Caferro forces Wright to quit after two

Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Montana State Welterweight title holder Duran Caferro made the second successful defense of his title on Friday night at the Eagles Lodge in Helena, Montana, needing just two rounds of one-sided action to force St. Louis, Missouri’s Kelly Wright to retire on his stool at the start of the third round. Fighting in the headline bout of H-Town Eagles Boxing Clubs’ six bout Pro/Am show, Caferro (13-1, 10 KOs) quickly set the tempo of the fight in the first round, dictating the distance with hard jabs and lateral movement. Wright (4-17) made numerous attempts to get in close and land something of consequence, but Caferro countered well, landing on his southpaw opponent with straight rights and left hooks. By the end of the round Caferro was landing with precision to Wright’s head and body rocking him back with fierce combinations. Continue reading

Payano poised to defend WBA belt Sunday night

Photo: Suzanne Teresa

Photo: Suzanne Teresa

After tonight’s terrific lineup of fights, remember that there will more live fights on Bounce TV Sunday night. In the main event, WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) defends against Rau’shee “Nuke” Warren (13-0, 4 KOs) from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. This is Payano’s first fight since dethroning longtime champion Anselmo Moreno last September. Moreno held the “super” version of the WBA world title, but Payano was designated the WBA “undisputed” world champion instead. There is also a WBA “regular” world champion and an “interim” world champ in the division. Southpaw Warren is a three-time U.S. Olympian.

“I am very prepared for this fight and have no injuries,” proclaimed Payano. “I’m 100 percent ready. Training went very well. I am a warrior with the hunger to prevail and win. I’m ready to leave everything in the ring Sunday night. Warren merits a title shot. He’s one of the best fighters in the division. It’ll be a great fight. He won’t win, but it’ll be a great fight. I see a lot of errors in Warren’s style. That particular style of his has a lot of errors in it and I’ll attack them as I see them. He’s perfect for me.” Continue reading

Howard Davis Jr. Fight Against Cancer Fundraiser

1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis Jr. was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer just days before his 59th birthday in February. The cancer has metastasized to his liver and parts of his bones. He never smoke or drank in his life, so this is a shocker to all. The Howard Davis Jr. Foundation, a non-for-profit organization, will be holding its 1st Annual Fight against Cancer VIP Dinner Fundraiser at 7:30pm on Saturday night August 15th at the Tower Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The dinner is $175 per person with an opportunity to meet Howard Davis Jr. in person.

The goal of the Howard Davis Jr. Foundation is to raise funds for children who don’t have money to get treatment. For tickets to the fundraiser or to donate, visit

Parker demolishes Tupou in 63 seconds

Photo: Dave Cameron

Photo: Dave Cameron

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBO #8, WBA #10 heavyweight Joseph Parker (15-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over WBO #13 Bowie Tupou (25-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Southlands Stadium in Invercargill, New Zealand. Parker connected with a right hand on the top of the head that left Tupou laid out face down and that was that. Time was 1:03.

In a clash of world rated welterweights, WBO #10, WBA #11 rated former 2012 London Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (11-0, 8 KOs) won a seven round technical decision over IBF #10, WBO #12 Viktor Plotnykov (32-3, 15 KOs). Horm dominated the first half of the fight, but suffered a bad cut over the left eye in round six from an accidental headbutt. Horn went one more round, then the bout was sent to the scorecards were Horn won 68-64, 78-73, 78-73.

Rodriguez defeats Lozano in Tampa

By Christopher P. Cook and Aaron B. Dye at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster

WBC #12 bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (11-2, 3 KOs) moved down a division to hammer out a ten round majority decision over local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. It was a tactical fight with Rodriguez mostly pressing the action and outworking Lozano. Lozano’s best moments came in the last round when he connected with a number of desperation power shots. It was too little, too late, however as Rodriguez prevailed by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 95-95 to claim the vacant WBO Latin super flyweight title.

Click here for full ringside report

Lerena and Fourie win SA titles

By Ron Jackson

Kevin Lerena became the new SA cruiserweight champion by beating Deon Coetzee on points over 12 rounds and Grant Fourie also the claimed the SA junior welterweight, with an outstanding performance, in outpointing Warren Joubert, at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Thursday night.

The 23-year-old Lerena (90.55 kg) won with wide points margins, as judge Phumeza Zinakile scored it 118-110 and judges Joseph Chaane and Simon Mokadi both had it 117-111. Lerena stunned the 29-year-old Coetzee (88.65kg) in the opening round and continued to land with stinging rights and lefts to the head and body from his southpaw stance throughout the fight. Both fighters ran out of gas in the last three rounds, and as a result the fight turned into a mauling and holding affair. Continue reading

Jacobs and Mora make weight

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

Daniel Jacobs 159.8 vs. Sergio Mora 159.2
(WBA “regular” middleweight title)
Danny Garcia 146.6 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.8
(non-title 12-rounder)

Omar Douglas 129.4 vs. TBA
Adam Kownacki 251.4 vs. Maurenzo Smith 258.2
Heather Hardy 121.2 vs. Renata Domsodi 121.6
Travis Peterkin 175.4 vs. Lenin Castillo 173.6
Rafael Vazquez 125.2 vs. Mario Macias 126
Prichard Colon 147.2 vs. Michael Finney 147.8
Titus Williams 128 vs. Micah Branch 130
Thomas Velasquez 127.2 vs. Gabriel Braxton 127.2

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment


WBO strips Andrade of jr middle world title

After 13 months with no title defenses and none scheduled, WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has been stripped of the title by the WBO World Championship Committee.

Below is the text of the WBO’s resolution:

Resolution of the WBO World Championship Committee to vacate the WBO Jr. Middleweight Title of Demetrius Andrade

WHEREAS, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Demetrius Andrade earned a split-decision victory over Vanes Martirosyan to become the WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion of the World; and,

WHEREAS, on Saturday, June 6, 2014 at the Barclays Center in New York— almost seven months after winning the vacant WBO Jr. Middleweight— Andrade defeated mandatory challenger Brian Rose via TKO in round 7 to retain his title; and, Continue reading

beIN Sports Weights from Guadalajara

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Ramses Agaton 154 vs. Ivan Montero 154.5
Carlos Diaz 132.5 vs. Willmank Cano 131.5
Dennis Contreras 119 vs. Sergio Frias 117.8
Rafael Guzman 139.1 vs. Abraham Cordero 139.5
Martin Tecuapetla 113.4 vs. Elfego De Jesus Sierra 112.12
Jesus Jauregui 130 vs. Victor Rubalcava 128.7

Venue: Coliseo de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Promotor: Zanfer
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA) Azteca 7 (Mexico)


UniMas weights from Frisco, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Chris Avalos 126.25 vs. Rey Perez 125.25
Casey Ramos 132 vs. Daniel Evangelista Jr 130.25
Clarence Booth 141.5 vs. Marco Antonio Lopez 139.25
Eric Anton 128.5 vs. DeAnthony Bonner 126.5
Jose Rodriguez 141.4 vs. Errol Sidney 144.25
Erick De Leon 131.25 vs. Daniel Perales 130.25

Venue: Dr. Pepper Arena, Frisco, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas


Weights from Morelia, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Johnny Gonzalez 129.8 vs. Kazuki Hashimoto 129.3
Yessica Nery Plata 106.5 vs. Esmeralda132 Moreno 107.8
Juan Jose Martinez 134.6 vs. Edgar Puerta 135
Edgar Monarrez 130.25 vs. Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo 129.8

Venue: Auditorio Bicentenario in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa


Weights from Rome

Photo: Renata Romagnoli

Emiliano Marsili 133.8 vs. Gamaliel Diaz 133.4
(Vacant WBC silver lightweight title)

Matteo Modugno 261 vs. Hrvoje Kisicek 225
Orial Kolaj 176.3 vs. Slobodan Culum 173
Mirko Larghetti 194.6 vs. Marko Martinjak 194
Carel Sandon 136.25 vs. Dzemil Cosovic 136.6

Venue: Fiumicino’s soccer stadium (close to Rome)
Promoter: Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000
TV: Deejay TV (Italy), Fightclub (Poland), ESPN International

Campbell, Coyle make weight for WBC eliminator

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

Luke Campbell 134.3 vs. Tommy Coyle 134
(WBC lightweight eliminator)

Brian Rose 157 vs. Carson Jones 157.5
*Rose weighed 159 the first time, 1 lb over the contract weight – returned to the scales and made the weight at the first attempt.

Ricky Burns 138 vs. Prince Ofotsu 137.5
Dillian Whyte 250 vs. Irineu Costa 261.75
Martin J Ward 129.5 vs. Sergio Blanco 129.4

Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky Sports (UK)

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Golovkin and Lemieux comment on PPV showdown

WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) have issued the first comments on their title unification PPV clash on October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Details on advance tickets and a national press tour will be announced shortly.

Gennady Golovkin: “I’m very excited to face David Lemieux to prove who is #1 in the middleweight division. I look forward to fighting again at Madison Square Garden and putting on another Big Drama Show for my fans in New York City.”

David Lemieux: “I’ve said that I don’t care who I fight, so long as they are the best, and Golovkin is the best out there in the middleweight division. GGG may be the most feared man in boxing, but after October 17th, there will be a new feared man in the middleweight division. Two very powerful punchers are coming into the ring. There will be blood; there will be fireworks, and I am confident I will emerge victorious.”

Unbeaten Casey Ramos in spotlight on UniMas

Report/Video/Photo by Robert Hughes

Undefeated super featherweight Casey Ramos (19-0, 5 KOs) is the latest Top Rank boxer to be given a chance to shine and become a superstar from The Lone Star state. On Thursday Ramos met with the media, working out for the final time at a downtown Dallas gym ahead of this weekend’s event, his 20th professional fight. So far he has done little wrong as a pro boxer, going undefeated through 19 fights against some respectable opposition in a career spanning more than eight years, so far.

Saturday’s eight-round bout at 130 pounds against Daniel Evangelista, Jr. (17-5, 13 KOs) will be Ramos’ first in more than 8 months.

Pair that with 110 amateur bouts and that makes Ramos, 26, a young ring veteran without a lot of miles, physical abuse or lingering injuries. BoxRec currently ranks him as the No. 17 USA super flyweight.

“I’m ready to go,” Ramos said. Continue reading

Weights from New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Joseph Parker 237 vs. Bowie Tupou 265.5
Jeff Horn 145.8 vs. Viktor Plotnykov 145.8

Venue: Southlands Stadium in Invercargill, New Zealand
Promoter: Duco Events

Caferro to defend Montana state title tonight

By Ricardo Ibarra

Montana State welterweight title holder Duran Caferro will look to make the second defense of his title and add to his ten fight unbeaten streak this Friday at the Eagles Lodge in Helena, Montana. In the main event of the H-Town Eagles Boxing Club event, hometown son Caferro takes on Kelly Wright (4-16) of St. Louis, MO in a scheduled six-rounder. Caferro (12-1, 9 KOs) has been on a roll since suffering his lone defeat in his third pro fight, claiming ten straight wins, seven of those within the distance. In addition to holding the State welterweight title, Caferro also won the Montana State middleweight title last January with a unanimous decision win over long time regional stalwart Daniel Gonzalez. Continue reading

Telemundo Weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing

Daniel Lozano 115 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 115
(WBO Latin jr bantamweight title)

Efrain Cruz 136 vs. Justin Pauldo 134
Moises Hernandez 156 vs.Omar Albanil 154
Ali Tareh 150 vs. Javier Garcia 148
Santiago Arroyo 118 vs. Hiram Del Rio 116
Sammy Valentin 147 vs. Christopher Jimenez 143
Patrick Cenoble 160 vs. Euris Silverio 157
Victor Darocha 167 vs. Luis Albaladejo 165

First Fight: 8PM
TV: Telemundo 11:35 PM
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion 4050 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa, FL
Tickets: 813-309-9991
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc.


Jhonny González returns at 130 lbs Saturday

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Kazuki Hashimoto are ready for Saturday’s collision at the Auditorio Bicentenario in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. It will be Jhonny’s first fight since losing the WBC featherweight championship to Gary Russell in March. He will be invading the super featherweight division against Hashimoto.

Johnny Gonzalez: I have no problem making the limit of this division and Saturday I will make it clear that this is my perfect weight with a great demonstration of what we’re able to do. I’ll go for the knockout from the start the fight, and we hope to give a good show for the people of Morelia.

The Promociones del Pueblo event also features female light flyweights Yessica Nery Plata and Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno in a WBC eliminator, plus lightweight Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez vs. Edgar Puerta and super featherweight Edgar Monárrez vs. Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo.


Garcia-Malignaggi/Jacobs-Mora Final Press Conference

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and undercard fighters held a final press conference Thursday at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square as they near Saturday’s showdowns at Barclays Center. The event is headlined by undefeated star Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) as he makes his 147-pound debut against two-time world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs). Also middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) defends in his hometown against former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs).

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

Danny Garcia: “We had a tremendous camp, I’ve never felt so strong in my life. For the first time in my career I can actually train to get better. We’re just focused on training. We did everything in camp – we even chased chickens. I accomplished a lot at 140-pounds and I’m going to do a lot at 147. On Saturday at Barclays Center you’re going to see a spectacular Danny Garcia. Continue reading

Matthysse-Postol Ticket Alert

On October 3, one the most exciting fighters and fearsome punchers in boxing, Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will take on the dangerous and undefeated Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion, the championship event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and go on sale Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say about the upcoming showdown on Oct. 3:

“Postol isn’t anything big; he boxes well but that’s it,” said Lucas Matthysse, Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion. “I saw part of his fight against Selcuk Aydin but other than that there aren’t very many videos of him on the Internet. I’m not taking him lightly though, because he’s at the top of the rankings for a reason.” Continue reading

Boxing News Roundup

By Karl Freitag

At the moment it appears there will no boxing on HBO until October. Showtime has a couple of ShoBox cards in August but there are no Championship Boxing telecasts announced at the moment.

The still not officially announced Floyd Mayweather vs. TBA (Andre Berto?) fight slated for September 12 at the MGM Grand is a little over seven weeks away.

Looking like Mayweather’s fight will be on Showtime PPV, not CBS. So we have a Mosley-Mayorga 2 PPV on August 29, a Floyd PPV on September 12, a Golovkin-Lemieux PPV on October 17 and a Cotto-Canelo PPV on November 21.

Now that WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is finally finished with Robert Stieglitz, there are possibilities of Abraham facing 50-year-old ring legend Bernard Hopkins or German rival Felix Sturm. Either one would be a big fight.

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson will defend his belt against Tommy Karpency in a September 11 title defense at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next fight is September 26 on NBCSN. His last two fights were on Showtime.

Early on Saturday morning, ESPN3 will stream the clash between world rated heavyweights Joseph Parker and Bowie Tupou in the USA.

ESPN3 will also stream live coverage of the 8-round junior lightweight undercard matchup between Omar Douglas and Frank Santos de Alba from Brooklyn the same day.

The announce team on Sunday’s Bounce TV card headlined by Juan Carlos Payano vs. Rau’shee Warren is Fred Hickman (host), Fran Charles and Austin Trout.

Venter wins in two and Simba stopped in one

By Ron Jackson

Danie Venter won in the second round and Flo Simba lost in the first in a tournament at Presley’s night club in Pretoria on Wednesday night. Venter, a former SA and World Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, stopped Vusumzi Mlindwa, while Khayeni Hlungwane knocked out Simba.

Having weighed in at 106 kg, Venter did not look in the best shape of his career but he was too experienced for Mlindwa, who made his professional debut as a welterweight in 2008 but now weighs 104.90 kg. Venter, who improved his record to 20-7, including 15 wins inside the distance, battered Mlindawa with left and rights to the head in the second round until the bout was stopped. Mlindwa’s record now stands at three wins, six defeats and a draw.

Hlungwane, who was 14 kg lighter than Simba – 84.05 against 98.05 kg – stormed out at the opening bell and bombarded the former cruiserweight prospect until the referee stopped their heavyweight bout. Hlungwane moves to 6-10, with 3 KOs, while Simba falls to 13-5 with 11 KOs. Continue reading

Lozano hits Tampa for his fight tomorrow

Former WBO Latino super flyweight champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-2, 10 KOs) drove early this morning from nearby Bowling Greens, Florida and arrived fit and ready in Tampa with his Father and Trainer Daniel Lozano Sr.. and team in anticipation of his bout tomorrow night against WBC FECARBOX Champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (11-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico at the A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida which can been seen live on Telemundo at 11:35 PM. Lozano was greeted upon his arrival by Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr.

“I’m eager to get in the ring tomorrow and win my WBO Latino belt back,” said Lozano. “I want to thank my Promoter and team for giving me another chance, it’s great to be back at A La Carte which has been home to many of my fights. I want to be world champion and this is a must win fight for me.” Continue reading

WBO #10 Horn in action Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #10/WBA #11 welterweight Jeff Horn (10-0, 8 KOs) returns to ring action on Saturday against IBF #10/WBO #12 Viktor Plotnykov (32-2, 15 KOs) over ten rounds at the Southland Stadium at Invercargill New Zealand with IBF, WBA and WBO regional titles up for grabs. The former 2012 London Olympian Horn is coming off a three round stoppage over world-rated Richmond Djarbeng in June. Horn also holds a win over two-time world title challenger Naoufel Ben Rabah in 2013.

Plotnykov scored the best win of his career in February when he clearly outscored Denton Vassell over twelve rounds in Ireland to capture the IBF Inter-Continental title. Continue reading

Katsidis heads to China for ring return

Former World champion Michael Katsidis will head to China chasing personal redemption and also a return to world boxing’s elite on September 12. After making the decision to continue his career, he will take on undefeated Thai rising star Kaewfah Tor Buamas over 10 rounds for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental lightweight title in Hangzhou China on a card promoted by Liu Gang in association with Smithy’s TGW promotions.

“I know plenty of people will be surprised by this comment – but it’s not the title that is pushing me,” said Katsidis. “Of course I want to win this belt, but like I’ve said so many times since I’ve come back to Toowoomba – I didn’t look for boxing but I believe boxing has found me again. Continue reading

WBA orders Perez-Crolla rematch

Lightweight contender Anthony Crolla has been granted a rematch with WBA champion Darleys Perez following their controversial fight in Manchester on July 18. Perez retained the title via majority draw despite having two points deducted for low blows in the latter rounds.

“I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Anthony Crolla should be world champion. He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t sulked and now he has his chance all over again. I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special. We are already in negotiations with Perez’s team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon.”

Agaton replaces Sandoval in beIN Sports headliner

Super welterweight Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton has replaced Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval in the main event of Saturday night’s fight card on beIN Sports Espanol from the Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. Sandoval pulled out due to an ear infection. Southpaw Agaton (16-1-3, 8 KOs) who defeated both Alejandro Barrera (25-1) and undefeated Ronald Montes (16-0) in 2014 steps in for Sandoval against unbeaten Ivan “The Terrible” Montero (17-0, 7 KOs).

The co-feature is a clash of unbeaten super featherweights as local favorite Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (17-0, 9 KOs) meets Willmank Cano (12-0-2, 3 KOs).

“Meserito” Rodriguez hits Tampa

WBC #12 contender and FECARBOX super flyweight champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (11-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico arrived safely in Tampa with his trainers Rodrigo and Gloria Mosquera in anticipation of his bout this Friday against former WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-2, 10 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida, at the traditional A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. The fight can be seen on “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford.”

Rodriguez who lives and trains in Los Angeles, California said upon arrival, “I feel very happy to be back in Florida, no excuses, I had the best training camp ever, want to personally thank WBC World Champion Leo Santa Cruz and former champion Brian Viloria for helping get ready for this fight. Lozano is a great fighter with punching power and I’m not taking him lightly.”

Doors open at 7:00 PM with the first bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US. Claro Sports will televised to all of Latin America. VIP Tables and tickets are already on sale by calling (813) 309-9991. The event is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Shea Bailey Promotions. The A La Carte Event Pavillion is located at 4050 Dana Shores Dr. in Tampa, FL, Tel: (813) 831-5390.

Shaw wins O’Kane-Johnson middleweight purse bid

There were two purse bids scheduled for IBF eliminators on Tuesday at IBF headquarters.

For the IBF middleweight eliminator between IBF #3 Eamonn O’Kane and IBF #4 Tureano Johnson, there was one bidder, Gary Shaw Productions. Shaw bid $12,500. He has 90 days to put the fight on.

For the jr. flyweight eliminator between IBF #4 Jonathan Taconing and #6 Saul Juarez, there were no bidders. The IBF will call for another purse bid.

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing launches monthly series

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and his promotional company, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing, have just announced a one-year deal to air a monthly boxing series on Latino Alternative Television (LATV). The telecasts will air on Friday nights starting at 7PM PST. LATV is available in 42 million homes across the USA and Puerto Rico. Commentators for the LATV series will be Rich Marotta, Fernando Paramo and Marcelino Avila Sosa.

LATV will televise Roy Jones Jr. Boxing’s next event scheduled to take place at the Fort McDowell Casino/ We-Ko-Pa Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 15. “Junior” NABF middleweight champion Louis Rose 12-2 will be defending his title against Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez 10-1 in the main event scheduled for 8 rounds.

Kiatniwat tops Lebron for WBA interim fly belt

By Robert Coster

18-year-old Thai phenom Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6 KOs) won the vacant WBA interim Flyweight title with a twelve round majority decision over Dominican Gregorio Lebron (13-3, 11 KOs) in Loei Thailand. The fight was a non-stop war and the difference that tilted the verdict in Kiatniwat’s favor were knockdowns he scored in the first and tenth rounds that over the brave Lebron. The underdog Dominican boxer proved to be a formidable foe being the constant aggressor from rounds two to nine. The visitor had Kiatniwat badly hurt in the fifth round but was unable to close the show.

At the end of the slugfest, judge Raul Caiz Jr saw it 113-113 while judge Takeshi Shimikawa had it 116-112 for Kiatniwat as did judge Byun Moo Kim who scored a totally off-the-mark 117-109. Lebron’s manager Belgica Pena protested the decision saying that the two Asian judges showed bias in favor of the Thai boxer. “I believe the third judge should have been neutral – American Canadian or a European. This said we are willing to return to Thailand for a rematch with Kiatniwat.”

Mares, Santa Cruz WBC 30 day weigh-in Results

WBC super bantamweight champion, Leo Santa Cruz, and the three times former world titleholder Abner Mares both passed the WBC mandated 30 day pre-weigh-in with flying colors prior to their clash on August 29th at the Staples Center of Los Angeles, California. Mares was 133.8 lbs. While Santa Cruz was 132 lbs.

Kondo stops bloodied IBF #10 Patomsuk in four

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat

By Joe Koizumi

Former Japanese lightweight champ Akihiro Kondo (22-6-1, 11 KOs), 140, decked an important victory when he halted IBF #10 junior welterweight Patomsuk Pathompthong (29-4-1, 18 KOs), 140, because of the Thailander’s bad bleeding at 1:55 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven skulled Thailander started well, but Kondo caught him with a solid right and had him rubbery-legged in the closing seconds of the opening session, when the home-towner bloodied him around the left optic with legal shots. The second and third saw Kondo take the initiative with more accurate and effective combinations to the still shaky opponent. Having Patomsuk examined by the ring physician time and again, the third man finally declared a halt to save such a gory contestant as Patomsuk midway in round four.

Promoter: Ichiriki Promotions.

Mora ready to press the action Saturday

Former 154lb world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) concedes that KO artist Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) will have the advantage in power when they meet for Jacobs’ WBA “regular” middleweight belt on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. But Mora is confident he can beat the 12:1 odds. “I just continue educating people about the sweet science and letting them know that power is not the number one aspect you need to be successful. It’s your agility, techniques, your defense, body shots, the strategy, it’s following that strategy.

“Like I said, I think he possesses everything that I don’t. But I have the experience. I think I take a better shot from experience with Danny and I think I follow my game plan more than Danny. A lot of boxers especially a lot of young athletic fighters they go out of their game plan and once they see that it’s not working. As a veteran, I know that it’s not working initially. Continue reading