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Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam “Beefy” Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on September 17, 2016.
After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent.
Canelo’s hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.
According to Golden Boy Promotions, this does nothing to Canelo’s plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year.
Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, professional matchmaker Don Elbaum, along with boxing celebrities and the World Boxing Council have announced the October 1st pro boxing event “Fight For Flint.”
The World Boxing Council, led by President, Mauricio Sulaiman, has donated all services and waived all fees, to put on Alicia Ashley’s World Championship title defense to raise money and awareness for one of the most challenged areas in the USA.
Fight For Flint will bring vital hope and support to individuals and families, served through Catholic Charities’ three community-based Soup Kitchens, three sandwich programs and a large Community closet of personal care, household, clothing and linen items for anyone in need of immediate support. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
The WBC believes in transparency and administrative disclosure. WBC annual convention meetings determine world rankings and the mandatory status of each division in open floor meetings in which all parties have the opportunity to discuss and present their cases for consideration, analysis, and voting by the WBC Board of Governors. The WBC began to report this information in 2015 to bring clarity and transparency to the WBC’s administration for the public, and to provide clear reports from what is agreed and what happens during the course of each year.
This report presents:
- The actual minutes with all agreements from the open floor meeting at the 2015 WBC convention in bold letters.
- Specific events throughout the year in “bullet” format.
Due to an injury, Ruben Garcia has withdrawn from his September 24th showdown with WBO International Featherweight champion Mark Magsayo (14-0, 11 KOs) of Tagbilaran City, Philippines. Magsayo will now be challenged for his title by slick southpaw Ramiro Robles (13-5-1, 8 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico.
The Magsayo-Robles matchup is the co-main event for the “Philippines vs Mexico” card at the StubHub Center.
In the main event, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion and former WBO jr flyweight titleholder Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs) will move up to 112 pounds to battle former world champion Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight title. Sosa is the #5 ranked flyweight contender by the WBC. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Warren Joubert retained his South African junior welterweight title on a split points decision over 12 rounds against Tshifhiwa Munyai in a contest that never rose to any heights at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. The scores were 116-112 and 116-113 for Joubert and 116-112 for Munyai. Through the first six rounds there was very little action from both fighters who were rather tentative in what looked like a sparring match at times. However, Joubert (63.20kg) possibly did enough to take a slight lead. Munyai weighed in at 62.55kg.
From rounds nine to twelve the 35-year-old Joubert began to tire and allowed the now confident 28-year-old Munyai back into the fight. The fight was much closer than shown on the judges scorecards in a lacklustre performance by both fighters. Joubert improved his record to 26-4-5, 11 KOs and Munyai’s reported record dropped to 7-5, 2 KOs. The referee was Thabo Spampool.
Already the trainer of current world champion Tyson Fury, along with talented son Hughie, it’s fair to say trainer Peter Peter knows a good heavyweight when he sees one – and Con Sheehan has got him excited. Fury is urging fans to get over to the Lancashire County Cricket Club in Manchester on October 1 to watch him in action. Standing at 6’5, the athletic Irishman from Clonmel is currently 1-0 as a pro after a January Los Angeles debut that saw him record a points win over Jonathan Rice. “Con Sheehan is going to explode on the pro scene,” said Fury, “having enjoyed a long and successful amateur career that gave him 12 international titles from over 270 fights.”
Super bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (9-1-1, 3 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois faces fellow Illinois native Adan Ortiz (9-2, 8 KOs) on October 1st. The 8 round main event bout will take place at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago at a contracted weight of 121 pounds. The show will be promoted by Warriors Boxing.
Greer Jr. suffered his first defeat nearly a year ago, a close decision to an unbeaten local fighter. He has since roared back with 6 straight wins and ready to perform in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a pro. (more…)
Integrated Sports Media has secured the pay-per-view rights to for the showdown between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, headlining “Guerra En El Clemente” on October 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Suggested retail price is $29.95. Additional pay-per-view fights will be announced soon.
“We’re excited to bring North American boxing fans a true grudge match between former world champions Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel Lopez,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s also a crossroads fight with the winner most likely back as a legitimate world title contender and the loser possibly facing retirement. They really don’t like each other and sparks will be flying from the opening bell.”
By Matt Thompson at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan of Cork, Ireland, outslugged game Costa Rican Jaime Barboza over eight rounds to win a unanimous decision in the main event of a seven-bout Murphys Boxing event at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH. Barboza, fighting in the US for the first time, showed up to win, constantly winging overhand rights at the aggressive O’Sullivan. However the body punching O’Sullivan throughout the contest took enough starch out of the wild shots of Barboza to prevent them from doing any damage.
After three one-sided rounds, the initial onslaught of O’Sullivan slowed slightly to an inside slugfest, with both men trying to push the other back. It was the subtle head movement of O’Sullivan and his accuracy that made the difference when he dropped Barboza on the seat of his trunks with a perfectly placed counter right in the sixth. Barboza immediately jumped to his feet, feigning injury, but O’Sullivan stuck to his game plan, stuffing a hard jab in to set up body shots throughout the remainder of the bout.
The scores were 80-71 on one card and 79-72 on the other two. O’Sullivan improves to 23-2 and Barboza drops to 19-9. (more…)
45-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (38-8-2, 23 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nuri Seferi (37-8, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the EWS Arena in Göppingen, Germany. Scores were 118-111, 115-113, 115-113. With the win, Arslan claimed the vacant WBO European title.
Former IBF light heavyweight title challenger Karo Murat (30-3-1 19 KOs) stopped Yevgeni Makhteienko (8-5, 7 KOs) in the twelfth round. Murat dropped Makhteienko three times in the bout and finally got the referee to wave it off with 14 seconds remaining in the bout. Murat claimed the vacant WBA International title.
WBA #7 rated heavyweight Manuel Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sefer Seferi (21-1, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International title. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 96-93.
Former 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier Solis (22-3, 14 KOs) struggled to a disappointing eight round points win over journeyman Aleksandar Todorovic (8-10-1, 7 KOs).
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Robert Hughes
Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was victorious Saturday night as he scored an impressive ninth round knockout over Liverpool England’s Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Canelo and Smith both spoke with media at the postfight press conference.
Oscar De La Hoya: Tonight we witnessed the biggest star in boxing. We witnessed that Canelo is the real deal. 51,000 came to see Canelo because he always delivers to his fans. I didn’t want to talk about any other offers because we respect Liam Smith because it was going to be a tough fight.
Canelo Alvarez: Thank you all for being here. We had a big victory for Mexico. It was a big motivation. Texas fans are the best. I felt comfortable on the ropes we trained for that in the gym. We knew he was tough. He was a champ for a reason and came to fight which is good because we were able to give the fans a great fight. When I hit him to the body I knew I hurt him…I hope everything is OK with my thumb. I injured it in round two. Tomorrow I’ll see the doctor…I will sit with my team. This might be my last fight at 154. We have made Golovkin a good offer. It’s all on him now. I saw the Golovkin fight last week, it was nothing different. This is my era and my time now. I want to fight the best and keep making history. (more…)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
WBO #1, WBA #8 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel 23-8, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Tony Averlant (24-9-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stathalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Fighting before a sold out local crowd, Boesel won by scores of 117-111, 118-111 and 116-112, while defending two Intercontinental titles.
Next up for Boesel could be the Kovalev-Ward winner, a huge step up.
In the co-feature, jr welterweight Felix Lamm (13-1-1, 5 KOs) won a controversial ten round split decision over Andrea Carbonello (13-2-1, 2 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Europa title. Scores were 96-95, 96-94 for Lamm, 96-95 for Carbonello.
By Hesiquio Balderas
The aftermath of the Canelo vs Smith fight was expected, it was a harder fight than Canelo and the fans anticipated in part because the Mexican warrior hurt his right hand and also because Liam Smith came to fight. In front of 51,240 cheering fans at the AT&T Stadiums Canelo won another world title belt at 154 pounds (WBO) and Alvarez is still considered the lineal middleweight world champion.
The obvious question came right after the fight, and it was all about the unified world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Canelo said that he and Golden Boy Promotions made an offer to Golovkin and his team. The offer was a big one according to Canelo and that included twice as much as GGG has ever made in the ring. Canelo also said to Argentinian TV’s Juan Larena that the weight is no longer an issue and that he is willing to fight at the limit of 160 pounds.
“We made the offer and now it’s on him, the ball is in his court. The weight is no issue anymore,” said Canelo. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
On Mexican Independence Weekend in Arlington, Texas, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) claimed the WBO light middleweight title at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, with a 9th round KO of reigning world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs). Canelo dropped Smith in the 7th, 8th and 9th rounds. The last was a left handed blast to the body that finally did in the tough Brit who sustained a body shot in the eight and an overhand right that also sent Smith to the canvas. The official time of the KO was 2:28 of the 9th round.
Canelo came out strong from the opening bell, as expected, but also Smith showed his willingness to exchange with the strong Mexican from Guadalajara. Canelo continually went to the body early but Smith countered with body and head shots of his own. In the latter rounds, Canelo laid against the ropes as Smith unleashed shots to the body and head of Canelo, but none that ever seemed to hurt Canelo as he countered with vicious upper cuts and devastating shots to the body that eventually took its toll and eventually put an end to an entertaining fight. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Middleweight Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) of Rochester, New York won a unanimous decision over “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs, 1 NC) of Philadelphia in a fight for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in the co-main event at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Monroe was slick to start off as Rosado chased in the opening round. Continuing to show elusiveness and flash in round three Monroe had Rosado coming at him as he countered. Monroe stuck the jab in round four as Rosado continued to press.
In round five Rosado picked up the pace as he started to cut off the ring on the elusive Monroe. At the halfway point in round six Monroe countered as Rosado continued to be the aggressor. Rosado cornered Monroe to start off the eighth and kept him on the ropes majority of the round. Rosado was bleeding from the back of his head. Referee Laurence Cole momentarily stopped it to get the ringside physician to look at the cut. Rosado continued to put the pressure on Monroe as he went down at the bell as the referee immediately ruled it a slip. The tenth round Rosado was the aggressor as Monroe displayed his hand speed unloading combinations. In the championship rounds the Philadelphia fighter left eye was swollen from a clash of heads but there was no quitting in Rosado as he fought on. In the twelfth and final round, Rosado pressed as Monroe stuck to his plan displaying his hand speed. Judges scored the bout 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Welterweight Sadam Ali (23-1, 13KOs) scored a 4th round knockdown in a wild exchange via right hook but could not stop the tough Saul Corral (21-8, 12KOs) as it went the full 10 rounds on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Ali came out early and landed his jab consistently, shots to the body and overhand rights. However after Ali dropped Corral, that seemed to energize Corral and he became the aggressor from the 6th round on.
Ali came out with a big unanimous decision 99-91, 99-90 twice, although the fight was a lot closer than the scores indicate. This was a big win for Ali coming off his first loss in a world title fight against Jessie Vargas.
One of Golden Boy’s bright young prospects out of Dallas, super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (2-0, 2KO), showed to President Eric Gomez sitting ringside why he looks to have a bright future. Ortiz came out from the opening bell and threw two quick jabs against Ernesto Hernandez (1-4, 1KO) that missed and then threw a straight right hand that cracked the jaw of Hernandez and put him out without a count. The time of the KO was 40 seconds of the 1st round. (more…)
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Not unexpectedly, middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. has vacated the British title and pulled out of a mandatory defense against Tommy Langford citing a training injury. After the WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #5, WBO #9 Eubank let a big money world title fight with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin slip away, promoter Frank Warren snapped up rights to a Eubank-Lanford domestic title clash at a BBBofC purse bid. Warren blasted Eubank after being informed of the situation.
Frank Warren Statement: Frank Warren is extremely disappointed to hear of today’s statement published by Chris Eubank Jr. Due to the fact we are hours away from one of our fighters appearing in a major international event at one of America’s biggest football stadiums, further developments will have to wait until Monday when we will be speaking to the BBBC. Thereafter we will make a formal statement regarding the situation and subsequently regarding the event.
Although we are disappointed by the Eubank statement, we are not surprised, as the public know full well for themselves, they make a habit of talking up fights but not following through. They are are also incredibly unpredictable, unprofessional and very difficult to work with. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk
Cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1, 16 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. In a battle of southpaws, the boxing skills of Usyk, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, made the difference as Usyk steadily outlanded and busted up the extremely rugged Glowacki. Both fighters landed big shots in an exciting twelfth round. Scores were 119-109, 117-111, 117-111.
Heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) battered veteran Albert Sosnowski (49-7-2, 30 KOs) for five rounds. The referee waved it off at the beginning of round six.
Unbeaten super welterweight Patrick Szymanski (17-0, 9 KOs) edged Jose Antonio Villalobos (9-2-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the vacant WBC Youth belt. Scores were 95-94, 96-94 Szymanski, 94-95 Villalobos.
Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was in the house.
By Miguel Maravilla
“Everyone knows what Kovalev brings to the table. He is a good champion and beat good opponents. He is the real deal.”
“I never take away from my opponents. Everyone has a breaking point and can be defeated.”
“Guys like Kovalev, big punchers. I will say this his name is ‘The Krusher,’ so when things get rough, he’s got no plan. The only thing will be to fight hard.”
“I think the focus is more about my inactivity. We are here to talk about the biggest fight in boxing.”
“The time is now and this is what the best do and fight the best.”
“I want to make sure I rise to the occasion November 19th.”
By Miguel Maravilla
“This is a new level, new test. I am really excited. It’s a big test for me and I plan to go through and pass the test.”
“My goal is to get this win and be the best. The winner will be the best pound for pound.”
“I must be ready for everything. This is the fight of my career.”
“Now I am ready to prepare for Andre Ward.”
“I must be ready for 12 rounds.”
“Ward is a good universal boxer.”
“I don’t think it will be an easy fight. It’s the hardest test of my career.”
“It’s my goal to break his “O”. A victory here will be big. I must prove that I deserve to be on this level.”
By Robert Coster
The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (9-0, 8 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin title against Mexico’s Ivan Alvarez (23-7, 16 KOs) via an impressive TKO victory in five rounds. Alvarez came into the ring having the advantage of experience, height and a chin reputed to be solid. Adame, however, displayed total dominance after a first round of study. The 22-year-old Dominican battler displayed relentless attack and power to which the visitor had no answer. Carlos scored two knockdowns in the second round and another one in the third. Bruised and battered, Alvarez opted not to come out in the sixth round.
Adames, ranked 14th by the WBA, seems to possess the skills to go very far very fast. Said manager Jorge Luis Herasme, “Carlos has less than ten fights but in view of his talent, he’s ready for the big leagues, fighting the best in the 147lbs division.”
The card, presented by Upper Promotions, was held in Santo Domingo at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino.
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
After losing the first five rounds of his scheduled six-round main event bout against Fatlum Zhuta on Friday night at Twin River Casino, middleweight Cameron Burroughs scored the knockout blow with a left hook 23 seconds into the final round to stun the pro-Zhuta crowd in Lincoln. The fight was the headliner for CES Boxing’s “The Future Is Now” card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16 KOs), 122, surprisingly upset WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo Ruiz (36-4, 32 KOs), 122, by a fine TKO victory after the ninth round to claim his third world belt on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Ruiz, bleeding from the nose since the first round, abruptly quit on the stool as he complained of his nose pain and said he couldn’t breathe smoothly.
It’s a very long way for Hasegawa to gain his third belt in the 122-pound category after he, when young, registered ten defenses of the WBC bantam title until dethroned by Fernando Montiel in 2010. The Japanese southpaw jumped up to the 126-pound class and acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by defeating Juan Carlos Burgos on points seven months after his unsuccessful unification bout with Montiel. But Hasegawa revealed his suspect chin and forfeited his newly-gained 126-pound belt to Jhonny Gonzalez on a fourth-round stoppage in 2011. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he came off the canvas and finally scored a crowd-pleasing TKO victory over mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KOs), 117.75, Panama, at 1:09 of the seventh round on Friday in Osaka, Japan.
Provided that you are a boxing judge scoring a close contest and give each of them six points, your score is even 114-114. Should you score one more point to either of them and one point less to the other, it becomes 115-113. The first encounter of Yamanaka and Moreno resulted in all the judges tallying 115-113—two for Yamanaka and one for Moreno. Split decision. Japanese people believed in Yamanaka’s victory, while Panamanian TV watchers in Moreno’s win. Their revancha (rematch) was duly inevitable.
While waiting for his rematch at Yamanaka, Moreno participated in a WBC eliminator for the mandatory position with the WBC silver belt at stake, winning a unanimous nod over #1 ranked Thailander Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in Panama this April. The champ Yamanaka barely kept his belt by overcoming a rough-and-tumble affair with Venezuelan Liborio Solis, each hitting the deck twice despite the champ winning a unanimous verdict last March. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Late Friday night there was a glove dispute between featherweights Joseph Diaz Jr (21-0, 12 KOs) and Andrew Cancio’s (17-2-3, 13 KO’s) camps. Their bout is scheduled to be featured on the Canelo-Smith pay-per-view undercard.
Cancio’s team was protesting Diaz’s gloves, however everything was resolved and the fight will go on.
Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions
Former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith (29-8, 12 KOs) scored a close ten round majority decision over Frank Galarza (17-2-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. At the end of round two Smith landed a solid right hand, knocking Galarza down. The scores were 95-95, 96-93, 95-94.
Super Welterweight Justin DeLoach (16-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Domonique Dolton (17-1-1, 9 KOs). DeLoach built an early lead but Dolton came on late. The scores were 99-91, 98-92, 96-94.
Super Bantamweight Jose Cayetano (20-4, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (21-4-1, 8 KOs). Cayetano brought the heat all ten rounds. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.
Super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over veteran Dashon Johnson (21-20-3, 6 KOs).
By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Robert Hughes
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 154 vs Liam Smith 154
(WBO World super welterweight title)
Willie Monroe Jr 158.8 vs Gabriel Rosado 159.3
Andrew Cancio 126 vs Joseph Diaz 125.5
Luis Orlando Del Valle 121.8 vs Diego De La Hoya 121.8
Saul Corral 147.5 vs Sadam Ali 146.5
Ernesto Hernandez 139.5 vs Vergil Ortiz 139.3
Roy Garcia 133.5 Hector Tanajara Jr 132.5
Brian Bazan 118.3 vs Joshua Franco 117.3
Daniel Montoya 141 vs Zachary Ochoa 140
Larry Smith 153 vs Alexis Salazar 157
Rafer Johnson 198.3 Anthony Yarde 185.3
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Vicente Alfaro 121.6 vs. Jonathan Perez 121.2
Venue: El Rodeo Nuevo Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: 360 PMG
By Matt Thompson
Boston’s favorite Irish boxer, middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (22-2, 15 KOs) fighting out of Cork, Ireland, steps into the ring this Saturday for the first time since his December loss to Chris Eubank, Jr in a title eliminator to face Jaime Barboza (19-8, 9 KOs) of Costa Rica at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire. In the co-feature, jr middleweight Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca (15-0, 10 KOs) of Whitman, MA will look to remain undefeated against Matthew Strode (24-2) of Hickory, NC.
The boxing – eight bouts promoted by Ken Casey of Murphys Boxing – will be part of an Irish Music Festival presented by the Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyboxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb – dcobbjr.com
Welterweights Dusty Harrison and Thomas LaManna waged an entertaining battle for the vacant USBA title, Thursday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. After ten grueling rounds, Harrison took the unanimous decision to improve his professional record to 30-0-1, 16 KOs, and claimed the red and gold regional belt that will insert him in the Top-15 world ranking of the IBF. The contest was a steady action fight, with both fighters landing many shots. However, it was Harrison’s greater physical strength that seemed to be the difference in the bout.
The first two rounds were close with LaManna jabbing well and tossing the occasional right hand while Harrison set the pace and landed the harder punches. Dusty edged the opening two rounds, but LaManna seemed to get into a groove to open the third. In the early part of round three, the momentum shifted LaManna’s way. For the first time, he appeared to be taking control. However, in the final minute, Harrison began landing heavy blows that had LaManna sagging. The attack swung control of the bout back to Harrison, and he nabbed the third straight rounds on my scorecard. LaManna picked up his good efforts in the fourth, and stayed out of trouble. When he worked from the outside, Tommy was in control. However, when the action would drift toward the ropes or the corners, Dusty’s physical strength gave him the edge. For a couple of rounds, LaManna managed to outwork Harrison and kept the trench warfare to a minimum. At the midpoint of the fight I had Harrison up by a point, and the outcome was still in question. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Krzysztof Glowacki 199.3 vs. Oleksandr Usyk 198.7
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland
Promoter: Warriors Boxing/Sferis Promotions/Babilon Promotions
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES
Dominic Bosel 173.3 vs. Tony Averlant 172
Felix Lamm 139.8 vs. Andrea Carbonello 139.1
Josef Zahradnik 143.3 vs. Tomasz Goluch 141.9
Dariusz Polmanski TBA vs. Janos Lakatus TBA
Arbi Chakaev 177.3 vs. Tomas Bezvoda 173.7
Tasos Berdesis 176.4 vs. Przemyslaw Pikulik 175.9
Zhak Sauer 166.2 vs. Przemyslaw Binienda 167.8
Venue: Stadthalle, Weissenfels, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka impressively kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he came off the canvas and finally scored a crowd-pleasing TKO victory over mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno, Panama, at 1:09 of the seventh round on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Moreno displayed a furious opening attack to the champ, who fought back and dropped the Panamanian with a left cross in the closing seconds of the first round. Moreno, however, decked Yamanaka with a well-timed countering right hook in the fourth. Moreno followed up to win the fifth with good left-right combos. The sixth witnessed Yamanaka explode a vicious left cross, badly sprawling Moreno to the canvas. Yamanaka, in round seven, accelerated his attack and floored Moreno twice in the Panamanian’s corner, when the referee Daniel Van de Wiele wisely declared a well-received halt. Moreno hit the canvas four times, while Yamanaka once. It’s truly a give-and-take extravaganza.
(More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
35-year-old Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa surprisingly stopped WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo Ruiz after the ninth round to claim his third world belt on Friday in Osaka, Japan. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated: 78-72, 76-74 for Hasegawa, 74-76 for Ruiz. The ninth saw them exchange strong rallies, and Hasegawa fought back very hard. Ruiz, bleeding from the first round, abruptly quit on the stool and showed his surrender.
(More to come)
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