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By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico is set to take on mandatory challenger Japan’s Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KO’s) of Osaka, Japan Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card live on Pay Per View.
“I am excited for this fight. I am looking at this fight like if I am the challenger and I want to keep that mentality to do my best and win the fight,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com “I am ready for my first title defense but I am still training like I am trying to win that title,” Valdez added.
Working under trainer Manny Robles this will be their fight defending the title as the duo held camp at the Rock Gym in Carson, California.
“I don’t know if Manny likes me or hates me at times,” Oscar Valdez said about his trainer and camp. (more…)
The WBA has officially sanctioned a battle between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko for the spring of 2017 for the Super title – but only if Joshua successfully defends his IBF world heavyweight title against Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena on December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on SHOWTIME in the US.
“It’s been an arduous wait to gain official approval but we were delighted to receive the news that the WBA will officially sanction the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA super title,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “We will now move forward with Bernd Boente and Team Klitschko in planning the date and venue knowing that victory against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10 is more important than ever.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA regular heavyweight championship
Shannon Briggs will face Lucas Browne on or before December 31. The winner must immediately face Fres Oquendo as a mandatory defense within 120 days.
“I just got confirmation that I am fighting Shannon Briggs so 100% I am fighting Shannon Briggs,” said Browne. “I don’t know where and I don’t know when. That all I know for now. I will keep you posted. It’s all on.”
WBA super heavyweight championship
A special permit is granted for Wladimir Klitschko to face Anthony Joshua for the vacant title formerly held by Tyson Fury.
The “Gym 2016-2017 Boxing Series” at the Montreal Casino Cabaret will host its second card of the 2016 season and 50th since 2004 on Saturday, December 10. World Boxing Council (WBC) silver champion and WBC #1 light heavyweight contender, Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) will face Norbert “Noras” Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs) in the main event.
“I am happy to come back to the Montreal Casino, where I had my first three pro fights,” Alvarez said. “I asked my team to keep me active and to also evaluate what I do well and what I do badly against southpaws. I want to be fully ready for Adonis Stevenson and become the first Colombian light heavyweight champion of the world!,”
This coming fight will most likely be Alvarez’ last outing before fighting Stevenson, the WBC light heavyweight world champion in 2017.
Jimmy “The Truth” Herrera is accustomed to entering the ring as an underdog. The Chicago native is experienced in fighting favored prospects and contenders on the road and has had an inordinate success in these types of matchups, having defeated unbeaten prospects in four of his last nine fights.
So don’t expect Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs) to be in awe of his opponent, former Ukraine amateur standout and rising star, Taras Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) when they meet this Friday, Nov. 4, in the 10-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas made their Grand Arrivals on Tuesday at Wynn Las Vegas.
Photo: Khristopher Sandifer/Roc Nation Sports
On Monday, October 31, 2016, Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in a media workout in Hayward, California ahead of his pound-for-pound showdown against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs). Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Ward put on a full workout session for the media in attendance, consisting of a series of shadow boxing, heavy bag, double end bag, speed bag and then stretching. Also on hand were youths from Camp Sweeney, Alameda County Probation Department’s residential facility in San Leandro, whom Ward spent time speaking with following the workout. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
It’s official. Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) is set to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against Eric “The Drummer Boy” Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on Showtime in the U.S.
“When it comes to fighting Joshua, many of his opponents were done long before they stepped into ring,” said Molina “’He hits harder than Wilder!,’ he’s this, he’s that. They weren’t ready mentally for Joshua or not ready for the event. I’ve never had this kind of problem. I was slugging with Wilder in his home state, in Alabama. I was fighting Adamek in front of 15,000 fans in Poland. I proved my mental strength before, and I will prove it again in Manchester!” (more…)
The Purse Bid scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2016 for the IBF Jr. Middleweight Championship mandatory defense fight between Champion Jermall Charlo and #1, Julian Williams has been cancelled. Both sides have agreed the fight will take place on December 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Friday night in Las Vegas on the eve of Pacquiao-Vargas, unbeaten super featherweights Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) and Andy Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) collide in a ten round battle for the WBC Continental Americas title at Treasure Island Casino, UniMas will televise nationally. All seats are $50.
In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight meets Alex Saucedo (22-0, 14 KOs) meets Ray Serrano (21-3, 9 KOs) in an eight round bout.
In another notable bout, unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart (20-0, 16 KOs) faces Andrew Hernandez (15-4-1, 6 KOs) in a ten round clash for the NABF, NABO and USBA titles. (more…)
By Bill Dwyre
Boxing is the great worm in the world of sports. Sever the tail and the main body keeps squirming. Chop it into four pieces and all four wiggle off somewhere, waiting to regroup.
We are now a few days away from yet another Manny Pacquiao fight, and regrouping is coming to pass.
A big cloud formed over the sport when Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fought a stinker a year and a half ago. That made it easy for fringe fans to say, “See, I told you so,” and walk away. Mayweather, both controversial and supremely skilled, has retired and actually stuck to that — for the moment. There are no longer any Klitschkos in the heavyweight division, nor anything else there worth goosebumps. HBO and Showtime are watching their budgets for fight telecasts a bit more carefully and MMA and UFC, for reasons inexplicable to normal thinking people, thrive at the expense of boxing. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
An all-Beltway super lightweight contest is the featured attraction on the Kings Promotions card that will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Undefeated Kings Promotions signee Mykal “The Professor” Fox of Forestville, MD will battle Haymarket, VA’s Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez in an eight-round contest. Fox (11-0, three KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO over Somner Martin on August 19 in Crystal City, VA. Fox is the younger brother of undefeated super middleweight prospect Alantez “SlyAza” Fox. Rodriguez (6-5-1, five KO’s) has lost three in a row including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Anthony Young on April 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Andre “S.O.G.”Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) was relaxed and quick to smile Monday – before a serious, sweat-drenched workout.
“Fighting three times this year, I’m in a great rhythm,” Ward said before an hour’s hard work on the heavy bag and speed bag. “We’re working as hard as ever, don’t get me wrong, but having had two fights this year, I felt like I was getting right into it almost immediately.”
Ward is set to face WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Two-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas will have the biggest fight of his career when he takes on eight-division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on Pay Per View. We spoke to Vargas as he talked to us about his upcoming fight with Pacquiao and more.
“I know that I’m the underdog in this fight but what’s changed?” Jessie Vargas told Fightnews.com “Come Nov 5th I will prove you wrong. You will be surprised by my performance.”
This was the second camp for Vargas under trainer Dewey Cooper as Vargas has been guided by various trainers in the past which include Oscar De La Hoya’s first trainer Robert Alcazar, former world champions Roger Mayweather, Roy Jones Jr., and Erik Morales. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
When a scheduled dozen fights reduced to six and four of those six are little more than walkovers, it doesn’t bode well for an evening of boxing. Sunday night at the Dearborn Entertainment Center, Promoter Eddie Jaafar of Jaafar Promotions was defensive at the end of the evening, but also indignant: “I guess they really don’t want boxing here in Michigan,” he railed. He was referring to the “good fights” that he had put together, but were killed by the State’s demands that the boxers’ tests were not in order.
At least Jaafar had professional fighters lined up–unlike the undercard of a show in Flint the month before in which five of the six boxers involved were MMA “fighters,” not real boxers.
At least the stench of the undercard had wafted away with the final two bouts of the evening. In the six-round main-go, Monroe’s DeAndre Ware, 168, easily kept his undefeated skein going at eight wins with a shutout over a game, but outgunned Troy Artis, 3-7-1, New York. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son
Last week was very special, I visited my son Jose who is studying in high school at the Tabor Academy in Massachusetts and got to spend a magical day with him. He is growing into building his future with the dreams of a Sulaiman! He was elected class President, is playing football and is doing great in class. Driving back to Logan airport and watching the beauty of the leaves as Fall arrives made me remember my school days. Those three years at Winchendon School were the best of my life. As much as it hurts to know my son is away from home, I know it is the best for him and his future.
I flew from Boston to New York to be present at a memorable event. The presentation of the Tag Heuer “Muhammad Ali” commemorative watch. It was at the legendary Gleason´s Gym and Mr Jean Claude Biver’s leadership brought together some boxing greats like Evander Holyfield, George Chuvalo, Earnie Shavers, JC Chavez, Roberto Duran and even Tom Brady joined the group to honor Lonnie Ali who is the first lady of boxing. A unique gold watch was produced and auctioned and a check for $120,000 USD was presented to the Muhammad Ali center. I was so happy to be with Mustafa Hamsho who fought Hagler twice, Mark Breland, Alicia Napoleon, Iran Barkley, Alicia Ashley and so many more friends of the boxing community who gathered together for this special event.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO#1 heavyweight Joseph Parker is totally focused for his WBO championship title bout against WBO#3 Andy Ruiz. There is no certainty if the world title contest will be in New Zealand or the USA. Parker’s promoter
Duco Events founder David Higgins said “I spoke to Joseph and he says it’s the best camp he’s had to date. He’s in a really good head space, he’s not worried about any of this.
“Joseph Parker is very mentally tough, it’s one of his major strengths. He just gets on with the job in hand which is training.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Eight division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is days away from his next fight where he will take on WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. We caught up with Pacquiao to ask questions about his upcoming fight with Vargas.
“It’s good to be fighting and it’s very important for me to win convincingly to prove I still belong here,” Manny Pacquiao told Fightnews.com. “It’s a big motivation for me and I plan on doing my best. My plan for this fight is to make the fans happy,” Pacquiao added.
Pacquiao arrived 2 weeks ago in Los Angeles as he resumed camp at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California with his longtime Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Promising unbeaten 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will make his main event debut when he faces upset-minded Jimmy Herrera in the 10-round featured attraction of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader this Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.
A 5-foot-10 up-and-coming rising star, Shelestyuk, of Los Angeles, is ranked No. 9 by the WBO and No. 13 in the WBA. Shelestyuk, who is making his second ShoBox start, averaged 85 punches a round en route to winning his ShoBox debut with a 10-round division over Aslanbek Kozaev on Nov. 6, 2015.
The dedicated, hard-working Shelestyuk, who is trained by Eric Brown and spars a few days a week with former world champion Shane Mosley, at Wild Card West in Santa Monica, Calif., possesses solid skills, movement and punching power. (more…)
Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Hard-hitting lightweight prospect Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs) makes his U.S. television debut against unbeaten Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 6 KOs) this Friday, Nov. 4, from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.
Freitas vs. Mendez is scheduled for eight rounds and kicks off a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Mendez, who is trained by the well-regarded Joel Diaz, is putting the finishing touches on a training camp that saw him spar against former world champions Victor Ortiz, Ruslan Provodnikov and elite prospect Vergil Ortiz. (more…)
After Saturday night’s KO win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., combacking Juan Manuel Lopez stated that he would be interested in a rematch with Orlando Salido, or Abner Mares or Yuriorkas Gamboa. Vazquez said he is hanging up the gloves.
After a forgettable October, we have televised boxing every weekend all through November. This Saturday is Pacquiao-Vargas (PPV). Then on November 12 it’s Garcia-Vargas on Spike and Ortiz-Scott on HBO. After that it’s Kovalev-Ward on PPV, then finally Lomachenko-Walters on HBO.
By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee
On Saturday night Korean boxing fans took to the streets of Seoul—only 35 miles from the North Korean border—with all manner of ghouls, goblins and zombies. Halloween festivities in full swing, Korean Boxing Management (KBM) held its second event in Itaewon, a bustling nightlife district popular with locals and foreigners alike, including United States soldiers (and MPs patrolling their stomping grounds) billeted at the nearby Yongsan military base. Like many of the professional cards held these days in Korea, the bouts took place at an educational institution: Itaewon Primary School. This felt both surreal and sensible, elementary schools being the sites where many experience their first fistfights.
With two title bout headliners, this special Halloween show featured an exciting line-up of four-on-four Korea vs. Japan matches. It also marked the first-ever WBC Eurasia title bout to take place in Korea. Initially scheduled for a double WBC Eurasia Korea-Japan showdown at light and super lightweight, a last-minute controversy resulted in a shift from the Eurasia to the KBM belt between the super lightweight contenders.
In the main event, baby-faced slugger Il-Kwon Kim (6-3, 30 KOs) met stylish technician Ryo Akahori—aka Juk-San Lee (7-3, 2 KOs)—for the vacant WBC Eurasia Interim Lightweight Title over ten rounds. Former WBO world featherweight title challenger (vs. Orlando Salido in 2011) Kenichi Yamaguchi, a member of Akahori’s team, provided a memorable a cappella rendition of the Japanese national anthem. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #5 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) would welcome a fight with WBA #8 Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association title after Briggs posted the following on his Instagram account: “BREAKING: WBA to order Shannon Briggs and Lucas Browne to fight for Tyson Fury’s vacated WBA world heavyweight title.”
Browne has responded via his twitter account by saying “where’s a fuckwit, not in my level, Haye is a dog, at least Briggs wants big fights. I’ve ducked no one, it’s up to WBA.”
Former WBA champion Browne is coming off a ten round stoppage of Ruslan Chaegav in March and former WBO champion Briggs is coming off a KO over Emilio Zarate in May.
Story and photos by Ricardo Ibarra
In one of two pro bouts featured Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, heavyweight Juan Esquivel (5-0, 5 KOs), of Zillah, Washington, scored a second round stoppage victory over Daniel Gilbert (0-1), capping off Warm Springs Nation Boxing’s twelve bout Pro/Am show.
Esquivel, who was fighting for the first time in two years, used a crafty shoulder roll defense in the first to avoid his aggressive opponent’s looping flurries and find openings for his counter straight rights and left hooks. Esquivel consistently out-landed Gilbert and hurt him badly with a right to the gut as the round came to an end. (more…)
The WBA World Super Welterweight Championship fight between Jack Culcay and Demetrious Andrade is off and will not take place in the foreseeable future.
Team Sauerland won the purse bids to stage the fight on August 15, and had planned to schedule the bout as a co-featured main event alongside the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giovanni De Carolis on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.
Following the purse bids, Culcay immediately signed his contract and begun preparing for the fight, however, Andrade failed to sign the contract before the 15 day deadline set by the WBA. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian 168 pounder Bilal Akkawy (14-0-1, 12 KOs) stopped Welshman Kerry Hope (23-9, 2 KOs) in a scheduled ten round WBA Oceania bout at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Akkawy attacked southpaw Hope from the opening round connecting with power shots to the head and body but the experienced Welshman maintained a high work rate throughout the action packed bout that will be considered as one of the best Australian contests for 2016. The action see- sawed in round one to six but Akkawy stepped up a gear in round seven and had Hope on unsteady legs as he punished his opponent with heavy shots to the head that had blood flowing from Hope’s mouth but the Welshman survived to hear the bell. The corner of Hope retired there game boxer with a fractured jaw and several dislodged teeth. Ringside doctor, Richard Saunders confirmed Hope’s jaw was fractured after an examination.
Akkawy said “I know I was the underdog. Hope was experienced and stood there and he didn’t run. I was pacing myself and wasn’t expecting an early knockout. He came out fast but I stayed calm and relaxed, picked my shots and broke him down.” (more…)
By Bill Dwyre
Some kings wear easily the crown. Or, in the case of boxing, the title belt.
ÓSCAR VALDEZ, a Mexican marvel, is doing exactly that these days. And he has had to be a quick learner.
In April, on the undercard of the third Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, he destroyed a once-beaten and former world champion in Evgeny Gradovich. It only took him four rounds to leave Gradovich rubber-legged and finished.
That got Valdez a title shot in July in the same ring, even though he wasn’t even certain it would be a title shot until mid-week of the fight. In that match, on the undercard of the Terence Crawford – Viktor Postol title unification fight, he went up against another unbeaten tough guy, Matías Rueda. This time, it took just two rounds and was, for all intents, finished when Valdez rendered Rueda helpless with a kidney shot. Replays of the punch brought tears of empathy for Rueda to your eyes. (more…)
Actor Sylvester Stallone, a.k.a. “Rocky” paid a visit to Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood on Saturday to watch Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao spar in preparation for his upcoming world title fight.
Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) will collide with WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) on PPV this coming Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Cristian ‘Diamante’ Mijares (55-8-2, 26 KOs) had to use all his experience to edge previously unbeaten Shohei Kawashima (14-1-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque Vicente Fernandez in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Mijares prevailed 115-113 on all three cards Mijares retained his WBC Silver featherweight belt.
In the co-feature, former WBO and IBF world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (20-4-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Crison Omayao (20-13-3, 7KOs) in a flyweight clash. Rodriguez scored three knockdowns.
Former WBA world champion Irma ‘Terremoto’ Garcia (16-1-1, 3 KOs) KO’d Leticia Uribe (4-8, 0 KOs) in round eight round
Welterweight Ivan Alvarez (24-7, 16 KOs) defeated former world title challenger Javier Prieto (27-10-2, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision over eight rounds. Scores were 79-75, 79-73 and 79-75.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer promotions
WBO #2 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (21-5, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Richard “The Beast” Pumicpic (19-8-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Los Cabos San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Juarez dropped Pumicpic once in the bout as he takes aim at a world title shot.
“I want a rematch with Donaire,” proclaimed Juarez afterward. “We’re ready, I know I’ll defeat him more clearly and be crowned world champion!”
In the co-feature, local flyweight hero Israel ¨Jiga¨ González (16-1, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former world champion Ramon García Hirales (20-9-1, 12 KOs). Hirales has now lost five straight fights.
In an entertaining grudge match, former 3-time, 2-division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (35-5, 32 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. (24-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Vazquez, son of Puerto Rican legend Wilfredo Vazquez, was quicker and sharper in the first four rounds. Lopez, returning after a 25 month layoff, was unable to get his punches off. Juanma finally connected in round five and staggered Vazquez. Both landed good shots in round six and the bout turned into a brawl after that. The end came in round eleven when Juanma rocked Vazquez and then sent him to the canvas. The referee immediately waved it off rather quickly.
After the fight, Lopez walked over and started trading punches with one of Vazquez’ cornermen.
The scheduled co-feature between former world featherweight title challenger Jonathan Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) and Gustasvo “El Gustavo” Molina (23-13, 9 KOs) was scrapped due to Molina being under medical suspension. The originally slated PPV opener featuring 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian bantamweight Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) also fell through.
Unbeaten WBC Fecarbox junior welterweight Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (12-0, 9 KOs) won when Edwin “Bazookita” Lopez (27-7-1, 24 KOs) called it quits after round one.
Jelame Garcia TKO2 Jorge Luis Perez Adorno
Jomar Robles TKO2 Fernando Semidey
Joseph Torres KO1 Rey Thomas Arroyo
WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a non-title ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Yevgeni Makhteienko (8-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Scores were 100-90 across the board.
Unbeaten WBA #5 super welterweight Kanat Islam (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #13 Patrick Allotey (34-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alamaty Arena in Alamaty, Kazakhstan. With the win, Kanat claimed the vacant WBA and WBO Intercontinental titles.
By Robert Coster
Boxer Armando Reyes has died in an automobile accident in Santo Domingo. Reyes, a very popular crowd pleaser, was Dominican Featherweight Champion (1990) and Super-Featherweight Champion (1993) WBC Fecarbox Lightweight Champion (1996). He made an unsuccessful bid for the WBO Featherweight title in 1991, losing to Maurizio Stecca in Italy. Reyes’ biggest win was a 10 round decision over WBA Lightweight Champion Gilbert Serrano in 1995.
Looks like unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) will defend his title on December 10th against John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) in a bout to be televised on HBO. The site will be the CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions are reportedly close to finalizing the deal.
Photos: Ruben Cortez / Top Rank
Unbeaten Detroit super featherweight Erik De Leon (14-0, 8 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over Brazil’s Aldimar Silva (19-11, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas. De Leon dropped Silva twice in round two and got the stoppage after another knockdown early in round three. Time was 1:00.
Unbeaten Brazilian Olympian middleweight “Pantera” Esquiva Falcao (15-0, 12 KOs) was victorious when Gerardo Ibarra (14-4, 8 KOs) of Houston didn’t come out for round seven.
Unbeaten welterweight Arturo Marquez (5-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Stephen Bass (1-4, 0 KOs) over four rounds by scores of 39-37, 39-37, 40-36.
Unbeaten super featherweight Jesse Garcia (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in taking a four round shutout against Gabriel Gutierrez (4-4, 3 KOs). Garcia scored a knockdown in round four en route to a 40-35 win.
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