Garcia must prove he’s still hungry against Thurman

Garcia must prove he’s still hungry against Thurman

Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Saturday’s showdown between WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 33-0, 19 KOs, and WBA welterweight champion ...

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More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

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Garcia must prove he’s still hungry against Thurman

Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Saturday’s showdown between WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 33-0, 19 KOs, and WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman, 27-0, 22 KOs, is generating a lot of buzz with boxing fans. The scheduled 12-round bout, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, is one of those all too rare matches that pits two undefeated champions in their prime. Usually we’re forced to wait until the match loses its luster or is no longer at the peak of its competitiveness. This is not the case with Garcia-Thurman. The timing couldn’t be better on this one. In fact, it is the timing of the bout that makes this fight so attractive.

Thurman is coming off his most entertaining fight to date, an exciting unanimous decision over Shawn Porter. He’s been a welterweight since 2013 (after coming down from 154), and a world champion (or interim champion) over seven fights, or three years and eight months. This probably tipped the betting odds to his favor.

Danny Garcia had a steady rise through the 140-pound division. He won big fights, mowed down several favored opponents, and with his tour de force performance against Lucas Matthysse in 2013, proved, without a doubt, that he was the best junior welterweight in the world. (more…)

Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Saturday’s showdown between WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 33-0, 19 KOs, and …


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Canelo: I am Ready for the Best Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Hogan & Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is set for his next showdown as he takes on fellow countryman and former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Canelo will square off against Chavez on Saturday May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View. We caught up with Canelo at the LA press conference as he talked about his upcoming showdown.

“This fight is extremely important for the Mexican fights fans that have wanted this fight. This is a great time to have this fight and I am ready to give the fans a great fight,” Saul “Canelo” Alvarez told Fightnews.com “This is my era,” Canelo added.

“Both guys have their fan base and that’s what makes this fight exciting, that’s why they want to see this fight because its about pride and honor. The reason we made this fight because there is a lot of pride and honor at stake,” Oscar De La Hoya told Fightnews.com

As the anticipation and demand for a Canelo vs. GGG showdown escalates many were stunned when the fight with Chavez was made. What followed was massive criticism for Canelo willing to take the fight at 164.5 and not fight Golovkin. However the fight with Golovkin is imminent following the showdown with Chavez, Canelo gave us his take. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Tom Hogan & Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 …



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WBC Francophone ratings as of March 2017

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Next up for the WBC Francophone title will be a double header to take place on May 12 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The full set of WBC Francophone ratings can be found via the below link.

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ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS

 

Next up for the WBC Francophone title will be a double header to take place on May 12 in Ouagadougou, …


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Vitu-Matano IBF eliminator in play

By Marco Bratusch

The International Boxing Federation confirms that an elimination bout between Frenchman Cedric Vitu (45-2, 18 KOs), ranked #4 by the sanctioning body, and Italian Marcello Matano (17-2, 5 KOs), ranked #5, is in play to determine the mandatory challenger for the new IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd, who won the vacant title Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama, stopping co-challenger Tony Harrison in round 9. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch The International Boxing Federation confirms that an elimination bout between Frenchman Cedric Vitu (45-2, 18 KOs), ranked …




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Langford-Khurtsidze to meet for WBO interim middleweight world title

Birmingham’s Tommy Langford (18-0-0, 6 KOs) will face Brooklyn-based Georgian Avtandil Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21 KOs) for the WBO Interim World Middleweight Championship at the Leicester Arena on Saturday 22nd April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Undefeated Langford holds the British, Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight belts and is determined to announce himself on the world stage by adding the WBO Interim title to his growing collection. (more…)

Birmingham’s Tommy Langford (18-0-0, 6 KOs) will face Brooklyn-based Georgian Avtandil Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21 KOs) for the WBO Interim World …


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Abell KOs Ochieng

By Jesse Kelley at ringside

Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (33-9, 31 KO’s) of Coon Rapids, MN stopped Raymond “King Kong” Ochieng (26-21-3, 21 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN at :21 into round two on Saturday night at the Blaine Sports Complex in Blaine, MN. Abell knocked Ochieng to the canvas with a straight left hand shortly after round one began and then again just before the round ended. Ochieng was in serious trouble but was able to regroup between rounds. Ochieng came out swinging to start round two but Abell’s left hand was too sharp and powerful as another straight right to the head from the southpaw Abell put dropped Ochieng hard in a corner. Referee Scott Erickson stopped his count and waived the fight off :21 seconds into the second round. The 35 year old Abell’s career seems rejuvenated following his second consecutive TKO win. The pro Abell crowd had a reported attendance of 1,867. (more…)

By Jesse Kelley at ringside Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (33-9, 31 KO’s) of Coon Rapids, MN stopped Raymond “King …


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Andre Ward talks Fonfara-Dawson

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Chavez Jr. This is the Most Important Fight of My Career

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Hogan & Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico looks to redeem his career as he will take on fellow countryman Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Chavez faces Canelo on Saturday May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View. Fightnews.com caught up with Chavez at the LA press conference as he talked about his upcoming fight with Canelo.

“We are happy to be getting this fight. This is the fight I wanted,” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. told Fightnews.com “This fight is between me and Canelo, for honor and pride, it s a good fight for the Mexican people,” Chavez added.

“This is a very difficult and hard fight but my son will be the one that comes out on top,” Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. told Fightnews.com

The son of the Mexican legend began his career and moved up the rankings with a 43-0-1 record as he got his first title shot in June of 2011, Chavez defeated Sebastian Zbik by unanimous decision to win the WBC middleweight title. After a few defenses Chavez began to live the rock star life as he was arrested for driving under the influence prior to his February 2012 defense against Marco Antonio Rubio. Later that year September of 2012 Chavez suffered the first defeat of his career dropping a decision to Sergio Martinez as his training habits and work ethic was in question going into that fight. Following the Martinez fight Chavez parted ways with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. It would only get worse as one year later Chavez won a questionable decision to Brian Vera, September of 2013 in his return bout and followed up six months later with another decision over Vera as his weight and discipline were also in question. What followed in April of 2015 was Chavez’s worst night in the ring as he was stopped by Andrzej Fonfara in moving up to light heavyweight. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Tom Hogan & Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. …



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The 12th Round: Code of Ethics a Must for Boxing

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

Being present at the closing ceremony of Scholas Ocurrentes (Pope Francis Pontifix Foundation), in Metepec, Mexico was highly inspirational. 450 kids from 50 different communities, religions, cultural and economical background met for 5 days in order to pin down topics that haunt them. The conclusions were presented by the team leaders and were solid and profound, the document was read in public in presence of the Governor of the State of Mexico and many other dignitaries and at no moment were the kids intimidated by their presence. Insecurity and Discrimination were selected as the topics and a lengthy document with many proposal was presented with ideas on how to make things better for the youth of the future.

I was there because the WBC was appointed to create and administer the BoxVal Program (Boxing with Values) by Pope Francis and our meeting with Jose Maria DelCorral, World President of Scholas, was sensational. The following message was sent shared which describes BoxVal and our duties. 2 Nations 1 Dream – BoxVal – transform walls into bridges in order to allow children from both sides share their dreams of a world united by peace and sports. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son Being present at the closing ceremony of Scholas Ocurrentes (Pope Francis …


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Today’s EBU bid and updates

By Marco Bratusch

Spanish boxing company Gallego Prada Promociones won today’s EBU bid earning the right to stage the fight between its fighter, European Union (EU) middleweight champion Ruben Diaz (23-1-2, 15 KOs), from Pamplona, Spain, and mandatory challenger Karim Achour (23-4-3, 4 KOs). Gallego Prada offered 17,300 Euros, which was the only bid to be presented at EBU offices by noon. This would be Diaz’s first defense of the title that won last May in France stopping co-challenger Howard Cospolite in round 7 with a devastating left hook to the jaw. Gallego Prada will communicate a suitable date and venue for the contest in the upcoming days.

Former European super middleweight champion Hadillah Mohoumadi (21-4-1, 16 KOs) and Serhiy Demchenko (17-11-1, 12 KOs) will battle for the vacant European Union (EU) title on May 6th in France as their managers reached a deal last Friday avoiding the mandatory purse bid that was expected to take place today. MK Events will promote the fight which could easily provide some fireworks as either man can punch and is not afraid to exchange with the opponent. For Demchenko this will be his first title shot at 168 lbs after he dropped from the light-heavyweights earlier this year.

European flyweight champion Vincent Legrand (24-0, 14 KOs) informed that he has relinquished his title due to a weight issue, as the undefeated southpaw is now expected to gear up in a heavier division. The vacant EBU flyweight title will be now disputed between Frenchman Thomas Masson (16-3-1, 4 KOs), who was the mandatory challenger for Legrand, and the highest available opponent.

By Marco Bratusch Spanish boxing company Gallego Prada Promociones won today’s EBU bid earning the right to stage the fight …


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Ex-champ Petalcorin stops Florida

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorlin (26-2-1, 19 KOs) was impressive in stopping Mark Anthony Florida (9-7) in round seven of a scheduled ten round bout at Lagao Gym, General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines on Saturday.

Promoter Peter Maniatis said, “We feel we are ready to fight for the IBF world title and have no hesitation in accepting the world title bout fight imminently with the winner of Akira Yaegashi and Milan Melindo bout in May. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorlin (26-2-1, 19 KOs) was impressive in …


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Haumono targets Browne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world-rated heavyweight Solomon Haumono has responded to a recent video that was published on Fightnews.com® when former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas ” Big Daddy” Browne issued challenges to several heavyweights including Haumono.

Solomon Haumono: “Actions speak louder than words. Tell Lucas Browne if he wants to fight me and if he has the courage to accept the challenge then I’ll expose him as the fraud he has always been. He talks big, telling the world he is going to ‘ bash’ me – so let’s see if he is man or a mouse.”

Haumono’s promoter Matt Rose: “The Australian boxing fans have wanted this fight for years but so far have been cheated of the opportunity.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former world-rated heavyweight Solomon Haumono has responded to a recent video that was …



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WBC orders Stiverne vs. Wilder II

The World Boxing Council has officially confirmed Bermane Stiverne as mandatory contender for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Free negotiations for this rematch begin today.

The World Boxing Council has officially confirmed Bermane Stiverne as mandatory contender for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Free negotiations …


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Weston defeats West in four

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair

Tacoma, Washington’s Marquice Weston (8-1-1, 4 KOs) rebounded from his lone professional defeat on Saturday night, claiming a fourth round win over Jesse West (8-2, 5 KOs) at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey, Washington.

Fighting in the main event of Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions’ “Brawl at Harmony Hall 3” card, Weston dominated the bout before West made the decision to retire nearing the end of the fourth. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Mike Blair Tacoma, Washington’s Marquice Weston (8-1-1, 4 KOs) rebounded from his lone professional defeat …


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More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

Story and photos by David Finger at ringside

It goes without saying that the bigger fighters tend to dominate the spotlight in boxing, despite the fact that smaller fighters tend to produce better fights. Well, in boxing lightest weight class two brawlers showed fight fans that good things do come in smaller packages as Moises Calleros and Tatsuya Fukuhara took part in what already looks to be the fight of the year over twelve rounds today (Sunday, February 26) in Kamiamakusa, Japan.

Fukuhara, who clearly had home court advantage against the Mexican from Monterrey, was able to feed of the electricity of his rabid local fans, and edged Calleros in a twelve round split decision. (more…)

Story and photos by David Finger at ringside It goes without saying that the bigger fighters tend to dominate the …


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Crowley sends fans home happy

By Dave Spencer

After hearing scorecards being read all night, Toronto fight fans finally got the stoppage win they were craving as welterweight Cody Crowley sent the Hershey Centre faithful of close to 5,000 home happy with a pair of crippling body shots in Mississauga Ontario. The main event was all Crowley as the Peterborough fighter didn’t disappoint in only his third Canadian appearance pushing his record to a perfect 11-0 with his 6th stoppage versus an over matched Juan Carlos Cano (15-4-2) of Argentina at 2:43 of the third round. (more…)

By Dave Spencer After hearing scorecards being read all night, Toronto fight fans finally got the stoppage win they were …



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Wilder: I want to unify the division

By Tracy Morin

Deontay Wilder: We knew Washington would have a lot of adrenaline, fighting for a world title the first time, and I knew he’d bring the best Gerald Washington. Everybody wants to put their name on that [WBC] belt. My hands feel wonderful, and I still have power–Alabama country power. [He didn’t hurt me] at all. It was a patient fight. We used the 3-2 [left hook, right hand], which we worked on in camp but were very specific about in the dressing room. I didn’t throw too many jabs, more as a measurement, and we knew he couldn’t move to his right. It was all timing. I knew he was wearing down. I knew it was coming. We were looking to set up the 3-2. We changed our whole game plan in the dressing room. I was just waiting on that big moment. Washington was just as tall and long as me, so if I made the wrong move, I could be the one on the ground. I didn’t want to take any big chances. I don’t care about being down on the cards, especially in the early rounds. I take my time and do what I gotta do.

I saw Joseph Parker after the fight and greeted him. I’m a gentleman outside the ring. I’m in love with boxing, but I don’t want to do it long. I think I have 10 years or less. I want to unify the division, defend it a couple times, and I’m outta here. I really feel in 2017 I’m going to injure someone, to the point they’re going to have to put a red tag on somebody’s toe. I really feel that way; this is no joke. (more…)

By Tracy Morin Deontay Wilder: We knew Washington would have a lot of adrenaline, fighting for a world title the …


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Jerrett Hurd Post-Fight Comments

By Tracy Morin

Jarrett Hurd: I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a lot of movement in the fight. The game plan was to wear him down as the fight wore on. One thing I do well is keep my composure. We knew landing shots to the body and keeping the pressure on him was going to eventually break him down. I was using the jab a lot; he has a great jab, and we wanted to win the jab battle. One thing we didn’t expect, that he was doing very good, was sliding out the side door with his movement. He caught me one time in my eye; my vision was kind of blurry, but I shook it off. I got a little winded in the eighth. I knew I would get stronger and he would slow down. We timed it perfectly–when he came with a jab, we came over the top with a right hand. We practiced that a lot in the gym and landed it in the ninth round. I would give my performance a 7.5, 8. Tony shows that he has talent over and over again, and he showed it tonight; he caught me with some great shots. Whatever happens [next], Team Swift is ready for.

By Tracy Morin Jarrett Hurd: I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a …


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Fukuhara wins interim WBO 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) , 104.75. acquired the vacant WBO interim 105-pound belt as he defeated Mexican Moises Calleros (25-7-1, 14 KOs), 104.75, by a split decision (116-112 twice, 113-115) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto, Japan. The newly crowned interim champ is supposed to face the WBO regular titlist Katsunari Takayama upon his recovery from a surgery on the scar tissues.

By Joe Koizumi Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) , 104.75. acquired the vacant WBO interim 105-pound belt as he defeated …


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Plant and Nyambayar remain unbeaten

In a walkout bout on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KO) faced off against Thomas Awimbono (25-7-1, 21 KO) in the super middleweight division. Both fighters were exchanging in the first round with neither landing anything solid, until a left hook from Plant knocked Awimbono down toward the end of the round (he was able to beat the count). Plant stayed on the offensive through Round 2, landing a few solid blows to the head and body. In the third, Awimbono landed a solid left hook that reddened Plant’s face, but the response from Plant drove Awimbono into the corner. Round 4 saw back-and-forth action, with Plant coming on strong at the end and maintaining control in the fifth. Despite Awimbono’s willingness to engage in spots, Plant also landed the cleaner punches in the sixth and seventh. The rounds unfolded in similar fashion until the final bell after the tenth, handing Plant the one-sided win with scores of 100-89 (twice) and 99-90.

Mongolian 2012 silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8 KO) faced Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7 KO) in a junior lightweight match scheduled for 10. After establishing a fairly brisk pace early on, each fighter had his moments until Nyambayar landed a right hand and sent Gemino to the canvas in the third. Nyambayar kept Gemino on the defensive for most of the fourth, landing precise combinations. Nyambayar landed hard shots in the fifth round but Gemino came alive in the last minute and landed some decent punches of his own as they traded. Round 6 was back-and-forth until a flurry of power shots from put Gemino on the mat, where he went right back a few seconds later. Gemino survived and continued to trade with Nyambayar–but Nyambayar landed more and cleaner shots. Nyambayar continued his precise assault, breaking Gemino down, and in the tenth a flurry of punches sent Gemino to the mat again. He beat the count, but Nyambayar didn’t give him a chance to get back into the fight, and shortly after Nyambayar’s continuous one-sided barrage the ref stopped the fight at 1:05 of the final round.

Alantez Fox (22-0-1, 10 KO) took on Kenneth McNeil (10-3, 7 KO) in a middleweight 10-rounder. In the opening stanza, McNeil pressed his advantage when he stunned Fox with an overhand right, leading to further effective blows, but it was McNeil who briefly tasted the canvas after Fox landed a hard right hand. In subsequent rounds, Fox wisely relied on more boxing and movement to keep away from his shorter opponent, who at times barreled forward but couldn’t again rattle Fox like he had in the first; when he landed another cracking overhand right in Round 5, Fox took it better. Fox started scoring uppercuts against the bending, reaching McNeil, who made his own moments on the inside in the seventh and eighth, when he landed a leaping left hook with seconds to go. In a wrestle-heavy ninth, McNeil scored the best punch, another overhand right, and pressed ahead for the entire tenth, though Fox landed some quality shots under pressure. The close, sometimes messy, fight went to the scorecards: 95-94 (twice) and 97-92 for Fox.

In a walkout bout on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KO) faced …


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BJ Flores blasts out Bates in one

Fighting as a heavyweight, two-time cruiserweight title challenger BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (33-3-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round KO over Jeremy “The Beast” Bates (26-19-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Flores dropped Bates twice in round one and referee Wes Melton after it off after BJ continued his assault. Time was 2:51. Flores, weighing 223 pounds, was coming off a third round KO loss to WBC cruiser champ Tony Bellew last October. He claimed the vacant WBA-NABA heavyweight title.

In the co-feature, super middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (18-5-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Sijuola Ade Shabazz (6-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBA-NABA super middleweight title. Hernandez overcame a cut over his left eye (caused by a punch) to win by scores of 100-89 across the board.

Fighting as a heavyweight, two-time cruiserweight title challenger BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (33-3-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round KO …


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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight belt on the line against Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KO) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, in a fight that featured few highlight reel moments–that is, until its explosive end.

After a feeling-out first round, Washington landed a couple of solid rights to the body in an otherwise quiet second. The third featured its share of clenches as both tried to establish a rhythm, but both worked on the inside while tied up. Though neither fighter was offering much output, Deontay upped the pace slightly in the fourth (perhaps the first round he clearly won). However, the knockout artist was just biding his time and launched a missile of a right hand and left hook in the fifth that put Washington down. He rose on shaky legs, but Wilder smelled blood, keeping a laserlike focus on his opponent before he unleashed a slew of unanswered punches. Ref Mike Griffin stepped in to stop the fight at 1:45 of the fifth, after which a dazed Washington pitched across the ring, clearly saved from further damage.

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By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight …


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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight belt on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KO) took on Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KO).

After a tentative, feeling-out first round, Harrison was able to catch Swift coming in, while Swift followed Harrison around without cutting off the ring. Action heated up in the third when Harrison started putting his punches together, landing a few quick combos with conviction. Harrison liberally used his legs in the fourth while some of Hurd’s jabs started to connect, but Hurd’s best moment in the fifth came courtesy of a right that clipped Harrison’s chin with seconds to go. Harrison retaliated in the sixth with a few combinations, but Hurd too started throwing with more power–and in the seventh he was able to wobble Harrison more than once with heavy right hands. Hurd hurt Harrison with more chopping right hands in Round 8; Harrison would at times look out on his feet, then lash out with his own power shots. The ninth round was competitive until Hurd landed a game-changing right hand on the button and scored a knockdown. Harrison got to his feet but spit out his mouthpiece, leading the ref to wave off the bout at 2:24.

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By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight …


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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to rebound after his TKO loss to Anthony Joshua last June by taking on Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KO) in a hard-fought heavyweight war on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ugonoh looked sharper from the outset, cracking hard power shots to the body of Breazeale, who complained of a low blow in the second round. Ugonoh’s punches were straighter and more accurate than Breazeale’s often looping attempts, but the fight soon became a back-and-forth battle of wills. A monster third round saw both genuinely hurt–and still throwing with bad intentions–but it was Breazeale who scored a knockdown when Ugonoh himself was on the attack. Ugonoh came back with a vengeance and drew blood from a cut over Breazeale’s left eye (which soon swelled badly), wobbling him with ferocious right hands, only for Breazeale to fire back. Ugonoh had a better fourth round, scoring a brutal knockdown, after which Breazeale rose on shaky legs but survived. In the high-drama, seesaw battle, Breazeale rallied in the fifth, landing hard rights to head and body to score a knockdown. Ugonoh beat the count, but not long afterward he absorbed more power punches and was knocked through the ropes, leading to the ref halting the scheduled 10-rounder at 0:50 of Round 5.

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By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to …


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Zimnoch stops Mollo in rematch

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (21-1, 14 KOs) avenged his only loss with a sixth round TKO over Chicago’s Mike Mollo (21-7, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in Szczecin, Poland. In a highly anticipated rematch of their fight almost exactly a year ago, when Mollo knocked out Zimnoch in less than two minutes, this time Zimnoch dropped Mollo in round two and got the win when the bout was halted after round six.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (21-1, 14 KOs) avenged his only loss with a sixth round TKO over Chicago’s …


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Vargas beats McDonnell for WBC 122lb belt

In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #1 Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over WBC #2 Gavin McDonnell (16-1-2, 4 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC 122lb title on Saturday night at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, England. It was a competitive fight and a game effort by McDonnell, but the much taller Vargas put his size to good use in pulling away to a 117-111, 116-112, 114-114 verdict. McDonnell failed to match twin brother Jamie as a world ruler. Jamie holds the WBA bantamweight crown.

Notes: Vargas and McDonnell were fighting for the title vacated by Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa who retired. Judges Nathan Palmer and Max De Luca (both from the USA) had Vargas comfortably ahead. British judge Ian John-Lewis from the UK somehow scored the bout even.

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In the co-feature, lightweight Luke Campbell (16-1, 13 KOs) thrashed Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (21-7, 14 KOs) in two rounds. Campbell dropped Lopez in round one and finished him with another knockdown in round two. Campbell retained his WBC silver lightweight title.

In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #1 Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision …


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Undercard Results from Birmingham, AL

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside

Iago Kiladze (25-1, 17 KO) made quick work of Byron Polley (39-20-1, 13 KO) in a heavyweight match scheduled for eight. Polley emerged aggressively (perhaps because Kiladze hadn’t fought since June 2015) but swung wildly and succeeded only in getting picked apart by his taller, more precise opponent. A right hand put Polley down in the first round; though he beat the count, he was soon caught with a flush one-two that landed him flat on his back, prompting the stoppage at 2:11 of Round 1.

Junior Fa (10-0, 7 KO) made his U.S. debut versus southpaw Keith Barr (17-11-1, 7 KO) in a heavyweight bout scheduled for six. The 6’5″ New Zealander towered over his opponent, who did his best work in the clinches but offered little sustained offense. The second round was a dominant one for Fa, who threw dozens of punches in the last minute, mostly unanswered by Barr–leading to a knockdown late in the round. Barr beat the count and continued, but it started to look like target practice. Near-identical lefts to the body put Barr down again in the third–twice–leading to the ref stoppage at 2:36 of the round.

Josh Rasberry (0-1) was unsuccessful in his pro debut against Deon Nicholson (2-0, 2 KO) in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for four rounds. From the opening bell, Rasberry caught clean punches from his aggressive opponent, but it was a straight right from Nicholson that crumpled Rasberry in the corner. Though he tried to rise, the fighter was clearly hurt, and the fight was waved off just 40 seconds into the first round, giving Nicholson his second KO win.

Anthony Retic (0-1), making his pro boxing debut, squared off with Thomas Knox (2-0, 1 KO) in an evenly matched middleweight bout scheduled for four. Both fighters landed their share of power shots in the second after a tentative first round; Knox more often worked the body, while Retic found a home for his uppercuts as Knox pressed forward. The rangier Retic tried to use lateral movement to keep Knox at bay, but after four rounds, judges rewarded Knox’s aggression with scorecards of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).

Heavyweight Robert Alfonso (11-0, 4 KO) needed less than one round to dispatch overmatched Keith Thompson (8-5-0, 4 KO). Alfonso, who represented Cuba in the 2008 Olympics, emerged popping stiff jabs to the head and body, but once he began to throw in combination, he scored three knockdowns in quick succession. After the third, though Thompson beat the count, the referee waved off the bout.

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Iago Kiladze (25-1, 17 KO) made quick work of Byron Polley (39-20-1, …


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Lai stops Foley in three

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Sydney-based light heavyweight Aaron Lai (9-4, 8 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (17-3- 1, 14 KOs) in round three Saturday to capture the vacant Orient Pacific Boxing Federation title at the Dee Why RSL club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Lai and Foley exchanged heavy punches in round one and in round two Foley connected with a right hand bomb that dropped his opponent and Lai was unsteady legs at the bell. Lai recovered well between rounds and started round three in top gear dropping Foley twice with power shots to the head at which point referee John Gauchi crowned Lai the new OPBF champion.

Photo: Warren Suen

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Sydney-based light heavyweight Aaron Lai (9-4, 8 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (17-3- 1, …


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Adames crushes Prada

By Robert Coster

The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (11-0,10 KOs), WBA#5, gave another display of absolute punching power and violence by disposing in just 2 rounds of much more experienced Jean Carlos Prada(31-3-1,22Kos) of Venezuela in Santo Domingo on Friday. At the bell, Prada opted-foolishly-to go at Adames and trade freely with the young Dominican, one known for his devastating power. The first round saw some vicious exchanges, but it became apparent that the Venezuelan’s punches had no effect on Adames whereas the contrary was certainly the case. The visitor returned to his corner on shaky legs and it became evident that an early end to the fight as imminent. Sensing blood, Adames jumped on his prey and hammered away with thunderous combinations at Prada who stood dazed and defenseless on the ropes. The Venezuelan’s manager jumped into the ring to stop the slaughter. (more…)

By Robert Coster The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (11-0,10 KOs), WBA#5, gave another display of absolute punching …


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Unified champ Braekhus still unbeaten

Photos: First Lady Promotions

Unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (30-0, 8 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Klara Svensson (17-2, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Spectrum in Oslo, Norway. The “First Lady,” now 35 years old, won by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.

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Photos: First Lady Promotions Unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (30-0, 8 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided …


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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 Banks, 78-74 Lewis, 77-75 Banks) in the main event Friday night in Detroit. The decision seemed to be in line with the crowd’s opinion. Some had Lewis winning in their heads because of activity and his jab. Other fans had Banks winning due to his counter left hooks and his accuracy. The fight, which lived up to the hype of the fans and media, entertained the near capacity crowd Friday, February 24 at the Sound Board, located inside the MotorCity Casino-Hotel.

Early in the fight, Craig Lewis was able to fire a jab to keep the much smaller Banks from doing any damage. In the 2nd Round, Banks was shooting his left from orthodox position. These accurate and powerful left hooks were well timed against Lewis’ movement. The middle rounds were highly competitive and saw both fighters sticking their tongues out at each other. The cat and mouse game of Banks trying to land shots, while Lewis was trying to throw punches, proved to Judges Chambers and Stewart that Banks was leading in the fight, as Judge McKalpain saw these rounds going to Lewis because of activity. A wild 8th Round had Banks chasing Lewis, but ended with both fighters having a solid case for a victory. (more…)

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) …


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Horn to Pacquiao: Our millions are real

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who co-promote Jeff Horn has supplied Fightnews of a video showing that the offer for Manny Pacquiao to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia is 100% valid and government-backed where the offer to fight in the UAE has many question marks and at this late date still not confirmed.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who co-promote Jeff Horn has supplied Fightnews of …


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Fukuhara, Calleros confident of victory at weigh in for WBO title fight

By David Finger

It may be the most overused cliche in boxing, but sometimes the story of the underdog overcoming all odds fits perfectly. And there may not be a better Rocky story in boxing today then that of WBO #2 ranked minimumweight contender Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7 KOs). After all, in 2013 few could have predicted the Kumamoto would be here fighting for the interim WBO minimumweight title. He was a five year veteran who had lost back to back fights against Yi Kimura and Takuma Inoue, and for ringsiders it was hard to envision him clawing his way into the world rankings. The loss to Inoue was particularly devastating as Inoue was making his professional debut against Fukuhara, a veteran of eighteen fights. Well, four years have passed since the loss to Inoue and Fukuhara has not only gone undefeated in his last ten fights, but he finds himself one win away from the world title.

But first he has to get past a man who overcame his own Rocky like setback just two years ago: Mexico’s Moises Calleros.

Calleros, 25-6-1, 14 KOs, also seemed finished after back to back losses in late 2013 and 2014, including a devastating knockout loss to Samuel Gutierrez. Gutierrez was a fighter with an 8-12-4 record going into the fight and the loss seemed to close the book on Calleros. But Calleros proved just as resilient as Fukuhara as he bounced back with five straight wins including a decision victory over Jose Manuel Sanchez to propel him into the top spot for the WBO. (more…)

By David Finger It may be the most overused cliche in boxing, but sometimes the story of the underdog overcoming …


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McDonnell-Vargas collide for WBC 122 belt

Gavin McDonnell is aiming to step out of his twin brother Jamie’s shadow and land in the big time when he faces Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC Super-Bantamweight title today at the Hull Ice Arena, live on www.klowdtv.com. Victory for Gavin would create a unique piece of British boxing history as he would join twin brother Jamie as a world ruler, with Jamie holding the WBA bantamweight crown and will make a sixth defense next time he enters the ring.

Weights:
Gavin McDonnell 120.8 vs. Rey Vargas 120
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Luke Campbell 134 vs. Jairo Lopez 133.1
(WBC silver lightweight title)
Tommy Coyle 139.6 vs. Rakeem Noble 139.9

 

 

Gavin McDonnell is aiming to step out of his twin brother Jamie’s shadow and land in the big time when …


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Floyd: There’s only one fight out there that’s important. That’s Mayweather and Connor McGregor

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, tells Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he still wants to fight MMA fighter Connor McGregor. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see,” proclaimed Floyd. “There’s only one fight out there that’s important. That’s Mayweather and Connor McGregor.”

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, tells Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he still wants to …




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