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Andre Ward took questions from reporters in advance of his November 19th showdown with Sergey Kovalev at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.
How does this fight compare to some of your other big fights in terms of how you’re mentally approaching it?
Mentally it’s honestly the same to me. Obviously, there’s a lot at stake and it’s a different challenge moving up in weight, pay-per-view, all of those things make it a little bit different. Whether it’s Alexander Brand or Sergey Kovalev I approach every situation the same way. I wouldn’t be able to get to this level and stay at this level if I checked in and checked out. It’s the same dedication and it’s the same work. For me it’s about trying to be the best in sport where there’s little room for error. I understand that every time I step into the ring and leads to me making sure I prepare accordingly. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer / Jam Media
Zanfer Promotions has announced that former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr will return on December 10 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Chávez Jr (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will take on Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout.
Newly crowned World Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, (10-0, 9 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine will make his highly anticipated United States debut in his first title defense against world ranked contender Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu, (17-2, 11 KOs) of South Africa on Saturday, December 17 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, CA and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The Usyk-Mchunu 12-round clash is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events and will open the HBO telecast headlined by the light heavyweight clash between Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins, (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and hard-hitting contender Joe Smith Jr., (21-1 18 KOs) and a 10-round co-main event between Joseph Diaz Jr. and Horacio Garcia who will clash for the NABF Featherweight Title.
By Jim Jenkins, courtesy The Sacramento Bee
Vallejo light heavyweight Ryan Bourland won his first fight with Mexico’s Gilberto Rubio but wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome. So Friday night at Sacramento’s suburban Doubletree Hotel, Bourland (10-1), in an eight-round rematch serving as the main event, will seek a more decisive victory against Rubio (6-3) than their battle in July when he rallied from a first-round knockdown to win a split decision.
The Nasser Navaronii promoted card is a rarity in California’s capital city, once one of the state’s busiest boxing centers but now missing ring stars to follow in the footsteps of former world champions Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza, Willie Jorrin and Bobby Chacon. (more…)
Luis Ortiz says he’ll rule the Heavyweight division in 2017 as he prepares to take on Malik Scott in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.
Ortiz is one of the most feared fighters on the planet and has blasted away 22 of his 25 opponents inside the distance, with the vicious Cuban’s last two outings underlining his fearsome reputation as dismissed Bryant Jennings in seven rounds to land the interim WBA crown in December and then destroyed Tony Thompson in six rounds in March.
‘King Kong’ is hunting down World honours and makes his European debut against Scott his first fight under the Matchroom banner and the 37 year old monster revealed his excitement at his upcoming schedule. (more…)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
The final press conference took place for Saturday’s European light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mehdi Amar and two-time world super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.
Mehdi Amar: “I don’t care where the ring is – in Paris, Berlin, Marseille or Magdeburg. In the ring, I always have a home game. It’s my living room when I climb in the ring. I’m here to win, just like Robert. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at full throttle in order to win. My fight motto is ‘victory or death!'”
Robert Stieglitz: “Amar can bring everything in the ring, but he has no special or particular strengths. His balance of skills make him strong. The City of Magdeburg is behind me – you can feel it! The mood in the “Lion’s Den,” GETEC Arena, is great. My anticipation is huge. In addition, I’m already on-weight, without any hassles. I’m not finished with boxing. No problems sparring. Some great boxers have had the European title, I want to belong to this group, so, I’ll get the European belt to Magdeburg and back in Germany. It belongs here.”
By Victor Lee
Photos: Eun-Sang Cho
In boxing, as in any other art, it is fascinating to consider how one artist influences another. In some cases the influences are immediately apparent—in others, they are not as easily discerned. One need look no further than the second nom de guerre of South Korea’s only world-ranked professional boxer, IBF #13 Ye-Joon Kim (14-1-2, 7 KOs), to find his fistic inspirations: “Pacquiweather.”
Indeed the 24-year-old Kim seems as much to have grown out of his first ring name—“Troublemaker”—as he is growing into the second. This spelled bad luck for tonight’s challenger, who has an apt moniker of his own: Yuki “Strong” Kobayashi (10-5, 5 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. (more…)
Malik Scott says that his best years are still to come – and he’ll prove that by handing a first loss to dangerous Heavyweight Luis Ortiz when they clash in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.
American star Scott recorded impressive back-to-back wins over Alex Leapai and Tony Thompson in his last two outings to get in the frame for a big-time outing, bouncing back from a first round loss to Deontay Wilder back in March 2014.
Ortiz has been dubbed the most avoided Heavyweight on the planet, but Scott insists that this is a fight he’s wanted and the Philadelphian believes that beating Ortiz can be the springboard to him winning World titles, not ‘King Kong’ Ortiz. (more…)
Don’t expect the same boring fight if Manny Pacquiao gets his rematch with Floyd Mayweather — so says Manny’s promoter, Bob Arum, who says his guy is a BETTER FIGHTER than he was last year. We saw Bob out in L.A. Monday night — and he explained why he’s extremely confident MayPac2 will actually happen … and when it does, Floyd’s gonna be in some real trouble in the ring.
“I think Manny looks, really, a lot better now,” Arum said. “I think this time I give my guy Pacquiao a hell of a lot better chance.”
Arum also says the rematch could be the SECOND biggest PPV fight of all time … right behind the first time they faced off.
No sooner had boxing superhero Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world title for a third time — dethroning the younger and taller defending champion Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday in front of 16,321 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center — boxing’s only eight-division world champion jetted back to Manila in time to attend the first day of the Philippine Senate’s new session. Pacquiao has not missed one day of Senate activity since being sworn in, despite a grueling schedule that incorporated an intense training camp for his challenge of Vargas.
Upon entering the Senate chamber today, as a world champion, carrying his new world title belt, Senator Pacquiao was lauded by his colleagues. The Senate passed a resolution commending Pacquiao’s discipline to effectively serve the citizens of the Philippines while training for his world championship challenge in his ring return against Vargas, both on a fulltime basis. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum is confident his fighter, WBO #3 heavyweight Andy Ruiz, will defeat WBO #1 Joseph Parker when they clash over twelve rounds for the vacant WBO championship in Auckland New Zealand on December 10. “I give my guy a helluva shot, particularly now he is being trained by Abel Sanchez,” said Arum. “Abel will get Ruiz in shape. Get him a game plan. The game plan will utilize the tremendous hand speed that Andy has. I haven’t seen a heavyweight with the hand speed of Andy since Muhammad Ali!”
— Newshub Sport (@NewshubSport) November 6, 2016
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by – Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
Samuel Vargas, 25-2-1, 13 KOs, is hard at work in Miami training for his big opportunity against two-division champion Danny Garcia, 32-0, 18 KOs, which scheduled for Saturday night in Philadelphia. Vargas was plucked from a list of potential foes and grabbed the chance to fight Garcia in the champion’s 10-round, non-title, homecoming bout at the Liacouras Center.
Vargas knows that a win against the undefeated Garcia would be a life-changer, and a chance to make his bones with boxing fans on one night. However, Vargas also knows that he is expected to come to North Philly to lose, and allow Garcia to keep his already-scheduled welterweight title unification fight with Keith Thurman on track for March 4, 2017.
But Vargas doesn’t plan to stick to the script.
“I’m going there to explode everyone’s plans and to make my name known,” Vargas said. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker will clash with WBO #3 Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10, it was confirmed today by Duco Events CEO Martin Snedden. The fight will cost about NZD $4 million (US $3 million).
It’s been a pretty rocky, volatile last few weeks,” Snedden said. “For us today it’s about in some ways putting a line in the sand…we’ve reached a point today where we can say this title fight is happening in Auckland, and let’s use the next 32 days before the fight to really enjoy the build up to this. There’s a hell of a lot to do, but we have utter confidence we can do things right.”
Super featherweight Stephen Smith believes WBA 130lb world champion Jason Sosa’s style is perfect for him to rip away the WBA world title when they clash in Monte Carlo on Saturday. Smith challenges for world honors for the second time in 2016 having travelled to Connecticut in April in an unsuccessful attempt against IBF king Jose Pedraza.
“This is chalk and cheese to the Pedraza fight,” said Smith. “Jose is a tall, distance fighter who moves a lot and switches, relies on his skills, and it was always going to be a cagey fight and one that I had to take the fight to him as he’s the champion and that’s how it played out.
“Sosa is short, strong, known as a big puncher, so I have got to force him into mistakes and use my skills to get him onto my shots. It’s a good fight and one that’s more suited to me, I prefer a style like Sosa than Pedraza. (more…)
Ringstar Sports chairman and CEO Richard Schaefer announced that he has signed 2016 U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas, along with his brother Jose, to promotional agreements. “I am very proud that they signed with Ringstar. Carlos was one of the most talked about U.S. Olympians. Jose also had an excellent amateur career. I believe both of them will be champions inside and outside of boxing.” Carlos – who fought as a lightweight in the Olympics – will fight at 130 pounds and Jose will debut at 118 pounds. Schaefer has tentative plans for the brothers to debut in February at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. *More to follow*
They’re not officially in negotiations, but Manny Pacquiao’s promoter tells TMZ Sports there’s a 75% chance of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. We spoke with Bob Arum — who says the two camps are on great terms. In fact, when Floyd sat ringside at Manny’s fight this weekend, it was all thanks to Team Pacquiao.
“Floyd called us and asked for tickets,” Arum says, “It’s a great sign. I’d love for the fight to happen. I’d make it 75% that it happens.”
Arum — who’s been in the fight game for decades — says he simply doesn’t believe Mayweather’s fighting days are over.
“Based on my experience, I feel like [Floyd’s] getting the itch to come back.”
We’ll see …
Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and WBA #2, WBC #3, WBO #3 contender John Molina Jr. will host a press conference on Thursday in the upstairs convention center (rooms 210-212) of CenturyLink Center Omaha to officially announce their 12-round world title fight. The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at Noon, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. CT. Fans should enter the grand hallway doors and take the elevator or escalator to the second floor.
Crawford vs. Molina will take place on Saturday, December 10, at CenturyLink Center Omaha. HBO will televise.
Photos: Emily Harney
Last Friday night’s 12th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Ceremony and Awards Dinner, held in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, was a major success by all standards. HBO “judge” and International Hall-of-Famer Harold Lederman served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
The Class of 2016 inductees are Stamford amateur coach/boxer Orlando Montalvo, Newington former ESPN boxing director Bob Yalen, Wallingford boxer Sean Malone, Jr., New Bedford (MA) boxer “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, Waterbury judge/referee John “Duke” Lawson and Mashantucket Pequot Game & Athletic commissioner Kenny Reels. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr. – dcobbjr.com
The last time Danny Garcia, 32-0, 18 KOs, had a homecoming fight, it turned out to be quite a difficult evening. That fight, a 2014, 140-pound title defense, in Bayamon against Mauricio Herrera, was Garcia’s Puerto Rican homecoming, and it turned out to be perhaps the worst appearance of his career. Garcia managed to defend his title belts by a razor-thin majority decision in his ancestral homecoming, but most believed he was lucky to come away with the win.
On Saturday night, Garcia, now the WBC welterweight champion, returns to Philadelphia, his true hometown, for a 10-round non-title bout against Toronto-based Columbian Samuel Vargas, 25-2-1, 13 KOs, at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia. The locally-stacked fight card, promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions and Danny Garcia’s Swift Promotions, will be televised live on Spike TV. (more…)
Jason Sosa believes he’ll ruin the world title dreams of Stephen Smith once again as he defends his WBA super featherweight title in Monte Carlo on Saturday November 12, live on Sky Sports. The New Jersey native makes the first defense of the title he ripped from Javier Fortuna in dramatic fashion in China in June, climbing off the canvas in the fifth round to stop the Dominican Republic man in the 11th as he was trailing on the cards.
Prior to defeating Fortuna, Sosa had drawn with rising star Nicholas Walters, and as the 28 year old aims to continue his impressive recent record, he is yearning for another stoppage win to raise his profile and believes he’s proved he can hang with the elite. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox delivered a technical beating to Haymarket, VA’s Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez en route to a seventh-round TKO in front of a packed crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The bout was the main event of a Kings Promotions card.
Fox, a Kings Promotions signee, started the onslaught early by landing a brutal left uppercut in the first round that bloodied Rodriguez’s nose. Rodriguez gamely fought on in the contest but had no answer for the taller Fox’s height and reach. The 6’4″ Fox’s right jab battered Rodriguez and dropped him in the third round. Fox continued to beat Rodriguez, causing cuts around both eyes to add to the bloody nose. Finally in the seventh round, referee Kenny Chevalier called a halt to the bout. The stoppage came at 2:00 of the round. Fox is now 12-0, four KO’s and Rodriguez falls to 6-6-1, five KO’s. (more…)
Local hero Toni Kraft beat Tanzania’s Abdallah Paziwapazi Saturday night at the Ballhausforum in Munich to win the WBC Youth Lightheavyweight Championship. Both men had their moments in a fight with some good back-and-forth action but also a lot of clinching. Kraft proved to be the technically more skilled fighter who tried to work behind his jab while Paziwapazi was going for the knockout throwing a lot of power punches and missing most of them.
Referee Juergen Langos had a tough night with lots of work and some difficult decisions to make. In the sixth round Kraft went down from what seemed to be a punch which caught him off balance but Langos ruled it as a slip. In round eight, Langos took a point from Kraft for pushing his opponent to the floor.
After ten rounds judges Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) and Ed Pearson (Canada) scored the bout 98-91, Maurizio Rinaudo (Germany) gave it 97-92, all in favor of Toni Kraft who landed more and cleaner shots.
It was Kraft’s tenth win in as many pro fights while Paziwapazi’s record dropped to 14-3.
What a performance by 25-year-old Avni Yildirim! The fast rising Turkish superstar needed only three rounds to impressively stop WBC #7 ranked Schiller Hyppolite and win the vacant WBC Silver International Supermiddleweight Championship.
Before the fight Schiller had vowed to make Avni his “toy” but Yildirim ended up playing cat and mouse with the Canadian. The young Turk clearly dominated the first round stunning Hyppolite with some hard hooks. In round two, Schiller managed to stay out of trouble with good footwork and head movement and landed some nice counterpunches of his own but Yildirim wasn’t impressed at all with the Canadian’s uppercuts and walked right through them.
The end came in round three when Yildirim battered the Canadian with furious combinations. Schiller tried to somehow survive the attacks but found no place to hide because the Turk cut off the ring very well. Hyppolite went down and was obviously hurt. He somehow managed to break the count but was on shaky legs leaving referee Daniel Van de Wiele no other chance but to waive it off after 2:44 minutes of the third round.
With this impressive win, Yildirim who was ranked on #4 in the WBC ratings will get in reach of a world title shot although the supermiddleweight division is very busy at the moment. WBC World Champion Badou Jack will unify belts with IBF titlist James DeGale on January 14th. The winner of that bout will face a mandatory defense against WBC Silver Champ Callum Smith. However, at age 25 and with only 14 pro fights in his record (14 wins, 9 KOs) Avni Yildirim has a great future ahead of him and will surely get a well deserved world title shot sooner or later.
By Bill Dwyre
While most senators around the world, in every country where there is that kind of government, were home on their couches Saturday night, making sure to take their pain pills and Geritol, the Honorable Manny Pacquiao was beating up a guy in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, who retired from boxing for a while so he could learn the ropes of governing, is back. He has won a record eight division titles in his now 59-6-2 career, and has now won the won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title for a third time. His victim this time was young titleholder Jessie Vargas, who talked a good game with his new trainer, Dewey Cooper, but could not match the speed and fire power of a man 10 years his senior and five inches shorter.
With the exception of the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat Pacquiao handily, and Juan Manuel Márquez, who caught him with a great punch, recent history against Pacquaio was repeated. Before a crowd of 16,132 in the Thomas & Mack Center, Pacquiao handled the 27-year-old Vargas as he has handled so many over the years. (more…)
Christina Hammer is the new WBC Women’s World Middleweight Champion. The 26-year-old German dethroned “KO” Kali Reis Saturday night in front of 3,500 fans at the Ballhausforum in Munich, Germany. “Lady” Hammer who also holds the WBO title dominated the fight making good use of her height and reach advantage as well as her excellent footwork.
The smaller Reis was very aggressive from the opening to the final bell, kept moving forward and had her moments landing hard hooks to her opponent’s head and body. But for most of the ten rounds Hammer managed to keep the distance, establish her jab and fight well from the outside. After ten entertaining rounds judges Ed Pearson (Canada) and Fernando Laguna (Spain) scored the bout 98-93 while Grzegorz Molenda (Poland) saw it as a clear shutout 100-90, all in favor of Hammer.
“I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time”, said Hammer after her win. “Like every fighter in the world I dreamed of becoming a WBC World Champion and winning the Green and Gold Belt. This is a very special moment for me. I thank all my fans and my team for the fantastic support.”
As new and proud WBC Champion Christina Hammer will come to the 54th Annual WBC Convention in Hollywood, Florida.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Upcoming hard-punching prospect, WBC#3 Daigo Higa, 111.75, impressively kept his OPBF flyweight belt as he extended his unblemished mark to 11-0, 11 KOs by finishing game Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob, Jr. (6-3-5, 2 KOs), 112, at 2:55 of the fourth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The 21-year-old Higa, handled by ex-WBA 108-pound champ Yoko Gushiken who scored thirteen defenses, overwhelmed the Filipino from the outset, battering him from pillar to post. But Cagubcob fought back hard by trading strong body shots each other, but Higa’s acceleration of attack visibly weakened him in the third. The fatal fourth witnessed Higa connect with solid combinations, dropping him twice and for the count. Gushiken said, “Higa is strongly than I when I was twenty-one.” Higa also said, “I strongly wish to tie my manager’s record of winning the world belt at the age of 21, and I believe I can.” But Higa, while young, had better learn and improve how to defend himself from the great champ.
Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilán (38-7-1, 13 KOs) won by third round disqualification against Rosekie “Gigante” Christopher (12-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Christopher was DQ’d for repeated headbutts.
Super flyweight Felipe “Gallo” Orucuta (33-4, 27KOs), a two-time world title challenger, stopped Ephraim “Matador” Pérez (17-9, 12KOs) at 1:37 of the third round. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was back in the ring Saturday night dethroning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacquiao did not make the post fight press conference as he received 16 stitches from a cut he suffered in the final round.
His trainer Freddie Roach talked briefly. “I thought Manny fought a good fight and Vargas showed good heart,” Roach said. “I was a little disappointed because Manny couldn’t get the knockout.”
“He is not done fighting yet,” Roach added.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was pleased. “It was a great show and that’s what we should do in boxing. Every fight was significant and every fight was for a world title. I thought Manny performed well and Vargas did not take a back seat,” Arum commented.
“Floyd was very polite. He asked Todd if he can attend the fight and we got him credentialed. It’s not like he just barged in,” Arum stated regarding Floyd Mayweather attending. “As far as I know Floyd is retired,” Arum said regarding a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
37-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) is a world champion again after a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBO welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pacquiao dropped Vargas with a straight left in round two, but Vargas fought his way back into the fight. Vargas was cut over the right eye in round eight, NSAC ruled it was caused by a punch. Pacquiao closed strong and won 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round TKO over super game #1 rated Hiroshige Osawa (30-4-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 70:1 favorite Valdez dropped Osawa in round four, but Osawa survived Valdez’ vicious follow up assault. The bout was waved off in round seven.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) won by twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBO champion Nonito Donaire (37-4, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It was a good action fight with Donaire bringing the pressure and Magdaleno holding his own. Magdaleno rocked Donaire in round nine. Donaire closed strong but it was too little too late. In the end, scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
In a clash for the vacant WBO flyweight world championship, two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (9-1, 2 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Prasitak Phaprom (39-2-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Shiming dropped Phaprom in round two en route to a 120-107, 120-107, 119-108 verdict. Shiming easily defeated Phaprom two years ago in Macao and he obtained a world title after this repeat performance.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Russian welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin stopped Azael Cosio of Panama at the end of six in a scheduled eight round bout. Besputin boxed smooth as Cosio stalked. In round two Cosio landed a straight right that backed Besputin to the ropes. The Russian continued to be slick throughout the fight as he landed a body shot in round five that stopped Cocio’s momentum. Besputin continued to control the action as Cosio did not come out for round seven.
Besputin improves to 5-0, 5 KO’s. Cosio goes 20-5-2, 17 KO’s.
Lightweight Teofimo Lopez made his pro debut with a second round knockout over Ishwar Siqueiros. Lopez scored a flash knockdown with left hook as he got up. A right hand by Lopez dropped Siquieros for a second time as he got up but Siquieros returned the favor scoring a flash knockdown at the bell to close round one. Lopez dropped Siquieros twice in round two as referee Jay Nady reached a ten count at 2:03
Teofimo Lopez goes to 1-0,1 KO in winning his pro debut. (more…)
Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over reigning WBA champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-7-1, 12 KOs) to win the world 168lb title on Saturday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. After battling to a draw in July, the first half of the bout was very close. Zeuge then started imposing his will down the stretch, finally dropping De Carolis in round twelve. Referee Rafael Ramos waved it off after Zeuge continued to batter the champ. Time was 2:41.
By Craig Wick
In November of 2015, Illinois boxing inspectors Mike McNamara and Pete Hoffman launched the first “Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame” induction ceremony. During the lead-up, questions regarding how the local fight fraternity, a skeptical and derisive bunch to be sure, would respond seemed to be the question on nearly everyone’s mind. The night of the event they had their answer: Thirty-two inductees, accompanied by proud, beaming family and friends, packed the Abbington Banquet Hall in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn for a night of long lost camaraderie and overdue recognition. Simply put, it was a helluva shindig. The second installment unfolded Friday night and, once again, the state’s boxing brotherhood turned out en masse, this time to honor twenty-seven inductees, past and present, whose varying contributions greatly enriched the sport of boxing in Illinois. (more…)
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