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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery "Pantera" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training ...

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Mosley and Avanesyan make weight

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Ex-WBO Champ Tanaka, Patilano to collide today

Ex-WBO Champ Tanaka, Patilano to collide today

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Boxing News

Bauwens – Karaxha: for the pride of Flanders

Jean Pierre Bauwens Jnr, 37-2-1(22), will fight Meriton Karaxha, 9-1-1(3), tomorrow night at the by now famous Gentsboksgala at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Ghent, Belgium. It will be the 17th edition of this prestigious event promoted by International Boxing Event of Claude Van den Heede.

Jean Pierre Bauwens will make his long awaited ring return. In his last fight he lost his EBU-EU title by split decision against Italian Manuel Lancia. He moved up to the 140lbs division and pulled out of a WBC Francophone championship mid-March against Franck Petitjean.
The much less experienced Meriton Karaxha is expected to be the underdog is this thrilling fight but wants to prove that he is now much better then when he lost his only fight against Hakim Ben Ali. Karaxha escaped with a draw against the much heavier Mohamed Sder, the only other blemish on his record.
Bauwens – Karaxha is unfortunately only scheduled as 8 rounder but could have been for any national or regional international title over 10 or 12 rounds… (more…)



April 28th, 2016

Boxing News

“Piquet” Martinez to face Felix Verdejo

Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Photo: Pepe Rodriguez


By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) will face unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo on June 11 at Madison Square Garden for the WBO Latino lightweight title. The bout will tale place the weekend of the annual “Puerto Rican Day Parade” in New York City. Martinez said this is the opportunity he’s waited for throughout his career. “The serious work and all the sacrifices have been worth it,” said Martinez. “I’m where everyone wants to be and few come. Now I will continue working with the same passion and discipline to use this as a springboard to fight for a world title. Verdejo is an undefeated fighter who has a good reputation and has shown great things. I don’t trust the strange performance in his last fight. We all have bad nights and my intention is to repeat his bad performance and bring the title to Mexico because we Mexican fighters can win anywhere!”

Verdejo-Martinez will be the main undercard bout on a show topped by the world title clash between WBO jr lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.



April 28th, 2016


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Wladimir Klitschko brands Tyson Furyembarrassing for boxing” ahead of rematch

Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz set for July in New York blockbuster

Boxing, football legends praise brain research

More on the WBC declaring moratorium on boxing matches in Ontario



April 28th, 2016

UFC

Who’s the pound-for-pound king of UFC?

On the heels of UFC 197, this week’s Rankings Report with Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino dives into the hot topic debate of who deserves to be No. 1 pound-for-pound between Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 28th, 2016


Boxing News

Boesel risks #1 rating against unbeaten Liebau

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (21-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBO Intercontinental title and WBA Continental title against hard-hitting Denis Liebau (19-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahrhunderthalle in Spergau, Germany. Here’s what the fighters had to say at this week’s press conference:

Dominic Boesel: “Denis Liebau is not the first unbeaten opponent I’ve boxed. The other ‘invincibles’ I’ve beaten. I’m glad Liebau was so successful in kickboxing, but the basics of boxing are different. We’ve seen weaknesses in his footwork. With my boxing skills, I’ll win and keep the title with a clear victory.”

Denis Liebau: “Even as a kickboxer, boxing was my strength. The difference isn’t so great for me – in boxing you wear flat shoes! Am I the KO King? Halfway okay – but for me, only at a 100% knockout ratio should someone be entitled to have this ‘title!’ Clearly, one of us loses! I want to take the title on Saturday. The case for the belt is ready. The winner will be Denis Liebau!” More + Photos



April 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Challenge Accepted! Thorslund-Ivanova is on

Female super bantamweight Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) has accepted the challenge of former two-time world champion Galina Ivanova (16-11-4, 2 KOs). The female fighters will meet in an eight-round contest on May 28 when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Arena Midt in Kjellerup. Ivanova is the only fighter to have defeated Danish World Champion Anita Christensen, outpointing her in 2008 WBA World title fight at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.

The Bulgarian boxer has now set her sights on Denmark new female boxing talent and has spent the past months challenging Thorslund on social media, posting a series of threatening messages using the hashtag #SavethelifeofDinaThorslund.

“Dina is just a kid,” said Ivanova. “Someone needs to tell her boxing is dangerous before it is too late. Her promoter thinks she can become world champion in the next twelve months, but I’m ready to prove them wrong. I’m surprised she has accepted my challenge. She is a good fighter but she doesn’t have the experience to beat me. She will pay in blood!” (more…)



April 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Jennifer Han ready for first title defense

By David Finger

For as long as anyone could remember the city of El Paso was home to some of the most devoted and die hard boxing fans in the world. For those fighters lucky enough to call El Paso home, they knew that there would always be a loyal and dedicated fan base to support them and back them as they made their way up the rankings. But although there have been some tremendous fighters from El Paso over the years, all came just a little short in their bids for a world title. El Paso fans always found themselves on the outside looking in: waiting for a champion to bring gold to the Sun City.

Well the wait is over for El Paso. IBF featherweight champion Jennifer Han has kicked down that door and in the process broke down the glass ceiling over it as well. El Paso has a world champion, and the city couldn’t be prouder of their local girl. And this Friday the Sun City will get the opportunity to once again see Han (13-3-1, 1 KO) as she make the first defense of the IBF belt she won seven months ago against Helen Joseph. (more…)



April 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Horn calls out Jessie Vargas after stopping Bailey

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

“He was a tough guy,” said IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) after impressively stopping former world champion Randall Bailey (46-9, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. “I hit him with some good shots and he kept taking them. He got me at the start. I should of been more careful. I did get clipped and he can punch. I wake up when I get hit. I should of hit myself in the dressing room before I come out.

“It is amazing having pretty much everyone I know here tonight and everyone watching on Foxtel is pretty amazing. Great to have everyone behind me for this fight. I hope my next fight is Jesse Vargas next – he is the world titleholder and the number one position is vacant and if he wants to take me on I’m happy to do it.

“Thank you to Duco Events for putting on such a great show. Thanks to my trainer Glen Rushton and my brother Ben.”



April 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Fujimoto defeats Australian McKay

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

On the undercard of the Uchiyama shocker, WBC #16 Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (14-1, 7 KOs), 232.25, proved faster and more accurate than Australian Nathan McKay (6-3, 3 KOs), 267.75, winning a unanimous decision (80-73 twice and 80-72) over eight give-and-take rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Only once-beaten by Solomon Haumono in quest of the vacant OPBF belt in 2014, Fujimoto, 29, scored nine consecutive victories since including a couple of wins over ex-WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida.

Despite a shutout decision it wasn’t an easy triumph for Kyotaro as the much taller and heavier McKay showed his resilience and retaliation with his best effort. The game Aussie almost had Kyotaro at bay midway in round four, but the Japanese fought back hard with solid combinations to make him a bloody mess with good jabs and left-right combos. From the sixth round on Fujimoto, a faster footworker, turned loose and attempted to finish him with stronger shots to McKay, who, however, showed his heart and durability to win the praise of the crowd. Fujimoto demonstrated his improvement on his abundant stamina and good footwork. Our people like him except for his favorite red-dyed hair.



April 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Lomachenko arrives in NYC

Photo: Top Rank

Photo: Top Rank

World champion Vasyl Lomachenko and his team arrive in New York City for the big Top Rank press conference at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Lomachenko will take on world super feather champion Rocky Martinez at MSG on June 11. Rocky will be at the press conference as will Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo of Puerto Rico. HBO will televise the big card.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Berto-Ortiz media day flash quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Victor Ortiz: “I put in a rotal of 14 weeks of work. It was nothing easy, come the 30th I will prove once again why I beat Berto the first time. I thank the media for writing me off, they did me a favor and gave me that fire back.”

Andre Berto: “We had a tremendous training camp it was crazy nothing but grinding. We are ready to get it. I learned a lot from the last fight with him but this is my focus now. I want to win this fight in fashion and I want to look good doing it.” (more…)



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Joshua-Breazeale sells out in 30 minutes

The first defense of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua against Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale at The O2 in London on June 25 sold out in 30 minutes today. Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) landed the crown at the same arena earlier in April with a second round KO of Charles Martin and is looking to take another unbeaten record from another unbeaten American foe when Breazeale crosses the pond boasting a 17-0 record with 15 KO wins. Tickets went on general sale at 10am today and went inside half an hour – yet another rapid sell-out fight for the Olympic hero.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Isaac Chilemba: I will crush the Krusher

Light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) will challange WBO, WBA and IBF world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on Monday, July 11. Chilemba, who is currently in his home country of South Africa, participated in a conference call Wednesday to give the media a chance to discuss his upcoming battle against Kovalev.

Isaac Chilemba: “I want to thank Main Events for making this fight possible. Thanks to Sergey Kovalev for giving me this challenge.”

[On Kovalev’s Recent Opponents] “I believe Kovalev he is a hard-working fighter. There is no such thing as an easy fight. I believe Kovalev worked hard to get where he is. I don’t think he would say any of his opponents weren’t tough. He has never fought me or someone like me though. This will be a very different fight for Kovalev.” (more…)



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), 129.75, Japan, by a very quick demolition at 2:59 of the second round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Corrales sent Uchiyama sprawling to the deck three times in succession with his tremendously fast combinations.

Who had expected such a quick forfeiture of Uchiyama? The 36-year-old Japanese was a prohibitive favorite due to his previous eleven defenses—almost all in one-sided fashion. The Panamanian youngster, 24, made a surprising opening attack that had Uchiyama on the defensive and the champ cautiously probed the interim champ’s quickness on hand.

An unexpected disaster visited Uchiyama in round two. Corrales connected with a solid left to the chin of Uchiyama, who hit the deck and barely regained his feet to show his damage. The Panamanian promptly swarmed over him, flooring him again though it looked like a slip. Uchiyama grabbed the aggressor to last the crisis and his strategy seems almost successful, but Jezreel’s whirlwind attack finally dropped him for the third time in the same second round. Since the three-knockdown rule was applied in this WBA title bout, Uchiyama was declared a KO loser by US referee Robert Hoyle.

The judges (Uriel Aguilera, Silvestre Abainza and Hubert Earle) all tallied the first session in favor of Corrales.

Watanabe Promotions. photos



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Busy-punching Japanese warrior Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, retained his WBA super-flyweight belt by winning a nearly shutout decision over Thailander Inthanon Sithchamuang (43-12-2, 22 KOs), 114.5, over twelve hot frames on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges—Hubert Earle (Canada), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Byunmu Kim (Korea)—tallied 119-106 in favor of the defending champ Kono. In the second title go of the WBA world title tripleheader, Kono, 35, kept on punching and punching the durable Thai challenger, 29, all the way. The champ swept almost all rounds with his workman-like display of consecutive right shots to the southpaw rival, which were effective enough.

Kono sent Inthanon, a shorter but tough fighter, to the deck three times — each once in the fourth, fifth and seventh sessions. People expected Kono to finish the affair soon, but Inthanon’s durability and Kono’s lack of convincing power enabled the Thailander to last the distance. Kono, who kept his belt against top contender Koki Kameda by a unanimous nod in Chicago, registered his third defense, but Inthanon might be tougher than he had expected.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.

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April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan veteran southpaw Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-2, 21 KOs), 108, five times and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven-skulled 36-year-old Venezuelan hit the deck twice in the ninth, once in the tenth and twice more in the fatal eleventh, but whenever he was floored, he showed his heart and stood up to resume fighting. But his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the lopsided eleventh. Taguchi, making his third defense, had the upper hand and kept whipping the lefty challenger all the way despite Landaeta’s occasional retaliation. The lanky speedster Taguchi, 29, thus registered all three defenses by knockouts to show his improvement.

Before the stoppage, all the officials identically had Taguchi leading on points: 108-96 by Robert Hoyle (US), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Byunmu Kim (Korea). The patient referee was Hubert Earle (Canada). Watanabe Promotions.

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April 27th, 2016

UFC

Cormier vs. Jones 2 headlines UFC 200

The UFC’s first takeover of Good Morning America wasn’t the promotion’s only breaking news on Wednesday, as it was announced that the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas will be the light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Fury-Klitschko press conference erupts in Manchester – Fury in fine form!

By James Slater
Photos: Scott J. Raven

Today at The MEN Arena in the city of Manchester, heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko came face to face for the first time since their November fight last year.

Ex-champ Klitschko, looking relaxed and smiling, was the first to the head table; shaking hands with members of the media. Then Fury, the unbeaten champion arrived. Making his entrance to blaring music, with some cheerleaders/pom-pom girls accompanying him, Fury was also all smiles.

Dancing on the top table as Klitschko smiled and at times looked straight ahead, Fury was clearly enjoying himself.

BoxNation commentator John Rawling spoke first, announcing how tickets for the fight dubbed “Repeat or Revenge” are on sale today – a ringside seat costing almost £1,000, a cheap seat £50. Promoter Frank Warren then spoke and he said, once again, that this fight is for the “real” heavyweight championship. Warren stated how Klitschko has to drastically change his approach if he is to defeat Fury and gain revenge. It will be a much better fight this time, Warren promised. Bernd Boente, alongside Klitschko, said how Wladimir wants to show that he simply had an off-night last year. Boente also promised how it will be a completely different fight this time round. (more…)



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi

Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), 129.75, Japan, by a very quick demolition at 2:59 of the second round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Corrales sent Uchiyama sprawling to the deck three times in succession with his tremendously fast combinations.

Who had expected such a quick forfeiture of Uchiyama? The 36-year-old Japanese was a prohibitive favorite due to his previous eleven defenses—almost all in one-sided fashion. The Panamanian youngster, 24, made a surprising opening attack that had Uchiyama on the defensive and the champ cautiously probed the interim champ’s quickness on hand.

An unexpected disaster visited Uchiyama in round two. Corrales connected with a solid left to the chin of Uchiyama, who hit the deck and barely regained his feet to show his damage. The Panamanian promptly swarmed over him, flooring him again though it looked like a slip. Uchiyama grabbed the aggressor to last the crisis and his strategy seems almost successful, but Jezreel’s whirlwind attack finally dropped him for the third time in the same second round. Since the three-knockdown rule was applied in this WBA title bout, Uchiyama was declared a KO loser by US referee Robert Hoyle.

The judges (Uriel Aguilera, Silvestre Abainza and Hubert Earle) all tallied the first session in favor of Corrales.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Horn stops Bailey in seven

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) impressively stopped former IBF/WBA/WBO world champion and currently rated WBO #12 Randal Bailey (46-9, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In round two, Horn dropped Bailey. However, in round three, Bailey rocked Horn, who was given a count when his glove touched the canvas. After that Horn’s body work and boxing skills progressively broke down Bailey, who stayed on his stool after round seven. Horn claimed the vacant WBO Intercontinental title and retained his IBF Intercontinental title.

WBA #13 heavyweight Solomon Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Manuel Alberto Pucheta (39-12, 32 KOs).

Heavyweight Willis Meehan (5-0, 4 KOs) will made short work of debuting Riki Barclay, scoring a first round knockout. Meehan is the son of former world heavyweight title challenger Kali Meehan and is regarded as outstanding prospect.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

By Joe Koizumi

Busy-punching Japanese warrior Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, retained his WBA super-flyweight belt by winning a nearly shutout decision over Thailander Inthanon Sithchamuang (43-12-2, 22 KOs), 114.5, over twelve hot frames on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges—Hubert Earle (Canada), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Byunmu Kim (Korea)—tallied 119-106 in favor of the defending champ Kono. In the second title go of the WBA world title tripleheader, Kono, 35, kept on punching and punching the durable Thai challenger, 29, all the way. The champ swept almost all rounds with his workman-like display of consecutive right shots to the southpaw rival, which were effective enough. Kono sent Inthanon, a shorter but tough fighter, to the deck twice—each once in the fourth and fifth sessions. People expected Kono to finish the affair soon, but Inthanon’s durability and Kono’s lack of convincing power enabled the Thailander to last the distance. Kono, who kept his belt against top contender Koki Kameda by a unanimous nod in Chicago, registered his third defense, but Inthanon might be tougher than he had expected. Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

By Joe Koizumi

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan veteran southpaw Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-2, 21 KOs), 108, five times and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven-skulled 36-year-old Venezuelan hit the deck twice in the ninth, once in the tenth and twice more in the fatal eleventh, but whenever he was floored, he showed his heart and stood up to resume fighting. But his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the lopsided eleventh. Taguchi, making his third defense, had the upper hand and kept whipping the lefty challenger all the way despite Landaeta’s occasional retaliation. The lanky speedster Taguchi, 29, thus registered all three defenses by knockouts to show his improvement.

Before the stoppage, all the officials identically had Taguchi leading on points: 108-96 by Robert Hoyle (US), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Byunmu Kim (Korea). The patient referee was Hubert Earle (Canada).
Watanabe Promotions.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Interview: Dat Nguyen, Buddy McGirt

Interview/Photos: Karl Freitag

Popular featherweight Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday, May 8 at Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida. It will be the 33-year-old Nguyen’s first fight since dropping a decision to Jayson Velez since 2013, a fight he took on late notice. Fightnews.com® dropped by Nguyen’s nicely equipped gym in Vero Beach, Florida, where he is preparing for his comeback with elite trainer Buddy McGirt. Dat recently signed with promoter Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Boxing and his fight will take place on the undercard of the Bounce TV telecast featuring Kanat Islam vs. Juan De Angel.

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April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vijender Singh accepts Amir Khan’s challenge to fight in India

Amir Khan asks Instagram followers to choose which color boots to wear against Canelo

Jeff Horn eyes boxing glory against Randall Bailey

Tyson Fury will be as unpredictable as ever



April 27th, 2016

UFC

Forget rankings, DJ makes case as best ever

One minute. Give or take a few seconds, depending on your capacity to be alarmed, that 1/60th of an hour against John Dodson in January of 2013 is the only time Demetrious Johnson appeared to be in danger of losing his UFC flyweight title . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

The “Knock-Out King” Looks to KO “The Hornet”

By Jesse Wright

Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) is particularly more soft spoken than his usual self leading up to his clash with welterweight contender Jeff “The Hornet” Horn tonight at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia. By nature, Bailey’s personality, much like his fighting style, is brash, aggressive and to the point. The showdown with Horn was originally scheduled for March 2nd but postponed due to a freak accident which involved Horn receiving a punch to the throat in training camp. The altered demeanor of Bailey – rated as the #12 WBO contender – may simply be a result of the increased anxiousness that comes with waiting so long. Our conversation took place just hours before he jumped on a plane to head over to what is hostile territory in Horn’s backyard. All that being said, his demeanor may have changed, however his attitude is still the same as always. He’s still the “Knock-Out King,” and that’s exactly how he plans on handling business against Horn.

Although he respects Horn (13-0-1, 8 KOs) as an opponent, Bailey’s confidence in his own power still seems to dictate his attitude and game plan towards the contest. Before the initial contest was cancelled, Randall and I discussed the fight back in January, and at that time, he didn’t dedicate much time to watching tape because he believed Horn’s style would alter when he felt his power. With extra time to prepare and study film on Horn, not much has changed. (more…)



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Thurman-Porter face off at kickoff presser

Photos: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter went face-to-face Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan as they hosted a press conference to discuss their highly anticipated June 25 CBS-televised showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Thurman and Porter went eye-to-eye and talked about their eagerly awaited 147-pound world title clash that takes place in primetime on June 25.

Keith Thurman: “I made you wait. But it’s worth it. This is a tremendous fight. Arguably the best matchup of the year. We’re going to work our butts off to make it the Fight of the Year. Our two teams go way back. This is the most beautiful moment of my professional career and I’m about to compete with somebody I grew up with. I’m happy for my success and I’m happy for Shawn’s success. We come from the same boat. When you’re a young kid in the gym training and then you’re here today, that takes a special kind of person. Shawn and I are both that kind of person. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Islam-De Angel clash May 8 on Bounce TV

Unbeaten super welterweight and Olympic Bronze medalist Kanat Islam (20-0, 17 KOs) will take on Colombian brawler Juan De Angel (18-3-1, 17 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV taking place Sunday, May 8 from Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida.

Televised coverage also features a pair of exciting undercard battles as unbeaten prospects Miguel Cruz (12-0, 11 KOs) and Samuel Figueroa (10-0, 4 KOs) compete in an eight-round super welterweight showdown while featherweight prospect Dennis Galarza (12-1, 8 KOs) faces Mexico’s Yardley Suarez (15-3, 9 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Also fighting on the card is popular featherweight Dat Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) in his first fight since 2013.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100 and from the Lakeland Center Box Office by calling 863-834-8111 or visiting between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC bans sanctioning of boxing in Ontario, Canada

The WBC has announced that it will cease to sanction boxing in Ontario, Canada, due to the Ontario Athletic Commission’s “dangerous pre-fight practices.”

Official WBC Announcement: The World Boxing Council has been communicating with the boxing authorities of the Province of Ontario, Canada, for several years. The WBC considers the Ontario Athletic Commission’s boxing regulations to be dangerous for the participants. Accordingly, the WBC has pleaded with the OAC to comply with the established world safety standards applicable to professional boxing.

The OAC conducts its official weigh-in ceremony the very day of the fight. There is ample medical evidence that the OAC’s weigh-in practice is dangerous and can be detrimental to the health and safety of the fighters.

Ontario also limits the amount and length of material that can be used to wrap the hands of the boxers. Again, that practice goes against the widely accepted standards around the world. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Dashon Johnson Returns To Philly June 3

Hard-luck middleweight Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, who came within seconds of upsetting Jesse Hart recently at the 2300 Arena, returns to the same ring when he takes on DeCarlo Perez , of Atlantic City, NJ, in the scheduled eight-round main event on June 3. Johnson, 28, who floored the unbeaten Hart in the sixth (waved off by the referee Ernie Sharif) and in the closing seconds of the 10th round, lost a unanimous decision March 18 by scores of 95-94, 97-92, and 98-91, but later filed a protest over the work of Sharif.

A pro since 2008, Johnson has made a career out of fighting some of the best junior middleweights, middleweights and super middleweights, going 19-19-4, 6 K0s against the kind of schedule you rarely see any longer in boxing. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

UFC

DC reacts to Jon Jones’ win at UFC 197

Daniel Cormier sat Octagon-side and commentated as Jon Jones won the interim light heavyweight belt at UFC 197. Hear from Cormier backstage about fighting Jones for the undisputed title in their rematch . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

All make weight for WBA world title tripleheader

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, Boxing Beat

The weigh-in ceremony for tomorrow’s WBA world title tripleheader took place
on Tuesday here in Tokyo, Japan, where all the contestants finally made weight.
The result of the weigh-in is as follows:

WBA 130-pound title bout
Takashi Uchiyama (Japan) 129.75
Jezreel Corrales (Panama) 130

WBA 115-pound title bout
Kohei Kono (Japan) 115
Inthanon Sithchamuang (Thailand) 114.5

WBA 108-pound title bout
Ryoichi Taguchi (Japan) 107.75
Juan Jose Landaeta (Venezuela) 108

Only the Panamanian Corrales, WBA interim titlist, tipped the beam
at 131, a pound over the super-feather limit at his first trip to the
scale, but he rushed to a sauna bath and managed to make the
class limit of 130 in two hours after the first weigh-in.

Corrales said without hesitation, “Usually I made weight at 4 pm
in Panama, but the weigh-in here was at 1 pm. I believed I could
make weight even after the first failure.” He seemed to be very optimistic.

This show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions. photos



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Hiroshima sees Itagaki destroyed by WBC#3 Rey Loreto

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Dr. Misao Yamada

Hiroshima’s political concern is whether US president Barak Obama will visit the city as rumored in May, but its fistic concern is how high local prospect, OPBF#6 light-fly Koji Itagaki may climb up a ladder. Miserably and mercilessly was Itagaki (16-10-2, 7 KOs) destroyed by WBC#3 ranked Filipino Rey Loreto (22-13, 14 KOs) at 2:03 of the fourth session in a scheduled ten on Sunday. Having demolished ex-world champ Nkosinathi Joyi twice within the distance in South Africa, Loreto’s stock was raised so highly that it was obviously a mismatch as Loreto was just too strong and powerful for the home-towner. From the start Loreto caught up with Itagaki, scoring solid left-right combinations to hurt him very effectively. The fourth saw Itagaki battered from all angles so lopsidedly that the ref saved him from further punishment of the Filipino, who thus registered his fifth consecutive KO victory.
Promoter: Hiroshima San-ei Promotions.

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April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo workout highlights

Video: Golden Boy Promotions

Video highlights from WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez’ media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego, just a week before he departs for Las Vegas for his upcoming showdown with Amir “King” Khan on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Berto a slight favorite to defeat Ortiz

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) defeated Andre “The Beast” Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) in his first fight back in 2011, but oddsmakers have installed Berto as a -140 favorite to beat Ortiz (+120) in their rematch on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Berto is coming off a decision loss to Floyd Mayweather last September, while Ortiz stopped Gilberto Sanchez Leon last December.

More current boxing odds:

Wednesday, April 27 in Brisbane, Australia
Jeff Horn -420 vs. Randall Bailey +335

Wednesday, April 27 in Tokyo Japan
Takashi Uchiyama -390 vs. Jezreel Corrales +320
(WBA super featherweight title)
Kohei Kono -5000 vs. Inthanon Sithchamuang +2500
(WBA super flyweight title)
Ryoichi Taguchi -7500 vs. Juan Landaeta +2500
(WBA light flyweight title)

Friday, April 29 in Atlantic City
Anthony Dirrell -1500 vs. Caleb Truax +1000
Andre Dirrell -1250 vs. Blake Caparello +800

Saturday, April 30 in Washington, D.C.
Badou Jack -360 vs. Lucian Bute +300
(WBC super middleweight title)
James DeGale -4000 vs. “Porky” Medina +2000
(IBF super middleweight title)

Saturday, April 30 in Los Angeles
Victor Ortiz +120 vs. Andre Berto -140
Edwin Rodriguez -280 vs. Thomas Williams Jr. +240

Saturday, April 30 in London
Hughie Fury -3200 vs. Fred Kassi +1600



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