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Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two ...

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Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), ...

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Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when ...

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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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UFC

Nate Marquardt: A Veteran Back in Top Form

Nate Marquardt’s latest victory in June over the heavy-handed James Te Huna was a long time coming. How long, you ask? . . . click here for more

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January 2nd, 2015


Boxing News

Rigondeaux back in Miami

Photos: JC Photographer

Undefeated WBA/WBO super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) has returned home to Miami, Florida. The Champion and Team Rigondeaux were welcomed by fans, friends and media at Miami International Airport after following his TKO victory over Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19 KOs) in the main event at the Bodymaker Coliseum in Osaka, Japan on Wednesday night (New Years Eve). The was aired live by TBS-Japan Television with a viewership audience of 30 million according to Team Rigondeaux. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Inoue-Narvaez Full Report, Post-fight Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), 115, very impressively and astoundingly captured the WBO super-flyweight belt when he scored a stunningly quick knockout over formidable defending champ Omar Narvaez (43-2-2, 23 KOs), 114.5, at 3:01 of the second round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue (pronounced E-No-Woo-Yay) quickly dropped the champ twice in the opening session, and followed up his furious attack to floor Narvaez twice more to see him counted out on the deck. A vicious body shot was a haymaker. It was a fantastic finish that showed Inoue must be a genius as well as “Monster” as nicknamed. Inoue established the new ring record of having acquired the two belts in just eight bouts. Inoue may be going to be an international superstar.

Regardless of some foreign odds that had favored Inoue to win in his ambitious crack, Narvaez logically should have been the prefight favorite thanks to his previous mark of having defended the WBO 112-pound belt sixteen times and the WBO 115-pound throne eleven times to his credit. The underdog Naoya said just after his invaluable victory in the ring, “I had been once obsessed with mental pressure by Narvaez’s superior career, but I was then convinced of my youth and vigor overcoming the difference of career.” His dream and conviction came true as we witnessed with our admiration.

Why did such a confrontation of the formidable 115-pound champ and the up-and-coming but still less experienced youngster (who, however, already had the WBC 108-pound belt in his sixth pro bout) happen? A certain Japanese matchmaker representing Inoue, on September 20, sent an initial offer to Mr. Osvaldo Rivero, a very influential Argentine promoter/manager, for WBA flyweight titlist Juan Carlos Reveco to defend his belt against Inoue on the eve of the last day of the year. Reveco was then scheduled to make a mandatory defense against WBA interim titlist Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep in Argentina in the end of October. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz opponent named: Jesus Ruiz

Crowd-pleasing WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his title and unbeaten record on the line in a 12-round bout against Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs). Plus promising world-ranked undefeated junior welterweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (15-0, 13 KOs) will face Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight on January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime.

The “Return To Glory” fight card co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions is highlighted by a heavy-duty main-event matchup between defending WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Haiti, against unbeaten mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“2015 is going to be a huge year for boxing and Golden Boy’s opening act in Las Vegas will get things started with a bang,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Walters KO5 Darchinyan named Fightnews.com’s “KO of the Year” for 2014

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

In a year filled with sensational knockouts, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters distinguished himself with two spectacular KOs that made our year-end list. Walters’ stoppage of Nonito Donaire in October was impressive enough, but his KO over Vic Darchinyan last May in Macao, China, was even more savage. After dropping Darchinyan in round five, the hard-charging Jamaican world champion followed up by blasting “The Raging Bull” into next week with a massive left hook on the chin.

Other “KO of the Year” contenders (and all were terrific) included:

Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2
Alexander Povetkin vs. Carlos Takam
Andy Lee vs. John Jackson
Amir Mansour vs. Frederic Kassi
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev
Nicholas Walters vs. Nonito Donaire
Rey Loreto vs. Nkosinathi Joyi
Marvin Sonsona vs. Akifume Shimoda
Tomoki Kameda vs. Pungluang Sor Singyu
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

McCalla ready to shine on FS1

Welterweight Cecil McCalla (20-0, 7 KOs) takes on South African Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KOs) January 9th. Adding some spice to the scheduled ten-round bout is that the IBF international welterweight title will be on the line. The bout will be aired on Roc Nations Sports’ debut “Throne Boxing” card from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Maryland native McCalla opened some eyes with his stellar performance against late sub Oscar Godoy this past July on ShoBox. McCalla put on a boxing clinic in route to an eight round unanimous decision. Ironically McCalla was supposed to fight Van Heerden that night, but Van Heerden pulled out. Now the two will finally square off once and for all. (more…)



January 2nd, 2015

UFC

Predictions: UFC 182

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for the first Downes Side of 2015! Much like all your New Year’s resolutions, it’ll be well-intentioned and overly optimistic. Unlike your pledges to eat better and lose weight, it’ll actually be successful . . . click here for more

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January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBC Francophone title

At the last WBC Convention in Las Vegas the Board has accepted a new title: WBC Francophone. It covers at the moment 57 countries from different parts in the world and the chairman will be the WBC Vice President Mr Houcine Houichi from Tunisia. There seems to be a big interest for the new title as already several promoters have applied to promote the first titles and 2015 looks to be busy. Here you can consult their first ratings.



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Salem County Sports Hall of Fame honors Top Rank’s Lee Samuels. More

Manny Pacquiao drops a New Year’s greeting to Floyd Mayweather. More

Sure, Pacquiao-Mayweather sounds great, but don’t hold your breath. More

The best of British boxing in 2014 – in photos. More



January 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox gearing up for 2015 debut telecast

The line-up for the January 9 ShoBox card at the Morongo Casino in Cabezon, California, is starting to shape up. Unbeaten lightweight Ivan Redcach (17-0, 13 KOs) is slated to face Yakubu Amidu (21-5-2, 19 KOs) in the main event. In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweight KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs) was slated to face Aaron Coley, but Coley pulled out. Another opponent for Khytrov will be announced. Scheduled to open the telecast is a clash of unbeaten jr middleweights as Patrick Day (9-0-1, 5 KOs) meets Alantez Fox (13-0-1, 4 KOs).



January 1st, 2015

UFC

Hector Lombard: In Any Weather

It will catch you every time, cause you to do a double take, and then – usually – you’ll smile. Though born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba and currently living in Coconut Creek, Florida, Hector Lombard’s English is distinctly touched by an Australian accent, but to him, there’s nothing unusual about it . . . click here for more

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January 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Lennox Lewis calls for Pacquiao-Mayweather, ‘Stop the madness,’ Lewis demands

By James Slater

Ordinary, hard working fight fans are not the only people asking, and asking and asking for superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao to finally get it on and fight in 2015. Retired heavyweight great Lennox Lewis has also had enough of what he himself calls “madness.”

Taking to his massively followed Twitter account, the former undisputed king has listed the fight at the top of his wish-list for boxing in this new year of 2015.

“There’s a few fights I want to see in 2015 but May-Pac is still at top of my list. Stop the madness and make it happen! #EnuffAlready,” Lennox wrote yesterday, adding, “If we could make #Lewis Tyson happen with HBO and Showtime, they can get it together for #MayPac and make history again.” (more…)



January 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo calls on Cotto to sign the contract

Former world champion Canelo Alvarez has called on WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto to sign the contract and face him in the ring on May 2.

“In this personal letter to the media, I Canelo Alvarez ask Miguel Cotto to stop running scared and put his signature to the contract for May 2, because this fight is to revive the great battles between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.

“I don’t understand what is going on here. I already gave Miguel Cotto many of the things they were asking to do the fight and a month has gone by and he hasn’t decided to sign the contract. I’m young and obviously don’t remember many fights of the past, but from what I know no Puerto Rican ran from a Mexican, nor a Mexican from a Puerto Rican. This is a boxing classic and what the fans want to see.

“I spoke with my promoter Oscar de la Hoya and he confirmed that I’ll fight on May 2, 2015 and Miguel Cotto is the opponent who heads the list. Thank God I have other options, but I think the fans of the world, especially in Puerto Rico, want to see me face a big name like him.”

Alvarez added that if Cotto doesn’t take the fight, he’ll go down in history as one who turned down a return clash with a fighter who defeated own brother.



January 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Few world titles in play during January

By Karl Freitag

After closing out 2014 with a flurry of eight world title fights on the last two days, we now have only three world title fights scheduled for the entire month of January.

Two of those bouts take place on the January 17 Showtime card in Las Vegas when WBC heavyweight titleholder Bermane Stiverne meets Deontay Wilder and WBC super bantamweight rule Leo Santa Cruz faces TBA. The other world title fight is a January 10 IBF light flyweight clash with champion Javier Mendoza making his first defense against challenger Renan Trongco in Tijuana.

There is nada on the agenda for the WBO until February. The WBA has a January 9 “interim” lightweight title clash on ESPN2 between #1 rated Darleys Perez and #6 Jonathan Maicelo, but no “regular” or “super” champions in action.



January 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Fightnews.com “Fighter of the Year” for 2014 is WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

21-year-old Japanese phenom Naoya “Monster” Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs) is the Fightnews.com “Fighter of the Year” for 2014. Inoue went 3-0 in 2014, winning all three by KO, all three were world title bouts. He capped off the year with an all out destruction of long reigning WBO super flyweight champ Omar Narvaez on December 30.

In April, Inoue scored a sixth round KO over Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez to claim the WBC light flyweight belt in Tokyo. He defended that title in September with an eleventh round stoppage of Samartlek Kokietgym.

Inoue then relinquished the 108lb belt and ambitiously moved up two weight divisions to take on Narvaez who was making his 12th defense of the 115lb belt after previously defending the flyweight title 16 times. Inoue demolished Narvaez, putting the Argentine legend on the deck four times. A lethal body shot ended the fight in round two. Winning two world titles in separate divisions after just eight fights was the fastest the feat has ever been accomplished.

Inoue’s heroics put him at the head of a pack that included WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters and WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. (more…)



January 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeatens Colon, Davis headline Jan 31 in Philly

On January 31, undefeated jr. middleweight Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KOs) will take on Jonathan Batista (14-5, 7 KOs) in the featured eight round main event on a ten bout card at Harrahs Philadelphia. The 22-year-old Colon, of Orocovis, Puerto Rico, will be fighting for the 13th time in just under two years.

In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated Gervonte Davis (9-0, 8 KOs) will fight Israel Suarez (4-4-2, 1 KO) in a featherweight bout.

Tickets are $100, $75 and $50 and can be purchased by calling 610-587-5950. The show is promoted by Kings Promotions and XFE.



January 1st, 2015

UFC

UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier Fantasy Preview

The UFC will kick off 2015 with potentially one of the biggest title fights in company history as Jon “Bones” Jones defends his light heavyweight title against undefeated, two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier in a bout for the ages . . . click here for more

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January 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The year in Philippine boxing: More

Retro piece on Sonny Liston’s 1963 visit to England. More

Chris Eubank Jr. gets offered a chance at redemption. More

Anthony Mundine warns Sergey Rabchenko of a “bigger beating to come.” More

 



January 1st, 2015

Twitter Watch

Pacman’s New Year’s Wish for Mayweather



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Brewer to receive Frazier “Living Legend” Award

Former IBF super middleweight world champion Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer will be receiving the Joe Frazier “Living Legend” Award on Monday January 12th in Philadelphia. The award will be presented by the late ring great’s daughter Jacqui Frazier-Lyde and her husband Peter Lyde. The festivities will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the H & H (Help and Hope) Banquet Hall located at 2036 E. Haines St.



December 31st, 2014

UFC

Daniel Cormier Confronts the Fight of His Life

Daniel Cormier knows the moment is coming. At some point, inside the Octagon against Jon Jones, his world will be rocked. He will be caught with a punch or vicious elbow. Maybe he gets trapped in a submission hold . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Amagasa Scorecard

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Cuban, WBA/WBO super-bantam champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), 121.75, had a tough time hitting the deck twice in the seventh, but fought back hard to score a TKO victory over Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19KOs), 121.75, because of the loser’s badly swollen left cheek after the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. Rigondeaux kept his belt in a contest castigated as a mismatch, but his overconfidence might have caused a couple of visits to the deck. Prior to the stoppage, the tallies were: 105-101, 107-99 twice, all for the Cuban southpaw.

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December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Lee Samuels HOF induction speech

Videos/Photos: Ed Keenan

On Tuesday night, Top Rank PR Chief Lee Samuels was inducted into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame at Salem County Community College, Carney’s Point, NJ. Samuels, who hails from Pennsville, NJ, was formerly sports editor of the Pennsville Progress and Penns Grove Record newspapers in Salem County. He later covered boxing for the Philadelphia Bulletin before moving on to Top Rank, where he has been for over 30 years.

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December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux dropped twice, but rallies to get stoppage win over Amagasa

WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) had all he could handle from unheralded WBO #6, WBA #10 rated Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19 KOs), retaining his title by eleventh round TKO on Wednesday night at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan. Rigondeaux was dropped twice by the aggressive Amagasa in round seven but later recovered to pummel Amagasa, flooring him in round ten and getting a stoppage victory when the courageous, but badly busted up, Amagasa remained on his stool after round eleven. After the bout, Rigondeaux’s promoter Caribe Promotions issued a challenge to WBC 122lb champion Leo Santa Cruz.



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Uchiyama retains WBA 130lb belt by stopping Perez after ninth

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18 KOs), 129.75, scored his ninth successful defense of his WBA super-featherweight belt when he controlled the contest, averted the challenger’s furious attacks with his excellent defensive skills and finally had game Argentine challenger Israel Perez (27-3-1, 16 KOs), 129.25, retire after the ninth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The 35-year-old skillful champ made good use of accurate and effective jabs against the free-swinging Argentine, also 35, and weakened him with accurate body bombardments as the contest progressed. Uchiyama accelerated his attack in round nine, when he pinned the fading Perez to the ropes and battered him with vicious combinations upstairs and downstairs. The exhausted and damaged Argentine decided to stay on the stool rather than go for the tenth session.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
WBA supervisor: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela).



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Takayama claims vacant IBF/WBO 105lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese veteran Katsunari Takayama (28-7-1NC, 11 KOs), 104.75, acquired the vacant IBF/WBO minimumweight (105-pound) belts as he halted compatriot Go Odaira (11-4-3, 1 KO), 104, at 2:34 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Former two-time world champ Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 9 KOs), 112, exploded a solid straight right and finished Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez (20-8-1, 14 KOs), 110.25, at 2:09 of the fifth round.

Promoter: Ioka Promotions.



December 31st, 2014

UFC

The One and Only Donald Cerrone

There’s only one Donald Cerrone.

The hard-charging lightweight wrecking machine is a force of nature in the ranks of the 155-pound fold, with his fighting style the definition of fan friendly. From the opening bell, the scrappy Colorado native is coming to put his opposition in the proverbial dirt, and he’ll use any combination of punches, kicks, chokes or knees to make that happen . . . click here for more

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December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Kono draws with Jimenez to keep WBA 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, barely kept his throne as he was held to a split draw by Norberto Jimenez (20-8-4, 10 KOs), 114.5, Dominican Republic, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Silvestre Abainza saw the sizzling affair 116-111 for Kono, Gustavo Padilla (Panama) had it 115-112 for Jimenez, and Michael Lee (Korea) tallied 114-114. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US).

Kono, a Roberto Duran stylist, kept stalking the taller dancer and tried to stop his mobility with his persistent body attacks, while Jimenez occasionally threw long countering uppercuts to the onrushing champ. Jimenez was penalized a point for repeatedly hitting low midway in the sixth. Jimenez looked slowing down in later rounds and Kono caught him with overhand rights to effectively hurt him down the stretch. This reporter saw Kono leading on points in the end of the Tom-and-Jerry fight.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
WBA supervisor: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela).



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Taguchi defeats Rossel to win WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Lanky and five inches taller, Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8 KOs), 108, captured the WBA light-flyweight belt as he floored defending champ from Peru, Alberto Rossel (32-9-1NC), 108, twice to win a unanimous decision over twelve heats on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 116-110, Michael Lee (Korea) 116-111, Jose Cova (Venezuela) 117-109, all in favor of the aggressive challenger. The referee was Silvestre Abainza (Philippines). Taguchi, ex-national champ dethroned by Naoya “Monster” Inoue last year, decked Rossel with a body shot twice in rounds eight and nine. Rossel might have left his fighting spirit in Peru only to keep circling and retreating to absorb Taguchi’s busy combinations.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Jr welter prospect Lipinets on the fast track

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Junior welterweight prospect Sergey Lipinets (5-0, 4 KOs) is already a world champion in kickboxing and now has his sights becoming a world champion in professional boxing. Nothing out of the ordinary for a young boxer early in his career except for the rate Lipinet’s team sees him achieving this goal. Lipinets turned pro in 2014 and is on the fast track. “Realistically my management partner Alex Mezherovsky and I totally believe if given the opportunity he will be a world champion by the end of 2015. Yes. He is that good,” proclaims Lipinet’s management Alex Vaysfeld of Union Boxing Management. (more…)



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former champ Paulie Ayala in the news in Texas, training Parkinson’s patients. More

Mayweather-Pacquiao: Ever the hot boxing topic in 2014. More

Amir Khan on site in Peshawar. More

African hopeful Immanuel “The Prince” Naidjala says he’ll have dramatic comeback in 2015. More



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

WBA world title tripleheader in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Today, the very last day of the year, we will see a WBA world title tripleheader with our great expectations at Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight ruler Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs) will participate in his ninth defense against Israel Perez (27-2-1, 16 KOs) from Argentina over twelve rounds. WBA super-fly titlist Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), a Japanese veteran, will put his belt on the line against Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10 KOs) from Dominican Republic in the second title go. The first title bout will see Peruvian Alberto Rossel (32-8-1NC, 13 KOs) defend his WBA light-fly belt against Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8 KOs), a Japanese speedster taller by five inches, over twelve.

The weigh-in ceremony took place at U-Port Hotel in Tokyo yesterday, and the results were as follows:
Uchiyama 129.75 vs. Perez 129.5
Kono 115 vs. Jimenez 114.5
Rossel 108 vs. Taguchi 108

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December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Barbados Promoter Sam Layne: An unsung hero

Photo courtesy of the Barbados Advocate

Photo courtesy of the Barbados Advocate


By Robert Coster

At the beginning of the last century (1901 to be precise), the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados made its mark in boxing when its legendary native son Joe Walcott became the world welterweight champion. However, “The Barbados Demon” as Walcott was known fought all his career in the United States. Today, more than a century after, one man – Sam Layne – has made it his calling to bring pro boxing to the 167 square mile tropical paradise and have its second world champion.

With just a pair of punch mitts, a small ring, a wealth of boxing knowledge and unstoppable stubbornness, Layne has promoted close to 40 shows over 15 years and he has brought boxers like welterweights Christopher “Shaka” Henry, Miguel Antoine, featherweight Leon Moore and cruiserweight Shawn Cox to world class level. (more…)



December 30th, 2014

UFC

Randa Markos: A Crazy Year Ends, A New One Begins

December 12 was going to be just another day for Randa Markos. She was competing for the UFC for the first time, but after five previous fights on the local circuit in Canada and three more on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, the “Quiet Storm” assumed she was ready . . . click here for more

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December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Zsolt Bogdan defeats faded Danny Williams

By James Slater

Yesterday in Budapest, Hungary, 35-year-old Zsolt Bogdan remained unbeaten in improving to 8-0, 5 KOs with a wide ten-round points win over Britain’s Danny Williams. Bogdan won every round on one card at 100-90, and won via a 99-91 score on the other two cards. 41-year-old Williams, who fell to 46-25, 35 KOs, has now lost four straight bouts and 15 of his last 17.

Despite this, and despite that fact that Williams – once a top contender capable of defeating an aging Mike Tyson and of challenging a peak Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight crown – appears totally shot, he will fight on. According to numerous reports, “The Brixton Bomber” will face fellow veteran Frans Botha in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on February 5th. (more…)



December 30th, 2014




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