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By Tracy Morin
Jarrett Hurd: I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a lot of movement in the fight. The game plan was to wear him down as the fight wore on. One thing I do well is keep my composure. We knew landing shots to the body and keeping the pressure on him was going to eventually break him down. I was using the jab a lot; he has a great jab, and we wanted to win the jab battle. One thing we didn’t expect, that he was doing very good, was sliding out the side door with his movement. He caught me one time in my eye; my vision was kind of blurry, but I shook it off. I got a little winded in the eighth. I knew I would get stronger and he would slow down. We timed it perfectly–when he came with a jab, we came over the top with a right hand. We practiced that a lot in the gym and landed it in the ninth round. I would give my performance a 7.5, 8. Tony shows that he has talent over and over again, and he showed it tonight; he caught me with some great shots. Whatever happens [next], Team Swift is ready for.
By Tracy Morin Jarrett Hurd: I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a …
By Joe Koizumi
Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) , 104.75. acquired the vacant WBO interim 105-pound belt as he defeated Mexican Moises Calleros (25-7-1, 14 KOs), 104.75, by a split decision (116-112 twice, 113-115) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto, Japan. The newly crowned interim champ is supposed to face the WBO regular titlist Katsunari Takayama upon his recovery from a surgery on the scar tissues.
By Joe Koizumi Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) , 104.75. acquired the vacant WBO interim 105-pound belt as he defeated …
In a walkout bout on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KO) faced off against Thomas Awimbono (25-7-1, 21 KO) in the super middleweight division. Both fighters were exchanging in the first round with neither landing anything solid, until a left hook from Plant knocked Awimbono down toward the end of the round (he was able to beat the count). Plant stayed on the offensive through Round 2, landing a few solid blows to the head and body. In the third, Awimbono landed a solid left hook that reddened Plant’s face, but the response from Plant drove Awimbono into the corner. Round 4 saw back-and-forth action, with Plant coming on strong at the end and maintaining control in the fifth. Despite Awimbono’s willingness to engage in spots, Plant also landed the cleaner punches in the sixth and seventh. The rounds unfolded in similar fashion until the final bell after the tenth, handing Plant the one-sided win with scores of 100-89 (twice) and 99-90.
Mongolian 2012 silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8 KO) faced Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7 KO) in a junior lightweight match scheduled for 10. After establishing a fairly brisk pace early on, each fighter had his moments until Nyambayar landed a right hand and sent Gemino to the canvas in the third. Nyambayar kept Gemino on the defensive for most of the fourth, landing precise combinations. Nyambayar landed hard shots in the fifth round but Gemino came alive in the last minute and landed some decent punches of his own as they traded. Round 6 was back-and-forth until a flurry of power shots from put Gemino on the mat, where he went right back a few seconds later. Gemino survived and continued to trade with Nyambayar–but Nyambayar landed more and cleaner shots. Nyambayar continued his precise assault, breaking Gemino down, and in the tenth a flurry of punches sent Gemino to the mat again. He beat the count, but Nyambayar didn’t give him a chance to get back into the fight, and shortly after Nyambayar’s continuous one-sided barrage the ref stopped the fight at 1:05 of the final round.
Alantez Fox (22-0-1, 10 KO) took on Kenneth McNeil (10-3, 7 KO) in a middleweight 10-rounder. In the opening stanza, McNeil pressed his advantage when he stunned Fox with an overhand right, leading to further effective blows, but it was McNeil who briefly tasted the canvas after Fox landed a hard right hand. In subsequent rounds, Fox wisely relied on more boxing and movement to keep away from his shorter opponent, who at times barreled forward but couldn’t again rattle Fox like he had in the first; when he landed another cracking overhand right in Round 5, Fox took it better. Fox started scoring uppercuts against the bending, reaching McNeil, who made his own moments on the inside in the seventh and eighth, when he landed a leaping left hook with seconds to go. In a wrestle-heavy ninth, McNeil scored the best punch, another overhand right, and pressed ahead for the entire tenth, though Fox landed some quality shots under pressure. The close, sometimes messy, fight went to the scorecards: 95-94 (twice) and 97-92 for Fox.
In a walkout bout on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KO) faced …
Fighting as a heavyweight, two-time cruiserweight title challenger BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (33-3-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round KO over Jeremy “The Beast” Bates (26-19-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Flores dropped Bates twice in round one and referee Wes Melton after it off after BJ continued his assault. Time was 2:51. Flores, weighing 223 pounds, was coming off a third round KO loss to WBC cruiser champ Tony Bellew last October. He claimed the vacant WBA-NABA heavyweight title.
In the co-feature, super middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (18-5-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Sijuola Ade Shabazz (6-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBA-NABA super middleweight title. Hernandez overcame a cut over his left eye (caused by a punch) to win by scores of 100-89 across the board.
Fighting as a heavyweight, two-time cruiserweight title challenger BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (33-3-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round KO …
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight belt on the line against Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KO) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, in a fight that featured few highlight reel moments–that is, until its explosive end.
After a feeling-out first round, Washington landed a couple of solid rights to the body in an otherwise quiet second. The third featured its share of clenches as both tried to establish a rhythm, but both worked on the inside while tied up. Though neither fighter was offering much output, Deontay upped the pace slightly in the fourth (perhaps the first round he clearly won). However, the knockout artist was just biding his time and launched a missile of a right hand and left hook in the fifth that put Washington down. He rose on shaky legs, but Wilder smelled blood, keeping a laserlike focus on his opponent before he unleashed a slew of unanswered punches. Ref Mike Griffin stepped in to stop the fight at 1:45 of the fifth, after which a dazed Washington pitched across the ring, clearly saved from further damage.
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight …
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight belt on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KO) took on Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KO).
After a tentative, feeling-out first round, Harrison was able to catch Swift coming in, while Swift followed Harrison around without cutting off the ring. Action heated up in the third when Harrison started putting his punches together, landing a few quick combos with conviction. Harrison liberally used his legs in the fourth while some of Hurd’s jabs started to connect, but Hurd’s best moment in the fifth came courtesy of a right that clipped Harrison’s chin with seconds to go. Harrison retaliated in the sixth with a few combinations, but Hurd too started throwing with more power–and in the seventh he was able to wobble Harrison more than once with heavy right hands. Hurd hurt Harrison with more chopping right hands in Round 8; Harrison would at times look out on his feet, then lash out with his own power shots. The ninth round was competitive until Hurd landed a game-changing right hand on the button and scored a knockdown. Harrison got to his feet but spit out his mouthpiece, leading the ref to wave off the bout at 2:24.
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight …
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to rebound after his TKO loss to Anthony Joshua last June by taking on Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KO) in a hard-fought heavyweight war on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ugonoh looked sharper from the outset, cracking hard power shots to the body of Breazeale, who complained of a low blow in the second round. Ugonoh’s punches were straighter and more accurate than Breazeale’s often looping attempts, but the fight soon became a back-and-forth battle of wills. A monster third round saw both genuinely hurt–and still throwing with bad intentions–but it was Breazeale who scored a knockdown when Ugonoh himself was on the attack. Ugonoh came back with a vengeance and drew blood from a cut over Breazeale’s left eye (which soon swelled badly), wobbling him with ferocious right hands, only for Breazeale to fire back. Ugonoh had a better fourth round, scoring a brutal knockdown, after which Breazeale rose on shaky legs but survived. In the high-drama, seesaw battle, Breazeale rallied in the fifth, landing hard rights to head and body to score a knockdown. Ugonoh beat the count, but not long afterward he absorbed more power punches and was knocked through the ropes, leading to the ref halting the scheduled 10-rounder at 0:50 of Round 5.
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (21-1, 14 KOs) avenged his only loss with a sixth round TKO over Chicago’s Mike Mollo (21-7, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in Szczecin, Poland. In a highly anticipated rematch of their fight almost exactly a year ago, when Mollo knocked out Zimnoch in less than two minutes, this time Zimnoch dropped Mollo in round two and got the win when the bout was halted after round six.
By Przemek Garczarczyk Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (21-1, 14 KOs) avenged his only loss with a sixth round TKO over Chicago’s …
In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #1 Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over WBC #2 Gavin McDonnell (16-1-2, 4 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC 122lb title on Saturday night at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, England. It was a competitive fight and a game effort by McDonnell, but the much taller Vargas put his size to good use in pulling away to a 117-111, 116-112, 114-114 verdict. McDonnell failed to match twin brother Jamie as a world ruler. Jamie holds the WBA bantamweight crown.
Notes: Vargas and McDonnell were fighting for the title vacated by Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa who retired. Judges Nathan Palmer and Max De Luca (both from the USA) had Vargas comfortably ahead. British judge Ian John-Lewis from the UK somehow scored the bout even.
In the co-feature, lightweight Luke Campbell (16-1, 13 KOs) thrashed Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (21-7, 14 KOs) in two rounds. Campbell dropped Lopez in round one and finished him with another knockdown in round two. Campbell retained his WBC silver lightweight title.
In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #1 Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision …
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Iago Kiladze (25-1, 17 KO) made quick work of Byron Polley (39-20-1, 13 KO) in a heavyweight match scheduled for eight. Polley emerged aggressively (perhaps because Kiladze hadn’t fought since June 2015) but swung wildly and succeeded only in getting picked apart by his taller, more precise opponent. A right hand put Polley down in the first round; though he beat the count, he was soon caught with a flush one-two that landed him flat on his back, prompting the stoppage at 2:11 of Round 1.
Junior Fa (10-0, 7 KO) made his U.S. debut versus southpaw Keith Barr (17-11-1, 7 KO) in a heavyweight bout scheduled for six. The 6’5″ New Zealander towered over his opponent, who did his best work in the clinches but offered little sustained offense. The second round was a dominant one for Fa, who threw dozens of punches in the last minute, mostly unanswered by Barr–leading to a knockdown late in the round. Barr beat the count and continued, but it started to look like target practice. Near-identical lefts to the body put Barr down again in the third–twice–leading to the ref stoppage at 2:36 of the round.
Josh Rasberry (0-1) was unsuccessful in his pro debut against Deon Nicholson (2-0, 2 KO) in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for four rounds. From the opening bell, Rasberry caught clean punches from his aggressive opponent, but it was a straight right from Nicholson that crumpled Rasberry in the corner. Though he tried to rise, the fighter was clearly hurt, and the fight was waved off just 40 seconds into the first round, giving Nicholson his second KO win.
Anthony Retic (0-1), making his pro boxing debut, squared off with Thomas Knox (2-0, 1 KO) in an evenly matched middleweight bout scheduled for four. Both fighters landed their share of power shots in the second after a tentative first round; Knox more often worked the body, while Retic found a home for his uppercuts as Knox pressed forward. The rangier Retic tried to use lateral movement to keep Knox at bay, but after four rounds, judges rewarded Knox’s aggression with scorecards of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).
Heavyweight Robert Alfonso (11-0, 4 KO) needed less than one round to dispatch overmatched Keith Thompson (8-5-0, 4 KO). Alfonso, who represented Cuba in the 2008 Olympics, emerged popping stiff jabs to the head and body, but once he began to throw in combination, he scored three knockdowns in quick succession. After the third, though Thompson beat the count, the referee waved off the bout.
By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Iago Kiladze (25-1, 17 KO) made quick work of Byron Polley (39-20-1, …
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sydney-based light heavyweight Aaron Lai (9-4, 8 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (17-3- 1, 14 KOs) in round three Saturday to capture the vacant Orient Pacific Boxing Federation title at the Dee Why RSL club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Lai and Foley exchanged heavy punches in round one and in round two Foley connected with a right hand bomb that dropped his opponent and Lai was unsteady legs at the bell. Lai recovered well between rounds and started round three in top gear dropping Foley twice with power shots to the head at which point referee John Gauchi crowned Lai the new OPBF champion.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Sydney-based light heavyweight Aaron Lai (9-4, 8 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (17-3- 1, …
By Robert Coster
The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (11-0,10 KOs), WBA#5, gave another display of absolute punching power and violence by disposing in just 2 rounds of much more experienced Jean Carlos Prada(31-3-1,22Kos) of Venezuela in Santo Domingo on Friday. At the bell, Prada opted-foolishly-to go at Adames and trade freely with the young Dominican, one known for his devastating power. The first round saw some vicious exchanges, but it became apparent that the Venezuelan’s punches had no effect on Adames whereas the contrary was certainly the case. The visitor returned to his corner on shaky legs and it became evident that an early end to the fight as imminent. Sensing blood, Adames jumped on his prey and hammered away with thunderous combinations at Prada who stood dazed and defenseless on the ropes. The Venezuelan’s manager jumped into the ring to stop the slaughter. (more…)
By Robert Coster The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (11-0,10 KOs), WBA#5, gave another display of absolute punching …
Photos: First Lady Promotions
Unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (30-0, 8 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Klara Svensson (17-2, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Spectrum in Oslo, Norway. The “First Lady,” now 35 years old, won by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.
Photos: First Lady Promotions Unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (30-0, 8 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided …
By Brad Snyder, The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder
Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 Banks, 78-74 Lewis, 77-75 Banks) in the main event Friday night in Detroit. The decision seemed to be in line with the crowd’s opinion. Some had Lewis winning in their heads because of activity and his jab. Other fans had Banks winning due to his counter left hooks and his accuracy. The fight, which lived up to the hype of the fans and media, entertained the near capacity crowd Friday, February 24 at the Sound Board, located inside the MotorCity Casino-Hotel.
Early in the fight, Craig Lewis was able to fire a jab to keep the much smaller Banks from doing any damage. In the 2nd Round, Banks was shooting his left from orthodox position. These accurate and powerful left hooks were well timed against Lewis’ movement. The middle rounds were highly competitive and saw both fighters sticking their tongues out at each other. The cat and mouse game of Banks trying to land shots, while Lewis was trying to throw punches, proved to Judges Chambers and Stewart that Banks was leading in the fight, as Judge McKalpain saw these rounds going to Lewis because of activity. A wild 8th Round had Banks chasing Lewis, but ended with both fighters having a solid case for a victory. (more…)
By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who co-promote Jeff Horn has supplied Fightnews of a video showing that the offer for Manny Pacquiao to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia is 100% valid and government-backed where the offer to fight in the UAE has many question marks and at this late date still not confirmed.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who co-promote Jeff Horn has supplied Fightnews of …
By David Finger
It may be the most overused cliche in boxing, but sometimes the story of the underdog overcoming all odds fits perfectly. And there may not be a better Rocky story in boxing today then that of WBO #2 ranked minimumweight contender Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7 KOs). After all, in 2013 few could have predicted the Kumamoto would be here fighting for the interim WBO minimumweight title. He was a five year veteran who had lost back to back fights against Yi Kimura and Takuma Inoue, and for ringsiders it was hard to envision him clawing his way into the world rankings. The loss to Inoue was particularly devastating as Inoue was making his professional debut against Fukuhara, a veteran of eighteen fights. Well, four years have passed since the loss to Inoue and Fukuhara has not only gone undefeated in his last ten fights, but he finds himself one win away from the world title.
But first he has to get past a man who overcame his own Rocky like setback just two years ago: Mexico’s Moises Calleros.
Calleros, 25-6-1, 14 KOs, also seemed finished after back to back losses in late 2013 and 2014, including a devastating knockout loss to Samuel Gutierrez. Gutierrez was a fighter with an 8-12-4 record going into the fight and the loss seemed to close the book on Calleros. But Calleros proved just as resilient as Fukuhara as he bounced back with five straight wins including a decision victory over Jose Manuel Sanchez to propel him into the top spot for the WBO. (more…)
By David Finger It may be the most overused cliche in boxing, but sometimes the story of the underdog overcoming …
Gavin McDonnell is aiming to step out of his twin brother Jamie’s shadow and land in the big time when he faces Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC Super-Bantamweight title today at the Hull Ice Arena, live on www.klowdtv.com. Victory for Gavin would create a unique piece of British boxing history as he would join twin brother Jamie as a world ruler, with Jamie holding the WBA bantamweight crown and will make a sixth defense next time he enters the ring.
Gavin McDonnell 120.8 vs. Rey Vargas 120
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Luke Campbell 134 vs. Jairo Lopez 133.1
(WBC silver lightweight title)
Tommy Coyle 139.6 vs. Rakeem Noble 139.9
Gavin McDonnell is aiming to step out of his twin brother Jamie’s shadow and land in the big time when …
Former world champion Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, tells Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he still wants to fight MMA fighter Connor McGregor. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see,” proclaimed Floyd. “There’s only one fight out there that’s important. That’s Mayweather and Connor McGregor.”
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) February 25, 2017
Former world champion Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, tells Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he still wants to …
By Hesiquio Balderas
During a heated press tour between Canelo Alvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr., Canelo and Chavez Jr. agreed to make a large wager on the outcome of the fight. Junior’s father, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was against the idea of a bet and thought that it was unethical to proceed with the whole thing. After an appearance on a sports TV show in Los Angeles, Canelo and Chavez Sr. agreed to put an end to the controversy.
“I am a man of my word but just for you, because I respect you, we’ll put an end to this, only because of you,” Canelo told Chavez Sr.
It’s not new to boxing fans that Canelo admires JC Sr. He has called Chavez his idol on numerous occasions. Canelo and Chavez Sr. shook hands and touched fists after agreeing to end the wager.
By Hesiquio Balderas During a heated press tour between Canelo Alvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr., Canelo and Chavez Jr. …
By David Finger
Weights from the Misaki Tei Hotel, Kamiamakusa City, Japan. Supervisor: Leon Panoncillo
Tatsuya Fukuhara 104 3/4 vs. Moises Calleros 104 3/4
(vacant WBO interim minimumweight title)
Ryusei Yoshida 139 3/4 vs. Kamol Jatuten 140
Wolf Nakano 119 3/4 vs. Yuki Hirashima 119 1/2
Ryo Nishijima 129 1/2 vs. Tomoya Ikeda 129
Tetsuro Matsunami 118 vs. Yusei Fujikama 118
By David Finger Weights from the Misaki Tei Hotel, Kamiamakusa City, Japan. Supervisor: Leon Panoncillo Tatsuya Fukuhara 104 3/4 vs. …
WBO #5 rated jr bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-3, 5 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Puerto Rico’s Carlos “The Kid” Narvaez (15-1, 6 KO’s) on Friday night at the Tony Rosa Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Rodriguez laid out the previously unbeaten WBO #15 rated Narvaez for the count with an explosive left hook to retain his WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.
WBO #5 rated jr bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-3, 5 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over …
By Dave Spencer
In a battle of two top ranked Quebec boxers, Elieder Alvarez scored a big 5th round knockout over former world champion Lucian Bute (32-4-1) on Friday night at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Bute seemed to be getting the better of things, with good movement jab a defense but Alvarez turned things around on a dime with two crushing right hands to put Bute down and out. The first right stood the former champ straight up and the second crashing down to the canvas, where try as he might, he just couldn’t get to his feet. Alvarez stays undefeated and moves to 22-0 with the WBC light-heavyweight title eliminator win and is in line to face-off in another all Quebec match-up versus world champion Adonis Stevenson.
After two very close opening rounds Bute seemed to be gaining the upper hand in rounds three and four, able to frustrate the Colombian born Alzarez and not letting him get off, that all quickly changed though as Bute who now has just two wins in his last seven was stopped for the second time in his career. Now 36, retirement seems to be on the horizon for the former champion.
The win goes down as the second versus Bute for Montreal trainer Marc Ramsey who was also at helm when former world champion Jean Pascal scored a points victory in 2014.
By Dave Spencer In a battle of two top ranked Quebec boxers, Elieder Alvarez scored a big 5th round knockout …
By Hesiquio Balderas
It’s pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don’t like each other, but making a bet for both purses gave the already heated event and extra ingredient that should translate to the box office and to the PPV numbers. The arguments between Saul and Julio continue and that’s why there are less than 1,000 tickets left.
Canelo and Chavez still had a few new things to say about each other.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “If he wants to do something with the bet we will do it, but let’s do it legally, let’s sign a paper. If we are going to do something, we’ll get it done, not just words. He (Canelo) is the first to say that a man backs his words with his balls, but I don’t see him doing that because he said he was going to fight Golovkin after the Amir Khan fight and he didn’t back up his own words, so I don’t believe in his words.”
Canelo Alvarez: “This fight goes beyond words. This fight is for honor. I made him the bet because he is always talking bad about me, that he is going to knock me out. He makes memes of me and he doesn’t say it in front of me, but I bet him the amount of money that he is going to earn. If I win this fight I will donate a percentage to the immigrant foundation to give my support to our people.” (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas It’s pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don’t like each other, but making a bet for both …
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Hot super welterweight prospect Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) scored a second round KO over Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Casino & Resort in Temecula, California. In round two DeLoach knocked down Pearson twice, the second time Pearson stayed down for the count. The time was 2:30.
Unbeaten lightweight prospect Saul Rodriguez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a split decision over Oscar Bravo (22-7, 10 KOs). Bravo controlled the action throughout the fight. In round five Rodriguez was knocked down by Bravo. The judges preferred Rodriguez’ higher workrate compared to Bravo’s power punches. Scores were 95-94, 97-92 for Rodriguez and 95-94 for Bravo.
In a clash of unbeaten cruiserweights, Andrew Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Quantis Graves (11-1-2, 4 KOs). Tabiti pressed the action in the fight from the start, hurting Graves every round. Graves, who was in survival mode from the start, took heavy shots in round five from Tabiti. In round six Tabiti knocked Graves to the canvas. Graves didn’t come out for round seven. The result was erroneously announced in the ring as a fifth round TKO.
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Hot super welterweight prospect Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) scored a second …
By Dave Spencer
Undercard action from the Videotron Centre in Quebec City Friday night:
Heavyweight Adam Braidwood (7-1) traveled from Edmonton and scored the biggest win in his career, knocking down Eric Martel Baholeli (11-7-1) twice in the 5th round for the TKO victory. Wisdom was that the longer this one went, the more it favored the more experienced Bahoeli, and indeed it was the local Quebec fighter in control over the first three rounds. Braidwood though would start to dominate physically in the 4th, in fact almost pushing Bahoeli completely out of the ring when the two locked heads together. Braidwood took full advantage of the upper hand and never relented for the duration, almost stopping his opponent as the 4th. The beginning of the 5th was delayed as the ringside physician examined a cut under the left eye of Braidwood, but the extra time wasn’t nearly enough for Bahoeli who went down rather easily from an equally exhausted Braidwood. Bahoeli managed to climb to his feet but was visibly wobbly and glassy-eyed and the bout was wisely called. (more…)
By Dave Spencer Undercard action from the Videotron Centre in Quebec City Friday night: Heavyweight Adam Braidwood (7-1) traveled from …
By Miguel Maravilla
Mexican superstars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco and former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa made their final stop of a four city press conference tour Friday evening at the Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California for their showdown. Canelo and Chavez will square off on Saturday May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View. The tour kicked off Monday in Mexico City making stops in New York, Houston, and concluded in Los Angeles as Angelinos and Mexican fans were on hand. The press conference was hosted by ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna as he asked the fighters and their teams questions.
Osuna asked both fighters how they felt about the fight.
Canelo: “For me to represent Mexico, it’s an honor. It’s a risky fight and I will be ready and prepare hard do whatever is necessary to win.”
Chavez Jr: “This fight is personal, it’s a war between two Mexicans and may the best man win. I am focused it’s a great opportunity for my career, I am ready to show I can beat anybody.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla Mexican superstars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco and former world champion Julio Cesar …
By Ricardo Ibarra
Marquice Weston 196 vs. Jesse West 207.5
Richard Vansiclen 175 vs. Jose Galindo 179.5
Ramel Snegur 145 vs. Kevin Torres 147.5
Erik Cronkhite 151 vs. Steve Villalobos 149
Johnathan Arias 148.5 vs. Alex Eastman 150
Victor Morales, Jr. 131.5 vs. Chris Wheaton 127
Bricen Vasques 142.5 vs. Eduardo Torres 143.5
Patrick Ferguson 200 vs. Justin Davis 192.5
Justin Chappell 165.5 vs. John Peak 166.5
Promoter: Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions
Venue: Washington Land Yacht Harbor, Lacey Washington
By Ricardo Ibarra Marquice Weston 196 vs. Jesse West 207.5 Richard Vansiclen 175 vs. Jose Galindo 179.5 Ramel Snegur 145 …
By Jesse Kelley
Joey Abell 257 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244
Ramon Luis Nicolas 178 vs. Darnell Boone 178
Marty Lindquist 189 vs. Martez Williamson 189
Livan Navarro 145 vs. Gilbert Venegas Sr. (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Irosvani Duvergel 170.5 vs. Walt Cournoyer (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Uriel Lara 152 vs. Desmond Johnson (147.6)
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: Sports Expo Building, Blaine, MN
By Jesse Kelley Joey Abell 257 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244 Ramon Luis Nicolas 178 vs. Darnell Boone 178 Marty Lindquist …
By Dave Spencer
It’s not often your phone will ever ring 48 hours before any Ontario, Canada fight card. Promoters are invariably way too busy putting out fires and jumping through hoops to assure that all bouts are presented as scheduled and rearranging deck chairs in hopes that the whole entirety doesn’t sink.
But Saturday’s nine-fight card at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga hopes to issue in a new era for the sport as long-standing commissioner Ken Hayashi has now retired and Ray Dempster has assumed the position.
“The fights were all finalized weeks ago and I’m finally doing what a promoter is supposed to do,” explained Don McDonald of his early morning phone call, “I’m promoting.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer It’s not often your phone will ever ring 48 hours before any Ontario, Canada fight card. Promoters …
Photos: Scott Foster
Deontay Wilder 222 vs. Gerald Washington 239
(WBC heavyweight title)
Tony Harrison 153.6 vs. Jarrett Hurd 153
(IBF junior middleweight title)
Dominic Breazeale 263 vs. Izu Ugonoh 230.6
Tugstsogt Nyambayar 127.8 vs. Jhon Gemino 128.6
Caleb Plant 147.8 vs. Thomas Awimbono 148
Alantez Fox 159.8 vs. Kenneth McNeil 158.6
Venue: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: FOX and FS1
Photos: Scott Foster Deontay Wilder 222 vs. Gerald Washington 239 (WBC heavyweight title) Tony Harrison 153.6 vs. Jarrett Hurd 153 …
The WBC and WBC Cares was out in force and up for the challenge of spreading its message of inspiration and diversity, at Success Academy Harlem, the largest group of charter schools in New York.
In front of almost a thousand teens and teachers, a wonderful panel of people from our community started with a welcome, and a moment of silence, in which we paused to contemplate our lives, our dreams and the journey that brought us to climb the steps of this school. (more…)
The WBC and WBC Cares was out in force and up for the challenge of spreading its message of inspiration …
Cecilia Braekhus 147 vs Klara Svensson 145
(WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO welterweight championship)
Promoter: First Lady Promotion
Venue: The Spectrum, Oslo, Norway
Braekhus refused to participate in the public weigh-in for her unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO welterweight championship bout against Svensson. While Svensson weighed in at 65.8 kg (145 lbs.) in front of dozens of photographers, multiple TV teams and 100 fans in Oslo, Norway, local hero Braekhus – who is promoting the event with her “First Lady Promotion” – asked to touch the scale in her private dressing room.
Obviously, Cecilia thought that she couldn’t make the weight after being over the limit on a wrongly calibrated test scale. When she finally weighed in on the official scale in her dressing room she was perfectly fine at 66.6 kg (147 lbs.). (more…)
Cecilia Braekhus 147 vs Klara Svensson 145 (WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO welterweight championship) Promoter: First Lady Promotion Venue: The Spectrum, Oslo, Norway Braekhus …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Weigh in from Szczecin, Poland:
Mike Mollo (21-6,13 KO) 239,2 vs. Krzysztof Zimnoch (20-1,13 KO) 232,5
By Przemek Garczarczyk Weigh in from Szczecin, Poland: Mike Mollo (21-6,13 KO) 239,2 vs. Krzysztof Zimnoch (20-1,13 KO) 232,5
By Byron Spurlock
Talk about the warm reception you have here in Houston for your upcoming fight?
I’m very happy and I appreciate all the love and support from my fans. I know the fight is not here in Texas but I love the showing from the fans. I’m very proud of that.
Chavez appears to be the underdog, the fans were cheering for you. Do you feel that you are the heavy favorite for this fight?
I don’t put a lot of focus or attention into that, regarding who is the favorite and who is not. I try to go out there and just fight my fight regardless of who the opponent is. I have prepared myself for this fight. Chavez is the bigger fighter, this is a dangerous fight, and one punch can change everything.
Let’s talk about GGG; what are you waiting for?
The offer has been made and it’s on the table. They have it. It’s just a matter of them accepting the fight. But let’s not focus on that fight right now, let’s enjoy this fight.
Do you have feel in a fight like this that you are the one who has everything to lose?
Of course, every fight is dangerous and you have to treat everyone the same, and when fighters don’t, that is when bad things happen. If you lose you then you lose and you lost everything. You lost everything that you were fighting for and then you don’t have the big fights ahead. I don’t put that in my head and I just concentrate on the present fight and prepare to win and that is what’s going to happen on May 6.
By Byron Spurlock Talk about the warm reception you have here in Houston for your upcoming fight? I’m very happy …
By Byron Spurlock
Do you feel that you are the underdog for this fight?
Yes I do feel that way, but you know that’s good for me because it’s the first time for me that I am the underdog. I don’t mind because Canelo is the champion and that puts more pressure on him for this fight.
Do you feel that you have nothing to lose for this fight?
I’m not going to say I have nothing to lose but I want to win this fight very bad. I want to thank De La Hoya for giving me this
What is your biggest asset coming into this fight?
I feel good physically and mentally.
By Byron Spurlock Do you feel that you are the underdog for this fight? Yes I do feel that way, …