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Wlodarczyk edges Gevor in IBF eliminator

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Crawford dominates and stops Diaz to retain WBC and WBO 140lb titles

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Russell retains WBC feather belt, Dirrell claims IBF interim super middle belt via DQ

Russell retains WBC feather belt, Dirrell claims IBF interim super middle belt via DQ

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Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

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Weights from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Mariana Juarez 117.75 vs Catherine Pirri 115.50
WBC Bantamweight world title

Alejandra Jimenez 224.40 vs Carlette Ewel 220
WBC heavyweight world title

Rocky Hernandez 129 vs Claudio Santillan 129
WBC world youth superfeatherweight title

Venue:Zocalo de la Ciudad de Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Gobierno de la Ciudad de Mexico
TV: Televisa

PD.105,000 fans was arrived to watch on live the Weighin on the Mexico City Zocalo. An record in weighin attendance

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Mariana Juarez 117.75 vs Catherine Pirri 115.50 WBC Bantamweight world title Alejandra Jimenez …


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Buthelezi outscores Aviles, retains IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi retained his IBF junior bantamweight belt on a unanimous 12 round points decision when he outclassed Angel Aviles of Mexico at the Kempton Park Indoor Sports Centre on Friday night.

Judges Patrick Mokondwa (Zimbabwe) and Roger Barnor (Ghana) scored it 119-109 and 118-110, whilst judge Ace Makhaluza had it a rather close 115-113.

Taking into account that Aviles was deducted a point for a low blow in the sixth round by referee Deon Dwarte (S.A), who did a good job as third man, this could have been a one point fight according Makhaluza. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi retained his IBF junior bantamweight belt on a unanimous 12 round points decision …



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Huck-Briedis Officials

WBC Referee: Jay Nady (USA)
WBC Judges: Eddie Pappoe (Ghana), Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy), Guido Cavalleri (Italy)
WBC Supervisor: Bob Logist (Belgium)
BDB Supervisor: Thomas Pütz (Germany)

Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
Timekeeper: David Boskovich
Ringside Physician: Dr. Stephan Bock

WBC Referee: Jay Nady (USA) WBC Judges: Eddie Pappoe (Ghana), Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) WBC Supervisor: Bob Logist …


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Rigondeaux and Flores reach agreement

The teams of Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and Moisés Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) have reached an agreement to fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight championship. Therefore, the purse bid ordered by the WBA Championships Committee for April 3 is suspended. In the coming days, fighter contracts will reach the WBA offices located in Panama City and details for the exact date of the fight will be announced.

The teams of Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and Moisés Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) have reached an agreement to fight …




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Kessler announces comeback

Photo: Team Sauerland

Danish boxing legend Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) announced his plans to return to the ring at a press conference today at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers Hotel.

The former five-time World Champion, who retired following his May 2013 rematch with Carl Froch at the O2 in London, will make a sensational comeback later this year with a date and opponent to be confirmed.

‘’I want to prove that I can become the best again. The goal is to become World Champion for the sixth time,” said ‘The Viking Warrior’.

‘’I’ve always said that if I wake up one day and the motivation is there, I’ll take the chance, and now, the timing is right. I still have a great team around me with a chef, physical trainer, therapist and boxing coach. The desire is still there, and I’m ready to make it happen.

‘’I’m older, and so is my body, but I’ve kept in shape, and I’m still in weight. I’m 100 per cent motivated to do this. I’ve missed the training camps, and I’ve missed the focus you get from boxing – to have one goal, and to do your best to achieve it. (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Danish boxing legend Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) announced his plans to return to the ring at …


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Helenius and Chisora ready to renew rivalry


Photo: Team Sauerland

Robert Helenius (24-1, 15 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time since their controversial December 2011 showdown today at the Hotel Kamp in Helsinki, Finland as they prepare to renew their rivalry on May 27.

Helenius was awarded a split decision victory in their first bout, despite many people believing the British boxer did enough to win. Chisora now has the chance to settle the score when they return to the Hartwall Arena to contest the WBC Silver World Heavyweight title in a hotly anticipated rematch.

Chisora is coming off the back of another contentious decision in a ‘fight of the year’ contender versus countryman Dillian Whyte, while Helenius has scored back-to-back knockout victories against Konstantin Airich and Gonzalo Omar Basile. (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Robert Helenius (24-1, 15 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time …


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Huck and Briedis make weight

Cruiserweights Marco Huck (40-3-1, 27KOs) and Mairis Briedis (21-0, 18KOs) both made weight for Saturday’s world title fight at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. Both weighed in at 199.5 pounds. An intense face-off followed. For the record, Briedis looked away first. They will clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight world championship and also Huck’s IBO belt.

Cruiserweights Marco Huck (40-3-1, 27KOs) and Mairis Briedis (21-0, 18KOs) both made weight for Saturday’s world title fight at the …


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WBC champ Wanheng goes to 46-0

Unbeaten WBC minimumweight world champion Wanheng Menayothin (46-0, 18 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over southpaw Jaysever Abcede (13-6, 8 KOs) in a non-title bout on Friday in a temporary outdoor arena in the Chom Thong District of Bangkok, Thailand. Wanheng was in command all the way, but never close to stopping Abcede. He is quickly closing in on that 49-0 mark.

In other action, 19-year-old WBC Youth super flyweight champion Singsayan CP Freshmart (8-0, 3 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Joe Tejones (7-2, 3 KOs) to retain his title. Scores were 97-93 across the board. WBC Youth titles carry a maximum age of 23 years, 11 months.

Unbeaten WBC minimumweight world champion Wanheng Menayothin (46-0, 18 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over southpaw Jaysever Abcede …



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Kisner Wins Split Decision in Glen Burnie, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

There were four competitive contests during the Baltimore Pro Boxing Promotions card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD Thursday night.

The main event saw Baltimore, MD cruiserweight and NABA Champion “Slick” Nick Kisner win an eight-round split decision over Lamont Singletary of Dover, DE. Both men posed awkward challenges for each other as Kisner showed fast hands and continually switched from conventional to southpaw while Singletary would come leaping in at times trying to land punches. Neither man was in danger of being knocked down but both men would have their moments in the contest. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside There were four competitive contests during the Baltimore Pro Boxing Promotions card at Michael’s …


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Usyk: It’s important for me to have all four titles

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated WBO cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KO’s) of Ukraine met with the press Thursday afternoon for a Los Angeles media conference at The Palm in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss his next bout against undefeated fellow 2012 Olympian and top ten contender Michael Hunter, (12-0, 8 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, April 8 at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“Thank you all for coming. Once again I am fighting on HBO and I am very happy to be fighting on HBO,” Aleksandr Usyk said in welcoming the members of the media. “I have seen Michael Hunter fight on You Tube videos and once in the Olympics. He is a good undefeated slick fighter but I don’t think about him,” Usyk added.

Usyk was accompanied by K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler and his manager Egis Klimas here is what they had to say. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated WBO cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KO’s) of Ukraine met with the press Thursday afternoon …


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Weights from Philadelphia

Weights for Friday night’s Victory Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Jaron “Boots” Ennis 147.2 vs. James Winchester 147.2
Manny “Major Pain” Folly 122 vs. Luis Hinijosa 126.2
Darren Goodall 168.3 vs. Juan Zapata 168.7
Brandun Lee 143.3 vs. Seth Basler 143.3
Joshua Jones 136.4 vs. Dustin Arnold 135

Weights for Friday night’s Victory Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia Jaron “Boots” Ennis 147.2 vs. James Winchester …


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Ortiz to face Rossy April 22


Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will return to the ring to take on Long Island’s Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) in a 10-round showdown Saturday, April 22 in a Premier Boxing Champions event live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

Also competing in undercard action is four-division world champion Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KOs) who will look to make history by becoming the first woman and the first Puerto Rican fighter to win a fifth world title in five different weight classes. Both the Ortiz vs. Rossy and Serrano bouts were announced at a press conference in New York City on Thursday.

SHOWTIME Boxing coverage of the Ortiz vs. Rossy and Serrano bouts will be announced in the coming days. (more…)

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will return to the …



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Weights from Haiti

By Robert Coster
Photos: Hector Villarreal

Melissa St.Vil 128.5 vs Jessica Gonzalez 130
(WBC Silver title)

Evens Pierre 137 vs Alfonso Perez 136.25
Azea Augustama 174.5 vs Gusmyr Perdomo 174
Wilky Campford 154 vs Paul Valenzuela 154
Daniele Scardina 168 vs Wilmer Mejia 166
Alicia Ashley 123 vs Liliana Martinez 125

Venue: Karibe Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti

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By Robert Coster Photos: Hector Villarreal Melissa St.Vil 128.5 vs Jessica Gonzalez 130 (WBC Silver title) Evens Pierre 137 vs …


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Hughie Fury confident of victory against Joseph Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO#2 heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) is confident that he has the skills and experience training in boxing camps with his cousin Tyson Fury, to take the WBO heavyweight title from champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) on May 6 at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand despite Parker having the more impressive physique and weight advantage.

“Parker is a big lump, well built, but that is not everything. They can have muscles on them as much as they want, but it means nothing. It’s all about skill and having a strong mind. Most of boxing is mental,” Fury said.

“At the end of the day it’s two men in there. It’s last one standing and I believe I have the tools to beat him.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO#2 heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) is confident that he has the …


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Koncz: Pacquiao vs Horn should be finalized by end of week

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) will likely defend the title against WBO#2 Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia after Hall Of Fame promoter Bob Arum asked Manny to give him a decision if he could take the fight. Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz said the deal for a Pacquiao vs Horn should be finalized by the end of the week.

Michael Koncz says it ‘looks like’ Pacquiao will proceed with a fight against the unbeaten Australian.

“We are finalizing the terms,” Koncz tells Rappler in a text message on Thursday, March 30, the deadline Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had given Pacquiao’s side to agree to the fight. Koncz adds that the deal “should be finalized by end of week.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) will likely defend the title …


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Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis and Christina Hammer public workout


Photos: PhillipGatz c/o HSP

Two days before showdown in Dortmund, Germany, the main fighters Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis and Christina Hammer were presented to public for the last time at a training session.

The ring was situated in Fans world of the famous football club Borussia Dortmund, directly near the stadium Signal Iduna Park, which is with 80.000 spectators the biggest stadium in Germany.

Surprising visit in the beginning of the training session. Borussia goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller wanted to see the champions. “I´m a big boxing fan”, the former German national keeper said, “whenever it´s possible I try to see boxing live. I believe in Marco and Christina at Saturday night!”
Hucks opponent Mairis Briedis (21-0, 18 KO’s) is unbeaten in 21 fights. The athlete from Latvian capital Riga showed himself in very a good condition. “I´m well prepared, I worked hard, anything else we´ll see on Saturday. The chances are fifty-fifty.” (more…)

Photos: PhillipGatz c/o HSP Two days before showdown in Dortmund, Germany, the main fighters Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis and Christina …



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WBO#11 Eto blasts out Sittichai in two

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Elongated super-fly, ex-WBA interim flyweight champ Koki Eto (20-4-1, 15 KOs), 115, proved too strong and sharp for taller Thailander Sittichai Bensalaeh (10-6-1, 2 KOs), 114, blasting him out with his opening attack at 1:02 of the second round in a scheduled ten on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the WBC 115-pound belt via hard-fought but unanimous verdict (116-112, 117-111 twice) to defending champ Carlos Cuadras in November 2015, the 5’8.5” Eto decked three victories in a row since. As he said “This is the first time I face a taller opponent than I,” the Thailander was a 5’10” lanky youngster who reportedly experienced more than two hundred Muaythai bouts. But it was Eto that easily caught the awkward opponent with a vicious right to drop him to the deck. Though regaining his feet, Sittichai quickly hit the canvas twice more with Eto’s wicked left hooks to the face. Now that the JBC abolished the three knockdown rule, it was registered as TKO for Eto, not KO as previously, despite the loser’s three visits to the canvas. Eto’s manager, former WBA champ Yoko Gushiken looked delighted to see his boy’s impressive triumph. Eto, though talented and physically gifted, seemingly needs more finesse to be crowned internationally again (he once acquired the WBA interim 112-pound belt in Thailand).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Elongated super-fly, ex-WBA interim flyweight champ Koki Eto (20-4-1, 15 KOs), 115, proved …


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Juarez, Zepeda headline in Tijuana

Some notable names on Zanfer Promotions’ show this Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana. In the main event, WBO #1 super bantamweight Caesar “Corazon” Juarez (19-5, 14 KOs) meets Filipino Eugene “Rambo” Lagos (11-3-2, 7 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Juarez holds a law degree and is currently pursuing a masters as he takes aim at a world title shot against WBO kingpin Jesse Magdaleno.

World-ranked lightweight Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda (25-1, 21 KOs) is back in the co-feature against Jesus Silveira (18-3, 8 KOs) in a ten round junior welterweight bout. Zepeda fought for the WBO title in England against Terry Flanagan in July 2015, but he dislocated his right shoulder in the second round and couldn’t continue.

Also, former WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (41-8, 29 KOs) will see action in an eight-rounder against Briegel “Gallito” Quirino (14-2, 5 KOs).

Some notable names on Zanfer Promotions’ show this Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana. In the main event, WBO …


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Huck: I always go for the KO

Cruiserweights Marco Huck and Mairis Briedis faced off Wednesday at the final press conference for Saturday’s showdown in Dortmund, Germany, which has now been upgraded to a WBC cruiserweight championship bout.

Photo: Huck Sports Promotion

Marco Huck: “The green WBC belt, the belt Ali and Tyson wore, this is what I’ve always dreamed about. I was WBO champ for a long time and I always wanted my old promoter to set up a title fight with the WBC, but it never happened. Now it is finally happening…this fight will be a slugfest and we certainly will not play chess. It will be a real fight, but a clean fight…I always go for the KO!”

Mairis Briedis: “I had a professional training camp, but I’m standing in the ring on Saturday with a warrior. Marco is a champion. There can be no other plan than an early win. My plan is to take a tactical, disciplined approach and to box him. Round after round I will keep him under pressure and then we’ll see what happens.”

Cruiserweights Marco Huck and Mairis Briedis faced off Wednesday at the final press conference for Saturday’s showdown in Dortmund, Germany, …


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Kisner Headlines in Glen Burnie, MD Tonight

By Gary “Digital” Williams

A pro-am card comes to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, March 30th. The card will be promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing.

Headlining the pro portion of the card will be NABA Cruiserweight champion “Slick” Nick Kisner of Baltimore, MD who will take on Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary of Dover, DE in an eight-round non-title bout. Kisner (18-3-1, six KO’s) won the NABA title in his last outing, capturing a 10-round majority decision over Brian Holstein on November 23 in Columbus, OH. Singletary (8-1, five KO’s) returned to action after an almost-three year absence to score a first-round knockout over Dan Biddle on February 17th in Wilmington, DE. Singletary’s only loss came against Travis Reeves in November of 2013. Reeves knocked out Singletary in the first round. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams A pro-am card comes to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, March 30th. …


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Pinoy Pride 40 Finalized

The full and updated fight card is set for the upcoming Pinoy Pride 40 with its new title, “DOMINATION,” headlined by the IBF world flyweight championship clash between Filipino boxing icon, two-divison champion and IBF #3 Donnie “Ahas” Nietes takes on #4 rated Komgrich “Eaktawan” Nantapech of Thailand. The ALA Promotions card takes place April 29 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines.

Ten-Rounders:
Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo Vs Issa “Peche Boy” Nampepeche (super featherweight)
Jeo “Santino” Santisima vs. Master Suro (super bantamweight)
Virgil “Valiente” Vitor vs. Michael Escobia (super bantamweight)

Other bouts:
Junrel Jimenez vs. Ramil Antaran (flyweight)
Kenneth Gentallan John Kenan Villaflor (super flyweight)
Esneth Domingo vs. Romulo Ramayan (flyweight)
Sultan Kudarat vs. Mike Kinaadman (flyweight)

The full and updated fight card is set for the upcoming Pinoy Pride 40 with its new title, “DOMINATION,” headlined …


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Buthelezi defends IBO belt against Aviles

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi makes the second defense of his IBO junior bantamweight belt when he meets Angel Aviles from Mexico at the Kempton Park Indoor Sports Centre on Friday night. The fight will shown live in South Africa on SS9 from 7pm to 10pm.

The 30-year-old Buthelezi who has a record of 18-5, 4 KOs, since making his pro debut on July 21 2006, has won a multitude of titles amongst which are the South African strawweight, WBO Africa strawweight, IBO strawweight, IBO junior flyweight, IBO Africa bantamweight, WBA Pan African junior bantamweight and IBO junior bantamweight belt on two occasions.

Aviles 12-4-1, 2 KOs who was born Angel Aviles Armenta made his pro debut in June 2007, lost 4 of his first 11 fights. However, he has remained unbeaten in his last six with five wins and one draw. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi makes the second defense of his IBO junior bantamweight belt when he meets …


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Magwaca-Canoy clash for vacant WBF belt

By Ron Jackson

Mzuvukile Magwaca from South Africa faces Filipino Jason Canoy in a clash for the vacant WBF bantamweight belt in Khayelitsha near Cape Town on Friday night. Magwaca (17-0-2, 10 KOs) who has been fighting as a pro for nearly eight years won the vacant IBO Inter-Continental flyweight title in June 2014 when he stopped Michael Enrique (8-1-1) inside the distance. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Mzuvukile Magwaca from South Africa faces Filipino Jason Canoy in a clash for the vacant WBF bantamweight …


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WBC Francophone ratings as of April 2017

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Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso, will host on May 12th two WBC Francophone championships. Patrice Sou Toke will defend his middleweight title against French Andrew Francillette, while Alexis Boureima Kabore will challenge John Amuzu from Benin for the vacant superbantamweight title.

Ilunga Makabu is scheduled to fight for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title in Carnaval City near Johannesburg, South Africa. Date is tentatively set for April 28 while the opponent has still to be confirmed.

The full set of WBC Francophone ratings can be found via the below link.

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ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS

 

Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso, will host on May 12th two WBC Francophone championships. Patrice Sou Toke will defend his middleweight title …


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Luis Ortiz added to Berto-Porter undercard

Cuban heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) has been added to the April 22 Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ortiz will be facing an opponent to be named. Also competing on the April 22 undercard will be four-division world champion Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KOs), unbeaten prospect Julian Sosa (7-0-1, 2 KOs) and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins (1-0, 1 KO). In the already announced co-main event, undefeated WBC super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo battles top rated challenger Charles Hatley.

Cuban heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) has been added to the April 22 Andre …


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Toledo Boxing Scene On The Rise

Story and photo by Bob Ryder

Bolstered by a group of young talented hometown fighters, boxing in Toledo is enjoying a resurgence in popularity not witnessed for some years. Led by current IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr, Glass City boxers are performing before sold out or near capacity crowds in Toledo as well as seeing the demand for their services extend to Detroit area venues and beyond. Sonny Fredrickson (16-0), Wesley Tucker (14-0), Tyler McCreary (13-0), and DeAndre Ware (8-0-2) are right behind Easter as they are working their way steadily upward hoping to emulate his title winning success. The extreme renewed interest in the sport in Toledo was never more in evidence when nearly 10,000 fans packed the Huntington Center to witness Easter successfully defend his title in February. Ticket scalpers outside the arena were doing well catering to those fans who neglected to get theirs early. Rumors are strong that Easter will be returning in the near future to his hometown for another title defense and given this level of fan response, why not?

Continuing the momentum, another group of Toledo fighters are set to perform on Saturday, April 8, as promoter Vick Green (Pulse Boxing) presents “A Night of Championship Boxing” at the St. Clements Hall. Co headlining the card is 2013 National Golden Gloves champion Albert Bell, now 7-0 as a pro super lightweight, as he takes on veteran Justin Savi (29-11-2) over six scheduled rounds. The other six round main event sees the return of decorated amateur and 2004 USA Olympic team captain Devin Vargas. Heavyweight Vargas (18-4) has been out of the ring for nearly three years and lost his last three fights all by TKO. He’s hoping that the long rest will allow him to get back on the winning track by overcoming opponent Tommy Washington, Jr (6-10-1). (more…)

Story and photo by Bob Ryder Bolstered by a group of young talented hometown fighters, boxing in Toledo is enjoying …


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Canelo vs. Junior in theaters

Cinemas across the U.S. will play host to a Cinco de Mayo weekend mega-fight “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.” Presented by Fathom Events and Golden Boy Promotions, those attending the one-day cinema broadcast will receive an exclusive commemorative fight mini-poster. Tickets for “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.” can be purchased beginning Friday at FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Cinemas across the U.S. will play host to a Cinco de Mayo weekend mega-fight “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, …


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Olympian Kelly faces Jay Byrne on Glasgow debut

Olympian Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne on his professional debut at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on April 15, live on Sky Sports.

Kelly joins the paid ranks after reaching the last 16 in the Welterweight competition of the Rio games last summer, and the Sunderland talent now starts his journey to pro success on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ World Super-Lightweight unification clash with Julius Indongo.

Byrne jumped up two weights at York Hall earlier in the months to take Middleweight Felix Cash the distance, and the Irishman will be the first to test the talented 22 year old Welterweight who is training with Adam Booth, a man he believes can finesse his exciting style into a winning one in the pros.

“I used to be a good fighter but not a boxer,” said Kelly. “I was a chubby kid and I didn’t have much movement but I used to just stand there and bomb them over. I was fat but fit, and that helped me lose the weight. (more…)

Olympian Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne on his professional debut at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on April 15, …


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Arum: Manny given 48 hours to make a decision on July 2 fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has given WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao 48 hours according to the Manila Bulletin to make a decision if he will defend the WBO championship against WBO#2 Jeff Horn on July 2nd at the 52,000 seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

“They have to make a decision by Wednesday (Thursday in Manila),” said Arum from Los Angeles yesterday.

“If we can’t get a fight for him this July, we’ll look at November,” said Arum, noting that a return appearance on US soil seems improbable given the skidding pay-per-view sales.

“Unless it’s a big fight, we are looking at Manny fighting outside the US,” Arum said.

There have been offers for Pacman to fight in Qatar and South Africa at the end of the year.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has given WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao …


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Helenius-conqueror Duhaupas returns to Finland

World rated heavyweight contender Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas, who hails from France but fights under Monaco license, will headline Satasisu Fight Night in Pori, Finland. Duhaupas (34-4, 21 KOs), a former heavyweight title challenger, will fight an opponent to be announced later, and the fight is scheduled for eight rounds.

Finnish boxing fans are very familiar with Duhaupas, who brutally knocked out Robert Helenius last April in Helsinki. The loss was the first in Helenius’ professional career. The “Reptile” has also fought twice for the Euro heavyweight European title against Finnish boxers Jarno Rosberg and Janne Katajisto. He knocked out both. (more…)

World rated heavyweight contender Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas, who hails from France but fights under Monaco license, will headline Satasisu Fight …


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Crawford-Diaz set for May 20 at MSG

Undefeated WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) and #3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) will host a New York press conference next week to officially announce their 12-round world title fight to take place at Madison Square Garden. It will be televised live on HBO. The card will be promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment.

Undefeated WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) and #3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) …


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WBO #14 Matsumoto stops Sakamoto in one

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Elongated super-bantam hard-puncher Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17 KOs), 123.5, proved too much and too sharp for JBC#11 Hideo Sakamoto (17-4-3, 5 KOs), 123.5, stopping him with a furious opening attack at 1:57 of the opening session in a scheduled ten on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Matsumoto, once highly rated in the WBO ratings, suffered an upset stoppage by unheralded Mexican Victor Uriel Lopez last May, but got revenge on him via sixth-round TKO in a grudge fight in December. Matsumoto, a 5’8” hard-puncher, started his engine so quickly that he decked the veteran with a short left hook, and floored him again with a wicked right following a barrage of punches with the referee Someya’s well-received intervention. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Elongated super-bantam hard-puncher Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17 KOs), 123.5, proved too much and …


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Schaefer bullish on Balderas

A group of newly-signed Ringstar Sports talent was on display at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood Tuesday, as the young fighters participated in a media workout in advance of their respective pro debuts taking place Sunday, April 9 from The Novo at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Promoter Richard Schaefer was particularly excited about 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas, who will make his pro debut in a six-round super featherweight contest.

Photo: Ricky Horne Jr./Ringstar Sports

“With Karlos Balderas, you have someone with the skills in the ring, the personality and the character outside of the ring as well. The combination of all of this will ultimately, make him the new face of the sport,” stated Schaefer. “There always has to be somebody who carries the Southern California boxing scene. Right now there is a void. I see Karlos very quickly becoming the King of L.A. and become a star in the sport.”

A group of newly-signed Ringstar Sports talent was on display at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood Tuesday, as …


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Medina outscores Delgado

By Robert Coster

Boxing returned to Santiago, the Dominican Republic’s second city and local fans were offered a dandy of a card on Monday night with close, competitive fights between eager young boxers. The main event saw Juan Orbin Medina (13-1, 5 KOs) score a unanimous 10 round decision over fellow prospect Henry Delgado (13-1, 10 KOs) in an excellent scrap. Medina won by 2, 4 and 9 points (the later being way off the mark). With this victory, Medina acquires the WBA Fedecaribe jr Lightweight title along with the Dominican national belt. (more…)

By Robert Coster Boxing returned to Santiago, the Dominican Republic’s second city and local fans were offered a dandy of …


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WBO 108lb champ Tanaka to defend against #1 Acosta, 16-0, 16 KOs

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten two-class world champ, Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5 KOs) will make his initial defense of his second WBO junior flyweight belt against unbeaten top contender Angel Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) in Nagoya, Japan, on May 20. It was announced by Hatanaka Promotions presided by former WBC 122-pound champ Kiyoshi Hatanaka yesterday.

Tanaka, an enfant terrible at 21, recently flew to Puerto Rico to watch a WBO eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger against him this February, when Acosta, 26, extended his unblemished mark by halting Namibian Japhet Uutoni in the tenth in Caguas there.

Tanaka respects Acosta’s perfect mark and knows well that Acosta is expected to be a second Wilfredo Gomez in Puerto Rico, but said, “It’ll be a good fight and it’ll be me that will be victorious.”

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unbeaten two-class world champ, Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5 KOs) will make his initial …




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