Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

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Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

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Skoglund and Shala make weight

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Erik Skoglund 174.6 vs Timy Shala 173.5
WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship

Naim Terbunja 173.1 vs Sven Fornling 173.1
Mikaela Laurén 150 vs Szilvia Szabados 152.1
Hampus Henriksson 171.7 vs Przemyslaw Binienda 168.4
Patricia Berghult 137.6 vs Monika Antonik 139.6

Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Rosvalla Arena, Nyköping, Sweden

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Erik Skoglund 174.6 vs Timy Shala 173.5 WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship Naim Terbunja 173.1 vs Sven …


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Haskins suffers leg injury, cancels his defense with Omori in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Woz Promotions in Kyoto, Japan, presided by Shoji Omori, has surprisingly announced that the IBF 118-pound title bout between defending champ Lee Haskins and his local favorite IBF#14 Shohei Omori (no relation to the promoter despite their likeliness of the names) was pitifully cancelled because of Haskins’ leg injury, of which the British champion’s party informed the local promoter just yesterday. Therefore, the show on New Year’s Eve has become just a doubleheader featuring the IBF 122-pound titlist Jonathan Guzman versus Yukinori Oguni, and WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka versus interim titlist Stamp Kiatniwat of Thailand. Omori is supposed to participate in the show even without the world championship on the line.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Woz Promotions in Kyoto, Japan, presided by Shoji Omori, has surprisingly announced that …



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Ruiz-Parker Final Presser Quick Quotes

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Undefeated heavyweight contenders Joe Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be battling for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. They faced off Thursday at their final press conference.

Andy Ruiz: “This is my chance and I didn’t come all the way to New Zealand to lose. I know everyone is underestimating me. I know I trained hard for this fight. I hear everyone commenting on how I look physically, but imagine now that I am in great shape, how good I will be on Saturday night. I know I am an exciting fighter – I will use lots of footwork and throw a lot of combinations – and we both hit hard…this is a great opportunity for me and I’m not leaving New Zealand without that belt.”

Joseph Parker: “I will use the support in the building to motivate me and that will drive me throughout the fight. Andy wants to take the belt back with him and I want to keep it here. I want to go out there and win this and win it well. I know Andy is a nice guy and there is no hate between us. But when the bell rings on Saturday night we flip the switch and we will each be trying to knock the other guy out.”

Bob Arum: “I don’t put money on fights. I do give Andy a great chance to win this fight. I always tell people, the best way to lose money is to bet on a fight. Andy is in sensational shape for this fight. Andy has the fastest hands in a heavyweight that I have seen since Muhammad Ali. And he really stands in there and takes the fight to his opponent. The winner of this fight will be the preeminent heavyweight.” photos

Photos: PHOTOSPORT Undefeated heavyweight contenders Joe Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be battling …


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Jones-Gunn: Skill vs. Will

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Courtney Gale Photography

Four-division world champion, and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) laces them up again on February, 17th, 2017, when he takes on former two-time world title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6-1, 18 KOs) at the Chase Center, in Wilmington, Delaware. They will contest for the vacant WBF world cruiserweight title. The fight was announced on a dreary, rainy afternoon in Wilmington, and the general mood of those in attendance at the kickoff press conference seemed to reflect that somberness.

Local politician and attorney Ciro Poppiti was the first to speak, and he did his best to generate some excitement. “Delaware was knocked down on the canvas, but we are getting back up. There was the Newsweek story that proclaimed Wilmington to be a ‘murder town’. This fight could have been made anywhere in the United States, but it will happen here. The sun is coming up. Roy Jones was in sunny Pensacola this morning, but he got on a plane and came here to announce that he will be fighting in our little community. That tells us that we are on the right path!” (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Courtney Gale Photography Four-division world champion, and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) laces …




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Liebenberg-Koelling sign for rematch in South Africa

After their memorable battle in Germany in October, light-heavyweight contenders Ryno Liebenberg and Enrico Koelling will engage in a much-awaited rematch at South Africa’s Emperors Palace Casino on February 4. Confirming the news on Thursday, Golden Gloves boss Rodney Berman and Kalle Sauerland of Team Sauerland said that agreed terms included Koelling traveling to Liebenberg’s back yard to prove the first result was no fluke.

Koelling (22-1, 6 KOs) won a split decision that infuriated the South Africans’ camp, who vowed revenge in the event of a rematch. Berman agreed to the Germans’ demands for a German judge to go alongside a South African official and a neutral official to ensure potential claims of bias have no basis. Liebenberg (17-4, 12 KOs) has been bristling ever since the referee raised Koelling’s arm at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, telling supporters to watch the video on YouTube to decide for themselves.

After their memorable battle in Germany in October, light-heavyweight contenders Ryno Liebenberg and Enrico Koelling will engage in a much-awaited …


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Cuellar, Mares, Charlo, Williams Trainers Speak

Four of the top trainers in the sport, Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia, Ronnie Shields and Stephen Edwards met with media in Los Angeles to discuss their fighters’ respective showdowns this Saturday from Galen Center at USC and live on Showtime.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Saturday’s event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division world champion Abner Mares with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams. (more…)

Four of the top trainers in the sport, Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia, Ronnie Shields and Stephen Edwards met with media …


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Joshua-Molina heats up

IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Eric Molina worked out for the British press on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they prepare to square off this Saturday at Manchester Arena live on Showtime.

Photo: Matchroom

Anthony Joshua: “Eric is coming here to win and he’s got a goal in his sights and dreams to fulfill. I want to shatter his dreams and keep that title. He gave Wilder a real test, rocked him, and boxed through the fight with an injury. So he’s got ability, power and heart…I won’t disrespect Eric, but I don’t play games, I come to dominate. I don’t care how long the fight with Molina goes; one or 12 rounds, I just need to dismantle my opponent.”

Eric Molina: “Knockout is the only way I am going to win. I’m not here to take it on points, I am here to put him on the floor and take his belt. Any heavyweight can KO any other heavyweight, and I can KO Joshua. I’m a hard-punching heavyweight so I’m extremely confident. I’m unpredictable – and any man in this division can be KO’d on any night. To become champion, that’s the ultimate goal, and I think I have what it takes to knock him out.”

IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Eric Molina worked out for the British press on Tuesday in Manchester, England, …


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Isaac Dogboe makes waves in Auckland

By David Finger

Although almost all eyes in New Zealand are on the popular local boy Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) as he gets ready to take on fellow undefeated prospect Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO heavyweight title, a unexpected fighter from the other side of the world is making waves of his own in Auckland. Undefeated Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (15-0, 9 KOs) will take on Argentina’s Julian Evaristo Aristule (32-6, 16 KOs) Saturday night on the undercard of Parker-Ruiz fight in a bout for the WBO International super bantamweight championship. Aristule is the current WBO Latino super bantamweight title (which is also on the line on Saturday night) while Dogboe won the WBO Africa featherweight championship and WBO Oriental featherweight championship in his last fight back in August.

Photo: David Finger

Attracting attention from the international boxing community isn’t the easiest thing to do when you’re a kid from Ghana, but Isaac Dogboe has shown a knack over his career of making sure people pay attention. And since arriving two days ago in Auckland Dogboe has already made something of a name for himself with the locals.

“It’s great to be here,” Isaac Dogboe said of the welcome he received in Auckland. “And we would really love to come back here and fight against after our fight on Saturday night.” (more…)

By David Finger Although almost all eyes in New Zealand are on the popular local boy Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 …



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Fight Club OC weigh-in

Roy Englebrecht Promotions Presents
Fight Club OC – Thursday, December 8th
The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA

Tug Nyamayar 128 vs German Maraz 125.4
Lupe Arroyo 128.4 vs Mauricio Gomez 127.8
Michael Reddemann 146.2 vs Geoffrey Mellor 145.8
Carlos Licona 111 vs Yezber Romero 112
Emilas Jimenez 154 vs Vincent Borquez 153
Emmanuel Medina 146.2 vs Joann Valenzulea 146.9

Doors at 6:30pm
42 Ticket remain at www.fightcluboc.com

Roy Englebrecht Promotions Presents Fight Club OC – Thursday, December 8th The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA Tug Nyamayar 128 …


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Chavez Jr. and Britsch poised for showdown

Only three days from facing each other, former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his opponent Dominick Britsch are putting the final touches for their battle that will take place this Saturday night in the a 10 round main event of a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Español at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr and his team got into town on Monday night and Britsch has been here for 10 days getting acclimated to the city in anticipation of the fight. (more…)

Only three days from facing each other, former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his opponent Dominick Britsch …


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WBA announces purse bids

The WBA Championships Committee has announced Purse Bids for the following world title fights on Monday, December 19th, at WBA Headquarters in Panama City:

Division: Middleweight (160 lbs.)
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs
Minimum Amount: US$ 400.000.00
Purse Split: 75% Golovkin – 25% Jacobs

Division: Super Bantamweight (122 lbs.)
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores
Minimum Amount: US$ 150.000.00
Purse Split: 75% Rigondeaux – 25% Flores

The WBA Championships Committee has announced Purse Bids for the following world title fights on Monday, December 19th, at WBA …


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Ringstar inks Mexican Olympian Misael Rodriguez

The recently formed promotional company, Ringstar Sports, added another future world champion to its growing stable of fighters today with the announcement that 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez has signed with the company led by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer.

“I’m thrilled to be adding another promising young potential super star in Misael Rodriguez to the Ringstar lineup,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. “This is a young man who has overcome every obstacle thrown his way. He is mentally strong, has great skills and I expect him to have a very long, successful career. I’m looking forward to helping Misael and his family achieve their goals and I hope to make him a household name in the sport.”

The recently formed promotional company, Ringstar Sports, added another future world champion to its growing stable of fighters today with …



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Nelson to referee Crawford-Molina

Mark Nelson (MN) will be the third man in the ring when WBC/WBO jr welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) defends his titles against John Molina, Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Judges are Levi Martinez (NM), David Sutherland (OK) and Robert Hecko (IL). The bout will air live on HBO.

Mark Nelson (MN) will be the third man in the ring when WBC/WBO jr welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford …


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[Updated] New judges for Parker-Ruiz

Tony Weeks (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and #3 rated Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) clash for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title on Saturday night at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Judges are now Ramon Pascual Cerdan (Argentina), Save Lagumbay (Philippines) and Ingo Barrabas (Germany). All U.S. judges were previously announced. The WBO Supervisor Richard De Cuir. The bout will air on HBO on a same-day delayed telecast.

Tony Weeks (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) …


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Crawford looks sharp in workout

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBC, WBO super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha gets ready to battle with number one contender John “The Gladiator” Molina at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on Top Rank’s big fight card televised live on HBO.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank WBC, WBO super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha gets ready to battle …


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Johnny Lewis on IBHOF Induction

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian trainer Johnny Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017. He trained world champions Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Claire.

John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 and also inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Johnny Lewis talked to Fightnews and said “I have got to say it is a great honour and as much for me as for the fighters I have trained. There is no doubt it is because of the fighters I have been able to look after and they paid a big part in it of course. I am humbled by it. To think that you are going to be recognized with some of the truly greats of the sport. What can I say. It is mind boggling.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian trainer Johnny Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of …



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Ex-OPBF champ Kato squeaks by Filipino Doronio

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Formerly OPBF and Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9 KOs), 135, decked his first victory since his last win over Nihito Arakawa two years ago, when he withstood the opening attack of hard-punching Filipino Leonardo Doronio (15-14-3, 10 KOs), 135, showed his relentless retaliation and eked out a majority decision (97-94, 96-94 95-96) over ten give-and-take heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Doronio, who looked better and more dangerous than his mediocre credentials indicated, displayed a very furious attack to take the leadoff in the first round. But Kato, a shaven skulled veteran, fought back hard from the second and opened a gash under the left optic of the game Filipino. Doronio occasionally scored with a strong shot at a time, while Kato responded with solid left-right combos to the Filipino warrior to earn more votes in later rounds.

Promoter: Kadoebi Jewel Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Formerly OPBF and Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9 KOs), 135, decked …


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Muranaka barely defeats Hisataka

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former Japanese flyweight champ, now WBO#12 ranked 115-pounder Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs), 116.75, had a tough time coping with four-time world challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-16-1, 10 KOs), 117, but finally accelerated his engine down the stretch to earn a majority verdict (77-75, 77-76, 76-76) over eight hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. As expected, it became an all-out war with Muranaka throwing fast combinations upstairs and downstairs from the outset and Hisataka cleverly averting them to retaliate with solid counters. Hisataka’s persistent body attack looked effective, while Muranaka responded with lighter but busier combos to the veteran’s face. Hisataka, having lost to Takefumi Sakata, Denkaosen Kaowichit, Hugo Cazares and Omar Narvaez in unsuccessful bids for the world belts, had him on the deck in round five, but it was ruled a slip, though the loser complained of it afterward. Muranaka’s dominance over him in the seventh carried him to a hairline victory. Muranaka, a windmill puncher, has been unbeaten for ten years since his last defeat in a six-rounder in 2006.

Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former Japanese flyweight champ, now WBO#12 ranked 115-pounder Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs), …


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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Rick Scharmberg

Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE to officially announce a fight between former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) and Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6, 18 KOs). The bout will take place on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the same venue. At stake will be the vacant WBF cruiserweight belt.

Roy Jones Jr. – “I thank God to be able to do what I do. I’m blessed. My legacy is unmatched, and to get two guys like us to enter the ring together is a great thing. I continue to fight not for myself, but it is what God placed me here to do.”

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“I do the opposite of what people expect me to do. People never expected me to go from a silver medalist at light middleweight to the heavyweight championship of the world, but I did it. I enjoy what I do. People can’t tell me when to stop. They never told me when to start!” (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held …


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Holyfield, Barrera head 2017 IBHOF Inductees

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday the members of the Class of 2017. Inductees include undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, three-division champion “The Baby Faced Assassin”Marco Antonio Barrera and three-division champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia (posthumous). Non-participants and observers to be inducted include trainer Johnny Lewis, veteran judge Jerry Roth, journalist/broadcaster Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Eddie Booker in the Old-Timer Category; and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr. in the Non Participant Category.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 8-11th in Canastota, NY.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday the members of the Class of 2017. Inductees include undisputed …


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Joseph Parker inks with Top Rank

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #1 Joseph Parker has signed a promotional contract with Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank ahead of his showdown with WBO #3 Andy Ruiz on Saturday for the vacant WBO championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Arum mentioned a promoter can only help Parker get the right fights and the right publicity but he cannot make the fighter a star.

“Yes, of course, but no promoter can make a fighter a star. A fighter has to make himself a star,” Arum said at a press conference in Auckland on Tuesday. “A promoter can only help by getting the right fights, getting the right publicity but the idea that the promoter makes the star, as flattering as that is, is just not the case.”

As for Saturday’s fight, Arum stated, “Listen, having been in this business 50-plus years, I don’t expect anybody to win a fight, particularly when it’s as close on paper as this one is. I really think that the winner of this fight probably has the best chance to be the preeminent heavyweight, I really believe that. Parker has natural skills, he’s so big and he punches so hard and Andy has the fastest hands that I’ve seen on a heavyweight since Muhammad Ali.”

Parker will be co-promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #1 Joseph Parker has signed a promotional contract with Bob Arum, CEO …


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Jermall Charlo and Julian Williams Sound Off

IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo and undefeated #1 contender Julian Williams have been on a collision course for years as two of the rising stars of the stacked 154-pound division. The speculation about “this fight that had to happen” ends this Saturday, when the 26-year-olds settle their business in the ring live on SHOWTIME.

Jermall Charlo: “I’m taking a chance to fight this undefeated nobody, and I’m going to take his head off.”

Julian Williams: “When I win this fight I don’t want any excuses.”

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IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo and undefeated #1 contender Julian Williams have been on a collision course for years …


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Peralta looking to keep momentum of Guerrero win

On Saturday night, David Peralta will take on Berlin Abreu in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBC Latino Welterweight title on a massive card that will take place on Saturday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Peralta of Cordoba, Argentina has a record of 26-2-1 with 14 knockouts and is coming off the biggest win of his career, when he upset former world champion Robert Guerrero on August 27th in Anaheim, California. That victory has catapulted Peralta to the number-15 ranking in the WBC.

“Training ca,p is going well, I am very happy for the opportunity to have camp in the United States and with such great champions along side of me,” said Peralta. “They all have immediately taken me in as one of them and want the best for me and push me to my limitdaily. There is so much knowledge between all of these fighters in Caicedo Sports and here in camp with Herman Caicedo. Herman is the most professional person I have met in this sport. He has really enhanced my style and tried to fix the details in my style that will give me the vision of what’s to come. All and all, camp is going great and I look forward to the next one.” (more…)

On Saturday night, David Peralta will take on Berlin Abreu in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBC Latino Welterweight …


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Olympian Antonio Vargas set to turn pro

Split-T Management has announced the signing of another member of the 2016 United States Olympic Team, Antonio Vargas to a managerial contract. Vargas of Kissimmee, Florida was the Flyweight representative for the 2016 U.S. Team. In the 2016 Olympics, Vargas lost to eventual Gold medal winner Shakhobibdin Zoirov of Uzbekistan.

Vargas will turn professional at either 115 or 118 pounds and his handlers believe that he will fight up to junior lightweight before his career is complete.

“I would compare my style to Manny Pacquiao, Vasyl Lomachenko, and going back a bit, Orlando Canizales because all three had fast hands and feet with the ability to stop on a dime and unleash powerful shots to the head and body that can get you out of there,” stated Vargas.

Split-T Management has announced the signing of another member of the 2016 United States Olympic Team, Antonio Vargas to a …


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Shakur Stevenson Signs Managerial Agreement

It’s official. The brightest young star in boxing is turning pro, under the guidance of the managerial team of J. Prince, Andre Ward and Josh Dubin. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent this young man. Andre, Josh and I know we have the next superstar in the sport,” said Prince. “Shakur is not only a gifted fighter, but someone that has the ability to be an icon. Our first goal is to sign him with the right promoter. Then, we will be with him every step of the journey toward greatness.”

Stevenson won a silver medal in the bantamweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He entered the Olympics with a perfect 23-0 international record and is the first American male to win junior and youth world titles, as well as a Youth Olympic Games gold medal. (more…)

It’s official. The brightest young star in boxing is turning pro, under the guidance of the managerial team of J. …


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Skoglund and Shala come face-to-face ahead of WBA title clash

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Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time today at the final press conference ahead of their WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight on Friday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

The stakes are high for Skoglund as he returns to his hometown arena knowing that victory over ‘The Albanian Bomber’ will set him up for either a European or World title shot in 2017. The undefeated 25 year-old is currently mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’s European strap, and highly ranked with all four major governing bodies, is within touching distance of a World title challenge.

‘’I’m looking forward to fighting once again in my hometown,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’There are a lot of big fights out there for me next year, but I know I cannot afford to overlook Shala. This is an extremely important fight for me, if I lose this, I lose everything I have been working towards. (more…)

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time …


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Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

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Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com

The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately for the Argentine, Mares suffered an eye injury and as a result the fight to be postponed. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the …


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Top Rank prospect Joey Alday back in the ring Friday in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman

Super Welterweight prospect Joey Alday (3-0, 3KO) out of Odessa, Texas, takes center stage this Friday night as the main event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. Alday was signed by Top Rank earlier this year after coming up short in his bid to make the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro. Alday is guided by Montoya-Ruibal Boxing Management, where Michael Montoya has been a long time fixture in the Dallas boxing scene and runs the Montoya Boxing Gym with his dad and brother. The card is being promoted by Golden Eagle Promotions.

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In only his 4th pro fight, Alday will lead a list of top local DFW fighters that include exciting seasoned veterans such as the lightning fast featherweight Ray Ximenez (14-1, 4KO) and the heavy handed light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson (18-3, 11KO) who has upset previous rising contenders on Showtime. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Super Welterweight prospect Joey Alday (3-0, 3KO) out of Odessa, Texas, takes center stage this Friday night …


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The 12th Round: The real deal

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

The name of this column was inspired by what I saw this past weekend in Chicago during the closing activities of the sensational program 2N1D ‘2 Nations 1 Dream – Boxing without borders’ “Evander“ The Real Deal” Holyfield was present as guest of honor at the amateur boxing show in which all 21 kids enrolled in 2N1D fought.

Why was I so impressed with Evander? Well, he has won my heart through his actions. He is humble and easy going, he always says yes to a photograph and does it smiling. Always on time to go to the events and all he talks about is his “Momma.” To listen to his story is entertaining and highly motivational, I’m sure one day there will be a book or even a movie about his life and the influence by his Mom.

The amateur boxing show was held at Cicero Stadium, a traditional boxing venue from the past in Chicago. The show started at 5pm There were 20 fights, awards and speeches so it was a 5 hour event. When Chuck Williams called Evander to confirm time of departure for the venue, Chuck recommended to leave around 6:30 or 7, the champ immediately said “no way, I want to be there from the first bout, all kids deserve it and I want to see the fights!“ (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son The name of this column was inspired by what I saw …


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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, and entered the event dressed as an old man – an older old man than he actually is, that is. The nearly 52-year old worked out before for a large media contingent with trainer John David Jackson and assistant trainer Danny Davis.

Hopkins also answered questions from the press, most of which regarded whether or not his scheduled 12-rounder with Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, would indeed be his final ring appearance. Both Hopkins and promoter Oscar De la Hoya, who was also in attendance at the workout, have gone on the record with assurances that Bernard would retire from boxing after the fight.

“I believe him,” De la Hoya said. “I believe this is going to be his final fight. We’re calling it “The Final 1”. We actually had him sign a contract, and it states in the contract, ‘I promise this is my last fight’,” De la Hoya said with a laugh. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an …


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Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the …


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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns this Saturday in Monterrey

Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring this Saturday night when he takes on Dominick Britsch in the a 10 round main event of a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico and that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Espanol at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico a former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion will be in the ring for the first time since July of 2015 and will be fighting in his native Mexico for the first time since January of 2011.

“I am very happy to be able to return to the ring after such a long time, and also to return to Mexico to fight. I am want to get back to the top of the sport and this will be a good fight to start my road back towards a championship fight,” said Chavez Jr., who has been training in his hometown of Culiacan. (more…)

Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring this Saturday night when he takes on …


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Puerto Rican prospects in action December 10th

By Robert Coster

Boxing Promoter Fresh Production is announcing an interesting card on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico involving 3 local prospects who will be facing their toughest challenge to date. The main event over 10 rounds will feature junior lightweight Alfredo Santiago (6-0, 2 KOs) against former title contender Jayson Velez (23-3-1,16 KOs). A victory over Velez would be a significant leap for Santiago in his career. In the junior welterweight class Jose “Chino” Lopez (8-0, 6 KOs) faces David Lobo (17-1, 12 KOs) of Nicaragua over 8 rounds while Suriel Mathews (3-0, 3 KOs) goes against local boy Jeffrey Fontanez (16-2, 12 KOs) in the 140lbs class.

By Robert Coster Boxing Promoter Fresh Production is announcing an interesting card on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico involving …


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Menard-Beltran added to Saturday HBO telecast

“Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) is in for a tough challenge when he makes the first defense of his WBO NABO lightweight title against top-10 contender Ray Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The 10-round Menard vs. Beltran lightweight showdown will serve as the middle bout of an HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader that will open with the same-day delay telecast of the Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz, Jr. WBO heavyweight championship in New Zealand. The telecast will be headlined by undefeated WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) making the first defense of his unified world titles against one-time world title challenger and current #1 contender John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs).

“Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) is in for a tough challenge when he makes the first defense …


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Terence Crawford: Don’t Blink!

By Bill Green

The old cliché goes stay ready at all times, the phone will ring, and it will be time to work. That cliché definitely remains true as HBO received bad news time after time. First powerhouse and cash cow Canelo Alvarez, would suffer in injury in his last bout, forcing him to withdraw from Saturday’s scheduled date. Next, negotiations failed for GGG vs Daniel Jacobs, pushing that highly anticipated middleweight clash to presumably March 2017. So that brings us to Terence Crawford vs. John Molina. With just six weeks to prepare, opponents were sought for Crawford, who has made it very clear to all “I want all the belts, to unify, to clear out the division, whoever has a belt I want them.”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Easier said than done for Top Rank matchmakers and HBO executives, as opponent after opponent pulled the normal ‘ask for crazy amounts of purse compensation,’ ‘decline when found out the fight would take place in Omaha,’ or simply despite the above-mentioned cliché, frankly ‘weren’t ready for a fight of that magnitude.’ All promoters need an ace up their sleeve, and Hall of Famer Bob Arum decided to use it. That ace happened to be a call to Al Haymon. (more…)

By Bill Green The old cliché goes stay ready at all times, the phone will ring, and it will be …




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