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By Phil Doherty
Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) is in Montreal this week preparing to challenge Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) for Stevenson’s newly-won WBC light heavyweight crown. Stevenson will have the home-ring advantage with twenty thousand Quebecois fight fans. Cloud will have longtime trainers Alonzo Johnson and Al Bonanni.
It seems a tough challenge for the challenger, who relinquished the IBF light heavyweight belt to eternally young Bernard Hopkins last March. However, Cloud started fighting tough odds pretty much from the day he was born into abject poverty in Tallahassee, Florida. Raised in tenement conditions with more than ten people in a single small home, Cloud grew up quick. He decided at fourteen he would take care of his family and change their situation. His journey now finds him poised to do just that once again.
Fightnews caught up with him as he finalized preparations for the HBO-televised event this Saturday. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former WBC middleweight champion and son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs), of Culiacán, Sinaloa México, is days away from his return to the ring as he will take on Texan Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) this Saturday live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Chavez Jr. held a media workout Tuesday afternoon at the Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, California. “The camp is very good. I feel one hundred percent for this fight. I’m ready,” Chavez Jr. told Fightnews.com in English.
“Vera is underestimated. He’s a fighter that comes to fight. We’ve got him at his best. There’s a reason he’s ranked number one by the WBO, but I feel I am a better fighter. Everything is on the line for this fight. These are dangerous fights where there is not so much at risk but you can lose it all. Everyone is certain that I will win and that I have to roll over this guy, I have everything to lose and nothing to win.” (more…)
The heat is ratcheting up as The Ultimate Fighter season 18 moves along, with Miesha Tate still getting the best of Ronda Rousey in the team competition while the two rivals continue to snap at each other during any given moment . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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WBO #1 heavyweight Denis Boytsov (33-0, 26 KOs) injured a knee on Tuesday and will be out for three weeks before he can resume training. “This is obviously very unhappy,” said Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer. “Actually Denis Boytsov should have boxed in Oldenburg on October 26. The boxing fans now have to wait a little longer to finally see him in action again. Exactly when this will be the case, however, is not yet at this time foreseeable.”
We can blame amateur heavyweight Filip Hrgovic for the postponement of Haye-Fury this weekend. An errant elbow from the Croatian left Haye with six stitches.
Former world champion Nonito Donaire has resumed year-round random drug testing administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association or VADA.
Espinoza Boxing signed former champ Joseph Agbeko to a management contract on Tuesday.
Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury (9-0, 6 KOs) will now fight on Sunday afternoon at York Hall in East London against Dorian Darch (7-1, 1 KO).
The successful series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford will have the second show of the fall series in Mexico City this Friday, September 27, 2013 at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo. In the main event WBO Youth super flyweight champion David “El Duro” Carmona will defend against fellow countryman Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado in a clash scheduled for 10 Rounds.
Carmona of Mexico City, Mexico is ranked #14 WBO and brings a record of 15-1-4, 8 KO’s, Tostado on the other hand is an undefeated 18-year-old prospect of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico who served as a chief sparring partner of newly crowned IBF super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda and brings a record of 11-0, 5 KO’s. It should be an all out war between two hungry young contenders. (more…)
By Robert Coster
One thing that can be said about welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison is boxing has always been part of his life. His father Buddy Harrison, a trainer and owner of a gym in Washington DC, likes to say “I started Dusty boxing before he could walk. I have pictures of him hitting the bags at age 4.” And 19-year-old Dusty will tell you, “boxing is my life, my passion. I can’t see myself doing anything else.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Formerly world-rated ex-OPBF super-welter champ Yuki Nonaka (24-8-2, 8 KOs), 160, displayed a fine form in demolishing Thailand’s Ekapop Mor Krungthep Thonburi (11-7-1, 4 KOs), 158.5, with a vicious southpaw left at 2:24 of the fourth session on Monday in Osaka, Japan. Nonaka captured the OPBF 154-pound belt on an eighth round technical decision over Kazuhiko Hidaka in a grudge fight in 2009, but yielded the belt to Akio Shibata on points in his first defense. Nonaka, however, defeated previously unbeaten world contender Dmytro Nikulin of Ukraine by an upset verdict here in September 2010, and stays unbeaten since. The Japanese six-footer Nonaka looked too much for the younger Thailander, who attempted to land direct rights to the taller southpaw, but Nonaka kept outpunching him and finally exploded a wicked left to have him down for the count. Nonaka is gunning for a shot at a regional championship of any organization in the super-welter category.
In the main event, ex-OPBF middleweight champ Tetsuya Suzuki (29-11, 17 KOs), 159.75, needed only 3:09 to polish off another Thailander Udomsin Nonpitayakom, 159.75, in a scheduled eight.
Is drug testing for marijuana in sports “unconscionable and wrong?” Bob Arum thinks so. More
Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik entered a plea of not guilty to theft Tuesday afternoon. More
The David Haye-Tyson Fury fight has been rescheduled for Feb. 8, 2014. More
Albuquerque’s Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado (16-2, 13 KOs) has just signed to fight Luis Ramos (23-1, 10 KOs) Nov. 11 in San Antonio, Texas. The fight will air on FOX Monday Night Fights. Ramos, from the camp of Frank Espinoza in California, is coming off his sole loss, a technical decision loss by injury, to Ricardo Williams.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
The undercard for the megafight between WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine (60-3, 51 KO) and undefeated WBA “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) has been announced. The announcement was made by promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of investment/construction company “MIC” and vice-president of Russian Professional Boxing Federation.
14,000 fans in one of the largest sports-complexes in Moscow – the “Olimpiyskiy” Stadium – will see a European cruiserweight title fight between Poland’s Mateusz Masternak (30-0, 22 KOs) and Russian Grigory Drozd (36-1, 25 KOs), Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhiev (16-1, 12 KOs) vs. Guilian Ilie (16-1, 12 KOs) and a heavyweight bout for the vacant WBA Continental belt between former world champion Ruslan Chagayev (31-2, 20 KOs) and Serbia’s Jovo Pudar (30-3, 17 KOs). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez Jr hosted a very interesting international media conference call today to discuss his clash on Saturday against Bryan Vera (23-6, 14 KOs). Chávez, Jr. was joined on the call by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Zanfer Promotions’ Fernando Beltran.
The main topic of discussion was Julio’s weight. Rumors that the contract weight had already been increased to 173 were dismissed by Arum. “We’re going to take a look at what the fighters weigh tomorrow and decide what the weight limit will be, so right now there is no determination on that. I know what Julio Sr. said, but I really believe that at the time he said it he misspoke.”
Julio stated he currently weighs 173. “It’s time for me to move up to 168. That’s what we’ve been working on for this fight. We want to do the best that we can to get me to that weight. I just think that 160 wasn’t good for my health. Healthwise 168 is where I want to be. I think there are some big fights at 168 and I want to continue my career at 168…the only way I’m going to 160 is if I fight Martinez again or a fight so big and so important that 160 would be a sacrifice to make.”
Julio also stated that the cut that postponed this bout from its original September 7 date is healed. photos
Welterweight prospects Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, and Alberto Morales, Miami, FL, met today for the first time at the final press conference for their 10-round match Thursday evening, Sept. 26, at the Sands Bethlehem. The seven-bout card will be streamed worldwide by Universal Streaming. Cruz, who knocked out Rodolfo Armenta, of Rio Rico, AZ, in two rounds Aug. 10 in the same ring, has an 18-2 record, 13 K0s. Morales, who lost a 10-round decision to Ray Robinson, of Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 8 in Wilmington, DE, is 11-2-1, 8 K0s. Also in attendance was junior welterweight Jerome Rodriguez, of Allentown, PA, whose six-round fight with Juan Serrano, of Killeen, TX, is one of six undercard fights beginning at 8p.m.
Alberto Morales: “I’ve trained hard for this fight for the last six weeks and I’m in the best shape of my life. I really love to fight and I know I won’t have to chase anybody in this match. I’m gonna love it and I look forward to Thursday.”
Ronald Cruz: “Morales says he loves to fight and I love to fight, also. On Thursday night, we’re going to find out who loves it more.”
By Robert Coster
Top Rank Boxing has signed a multiyear promotional contract with WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters of Jamaica. Walters (22-0, 18 KOs) won the vacant WBA title last year in December stopping Daulis Prescott of Colombia. Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum had this to say about the agreement, “I watched some footage of Walters and I really liked what I saw. He is a good puncher, makes a good fight and we can put him in with any of the big name featherweights out there and HBO will buy it.”
For his part, the WBA champion said that fighting for Top Rank is “a dream and a privilege.” Walters will be making his US debut and first title defense on the Top Rank card in Corpus Christi, Texas which will feature the junior lightweight championship bout between Roman “Rocky” Martinez and Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz for the vacant WBO featherweight championship, and U.S. Olympians Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman has informed that WBC President Jose Sulaiman will undergo a surgical procedure next week. The 82-year-old Sulaiman also tweeted “I will be out of action for some time to assist me something medically postponed for long. All is well, cheers.” Fightnews.com sends best wishes to Jose Sulaiman for successful surgery and a quick recovery.
Photo: Ed Keenan
WBO #1 featherweight Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) makes his first stop on today’s New York City media day tour La Mega radio station. Boxing’s first openly gay fighter also has a workout scheduled for the Mendez Boxing Gym. Cruz, a member of Puerto Rico’s 2000 Olympic team, is in his final weeks of intense training for his first world title shot against former two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title on the October 12 Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Márquez WBO welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard in Las Vegas.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents are returning professional boxing to the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., just outside of Woodland. Saturday night’s card, the first in eight years, has a main event pairing Paul Mendez (13-2-1, 5 KOs) of Salinas against Rahman Yusubov (9-11, 7 KOs) of Dallas for Mendez’s recently won IBA Intercontinental middleweight belt. The 6 p.m. undercard also will feature Northern California fighters, with the weigh-in set for Friday afternoon at the expanded resort venue.
David Haye-Tyson Fury clash will now go ahead on February 8th, showdown will still take place in Manchester
By James Slater
David Haye and Tyson Fury will now meet on February 8th of next year, various media reports have confirmed. The fight, postponed due to Haye suffering a cut eye in sparring, will still take place at The Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.
Haye is delighted with the news:
“I was absolutely devastated this weekend, and felt as though I’d let a lot of people down. But now, with this new date, I couldn’t be happier,” Haye said. “My fans will still get the chance to see what they all wanted to see this weekend – they’ll get to see Tyson Fury sparked out in spectacular fashion. Fury might start to get brave now that he’s received a stay of execution – and he might call me names and accuse me of ducking him – but that will all be short-lived, I can promise you.
“The cut will heal, the fight will happen next year and the fans will go home happy. The only difference now is that Tyson Fury gets an even nastier beat-down than he would have received first time round.”
Fury, too is sure to be happy with the news of a new date. It remains to be see whether or not Fury will go ahead with his plan of having an interim, or “warm up” fight before next February.
Jr middleweight Jack Culcay’s rematch with Guido Nicolas Pitto, which was scheduled for September 14 in Stuttgart, Germany, but fell out due to an injury of headlining WBO world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck, thas now been rescheduled. On October 26, the clash is going to take place in Oldenburg, Germany. Former world amateur champion Culcay shockingly suffered his first loss to Pitto this April in Hamburg. The main event on October 26 in Oldenburg will see Arthur Abraham in action.
Photo and Report By Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 14 KO’s) defeated “Sir” Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center, keeping his Minnesota State Middleweight title and picking up the USBA Middleweight title in front of a reported 4000 plus attendance. The opening round was close between the two Minnesotan’s with Fort seemingly getting the nod based on activity. Fort jabbed and circled while Truax held back to observe what Fort would bring. The early moments of round two were similar until Truax began to open up, specifically with hard body punches. Truax was landing heavy shots as the round came to a close and a right to the head in the closing seconds appeared to rock Fort. Fort’s jab was working from the outside but he was getting busted up from that range. He was warned twice for coming in with his head by referee Mark Nelson while trying to close the range and accidental head butts had opened cuts over both of his eyes by round four. After a small break in the action following the last clash of heads in the fourth, Truax landed a short uppercut that staggered Fort. Truax followed up with more uppercuts and straight rights that sent Fort to the ropes. Fort stumbled forward to tie up but fell the canvas. He made it to his feet on shaky legs by the count of 9 but referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight. The time of the stoppage came at 1:49 of the fourth round. (more…)
If you’re in this sport long enough, the hope is that one day you get to cover a fight like Jon Jones’ five round decision win over Alexander Gustafsson. Thankfully, I’ve had several nights like last Saturday over the course of 17 years covering boxing and 13 years covering MMA, and the great thing is, fights like that never get old, and when the final bell sounds, you feel honored to have witnessed it live. Jones-Gustafsson had everything you hope to see in a fight: skill, heart, drama, and high stakes. And usually when all those ingredients are there, the end result really doesn’t matter. Of course it does matter, and there has been plenty of debate about the final verdict. My call? The right guy (Jones) won. Would I have been up in arms if the decision went the other way? No, it was that close . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
Starting this weekend, a long run of big fights will keep fight fans occupied every Saturday night. HBO/HBO PPV will be launching an all out boxing assault with major fights scheduled for eight of the next nine Saturday nights. All feature big name fighters in compelling bouts. Meanwhile, after their blockbuster Mayweather-Alvarez PPV, Showtime doesn’t return until October 26, which fills in the one date HBO missed. Expect Showtime to go up against HBO in some still to be announced head-to-head telecasts in November. Matchups and dates will be announced shortly. AWE TV returns with an attractive bout on October 26, while boxing will also be back on network TV in November with an NBC Fight Night telecast. The run could extend even longer as there are still more dates to be filled in November and December. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk
Boxing in a beautifully restored, but nearly 700-year-old salt mine? It will happen – again, for the fifth time, in Wieliczka, near famous city of Krakow, Poland. “This is something else, nothing can compare to be here, to fight in this unique environment,” – said Tomasz Babiloński, promoter of the “Wieliczka Underground Show” in a Fightnews.com interview.
Babiloński heads “Babilon Promotions” and is organizing this one of a kind event in cooperation with Ulrich KnockOut Promotions. the October 19 show in Wieliczka (http://www.wieliczka-saltmine.com/) will be officially certified as a world record by England’s “Guinness Book of Records” representatives and televised live by Polsat.
The Polish promoter is quick to point out that there is a lot more than just the curiosity factor to watch this event. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
IBO strawweight and IBO super middleweight champions Hekkie Budler and Thomas Oosthuizen will be defending their belts against imported opponents at Emperors Palace, near Kempton Park on November 9. Budler (23-1, 6 KOs) who is ranked at number three by the WBA has just come of an outstanding victory over the highly rated Nkosinathi Joyi. He will face Hugo Verchelli (11-1, 6 KOs) from Argentina who is ranked at number 31 by the IBO. Since suffering the only loss on his record in January 2012 Verchelli, 24, has won 7 fights with 5 coming inside the distance. It is rather surprising that the IBO only rank Verchelli at 31 when he is ranked at eleven by the WBA, ninth by the IBF and tenth by the WBC. This could be a tough one Budler and a win over the highly ranked Verchelli could see the 25-year-old Budler challenging Riyo Miyazaki 20-0-3, 11 KOs of Japan for the WBA strawweight belt. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source confirmed to Fightnews.com that the interim WBA super featherweight world title fight between the Costa Rican former WBA interim world champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez and Nicaraguan challenger René “Chirizo” Gonzalez has been postponed until October 19. The World Boxing Association apparently requested the delay to put the fight on a “WBA KO Drugs Festival” charity event at the Ciudad Deportiva de Hatillo 8 in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is the third date change for the fight that was to take place this Saturday.
TMZ reports that Oscar De La Hoya’s alleged cocaine binge photos are being shopped for publication. More
Upcoming heavyweight championship bout between Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Alexander Povetkin is being reported as a near-sellout. Ninety percent of the 35,000-seat Oliimpiisky Arena in Moscow has been sold.
Tampa boxer Rock Blackwell makings waves as a pro: More
World Boxing Association bantamweight “super champion” Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) of Panama and his long-time adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz, say they have no objections to WBA “regular” bantamweight champion Koki Kameda’s request for an interim fight, provided he and Moreno have their mandatory fight later this year or early in 2014.
“The WBA gave us 30 days to negotiate with Kameda Promotions to arrange the mandatory fight between Moreno and Kameda, but Kameda has requested an interim fight before he faces Moreno,” explained Lewkowicz, “we will agree to not interfere with that request, provided the fight is arranged in good faith for December or January.” Lewkowicz says the future Hall-of-Famer Moreno will most likely face Kameda (the 12th defense of Moreno’s title) at the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City.
Jr welterweight Carlos Molina has withdrawn from his September 30 bout against Michael “The Artist” Perez due to flu-like symptoms. However Golden Boy has lined up tough Mexican prospect Miguel “Dinamita” Zuniga to step up to face “The Artist” in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title at the Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in the Golden Boy Live! co-featured event on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
In the main event, Brooklyn’s undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali takes on “Smokin” Jay Krupp in an eight-round matchup. Plus, 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne of Staten Island, fellow Olympic team member Jamel Herring of Coram, NY, The Bronx’s Emmanuel Gonzalez, Brooklyn’s Claude Staten Jr. and Maryland’s D’Mitrius Ballard will all be in action to help Barclays Center celebrate its one-year anniversary. (more…)
By Johnny B’
The October 5th Showdown for the IBF, IBO, WBA & WBO heavyweight titles between Champions Wladimir ‘Steelhammer’ Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) and undefeated Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) is only 12 days away. The scheduled officials are as follows: Referee is Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico), Judges are Ted Gimza (Illinois), Glenn Feldman (Connecticut) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium).
Matchroom Sport Statement:
At a press conference hosted by Frank Warren on 3rd September 2013, when referring to the administration of his company, W. Promotions Limited (formerly Frank Warren Promotions Limited), Mr Warren stated: “It’s not just us, I think Matchroom Boxing went into Administration last week, errr, I’m sorry went into, errr, some form of … they wound it up last week.”
In response, Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport Limited said:
“Mr Warren’s comment about Matchroom Boxing is untrue and misleading. He has suggested that one of my businesses has been closed due to insolvency, when that is simply not the case. By saying “it’s not just us”, Mr Warren has sought to compare Matchroom to his own insolvent company, W. Promotions Limited, which was put into administration last month owing, what is thought to be, over £3m to creditors (according to the company’s Administrators). This follows the liquidation of Frank Warren’s previous trading vehicle, Sports Network Limited, which had reported creditors of over £5.5m. (more…)
Hennessy Sports would like to reassure fans following the extremely disappointing news regarding the British super-fight between Tyson Fury and David Haye, set for September 28th at the Phones 4 U Arena Manchester, as we endeavour to do all we can to resolve this situation and reschedule a new date as quickly as possible. We would like to officially apologise to all the boxing fans who have supported us, bought tickets, booked time off from work and booked hotels prior to this news and thank you for your patience as we look to announce a new date.
“We only found out about this situation around midday on Saturday morning, only about half an hour before Hayemaker sent out their official release announcing it,” Mick Hennessy said. “Since then we have been working around the clock with Team Fury, Hayemaker and Sky in an attempt to resolve the situation and reschedule a new date as quickly as possible. (more…)
By James Slater
According to a news release from Sky Sports, Tyson Fury is still committed to and anxious for a fight between he and David Haye to happen. An understandably angry Fury, upon hearing how Haye’s cut injury had postponed the Sept. 28th showdown, said he would move on and leave the Haye fight behind. However, though Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessey has said Fury is looking to fight again soon, against a suitable opponent who is now being searched for, the Haye fight is being pencilled on for early next year.
“Tyson is in his best shape mentally and physically and he is ready to fight. We are talking with all parties with regard to him fighting again soon,” Hennessey said. “In the meantime we are working on re-scheduling the Haye fight as soon as possible. In an ideal situation we would like it to happen in December but realistically we are looking at early next year.” (more…)
Former WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin will take on veteran DeMarcus Corley this Friday (September 27th) in Tekirdag, Turkey. After losing to Roberto Guerrero (in July 2012) and Jesus Soto Karass (in January 2013) Aydin decided to move down in weight and compete at 140 lbs. The hard hitting Turk came back from his first two career defeats with two convincing wins over Giuseppe Lauri (in March) and Aaron Herrera (in July) and is eyeing another world title shot soon.
“It wasn’t easy for me to cope with the losses,” says Aydin. “Of course, I know that I was fighting abroad and that it would be hard to get a decision win in the United States. I also know that I could and should have done better against Guerrero and Soto Karass. It feels like I let my fans and family done. It took me some time to get over it. But that is far behind me now. I feel a lot better (at 140) than before. I feel very strong and also very fast. Nobody can stop me on my way to becoming a world champion.” (more…)
UFC GYM® announced today that it will partner with former two-division UFC champion and coach of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® BJ Penn to open a second signature fitness facility in the fighter’s home state of Hawaii. The fitness destination, which will begin enrolling members on September 24, 2013, is set to open for workouts early in 2014. The gym will serve the Central and Leeward Oahu community and will be located in the Waikele Center at 94-875 Lumiana Street, Suite 15, Waipahu, HI. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In what was considered a major upset 39-year-old Mzonke Fana outpointed the favourite Takalani Ndlovu over 12 rounds to win the vacant WBA Pan African junior lightweight title at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Saturday afternoon. Using his educated left jab Fana outboxed Ndlovu, 35, who was having his first in the junior lightweight division, through most of the rounds as he won with scores of 118-108, 117-112 and 116-111. Referee Wally Snowball deducted a point from Ndlovu in the seventh round for a low blow. Ndlovu whose left eye was badly swollen at the end was too cautious and never got into a fight that never rose to any heights. Fana improves his record to 32-6, 13 KOs and Ndlovu drops to 33-10, 18 KOs. (more…)
Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-flyweight champ Naoko Yamaguchi (22-3-3, 18 KOs), formerly a javelin thrower, will put her belt on the line as she will face unbeaten compatriot, WBC strawweight titlist Naoko Fujioka (10-0, 6 KOs) in a sensational encounter in Tokyo, Japan, on November 13. The confrontation of the female champs was announced by Yoko Gushiken, ex-WBA junior fly champ who kept it thirteen times to his credit and is currently the promoter handling the hard-punching champ Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi, making her third defense, dethroned Tsunami Tenkai in July of the previous year, and impressively kept it twice by defeating Mexican Judith Rodriguez (W10) and Italian Loredana Piazza (TKO7) to show her strength before her adherents. Her counterpart Fujioka, formerly national amateur champ, turned professional late at the age of thirty-four, and quickly captured the WBC 105-pound belt in her sixth pro bout by halting Anabel Ortiz after the eighth session in 2011. Fujioka dropped the Mexican defending champ and retired her on the stool. Since then, she kept her belt just twice chiefly because she had a great difficulty finding a challenger to fight with her belt at stake. (more…)
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