WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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N’Dam wins vacant WBA 160lb belt by split nod over Murata

By Joe Koizumi

Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (34-2, 21 KOs), 159.5, barely won the vacant WBA middleweight belt as he was awarded a split decision over previously undefeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (12-1, 9 KOs), 159.5, over twelve rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Gustavo Padilla (Panama) 116-111, Hubert Earl (Canada) 115-112, both for N’Dam, and Raul Caiz Jr. (US) 117-110 for Murata. Murata, in round four, connected with a beautiful right counter, dropping N’Dam to the deck in the closing seconds, but couldn’t follow up and accelerate his attack by utilizing superior power afterward. N’Dam kept moving to-and-fro to avert Murata’s stronger but sporadic punches, though occasionally losing his equilibrium.

By Joe Koizumi Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (34-2, 21 KOs), 159.5, barely won the vacant WBA middleweight belt as he was …


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Pacquiao begins sparring

By Peter Maniatis

11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao sparred four quality rounds today at the Elorde Gym at Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Philippines. Pacman looked very impressive for his first spar in his preparation for the Jeff Horn fight July 2nd in Brisbane. The first sparring partner was Leonerdo Doronio who completed two rounds then Sonny Katian Dagho finished the last two rounds to round off four rounds overall.

Photo: Peter Maniatis

Dagho (11-2), nicknamed the “Pinoy Hearns” has the same fighting style as Horn and tried his best to pressure Pacquiao coming forward like Horn will be and making Pacquiao work. After sparring four rounds, Pacquiao trained for another three hours and his workouts consisted of pad work, speed ball and heavy bag with plymetrics exercise to finish off training.

Senator Manny’s wife Jinkee was also at training to support her husband and encourage him during his workout. Pacman will rest on Sunday and be back in the gym on Monday.

By Peter Maniatis 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao sparred four quality rounds today at the Elorde Gym at Mall of …



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Higa stops overweight Hernandez to win WBC 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa (13-0, 13 KOs), 112, acquired the WBC flyweight belt when he scored a very fine TKO victory over overweight ex-champ Juan Hernandez (36-4, 26 KOs), 112,5, at 2:58 of the sixth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Higa, handled by former WBA 108-pound titleholder Yoko Gushiken, had the Mexican on the deck once in the second and four more times in the fatal sixth session. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa (13-0, 13 KOs), 112, acquired the WBC flyweight belt when he scored a …


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Ken dethrones WBC champ Lopez; Japanese boxers sweep all four 108lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Shiro Ken wrested the WBC light-flyweight belt as he barely defeated defending champ Ganigan Lopez, Mexico, by a hairline majority decision (115-113 twice, 114-114) on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Now Japan has swept all the four world belts of major sanctioning bodies in the 108-pound category—along with WBA titlist Ryoichi Taguchi, IBF ruler Akira Yaegashi and WBO titleholder Kosei Tanaka. Shiro is the son of former OPBF light-heavyweight champ in 1990’s, 6’4” Hisashi Teraji. The newly crowned Shiro is just a 5’5” youngster at 25, but is more talented than his father. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Shiro Ken wrested the WBC light-flyweight belt as he barely defeated defending champ Ganigan Lopez, Mexico, …




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Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBO junior flyweight champ Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5 KOs), 107.75, Japan, impressively kept his belt as he dropped previously unblemished KO artist, mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (16-1, 16 KOs), 108, Puerto Rico, in the fifth session, controlled the action with better precision and pounded out a unanimous decision (117-110 twice, 116-111) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Nagoya, Japan.

It’s a very hot non-stop punching fight by the hard-hitting youngsters. (More to come)

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO junior flyweight champ Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5 KOs), 107.75, Japan, impressively kept …


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Inoue, Rodriguez, Yaegashi, Melindo make weight

By Joe Koizumi

Naoya Inoue 115 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 114.5
(WBO junior bantamweight title bout)

Akira Yaegashi 107.75 vs. Milan Melindo 107.75
(IBF junior flyweight title bout)

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo Japan
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions

By Joe Koizumi Naoya Inoue 115 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 114.5 (WBO junior bantamweight title bout) Akira Yaegashi 107.75 vs. Milan …


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Kalle Sauerland: Pulev wants to fight Joshua in November or March

By Ognian Georgiev, Bulgaria Today

IBF#2 Kubrat Pulev is the mandatory challenger for International Boxing federation heavyweight belt, currently held by Anthony Joshua. The Bulgarian heavyweight is waiting for Wladimir Klitschko’s decision for the anticipated rematch. At the same time, Pulev’s promoter Kalle Sauerland gave a valued insight on the current situation around the belt after Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn requested an exception of the mandatory duties of the British KO artist. (more…)

By Ognian Georgiev, Bulgaria Today IBF#2 Kubrat Pulev is the mandatory challenger for International Boxing federation heavyweight belt, currently held …


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Davis stops Rosario in Philly

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com

In the main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, DC junior lightweight Joshua Davis, 11-1, 5 KOs, scored a seventh round TKO over Pennsauken, NJ’s Carlos Rosario, 7-2, 4 KOs. Davis dropped Rosario in rounds two and six, and was battering him badly when referee Gary Rosato jumped in to save Rosario at 1:49 of round seven. The 8-bout card was promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions. The promoter returns to the 2300 Arena on June 24th with Kermit Cintron vs. Tyrone Brunson in the main event.

In the semi-wind up fight, Atlantic City light heavyweight Antowyan Aikens, 11-3-1, 1 KO, beat Philly’s Amir Shabazz, 4-1, 1 KO, by unanimous decision after six rounds. Aikens’ jab controlled most of the action, but there were two or three very close rounds. The official judges favored Aikens by scores of 60-54 and 58-56 twice. (more…)

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com In the main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, …



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Mikhalkin, Daser, Hammer victorious

Light heavyweight Igor Mikhalkin (20-1, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Thomas Oosthuizen (27-1-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Arena Barclycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Scores were 118-109, 118-110 and 118-110.

Photo: EC boxing

Cruiserweight Mario Daser (13-0, 6 KOs) battered out of shape former world champion Ola Afolabi (22-6-4, 11 KOs) for three rounds before the bout was halted.

Photo: EC boxing

WBO #2 heavyweight Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KOs) outpointed Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (22-5-1, 12 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 96-94, 96-93 and 96-93.

Photo: EC boxing

Super lightweight Fatih Keles (8-0, 5 KOs) edged Rafik Harutjunjan (10-2, 5 KOs) over ten. Scores were 96-95, 95-94 and 97-92).

Light heavyweight Igor Mikhalkin (20-1, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Thomas Oosthuizen (27-1-2, 16 …


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Hardy beats Kiss again

Photos: Peter Frutkoff

On Thursday evening, DiBella Entertainment’s popular Broadway Boxing series returned to New York for the first time in almost a year with a special edition, one-time-only event, held at Brooklyn’s historic Paramount Theater at Long Island University.

In the main event, unbeaten female featherweight Heather “The Heat” Hardy outpointed Hungarian Edina Kiss in an eight-round rematch.

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Photos: Peter Frutkoff On Thursday evening, DiBella Entertainment’s popular Broadway Boxing series returned to New York for the first time …


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Results of “Ballroom Boxing” from Houston

By Byron Spurlock at ringside

It was standing room only Thursday evening for “Ballroom Boxing” at the Ballroom at Bayou Place in Downtown Houston, Texas as Craig Callaghan (17-1, 7 KOs) and Josue Garcia (8-3) fought for the vacant WBF Welterweight title.

It was the usual testing round for both fighters during the opening stanza but toward the end of the round, Callaghan discovered he could use his reach advantage by pushing out his jab to keep Garcia at bay. (more…)

By Byron Spurlock at ringside It was standing room only Thursday evening for “Ballroom Boxing” at the Ballroom at Bayou …


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Weights from Palm Springs

Maximiliano Becerra 139.2 vs. Martin Angel Martinez 139.2
Anvar Yunusov 127.8 vs. Justin Savi 134.4
David Lopez 150.6 vs. Moris Rodriguez 151.2
Jacob Lerma 120 vs. Tyrone Wilis 126
George Acosta 133.8 vs. Antonio Cordona 133.2

Venue: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Palm Springs, California
Promoter: Liveco Boxing

Maximiliano Becerra 139.2 vs. Martin Angel Martinez 139.2 Anvar Yunusov 127.8 vs. Justin Savi 134.4 David Lopez 150.6 vs. Moris …



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Weights from Central Point, Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

Mike Wilson 193.1 vs. Ernest Reyna 194.3
Victor Morales, Jr. 131.5 vs. Corben Page 131.7
Carlos Villanueva 187.5 vs. Alberto Rivas 191.2
Ricky Gallegos 167.2 vs. Josh Solis 167.7
Rafael Valencia 170.1 vs. Fatlum Zhuta 169.2
Elvis Garcia 251 vs. DJ Linderman 262.8

Venue: Jackson County Expo, Central Point, Oregon
Promoter: White Delight Promotions
TV: LATV (Tape Delay)

By Ricardo Ibarra Mike Wilson 193.1 vs. Ernest Reyna 194.3 Victor Morales, Jr. 131.5 vs. Corben Page 131.7 Carlos Villanueva …


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Benavidez, Medina make weight

David Benavidez 167.8 vs. Porky Medina 166.8
(WBC super middleweight eliminator)

Photo: Edgar Ramos/Premier Boxing Champions

Jorge Lara 128.2 vs. Mario Briones 126.2
Jordan White 124 vs. Adam Lopez 124
Austin Dulay 137.6 vs. Jose Esquivel 137.8

Venue: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FS1

David Benavidez 167.8 vs. Porky Medina 166.8 (WBC super middleweight eliminator) Jorge Lara 128.2 vs. Mario Briones 126.2 Jordan White …


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Thurman has elbow surgery; out til end of year

Unified WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and expects to be out of action until the end of 2017. Thurman, who held the WBA 147-pound title, defeated WBC 147-pound champion Danny Garcia at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 4 to become the unified 147-pound champion. Thurman fought through severe pain in his right elbow to secure the 12-round unanimous decision victory.

A few weeks later, he traveled back to New York to have surgery to remove calcium deposits in his right elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on April 19. The surgery was successful and Thurman is currently undergoing rehabilitation on his arm. The doctors have told him he will need six months to recover.

“I had loose bodies in the elbow, similar to what baseball pitchers have. They had to go in and take out the loose bodies and calcium deposits,” Thurman said. “It was getting in the way of the hinging of the elbow and when I threw a punch. It was causing pain and inflammation. I noticed it before the Danny Garcia fight. There was no way to get rid of it without the surgery. I’m healing and getting the function back so that I can be pain free.” (more…)

Unified WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and expects to be out of …


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Russell, Escandon, Dirrell, Uzcategui make weight

Gary Russell Jr 125.5 vs. Oscar Escandon 125.75
(WBC featherweight title)

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Andre Dirrell 167.5 vs. Jose Uzcategui 166.5
(IBF interim super middleweight title)

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Rances Barthelemy 139.5 vs. Kiryl Relikh 139.5
(WBA super lightweight eliminator)

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Venue: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: Showtime

Gary Russell Jr 125.5 vs. Oscar Escandon 125.75 (WBC featherweight title) Andre Dirrell 167.5 vs. Jose Uzcategui 166.5 (IBF interim …



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Tornado Sanchez dies in car accident

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sad to report that former WBA interim world champion David “Tornado” Sánchez and his brother Jonathan were killed in an automobile accident earlier today. Their vehicle collided with a trailer on the Hermosillo-Kino Coastal Highway. Rafael Soto (Sanchez manager) has confirmed the tragedy to the media.

Sánchez, just 25, last fought on April 7 in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, and there was talk of a possible rematch against former world champion Luis Concepción. He had a professional record of 31-4-2, 23 KOs.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Sad to report that former WBA interim world champion David “Tornado” Sánchez and his brother Jonathan …


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Crawford, Diaz make weight


Photos: Top Rank

Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4
(WBC/WBO super lightweight title)

Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo 134.8
Shakur Stevenson 124.6 vs. Carlos Suarez 124.2
Konstantin Ponomarev 149.6 vs. Ed Paredes 150.2
Teofimo Lopez 134.8 vs. Ronald Rivas 135.4
Tong Hui Li 153.8 vs. Daniel Calzada 154.2
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Agustine Mauras 135.8
Steve Nelson 174.2 vs. Gilberto Rubio 173
Henry Lebron 130.2 vs. Johnny Estrada 131

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

Photos: Top Rank Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4 (WBC/WBO super lightweight title) Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo …


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Gevor ready for Wlodarczyk

Photo: Ringpolska24

German cruiserweight Noel Gevor (22-10, KOs) says he is confident of causing an upset when he meets former IBF and WBC World Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (52- 3-1, 37 KOs) tomorrow at the Hala Arena in Poznan, Poland.

In what promises be his toughest career test, Gevor takes on the former two-time division ruler in a final eliminator for the IBF World title, which is currently held by Russian Murat Gassiev following his victory over countryman Denis Lebedev.

Wlodarczyk will look to use his considerable experience and home advantage to inflict the 26 year-old’s first defeat, but despite entering the fight as the underdog, Gevor believes he is ready to secure his first World title challenge. (more…)

Photo: Ringpolska24 German cruiserweight Noel Gevor (22-10, KOs) says he is confident of causing an upset when he meets former …


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Davis and Walsh make weight

Gervonta Davis 130 vs. Liam Walsh 130
(IBF world junior lightweight title)

Photo courtesy Frank Warren

Ryan Walsh 126 vs. Marco McCullough 126
Chris Hobbs 175 vs. Anthony Yarde 175
Joe Pigford 155 vs. Aaron Morgan 154
Boy Jones Jr 132 vs. Norbert Kalucsa 130

Venue: Copper Box Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: Showtime

Gervonta Davis 130 vs. Liam Walsh 130 (IBF world junior lightweight title) Ryan Walsh 126 vs. Marco McCullough 126 Chris …


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Pacquiao skips training session

By Peter Maniatis

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao skipped the Elorde Gym training session today. Pacman texted his assistant trainer Boboy Fernandez about 1PM Manila time and notified him that he will not be going to the gym today (Friday).

By Peter Maniatis WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao skipped the Elorde Gym training session today. Pacman texted his assistant trainer …


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N’Dam, Murata, Lopez, Shiro, Higa make weight, Churritos loses title on scale

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 159.5 vs. Ryota Murata 159.5
(WBA middleweight title)

Ganigan Lopez 107.75 vs. Ken Shiro 107.75
(WBC light flyweight title)

Juan Hernandez 112.5 vs. Daigo Higa 112
(WBC flyweight title)

WBC flyweight champion Hernandez lost his belt on the scale as he failed to make the weight. He weighed in at 113 at the first trip to the scale, scaled at 112.5 after forty minutes, and then gave up reducing his weight any more Should Higa be victorius, he will be newly crowned. Otherwise, the WBC 112-pound title will become vacant.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 159.5 vs. Ryota Murata 159.5 (WBA middleweight title) Ganigan Lopez …


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Acosta, Tanaka make weight

The highly anticipated light flyweight world title bout between WBO world champion Kosei Tanaka and #1 mandatory challenger and power puncher Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta is on for Saturday at the Ocean Arena in Nagoya, Japan. Both fighters stopped the scale in 108 pounds.

Photo: Hector Santos Guía / Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

“I feel great, we made the weight easy. I had a great camp and I am ready to put a great performance tomorrow and bring that title to Puerto Rico,” said a confident ‘Tito’ Acosta.

The highly anticipated light flyweight world title bout between WBO world champion Kosei Tanaka and #1 mandatory challenger and power …


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Manny Pacquiao Workout

Video: Nick Giongco

Video: Nick Giongco


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Sanchez edges De Gracia in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

On a very anticipated fight between two of the best Panamanian featherweights, Jorge “Buffalo” Sanchez (17-2) overcame a slow start to score a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (20-1-1) to wrap up the “Civil War” card presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo at the Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall in Panama City. After 10 rounds of intense action the three judges scored the same, 96 to 94.

By Héctor Villarreal On a very anticipated fight between two of the best Panamanian featherweights, Jorge “Buffalo” Sanchez (17-2) overcame …


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Tiberi, Singletary top June 23rd Delaware Card

By Rick Scharmberg

Pro boxing returns to Delaware for just the second time this year on Friday, June 23rd at the Nur Shrine Temple in New Castle, Delaware. Fan favorites “Joltin’” Joey Tiberi (18-5-2, 13 KOs) will co-headline in a six round lightweight bout, along with Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary (8-2, 5 KOs), who will engage in a six round heavyweight bout.

The undercard also features veteran light heavyweight Reuel Williams (7-1, 2 KOs) making his return to the ring after a five-year hiatus plus lightweight Joe Gbolo (3-2-2, 1 KO) returning after a two year off. (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Pro boxing returns to Delaware for just the second time this year on Friday, June 23rd at …


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Results from Tuscon, Arizona

Photos: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Unbeaten super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz (16-7-1, 6 KOs) on Thursday night at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. De La Hoya fought a safe ten round fight, outscoring Ruiz. The scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

Super Middleweight prospect D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over late sub Adrian Luna Flores (20-5-1, 13 KOs). In round two Ballard knocked Luna down to the canvas. Ballard continued to control the rest of the fight. Scores were 97-92, 95-94, 95-94.

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Photos: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions Unbeaten super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round …


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Weights from Philadelphia

Weights for Friday night’s King’s Promotions fight card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia

Carlos Rosario 130.7 vs. Joshua Davis 131.5
Antowyan Aikens 172,2 vs. Amir Shabazz 174.2
Thomas Velasquez 134.4 vs. Brandon Sanudo 142
Tyrone Crawley, Jr. 143.6 vs. Juan Rodriguez 139.3
Steven Ortiz 143.7 vs. Hector Rivera 133.8
Tito Gosalves 136.7 vs. Gerardo Martinez 136.3
Vincent Floyd 146.8 vs. Rafael Montalvo 148.0
Antonio Allen 141.3 vs. Demtris Williams 141.9

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: 2300 Arena
1st Bell: 6:30 PM (doors 6 PM)

Tickets can be purchased at www.2300arena.com for $100, $75 and $50

Weights for Friday night’s King’s Promotions fight card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia Carlos Rosario 130.7 vs. Joshua …


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Report: Cotto and Roc Nation part ways

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and Roc Nation have reportedly parted ways. According to ESPN, Cotto was training with Freddie Roach in Los Angeles for an unannounced June 24 fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai. However, Cotto never signed off on that fight and left camp. Cotto fought twice under the Roc Nation banner, against Daniel Geale and Canelo Alvarez. He had inked a three-fight $50 million pact with Roc Nation, which also promotes Andre Ward.

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and Roc Nation have reportedly parted ways. According to ESPN, Cotto was training with …


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Pacquiao doing roadwork with Kieza

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is training for July 2 showdown with WBO#2 Jeff Horn at 55,000 seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia with nearly 40,000 seats sold with five weeks to go and Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail is in Manila doing roadwork with Pacman. Kieza talked to Fightnews from Manila.

It was a stifling hot morning in Manila and I caught Manny Pacquiao cold, stunning him in the same way Brisbane’s Jeff Horn hopes to at Suncorp Stadium on July 2 in Australia’s biggest ever fight.

Pacquiao was running away from me when I lunged at him, red faced and sweating, going after the fighting senator with the same intensity I’d shown a couple of hours earlier chasing down an omelet at the hotel’s breakfast buffet. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is training for July 2 showdown with WBO#2 …


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Vitu stops Matano in ten, earns IBF #1

By Marco Bratusch at ringside

Cedric Vitu (46-2, 19 KOs) is the new IBF mandatory challenger in the junior middleweight division after his successfully world title eliminator against Marcello Matano, who he beat via tenth round TKO at Cirque d’Hiver in Paris, France. The fight, that topped a MK Events boxing night, was televised live on Canal +.

Vitu started out working well with his right hand from his southpaw stance, using it as a jab and then as uppercut when the round progressed. Matano answered with a couple of blows to the body and looked to brawl his way into the fight but Vitu did not buy it at the beginning. A right hook shakened Matano during round two and then a cut at the edge of Matano’s right eyebrow, caused by a punch, began to bleed. Matano smells his blood and proudly fired back, arguably winning the third round as Vitu remained often in the pocket in order to find a definitive blow. Vitu’s action was sporadic but accurate at this stage. Matano (17-3, 5 KOs) became the aggressor and fought back in spurs, sometimes missing badly but continuing to be a player also in round four. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch at ringside Cedric Vitu (46-2, 19 KOs) is the new IBF mandatory challenger in the junior middleweight …


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Hamadouche batters Sanchez, retains IBF title

By Marco Bratusch at ringside

Maiva Hamadouche (16-1, 13 KOs) retained his IBF belt via fourth round stoppage over official challenger Anahi Ester Sanchez (15-2, 7 KOs) in Paris. The local boxer was the natural aggressor, as it is her customary style, while the rangy Sanchez tried to stick to her jab and move backwards along the ropes. The champion was very effective punching from the inside with a restless attack to the body and sometimes going a bit over the rules with her elbows and head. The sheer ferocity of Hamadouche paid out in round three when she stopped Sanchez against the ropes and forced the referee to give Sanchez a standing eight count just before the bell. Sanchez’s face was a bloody mess when the referee gave her another standing eight count in round four. It appeared that Sanchez at first answered “no” to the question whether she wanted to continue, but the referee said “boxe!” instead and then halted the bout few seconds later. The Argentinian corner protested as they thought the cuts were caused by Hamadouche’s head but it seemd the winner’s actions was fair, and their boxer was definitely taking too many punches.

The 19-year-old prospect and idol of the Parisian crowd Louis Toutin closed matters very early in the middle of round one with a vicious body shot who left no chanche to Kasperski (29-8-1, 20 KOs) to beat the count. Until that point, Toutin (7-0, 7 KOs) showed smooth movements, good reflexes, and a well schooled left jab. Kasperki, who had never been stopped in thirty-seven professional bouts, at first felt devasteted because of the quick defeat but then found the sportmanship to give his (compliment) to the young winner.

By Marco Bratusch at ringside Maiva Hamadouche (16-1, 13 KOs) retained his IBF belt via fourth round stoppage over official …


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Porky Medina: I respect Benavidez but let’s get real… who has he fought?

Rogelio “Porky” Medina (37-7, 31 KOs) will clash with David Benavidez, an undefeated rising contender (17-0, 16 KOs) this Saturday, May 20th, at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

A very motivated “Porky” medina stated, “All I read about in the media reports are how great David Benavidez is and how he is a future superstar in boxing. I respect my opponents but let’s get real…who has he fought? I have gone up against the best in this division and no one will get in the way of my next title shot. I will be ready to go this Saturday night!”

The winner of the Medina vs Benavidez match will secure a mandatory position in line for a WBC super-middleweight title fight. This match will be a special edition of Premier Boxing Champions and will broadcast live on FS1 (Fox Sports 1) and FOX Deportes at 7PM Pacific, 9PM Central and 10PM Eastern Time. Carlos Moncada of Latin Sports commented, “We embrace the role of the underdog, when everyone is talking about the other fighter. Porky will let his fists do the talking in the ring this Saturday. This will be a major war and we look forward to Rogelio “Porky” Medina winning and earning another opportunity to fight for the title.”

Rogelio “Porky” Medina (37-7, 31 KOs) will clash with David Benavidez, an undefeated rising contender (17-0, 16 KOs) this Saturday, …


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Adamek looks sharp in workout

By Przemek Garczarczyk

It was a busy day for fighters – and reporters – in Poland. First Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Noel Gevorin in Poznan, then former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek (50-5, 23 KO), training in Osada Śnieżka in Łomnica (Poland), presented their skills to sports writers. For the first time in seven years, Adamek, who already has seven weeks of camp behind him, showcased his punching skills working pads not with Roger Bloodworth, but his new boss – Gus Curren. “Góral” will be back in the ring on June 24 in ERGO Arena in Gdańsk against Solomon Haumono (24-3, 21 KO) at Polsat Boxing Night 7, presented by MB Promotions and Polsat TV main event.

By Przemek Garczarczyk It was a busy day for fighters – and reporters – in Poland. First Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and …


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Crawford-Diaz press conference gallery and quotes


Photos: Mikey Williams

Terence Crawford
“I‘m excited to be fighting in The Garden’s main arena and following in the steps of great fighters – legends. I am proud to continue the tradition. I don’t feel any pressure fighting at The Garden. The ring, no matter where it is, always feels like home to me. I just have to keep winning. If I keep winning then the opportunities for even bigger fights will present themselves. But this is a really big fight to me. Diaz is a worthy challenger and you can’t bring just any fight to The Garden. I didn’t get this far without winning. I ‘m ready for any opportunities at 140 or 147 pounds. I want to put a show on for everyone on Saturday night. I WILL make a statement.”

Felix Diaz
“I‘m up for this challenge. I really believe this will be a war on Saturday night. I’m going to have massive support from my fellow Dominicans. I have a great chance of winning this fight. I see a lot of weaknesses in his game that I know I can take advantage of. He is one of the best, but I have fought at welterweights and he hasn’t. I believe I have the power to hurt him.” (more…)

Photos: Mikey Williams Terence Crawford “I‘m excited to be fighting in The Garden’s main arena and following in the steps …




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