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By Matt Richardson and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
In a war, former 122lb champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) dethroned WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night in front of 9,062 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Great two-way action from the get-go. Frampton staggered Santa Cruz with a left hook in round two and gave Santa Cruz problems with his defense and movement. But Santa Cruz was relentless and came hard down the stretch. In the end, scores were 117-111, 116-112, 114-114.
Returning from a two-and-a-half year layoff, former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 27 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round TKO over former world champion Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs). Garcia dropped Rojas hard twice in round three. Garcia floored Rojas twice more in round five to end it. Time was 2:02. Garcia can really punch.
In an IBF junior middleweight eliminator, Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round KO over Sergey Rabchenko (27-2, 20 KOs). Harrison dropped Rabchenko with a right hand in round nine, and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. ruled that Rabchenko couldn’t continue. Time was 1:18.
Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) ouptointed Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in an all-Brooklyn welterweight showdown. After ten tactical rounds, Malignaggi prevailed 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.
Philadelphia lightweight Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs) surprised Ukrainian brawler Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs), scoring a one-sided ten round unanimous decision. Farmer put on a boxing clinic to win 99-89, 98-90, and 98-90. Farmer was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight and Redkach was docked a point in round nine for a headbutt. (more…)
Former WBA NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (26-12-2, 17 KOs) returned to the ring Friday night with a dominating performance over Arthur “The Armenian Assassin” Saribekian (23-12-1, 18 KOs) at the Wheeling Island Casino & Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia. Controlling the action from the outset, Bergman systematically dismantled Saribekian with effective combinations and power punching before dropping Saribekian in round five with a straight left followed by a vicious right hook. Shortly thereafter, referee Brian Brickhouse put a halt to the onslaught at 1:34 of the fifth round. The victory marked Bergman’s successful return since losing by TKO 8 in January to current IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Joseph Parker (20-0) in Samoa. (more…)
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBC #1 super lightweight contender “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) scored a scored a ten round unanimous decision over Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (25-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Lopez pressed the action all night and busted Orozco up, but in the end the judges scored it 97-93, 99-91, 99-91 in favor of the busier fighter Orozco. The 99-91 scores seemed out of touch. The HBO crew scored it 95-95. The win keeps Orozco on track to challenge WBC/WBO world champion Terence Crawford.
“I know I won this fight,” said Abner Lopez afterward. “But this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I was the better fighter tonight and the fans know it.”
Orozco stated, “He was a come forward type of fighter and although I was willing to engage with him, I had to box him. That is something that we have been working on, when to be smart, box the fighter and be effective with counter punches.”
Undefeated NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-2-2, 21 KOs). Diaz dropped Proa in round two and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:07 (more…)
Former world title challenger Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam stopped Tomasz Gargula in seven rounds minutes ago at Le Cannet, France. The Cameroon-born N’Dam N’Jikam, now a longtime French resident, dominated his Polish opponent, floored him in round three and eventually forced a stoppage in round seven when the ref halted the action with Gargula (now 18-3-1, 5 KOs) still on his feet. N’Dam (34-2, 20 KOs as a pro) will take part in the Olympic Games starting next weekend in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
154 lbs. contender Michel Soro (28-1-1, 18 KOs) completely dismantled Hector Saldivia (45-4, 35 KOs) of Argentina to win the vacant WBA-Int. title at super welter. Soro looked in command since the beginning of the fight, floored Saldivia in round two and ended matters for the total count in round three with a right hook to the chin. The always entertaining Soro won different regional titles in France, Italy and USA, and tonight he put himself back into the picture at the world level.
French supermiddle contender Mickael Diallo continued his KO streak stopping Italian veteran Roberto Cocco in the opening session of a non-title eight rounder. Diallo (now 14-0-2, 12 KOs) floored Cocco (17-15-1, 7 KOs) with a left hook to the temple, the brave Italian raised back to his feet but Diallo showed no mercy and forced a TKO stoppage with a defenseless Cocco suffering a flurry of punches with his back against the ropes.
Sebastien Acaries promoted the show, with Canal Plus televising live in France.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (14-1, 11 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to win a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK. Counter-puncher Mendez dropped Campbell in round two with a right hand, but was outworked after that. Scores were 116-111, 117-110, 115-112. Campbell claimed the vacant WBC silver lightweight belt.
Featherweight Josh Warrington (24-0, 5 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Patrick Hyland (31-3, 15 KOs). Warrington dropped Hyland in round eight and twice in round nine to end it. Warrington is now the mandatory challenger for WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr.
Heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (18-1, 14 KOs) lumbered to an unpopular ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten David Allen (9-1-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-91, 100-90, 99-91. Whyte claimed the vacant WBC International title.
20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (23-2, 21 KOs) made quick work of Wilmer Gonzalez (19-11-1, 12 KOs), scoring a second round KO. It was Feigenbutz’ second win since losing the belt to Giovanni De Carolis in January.
Former world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-2, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ivo Gogosevic (12-17-2, 5 KOs) in his first fight since losing to Kell Brook 14 months ago. Gavin dropped Gogosevic in round one and Gogosevic clowned more than fought as the super welterweight clash continued. Gavin finally stopped him in round six. (more…)
WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) defends against former jr middle champ Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Jacobs and Mora previously met in August 2015, with Jacobs winning by TKO in round two after Mora suffered an ankle injury.
In the co-feature,unbeaten lightweights Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) and Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) meet for the vacant IBF lightweight title formerly held by Rances Barthelemy, who moved up in weight.
Also scheduled is heavyweight Travis “My Time” Kauffman (30-1, 22 KOs) against an opponent to be named. Spike TV will televise.
By Ron Jackson
In a wild swinging affair South Africa’s Makazole Tete won on a fifth round stoppage against Raymond Tabugon of the Philippines to claim the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night.
After a quiet opening round Tete (51.74kg) was stunned by a big right hand to the head and resorted to holding before the referee deducted a point. There was little in it in rounds three and four with Tete doing enough to shade the rounds.
In round five a right to the head sent Tabugon (51.20kg) down for a count. However, Tabugon never fully recovered from the knockdown and after another barrage of punches from the South African that left the Filipino staggering around the ring, his corner ignoring the possibility of a disqualification jumped into the ring to save their fighter, as the referee waved the fight off at 2 minutes 15 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
OPBF super-feather champ, WBO#10 Masayuki Ito (19-1-1, 9 KOs), 130, kept his regional belt when he was awarded a TKO victory over game Filipino Ernie Sanchez (15-8-1, 6 KOs), 130, at 1:32 of the eleventh round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. The taller and faster Ito was in command from the outset, utilizing his hand speed and shifty footwork. But Sanchez, technically inferior, put on a do-or-die attack with a big overhand right or a bolo punch at a time, though losing most of rounds. The crowd appreciated his gameness and durability even if he was widely trailing on points. From the ninth on, Ito decively had the upper hand, peppering him with fast combinations to the face and midsection. The eleventh saw Ito catch up with the fading Filipino with furious combos, which finally prompted the referee Nakamura’s intervention.
Unbeaten Sergei Ekimov (16-0, 8 KOs) will face Spanish Mustafa Chadlioui, (8-1-1,6) for the vacant WBC International Silver light heavyweight title tomorrow July 31 in Riga, Latvia.
Minutes ago Ekimov scaled 79,400 with the co-challenger Chadlioui tipping the scales at 78,700
The supervisor for this titlefight will be Oksana Semenisina. The 3rd man in the ring will be David John Irving and the judges appointed by the WBC will be Predrag Aleksic, Olena Pobyvailo and Alexander Kalinkin
On the undercard undefeated heavyweight prospect Ruslan Fayfer and former interim WBA champion Dmitry Chudinov all against safe but competitive opponents.
The show will be shown live on Match-TV and is promoted by Empire Sport in association with current WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis.
Carl Frampton insists that size won’t be a factor when he faces WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz tonight in Brooklyn, NY. The Belfast boxing ace faces his biggest test to date when he steps in against the taller and rangier Santa Cruz, who has two-and-a-half-inches over him in height and a telling seven-inch reach advantage.
However, former unified super-bantamweight world champion Frampton does not believe that going in as the smaller man will have any bearing on how the fight plays out. “Most opponents I have faced have been taller than me. So I’m used to fighting guys that are taller than me. I had probably about 180 amateur fights and I came up against all different fighters,” said Frampton. (more…)
Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) delivered a highlight reel knockout victory over Thomas “Top Dogg” Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in the fourth-round of an exciting main event showdown Friday night from Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.
Adonis Stevenson: “It was a firefight. He put pressure on me so I decided to put pressure on him too. It was a fight with two guys who could punch and it was spectacular. It was my daughter’s birthday and I gave her a great gift.”
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) scored a sensational fourth round KO over WBC #8 rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada. Stevenson dropped Williams late in round one with a straight left hand. Good action in round two with both fighters landing big shots. More big shots by both in round three. Williams was momentarily rocked, but then came back strong. Furious toe-to-toe action in round four before Stevenson laid out Williams to win by explosive fourth round KO. A short left hand ended it. Time was 2:54. It was the seventh successful defense for Stevenson.
Unbeaten WBC #1 contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over late sub Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-5-1, 21 KOs). Alvarez outclassed the rugged Berridge, whose right was busted up at the end, in a forgettable fight. Scores were 99-90, 98-92, 98-92. Berridge replaced former world champion Chad Dawson, who was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. Next up for Alvarez could be a world title tilt for Alvarez against stablemate Adonis Stevenson.
Undefeated middleweight Immanuwel Aleem (16-0-1, 9 KOs) and Demond Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Aleem banked the early rounds. Nicholson came on midway, and the last four rounds had good two-way action. Aleem seemingly scored a knockdown in round seven, but it was ruled a slip. Scores were 77-75, 76-76 and 76-76.
Ed “Bad Boy” Brown 145.2 vs. Gilbert Venegas 146.4
Shawndell Winters 181 vs. Maxwell Amponsah 179.8
David Estrada 152.4 vs. Antony Nelson 152.8
Jose Arambula 137 vs. Kelly Wright 137.8
Raphael Murphy 202.2 vs. Skylar Thompson 224
Sarah French 146.2 vs. Bertha Aracil 144.8
Jaime Herrera 146.2 vs. Thomas Allen 146.2
Francisco Saldana 124.6 vs. Bryan Ramirez 123.8
Martez McGregor 176.6 vs. Frankie Sparks 184.8
Kenneth Thomas, Jr. 145 vs. Matthew Murphy 144.4
Venue: Horseshoe Hammond, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Tickets: Start at $40, fans must be 21+ to attend
New York State jr welterweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs), newly signed by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will face Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday, August 13, at the Paramount in Huntington, NY. The bout will be a grudge rematch as Karperis won a razor thin decision over Duran on July 18, 2014.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia stated “These two fought a heck of a battle once before and I expect nothing less this time around, except the stakes are much higher with Karperis’ NY State title on the line.”
Heavyweights Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (34-3, 26 KOs) and former world title challenger Mike Marrone (21-5, 15 KOs) collide on August 6th as D & D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions present “Rumble at the Rink II” at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Witherspoon hails from nearby Paulsboro, New Jersey, while Marrone is from Vero Beach, Florida.
Seeing action in the eight-round co-feature will be junior welterweight Emanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor (19-4, 13 KOs) from Edgewood, Maryland, battling Carlos Aguilera (10-16, 4 KOs) of Chiapas, Mexico.
Golden Boy Promotions featherweights Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs) and Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (16-1, 8 KOs) will return to action on September 30 against separate opponents to be announced shortly. They headline an Estrella TV telecast at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
Golden Boy also has an HBO Latino show at the same venue tomorrow. Below are the weights:
Antonio Orozco 142 vs. Abner Lopez 140
Joseph Diaz 126 vs. Victor Proa 123.8
Roy Tapia 127.6 vs. Jairo Hernandez 122
Nicolas Arce 127.6 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 127.6
Vergil Ortiz 139 vs. Julio Rodas 139
Cesar Diaz 123 vs. Ramiro Ruiz 122
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Luis Nery 118 vs David Sánchez 117
Sulem Urbina 112 vs Eloisa Martínez 112
Jaime Munguia 148 vs Oscar Mora 148
Moisés Calleros 108 vs Mario Rodríguez 108
Javier González 112 vs Adaír Espinoza 112.5
Hebert Acevedo 141 vs Arturo Esquivel 141.5
Raúl Geraldo 135.6 vs Ángel Ruíz 135.5
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
TV: TV Azteca, Beinsports, Azteca América
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
Leo Santa Cruz 125.5 vs. Carl Frampton 125.5
(WBA featherweight title)
Mikey Garcia 138.5 vs. Elio Rojas 139
Tony Harrison 153.5 vs. Sergey Rabchenko 153.5
Paulie Malignaggi 146.5 vs. Gabriel Bracero 148
Ivan Redkach 135.2 vs. Tevin Farmer 134.5
Amanda Serrano 124.4 vs. Calixta Silgado 125.6
Conrad Cummings 162.4 vs. Dante Moore 161.6
Josh Taylor 142.4 vs. Evincii Dixon 144.2
Min Wook Kim 139 vs. Louis Cruz 139.2
Jose Gomez 125.6 vs. Josh Crespo 125
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme
Harvey Dock will be the third man in the ring when WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) defends against former 122lb champ Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Judges are Guido Cavalleri (Italy), Frank Lombardi (Connecticut) and Tom Schreck (New York).
LA Fight Club will be kicking off Mexican Independence Day month on Friday, September 2 when middleweight Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) takes on Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (28-6-1, 26 KOs) in a ten-round “Mexico vs. Puerto Rico” clash at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In the co-main event, unbeaten lightweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) will square off against Jonathan “Johnny” Corrales (8-3-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Also unbeaten lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (11-0, 3 KOs) will face TBA. Estrella TV will televise.
Former IBF world champion Algenis Mendez weighs in for his showdown with 2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell for the WBC silver lightweight title tomorrow at First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Both fighters weighed in at 134.2 pounds. The fight will air live on SkySports TV.
Josh Warrington 125.25 vs. Patrick Hyland 128.5*
(WBC International featherweight title)
Tyrone Nurse 139.25 vs. Tommy Coyle 139.25
(British super lightweight title)
Dillian Whyte 245.5 vs. David Allen 237.5
(WBC International heavyweight title)
Ryan Burnett 117.25 vs. Cesar Ramirez 117.5
(WBC International bantamweight title)
Gamal Yafai 122 vs. Josh Wale 121
(Commonwealth super bantamweight title)
* Hyland failed to make weight
Up and coming lightweight Steven Wilcox of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada scored an impressive eight round unanimous decision over rugged Mexican Juan Orozco Thursday, July 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Topping Lee Baxter Promotions’ inaugural “Next Generation” fight card and with an excited crowd supporting him, the taller Wilcox looked to use his range from the opening bell. Orozco was able to close the gap at times during the first few rounds, landing some decent shots in close quarters. Wilcox effectively adjusted and found his range, peppering Orozco with clean punches. For the remainder of the bout, Orozco attempted to press forward but was unsuccessful as Wilcox continued to land clean shots to the body and head of his game foe en route to a unanimous decision. Wilcox improves to 14-1-1 with 5 knockouts. The Orozco is now 14-4-2 with 10 KOs. (more…)
By Marco Bratusch
Saturday night at “L’Ancora” Beach Resort in Maccarese, on the seaside of Rome, Italy, Davide Buccioni’s BBT Production will stage a boxing fight night featuring six professional bouts. The main event has been awaited for several months by the local boxing fans as it’s a palatable rivalry between two Roman super middleweights. The 29-year-old, BBT promoted Valerio Ranaldi (10-1, 6 KOs), from northern Rome, will be defending his national 168lb title for the second time in his career against mandatory challenger Alessandro Sinacore (12-1, 5 KOs), a two years older southpaw promoted by OPI2000 who lost only once against Lolenga Mock in Denmark in 2015 via majority decision. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Murphy’s Boxing returns Saturday to Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts as U.S. Marine veteran Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca (14-0, 10 KOs) faces the biggest test of his career when he battles the always tough Gabor Gorbics (19-2 12 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight showdown. In the co-main event, local fan favorite Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (15-3-2) will fight Szilvia Szabados (13-6) for the WBC female welterweight championship. (more…)
“Cherry Patch,” a play written by Ron Scott Stevens, a former two-term chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, opens tonight at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, NY. “Cherry’s Patch,” is a story about a fire engine company – located down under the Brooklyn Bridge – in the nine months leading up to the 9/11 attacks. Stevens’ record in boxing ranges from commissioner to promoter to matchmaker to ring announcer, however he has been writing plays for more than 30 years. “Boxing is theatre in its purest form,” says Stevens. “The ring approximates the stage and the audience can become captivated as the events evolve until they reach their conclusion.” The play will also serve as a benefit for Ulster County Volunteer Fire Departments.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) is a -600 favorite to retain his world title tonight against challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs). Williams backers can get +400 if the American pulls the upset in the Spike-televised bout from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Stevenson will be defending his WBC title for the seventh time. Williams, from Fort Washington, Maryland, is coming off a sensational second round KO over Edwin Rodriguez in April. It should be a good fight between two big punchers.
Unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant European title on October 15 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. For the first time since 2010, a Dane will contest the European title on home soil. Ceylan will be hoping to join an elite club of Danish fighters who have held the prestigious belt including Jørgen Hansen, Gert Bo Jakobsen, Jesper D. Jensen and the Bredahl brothers.
The 27-year-old will meet tough opposition from Walsh, the current British featherweight champion, who has only lost a points decision to current IBF world champion Lee Selby.
It has been a non-stop appreciation tour for unbeaten newly crowned WBC “silver” flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) his native Pakistan. It has been nonstop local media interviews, meeting with high ranking officials, and meet and greets with his countrymen since Waseem defeated former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-6-2, 11 KOs) on July 17 in South Korea to claim the WBC belt. Winning the title is, to date, the biggest achievement of any Pakistan-born professional boxer. There is still the goal of becoming the country’s first world champion.
Waseem will return to Las Vegas soon to resume training with Jeff Mayweather at the famed Mayweather boxing club per his promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions. A November return to the ring is the plan. (more…)
Got a few minutes? Check out this terrific WBO bantamweight world title clash from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Filipino bantamweight Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round KO to dethrone reigning world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-4, 35 KOs) on Wednesday. Tapales recovered from two fifth round knockdowns to drop Sor Singyu in round six and then knocked him out with a barrage of punches in round eleven. Tapales joins Nonito Donaire, Donnie Nietes and Johnriel Casimero to become the fourth current titleholder from the Philippines.
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their featherweight world title clash that headlines the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader this Saturday from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Also in action undefeated former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) takes on former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) in the co-main event, plus once-beaten contenders Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) and Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) face off in a junior middleweight title eliminator. Two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) meets fellow Brooklynite Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in the Showtime Extreme main event. Coverage with a lightweight battle between Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs).
The fighters spoke to media Thursday at the Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say:
Leo Santa Cruz; “I know that this is going to be an interesting fight. We’re both undefeated and we’re going to make it a war. Neither of us wants that first loss. We’re going to leave it all in the ring. This won’t be an easy fight. It’s a 50-50 fight. The fighter who wants it the most will win the night. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and WBC #8 rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs) both made weight for their world title clash on Friday night in Quebec City. Stevenson weighed 173.6 pounds and Williams scaled in at 174.6.
Eleider Alvarez 179.4 vs. Robert Berridge 178.4
Immanuwel Aleem 160.4 vs. Demond Nicholson 160.4
Venue: Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Ricky Hatton has warned Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) that he will be in for a rude awakening if he dares to underestimate Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) this weekend. The pair meet in an IBF super welterweight eliminator in the opening bout of Showtime’s Santa Cruz-Frampton telecast from Brooklyn on Saturday night. And Hatton, who has trained Rabchenko for the past four years, believes both Harrison and US fight fans could be overlooking his fighter’s ability due to the manner of his sole defeat, a points loss to Anthony Mundine in late 2014, leaving some questioning skills and desire.
“Not making any excuses but Sergey had a few personal problems going into the Mundine fight and he wasn’t himself that night,” Hatton explained. “If Harrison and his team have looked at the tape and think that’s the same opponent they are getting, then they’re going to be in for a shock. Although I believe Sergey did enough to beat Mundine, actually losing the decision has been the best thing for him because it’s given him a kick up the backside and he knows he needs to bring his A game to every fight from now on. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. of South El Monte will put his title and his undefeated record on the line against Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico this Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center live on HBO Latino. We caught up with Diaz talk about his upcoming fight. As usual Diaz trained in his hometown of South El Monte for this camp at the Teamsters Gym with his father Joseph Diaz and longtime trainer Ben Lira.
“Camp is going good, we are just focusing now on making the weight,” Diaz told Fightnews.com®. “All the hard work has already been done now it’s just making the weight proper. I am ready to go.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen a former IBF and WBF junior lightweight champion hopes to capture his third world title when he challenges Australia-based Filipino Jack Assis for his IBO super featherweight belt on Friday at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa.
Assis, 33, who has a record of 35-18-5, 18 KOs won the vacant IBO belt with an eighth round knockout over Kye MacKenzie of Australia in April last year. This will be his first defence but he has had two non-title fights since winning the belt, with wins over Hero Tito (19-7-2) and Waylon Law (9-6).
The 35-year-old Klassen (32-6-2, 17 KOs) won the WBF junior lightweight belt in November 2006 with a points win over Daniel Lomeli and the IBF junior lightweight belt on two occasions with wins over Gairy St Clair and Cassius Baloyi. In his most recent fight on April 29 this year he stopped Leonilo Ruiz Miranda in the first round to capture the vacant WBA International junior lightweight title. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
In the previous parts of our series, we showed you different pieces of Olympic boxing’s world. In this article you’ll see how AIBA handles past and current doping issues. The recent doping problems with Russian athletes became the headline of all major sports news around the world. An investigation, started by the German journalist Hajo Seppel in 2014, shook the entire Olympic community when his reports showed how systematic doping practices were used in Russia.
The domino effect hit the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), which was proven to hide positive doping cases and even blackmail athletes for covering the usage of prohibited substances.
In the recent months, the AIBA came under serious criticism over their anti-doping program. Many articles said they didn’t give enough attention of the problem. An investigation by Private Eye magazine showed that AIBA didn’t make a single out-of-competition test for 2015. A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), after officials came to investigate the headquarters of AIBA in December, described the level of out-of-competition testing as “almost non-existent.” (more…)
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