IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 KOs) is the best 112-pound boxer in the world proclaimed Thailand’s leading IBF promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang after Ruenroeng clearly defeated former champion John Riel Casimero.
“Ruenroeng showed he is the best flyweight in the world by easily outpointing Casimero,” said Chaichotchuang. “Amant knocked down Casimero two times, in rounds two and seven, but had a point deducted in round eleven in an exciting twelve round fight. Ruenroeng would also defeat the WBC champion Roman Gonzalez and WBA/WBO champion Juan Estrada. Thailand has a great champion and is very proud of Amnat Ruenroeng.”
Saturday night at the Sands Casino, in Bethlehem, PA former 2009 National Golden Gloves runner-up and undefeated welterweight Jamal James (17-0, 9 KOs) moved a step closer to his world title aspirations with a one-sided eight round unanimous decision victory over Mike Balasi (10-7, 7 KOs). In the six round co-feature of the ten bout card promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions, heavy handed super middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweetness” Plant (8-0, 7 KOs) looked impressive in capturing a fourth round stoppage of Juan Carlos Rojas (10-11-1, 8 KOs). Continue reading →
50-year-old heavyweight contender “Bronco” Billy Wright (48-4, 39 KOs) has done it again. Wright needed just 97 seconds to crush late sub Esteban Hillman Tababary (25-16-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Asociación Beniana de Boxeo in Trinidad, Beni, Bolivia. Now riding a 19-fight winning streak, 11 of which came by first round knockout, Bronco Billy is unbeaten since 1998. “At 50-years old I’m still going strong,” said Wright. “The WBC has promised me a higher ranking if I can continue to win fights. I’m trying to get a fight with someone in the top 10.
“I don’t see any other 50 year old heavyweights out there making noise, knocking out men with winning records,” Bronco Billy continued. “All I want is an opportunity to fight for the world title. I’ll fight any highly ranked fighter out there. I believe there isn’t anyone in the heavyweight division that can handle my power.”
Here’s to 1,001 fights, 522 KOs, and every one of the 8,430 rounds that have aired on HBO since 1973. The 1,000th fight was Oscar Valdez vs. Ruben Tamayo. Timothy Bradley vs. Jessie Vargas was fight 1,001.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
Super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban (22-3-1, 14 KOs) was victorious when the corner of Carlos Adan Jerez (42-19-3, 18 KOs) threw in the towel in round five on Saturday night at the Civic Center in Ecatepec, Mexico. Periban punished Jerez the whole way. Time was 1:22. After the fight, Periban, who is not rated in the top 15 of any ratings organization, called out WBA champ Andre Ward and WBC champ Badou Jack.
Also in action, former female world champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez (23-4-3, 4 KOs) outpointed Magdalena “Chiqui” Rivera (5-3, 1 KO) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 99-91 and 98-92.
Venezuelan Mayerlin Rivas (12-3-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended her WBA female bantamweight title for first time on Saturday against Panamanian Sayda Mosquera (7-2-1, 5 KOs) via TKO in the fourth round at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. The fight was fairly even, possibly with a slight advantage for Mosquera, but Rivas connected with an uppercut to the chin that left Mosquera in bad shape and the bout was waved off.
Heavyweight Julian Pollard (6-0, 6 KOs) won BKB title with a seven round unanimous decision over late sub Rodney Hernandez (7-2-1, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. With the fight going the full seven rounds, neither fighter pocketed the $30,000 knockout bonus.
In undercard bouts, jr middleweight Adrian Granados won a five round split decision over Jesus Soto Karass and middleweight Shane Mosley, Jr. scored a quick KO1 against Jason Kelly.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) to claim for the vacant WBO welterweight title on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Bradley immediately established himself as the aggressor in round one and took the fight to Vargas. Good work by both fighters in round two. Vargas bothered Bradley with a body shot. Vargas may have stolen round three with some late punches. Bradley found a home for the right hand in round four. Bradley took the fight to Vargas after that. More pressure, more intensity, more punches. Vargas wobbled Bradley with a big right hand in the closing seconds, but referee Pat Russell mistakenly waved it off at the 10 second warning depriving Vargas of a chance to get the KO. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-112.
In his HBO debut, unbeaten two-time Mexican Olympian featherweight Oscar Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-6-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Tamayo was credited with a knockdown in round one with an assist to a leg tangle. Valdez came out strong in round two and dominated the rest of the bout with hard, accurate punching. Tamayo was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. The rugged Tamayo took a heck of a beating. Scores were 98-90, 98-90, 99-90.
Unbeaten super featherweight Tokan Khan Clary (16-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an explosive sixth round KO over Jonathan Perez (33-12, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.. Clary dominated the fight through the first five rounds, then lowered the boom with a huge left hook dropping Perez hard. Referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count at 2:59 of round six. Continue reading →
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Stacey Verbeek
It has been a long, winding and at times hard road for Dallas native jr welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (18-0-2, 14KO), but on Friday night at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in front of his hometown fans Hooker captured the first significant belt of his career winning the vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title against the previously undefeated Eduardo Galindo (10-1-1, 7KO) out of Mexico. With the TKO victory, Hooker is now ranked #12 by the WBO.
After Galindo was unable to continue after the 5th round per the ringside doctor due to a nasty cut over his right eye, Hooker, after some brief jubilation with his team, ran to one of the corners of the ring and down to his knees as if to tell God his prayers have been answered. His look was equal excitement as well as relief that this moment had finally arrived.
“It feels great. It’s amazing, it’s amazing. I’m blessed, I’m blessed,” Hooker told Fightnews right after the fight. Continue reading →
Nobody in the history of boxing has a more prolific resume than Don Chargin. The 87 year old icon went down memory lane with best pal publicist Bill Caplan. I had the honor of spending a few minutes with the legend.
By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside
Photos: Mike Blair/boxingprospects.net
In a fight that had a major implications for both combatants’ respective careers, unbeaten Middleweight prospect Dominic Wade defeated former World Middleweight title holder Sam “King” Soliman via a close ten round split decision last Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Headlining the Showtime televised Shobox card promoted by TGB Promotions, Wade overcame the biggest challenge of his career in the tough and cagey Soliman, narrowly claiming the win in a hard to score fight. Continue reading →
The WBA Championships Committee has called for a July 6 purse bid for the mandatory clash between WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury. The purse bid will take place at WBA Headquarters in Panama and will be conducted by Committee Chairman Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The purse will be divided 80% for the champion and 20% for the challenger.
IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5 K0s) retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision in his IBF mandatory defense against the IBF #1 rated John Riel Casimero (21-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Indoor Stadium at the National Sport Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a dirty fight filled with wrestling and takedowns. Ruenroeng dropped Casimero in round two. Lots of roughhousing throughout the bout. Ruenroeng scored a second knockdown in round seven. Ruenroeng was deducted a point for holding in round eleven. Scores were 116-107, 113-112, 115-107.
2004 Athens Gold and 2008 Beijing Silver Olympic medalist Manus Boomjamjong won his pro debut with a four round unanimous decision over Jamed Jalarante (23-19-1, 11 KOs) from Indonesia. The 35-year-old middleweight Boomjamjong punished Jalarante with big shots for the first three rounds, then coasted to the win.
“Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker (18-0-2, 14KO) wins by TKO after five rounds due to bad cut over Eduardo Galindo’s 10-1-1, 7KO) right eye. Hooker wins the vacant WBO NABO jr welterweight title in front of his hometown fans in Dallas, Texas.
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman has commented on his split decision loss to Dominic Wade on Friday night in Shelton, Washington. “I definitely felt I won, and I think Wade knows I won, too,” Soliman said. “He never hurt me once. My knee held up 100 percent. The knockdown that he got credit for wasn’t even a knockdown. It didn’t come from a punch. He literally pushed me down.
“That everyone after the fight came up to me and said I won takes some of the sting out of not getting the decision. These kinds of decisions can bring some fighters down, but this will only make me stronger. I don’t agree with the decision at all, but this is boxing and I have to accept it. I really want to thank Showtime for giving me the opportunity to fight on ShoBox. I think I showed the world tonight that I have a lot left.”
The Punch Stats seemed to support Soliman’s claim. He landed 64 of 228 power punches to Wade’s 35 of 99 and overall connected on 98 of 450 punches compared to 74 of 317 from Wade.
Former South African and current WBO Inter- Continental bantamweight champion Klaas Mboyane beat Tapiwo Tembo from Zimbabwe on ten round split decision at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg on Friday night. The scores were 97-94 and 97-93 for Mboyane and 96-94 for Tembo.
The southpaw Mboyane (53.26 kgs) was the aggressor throughout with his superior hand speed against Tembo (53.00 kgs) who suffered a cut near the left after a clash of heads in the second round. Tembo went down from an unintentional low blow in the seventh round as referee Simon Xamlashe gave him enough time to recover before allowing the fight to continue. Mboyane improved his record to 18-10-2, 9 KOs, and Tembo’s reported record dropped to 8-4, 5 KOs. Continue reading →
Undefeated middleweight prospect Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former world champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Soliman’s awkward style gave Wade all kinds of problems. Wade was credited with a knockdown in round four, although it looked more like a push during a Soliman rush. The knockdown ultimately made the difference. Scores were 97-92, 95-94 Wade and 96-93 Soliman.
Unbeaten 19-year-old super welterweight prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Ayi Bruce (23-10, 15 KOs). Lubin put Bruce down twice, the second time for the count. Time was 2:05.
Unbeaten heavyweight Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO over Jason Pettaway (17-3, 10 KOs). Rivas dropped Pettaway in round one, then hit him when he was down. Rivas was deducted two points. Rivas dropped Pettaway two more times. Time was 2:25.
Unbeaten lightweight and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Captain Jamel Herring (12-0, 7 KOs), whose scheduled ShoBox fight against Oscar Cortes was cancelled Thursday when Cortes came in overweight, fought on the non-televised portion of the event and won a lopsided eight-round decision over Hector Velasquez (56-26-3, 38 KOs). photos
Undefeated WBC #2, WBA #3, IBF #3, WBO #2 super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs) scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over WBC #9, WBA #14 Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-5-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Ramirez looked sharp, connecting with impressive combinations against Edwards. Edwards was rocked at the end of round four and barely survived the round. The fight was all Ramirez, but Edwards scored tremendous heart to go the distance. Scores were 100-90 on all cards.
In a clash of one-beaten former world title challengers, Diego Magdaleno (28-1, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (24-2, 19 KOs) in a scheduled twelve-round lightweight bout. The bout ended when Magdaleno connected with a body shot that sent Gonzalez to the deck. Referee Luis Pabon ruled it a low blow, but Gonzalez didn’t want to continue.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a brutal four-round beatdown of Aaron Drake (14-9, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Super featherweight Luis Castro (9-1, 7 KOs) scored an exciting second round KO over Victor Rosas (6-3, 2 KOs). After both fighters visited the canvas in round one, Castro floored Rosas again in round two to end it. Continue reading →
Super middleweight Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former world title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-16-1, 25 KOs) on Friday night at the Salinas Storm House in Salinas, California. Both fighters were rocked in the bout. Scores were 98-91, 97-92 for Mendez, 96-94 for Lopez.
Unbeaten lightweight Andy Vences (12-0, 8 KOs) landed a crushing right in round four that dropped Santiago Guevara (8-3, 3 KOs) and left him unable to continue.
Middleweight Alan Sanchez (16-3-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Carlos Lozano (7-5, 4 KOs) over eight by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.
The IBF lightweight world championship is now vacant. Reigning champion Mickey Bey vacated the title rather than make his mandatory defense. He was ordered to fight mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov on July 18 in Macau, China. However, Bey chose to give up the belt rather than go to China.
WBA #11 and IBF #6 super welterweight Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (22-0-1, 7 KOs) outpointed local favorite Kenny Abril (14-8-1, 7 KOs) over eight rounds on Friday night at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
WBA #14-rated Tony “Lightning” Luis (20-3, 7 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time since his loss to England’s Derry Matthews for a WBA belt last April. Luis outpointed journeyman Edward Valdez (13-11-2, 3 KOs) over eight by scores of 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73.
Super middleweight “Mean” Joe Greene (26-1, 17 KOs) returned to the ring and stopped overmatched Guy Packer (5-40-2, 2 KOs) in round three of a scheduled six. Southpaw Greene landed a straight left to the mid-section that caused a delayed reaction as Packer took a knee. Packer was bothered by body shots over the next two rounds taking another knee in the third. After unanswered barrages from Greene, referee Charlie Fitch stopped the fight at 2:05.
Heavyweight knockout artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (14-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a first round TKO over local pug Excell Holmes (2-7-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled six-rounder. Time was 2:44.
Golden Boy Promotions and Team Sauerland have announced that they have agreed to a co-promotional deal for Olympic medalist and undefeated middleweight Anthony Ogogo. The agreement will see the promoters working closely together on Ogogo’s development in Britain, across Europe as well as in the United States and worldwide. Ogogo advanced after a controversial draw with Ievgen Khytrov on his way to medaling at the London games. He is 7-0, 4 KOs as a pro, having been out of the ring for 11 months recovering from a long standing Achilles issue, and will now return to the ring on Saturday July 18 in Berlin – his first fight under his new dual promoters. Ogogo was previously promoted exclusively by Golden Boy.
Unbeaten super middleweight Rocky Fielding (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a two round destruction of Bryan Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Fielding dropped Vera in both rounds one and two. The bout was waved off after Fielding dealt more punishment to Vera in round two. Time was 1:39. That’s four straight losses for Vera.
Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray (30-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a second round stoppage over George Beroshvili (19-6-2, 12 KOs) in his super middleweight debut. A body shot finished Beroshvili. Time was 2:29.
Cruiserweight contender Tony Bellew (24-2-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided tenth round stoppage over late sub Ivica Bacurin (22-8-1, 12 KOs). Belle dropped Bacurin in rounds two, five and nine and got the referee to wave it off in round ten. Time was 1:12.
Unbeaten super middleweight Callum Smith (17-0, 12 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Christopher Rebrasse (23-4-3, 6 KOs) in a clash for the WBC silver belt. Smith dropped Rebrasse with a body shot in round ten and went on to win by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 120-107.
Undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie “The New Generation” Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) is ready for the challenge as he will take on former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) tomorrow night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with Vargas as he talked about his camp, and what lies ahead in Timothy Bradley.
“It’s a big matchup, it’s the opportunity I have been waiting for years. Finally it’s here. I plan on taking full advantage of it,” Vargas told Fightnews.com
Having formerly worked with former world champion Roy Jones Jr., Vargas this time is being trained by another former world champion, Mexican great Erik “Terrible” Morales. Continue reading →
Promoter Stephen Vaughan Jr. announced earlier today that former world champion Roy Jones Jr. will be coming to Liverpool, England to headline his upcoming event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on September 12th. The 46-year-old Jones already has two fights scheduled for August, at Foxwoods (8/15) and in Sint Maarten (8/29). “At this point there are a number of opponents in the hat, so we will have to wait a short while until terms are agreed with some of those names,” says Vaughan. Tickets will go on sale shortly.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Zac Dunn.167.2 vs. Max Bursak 167.4
(IBO super middleweight title)
Ricardo Ramallo 162.5 vs. Renold Quinlan 161.1
Mitchell Clark 167.5 vs. Jayde Mitchell 166.4
Mike Jiminez (USA) 167.5 vs. Francisco Ramon (Arg) 162.4
Alexander Don 167.9 vs. Brian Matchett 168.1
Zac Swettenham 182.6 vs. Ben Nelson (NZ) 183.2
Mathew Smith 159.2 vs. Dean Walsh (NZ) 154.3
Cameron Eyes 145.5 vs. James Bertolami 148.5
Venue: Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Victoria
Promoter: Barry Michael Photos
Former heavyweight contender Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (35-2, 22 KOs) will return to the boxing ring on the July 11 Chagaev-Pianeta undercard in Magdeburg, Germany. Dimitrenko had been out of the ring for more than two years after an Achilles tendon tear suffered in a basketball game before a KO1 over journeyman Patryk Kowoll in May. His opponent on July 11 is Zoltan Csala (8-2, 6 KOs). “I have long been working on my comeback and spent countless hours in gyms. Now we need to shake off the ring rust. This is only possible if I have a lot of fights. That’s why I’m happy that I can get in the ring again on July 11 in Magdeburg,” said Dimitrenko.
Nathan Cleverly is set to face Andrzej Fonfara in a huge light heavyweight showdown this autumn. Former WBO World champion Cleverly stepped back down to 175lbs in London in May after spending 2014 at cruiserweight, and can take a major step in becoming a two-time Light Heavyweight ruler by beating the Chicago-based Pole in an explosive looking contest. Fonfara produced fireworks in April by stopping Julio Cesar Chavez Jr inside nine rounds in California to land the WBC International title, and Cleverly’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the fight will be confirmed soon after the Welshman’s team chose to face Fonfara after being inundated with potential foes.
“We have had lots of big fight offers come in from Nathan over the past few months and we have taken our time to choose the right one,” said Hearn. “The Juergen Braehmer fight was one we were very close to taking but just felt that after his big win against Chavez, Fonfara was the perfect fight on the World stage. We are working with his team on the date expected to be in October and we will release news shortly.”
ShoBox will feature promising undefeated middleweight prospect Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (17-0, 12 KOs), of Washington, D.C., against Sam “King” Soliman (44-12, 1 NC, 18 KOs), of Melbourne, Australia tonight in the 10-round main event.
Sam Soliman: “The right knee that I hurt against Jermain Taylor is 100 percent. I’ll be wearing a brace but it is nothing I’ll be thinking about. I had four months of rehab, but I’ve been injury-free in the seven months since.
“I don’t want to be a stepping stone for anybody. I feel his promoters and advisors made a mistake in picking me. I still have plenty of fight left. They could have picked a lot of other fighters if they were looking to make a name for Wade. For me to still be fighting has nothing to do with age or special genes. It’s all about how you live your life. Continue reading →
Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) are now one day away from their welterweight showdownon Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum: “We have close to a full house Saturday night. I think the fans can understand what a great event this is.”
Erik Morales: “I am still involved with boxing and part of this team. I am very pleased at what Jessie Vargas did in the training camp. You will be convinced that it’s time for a new era and style of boxing. The Mexican style of boxing is the most exciting and best.” Continue reading →