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Former two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is a whopping 85:1 favorite at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Euro sportsbooks have Ward and even wider favorite at -10000, that is bet $10,000 to win $100. The event will be televised live on HBO.
Junior featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (13-1-3, 6 KOs) is being matched up against Cuban Luis “La Estrella” Franco (14-1-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. This is another test for “The Solution”, who has continuously proven to the critics that despite his rocky professional start, he has the motivation to make a jaw-dropping career turn-around. A three-year professional, Morales got off to a shaky start in his career with a loss and three draws in his first four fights. Since then, “The Solution” has been unstoppable winning 13 straight bouts.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews.com® to advise she began promoting in 2008 and has done over one hundred shows in several venues throughout Sydney with her husband Paul Nasari. She explains what duties she performs as a successful promoter and is looking forward to expanding the Neutral Corner promotional company in 2017. Hannah mentions the highlight of 2016 was attending the IBF Convention in China and meeting the IBF President Daryl Peoples, also Lindsey Tucker and Anibal Miramontes and becoming a member of the IBF family. Hannah also mentions meeting WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman at OPBF convention in the Philippines who offered her great advice.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE POWER OF WOMEN
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony this past weekend in Las Vegas at the iconic Caesar’s Palace. It was a memorable event as Rich Marotta´s leadership keeps moving the NVBHF into the right direction honoring the heroes from the past who have made our sport the best in the world. The countless hours of work and dedication of Michelle Corrales and the complete NVBHF team was worth it as the event was phenomenal.
Christy Martin Salters, “The Coal Miners Daughter” is the first female fighter to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Christy is one of the pioneers and is responsible for opening the doors to many other women. She inspired many to go into the gym, break paradigms, overcome discrimination and abuse of power and showed the world that WOMEN can fight! She is a great story, her speech was breathtaking and we all applaud her courage and strength to always be a champion inside and outside the ring. (more…)
ESPN is about to get out of the boxing business, but before that happens we still have two more shows left on the schedule starting Friday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. In the main event, undefeated rising super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) faces Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in a ten round clash.
“This is going to be a tough fight,” said Benavidez. “I know Douglin is hungry to give me my first loss. He’s coming off three wins in a row, so I’m taking this fight very seriously. Being that he’s a southpaw, I’ll have to do some things a little different. We worked on all that stuff in camp so I know I’m going to be ready for anything he brings to the ring.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) faces Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in another ten rounder.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin faced off with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at a press conference in London today to promote their September 10 showdown at the O2 Arena.
Gennady Golovkin: I’m very excited and happy to be in London. I’m excited to perform in front of the UK fans. Kell Brook has my full respect and a great team behind him. It’s not easy for us to get opponents – he’s ready for me and I’m ready for him. I will bring a big, big show to London and the fans are going to love it. Kell Brook is the biggest test to me – he’s a great champion, he’s moving up in weight but great fighters have done that and won so I know he’s a great boxer and he will test me the most.
Kell Brook: This is the biggest fight in world boxing – I’m so excited. I’m the best welterweight in the world and no-one wants to fight me, he’s the best middleweight in the world and no one wants him. I’ll be his size on the night and I’m bringing the speed to middleweight. To be the best you have to beat the best. I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight. It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Washington, DC has been known for great boxing among its boxers. Now it looks like the people who head the governing body for pro boxing in the Nation’s Capital are getting in on the action as well. On Friday, July 30th, the chair of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, Adam Weers, won a championship in the Men’s Masters division of the Ringside Amateur World Championships in Independence, MO.
The 39-year-old Weers has been boxing for 11 years but only recently started competing in tournaments. “The competition was really tough,” Weers told Fightnews.com®. “It was great to come out with a win. Weers is shown in the photograph alongside Marshall Cunningham, the chair of the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing, the board that oversees amateur boxing in DC and in parts of Maryland. Weers has led the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission since February of 2016.
Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is to return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on October 8th in Hong Kong. Co-promoted by DEF Promotions and Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October). Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Japan for the vacant WBO International junior bantamweight title. Maekawa, rated is a highly regarded fighter from the fabled Watanabe Gym stable and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who has 13 successful world title defenses to his name.
With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Diamond Boxing Promotion
Wanheng Meenayothin 105 vs. Saul Juarez 104
(WBC Minimumweight championship)
Singsayan CP Freshmart 115 vs. Wang Chung 115
(Vacant WBC Youth Superflyweight championship)
Petch CP Freshmart 120 vs. Termchok Twinsgym 119
Wanchana Meenayothin 124 vs. Petch-aswin Sithwarunee 124
Venue: City Hall Ground, Chonburi, Thailand
Promoter : Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Diamond Boxing Promotion
TV: Live on Channel 7 Thailand ( August 2, 1:45 PM-4:15 PM, GMT+7)
This Friday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc., in association with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will present a quadrupleheader on CBS Sports Network.
In the night’s televised main event, red-hot WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob “Bravo” Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, will look to keep his momentum going in a 10-round battle against Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs). (more…)
Photo: William Cherry
Carl Frampton was joined Sunday evening by 300 of his “closest friends” from the UK as The Jackal Army celebrated his slugfest victory over Leo Santa Cruz to capture the WBA Featherweight Championship. The unbeaten (23-0, 14 KOs) Belfast-born star was joined at Annie Moore’s Pub in New York City by Hall of Fame manager Barry McGuigan, who held the same belt 30 years prior, and Barry’s son Shane who trains Frampton.
Light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The fight will provide chief support for the WBA world light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly. Koelling, who claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak at the MBS Arena in Brandenberg in April, will face a tough test from Liebenberg, a dangerous South African, who pushed his stablemate Erik Skoglund to a close points decision in Stockholm earlier this year.
By Ron Jackson
In a junior flyweight clash, Mpho Sefaro (pictured) outboxed the popular and previously unbeaten Percy Mkhize, to win on a six round split decision at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The shorter Mkhize (50.18kg) from the Alan Toweel gym made a good star and possibly shaded the first two rounds. Mkhize was dropped to his knees with a short right for a count from referee Ben Ncapai in the third round. He then forgot about his basic boxing skills and started throwing wild left and rights which went over the head of Sefaro most of the time. The scores were 58-55 and 57-56 for Seforo and 57-56 for Mkhize. Seforo (48.22kg) from the Dida Gym improved his record to 3-0, 2 KOs and Mkhize’s record dropped 7-1, 3 KOs. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Jeff Zimmerman
Once again, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame showed why they may be the best Hall of Fame outside of Canastota, NY. In only their 4th year of existence, the brainchild of longtime boxing announcer Rich Marotta, has turned into an annual gathering of boxing elite, fight fans and celebrities. With Michelle Corrales, widow of former world champion Diego Corrales, serving as COO and running the day-to-day operations, induction weekend has quickly become one of boxing’s biggest summer events. Las Vegas, long known as the fight capital of the world, is the perfect destination with all its glitz and glamor not to mention all of the historical fights that have taken place in the desert and at Caesars Palace, the home for the last two years induction ceremonies that have both sold out. (more…)
August is normally a light month for boxing action, but with the Rio Olympics running, action is even more sparse. Twelve shows, five from PBC, two from Top Rank, one each from Golden Boy, Roc Nation, Salita Promotions, Zanfer Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
Below is the month’s TV lineup in the US:
August 5 – ESPN
David Benavidez vs. Denis Douglin (super middleweight)
August 5 – CBSSN
Rob Brant vs. Chris Fitzpatrick (middleweight)
August 6 – HBO
Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand (light heavyweight)
August 6 – UniMas
Juan Diaz vs. Cesar Vazquez (lightweight)
August 12 – ESPN
Miguel Flores vs. Ryan Kielczewski (featherweight)
August 13 – beIN Sports Espanol
Antonio Margarito vs. Ramon Alvarez (super welterweight)
August 19 – Showtime
Jarrell Miller vs. Fred Kassi (heavyweight)
August 19 – Estrella TV
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Oscar Riojas (light heavyweight)
August 21 – NBC
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Leonard Bundu (welterweight)
August 23 – Fox Sports 1
Caleb Plant vs. TBA (super middleweight)
August 27 – Spike
Robert Guerrero vs. David Peralta (welterweight)
August 27 – UniMas
Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb (featherweight)
Things heat up again in September.
By Robert Coster
With Carl Frampton’s win over Leo Santa Cruz, there are now 14, yes 14 British world champions in the four major boxing organizations (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO). The USA, once the dominant power in pro boxing, follows with 11 world titlists and Mexico is third with 9.
UK: Tony Bellew, Kell Brook, Ricky Burns, Anthony Crolla, James DeGale, Terry Flanagan, Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Lee Haskins, Jamie McDonnell, Billie Joe Saunders, Lee Selby, Liam Smith.
USA: Deontay Wilder, Daniel Jacobs, Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Jesse Vargas, Terrence Crawford, Jason Sosa, Gary Russell Jr, Rau’shee Warren
Mexico: Jose Argumedo, Ganigan Lopez, Juan F Estrada, Carlos Cuadras, Hugo Ruiz, Oscar Valdez, Francisco Vargas, Miguel Berchelt, Gilberto Ramirez
So how did we get to this golden age in British boxing? British boxing expert and columnist Eric Armit attributes it to a top level amateur program, excellent promoters, some of the best trainers in the world and great TV backing.
Happy to report that boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, the former world champion and uncle of Floyd Mayweather has been found. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that Roger “was found safe on Flamingo Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.” The Las Vegas Police Department had issued a “Missing Endangered Adult” report after Roger went missing on Saturday.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Missing Persons Detail is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Roger Mayweather. Roger was last seen in the area of Spring Mountain and Valley View at approximately 3:00 p.m on July 30, 2016.. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue sweatpants and white tennis shoes. Roger might be suffering for several known medical issues and is without his medication. All area hospitals are to check their registries and to notify LVMPD if located. It should be noted that “HPPA” permits disclosure to law enforcement upon request and is authorized pursuant 45 C.F.R., section 164.512. Anyone with any information on the known whereabouts of Roger Mayweather is strongly urged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Missing Persons Detail immediately.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com
Carl Frampton: “I don’t know what to say, I don’t think it has sunk in yet. I wanted to win. It was the toughest fight of my career. I think I hurt him in the second round, once I hit him hard he backed off. I don’t think there is a rematch clause but I don’t know. I would love to take him to Belfast…there is Lee Selby and Gary Russell here too.”
Leo Santa Cruz: “It was a great fight, it was a tough fight, it could have gone either way. I don’t take nothing from Frampton, we just want the rematch…I want a rematch in LA or in Belfast. All I am thinking of is the rematch against Carl Frampton. Hopefully we get it.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “These guys fought a war at a tremendous level. Two great fighters fought and we saw a great fight. I thought it was a close fight. The 117-111 card does not represent what the fight was like, there were some close rounds, if anything Santa Cruz caught up at the end…if you are a boxing fan and didn’t like that, something is wrong with you.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com
When it was announced earlier this year, boxing fans knew that a Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton bout had action potential. How much potential, however, particularly in light of Frampton’s dominant but dull win over Scott Quigg in February was unknown. On Saturday night, in front of 9,062 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, that untapped possibility turned into reality when the two unbeaten featherweights combined to put on one of the best fights of the year.
Ultimately it was Frampton, the product of Belfast, Northern Ireland who walked away with the win, obtained by a majority decision with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. It was a hard-earned, well fought and decently scored fight, even if it should’ve been closer by a round or two. In addition to winning Santa Cruz’s WBA title, Frampton also put himself into the conversation for Fighter of the Year. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen
Unbeaten English-born and Australian-based cruiserweight Paul Ogedengbe (6-0, 5 KOs) outscored Isileli Fa (2-5) in the main event at North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. The powerfully built, 6’3 Ogedengbe controlled the contest as he had the 5’9 Fa on the back move and on the defensive as he connected with accurate combinations. Fa caught the aggressive Ogendengbe with right hands and left hooks to the head in round five that had the Englishman on unsteady legs at the bell. Scores were 49-45, 48-47, 48-48.
Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) will be the third man in the ring when unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (42-0, 17 KOs) defends against Saul “Baby” Juarez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) on Tuesday in Chonburi, Thailand. Judges are Jae Bong Kim (South Korea), Jesse Reyes (USA) and Barry Lindeman (USA). WBC supervisor is Rex Walker (USA).
By Craig Wick at ringside
Hitz Boxing Promotions returned to Hammond, Indiana Saturday night, with a 10-bout card offered up at the Horseshoe Casino. While promising Chicago fighter Ed Brown was the feature, it was cruiserweight Shawndell Winters who had fight fans buzzing after an explosive performance against a formidable opponent. As Bobby Hitz told Fight News, “it was a good night of fights and just like every other sport, the cream rose to the top.”
In the aforementioned feature, Ed “Bad Boy” Brown (18-0, 15 KOs) continued his ascension with a second victory over trial horse Gilbert Venegas (14-24-4, 8 KOs) East Moline, IL after six rounds of one-sided super welterweight action. The contest showcased Brown’s precision punching, namely the straight right from the outside and uppercuts with both hands on the inside. Venegas stood up to a heavy pounding and never stopped trying, however the difference in class was so disparate it was like watching Secretariat in a match-race with a $5000 claimer. Scorecards a mere formality on this one, 60-54 across the board. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
In a war, former 122lb champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) dethroned WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night in front of 9,062 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Great two-way action from the get-go. Frampton staggered Santa Cruz with a left hook in round two and gave Santa Cruz problems with his defense and movement. But Santa Cruz was relentless and came hard down the stretch. In the end, scores were 117-111, 116-112, 114-114.
Returning from a two-and-a-half year layoff, former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 27 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round TKO over former world champion Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs). Garcia dropped Rojas hard twice in round three. Garcia floored Rojas twice more in round five to end it. Time was 2:02. Garcia can really punch.
In an IBF junior middleweight eliminator, Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round KO over Sergey Rabchenko (27-2, 20 KOs). Harrison dropped Rabchenko with a right hand in round nine, and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. ruled that Rabchenko couldn’t continue. Time was 1:18.
Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) ouptointed Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in an all-Brooklyn welterweight showdown. After ten tactical rounds, Malignaggi prevailed 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.
Philadelphia lightweight Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs) surprised Ukrainian brawler Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs), scoring a one-sided ten round unanimous decision. Farmer put on a boxing clinic to win 99-89, 98-90, and 98-90. Farmer was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight and Redkach was docked a point in round nine for a headbutt. (more…)
Former WBA NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (26-12-2, 17 KOs) returned to the ring Friday night with a dominating performance over Arthur “The Armenian Assassin” Saribekian (23-12-1, 18 KOs) at the Wheeling Island Casino & Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia. Controlling the action from the outset, Bergman systematically dismantled Saribekian with effective combinations and power punching before dropping Saribekian in round five with a straight left followed by a vicious right hook. Shortly thereafter, referee Brian Brickhouse put a halt to the onslaught at 1:34 of the fifth round. The victory marked Bergman’s successful return since losing by TKO 8 in January to current IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Joseph Parker (20-0) in Samoa. (more…)
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBC #1 super lightweight contender “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) scored a scored a ten round unanimous decision over Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (25-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Lopez pressed the action all night and busted Orozco up, but in the end the judges scored it 97-93, 99-91, 99-91 in favor of the busier fighter Orozco. The 99-91 scores seemed out of touch. The HBO crew scored it 95-95. The win keeps Orozco on track to challenge WBC/WBO world champion Terence Crawford.
“I know I won this fight,” said Abner Lopez afterward. “But this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I was the better fighter tonight and the fans know it.”
Orozco stated, “He was a come forward type of fighter and although I was willing to engage with him, I had to box him. That is something that we have been working on, when to be smart, box the fighter and be effective with counter punches.”
Undefeated NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-2-2, 21 KOs). Diaz dropped Proa in round two and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:07 (more…)
Former world title challenger Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam stopped Tomasz Gargula in seven rounds minutes ago at Le Cannet, France. The Cameroon-born N’Dam N’Jikam, now a longtime French resident, dominated his Polish opponent, floored him in round three and eventually forced a stoppage in round seven when the ref halted the action with Gargula (now 18-3-1, 5 KOs) still on his feet. N’Dam (34-2, 20 KOs as a pro) will take part in the Olympic Games starting next weekend in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
154 lbs. contender Michel Soro (28-1-1, 18 KOs) completely dismantled Hector Saldivia (45-4, 35 KOs) of Argentina to win the vacant WBA-Int. title at super welter. Soro looked in command since the beginning of the fight, floored Saldivia in round two and ended matters for the total count in round three with a right hook to the chin. The always entertaining Soro won different regional titles in France, Italy and USA, and tonight he put himself back into the picture at the world level.
French supermiddle contender Mickael Diallo continued his KO streak stopping Italian veteran Roberto Cocco in the opening session of a non-title eight rounder. Diallo (now 14-0-2, 12 KOs) floored Cocco (17-15-1, 7 KOs) with a left hook to the temple, the brave Italian raised back to his feet but Diallo showed no mercy and forced a TKO stoppage with a defenseless Cocco suffering a flurry of punches with his back against the ropes.
Sebastien Acaries promoted the show, with Canal Plus televising live in France.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (14-1, 11 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to win a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK. Counter-puncher Mendez dropped Campbell in round two with a right hand, but was outworked after that. Scores were 116-111, 117-110, 115-112. Campbell claimed the vacant WBC silver lightweight belt.
Featherweight Josh Warrington (24-0, 5 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Patrick Hyland (31-3, 15 KOs). Warrington dropped Hyland in round eight and twice in round nine to end it. Warrington is now the mandatory challenger for WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr.
Heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (18-1, 14 KOs) lumbered to an unpopular ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten David Allen (9-1-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-91, 100-90, 99-91. Whyte claimed the vacant WBC International title.
20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (23-2, 21 KOs) made quick work of Wilmer Gonzalez (19-11-1, 12 KOs), scoring a second round KO. It was Feigenbutz’ second win since losing the belt to Giovanni De Carolis in January.
Former world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-2, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ivo Gogosevic (12-17-2, 5 KOs) in his first fight since losing to Kell Brook 14 months ago. Gavin dropped Gogosevic in round one and Gogosevic clowned more than fought as the super welterweight clash continued. Gavin finally stopped him in round six. (more…)
WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) defends against former jr middle champ Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Jacobs and Mora previously met in August 2015, with Jacobs winning by TKO in round two after Mora suffered an ankle injury.
In the co-feature,unbeaten lightweights Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) and Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) meet for the vacant IBF lightweight title formerly held by Rances Barthelemy, who moved up in weight.
Also scheduled is heavyweight Travis “My Time” Kauffman (30-1, 22 KOs) against an opponent to be named. Spike TV will televise.
By Ron Jackson
In a wild swinging affair South Africa’s Makazole Tete won on a fifth round stoppage against Raymond Tabugon of the Philippines to claim the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night.
After a quiet opening round Tete (51.74kg) was stunned by a big right hand to the head and resorted to holding before the referee deducted a point. There was little in it in rounds three and four with Tete doing enough to shade the rounds.
In round five a right to the head sent Tabugon (51.20kg) down for a count. However, Tabugon never fully recovered from the knockdown and after another barrage of punches from the South African that left the Filipino staggering around the ring, his corner ignoring the possibility of a disqualification jumped into the ring to save their fighter, as the referee waved the fight off at 2 minutes 15 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
OPBF super-feather champ, WBO#10 Masayuki Ito (19-1-1, 9 KOs), 130, kept his regional belt when he was awarded a TKO victory over game Filipino Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6 KOs), 130, at 1:32 of the eleventh round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. The taller and faster Ito was in command from the outset, utilizing his hand speed and shifty footwork. But Sanchez, technically inferior, put on a do-or-die attack with a big overhand right or a bolo punch at a time, though losing most of rounds. The crowd appreciated his gameness and durability even if he was widely trailing on points. From the ninth on, Ito decively had the upper hand, peppering him with fast combinations to the face and midsection. The eleventh saw Ito catch up with the fading Filipino with furious combos, which finally prompted the referee Nakamura’s intervention.
Unbeaten Sergei Ekimov (16-0, 8 KOs) will face Spanish Mustafa Chadlioui, (8-1-1,6) for the vacant WBC International Silver light heavyweight title tomorrow July 31 in Riga, Latvia.
Minutes ago Ekimov scaled 79,400 with the co-challenger Chadlioui tipping the scales at 78,700
The supervisor for this titlefight will be Oksana Semenisina. The 3rd man in the ring will be David John Irving and the judges appointed by the WBC will be Predrag Aleksic, Olena Pobyvailo and Alexander Kalinkin
On the undercard undefeated heavyweight prospect Ruslan Fayfer and former interim WBA champion Dmitry Chudinov all against safe but competitive opponents.
The show will be shown live on Match-TV and is promoted by Empire Sport in association with current WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis.
Carl Frampton insists that size won’t be a factor when he faces WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz tonight in Brooklyn, NY. The Belfast boxing ace faces his biggest test to date when he steps in against the taller and rangier Santa Cruz, who has two-and-a-half-inches over him in height and a telling seven-inch reach advantage.
However, former unified super-bantamweight world champion Frampton does not believe that going in as the smaller man will have any bearing on how the fight plays out. “Most opponents I have faced have been taller than me. So I’m used to fighting guys that are taller than me. I had probably about 180 amateur fights and I came up against all different fighters,” said Frampton. (more…)
Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) delivered a highlight reel knockout victory over Thomas “Top Dogg” Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in the fourth-round of an exciting main event showdown Friday night from Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.
Adonis Stevenson: “It was a firefight. He put pressure on me so I decided to put pressure on him too. It was a fight with two guys who could punch and it was spectacular. It was my daughter’s birthday and I gave her a great gift.”
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) scored a sensational fourth round KO over WBC #8 rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada. Stevenson dropped Williams late in round one with a straight left hand. Good action in round two with both fighters landing big shots. More big shots by both in round three. Williams was momentarily rocked, but then came back strong. Furious toe-to-toe action in round four before Stevenson laid out Williams to win by explosive fourth round KO. A short left hand ended it. Time was 2:54. It was the seventh successful defense for Stevenson.
Unbeaten WBC #1 contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over late sub Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-5-1, 21 KOs). Alvarez outclassed the rugged Berridge, whose right was busted up at the end, in a forgettable fight. Scores were 99-90, 98-92, 98-92. Berridge replaced former world champion Chad Dawson, who was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. Next up for Alvarez could be a world title tilt for Alvarez against stablemate Adonis Stevenson.
Undefeated middleweight Immanuwel Aleem (16-0-1, 9 KOs) and Demond Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Aleem banked the early rounds. Nicholson came on midway, and the last four rounds had good two-way action. Aleem seemingly scored a knockdown in round seven, but it was ruled a slip. Scores were 77-75, 76-76 and 76-76.
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