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By Dave Spencer
Photos: Eye of the Tiger Management
Antonin Decarie 149.6 vs. Pablo Munguia 147.2
Baha Laham 135 vs. Roody Pierre-Paul 134.8
Schiller Hyppolite 170.4 vs. Jermain Mackey 171.8
Pascal Villeneuve 170.2 vs. Francois Miville 166.4
Steven Butler 151 vs. Jean-Francois Plourde 151
Mitch Louis-Charles 165.8 vs. Guillaume Coude 167.4
Zachary Bunce 200 vs. Steven Harvey 224.2
Samer Barakat 197 vs. Matt Heim 198
Venue: Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Eye of the Tiger
Photo: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions
Fernando Carcamo 135.8 vs. Miguel Gonzalez 136
(Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals)
Chris Rudd 135.6 vs. Petr Petrov 135.6
(Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals)
Michael Seals 173.4 vs. Willis Lockett 191
Taras Shelestyuk 152 vs. Romon Barber 152.8
Donovan Dennis 224.8 vs. Travis Fulton will weigh in tomorrow
Ruben Ozuna 135.8 vs. Wayne Smith 134,6
David Laque 148 vs. Corey Land 145.2
Venue: 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota
Promoter: Banner Promotions
TV: ESPN at 9 PM ET
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Ray Beltran of Mexico works out at the Wild Card West Boxing Club for his upcoming 12-round feature fight against Rocky Martinez of Puerto Rico on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 2.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. photos
Bilal Laggoune 90,0 vs. Laszlo Hubert 90,7
vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight
10rds: Sasha Yengoyan 69,3 vs. Ayoub Nefzi 69,9
6rds: Ryad Merhy 88,7 vs. Paata Berikashvili 89,9
6rds: Ismail Abdoul 90,7 vs. Levan Jomardashvili 92,8
4rds: Domien Van Gansbeke TBA vs. Jean Pierre Habimana 65,8
4rds: Elfi Philips TBA vs. Najat Hasnouni TBA
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 Randy Petacorlin 111.3 vs. Samranasak Singmanasak 111
Manny Vlamis 174.3 vs. Kiatchai Singwancha 166.8
Michael Zerafa 160.8 vs. Ekapop Poncharoen ??
Terry Tzouramanis 140.5 vs. Manapanoi Singmanasak 140.4
Marcos Amado 166.4 vs. Eric Diamandstein 166.8
Brad Weire 169.8 vs. Clint Alderton 174
Venue: Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Peter Maniatis
Live Stream: www.liveboxing.com.au
Undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), trainer Joel Diaz and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call from Bradley’s Palm Springs training camp on Thursday to discuss Bradley’s eagerly-anticipated April 12 WBO welterweight championship PPV rematch against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs). This will be Bradley’s third defense of the world title he won from Pacquiao in their previous fight.
Timothy Bradley: I’ve got a lot to prove in this fight. I’ve gotta prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. There’s a lot of things that happened in the first fight that weren’t right. This time I’ll be 110% ready.
I gained a lot of experience from my last two appearances on HBO, one in particular against Marquez, who is a great champion and great fighter, legendary, and also the fight of the year against Ruslan Provodnikov. So I’m a different fighter now, a different beast, a different animal and this time around I’m gonna prove it to the fans and everybody. The last time around I got the win but it felt like I lost because I didm’t get any credit from the fans and it’s very important to get the credit from the fans. I definitely gotta win by a wide margin.
Joel Diaz: We don’t really feel the support. Everybody goes to the Wild Card to see Manny Pacquiao train, he’s in great shape, he’s in great preparation… but nobody comes around to Tim Bradley’s gym to see how he’s doing. But in a way I like that because curiosity, it sometimes puts a little bit of fear. Nobody knows how Tim Bradley is training and he’s very ready to come to Vegas and ruin the party for a lot of people again.
Bob Arum: This rematch is special because the previous fight ended in a decision win for Timothy Bradley and a lot of people thought the decision could have gone the other way. That can be debated endlessly, so a rematch gives a definitive answer to who is the better fighter.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweights Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola hosted a kickoff press conference on Thursday for their ESPN-televised May 10 showdown for the vacant WBC heavyweight title at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Chris Arreola: I’m ready for this fight. I’ve been waiting for this fight right after I got out of that ring and got my ass kicked by Bermaine Stiverne. I got caught by a punch that I didn’t see coming and what’s what happens when you fight a world class athlete like Bermaine Stiverne…My nose was broken after the third round. I was wounded. I should have been out of that fight. Any round after that he should have stopped me. Personally I’m not that kind of fighter. If I see someone wounded, if I see someone hurt, I’m taking his ass out. That’s my intention on May 10th, to do to him what he did to me…I guarantee you on May 10th I’m gonna come out with my hand raised.
Bermaine Stiverne: May 10th I will be crowned heavyweight champion of the world. It’s not about shape, it’s about skills. I have better skills and I’m always in shape. I don’t have anything personal against Chris. I do think the best heavyweights out there are Chris and I…I’m not saying I’m going to walk over Chris easily or a walk in the park. It’s going to be hard because I know what Chris brings to the table. It’s gonna be a good fight.
Unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and unbeaten challenger Cedric Agnew faced off Friday during Thursday’s final news conference in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised world title showdown at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Sergey Kovalev: I will try to make good fight – perfect fight – and good show…I think this fight will be good because he is undefeated and I am also undefeated. But I’m gonna do my job.
Cedric Agnew: I’m ready to go out there and show the world what I’m capable of, show the naysayers who I am…There’s always gonna be naysayers out there. To those people I say nothing. I’m gonna keep doing what I’m doing.
Promoter Kathy Duva: Sergey Kovalev is fighting on HBO because it built every superstar over past 30 years. Perhaps fighters who aren’t on HBO should be asking their promoters why not.
Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES
Ramona Kuehne 128.75 vs. Gina Chamie 127.6
(WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight title)
Robin Krasniqi 173.5 vs. Emmanuel Danso 170.6
Steffen Kretschmann 232.5 vs. Samir Kurtagic 233.4
Dominic Boesel 173.9 vs. Miguel Velozo 176.8
Moritz Stahl 168 vs. Petar Markovic 168
Tom Schwarz 227 vs. Frantisek Kynkal 287
Vincent Feigenbutz 168 vs. Vasile Dragomir TBA
Mathias Zemski 153.4 vs. Maik Taeubig TBA
Venue: MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA light heavyweight title against Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) on April 5 in Rostock, Germany. The reigning champion returns to Rostock for the first time since an ill-fated challenge for the WBA crown against Hugo Garay in 2008. With this defeat still fresh in his mind, Braehmer is adamant that history will not repeat itself when he faces Maccarinelli.
Your opponent has said that sparring with the legendary Joe Calzaghe makes him know more about southpaws than anyone else. Does that worry you?
Absolutely – not! When was the last time he sparred Calzaghe – a decade ago? And even if he knows him inside out, it will not help against me. I may be a southpaw but my style is totally different to his famous compatriot. He will find this out sooner rather than later. (more…)
During his career, former undisputed heavyweight champion and international star Mike Tyson fought on SHOWTIME 17 times, second only to Julio Cesar Chavez (21) for most appearances by a boxer in the history of the network. On Friday, April 18, Tyson returns in a different capacity when his Iron Mike Productions makes its promotional debut on the premium network with a three-fight card live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 10:45 ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside Pittsburgh.
The telecast will feature three of Iron Mike Productions’ most highly regarded unbeaten fighters.
In the 10-round main event, heavy-hitting Cuban lightweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-0, 16 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way Cork, Ireland, and Havana, Cuba, will be opposed by his toughest opponent to-date, Pittsburgh-area crowd favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KOs), of Bunola, Pa.
In the co-feature, undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (14-0, 8 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., by way of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic will box Emmanuel Lartey (15-1-1, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Ghana, in an eight-round welterweight bout.
In the opening bout of the telecast, local favorite and war veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs), of Monesson, Pa., will meet fellow unbeaten Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-0, 5 KOs), of Union City, N.J., in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will co-headline a Matchroom Boxing show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17. Cleverly will make his debut at cruiserweight at the scene of his last outing, where he lost his 175lb world title to Sergey Kovalev in August, and the 27 year old is itching to get back into the groove. “I’m excited to get back into the ring on May 17,” said Cleverly. “There are some big fights in the division, I’ve had a great rest and had a chance to lead a normal life and I am ready now to start a new chapter.”
IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) was impressive in winning the title against Rocky Fuentes recently will now defend the championship against Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs) on May 7, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The Japanese boxer has held world titles at 105 pounds as WBA and WBC champion and also at 108 pounds as the WBA champion and is attempting to become a three division world champion by defeating Ruenroeng to become IBF flyweight champion. The Thai world champion Ruenroeng defeated Ioka in the amateur ranks and has predicted to emulate that victory as a professional in Osakaon May 7.
“I defeated Kazuto Ioka in 2007 in Thailand and I am confident I will be victorious again on May 7 in Japan when we will clash for the IBF flyweight title,” said Ruenroeng. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing is back at the historic Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California as four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) of Mexico, City is set to take on former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) on May 17 live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Marquez-Alvarado marks the return of boxing to the Forum, which hosted many great fights throughout the years. Some of the most memorable fights included unbeaten Mexican bantamweights Carlos Zarate vs. Alfonso Zamora, the rematch between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton, Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Roger Mayweather 2, Chiquita Gonzalez vs. Michael Carbajal 2, Rafael Ruelas vs. Freddie Pendleton which was on the Gonzalez Carbajal undercard, and the birth of HBO Boxing After Dark when “The Baby Face Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera stopped Kennedy McKinney in a memorable fight.
“There wouldn’t have been a Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, or Chiquita Gonzalez without Forum Boxing,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said. Arum co-promoted Ali-Norton 2 at the Forum back in 1973 and he shared his memories with us about the legendary venue Wednesday afternoon. (more…)
“Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday will feature two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) challenging current WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event. (more…)
ESPN’s “Boxcino” tournament has been a critical success so far. One of the men behind the scenes responsible for identifying much of the talent that has been on display is Banner Promotions matchmaker Eric Bottjer. Bottjer has been one of the most distinguished boxing matchmakers for the better part of two decades, signing and developing many world champions. For “Boxcino,” Bottjer lined eight lightweights and eight middleweights to compete in a single elimination event, which resumes Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, when the lightweight semifinals take place with 8-round bouts featuring Petr Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KOs) fighting Chris Rudd (13-1, 8 KOs) and Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KOs) taking on Miguel Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KOs). (more…)
Good piece on Muhammad Ali and his trials with Parkinson’s. More
Amir Khan says he’ll consult with Ricky Hatton about his upcoming bout with Luis Collazo. More
“Gunfire” is how Manny Pacquiao’s punches are being described. More
Governor Cuomo appointments David Berlin as Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of David Berlin to serve as Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC). Berlin’s appointment was unanimously approved by the NYSAC Board this afternoon. As Executive Director, Berlin will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Commission, including the administrative and event-driven functions. He will assume the role on May 1, 2014. (more…)
Golden Boy has officially announced the April 26 tripleheader at StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the main event, Keith “One Time” Thurman defends his interim WBA welterweight belt against former lightweight titleholder Julio “The Kidd” Diaz. Also, Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse returns in a 10-round matchup against John Molina and Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC lightweight title against Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes.
Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale tomorrow/Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).
Keith Thurman: “To headline a show like this against a former world champion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and that day is here. I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him. He knows that this may be his last shot, and I expect the best from him, but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”
Julio Diaz: “This is a big opportunity for me to face a fighter that is feared by many, but not by me. I have been in the ring with far more dangerous and experienced fighters in the past, and everyone knows that I come to fight. My previous opponents Amir Khan and Shawn Porter will tell you that.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Four-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and former world junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado hosted a news conference Wednesday announcing their 12-round welterweight rumble and the return of boxing to the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Mike Alvarado: “I want to thank Juan Manuel for the opportunity. Retiring a legend is gonna be huge!”
Juan Manuel Marquez: “I need to prepare very well because Alvarado is a strong fighter. It’s a big challenge. I’m very happy to fight in the place where I began my career. On May 17, the fans will see a great fight!”
Promoter Bob Arum announced that tickets go on sale April 1 and any $150 and $75 ticket purchased on April 1 between noon and 4PM will get an accompanying ticket free. “Not an April Fools Joke, it’s real,” said the Hall of Famer.
Chicago’s very own super middleweight prospect Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) will return to the ring on April 18, as he makes his “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” debut as the headliner at the The Venue. Joining George as co-features on the card are exciting Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago and Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (24-3, 19 KOs) who just relocated to the Windy City.
“Donovan is working hard and he is ready. There is no better place for him to return to the ring than The Venue and ‘Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond,” said promoter Bobby Hitz. “This card is stacked with local fan favorites with great followings.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan and Luis Collazo hosted an international media conference call to discuss their recently announced co-main event bout of “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” PPV event on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Amir Khan: “I really believe that I belong in the welterweight division…I’m going to own the welterweight division…I really believe that this fight between me and Luis could be the one that could steal the show.”
Luis Collazo: “It’s a fight that can take me to another level in the welterweight division and I’m humbled by the opportunity.”
Richard Schaefer: “This is the most expensive PPV card to ever be put together in boxing history…this is our sport’s version of the SuperBowl. I anticipate that any day we are going to announce a complete sellout.”
[On Khan-Collazo] “I see this as a real 50/50 fight. I can give you ten reasons why Amir Khan is going to win and ten reasons why Luis Collazo is going to win.”
Newly formed management group Sheer Sports in Los Angeles signed amateur standout Edwin ‘The Hitman’ Sandoval of Bakersfield, CA, who will campaign at 122lbs and undefeated super middleweight Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) of Boston, Mass., to a management deal.
“Team Sheer is very excited to add these two talented young men to our stable, we are looking forward to announcing their first outings under our banner very soon,” said Ken Sheer of Team Sheer.
By Joe Koizumi
Patient and persistent Japanese Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant WBA super-flyweight belt as he chalked up a fine KO victory over interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-4-1, 26 KOs), 113.75, from Thailand, at 0:50 of the eighth round in an elimination bout on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Kono made good use of footwork to avert Denkaosen’s opening attack and occasionally scored with long rights to the face. The fourth saw Kono connect with a countering right, dropping the 37-year-old Thailander with good damage. Denkaosen came back hard to dominate the fifth and sixth rounds, but a trick happened early in round eight. Kono’s very well-timed right exploded at the face of Denkaosen, who fell face down until the referee Raul Caiz Sr. completed a fatal ten. The packed-house crowd at the Korakuen Hall celebrated his finest coronation.
(More to come)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
A press conference was held on Monday for Friday’s SES card at the MBS Arena, in Potsdam, Germany. In the main event, female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (21-1, 7 KOs) defends against unbeaten Hungarian Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs) and former light heavyweight world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) meets unbeaten fellow contender Emmanuel “Tyson” Danso (20-0, 18 KOs) from Ghana with the winner moving closer to a world title shot. (more…)
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Dowayne Combrink stopped veteran Simon Mokoena in the second round in the main event of an action packed Box-and-Dine tournament produced by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Fighting at super middleweight, Combrink (73,92kgs) attacked from the opening bell and rocked the 42-year-old Mokoena (74,48kgs) with some big shots to the head.
Mokoena never recovered from the battering he received in the first round as Combrink continued to apply pressure before landing with a right to the jaw that dropped Mokoena against ropes where he was counted out by referee Phillip du Randt. Time 1:19. (more…)
Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) travels to Rostock, Germany to challenge Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship on April 5. Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion, knows what it takes to become a world champion and makes no secret of his desire to take the title from Braehmer in front of the German’s home fans. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Ex-WBA super-fly champions Kohei Kono (29-8, 12 KOs) of Japan and Thailand’s Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26 KOs) will square off in a quest for the vacant WBA 115-pound belt today in Tokyo, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony took place at the fight venue Korakuen Hall yesterday with Kono tipping the beat at the class limit of 115 pounds to 113.75 for Denkaosen.
The WBA officials are as follows: referee Raul Caiz Sr. (US); judges Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Guillermo Perez (Panama), Pasquale Procopio (Canada); supervisor Yangsup Shim (Korea).
It will be telecast through TV Tokyo to Japan and Thailand as well. This show is presented by Watanabe Promotions.
Photo: Darryl Cobb Jr./Main Events
Philadelphia’s own Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) hopes to win over his hometown crowd at the Liacouras Center at Temple University on April 4th when he attempts to take the USBA Heavyweight Championship belt from the undefeated champion, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), on NBCSN Fight Night. Cunningham, a two-time cruiserweight champion, learned to fight while in the United States Navy and has not fought in his home town since March 29, 2003 when he defeated Demetrius Jenkins at the Philadelphia Spectrum on the Tua-Rahman undercard. Cunningham said, “The last time I fought in Philadelphia, Philly didn’t know me. I learned to fight in the Navy so I didn’t have a following at home. I have always wanted to fight in Philly at this level or higher.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Only once beaten by current WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka, WBC#1/WBO#4/IBF#10 Ryosuke Iwasa (17-1, 10 KOs), 117.75, kept his OPBF 118-pound belt by winning a majority but well-received decision (116-112, 116-113, 114-114) over top contender Richard Pumicpic (13-6-1, 4 KOs), 117, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The much taller southpaw Iwasa’s height and reach was a nuisance for Pumicpic to bore in, but the Filipino challenger gamely kept going forward with occasional rights to the champ’s face regardless of precision, while Iwasa connected with light but faster combinations to the onrushing Filipino. (more…)
Houston hopeful Cedric Agnew gears up for his first title shot in Atlantic City when he takes on Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title on Saturday. More
Trainers are pushing Manny Pacquiao “to the limit” for his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley. More
Throwback history piece on former 60s featherweight Davey Moore: More
Donnie Nietes promises to knock out Moises Fuentes in their May 10 rematch. More
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Elongated Japanese, WBC#11/IBF#8/WBO#11 Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 16 KOs), 125.75, retained his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored top contender Vinvin Rufino (34-16-3, 16 KOs), a southpaw Filipino, twice in the third round and finally halted him with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 0:46 of the eighth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. For Amagasa, it was his initial defense since he dethroned Retsuri Lee in a hard-fought battle last October. Amagasa, a head taller than the challenger, didn’t utilize his advantageous reach and height but mixed it up with the shorter hard-hitting lefty. Rufino showed his recovery in rounds five and six, but Amagasa displayed a fierce retaliation en route to a stoppage. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten formerly two-time champ Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), Japan, will have an ambitious shot at the IBF flyweight belt against also unbeaten Thailander Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on May 7. Having already won the WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound titles, Ioka, still 25, will attempt to capture his third belt in the 112-pound category against Amnat who acquired the vacant IBF throne by defeating Filipino Rocky Fuentes on points in Thailand last January. It will be the first defense for Amnat, 34, who reportedly once beat Ioka when they were amateurs. Previously there were triple-class champions, but it might be the quickest should Ioka win the third in his fifteenth bout.
IBF minimum champ Katsunari Takayama (26-6-0-1NC, 10 KOs), a fast-moving Japanese, will make his second defense against compatriot Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2 KOs), a puzzling southpaw, in a supporting card of the same show.
Adonis “Superman” Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel has explained Stevenson’s move from HBO to Showtime on his Facebook page:
First we want to thanks HBO for the ride with Adonis in 2013. They gave him his first chance and they have raised him to the star status. We only have great comments for all HBO’s executive with whom we have worked very well and have established great relationship. I have presented what I believed was an excellent multi fight deal offer to Adonis from HBO with a deadline set for March 11th for approval. After discussions we have decided to pass and we got a better offer Showtime. HBO had the right to match any offers so we sent them a copy. They had until today to match it but have decided otherwise. This was pure business decision for all parties involved, nothing personal or immoral. We wish to praise M. Steven Espinoza of Showtime for his ambition to do business Adonis and GYM which was reflected into the offer he has presented, we are thankful to him. We are looking forward for a fruitful association. Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year for many websites and publications in 2013 and feels he is treated that way. His goals are to keep fighting and winning spectacular fights by knockout, to unify the light heavyweight titles and raised his recognition to the top 5 pound for pound this year. The next step is May 24th at the Montreal Bell Center against young #1 IBF/WBO and #3 WBC contender Andrzej Fonfara.
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