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

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, ...

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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

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 ...

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

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 ...

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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

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 ...

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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

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 ...

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Mollo-Zimnoch 2 Weights from Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Weigh in from Szczecin, Poland:

Mike Mollo (21-6,13 KO) 239,2 vs. Krzysztof Zimnoch (20-1,13 KO) 232,5

By Przemek Garczarczyk Weigh in from Szczecin, Poland: Mike Mollo (21-6,13 KO) 239,2 vs. Krzysztof Zimnoch (20-1,13 KO) 232,5


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Exclusive Canelo Alvarez Interview

By Byron Spurlock

Talk about the warm reception you have here in Houston for your upcoming fight?

I’m very happy and I appreciate all the love and support from my fans. I know the fight is not here in Texas but I love the showing from the fans. I’m very proud of that.

Photo: Robert Hughes

Chavez appears to be the underdog, the fans were cheering for you. Do you feel that you are the heavy favorite for this fight?

I don’t put a lot of focus or attention into that, regarding who is the favorite and who is not. I try to go out there and just fight my fight regardless of who the opponent is. I have prepared myself for this fight. Chavez is the bigger fighter, this is a dangerous fight, and one punch can change everything.

Let’s talk about GGG; what are you waiting for?

The offer has been made and it’s on the table. They have it. It’s just a matter of them accepting the fight. But let’s not focus on that fight right now, let’s enjoy this fight.

Do you have feel in a fight like this that you are the one who has everything to lose?

Of course, every fight is dangerous and you have to treat everyone the same, and when fighters don’t, that is when bad things happen. If you lose you then you lose and you lost everything. You lost everything that you were fighting for and then you don’t have the big fights ahead. I don’t put that in my head and I just concentrate on the present fight and prepare to win and that is what’s going to happen on May 6.

By Byron Spurlock Talk about the warm reception you have here in Houston for your upcoming fight? I’m very happy …



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Exclusive Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Interview

By Byron Spurlock

Do you feel that you are the underdog for this fight?

Yes I do feel that way, but you know that’s good for me because it’s the first time for me that I am the underdog. I don’t mind because Canelo is the champion and that puts more pressure on him for this fight.

Photo: Robert Hughes

Do you feel that you have nothing to lose for this fight?

I’m not going to say I have nothing to lose but I want to win this fight very bad. I want to thank De La Hoya for giving me this

What is your biggest asset coming into this fight?

I feel good physically and mentally.

By Byron Spurlock Do you feel that you are the underdog for this fight? Yes I do feel that way, …


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Weights From Santo Domingo

By Robert Coster
Photo: Upper Promotions

Carlos Adames, 152 vs Jean Carlos Prada, 152
Norberto Jimenez, 117 1/4 vs Luis Zarraga, 118
Jackson Marinez, 140 vs Pedro Verdu, 138
Jonathan Alonso, 139 vs Brayner Vasquez, 140
Alberto Puello, 140 vs Abraham Peralta. 140
Danny Aguero, 118 vs Edixon Perez, 118
Alexis Santos, 224 vs Andy Perez, 220
Jose Galvez 131 1/2 vs Luis Salazar, 132 1/2
Hector Luis Garcia, 127 1/2 vs Robinson Garcia, 126
Nicklaus Faz, 157 vs Jonathan Rojas, 154
Luis Poroso, 1301/4 vs Pedro Moya, 131
Guillermo Frometa, 142 vs Gregori Estevez, 140

Venue: Maunaloa Night Club and Casino, Santo Domingo
Promoters: Upper Promotion and Shuan Boxing Promotion

By Robert Coster Photo: Upper Promotions Carlos Adames, 152 vs Jean Carlos Prada, 152 Norberto Jimenez, 117 1/4 vs Luis …




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Rodriguez returns to Telemundo tonight

Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (15-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico takes on Puerto Rico’s Carlos “The Kid” Narvaez (15-0, 6 KO’s) tonight on Telemundo. The 10 round main event will be for Rodriguez’ WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title. The site of the event will be the Tony Rosa Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Telemundo Deportes, Florida’s Space Coast and The City of Palm Bay.

This will be the third appearance for Rodriguez in Palmm Bay and his sixth Mexico vs Puerto Rico matchup for a perfect 9-0 mark. He will look to keep both of those unbeaten streaks intact tonight. (more…)

Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (15-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico takes on Puerto Rico’s Carlos “The Kid” Narvaez (15-0, 6 KO’s) tonight …


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Troy Waters Health Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Three-time world title challenger Troy Waters has been battling acute myloid Leukemia since 2014 and after massive amounts of chemo treatment and a bone marrow transplant from brother Dean. He has been in remission for sixteen months.

Troy also talks about world title bouts with Gianfranco Rossi, Terry Norris and Simon Brown and sparring sessions with Kostya Tszyu, Tony Mundine, Mathew Read, and Kirkland Lang. Three-time world champion Jeff Fenech has arranged a fundraiser for Troy in March at the
Mediterranean Club at Five Dock, Sydney, NSW, Australia with all information available on Facebook.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Three-time world title challenger Troy Waters has been battling acute myloid Leukemia since …


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Weights From Detroit

Photos: Bob Ryder

Craig Lewis 245.6 vs Demetrius Banks 207.4
Darryl Cunningham 160.4 vs Taronze Washington 163.2
Manuel Alfaro 146.2 vs Darroyl Humphrey 147.8
Henry Terrell 203.2 vs Devon Brown 272.2
Marcus Carter 260 vs Ryan Pokryfky 262
Ahmed Al-Zayadi 168 vs Marcus Wheeler 166
John Chalbeck 155.2 vs Kelly True 153.2
Isiah Jones 169 vs Eric Moon 170.5
Anthony Sims vs Miguel Cubos to weigh in late

Venue: MotorCity Casino-Hotel
Tickets: ticketmaster.com or at MotorCity Casino-Hotel Soundboard Box Office
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Doors: 7 PM
First Bout: 7:30

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Photos: Bob Ryder Craig Lewis 245.6 vs Demetrius Banks 207.4 Darryl Cunningham 160.4 vs Taronze Washington 163.2 Manuel Alfaro 146.2 …


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Canelo and Junior hit Houston

By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Robert Hughes

Oscar De la Hoya: The name Julio Cesar Chavez is boxing royalty and the fighter who we are fighting on May 6, he has proven that he is worthy of that name. He comes into the fight as a fighter that doesn’t back down, has a chin and comes ready to fight…Two Mexicans in the ring at the same time is promising to be a war…Canelo by far is one of the biggest stars in the sport of boxing today; He has fought some of the best already and at just 26 years of age the best is yet to come from him.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: I’m really glad to be here and I’m thankful for this opportunity; I know that we are not fighting here in Texas but I want all the fans to know that I’m undefeated here…I promise to all the Mexican fans right here that on May 6th I will win this fight.

Canelo Alvarez: Thank you for all love and support and thank you for coming out here today. Come May 6, it’s going to be a good fight and I promise to not disappoint my fans.

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By Byron Spurlock Photos: Robert Hughes Oscar De la Hoya: The name Julio Cesar Chavez is boxing royalty and the …



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Bivol stops Berridge, retains WBA interim belt

WBA interim light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over Robert Berridge (29-6, 21 KOs) on Thursday night in Russia. From the beginning, Bivol attacked forcefully and imposed his will. In round three he dropped Berridge twice and the end came after another knockdown in round four that left the challenger with blood streaming from a cut over his right eye. Referee Gustavo Padilla called in the ring doctor and a decision was made to halt the carnage.

WBA interim light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over Robert …


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Congressman applauds Palm Bay boxing show

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement commending the City of Palm Bay and Telemundo for working to bring another World Boxing Organization (WBO) sanctioned boxing night to Palm Bay, Florida:

“I applaud the efforts of Mayor Capote and the City of Palm Bay for working with Telemundo and All Star Boxing to bring another exciting night of boxing entertainment here to Florida’s Space Coast,” said Posey. “Events such as this help provide a boost to local businesses and raise our profile around the world as a premier travel destination.” (more…)

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement commending the City of Palm Bay and Telemundo for working to …


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Krasniqi-Abraham kickoff presser

Super middleweights Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) and Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) faced off at the kickoff press conference for their official WBO eliminator to take place April 22 in Erfurt, Germany.

Photo: Eroll Popova/SES

Robin Krasniqi: With all due respect to the past history of Arthur, I’ll win here. My dream of a world title, in addition to all lessons learned in my recent fights, is my motivation. There is only one option – beat up Arthur and win clearly.”

Arthur Abraham: Only winning is in my head. I have only one goal, I have to be world champion as fast as possible. Then box for a year and then say ‘bye-bye boxing!’

Super middleweights Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) and Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) faced off at the kickoff press conference …


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Shannon Briggs speaks

Fightnews.com spoke with former two-time heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) in regard to his now finalized deal to fight Fres Oquendo (32-2, 24 KOs). The two are scheduled to square off for the vacant regular WBA heavyweight title. The fight is ordered to take place by early May. An agreement has been reached as previously reported but it was confirmed that Briggs’ promoter will be hosting the event exclusively.

Regarding the fight being finalized…

I started this current journey three years ago and now the time has almost come. I have been training extremely hard already. I fully expect for this to be a tough fight with Oquendo. He has never won a world title before and I plan to keep that streak extended. (more…)

Fightnews.com spoke with former two-time heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) in regard to his now …



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Foley-Lai collide Saturday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian light heavyweight champion Kerry Foley (17-2-1,14KO’s) will return to action on Saturday when he will clash with Aaron Lai (8-4,7KO’s) over twelve rounds with the vacant Orient Pacific Boxing Federation title up for grabs at the Dee Why RSL club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian light heavyweight champion Kerry Foley (17-2-1,14KO’s) will return to action on Saturday …


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Joe Smith, Jr. is tonight’s RING 8 guest speaker

Top ten light heavyweight contender Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, Jr. is the RING 8 guest speaker tonight at its monthly meeting, starting at 7p ET, at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, New York. (more…)

Top ten light heavyweight contender Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, Jr. is the RING 8 guest speaker tonight at its …


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Briggs-Oquendo deal reached, date and place TBA

Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Entertainment Corporation announced today that they have reached an agreement for the Fres Oquendo vs. Shannon Briggs fight for the WBA World Heavyweight Championship.

“We are really excited that we were able to reach an agreement with Kris Lawrence and Henry Rivalta of the Heavyweight Factory,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “It was a long process and a difficult negotiation, but the good news is that Fres will now have the chance to finally win the WBA Heavyweight crown. I want to thank Gilberto Mendoza, George Martinez and everyone else at the WBA for this great opportunity.”

“Fres is in fantastic shape and he is focused on winning this bout like I have never seen before,” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “I met with him today and watched him spar and he looked awesome. His preparation is second to none and I predict it is going to be a great fight.”

Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Entertainment Corporation announced today that they have reached an agreement for the Fres Oquendo vs. …


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WBC #1 bantam Suriyan fails drug test

The WBC has been notified by VADA of an adverse result from WBC #1 bantamweight contender Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (Suriyan Kaikanha) from Thailand from an unannounced collation performed in Thailand, showing Metamphetamines and Amphetamine.

The fighter and his representatives have been notified and the CBP protocol will follow with further information to be released by the WBC in the near future.

The WBC has been notified by VADA of an adverse result from WBC #1 bantamweight contender Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (Suriyan …



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Nietes-Krungthepthonburi to clash for vacant IBF flyweight title

On April 29th at Cebu City in the Philippines, Michael P. Aldeguer of ALA Promotions presents “Pinoy Pride 40” featuring #3 ranked Filipino warrior Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (39-1, 22 KOs) battling #4 Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (22-3, 15 KOs) of Thailand for the vacant IBF flyweight title.

Photo: Santino Honasan of Abs-cbn Sports

Nietes, the former WBO jr flyweight titlist and the longest-reigning Filipino world champion moved up to 112 pounds after an impressive lop-sided decision over former champion Edgar Sosa for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight title (Sept 2016).

The #6 WBO featherweight contender Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (15-0, 11 KOs) and super bantamweight Jeo “Santino” Santisima (12-2, 11 KOs) will also be showcased. (more…)

On April 29th at Cebu City in the Philippines, Michael P. Aldeguer of ALA Promotions presents “Pinoy Pride 40” featuring …


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More on the Stunning Upset in H-Town

By Byron Spurlock

Not your typical Tuesday evening in Houston, TX as super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) shocked rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 KOs) by TKO 1:02 in round six in the main event at Silver Street Studios.

Dat Nguyen: “I was surprised that Flores was trying to go toe-to-toe with me.  I knew that he was going to get tired eventually. He was moving around a lot in the ring.  I knew I was a lot stronger than him and that’s what I tried to focus on tonight….the first few rounds I tried to box, but he’s a good boxer. He has a good reach and good speed and he was connecting against me from the outside so I knew I had to get on the inside. I had to close the gap.”

“A lot of people had me as the underdog in the fight, but I know I’m a good fighter. Just given the right opportunity, I knew I would show up and make something happen.”

Miguel Flores: “The first couple of rounds were my better rounds and you know when you have eight-ounce gloves on, anything can happen in the ring and tonight Nguyen was the better fighter. He caught me with some good shots. I’m not going to put my head down, I’m going to come back and keep fighting. We knew that his style was going to be to get inside and try to bully us and that’s what he did tonight.” (more…)

By Byron Spurlock Not your typical Tuesday evening in Houston, TX as super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) …


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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night at Silver Street Studio in Houston, Texas. It was a see-saw battle for the first five rounds, but the 34-year-old Nguyen staggered Flores in round six and battered him to the canvas. Flores beat the count, but Nguyen pounced and brutally punished Flores until referee Lawrence Cole waved it off. Time was 1:02.

Photo: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

The result was a huge upset. The unbeaten Flores was a 51:1 betting favorite entering the fight, ten years younger and fighting in his hometown, but this was a night when experience triumphed over youth in spectacular fashion.

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Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores …


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Arum: Pacquiao-Khan rumors are total BS

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has dismissed reports that Manny Pacquiao’s next fight will be in England against Amir Khan.

“The Amir Khan story has come out of nowhere,” Arum told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “It is total and complete bulls***. What’s happening is that Manny is talking to these people in Dubai who have offered him an insane amount of money. Whether (the offer) is real or not real — he is determined to explore it to see if it has any validity. That’s all I can say.”

As for plans for Pacquiao to fight WBO #2 Jeff Horn in Australia, Arum stated that bout is still “up in the air.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has dismissed reports that Manny Pacquiao’s next …


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Lucas Browne Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The latest video update from former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne who says he will be back in the ring soon and also mentions his book release “THE WORLD CHAMPION THAT NEVER WAS – LUCAS BROWNE will be in book stores on March 1st, Browne also said he would welcome fights with Englishmen Dylan Whyte and Derrick Chisora.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The latest video update from former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne …


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Bute-Alvarez PPV undercard

A full card with an international flavor, from top to bottom, has been announced for this Friday night’s “Bute vs Alvarez” PPV event at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.

World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs), defends his title against former world super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) in the 12-round main event that also serves as the final WBC eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1-0, 23 KOs). Alvarez, who lives in Montreal, was a Colombian Olympian and Laval, Canada resident Bute is a native of Romania. Stevenson, Alvarez and Bute are all promoted by GYM.

”This is an excellent overall boxing event and the result will have a significant impact on the career of all participants,” said the President of GYM, Yvon Michel. (more…)

A full card with an international flavor, from top to bottom, has been announced for this Friday night’s “Bute vs …


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Matchroom inks Buglioni

Frank Buglioni has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will defend his British Light-Heavyweight title against Ricky Summers at The O2 in London on March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Buglioni ripped the crown from Hosea Burton in an epic clash in Manchester in December, stopping the local favorite in the last round of a grueling fight of the year contender.

The former super-middleweight world title challenger makes the first defense of his crown against the unbeaten Summers on a huge night at The O2 as David Haye and Tony Bellew meet in a heavyweight grudge match.

Frank Buglioni has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will defend his British Light-Heavyweight title against Ricky Summers …


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Former Olympic medalist new trainer of Marco Huck

IBO Cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain“ Huck presented a new trainer six weeks before the WBC title fight with Mairis Briedis in Dortmund, Germany. Former European welterweight champion Oktay Urkal is now responsible for training and fight preparation.

Photo: Huck Sports Promotion GmbH

“I´m very glad that I´ve get a young ambitious trainer who has also a lot of experience in the ring”, says the champion. “We know us for years because we were in the same training group with Ulli Wegner. I trust him and look forward to work with him.” (more…)

IBO Cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain“ Huck presented a new trainer six weeks before the WBC title fight with Mairis Briedis …


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WBO #1 105-pounder Calleros arrives in Kumamoto

By Joe Koizumi

WBO#1 minimum Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14 KOs), Mexico, arrived yesterday (Monday) in Kumamoto city, Japan, where he will dispute the interim WBO 105-pound championship with local prospect Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7 KOs) on this coming Sunday. In principle, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) won’t accept an interim title bout to take place here in Japan, but the legitimate WBO champ Katsunari Takayama had his notorious scar tissues operated last year and needs more time for recovery, so the Calleros-Fukuhara interim title bout received a special permission of the JBC. The puzzling lefty Fukuhara acquired the vacant national 105-pound belt by defeating Hiroya Yamamoto in November 2015 and kept his belt three times by beating Takumi Sakae (W10) and Genki Hanai (TKO7) and being held to a technical draw with veteran Shin Ono. Calleros, as old as Fukuhara at 27, recently scored five victories in a row since his KO defeat at the hand of Samuel Gutierrez in 2014. The winner is supposed to have a long-anticipated shot at the full champ Takayama upon his recuperation.

By Joe Koizumi WBO#1 minimum Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14 KOs), Mexico, arrived yesterday (Monday) in Kumamoto city, Japan, where he …


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Rio Olympians Lopez and Vargas to fight this Friday on Boxeo Telemundo

Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford will kick off its 2017 spring season this Friday, February 24 with “Showdown at the Bay VI” from the Tony Rosa Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida.

Two 2016 Rio Olympians will be showcased as a special attraction, Teofimo Lopez who represented his parents home country of Honduras and now resides in Davie, Florida, will make his second appearance as a pro as he faces 17 fight veteran Francisco Medel (10-7, 6 KOs) of Mexico, scheduled for 4 rounds in the lightweight division. Also in action making his pro debut Antonio Vargas who represented the US and nos resides in Kissimmee, Florida will face Luis Villegas (0-3) of Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled also for 4 rounds at bantamweight.

In the main event WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez of Mexico City, Mexico defends his title against Carlos “The Kid” Narvaez of Manati, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds. Rodriguez ranked #4 WBO, will be making his 9th appearance on this series in a little over 2 years and brings a record of 15-3, 4 KOs. Narvaez on the other hand is the current WBC FECARBOX Champion, ranked #15 WBO and brings a perfect record of 15-0, 6 KOs. (more…)

Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford will kick off its 2017 spring season this Friday, February 24 with “Showdown at the Bay VI” …


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Karpency, Holstein Clash in Columbus

Heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency (13-1, 5kos) will face Brian Holstein (12-5, 7kos) at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday March 4 in a scheduled 8 rounder. In conjunction with the 2017 Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival of Champions, the winner of the Karpency-Holstein main event clash will capture the Ohio State Heavyweight Championship. (more…)

Heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency (13-1, 5kos) will face Brian Holstein (12-5, 7kos) at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday …


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Japan Update: Kubo to face WBA 122lb champ Cermeno

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, OPBF titlist Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs) will have an ambitious crack at the WBA super-bantamweight belt against Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1, 15 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on April 9. It was announced by Masto Yamashita of Shinsei Promotions in Kobe.

The 37-year-old Venezuelan seized the vacant WBA belt by stopping XiaoJun Qiu in Beijing last June, and kept it twice in China by defeating Anurak Thisa (KO3) and Qiu again (W12) thereafter. Kubo, 26, formerly an amateur speedster, acquired the OPBF 122-pound belt by finishing Filipino Lloyd Jardeliza in five and retained his regional belt twice. Cermeno is too experienced and ringwise for the still developing youngster, being a prohibitive favorite. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, OPBF titlist Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs) will have an …


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Fury trainer could be barred if Parker-Fury lands in New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is likely to be defending the crown against mandatory contender Hughie Fury in New Zealand in April rather than Manchester or Singapore who were also interested in staging the world heavyweight title bout but there could be a hiccup with Hughie’s father and trainer Peter being granted a visa

Immigration New Zealand has indicated Peter will need a special exemption and character waiver due to his extensive criminal history to enter the country. Peter was jailed for 10 years in 1995 for possession and intent to supply amphetamine – only to continue orchestrating his business from behind bars. In 2008 he received another two years for drug-related money laundering. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is likely to be defending the crown against …


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Weston-West now tops Lacey, Washington card Saturday

By Ricardo Ibarra

Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions will stage their third “Brawl at Harmony Hall” card this Saturday at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey, Washington, featuring a stacked nine bout line-up, highlighted by regional up and comers. A six round cruiserweight fight tops the card as Tacoma, Washington’s Marquice Weston (7-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on the once beaten Jesse West (8-1, 5 KOs), of Clearfield, Utah. Weston was originally scheduled to fight Texas’ Juan Reyna, but after Reyna fell out West stepped in to fill the main event slot, making for what on paper appears to be a much more interesting fight. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions will stage their third “Brawl at Harmony Hall” card this Saturday at …


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Campa KOs Quintero, remains unbeaten

Unbeaten super lightweight prospect Pedro “La Roca” Campa rock (25-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over former world title challenger Marvin Quintero (30-8, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the crowded municipal gymnasium in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. The end came at the 1:18 mark.

Photo: Zanfer

Also, jr flyweight Gilberto “Parrita” Medina (24-3, 20 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over former world champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodríguez (19-13-5, 12 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 98-92 Medina and 97-93 Rodríguez.

Unbeaten super lightweight prospect Pedro “La Roca” Campa rock (25-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over former …


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Krasniqi-Abraham set for April 22

A press conference has been scheduled to announce an April 22 clash between German stars Robin Krasniqi and Arthur Abraham at the Messe Erfurt Convention Center in Erfurt, Germany. The card is being billed as “X-Day” and the Krasniqi-Abraham clash will be an official WBO super middleweight elimination bout.

A press conference has been scheduled to announce an April 22 clash between German stars Robin Krasniqi and Arthur Abraham …


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Rey Vargas Team travels to England

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Undefeated Mexican prospect Ray Vargas flew from Mexico City International Airport to his bout with British Star Gavin McDonnell to challenge for the vacant WBC super bantamweight world title next Saturday Feb. 25 at the Ice Arena in Yorkshire, England.

“I’m going to conquer England, I know they’re going to want to complicate my life there, but I’m psyched for everything,” said Vargas. He is trained by Hall of Famer Nacho Beristain, who is looking for his 27th world champion while McDonnell seeks to achieve the feat of his twin brother Jamie to become world boxing champions.

In addition to Rey Vargas, another Mexican, Jairo “Doberman” Lopez made the trip to dispute the WBC Light Silver belt with British Luke Campbell. The event will be broadcast to Mexico by Televisa in association with Promociones del Pueblo.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Undefeated Mexican prospect Ray Vargas flew from Mexico City International Airport to his bout with British …


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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 twice) to become a two-division champion on Saturday night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The fight was fought at close quarters from the outset. Peterson attacked on the inside instead of working off his jab, as was largely his game plan when he unified the 140-pound division. Avanesyan and Peterson traded body punches and uppercuts, but it was Peterson who was more fluid and effective in the second half of the fight. Peterson committed to the body in the later rounds, connecting on 98 shots to the body over 12 rounds.

Both fighters connected on 40 percent of their total punches, but the real difference was that Peterson connected on 39 percent of his power shots compared to 29 percent for Avanesyan. (more…)

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in …


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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion Broner eking out a split decision victory from Cintas Center at Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati.

The fight, which was scored 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados and 96-94 Broner, was a tale of accuracy vs. activity. Granados (18-5-2, 11 KOs), a native of Chicago, was the busier fighter, throwing 683 total punches compared to 403 for Broner (33-2, 24 KOs). But “The Problem” connected at a 41 percent rate, compared to just 21 percent for his opponent.

The fight was fought largely on the inside, which Broner said was because he hurt his left hand in the first round and couldn’t work off his jab. Regardless of the reason, Granados was able to make the fight into the rough affair he had predicted.

“I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough,” Broner said. “At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was an easy one for me. I feel good. (more…)

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the …




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