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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez WBC #4 light flyweight Juan "Churritos" Hernandez (30-2, 21 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over ...

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Zurdo Ramirez meets and greets fans

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez meets and greets fans during an event for the WBC: World Boxing Cares in East Los Angeles. Ramirez will headline Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Ramirez will be taking on Dereck “The Black Lion” Edwards in a 10-round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank, and produced in association with HBO Sports.

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May 31st, 2015


Boxing News

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Festival

Video/Photos: Top Rank

The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated #3 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo celebrated his upcoming HBO Boxing debut by pressing the flesh and throwing some leather for his fans in New York. He appeared at The Bronx Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday for a “meet & greet” session with fans, then ended the day with a public workout.

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Latino lightweight title against Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, Saturday, June 13, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The card will also feature World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), of Jamaica, defending his world title against Top-10 contender Miguel “The Scorpion Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), of Colombia.Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)



May 31st, 2015


Boxing News

Rodriguez KOs Hinojosa in third round

Photos: Esdel Palermo

Last night in Cataño, Puerto Rico, WBO Latino bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round KO over former world title contender and WBA #11 rated Luis Hinojosa (27-9, 17 KOs). A solid straight right hand on Hinojosa’s face, immediately ended up the fight. Hinojosa was unconscious for a while.

“The training camp went very well and here are the results. I didn’t expect the fight to end so early but I just took the opportunities that were available at the time, and delivered my punches,” Rodriguez, who is ranked #11 by the WBC and #9 by the WBO. (more…)



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Joshua has July date in Manchester

Unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) became the first fighter to stop Kevin Johnson, ending it inside two rounds on Saturday. “People say that guy will test me, this guy will test me. It is only going to get tough,” said Joshua, “and I will fight tougher opponents, the game doesn’t stop.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “That was devastating. We witnessed the future Heavyweight champion of the world. We have to do things right and we will progress him at the right pace. He will be out in July in Manchester and you will love the fight we have here for September 12. He is a great fighter and he is Great British. We have a few names there but we will fill this place again. This guy is going to beat every single Heavyweight in the world. We have a chance for a heavyweight to fly the flag for Great Britain and let’s all enjoy the journey of Anthony Joshua.”



May 31st, 2015


Boxing News

McLeod-Wells wins NY State flyweight belt

By Jerry Glick

Popular NYC light-heavyweight Will Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs), who is a firefighter and EMT outside of the ring, was in a war Saturday night with late sub Dion Savage (12-7, 6 KOs) at the Resorts World Casino in the main event of the latest installment of the “International Fight Night” series promoted by New Legend Boxing. Rosinsky pressured Savage from the opening bell and Savage returned fire going nose-to-nose with Rosinsky for almost every minute of their eight round battle. Fortunately for the fighters and the fans, referee Mark Nelson did what all good referees are supposed to do and he allowed the fighters to fight. The scorecards read 80-72 twice and 79-73, all for Rosinsky.

In the co-feature, Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells (8-2, 1 KO) of Brooklyn won the vacant New York State female flyweight belt with a lopsided unanimous ten round decision over a game but outclassed Patricia “Patty Boom Boom” Alcivar from Queens (8-4, 3 KOs). Scores were 100-90 twice and 97-93 all for McLeod-Wells. More to follow.



May 31st, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Goiania Post Fight

Fight of the Night: Charles Oliveira (W) vs. Nik Lentz

Performances Bonus: Charles Oliveira and Rony Jason . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Oliveira settles score, subs Lentz in three

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW ORLEANS is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Williams stops Bowles in six

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Tramaine Williams (9-0, 3 KOs) scored a 6th round stoppage over Josh Bowles (9-2, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, Connecticut. The show was the Inaugural Danbury Fight Night promoted by Prize Promotions. Williams showed his quick hand speed to outpoint Bowles for most of the fight. In the final round, Williams landed a booming straight left that sent Bowles down hard on his back. Bowles did well to get to his feet only to take a barrage of punches and the fight was stopped at 1:36 of round six.

Bantamweight Nate Green (8-0) remained undefeated by pounding out a 6-round unanimous decision over Timur Shailezov (17-10-1). Scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Agbeko stops Rubillar in four

Former world champion Joseph Agbeko (30-5, 23 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in over 13 months to defeat Juanito Rubillar (49-23-7, 24 KOs) by fourth round TKO on Saturday at El Paso Memorial Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. The bout was halted by a cut ruled to be from a punch. Time was 1:31. It was Agbeko’s first fight since his December 2013 loss to Guillermo Rigondeax. Rubbilar has now lost four straight and ten of his last eleven.



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Brook planning August return

With his sixth round stoppage of Frankie Gavin on Saturday, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook took his unbeaten record to 35-0 and said that the best is yet to come as promoter Eddie Hearn revealed a late-August date for his third defense. “You’ll have to speak to Eddie,” said Brook about his next fight. “It’s getting boring now, me and Amir Khan. He doesn’t want to hear it. I have the title so why not come and fight me. Frankie had the cojones to get in a fight with me so I take my hat off to him.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “It’s deja vu. We did this in Sheffield nine weeks ago. Everybody wants Brook against Khan but what can you do? He is waiting for Floyd Mayweather but that fight isn’t happening in September. Apparently he thinks it could happen next May. It’s a waiting game and it is disappointing for the British public because Kell Brook wants to fight Amir Khan. We get excited about it but lose the excitement when you can’t see it happening. We look on, we look at the likes of Brandon Rios, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. August 29 was pencilled in before Gavin, potentially at Bramall Lane in Sheffield – he needs those big fights and those big names from America to come over. At the end of august or beginning of early September in Sheffield we need to bring him a big name now.”



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto hits New York City

Photos: Hector Santos/Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto has arrived in New York City for the first defense of his belt against Daniel Geale. “We are really happy to be here in New York. It feels like being home. We had a great a camp back in L.A. and we are ready to perform on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,” Cotto said.

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May 31st, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Goiania Main: Condit TKOs Alves

After a long layoff due to injury, former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit got back to business Saturday at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, and it was like “The Natural Born Killer” never left, as he scored an exciting second-round TKO of fellow contender Thiago Alves. . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Oliveira settles score, subs Lentz in three

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW ORLEANS is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Gavronski, Green score TKO victories

The Battle at the Boat series hosted their 101st event at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday. In the main event, Tacoma’s Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (18-1-1) took on Tyrell “Hollywood” Hendrix (11-7-2) in a rematch of their 2011 draw which was televised on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The disdain between the two men was obvious, even leading to an intense scuffle at the previous day’s weigh-ins. The two traded haymakers early on, with neither man able to gain the advantage. However, Gavronski was able to find his groove in the later rounds, sending Hendrix to the canvas in the ninth for the count.

The co-main event was a short one, with Vancouver native Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-4) knocking out Marcelino Pineda (5-1) just one minute into the very first round. A brutal hook from Green sent his opponent to the canvas ending the fight. (more…)



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Mendoza retains IBF light flyweight belt

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

IBF light flyweight champion Javier “The Cobra” Mendoza (24-2-1, 19 KOs) retained his title with a six round technical decision against mandatory challenger Milan Melindo (32-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. What had been a dirty bout was stopped due to a cut suffered by Mendoza and the cards had him ahead 59-53, 60-52, 60-52. Melindo was deducted a point for a low blow in round five.

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May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Saguilan humbles Buevlas, Baby Juarez stuns Confesor Hernandez

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Super lightweight Nery Saguilan (33-4-1, 12 KOs) scored a bizarre second round KO over outmatched Wilfredo Buelvas (16-5, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. Showing complete distain for Buelvas, Saguilan stuck out his jaw and let Buevlas hit him. Later in the round, he battered Buevlas to the ropes, started talking to someone at ringside, then hit Buevlas with a no-look right hand on the jaw to put him down for a ten count.

Flyweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (21-4, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over two-time WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (30-4-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. Hernandez complained of a headbutt and wanted to go to the scorecards, however Juarez was declared a TKO winner.

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May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez tops Capulin in battle of unbeatens, Saucedo stops Giurecio in four

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Mikey Williams Top Rank

In a clash of unbeaten super featherweight prospects, Saul “El Dinamita” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Antonio “Kid Crisis” Capulin (14-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the famous Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California. Rodriguez scored a knockdown in round one, then unleashed a furious assault in round two that Capulin did well to survive. After that the pace slowed and Rodriguez went on to a unanimous verdict. No scores were announced.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (18-0, 13 KOs) impressed again with a fourth round TKO against Jake “The Bull” Giurecio (17-4-1, 4 KOs). Saucedo dropped Giurecio with a left hook in round three and the bout was waved off after Saucedo staggered Giurecio with a barrage of punches in round four. Time was :49.

WBC #8 rated cruiserweight Dmitro Kucher (23-1, 17 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Bobby Thomas Jr. (14-4-1, 9 KOs). After completing the first round Thomas went back to his corner and he informed the corner he couldn’t continue. Referee Ray Corona then stopped the contest.

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May 31st, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Goiania Prelims: Jason, Jussier Victorious

Back in action for the first time since May 31, 2014, former Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner Rony Jason made a winning return Saturday night, submitting American Damon Jackson in the first round of their featherweight bout at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW ORLEANS is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Di Rocco stops Lepelley to retain EBU title

European super lightweight champion, IBF #4 and WBC #10 Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) retained his European title moments ago at the Teatro Principe in Milan, Italy with an eighth round KO over French Alexandre Lepelley (18-4-1, 3 KOs).

OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Deejay TV televising live in Italy.



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Brook batters Gavin, Joshua massacres Kingpin, Linares halts Mitchell, Selby dethrones Gradovich

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Lawrence Lustig

Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) scored a one-sided sixth round TKO over over Frankie Gavin (22-2, 13 KOs) in an all-British showcase on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Brook, a 16:1 favorite, had it all his own way. The end came in round six with Brook mercilessly battering Gavin on the ropes. Time was 2:51.

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-7-1, 14 KOs). Joshua dropped Johnson twice in round one and “Kingpin” was saved by the bell. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist Joshua finished the job in round two, battering Johnson until the bout was waved off at 1:22. It was the first time Johnson has ever been stopped and also his fourth straight loss.

WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (39-3, 26 KOs) retained his title with a come-from-behind tenth round TKO against Kevin Mitchell (39-3, 29 KOs). Mitchell dropped Linares in round five, but the champion came back strong to bust up Mitchell’s face. He finally pounded Mitchell to the deck in round ten and the bout was stopped moments later. Time was 2:57. At the time of the stoppage, Mitchell was ahead on two cards, with the third card even.

Featherweight Lee Selby (21-1, 9 KOs) outclassed and dethroned previously unbeaten IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-1-1, 9 KOs). The bout was halted at the start of round eight due to a cut over Gradovich’s right eye. Selby won by technical decision 79-73, 80-72, 79-73.

Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) needed just 24 seconds to annihilate journeyman Tomas Man (13-9-1, 8 KOs). photos



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Detroit

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

I thought of something Tarick Salmaci said two decades ago when he scuffled, looking oh-so-bad in winning a listless decision over Stacy Goodsen in Detroit: “I look like a bum when I fight bums.” I thought of Salmaci’s line, which he had uttered to then-manager Jackie Kallen because of last night’s co-main featuring Dorell VanHorn, Jr., VanHorn might have said the same thing to Kallen after pounding out a unanimous-six (on all three) verdict over Bruce Rumbolz. Kallen manages VanHorn.

Middleweight VanHorn, 8-0, won against an opponent who had won just two fights in fifteen years (twenty losses, one draw) in the co-feature of a seven bout card put on by Kallen and Connie Shamoun under the banner of Big Al Promotions (Al Low) at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Shamoun’s son, Zachariah, now a 3-0 featherweight, also had in front of him an opponent, Antonio Gonzales, who concentrated on staying erect and harassing Shamoun and then the irate crowd after the fight was stopped in the third round. (more…)



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

DeAlba dominates Uribe

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Friday night at the Stadium Holiday Inn in South Philadelphia, PA, reigning UBF super featherweight champion Frankie DeAlba (16-1-2 6KOs) put together another dominant performance, with a sixth round knockout of Bernardo Gomez Uribe (13-4, 9KOs). In the eight round co-feature of the card promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions, Steve Upsher Chambers (25-4-1, 6KOs) dropped rugged veteran Alejandro Rodriquez three times in the opening two rounds on his way to a much tougher than expected unanimous decision victory. (more…)



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Danbury, Connecticut

Tramaine Williams 124 vs. Josh Bowles 123.75
Nate Green 118 vs. Timur Shailezov 118
Josh Crespo 124.5 vs. Edgar Cortes 121
Cassius Chaney 244 vs. Ruben Ortiz 210
Oscar Bonilla 132 vs. Andrew Bentley 131
Jair Ramos 139 vs. Osnel Charles 138
Wellington Romero 145 vs. Evencii Dixon 145
Rich Neves 154.5 vs. Gilbert Alex Sanchez 154

Venue: Danbury Arena
Promoter: Prize Promotions (AJ Galante)
1st Bell: 7 PM ET
Tickets: $100, $75,$50, $25 – can be purchased at www.prizepromotions.net or call 203.544.2WIN.



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Khan-Algieri Scorecard

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll

Here’s the round by round scoring for Friday’s welterweight clash between Amir Khan and Chris Algieri at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Scores were 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 in a bout some thought was closer. Interestingly, two judges scores round twelve for Khan, who for the most part was on his bicycle. Had Don Ackerman scored round twelve for Algieri, his card would have been a draw.

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May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Khan, Algieri post fight quotes

Amir Khan: “Everyone knows I want Floyd (Mayweather) next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long it can set you back. I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris. I thought I worked well inside. I’ve never done a lot of work in the pocket like that and I plan to do more of that in the future. I give Chris a lot of credit. He came forward a lot more than we thought he would and he had a big chin tonight. Chris gave it his all tonight. This is the best Algieri we’ve seen in a long time, and if he’d have fought Manny (Pacquiao) that way he might have won.”

Chris Algieri: “I thought I pressured Khan well and got my touches. He definitely didn’t like it when I got into his body. I thought I hurt him several times, but Khan’s a cagey fighter and he spins off. I guess the judges liked that tonight. I would think the cleaner, harder shots would get a little more respect. I think PBC is fantastic. The focus is on the fighters, not the politics or the promoters. This is helping bring the sport back to boxing’s glory days of primetime events for the fans. I haven’t thought much about after this fight. I’m disappointed, but I’ll watch the film from this fight and we’ll go from there.”



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from México City

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Nery Saguilan 139 vs Wilfredo Buelvas 139.50
(WBC super featherweight regional title)

Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez 112.70 vs Saul “Baby” Juarez 112.70
Jose “Piston” Lopez 148 vs Jonathan Duran 147.50
Lourdes Juarez 107.80 vs Belen Gonzalez 107.50

Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Kayode dominates Kisner

By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Greg Cohen Promotions

Returning to cruiserweight, Lateef “Power” Kayode (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Slick” Nick Kisner (14-2-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the WC Handy Pavilion on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. After a TKO1 loss to Luis Ortiz was overturned when Ortiz failed a drug test, Kayode was too strong for Kisner who didn’t have the firepower to do much damage. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

WBO #10 lightweight Josh King of Australia made his US television debut with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision against Rogelio Casarez (9-4, 4 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 98-92.

Female star Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (24-1-1, 18 KOs) won a six-round super featherweight showcase fight against Fatuma Zarika (24-11-2, 14 KOs). Serrano scored a first round knockdown and went on to win 60-53, 60-53, 59-54.

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May 30th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Goiania Fantasy Preview

The UFC travels to Brazil this weekend with a welterweight showcase at the top of the bill, as former interim champion Carlos Condit returns from more than a year away from the sport due to injury to face heavy-handed former title challenger Thiago Alves in the main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT GOIANIA is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Tanaka wins vacant WBO 105lb belt in fifth pro bout

By Joe Koizumi

A 19-year-old unbeaten Japanese, Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2 KOs), 105, very
impressively acquired the vacant WBO 105-pound belt as he kept outspeeding
and outpunching Mexican Julian Yedras (24-2, 13 KOs), 105,, winning a
unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Komaki, Japan.

The official tallies read: Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) and Sawang
Thaweekoon (Thailand) both 117-111, and Luis Ruiz (Puerto Rico) 115-113, all
in favor of Tanaka who thus won the world throne in his fifth pro bout. The
referee was Samuel Viruet (US) who also moved well like the busy-moving
contestants. Tanaka, a four-time national high school champ whose amateur
mark was 46-5, 13 stoppages, displayed fast jabs, quick combinations,
effective left hooks and shifty footwork, and maintained the initiative all
the way despite the game Mexican’s occasional retaliation. Tanaka proved a
real thing with such a fine performance. He looked like a young Sugar Ray
Leonard.

Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.
WBO supervisor: Leon Panoncillo (US).
(More to come)



May 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Khan defeats Algieri, Mayweather next?

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In a clash of former world champions, welterweight Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Algieri gave Khan all he could handle, taking the fight to Khan who often fought backpedaling. Khan prevailed by scores of 115-113, 117-111, 117-111. He is now hoping to land a big money showdown against Floyd Mayweather in September. (more…)



May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Fortuna wins WBA super featherweight title

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Junior lightweight Javier Fortuna beat up Bryan Vasquez for twelve rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory in the co-featured fight Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KO’s) hurt Vasquez repeatedly throughout the bout but often wound up suffocating his best shots by punching too closely on the inside. Vasquez, meantime, only really opened up after getting hit flush. For much of the rest of the fight he was far too inactive to connect with any meaningful.

Fortuna earned scores of 117-111 (twice) and 116-112 to earn the WBA’s vacant “regular” junior lightweight belt. (more…)



May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Tanaka, Yedras make weight

Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi

Some pressman asked this reporter about the previous record of champions in fewest pro bouts prior to the weigh-in today. This record-keeper replied, “Saengsak Muangsurin and Vasyl Lomachenko (if we ignore his WSB campaigns) in the third professional bout, and Viraphol Nakhonluang-Promotion in the fourth contest.” He asked me again, “Should Kosei Tanaka acquire the belt in his fifth tomorrow, will he become the fourth quickest world titlist in history?” This observer coolly responded, “Yes, you are right.”

Today we saw great many pressmen and photographers at the weigh-in ceremony, where both Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) of Japan and Mexican Julian Yedras (24-1, 13 KOs) tipped the beam at the 105-pound class limit.

The WBO officials are as follows: referee Samuel Viruet (US); judges Luis Ruiz (Puerto Rico), Salven Lagumbay (Philippines), Sawaeng Thaweekoon (Thailand); supervisor Leon Panoncillo (US).

This reporter has no other words than “time will tell” as I already wrote yesterday.

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May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

DeAlba, Chambers, Ennis win in South Philly

By John DiSanto at ringside

Local fighters took over in the second half of the show on Friday night at the Stadium Holiday Inn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the scheduled 10-round main event, junior lightweight Frank DeAlba, Reading, PA, 16-1-2, 6 KOs, dominated Mexico’s Bernardo Gomez Urbine, 14-4, 10 KOs, for five rounds before knocking him out at 2:17 of round six.

Philly junior welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers, 25-4-1, 6 KOs, dropped Alejandro Rodriguez, 24-17-1, 8 KOs, three times in the first two rounds, but then went to sleep for the next several rounds. Rodriguez battled back well, but Upsher held on to his early lead in the 8-round fight. All three judges scored the fight for Upsher, 77-71, 76-72 and 76-73.

Philadelphian Farah Ennis, 22-2, 12 KOs, returned after nearly two years of inactivity and scored a hard-fought points win over Accra’s Michael Gbenga, 20-20, 19 KOs, in a six-round super middleweight bout. Gbenga landed plenty of shots on Ennis, but Farah landed harder and generally had the edge. The decision was split, with two judges favoring Ennis by scores of 59-55 and 58-56. Gbenga led on one card, 58-56. (more…)



May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Undercard Results from Brooklyn

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Staten Island’s own Marcus Browne won a sloppy 10-round decision against Cornelius White. Judges scored the fight unanimously in his favor via tallies of 99-91 (twice) and 98-92. Browne (15-0, 11 KOs) hurt White along the ropes in the first but got too excited aiming for the knockout and wound up letting the moment pass. Browne did drop White in the sixth but with a low blow to the thigh. White (21-4, 16 KOs) tried to milk the illegal shot for all he could get but he was clearly in shape to continue and the bout soon resumed. When it did it devolved into a messy affair in which neither fight connected with anything of consequence. Browne, in particular, looked more tired than he probably should have. He spent big chunks of the final rounds backtracking around the ring to secure his wide lead on the cards. White, fighting for just the fourth time in two years, has now lost three fights in a row including a stoppage to light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

In a walkout bout between two fleshy heavyweights, Adam Kownacki defeated Ytalo Perea by eight-round unanimous decision. Judges scores were 80-72 and 79-73 twice for the still unbeaten Kownacki. Kownacki, who had a very respectable contingent of fans present, dominated the action from start to finish, even if he often looked sloppy while getting the job done. Kownacki is tough but he will probably have to lose the tire around his waist to move along in the weight class. He weighed almost 250 pounds for this particular fight. The win was his first by decision after he knocked out all nine of his other opponents. Perea is now 6-2-1 with four wins by KO. (more…)



May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Hollywood, Calif

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Saul Rodriguez 133 vs. Antonio Capulin 133.2
Alex Saucedo 145.8 vs. Jake Giuriceo 146
Dmitro Kucher 202 vs. Bobby Thomas Jr 220
Brandon Adams 150.4 vs. Arnold Barbosa Jr 146.4
Rafael Vazquez 129.8 vs. Luis Sedano 130.4
Karl Garcia 123.8 vs. Rafael Espinonza 123
Omar Avelar 155 vs. Jessy Martinez 154.4

Venue: Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California
Promoter: Top Rank/Bash Boxing
TV: UniMas

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May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Magdaleno-Gonzalez clash added to truTV card

One-time world title challengers Diego Magdaleno and Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez will battle each other in a 12-round lightweight bout in the co-main event of an all-action card headlined by the Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez vs. Dereck “The Black Lion” Edwards 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International super middleweight title fight on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Both fights will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank, and produced in association with HBO Sports.

“Diego and Chelo have had chances at the brass ring before — each getting world title shots — and both came up a little short. This is their best chance to return for a second title shot. They know what’s at stake and they will make the most of this opportunity,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank. (more…)



May 29th, 2015

Boxing News

World-rated Lenny Zappavigna signs with Top Rank

World-ranked junior welterweight Leonard ‘Lenny’ Zappavigna of New South Wales, Australia, has signed with Top Rank. Lenny has a record of 33-2, 23 KOs and is ranked IBF 6, WBO 8. Lenny has trained the last few weeks in Southern California gyms including the world famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.

It is a major signing and Lenny said he thrilled to be with Top Rank.

“I am ready for the big fights against the top fighters,” said Lenny. “While growing up in Australia I played some soccer and did karate. Then, as a teenager I got into boxing and have been devoted to the sport since then. Training at Wild Card is incredible. I have had a lot of sparring with some of the best fighters in the world.”

Lenny is managed by Michael Altamura and Cameron Dunkin. Cameron has a number of world champions and top contenders with Top Rank. (more…)



May 29th, 2015




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