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The #1 rated boxing program on Spanish television, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford,” will kick off its fall season this Friday from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event is a “civil war” between national champions Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) and Emanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (18-5-2, 12 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the series favorite Hernandez’ Mexican national super bantamweight at stake. Hernandez is a former WBO interim champion and making his 12th appearance on the program. He’s currently ranked in the world #5 WBO, #5 WBC, and #10 WBA. Dominguez will be making his series’ main event debut. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
ARAKAWA KEEPS JAPANESE 135LB BELT
September 24, 2016
Japanese southpaw veteran Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17 KOs), 134.5, kept his national lightweight belt by diposing of overmatched Yusuke Tsukada (8-6, 3 KOs) at 2:14 of the sixth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Akakawa, making his initial defense, sent him to the deck with southpaw lefts three times prior to a well-received stoppage.
By Karl Freitag
Newly crowned WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares needed to win the last three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards to dethrone reigning titleholder Anthony Crolla on Saturday night in Manchester, England. At the end of nine rounds, judges John Keane and Fernando Barbosa had Crolla ahead 87-85 and 86-85 respectively. Judge Guillermo Pineda had it 87-84 for Linares. Had Crolla won even one of the last three rounds, he would have retained his title with a draw.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Gonzalez dropped Yamamoto with a crushing left hook in round one and Yamamoto was unable to continue. Time was 2:59. The hard-punching Gonzalez is currently rated #4 by the WBC at featherweight.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Longtime light flyweight king Donnie Nietes made his flyweight debut in style, shutting out fellow former light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa in the main event from StubHub Center in Carson, California. All three judges scored the bout 120-108.
Nietes, (39-1-4, 22 KOs), who also ran his unbeaten streak to an incredible twelve years, put on a boxing masterclass, blocking or sidestepping nearly everything thrown by Sosa, while countering superbly with a diversity of punches, including left uppercuts and straight right hands that repeatedly hurt or wobbled Sosa. Sosa, (52-10, 30 KOs), who once defended his version of the light flyweight title ten times between 2007-2009, is admittedly past his prime and was simply too slow to catch the deceptively slick Nietes, and his reflexes too worn to avoid getting countered from all angles. (more…)
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (26-5, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Prosper Ankrah (24-9, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the LA Badminton Club in El Monte, California. A Ramos combination laid out Ankrah for the count. Time was 2:29.
In the co-feature, welterweight Gaku Takahashi (15-6-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Kim Poulsen (27-4, 7 KOs). Southpaw Takahashi dropped Poulson with a crushing shot to the jaw at the end of round two and Poulson wasn’t allowed to continue in round three due to a possible broken jaw.
In a clash of unbeaten super welterweights, Main Events prospect Madiyar Ashkeyev (6-0, 3 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Martez Jackson (3-1-2, 2 KOs). Ashkeyev was deducted a point for a low blow in round four, but he made up the point by dropping Jackson in round five. Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
One of the Philippines’ best young fighters, 21-year-old Mark Magsayo, got a chance to showcase himself, probably a few rounds longer than necessary, easily besting the game but overmatched Ramiro Robles over twelve rounds to retain the WBO International title on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson California. Unanimous decision scores for Magsayo were 118-108, 119-107, 120-106.
Robles, (13-6-1, 8 KOs), a late replacement for original opponent Ruben Garcia, won the respect of the crowd by not quitting despite a sustained beating by WBO #8 rated Magsayo, (15-0, 11 KOs), but offered little else in terms of resistance or drama. Magsayo knocked Robles down with a right hook to the head in round two, and in nearly every other round punished Robles relentlessly to the body, particularly with the right hand. The right hook to the body dropped Robles in round seven, and almost again in round eight, when Robles doubled over but stayed off the canvas after yet another digging right hook. To his credit though Robles kept coming forward, although the last three or four rounds was more sparring session than competitive fight after Magsayo eased off the gas. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has commented on current WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury pulling out of their rematch for the second straight time. Fury’s reason was an undisclosed medical condition, rumored to be mental heath issues.
Wladimir Klitschko Statement: As you already know, the October 29 revenge against Fury is cancelled due to whatever issue Fury has this time. Screw it, I will move forward and will keep you posted when and against whom my next fight is going to be staged. I will rely on information from the sanctioning bodies, how they will move on with the titles that Fury currently has.
Message to my fans. pic.twitter.com/wqHvcJpgnS
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) September 24, 2016
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Three-division world champion and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) won an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Crolla’s backyard of Manchester, England. Linares was sharp early on. Crolla started applying intense pressure as the bout progressed. Referee Terry O’Connor disrupted Linares’ excellent body work several times for questionable low blows. Crolla cut Linares with a big right hand in round five. Linares rocked Crolla in round six. Close rounds after that with Crolla bringing the heat and Linares sharpshooting. Linares seemed to get his second wind in round ten and landed crisp, clean shots over the last three rounds to win 115-114, 117-111, 115-113.
After the fight, Linares stated he injured his right hand in round six. He offered to come back to England for a rematch with Crolla and said the win fulfilled a promise he made to the late WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Sr., who passed away earlier this year. (more…)
Middleweight Jack Arnfield (21-2, 5 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over John Ryder (23-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom. The scores were 117-114, 118-110 and 115-114.
Undefeated light heavyweight Callum Johnson (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Willbeforce Shihepo (23-9, 17 KOs). In round five the referee docked one point from Shihepo for holding. In round seven Johnson landed a powerful body shot that sent Shihepo to the canvas. In round nine Johnson landed a colossal right hand, knocking out Shihepo.
Son of former champion Nigel Benn, Conor Benn (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a sixth round decision over Ross Jameson (1-2). The score was 60-55.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Hosea Burton (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round KO over Fernando Castaneda (24-11, 15 KOs). Burton dropped Castaneda twice in round three, the second time the referee stopped the fight.
By Robert Coster
Former two-division WBA champion Javier Fortuna returned to ring action with a two round blowout of fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera. The jr lightweight contest was a disappointing mismatch with Fortuna (30-1-1, 21 KOs) decking Cabrera (22-1, 10 KOs) twice in the second round and forcing the referee to halt the uneven affair. Cabrera stepped into the ring with an unbeaten record over negligible opposition and proved to be way out of his league with the former world champion.
In a co-feature bout, rising jr middleweight Jeison Rosario (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped Carlos Jairo Cruz (17-1, 10 KOs) in 2 rounds. Again, a case of a good boxer exposing one with a padded record. The card was held at the Sambil Commercial Center in Santo Domingo and promoted by Cesar (Manguita) Mercedes.
WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is a -180 favorite to defeat WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares, who is a three-division world champion. The bout is taking place in Crolla’s backyard on Manchester, England. Linares backers can get +158.
In other notable fights today, former world champion Donnie Nietes is a 40:1 favorite to defeat Edgar Sosa in Carson, California, and Jhonny Gonzalez is a whopping 85:1 pick to beat Hirotsugu Yamamoto in the Mexican resort town of Cancun.
Eddie Hearn, promoter of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, has named IBF and WBO #1 rated Joseph Parker as Joshua’s likely challenger on November 26 at the O2 Arena in London.
“Joseph Parker looks like he will be the man,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Obviously he’s fighting Dimitrenko next Saturday. All being well, I think Joseph Parker will be the guy for November 26. We’ve got a few things to tie up, but their team are relatively easy to work with. We don’t have a deal in place, but we have the basis of a deal in place that I think can work for everybody.”
After coming out flat footed and suffering a first round knockdown because of it, Carlos Carlson shifted into overdrive in rounds two and three to claim the vacant NABF 118-pound Championship Friday night from the sold-out Doubletree Ontario. (more…)
Unbeaten featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over veteran Raul Hirales (22-6-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. It looked like it might be a short night when Diaz dropped Hirales in round one, But Hirales forced Diaz to go the full eight. Scores were 80-71, 77-73, 79-72.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodríguez (14-0, 10 KOs) had a tougher time than expected against journeyman Claudionel Lacerda (17-16-1, 12 KOs). Rodriguez recovered from a first round knockdown to win by scores of 78-72, 78-72, 77-73. Lacerda was deducted a point for holding.
In a shocker, Filipino featherweight John Gemino (15-7-1, 6 KOs) scores a first round KO over previously unbeaten Toka Kahn Clary (19-1, 13 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Sammy Valentin (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Gledwin Ortiz (4-2, 3 KOs). After Valentin dropped Ortiz in round three, Ortiz was deemed unable to continue. Time was 2:29.
Unbeaten featherweight Jean Carlos “Chapito” Rivera (8-0, 5 KOs) was victorious when Raul Chirino (7-3, 3 KOs) didn’t come out for round three.
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (22-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over previously undefeated Travis Peterkin (16-1-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Kalajdzic dropped Peterkin twice in round five before the bout was stopped. Time was 1:32. Dominant performance for Kalajdzic.
In a clash of unbeaten junior lightweights, KO artist Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3 KOs). Baranchyk pressed the action and outworked Zhimin, but never came close to getting an early stoppage. Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90.
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Trey Lippe Morrison (12-0, 12 KOs), the son of the late former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, lived up to his dad’s legacy with a first round TKO over Roc Nation prospect Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (13-1, 7 KOs). Latimore had a good first minute, but was then dropped by a Morrison right hand. Morrison then dropped Latimore again with a left hand and got the stoppage after punishing Latimore further. Time was 2:19. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Mike Wilson 194.2 vs. Armando Ancona 194.4
Marcelino Pineda 144.3 vs. Gabriel Pineda 147.4
Enrique Gallegos 161 vs. Josh Solis 163.3
Victor Morales, Jr. 124.8 vs. Felipe Medina 124.9
Brandon Maddox 165 vs. Rafael Valencia 168
Rafael Busuioe 130 vs. Jose Cabrera, Jr. 129.1
Alberto Rivas 192.7 vs. Randy Rogers 193.5
Venue: Jackson County Expo, Central Point, Oregon
Promoter: White Delight Promotions
Donnie Nietes 112 vs. Edgar Sosa 111.5
Mark Magsayo 125 vs. Ramiro Robles 125.5
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Ala Promotions
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA), Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Jhonny Gonzalez 130 vs Hirotsugu Yamamoto 130
WBC international silver super featherweight
Diego Cruz 140.9 vs Ivan Cano 139.9
Lourdes Juárez 109.1 vs Yesenia Gomez 108
Venue: Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being declared “medically unfit.” It’s the second time Fury has pulled out of the fight, the first time Fury cited an ankle injury. Fury missed the recent kickoff press conference announcing the fight, claiming his car broke down. Fury is also facing a UK anti-doping probe.
Team Fury Statement: It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that the World Heavyweight Championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, scheduled to take place on the 29th October 2016 at the Manchester Arena, will not be going ahead.
Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery. (more…)
WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and multi-division champ Jorge Linares will put their belts on the line tomorrow night at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports and AWE TV.
Anthony Crolla: “I never stopped believing but it’s been a mad ride. If someone had said a few years ago that this night was going to happen, I might not have believed them, it’s a ride I’ve enjoyed every minute of.
“I have to pull out another career-best performance again. Anything less is not going to be enough. He’s the best fighter that I’ve shared the ring with and you only have to look at his record to know the level he’s operated at for a long time and see how big a task it is. I bring something different to the table that he’s seen before and I believe I’ll have too much for him. (more…)
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing
WBA lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) both made weight for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Crolla weighed in at 134.3 lbs., while Linares was 134.2 lbs. The bout will be televised by Sky Sports in the UK, and AWE in the USA. The Crolla-Linares winner must face current WBC champion Dejann Zlaticanin next.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA/ IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com® about the upcoming Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green mega fight in Australia later in 2016. Geale says Green should be too strong for “The Man” in a bout that will not be attractive because both boxers are past their best. In 2006, Mundine clearly defeated Green in a super middleweight fight that had over a 30,000 live gate in Sydney. No date or venue yet, but they have agreed to fight at 83kg (183lbs). There is a strong rumour that the fight will land in Melbourne.
Travis Peterkin 175 vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic 175.5
Ivan Baranchyk 139.75 vs. Zhimin Wang 139.5
Trey Lippe Morrison 221.5 vs. Ed Latimore 219
Ivan Golub 146.5 vs. James Stevenson 146
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma
Promoter: Tony Holden
Christopher Diaz 126 vs. Raul Hirales 125.6
Julian Rodriguez 143.8 vs. Claudinei Lacerda 144
Toka Kahn Clary 127.4 vs. Jhon Gemino 126.6
Sammy Valentin 146 vs. Gledwin Ortiz 147.7
Jean Carlos Rivera 129.6 vs. Raul Chirino 130.6
Nestor Bravo 134.8 vs. Sergio Gomez 134.6
Jonathan Irizarry 131.2 vs. Tomas Nolasco 130.2
Venue: Osceola Heritage Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
Carlos Carlson 117.4 vs. Alex Rangel 117.3
Erick Ituarte 127.8 vs. Alberto Mora 128.2
Manuel Mendez 138 vs. Erick Martinez 137.5
Ruben Villa 125.2 vs. Jose Mora 122.3
Danny Andujo 115.3 vs. Cesar Guzman 114.4
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Estimated PPV buys: Around 300,000
Live Attendance: 51,240
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) September 22, 2016
IBF female featherweight champion Jennifer Han of El Paso will defend her world title against mandatory challenger, Lilian Martinez, of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday, October 15th, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.
For Han, it will be the second defense of her title. She last defended it successfully on April 29, 2016 at the Southwestern University Ballpark, where she drew over 5,000 fans. For Han, it’s back to business and making El Paso fight fans proud. (more…)
Young undefeated light heavyweight Anthony Sims Jr. of Indianapolis has signed a promotional contract with world-renowned Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King. The 21-year-old Sims has a professional record of 12-0 record with 11 knockouts. He’s a former #1-ranked United States amateur and earned a bronze medal at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials at the age of 17, becoming the youngest U.S. light heavyweight in the history of USA boxing to capture a medal at the Olympic Trials.
“I’m excited to sign with the legendary Don King, a true icon and a trailblazer who has promoted dozens of the biggest stars in boxing over the last 50 years, set box office and pay-per-view records, and promoted fights all over the world, including some of the most memorable fights of all time,” Sims said. “I believe Don is perfectly suited to guide my career and give me the opportunities and platform to become a world champion and realize my dreams. I can’t wait to fight under the DKP banner.” (more…)
Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) will return to the United States on November 19 to face light heavyweight prospect and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs). This will be a ten round bout and part of the Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” pay-per-view telecast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be presented by Main Events in association with Top Rank. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Ricardo Ibarra
This Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon, homegrown cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 9 KOs) will look to add another win to his unblemished record, taking on Ohio’s Armando Ancona (8-4-2, 5 KO’s) in the main event of White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 5”
Wilson was originally scheduled to take on journeyman Damon Reed, but after the state commission rejected Reed as an opponent, Ancona Stepped in to take his place.
“I thought Damon Reed was going to be a good test,” said Wilson. “He’s been in there with the best and we were looking forward to seeing how we matched up to him, but that’s just the way it goes. Now we have Ancona and he’s a solid opponent. He’s fought some tough guys, and he’s a left hander with a good jab and knows how to move around the ring. He’s a well rounded guy. I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table.” (more…)
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and multi-division champ Jorge Linares faced off at the final press conference in Manchester, UK, for their WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight world title clash at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Anthony Crolla: Saturday night beating Jorge will turn me into a superstar. When the bell goes, those belts will be staying in Manchester!
Jorge Linares: “Ismael Barroso is a very good fighter but he made a big mistake in the fight. He came out too strong and too fast and too aggressive, trying to KO Anthony, and when you are at this level, you cannot go looking for the KO because when you do that, you end up receiving the KO, and that’s what happened.
“Anthony worked to fight for 12 rounds but Ismael didn’t. He came rushing out and Anthony absorbed the early attack and imposed himself on Ismael and won the fight in style. The difference is that I prepare to go the distance and that’s what you need to do at this level. (more…)
Former world champion Paul Butler (21-1 12 KOs) makes his return to the ring when he fights over ten rounds on October 22, live on BoxNation.
“Just being around the lads in the gym and seeing the big fights that they’re involved in is good to be around and it gives you a real push. I’ve known most of the guys in the gym since I was an amateur. Working alongside them and watching them train is good, you pick up new things such as different shot selections every day.
“It has been a frustrating few months for me but that’s boxing for you. I’m buzzing to get back out and I can’t wait to get back in there and put a show on and push on towards another world title at bantamweight. I believe all of the Bantamweight world title holders are there for the beating; especially Haskins.
“I’m just eager to get out there, get a win and push on for another world title. I’d box for a world title on the 22nd October if I was given the opportunity. I don’t get ring rust or anything like that. I believe I’ll have one or two fights and then I’ll be back in there for a world title fight.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) has responded to comments made by Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) prior to their showdown on October 1 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. Dimitrenko stated that in his opinion Carlos Takam defeated Parker earlier in their IBF elimination contest last May. “If the fight was in France then the fight would have gone to Takam,” said the 6’7 Ukrainian.
Parker’s response? “The Takam fight was a hard fight, it was a close fight. But our team knew that we won. For him to say that, I don’t like it. With boxing, people should respect each other. He didn’t say that to my face, maybe saying it gives confidence to himself. I will tell him to be more respectful and to respect me in my country.”
Parker is coming off a four round stoppage of Solomon Haumono in July and Dimitrenko is coming off an eight round decision victory over Drazan Janjanin in Germany last January.
WBA #3 rated lightweight contender Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. and NABA lightweight beltholder Petr “Zar” Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) of Ryazan, Russia, hosted a media workout in Los Angeles Wednesday, ahead of their WBA lightweight world title eliminator on September 30 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
Michael Perez: “I’ve been training with Robert Garcia for two and a half years now, and I’ve seen the results. Under his guidance, I have been able to win the NABO Lightweight Title, and now we get to work hard for the WBA title eliminator. This is a huge fight, and both my opponent and I are going in heavy, I’ve got to win — and my training with Garcia is a reflection of that. I’m stronger and more confident, now more than ever.”
Petr Petrov: “This is one of the best camps I’ve had in my career. I started with part of my training camp in Madrid with my brother Vlad and out here the last two months with my trainer Danny Zamora and my strength trainer Jerry Arios helping me prepare for this fight. I’ve been feeling very strong. It’s been easy for me to make my weight, and my body has been good at this weight class.”
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