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- Broadway Boxing back at Foxwoods June 3
- Full Report: N'Dam wins vacant WBA 160lb belt by controversial decision over 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Murata
- Full Report: Ken dethrones WBC 108lb champ Lopez
- Full Report: Higa stops Hernandez to win WBC 112lb belt
- Full Report: Tanaka defeats Acosta to keep WBO 108lb belt
- The 12th Round
- Mike Perez returning as a cruiserweight
- Opening Cocktail party at IBF 34th convention
- Bacerra beats Martinez in Palm Springs
- Wilson rolls through Reyna in one
- Vargas wins in Colombia homecoming
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On Saturday, June 3, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest exciting installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. The card will feature a bevy of New England talent, including fan favorite Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (19-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round special attraction featherweight bout, as well as lightweight Matt Remillard (24-1, 13 KOs) on the comeback and welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams (6-0, 4 KOs) on the rise.
Full Report: N’Dam wins vacant WBA 160lb belt by controversial decision over 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Murata
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Cameroon-born Frenchman Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (36-2, 21 KOs), 159.5, barely acquired the vacant WBA middleweight belt as he was awarded a controversial split decision over previously undefeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (12-1, 9 KOs), 159.5, over twelve rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Gustavo Padilla (Panama) 116-111, Hubert Earl (Canada) 115-112, both for N’Dam, and Raul Caiz Sr. (US) 117-110 for Murata. The referee was Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico).
Murata connected with a beautiful right counter, dropping N’Dam to the deck in the closing seconds of the fourth round. N’Dam kept moving to-and-fro to avert Murata’s stronger punches, though occasionally losing his equilibrium.
After the completion of the contest, all the audience, as well as nationwide TV watchers, believed in Murata’s coronation, but their hot expectations turned into bitter disappointment. Murata looked more a winner than a loser to the eyes of the crowd that was greatly embarrassed at the verdict. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Shiro Ken (10-0, 5 KOs), 107.75, wrested the WBC light-flyweight belt as he defeated defending champ Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs), 107.75, Mexico, by a hairline majority decision on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Alan Krebs, Mario Di Fiore (both US) both scored 115-113 for the Japanese challenger, and Jack Woodburn (Canada) 114-114. The referee was Len Koivisto (Canada).
Now Japan has swept all the four world belts of major sanctioning bodies in the 108-pound category—along with WBA titlist Ryoichi Taguchi, IBF ruler Akira Yaegashi and WBO titleholder Kosei Tanaka. Shiro is the son of former OPBF light-heavyweight champ in 1990’s, 6’4” Hisashi Teraji (20-1-3, 11 KOs with his sole defeat inflicted by future world middleweight champ Shinji Takehara in 1992). The newly crowned Shiro is just a 5’5” youngster at 25. His real name is Kenshiro Teraji, but his nom-de-guerre is Shiro Ken based on a hero of popular boxing comic strip. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa (13-0, 13 KOs), 112, captured the WBC flyweight belt when he scored a very fine TKO victory over overweight ex-champ Juan Hernandez (36-4, 26 KOs), 112.5, at 2:58 of the sixth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Higa, handled by former WBA 108-pound titleholder Yoko Gushiken, had the Mexican on the deck each once in the second and fifth rounds and four more times in the fatal sixth session—six times in total.
Hernandez lost his belt on the scale, having weighed in only half a pound over the 112-pound flyweight limit. The former champ shamefully gave up his effort in just forty minutes though given two hours to reduce more, and abruptly drank Coke to stun people around him.
In Japan, being overweight is a very shameful crime as professional boxer since making weight is the very fundamental and essential condition to fight in the boxing game. Probably Hernandez conserved energy to fight on the next day rather than consume his energy to reduce weight. Such an act is the awful challenge to the weight category system. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten WBO junior flyweight champ Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5 KOs), 107.75, Japan, impressively kept his belt as he dropped previously unblemished KO artist, mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (16-1, 16 KOs), 108, Puerto Rico, in the fifth session, controlled the action with better precision and pounded out a unanimous decision (117-110 twice, 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Nagoya, Japan. It’s a very hot non-stop punching fight by the hard-hitting youngsters.
Paul Jerome Jakubuco (US), Javier Alvarez (US) both tallied 117-110, and Giustino Di Giovanni (Italy) had it 116-111, all in favor of the defending champ Kosei. Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain) refereed.
Tanaka, a 22-year-old enfant terrible, already accomplished a remarkable achievement in winning a second world belt in his only eighth pro bout—along with Naoya Inoue (previous world record until Vasyl Lomachenko acquired the second belt in his seventh bout), and it was his initial defense of his second throne. He displayed remarkable improvement on the offense and the defense as well in admirably beating the dangerous challenger. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
A tragic car accident took the lives of two boxers this past week in Hermosillo Mexico. They were brothers. Former WBC silver champion David “Tornado” Sanchez and his brother Jonathan who had just challenged for the WBC Youth title. Our prayers go out to the Sanchez family, the boxing community of the world joins them in mourning.
This past weekend was one of the most active ones in a long time. There were major boxing cards in Tokyo Japan, UK, NY City, Maryland, Texas, just to name a few.
The WBC has 2 new champions from Japan as Daiko Higa knocked out Juan Hernandez in 6 to win the flyweight title and Ken Shiro dethroned Ganigan Lopez via majority decision. Japan has dominated Mexico in dramatic fashion in the past 2 years with 11 wins against only 3 by Mexican nationals. (more…)
Former heavyweight contender Mike Perez has made the move down to cruiserweight to reignite his career. Perez will meet Tommy McCarthy on June 10 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Ireland. For Perez, today marks two years to the day since his last contest, a WBC world heavyweight title eliminator against Alexander Povetkin in Russia. McCarthy is looking to bounce back from missing out on the mandatory spot for the British title when he lost to Matty Askin in November.
In the headliner, unbeaten local talent Ryan Burnett challenges IBF world bantamweight champion Lee Haskins.
El choque del título de los pesos pesados del 3 de junio de la AMB entre Shannon Briggs y Fres Oquendo en Hollywood, la Florida, se dice podría ser cancelado después de que una prueba de la orina de Briggs reveló un nivel elevado de la testosterona. Una carta de la Asociación Voluntaria Anti-Doping (VADA) se filtró a ESPN la cual indicó que Briggs tenía casi el doble de la proporción de testosterona a epitestosterona, que se considera evidencia de un posible dopaje.
Por Boxing Bob Newman
¿Con qué frecuencia ha oído o incluso ha hecho el comentario, “El mundo es pequeño, ¿no?” Esa declaración no es más cierto que en el microcosmos del mundo del boxeo. Este escritor fue llego hace poco a Tampa y se dirigió a la vecina San Petersburgo para la convención IBF de esta semana.
Como el destino lo tendría, también lo fue todo el boxeo, Sean Gibbons. ¿A quién le importa? Cualquier persona que quiera saber más sobre las secuelas de la desgracia fea que transpiró al final de la pelea por el título mundial de peso mediano el pasado sábado entre el Venezolano José Uzcategui y el Estadounidense Andre Dirrell. Gibbons, agente de Uzcategui, fue lo suficientemente amable para llenar algunas de las lagunas durante el viaje a nuestro hotel hace unos momentos.
Para los que lo perdieron, una buena acción en la pelea había acontecido entre los dos combatientes, cuando el poder de los golpes de Uzcategui, aterrizó una combinación de tres puñetazos vicioso a la cabeza de Dirrell, lanzándole de cara a la lona y aparentemente fuera de combate. El problema era, que empezaba antes de la campana, el último golpe aterrizó después de la campana. Uzcategui había conseguido un golpe más tarde en la pelea, por lo que el árbitro Bill Clancy le había advertido.
Increíblemente, Dirrell, se puso de rodillas, aparentemente listo para levantarse, cuando se dejó caer sobre el ring, sus hombres de esquina le decían que se quedara abajo, Clancy declarando un DQ de Uzcategui y una victoria para Dirrell. Mientras más de una pelea se produjo fuera del ring, algo más criminal estaba a punto de desplegarse dentro del ring. Después de que Dirrell ya había pasado a la esquina de Uzcategui, audiblemente perdonando a su oponente, uno de Dirrell esquina, Leon Lawson, Jr. parecía estar listo para hacer lo mismo. Mientras hablaba con sus rivales de esquina, aparentemente con calma, Lawson soltó un puñetazo pulverizante de la izquierda, aplastando la mandíbula de un Uzcategui desprevenido, aturdido, pero de alguna manera no se cayo. Una derecha de seguimiento se perdió y todo el infierno se soltó en el ring. Increíblemente, en todo el caos, Lawson Jr. escapó del ring y del edificio.
Una orden de arresto ha sido emitida por el tribunal de distrito del Condado de Prince George, Maryland. Uzcategui fue conducido por la seguridad de MGM a su camerino, donde comenzó a quejarse de sentirse mareado y enfermo. Lo trasladaron en ambulancia a Medstar Trauma Center donde fue evaluado y dado de alta. Él y su equipo se trasladarán a Tijuana, México, la actual residencia del nacional venezolano.
Se prevé que Gibbons tendrá algo que decir sobre el asunto mientras se dirige a la FIB durante la convención esta semana.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF kicked off its 34th annual convention in style with a poolside cocktail party this evening at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, in St. Petersburg, FL. As the sun slowly set and temperatures hovered in the low 80s, guests caught up with one another as family members do at a reunion, while partaking in assorted beverages and hors ‘d oeuvres. Several champs of the past attended as well, including Marvin Camel, James Warring, James “Buddy” McGirt, Carolina Duer, Philip Holiday and Jennifer Han.
Tomorrow will see guests enjoying a boat tour in the morning followed by the “Meet the Champs” event in the evening. Meetings and seminars will commence on Tuesday and continue through the remainder of the week.
By David Robinett at ringside
Liveco Boxing returned to Palm Springs, California with its second Boxing Gala at the Renaissance Hotel on Saturday night. In the main event, super lightweight Max Bacerra (12-2-2, 7 KOs) cruised to an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Martin Angel Martinez (17-11-1, 11 KOs) by a score of 79-71 on all three scorecards. Bacerra used his long, rangy style to effectively box Martinez early, using his jab and right hand to land on Martinez, who was content to keep some distance and fight off his back foot with a defensive jab. If there was one thing Bacerra could have done better in the opening rounds it would have been to land some combinations off the jab rather than rely on one punch at a time. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Carsen Maciag
In front of a raucous southern Oregon fight crowd, unbeaten cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (17-0, 8 KOs) claimed his seventeenth win on Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, stopping Corpus Christi, Texas’ Ernest Reyna (8-4, 4 KOs) in the main event of the White Delight Promotions card. Wilson hurt Reyna early in the first and went on to drop him twice before the referee stepped in and called it. (more…)
WBA #14 world ranked welterweight Samuel Vargas(27-3-1, 14 KOs) made his long awaiting return to Colombia Saturday night in the city of Medellin. It was his first time fighting in his native Colombia. Vargas was born in Colombia but has resided and fought out of Toronto, Canada for the better part of his professional boxing career. The show was promoted by Toronto, Canada-based promoter Lee Baxter (Lee Baxter Promotions). Vargas took on former world title challenger Marco Avendano (30-11-1, 22 KOs) of Venezuela. It was a workmanlike performance by Vargas who took his time and wore Avendano down with his rapid workrate to the head and body. Avendano did not answer the bell for round 5. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Below is all new video of Manny Pacquiao’s speedbag workout taken by Aussie boxing journalist Grantlee Kieza.
The June 3 WBA heavyweight title clash between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo in Hollywood, Florida, is reportedly off after a Briggs urine test revealed an elevated testosterone level. A letter from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) leaked to ESPN indicated Briggs had nearly double the allowable testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio, which is considered evidence of possible doping. More details to come.
By Boxing Bob Newman
How often have you heard or even made the comment, “Small world, isn’t it?” That statement isn’t any more true than in the microcosm of the boxing world. This writer was deplaning in Tampa just an hour ago, headed to neighboring St. Petersburg for this week’s IBF convention.
As fate would have it, so too was boxing’s everyman, Sean Gibbons. Who cares you might ask? Anyone who wants to know more on the aftermath of the ugly debacle that transpired at the end of the IBF Interim Super Middleweight title clash last night between Jose Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell. Gibbons, Uzcategui’s agent, was kind enough to fill in some of the gaps during the ride to our hotel just moments ago.
For those that missed it, a pretty good scrap was being had between the two combatants, when power punching Uzcategui, landed a vicious three punch combination to the head of Dirrell, pitching him face first to the canvas, and seemingly out. The problem was, despite the combo starting before the bell, the last punch landed after the bell. Uzcategui had landed a more tardy punch earlier in the fight, for which referee Bill Clancy had warned him. (more…)
Por Joe Koizumi
El Invicto campeón Japones Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) se anotó la quinta defensa de su cinturón de la OMB de las 115 libras con gran facilidad como hizo un trabajo fácil sobre retador obligatorio Ricardo Rodríguez (16-4, 5 KOs) superándolo a los 1:08 minutos del tercer round el domingo en Tokio, Japón. Inoue supero en todo el trayecto al ciudadano estadounidense de origen mexicano con un gancho de izquierda en contra por segunda en el round final y Rodríguez no pudo vencer al conteo del árbitro Ramón Pena de Puerto Rico. Naoya parecía demasiado fuerte y rápido para Rodríguez.
Por Joe Koizumi
El guerrero Filipino, campeón interino de la FIB de peso mosca junior, Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs) de forma muy impresionante unificó los cinturones de la FIB al vencer al campeón Japonés de la FIB Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13 KOs)y se anotó una victoria impresionante por TKO en 2:45 del primer round el domingo en Tokio, Japón.
Era tan sorprendente que Yaegashi, bien conocido por su durabilidad sufrió tan rápidamente una derrota impactante en la mano del batallador filipino que no es considerado como duro pegador. A mitad de camino en en el primer round Milando conectó con un gancho de izquierda bien sincronizado, que tenía los Japoneses al borde de los asientos. Aunque no pareció tan dañino un derribo, Melindo repitió un mismo gancho de izquierda al todavía inestable Yaegashi, poniéndolo de nuevo mal. El campeón japonés, que hizo su tercera defensa, se enfrentó de manera imprudente de pies a cabeza y absorbió una sólida combinación izquierda-derecha, cayendo a la lona por tercera vez en el primer round. El Árbitro Eddie Hernández (Estados Unidos) no dudó en detener la pelea para que Yaegashi no sufriera un nuevo castigo.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs), 115, scored the fifth defense of his WBO 115-pound belt with great ease as he made a short work of mandatory challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs), 114.5, knocking him out at 1:08 of the third round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue decked the Mexican-born US citizen with a countering left hook for the second time of the fatal round, and Rodriguez couldn’t beat the count of referee Ramon Pena from Puerto Rico. Naoya looked too strong and fast for the apparently overmatched Ricardo. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Filipino warrior, IBF interim junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs), 107.75, very impressively unified the IBF belts as he dropped IBF full titlist Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13 KOs), 107.75, Japan, three times in succession and scored a stunning TKO victory at 2:45 of the opening session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was so surprising that Yaegashi, well-known by his durability and gameness, so quickly suffered a shocking defeat at the hand of the Filipino battler who wasn’t regarded as a hard-puncher. Midway in the first round Milando connected with a well-timed left hook, which had the Japanese down on the seat of trunks. It didn’t look so damaging a knockdown, but Milando repeated a same left hook to the still unstable Yaegashi, flooring him again. The Japanese champ, making his third defense, recklessly fought back toe-to-toe and absorbed a solid left-right combination, badly hitting the deck for the third time in the first session. Referee Eddie Hernandez (US) didn’t hesitate to call a halt to save the loser from further punishment.
The judges were Willam Lerch (US), Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines) and Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan), who didn’t tally even a round. Anything can happen in the ring, but Yaegashi’s quick humiliation by Milando wasn’t expected by any of the spectators at Ariake Colosseum.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
IBF supervisor: Ben Keilty (Australia).