Hatton picks WBA champ Crolla to defeat Linares

Ricky Hatton has backed WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla to triumph his world title clash with Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. Hatton will be at ringside for the fight in the same arena where he won his first world title against Kostya Tszyu a decade ago. “Where Anthony has come from is a great example,” said Hatton. “It’s not where you start in boxing, it’s where you finish. He lost a six rounder early in his career and to Derry Mathews later on, everyone wrote him off and to achieve what he has is a test of his character. I’m very proud of him. Continue reading

Estrada set for return as a super flyweight

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Former unified world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) announced at a press conference that he will return to the ring on October 8 in at the Francisco León García Baseball Stadium in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Estrada said he is fully recovered from the injury to his right hand that sidelined him for over a year and he’s ready to face Filipino Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round clash at super flyweight.

Estrada acknowledged that he has renounced both the WBA and WBO flyweight titles and in 2017 will be looking to land fights with super flyweight world champions Román “Chocolatito” González, Naoya Inoue and Nica Concepcion.

Linares ready to take on Crolla

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Photo: Mark Robinson Photography/Matchroom Boxing

WBC lightweight champion in recess Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) has promised to bring war against reigning WBA lightweight king Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. Last time he fight in the UK, Linares stopped fan favorite Kevin Mitchell in round ten at the O2 Arena in London in May 2015. Linares will challenge for Crolla’s WBA belt with a ceremonial WBC diamond belt also on the line. The winner must face WBC interim champion Dejan Zlaticanin.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Linares. “Believe it or not, I feel like I’m at home because the fans received me well. We’ve been here before, on a similar stage, when we fought Kevin Mitchell. Manchester is different, but the love and respect I’m getting is admirable. Continue reading

Hughey Fury vs. Andy Ruiz not happening

A WBO heavyweight final eliminator is off between WBO #3 Andy Ruiz and WBO #5 heavyweight Hughey Fury slated for October 29 on the Fury-Klitschko undercard in Manchester, England. Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren announced the fight in his weekly Daily Star column on September 3. However, today Fury’s father and trainer Peter Fury tweeted:

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Andy Ruiz junior pulls out of fight October 29th against @hughiefury. News just in today.

Promoter Salita fires back at “Big Baby”

Responding to recent statements made to the media by Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller that he is a free agent, Dmitriy Salita (Salita Promotions) has responded by confirming that his company’s promotional agreement with Miller is valid and subsisting. Salita also wishes to remind would-be promoters of the valid promotional contract he has with the red-hot heavyweight contender.

In part due to his excellent work, Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) finds his name on lips of boxing fans and experts worldwide, while riding an ever-increasing wave of forward momentum as the next great fighter from Brooklyn to fight for and win the heavyweight championship.

“Unfortunately, this is what happens in boxing,” said Salita. “You bring a guy up from the ground level and when he starts getting up there, the wolves start whispering in his ear.” Continue reading

Minto ends career with TKO win

In his farewell fight, heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto scored a fifth round TKO over Hungarian Andre Csomor (17-12-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Kelly Automotive Park in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. The 41-year-old Minto ends with a career mark of 42-11 with 27 KOs. Despite being an undersized heavyweight, Minto thrilled boxing fans with his always aggressive style. Good luck to Brian in his future endeavors.

McKenzie sick, pulls out of Huck fight

Ovill McKenzie has been forced to withdraw from his challenge for the IBO World Cruiserweight Championship against Marco Huck on medical grounds. Mckenzie, 36, was due to face Germany’s Huck this Saturday at the Festhalle Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Naturally I am absolutely gutted that I have been forced to pull out of my challenge for the IBO world title,” said McKenzie. “I had been training harder than ever and was in the shape of my life but unfortunately these things happen in boxing…I am sorry to all of my fans who booked tickets, flights and hotels to watch me fight. Medical advice from health professionals cannot be ignored and I believe that we have made the correct decision to withdraw. I hope the fight can be rescheduled.”

Huck is looking for a new opponent. The name Enad Licina has been mentioned as a possibility.

Boxing Buzz

The first-ever Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round on Bounce TV to take place in Las Vegas hit the jackpot ratings-wise. Last Friday’s show headlined by Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith against Frank “Notorious” Galarza drew a combined 1.3 million viewers during the live telecast and immediate replay.
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The normally super-active PBC currently only has one fight card on its upcoming TV schedule, an FS1 show featuring a welterweight clash between Bryant Perrella and Yordenis Ugas. Hopefully more fights will be announced soon.
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UniMas will air an October 14 “Solo Boxeo” card featuring Mexico’s Jose Felix Jr. (34-1-1, 26 KOs) vs. Alan “El Explosivo” Herrera (33-8-0, 21 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout at Sportmans Lodge in Studio City, California.
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UniMas will also air an October 28 show featuring Detroit super featherweight Erik De Leon (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Brazil’s Aldimar Santos (19-10, 12 KOs). Also on the card: Brazilian Olympian and middleweight Esquiva Falcao (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. TBA. The venue is the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.
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After his win over Gabriel Rosado, middleweight contender Willie Monroe, Jr. is taking aim at a fight against Canelo Alvarez or a shot at the WBO middleweight title.

Unbeaten super featherweights collide Nov 4

In a clash of unbeaten super featherweight prospects, Andy Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) will face Casey Ramos (23-0, 6cKOs) in the main event of a ‘Solo Boxeo’ card in Las Vegas at Treasure Island on November 4th, the day before the Manny Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas pay-per-view clash. The fight will be for the WBC Continental Americas title and will be promoted by Top Rank.

The San Jose, California-based Vences trains at Los Gallos Boxing Academy with coach Gabe Flores Sr. in Stockton, CA and travels over a hour one-way to train multiple times a week.

Ramos is also currently running for city council in his hometown of Austin, Texas, as well as attending college while training for this fight on November 4th.

The co-main event is welterweight Alex Saucedo taking on Robert Guerrero sparring partner Raymond Serrano. Also featured on the card is Seanie Monaghan, Steve Nelson and Jesse Hart.

“Big Baby” Miller wants out of promotional pact

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) has distributed the following statement to the press:

To quote my attorney, Leon Margules, Esq. from a letter which he addressed to Dmitriy Salita from Star of David Promotions a/k/a Salita Promotions “You are hereby notified that due to your clients’ breaches and its continued and persistent wrongdoings, the Promotional Agreement dated March 15, 2014 with Jarrell Miller is terminated and he is free to seek other opportunities in furtherance of his career”.

After defeating Fred Kassi on August 19, 2016 on ShoBox, my success clearly should have been a time of celebration with the eyes of the boxing world tuned into a coming out party for the future heavyweight champion of the world. Instead, I was forced into the unwanted position of having to consult legal counsel on my promotional status. Continue reading

Oquendo-Gutierrez clash in Juanma-WV2 co-main

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Featherweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will face Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (34-1, 24 KOs) in the co-feature on the October 8 PPV showdown between former world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Also appearing on the card is hard-hitting junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (18-0-1, 14 KOs), who will reappear after a prolonged absence of a couple of years. Opponent TBA.

Previously, Black Tiger Promotions announced that former Olympian flyweight Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) will return for the first time since August 2015.

Tickets are already on sale.

Dimitrenko looking forward to beating Parker

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

6’7 giant Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) says he’s confident of victory when he faces IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) on October 1 over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” commented the 34-year-old Dimitrenko. “I have nothing to lose in this fight. The pressure is on him, not me. I’m really relaxed. I enjoy being the underdog.”

Dimitrenko also stated that in his opinion Carlos Takam defeated Parker earlier this year. “If the fight was in France then the fight would have gone to Takam,” he said. Continue reading

Poulson-Takahashi headlines Saturday in LA

PR Sports in association with Bash Boxing, K-2 Promotions and MainEvents is set to feature their second event on Saturday night at the LA Badminton Club in El Monte California. The 15 bout fight card features a blend of local and international talent pools. The main event features Danish welterweight Kim Poulsen (27-3, 7 KOs) taking on Japanese southpaw Gaku Takahashi (14-6-1, 6 KOs), while the co-main pits former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (25-5, 12 KOs) of nearby Pico Rivera against Ghanese fighter Prosper Ankrah (24-8, 15 KOs). Also, local super welterweight Bryan Flores (5-0, 1 KO) meets Brian True (1-4-1, 1 KO). For ticket information call 714-487-3741 or go to www.labattleclub.com.

Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame announces 2016 Inductees

Mike McNamara, the Co-Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2016 class of inductees. As was the case with the Hall’s first class in 2015, this year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois.

They are:

Muhammed Ali – The Greatest! Ali was a resident of Chicago during his most productive professional years and was a huge contributor to the local boxing community.

Jesus Chavez – AKA Gabriel Sandoval, “The Matador” was the former IBF World Lightweight Champion and a 44-8 pro. Continue reading

Baranchyk looking for ninth straight KO

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Unbeaten junior welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (12-0, 11 KOs) returns for the third straight time to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, on Friday night. And he will be looking for this fourth straight knockout over an unbeaten fighter when he takes on Zhimin Wang (7-0, 3 KOs) in a Showtime-televised ten-rounder. The bout will be for the USBA 140lb title (and a world ranking).

Buffalo Run Casino fight fans previously saw Baranchyk destroy unbeaten Nicholas Givhan in 21 seconds, then demolish another unbeaten fighter in Eliseo Cruz Sesma in less than three rounds. “The fans here fell in love with Ivan,” said Promoter Tony Holden, who has promoted fights for more than 25 years. “He’s got a great style that can win over a crowd that may not have known much about him and that’s exactly what he did in his last two fights.”

In August, Holden signed Baranchyk to a co-promotional agreement, working in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Friday’s event is already sold out.

Top Rank inks Olympic star Michael Conlan

Top Rank has signed two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan to a promotional contract. The 24-year-old Conlan, who fights at bantamweight, won an Olympic bronze in 2012, an amateur world championship in 2015, and was ousted from the 2016 Olympics on a very controversial decision, after which he gave the finger to the officials and blasted corruption in amateur boxing.

Canelo has fractured right hand, out of action for the rest of 2016

Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam “Beefy” Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on September 17, 2016.

After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent.

Canelo’s hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.

According to Golden Boy Promotions, this does nothing to Canelo’s plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year.

WBC backs “Fight for Flint” benefit card

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Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, professional matchmaker Don Elbaum, along with boxing celebrities and the World Boxing Council have announced the October 1st pro boxing event “Fight For Flint.”

The World Boxing Council, led by President, Mauricio Sulaiman, has donated all services and waived all fees, to put on Alicia Ashley’s World Championship title defense to raise money and awareness for one of the most challenged areas in the USA.

Fight For Flint will bring vital hope and support to individuals and families, served through Catholic Charities’ three community-based Soup Kitchens, three sandwich programs and a large Community closet of personal care, household, clothing and linen items for anyone in need of immediate support. Continue reading

The 12th Round: WBC Administrative Disclosure

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

The WBC believes in transparency and administrative disclosure. WBC annual convention meetings determine world rankings and the mandatory status of each division in open floor meetings in which all parties have the opportunity to discuss and present their cases for consideration, analysis, and voting by the WBC Board of Governors. The WBC began to report this information in 2015 to bring clarity and transparency to the WBC’s administration for the public, and to provide clear reports from what is agreed and what happens during the course of each year.

This report presents:

  1. The actual minutes with all agreements from the open floor meeting at the 2015 WBC convention in bold letters.
  2. Specific events throughout the year in “bullet” format.

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Update for September 24th “Philippines vs Mexico” card

By Flattop

Due to an injury, Ruben Garcia has withdrawn from his September 24th showdown with WBO International Featherweight champion Mark Magsayo (14-0, 11 KOs) of Tagbilaran City, Philippines. Magsayo will now be challenged for his title by slick southpaw Ramiro Robles (13-5-1, 8 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico.

The Magsayo-Robles matchup is the co-main event for the “Philippines vs Mexico” card at the StubHub Center.

In the main event, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion and former WBO jr flyweight titleholder Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs) will move up to 112 pounds to battle former world champion Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight title. Sosa is the #5 ranked flyweight contender by the WBC. Continue reading

Joubert retains SA junior welter title

By Ron Jackson

Warren Joubert retained his South African junior welterweight title on a split points decision over 12 rounds against Tshifhiwa Munyai in a contest that never rose to any heights at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. The scores were 116-112 and 116-113 for Joubert and 116-112 for Munyai. Through the first six rounds there was very little action from both fighters who were rather tentative in what looked like a sparring match at times. However, Joubert (63.20kg) possibly did enough to take a slight lead. Munyai weighed in at 62.55kg.

From rounds nine to twelve the 35-year-old Joubert began to tire and allowed the now confident 28-year-old Munyai back into the fight. The fight was much closer than shown on the judges scorecards in a lacklustre performance by both fighters. Joubert improved his record to 26-4-5, 11 KOs and Munyai’s reported record dropped to 7-5, 2 KOs. The referee was Thabo Spampool.

Peter Fury excited about new heavyweight

Already the trainer of current world champion Tyson Fury, along with talented son Hughie, it’s fair to say trainer Peter Peter knows a good heavyweight when he sees one – and Con Sheehan has got him excited. Fury is urging fans to get over to the Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester on October 1 to watch him in action. Standing at 6’5, the athletic Irishman from Clonmel is currently 1-0 as a pro after a January Los Angeles debut that saw him record a points win over Jonathan Rice. “Con Sheehan is going to explode on the pro scene,” said Fury, “having enjoyed a long and successful amateur career that gave him 12 international titles from over 270 fights.”

Greer-Ortiz top Oct 1 Chicago card

Super bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (9-1-1, 3 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois faces fellow Illinois native Adan Ortiz (9-2, 8 KOs) on October 1st. The 8 round main event bout will take place at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago at a contracted weight of 121 pounds. The show will be promoted by Warriors Boxing.

Greer Jr. suffered his first defeat nearly a year ago, a close decision to an unbeaten local fighter. He has since roared back with 6 straight wins and ready to perform in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a pro. Continue reading

Juanma vs. WV2 lands on PPV

Integrated Sports Media has secured the pay-per-view rights to for the showdown between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, headlining “Guerra En El Clemente” on October 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Suggested retail price is $29.95. Additional pay-per-view fights will be announced soon.

“We’re excited to bring North American boxing fans a true grudge match between former world champions Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel Lopez,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s also a crossroads fight with the winner most likely back as a legitimate world title contender and the loser possibly facing retirement. They really don’t like each other and sparks will be flying from the opening bell.”

“Spike” O’Sullivan looks sharp back in the ring

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By Matt Thompson at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney

Middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan of Cork, Ireland, outslugged game Costa Rican Jaime Barboza over eight rounds to win a unanimous decision in the main event of a seven-bout Murphys Boxing event at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH. Barboza, fighting in the US for the first time, showed up to win, constantly winging overhand rights at the aggressive O’Sullivan. However the body punching O’Sullivan throughout the contest took enough starch out of the wild shots of Barboza to prevent them from doing any damage.

After three one-sided rounds, the initial onslaught of O’Sullivan slowed slightly to an inside slugfest, with both men trying to push the other back. It was the subtle head movement of O’Sullivan and his accuracy that made the difference when he dropped Barboza on the seat of his trunks with a perfectly placed counter right in the sixth. Barboza immediately jumped to his feet, feigning injury, but O’Sullivan stuck to his game plan, stuffing a hard jab in to set up body shots throughout the remainder of the bout.

The scores were 80-71 on one card and 79-72 on the other two. O’Sullivan improves to 23-2 and Barboza drops to 19-9. Continue reading

Arslan, Murat, Charr, Solis win in Germany

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Photo: EC Boxpromotion

45-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (38-8-2, 23 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nuri Seferi (37-8, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the EWS Arena in Göppingen, Germany. Scores were 118-111, 115-113, 115-113. With the win, Arslan claimed the vacant WBO European title.

Former IBF light heavyweight title challenger Karo Murat (30-3-1 19 KOs) stopped Yevgeni Makhteienko (8-5, 7 KOs) in the twelfth round. Murat dropped Makhteienko three times in the bout and finally got the referee to wave it off with 14 seconds remaining in the bout. Murat claimed the vacant WBA International title.

WBA #7 rated heavyweight Manuel Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sefer Seferi (21-1, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International title. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 96-93.

Former 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier Solis (22-3, 14 KOs) struggled to a disappointing eight round points win over journeyman Aleksandar Todorovic (8-10-1, 7 KOs).

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Canelo-Smith Post Fight Press Conference

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Robert Hughes

Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was victorious Saturday night as he scored an impressive ninth round knockout over Liverpool England’s Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Canelo and Smith both spoke with media at the postfight press conference.

Oscar De La Hoya: Tonight we witnessed the biggest star in boxing. We witnessed that Canelo is the real deal. 51,000 came to see Canelo because he always delivers to his fans. I didn’t want to talk about any other offers because we respect Liam Smith because it was going to be a tough fight.

Canelo Alvarez: Thank you all for being here. We had a big victory for Mexico. It was a big motivation. Texas fans are the best. I felt comfortable on the ropes we trained for that in the gym. We knew he was tough. He was a champ for a reason and came to fight which is good because we were able to give the fans a great fight. When I hit him to the body I knew I hurt him…I hope everything is OK with my thumb. I injured it in round two. Tomorrow I’ll see the doctor…I will sit with my team. This might be my last fight at 154. We have made Golovkin a good offer. It’s all on him now. I saw the Golovkin fight last week, it was nothing different. This is my era and my time now. I want to fight the best and keep making history. Continue reading

Boesel victorious, Kovalev-Ward winner next?

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WBO #1, WBA #8 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel 23-8, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Tony Averlant (24-9-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stathalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Fighting before a sold out local crowd, Boesel won by scores of 117-111, 118-111 and 116-112, while defending two Intercontinental titles.

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Next up for Boesel could be the Kovalev-Ward winner, a huge step up.

In the co-feature, jr welterweight Felix Lamm (13-1-1, 5 KOs) won a controversial ten round split decision over Andrea Carbonello (13-2-1, 2 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Europa title. Scores were 96-95, 96-94 for Lamm, 96-95 for Carbonello.

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Canelo: I am willing to fight GGG at 160

By Hesiquio Balderas

The aftermath of the Canelo vs Smith fight was expected, it was a harder fight than Canelo and the fans anticipated in part because the Mexican warrior hurt his right hand and also because Liam Smith came to fight. In front of 51,240 cheering fans at the AT&T Stadiums Canelo won another world title belt at 154 pounds (WBO) and Alvarez is still considered the lineal middleweight world champion.

The obvious question came right after the fight, and it was all about the unified world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Canelo said that he and Golden Boy Promotions made an offer to Golovkin and his team. The offer was a big one according to Canelo and that included twice as much as GGG has ever made in the ring. Canelo also said to Argentinian TV’s Juan Larena that the weight is no longer an issue and that he is willing to fight at the limit of 160 pounds.

“We made the offer and now it’s on him, the ball is in his court. The weight is no issue anymore,” said Canelo. Continue reading

Canelo dethrones Smith with ninth round KO

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

On Mexican Independence Weekend in Arlington, Texas, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) claimed the WBO light middleweight title at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, with a 9th round KO of reigning world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs). Canelo dropped Smith in the 7th, 8th and 9th rounds. The last was a left handed blast to the body that finally did in the tough Brit who sustained a body shot in the eight and an overhand right that also sent Smith to the canvas. The official time of the KO was 2:28 of the 9th round.

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Canelo came out strong from the opening bell, as expected, but also Smith showed his willingness to exchange with the strong Mexican from Guadalajara. Canelo continually went to the body early but Smith countered with body and head shots of his own. In the latter rounds, Canelo laid against the ropes as Smith unleashed shots to the body and head of Canelo, but none that ever seemed to hurt Canelo as he countered with vicious upper cuts and devastating shots to the body that eventually took its toll and eventually put an end to an entertaining fight. Continue reading

Monroe, Diaz, De La Hoya Triumph

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Middleweight Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) of Rochester, New York won a unanimous decision over “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs, 1 NC) of Philadelphia in a fight for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in the co-main event at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Monroe was slick to start off as Rosado chased in the opening round. Continuing to show elusiveness and flash in round three Monroe had Rosado coming at him as he countered. Monroe stuck the jab in round four as Rosado continued to press.

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

In round five Rosado picked up the pace as he started to cut off the ring on the elusive Monroe. At the halfway point in round six Monroe countered as Rosado continued to be the aggressor. Rosado cornered Monroe to start off the eighth and kept him on the ropes majority of the round. Rosado was bleeding from the back of his head. Referee Laurence Cole momentarily stopped it to get the ringside physician to look at the cut. Rosado continued to put the pressure on Monroe as he went down at the bell as the referee immediately ruled it a slip. The tenth round Rosado was the aggressor as Monroe displayed his hand speed unloading combinations. In the championship rounds the Philadelphia fighter left eye was swollen from a clash of heads but there was no quitting in Rosado as he fought on. In the twelfth and final round, Rosado pressed as Monroe stuck to his plan displaying his hand speed. Judges scored the bout 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. Continue reading

Sadam Ali returns with victory topping off-TV Canelo-Smith undercard

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Welterweight Sadam Ali (23-1, 13KOs) scored a 4th round knockdown in a wild exchange via right hook but could not stop the tough Saul Corral (21-8, 12KOs) as it went the full 10 rounds on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Ali came out early and landed his jab consistently, shots to the body and overhand rights. However after Ali dropped Corral, that seemed to energize Corral and he became the aggressor from the 6th round on.

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Tom Hogan -Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Ali came out with a big unanimous decision 99-91, 99-90 twice, although the fight was a lot closer than the scores indicate. This was a big win for Ali coming off his first loss in a world title fight against Jessie Vargas.

One of Golden Boy’s bright young prospects out of Dallas, super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (2-0, 2KO), showed to President Eric Gomez sitting ringside why he looks to have a bright future. Ortiz came out from the opening bell and threw two quick jabs against Ernesto Hernandez (1-4, 1KO) that missed and then threw a straight right hand that cracked the jaw of Hernandez and put him out without a count. The time of the KO was 40 seconds of the 1st round. Continue reading

Eubank Jr. vacates British belt, pulls out of fight

Not unexpectedly, middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. has vacated the British title and pulled out of a mandatory defense against Tommy Langford citing a training injury. After the WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #5, WBO #9 Eubank let a big money world title fight with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin slip away, promoter Frank Warren snapped up rights to a Eubank-Lanford domestic title clash at a BBBofC purse bid. Warren blasted Eubank after being informed of the situation.

Frank Warren Statement: Frank Warren is extremely disappointed to hear of today’s statement published by Chris Eubank Jr. Due to the fact we are hours away from one of our fighters appearing in a major international event at one of America’s biggest football stadiums, further developments will have to wait until Monday when we will be speaking to the BBBC. Thereafter we will make a formal statement regarding the situation and subsequently regarding the event.

Although we are disappointed by the Eubank statement, we are not surprised, as the public know full well for themselves, they make a habit of talking up fights but not following through. They are are also incredibly unpredictable, unprofessional and very difficult to work with. Continue reading

Usyk dethrones Glowacki by unanimous decision, wins WBO cruiserweight world title

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By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk

Cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1, 16 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. In a battle of southpaws, the boxing skills of Usyk, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, made the difference as Usyk steadily outlanded and busted up the extremely rugged Glowacki. Both fighters landed big shots in an exciting twelfth round. Scores were 119-109, 117-111, 117-111.

Heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) battered veteran Albert Sosnowski (49-7-2, 30 KOs) for five rounds. The referee waved it off at the beginning of round six.

Unbeaten super welterweight Patrick Szymanski (17-0, 9 KOs) edged Jose Antonio Villalobos (9-2-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the vacant WBC Youth belt. Scores were 95-94, 96-94 Szymanski, 94-95 Villalobos.

Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was in the house.

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