Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has warned WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) that he will not deny him his dream world title win when they clash for the vacant WBC strap at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Sunday. “There’s nothing he can do to beat me,” said Bellew. “Boxing is a brutal sport and he has to make it as brutal as possible but I don’t believe he has the size and structure to do it. He’s going to come in light which will be a bad mistake. The advantages he usually has in fights are through speed and power – he’s normally faster than his opponents and punches harder than them too.
“In this fight, I don’t think he’ll have those against me. I’ve carried my speed from light heavyweight to cruiserweight, and I don’t think he’s got more power than me. I’ll be the bigger man, I’ll make it show and I am the real cruiserweight. Look at when I am stood next to Johnny Nelson – we’re the same size, and Johnny Nelson was known as one of the monster cruiserweights, well so am I. Continue reading
Photo: SES Boxing
Elite matchmaker Hedi Taouab has passed away after a long illness. A legend in boxing circles, Hedi worked with Universum Box-Promotion and later SES Boxing. He was well-known for decades throughout the world for his enormous personality. The entire team of SES Boxing, in particular Ulf and Peggy Steinforth, are deeply affected by his passing.
“For our athletes and trainers, as a ‘matchmaker’ he put together many big fights, title opportunities and world championships,” said SES in a statement “For SES Boxing, he was one of the key people behind the scenes. His expertise and negotiating skills with promoters, managers and the national and international associations was undisputed and ‘hard,’ but always fair. He leaves a large void in the sport of boxing and will be irreplaceable for many boxers, trainers, managers, and promoters in the world.
“SES Boxing mourns alongside his family in Koblenz. Our sympathies go to all boxers and trainers, for he was an “uncle” to all of us. We in Magdeburg will never forget him. So long “Uncle!”
By Karl Freitag
Four world title bouts are on tap for this Saturday. One in the Philippines, one in the U.S. and two in the U.K.
It all kicks off Saturday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines, when WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) defends his 108lb belt against Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs). In his career, WBO light flyweight world champion Nietes is 14-0-1 against Mexican boxers (with the draw avenged by KO). Can Garcia end the streak?
Later that day at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) tries to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion when he takes on #1 rated Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA super lightweight title formerly held by Adrien Broner, who lost the title on the scale.
Saturday action wraps up at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, when WBA interim welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defends his belt against 44-year-old future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs). The winner will face the Thurman-Porter winner for the full title.
On Sunday, the vacant WBC cruiserweight title will be on the line at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Local hero Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) meets WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) for the belt vacated by Grigory Drozd, who twice pulled out of fights with mandatory challenger Makabu due to injuries.
Late wagering continues to flow in the direction of WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan. Two days ago, he was a slight -165 favorite against 44-year-old ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Today, the 27-year-old Russian champion has jumped to a -260 favorite. On the other hand, if Mosley wins the payout to his backers has moved from +145 to +220. They collide Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBC #1-ranked lightweight contender Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs) has vowed that he will destroy unbeaten WBC #2 ranked Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs) when they meet for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship on June 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. “I think those who underestimated me were wrong all along, but I will put some good shots on him and he’ll go down. I will knock him out,” proclaimed Zlaticanin, who hails from the Southeastern European country of Montenegro. “I think they [fans] will cheer for me like I am a home fighter and I will do my best to bring the good fight.”
Regarding Marsali, Zlaticanin stated, “He’s a boxer. He’s smart, but he has no power. He will try to box, keep a distance and use his height advantage. He will use his footwork to keep me at bay, but it won’t work.”
Zlaticanin and Marsili will be fighting for the belt left vacant by the oft-injured Jorge Linares, who was reclassified as “champion in recess” by the WBC as he recovers from a hand injury.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing was a full one. The morning started out with the medical seminar and continued with the judges seminar in the afternoon. Doctors Paul Wallace, Massimilliano Bianco and Rick Weinstein each delivered topics affecting boxers health in fights as well as leading up to the fights. Esteemed judge Steve Weisfeld conducted the judges seminar, utilizing discussion and review of judging criteria and practices, along with practice judging on several video rounds with guest commentary by judges in attendance.
Dr. Wallace’s talk was titled, “Weight Fluctuation- The Dangers of Dehydration and Rapid Weight Gain In Professional Combat Sports.” An ongoing point of contention and controversy, weight loss and the accompanying dehydration and rehydration methods and problems were addressed by Wallace. Water versus electrolyte-filled sports drinks, even the ill effects of Coca Cola on the body were discussed. Wallace stressed the cardiac side effects such as increased muscle contractility and work rate due to fluctuating hydration levels. The increased propensity for swelling or even cutting due to fluctuating levels of hydration can also come into play, as the skin acts differently depending on how much fluid the tissue is holding when struck in a bout. Continue reading
The 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom on Wednesday night for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three. Continue reading
Brian Halquist (left) and Stan Naccarato (right). Photo: Halquist Productions
To say Stan Naccarato was instrumental to the success of Pacific Northwest boxing would be an understatement. A former multiple-time chairman of the Washington State boxing commission and two-time President of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Naccarato was also a long time ring announcer for the 20-year plus “Battle of the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, including the inaugural card which took place on July 9, 1997 featuring Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs Scott Lindecker.
“The interest in boxing in the Pacific Northwest was nonexistent twenty years ago,” said Brian Halquist, president of Halquist Productions, the organization which runs the “Battle at the Boat” series. “Stan played an incredibly large role with getting things rolling. We are the nation’s longest-running tribal casino professional boxing series and Stan’s contribution to all of that is enormous.” Continue reading
WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15-rated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who is preparing to defend his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) in a ten rounder on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on CBS Sports Network, took some time out of his training to make an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Wednesday afternoon.
Back in January, Miller made an appearance at the club prior to his NABA title fight vs. Donovan Dennis and promised the kids he would return after he won the title to show them his title belt. Today they not only got to see his title belt and take pictures with the fighter but they also received 20 donated tickets to Friday night’s fight from Miller, so that kids from the Boys & Girls Club could attend the fight.
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
On Saturday, June 11, former WBO junior welterweight world champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) in what figures to be an entertaining matchup of brawlers at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. On Tuesday, Provodnikov and Molina participated in a Media Workout Day at Fortune’s Gym in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised by Showtime.
Ruslan Provodnikov: I’m expecting him to come to fight. No doubt he’s a fighter, he’s a warrior. For somebody to defeat me is a big motivation and I know he’ll be coming to win. No matter what, he’s going to do anything possible to win this fight. That’s what I expect from people that take a fight with me – that they’ll die in the ring to defeat me because it would be a great accomplishment. So I’m expecting a real war, a real fight.
John Molina Jr: Stylistically I think there are things that I have to my advantage. Stature-wise: my height, my reach. But with that being said, when the fight starts, all of that is going to go out the window and we’re going to fight….we won’t be satisfied with anything less than a victory. I’m not content with getting in these fights because people love to watch me fight. I want to be content with getting these fights because I’m victorious and that’s what we’re planning on doing on June 11. photos
WBC ruling regarding heavyweight division issued by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman: WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was scheduled to fight Mandatory Challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21, 2016. On May 13, 2016, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (“VADA”) reported that Mr. Povetkin’s “A” Test sample showed an adverse result for the banned substance Meldonium. That result arose in connection with an April 27, 2016, anti-doping test Mr. Povetkin underwent under the WBC Clean Boxing Program. On May 15, 2016, the WBC issued a ruling that the fight would not take place as scheduled.
In relation with Challenger’s Povetkin test result, the WBC is conducting an in-depth investigation and evaluation of the situation. Further WBC ruling(s) will be forthcoming. In the meantime, the WBC hereby rules that in light of the fact that the bout with Challenger Povetkin did not take place as scheduled, WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder has the right to make a voluntary defense of his title as reasonably soon as possible.
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
In a sudden and shocking turn around, John Riel Casimero turned the tables on undefeated defending champ and former conqueror Amnat Ruenroeng in the fourth round on Wednesday night at the Diamond Stadium in Beijing, China. Suddenly, it was if Casimero had taken enough abuse. While in close quarters during a heated exchange, Casimero exploded a short right to the jaw of the defending champ who crashed in a heap to his hands and knees, head down on the canvas. Ruenroeng barely rose and was on unsteady legs while Casimero was celebrating up on the second rope strands in a neutral corner. Referee Tony Weeks allowed the action to continue and Casimero was a tad reckless in trying to finish his stricken foe. For a moment or two, it looked as if Ruenroeng would escape thee round as his legs seemed to gain their spring and his jab and movement began to come into play. Casimero the exploded a vicious left hook the belly and Ruenroeng, in an ever so slightly delayed reaction grimaced and sank to the canvas on his back almost under the ropes. Referee Weeks reached the count of ten for a clean KO at 2:10 of round four.
Casimero rejoiced with revenge in securing his second IBF crown as he improves to 22-3, 14 KOs. Undefeated no longer, Ruenroeng dips to 17-1, 5 KOs and sees his hoped for clash with WBC counterpart Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez evaporate as well. The result was well received by the Chinese fans who know Ruenroeng well from his defeat of Chinese hero and two-time Olympian Zou Shiming last year. Though the bout was short one, Casimero was losing a near shutout, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 at the time of the stoppage. Continue reading
Yesterday WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan was a slight -165 favorite against 44-year-old ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Today, the 27-year-old Avanesyan has jumped to a -255 favorite. On the other hand, yesterday Mosley backers could get +145, now a Mosley win would pay +215.
Both fighters looked to be in superb condition when they faced off shirtless at their final press conference. The bout takes place Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. CBSSN will televise in the USA, BoxNation will air the fight in the UK.
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In other Mosley-Avanesyan news, the WBA has confirmed that the winner of Saturday’s fight will next face the winner of the clash between WBA world welterweight champion Keith Thurman against Shawn Porter on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC #6 ranked super lightweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs) will take on Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night, June 17th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The bout will be a 10 round contest as part of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s popular fight series “Rockin Fights.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China opened with the general meeting at 9 a.m. In the grand ballroom at the NUO Hotel. IBF president Daryl Peoples opened the meeting by thanking members of the board and of course IBF China for bringing the convention to Beijing. The customary introductions of every attendant in the room followed as well as a greeting from IBF China president Mr. Ruihang Wang. Wang said, “We will look back to Chinese boxing pioneers and then to the future of Chinese boxing on a world level, thanks to the IBF.”
Board members Roberto Rea (Europe), Linda Torres (Legal Counsel), Glen Hamada, Randy Neumann (Treasurer), Eddie Cotton (Ring Officials) and Anibal Miramontes (Ratings) all gave their report summaries. Continue reading
Multi-division former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) and WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) faced off Tuesday at their final press conference before Saturday’s world title showdown at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
David Avanesyan made the effort to speak English and thanked WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and the WBA for giving him the opportunity to fight against a big name like Shane Mosley. He said he respects Mosley, who is a good boxer. He seemed awed by the presence of ring legends Mosley and his trainer Roberto Duran.
Shane Mosley stated, “Anybody who steps in the ring right now, it doesn’t matter if it was David, or if I was fighting Mayweather, or Manny or whoever I was fighting, it doesn’t matter. I’m at the top of my game. I’m sharp, I’m ready to go. I’m the man right now. I feel like that. I feel great. And it’s all because of Roberto Duran…I can feel the fire within myself through him.
“We’re not playing around. We’re not thinking he’s coming here to hand over his title. I hope not. I hope that he comes and he fights to the best of his ability. I thank the WBA, the interim champion and the whole team for taking the opportunity to fight me and to give me the opportunity to be back on top where I was before. Sad to say I’m gonna have to take the title from you. Maybe you’ll put up a good fight where the people will give you another fight with other fighters, maybe Shawn (Porter) or Keith (Thurman) or somebody. But Saturday night, it will be my night. It could be anybody, but it had to be you so I’m sorry.”
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Former Olympian and undefeated welterweight Custio Clayton (8-0 7KO) dominated Emilio Perea (23-7 15KO) Tuesday night at the Casino de Montreal scoring a KO victory at :45 seconds of the 10th and final round. Perea was a tough nut to crack but Clayton utilized a piston type jab from the opening bell and was very fuel efficient in delivering a precise and brutal attack that showed little let-up. Clayton scored knockdowns to end both the 5th and 6th rounds and when he unleashed a right in the 10th, Perea slumped to his knees with very little will to try and get back up. It was the 7th knockout in a row for Clayton and only the second time that Perea has been stopped. The final round stoppage follows a 9th round win the last time and Clayton said he was a lot more patient this time around.
Other winners on the night included Marie Eve Dicaire (UD), Shaklee Phinn (UD), Patrice Volny (UD), Francesco Cotroni (majority decision) and Whitney Baille (UD).
The 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night
Damon Allen 134.4 vs. Daniel Montoya 135
Hector Tanajara 132 vs. Francisco Medel 134.6
Alexis Salazar 155 vs. Hector Velasquez 150.4
Edgar Valerio 125 vs. Harold Reyes ??
Venue: Ray Dolby Ballroom, Hollywood, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Proceeds from the event will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to fund life-changing research, care & awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) says he’s focused on breaking the record for most consecutive world title defenses at 154-pounds if he can’t land a big fight. The record, which was set by Gianfranco Rosi with 11 defenses of the IBF title, has stood strong since January of 1993.
“I’m ready to step up and fight anyone in my division or if a big fight can be made at middleweight, I’m willing to be great,” proclaimed Lara. “I’m ready to fight anybody between welterweight and middleweight.
“My first choice is to fight GGG because I feel he’s the toughest opponent and would be a fight that would solidify my legacy. My next choice would be to have a rematch with Canelo because we all know there’s unfinished business with lots of controversy. If either fight can’t be made, then my focus will be to put my name in the record books and defend my titles 12 times to break the record and unify them all at the same time.”
Michael Mazzulli, president of the Association of Boxing Commissions, and head of the Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation, released information today specifying what will make the upcoming annual ABC Conference the largest in the organization’s history.
“The 28th Annual Association of Boxing Commissions Conference will be held from July 29-August 3 at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. The room block reserved a year ago was based on recent historical evidence (2014 & 2015 attendance), but the entire group of rooms originally reserved were booked over a month ago. The Conference professionals at the Monte Carlo generously added rooms to the block, 28% more than ever reserved before, and there are very few of those left.” Continue reading
IBF lightweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and former titleholder Mickey “The Spirit” Bey are deep into training camp and closing in on their Spike TV clash on June 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Both fighters have been training in Las Vegas. Barthelemy with Ismael Salas at the Salas Boxing Academy, Bey with Floyd Mayweather Sr. at the Mayweather Boxing Club.
Rances Barthelemy: I feel I am levels above Mickey Bey in all aspects of the game. I am comfortable with my training and I plan on returning to Miami with my second world title. The adrenaline of fighting in front of my Cuban people will add fuel to my fire and propel me to victory. I am on a mission to be great and leave an imprint in the sport and Mickey Bey is in the way.
Mickey Bey: I bring it all. I can do everything that can be done in the ring. Every single department, period. I do think he’s a good fighter, I give him his props, he’s a two-time world champion, but I don’t think he can do one thing better than me…I’m a better fighter. It’s that simple.
WBC lightweight world champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) has re-signed with Golden Boy Promotions as his United States promoter. The multi-year contract will continue to recognize Linares’ relationship with co-promoter, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, with both companies teaming up to put Linares in the biggest fights possible. “Golden Boy Promotions is an elite promoter and they have treated me well over the years, so there was no question that I was going to re-sign with them,” said Linares. “We’ve still got work to do in this sport, and I’m confident that we will achieve more great moments together in the future.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day 2 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China saw a historic first along with and IBF standard favorite take place. First, the day began with an 8:30 a.m. departure to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall about 90 minutes from the NUO Hotel in Beijing. There, delegates climbed the initial portion of the wall, then took cable cars the rest of the way to one of the summits. There, Wall walkers could branch off along varying routes of the Wall or relax in the sun around the area where the IBF Flyweight weigh-ins were to be staged at 1 p.m.- certainly a first in boxing history. IBF champs past Mike Tyson and Phillip Holiday made the journey as did current every-belt-there-is female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus. Prior to the weigh-ins, the IBF board of Daryl Peoples, Anibal Miramontes and Lindsey Tucker were called to the stage, followed by IBF China president Ruihang Wang, Braekhus and Tyson. After Wang welcomed the throng of delegates, Tyson was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation for being a Charity Ambassador in China. Everyone on the stage, including a few lucky young fans, were given a boxing glove, which Tyson then graciously signed for all. After the weigh-ins, the delegates were transported to a catered lunch at a location called the “School House,” for a delicious lunch of roasted chicken, curried lamb, steamed vegetables, fruit, pastries beer or soft drinks. Continue reading
Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, will take a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training camp to press the flesh and throw some leather for his fans in New York. The boxing gem of Puerto Rico will make a two-hour special appearance at the 152nd Street Cultural Festival (152nd Street, between Jackson and Unions Avenues, Bronx, NY) this Saturday, May 28, beginning at 1PM ET. Verdejo will be taking the stage to address his fans followed by a meet & greet session where fans can get his autograph or pose for photos with him. He will end his day at the Festival with an hour-long public workout. Joining Verdejo in the open workout will be undefeated featherweight prospect Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico.
“The past few years the fans in New York have made me feel right at home with all the support and affection I have received from them at the Bronx Festival,” said Verdejo. “I’m very happy to return and share a good time with all my boricuas in New York.” Continue reading
By Karl Freitag
Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is taking a lot of heat from fans and media for handing over his WBC belt to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Why did he do it? Don’t think for a minute that it’s about Canelo being scared of GGG. This is about money and control.
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Earlier this year, Canelo’s promoter Oscar de la Hoya mentioned he’d be looking for a 90-10 split in the fight. Maybe he was joking, maybe he wasn’t, but the fact remains that Canelo is a proven pay-per-view commodity. Canelo vs. Khan reportedly had 600,000 PPV buys, Canelo-Cotto did 900,000 PPV buys and Canelo-Mayweather did 2.2 million PPV buys.
GGG reportedly did about 150,000 buys in his only pay-per-view as a headliner against David Lemieux. Since de la Hoya promotes Lemieux, he knows whether that number is real or not. However, both fighters sell out large arenas, so GGG has a significant fanbase also. Continue reading
By Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF has announced that both IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and John Riel Casimero weighed in at 112 pounds on the nose, so the world title fight is on! Here is the explanation from IBF President Daryl Peoples:
“The Great Wall weigh-in was supposed to be a mock weigh-in with Mike Tyson there as an attraction. The ‘real’ weigh-ins were supposed to be at the hotel. The press was supposed to be told about this but wasn’t. Both fighters were weighed-in at the hotel and were on the money.”
Photo: GoBox Promotions
Multi-division former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) will be back in the ring on Saturday against WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
While many assume the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer will make good on his promise to “annihilate” his little known Russian opponent, Mosley is actually the underdog in the fight. Sportsbooks have Avanesyan favored by -165 to -200, while Mosley is about a +150 outsider. While not insurmountable odds, Mosley may be in tough on Saturday night. And remember, in addition to dealing with Avanesyan, Mosley also has the added distraction of promoting the fight card.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
As previously reported, IBF heavyweight mandatory title challenger Joseph Parker’s next fight will take place at Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 21 against WBA #12 rated Australian Solomon Haumono. Parker and Haumono faced off at the official fight announcement.
Solomon Haumono: I’ve already got one of his belts (Note: The WBA stripped Parker of PABA belt late last year for refusing to fight Haumono). I’m sorry to say with one punch, I can take away his dream.
Joseph Parker: I have been to Christchurch many times to promote my fights. I’ve always felt we get the strongest support there compared to any other part of the country and that includes Auckland. I owe it to Kev to fight in his hometown because I don’t think there will be a chance to fight there in the future.
Trainer Kevin Barry: A lapse in concentration could be the end of our world title dreams.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Amnat Ruenroeng 117.75 vs. John Riel Casimero 113.25*
(IBF Flyweight Title)
Zong Ju Cai 105 vs. Samson Tor Buamas 105
(IBF Inter-Continental Female Minimumweight title)
Zhao Zhong Xiao 105 vs. Jose Antonio Jimenez 105
(IBF Minimumweight eliminator)
Venue: Diamond Stadium
Both Ruenroeng and Casimero were overweight, with Ruenroeng a whopping 5.75 lbs over! Casimero immediately stripped down with no discernible difference in his weight. He then chose to don a plastic suit and climb the wall some more to shed the excess 1.25 lbs in the allotted two hours and be eligible to win the title in this rematch. Both fighters were so disgusted with the turn of events that they didn’t face off for the cameras. Continue reading
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
This Undercard Promotions Fight Night will be the first live boxing event held at the historic 85-year-old Texas Theatre, a Dallas landmark and historic site that gained fame as the location of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest for the Assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Hector Valdez 123 vs. Naciff Martinez 125.5
Marco Vasquez Jr 152 vs. Jonathan Bullock 151
Manuel Rey Rojas 132 vs. Angel Hernandez 131.5
Fernando Garcia 122 vs. Kaylon Waites 120
Carlos Adame Jr. 124 vs. Stephon McInyre 127
Shurretta Metcalf 117 vs. Colby Fletcher 118.5
Michael Lee Lane 147.75 vs. Roshaun Jones 146
IBF heavyweight mandatory title challenger Joseph Parker’s next fight will take place at Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 21.
Fresh off his intense and grueling 12 round win over Carlos Takam, Parker will fight Australian Solomon Haumono in preparation for his IBF world title fight and in doing so, put his IBF title shot on the line.
Australian prospect Haumono is no slouch, ranked WBA #12 and the current PABA Heavyweight Champion. In his 24 fights, he has won 21 by way of knock-out. Parker wants big challenges and to put into practice all that he learned from his enthralling war with Takam.
By Karl Freitag
Talks for a showdown between WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and former champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez should resume by June 1 according to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. Loeffler, who is currently in Europe, told the Los Angeles Times that should the Canelo negotiations prove unsuccessful, GGG may target WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez late in the year. First though, he may have to face WBA regular champ Daniel Jacobs in a WBA-ordered mandatory fight should the Canelo fight not come together.
Last week Canelo relinquished the WBC title rather than negotiate the fight with Golovkin under “an articifial deadline” to comply with his overdue WBC mandatory. Canelo has been taking a lot of heat from fans and media for handing over the belt to GGG, despite Canelo’s insistence that belt or no belt he wants to “continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible.”
Over the weekend, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) sparred for the first time since a February car accident postponed his title defense against Shawn Porter. PBC reports that Thurman sparred with Edner Cherry and Clarence Booth at the St. Pete Boxing Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Everything is moving and feeling great, and my neck held up in sparring, so we’re happy and looking forward to busting out these next five weeks and putting up a great performance,” stated Thurman. He faces Porter on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a bout nationally televised by CBS.
On June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, with former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman in separate bouts. Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) will take on Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6 KOs) in a ten round junior welterweight showdown. Foreman (33-2, 9 KOs) is set to take on Jason Davis (13-11-2, 4 KOs) in an eight round junior middleweight matchup.
Abril will be returning to the ring for the first time in over a year and a half. He was stricken with dengue fever that he contracted from a mosquito bite while training in Cuba to defend his WBA lightweight title against Derry Matthews in early 2015 and was forced to vacate his title as he battled through the illness. He is looking to quickly regain his world championship form under the DiBella Entertainment banner.
Former WBA 154lb champion Foreman’s ring appearances have been sporadic in recent years as he focused on his rabbinical studies. Now an ordained rabbi, he is determined to remain active in 2016.
WBC #1 cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) has warned #6 rated Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) that he’ll turn his dream night into a nightmare when they clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in Liverpool on Sunday. “People expect me to be scared of the occasion as the stadium will be full of his people cheering him and booing me,” said Makabu. “Tony must not wait for his people to get behind him to start fighting – as once we are in there, no-one can help him, it’s just me and him!
“People can come to support, and I’m happy for this as I like seeing lots of people. I’m ready to fight Tony and handle whatever he brings. I can’t wait to fight him. I am the King of Knockouts and for sure I will knock him out. I’m not going to be surprised and the people shouldn’t be shocked when they see me knock Tony Bellew out. I’m not going to wait for this fight to go the distance – I will knock Tony out much before then. He won’t be able to survive 8 or 10 rounds with me, let alone 12 – no way.”