Dimitrenko: I am confident of defeating Parker

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

Giant 6’7 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) has arrived in New Zealand for a press conference and said that he is confident of defeating IBF #1 Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) and that he will have all the pressure on him for their October 1st bout when they clash over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m confident I can win. I’m not a slow heavyweight – I’m fast. I’ve stopped good heavyweights such as Timo Hoffman and Albert Sosnowski. Hoffman went the distance with Vitali Klitschko. Parker has a lot of pressure on him to win this fight. I have no pressure on me. Duco promotions made me the offer a few months ago and I said yes because I am confident of winning.” Continue reading

Frampton: Santa Cruz fight “may be brutal”

By Matt Richardson

In February, IBF junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton boxed in the biggest fight of his career.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight.

In a bout that was hyped to be a sure thing, it wound up anything but. In fact, Frampton’s match against the then-unbeaten Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in the UK turned into a clear decision win for Frampton. Quigg was too cautious and Frampton took advantage. It was a disappointing affair.

Now, five months later, Frampton (22-0, 14 KO’s) is set for the second biggest fight of his career. But unlike his match-up against Quigg, he will be in against one of the most active and aggressive fighters in all of boxing in Leo Santa Cruz. While the Quigg fight promised action, the Frampton-Santa Cruz fight this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime will televise at 9 PM ET) is likely to deliver. Continue reading

New South African promoter on the block

By Ron Jackson

New boy on the block, 43-year-old Sandile Xaka of Supreme Boxing Promotions, presents his first tournament with a seven bout card at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The first bout starts at 2:30 pm.

In the main bout scheduled for six rounds Percy Mkhize from Soweto who is unbeaten in 7 fights with 3 wins coming inside the distance meets Mpho Sefaro who has won 2 fights with both inside the distance. They will be fighting at junior flyweight. Mkhize who is trained by Alan Toweel goes into the fight as the favourite after having scored impressive victories over Gift Pooe (pts 4), Mthobisi Nkosi (tko 2) and Sihle Jelwane (pts 4) in 2016. Continue reading

Wilcox faces Orozco on Thursday

Rising lightweight star Steven Wilcox (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will face hard-hitting Juan Orozco (12-3-2, 10 KOs) on Thursday night in the eight round main event of the first ever “Next Generation” card at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“Both fighters deserve props for making this happen,” said promoter Lee Baxter. “Orozco is filling in on short notice for Jesus Singwancha, who withdrew after injuring his hand in training. On top of that, he just fought a few days ago. Wilcox also deserves credit for dealing with multiple opponent changes and going forward with no questions asked. On top of that, Orozco is a tough fighter and I’m expecting a very competitive fight.” Continue reading

Santa Cruz and Frampton: First Faceoff

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WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and former jr featherweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) met face-to-face for the first time on the 86th floor Observatory atop the iconic Empire State Building. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the fighters shared the spotlight with a coin-operated binocular rather than the New York City skyline in the photo op.

Santa Cruz and Frampton will meet again under less friendly circumstances on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Their world championship fight marks both Santa Cruz and Frampton’s first fight in the “Big Apple.” Showtime will televise.

WBA strips Chagaev + Lucas Browne update

By Karl Freitag

The WBA World Championships Committee has stripped WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev of his title. Chagaev was gifted back the title after a KO loss to Lucas Browne when Browne failed a drug test, but Chagaev’s team was unable to take advantage of the situation by failing to finalize a WBA-mandated rematch with Fres Oquendo, which included getting current on past-due sanctioning fees.

The WBA has an ongoing heavyweight tournament to establish a single champion. If the brackets stay as they are, the 43-year-old Oquendo would now make the final sometime in 2017 without any fighting in any of the earlier rounds.

The other bracket features WBA “interim” heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz against Alexander Ustinov on September 17 (although there may be some problems with that bout, as well) and the rematch between WBA “super” heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko. The Ortiz-Ustinov and Fury-Klitschko winners would then collide with the winner earning the right to face Oquendo.

Note: If Ustinov falls out, replacing him with Oquendo seems like a logical solution that would push the tournament forward.

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In related news, heavyweight Lucas Browne has enrolled in the WBC Clean Boxing Program, headed by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). This means he’s nominated himself to be tested for drugs (both performance enhancing and recreational) at ANY TIME, 365 days of the year. The first Aussie boxer to do so.

Leo Santa Cruz: I Will Stay on Top of Him

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, is set for to take on undefeated former world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing. We spoke to Santa Cruz prior to his departure to New York where he talked about his camp and upcoming fight with Frampton.

“I have never been to New York, not everyone knows me. I want to a great fight to more fans,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “Frampton is an Irish star. This is the toughest fight of my career. That is what I wanted. He’s well prepared and is an undefeated fighter like me, he doesn’t want to lose and I don’t want to lose.” Continue reading

Feigenbutz back in action Saturday

20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (22-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Leeds, UK, against Wilmer Gonzalez (19-10-1, 12 KOs) in a tune-up fight. He is also scheduled to fight in September. The boxing card at the First Direct Arena also features heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) against unbeaten David Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International title and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (13-1, 11 KOs) against former world champion Argenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver lightweight belt. Featherweights Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) and Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) meet in the main event for the WBC International title.

Review: ShoBox scores a knockout at Foxwoods

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
photos by Emily Harney

In the main event of the ShoBox event at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this past Friday Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) battled Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-2, 8 KOs) to a draw in a ten round super bantamweight bout. In a back-and-forth affair, Lopez tried to box from the outside while Reynoso lunged to get inside. After a few rounds, the contest got ugly with both fighters using any tactic to score. Click here for full report and photos…

Parker returns on Oct 1 against Dimitrenko

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on October 1st when he will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. “Dimitrenko is a guy who former world champion Shannon Briggs went out of his way to avoid earlier this year because of the risk,” said Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan. “Even casual boxing fans know that all Eastern Europeans in the heavyweight division know how to fight.”

The 6’7 Dimitrenko is three inches taller than Parker, and is on a six-fight winning streak with his last loss against Kubrat Pulev four years ago. Parker will be heavily favored to defeat Dimitrenko in 67 days time, then move on to challenge IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

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The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

BACK TO BASICS

The activity of our sport will be taking a break during the Olympic Games. Few cards are scheduled during the event which captures the attention of the world as the athletes of the world compete trying to fulfill their dreams of winning a medal for their country. Boxing will feature a challenge in this Olympic games in Rio as AIBA has taken the decision to change the rules of enrollment as well as the rules of competition. As multiple articles in the news taint AIBA’s reputation with allegations of all sorts, fighters will go into the ring to do what their work and we all wish them great success and hopefully the sport of boxing will come out in a positive note. No headgear will certainly be a topic of discussion, I do anticipate cuts that will force potential medal winners out of the Olympics and the scoring of the fights will be under heavy scrutiny, but I am personally hopeful that everything will leave the sport in a high note at the end of the games.

Professional boxing needs to go back to basics. I may have written this before, but I will continue to openly state the urgent need of everybody to work together, to sit down and reach agreements and simply go back to basics. Trainers need to learn how to train fighters, matchmakers need to understand the responsibility of even matches, promoters need to start promoting, selling tickets, creating figures with interest in the public, and so on. Continue reading

Chucky Flores: I feel I have all the tools to defeat Rigondeaux

The camps of undefeated WBA interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA super champion Guillermo Rigondeaux are currently in negotiations with the possibility of the fight happening in the next few months. “I’m now the mandatory to challenge Guillermo Rigondeaux, a fight I’m looking forward to,” said Flores. “He’s very skilled but I feel I have all the tools to defeat him. My management team is working hard to get this fight finalized. It’s time to see who the best super bantamweight is. I going to bring that world title home to Mexico.”

Flores recently received his IBO world title belt from co-manager Henry Rivalta, which he earned in June with a win over Paulus Ambunda (24-2, 10 KOs) in Ambunda’s hometown of Windhoek, Namibia (Africa).

Shabranskyy headlines Aug 19 at LA Fight Club

Unbeaten light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (16-0, 13 KOs) makes his return to the ring to take on Oscar “El Monstruo” Riojas (10-5-1, 3 KOs) as the new main event for LA FIGHT CLUB on August 19 at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, airing live nationally on Estrella TV. As previously announced, the August 19 card will feature undefeated super featherweight prospect Ivan “Striker” Delgado (9-0-1, 2 KOs) taking on Alejandro Ochoa (7-11-2, 1 KO). Both fights are eight-rounders.

European results

Ukrainian heavyweight Andriy Rudenko (29-2, 19 KOs) stopped Brazilian journeyman Marcelo Nascimento (22-14, 19 KOs) in three rounds on Sunday night in Odessa, Ukraine. The stoppage win is kind of a testament for Rudenko’s power, as Nascimento went the distance with current WBC Silver champ Johann Duhaupas and with former British champ Dereck Chisora in the past few months.

WBC #1/WBA #5 lightweight Emiliano Marsili was back between the ropes on Saturday night in Valenza Po, Italy, after a bout of flu forced him to pass on his mandatory shot at 135 lbs. titlist Dejan Zlaticanin. Marsili (33-0-1, 14 KOs) easily decisioned Bulgarian trialhorse Yordan Vasilev (18-44-2) over eight rounds. The fight was arranged on a one-week notice after Marsili signed a new promotional deal in Italy.

Former IBF world champ Kiko Martinez (35-7-1, 26 KOs) had a difficult comeback fight on Saturday in Benidorm, Spain. Martinez, coming off a stoppage loss to the hands of Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title, was held to a surprising draw over eight rounds by unheralded Eusebio Osejo (28-17-3, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua. Also on the Spanish show, welterweight contender Ceferino Rodriguez (23-1, 12 KOs) could only win a split decision vs Koba Karkashadze (20-12-2) of Georgia.

Funeka retains WBO Africa title

By Ron Jackson

Former IBO welterweight champion Ali Funeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) retained his WBO Africa welterweight title when he stopped Justice Addy (14-3-1, 13 KOs) of Ghana in the third round in Queenstown (Komani) on Sunday. The 38-year-old Funeka dominated from the opening bell as he scored with stinging lefts and rights to the head of the overmatched Addy. With Addy not fighting back the referee waved the fight off in the third round.

Lee Dyer from KwaZulu Natal won the South African super middleweight title when he upset defending champion Balemo Weliya with an eleventh round stoppage. Against the odds the super fit Dyer battered Weliya (originally from the DRC) throughout the fight before the referee stepped in to stop the one-sided action in the eleventh round. Dyer’s reported record improved to 6-3-1, 5 KOs, and Weliya’s record dropped to 12-4, 5 KOs. Continue reading

Ness retains SA welterweight title

By Ron Jackson

There was plenty of action on a cold Highveld Sunday afternoon at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park when Shaun Ness retained his South African welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous points decision over Ayanda Mthembu. The scores were 117-113 (Wally Snowball), 115-114 (Joe Chaane) and 117-111 (Simon Mokadi). Ness (66.4kg) made a slow start but picked up the pace to win the next seven rounds with Mthembu (65.85kg) taking a pounding. Referee Thabo Spampool could have stopped the fight in the eighth round when Ness backed up Mthembu against the ropes and landed a series of left and rights but did not have the power to stop the challenger. However, the gutsy Mthembu ranked at #5 made a come come-back in rounds ten and eleven against the tiring champion and stunned him on a number of occasions, but could not finish him off. Ness improved his record to 10-1-2, 5 KOs, and Mthembu’s record dropped 5-4-1, 4 KOs. Continue reading

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Delvin Rodriguez returns with win

Photos: Emily Harney

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing put on a five-bout card on Saturday night at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In the main event, former two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (29-8-4 16 KOs) had all he could handle in a ten round unanimous decision win over Iraqi War veteran Shawn Cameron (10-2 5 KOs) in a jr. middleweight clash.

There was plenty of ebb and flow in this battle of attrition as the action was heated in every round. As the bell sounded for the 10th and final round ringside observers thought the fight was up for grabs and the two combatants fought as if they felt the same way. The final thirty seconds had the crowd of 2,600 plus in a frenzy as Rodriguez and Cameron stood toe to toe trading shots. As the final bell sounded, both fighters were given a well deserved standing ovation by the fans as Rodriguez came away with the close unanimous win 96-94 on two cards and 97-93 on the third. Continue reading

Terence Crawford adds a title to become division king

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By Bill Dwyre

Speed kills. Saturday night, in a big-time boxing arena, in a big-time battle for future fame and riches, a Porsche took on a Ford Fairlane. The result at the finish line was never in doubt.

“The Iceman” Viktor Postol, a nice 140-pounder from Kiev, Ukraine, with a title belt that said WBC, summarized: “He was too fast. I had no answer for him.”

Freddie Roach, a Hall-of-Fame trainer who had prepared Postol, seconded that summary: “He surprised me how fast he was.”

The “he” in all this was Terence “Bud” Crawford, the pride of Omaha, Neb., and now lineal king of the sport’s 140-pounders, with ownership of both Postol’s World Boxing Council (WBC) belt and his own World Boxing Organization (WBO). In boxing, they call that title unification. Also in boxing, they call what Crawford did to Postol, in front of 7,027 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena here, a rout.

The three judges, Guido Cavalleri, Don Trella and Dave Moretti, made the rout official. Cavalleri and Trella scored it 118-107, or 10 rounds to two with a 10-7 fifth round, when Crawford knocked Postol down twice. Those were both kind of rinky-dink knockdowns, Postol losing his balance and touching his knee down after a routine punch, and then later touching the canvas with his glove after another. The most interesting part of the scoring was Moretti’s 117-108 that included a 10-9 round for Postol, even though he had been penalized a point during the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks for hitting Crawford behind the head. Continue reading

Chavez, Cruz, Terrazas, Chihuas victorious

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC female flyweight champion Kika Chavez (27-4-3, 4 KOs) retained her green belt in an bloody ten round majority decision against former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno (33-9-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the International Arena in the Grand Oasis Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Chavez managed to take the majority decision by scores of 96-95, 97-93 and 95-95, successfully defending her title for the third time.

In the co-feature welterweight “Demoledor” Diego Cruz (16-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped Jose “Piston” Lopez (26-5-2, 15 KOs) at the 2:58 of the eighth round.

Former WBC super bantamweight champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (38-3-1, 21 KOs) took a majority decision over Cristian Arrazola (21-12-2, 16 KOs) in his first fight in three years.

Former world minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez 19-4-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jhonny Garcia (4-5, 0 KOs)

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Crawford: Who is on my radar? I don’t have a radar

By Miguel Maravilla

The two best super lightweights in the world met Saturday night in a unification clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with undefeated WBO champion Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska, picking up the WBC title held by Ukraine’s Viktor Postol.

“I hope everyone enjoyed the fight. What can I say? I feel great,” said Crawford at the post fight press conference. “I wanted him to throw the right, that’s why I fought him in the southpaw stance so I can counter him….Floyd is one of the guys I looked up to as a fighter. I just boxed today and I just wanted to have fun. I could have pressed the gas but why? I had him frustrated.”

Crawford’s trainer Brian “Bo” McIntyre added, “They said we were in over our heads….right!”

As for his plans, Crawford stated, “Who is on my radar? I don’t have a radar…I don’t go after them, they come after me…I am just going to enjoy my win and relax.” Continue reading

Valdez destroys Rueda in two to win WBO featherweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Unbeaten WBO #1 rated featherweight contender and two-time Olympian Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO featherweight world title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Valdez unleashed a brutal attack that staggered Rueda in round one. Valdez continued to punish Rueda in round two and dropped him twice with body shots. Time was 2:18. Sensational performance by Valdez.

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Maidana, Castano, Figueroa remain unbeaten

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Unbeaten welterweight Fabian “TNT” Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs), brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana who was watching ringside, scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Machito” Maysonet (13-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana was bleeding heavily from the nose after round one, but proceeded to punish and break down Maysonet after that. Maysonet’s corner stopped it after round six.

In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweight Alan Castano (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed brawler Aaron Garcia (15-6-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 78-74 across the board.

Unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa (9-0, 6 KOs), 19-year-old brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, scored a third round KO over Adalberto Zorrilla (6-2, 6 KOs). Zorrilla was deducted a point for a low blow in round two. Figueroa then dropped Zorrilla twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:44.

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Undercard Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBA #2 rated welterweight and former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) defeated Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Benavidez caught Santana with some hard shots in rounds one and two, but Santana made it a tough, gritty fight after that. Benavidez prevailed by scores of 100-90, 96-94, 98-92.

WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated light heavyweight and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) had a scare, but stopped two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6-1, 15 KOs) in round six of a clash for the NABF championship. Karpency dropped Gvozdyk and had him hurt in round one, but Gvozdyk recovered and turned the tables, methodically busting up Karpency. The end came in round six when Gvozdyk sent Karpency to a knee for the count. Time was 2:21. Continue reading

Boxer seriously injured in Toledo

By Bradley Snyder/The Undercard at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

As a boxing community, we often forget the risks that a boxer puts on the line for our entertainment. Victor Green’s Pulse Boxing had their first event, Friday Night Fights at St. Clement Hall in Toledo, Ohio where we were all reminded of the risks.

The second to last fight of the evening was Roy Barringer (Toledo, OH) vs. Tommy Bagnasco (Walled Lake, MI). Roy was quickly able to use speed and body work to set up Bagnasco on the ropes. Barringer then threw two punches to the body, freezing Tommy against the ropes. Roy connected with a right to the head of Bagnasco. Immediately, Bagnasco crumbled to the ground as Referee Gary Wolfe and his corner attended to him. Bagnasco became unresponsive as he was lying flat on the canvas. Tommy Bagnasco was in serious trouble as they found him unresponsive and not breathing. Thankfully, in the following moments, CPR was beginning to be performed. The Main Event of the evening featured DeAndre Ware who is a First Response firefighter. Supportng Ware for his fight were his friends from the fire department. The first responders in the audience began steps to save Bagnasco’s life. “Their ability to be there saved Bagnasco’s life,” Coach Todd Allee said. Tommy Bagnasco at the time of writing, remains in ICU at Toledo Hospital. Allee said, “He is still on a ventilator and is in the best care.” Roy Barringer improved to 2-0 with the 1:56 KO of Tommy Bagnasco (0-2). Continue reading

Tonight’s HBO-PPV and live stream lineup

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HBO-PPV at 9PM ET/6PM PT:

WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) vs. WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) in a twelve round world title unification clash.

WBO #1 rated featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) vs. #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.

WBA #2 rated, former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) vs. Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), welterweight, ten rounds.

WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-5-1, 15 KOs), light heavyweight, ten rounds.

Free Live Stream on www.toprank.tv at 6PM ET, 3PM PT:

IBF #3, WBO #3, WBC #4, WBA #9 rated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs) vs. George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 KOs), middleweight, ten rounds.

IBF #7, WBO #15 jr welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. IBF #10 IK Yang (18-1, 13 KOs), bout changed to welterweight at Yang’s request, ten rounds

Edward Williams (11-1-1, 3 KOs) vs. Christon Edwards (6-1, 3 KOs), welterweight, six rounds.

Stanyilav Skorokhod (10-1, 8 KOs) vs. Hakim Bryant (6-0, 4 KOs), middleweight, six rounds.

Steve Nelson (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tim Meek (5-2-1, 3 KOs), light heavyweight, four rounds.

New E. Alvarez opponent named

Undefeated #1 light heavyweight contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will now face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs) in Friday’s Spike TV co-feature. Berridge steps in to replace Chad Dawson, who pulled out with an injury. WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) defends against Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in the main event at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. The Alvarez-Berridge clash is scheduled for 10 rounds at a 180-pound catch-weight.
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Names of the officials for the Stevenson vs. Williams main event fight have also been disclosed. The referee will be Michael Griffin (Quebec), the three ringside judges Richard DeCarufel (Quebec), Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy) and Juergen Langos (Germany), plus supervisor Bob Logist (Belgium).

Late Result: Giacon wins comeback fight

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Last Thursday July 21, former WBC Silver super lightweight champion Luca Giacon knocked out Gergo Vari in four rounds at Principe Theater in Milan, Italy, in his comeback fight after 16 months of inactivity. Giacon’s last fight was on March 21, 2015 at the same location. After that, Giacon had to deal with a detached retina, but now he is back in full force. After becoming WBC Silver champion Giacon also became #1 in WBC rankings. His record now moves to 28-1-1, 24 KOs.

In other action, Miami Beach-based super middleweight Daniele Scardina made his Italian debut demolishing in three assaults Christian Bozzoni. Born and raised in Rozzano (close to Milan), Scardina wanted badly to fight in Italy, after four fights in Dominican Republic and the fifth in Philadelphia. “I train at the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach,” Scardina said, “and they got me the fights in the Dominican Republic. Then I got a chance in the U.S. and I grabbed it, but I also wanted to please my fans in Italy. They saw me fight as an amateur, becoming Lombardia region champion, wearing the national team jersey. I knew they would support me as a professional too. I want to follow Canelo Alvarez’s steps: he fights in the U.S. but keeps the flame alive with his Mexican fans.” Scardina’s record is now 6-0 with 6 knockouts. Continue reading

Nieto stops Gonzales for Euro title

Spanish super lightweight Ruben Nieto retained his European title at 140 lbs. in Leganes, Madrid, Spain, stopping previously unbeaten Nicolas Gonzalez after seven exciting rounds of boxing. Nieto (18-1, 9 KOs) was defending the belt he won in England vs British champ Lenny Daws, and he did so in convincing fashion versus an unbeaten challenger. Gonzalez (now 18-1, 13 KOs), like Nieto, hails from Madrid and their clash fulfilled all the promises of a firework festival, with the Spanish fans standing on their feet for most of the action. Nieto started cautiously, probably aware of Gonzalez’s power, but he was eventually able to floor his challenger in round three. Gonzalez did not give up, though, and retaliated flooring the defending champ three rounds later. In round seven, however, Nieto raised his game and forced a stoppage when British ref Michael Alexander saved a defenseless Gonzalez from further punishment.

Topping a nine-fight undercard, WBA #5 welterweight Kerman Lejarraga (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Francisco Cordero (33-7, 24 KOs) of Colombia in three rounds. Lejarraga, hailing from the Basque Country, impressed most of the ringsiders with his sheer power and his will to win. Also on the show, former light heavy contender Adasat Rodriguez (13-5-2, 9 KOs) made his debut at middleweight, stopping Sergio Arenas (5-0, 1 KO) in the opening round with a perfectly timed body shot. Finally, super middle Mariano Hilario (15-5, 6 KOs) cruised to an easy decision win over journeyman Romeo Paun (4-17-2) of Romania. Rimer Box promoted the gala, with 6,000 fans attending the non-televised event.

The Price of an Olympic Quota, Part V

By Ognian Georgiev

The noise around the officiating in the last Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, poses a lot of questions. The best person to answer is AIBA president Ching-Kwo Wu. A former basketball player, who had worked as an architect, Wu was elected as a president of International Boxing Association (AIBA) on 6 November 2006. He replaced long time boss of the organization Anwar Chowdhry, who was regarded as one of the most controversial Olympic sports officials of all time. Continue reading

Crawford and Valdez are big betting favorites

Tonight’s WBC/WBO jr welterweight title unification on HBO-PPV between unbeaten world champions Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) seems like a close, competitive matchup. But oddsmakers aren’t seeing that way. Crawford is a heavy -600 favorite to beat Postol, who is +400.

The over/under for Crawford-Postol is 10.5 rounds. “Over” is -190, “under” is -165.

In the other world title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) is a whopping -2150 pick to defeat unbeaten #2 rated Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) +1300 for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.

The over/under for Valez-Rueda is 7.5 rounds. “Over” is -105, “under” is -130.

Shumenov wants Lebedev to fight or be stripped

It has been more than a month since WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) petitioned the WBA to either declare a purse bid for a title fight between him and WBA “super” cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, or strip Lebedev of his title. This past April, the WBA had issued a resolution that the winner of the Lebedev vs. Victor Emelio Ramirez WBA/IBF unification fight in May must fight Shumenov within 120 days of the Shumenov’s May 21 knockout victory over Junior Wright. However, now Lebedev’s promoter Andrei Ryabinsky reportedly has a deal in place for Ledebev to defend his IBF title first.

The Shumenov camp maintains that Lebedev is holding his version of the WBA title “hostage” and they’re unable to book any fights for Beibut until the WBA rules. “I was looking forward to fighting Lebedev and I don’t understand his unwillingness and refusal to step in the ring with me,” stated Shumenov.

London Olympian Opetia victorious

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped Sosefo Faleaono (3-2, 9 KOs) of New Zealand in round six in the main event at the Mediterranean House at Five Dock, NSW, Australia on Friday night. The 6’4 Opetaia controlled the contest from the opening bell as he connected with accurate long range combinations from the southpaw stance. Faleaono, 5’9, was aggressive continually and scored with left hooks and right hands when at close range. In round six Opetaia connected with a barrage of head shots that dropped Faleaono and referee Anthony Shipley called it off at 1:11. Three-time world champion and Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech guides the career of the 21-year-old southpaw Opetaia, who is a former world amateur champion. Continue reading

Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Undefeated WBA #5 super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Roman Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It was a good action fight with the wild swinging Reynoso giving Lopez all he could handle. Lopez staggered Reynoso in the tenth and final round, but Reynoso spit out his mouthpiece to get some time to recover. Scores were 96-94 Lopez, 97-93 Reynoso and 95-95.

Super middleweight KO artist Jerry Odom (14-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a stunning one-punch knockout in the third round against Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs). A crushing right hand laid out Jackson at 1:57. Odom was a late sub. Jackson is the son of former world champion Julius “The Hawk” Jackson.

Lightweight Rolando Chinea (13-1-1, 6 KOs) won an eight round split decision decision over O’Shaquie Foster (10-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74 Chinea, 77=75 for Foster.

In a slugfest, super welterweight Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against previously unbeaten Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KOs). After being staggered in round one, Green came back to drop Gray twice in round two to end it. Time was 2:50. Green was also a late sub. Continue reading

LaManna, Meng, Zhilei victorious

Photo: Darryl Cobb

Photo: Darryl Cobb


By John DiSanto at ringside

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-8, 3 KOs, in a scheduled 6-round junior middleweight bout. LaManna jumped right on his opponent at the opening bell. Then after trapping Valenzuela in his own corner, LaManna relentlessly fired an extended volley to his head. However it was when Cornflake landed a single shot to Engelberto’s body, that the Mexican folded to the canvas and referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight immediately. The time was 2:17 of the first round.

Light heavyweight Fanlong Meng, 8-0, 6 KOs, remained undefeated with an impressive beat down of veteran Daniel Judah, 24-11-3, 11 KOs, in their scheduled 8-rounder. The 2012 Olympian for China, won the first four rounds against Judah before going for the kill in round five. Meng backed Judah to the ropes and uncorked a hard left that sent the New Yorker reeling. The ropes clearly kept Judah from hitting the canvas. So referee Rickey Gonzalez called it a knockdown. He looked at Judah and began to count, but then called a sudden stop to the fight. The time was 2:08 of the fifth. Gonzalez called the result a KO (and not a TKO).

In the opening bout at Atlantic City’s Claridge Hotel, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist for China, Zhang Zhilei, 11-0, 7 KOs, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Californian Rodney Hernandez, 10-5-1, 2 KOs, in a heavyweight bout. Southpaw Zhilei drilled his opponent with power lefts all night and opened a nasty cut over Hernandez’s right eye. All three judges scored the fight for Zhilei, 59-55 and 60-53 twice.