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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA interim welterweight champion David "Ava" Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous ...

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery "Pantera" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training ...

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Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has warned WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) that he will not deny ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous

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Viloria: Chocolatito has never fought a guy who can hit as hard as me

By Karl Freitag

With WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) getting acclaim from some in the media as the world’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter, four-time former world champion in two divisions Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) is confident he has the tools to defeat Chocolatito when they collide October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I’ve been watching tapes endlessly for this fight in this training camp. He does a lot of things correctly. Not to give too much away in terms of strategy, I just need to come in shape. I just need to do what I have to do in the gym and be able to fight twelve rounds like it’s fighting the first round. Just let my hands go. I don’t think Chocolatito has ever fought a guy who can hit as hard as me and who’s a bit faster than any other fighter that he’s fought. I think I possess a bit of a challenge for Chocolatito in this fight. I have the experience. I’ve been in big battles, big fights, and I don’t think Chocolatito has ever fought a guy quite like me. All I need to do is to come into the fight with a straight head and just let my hands go. I don’t think I could be training any harder than I’m doing already and I’m just ready – ready to go!”



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

New Teixeira opponent named: Don Mouton

Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Teixeira (25-0, 21 KOs) will now face Don Mouton (13-9-1, 11 KOs) in the ten-round main event of Friday’s night’s LA Fight Club event at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Teixeira was originally slated to face Gabriel “El Rey” Martinez (29-9-1, 16 KOs). The Estrella TV-televised card will also feature unbeaten brawler Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (12-0, 5 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (24-18-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight co-feature. Opening up the telecast, Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8 KOs) is scheduled for a six-round featherweight against Victor “Sina” Fonseca. (9-5-1, 7 KOs).



September 29th, 2015


UFC

Gustafsson: What I learned from losing

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles talks to UFC 192 main event fighter Alexander Gustafsson about his previous losses to Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson and how those defeats will help him beat champion Daniel Cormier this Saturday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Dulorme rejects Provodnikov clash

WBA #11 super lightweight Thomas Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) has turned down an offer to take on former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) on November 7 in Brooklyn. “I’m very happy with the support and affection that the fans have given me, even if I did not leave victorious against Terrence Crawford,” said Dulorme. “In deference to those fans, my family, my team and of course, myself, I decided not to take this offer to fight against Provodnikov. We must act in an intelligent and accurate manner, not rushed into combat without the time to step into the ring in top condition. We have a goal of a world championship and must work accordingly toward it. I respect Provodnikov and like that fight, later we can sit down and negotiate. ”

Dulorme advisor Richy Miranda-Cortese added, “We ensure the proper development of Dulorme, short and long term. We believe that the time was extremely short to achieve 100 percent condition against a quality boxer like Provodnikov. Dulorme is ready to return to the ring before the end of the year, as a prelude to a 2016 of great challenges and opportunities for him.”



September 29th, 2015


Boxing News

Haskins ready for Caballero clash in the USA

Fresh from a career-best knockout performance over Ryosuke Iwasa for the IBF interim bantamweight world title, Lee Haskins will now face IBF champion Randy Caballero to decide who is the rightful owner of the IBF belt. The fight is set to take place in the USA with terms agreed with Golden Boy Promotions but the date and location are yet to be finalized.

Haskins’ manager Chris Sanigar confirmed “We are happy to secure the IBF world title fight for Lee and to box in the USA is a great opportunity for him. We made it clear to Golden Boy Promotions that Haskins is willing to travel to the USA giving Caballero home advantage, but we wanted a neutral venue away from Caballero’s hometown of Indio, California. We are only prepared for Haskins to box in the USA if it’s on a major promotion in a major city to give the fight the profile it deserves otherwise we can go to purse bids and we’ll bid for the fight to be staged in the UK.”

Haskins is back in training patiently waiting for confirmation of the date and venue.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Brook-Chaves on Showtime

Showtime Sports has confirmed it will pick up the IBF welterweight world championship fight between undefeated defending champion Kell Brook and contender Diego Chaves on October 24 from Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. The bout will be aired live in the USA at 5:45PM ET / 2:45PM PT. Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) will make his third consecutive title defense of 2015. Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) in his last fight battled to a draw with Timothy Bradley, who is now the WBO welterweight champion.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

J Oquendo gets title shot; says he’s still promoted by PR Best

After his victory over former two-time world champion, Jhonny Gonzalez, 17 days ago, Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo signed the contract that will take him to his first world title bout, to be held on Saturday, December 5, against the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The clash between Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs) and the Argentine Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) will be part of the show headlined by the WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former middleweight world champion Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs), who are going to face for Jacobs’ belt. Both Quillin and Jacobs live in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Oquendo, who had signed with Golden Boy last week, has now confirmed that he has a contract with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) until 2016 and he will honor it. In addition, he will continue to handle personally all matters of his career with PRBBP.

“After reviewing my promotional contract as a professional boxer with Ivan Rivera (President of PRBBP), I realized that it is in effect until 2016, so I can’t sign with another company. Also, I noticed that my management contract had expired in July 2013 and I hadn’t noticed. I signed the contract with GBP per misstatement of the people who were managing my career, and with whom I communicated via phone and email, so I did with the people of GBP too, to end the relationship”, Oquendo said. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Fortuna: I think I will knock him out

WBA “regular” super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) says the amateur style of Carlos Ivan Velasquez (19-1, 12 KOs) will get the former Puerto Rican Olympian knocked out when they collide tonight at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “He’s a good amateur fighter, making the transition to pro, but he hasn’t yet completed that task,” said the Dominican world champion Fortuna. “At times, he keeps his guard up really high and shows no regard of people going to his body. But this is a huge opportunity for him, so he will be at his absolute best. I think I will knock him out. He stands up too straight and I will catch him, but he’s a good boxer with a good record. Hopefully he’ll show up with no excuses.”

The fight will be broadcast live on FS1 and FOX Deportes.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Commey added Oct 17 card in Germany

Ghanaian power-puncher Richard Commey (22-0, 20 KOs) continues his assault on the lightweight division on October 17 when he brings his explosive style to the dm-Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. The 28 year-old from Accra, who will face an as yet unnamed opponent, has raced to 22-0 since joining the paid ranks, stopping 20 of his opponents and claiming the Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental titles.

To further his ambitions, the undefeated fighter has moved to the UK, and is now based out of the Pro SW Gym in Loughton, Essex. With the backing of his promoter Team Sauerland and manager Michael Amoo-Bediako, Commey has set his sights on the division’s top talents as he aims to prove he is ready for a world title challenge.

“I want to become world champion,” said Commey. “And with the help of my team and the grace of God, I will make this dream a reality. There are a lot of fighters out there who say they are world class but are afraid to fight me. I’m willing to face anyone to show I’m ready to challenge for world titles. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

UFC

Daniel Cormier Relived To Be Champ But Ready To Defend

It’s good to be the champ. In fact, Daniel Cormier can tell you that it’s actually great.

But even after winning the UFC light heavyweight title in May, Cormier remains pretty much the same guy. He drives a fuel-efficient Prius. He still lives in the same house in the decidedly un-hip city of Gilroy – the proud Garlic Capital of the World – where you’re likely to find him hanging out quietly with his fiancé and two young children . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF #7 Tawatchai defeats Salogoa

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

In a nationally televised IBF championship title bout, IBF #7 junior featherweight Mike Tawatchai (36-8-1, 21 KOs) clearly outpointed Filipino Junny Salogaol (9-8-4, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision over twelve rounds with scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111 to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title at the Central Plaza Westgate Department Store, Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday

In the main supporting bout, Thailand’s two-time Olympic medalist Manus Boonjamong (2-0, 0 KOs) won his second professional fight when he defeated Indonesian’s Marco Tuhumury (10-12-2, 3 KOs).

In other action, IBF #3 mini-flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (28-4-1, 15 KOs) easily outpointed Indonesian Oscar Raknafa (12-11, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Carmona-Rodriguez rematch Oct 16 on Telemundo

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Boxeo Telemundo Ford and A1l Star Boxing’s fall series will have its second installment on Friday, October 16 at their new home, the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City.

The main event will be another Mexican “Civil War” when local super flyweight contenders when David “Severo” Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) gives a rematch Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-2, 4 KO’s) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. The absolute WBO Latin super flyweight title sone the line. Also, the winner of this fight should be in line to face the winner of the WBO title fight between champion Naoya Inoue and Warlito Parrenas, who fight December 29 in Tokyo. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao honored in Asia as “Game Changer”

Samir Mouneimne retires after controversial title fight loss

Deontay Wilder tries to take control of his career



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Fortuna, Velasquez make weight

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

Javier Fortuna 130 vs. Carlos Velasquez 130
(WBA “regular” super featherweight title)

Domonique Dolton 153.6 vs. Oscar Molina 153
J’Leon Love 168.6 vs. Marcus Upshaw 164
Andrew Tabiti 195.5 vs. Tamas Lodi 193.2
Ladarius Miller 137 vs. Rondale Hubbert 136.8
Thomas Hill 156 vs. Alphonso Black 158.2
Juan Heraldez 142.8 vs. Joaquin Chavez 141.6
Leduan Barthelemy 125 vs. Michael Gaxiloa 126

Venue: Palms Casino and Resort, Las Vegas
Promoter`: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes

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September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes: Wilder, Kassi, Taylor, Bradley, Pacquiao

By Karl Freitag

Looks like Wilder-Duhaupas, the first heavyweight world title fight on NBC in 30 years, had the lowest rating of all four NBC primetime PBC boxing telecasts to date, which is too bad because Deontay Wilder’s fights are always entertaining. According to the WBC, Wilder has to defend against Alexander Povetkin next.

Might have to change “Big” Fred Kassi’s nickname to “Classy” Fred Kassi. First, at 5’11, 220-something, he’s not big by today’s heavyweight standards. Secondly, he’s shown amazing restraint in his post-fight comments after arguably being jobbed by the judges in consecutive nationally televised fights.

Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is back on the streets and training in Ocala, Florida. He’s reunited with trainer Pat Burns. No fights scheduled at the moment, but Burns told Arkansas Online last week that 114 days in lockup have cleared the ex-champ’s mind. Taylor is still facing a December trial on gun charges.

Trainer Teddy Atlas is now in the camp of WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. “He don’t play! He’ll smack me in the face,” says Bradley.

Pacman Update: Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said via Instagram that he had a successful MRI on his shoulder.

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September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Panama

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By Héctor Villarreal

Venezuelan Tony Gomez and undefeated Panamanian Jaime Arboleda both weighed 129.5 pounds for their WBA FedeCaribe super featherweight title fight to take place at Hotel RIU Plaza Panama on Tuesday night. The preliminary fighters of the Promociones y Eventos del Istmo card weighed as follows:

Eric Castro 135 vs. Addir Sanchez 137.75
Jorge Sanchez 120.5 vs. Hernan Cortez 121.75
Azael Villar 110.25 vs. Ezequiel Asprilla 111
Daniel Miranda 133 vs. Elvis Saldaña 136.75
Fernando Martinez 133.75 vs. Joel Blanco 131.5



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Fonfara: I want Cleverly to challenge me

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m sure Nathan Cleverly is convinced that he can beat me on October 16 in Chicago, but I’m fine with that. I want Cleverly to challenge me. I like that kind of fight,” said “Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KO) who is only a couple weeks away from being challenged by former WBO light heavyweight titleholder from Wales, Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KO). Fonfara-Cleverly will be an October 16 Premier Boxing Champions on Spike presentation with the Koki Kameda-Kohei Kono WBA flyweight title in the televised opener from UIC Pavilion.

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September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Bailey receives big welcome to Korea

Former two-division world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (45-8, 38 KOs) received a literal big welcome to Korea from local Basketball star Kim Joo-Sung. Bailey has settled in and adjusted to the time change ahead of his showdown with Shusaku Fujinaka of Japan next Sunday, October 4th. Kim is no relation to Bailey’s promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions).

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September 28th, 2015

UFC

UFC schedules event in New York’s historic Madison Square Garden

UFC® today announced a series of important steps to bring mixed martial arts (MMA) events to New York. These efforts include the scheduling of the organization’s first, professional MMA event in New York since the state’s ban in 1997. This event will take place at Madison Square Garden on April 23, 2016 featuring UFC’s top champions competing with other world-class athletes inside the Octagon®. UFC is also taking additional steps through the federal courts to ensure the event’s success. (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Ishida, Takenaka keep Japanese, OPBF belts on undercards of Ioka, Takayama twinbills

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Prospects in the Osaka district appeared on the undercard of the world title twinbill featuring the title defenses of Kazuto Ioka and Katsunari Takayama on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

Unbeaten elongated prospect, world-rated Japanese super-flyweight champ Sho Ishida (20-0, 10 KOs), 115, a stablemate of the main eventer Kazuto Ioka, kept his national belt by earning a unanimous verdict (97-93, 98-93, 99-91) over formerly WBO interim Asia Pacific 115-pound titlist Hayato Kimura (23-9, 15 KOs), 115, over ten frames. But it wasn’t so easy a defense as the official tallies indicated, as Ishida was often forced to retreat with Kimura’s desperate attacks. Ishida’s retaliation, however, was a little more accurate against the onrushing challenger. Kimura’s right optic was badly puffed and swollen with Ishida’s counters, but the challenger from Tokyo kept going forward and stalking the champ, who didn’t look an easy victor. Ishida recently had a tough time coping with an aggressive puncher Taiki Eto, eking out a split duke to retain his national belt this April. Again did Ishida experience a tough battle with the desperate challenger, though outmaneuvering him with sharper cunteres.

OPBF female light-fly titleholder, unbeaten tall southpaw Kei Takenaka (10-0, 3 KOs), 108, kept her regional belt by winning a shutout decision (all 80-72) over Thailand’s Krikanok Islandmuaythai (12-6-2, 4 KOs), 106.5, over ten lopsided rounds. Takenaka utilized her height and southpaw stance, and whipped the game Thai girl with long southpaw lefts to the face. Krikanok’s eyes were swollen, but she showed a good retaliation despite her absorption of punishment. The unbeaten 108-pounder Takenaka, 29, will be a good prospect and look forward to a world title crack. (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Jason Sosa rolling with the punches in rising career

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

In the Philly area, Jason Sosa, the Camden, NJ junior lightweight, has been a fighter to watch for some time now. His busy, powerful and fan-friendly style has been attracting local fans for years. However, in the past year or so, the Puerto Rican puncher has excelled, stepping up the level of his competition and still managing to keep an impressive knockout streak going strong. With a new Top Rank deal recently inked, Sosa is on the brink of landing a big fight that could put him in line for a shot at a world title belt.

Friday night, Sosa, 17-1-3, 13 KOs, meets Mexican Jorge Pazos, 14-8-1, 8 KOs, in the main event of night of fights at South Philly’s 2300 Arena being branded as the “First Annual Philadelphia Puerto Rican Boxing Classic”. The seven-bout card has been stacked with local Puerto Rican talent in hopes of beginning a new tradition for the fight-hungry Puerto Rican market in and around Philadelphia.

“It’s the first Philadelphia Puerto Rican Classic event,” Sosa said. “It feels good to be the main event. It’s something big and something new they’re starting here in Philadelphia. It’s a big deal and I’m honored.” (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Arum: Pacquiao-Khan in the works

A Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan showdown is in the works for early next year. “We were planning for Manny Pacquiao to fight at the end of February, or at the latest, the first two weeks in April,” Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told The Telegraph’s Gareth Davies. “I’m not saying necessarily that the negotiations [for a Khan fight] will be successful, although I believe that everybody is negotiating in good faith. While those negotiations are ­going on, I’m not going to discuss any other opponent for Manny Pacquiao.”



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Matthysse-Postol vs. Broner-Allakhverdiev on competing HBO, Showtime telecasts Saturday

By Karl Freitag

Just like in the old days, HBO and Showtime are going head-to-head on Saturday night with a pair of super lightweight headliners.

Showtime delivers the return Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) against Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBA “regular” super lightweight world title. Interestingly, both fighters are former world champions rebounding from losses. In the co-feature, unbeaten IBF super featherweight titleholder Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) defends against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).

HBO counters with Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) against unbeaten Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC super lightweight title. In the TV opener, “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) steps up against former champion Humberto Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) in another super lightweight matchup. This event marks HBO’s first live boxing telecast since JULY!



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

New Book: The Double Life of Emile Griffith

Award-winning author Donald McRae has done it again in his first sports book in more than ten years with a gripping story on the double-life of five-time world champion in his book The Double Life of Emile Griffith – A Man’s World. (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Buglioni: I’ll go back to the drawing board and start again

Super middleweight Frank Buglioni won the hearts of boxing fans with his game, but losing effort against against WBA “regular” world champion Fedor Chudinov last Saturday at the SSE Arena in London. “I had a fantastic opportunity for the world title and I gave it my best,” said Buglioni. “I stuck it with one of the world’s top super middleweights, but on the night he was the better man. I’ll be back from this, it’s still early and raw, but I’ll go back to the drawing board and start again. His punches were very correct and he had a good defense, he gets my respect, he’s a very good fighter. While it’s hard to take defeat I believe that I showed my fighting heart and courage and I thank my loyal fans for their tremendous support.”



September 28th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Japan: Talking Points

The biggest surprise in Saturday night’s main event at UFC Fight Night Japan? It went the full five rounds.

When heavyweights are involved, you expect a quick, sudden finish. But Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson took each other’s best shots and were still standing at the end . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Negotiations begin for Manny Paquiao-Amir Khan

Billy Dib lays his wife to rest

More on Frank Buglioni’s loss to Fedor Chudinov

R.I.P. former boxer Terrance Lewis

 



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

LaManna defeats Bruce

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Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna scored a 6-round unanimous decision over Ayi Bruce in a Jr. Middleweight bout that scheduled an 8-bout card at the Veterans Memorial Park in Beach Haven, New Jersey. LaManna controlled the bout from the outside as he boxed very nicely as he worked all off his punches off an accurate Jab. He was able to befuddle Bruce as he mixed in an arsenal of punches as he featured hooks, straight right hands and uppercuts. LaManna, who is working his way towards campaigning as a Welterweight checked in at 151 lbs. He won by scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55 and raised his mark to 18-1. Bruce, 149 lbs of Accra, Ghana is now 23-11. (more…)



September 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Night of Knockouts In Norfolk, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams

There were knockouts aplenty during the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers/Ponytail Promotions card at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, VA Saturday night. Ten of the 11 bouts ended inside the distance and, in the featured bouts, two popular Virginia boxers made their fans happy with solid victories.

The main event saw hometown hero Frankie “Freight Train” Filipone score a second-round TKO over veteran Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc of Weymouth, MA in a super middleweight encounter. Filipone is now 18-5-1, five KO’s while LeBlanc drops to 13-26-4, five KO’s.

The co-feature saw the successful return of popular Portsmouth, VA lightweight “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey who stopped veteran Terrence “T-Brick” Roy of Covington, TN in the second round. Spivey, who returned after a two-year absence, is now 43-7, 31 KO’s while Roy’s record is now 11-47, two KO’s.

A number of boxers from the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia region participated on the card and most were successful.
Dusty Hernandez Harrison of DC scored a first-round knockout over James Wayka of Mounds View, MN. Harrison, a Roc Nation signee, is now 28-0, 15 KO’s. Wayka is 16-14-1, eight KO’s. (more…)



September 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Warriors/Haymon ink Rodriguez

By Robert Coster

Promoter WarriorsBoxing and Al Haymon, as co-manager, have signed up 23-year-old Puerto Rican standout Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) and scheduled him to have his first fight in the USA on November 25th on ESPN in Hialeah, Florida. Rodriguez, who is WBA Fedelatin bantamweight Champion and ranked #6 by the WBA, is elated at the prospect of fighting on a main US TV network. ” For me, it is a dream come true, Says Emmanuel, fighting on ESPN. I want to be very impressive.”

Says Puerto Rico manager Juan Orengo, “Emmanuel is an exceptional talent and signing with Warriors and Al Haymon will propel his career to a world title in a very short time.” In his short pro career, Rodriguez has already beaten two world title contenders (David Quijano and Luis Hinojosa). As an amateur, Rodriguez won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.



September 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Duhaupas: I don’t know why he stopped the fight

Battered and bloodied heavyweight Johann Duhaupas says he still had plenty of fight left when referee Jack Reiss waved off his brave challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in round eleven on Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama.

“Wilder’s a strong puncher but I was also ready to go the distance,” said Duhaupas. “I don’t think the referee should have stopped the fight. I was defending myself and moving. I don’t know why he stopped the fight. Yes I was bleeding but it was not affecting me in any way. I have never been stopped before in a fight and there’s a reason for that. It was disappointing he chose to stop it. I trained hard for this fight but only trained five weeks which for me is not enough time. I was still fighting a good fight and again I don’t think the referee should have stopped it.

“Wilder is a good fighter. I think he is tough and hit me with some good shots. But I also think he should have more preparation to go to the next level. He can compete with Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin but he needs to train hard and have a strong game plan.

“I’m okay and will continue my boxing career in Europe.”



September 27th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Japan: Post-fight Bonus Recap

Performance bonuses: Josh Barnett, Uriah Hall, Diego Brandao and Keita Nakamura

• Barnett put in a historic performance in his five-round battle with Roy Nelson in the main event. ‘The Warmaster’ connected with 95 significant clinch strikes against Nelson, a new single-fight UFC record, en-route to victory and an extra bonus for his efforts. His 146 significant strikes mark a new single-fight heavyweight record . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Ioka keeps WBA 112lb belt by unanimous decision over Sosa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka (18-1, 10 KOs), 112, successfully made his initial defense of his third belt as he displayed very excellent defensive skills and scored a nearly shutout decision over Argentine Roberto Domingo Sosa (26-3-1, 14 KOs) over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Levi Martinez (US) saw it 120-108, while Ignacio Robles (Panama) and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) both tallied 119-109, all in Ioka’s favor. The referee was Russell Mora (US) who handles such fast-moving flyweights very well.

The defending champ, uncut and unbruised as usual, didn’t absorb any apparent punishment since he intelligently averted almost all of the game Argentine’s attacks. Ioka looked like Miguel Canto, and showed sharp counterpunching like Jose Mantequilla Napoles. Ioka, 26, proved too smart and swift for Sosa, 30, who kept punching the air all the way. What Sosa displayed this night was only his great corazon (heart), not any clean effective shots to the elusive target. Jabbing and countering with minimum and efficient footwork, Ioka steadily piled up points almost in every round. This reporter gave only the sixth to Sosa due to his non-stop rallies against the Japanese footworker. Ioka often connected with good shots to the onrushing Argentine, but Sosa was very durable and went on fighting despite his damage. The twelfth and final stanza witnessed Ioka badly hurt Sosa with a very strong body shot. But the Argentine withstood it and had a very narrow escape. We admirably saw Ioka’s finest display of textbook defenses.

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September 27th, 2015

Boxing News

KO King Bailey arrives in Korea

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Former two-division world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (45-8, 38 KOs) arrived in Korea Sunday. Bailey met with his new South Korea-based promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions) for the first time face to face since Bailey signed with him a few months back. The two were brought together by Bailey’s late Manager Si Stern who recently passed. Bailey will take on Shusaku Fujinaka of Japan next Sunday, October 4th. The bout will be a scheduled for 12 round main event with the vacant WBO Asia Pacific welterweight title on the line. There is a lot of buzz around the city for the event and the venue is anticipated to be filled.



September 27th, 2015

Boxing News

Takayama keeps IBF 105lb belt by halting Hara

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

IBF minimum titlist Katsunari Takayama (30-7-0-1NC, 12 KOs), 104.75, impressively retained his belt when he battered ex-OPBF champ Ryuji Hara (19-2, 11 KOs), 105, from all angles and finally halted him at 1:20 of the eighth round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. The fast-moving and busy-punching Japanese champ started fireworks from the outset as usual, but the compatriot Hara, formerly a jockey aspirant at 25, almost turned the tide as he connected with solid shots to the face and the belly in the second and third. Takayama, 32, began streaming red ribbon from a gash under the left eyebrow caused by an accidental butt in the third, and it kept bleeding until the end of the contest. The pugnacious champ, making his second defense, took back the initiative from the fourth on, whipping the suddenly fading challenger upstairs and downstairs. Takayama accelerated his non-stop rallies, often pinning Hara to the ropes with a flurry of punches. He had the less aggressive foe in trouble in the seventh, and swarmed over him with a furious two-fisted attack in the fatal eighth. The referee Wayne Hedgpetch from US made a well-timed and well-received halt to save the helplessly groggy loser midway in round eight. Prior to the stoppage, all the judges had Takayama leading on points—Takeshi Shimakara 68-64, Takeo Harada 69-64, Katsuhiko Nakamura 68-65. It was a more lopsided affair than expected due to the energetic champ’s speed and stamina.

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September 27th, 2015




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