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Algieri hits Macau

Algieri hits Macau

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri (R) and his trainer Tim Lane (L) arrive in ...

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Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodríguez Jessica Chávez 108 vs Melissa McMorrow 108 (WBC light flyweight silver title) Rey Vargas 121.50 vs Daniel ...

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Weights from Tecate

Weights from Tecate

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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor...for Bernard

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo courtesy Team Soliman IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) talks to Fightnews to ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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Boxing News

2014 starts off with controversy

The IBF jr lightweight championship fight between Argenis Mendez and Rances Barthelemy ended in controversy when Barthelemy connected after the bell in round two and knocked out Mendez. The result will definitely be under review by the IBF.

What do you think is the correct result?

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January 4th, 2014



UFC

Stungun vs. The Hitman Set for March

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will return to Greater China with UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The event will be headlined by South Korean MMA pioneer Dong Hyun Kim aka “Stun Gun” against England’s John “The Hitman” Hathaway.

The event was announced earlier today at a UFC Fight Club Q&A with Hathaway as part of fight week for UFC Singapore. More details will be unveiled at a special press conference in Singapore Saturday at 5 pm local time/9 am GMT/4 am ET/1 am PT.

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Barthlemy KOs Mendez to win IBF 130lb title

By Jesse Kelley at ringside

Unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO and dethroned IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Méndez (21-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barthlemy dropped Mendez near the end of round two, then connected with a clean combination at or just after the bell that knocked Menedez out. Time was 2:59. After the fight, promoter Mike Tyson said Barthlemy clearly hit his man twice after the bell, and stated he would call for a rematch.

In the first televised fight of 2014, hometown middleweight favorite Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-1, 14 KOs) and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-3, 11 KOs) battled to a hard fought ten round draw. Judges scored it 95-95 on all cards.

Welterweight prospect Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) blew away Luis Santiago (4-1, 1 KO) in 61 seconds. Lubin was considered a top medal candidate for the 2016 Olympics before being signed by Iron Mike Productions.

In a clash between unbeaten jr middleweights, Javontae Starks (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a six round split decision over Limberth Ponce (6-1, 4 KOs). Starks dropped Ponce in round two and won by scores of 57-56, 57-56 Starks, 57-56 Ponce.



January 3rd, 2014

UFC

UFC Singapore weigh-in results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim, and the featherweight bout between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Sean Soriano, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore beginning at 6:30am ET / 3:30am PT.

MAIN EVENT
Hyun Gyu Lim (171) VS Tarec Saffiedine (170)

MAIN CARD
Sean Soriano (145) VS Tatsuya Kawajiri (145)
Luiz ‘Besouro’ Dutra (171) VS Kiichi Kunimoto (171)
Shunichi Shimizu (135) VS Kyung Ho Kang (136)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Will Chope (146) VS Max Holloway (146)
Quinn Mulhern (155) VS Katsunori Kikuno (156)
David Galera (136) VS Royston Wee (134)
Tae Hyun Bang (156) VS Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Jon Delos Reyes (135) VS Dustin Kimura (135)
Russell Doane (135) VS Leandro Issa (136)

This event will air on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, January 4. Start your free trial now at ufc.tv/fightpass

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January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

New foe for Mchunu: Olanrewaju Durodola

When the popular nationally televised live boxing series Fight Night returns for its Friday, January 24th season opener on NBC Sports Network, the co-feature bout will be an intriguing clash for the NABF championship belt between two African cruiserweights. South African Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu, 14-1, 10 KOs, meets Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola, 15-1, 14 KOs, of West Africa, in a 10-round fight at Resorts International Hotel and Casino, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Durodola stepped in when Garrett Wilson was forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury. The fight is the main supporting bout of a card headlined by the 10-round middleweight encounter between Curtis Stevens and Patrick Majewski.



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Tahdooahnippah begins comeback Jan 24

On Friday, January 24th, popular middleweight “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (31-1-2, 23 KOs) returns to action in downtown Oklahoma City, OK at the Chevrolet Events Center in Bricktown. 2013 wasn’t kind to “Comanche Boy” as he went 0-1-1 in two bouts, suffering his first loss via sixth round stoppage against Delvin Rodriguez, followed by a technical draw against Thomas Brown in which Tahdooahnippah received a bad cut.

“I’m anxious to get back in the ring and love fighting in Oklahoma City Bricktown. Oklahoma City is my second home and no better place to be in Oklahoma than Bricktown,” Tahdooahnippah said. “I want to reassure to my fans that this is the beginning of the best to come for Comanche Boy!” An opponent will be announced soon.



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #9 heavyweight Kauffman returns Jan 25

On January 25th, King’s Boxing Promotions & XFE presents a boxing card at the Sands in Bethlehem, that will feature WBA #9 ranked heavyweight Travis Kauffman (27-1, 20 KOs) taking on once beaten Vincent Thompson (13-1, 2 KOs) in the ten round main event. Kauffman is riding an nine bout winning streak and in his last bout when he stopped Jason Barnett in one round on November 30th in Reading, PA.

In the eight round co-feature, rising jr. lightweight Frankie De Alba (10-1-2, 4 KOs) will take on Chazz McDowell (6-3-1, 1 KO). In an eight round bantamweight bout, undefeated Miguel Cartagena (10-0, 3 KOs) will take on Felipe Rivas (15-15-2, 9 KOs). Lightweight Travis Thompson (5-11-3, 3 KOs) will battle Sammy Quinones (4-2, 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for six rounds.



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Molina out of action for four months after surgery

On Friday, December 20, 2013, undefeated 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (8-0, 7 KOs) had labrum surgery on his left shoulder performed by Neal S. ElAttrache, M.D. at Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. El Attrache, the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a consultant to the Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Rams, LA Lakers, LA Kings and the PGA Tour, noted the surgery was successful and Molina should be able to return to the ring within the next four months. (more…)



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis vs. Tony Thompson set for March 22 in Turkey

Looks like 2004 Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis (20-1) will face Tony Thompson (38-4) in a heavyweight clash on March 22nd. “All contracts are signed, the fight is on”, confirmed promoter Ahmet Oner who is planning to stage the fight in Kusadasi (Turkey). “Solis vs. Thompson is a great fight which I could actually do everywhere because it will gather lots of interest worldwide. I am very happy that all parties accepted and agreed. These are the fights we need to revive the heavyweight division.”

Both Thompson and Solis had their shots at the world championship against the Klitschko brothers. “La Sombra” lost to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 because of a knee injury. Thompson suffered two losses against younger brother and IBF, WBA and WBO titlist Wladimir Klitschko in July 2008 and July 2012. However, Thompson bounced back last year to upset British hope David Price twice to work his way to another world title eliminator which he lost on points to Kubrat Pulev in August 2013. Solis has won three in a row after recovering from his knee injury and managed to win the IBF intercontinental championship.

“This fight could go either way”, says Oner. “Of course, I believe in my fighter Odlanier Solis. I am still convinced that he will be heavyweight champion of the world. However, he has to beat guys like Thompson to get to the world title. I am pretty sure that the winner of this bout will get another shot at a title either later this year or in 2015 the latest.”



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Huck says he didn’t take first Arslan fight seriously: This time, the situation will be different!

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will go to the backyard of Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) for the January 25 rematch of their controversial fight from November 2012. And the 29-year-old champ is convinced his close fight with the 43-year-old Arslan will not be repeated. “I already have indicated in July at the first press conference in Stuttgart that I hadn’t really taken the training seriously before the first fight,” said Huck. “This time, the situation will be different! If I enter the ring in top form, Arslan must once again up his game, otherwise it’ll be a one-sided spectacle for the fans.”



January 3rd, 2014

UFC

Ten Best: The Submissions of 2013

Another year is in the books, and it was a good one for those practiced in the art of the tap out. But which finishes stood out from the rest? Read on to find out . . . More

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January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Haroon Khan added to Sheffield card

Coldwell Boxing’s maiden show of 2014 scheduled for February 7th at the Ice Sheffield received a significant boost today as Amir Khan’s brother Haroon Khan was added to the card. The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist returns to the city where he made his professional debut last spring and event promoter, Dave Coldwell, is delighted to have the super-flyweight protégé boxing on his card. Top of the bill is a clash between Nav Mansouri and Matthew Mallin for Nav’s English light middleweight title.



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Beltway Boxing 2013 — “The Year of Perfomance and Possibility!”

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Boxing in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area (known as the Beltway) was as busy and as exciting as ever before. A number of local pros stepped up to the plate and made significant strides in their careers, positioning themselves for what should be a very interesting 2014. Meanwhile, the area benefited from a huge influx of young talent which should make the future very, very bright.

A number of Beltway Boxers won regional awards. Phil Jackson Benson captured two WBC regional titles in back-to-back contests. Dusty Hernandez Harrison won the WBC Youth Welterweight title. Tony Jeter held on to his WBC Fecarbox middleweight championship while Seth Mitchell won back his NABO Heavyweight title in the rematch with Johnathon Banks before losing that title to Chris Arreola. Gary Russell, Jr. rose to become the mandatory featherweight contender to the WBO title.

Also, Tony Thompson continued his relevance in the heavyweight division at age 42 with two upset wins over David Price in England. Only a unanimous decision loss to Kubrat Pulev kept Thompson from getting a third title shot at heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fernando Guerrero lost his bid for a world title when he was knocked out by WBO Middleweight champ Peter Quillin in April. (more…)



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Truax returns to ESPN, Target Center tonight

By Jesse Kelley
Photo: Jesse Kelley

Middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax (23-1-1,14 KOs) will be back fighting under the bright ESPN lights tonight and it’s also a return to the place he made his pro debut in 2007, the Target Center in Minneapolis. Truax impressed the nation last June while scoring a knockout victory over tough Illinois puncher Don George and the 30 year old Osseo, Minnesota native followed that win up with a fourth round knockout over fellow Minnesotan Cerresso Fort last September. Truax will try to keep his stock rising this Friday night against upset minded Ossie Duran (28-11, 11 KOs). Duran is from Ghana and now resides in New Jersey. Co-promoting the action will be Iron Mike Tyson Promotions along with Seconds Out and Warriors Boxing. The main event is an IBF super featherweight championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs). Truax discussed his most recent grudge match with Fort, his thoughts on Mike Tyson being a part of the promotion, and what might be waiting on the horizon if everything goes as planned on Friday night. (more…)



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Caleb Truax, who fights Ossie Duran on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, talks about coming full circle in his career. More

A police boxing program in Kansas City, Kansas, aims to knock out crime early. More

Timothy Bradley takes a look at a busy 2014 and its possibilities. More

Manny Pacquiao tax case update: The Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines continues to take action. More



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hedi Slimani: 2014 will be my year!

Hedi SlimaniHedi Slimani, now 14-2-0(8), is looking forward to have a great 2014. He is unbeaten for over 2 years winning 6 fights during that period. On April 20 he is scheduled to fight in Zwevezele, Belgium for the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title as co-main event of Farias-Persoon for the WBC lightweight title. Slimani is trained by Filiep Tampere who is also the trainer of Delfine Person.
However he will first have a test on Jan 25 in Langemark, Belgium where he is scheduled to fight Barry Groenteman from Holland. Groenteman is now 9-6-2(2) and was last seen in the ring in his country in Oct against another Belgian Vango Tsirimokos against whom he lost an 8 round points decision. Groenteman is not expected to spoil the April feast for Slimani.



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Miskirtchian: no judges needed on Jan 11th.

Miskirtchian Alex Miskirtchian, still training at the Summit Gym of Big Bear, USA, vows his IBF featherweight Final Eliminator against French Sofiane Takoucht will not go the distance. He told his manager, Alain Vanackere, don’t waste too much money on bringing in judges for this fight. A referee who counts to 10 will be enough. I will not let it in the judges hands. Tell the spectators to be seated on time as he will last only 6-7 rounds…

The show is promoted by 12 Round Promotion headed by Alain Vanackere and takes place in the Country Hall, Sart Tilman of Liege, Belgium.

Click below to see the full announcement of the fight.
IBF Final eliminator: Miskirtchian-Takoucht, Jan 11, 2014



January 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mendez, Barthlemy make weight

By Jesse Kelley at the scale
Photo: Jesse Kelley

Rances Barthelemy 129 vs. Argenis Mendez 128.5
(IBF junior lightweight championship)

Caleb Truax 163 vs. Ossie Duran 161.5
Tony Lee 134.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 134.5
Javontae Starks 154 vs. Limberth Ponce 154.5
Trevor Marmon 135 vs. Adrian Martinez 135
Nate Richardson 151.5 vs. Damien Hill 153
Dennis Galarza 123.5 vs. Celiel Castillo 123.5
Erickson Lubin 147 vs. Luis Santiago 147

Television: ESPN2
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Promoters: Seconds Out, Warriors Boxing, Iron Mike Productions



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Mike Tyson — Boxing Event Turns Violent … Tyson Plays Peacemaker

By TMZSports.com

A fight broke out at a media event for a fight … with Mike Tyson caught in the middle … but this time, the legendary boxer wasn’t escalating the situation, he was trying to quash it. TMZ Sports obtained footage of Tyson promoting an event called “Friday Fight Nights” in Minnesota on Thursday … when two of the young boxers started going at it right on the stage. It started to feel like shades of the infamous Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis media event back in 2002, when they started brawling at a news conference. But this time, Tyson got right in between the two guys — who were pushing and cussing at each other — and eventually broke the whole thing up.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Leapai camp still in negotiations with Klitschko

By David Finger

Reports that Alex Leapai’s camp have rejected the seven figure offer from heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko appear to be premature. “We have not rejected the offer as of yet,” Noel Thornberry, manager of Alex Leapai, told Fightnews, “we are still in negotiations with Shelly Finkel.” On December 4th the WBO gave both camps 30 days to reach an agreeement.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne ready for Arreola: I will knock his a– out!

On his mission to become the first Haitian-born heavyweight champion of the world, World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1, 20 KOs) still doesn’t know exactly when and where he will be fighting for the vacant WBC heavyweight world title. After patiently waiting 2 ½ years as the mandatory challenger, though, the 34-year-old Stiverne understands that he will be in his first world title fight sometime during the first-quarter of 2014 – date, place and network to be determined – in a rematch with Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs).

Once Vitali Klitschko finally announced his retirement, the WBC mandated a title fight between its top two rated heavyweights, #1 Stiverne and #2 Arreola, ordering their respective promoters, Don King Productions and Goossen-Tutor Promotions, to begin negotiations. Stiverne-Arreola will go to a WBC purse bid in Mexico if an agreement is not reached by the January 17. (more…)



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Utah’s West headlines pro card in Ogden

Undefeated Utah cruiserweight Jesse West headlines a pro/am boxing card Saturday night in Ogden, Utah, at the Summit Hotel ballroom. West, 2-0, will fight Elmer Rivera. Last year West, of Fruit Heights, Utah, competed as a heavyweight and reached the quarterfinals of the national Golden Gloves championships. He has chosen to fight at 195 to 200 pounds as a pro.

In other scheduled pro fights, Lee “Golden” Tibbitts meets Francisco Jelel Lopez and Isaac Aguilar meets Suanitu Hogue. The fights start a 7 p.m. at the Summit, 247 24th Street. Tickets are $25 and $15. All Heart Boxing Foundation and Total Mayhem are the promoters.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Chisora to face mini “Klitschko clone” on Feb 15

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora swill face unbeaten, but untested Andriy Rudenko on February 15th at London’s Copper Box Arena. Chisora, 30, who holds the European title, turned his career around last year and won all four fights by stoppage and aims to continue his KO run into 2014 as he targets a second shot at the world title. “Klitschko clone” Rudenko, 30, is just over six foot tall and unbeaten in 25 fights with 16 KOs and in the last five years has knocked-out all but one of his opponents with ten coming inside three rounds.

Chisora, however, is relishing his first challenge of the new year – which is expected to be confirmed as a European title defense shortly – and knows he needs another powerful showing to keep in line for a future world title shot. (more…)



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Leapai poised to reject Klitschko offer and try to bring the fight down under

Heavyweight mandatory challenger Alex Leapai is likely to reject a seven-figure offer from WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko tomorrow to take his title fight to a “purse bid,” reports Grantlee Kieza of heraldsun.com.au. Hoping to being the fight to Australia, Team Leapai has aligned themselves with Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov, who surprisingly snatched Wlad’s last fight against Alexander Povetkin at a purse bid with a near record $23.2 million bid.



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Kasper Bruun to face Michal Dufek on February 1

Jr. welterweight Kasper Bruun (18-0-1, 4 KOs) is set to make his Nordic Fight Night debut on February 1st. Bruun will take on Michal Dufek (11-5-1, 7 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. The card features female welterweight Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) defending her WBA, WBO & WBC titles against Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs), Swedish light-heavyweight Erik Skoglund (18-0, 9 KOs) defending his EU title against Adasat Rodriguez (9-2-1, 6 KOs) and rising Danish stars Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs) and Micki Nielsen (11-0, 9 KOs).



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ossie Duran: It’s a short notice but it’s going to be an upset

Despite losing three of his last four fights, Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) says he’s well prepared to upset hometown hero Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) on ESPN Friday Night Fights this Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 36-year-old Duran accepted the fight against Truax on two weeks’ notice after original opponent Derek Ennis pulled out. “I’m always in the gym training and working,” said Duran. “I train some guys too, so I’m always ready to go. I can’t wait for Friday, you know? I can’t wait to jump in the ring and do what I got to do. It’s a short notice but it’s going to be an upset. That’s why I have been training so hard: for a chance like this. Beating this guy will put me back where I want to be. I just have to go grab it.”



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Anthony Mundine vs. Carson Jones is official

Coming off his win over future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley, it looks like jr middleweight Anthony Mundine will next face Carson Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) on January 29 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Jones was stopped in eight rounds by welterweight Kell Brook in his last fight.

According to Team Mundine: “Whilst other options within the top ten had significantly out-priced themselves, Carson Jones offers the best possible opportunity within a tight timeframe to prepare for the January 29th show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia.”



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

First weigh-in of 2014 today in Minneapolis

None other than all-time-great heavyweight champion and event promoter Iron Mike Tyson will host Thursday’s weigh-in for the first world championship fight of 2014. The weigh-in will be held at “The Pourhouse” in Minneapolis on the main floor at 5PM. IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs), challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) local middleweight favorite Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) will be among those hitting the scale.

The general public is invited to attend the official weigh-in for a $7 admission and their first cocktail is complimentary.

The ESPN Friday Night Fights card will take place Friday night at the Target Center.



January 2nd, 2014

UFC

Patience is Max Holloway’s New Virtue

Hawaii’s Max Holloway used to be the new kid on the block. Now at 22, he’s no longer the youngest fighter currently on the UFC roster (he’s the fourth), and with six Octagon bouts under his belt, you could call him a seasoned veteran as he heads into his Saturday bout in Singapore against newcomer Will Chope . . . More

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January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Ioka defeats Alvarado to keep WBA 108lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Japanese speedster Hiroki Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), 106.5, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he proved too smart, sharp, speedy, smooth and skillful for previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (18-1, 15 KOs), 106.75, overcome the challenger’s constant aggressiveness with his “Mantequilla” defense and “Miguel Canto” counters, winning a unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) 119-110, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 119-109 and Sergio Caiz (US) 115-113, all for Ioka (pronounced E-Oh-Car). The referee was Eddie Claudio (US).

This reporter celebrates his 50th anniversary in writing boxing reports in 2014. A seventeen-year-old fan in Japan sent a letter to “Mr. Boxing” Nat Fleischer, the founder and editor of The Ring Magazine (then called “The Bible of Boxing”) to point out some minor mistakes in his writing on Asian boxing scene. Mr. Fleischer kindly replied to my humble letter, saying, “How about reporting results in Japan to contribute to The Ring?” Since then, he kindly coached and advised me how to write boxing reports by sending back my poor reports with red ink. Almost fifty years have passed, and my reports might have improved a little better than the young fan started writing. Graham Greene wrote a novel titled “England Made Me” but it is true that Nat Fleischer made Joe Koizumi in Japan. (more…)



January 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Ex-WBA 105lb champ Miyazaki KO’d

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Previously unbeaten ex-WBA minimum champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11 KOs), 108, engaged in a non-title bout after his latest relinquishment of the belt but suffered a shocking knockout defeat by WBA#6 minimum Thailander Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-2, 15 KOs), also 108, at 2:22 of the third round in a scheduled ten beneath the WBA light-fly title bout on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

His weight problem made Miyazaki renounce the WBA 105-pound belt and it was his first appearance since. It was ballyhooed as a tune-up bout prior to his next shot at any of world light-fly championships. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Kakutani wins in comeback fight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Having been demolished by Mexican Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez with the WBC light-flyweight belt at stake in Mexico, Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7 KOs), 111.5, returned to action and dropped Thailand’s #1 ranked 108-pound contender Thaminkhao Sor. Tharnthip (12-10-1, 5 KOs), 110.75, three times en route to a fine knockout win at 2:22 of the second round in a scheduled eight beneath a world title show on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. Kakutani, however, floored Confesor in the opening session despite his defeat. The Osaka resident was fresh and furious enough to batter the Thailander and bring home the bacon early. Kakutani is gunning for a shot again either in the 108-pound or 112-pound category.

Hard-hitting ex-OPBF super-feather champ, IBF#6 ranked Masao Nakamura (18-1, 18 KOs), 134.5, one of the brightest prospects in Osaka, was also an easy TKO victor over Thailand’s Fasaghan Or Benjamad (17-14, 7 KOs), 134.5, at 2:11 of the second session in eight. Nakamura once held the OPBF belt but lost it via first round demolition by Filipino southpaw Ronald Pontillas in the first round in 2011. But the 25-year-old hard-puncher scored five wins all within the distance since. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC launches UFC Fight Pass

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announces the launch of UFC Fight Pass™, the new digital subscription service which is a must-have for mixed martial arts fans. Unveiled with a two-month free trial, UFC Fight Pass delivers a minimum of 10 exclusive live events per year, exclusive live prelims, newly created and exclusive content in addition to unprecedented on-demand access to parent company Zuffa’s vast mixed martial arts video library. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Uchiyama survives a knockdown to retain WBA 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs), 129.75, impressively kept his WBA super-featherweight throne as he controlled the affair, survived a surprising visit to the deck in round ten, had game compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-3-3, 12 KOs), 130, at bay down the stretch, winning a unanimous decision (all 117-110) over twelve furious rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It must be a strong candidate for Japan’s Fight of the Year with the champ and the challenger having fully displayed what they had to greatly entertain the audience and TV watchers on the last day of the year.

Looking at the identical 117-110 tallies, you may suppose it was a lopsided affair, but it isn’t right as it was locally competitive almost in every round but eventually unanimous. Kaneko, nine years his junior at 25, fought much better than some cynic experts had predicted by comparing the quality of their previous opposition. (more…)



January 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC Singapore Prelim Fantasy Preview

There will be quite a few new faces to learn when watching the upcoming UFC Fight Night card from Singapore on UFC Fight Pass this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of talent stacking the preliminary portion of the show . . . More

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UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 AM ET/6 AM PT from Singapore. Click here for more info



January 1st, 2014




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