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Roman stops Lopez in WBA eliminator

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WBC condemns offensive statements of trainer Angel Garcia

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Crawford looks sharp in workout

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WBC, WBO super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha gets ready to battle with number one contender John “The Gladiator” Molina at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on Top Rank’s big fight card televised live on HBO.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank WBC, WBO super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha gets ready to battle …


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Johnny Lewis on IBHOF Induction

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian trainer Johnny Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017. He trained world champions Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Claire.

John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 and also inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Johnny Lewis talked to Fightnews and said “I have got to say it is a great honour and as much for me as for the fighters I have trained. There is no doubt it is because of the fighters I have been able to look after and they paid a big part in it of course. I am humbled by it. To think that you are going to be recognized with some of the truly greats of the sport. What can I say. It is mind boggling.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian trainer Johnny Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of …



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Ex-OPBF champ Kato squeaks by Filipino Doronio

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Formerly OPBF and Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9 KOs), 135, decked his first victory since his last win over Nihito Arakawa two years ago, when he withstood the opening attack of hard-punching Filipino Leonardo Doronio (15-14-3, 10 KOs), 135, showed his relentless retaliation and eked out a majority decision (97-94, 96-94 95-96) over ten give-and-take heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Doronio, who looked better and more dangerous than his mediocre credentials indicated, displayed a very furious attack to take the leadoff in the first round. But Kato, a shaven skulled veteran, fought back hard from the second and opened a gash under the left optic of the game Filipino. Doronio occasionally scored with a strong shot at a time, while Kato responded with solid left-right combos to the Filipino warrior to earn more votes in later rounds.

Promoter: Kadoebi Jewel Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Formerly OPBF and Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9 KOs), 135, decked …


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Muranaka barely defeats Hisataka

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former Japanese flyweight champ, now WBO#12 ranked 115-pounder Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs), 116.75, had a tough time coping with four-time world challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-16-1, 10 KOs), 117, but finally accelerated his engine down the stretch to earn a majority verdict (77-75, 77-76, 76-76) over eight hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. As expected, it became an all-out war with Muranaka throwing fast combinations upstairs and downstairs from the outset and Hisataka cleverly averting them to retaliate with solid counters. Hisataka’s persistent body attack looked effective, while Muranaka responded with lighter but busier combos to the veteran’s face. Hisataka, having lost to Takefumi Sakata, Denkaosen Kaowichit, Hugo Cazares and Omar Narvaez in unsuccessful bids for the world belts, had him on the deck in round five, but it was ruled a slip, though the loser complained of it afterward. Muranaka’s dominance over him in the seventh carried him to a hairline victory. Muranaka, a windmill puncher, has been unbeaten for ten years since his last defeat in a six-rounder in 2006.

Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former Japanese flyweight champ, now WBO#12 ranked 115-pounder Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs), …




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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Rick Scharmberg

Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE to officially announce a fight between former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) and Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6, 18 KOs). The bout will take place on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the same venue. At stake will be the vacant WBF cruiserweight belt.

Roy Jones Jr. – “I thank God to be able to do what I do. I’m blessed. My legacy is unmatched, and to get two guys like us to enter the ring together is a great thing. I continue to fight not for myself, but it is what God placed me here to do.”

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“I do the opposite of what people expect me to do. People never expected me to go from a silver medalist at light middleweight to the heavyweight championship of the world, but I did it. I enjoy what I do. People can’t tell me when to stop. They never told me when to start!” (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held …


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Holyfield, Barrera head 2017 IBHOF Inductees

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday the members of the Class of 2017. Inductees include undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, three-division champion “The Baby Faced Assassin”Marco Antonio Barrera and three-division champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia (posthumous). Non-participants and observers to be inducted include trainer Johnny Lewis, veteran judge Jerry Roth, journalist/broadcaster Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Eddie Booker in the Old-Timer Category; and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr. in the Non Participant Category.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 8-11th in Canastota, NY.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday the members of the Class of 2017. Inductees include undisputed …


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Joseph Parker inks with Top Rank

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #1 Joseph Parker has signed a promotional contract with Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank ahead of his showdown with WBO #3 Andy Ruiz on Saturday for the vacant WBO championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Arum mentioned a promoter can only help Parker get the right fights and the right publicity but he cannot make the fighter a star.

“Yes, of course, but no promoter can make a fighter a star. A fighter has to make himself a star,” Arum said at a press conference in Auckland on Tuesday. “A promoter can only help by getting the right fights, getting the right publicity but the idea that the promoter makes the star, as flattering as that is, is just not the case.”

As for Saturday’s fight, Arum stated, “Listen, having been in this business 50-plus years, I don’t expect anybody to win a fight, particularly when it’s as close on paper as this one is. I really think that the winner of this fight probably has the best chance to be the preeminent heavyweight, I really believe that. Parker has natural skills, he’s so big and he punches so hard and Andy has the fastest hands that I’ve seen on a heavyweight since Muhammad Ali.”

Parker will be co-promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #1 Joseph Parker has signed a promotional contract with Bob Arum, CEO …


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Jermall Charlo and Julian Williams Sound Off

IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo and undefeated #1 contender Julian Williams have been on a collision course for years as two of the rising stars of the stacked 154-pound division. The speculation about “this fight that had to happen” ends this Saturday, when the 26-year-olds settle their business in the ring live on SHOWTIME.

Jermall Charlo: “I’m taking a chance to fight this undefeated nobody, and I’m going to take his head off.”

Julian Williams: “When I win this fight I don’t want any excuses.”

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IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermall Charlo and undefeated #1 contender Julian Williams have been on a collision course for years …



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Peralta looking to keep momentum of Guerrero win

On Saturday night, David Peralta will take on Berlin Abreu in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBC Latino Welterweight title on a massive card that will take place on Saturday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Peralta of Cordoba, Argentina has a record of 26-2-1 with 14 knockouts and is coming off the biggest win of his career, when he upset former world champion Robert Guerrero on August 27th in Anaheim, California. That victory has catapulted Peralta to the number-15 ranking in the WBC.

“Training ca,p is going well, I am very happy for the opportunity to have camp in the United States and with such great champions along side of me,” said Peralta. “They all have immediately taken me in as one of them and want the best for me and push me to my limitdaily. There is so much knowledge between all of these fighters in Caicedo Sports and here in camp with Herman Caicedo. Herman is the most professional person I have met in this sport. He has really enhanced my style and tried to fix the details in my style that will give me the vision of what’s to come. All and all, camp is going great and I look forward to the next one.” (more…)

On Saturday night, David Peralta will take on Berlin Abreu in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBC Latino Welterweight …


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Olympian Antonio Vargas set to turn pro

Split-T Management has announced the signing of another member of the 2016 United States Olympic Team, Antonio Vargas to a managerial contract. Vargas of Kissimmee, Florida was the Flyweight representative for the 2016 U.S. Team. In the 2016 Olympics, Vargas lost to eventual Gold medal winner Shakhobibdin Zoirov of Uzbekistan.

Vargas will turn professional at either 115 or 118 pounds and his handlers believe that he will fight up to junior lightweight before his career is complete.

“I would compare my style to Manny Pacquiao, Vasyl Lomachenko, and going back a bit, Orlando Canizales because all three had fast hands and feet with the ability to stop on a dime and unleash powerful shots to the head and body that can get you out of there,” stated Vargas.

Split-T Management has announced the signing of another member of the 2016 United States Olympic Team, Antonio Vargas to a …


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Shakur Stevenson Signs Managerial Agreement

It’s official. The brightest young star in boxing is turning pro, under the guidance of the managerial team of J. Prince, Andre Ward and Josh Dubin. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent this young man. Andre, Josh and I know we have the next superstar in the sport,” said Prince. “Shakur is not only a gifted fighter, but someone that has the ability to be an icon. Our first goal is to sign him with the right promoter. Then, we will be with him every step of the journey toward greatness.”

Stevenson won a silver medal in the bantamweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He entered the Olympics with a perfect 23-0 international record and is the first American male to win junior and youth world titles, as well as a Youth Olympic Games gold medal. (more…)

It’s official. The brightest young star in boxing is turning pro, under the guidance of the managerial team of J. …


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Skoglund and Shala come face-to-face ahead of WBA title clash

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Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time today at the final press conference ahead of their WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight on Friday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

The stakes are high for Skoglund as he returns to his hometown arena knowing that victory over ‘The Albanian Bomber’ will set him up for either a European or World title shot in 2017. The undefeated 25 year-old is currently mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’s European strap, and highly ranked with all four major governing bodies, is within touching distance of a World title challenge.

‘’I’m looking forward to fighting once again in my hometown,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’There are a lot of big fights out there for me next year, but I know I cannot afford to overlook Shala. This is an extremely important fight for me, if I lose this, I lose everything I have been working towards. (more…)

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time …



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Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

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Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com

The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately for the Argentine, Mares suffered an eye injury and as a result the fight to be postponed. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the …


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Top Rank prospect Joey Alday back in the ring Friday in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman

Super Welterweight prospect Joey Alday (3-0, 3KO) out of Odessa, Texas, takes center stage this Friday night as the main event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. Alday was signed by Top Rank earlier this year after coming up short in his bid to make the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro. Alday is guided by Montoya-Ruibal Boxing Management, where Michael Montoya has been a long time fixture in the Dallas boxing scene and runs the Montoya Boxing Gym with his dad and brother. The card is being promoted by Golden Eagle Promotions.

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In only his 4th pro fight, Alday will lead a list of top local DFW fighters that include exciting seasoned veterans such as the lightning fast featherweight Ray Ximenez (14-1, 4KO) and the heavy handed light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson (18-3, 11KO) who has upset previous rising contenders on Showtime. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Super Welterweight prospect Joey Alday (3-0, 3KO) out of Odessa, Texas, takes center stage this Friday night …


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The 12th Round: The real deal

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

The name of this column was inspired by what I saw this past weekend in Chicago during the closing activities of the sensational program 2N1D ‘2 Nations 1 Dream – Boxing without borders’ “Evander“ The Real Deal” Holyfield was present as guest of honor at the amateur boxing show in which all 21 kids enrolled in 2N1D fought.

Why was I so impressed with Evander? Well, he has won my heart through his actions. He is humble and easy going, he always says yes to a photograph and does it smiling. Always on time to go to the events and all he talks about is his “Momma.” To listen to his story is entertaining and highly motivational, I’m sure one day there will be a book or even a movie about his life and the influence by his Mom.

The amateur boxing show was held at Cicero Stadium, a traditional boxing venue from the past in Chicago. The show started at 5pm There were 20 fights, awards and speeches so it was a 5 hour event. When Chuck Williams called Evander to confirm time of departure for the venue, Chuck recommended to leave around 6:30 or 7, the champ immediately said “no way, I want to be there from the first bout, all kids deserve it and I want to see the fights!“ (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son The name of this column was inspired by what I saw …


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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, and entered the event dressed as an old man – an older old man than he actually is, that is. The nearly 52-year old worked out before for a large media contingent with trainer John David Jackson and assistant trainer Danny Davis.

Hopkins also answered questions from the press, most of which regarded whether or not his scheduled 12-rounder with Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, would indeed be his final ring appearance. Both Hopkins and promoter Oscar De la Hoya, who was also in attendance at the workout, have gone on the record with assurances that Bernard would retire from boxing after the fight.

“I believe him,” De la Hoya said. “I believe this is going to be his final fight. We’re calling it “The Final 1”. We actually had him sign a contract, and it states in the contract, ‘I promise this is my last fight’,” De la Hoya said with a laugh. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an …



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Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the …


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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns this Saturday in Monterrey

Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring this Saturday night when he takes on Dominick Britsch in the a 10 round main event of a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico and that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Espanol at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico a former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion will be in the ring for the first time since July of 2015 and will be fighting in his native Mexico for the first time since January of 2011.

“I am very happy to be able to return to the ring after such a long time, and also to return to Mexico to fight. I am want to get back to the top of the sport and this will be a good fight to start my road back towards a championship fight,” said Chavez Jr., who has been training in his hometown of Culiacan. (more…)

Former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring this Saturday night when he takes on …


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Puerto Rican prospects in action December 10th

By Robert Coster

Boxing Promoter Fresh Production is announcing an interesting card on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico involving 3 local prospects who will be facing their toughest challenge to date. The main event over 10 rounds will feature junior lightweight Alfredo Santiago (6-0, 2 KOs) against former title contender Jayson Velez (23-3-1,16 KOs). A victory over Velez would be a significant leap for Santiago in his career. In the junior welterweight class Jose “Chino” Lopez (8-0, 6 KOs) faces David Lobo (17-1, 12 KOs) of Nicaragua over 8 rounds while Suriel Mathews (3-0, 3 KOs) goes against local boy Jeffrey Fontanez (16-2, 12 KOs) in the 140lbs class.

By Robert Coster Boxing Promoter Fresh Production is announcing an interesting card on December 10th in Catano, Puerto Rico involving …


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Menard-Beltran added to Saturday HBO telecast

“Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) is in for a tough challenge when he makes the first defense of his WBO NABO lightweight title against top-10 contender Ray Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday at CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The 10-round Menard vs. Beltran lightweight showdown will serve as the middle bout of an HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader that will open with the same-day delay telecast of the Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz, Jr. WBO heavyweight championship in New Zealand. The telecast will be headlined by undefeated WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) making the first defense of his unified world titles against one-time world title challenger and current #1 contender John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs).

“Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) is in for a tough challenge when he makes the first defense …


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Terence Crawford: Don’t Blink!

By Bill Green

The old cliché goes stay ready at all times, the phone will ring, and it will be time to work. That cliché definitely remains true as HBO received bad news time after time. First powerhouse and cash cow Canelo Alvarez, would suffer in injury in his last bout, forcing him to withdraw from Saturday’s scheduled date. Next, negotiations failed for GGG vs Daniel Jacobs, pushing that highly anticipated middleweight clash to presumably March 2017. So that brings us to Terence Crawford vs. John Molina. With just six weeks to prepare, opponents were sought for Crawford, who has made it very clear to all “I want all the belts, to unify, to clear out the division, whoever has a belt I want them.”

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Easier said than done for Top Rank matchmakers and HBO executives, as opponent after opponent pulled the normal ‘ask for crazy amounts of purse compensation,’ ‘decline when found out the fight would take place in Omaha,’ or simply despite the above-mentioned cliché, frankly ‘weren’t ready for a fight of that magnitude.’ All promoters need an ace up their sleeve, and Hall of Famer Bob Arum decided to use it. That ace happened to be a call to Al Haymon. (more…)

By Bill Green The old cliché goes stay ready at all times, the phone will ring, and it will be …


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Abner Mares: This is My Second Wind

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is ready for his next challenge WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina. Mares will challenge Cuellar this Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

“Camp was great there was no injuries I stayed healthy, we are less than a week away and in good spirits ready to go,” Abner Mares told Fightnews.com “I feel younger and rejuvenated this is my second wind,” Mares added.

Finally it’s here as Mares was scheduled to take on Cuellar back in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn however an eye injury as a result forced the fight to be postponed. Now Mares gets set to return as he’s been out of the ring since his fight of the year candidate loss against Leo Santa Cruz back in August of 2015.

“You will see the difference this time around. I have had a year with Robert and we have got to know each other,” Mares said. “The way he trains is phenomenal I am happy to be with him,” Mares on his return. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, …


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Roman-Lopez clash Jan 20 in Atlantic City

Super bantamweight contenders Danny “The Baby Face Assasin” Roman (21-2-1, 7 KO’) from Los Angeles and Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (16-0-1,8 KOs), of San Antonio, Texas, will face-off on January 20th for a possible shot at the 122 pound WBA title, reported Eddie Gonzalez, Danny Roman’s manager and trainer. The fight is scheduled for the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and it will be televised live by ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME.

With Lopez ranked #4 and Roman being the #5 ranked super bantamweight, a formal request to make this an eliminator bout has been already submitted to the WBA. The highly regarded Lopez, will be making his fourth ShoBox appearance and will be headlining his second show after a victory over then undefeated Mario Munoz, from Guadalajara, Mexico on February 2016.

Super bantamweight contenders Danny “The Baby Face Assasin” Roman (21-2-1, 7 KO’) from Los Angeles and Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (16-0-1,8 …


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U.S. Olympian Conwell gearing up for pro career

Split T Management has announced the signing of 2016 United States Olympian Charles Conwell to a managerial contract. Conwell 19 years-old of Cleveland, Ohio competed as a middleweight in the Olympics but will compete in the welterweight division in the professional ranks.

In the 2016 Olympics, Conwell was sent packing in the first round by two-time Olympian Krishan Vikas of India, who had previously ousted Errol Spence, Jr. in the 2012 games. “My Olympic experience did not go was planned, but I made the most of it. By fighting internationally, I got to see a lot of different styles of fighters and took some of the good qualities and added it to my style, which will help me become even a better fighter.

“I am a very smart boxer with fast hands and power. When people see me, they will think of Aaron Pryor, Mike Tyson and Andre Ward all rolled up into one. I plan to become the undisputed world welterweight champion and leave a legacy in boxing. I will be known as one of the all-time greats to come out of Ohio.”

Split T Management has announced the signing of 2016 United States Olympian Charles Conwell to a managerial contract. Conwell 19 …


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Drama, Controversy in Fort Hood, Texas

Ringside report, photos and video By Robert Hughes

Drama in the ring and a raucous crowd made Saturday’s ‘Military Mayhem’ near Fort Hood a good show and smash hit for Texas fight fans as Reshard Hicks of Quincy, Florida won a controversial TKO against Leonardo Carrizales in a welterweight battle that hopefully will make for a great rematch of some unsettled business. These two were just getting started when one fighter’s safety became the focus.

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For most of eight minutes Hicks and Carrizales jabbed and banged at each other while flying around the ring in a high-energy main event. Fans were into for a fight and they were loving it. But when Hicks opened up with a flurry of blows to Carrizales’ face in the third round referee Greg Alvarez felt he’d seen enough to jump in and call it a night. That didn’t seem to matter so much to the fighter. (more…)

Ringside report, photos and video By Robert Hughes Drama in the ring and a raucous crowd made Saturday’s ‘Military Mayhem’ …


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Brendan Saunders stops Issaka Issah

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 135 pounder Brendan Saunders stopped Issaka Issah in round three of a scheduled ten round bout to capture the vacant national title on Sunday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The Ghana born Issah took control of round one as he connected with power combinations that visibly hurt Saunders. Round two had Saunders stepping up a gear and delivering solid head and body shots on his opponent that had Issah on unsteady legs at the bell. Saunders dropped Issah in round three with a left hook to the jaw and at 2:59 referee Will Soulos crowned Saunders

Promoter Paul Nasari said “Saunders was the upset winner over Issah today with a KO victory in a very exciting fight. Issah was favoured to win the fight but Saunders always comes to fight and upset the odds.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian 135 pounder Brendan Saunders stopped Issaka Issah in round three of a …


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Former WBA champ Petalcorin defeats Garde

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Maniatis

Former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (25-2-1, 18 KOs) clearly outscored Arnold Garde (7-4-2, 3 KOs) over ten rounds on Sunday at the Robinson Mail Atrium General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title Scores 100-89, 98-91, 98-91.

Petalcorin’s promoter Peter Maniatis said “Petalcorin dropped Garde with a nice shot and boxed a shut out.

“The next plan is for Randy to take a break for Xmas and relaxe then start training again at Sandman Jim Manangquil will be getting Randy ready for any big fight available soon. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Team Maniatis Former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (25-2-1, 18 …


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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an important triumph over ex-champ Rikki Naito (15-2, 5 KOs), 130, by winning a close but unanimous decision (all 96-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was a grudge fight since Ogawa dethroned Naito, the son of former OBF middleweight champ Cassius Naito, by dropping him in the first round to be awarded a technical decision last December. Ogawa maintained the pressure to the fleet-footed southpaw speedster Naito, leading on points after the fifth by the open scoring system—all 48-47. In the second half Naito turned loose but Ogawa retaliated to dominate the last two sessions that carried him to a well-received victory. Ogawa belongs to Teiken Promotions like former WBC super-feather titlist Takashi Miura, and he will be also given an opportunity to fight in quest of a world belt in the near future. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt …


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Navarrete defeats Paez

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Welterweight Jhonny “Vaquero” Navarrete (33-8-1, 15 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (39-9-2, 23 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Navarrete prevailed 98-92, 97-94 and 96-94. Third straight loss for Paez.

Photo: El Debate Javier Padilla
Photo: El Debate Javier Padilla

Other results:
José Manuel “Big Bang” Sánchez D8 Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (jr flyweight)
Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramírez W8 Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (super bantamweight)
Adrián “Chinito” Young W6 Carlos “Torito” Jiménez (lightweight)

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Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jhonny “Vaquero” Navarrete (33-8-1, 15 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez …


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Results from Acapulco

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

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At the Acapulco Convention Center, local idol Marcos Villasana Jr.(21-6, 12 KOs) brilliantly retained his World Boxing Council lightweight international championship by knocking out Argentinian Jorge Luis “Pelado” Rodríguez (21-13-1, 3 KOs) in eight rounds at an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and Broadcast by Televisa Deportes.

Also, Lourdes “Pequeña Lulu” Juarez (18-2, 3 KOs) beat American Noemí Bosques (11-9-2, 2 KOs) in the sixth round after sending her twice to the canvas and Aaron Alameda (18-0, 10 KOs) remains undefeated to get a win over Daniel “Rayito” Olea (11-4-1, 4 KOs) by eight round split decision.

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez At the Acapulco Convention Center, local idol Marcos Villasana Jr.(21-6, 12 KOs) brilliantly …


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Shot of the Day: Tyson Fury back in the ring

Photos: Sumio Yamada

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Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appears in the boxing ring carrying the WBO belt in support of middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appears in the boxing ring carrying the WBO belt in support of …


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Rodriguez defeats Sanchez

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Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal

After 8 rounds of very intense action, Omir Rodriguez (8-2-1) scored a unnanimous decision over Addir Sanchez (11-12-1) to win the National Welterweight Championship on Friday night in Colon, Panama.

Splogabox and Havoc Boxing promoted another 5 fights on the card at Sand Diamond Hotel with the following results:
Eric Walters (10-2-1)WKO 3 over Julio Camaño (10-18-1)
Manuel Largacha (8-4-3) WUD6 over Michael Gardener (3-2)
Israel Hidrogo (13-8-1) WUD6 over Juan Lopez (12-5)
Lesvy Maure (3-0) WKO1 over William Camacho (0-1)
Johnny Garay (3-2) WKO 1 over Carlos Pacheco (0-5)

Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal After 8 rounds of very intense action, Omir Rodriguez (8-2-1) scored a unnanimous decision …


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Blandamura defeats Signani

By Marco Bratusch

A split decision in favour of Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura (26-2, 5 KOs) has crowned the Roman boxer as the new European middleweight champion after twelve rounds of action against co-challenger Matteo “Giaguaro” Signani (23-5-3, 8 KOs). The fight was a close yet spirited affair, with Signani taking the center of the ring in early rounds looking to be the physically stronger aggressor although his action was not particulalry polished nor accurate. Working behind the jab and cutting the ring off, the fighter from Savignano sul Rubicone likely gained a thin edge in the first half.

Several clash of heads mostly due to Signani’s style marked the faces of both boxers with Blandamura getting the worst in round four when he suffered a short but deep cut in the middle of his forehead. However, while trainer Eugenio Agnuzzi had a lot of work as a cutman, he also urged his fighter to box smartly, moving on his right and looking for counters. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch A split decision in favour of Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura (26-2, 5 KOs) has crowned the Roman boxer …


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Abel Sanchez: I have the world champion. And he will be even better!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Newly crowned IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev’s trainer Abel Sanchez weighs in after the fight.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Newly crowned IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev’s trainer Abel Sanchez weighs in after the fight.


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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 rated upstart Artur Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Paisley Lagoon Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

In his first title defense, Saunders failed to impress as Akavov gave as good as he got for the first seven rounds. Saunders finally came on in rounds eight to ten, but Akavov closed the fight stronger. Scores were 116-113, 116-112, 115-113.

After the fight, Saunders admitted it was a “terrible” performance. “Tonight was really, really flat,” he said. “I’d like to apologize to the fans…on that performance my name shouldn’t be mentioned with Golovkin and Canelo!”

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision …




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