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Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

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

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Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

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

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Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photo: Dave Cameron IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, ...

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PBC at the Crossroads

PBC at the Crossroads

By Karl Freitag In October 2015, Premier Boxing Champions presented eight live boxing telecasts. In October 2016, there are currently no events scheduled. ...

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By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas undercard headliners were on hand Tuesday afternoon inside the Conga Room ...

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Olympic Boxing: It’s over for the pros, ex-world champ Ruenroeng TKO’d by amateur in round three

Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs as a pro and rated #6 by the WBO at flyweight) was stopped in round three by 21-year-old French amateur Sofiane Oumiha in a lightweight bout. Ruenroeng received multiple eight counts. All three professional fighters competing in the 2016 Olympics have now been defeated by amateurs early on in the tournament.

American middleweight Charles Conwell was the first member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to be defeated at the 2016 Olympic Games. India’s Krishan Vikas beat the 18-year-old Conwell 3-0.

Irish lightweight David Joyce was ousted by Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan 3-0.

Australian middleweight Daniel Lewis edged Poland’s Tomasz Jablonksi 2-1.



August 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Duva: Kovalev-Ward negotiations a living hell

By Miguel Maravilla

On Tuesday at a Los Angeles press conference, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) was supposed to announce the details of his November 19 PPV showdown against Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, who was not in attendance.

Promoter Kathy Duva stated, “We expect the fight will be taking place SOMEWHERE…we have a deal with the T-Mobile (in Las Vegas) as far as I’m concerned. Duva also stated Ward felt it was too close to the fight [date] to travel to this kick-off press announcement. (The fight is more than three months away!)

“I guess living hell is a pretty good description of the negotiations,” Duva added. “But seriously, there’s a lot of nice people at Roc Nation but unfortunately, the leadership of their company is just not capable of dealing with this fight. We’re trying and as far as I’m concerned we have a deal. We made a deal back in June to put the fight at the MGM. I don’t know what they want. I don’t know what this tactic is they’ve employed in the last 48 hours. I can only come to the conclusion that perhaps on their side there’s some problem with Andre Ward. But we have an agreement and we’ll see that they live up to it.”

The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been reserved for the fight.



August 9th, 2016


Boxing News

Ishe Smith returns Sept 16

Former IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs) is set to battle once-beaten Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions next Bounce TV card on September 16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The telecast also features super welterweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-1, 10 KOs) taking on Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.



August 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Menard-Mamadjonov added to Aug 19 ShoBox

Lightweight prospect Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) will face Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle in the new co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on August 19 at the outdoor soccer venue Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.

Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will take on the experienced Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Also scheduled for TV: undefeated welterweight knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) steps up against veteran Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle. In the telecast opener, unbeaten Antonio Nieves (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will square off against new opponent, Alejandro Santiago (11-2-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-round bantamweight bout for Nieves’ WBO NABO title.



August 9th, 2016


Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: 2nd pro boxer eliminated, only Ruenroeng remains

The second of three professional boxers competing in the Rio Olympics has been knocked out of the tournament without a medal. Unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs as a pro) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, was defeated 3-0 by Cuban Jorge Lazaro Alvarez 3-0 in the lightweight division.

American lightweight Carlos Balderas defeated Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu 3-0.

British lightweight Joseph Cordina was defeated by Hurshid Tojibaev 2-0 with one round even.

Mexican middleweight Uziel Rodriguez defeated Irag’s Waheed Karaawi 3-0.



August 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Anthony Yigit to face Armando Robles

Photo: Photo Wende

Undefeated Swedish boxer Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to his native Stockholm on September 10 to face Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) in a ten-round light welterweight contest at the Hovet.

Now living and training in London, the 24 year-old is relishing a return to his hometown having left the Swedish capital to pursue his professional boxing career. His bout will provide chief support for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson.

Yigit said “It’s going to be great. The Hovet is close to where I grew up so it really feels like I’m fighting at home. I’ve been away for a long time. I left Stockholm in 2011 to prepare for the Olympics and have spent my pro career in London, Copenhagen and Tenerife. (more…)



August 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Donnie Nietes poised for flyweight invasion

As Donnie Nietes takes his career a level higher on ALA Promotions’ next US event on September 24 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion ever and current WBO junior flyweight champion says he’s “very excited” to be fighting at 112 lbs.

Before his most recent title defense against former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia in his hometown in Bacolod City last May, Nietes had already decided to move up in weight. “I was ready to leave the light flyweight division before (fighting) Garcia. I was thinking he would be my last opponent at 108lbs. The next thing I did was to ask my manager and promoter and I am very glad they granted my request.”

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Nietes is 38-1-4, with 22 wins via KO. He’s successfully defended his WBO world junior flyweight title nine times since winning it in 2011 and before that he held the WBO minimumweight title, winning it in 2007, and defending that title four times. (more…)



August 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Live Boxing this Thursday in Harlem, Montana

By Ricardo Ibarra

On Thursday evening at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, Pacific Northwest amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (3-0, 3 KOs) will headline a boxing card as a professional for the first time in his young career, taking on former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-28-1, 16 KOs) in the six round main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am show. (more…)



August 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Eddie Samuels Funeral Arrangements

It is with a very heavy heart that we share some sad news about our dear friends Lee and Mary Samuels. Lee is the PR Chief of Top Rank. Their beloved son Eddie, 30, passed away suddenly on Saturday. The details for Eddie’s funeral are as follows:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 – 4 to 7 P.M. PT
VIEWING
Palm Northwest Mortuary
6701 North Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
http://www.dignitymemorialpremier.com/palm-northwest-mortuary-and-cemetery/en-us/about-directions.page

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 – 10 A.M. PT
FUNERAL SERVICE
Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church
3050 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
http://ollvchurch.org/contact-us-directions

Flowers may be sent to Palm Northwest Mortuary. (more…)



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing Day 3 Recap

Rio 2016 Light Flyweight and Heavyweight Quarter-Finals confirmed on a dazzling third day of Olympic Boxing

Four weight classes were in action on Day Three of the Rio 2016 Boxing Competition, with eight crucial bouts deciding the quarter-finalists at Light Flyweight (49kg) and Heavyweight (91kg) as well four bouts at Welterweight (69kg) and Middleweight (75kg) across the two sessions. If the morning belonged to Spain’s Samuel Heredia following his victory over Irish second-seed Patrick Barnes, then the evening was Kazakhstan’s time to shine, as the team secured three superb wins. (more…)



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: #1 Usyk training in Bukovel, Ukraine

Photos Courtesy/K2 Promotions Ukraine

Undefeated #1 Ranked Cruiserweight Contender Oleksandr Usyk, (9-0-0, 9KO’s), is deep in training in the beautiful city of Bukovel, Ukraine for his world title showdown with WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Krzystof Glowacki, (26-0-0, 16KO’s) set for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

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Gold Medalist for Ukraine in the 2012 Olympics in London, England, the 29-year-old Usyk, promoted by K2 Promotions Ukraine, is looking to become the fastest world champion in cruiserweight division history in his 10th professional fight. The record is currently held by boxing legend Evander Holyfield who captured the world title in his 12th fight against Dwight Muhammed Qawi in 1986. (more…)



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympics Day 3 Highlights

In today’s morning session, UK light flyweight Galal Yafai was defeated 2-1 by Cuban Joahnys Argilagos. It was the first loss in the tournament by Team GB. Galal is the younger brother of world rated pro super flyweight Kal Yafai.

Irish light flyweight Patrick Barnes lost 2-1 to Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia.

Competing in his fourth Olympics, two-time silver medal winner Clemente Russo of Italy defeated Tunisian Hassen Chaktami 3-0 in heavyweight action.

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In the evening session, American light flyweight Nico Miguel Hernandez defeated Russian Vasili Egorov 3-0.

Team GB welterweight Josh Kelly defeated Egyptian Walid Mohamed 3-0, while Team GB middleweight Antony Fowler was defeated by Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan.

Mexican welterweight Juan Pablo Romero was defeated by Italian Vincenzo Mangiacapre by a 2-1 score, and Mexican Joselito Velaquez lost 3-0 to Hasanboy Dusmatov.



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Extends Clean Boxing Enrollment Period

Due to the increased activity around the world brought about the ongoing Summer Olympic Games, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has extended the deadline for eligible boxers to enroll in the Clean Boxing Program (CBP). The new enrollment deadline is September 9, 2016. Any eligible boxer who is not registered in the CBP will be removed from the WBC rankings and suspended from any activity in the WBC.

One of the most salient aspects of the CBP is that it includes out-of-competition, random anti-doping testing. All WBC champions and the boxers included in the top 15 in the WBC ratings must agree to out-of-competition, random anti-doping testing. Enrollment in the CBP is mandatory for all eligible boxers.

To enroll, simply follow this process:

1. All boxers are required to watch the Clean Boxing Program Webinar, which provides information about anti-doping and illegal procedures in boxing.

2. Fill-in and sign the forms and email them directly to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Former champ Jose Becerra passes

By Robert Coster

Former world bantamweight champion Jose Becerra has passed at the age of 80. The Mexican-born Becerra turned pro at age 17. He was an excellent boxer-puncher, getting his title chance on July 9, 1959, against Alphonse Halimi of France and winning the title via an eighth round knockout. Becerra successfully defended his title against Halimi (by KO) and Kenji Yonekura (by split decision). What shortened Becerra’s career was a knockout victory over Walter Ingram in a non-title bout (10-24-1959) which led to Ingram’s death a few days after the fight. Becerra was never quite the same after this tragedy and was kayoed by journeyman Eloy Sanchez (8-30-1960). Becerra retired after that fight at age 24.

In 1962, Becerra returned to the ring to fight a six round bout to raise money for the family of a boxer who had died in the ring. Becerra’s excellent final tally was 68-4-3 with 42 KOs. RIP Champ!



August 8th, 2016

Column

The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

I have just returned to Mexico after spending one week in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I was present for the 4th Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and also for the annual Convention of the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions of the USA). I also had the opportunity to spend three days with my wife and three kids and it was awesome to relive the experience of Las Vegas. I took my family to “Mystere” and “Michael Jackson” shows, walked the strip entering every single hotel which is like touring the world, went up the Stratosphere and rode the game (and survived!) and, of course, dining and shopping.

I am very grateful to the NBHOF as I was awarded the “Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award,” which I accepted with honor but only on behalf of the so many persons in boxing and the WBC family which make the difference in this world with their passion and compassion and willingness to serve others. “One action will not change the world, but the continuous actions of many does make our world better.” (more…)



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Verdejo injured in motorcycle accident

Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) is “stable and alert” after a one-person motorcycle accident in Puerto Rico. According to El Nuevo Dia, “El Diamante” lost control of his bike and fell to the pavement. He suffered multiple lacerations, but doesn’t appear have any broken bones. He was wearing a helmet, but reportedly did suffer an unspecified trauma to the head. CT results are pending. The accident could throw a wrench into Top Rank’s plans to match Verdejo against WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Manny Pacquiao’s November 5 PPV card.



August 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing Day 2 Recap

The Men’s Lightweight (60kg), Welterweight (69kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) boxers took to the ring on Sunday morning to begin a second busy day with 20 bouts of Olympic boxing. Eighteen nationalities were represented across the morning’s ten contests, and it was Kenya’s Rayton Okwiri and the Ecuadorian Carlos Mina who got the crowd fired up in the opening session. (more…)



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Yunieski Gonzalez returns with KO

Light Heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs) returned to the winning column Saturday night at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel in Miami, Florida. After consecutive defeats to former world champ Jean Pascal and undefeated contender Vyacheslav Shabransky, Gonzalez scored an explosive first round KO over Brazilian Jackson Junior (21-7, 19 KOs). Under new trainer Pedro Diaz, Gonzalez came out fast and furious and dropped Junior three times causing a rapid halt to the bout.



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Ruenroeng advances at Rio Olympics

Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, 17-1, 5 KOs as a pro and rated #6 by the WBO at flyweight, outscored Argentinian amateur Ignacio Perrin 3-0 in a lightweight preliminary matchup at the Rio Olympic Games.

Also during the Sunday afternoon session, Irish lightweight David Oliver Joyce defeated Andrique Allisop of Seychelles 3-0.



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Cave KOs Franco in seven

Super bantamweight Tyson Cave (29-3, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over journeyman Javier Franco (25-19-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Lebrun Arena in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cave put Franco on his knees for the count with a cracking right to the jaw. Time was 1:20.

In the co-feature, Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon Carman (10-2, 9 KOs) demolished Julien Collette (8-5, 6 KOs) in the first round.



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Machado, Acosta, Martinez annihilate foes

Another spectacular knockout for rising super featherweight Alberto ‘Explosivo’ Machado (15-0, 13 KOs), this time in the second round against Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo in Catano, Puerto Rico. Honoring is nickname ‘Explosivo’; Machado began landing bombs in the very first round hurting Suarez with powerful combinations that drop him down after a vicious left straight hand. Suarez survived the first round but the end came at 2:43 of the second round when Machado went after him and showed why once again he belongs to top elite Boricua prospects. (more…)



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Full Report: Witherspoon-Marrone

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

Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 35-3, 27 KOs, crushed Michael Marrone, 21-6, 15 KOs, in round two of a scheduled 6-rounder Saturday night in Bristol, PA. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions, at the Grundy Arena, a local hockey venue in the historic little Bucks County town. This was the second-ever boxing event at the site.

Witherspoon, fighting for the first time in a year, wasted no time is securing his 35th professional victory. He moved out toward Marrone at the sound of the bell and began testing the former cruiserweight title challenger immediately.

About half-way through the round, Witherspoon flicked a right hand at Marrone, which landed around the temple and put him on the deck, near a neutral corner. Marrone hauled himself to his feet, and referee Hurley McCall sent him back into the fight. (more…)



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Sunday Olympic Update

No American Olympic boxers in action today in Rio.

In Sunday morning’s session, UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi stopped Ugandan Kennedy Katende in round three for the first KO of Rio 2016.

Irish welterweight Steven Gerard Donnelly outpointed Algerian Zohir Kedache 3-0.

In today’s late session, former IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand takes on Argentina’s Ignacio Perrin in a lightweight clash.



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

#2 lightweight Jardon stops Saguilan in ten

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

WBC #2 lightweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (30-5, 23 KOs) scored an exciting tenth round stoppage of Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (37-7-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. In the tenth round, both fighters hit the canvas, Jardon went down first, but recovered and sent Saguilan to the canvas twice. The bout was halted at 2:58 of round ten. The bout was for the WBC Lightweight International silver title.

In the co-feature, super lightweight Luis Vidales (10-4, 5 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Shoki Sakai (21-6, 13 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 76-76 and 78-74.

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August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Kovalev-Ward PPV set for November 19

On Saturday, November 19, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion, and Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) the former super middleweight world champion and “Super Six” winner, officially announced their long-awaited showdown following Ward’s victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the live HBO telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place November 19 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Additional details for the event, including ticket information, will be released shortly.

Live on HBO tonight, when asked about whether or not Ward is ready to face him Kovalev said, “I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let’s do it November 19 on HBO.”

Ward responded, “I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Baby Bull Diaz gores Vazquez in eight

Former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (42-4, 20 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Cesar Vazquez (28-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Diaz was very active as always. Vazquez tried his best to keep up with him. As the bout progressed, Diaz’ non-stop punches had Vazquez’ head bouncing around like a bobblehead doll. The referee called a halt to the fight in round eight at 2:09.



August 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Ward dominates Brand in dull fight

Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

Former super middleweight champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Ward was in command from the get-go. The much bigger Ward pressed the action and outclassed the game 39-year-old Brand. In round seven Brand suffered a cut on his right eyelid. After twelve uneventful rounds, the scores were 120-108 across the board.

With the win, Ward setup a PPV showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who was at ringside scouting Ward.

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August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Witherspoon destroys Marrone in two

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History
Photo: Darryl Cobb

In the scheduled six-round main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, Chazz Witherspoon (35-3, 27 KOs) easily stopped Michael Marrone (21-6, 15 KOs) in their heavyweight contest. Witherspoon dropped Marrone twice in the first round, but ran out of time to finish the job.

However, Chazz managed to finish off Marrone midway through the next round. A left-right combination sent Marrone to the canvas for a third time. He did get up and referee Hurley McCall allowed him to continue. However after a few more seconds, Marrone’s corner asked the ringside doctor to stop the fight. He stepped up on the ring apron and waved the white towel. Referee McCall immediately called an end of the bout at 1:31 of round two.

In the co-feature, jr welterweight Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over Carlos Aguilera (10-18, 4 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder.



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Gold medalist Mekhontsev held to a draw

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) had all he can handle in an eight round majority decision draw against Alexander Johnson (16-4-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Scores were 78-74 Mekhontsev, 76-76, 76-76. Unexpectedly hard and competitive fight for Mekhontsev, as Johnson entered having dropped three of his last four.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (23-0, 18 KOs) battered journeyman Dion Savage (12-10, 16 KOs) for four rounds and the bout was stopped after four by Savage’s corner.

Unbeaten super welterweight Alexander Besputin (4-0, 4 KOs) made quick work of Kevin Womack (7-11-3, 2 KOs) in a one round blowout. The bout was stopped at 2:08.

Super lightweight Alfonso Olvera (8-2, 3 KOs) outpointed Jose Marufo (8-5-2, 0 KOs) over six.



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Undercard Results from Oakland, California

Unbeaten WBO #9, IBF #12 jr welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) scored a wicked first round KO over Ty Barnett (23-6-1, 15 KOs). Hooker dropped Barnett with a left hook, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:17. Hooker retained his NABO title.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over late sub Jinner Guerrero (8-7, 6 KOs). A crushing left hand laid out Guerrero.

Unbeaten heavyweight “Rock Solid” Darmani Rock (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time, outpointing Mike Kyle (1-3-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. Rock dropped Kyle in round four. Scores were 40-35, 39-36, 39-36.

Unbeaten junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (14-0-3, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Marcelo Gallardo (7-4-2, 3 KOs). Franco dropped Gallardo in the opening moments of the first round with a right hand, and floored him again in the fifth round. The bout was halted at the 2:16 mark of the stanza.



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Ex-world champ Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam knocked out of Olympics in opening round

By Karl Freitag

In a shocking light heavyweight opening round upset, former WBA and WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs as a pro), who is currently rated WBO #6 at middleweight, was eliminated from Olympic competition by 25-year-old Brazilian amateur Michel Borges via three round unanimous decision. N’Dam not happy afterward with the scoring favoring hometown fighter Borges.

N’Dam N’Jikam stopped Tomasz Gargula in seven rounds just seven days ago in a pro bout at Le Cannet, France. The 32-year-old will now go back to his pro career, where he was removed from the WBC and IBF ratings for violating those organizations ban on professionals competing in the Olympic games.



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: USA, UK Boxers victorious

By Karl Freitag

Both USA boxers seeing action were victorious on the first day of Olympic boxing competition. USA lightweight Juan Zenon Balderas Jr. defeated Berik Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan and USA light flyweight Miguel Nico Hernandez topped Italian Manuel Cappai. Scores were 3-0 in both matches.

In other notable matches, UK boxers went 3-0 on the day. UK light flyweight Galal Yafai beat Cameroon’s Simplice Fotsala 3-0, UK lightweight Joseph Cordina edged Filipino Charly Coronel Suarez 2-1; and UK heavyweight Lawrence Okolie defeated Igor Pawel Jakubowski of Poland 3-0.

Also, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs as a pro) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, defeated Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado 3-0 in a lightweight match; Brazilian heavyweight Juan Nogueira defeated Australian Jason Eric Whateley 3-0; and power-punching Colombian light heavyweight Juan Carlos Carrillo defeated Srkin Adylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan 3-0.



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Full Report: Benavidez halts Douglin in 10th

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

The two main bouts, Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, were both high-end, nationally televised, beat downs that brought plenty of action and drama to the overheated live crowd as well as the TV audience watching at home.

Undefeated super middleweight, David Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) overwhelmed a game Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the tenth and final round of their ESPN-broadcast main event. Prior to that, Alejandro Luna, 21-0, 15 KOs, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Naim Nelson, 13-2, 1 KO, in a brutal, over the limit junior welterweight fight that was pulled together on one day’s notice after each of the two combatant’s opponents had fallen out at the last minute.

The main event was a grueling, fast-paced battle with southpaw Denis Douglin, Marlboro, NJ, jumping out to a quick start, before Benavidez, Phoenix, turned the tide beginning in round three with his heavier punches. Benavidez hurt Douglin twice in the third, but Douglin kept coming. He stayed busy throughout the fight, rarely retreated, but slowly wore down as the rounds went by. (more…)



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Ward an 85:1 favorite over Brand tonight

Former two-time world champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) has remained a whopping 85:1 favorite all week at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) tonight on HBO from Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Euro sportsbooks have Ward and even wider favorite at -10000, that is bet $10,000 to win $100.

The more interesting play for this fight is the over/under of 9.5 rounds. “Over” is -120, while “under” is +100. Ward has gone the distance in seven of his last nine, but he looked much bigger than the 39-year-old Brand at the weigh-in, so a Ward KO could well be in in the cards.

Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

With a win, Ward would setup a showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who will be at ringside scouting Ward. Ward, on the other hand, said he didn’t even watch Kovalev’s recent fight against Issac Chilemba on TV.



August 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Klassen wins IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen gave a classic exhibition of boxing to win the IBO junior lightweight belt when he beat Jack Assis on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Friday night. The 35-year-old Klassen dominated through the first eight rounds as he used all his boxing skills and educated left jab to keep the Australian based Filipino on the outside. However, the South African began to tire in the last four rounds as he let the 33-year-old Assis back into the fight. Klassen could have been pulling weight as he arrived late for the weigh-in, siting car trouble, but who knows? Klassen improved his record to 33-6-2, 17 KOs, and Assis saw his record drop to 35-19-6, 18 KOs. Assis was making the first defense of his belt. (more…)



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