in the a 10 round main event of a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico and that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Espanol at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico a former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion will be in the ring for the first time since July of 2015 and will be fighting in his native Mexico for the first time since January of 2011.

“I am very happy to be able to return to the ring after such a long time, and also to return to Mexico to fight. I am want to get back to the top of the sport and this will be a good fight to start my road back towards a championship fight,” said Chavez Jr., who has been training in his hometown of Culiacan. (more…)



December 5th, 2016

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Puerto Rican prospects in action December 10th

By Robert Coster

Boxing Promoter Fresh Production is announcing an interesting card on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico involving 3 local prospects who will be facing their toughest challenge to date. The main event over 10 rounds will feature junior lightweight Alfredo Santiago (6-0, 2 KOs) against former title contender Jayson Velez (23-3-1,16 KOs). A victory over Velez would be a significant leap for Santiago in his career. In the junior welterweight class Jose “Chino” Lopez (8-0, 6 KOs) faces David Lobo (17-1, 12 KOs) of Nicaragua over 8 rounds while Suriel Mathews (3-0, 3 KOs) goes against local boy Jeffrey Fontanez (16-2, 12 KOs) in the 140lbs class.



December 5th, 2016


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Menard-Beltran added to Saturday HBO telecast

“Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) is in for a tough challenge when he makes the first defense of his WBO NABO lightweight title against top-10 contender Ray Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The 10-round Menard vs. Beltran lightweight showdown will serve as the middle bout of an HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader that will open with the same-day delay telecast of the Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz, Jr. WBO heavyweight championship in New Zealand. The telecast will be headlined by undefeated WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) making the first defense of his unified world titles against one-time world title challenger and current #1 contender John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs).



December 5th, 2016

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Terence Crawford: Don’t Blink!

By Bill Green

The old cliché goes stay ready at all times, the phone will ring, and it will be time to work. That cliché definitely remains true as HBO received bad news time after time. First powerhouse and cash cow Canelo Alvarez, would suffer in injury in his last bout, forcing him to withdraw from Saturday’s scheduled date. Next, negotiations failed for GGG vs Daniel Jacobs, pushing that highly anticipated middleweight clash to presumably March 2017. So that brings us to Terence Crawford vs. John Molina. With just six weeks to prepare, opponents were sought for Crawford, who has made it very clear to all “I want all the belts, to unify, to clear out the division, whoever has a belt I want them.”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Easier said than done for Top Rank matchmakers and HBO executives, as opponent after opponent pulled the normal ‘ask for crazy amounts of purse compensation,’ ‘decline when found out the fight would take place in Omaha,’ or simply despite the above-mentioned cliché, frankly ‘weren’t ready for a fight of that magnitude.’ All promoters need an ace up their sleeve, and Hall of Famer Bob Arum decided to use it. That ace happened to be a call to Al Haymon. (more…)



December 5th, 2016

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Abner Mares: This is My Second Wind

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is ready for his next challenge WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina. Mares will challenge Cuellar this Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

“Camp was great there was no injuries I stayed healthy, we are less than a week away and in good spirits ready to go,” Abner Mares told Fightnews.com “I feel younger and rejuvenated this is my second wind,” Mares added.

Finally it’s here as Mares was scheduled to take on Cuellar back in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn however an eye injury as a result forced the fight to be postponed. Now Mares gets set to return as he’s been out of the ring since his fight of the year candidate loss against Leo Santa Cruz back in August of 2015.

“You will see the difference this time around. I have had a year with Robert and we have got to know each other,” Mares said. “The way he trains is phenomenal I am happy to be with him,” Mares on his return. (more…)



December 5th, 2016

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Roman-Lopez clash Jan 20 in Atlantic City

Super bantamweight contenders Danny “The Baby Face Assasin” Roman (21-2-1, 7 KO’) from Los Angeles and Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (16-0-1,8 KOs), of San Antonio, Texas, will face-off on January 20th for a possible shot at the 122 pound WBA title, reported Eddie Gonzalez, Danny Roman’s manager and trainer. The fight is scheduled for the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and it will be televised live by ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME.

With Lopez ranked #4 and Roman being the #5 ranked super bantamweight, a formal request to make this an eliminator bout has been already submitted to the WBA. The highly regarded Lopez, will be making his fourth ShoBox appearance and will be headlining his second show after a victory over then undefeated Mario Munoz, from Guadalajara, Mexico on February 2016.



December 5th, 2016

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U.S. Olympian Conwell gearing up for pro career

Split T Management has announced the signing of 2016 United States Olympian Charles Conwell to a managerial contract. Conwell 19 years-old of Cleveland, Ohio competed as a middleweight in the Olympics but will compete in the welterweight division in the professional ranks.

In the 2016 Olympics, Conwell was sent packing in the first round by two-time Olympian Krishan Vikas of India, who had previously ousted Errol Spence, Jr. in the 2012 games. “My Olympic experience did not go was planned, but I made the most of it. By fighting internationally, I got to see a lot of different styles of fighters and took some of the good qualities and added it to my style, which will help me become even a better fighter.

“I am a very smart boxer with fast hands and power. When people see me, they will think of Aaron Pryor, Mike Tyson and Andre Ward all rolled up into one. I plan to become the undisputed world welterweight champion and leave a legacy in boxing. I will be known as one of the all-time greats to come out of Ohio.”



December 5th, 2016

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Drama, Controversy in Fort Hood, Texas

Ringside report, photos and video By Robert Hughes

Drama in the ring and a raucous crowd made Saturday’s ‘Military Mayhem’ near Fort Hood a good show and smash hit for Texas fight fans as Reshard Hicks of Quincy, Florida won a controversial TKO against Leonardo Carrizales in a welterweight battle that hopefully will make for a great rematch of some unsettled business. These two were just getting started when one fighter’s safety became the focus.

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For most of eight minutes Hicks and Carrizales jabbed and banged at each other while flying around the ring in a high-energy main event. Fans were into for a fight and they were loving it. But when Hicks opened up with a flurry of blows to Carrizales’ face in the third round referee Greg Alvarez felt he’d seen enough to jump in and call it a night. That didn’t seem to matter so much to the fighter. (more…)



December 4th, 2016

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Brendan Saunders stops Issaka Issah

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 135 pounder Brendan Saunders stopped Issaka Issah in round three of a scheduled ten round bout to capture the vacant national title on Sunday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The Ghana born Issah took control of round one as he connected with power combinations that visibly hurt Saunders. Round two had Saunders stepping up a gear and delivering solid head and body shots on his opponent that had Issah on unsteady legs at the bell. Saunders dropped Issah in round three with a left hook to the jaw and at 2:59 referee Will Soulos crowned Saunders

Promoter Paul Nasari said “Saunders was the upset winner over Issah today with a KO victory in a very exciting fight. Issah was favoured to win the fight but Saunders always comes to fight and upset the odds.”



December 4th, 2016

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Former WBA champ Petalcorin defeats Garde

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Maniatis

Former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (25-2-1, 18 KOs) clearly outscored Arnold Garde (7-4-2, 3 KOs) over ten rounds on Sunday at the Robinson Mail Atrium General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title Scores 100-89, 98-91, 98-91.

Petalcorin’s promoter Peter Maniatis said “Petalcorin dropped Garde with a nice shot and boxed a shut out.

“The next plan is for Randy to take a break for Xmas and relaxe then start training again at Sandman Jim Manangquil will be getting Randy ready for any big fight available soon. (more…)



December 4th, 2016

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an important triumph over ex-champ Rikki Naito (15-2, 5 KOs), 130, by winning a close but unanimous decision (all 96-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was a grudge fight since Ogawa dethroned Naito, the son of former OBF middleweight champ Cassius Naito, by dropping him in the first round to be awarded a technical decision last December. Ogawa maintained the pressure to the fleet-footed southpaw speedster Naito, leading on points after the fifth by the open scoring system—all 48-47. In the second half Naito turned loose but Ogawa retaliated to dominate the last two sessions that carried him to a well-received victory. Ogawa belongs to Teiken Promotions like former WBC super-feather titlist Takashi Miura, and he will be also given an opportunity to fight in quest of a world belt in the near future. (more…)



December 4th, 2016

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Navarrete defeats Paez

Photos: Zanfer

Welterweight Jhonny “Vaquero” Navarrete (33-8-1, 15 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (39-9-2, 23 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Navarrete prevailed 98-92, 97-94 and 96-94. Third straight loss for Paez.

Photo: El Debate Javier Padilla

Photo: El Debate Javier Padilla

Other results:
José Manuel “Big Bang” Sánchez D8 Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (jr flyweight)
Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramírez W8 Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (super bantamweight)
Adrián “Chinito” Young W6 Carlos “Torito” Jiménez (lightweight)

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December 4th, 2016

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Results from Acapulco

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

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At the Acapulco Convention Center, local idol Marcos Villasana Jr.(21-6, 12 KOs) brilliantly retained his World Boxing Council lightweight international championship by knocking out Argentinian Jorge Luis “Pelado” Rodríguez (21-13-1, 3 KOs) in eight rounds at an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and Broadcast by Televisa Deportes.

Also, Lourdes “Pequeña Lulu” Juarez (18-2, 3 KOs) beat American Noemí Bosques (11-9-2, 2 KOs) in the sixth round after sending her twice to the canvas and Aaron Alameda (18-0, 10 KOs) remains undefeated to get a win over Daniel “Rayito” Olea (11-4-1, 4 KOs) by eight round split decision.

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December 4th, 2016

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Shot of the Day: Tyson Fury back in the ring

Photos: Sumio Yamada

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Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appears in the boxing ring carrying the WBO belt in support of middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night in Glasgow, Scotland.

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December 4th, 2016

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Rodriguez defeats Sanchez

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Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal

After 8 rounds of very intense action, Omir Rodriguez (8-2-1) scored a unnanimous decision over Addir Sanchez (11-12-1) to win the National Welterweight Championship on Friday night in Colon, Panama.

Splogabox and Havoc Boxing promoted another 5 fights on the card at Sand Diamond Hotel with the following results:
Eric Walters (10-2-1)WKO 3 over Julio Camaño (10-18-1)
Manuel Largacha (8-4-3) WUD6 over Michael Gardener (3-2)
Israel Hidrogo (13-8-1) WUD6 over Juan Lopez (12-5)
Lesvy Maure (3-0) WKO1 over William Camacho (0-1)
Johnny Garay (3-2) WKO 1 over Carlos Pacheco (0-5)



December 4th, 2016

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Blandamura defeats Signani

By Marco Bratusch

A split decision in favour of Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura (26-2, 5 KOs) has crowned the Roman boxer as the new European middleweight champion after twelve rounds of action against co-challenger Matteo “Giaguaro” Signani (23-5-3, 8 KOs). The fight was a close yet spirited affair, with Signani taking the center of the ring in early rounds looking to be the physically stronger aggressor although his action was not particulalry polished nor accurate. Working behind the jab and cutting the ring off, the fighter from Savignano sul Rubicone likely gained a thin edge in the first half.

Several clash of heads mostly due to Signani’s style marked the faces of both boxers with Blandamura getting the worst in round four when he suffered a short but deep cut in the middle of his forehead. However, while trainer Eugenio Agnuzzi had a lot of work as a cutman, he also urged his fighter to box smartly, moving on his right and looking for counters. (more…)



December 3rd, 2016

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Abel Sanchez: I have the world champion. And he will be even better!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Newly crowned IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev’s trainer Abel Sanchez weighs in after the fight.



December 3rd, 2016

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 rated upstart Artur Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Paisley Lagoon Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

In his first title defense, Saunders failed to impress as Akavov gave as good as he got for the first seven rounds. Saunders finally came on in rounds eight to ten, but Akavov closed the fight stronger. Scores were 116-113, 116-112, 115-113.

After the fight, Saunders admitted it was a “terrible” performance. “Tonight was really, really flat,” he said. “I’d like to apologize to the fans…on that performance my name shouldn’t be mentioned with Golovkin and Canelo!”

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December 3rd, 2016

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Feigenbutz topples Keta in two

Former WBA interim super middleweight champion, Vincent Feigenbutz (25-2, 23 KOs), currently rated WBA #8, IBF #12, scored a second round KO over Mike Keta (21-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ufgauhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany. Keta was aggressive and paid the price. Feigenbutz laid him out at 1:49 of the second stanza to claim the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title.



December 3rd, 2016

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Gassiev edges Lebedev for IBF cruiser belt

IBF #2, WBA #6 Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) half-dethroned unified IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) with a hard fought split decision on Saturday night at the MegaSport Arena in Moscow, Russia. Scores were 116-112, 116-111 Gassiev, 114-113 Lebedev. The bout was for the IBF title only as Lebedev retained the WBA title win or lose.



December 3rd, 2016

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Pulev stops Peter in four

IBF #2, WBC #3, WBO #10, WBA #11 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) stopped former WBC heavyweight kingpin Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was pretty much target practice for Pulev against Peter, who was slow and very thick around the waist. Peter finally stayed in his corner at the beginning of round four. With the win, Pulev claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.



December 3rd, 2016

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Indongo dethrones IBF champ Troyanovsky with crushing 40 second knockout

By Przemek Garczarczyk

In a shocker, unheralded IBF #15 jr welterweight Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) needed just 40 seconds to score a spectacular one punch knockout over reigning IBF world champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MegaSport Arena in Moscow, Russia. Southpaw Indongo laid out Troyanovsky with a crushing straight left to the chin.



December 3rd, 2016

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Ed Brown Shot, Critical

One of Chicago’s most promising prospects, welterweight Ed Brown (20-0, 16 KOs) has been shot multiple times. Brown’s trainer George Hernandez posted on Facebook “Ed need your prayers. Ed was shot several times including one to the head. I pray for a miracle.” Many other friends and family are asking the public for prayers. The Chicago Sun-Times reported A man and woman were sitting in a parked vehicle about 1:10 a.m. when they were wounded by a drive-by shooter.



December 3rd, 2016

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Joshua looking past Molina, Klitschko clash in the works for April

IBF heavyweight Anthony Joshua has a tentative April 29 date against Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium according to The Sun. The Joshua-Klitschko showdown is expected to draw 80,000+ fans. Of course, Joshua needs to get past challenger Eric Molina next Saturday in Manchester or the Wembley megafight is off.



December 3rd, 2016

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Kudryashov destroys Silgado; Vlasov KOs Chakhkiev

By Przemek Garczarczyk

MegaSport Arena in Moscow, Russia:

WBC #4, IBF #10, WBO #13 cruiserweight Dmitry Kudryashov (20-1, 20 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over WBA #12, WBC #14 Santander Silgado (27-4, 21 KOs). Kudryashov dropped Silgado, then after the bout resumed, he laid Silgado out with a left hook.

In an exciting knockdown-filled fight, WBO #10 cruiserweight Maxim Vlasov (37-2, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over WBO #11, IBF #12 Rakhim Chakhkiev (26-3, 19 KOs). Vlasov dropped Chakhkiev three times in round five. Both fighters were down in round six. Vlasov finally knocked Chakhkiev out in round seven. It could be the end of the line as a contender for Chakhkiev, a former Olympic gold medalist.



December 3rd, 2016

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Full Report: Farmer still streaking toward title shot

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

In the main event Friday night at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, 24-4-1, 5 KOs, scored an effortless 10-round unanimous decision over Dardan Zenunaj, 12-3, 9 KOs, to defend his NABF 130-pound title and kept his career streaking toward a world title fight.

Despite Zenunaj’s toughness and respectable record, Farmer’s task appeared so easy that the “American Idol” eventually introduced his own level of difficulty tests during the ten round chore – letting his opponent flail away at him on the ropes and ducking and dodging his way out of trouble.

Farmer won the first couple of rounds in a breeze and began opening up late in the second. He continued to throw hard leather in the third, but when it appeared that he wasn’t hurting Zenunaj, Farmer settled for piling up points and banking round after round.

To add a little drama, Farmer repeatedly went to the ropes and slipped his opponent’s crude attack. There, trapped with the ropes to his back, Farmer swayed and ducked like a hyper-active Wilfred Benitez. It was a nice display of skills, but really not necessary. It was a bored Farmer putting on a show.

It might have been more constructive for Tevin to stick to his often potent body attack, which over the course of the fight may have worn Dardan down enough to secure the stoppage. However, Farmer is about entertaining fans and doing things his way. (more…)



December 3rd, 2016

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Full Report: Theophane defeats Amidu

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Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (40-7-1, 11KO’s ) faced Yakabu Amidu (19-9-2, 17 KO’s ) in 10 rounds of action in the main event of Mayweather Promotions’ Sin City Showdown Friday night. Theophane came out focused and on cue with his game plan, he was able to deflect most of Amidu’s punches and break his opponent down. It was a steady 10 rounds of action, Theophane was able to break Amidu down with consistent jabs and body punches aiming consistently at his target, round after round. Amidu struggled to read Theophane, which ultimately led to Theophane to his 40th win, by way of unanimous decision.

“It feels great to have a career that’s lasted this long, he made it easy to stick to my game plan. I listened to my corner who guided me and kept me on track, I couldn’t be happier with the decision,” said Theophane.

“I knew he was going to be a good opponent, I didn’t perform my best,” says Amidu. “This fight should have been in my favor, but in the end the judges decided the winner.” (more…)



December 3rd, 2016

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Q&A WBA#14 George Kambosos

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont

WBA#14 lightweight George Kambosos (11-0, 9 KO’s) talked to Fightnews.com about his win over WBA#12 Brendon Ogilivie on Friday and his recent time in the USA working with Justin Fortune and sparring world rated Sergey Lipinets and Andrey Klimoy and offer to work as a Manny Pacquiao sparring partner

Congrats on a great win over Ogilivie. You were supremely confident of victory?
I know my abilities and I know how hard I train. There is no one who trains harder than myself. I live this lifestyle and I take this sport seriously. My hands and combinations were always going to be to fast for Ogilivie. Everything came off the way we said we were going to do it.

Ogilivie was a big step up in class and he had some very good performances in Japan and in Australia?
I knew he had boxed good quality guys but I knew I had good wins also over Robert Toomey and Joebert Reyes.

You had Ogilivie in trouble in round two also round six and round nine.. Did you think you could stop him?
I knew I had him in trouble in those rounds and he was hurt several times during the fight when I connected with clean shots but he is a tough fighter and recovered. Full credit to Brendon. We come through the amateurs together
We boxed three times previously. I defeated him for the Australian Golden Gloves but he defeated me on two other occasions that were close in Australian amateur title bouts in 2009 and 2010.I knew it would be diferent in the pro ranks over twelve rounds. I got him where it counts over twelve rounds. (more…)



December 3rd, 2016

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Blandamura-Signani, an Italian derby for EBU middleweight belt

By Marco Bratusch

Saturday night in Colleferro (Rome), Italy, OPI Since 82 head Salvatore Cherchi will stage the vacant EBU middleweight title between local boxer Emanuele Blandamura (25-2, 5 KOs) and Matteo Signani (23-4-3, 8 KOs). The clash was supposed to take place earlier this year under another promotional banner but eventually fell apart due to organizational issues. Seizeing the opportunity, Blandamura’s promoter OPI Since 82 has won the European Boxing Union bid offering 49,300 Euros, as Fightnews.com reported.

The Italian rivalry for the EBU belt between the two 37-year-old boxers is expected to be a close but fair affair, as both men are showing full respect of one another outside the ring. At Friday weigh-in Blandamura stopped the scale at Kg.72,300 while Signani weighed Kg.72. The latest Italian fighter to become continental champion in the middleweight division was Cristian Sanavia in 2001, while seeking an Italian rivalry for the EBU’s 160 lbs title we must turn back to 1993 finding the Agostino Cardamone’s third round K.O. victory over Francesco Dell’Aquila. (more…)



December 3rd, 2016

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IBF Same-Day Weigh-In

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Murat Gassiev 201.3 vs. Denis Lebedev 207.7

Note: Lebedev-Gassiev is for the IBF title only. Lebedev’s WBA title isn’t on the line, therefore if Lebedev loses he still remains WBA champion.



December 3rd, 2016

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Ramirez stops Kinda in front of 13,700

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Issouf Kinda (18-3, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. In round two, Kinda hit local hero Ramirez with a left hook, staggering Ramirez and causing his glove to touch the canvas. In round six Ramirez came out strong knocking down Kinda. Kinda got up but Ramirez was all over him with a barrage of punches causing the referee to stop the fight. The time was 0:58. The attendance in Fresno was 13,700, the largest for a Jose Ramirez fight to date.

Unbeaten local super welterweight Danny Valdivia (13-0, 9 KOs) scored an entertaining eight round unanimous decision over game journeyman Aaron Garcia (12-7-1, 10 KOs), Valdivia dropped Garcia in round two, but Garcia came back to floor Valdivia in round three. Valdivia knocked down Garcia again in the eighth round to cap a 77-71, 77-71, 78-70 win.

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (15-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Gerardo Ibarra (14-4, 8 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74.

In a six-round “world title bout,” super middleweight Quilisto Madera (5-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Joe Louie Lopez (8-2, 5 KOs) over six to claim the GBO (Global Boxing Organization) belt..

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December 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Theophane outpoints Amidu

Super lightweight Ashley Theophane (40-7, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Yakubu Amidu on Friday night at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas. (19-9-2, 17 KOs). Theophane controlled the entire fight. Scores were 96-94, 97-83, 100-90.



December 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

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By Jason Marchetti
Photos: Emily Harney

In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias (28-21, 14 KO’s) at 1:52 in round 2. The card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing in Lincoln, RI. Kahn overwhelmed Macias throughout the short fight with extremely fast hands and footwork. The final blow that made Macias quit was a left power uppercut which resulted in Macias hitting the canvas for the second time. Kahn-Clary is a rising contender in the super featherweight division.

Shelly Vincent (18-1, 1 KO) defeated Marquita Lee (3-2) in a quiet 8 round fight with little action. Vincent is coming off her first loss of her career to New York rival Heather Hardy last year in a bout which was nationally televised from Coney Island. She rebounded, and out punched her opponent who had little ring experience compared to Vincent. Perhaps a rematch with Hardy is in the cards before she retires, but for now she will continue to build her record in New England under the tutelage of Jimmy Burchfield. (more…)



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