Cruz beats Martin again

Cruz beats Martin again

Unbeaten welterweight Miguel Cruz (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alex Martin (13-2, 5 KOs) on Tuesday night ...

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Bundrage Dominates Rojas

Bundrage Dominates Rojas

By Brad Snyder; The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage wants a third world title. The two-time World IBF champion just may ...

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Adamek, Glowacki, Masternak victorious

Adamek, Glowacki, Masternak victorious

By Przemek Garczarczyk Former two-division world champion Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (51-5, 30 KO) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Solomon Haumono ...

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Brunson KOs Cintron in knockdown-filled war

Brunson KOs Cintron in knockdown-filled war

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com North Philly’s Tyrone Brunson won a thrilling fifth round technical knockout ...

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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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Full Report: Ken dethrones WBC 108lb champ Lopez

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Shiro Ken (10-0, 5 KOs), 107.75, wrested the WBC light-flyweight belt as he defeated defending champ Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs), 107.75, Mexico, by a hairline majority decision on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Alan Krebs, Mario Di Fiore (both US) both scored 115-113 for the Japanese challenger, and Jack Woodburn (Canada) 114-114. The referee was Len Koivisto (Canada).

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 (20-1-3, 11 KOs with his sole defeat inflicted by future world middleweight champ Shinji Takehara in 1992). The newly crowned Shiro is just a 5’5” youngster at 25. His real name is Kenshiro Teraji, but his nom-de-guerre is Shiro Ken based on a hero of popular boxing comic strip. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Shiro Ken (10-0, 5 KOs), 107.75, wrested the WBC light-flyweight belt as …


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Full Report: Higa stops Hernandez to win WBC 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa (13-0, 13 KOs), 112, captured 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 each once in the second and fifth rounds and four more times in the fatal sixth session—six times in total.

Hernandez lost his belt on the scale, having weighed in only half a pound over the 112-pound flyweight limit. The former champ shamefully gave up his effort in just forty minutes though given two hours to reduce more, and abruptly drank Coke to stun people around him.

In Japan, being overweight is a very shameful crime as professional boxer since making weight is the very fundamental and essential condition to fight in the boxing game. Probably Hernandez conserved energy to fight on the next day rather than consume his energy to reduce weight. Such an act is the awful challenge to the weight category system. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa (13-0, 13 KOs), 112, captured the WBC flyweight belt …



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Full Report: Tanaka defeats Acosta to keep WBO 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by 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.

Paul Jerome Jakubuco (US), Javier Alvarez (US) both tallied 117-110, and Giustino Di Giovanni (Italy) had it 116-111, all in favor of the defending champ Kosei. Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain) refereed.

Tanaka, a 22-year-old enfant terrible, already accomplished a remarkable achievement in winning a second world belt in his only eighth pro bout—along with Naoya Inoue (previous world record until Vasyl Lomachenko acquired the second belt in his seventh bout), and it was his initial defense of his second throne. He displayed remarkable improvement on the offense and the defense as well in admirably beating the dangerous challenger. (more…)

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


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The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

A tragic car accident took the lives of two boxers this past week in Hermosillo Mexico. They were brothers. Former WBC silver champion David “Tornado” Sanchez and his brother Jonathan who had just challenged for the WBC Youth title. Our prayers go out to the Sanchez family, the boxing community of the world joins them in mourning.

This past weekend was one of the most active ones in a long time. There were major boxing cards in Tokyo Japan, UK, NY City, Maryland, Texas, just to name a few.

The WBC has 2 new champions from Japan as Daiko Higa knocked out Juan Hernandez in 6 to win the flyweight title and Ken Shiro dethroned Ganigan Lopez via majority decision. Japan has dominated Mexico in dramatic fashion in the past 2 years with 11 wins against only 3 by Mexican nationals. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son A tragic car accident took the lives of two boxers this …




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Mike Perez returning as a cruiserweight

Former heavyweight contender Mike Perez has made the move down to cruiserweight to reignite his career. Perez will meet Tommy McCarthy on June 10 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Ireland. For Perez, today marks two years to the day since his last contest, a WBC world heavyweight title eliminator against Alexander Povetkin in Russia. McCarthy is looking to bounce back from missing out on the mandatory spot for the British title when he lost to Matty Askin in November.

In the headliner, unbeaten local talent Ryan Burnett challenges IBF world bantamweight champion Lee Haskins.

Former heavyweight contender Mike Perez has made the move down to cruiserweight to reignite his career. Perez will meet Tommy …


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Opening Cocktail party at IBF 34th convention

By Boxing Bob Newman

The IBF kicked off its 34th annual convention in style with a poolside cocktail party this evening at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, in St. Petersburg, FL. As the sun slowly set and temperatures hovered in the low 80s, guests caught up with one another as family members do at a reunion, while partaking in assorted beverages and hors ‘d oeuvres. Several champs of the past attended as well, including Marvin Camel, James Warring, James “Buddy” McGirt, Carolina Duer, Philip Holiday and Jennifer Han.

Photo: Bob Newman

Tomorrow will see guests enjoying a boat tour in the morning followed by the “Meet the Champs” event in the evening. Meetings and seminars will commence on Tuesday and continue through the remainder of the week.

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By Boxing Bob Newman The IBF kicked off its 34th annual convention in style with a poolside cocktail party this …


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Becerra beats Martinez in Palm Springs

By David Robinett at ringside

Liveco Boxing returned to Palm Springs, California with its second Boxing Gala at the Renaissance Hotel on Saturday night. In the main event, super lightweight Max Becerra (12-2-2, 7 KOs) cruised to an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Martin Angel Martinez (17-11-1, 11 KOs) by a score of 79-71 on all three scorecards. Becerra used his long, rangy style to effectively box Martinez early, using his jab and right hand to land on Martinez, who was content to keep some distance and fight off his back foot with a defensive jab. If there was one thing Becerra could have done better in the opening rounds it would have been to land some combinations off the jab rather than rely on one punch at a time. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside Liveco Boxing returned to Palm Springs, California with its second Boxing Gala at the Renaissance …


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Wilson rolls through Reyna in one

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Carsen Maciag

In front of a raucous southern Oregon fight crowd, unbeaten cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (17-0, 8 KOs) claimed his seventeenth win on Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, stopping Corpus Christi, Texas’ Ernest Reyna (8-4, 4 KOs) in the main event of the White Delight Promotions card. Wilson hurt Reyna early in the first and went on to drop him twice before the referee stepped in and called it. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Carsen Maciag In front of a raucous southern Oregon fight crowd, unbeaten cruiserweight Mike “White …



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Vargas wins in Colombia homecoming

WBA #14 world ranked welterweight Samuel Vargas(27-3-1, 14 KOs) made his long awaiting return to Colombia Saturday night in the city of Medellin. It was his first time fighting in his native Colombia. Vargas was born in Colombia but has resided and fought out of Toronto, Canada for the better part of his professional boxing career. The show was promoted by Toronto, Canada-based promoter Lee Baxter (Lee Baxter Promotions). Vargas took on former world title challenger Marco Avendano (30-11-1, 22 KOs) of Venezuela. It was a workmanlike performance by Vargas who took his time and wore Avendano down with his rapid workrate to the head and body. Avendano did not answer the bell for round 5. (more…)

WBA #14 world ranked welterweight Samuel Vargas(27-3-1, 14 KOs) made his long awaiting return to Colombia Saturday night in the …


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Manny Pacquiao on the speedbag

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Below is all new video of Manny Pacquiao’s speedbag workout taken by Aussie boxing journalist Grantlee Kieza.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Below is all new video of Manny Pacquiao’s speedbag workout taken by Aussie …


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Briggs fails drug test, Oquendo fight cancelled?

The June 3 WBA heavyweight title clash between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo in Hollywood, Florida, is reportedly off after a Briggs urine test revealed an elevated testosterone level. A letter from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) leaked to ESPN indicated Briggs had nearly double the allowable testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio, which is considered evidence of possible doping. More details to come.

The June 3 WBA heavyweight title clash between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo in Hollywood, Florida, is reportedly off after …


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Jose Uzcategui uppdate

By Boxing Bob Newman

How often have you heard or even made the comment, “Small world, isn’t it?” That statement isn’t any more true than in the microcosm of the boxing world. This writer was deplaning in Tampa just an hour ago, headed to neighboring St. Petersburg for this week’s IBF convention.

As fate would have it, so too was boxing’s everyman, Sean Gibbons. Who cares you might ask? Anyone who wants to know more on the aftermath of the ugly debacle that transpired at the end of the IBF Interim Super Middleweight title clash last night between Jose Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell. Gibbons, Uzcategui’s agent, was kind enough to fill in some of the gaps during the ride to our hotel just moments ago.

For those that missed it, a pretty good scrap was being had between the two combatants, when power punching Uzcategui, landed a vicious three punch combination to the head of Dirrell, pitching him face first to the canvas, and seemingly out. The problem was, despite the combo starting before the bell, the last punch landed after the bell. Uzcategui had landed a more tardy punch earlier in the fight, for which referee Bill Clancy had warned him. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman How often have you heard or even made the comment, “Small world, isn’t it?” That statement …



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Inoue finishes Rodriguez to keep WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs), 115, scored the fifth defense of his WBO 115-pound belt with great ease as he made a short work of mandatory challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs), 114.5, knocking him out at 1:08 of the third round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue decked the Mexican-born US citizen with a countering left hook for the second time of the fatal round, and Rodriguez couldn’t beat the count of referee Ramon Pena from Puerto Rico. Naoya looked too strong and fast for the apparently overmatched Ricardo. Naoya’s next campaign will be most probably in the US to make a debut there in September. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs), 115, scored the fifth defense of his WBO 115-pound belt …


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Melindo stops Yaegashi in one to unify IBF 108lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Filipino warrior, IBF interim junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs), 107.75, very impressively unified the IBF belts as he dropped IBF full titlist Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13 KOs), 107.75, Japan, three times in succession and scored a stunning TKO victory at 2:45 of the opening session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was so surprising that Yaegashi, well-known by his durability and gameness, so quickly suffered a shocking defeat at the hand of the Filipino battler who wasn’t regarded as a hard-puncher. Midway in the first round Milando connected with a well-timed left hook, which had the Japanese down on the seat of trunks. It didn’t look so damaging a knockdown, but Milando repeated a same left hook to the still unstable Yaegashi, flooring him again. The Japanese champ, making his third defense, recklessly fought back toe-to-toe and absorbed a solid left-right combination, badly hitting the deck for the third time in the first session. Referee Eddie Hernandez (US) didn’t hesitate to call a halt to save the loser from further punishment.

The judges were Willam Lerch (US), Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines) and Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan), who didn’t tally even a round. Anything can happen in the ring, but Yaegashi’s quick humiliation by Milando wasn’t expected by any of the spectators at Ariake Colosseum.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
IBF supervisor: Ben Keilty (Australia).

By Joe Koizumi Filipino warrior, IBF interim junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs), 107.75, very impressively unified the …


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Crawford dominates and stops Diaz to retain WBC and WBO 140lb titles



Photos: Top Rank

Unified WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. From the start of the fight, Crawford controlled the action. Over the course of ten rounds Diaz started to have problems with his vision. Diaz’ corner stopped it at the end of round ten.

Former lightweight world title challenger Ray Beltran (33-7-1, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over Jonathan Maicelo (25-3, 12 KOs) in a clash for the WBA International, NABF and NABO titles. In round one Beltran was knocked down by Maicelo. In round two, Beltran connected with a left hook, knocking Maicelo out cold. Maicelo was carried out of the ring on a stretcher. Time was 1:25.

2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (2-0, 1 KOs) scored a first round knockout over Carlos Suarez (6-4-2, 1 KO) in a featherweight bout. Stevenson knocked down Suarez to the canvas, Suarez was able to stand up but was unable to continue. Time was 2:35. (more…)

Photos: Top Rank Unified WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO …


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Benavidez halts Medina in eight, earns WBC title fight

Photos: Edgar Ramos / Premier Boxing Champions

In a WBC super middleweight eliminator, unbeaten David Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over former world title challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina (37-8, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. The 20-year-old Benavidez landed bombs all night against the very tough veteran Medina. He dropped Porky at the end of round six. Medina went down again in round seven from a body shot. Benavidez finished Medina in round eight with another knockdown.

Unbeaten featherweight contender Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over Mario Briones (28-6-2, 22 KOs). Lara dropped Briones in round two, and a barrage of Lara punches in round three prompted a referee’s stoppage.

Junior lightweight prospect Austin Dulay (10-0, 7 KOs) dropped Jose Esquivel (10-6, 2 KOs) three times in the first two rounds, but had to settle for a six round unanimous decision. Scores were 59-52 across the board. photos

Photos: Edgar Ramos / Premier Boxing Champions In a WBC super middleweight eliminator, unbeaten David Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) scored …



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Russell retains WBC feather belt, Dirrell claims IBF interim super middle belt via DQ

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. scored a seventh-round TKO over a very game Oscar Escandon of Tolima, Colombia to keep his WBC Super Featherweight championship in the main event of the TGB Promotions card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. Russell was in complete control of the contest, dropping Escandon with a solid shot in the third round. The smaller Escandon tried to generate offense but was overpowered by the speed and accuracy of the champion. In the seventh round, Russell rocked Escandon with lefts and rights that sent Escandon into the ropes. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the contest at 59 seconds of the seventh. Russell is now 28-1, 17 KO’s while Escandon is now 25-3, 17 KO’s.

In a bout that ended in a crazy scene, Flint, MI super middleweight Andre Dirrell won the Interim IBF Super Middleweight title by eighth-round disqualification over Jose Uzcategui of Merida, Venezuela. Uzcategui seemed to be in control of the bout until the eighth round when, after the bell rang, Uzcategui landed a crushing left hand that dropped Dirrell face first to the canvas. Referee Bill Clancy immediately ruled the punch came after the bell and Dirrell was awarded the victory. A number of altercations took place in and out of the ring including a member of Dirrell’s corner striking Uzcategui in his own corner after the bout. Dirrell is now 26-2, 16 KO’s while Uzcategui falls to 26-2, 22 KO’s.

Former two-time world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and won a 12-round unanimous decision over Kiryl Relikh of Minsk,Belarus to become the top WBA contender in the Super Lightweight division. Relikh seemed outwork Barthelemy throughout the contest and was credited with a knockdown by referee Kenny Chevalier in the fifth round. Barthelemey would land a solid left hook to the body that dropped Relikh late in the eighth round. However, the judges saw Barthelemy winning the contest. John Gradowski scored the bout 116-110. Judge Henry Gant saw it 115-111 and Don Risher saw the bout 117-109. Barthelemy remains undefeated at 26-0, 13 KO’s and Relikh is now 25-3, 16 KO’s. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. scored a seventh-round TKO over a very …


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Wlodarczyk edges Gevor in IBF eliminator

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sferis Knockout Promotion

In an IBF cruiserweight eliminator, former world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) hammered out a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Noel Gevor (22-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in Poznan, Poland. Scores were 116-112 and 115-114 for Wlodarczyk and 115-113 for Gevor.

“I can promise all my fans, supporters that I can still be better and better. I was a tough fight (vs Gevor) because he’s a very smart, cunning fighter. I had to be aware all the time what’s going, because of his speed and how well he was prepared. But I knew that I can always count of my power jab, right hand. Believe me, when I hit, it hurts. I wasn’t hurt in the ring with any significant punch. I’m still looking to add more speed to my punches, my ring movement. I feel confident that the whole Diablo package is coming,” Włodarczyk, who is now a mandatory opponent to Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KO) IBF cruiserweight title.

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By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: Sferis Knockout Promotion In an IBF cruiserweight eliminator, former world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) …


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Davis destroys Walsh in three

IBF World super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) scored a third round KO over Liam Walsh (21-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London. In the first few rounds, both fighters boxed tactically, feeling things out. In round three Davis unleashed a barrage of punches, knocking down Walsh. Davis continued to overpower Walsh, causing the referee to stop the fight. Time was 2:11.

IBF World super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) scored a third round KO over Liam Walsh (21-2, 14 …


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WBA apologizes for N’Dam-Murata scoring

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has issued a statement on Saturday’s controversial bout in Tokyo between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and Ryota Murata for the vacant WBA middleweight
title. Judge Raul Caiz Jr. scored it 117-110 for Murata, but judges Gustavo Padilla and Hubert Earl lit up the Internet by somehow scoring the bout 116-111 and 115-112 for N’Dam.

Via social media Mendoza said: “I feel angry and frustrated for not being able to serve the sport with the right decisions. After judging the bout, my scorecard is 117-110 for Murata. First of all let me apologize to Ryota Murata, Teiken Promotions and ALL Japanese boxing fans. There are no words how to repair the damage caused by the poor decision. I will demand the Championship Committee order a direct rematch.”

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has issued a statement on Saturday’s controversial bout in Tokyo between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and …


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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.

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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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