By Karl Freitag
Photos: Daryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
The boxing Dirrell Brothers from Flint, Michigan, both scored wins on Friday night at the Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) quickly demolished Caleb “Golden” Truax (26-3-2, 16 KOs) in round one. Dirrell dropped Truax with a barrage of punches, then floored him again with his follow up barrage and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:49.
In a clash of former world title challengers, Andre “The Ressurected” Dirrell (25-2, 16 KOs) mostly dominated Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs) over ten rounds. Caparello’s best round was round two when he dropped Dirrell. Dirrell responded by punishing Caparello on the ropes for most of round three. He then outboxed Caparello for the rest of the fight. Scores were 98-91 on all three cards.
This event marked the ninth time the Dirrell Brothers have competed on the same card as professionals, last doing so on March 28, 2009.
Two-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido who is training in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico for his June 4 showdown with Francisco “Bandido” Vargas, had this to say about Vargas’ positive doping exam that VADA reported.
“It’s Francisco Vargas’ problem to deal with and if there was some kind on negligence by his team then is on him. I am not going to be distracted by this issue. I will continue to prepare myself as best that I can for this fight and will be ready on June 4 to home the WBC Super Featherweight belt,” said Salido from his training camp.
“There is a commission and a boxing organization to address this type of thing and I will leave it to them to decided what to do with this result. I know they will do right thing and if they determined that the fight can go on, I will be more then ready to get in the ring and give the fans a fight they will remember for a long time,” added Salido. Continue reading →
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Daryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
In an IBF super bantamweight eliminator, unbeaten IBF #7 rated KO artist Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over rugged #14 ranked Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (20-3-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The powerful Guzman teed off on Rosas in round three, but Rosas absorbed the shots, then neutralized Guzman in round four with relentless pressure. Guzman then staggered Rosas, then dropped him at the end of round five. Rosas took more big shots in round six, but showed great heart in staying in there. Guzman was credited with another knockdown at the end of round eight. The fight was stopped after the round. Guzman will now face Shingo Wake for the IBF 122lb title vacated by Carl Frampton.
Also on the card, unbeaten super lightweight Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over veteran Osumanu Akaba (32-10-1, 25 KOs)
WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) is disputing the WBA’s decision to sanction a WBA “regular” cruiserweight world championship fight on May 20 in Paris between WBA #2 Yunier Dorticos and #3 Youri Kalenga. Last July, Shumenov defeated B.J. Flores by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, who was later elevated to “Super” champion.
The WBA granted Lebedev an extension in terms of his due mandatory defense because of the Russian’s unification fight May 21 in Moscow against IBF title-holder Victor Emelio Ramirez.
“I’m very disappointed the WBA is sanctioning Dorticos-Kalenga for its ‘regular’ cruiserweight title, when I am the #1 ranked and current WBA interim champion,” Shumenov said. “I repeatedly informed the WBA through emails, texts and verbally that I was ready to fight back in January. I preferred to fight Lebedev but I was willing to fight Dorticos or anybody else in the top 15. Continue reading →
South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi was in outstanding form as he outboxed Diego Luis Pichardo Liriano from the Dominican Republic over 12 rounds to retain the IBO super flyweight belt at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego, Polokwane on Friday night. In a battle of southpaws Buthelezi (51.98kg) took command from the opening bell to score with stinging rights and lefts to the head throughout and I battled to find a round in favour of Liriano (51.56kg) who fights out of Argentina. Judge Pete Podgoroski scored it 120-108 and judges Reginald Thompson and Andile Matika handed in cards of 119-109 and 118-111. Continue reading →
Undefeated world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton has relinquished his IBF World super bantamweight belt ahead of his WBA super world featherweight title challenge against fellow undefeated champion Leo Santa Cruz on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In order for Frampton to pursue two-weight world title glory against Santa Cruz this summer, the Northern Irishman vacated his coveted IBF super bantamweight crown due to mandatory obligations. He previously vacated the WBA version of the belt for the same reason. According to Team Frampton, the Santa Cruz fight at featherweight made the most financial sense. The IBF’s 122lb mandatory challenger is Shingo Wake. The WBA had mandated a fight between Frampton and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Pedro Campa 140 vs. José Alfaro 140
Anabel Ortíz 105 vs. Katty Gutiérrez 105
Adrián Young 132 vs. Edgar Ramírez 132
Enrique Tinoco 130 vs. Jesús Quijada 130
Jaime Munguía 147 vs. Elliot Cano 147
Eduardo Ramírez 126 vs. Saúl Corral 128
Julio Luna 135 vs. Cristhian Sánchez 135
Andre Berto 146.8 vs. Victor Ortiz 146.8
Edwin Rodriguez 177 vs. Thomas Williams Jr 176.8
Fernando Montiel 125.6 vs. Jorge Lara 124.4
Gerald Washington 239.8 vs. Eddie Chambers 216.2
Terrell Gausha 154.8 vs. Orlando Lora 154.4
David Benavidez 167.8 vs. Phillip Jackson 169.2
Manny Robles 127 vs. Rafael Eduardo Reyes 130
Adan Mares 134.2 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 133.6
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
The WBC has commended the California State Athletic Commission for the way they have handled WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas and the positive clenbuterol result from an anti-doping test. Vargas will be granted a temporary license to defend his belt against Orlando Salido on June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, subject to continued random drug testing. Vargas was warned that will be no tolerance if there are any further problems.
WBC Statement:Vargas spoke to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and expressed his disappointment, as this situation could picture him in the wrong manner. At the same time, he expressed that he is calm, working hard, and training for June 4. Vargas is absolutely certain that the positive test comes from a delicious and traditional dish that his mother cooked, a broth with beef that he ate for dinner the night he was tested and the following day for lunch. Continue reading →
“Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) will fill in for the injured Angel Camacho Jr. at Twin River Casino on May 13th against fellow Providence, R.I., native Peter Manfredo Jr (40-7, 21 KOs). Camacho sustained a broken foot and Biosse answered the bell, setting the stage for an intra-state showdown. Biosse boasts two nationally televised wins on ESPN in addition to a thrilling win over Joey Spina in 2012, also in Rhode Island.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to go out there and showcase my talent versus his talent,” Biosse said. “It’s an honor to share a ring with a man who I’ve been friends with outside of the ring even before boxing. He’s shown me nothing but love, so to go in there and share a ring with a man like that and compete, it feels good.”
The former college football standout has currently dropped five straight fights against J’Leon Love, Callum Smith, Andre Dirrell, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and most recently Chris Chatman.
Undefeated lightweight world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs) will make his first title defense against former world champion Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, June 3 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
In the televised opener, unbeaten prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) takes on Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round bantamweight affair.
Osseo, Minnesota’s “Golden” Caleb Truax (26-2-2, 16 KOs) will meet Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (28-1-1, 21 KOs) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 168 pound showdown is a co-featured bout being shown live on Spike TV. The main event pit’s Anthony’s older brother Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) against veteran Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KOs) of Greenvale, Victoria, Australia. It will be Truax’s return to nationally televised boxing following a world title shot opportunity against Daniel Jacobs in April of 2015 which was also shown on Spike. Truax nearly made it to the final bell against Jacobs, being stopped on his feet in the closing moments of the 12th and final round. Prior to that, Truax picked up the biggest win of his career while stopping Donavon George on ESPN in 2013.
Truax will be entering the ring tonight against Dirrell as a 10-1 underdog on most gambling sites. Dirrell was a stellar amateur and former world champion (WBC super middleweight title) as a pro. MinnesotaBoxing.com caught up with Truax last week following his last day of sparring with rising star Anthony Sims of Indiana at the ACR Boxing Gym in Coon Rapids to discuss his last fight and tonight’s golden opportunity against Dirrell. Continue reading →
Badou Jack 167.4 vs. Lucian Bute 167
(WBC super middleweight world title)
James DeGale 167.6 vs. Rogelio Medina 167.8
(IBF super middleweight world title)
Christopher Pearson 59 vs. Joshua Okine 158.8
Sharif Bogere 135.6 vs. Samuel Amoako 136
Carlos Gongora 173 vs. Zachariah Kelley 170.2
Latondria Jones 153.6 vs. Kamika Slade 144.4
Keegan Grove 133.4 vs. Anthony Napunyi 128.2
Moshea Aleem 153.8 vs. Martez Jackson 153
Venue: DC Armory, Washington, DC
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
Felix Lamm 146.1 vs. Philipp Schuster 145.7
(German welterweight title)
Tom Pahlmann 174.1 vs. Bartlomiej Grafka 171.2
Adam Deines 173.2 vs. Karel Horejsek 174
Phillip Nsingi 152.5 vs. Marco Martini 150.7
Jurgen Uldedaj 196.2 vs. Sven Haselhuhn 189.5
Leo Levani 149.9 vs. Fouad El Massoudi 153.8
Venue: Jahrhunderthalle, Spergau/Leuna, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR (Germany)
WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #4, WBC #11 rated super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) takes on ‘Momma’s Boy’ Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental title on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup, Denmark. Nielsen returns following his third-round TKO victory over domestic rival Rudy Markussen, and with his sights firmly set on a world title challenge, the 25 year-old is eyeing a statement win against the slick southpaw Douglin.
Douglin, the 27 year-old from New Jersey, is a former Golden Gloves amateur champion who fights out of the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. Known as the ‘Momma’s Boy’, he is trained and managed by his mother Saphya, who will be in his corner come fight night.
On May 13, undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs) will take on his toughest opponent to date in Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KOs) at the DC Armory. This will be DC-native Hernandez-Harrison’s big homecoming, fresh off Camp Canelo in Los Angeles, where he served as a sparring partner for WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Hernandez-Harrison vs. Dallas headlines a throne boxing event that will be broadcast in primetime on BET.
In the co-feature, super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (21-2, 16 KOs) faces Thomas “KO” Snow (18-2, 12 KOs) in an eight round bout. The Roc Nation Sports telecast will also include a live musical performance as well as a host and a “name” DJ.
“I moved up to 130 because nobody at 126 wanted to fight me,” WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko told Crystina Poncher of Top Rank.
Tickets to the Martinez vs. Lomachenko / Verdejo vs. Martinez championship doubleheader are on sale now. Priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $35, they can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
Following the big “Fury vs. Klitschko 2” press conference on Wednesday in Manchester, England, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former champ Wladimir Klitschko faced off again Thursday at RTL Headquarters in Cologne, Germany. After more bitter trash talk during the press conference, things turned surprising cordial during a nearly two-and-a-half minute face off.
The fighters talked privately the entire time, then Fury took the mic and stated, “I was just saying I hope Wladimir can take his belts back on the ninth of July and how good of a champion he’s been and how he held it together for so long. How he’s been a champion for ten, fifteen years, and was motivated to keep fighting the young guys coming up. Because I’ve only been on top of the world for five months and I’m already sick of it. Hopefully Wlad can have his belts back and I can go home and start eating my chocolates again and I’ll be left alone forever. All this media attention and all the people who want to challenge me, I really ain’t interested in it. Wladimir’s done a great job for so long, so hopefully he can get back what’s rightfully his. I’m only a champion in recess!” Continue reading →
Tim Tszyu and Nikita Tszyu, sons of Hall of Fame ring legend Kostya Tszyu, talk to Fightnews.com® about their own boxing careers and also about their famous father in “Dream Fights” with Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Tim Tszyu has captured several amateur titles, winning 31 fights with just one loss. He is the manager of the Tszyu Academy gym in Sydney where former world champions Lovemore Ndou and Sakio Bika, WBA-rated lightweight George Kambosis and WBA-rated heavyweight Solomon Haumono train.
Nikita Tszyu has won four Australian titles and travelled the world in boxing tournaments.
On Friday night, South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi defends his IBO junior bantamweight belt against Diego Luis Pichardo Liriano from the Dominican Republic and Tsiko Mulovhedzi defends his IBO welterweight belt against Mexican Jesus Gurrola at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego, Polokwane, South Africa. Continue reading →
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) told Fightnews.com® on Thursday that he’s fighting 6’7 Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on May 21 at the O2 Arena in London. The fight isn’t officially announced, but Dimitrenko would be by far the toughest opponent Briggs has faced in his comeback to date.
Former heavyweight champion David Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) faces unbeaten, but little known Arnold Gjergjaj (29-0, 21 KOs) in the main event of the May 21 show. It could be argued that Briggs has a tougher opponent in Dimitrenko, than Haye has in Gjergjaj. In any event, if both Briggs and Haye emerge victorious, they are expected to meet in a grudge showdown later this year.
Former Italian junior middleweight champion Emanuele Della Rosa (36-2, 10 KOs) and former French junior middleweight champion Zakaria Attou (22-6-1, 7 KOs) will collide this Saturday in Fiumicino (Rome) for the vacant European Union 154 lbs. title. The fight card is promoted by Opi2000, Principe Boxing Event and Paciucci Boxing Team. The 36-year-old Della Rosa is well known to the boxing fans for a split decision loss to Sebastian Zbik in 2009 in Germany for an interim WBC belt. Continue reading →
Former world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Andre “The Beast” Berto, fighters participated in a final press conference on Thursday before they enter the ring for their FOX-televised rematch on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Whiskey Red’s in Marina Del Rey:
Victor Ortiz: He might hate me. I respect him, but I’m coming to take him down and out. I know what I’m here for and that’s a victory. As much talking as he’s done, it was a different guy that showed up today. “This is a totally different fight than five years ago. We’re different people. I’m a different guy and so is he. Saturday is right around the corner and I’m here. I see loss in his eyes. I’m ready. 100 percent.”
Andre Berto: “It’s been five years coming and now we’re here. The stuff Victor said on the stage and his body language. I believe he knows he is going to be in there with a different type of animal this time. I think he is already defeated. He sees how focused I am. If he has been hearing anything from camp, he knows I’m ready to go. He didn’t believe anything he said on the stage. Looking at him face to face, he was trying to tell jokes. I think that he knows that he is going to be in there with a different Andre Berto.” Continue reading →
“Knockout Night at the D” returns May 21 with the second event of its 2016 series. Undefeated WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14 middleweight Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on upset-minded Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs) in the ten-round main event, airing live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.
In the eight-round co-feature, super middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera (12-0, 8 KOs) puts his unbeaten record and NABA-USA title belt on the line against popular Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs).
The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegas and (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. “Our recent Knockout Night at the D event was a great success, so needless to say, we are excited for next month’s fights,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. “Outdoor boxing is continuing to boom in Las Vegas and we look forward to watching this series grow and develop.”
Four of the top super middleweights in the world shared a stage Thursday afternoon as Badou Jack, Lucian Bute, James “Chunky” DeGale and Rogelio “Porky” Medina participated in the final press conference for their fights this Saturday on Showtime from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. WBC champion Jack battles the former champion Bute, while the IBF titleholder DeGale takes on the top rated contender Medina. The winners of these fights have agreed to meet in a world title unification later this year.
Golden Boy Promotions has issued the following statement with regard to WBC super featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas:
“As part of a voluntary testing program that Francisco Vargas requested ahead of his June 4 fight, he tested positive for clenbuterol. Francisco believes he tested positive due to ingesting contaminated meat in Mexico where clenbuterol is commonly used by ranchers in livestock feed. The Associated Press reported this week that this practice may impact athletes throughout the country ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
“Francisco has, is and will always be a clean fighter. That is why he insisted on this voluntary testing program ahead of the first defense of his WBC championship. He previously tested clean as part of this same voluntary testing regiment and in all of his previous fights. He will immediately leave Mexico to finish his training camp in the US in order to avoid any possible repeat of this situation and is fully cooperating with the California State Athletic Commission to submit to all required testing ahead of his June 4 title defense.”
Andre Dirrell 169 vs. Blake Caparello 167
Anthony Dirrell 168.8 vs. Caleb Truax 168.6
Jonathan Guzman 122 vs. Daniel Rosas 121.2
Eddie Ramirez 139.8 vs. Osumanu Akaba 143.2
Hafiz Montgomery 202.3 vs. Darnell Pierce 198.4
Brendan Barrett 248 vs. Alando Pugh 236
Anthony Young 148.4 vs. Juan Rodriguez ??
Chris Thomas 165.6 vs. Jessie Singletary 163.8
Abraham Nova 131.6 vs. Weusi Johnson 128.4
Titus Williams 127 vs. DeWayne Wisdom 129.4
Luther Smith 211 vs. Solomon Maye 224.2
Chordale Booker 152.6 vs. Roque Zapata 153.2
Venue: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) came face-to-face with his latest opponent ‘Big’ Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) at today’s press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London. Fury is gunning for another knockout win on Saturday at London’s Copper Box Arena in his quest to join cousin Tyson at the very top of the world heavyweight scene.
“I’m just happy that I’ve got such a great team in my corner. I’ve learnt a lot form sharing a training camp with my cousin Tyson. I’m only 21 and I’ve already come up against some decent opponents. Kassi is another step up for me. I want these type of fights on my way to the top,” said Fury.
World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and undefeated #2 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted a press conference Thursday to kickoff the HBO-televised Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend championship card on June 11 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Rocky Martinez (Speaking Spanish): “I know I’ll have a great fight on June 11 against Vasyl Lomachenko. This is a big challenge, but not impossible. I’m working hard so I can beat him and he can have a second loss on his record. Many people see me as an underdog…but I’ve been in many, many wars, and I’ve gotten a lot of experience. I’m training very hard in Puerto Rico so that night I can continue being world champion.”
Vasyl Lomachenko (Speaking English): “I’m looking forward to my fight on June 11. It’s a good fight to test English for me. This is my first main event fight, and I’m happy about it. I think we’ll have a great time. My opponent Ramon Martinez is a smart, strong and experienced fighter. Both of us fought Orlando Salido. I had a loss, he had a win. It’s a fight that will be remembered. On June 11 Puerto Ricans will have their big holiday. After this fight, I think Ukrainian people will also have a holiday!”
Mexican Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) will face unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo on June 11 at Madison Square Garden for the WBO Latino lightweight title. The bout will tale place the weekend of the annual “Puerto Rican Day Parade” in New York City. Martinez said this is the opportunity he’s waited for throughout his career. “The serious work and all the sacrifices have been worth it,” said Martinez. “I’m where everyone wants to be and few come. Now I will continue working with the same passion and discipline to use this as a springboard to fight for a world title. Verdejo is an undefeated fighter who has a good reputation and has shown great things. I don’t trust the strange performance in his last fight. We all have bad nights and my intention is to repeat his bad performance and bring the title to Mexico because we Mexican fighters can win anywhere!”
Verdejo-Martinez will be the main undercard bout on a show topped by the world title clash between WBO jr lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (21-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBO Intercontinental title and WBA Continental title against hard-hitting Denis Liebau (19-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahrhunderthalle in Spergau, Germany. Here’s what the fighters had to say at this week’s press conference:
Dominic Boesel: “Denis Liebau is not the first unbeaten opponent I’ve boxed. The other ‘invincibles’ I’ve beaten. I’m glad Liebau was so successful in kickboxing, but the basics of boxing are different. We’ve seen weaknesses in his footwork. With my boxing skills, I’ll win and keep the title with a clear victory.”
Denis Liebau: “Even as a kickboxer, boxing was my strength. The difference isn’t so great for me – in boxing you wear flat shoes! Am I the KO King? Halfway okay – but for me, only at a 100% knockout ratio should someone be entitled to have this ‘title!’ Clearly, one of us loses! I want to take the title on Saturday. The case for the belt is ready. The winner will be Denis Liebau!” More + Photos
Female super bantamweight Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) has accepted the challenge of former two-time world champion Galina Ivanova (16-11-4, 2 KOs). The female fighters will meet in an eight-round contest on May 28 when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Arena Midt in Kjellerup. Ivanova is the only fighter to have defeated Danish World Champion Anita Christensen, outpointing her in 2008 WBA World title fight at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.
The Bulgarian boxer has now set her sights on Denmark new female boxing talent and has spent the past months challenging Thorslund on social media, posting a series of threatening messages using the hashtag #SavethelifeofDinaThorslund.
“Dina is just a kid,” said Ivanova. “Someone needs to tell her boxing is dangerous before it is too late. Her promoter thinks she can become world champion in the next twelve months, but I’m ready to prove them wrong. I’m surprised she has accepted my challenge. She is a good fighter but she doesn’t have the experience to beat me. She will pay in blood!” Continue reading →
For as long as anyone could remember the city of El Paso was home to some of the most devoted and die hard boxing fans in the world. For those fighters lucky enough to call El Paso home, they knew that there would always be a loyal and dedicated fan base to support them and back them as they made their way up the rankings. But although there have been some tremendous fighters from El Paso over the years, all came just a little short in their bids for a world title. El Paso fans always found themselves on the outside looking in: waiting for a champion to bring gold to the Sun City.
Well the wait is over for El Paso. IBF featherweight champion Jennifer Han has kicked down that door and in the process broke down the glass ceiling over it as well. El Paso has a world champion, and the city couldn’t be prouder of their local girl. And this Friday the Sun City will get the opportunity to once again see Han (13-3-1, 1 KO) as she make the first defense of the IBF belt she won seven months ago against Helen Joseph. Continue reading →
“He was a tough guy,” said IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) after impressively stopping former world champion Randall Bailey (46-9, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. “I hit him with some good shots and he kept taking them. He got me at the start. I should of been more careful. I did get clipped and he can punch. I wake up when I get hit. I should of hit myself in the dressing room before I come out.
“It is amazing having pretty much everyone I know here tonight and everyone watching on Foxtel is pretty amazing. Great to have everyone behind me for this fight. I hope my next fight is Jesse Vargas next – he is the world titleholder and the number one position is vacant and if he wants to take me on I’m happy to do it.
“Thank you to Duco Events for putting on such a great show. Thanks to my trainer Glen Rushton and my brother Ben.”
On the undercard of the Uchiyama shocker, WBC #16 Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (14-1, 7 KOs), 232.25, proved faster and more accurate than Australian Nathan McKay (6-3, 3 KOs), 267.75, winning a unanimous decision (80-73 twice and 80-72) over eight give-and-take rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Only once-beaten by Solomon Haumono in quest of the vacant OPBF belt in 2014, Fujimoto, 29, scored nine consecutive victories since including a couple of wins over ex-WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida.
Despite a shutout decision it wasn’t an easy triumph for Kyotaro as the much taller and heavier McKay showed his resilience and retaliation with his best effort. The game Aussie almost had Kyotaro at bay midway in round four, but the Japanese fought back hard with solid combinations to make him a bloody mess with good jabs and left-right combos. From the sixth round on Fujimoto, a faster footworker, turned loose and attempted to finish him with stronger shots to McKay, who, however, showed his heart and durability to win the praise of the crowd. Fujimoto demonstrated his improvement on his abundant stamina and good footwork. Our people like him except for his favorite red-dyed hair.