Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against Mexican Carlson

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against Mexican Carlson

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) will defend his WBC bantamweight belt against Mexican Carlos ...

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Judah destroys Munguia in comeback fight

Judah destroys Munguia in comeback fight

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com Six-time world champion Zab “Super” Judah (43-9, 30 KOs) shook off three years of ring ...

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Ancajas has Rodriguez all figured out

Ancajas has Rodriguez all figured out

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Roman stops Lopez in WBA eliminator

Roman stops Lopez in WBA eliminator

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com In the main event at Ballys Atlantic City, junior featherweight Daniel Roman, 22-2-1, 8 KOs, ...

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WBC condemns offensive statements of trainer Angel Garcia

WBC condemns offensive statements of trainer Angel Garcia

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Boxing Result

Segura, Vazquez victorious

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer

WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) moved up to flyweight on Saturday night, scoring an eighth round TKO over former champ Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-7-1, 13 KOs) on a non-title clash on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. It was an all out war early as both traded shots. Vargas was bloody mess by the seventh round as Segura’s shots took their toll. The bout was stopped on the advice of the ring doctor at the beginning of round eight. For more details and photos click here…

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) moved up to flyweight on Saturday night, …


Boxing Result

Ward retains WBA title

By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Photos by Laura de la Torre

WBA super middleweight championship Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Although Ward already had a pass into the Super Six semi-finals, he chose to face the rugged Bika to his credit. As always with Bika, it was a tough, physical fight. Ward, however, showed his class in winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 118-110. For more details and photos click here…

By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside Photos by Laura de la Torre WBA super middleweight championship Andre Ward …



Boxing Result

Marquez, Berto, Litzau triumph

Photos by Chris Cozzone

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside

WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round TKO over interim champ Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katsidis sought to draw Marquez into a brawl and Marquez accommodated him. Katsidis dropped Marquez in round three with a left hook to the chin. Marquez, however, recovered and for the most part was in control of an action packed bout before it was waved off at 2:14 of round nine by referee Kenny Bayless.

WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) annihilated Freddy Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs) in the first round. After a cracking right hand floored Hernandez, referee Russell Mora waved it off. Time was 2:07

In a junior lightweight bout, highly regarded WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) lost a ten round split decision to Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) over ten good rounds. A 13-1 underdog, Litzau won 97-93 96-94 on two cards, while Caballero prevailed 96-94 on the third card. (more…)

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) retained his …


Boxing Result

Froch dominates Abraham

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In a highly anticipated showdown, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) in the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Fightnews had it 118-110 for Froch, who regained the WBC 168lb belt for the second time. (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME In a highly anticipated showdown, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) scored a …




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Martinez: “Bring ’em on!”

Photo by Chris Cozzone

By Anthony Springer Jr.

“People want to see excitement, they like big knockouts,” Promoter Lou DiBella told the press at a luncheon held for his fighter Sergio Martinez, today in Las Vegas’ MGM. “Particularly if you’re  capable of knocking out the best in the world.  That’s what Sergio Martinez delivers – excitement.”  Fresh off his stunning KO win of Paul Williams last week in Atlantic City, Team Martinez says Sergio is ready to fight the best. “I’m hoping someone is going to stand up and realize [fighting Sergio Martinez] is an opportunity,” said DiBella.

“My life changed professionally, but not personally [since the Williams knockout], I continue to be the same guy,” Martinez said.  Stay tuned for a full report on Monday on today’s presser.

By Anthony Springer Jr. “People want to see excitement, they like big knockouts,” Promoter Lou DiBella told the press at …


Boxing Result

Early Results from Helsinki

Report/Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen

Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over Attila Levin (34-4, 27 KOs). Attila was very strong at the start, but in the second round Helenius floored him with a hard right hand. A still wobbly Levin then tried to trade punches with Helenius but was quickly cornered and battered, prompting a referee’s stoppage at 1:20. Very exciting fight while it lasted. The EBU-EU and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight belts were on the line.

In a clash for the EBU-EU light welterweight title, Ville Piispanen (15-1-3, 6 KOs) and Daniel Rasilla 18-3-1, 5 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 113-115, 115-113 and 114-114. Piispanen won the early rounds and was much faster. Rasilla came on late after Piispanen slowed down to take the later rounds. Fightnews scored it for Piispanen 116-112.

Artur Hein TKO3 Sam Couzens (light heavyweight)
Jussi Koivula W8 Nino Cruz (welterweight)
80-72, 80-72 and 80-72
Niko Jokinen vs Jorge Silva (super middleweight)
80-73, 80-72 and 78-75
Edis Tatli TKO6 Asan Yuseinov (lightweight)
Eva Wahlstrom W6 Nacera Bagdad (super feather)
(60-54, 59-55 and 60-54)

Report/Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over Attila Levin …


Announcement

Former SA champion dies

By Ron Jackson

Herbert “The Hawk” Hlubi a former Transvaal and South African light heavyweight champion who fought from 1955 to 1971 passed away in Alexander near Johannesburg recently. Hlubi who had a reported record of 29-14-1; 16 made his pro debut in 1955 and won the Transvaal middleweight title when he outpointed Ariel Xaba over ten rounds and captured the vacant South African light heavyweight title in December 1961 when he beat Victor Lekaye in Cape Town. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Herbert “The Hawk” Hlubi a former Transvaal and South African light heavyweight champion who fought from 1955 …


Boxing Result

Moscatiello destroys Zara

Unbeatean OPI 2000 welterweight prospect Antonio “Big” Moscatiello beat Pietro Luigi Zara (12-3, 1 KOs) with a body shot to the liver in the second round last night in Pavia, Italy. Moscatiello, the nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, is now 10-0, 9 KOs.

Unbeatean OPI 2000 welterweight prospect Antonio “Big” Moscatiello beat Pietro Luigi Zara (12-3, 1 KOs) with a body shot to …



Boxing News

Update from Helsinki

The action is heating up a cold Helsinki! It’s been a busy week for Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham as they prepare to face off. Who will emerge as the winner? Watch it all go down tonight at 9:00pm ET on Showtime.

The action is heating up a cold Helsinki! It’s been a busy week for Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham as …


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Caballero waiving title?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino Caballero could lose his title in the ring tonight in Las Vegas against Jason Litzau. Although it has been reported that Caballero requested WBA approval to enter the ring as world champion, if Caballero wins the fight he will be placed in the WBA super featherweight rankings.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino Caballero could lose his title in the ring tonight in …


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Congrats to the Salazars

The Fightnews.com crew sends out congrats to fellow writer Francisco Salazar, who tied the knot last weekend. Francisco and Blanca Salazar were married last Saturday at the Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, Calif. The couple has been together for five and a half years and will live in Camarillo. Francisco has been covering the California boxing scene for FightNews over the past ten years.  He also teaches U.S. history and economics at the Channel Islands High School in Oxnard. Blanca is a personal banker with plans to finish her Master’s in sociology.

The Fightnews.com crew sends out congrats to fellow writer Francisco Salazar, who tied the knot last weekend. Francisco and Blanca …



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Superfight: Abraham-Froch

By Graham Houston
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen

It’s not often that fights come along as intriguing as the one between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham on SHOWTIME tonight. The network’s Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament has had its setbacks, but a fight such as Froch-Abraham makes it all worthwhile. The betting odds have hardly changed. Abraham opened at around -160 and that is where he has remained apart from minor fluctuations. The over/under of 11.5 rounds at essentially even money indicates that the oddsmakers see this as a long, likely full-distance, fight.

What is so appealing about this 168-pound championship fight is that a strong case can be made for either man to win. This is when boxing is at its best, when two elite fighters meet with a strong element of doubt over the outcome. (more…)

By Graham Houston Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen It’s not often that fights come along as intriguing as the one between Carl …


Boxing News

Omotoso stops Godoy

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin

IBF #13 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Juan Alberto Godoy (25-12-1, 10 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled twelve at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso kept Godoy off balance in all the rounds as he connected with solid left jabs and power right crosses and did not allow Argentinean 147 pounder an opportunity to launch an attack. Omotoso dropped Godoy with a hard right hand to the jaw in round four and referee Tony Maretta crowned Omotoso at 2:51. For more details and photos click here…

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing Photos by Werner Kalin IBF #13 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped …


Feature Story

Ward-Bika final quotes

Photos by Laura de la Torre

WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Contender Sakio Bika both landed on the exact 168-pound weight mark on Friday, one day before their world title clash on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Oakland’s Ward will make the second defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship against world-ranked contender Bika, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Ward (22-0, 13 KOs), who has already secured a berth in the Semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be making the second defense of his 168-pound title. The 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and tournament points-leader will face the tough Bika, (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon. (more…)

Photos by Laura de la Torre WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Contender Sakio Bika both landed on …


Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

Rafael Soto / Zanfer

Giovani Segura 113 vs Manuel Vargas 112
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs Ricardo Dominguez 135
(IBF lightweight championship)
Daniel Sandoval 134 vs Armando Robles 134
David Gaspar 116 vs Jose Carlos Vargas 116.5
Raul Hirales 122 vs Adan Ozuna 122
Adrian Young 130 vs Ivan Mendoza 132
Venue: Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: FSE, TV Azteca
(more…)

Rafael Soto / Zanfer Giovani Segura 113 vs Manuel Vargas 112 Miguel Vazquez 135 vs Ricardo Dominguez 135 (IBF lightweight …



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Marquez-Katsidis weigh-in shots

All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez-Katsidis, Berto-Hernandez and Caballero-Litzau weigh in, plus undercard shots. Photos by Chris Cozzone: Click here to view

All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez-Katsidis, Berto-Hernandez and Caballero-Litzau weigh in, plus …


Late Result

Late Results from Chicago

By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz

WBC Youth light heavyweight title holder Andrzej Fonfara (15-2-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Anthony Doughty (9-2-0, 8 KOs) in the first round this past Friday in the main event of the “Windy City Fight Night 13” card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the co-main event, undefeated jr welterweight Ivan “El Marro” Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an unanimous decision over Martin Tucker (7-7-0, 3 KOs) of the junior welterweight division. (more…)

By Jacob Chavez at ringside Photos by John Booz WBC Youth light heavyweight title holder Andrzej Fonfara (15-2-0, 6 KOs) …


Scale Watch

Ward, Bika make weight

By Bob Hough at the scale
Photos: Laura De la Torre

Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at 168 lbs for his title defense against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live on SHOWTIME championship boxing (9PM ET/PT) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Bika scaled in at 168.

Quick Quotes:

Andre Ward: I feel like I’m ready for a fight.

Regarding the result of Abraham-Froch earlier that night

I don’t care if someone tells me [the result] or not. I’m locked in on Bika.

Sakio Bika: He was a little bigger than I expected and I’m just trying to handle my business.

By Bob Hough at the scale Photos: Laura De la Torre Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 …


Scale Watch

Weights from Las Vegas

Photo by Chris Cozzone

By Anthony Springer at the scale

Juan Manuel Marquez 134 vs Michael Katsidis 135
(WBA/WBO lightweight championship)
Andre Berto 145 vs Freddy Hernandez 147
(WBC welterweight championship)
Celestino Caballero 131.5 vs Jason Litzau 130
**Caballero was heavy and must lose 1.5 lbs.

Nate Campbell 139 vs. Walter Estrada 136
Erislandy Lara 154 vs. Tim Connors 154
Keith Thurman 149 vs. Favio Medina 149
Bastie Samir 163 vs. Billy Cunningham 162
Michael Finney 146 vs. Clayvonne Howard 141

Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO

By Anthony Springer at the scale Juan Manuel Marquez 134 vs Michael Katsidis 135 (WBA/WBO lightweight championship) Andre Berto 145 …


Boxing Result

M Hatton still Euro champ

European welterweight Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round knockout over previously unbeaten Roberto Belge (25-1-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England. Hatton, rated #7 by the WBA, put Belge down for the count with a left hook to the body. Time was 1:32.

Unbeaten middleweight Martin Murray (21-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round stoppage against Carlos Nascimento (25-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International super middleweight title.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Scott Quigg (21-0, 14 KOs) cruised to a twelve round unanimous decision over Daniel Kodjo Sassou (29-15-4, 7 KOs). Sassou was down in round seven.

European welterweight Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round knockout over previously unbeaten Roberto Belge (25-1-1, 4 KOs) …


Feature Story

WBA Convention Update

By Boxing Bob Newman

Friday is the last day of the 89th annaul WBA convention in Managua, Nicaragua, and today’s session dealt initially a joint alk by WNA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Miguel Prado. Each took turns addressing various points concerning the administration of boxing business and business models. In the case of WBA business, everything from the responsibilities of the fight supervisors, to adapting a business model for the WBA and applying marketing strategies was assessed.

Jose Oliver Gomez delivered the summation of the ratings meeting that occurred earlier in the week. No new promoters had any new ratings movements for which to lobby or address, so the ratings report was approved and ratified. It was also added that the WBA will work to improve the timliness with which their rating will appear on their website, with January 2011 as a target for these improvements to take place.

Mandatories were then discussed with much buzz concerning certain weight classes and chanpions. The following are notes in each weight class from heavyweight on down to minimumweight:

HEAVYWEIGHT:

Mandatory challenger is currently Ruslan Chagaev with the defense due by 4/3/11. However, with the ongoing controversy over Chagaev’s hepatitus B+ status, the WBA’s medical advisory chair Dr. Calvin Inal-Singh indicated that even if Chagaev’s positive level was 1:1,000,000, he would advise against approving Chagaev to challnge for the WBA title, let alone fight anyone in the ring. Mendoza Jr. initially stated that it is up to champion David Haye to make the request for testing on his challenger. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Friday is the last day of the 89th annaul WBA convention in Managua, Nicaragua, and today’s …


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

WBCBoxing.tv will present a replay of today’s big double world championship card in Nagoya, Japan on Saturday (Nov 27) at 10PM ET/7PM PT. The webcast is not available in Mexico, Japan, and Germany.

Los Angeles, CA: Julio César Chávez, Jr. will meet fans and sign autographs today at O’Reilly Auto Parts in East Los Angeles (722 South Atlantic Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 90022), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PT.

Oakland, CA: The official weigh-in for Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika will take place at 2PM PT today at the Oakland Airport Hilton. It is open to the public.

Las Vegas, NV: The official weigh-in for Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis will take place at 2:30PM PT today in the MGM Grand Main Lobby. It is open to the public.

WBCBoxing.tv will present a replay of today’s big double world championship card in Nagoya, Japan on Saturday (Nov 27) at …


Boxing News

Abraham-Froch weigh-in video

Video: Pasi Taavitsainen

Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England both made weight Friday for their eagerly awaited fight Saturday (Nov. 27) on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland.

Heavyweights Robert Helenius and Attila Levin weigh in for their EU heavyweight/WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title clash.

Video: Pasi Taavitsainen Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, …


Boxing News

Q&A: Jason Litzau

Photos and story by Jesse Kelley

“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) promises fans will see him at his best for Saturday nights HBO triple header bout against 34 year old former world champion Celestino Caballero 34-2, 23 KOs). Litzau, 27, of Saint Paul, MN will be a live underdog going into the bout, having won four consecutive fights including a technical decision over Rocky Juarez since being stopped by Robert Guerrero in 2008. (more…)


Feature Story

Hasegawa-Burgos: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt as he jumped up two divisions and defeated previously unbeaten WBC top-ranked Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs), 125.75, by a unanimous decision (117-110 twice and 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan,

Hasegawa sometimes overcame tough moments and remained aggressive, steadily piling up points to show his superiority in ring experience and counterpunching. Burgos, however, finely displayed his talents, heart and gameness against the Japanese hero who thus conquered a couple of championships. Hasegawa will be obliged to face Mexican ex-champ Jhonny Gonzalez in his initial defense due to the WBC’s order at the convention. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC …


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Aoh-Tajbert: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as …


Boxing News

Tamara confident vs. Melindo

Photo: Dennis Principe

By Dennis Principe

Colombian Carlos Tamara is eyeing a follow-up of his Philippine conquest when he meets undefeated Filipino prospect Milan Melindo Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. The 27-year-old Tamara (21-5, 15 knockouts) is the same fighter who scored a dramatic 12th round come-from-behind TKO win over Hawaiian Brian Viloria in their IBF world light flyweight title fight last January at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

A popular fighter in his country, the Greece Olympics veteran Tamara was given a hero’s welcome in Colombia where his conquest of Viloria was rewarded with a house and lot by no less than then Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez. When Tamara lost the crown in his first title defense to Luis Alberto Lazarte of Argentina, the Colombian decided to stay in his training camp in New Jersey and vowed to come back home only when he wins another world crown. (more…)

By Dennis Principe Colombian Carlos Tamara is eyeing a follow-up of his Philippine conquest when he meets undefeated Filipino prospect …


Boxing News

Abraham, Froch make weight

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England both made weight Friday for their eagerly awaited fight tomorrow/Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland. Abraham weighed 167.2 pounds; Froch 166.76 …

Referee: Frank Garza (Lincoln Park, Mich.). Judges: Judges: Burt Clements (Reno, Nev.), Max DeLuca (Villa Park, Calif.), Oren Shellenberger (Dallas, Tex.).

The 12-round fight will be the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC 168-pound championship. In the second bout of the split-site doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday on SHOWTIME, unbeaten Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA 168-pound crown against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, …


Boxing News

McCall inspired by Foreman

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall will fight Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title in the main event of The Heavyweight Factory’s “Backyard Brawl” card on Tuesday, December 7 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. McCall, at 45, continues to turn back time in boxing in his quest to become the oldest heavyweight champion in the sport. His inspiration is former two-time world champion and 1968 Olympic gold medalist George Foreman who won a world title at age 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer, then 26, to reclaim the title he had held 20 years earlier. (more…)

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall will fight Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title …


Boxing News

Mendoza receives honorary doctorate

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

In a moving ceremony at the athletic hall of Universidad de Managua, WBA President Francisco Gilberto Mendoza was conferred a honorary Doctorate of Humanities on Thursday evening. Dr. Mendoza was honored for his many humanitarian efforts both in and out of boxing, most notably the WBA’s KO Drugs tournaments which raise money around the world in an effort to knockout drug abuse among youth.

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Boxing Bob Newman In a moving ceremony at the athletic hall of Universidad de Managua, …


Boxing Result

Hasegawa wins WBC feather belt

By Joe Koizumi

Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt as he jumped up two divisions and defeated previously unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs), 125.75, by a unanimous decision (117-110 twice and 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan,

Hasegawa sometimes overcame tough moments and remained aggressive, steadily piling up points to show his superiority in ring experience and counterpunching. But Burgos finely displayed his talents, heart and gameness against the Japanese hero who thus conquered a couple of championships. Hasegawa will be obliged to face Jhonny Gonzalez in his initial defense due to the WBC’s order. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), 125.75, acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt as …


Boxing News

Tajbert: I want a rematch

Now former WBC super featherweight titleholder Vitali Tajbert has commented on losing his title to Takahiro Aoh today in Nagoya, Japan.

“This was the first knockdown of my career,” said Tajbert. “That didn’t impress me or rattle me. Worse was that I injured my right hand with a punch in the second round. I definitely want a rematch. With two hands I would have defeated Aoh. Aoh brought a lot of pressure, so it was difficult to defeat him with only one hand. I hope he is fair and gives me a rematch. When he was still in the ring he said that he didn’t feel like a champion.” (more…)

Now former WBC super featherweight titleholder Vitali Tajbert has commented on losing his title to Takahiro Aoh today in Nagoya, …


Boxing Result

Aoh dethrones Tajbert

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped defending champ Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs), 129.5, with a smashing straight left in the third round and controlled the proceedings with his constant aggressiveness to win a unanimous decision ( 117-112, 115-112 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Nagoya, Japan.

It was Aoh’s career-best performance as he maintained the initiative all the way against Tajbert’s occasional retaliation with his trademark left hooks. For Aoh, it was his second coronation, following his reign in the feather division. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Japanese southpaw Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he dropped …


Boxing News

Branco-Rossitto Collide

On Saturday November 27, OPI 2000, the Italian company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, will stage a show in Civitavecchia, Italy. In the main event, Italian veteran and former WBA light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (60-10-2, 37 KOs) will defend his WBC International champion against Italian Vincenzo Rossitto (39-6-2, 23 KOs). In the co-main event Emiliano Marsili (21-0-1, 8 KOs) will defend is Italian lightweight against Pasquale Di Silvio (12-2, 5 KOs). On the undercard former European champion Gianluca Branco (43-3-1, 22 KOs), cruiserweight prospect Mirko Larghetti (9-0, 6 KOs) and super featherweight Nicola Cipolletta (3-0, 2 KOs) see action. Italian network Rai Sport 1 will broadcast Branco Vs Rossitto and Marsili Vs Di Silvio live starting at 10 pm. For more info and tickets go to OPI 2000’s new website www.opi2000.com.

Tonight another OPI fighter will see action: welterweight prospect Antonio Moscatiello (9-0, 8 KOs – nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni) will fight Pietro Luigi Zara (12-3, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder in Pavia, Italy.

On Saturday November 27, OPI 2000, the Italian company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, will stage a show in …










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