Bundrage Dominates Rojas

Bundrage Dominates Rojas

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

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Adamek, Glowacki, Masternak victorious

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

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Brunson KOs Cintron in knockdown-filled war

Brunson KOs Cintron in knockdown-filled war

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WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Yafai, Muranaka make weight

Khalid Yafai 114.5 vs. Suguru Muranaka 114.25
(WBA super flyweight title)

Ceferino Rodriguez 145.75 vs. Sam Eggington 146.5
(EBU welterweight title)

Sean Davis 121.25 vs. Gamal Yafai 121.6
(WBC International super bantamweight title)

Frankie Gavin 148.6 vs. Renald Garrido 145
Ryan Kelly 153.6 vs. Adam Harper 152.6

Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: AWE

Khalid Yafai 114.5 vs. Suguru Muranaka 114.25 (WBA super flyweight title) Ceferino Rodriguez 145.75 vs. Sam Eggington 146.5 (EBU welterweight …


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Crawford, Diaz speak

Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) and Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) spoke about their upcoming May 20th fight at Madison Square Garden.

Terence Crawford “I am very excited for this fight and looking forward to fighting in the big arena where all of the greats have fought. I am looking to put on a great show next week.

“When you are at the top of the division, everyone wants to fight the guy at the top, especially when they can get their name out there to boost their ratings. I didn’t take it as nothing really.

“Yes, of course, I never ran away from any challenge. He’s got the skills, he’s a good fighter, he is an Olympic Gold Medalist and this is the fight that a lot of people were calling for, and we are here now. (more…)

Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) and Olympic gold …



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Olympic hero Yoka set for pro debut

French Olympian and 2016 super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka will make his highly-anticipated pro debut on Friday, June 2 as he faces unbeaten Travis Clark (12-0, 8 KOs) at Le Dome – Palais Des Sports de Paris and live in France on Canal Plus.

“I can’t wait to step into the ring for the first time as a professional in front of all my fans in Paris,” said Yoka. “This is a dream come true, but it’s also just the first step. I’ve been improving every day in the gym with Virgil Hunter and I can’t wait to show everybody what I’ve got. I know that my team is going to put me into the positions that I want, so it’s up to me to deliver in the ring. It all starts on June 2 and you don’t want to miss it.”

Promoter Richard Schaefer added, “This is truly a momentous occasion to have the 2016 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist making his pro debut in front of his hometown fans. Tony Yoka’s outstanding performance in Rio was just the start of what I know will be a spectacular career.”

French Olympian and 2016 super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka will make his highly-anticipated pro debut on Friday, June 2 …


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Shot of the Day

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (center) poses with his father Gary Russell Sr. and his brothers Gary, Gary and Gary. The brothers participated in a media workout Thursday at the Enigma Gym in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Photo: Ed Diller/SHOWTIME

“It’s going to be history in the making,” said the champ. “We’re in familiar territory with making history. We were the first set of four brothers to win the National Golden Gloves and I don’t see anyone breaking our record anytime soon. I believe in a dynasty and I’m excited for my dad to see all of his hard work come together on fight night.”

Russell and two of his brothers enter the ring May 20 at MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Russell Jr. defends his world title against Oscar Escandon in the main event on Showtime.

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (center) poses with his father Gary Russell Sr. and his brothers Gary, Gary and …




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Yafai: I’ll turn Birmingham into a fortress

Kal Yafai believes he can build something special in Birmingham and wants to unify the Super-Flyweight division as he prepares to make the first defense of his WBA title against Suguru Muranaka at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday LIVE on AWE TV at 2 PM ET / 11 AM ET

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Yafai became the second city’s first World champion in December with a punch-perfect display against Luis Concepcion in Manchester, and the unbeaten 27-year-old wants to turn the Arena into a fortress – starting this weekend.

“It’s such an honor to be Birmingham’s first World champion. I consider myself to be the flag bearer for Midlands boxing now, I just want to make sure there’s more talent and inspire more fighters to achieve the same. (more…)

Kal Yafai believes he can build something special in Birmingham and wants to unify the Super-Flyweight division as he prepares …


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Weights from Philadelphia

Weights for tonight’s card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia

Christopher Brooker 168.4 vs. Oscar Riojas 169
Jerome Conquest 133.6 vs. Daniel Perales 137.2
Blake Mansfield 164.7 vs. Henry Beckford 167.1
Kyle McNutt 188.1 vs. Sam Orapeza 194.4
Kashon Hutchinson 142.2 vs. Jeffrey Torres 139.5
Harold Lopez 111.7 vs. Basyzbek Baratov 112
Bryan Perez Nevarez 129.1 vs. Chaise Nelson 125.9

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino
1st Bell: 7:00 PM ET

Weights for tonight’s card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia Christopher Brooker 168.4 vs. Oscar Riojas 169 Jerome Conquest 133.6 …


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Canelo-Chavez Jr. Update

Multiple sources are reporting that the Canelo-Chavez Jr. PPV telecast may surpass one million pay-per-view buys. An official announcement is expected soon.
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In other news, Chavez told ESPN Deportes that he was weight-drained and had no energy when he fought Canelo. “In the last two weeks, I ate very little. The last week I hardly ate anything,” he said. “I made a superhuman effort. That’s why Oscar de la Hoya And Canelo asked me to get down to that weight. They knew that I was going to kill myself…I took the risk, but it didn’t work out.”
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Junior stated he plans to continue his career with trainers Nacho Beristain and Memo Heredia.
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A postfight video of Junior has emerged on social media. He is seen in what appears to be a hotel room laying on a bed surrounded by about five scantily clad women.
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Las Vegas and Dallas are the leading contenders to stage the Canelo-GGG super fight on September 16.

Multiple sources are reporting that the Canelo-Chavez Jr. PPV telecast may surpass one million pay-per-view buys. An official announcement is …


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Pennington surprises Rodriguez

Photos: Emily Harney

In a big upset, super welterweight Courtney Pennington (11-4-1, 5 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez (29-9-4, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-94.

Undefeated welterweight Daniel Gonzalez (14-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Samuel Amoako (21-15, 15 KOs). Gonzalez controlled the action throughout the fight. Amoako lost his eleventh straight fight. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-54.

Former WBC female middleweight champion Kali Reis (11-6-1, 4 KOs) scored a six round majority decision over Ashleigh Curry (7-11-4, 1 KO). Reis battled a tactical fight against Curry. Scores were 57-57, 58-56, 59-55. (more…)

Photos: Emily Harney In a big upset, super welterweight Courtney Pennington (11-4-1, 5 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous …



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Olympian Aloyan wins title in debut

2016 Olympian super flyweight silver medalist Micha Aloyan won his professional debut over Yader Cardoza of Nicaragua on Friday night at the Arena in Kemerovo, Russia. It was an impressive display by Aloyan who controlled the action in route to a 10 round unanimous decision. The official scores were 98-92 and 100-90 twice. Aloyan won the vacant WBA Asia title.

2016 Olympian super flyweight silver medalist Micha Aloyan won his professional debut over Yader Cardoza of Nicaragua on Friday night …


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Easter to defend IBF belt June 30

Unbeaten IBF lightweight world champion Robert Easter (19-0, 14 KOs) will defend his title in his hometown when he takes on mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce live from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, June 30.

“I am always happy to fight at home, but I think the excitement in Toledo will be even bigger this time and I can’t wait,” said Easter. “I also have a baby on the way and the due date is June 5, so I will be able to fight knowing my son is here and I am extra pumped because of that. I know that I have a tough opponent, but I am not afraid of any fighter. This is what boxing is about. Shafikov is coming to take my belt, but I know that I will be victorious once again.”

Unbeaten IBF lightweight world champion Robert Easter (19-0, 14 KOs) will defend his title in his hometown when he takes …


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Davis-Walsh Conference Call Quotes

Gervonta Davis, America’s youngest world champion, and #1-ranked challenger Liam Walsh participated in an international media conference call on Wednesday in advance of their clash for Davis’ IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship on Saturday, May 20 on SHOWTIME from Copper Box Arena in London.

Davis vs. Walsh is part of a split-site, four-fight SHOWTME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. In the main event, Gary Russell Jr. will make his second featherweight title defense and long-awaited homecoming against mandatory challenger Oscar Escandon live from MGM National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Hall of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren also joined the call to talk about their fighters. (more…)

Gervonta Davis, America’s youngest world champion, and #1-ranked challenger Liam Walsh participated in an international media conference call on Wednesday …


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Wladimir Klitschko Update

Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is reportedly vacationing in Florida after his exciting 11th round TKO defeat to WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on April 29. He is expected to decide whether or not to exercise a rematch clause for a return bout with Joshua by early June.

Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is reportedly vacationing in Florida after his exciting 11th round TKO defeat to WBA/IBF heavyweight …



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Tatli gets another EBU title shot

Edis Tatli lost his EBU lightweight title by a controversial split decision to Francesco Patera last Saturday in Turku, Finland. Soon after the fight, Tatli’s coach Pekka Mäki filed a formal claim demanding an immediate rematch. Mäki based the claim on EBU’s fundamentals for scoring: “Effective aggressiveness is the most important factor for winning a round. The scoring of clean punches with power, number and accuracy, whether moving forward, backwards, boxing sideways against the ropes or counter punching,” judges are instructed on EBU’s website.

In Tatli v. Patera fight it was Patera who was the more active of the two, but most of his punches were blocked. Tatli on the other hand scored the cleanest and hardest shots of the fight and was never in trouble in the ring. (more…)

Edis Tatli lost his EBU lightweight title by a controversial split decision to Francesco Patera last Saturday in Turku, Finland. …


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Weights from Mohegan Sun

Delvin Rodriguez 156.25 vs. Courtney Pennington 154.25
Kali Reis 151.25 vs. Ashleigh Curry 152.5
Anthony Laureano 138.75 vs. Sidney Maccow 140.75
Jose Rivera 154.25 vs. Marcus Beckford 155
Carlos Perez 137 vs. Dan Murray 141
Daniel Gonzalez 145.5 vs. Samuel Amoako 147
Omar Bordoy 135.75 vs. Jonathan Rojas 133.5
Richard Rivera 177.5 vs. Marco 179.75

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing
Live Stream: Facebook (7:30 PM ET)

Delvin Rodriguez 156.25 vs. Courtney Pennington 154.25 Kali Reis 151.25 vs. Ashleigh Curry 152.5 Anthony Laureano 138.75 vs. Sidney Maccow …


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Beterbiev seeking to cut ties to promoter

IBF #2, WBA #3, WBO #3, WBC #5 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev has posted on Instragram that he wants out from his arrangement with Montreal promoter Yvon Michel.

My dear friends, fans and supporters!

As many of you have already heard, my lawyer has filed this morning a demand for Declaratory Judgment asking the Superior Court in Montreal to confirm that my promotional agreement with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) is effectively terminated/expired. I have nothing personal against Yvon Michel and everything is fine on my end. I keep training hard to get back in the ring and become World Champion ASAP. That has always been, and will always be, my sole focus and goal in my professional career.

Thanks for your support!

IBF #2, WBA #3, WBO #3, WBC #5 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev has posted on Instragram that he wants out …


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Olympian debuts in ten-rounder Thursday

The highly anticipated debut of 2016 Olympian Mikhail Aloyan will take place tomorrow. The site of the event will be the Arena in Kemerovo, Russia. The promoter of the event will be Patriot Promotions (Vlad Hrunov). Aloyan won the silver medal at the 2016 games representing Russia. He will get his professional career off on the fast track in a ten round bout for the WBA Asia super flyweight title.

His opponent will be former world title challenger Yader Cardoza of Nicaragua. Cardoza in his last fight dropped a disputed split decision as the visitor to unbeaten hometown favorite Jamie Conlan. Many observers felt Cardoza did enough to win the bout. Cardoza had Conlan down in the bout. Aloyan weighed in officially at 114.6 while Cardoza at 114.2 lbs. There are very high expectations for Aloyan per Hrunov. “There is no doubt in my mind he will be the next star out of Russia. The plan is for him to be a world champion as fast as Guillermo Rigondeux and Vasil Lomachenko if not faster,” said Hunrov.

The highly anticipated debut of 2016 Olympian Mikhail Aloyan will take place tomorrow. The site of the event will be …



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Ceylan-Vidal Euro clash to be promoted by Rimer Box

By Marco Bratusch

Yesterday afternoon at EBU headquarters in Rome, Rimer Boxing promotion, of Madrid, slightly outbid Sauerland Promotions by a razor-thin margin in order to promote the European featherweight title between their challenger Marc Vidal (9-1, 4 KOs) and current title holder Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs). The Dane boxer with Turkish ancestors barely retained his belt via technical draw decision last March in Denmark as a cut occurred in round four and forced the referee to stop a heated two-sided affair against British Isaac Lowe. The winning promoter put in the envelope a squared sum of 25,000 Euros, while the Germans offered 23,305 Euros. As per the winning promoter, the fight might be set in July in Barcelona, Spain.

By Marco Bratusch Yesterday afternoon at EBU headquarters in Rome, Rimer Boxing promotion, of Madrid, slightly outbid Sauerland Promotions by …


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Diablo to Gevor: Get ready to feel my power

By Przemek Garczarczyk

On May 20 in Poznan, Poland, former IBF/WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (52-3, 37 KO) will try to come step closer to another championship title bout. In a final IBF eliminator, he’ll be facing undefeated Noel Gevor (22-0, 11 KO) from Germany. “I know what to expect because some years back Gevor was my sparring partner and he was doing fairly well,” said Diablo at open media training. “He demands proper respect and he’s going to receive it. My punch output is the key, with both hands. No matter whether I hit his face, hands or body – Gevor, get ready to feel my power!”

According to Włodarczyk’s promoter Andrzej Wasilewski (Sferis Knockout Promotions), the May 20 bout will not only serve as an IBF final eliminator but will also decide who will be participating in upcoming World Boxing Super Series.

By Przemek Garczarczyk On May 20 in Poznan, Poland, former IBF/WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (52-3, 37 KO) will …


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Yildirim aiming to KO Periban

Undefeated WBC #3 super middleweight Avni “Mr. Robot” Yildirim (15-0, 12 KOs) arrived at Guadalajara International Airport accompanied by famed promoter Ahmet Oner in advance of Saturday’s clash against former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban (25-3-1, 16 KOs) at the Palacio de la Cultura y Comunicación (PALCCO) in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The WBC International belt will be on the line. Periban is currently rated WBC #19.

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

“I have seen Periban and I can beat him,” said Yildirim. “He’s not the best boxer, I think I can even knock him out to leave no doubt of my superiority. I have never lost. In contrast, Periban has already demonstrated that he’s not invincible and that the only advantage he has is fighting at home. I don’t have anything else to say but I’m here to win and I would like to do it as soon as possible.”

Undefeated WBC #3 super middleweight Avni “Mr. Robot” Yildirim (15-0, 12 KOs) arrived at Guadalajara International Airport accompanied by famed …


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WBC Championships Update

Each division ruling is in bold type, and the division activity follows on each case.

Heavyweight: Champion Deontay Wilder (United States)

When Wilder was injured in his last fight on July 16, an interim title fight was ordered between No. 1 ranked Alexander Povetkin of Russia and No. 2 ranked Bermane Stiverne of Haiti/Canada. Povetkin and Stiverne are fighting on Saturday, December 17, and the WBC will review the mandatory status after the fight.

  • Alexander Povetkin tested positive for banned substance Osterine and the WBC withdrew recognition of the fight between Povetkin and Stiverne.
  • Deontay Wilder defeated Washington by TKO5 in a voluntary defense of champion Wilder on February 25in Alabama.
  • Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne, mandatory defense – purse offer May 5 – split 70/30 in favor of champion.
  • Dereck Chisora vs. Robert Helenius for the silver – May 27. 

(more…)

Each division ruling is in bold type, and the division activity follows on each case. Heavyweight: Champion Deontay Wilder (United …


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WBA #11 Fredrickson in action Saturday

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Sonny Fredrickson (16-0, 10 KOs) will be back in action when he takes on Daniel Montoya (11-5, 8 KOs) on Saturday at the Eastern Michigan Convocation Center on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan

The Toledo, Ohio-native, who is now ranked 11th by the WBA, will face Montoya of Reynosa, Mexico, on the heels of his March 4 TKO victory over Osumanu Akaba in a sold-out show at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Ohio

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Sonny Fredrickson (16-0, 10 KOs) will be back in action when he takes on Daniel Montoya …


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Briggs-Oquendo Kick-Off Presser

Report/Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez

The kickoff press conference for the June 3 Briggs vs. Oquendo clash for the WBA heavyweight world title took place Tuesday at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Shannon Briggs: “I’ve heard things that he’s said about me, that it might be an easy fight. But he has no idea how motivated and how focused I am right now. I just can’t wait for the bell to ring so that the people can look up and see me smash him. I’m coming out in the first round and I’m gunning for you. As soon as the bell rings, I’m coming to take your head off. If I don’t get you in the first, I’ll get you in the second. All the way to the 12th. I got Liakhovich at 2:59 of the last round and you might have to go that way too.”

Fres Oquendo: “I’ve been in there with the best in the sport. This is a very special fight for me. This is life and death for me. I’ve fought everywhere in the world, sometimes I didn’t get the decision, but I’m going to bring it every time.”

Photos

Report/Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez The kickoff press conference for the June 3 Briggs vs. Oquendo clash for the WBA heavyweight world title …


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Hooker headlines June 10 in Iowa

Professional boxing returns June 10 to WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa, for a CBS Sports Network boxing telecast featuring undefeated NABO junior welterweight titleholder Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (22-0-3, 16 KOs) against Abdiel “Mortero” Ramirez (23-1-1, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Fighting out of Dallas, Hooker is world rated at WBO #2 and IBF #4.

In the 10-round co-feature for the vacant USBA featherweight crown. Daniel “Twitch” Franco (15-1-3, 10 KOs) takes on Jose Haro (13-1-1, 7 KOs).

Tickets are on sale at the WinnaVegas box office and online at www.tickets.winnavegas.biz. It is an all-ages event.

Professional boxing returns June 10 to WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa, for a CBS Sports Network boxing telecast featuring …


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World Boxing Super Series to feature cruiserweights and super middleweights

Comosa AG, the organizer of boxing´s first global knock-out tournament, is delighted to announce that the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the cruiserweight and super middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight fighters will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament starting in September with four quarter-finals per division. The semi-finals will be held in early 2018, and the winners will be crowned in May 2018.

A special boxer selection process has been put in place to determine the contestants for Season One. On May 15, tournament enrollment will commence where all WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF Champions as well as all top 15 world-ranked contenders (or their respective promoters, agents, managers or trainers with legal entitlement) can make their application to enter the tournament via enrollment@WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com. Enrollment closes on May 26.

In early July, Comosa will stage an official Presentation Gala in Monte Carlo to publicly announce all 16 participants and determine the draw. In each weight class, the four top seeds will select their quarter-final opponents from the four unseeded boxers in a live TV show.

Comosa AG, the organizer of boxing´s first global knock-out tournament, is delighted to announce that the inaugural season of the …


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Banks-Zubov collide June 16

The co-main event has been announced for promoter Dmitriy Salita blockbuster “Detroit Brawl” on Friday, June 16 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Undefeated Detroit cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) will face Detroit via Russia’s Alexey Zubov (14-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-round showdown. The fight will serve as the chief supporting bout to two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and now Women’s NABF Middleweight Champion, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (2-0, 1 KO) of Flint, Michigan, taking on Mery Rancier (7-8-3, 5 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight Championship in the main event. Rickets for “Detroit Brawl” are priced at VIP $200, Box Seats are $100 and $55, Seating is $40, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com.

The co-main event has been announced for promoter Dmitriy Salita blockbuster “Detroit Brawl” on Friday, June 16 at the Masonic …


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Fujimoto stops Purcell to retain OPBF heavyweight belt, acquires vacant WBO ASPAC title

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

OPBF heavyweight champ, WBC#15/WBO#13/WBA#14 Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9 KOs), 228.5, halted Australian titlist and OPBF #1 Herman Purcell (12-6, 6 KOs), 257.75, with the loser’s corner tossing in the towel at 1:22 of the ninth round to retain his OPBF belt and newly acquire the vacant WBO Asia Pacific (ASPAC) title on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyotaro is gunning for a shot at the current WBO titleholder Joseph Parker of New Zealand in the near future.

Fujimoto was cautious in the first two rounds, when Purcell, two inches shorter but some thirty pounds heavier, occasionally threw roundhouse swings to have the Japanese champ bewildered for a while. But Kyotaro started warming up his engine, throwing jabs and left-right combinations to dominate the third and fourth sessions. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated it was nearly even: 38-38 twice and 39-37 for Kyotaro. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda OPBF heavyweight champ, WBC#15/WBO#13/WBA#14 Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9 KOs), 228.5, halted Australian titlist …


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Beltran to face Maicelo on May 20th

Two-time world title challenger Ray “Sugar” Beltran and heavy-fisted Jonathan “The Last Inca” Maicelo will go mano a mano in a high-stakes battle of world-rated lightweight contenders. Sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as a world lightweight title elimination bout, the winner of the 12-round rumble will also lay claim to the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International and the NABF and NABO lightweight titles, currently held by Beltran. Beltran vs. Maicelo will be the co-main event to the Terence “Bud” Crawford – Félix Díaz World Junior Welterweight Championship, Saturday, May 20, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.  (more…)

Two-time world title challenger Ray “Sugar” Beltran and heavy-fisted Jonathan “The Last Inca” Maicelo will go mano a mano in …


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Yafai set to defend WBA superfly belt

Following last weekend’s Canelo-Chavez Jr. extravaganza, televised boxing is in short supply this week. AWE TV delivers the main televised boxing event on Saturday afternoon when undefeated WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) defends against Japan’s Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs) from Yafai’s hometown of Birmingham, England.

“It’s a tough first defense and that’s what I need,” said Yafai. “I want hard fights that are going to help me when I face unification fights. This is what I started boxing for. I wanted massive nights in Birmingham and it doesn’t get better for me. It’s been amazing since winning the title. Every time I’m walking around the city I get stopped for photos and for autographs, but I know that it’s harder to keep a title than it is to win it, so the real work is only just beginning.”

Following last weekend’s Canelo-Chavez Jr. extravaganza, televised boxing is in short supply this week. AWE TV delivers the main televised …


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Fuzile retains SA title

By Ron Jackson

Azinga Fuzile retained his South African featherweight title for the first time and captured the IBF Africa featherweight belt when he beat Sydney Maluleke on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa, on Sunday afternoon.

The scores 119-111, 119-110 and 117-110. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Azinga Fuzile retained his South African featherweight title for the first time and captured the IBF Africa …


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Sultan kayoes ex-world champ Jaro

Fast-rising Filipino superfly prospect Jonas “Zorro” Sultan pulled another upset KO win over former WBC world flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro, as he successfully defended his IBF Inter-continental super flyweight title for the first time last Sunday night at the Angono Sports Complex, Angono, Rizal Philippines. Sultan (13-3-0, 9KOs) recently won the belt from South African Makazole Tete just December of last year. (more…)

Fast-rising Filipino superfly prospect Jonas “Zorro” Sultan pulled another upset KO win over former WBC world flyweight champion Sonny Boy …


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EBU Update

By Marco Bratusch

British heavyweight brawler Dillian Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) has been designated by EBU as the new mandatory challenger for the European title held by Agit Kabayel (16-0, 2 KOs), who will likely dispute a voluntary defense on June 24th in SES Boxing promoted card. Whyte, whose only loss came by heavy hands of Anthony Joshua, has not fought since his slugfest against countryman Dereck Chisora last December, when Whyte edged Chisora by a disputed, hard-fought split decision in Manchester.

On the same night of Kabayel’s defense in Germany, experienced European champion Robert Stieglitz (50-5-2, 29 KOs) will put at stake his continental laurel against undefeated official challenger Dominic Boesel (24-0, 9 KOs), as respective managers have reached a private deal avoiding the upcoming purse bid. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch British heavyweight brawler Dillian Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) has been designated by EBU as the new mandatory …


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Fujioto stops Purcell to keep OPBF heavyweight belt, acquire WBO ASPAC belt

By Joe Koizumi

OPBF heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9 KOs), 228.5, halted Australian titlist and OPBF#1 Herman Purcell (12-6, 6 KOs), 257.75, with the towel tossing of the loser’s corner at 1:22 of the ninth round to retain his OPBF belt and newly acquire the vacant WBO Asia Pacific (ASPAC) title on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyotaro is gunning for a shot at the WBO heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker of New Zealand soon.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi OPBF heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9 KOs), 228.5, halted Australian titlist and OPBF#1 Herman Purcell (12-6, …


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Holyfield starts boxing promotional company

Boxing legend and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield has announced that he has entered the promotional ring, launching Real Deal Sports & Entertainment (RDSE). Teaming up with the four-time world heavyweight champion will be Sal Musumeci, the longtime President of Final Forum Boxing, who will serve as RDSE’s President and CEO. Management also includes former NYSAC exec Eric Bentley.

The company already has some talent on their roster, including WBA #15 middleweight Jeyson Minda (13-0-1), NY state middleweight champ Devaun Lee (7-2-1), welterweight prospect Peter Dobson (8-0), heavyweight Derric Rossy (31-12) and welterweight prospect Jeremy Nichols (7-0-1).

Boxing legend and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield has announced that he has entered the promotional …


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Final Fight For James Toney This Weekend

By Bob Ryder

Win, lose, or draw it is supposed to be “lights out” for the career of James Toney come this Saturday night as he takes on Mike Sheppard in the main event of a scheduled ten bout card in Ypsilanti, Michigan in what is being billed as Toney’s retirement fight.

Photo: Bob Ryder

Toney and Sheppard will vie for the vacant WBF (World Boxing Foundation) heavyweight title over twelve rounds at the Convocation Center on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Main Event Professional Boxing (Eric McGuire) along with Toney’s Lights Out Promotion are promoting the card. Toney and McGuire (pictured together) go way back to Toney’s days in Ann Arbor where McGuire has run a gym for years. Toney graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor in 1987 before turning pro the following year and desired to end his storied career with a final appearance before his hometown fans. (more…)

By Bob Ryder Win, lose, or draw it is supposed to be “lights out” for the career of James Toney …


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Unbeaten jr welters collide on ShoBox June 9

Showtime’s series “ShoBox: The New Generation” returns to the Turning Stone Event Center on June 9 when undefeated junior welterweights Regis Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (23-0, 19 KOs) will battle for Prograis’ NABF title in the 10-round main event. The fight takes place on the Friday night of International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, NY, only a few miles away from Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The card also includes a middleweight bout between Steve Rolls (15-0, 9 KOs) and Demond “D’Bestatit” Nicholson (17-1-1, 16 KOs). Jon Fernandez (12-0, 10 KOs) will open up the televised tripleheader in his second appearance on the ShoBox series, competing in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.

Tickets for Prograis vs. Diaz Jr. on June 9 at Turning Stone, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and AASHA Record Breakers, are on sale now and can be purchased for $65 for ringside, $50, $40 and $30 (may be subject to additional fees) in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.

Showtime’s series “ShoBox: The New Generation” returns to the Turning Stone Event Center on June 9 when undefeated junior welterweights …




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