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Undefeated IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua successfully defended his world title for the first time with a seventh round knockout of previously unbeaten Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night at The O2 in London. Many thought that Breazeale wouldn’t be able to stand up to the 2012 Olympic gold medalist’s power and speed, but Joshua was happy to be extended to seven rounds.
[Next fight] “Well I think it’s gonna have to be the likes of [Joseph] Parker. I was really looking at Fury… I hope he gets better soon. He hurt his ankle unfortunately, which has postponed it because I was hoping to get that some time in the winter if everything went well July 9th like it did tonight, but we’re gonna have to reschedule that and in the meantime, we can look at other opponents like Parker, if he’s vacant, or anyone else that the people want.”
[On being extended seven rounds] “It’s hard because you can see they’re hurt with every shot – well not every shot – but when you start catching them flush, they can feel the shots with these ten ounce gloves on. So, it’s just a matter of time, but in the process I didn’t want to be receiving any haymakers on the way back. It’s been tough. I had two weeks off after my last fight, and got straight back in the gym so it was tough. I get a nice little break for once and then I can come back with recharged batteries.” (more…)
Photos: Martina Houdek/Team SES
Three international title bouts took place on Saturday night at the Sportcentrum Sluneta in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic with SES Boxing’s “Team Czech Republic” fighters coming away with stoppage victories.
In the main event, WBC Youth female minimumweight champion Fabiana Bytyqi (8-0, 3 KOs) was victorious when Teodora Bacheva (4-5, 1 KO) was unable to come out for round eight.
WBO European female featherweight champion Lucie Sedlackova (7-0-1, 4 KOs) needed just 33 seconds to stop Sopio Putkaradze (13-7-3, 4 KOs), who apparently suffered a serious ligament injury.
WBO European super welterweight champion Stepan Horvath (17-5, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ferenc Hafner (26-10, 14 KOs). Horvath, from Qwert Box-Promotion, knocked down Hafner three times in round four to end it. Time was 1:45.
Undefeated Bilal Laggoune made a successful debut at lightheavyweight knocking out French Hakim Chioui at the end of the 3rd round last night in Ninove, Belgium. The vacant WBC Francophone title was at stake.
Laggoune was dominant from the start chasing his opponent and hurting him with nice combinations to the face ending with a left to the body. Chioui tried hard to get the local star against the ropes but Bilal showed good footwork he learned in Miami’s 5th street gym. In the last minute of the 3rd round a devastating combination had Chioui in trouble but Laggoune was too eager to see his opponent on the floor and helped him down with a body push. Referee Daniel Van de Wiele called it a slip. Bilal Laggoune wasted no time after the fight resumed and trapped his opponent in a neutral corner. A barrage of punches made Chioui drop and it was waved off without picking up a count. Chioui needed a couple of minutes to recover.
Laggoune proved many observers wrong when he drew with Kucher in his previous bout and is now to be considered actual Belgian’s best pound for pound male boxer.
Laggoune is now 20-0-2(10), while Chioui drops to 31-6-1(19).
The undercard was very poor with the local boxers not be able to show their ability due to the weakness of the opponents.
The show was promoted by Ezzedine Laggoune, the brother of Bilal.
Photos: David Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Super welterweight prospect Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Olympian Junior Castillo (10-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. DeLoach dropped Castillo in rounds three and six en route to a 79-71, 78-72, 78-72 verdict.
“I’m very happy with my performance, did exactly what I wanted to,” said De Loach afterward. “I’m ready for any of the big names in the junior middleweight division. Even my friend Erickson Lubin, I’d love to fight him. I’m going to stay humble, stay focused, and keep working towards a world championship.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (12-0, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Luis “Muecas” Solis (14-7-4, 12 KOs). Karl dropped Solis in round three and went on to win by scores of 80-71, 79-72, 78-73. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
For the last year Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman have tried to get it on in the ring. Going back to last summer the two star welterweights prepared for their showdown. It was supposed to take place at the end of 2015, then the start of 2016. A scheduled March date came and went when Thurman was hurt in a car accident. And then, finally, they fought on Saturday night before 12,718 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
It was worth the wait.
In a fight of the year candidate Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) retained his WBA title with a close unanimous decision win on three identical scores of 115-113. Both men gave an incredible effort and ended the fight bruised, bleeding and exhausted. Essentially the bout was a tale of two styles: Porter’s relentless but often ineffective aggression versus Thurman’s selective but powerful counterpunches. Thurman had a 203-177 edge in power punches landed but Porter was the busier fighter and averaged 55 thrown per round to 44 for Thurman. Porter had the advantage in jabs. Overall, Thurman connected with 43.6% of his shots; Porter landed 35.6%. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
In his 2nd comeback fight, former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) had to shake off some early rust against the durable Josh Torres (15-5-2, 7 KOs) out of New Mexico and escaped with majority decision on Saturday night at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Torres took the fight to Alvarado early, but by the fourth round Alvarado found his timing and was able to land his overhand right and some quick combinations. Torres was there inside going toe to toe with Alvarado but could not land anything significant to stop Alvarado. In the 7th and 8th round, Alvarado pulled out the fight as he let his hands go, backing up Torres with big right hands. The judges scored it 76-76, 78-74, 77-75 for Alvarado as he looks for big names in his next fight.
In the co-feature, 2008 Russian Olympian and former world title challenger Matt Korobov (26-1, 13 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Texan Brian Vera (23-11, 14 KOs) in an eight round middleweight clash. It looked like it would be a short night when Korobov dropped Vera twice in round one and again in round two with his vicious left hand, before Vera knew what hit him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a clash of undefeated junior middleweights Maryland’s Jarrett Hurd defeated Oscar Molina via 10th round stoppage. After 10 rounds in which Molina seemed to take the majority of punishment, referee Ricky Gonzalez called a halt with just 58 seconds left in the fight. Despite the timing, it was an appropriate decision. Molina was repeatedly hurt and banged up and he had already hit the canvas once earlier after Hurd (18-0, 11 KO’s) dropped him in the first. By the final round he was ready to go and after taking additional punishment from Hurd, Gonzalez stepped in with Molina still standing.
The fight was bumped up to the co-feature when a planned fight featuring former champion Abner Mares was scrapped at the eleventh hour due to outstanding medical issues on Mares’ behalf.
The replacement fight almost ended as soon as it began. Molina was knocked down in the last minute of the first round after eating a hard right uppercut. The punch snapped Molina’s head back and deposited him on the canvas. It was too late in the round for Hurd to capitalize and he instead elected to box carefully. It was clear from that point on, however, that Hurd had the upper hand. He had Molina on retreat in the sixth after he connected with a series of hooks and he rocked Molina at the end of the eighth after scoring with a hard right in the final seconds of the frame. Molina acknowledged the shot and shook his head frustratingly but when the fight resumed the next round the pattern continued relatively unabated.
By the final round both men were exhausted but Molina had absorbed the worse of the punishment. Hurd was ahead on all three judges’ cards at the time of the knockout: 90-80, 88-82 and 87-83. Hurd outlanded Molina on a 33 to 7 ratio in the final round. Molina, from Norwalk, California, is now 13-1-1 with 10 KO’s. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Matchroom Sport
IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. The 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Joshua staggered Breazeale in round two, but Breazeale survived Joshua’s onslaught. Joshua continued to batter Breazeale and finally dropped him twice in round seven to end it. Time was 1:01.
Former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) will finally return to the ring against Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 in a fight televised by Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The bout will be the co-feature for the WBA featherweight title fight between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton. This will be the 28-year-old Garcia’s first fight in two-and-a-half years. Garcia-Rojas will be a super lightweight contest.
By Karl Freitag
“Gennady Golovkin I’m coming for you,” said middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs) after his fourth round KO over Tom Doran. “I’m coming for your belts, man. Everyone’s scared of you. For some reason they think you’re this indestructible man. You’re not! And I’m coming. And if I can’t get you, Saunders, you I’m coming for as well. You’re getting it. Anybody out there with a world title I’m coming for!”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “Chris Eubank Jr wants to fight Golovkin, Golovkin is ready to accept the fight. We’ll talk this week and hopefully that can get made. There are not many people that want to fight Golovkin, Chris does…I believe that Chris Eubank Jr. against Gennady Golovkin could well get made this week.”
By Karl Freitag
In a WBA super middleweight eliminator, George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) pounded out a hard fought, but clear cut, twelve round unanimous decision over Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Scores were 118-110 across the board for Groves. The fight was a WBA eliminator. If champion Felix Sturm is stripped for a failed drug test, Groves would face #1 Fedor Chudinov for the vacant belt.
WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #6 middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs) annihilated previously unbeaten Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) in four rounds. Eubank was in control at all times, dropping Doran in round three and four times in round four. Time was 2:35. Eubank retained his British title. Is middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next?
Conor Benn KO1 Lukas Radic (lightweight)
Dillian Whyte KO6 Ivica Bacurin (heavyweight)
Andrea Scarpa TKO6 John Wayne Hibbert (super lightweight)
Anthony Ogogo TKO1 Frane Radnic (middleweight)
Khalid Yafai TKO1 Jozsef Ajtai (bantamweight)
The people’s champ Orlando “Siri” Salido was in Mexico City this week to tape a special program with TV Azteca about his most recent fight with Francisco “Bandido” Vargas that will be shown this Saturday night on Mexican National Television.
“I was very happy to be part of this show with all the TV Azteca announcers—Carlos Aguilar, Rodolfo Vargas and Eduardo Lamazon as well as two of Mexico’s greats, Erik “El Terrible” Morales and his nemesis Marco Antonio Barrera,” said Salido.
The panel will relive the controversial draw that Salido was awarded on June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California against Vargas in a bout for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight belt in what up to now is considered to be the fight of the year. (more…)
We’re sad to report the passing of boxing writer Jack Obermayer, who passed away this morning at his home in Lindenwold, New Jersey at the age of 72. Obermayer, who covered 3514 professional fight cards in 49 states in over 400 cities and was affectionately known as “KO-JO” was a beloved figure at ringside for 50 years. He wrote for many publications such Flash Gordon’s “Tonight’s Boxing Program”, Ring Magazine, Boxing Illustrated (which later became Boxing Digest) and USA Boxing News.
Obermayer penned the popular column “KO JO Says”, which chronicled his many road trips to fights and his love of classic diners. Obermayer was inducted into the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fames. In 2010 he won the Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Services will be held on Thursday, June 30th at The Harmon Funeral Home (571 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, New York).
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs), Dominican Republic, with an upset come-from-behind TKO at 0:45 of the eleventh round on Friday in Beijing, China. The tricky lefty champ kept outmaneuvering the one-dimensional Sosa all the way and floored him with a countering left in the fifth, comfortably piling up a good lead on points.
After the ninth, the official tallies later proved to be so unanimous as follows: 88-82, 87-83 and 89-81, all in favor of the southpaw champ.
The tide, however, abruptly turned midway in round ten, when the desperate Sosa displayed a furious retaliation and astoundingly decked the champ in the end of the session. Fortuna’s deteriorated footwork coupled with his low guard paid off before the undaunted challenger. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. then deducted a point from the bewildered and battered champ for having spit out his mouth guard on purpose and the bell came to his rescue. It resulted in a 10-7 round. (more…)
WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is a -230 favorite to defeat Shawn Porter +190 tonight on CBS. At Friday’s weigh-in, Thurman said, “This is my career on the line, my title on the line, my undefeated record on the line. I’m gonna do what I do. I practice what I preach. The boy is going to sleep!” Should be a good fight.
With Canelo Alvarez now locked in to face Liam “Beefy” Smith, the rumored frontrunner for middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is Chris Eubank Jr., who sees action tonight.
ESPN is reporting that Tyson Fury pulled out of his July 9 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko due to “excessive partying and not an ankle injury,” citing ‘sources.’ October 29 has been mentioned as a “working date” for the rescheduled fight.
The WBO ratings were updated this week. Canelo Alvarez is now #1 at jr middleweight.
Junior welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (10-0, 9 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line when he faces fellow unbeaten Eliseo Cruz (9-0-1, 6 KOs) tonight at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Baranchyk-Cruz is scheduled for eight rounds.
In the co-feature, welterweight Jesse Cook (16-1-1, 11 KOs) battles Bulmaro Solis (12-2, 12 KOs) in the six rounder.
In other action, heavyweight Kenzie Witt-Morrison (8-0-1, 7 KOs) faces Robby Mendez (2-0) in a six rounder. Witt-Morrison is the son of late Tommy Morrison and step brother of rising prospect Trey Lippe-Morrison.
Also, 2012 Azerbajani Olympian Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev makes his pro debut against Brandon Phillips (1-0).
By Ricardo Ibarra
Piotr Apostol 136 vs. Sean Gee 137
Alberto Fundora* vs. Daryl Gardner 162
Patrick Ferguson 200 vs. Justin Milani 197
Zach Cooper 153.5 vs. Colby Grayson 153
Johnathan Arias 157 vs. Kevin Loyal 159.5
Sean Quinnett 143.5 vs. Brock Eastman 144
Ramel Snegur 136 vs. Niko McFarland 136
*Fundora had not arrived yet and will weigh-in later tonight
Venue: Harmony Hall, Olympia, Washington
Promoter: Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions
Photos: Scott Foster
In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over WBO #14 David “Dabo” Quijano (16-6-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, PR, on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Rodriguez was bleeding heavily from a cut on the side of his head for most the fight, but came away with a 98-92 verdict on all three cards. The WBO Latino belt was on the line in the bout.
Undefeated 21-year-old welterweight prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (7-0, 5 KOs) of Tampa outhustled Philly fighter Greg Jackson (6-3, 2 KOs) over six rounds, winning 60-54 across the board.
By Ron Jackson
South African junior welterweight champion Warren Joubert successfully defended his title with a unanimous 12 round points decision over Lungisa Jikani at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto before a very poor crowd of only a few hundred fans, on Friday night. Judges David van Niewenhuizen and Tony Nyangiwe scored it 115-112 and judge Joe Chaane had it 115-114. In a fight that never rose to any heights both fighters spent the first five rounds dancing around the ring and only landing a few scoring blows which must have made it difficult for the judges to score the rounds. In the middle rounds Joubert (63.15kg) scored with some stinging rights to the head and in rounds eleven and twelve the superbly conditioned Jikani (62.26kg) made a strong finish but this was not enough. Joubert improved his record to 25-4-5; 11 and Jikani saw his record, as announced from the ring drop to 19-5-2; 11. The referee was Wally Snowball. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen
Two-time world title challenger Tommy Browne (31-6-1, 11 KOs) clearly outscored Irish 160-pounder Joe Rea (10-29-5) over eight rounds of a NSW State title bout at the Wests Rugby Leagues Club, Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday night. Browne controlled the contest as he connected with accurate left jabs a solid right hands on his switch-hitting opponent. Rea attacked Browne at the start of round eight but Browne responded with a barrage of punches that had the Australia-based Irishman in trouble at the bell. Scores Gary Dean 79-73, George Plellis 78-74, Pat O’Connor 77-75.
On the undercard, former world title challenger Robert Medley (31-3, 20 KOs) was impressive stopping Tim Kanofski (13-9-1) at the conclusion of round four in a 168-pound contest scheduled for six rounds. Kanofski was dropped in round three and twice in round four and at the conclusion of the round Doctor Lou Lewis visited Kanofski’s corner and ruled him unfit to continue. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian 122-pounder Jason Moloney (8-0, 8 KOs) stopped Filipino, Virden Rivera (8-3-2, 2 KOs) in round three of a scheduled ten round WBA Oceania title bout on Friday night at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Jason’s twin brother Andrew Maloney (8-0, 4 KOs) outscored Chris Alfante (11-6-1) over eight rounds in the main supporting bout. (more…)
Justin DeLoach 154.75 vs. Junior Castillo 154
Ryan Karl 144.5 vs. Luis Solis 148.5
Darwin Price 137.75 vs. Semajay Thomas 139.75
Justin Pauldo 134.75 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 132.75
Brandon Figueroa 120.5 vs. Oldier Landin 120.75
Laurynas Arbaciauskas 143.75 vs. Omar Reyes 146.25
Kendo Castaneda 151.5 vs. Anthony Bowman 157.5
Brandon Soto 129.75 vs. John Van Meter 130.5
Brandin Chaulker 127.25 vs. Daniel Arriaga 132.5
Tommy Kamara 162.5 vs. Rynell Riley 163.25
Venue: Scottish Rite Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Leija-Battah Promotions
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Top Rank
Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75
Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4
Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos Valcarcel 131.75
Arturo Marquez 146.25 vs. Nubion Houston 146.5
Joey Alday Jr 149 vs. Justin Henderson 145.25
Jesse Garcia 130 vs. Gabriel Gutierrez 131
Amon Rashidi 141.5 vs. Benjamin Vasquez 141
Alejandro Arnold 123.5 vs. Porfirio Arellano 124.25
Luis Caballero 136 vs. Alejandro Guerrero 135.5
Venue: The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
Photo: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
Mike Alvarado waiting for the weigh-in today in Dallas.
Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will look to win his third title in the junior middleweight division when he challenges undefeated heavy-hitter Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO junior middleweight world championship on Saturday, September 17. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Information regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.
Canelo Alvarez: “I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO junior middleweight world title owner. I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on 17 September.”
Liam Smith: “I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my world title against the biggest name in world boxing and to headline in the U.S. which is a dream I have had since I started in the sport of boxing. This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that…I am confident of winning this fight and returning to the great city of Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.” (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Keith Thurman 146 vs. Shawn Porter 147
(WBA world welterweight title)
Porter stripped naked and was right on the limit.
Jarrett Hurd 153.8 vs. Oscar Molina 154.8
Adam Kownacki 264.2 vs. Jesse Barboza 242.8
Heather Hardy 123.2 vs. Kirstie Simmons 122.8
David Benavidez 168.6 vs. Francy Ntetu 170
Jonathan Alonso 141.6 vs. Brian Jones 142
Regis Prograis 139.8 vs. Luis Florez 140
Josue Vargas 140.8 vs. Ryan Picou 140.8
Nicklaus Flaz 150.6 vs. Mack Babb 150.8
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Stepan Horvath 153.25 vs. Ferenc Hafner 151.25
(WBO European jr middleweight championship)
Fabiana Bytyqi 104.25 vs. Teodora Bacheva 102
WBC Youth female minimumweight title)
Lucie Sedlackova 125 vs. Sopio Putkaradze 124.5
(WBO European female featherweight title)
Josef Zahradnik 142.25 vs. Jacek Wylezol 142.75
Jakub Horvath 145.5 vs. Jan Korec 146.25
Sebastian Bytyqi 138 vs. Norbert Gluck 138.75
Matus Babiak 166 vs. Josef Obeslo 172
Venue: Sportcentrum Sluneta, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: TV Nova (Czech Republic)
Bilal Laggoune, Belgium (79,3) vs Hakim Chioui, France (79,3)
12 rnds: Vacant WBC Francophone lightheavyweight title
Supervisor: Houcine Houichi
8 rnds: Joe Fournier (86,0) vs Mustapha Stini (TBA)
6 rnds: Meriton Karaxha (64,3) vs Deniss Gerasimovs (64,5)
6 rnds: Elfie Philips (63,0) vs Marija Fedontekova (59,2)
6 rnds: Femke Hermans (70,0) vs Vladislava Lopuhova (74,8)
Local commissioner: Marie-Noelle Franck
Venue: Sporthal Ninove, Parklaan 15 – 9400 Ninove @7:00pm
Promoter: Ezzedine Laggoune
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs), Dominican Republic, with an upset come-from-behind TKO at 0:45 of the eleventh round on Friday in Beijing, China. The tricky lefty champ kept outmaneuvering the one-dimensional Sosa all the way and floored him with a countering left in the fifth, scoring a good lead on points.
The tide abruptly turned midway in round ten, when the desperate Sosa displayed a furious retaliation and decked the champ in the end of the session. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. then deducted a point from the bewildered and damaged champ for having spit out his mouth guard and the bell came to his rescue. It resulted in a 10-7 round. The fatal eleventh round witnessed Fortuna caught by Sosa’s all-out attack and badly dropping near his corner for the second time. Though barely regaining his feet, the ref wisely saw him unfit to go on with shaky legs and then declared a dramatic stoppage for the jubilant new titlist.
In the semi-windup, Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 13 KOs) acquired the vacant WBA 122-pound belt as he finally caught up with game Chinese opponent Jun Qui Xiao (20-3, 9 KOs) with a flurry of punches and halted him at 1:11 of the twelfth and final stanza. photos
Anthony Joshua 243.25 vs. Dominic Breazeale 255
(IBF heavyweight world championship)
George Groves 167.5 vs. Martin Murray 168.1
Chris Eubank Jr 160.2 vs. Tom Doran 158.3
Dillian Whyte 253 vs. Ivica Bacurin 209.6
Venue: O2 Arena, London
Two weeks before the rematch of Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury on July 9 in the Manchester Arena, the Brit has now postponed the fight due to an ankle injury. If Fury really has to stay off his ankle for six-to-seven weeks as he says, the Fury-Klitschko rematch could be delayed four months or more.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Of course, I am currently totally disappointed about the cancellation. As well as for my fans, I´m very sorry, they were all very excited for this rematch. But one thing is also clear: This just means I’ll get my belt a few weeks later.”
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: “It is unfortunate that the fight will not take place. Wladimir is in great form. We are working hard on an alternative date and our desire is still to hold the fight at the Manchester Arena. Once we can say more, we will report it immediately.”
Tyson Fury Statement: I’ve got a little bit of bad news for you all. About ten days ago, I was running up in the Lake District and I went over on me ankle, sprained me ankle. I’ve been to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that stuff. They say it’s not broken but it’s badly sprained, keep off it for six, seven weeks. I tried to still train a bit. On a second opinion a week later I had the same advice. So the fight will be being postponed. Sorry to all me fans to let you down, injuries do happen and it’s one of them things. My apologies to everybody who’s booked dates. The fight will be on as soon as possible, that’s all I know at this moment. But the fight’s still going ahead as soon as the ankle gets better we will reschedule. Thank you all and God bless.
Peter Fury Statement: So there’s no doubt of injury…sorry to our fans. The fight date will be postponed with a new date released very soon, probably today. Fight will remain in Manchester with the same venue.
— peter fury. (@peterfury) June 24, 2016
By Karl Freitag
Camden, New Jersey, super featherweight Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA super featherweight title on Friday night at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China.
Sosa, a huge underdog, dropped Fortuna with a left hook in the eleventh, the champ beat the count but was unable to continue.
— WBA (@WBABoxing) June 24, 2016
By Marco Bratusch
Italian boxing promotion company OPI2000 won the purse bid last Wednesday at the EBU headquarters in Rome earning the right to stage the next European middleweight championship. The winning bid was 43,900 Euros, slightly outbidding another offer of 40,000 Euros. The vacant title will be disputed between two Italian fighters, the OPI2000-promoted Emanuele Blandamura (25-2, 5 KOs) and Matteo Signani (23-4-3, 8 KOs), managed by Mario Loreni. (more…)
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