Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Vargas-Salido Wrapup

By Miguel Maravilla

We already knew WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido were must-see TV. But their awe-inspiring twelve round war for the ages on Saturday night at the StubHub Center (also known as “The War Grounds”), surpassed our wildest expectations.

Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions
Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions

“Tonight we witnessed the fight of the year,” said promoter Oscar De La Hoya at the post-fight press conference. No one in attendance disagreed. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla We already knew WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and former three-time world champion Orlando …


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Fonfara’s trainer Colonna: They underestimate us…good!

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

“There are so many great fighters in the light heavyweight division that one mistake takes you out of the pack running for the title for a long time,” says trainer Sam Colonna. “Fonfara knows that well preparing for Smith Jr.” Colonna is training “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) to take on little-known Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on June 18 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion in a clash that will be televised on NBC in primetime.

How difficult is to prepare the #2 WBC-ranked fighter Fonfara against an opponent who has managed to stay out of the limelight?

Not easy, but no one ever told me, or Andrew, that life in boxing is supposed to be easy. It’s just like Andrew said himself, nobody knew who he was before the Glen Johnson bout. One win changes everything. This is the story of boxing anyway. There’s almost nothing about Smith Jr. on the Internet – maybe a couple of rounds on YouTube. I spoke about this guy with some of my friends who did see him fighting live to get more info about what we’re up against. For me, Joe Smith Jr. is a better version of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. – better because Smith is accustomed to fighting at 175, hits harder and will be better prepared. I’m expecting an interesting fight. Somewhat, I’m under the impression that Smith’s people are underestimating what Fonfara can do in the ring. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk “There are so many great fighters in the light heavyweight division that one mistake …



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The Colonel Remembers “The Greatest”

Photo: Ray Wheatley
Photo: Ray Wheatley

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan who called the “Rumble in the Jungle” (Ali vs. Foreman) and the “Thrilla in Manila” (Ali vs. Frazier III) talked to Fightnews.com to pay his respects on the passing of the “Greatest of All-Time”
Muhammad Ali. “It is so humbling to think I will be in the International Hall Of Fame, it is with great sadness that we lay to rest the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ in Muhammad Ali this week,” said the Colonel.

“Within this same week, I will be alongside Ali and so many other greats on the very same ‘Hall Of Fame’ walls. Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston was the very first professional fight I ever saw, when I was asked to sell Coca-Cola at the fight in Miami Beach. As a youngster at that fight, I was so overwhelmed by the man who would become Muhammad Ali along with the entire boxing scene. What an influence Ali had on me. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan who called the “Rumble in the …


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Wilkins looking for redemption on Saturday

Professional boxing is set for Saturday night at the Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie Pa as Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro Promotions features the comeback of Lorain, Ohio welterweight sensation Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 2KOs) as he faces Pittsburgh, PA upset artist, Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-14-4) in the six round main event. The nine bout card will also include a six round contest as undefeated lightweight Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice (4-0, 3KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio battles it out with Puerto Rico’s Edgardo Rivera (7-2-2, 5KOs). (more…)

Professional boxing is set for Saturday night at the Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie Pa as Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro …




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Green-Chicas tops Battle at the Boat 106 this Saturday

By Ricardo Ibarra

Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-4, 4 KOs) will take on Johnathan Chicas (14-2, 7 KOs), of San Francisco, California this Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, headlining the 106th installment of the long-running boxing series “Battle at the Boat” presented by Brian Halquist Productions.

Green will look to add his first win since losing to unbeaten prospect Miguel Cruz in a nationally televised bout last December. He had been on a three-fight win streak before facing Cruz and losing via seventh round TKO. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-4, 4 KOs) will take on Johnathan Chicas (14-2, 7 KOs), …


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Rocky Martinez travels Tuesday to New York for Vasyl Lomachenko

Three-time junior lightweight world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez will travel to New York on Tuesday to complete his training for his defense against the WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenkot, to be held on Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York televised on HBO. Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, will defend his WBO belt for the second time versus Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time amateur world championships gold medalist. Martinez travels to New York with his team led by his trainer Raul “Papo” Torres and Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).

In 2015, Martinez fought two times against Mexican Orlando “Siri” Salido. The first time, Martinez won a unanimous decision over Salido to become world champion again, while in the second fight the result was a draw.

Lomachenko had two fights in 2015 too. In May, 2015, he beat Puerto Rican Gamalier Rodriguez by KO9, and in November he beat Mexican Romulo Koasicha by TKO10.

Three-time junior lightweight world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez will travel to New York on Tuesday to complete his training for …


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Former world challenger Kaneko defeats Takahata

Photo: Boxing Beat
Photo: Boxing Beat

By Joe Koizumi

Former world challenger, ex-Japanese national super-feather champ Daiki Kaneko (23-5-3, 15 KOs), 130, proved too sharp and scrappy for elongated compatriot Ribo Takahata, winning a unanimous nod (all 98-91) over ten nearly lopsided rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko once failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Takashi Uchiyama via unanimous decision despite dropping the champ with a furious combination in the tenth on New Year’s Eve in 2013. Though raising his stock in spite of his hard-fought defeat, Kaneko, a well-proportioned boxer-puncher, failed to win the OPBF belt, losing a close but unanimous verdict to Jomthong Chuwatana (whom Uchiyama later dismantled in only two rounds in May 2015) and dropped a split duke to compatriot Masao Nakamura on points –in succession. Kaneko this night regained his form, outpunching the taller foe and downing him to the ropes in round two. Though he positively maintained the pressure, Kaneko failed to score a lethal shot only to go the distance given winning good points. Kaneko’s confrontation with the current national champ Kenichi Ogawa will be greatly anticipated.

Upcoming Masaru Sueyoshi (12-1, 7 KOs), 131.75, upset ex-OPBF challenger and one of Eto brothers, Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9 KOs), 132, by a unanimous decision over eight.

By Joe Koizumi Former world challenger, ex-Japanese national super-feather champ Daiki Kaneko (23-5-3, 15 KOs), 130, proved too sharp and …


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Quigley Scores Vicious First-Round Knockout In Springfield, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

A recent accident was not enough to keep undefeated Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley from scoring a devastating knockout Saturday night in the main event of the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Quigley scored a vicious first-round knockout over veteran Reggie “Two-Gun” Nash of Grand Rapids, MI. Quigley rocked Nash with a right hand on top of Nash’s head that dropped him to his knees. Nash was able to recover from that knockdown but a few seconds later, Quigley landed a powerful left-right combination that sent Nash crashing to the canvas. Referee Freddy Corritone did not have to finish the count before the bout was stopped at 2:33. Quigley remains undefeated with a record of 15-0, 14 KO’s while Nash falls to 10-39-1, two KO’s. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside A recent accident was not enough to keep undefeated Gaithersburg, MD super welterweight Gerome …



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HBO: Muhammad Ali In Memoriam

HBO Sports reflects on the life of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, produced by Bentley Weiner and written by Aaron Cohen.

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HBO Sports reflects on the life of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, produced by Bentley Weiner and …


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Schwarz, Kabayel defeat Lewandowski Bros

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights took center stage at the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany.

In the main event WBO #15 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (17-0, 11 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dennis Lewandowski (9-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 99-92. With the win, Schwarz retained his WBO Youth title and added the vacant WBC Youth title to his collection.

In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Christian Lewandowski (9-1, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.

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By Karl Freitag Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights took center stage …


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Nieves defeats Del Bosque

Lightweight Kevin Nieves (10-1-1, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Alex “Perro” Del Bosque (11-3, 8 KOs) in the main event of a card presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. Nieves was the winner on all three scorecards by scores of 78-74.

In the co-feature, 18-year old jr welterweight John “E Terrible” Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) of Catano stopped Mike Erosa (0-8) at the :50 mark of the second round. Bauza had Erosa down in both the first and second round before the referee stopped the fight.

Cruiserweight Kelvin Nunez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Carolina stopped Jonuel Tapia (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in the third round, after stopping him in the fourth round of a bout they had back in February.

Super middleweight Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Antonio Alicea by first round TKO. Cotto was 167 pounds for this fight but he will now fight at 160 pounds.

Lightweight Kevin Nieves (10-1-1, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Alex “Perro” Del Bosque (11-3, 8 KOs) …


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Details on Muhammad Ali’s funeral

Funeral services for legendary three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will take place on Friday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting at 9AM, a procession will bring the champ all over town so people can say their goodbyes. The motorcade will pass by the Muhammad Ali Center and through Ali’s old neighborhood before heading to Cave Hill National Cemetery where Ali will be buried in a private ceremony.

At 2PM, there will be a memorial service at the KFC YUM! Center that will be open to the public and will be streamed live at www.alicenter.org. Later a private reception for friends and guests will be held at the Ali Center. The family is requesting that donations be made to the Ali Center in lieu of gifts and flowers.

Funeral services for legendary three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will take place on Friday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting …



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Mijares edges Gutierrez for WBC silver belt

Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Former two-time super flyweight world champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (54-8-2, 26 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Andres “Jaguarito” Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC silver featherweight title on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Cancun Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. It was a close fight with Mijares emerging victorious by scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 114-113. Only Mijares was eligible to win the belt as Gutierrez came in four pounds heavy.

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Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Former two-time super flyweight world champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (54-8-2, 26 KOs) won a twelve …


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Vargas-Salido war ends in draw

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Team Salido

Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and Orlando “Siri” Salido promised a war and they delivered a war on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. After twelve rounds of toe-to-two carnage, the judges couldn’t decide a winner. WBC super featherweight world champion Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) retained his belt with a split draw against Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 Vargas. Salido outworked Vargas down the stretch, seemed to land the more damaging blows and seemed to finish in better shape than Vargas but it wasn’t enough to dethrone the champion, who did fight well earlier in the bout.

“I feel really good about this decision,” said Vargas. “I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however I didn’t expect for him to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face. Overall, I’m happy I was able to face this skilled warrior. I used powerful jabs and countered with ruthlessness. Takashi Miura was a much more powerful puncher, but my respects to Salido. He is a very tough fighter and has a very strong chin.”

Salido commented, “It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action. It was a great spectacle for all the fans. They got what they wanted. They wanted to see blood and they saw blood. I would welcome another fight with him. I believe that I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch. I would also accept the fight from Takashi Miura or from Lomamcheko. I’ll fight anyone.”

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Chris Farina/Team Salido Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and Orlando “Siri” Salido promised a war …


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Beterbiev KOs Maderna in four

Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions

IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ezequiel “El Olympico” Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. Beterbiev dropped Maderna twice in round three and two more times in round four before Maderna’s corner threw in the towel. Time was :56

In a clash of undefeated middleweight prospects, Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over David “Day Day” Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs). Parrella rocked Grayton in round two and the bout was waved off as Grayton went to the canvas. Time was 2:19.

Unbeaten super welterweight Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark (10-0, 6 KOs) survived a first round knockdown, then outboxed Edgar “Nene” Ortega (16-6, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 58-55, 58-54, 58-54.

Unbeaten heavyweight Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a first round KO over journeyman Jeremy Bates (26-18-1, 22 KOs). Time was 1:47. (more…)

Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur …


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Foreman: Ali was the greatest of us all

Hall of Fame two-time former heavyweight world champion George Foreman has commented on the passing of his greatest rival Muhammad Ali.

“They said that Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton and Holmes were all time greats and called our era ‘The Golden Age of Heavyweights.’ But there is no doubt that Ali was the greatest of us all.”
– George Foreman

Hall of Fame two-time former heavyweight world champion George Foreman has commented on the passing of his greatest rival Muhammad …



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Vargas-Salido Undercard Results

By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (21-0-1, 15KO) won a hard fought unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (16-1, 8KO) to win the vacant NABA title. There was a lot of back and forth action and it appeared to be a slightly closer contested match than judged by the referees who scored the bout 97-93, 98-92 and 97-93, all in favor of Lopez who signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions last year after sitting out all 2013 and 2014 due to contractual issues. Ramirez suffered a bad cut over the right eye from a head butt in round six.

In an entertaining ten round middleweight slugfest, Gabriel Rosado edged out a wildly unpopular unanimous decision victory over Antonio Gutierrez (21-2-1, 9 KOs). Gutierrez dropped Rosado hard in the fourth round with a solid one-two combo and was the more aggressive fighter, often chasing a back-peddling or sidestepping Rosado. It was a slugfest, throughout, and a very evenly matched fight. Gutierrez is the hard luck loser while Rosado builds off his recent victory over Joshua Clottey. Judges scored the bout 95-94, 96-93 and 95-94, all in favor of Rosado.

Undefeated lightweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a clear eight round unanimous decision over Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs). The taller Gonzalez pressed the action and landed the harder punches in every round. Judges scored the bout 80-72, 80-72, and 79-71. (more…)

By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (21-0-1, 15KO) won …


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Smith destroys Radosevic, Canelo or Cotto next?

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) retained his title with a second round KO over #11 rated Predrag Radosevic (30-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. In a one-sided fight, Smith dropped Radosevic with a left hook to the body in round two and Radosevic stayed down and watched the referee count him out. Time was 1:34.

After the fight, promoter Frank Warren vowed to get Smith a fight with the biggest name in the division. “We want Canelo and we think Liam Smith is capable of beating him,” said Warren. “He’s capable of beating Cotto and Canelo, that’s the next level fight we want.”

Trainer Joe Gallagher added, “I would want Cotto for him. He’s number one mandatory for Liam. Liam Smith is in the top three or four world champs in this country.” (more…)

Photos: Sumio Yamada Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) retained his title with a second …


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Richard Steele remembers Muhammad Ali

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By Jeff Zimmerman

Famed boxing referee and judge Richard Steele discusses the passing of ring great Muhammad Ali. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali – he was The Greatest of All Time,” said Steele. “He was also a great friend, someone I have known since 1961, someone that made me who I am. It was Ali who gave me my first big assignment when I was thinking about becoming a referee. He told the commission that he wanted me to ref these four sparring matches on a football field in East LA. It was packed – no one could get a crowd together like him.

“The first and only time I ever cried at a fight is when he fought Larry Holmes and I was a judge. He was really feeling the punches – it was tough to see. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Famed boxing referee and judge Richard Steele discusses the passing of ring great Muhammad Ali. “I’m deeply …


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Ex-champs Abril and Foreman triumphant in NYC

By Karl Freitag

Former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman were victorious in separate bouts on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.

Abril (20-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jerry Belmontes (21-9, 6 KOs) in a junior welterweight showdown. Abril was credited with a knockdown in round one and went on to win a competitive fight by scores of 96-93, 96-93, 95-94. It was Abril’s first fight since he was stricken with dengue fever while training in Cuba to defend his WBA lightweight title against Derry Matthews in early 2015 and was forced to vacate his title

Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jason Davis (13-12-2, 4 KOs) in a junior middleweight matchup. Foreman dropped Davis three times in round two and the bout was finally waved off by referee Ricky Gonzalez after Foreman resumed his assault. Time was 1:55.

In other action, “Subway Boxer” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) defeated Mike Snider (10-4-3, 5 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds in a light heavyweight bout. Lee floored Snider in round four en route to a 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 verdict.

By Karl Freitag Former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman were victorious in separate bouts on Friday night as …


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Reflections on “The Greatest”

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Bob Newman

We all knew it was coming. It’s inevitable, right? No one here gets out alive. Not even “The Greatest.” I was asked, to my great honor, to write a piece about Muhammad Ali, in light of his passing last night. There are certainly others who are more equipped to list the facts, a timeline on Ali.

There will be a seemingly ceaseless flood of stories on him in the coming days, especially with the International Boxing Hall of Fame annual induction festivities commencing in less than a week. I’ll be more than content, to share some personal reflections, near misses and thoughts here, on one of the most famous people, certainly in my lifetime. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Bob Newman We all knew it was coming. It’s inevitable, right? No one here gets …


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Fighters pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

Boxing greats react to the death of boxing icon Muhammad Ali:

Manny Pacquiao: “We lost a giant today. Boxing benefitted from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefitted from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. May God bless them.”

Amir Khan: “It is extremely sad to witness the passing of boxing’s greatest fighter and icon Muhammad Ali. I would like to send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his family at this time. No fighter or sportsman will ever reach the level of Muhammad Ali, whose name will continue to echo through the ages. Inspiring, charismatic, a true legend – Ali will never be forgotten. Having the chance to meet the great man will be a memory and privilege I will always hold dear to me – an incredible human being, fighter and role model. Thank you Muhammad for inspiring us all.”

Oscar de la Hoya: “It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the Greatest of All Time – Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during this difficult time. Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world. (more…)

Boxing greats react to the death of boxing icon Muhammad Ali: Manny Pacquiao: “We lost a giant today. Boxing benefitted …


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Don King on Muhammad Ali’s passing

Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who promoted many of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, has commented on the passing of the legendary boxer:

“I loved the man. He was my friend for life. But, Ali will never die. I think we want to celebrate Ali’s life for being the man that he was: A fighter for the people and a champion of the people. He demonstrated the type of character, the intestinal fortitude, the inspiration, the motivation to stand up for what he believed in and say what he means and mean what he says and was willing to take the consequences of his actions. This is really what separates the wheat from the chaff.” – Don King

Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who promoted many of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, has commented on …


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Martez Potter passes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Undefeated Syracuse, New York super middleweight boxer Martez “The Punisher” Potter lost his life on Wednesday, June 1. The 26-year-old Potter had compiled an 8-0, 1 KO record as a middle and super middleweight. Potter had just come back from a one year layoff to repeat his win over Ahmed Tuba this past February 27 in Syracuse. Potter kept busy between bouts working as a security guard, a personal fitness and boxing trainer and had even taken up acting in the upcoming movie, “The People’s Champ.” Potter entered the paid ranks on September 22, 2012 after winning two New York State amateur titles. He leaves behind his mother Robin, three children, Jada 3, Martez Jr 2, and Anais 4 months. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Undefeated Syracuse, New York super middleweight boxer Martez “The Punisher” Potter lost his life on Wednesday, …


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Bob Arum on Muhammad Ali’s passing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that ring legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 in a Phoenix hospital.

“A true great has left us. Muhammad Ali transformed this country and impacted the world with his spirit. His legacy will be part of our history for all time.” – Bob Arum

Arum promoted more Ali fights than anyone. On March 29, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first promotion — Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo. It was also the first fight Arum, ever attended. Ali’s funeral will be in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that ring legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of …


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Barthelemy outpoints Bey to retain IBF lightweight title

Photos: Leo Wilson / Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated IBF lightweight world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round split decision over former world champion Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (22-2-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night in the Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Bey was fortunate to be credited with a knockdown by referee Sam Burgos in round two when Barthelemy went to the canvas after a head clash. Otherwise Barthelemy was in command. Scores were 117-110, 116-111 for Barthelemy, and somehow 117-110 for Bey.

Undefeated bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Alberto “Metro” Guevara (24-3, 9 KOs). It was a workmanlike performance for Rodriguez, who won by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90.

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) impressively took out Carlos Galvan (12-5-1, 11 KOs) with a left hand to the stomach in round four. Time was 1:24.

Undefeated lightweight Gervonta “The One” Davis (16-0, 15 KOs) delivered a quick first round annihilation Mario “Huracan” Macias Rorozco (28-19, 14 KOs).

Comebacking featherweight Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) outpointed Jesus Lule (8-18-2, 1 KO) over six rounds. (more…)

Photos: Leo Wilson / Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated IBF lightweight world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) retained …


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Rios, Ochoa win LA Fight Club bouts

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Golden Boy Promotions kicked off an exciting weekend of boxing Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles as Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) of Santa Ana scored a second round stoppage over Efrain Esquivias (17-5-1, 10 KOs) of Carson in the LA Fight Club main event. Rios dropped Esquivias in round one and a barrage of punches in round two forced referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight at 37 seconds.

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (15-0, 7 KOs) of Brooklyn scored an eighth round knockout over Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) . Gonzalez staggered Ochoa in round three buckling his knees as Ochoa almost went down. Keeping his composure Ochoa boxed patiently in round four keeping his distance from the aggressive southpaw Gonzalez. A huge right hand by Ochoa in the eighth and final round knocked out Gonzalez cold with the referee immediately waving it off at 41 seconds. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Golden Boy Promotions kicked off an exciting weekend of …


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Former champion Dib defeats Buamas

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen

Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (40-4, 23 KOs) outpointed Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (17-1, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the vacant IBF Australasian 130 pound title at the Emporium Function Centre Bankstown, NSW, Australia on Friday. Dib took control of the contest with rapier left jabs that connected frequently on the aggressive Thai in round one and two. Round three had the unbeaten Thai stepping up a gear and out working Dib who was using good mobility. Dib regained control of the bout in round four but had to work hard for every point as he connected with accurate combinations and showing clever footwork on the durable and aggressive opponent. Round ten had Buamas outworking Dib who took a breather in this round. The referee Anthony Shipley had the ringside doctor inspect a cut over Dib’s left eye in round eleven which was ruled okay to continue. At the conclusion of twelve rounds scores were Ray Wheatley 118-110, Kevin Hogan 118-111 and Charlie Lucas 118-111 all for the IBF #10 Dib. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Warren Suen Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (40-4, 23 …


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Concern grows over Muhammad Ali’s condition

Legendary former world heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali is reportedly fighting for his life in a Phoenix hospital. It was initially reported that the 74-year-old Ali would be hospitalized for a few days to treat a respiratory issue. However, according to NBC News, Ali is in “grave condition” and the Ali Family is gathering at his bedside.

During the sixties and seventies, Ali wasn’t only the biggest star in boxing, he was very likely the most famous person in the world. He gradually faded from public view after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Our thoughts and prayers are with “The Greatest,” who brought hope and inspiration to so many people. Get better champ!

Legendary former world heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali is reportedly fighting for his life in a Phoenix hospital. It was …


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Johnson defeats Perez in Philly

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com

Super middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson came back to Philadelphia Friday night and left another good impression on local fight fans with an active and entertaining 8-round unanimous decision over DeCarlo Perez at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. It was a close and competitive battle. However, Johnson’s bookend knockdowns, one in the first and one in the eighth, gave him the edge he needed to secure the win.

After giving Jesse Hart a hard time in March, Escondido, CA’s Johnson returned east to turn his attention to Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez. Things got started at prematurely at Thursday’s weigh-in when a photo op between the two fighters boiled over into a near brawl. The eruption was quickly capped and then reopened in the ring for fight fans on fight night.

Johnson jumped out in round one and dropped Perez with a hard flurry of punches that nearly ended the fight in a hurry. Despite the quick start by Johnson and close call for Perez, the fight was a closely pitched battle for the rest of the night. (more…)

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com Super middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson came back to …


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Boxing returns Saturday in Milwaukee

By Jesse Kelly

Undefeated middleweight prospect Luis “Cuba” Arias (14-0, 6 KOs) is set to headline in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday at the Wisconsin Center. Arias will face 24 year-old Jorge “Pantera” Silva (21-10-2, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the night’s main event which is scheduled for 10 rounds. Arias, who signed with Roc Nation Sports in 2015, was a highly decorated amateur boxer who has continued to make a name for himself as a pro while working alongside esteemed trainer John David Jackson. While many prospects begin there boxing careers fighting at home, Arias has boxed on big shows all over the country without the opportunity to fight in his home city.

“Coming back to fight at home is every fighter’s dream,” said the 25 year-old Arias. “I’m excited and blessed to have the opportunity to fight at home. I started my pro career in Vegas, and I never knew when I would come to fight in Milwaukee. My city has always supported me, and I can’t wait to put on a great show for in front of my biggest fans and supporters.” (more…)

By Jesse Kelly Undefeated middleweight prospect Luis “Cuba” Arias (14-0, 6 KOs) is set to headline in his hometown of …


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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Cristian Mijares 125.65 vs. Andres Gutierrez 130
(WBC Silver featherweight title)

Jovylito Aligarben 118 vs. Edgar Jimenez 118
Jose Lopez 140.80 vs. Ivan Álvarez 139.70

Irma Garcia 117.50 vs. Miriam Ávila 117.50
(WBC female bantamweight eliminator)

Venue: Arena Grand Oasis in Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo & Pepe Gomez Cancun Boxing
TV: CBSSN (USA), Televisa (Mexico)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Cristian Mijares 125.65 vs. Andres Gutierrez 130 (WBC Silver featherweight title) Jovylito Aligarben 118 vs. Edgar …


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Sullivan Barrera and Abel Sanchez part ways

Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-1) has been back in the gym for several weeks as he eagerly awaits the phone call that will give him his next assignment. Barrera is looking to bounce back from his first career loss which took place in March against Andre Ward. “I took a couple weeks off after the Ward fight but now I am back at it and ready for the next challenge. I made some mistakes in the Ward fight and we are working on correcting them,” said Barrera.

The 34-year-old Cuban recently parted ways with trainer Abel Sanchez and is now working with Derik Santos. One of the reasons for the move is the close proximity of Santos’ training facility in Boca Raton, Fla. to Barrera’s residence in Miami. Barrera admits to being shocked that he hasn’t received any offers. “I am ready for any of the top fighters anytime. I am very confident my team will secure a top five opponent but I’m surprised that with my high ranking that no one has reached out to us to make a fight,” Barrera stated.

Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-1) has been back in the gym for several weeks as he eagerly awaits the …


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Boxing Back At Motor City Casino-Hotel

By Bob Ryder

Boxing returns to the Sound Board theatre inside the Motor City Casino-Hotel on Friday, June 10 as promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas present “Night of Knockouts VII”. Ten bouts are scheduled. In 6 round contests, Darryl Cunningham (32-8, 13 KO’s) takes on William Johnson (11-47-2, 4 KO’s). Chico Crout (11-10-1, 6 KO’s) mixes with Eric Hall (7-9-1, 3 KO’s), Hall last fought here in an entertaining draw with Pete Cantu that many felt he won. Local favorite Anthony Barnes (8-0, 6 KO’s) makes a long overdue hometown return appearance against an opponent TBD and also returning after an absence from the local scene of over 5 1/2 years, Alexis Hloros (16-5-2, 12 KO’s) does battle with Jeremy Marts (12-22, 9 KO’s) in what should be a free swinging contest for as long as it lasts. (more…)

By Bob Ryder Boxing returns to the Sound Board theatre inside the Motor City Casino-Hotel on Friday, June 10 as …


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Weights from Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Tom Schwarz 233.6 vs. Dennis Lewandowski 248
(WBO and WBC Youth heavyweight titles)

Agit Kabayel 232.5 vs. Christian Lewandowski 248.5
Adam Deines 173.25 vs. Karel Horejsek 173.75
Phillip Nsingi 151 vs. Renat Samedovi 153.8
Jurgen Uldedaj 190.25 vs. Ben Nsafoah TBA

Venue: Seebühne im Elbauenpark, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR

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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Tom Schwarz 233.6 vs. Dennis Lewandowski 248 (WBO and WBC Youth heavyweight titles) Agit …










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