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Late sub Ruiz outpoints Martinez

Late sub Ruiz outpoints Martinez

Photo: Manny "Mitts" Murillo / Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions Late sub Erik Ruiz (16-5-1, 6 KOs) scored a surprising ten round majority ...

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Cermeno sinks Anurak in three to keep WBA 122lb belt

Cermeno sinks Anurak in three to keep WBA 122lb belt

Report and photos by Joe Koizumi Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno, 122, impressively kept his WBA super-bantam belt when he quickly started his engine ...

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Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14 KOs) will put his newly acquired WBA super-bantam belt on the line ...

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Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Photos: Uwe Koch The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly ...

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Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant ...

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Crolla-Linares kickoff press conference

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and multi-division champ Jorge Linares faced off at a press conference in Manchester, UK, for their WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight world title clash at the Manchester Arena on September 24.

Anthony Crolla: “The Arena is going to be rocking and that’s my house, and I want to keep those three belts in Manchester. We’re working so, so hard in the gym because Jorge Linares is a phenomenal fighter, and I’m honoured to be fighting him in my house. I’ve done that ring walk so many times in front of a huge crowd and you can’t beat that feeling, the energy the crowd will give me is going to help me produce the career-best performance I will need to beat Jorge Linares.”

Jorge Linares: “It’s another big fight and big event that I’m grateful to God to be a part of. Anthony and I have similar styles, there’s lots of respect between us and we’re working very hard because I know it’s going to be a tough fight but I want to win those belts.”

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig



August 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacman begins training for comeback fight

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the Elorde Gym in Pasay City, Philippines, to begin preparations for his November 5 world title challenge against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacman posted a message on Instagram saying, “Back to training with my friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez.”



August 24th, 2016


Boxing News

Mitchell looking to extend KO streak on Friday

Unbeaten heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) fights for the fourth time this year in the co-feature of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ boxing event this Friday at the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, California. The San Francisco-based Mitchell, who is a P.E. teacher at St. Elizabeth’s Elementary in Oakland, takes on Mexico’s Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds. “I’m ready to rock and roll,” Mitchell said. “I was ready to fight three weeks ago.”

In the main event, NABA champion Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) defends his 122-pound title for the fourth time against Mexico’s Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder.



August 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Juan De Angel (18-5-1, 17 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Plant dropped De Angel in round four end route to a 100-89 verdict on all three cards.

In the co-feature, welterweight David Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Kareem Martin (8-1-1, 4 KOs) in round eight. Grayton dropped Martin in the eighth and final stanza, then moments later got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of punches.

In a clash of undefeated light heavyweights, Carlos Gongora (6-0, 5 KOs) needed just 90 seconds to finish Ronald Mixon (7-1, 6 KOs).

Heavyweight Wesley Triplett (4-1, 2 KOs) halted Eric Newell (8-4-3, 5 KOs) in round three.

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August 23rd, 2016


Boxing News

PBC adds Sept 13 telecast on FS1

Undefeated super lightweight prospects are set to square off as Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event of a Tuesday FS1 telecast from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California. Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

“It feels good to be fighting in my first main event,” said Ramirez. “I look at it as more motivation to keep working hard. I’m going to go in there and feel my opponent out and just push him every round. I go into every fight ready for a battle and I expect that on September 27.”



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Del Valle aims to derail De La Hoya

IBF #8 super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) says he has what it takes to derail unbeaten and highly touted Diego de la Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs) when they collide on the September 17 Canelo-Smith pay per view telecast.

“The fans can expect fireworks on the 17th,” said Del Valle. “We’re both warriors and know that something bigger will follow if we win in a high profile fight like this. He is a good young fighter that has talent but I’m battle tested. I’ve fought former world champions and learned from my past bouts where I was matched tough. My experience will be a key for me in this fight. I can’t wait to put on a show for boxing fans all over the world!”



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

PBC adds Sept 3 telecast on NBCSN

Super lightweight prospects Darwin Price (10-0, 5 KOs) and Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs) will meet in an eight-round battle that headlines PBC on NBCSN next Saturday, September 3, from the Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. The telecast also features unbeaten super lightweights Rickey Edwards (11-0, 3 KOs) and Yordan Frometa (10-0, 7 KOs) competing in another eight-rounder.



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Golden Boy parts ways with WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz

Golden Boy Promotions has issued the following statement:

“Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions. “We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together culminating in his WBA Heavyweight Interim Championship victory and subsequent title defenses. We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future.”

Team Ortiz reportedly coughed up more than a million dollars to buy out his contract from Golden Boy.



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Głowacki-Usyk open training

By Przemek Garczarczyk

It’s unbeaten professional world champion vs. unbeaten Olympic gold medalist. WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) of poland takes on 2012 Olympic star Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KO) of Ukraine on September 17 at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, Poland, but today in Warsaw Old Town the fighters showed a glimpse of what fans can expect.

Before open training, Usyk was very open and honest when talking to Polsat commentator Mateusz Borek on “Puncher,” the most popular Polish boxing TV show. “Głowacki fought boxing giants and defeated them. It’s hard to predict how tough fight with Głowacki will be. What I can say is that I’ll be very well prepared for the toughest bout in my career,” said Usyk. (more…)



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Six million see Spence-Bundu

By Karl Freitag

Sunday’s Spence-Bundu broadcast on NBC was a ratings knockout. With the Olympic basketball gold medal game as a lead-in, the fight drew a 4.6 overnight rating, a peak audience of 6.34 million viewers and averaged 4.8 million viewers for the entire hour.

It was a perfect telecast. They got right to the main event without forcing viewers to sit through boring prelims and the fighters delivered an entertaining fight which ended in a fan-pleasing brutal knockout. It was by far the largest audience to see a PBC fight to date.



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Yildirim vs. Pryor Jr. this Saturday in Berlin

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WBC #4 rated super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (12-0) returns to action on Saturday when he takes on US veteran Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-9-2) in Berlin, Germany. “This will be my next step on the way to the top”, says Yildirim. “I know that Aaron Pryor sr. was a tremendous fighter and a great champion but I haven’t seen much from his son. I don’t think that he can stand my power and agility.”

Yildirim has made quite some noise piling up an impressive eleven wins in the last 18 months including unanimous decisions over “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson in Miami one year ago and over world rated Argentinian Walter Sequeira in February in Germany. In his last bout on July 23rd, Yildirim stopped previously unbeaten WBC Youth Champion Timur Nikarkhoev. (more…)



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Chisora back in action on September 10

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on September 10 with an eight-round contest against Drazan Janjanin (13-7, 12 KOs) at the Hovet in Stockholm. The former British, Commonwealth and European Champion is the latest addition to a card in the Swedish capital topped by the female grudge match between domestic rivals Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson.

After losing via split decision to Kubrat Pulev in May, Chisora is picking up the pieces with a keep-busy contest against Janjanin. “This is the fight game,” said Chisora. “If you lose, you have to rebuild and come back. I lost a close fight to Pulev, but I’m still in a good position. I want a rematch, but let’s see if they give it to me. Either way, there are a lot big fights out there for me, and I’m ready to fight anyone.”



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Guerrero fighting to get back into title mix

Photo: Mario Serrano/PBC

Photo: Mario Serrano/PBC


Former multiple division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs), along with his trainer and father Ruben Guerrero, have put together another successful camp in the Bay Area as Robert fights to earn another opportunity against the top boxers in the sport. Rebounding from a 2-3 run that included decision losses to Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, Guerrero headlines Saturday night’s Spike TV telecast against Argentine slugger David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“There’s been a lot of hard work that’s been put into this recent training camp,” said Guerrero. “My dad and I have been grinding daily to get ready for this fight. It’s been a productive camp though. I got a lot of rounds sparring with top guys. I’m in tip top shape and ready to go.”

Fight Week activities kick off on Wednesday.



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

The dispute over who can lead boxing into the near future may be over

By: Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos by: Emily Harney

That was the feeling Sunday afternoon at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Brooklyn after welterweight Errol Spence Jr. obliterated former world title challenger Leonard Bundu in the sixth round of a scheduled 12-round IBF title eliminator. Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) fighting for the second consecutive time in Brooklyn, was coming off an impressive destruction of former title-holder Chris Algieri in April. His dominance over Algieri was awe-inspiring and he continued to do so on Sunday when he viciously knocked out Bundu in six lopsided rounds. Click for full report plus new, never before published photos…



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Featherweight contenders collide Saturday

WBO #4 featherweight Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KOs) faces WBO #14 rated Guy Robb (18-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round crossroads fight on Saturday night’s “Rural Rumble” taking place at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Robb, from Sacramento, is riding an 11-bout win streak, while Colombian Marriaga is on a three-bout win streak since his lone loss to former world champ Nicholas Walters. The bout is for the vacant NABO featherweight title.

Also on the card: WBO #3 lightweight Jose Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico takes on “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7 KOs) of Denver in a 10-round lightweight contest. UniMas will televise.



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Nica travels to Tokyo to face Kono

By Héctor Villarreal

WBA Interim super flyweight champion, Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (34-4) left his training camp in Panama City on Monday night to start traveling to Japan. Concepcion will face regular champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1) on August 31 in Tokyo.

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“I have studied my opponent since the first day I knew about the fight and we had been working very hard to become the one and only king in my division. I’m traveling on 116, only one pound over the limit as we planned,” Concepcion said.



August 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

FS1 weights from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Photos: Ryan Greene / Premier Boxing Champions

Caleb Plant 167.2 vs Juan De Angel 163.4
Kareem Martin 146.1 vs David Grayton 149.6
Carlos Gongora 172.5 vs Ronald Mixon 172.9
Carlos Rosario 133.4 vs Cesar Garcia 134.6
Eric Newell 251 vs Wesley Triplett 213.2
Daquan Johnson 152.4 vs Stephen Bass 151
Yurik Mamedov 145.7 vs Antonio Allen 147.2

Venue: Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1

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August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Carr makes U.S. debut against Gavronski

Undefeated super middleweight Jake Carr (11-0, 4 KOs) will make his United States debut at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on September 10 in the main event at Battle at the Boat 107. Carr, who captured the Australian super middleweight championship in 2013, will face hometown product Mike Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout, which could catapult the victor into a top 10 world ranking. The 24-year-old Carr currently trains out of Justin Fortune’s Fortune Gym in Los Angeles. (more…)



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Ward a slight favorite over Kovalev

Former world champion Andre Ward has opened up as a slight favorite over WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev in their November 19 pay-per-view showdown.

Odds courtesy of Bovada:

Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev
Andre Ward: -150 (2/3)
Sergey Kovalev: +120 (6/5)



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Bob Newman

Until April 15, 2016, barely anyone in the boxing world knew who Mason Menard was- that is, unless you were a boxing fan somewhere in the state of Louisiana, where Menard fought 30 of his first 31 pro fights. Then Menard, with his gaudy 30-1, 22 KOs record came north to Verona, New York on a Shobox televised card against undefeated Dominican Eudy Bernardo (21-0, 15 KOs). Menard was brought in to test the vaunted Bernardo, but it was Bernardo who failed the exam, via a highlight reel one-punch KO from the self-anointed “Rock Hard Mighty” Menard in the third round.

After the knockout of the year type showing, Showtime wasted no time in bringing Menard back on their airwaves and back up north to New York again, this time to Rochester and the friendly confines of Rhino’s Stadium for an outdoor show under the stars. (more…)



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Change in lineup for FS1’s Tuesday boxing telecast

It has been announced that an eight-round welterweight bout between undefeated Kareem Martin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) and once-beaten David Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs) will be featured on PBC’s FS1 boxing telecast on Tuesday night from the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The card is headlined by undefeated middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) taking on Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs). Additional televised coverage will see undefeated light heavyweight prospects Carlos Congora (5-0, 4 KOs) and Ronald Mixon (7-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout.



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Arias defeats Cunningham to win vacant IBF/USBA middleweight title

By Johnny B’

Hometown middleweight Luis Arias (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over journeyman banger Darryl Cunningham (33-9, 13 KOs) from Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday night in the headliner for the ‘Night of Champions’ boxing event at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Arias dominated a very game Cunningham from the opening bell. The bout ended in round four after Arias scored a knockdown. As soon as Cunningham got up and was allowed to continue, Arias followed up with punches in bunches. Referee Mark Nelson called a halt to the bout at 1:41 of the fourth round. (more…)



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Top Rank has inked former world champion Timothy Bradley to a two-year contract extension. He is expected to be back in the ring by the end of of the year.

Australian heavyweight contender Lucas Browne has re-signed an agreement with manager Matt Clark. “With trainer Rodney Williams we have a dedicated team with plenty of goals left to achieve,” said Clark.

Manny Pacquiao played in a PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) game Sunday and hit a three point shot and a free throw for four points. Prior to this scoring burst, Pacman’s career scoring total was 3 points.

Happy Birthday to legendary boxing promoter Don King, who celebrated his 85th birthday over the weekend.

So which country “won” the Olympic boxing? One would have to say Uzbekistan. The Uzbek team won seven medals, three gold, two silver and two bronze. Cuba was second with six medals, three gold, three bronze. Kazakhstan, France and Russia procured four medals each.



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

WBA Greenlights Jason Sosa vs. Gervonta Davis

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has granted special permission to newly crowned WBA World super featherweight champion Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), the Cinderella Man fighting out of Camden, New Jersey, to defend his title for the first time against undefeated Gervonta Davis (16-0, 15 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw from Baltimore, Maryland, on October 22.

The mandatory between Sosa and WBA Super World super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales, who upset longtime champion Takashi Uchiyama in April, is still in the cards.



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Spence wants title shot: I’ve paid my dues

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney


With his knockout win over Leonard Bundu on Sunday afternoon at Coney Island, undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) became the mandatory challenger for undefeated IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. “I definitely want my shot at Kell Brook and his title,” said Spence Jr. “I want him next. If he vacates or gets stripped then I’ll fight for his vacant title. I’ve paid my dues.”

Assessing his performance against Bundu, Spence said, “I was a little shakey in the first round and second rounds. He’s very awkward and I was trying to feel him out. Once I was able to catch his rhythm and figure him out, I knew I had him. I knew he was very tough, but he never hurt me. He was switching and jumping in and out and it took me a little bit to adjust to.

“I think this performance showed once again that I am one of the top fighters at 147-pounds.”

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Bundu, who was stopped for the first time in his career, stated “He certainly lived up to the hype. Errol was more precise than Keith Thurman. Errol threw more punches and was fresh in every round…I really tried to get up but I couldn’t. I am okay though. I feel good.”



August 22nd, 2016

Column

The 12th Round: Olympic Glory

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Boxing was a founding sport of the Ancient Olympics in Greece and has been an Olympic sport since the first edition of the modern Olympic games in 1904. The Olympic games are organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which is in full control of all aspects of competition, formats, rules, and all the financial and commercial matters of the event which is the most important event in the world.

The IOC is to run its activity based on the Olympic letter which should outline the general spirit of Olympic competition. Today the Olympic letter has become secondary and it is more commercially oriented than ever. The financial impact for host countries is huge but at the same time has become a heavy burden for some since the day after the Olympic games closing ceremony, leaving financial and social trouble like Greece and most likely Brazil. The demands for financial and infrastructure compliance are in some cases unmanageable. (more…)



August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Filipino champ Rene Dacquel successfully retained his OPBF super-flyweight belt when he was trailing on points, badly floored IBF#8 and OPBF#1 Go Onaga, a southpaw counterpuncher, in the eighth and scored a come-from-behind unanimous decision (115-112, 114-113, 117-110) over twelve rounds on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Onaga, from Okinawa, swept nearly all rounds with effective southpaw lefts prior to a trick happening with Dacquel’s right exploding midway in round eight, after which the champ took a complete control, overcame his previous deficit on points and registered a landslide victory. Onaga, due to the bad knockdown, was apparently slowing down thereafter and failed to win the belt for the third time—firstly the national belt against Yota Sato in 200, secondly the same Japanese title against Teiru Kinoshita in 2012 and this time against Dacquel. Onaga had been a prohibitive favorite, but his visit to the deck cost a victory and there’s no third time lucky for him.

Seita Ogido, of Okinawa, won an important unanimous decision over WBO#9 minimum Jeffrey Galero of Philippines over eight.

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August 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Spence KOs Bundu in six

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Welterweight Errol Spence Jr. blew out Leonard Bundu in six rounds Sunday afternoon in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Spence dominated the action early and hurt Bundu with a body shot that dropped him in the sixth. Referee Johnny Callas didn’t call a knockdown but when the action resumed Spence (21-0, 18 KO’s) jumped on Bundu and violently knocked him unconscious along the ropes. No count was issued as the fight was called off at the 2:06 mark of the round. Spence and Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KO’s) were fighting in an IBF welterweight title eliminator for the right to box Kell Brook. Bundu was taken to the hospital after the fight for precautionary reasons.

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August 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Hardy, Marrero victorious at Coney Island

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In a female featherweight grudge match Heather “The Heat” Hardy defeated Shelly Vincent via 10-round majority decision. Hardy (18-0, 4 KO’s) secured the win via scores of 99-91 and 97-93 while a third judge had it even at 95-95. It was an action-packed fight that matched Hardy’s boxing skills against Vincent’s calculated aggression. It marked the first loss for Vincent (now 18-1, 1 KO) but her performance was nothing to be ashamed of. Hardy claimed the vacant WBC International female featherweight title.

Former WBA interim title challenger Claudio Marrero (21-1, 15 KO’s) stopped late sub Luis Hinojosa (28-10, 17 KO’s) in the fourth round of a junior lightweight affair. Hinojosa was knocked down multiple times before the fight was called off with him in the corner on the canvas at the 2:55 mark. (more…)



August 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing Results: Final Day

Super Heavyweight Final: Tony Yoka (France) scored a 2-1 split decison over Joe Joyce (UK) to claim the Olympic gold. Yoka won round one on two of the three cards, then swept round two. Joyce won the third round on two cards, but it was too little, too late.

Light Welterweight Final: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) took the Olympic gold with a 2-1 split decision over Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (Azerbaijan).

Flyweight Final: Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) won the Olympic gold with a 3-0 win over Misha Aloian (Russia).

Women’s Middleweight Final: Claressa Shields (USA) repeated as Olympic gold medalist with a 3-0 win over Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands).

Today’s action ends the Rio Olympics boxing competition. Stay tuned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Could be a lot of professional fighters in that one.



August 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Spence a 100:1 favorite over Bundu

By Karl Freitag

Online sportsbooks aren’t giving IBF #6 rated welterweight contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu much of a chance of beating unbeaten 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. in this afternoon’s NBC-televised IBF eliminator at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York. Odds are pretty much 100:1 across the board for the highly regarded 26-year-old Spence (20-0, 17 KOs), who is rated IBF #2 with the #1 spot vacant. Bundu backers can get +4000 if the 41-year-old Italian (33-1-2, 12 KOs) can somehow spring the upset.

The “over-under” for the bout at 7.5 rounds seems an interesting proposition. The “over” is -160, while “under” is +140. Bundu, a 2000 Olympian himself, went the distance with big-punching WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and has never been stopped. Can Spence halt Bundu early and one-up “One-Time” Thurman?

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August 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Ex-champ Molina tops Gorham

Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Former IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (27-6-2, 8 KOs), now fighting at jr welterweight, outpointed Carlos Gorham (16-4, 10 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. In a bout that often resembled a sparring session, Molina kept the pace deliberate, blocked most of Gorham’s punches, and methodically outscored Gorham 80-72 on all three cards.

Lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (20-6, 12 KOs), the son of former WBC featherweight champion Marcos Villasana, won by tenth round disqualification over previously unbeaten Cristobal Rosekie (12-1, 9 KOs). Villasana dropped Rosekie in round five. Rosekie was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight and disqualified after a low blow in round ten.

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August 21st, 2016

Boxing News

IBF #1 Uzcategui destroys Pena

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

IBF #1 super middleweight contender José “Bolivita” Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Fabiano Pena (18-6-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the L.A. Cetto Vineyard in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. In round two Uzcategui dropped Pena with a crushing right hand. Pena recovered but Uzcategui put him on the deck again after a vicious barrage prompting the referee to stop the fight. The time was 1:16.

Unbeaten IBF #13 welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over the much shorter Alvaro “Tyson” Robles (19-6, 17 KOs). Ocampo was in command for most the fight. In round ten Ocampo hurt Robles but when he went in for the kill he got rocked himself. The scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.

Jr middleweight Luis Fernando “Muñeco” Uribe (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Saúl Mendoza (14-9, 7 KOs). In round 6 a point was taken from Mendoza for throwing low. The scores were 59-55, 59-55, 59-55.

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August 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Stevenson says he hasn’t inked with Mayweather

It was announced several times during the NBC Olympics telecast that Rio 2016 bantamweight silver medalist Shakur Stevenson had signed with Mayweather Promotions. That was perhaps fueled by a series of tweets by Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday which read:

“I came all the way to Brazil to support the athletes of the United States, but while enjoying the events I had one goal in mind and that was to extend a warm welcome to @ShakurStevenson into The Money Team family. @MayweatherPromo connecting true future stars worldwide!”

Stevenson, however, says he’s a free agent. “I haven’t signed with anybody so I’m going to go home and look at my options,” he stated. (more…)



August 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: Day 15 Gold Medal Matches

Men’s Bantamweight Final: Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba) won a split decision over Shakur Stevenson (USA) to claim the gold in a very close fight. Ramirez won round one, Stevenson took round two. Judges favored Ramirez 2-1 in round three. Ramirez adds the 2016 bantamweight gold to his 2012 flyweight Olympic gold medal. Silver medal winner Stevenson looks headed to a pro career under the Mayweather Promotions banner.

Men’s Middleweight Final: Arlen Lopez (Cuba) defeated Bektemir Melikuziev (Uzbekistan) 3-0 to claim the gold.

Women’s Flyweight Final: Nicola Adams (UK) defeated Sarah Ourahmoune (France) 3-0 to win the gold for the second consecutive Olympiad.

Rio Olympic boxing wraps up Sunday with four more gold medal bouts, including the USA’s Clarissa Shields going for her second straight gold in the female middleweight final and the UK’s Joe Joyce meeting France’s Tony Yoka for the super heavyweight gold in the tournament’s final bout.



August 20th, 2016


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