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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez ...

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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

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Big Baby blasts out Guivas in two

By Bob Caico at ringside

Unbeaten WBO #11, WBA #12, IBF #15 heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) made quick work of overmatched Nick Guivas (12-4-2, 9 KOs), scoring a second round KO on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The 6’4 Miller, who weighed in at 283 pounds, dropped Guivas twice in round one, and two more times in round two. Time was 1:26.

In the best fight of the night, super welterweight Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) prevailed in a thriller against Jason Thompson (5-12-4, 4 KOs). It looked like an upset was brewing when Thompson knocked down Halili twice in round two. But Halili not only survived, he knocked out Thompson with a crushing right hand in the same round. Time was 2:59.

Unbeaten Filipino lightweight Harmonito “El Huracan de Gensan” Dela Torre (18-0, 12 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over journeyman Guillermo Sanchez (15-19-1, 6 KOs). Making his U.S. debut, Dela Torre didn’t deliver the big KO splash he was hoping for, but his workrate made the difference against crafty local southpaw Sanchez. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. (more…)



May 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Mosley and Avanesyan make weight

Photo: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez

WBA interim welterweight champion David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) and multi-division former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) both made weight for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Avanesyan weighed 146.7 pounds and Mosley scaled in at 146 pounds even.

The bout will be televised on CBSSN. The Avanesyan-Mosley winner gets the Thurman-Porter winner next.



May 27th, 2016


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WBO sets date for Glowacki-Usyk purse bid

The WBO has informed representatives of WBO cruiserweight champion Krzystof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk that a purse bid will be held June 9 at the Affinia Hotel in New York City. The minimum acceptable bid is $300,000. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel will preside. Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) will be making the second defense of his title. Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs) is the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and the WBO’s #1 contender.



May 27th, 2016

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Weights from Acapulco

Photo: Pepe Rodríguez

Photo: Pepe Rodríguez


By Gabriel F.Cordero

Nery Saguilan 134.65 vs Marcos Villasana Jr. 134
(WBC regional lightweight title)

Lourdes Juárez 108 vs Suri Tapia 108
Diego Cruz 141 vs Francisco Pérez 140
Enrique Ángeles Jr 123 vs Daniel Olea 121

Venue: Centro de Convenciones de Acapulco
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)



May 27th, 2016


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FS1 Weights from San Antonio

Photo: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions


Miguel Vazquez 143.6 vs. Erick Bone 144
Miguel Flores 127.2 vs. Ruben Tamayo 127
Brandon Figueroa 120.4 vs. Jonell Nieves 121
Rickey Edwards 137.2 vs. John Delperdang ??
Emmanuel Medina 146.8 vs. Isaiah Robinson 145.6
Enrique Niera Jr 164.3 vs. Rudy Lozano 163
Ramon Cardenas 122 vs. Isau Duenez 120.08
Xavier Wilson 136 vs. Anthony Hill 136
Rolando Garza 153.4 vs. Rick Graham 154

Venue: Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Leija*Battah Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1



May 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Amar tops Demchenko for Euro light heavy belt

By Marco Bratusch

Light heavyweight Mehdi Amar (33-4-2, 16 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Serhiy Demchenko (16-10-1, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU (European) light heavyweight title on Friday night at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris, France. Demchenko brought constant pressure for the whole fight but was too slow and defensively sloppy. Amar was able to use his left hook as a counter and kept the distance using lateral movements. A clash of heads marked Demchenko under his right eye in round five. The knockdown scored by Amar in round nine was due to a jab landed along with a Demchenko slip, as the deck was wet near the Amar red corner. Amar appeared pretty tired in the championship rounds when Demchenko tried to force the brawl from the inside but the Italian (he has a double passport) had already lost his power to close matters. Scores were 115-112, 115-113, 116-111.



May 27th, 2016

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Shot of the Day

Boxing Royalty: “Sugar” Shane Mosley works with trainer Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran during a fight week workout in preparation for Saturday night’s world title challenge against WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo: Jason Gonzalez/Hector Madrigal)

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May 27th, 2016

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Burns, Di Rocco make weight

Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) and #1 rated Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) both made weight for their clash for the vacant WBA super lightweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns, who’s trying to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion, weighed 139.125, while Di Rocco scaled in at 139.25. They are fighting for the title formerly held by Adrien Broner, who lost the belt on the scale.

Other weights:
Willie Limond 139.5 vs. Tyrone Nurse 140
Anthony Ogogo 161.4 vs. Chris Hermann ??



May 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Korobov-Vera added to Alvarado-Torres card

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing returns to Downtown Dallas on Saturday, June 25th. After an exciting series opening event last January 16th, boxing at The Bomb Factory Fight Club is back. Scheduled as the featured attraction is former world jr. lightweight champion Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs), who will battle Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in an eight round welterweight main event.

Headlining the undercard will be 2-time Russian Olympian and now middleweight contender Matt Korobov (25-1, 13 KOs) and undefeated jr. lightweight prospect Eric De Leon (12-0, 6 KOs). Korobov will be taking on former top-ten world contender Brian Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) in an eight round super middleweight feature bout. De Leon, who is originally from Dallas, will be fighting an eight round jr lightweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)



May 27th, 2016

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Amar-Demchenko headline in Paris rematch

By Marco Bratusch

Tonight in Paris, France, MK Events will present an intriguing card at the famous Cirque d’hiver. Originally billed as a tripleheader, the card ran into trouble earlier this week when both local champion Cedric Vitu and Catalan fighter Isaac Real suffered minor injuries as they were finalizing preparations for their EBU junior middleweight clash. Another injury KO’d Italian junior welterweight Samuele Esposito, who was scheduled to fight Frank Petijean (16-4-3, 2 KOs) for the vacant minor EU title – the Frenchman will likely be part of the card anyhow in a stay busy fight.

The third headlining bout is still on between two-time interim middleweight beltholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (32-2, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Robert Swierzbinski (16-5-1, 3 KOs), who will fight in an eight rounder.

The unexpected scenario brought a fight between French light heavyweight Mehdi Amar (32-4-2, 16 KOs) and Ukrainian-born, longtime Rome resident Serhiy Demchenko (16-9-1, 12 KOs) as the main event of the show, with the two fighting for the vacant 175lb EBU belt. (more…)



May 27th, 2016

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Akkaway crushes Benitez in one

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten Australian 168-pounder Bilal Akkaway (13-0-1, 11 KOs) stopped Francisco Ramon Benitez (15-4, 12 KOs) in round one of scheduled ten round main event at the Entertainment Centre, Hurstville, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Akkaway delivered a perfectly timed left hook to the head of Benitez in round one and the referee called it off at 1:27. The WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title and the WBA Oceania title were up for grabs. Argentina’s Benitez had been to Australia twice in 2015 losing in two rounds to WBO rated Rohan Murdoch and in three rounds to Mike Jiminez. (more…)



May 27th, 2016

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Haye/Briggs telecast draws big audience

Hayemaker Promotions and UKTV have announced that “Haye Day II,” featuring former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye’s quick KO over Arnold Gjergjaj and former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs’ even quicker KO over Emilio Zarate, was part of the “Dave” network’s biggest day in its history. Haye Day II drew a peak audience of 2.5 million with a 14.8% adult audience share, greater than both ITV and C4 and second only to BBC1 at that time. Haye promised Briggs a fight if Briggs won on the undercard, so now the pair will clash potentially in September.



May 27th, 2016

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Perez looks sharp in open media workout

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

Atlantic City middleweight DeCarlo Perez, 15-4-1, 5 KOs, held an open workout for the media and the public, Thursday afternoon at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. The event promoted DeCarlo’s upcoming main event against Dashon Johnson, 20-19-3, 6 KOs, of California. The pair will face off in an anticipated, 164-pound, 10-rounder, at the 2300 Arena on Friday, June 3rd.

The fight tops an 8-bout card, and is nicknamed “He’s Backkkkk!”, a reference to Johnson’s last visit to Philadelphia, when he made an impression on local boxing fans three months ago.

In that fight, Johnson lost a 10-rounder to Philly’s Jesse Hart, but gave the undefeated prospect much more trouble than anyone expected. Johnson floored Hart in the final round and proved himself to be a very tough test.

Perez hopes that his turn against Johnson will be a springboard back to the win column, after losing his last outing, a January fight with Rob Brant. (more…)



May 27th, 2016

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Nietes and Garcia make weight

WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) and challenger Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs) both made weight on Friday for their world title clash on Saturday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines. Nietes and Garcia both scaled in at the division limit of 108 pounds.



May 27th, 2016

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Mosley-Avanesyan line continues to fluctuate

The late wagering line continues to fluctuate for Saturday’s clash between WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan and ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. On Thursday, bettors continued to put money on Avanesyan, driving the number up to -280 for the Russian champion, with Mosley backers getting +240. Then a surge of Mosley money came in to drive the price back to -265 for Avanesyan and +225 for Mosley. At the beginning of the week, Avanesyan was just a slight favorite at -165 with Mosley at +145.

The cause of the uncertainty is the 27-year-old Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) has yet to face a top flight opponent, while 44-year-old future Hall of Famer Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) has beaten many, but not for many years. The Avanesyan-Mosley winner gets the Thurman-Porter winner next.



May 27th, 2016

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IBF 33rd Convention Final Day Report

By Boxing Bob Newman

The 33rd IBF awards banquet was held last night in the grand ballroom at the NUO Hotel in Beijing, China. A packed house enjoyed fine dining (including traditional Peking Duck), musical entertainment, acrobatic performances and of course, the presentation of awards for the best of 2015.

Accepting awards were:

Amnat Ruenroeng- Jersey Joe Walcott Award, Most Title Defenses, Championship Ring for 3 or more title defenses
Cecilia Braekhus- Female Fighter of the Year Award
Trent Broadhurst & Rob Powdrill- Pan Pacific Fight of the Year Award
Saita Promotions- Most Active Promoter IBF Female
Jimmy’s Boxing- Most Active Promoter IBF Pan Pacific
Naoko Shibata- Championship Ring for 3 or more title defenses (Saita Promotions accepting)

(more…)



May 27th, 2016

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2016 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame inductees

Ring 44 has announced the 2016 class that will be inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame on September 23rd to be held at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Buffalo. The four new Hall of Fame members to be inducted at Ring 44’s 20th annual dinner and awards ceremony are:

Dave Moretti: Niagara Falls, NY native. Now boxing judge out of Las Vegas. Records indicate began judging in 1977 primarily in Nevada, but has also judged in Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Mexico, Australia and Japan. He has served as professional judge in over 100 World title contests.

Kelly Swanson: Buffalo, NY native. Swanson ranks among boxing’s public relations powerhouses for over 20 years. Clients included Riddick Bowe, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins among others.

Billy Tompkins: Buffalo, NY native. Fought professionally from 1991-1998 with a 14-2 (10 KOs) record. Also had an impressive amateur career representing his hometown.

(more…)



May 27th, 2016

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Arum wants to promote Trump-Sanders debate

Top Rank, Inc. is ready to promote “The Heavyweight Debate: Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders.” The idea of the debate was first proposed on Wednesday night when Trump appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Kimmel asked Trump if he would consider it. Trump’s response to Kimmel was “We would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity.”

Enter Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “It’s the debate of the century between two of the top pound for pound politicians in the country — Mr. Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and Senator Sanders, the Democratic candidate,” said Arum, CEO and Founder of Top Rank. “We have two contenders ready, willing and able to go mano a mano over the most important issues facing the United States. And I am ready to promote it.”

Top Rank’s proposal is as follows:

    – Top Rank will negotiate a site fee from a major U.S. venue for the debate
    – Top Rank will produce and distribute the debate live on pay-per-view throughout the U.S.
    – Top Rank will distribute the debate via closed-circuit to establishments in the U.S., including but not exclusive to, bars, restaurants, and movie theater chains
    – 80% of the net proceeds will go to the charity or charities of the candidates’ choice, agreed upon in advance, with a minimum of $20 million being donated
    – The moderator or moderators will be subject to the approval of the candidates


May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Lucian Bute’s anti-doping test statement

Lucian Bute was informed of the results of the anti-doping test done after his World Boxing Council (WBC) world title fight against Badou Jack, April 30, in Washington, D.C. As reported in a statement sent by the WBC, the Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission informed them that Bute tested positive for Ostarine, in an A sample analysis, after the bout.

“I am surprised and sorry about this. I don’t understand what led to this positive result,” Bute said. “I have always passed every anti-doping test that I was asked to take since I won a world title. More recently for my fight against James DeGale, in Quebec City, last November, I was tested eight times from before my training camp until after my fight. I have never taken any illegal products. I have a complete trust in my team. There will be an analysis of the B sample and I am sure that this result will be negative.”

Bute’s promoter Yvon Michel stated, “GYM has always been strongly in favor of a strict anti-doping policy to keep the sport of boxing clean. We are really surprised by this first result and we now hope that the B sample proves that the first result was wrong. Until then, we support Lucian Bute.”



May 26th, 2016

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Weights from Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Jarrell Miller 283 vs. Nick Guivas 229.6
Harmonito Dela Torre 131 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 125.6
Malik Hawkins 148 vs. Richard Hall 143.2
Skender Halili 151.8 vs. Jason Thompson 152.8
Nick Casal 148.6 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 148.4
Saadiq Muhammad 162.2 vs. Eric Plumeri 160

Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions, Salita Promotions, FightCard Productions and Winner Take All Productions
Venue: Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort
TV: CBS Sports Network (9 PM EST)

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May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Lucian Bute tests positive

The World Boxing Council has been notified by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission about an adverse finding for the banned substance “Ostarine” in the postfight anti-doping test from Lucian Bute. Bute challenged Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight championship in Washington, D. C. on April 30, 2016, which resulted in a draw .

The D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission will follow its rules and regulations regarding antidoping and will be in consultation with the WBC and its Clean Boxing Program. Further news will be known in the coming days.



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Lo Greco-Elegele collide on June 12

A battle between exciting welterweights Phil Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) and Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) will serve as the 10-round main event of PBC’s next Bounce TV card on June 12 from The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL. Televised coverage will also feature unbeaten Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-0, 12 KOs) against Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown.



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

Isiah Seldon 156 vs Eddie Edmond 158
Chuck Mussachio 183 vs Willis Lockett 205.3
Adrian Wilson 147.3 vs Quan Johnson 148.6
Soloman Maye 226.7 vs Quian Davis 253
LeRoy Davila 116.9 vs Dominic Whitehurst 117.5
Nick Kisner 197.8 vs Lamont Capers 196.2

Promoter: Rising Promotions
Venue: The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) has warned WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) that he will not deny him his dream world title win when they clash for the vacant WBC strap at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Sunday. “There’s nothing he can do to beat me,” said Bellew. “Boxing is a brutal sport and he has to make it as brutal as possible but I don’t believe he has the size and structure to do it. He’s going to come in light which will be a bad mistake. The advantages he usually has in fights are through speed and power – he’s normally faster than his opponents and punches harder than them too.

“In this fight, I don’t think he’ll have those against me. I’ve carried my speed from light heavyweight to cruiserweight, and I don’t think he’s got more power than me. I’ll be the bigger man, I’ll make it show and I am the real cruiserweight. Look at when I am stood next to Johnny Nelson – we’re the same size, and Johnny Nelson was known as one of the monster cruiserweights, well so am I. (more…)



May 26th, 2016

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R.I.P. Matchmaker Hedi Taouab

Photo: SES Boxing

Photo: SES Boxing


Elite matchmaker Hedi Taouab has passed away after a long illness. A legend in boxing circles, Hedi worked with Universum Box-Promotion and later SES Boxing. He was well-known for decades throughout the world for his enormous personality. The entire team of SES Boxing, in particular Ulf and Peggy Steinforth, are deeply affected by his passing.

“For our athletes and trainers, as a ‘matchmaker’ he put together many big fights, title opportunities and world championships,” said SES in a statement “For SES Boxing, he was one of the key people behind the scenes. His expertise and negotiating skills with promoters, managers and the national and international associations was undisputed and ‘hard,’ but always fair. He leaves a large void in the sport of boxing and will be irreplaceable for many boxers, trainers, managers, and promoters in the world.

“SES Boxing mourns alongside his family in Koblenz. Our sympathies go to all boxers and trainers, for he was an “uncle” to all of us. We in Magdeburg will never forget him. So long “Uncle!”



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Big fights this weekend

By Karl Freitag

Four world title bouts are on tap for this Saturday. One in the Philippines, one in the U.S. and two in the U.K.

It all kicks off Saturday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines, when WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) defends his 108lb belt against Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs). In his career, WBO light flyweight world champion Nietes is 14-0-1 against Mexican boxers (with the draw avenged by KO). Can Garcia end the streak?

Later that day at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) tries to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion when he takes on #1 rated Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA super lightweight title formerly held by Adrien Broner, who lost the title on the scale.

Saturday action wraps up at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, when WBA interim welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defends his belt against 44-year-old future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs). The winner will face the Thurman-Porter winner for the full title.

On Sunday, the vacant WBC cruiserweight title will be on the line at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Local hero Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) meets WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) for the belt vacated by Grigory Drozd, who twice pulled out of fights with mandatory challenger Makabu due to injuries.



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Avanesyan-Mosley odds widen slightly

Late wagering continues to flow in the direction of WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan. Two days ago, he was a slight -165 favorite against 44-year-old ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Today, the 27-year-old Russian champion has jumped to a -260 favorite. On the other hand, if Mosley wins the payout to his backers has moved from +145 to +220. They collide Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Zlaticanin: I will knock out Marsili

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


Undefeated WBC #1-ranked lightweight contender Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs) has vowed that he will destroy unbeaten WBC #2 ranked Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs) when they meet for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship on June 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. “I think those who underestimated me were wrong all along, but I will put some good shots on him and he’ll go down. I will knock him out,” proclaimed Zlaticanin, who hails from the Southeastern European country of Montenegro. “I think they [fans] will cheer for me like I am a home fighter and I will do my best to bring the good fight.”

Regarding Marsali, Zlaticanin stated, “He’s a boxer. He’s smart, but he has no power. He will try to box, keep a distance and use his height advantage. He will use his footwork to keep me at bay, but it won’t work.”

Zlaticanin and Marsili will be fighting for the belt left vacant by the oft-injured Jorge Linares, who was reclassified as “champion in recess” by the WBC as he recovers from a hand injury.



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF 33rd Convention Day 4 Report

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Day 4 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing was a full one. The morning started out with the medical seminar and continued with the judges seminar in the afternoon. Doctors Paul Wallace, Massimilliano Bianco and Rick Weinstein each delivered topics affecting boxers health in fights as well as leading up to the fights. Esteemed judge Steve Weisfeld conducted the judges seminar, utilizing discussion and review of judging criteria and practices, along with practice judging on several video rounds with guest commentary by judges in attendance.

Dr. Wallace’s talk was titled, “Weight Fluctuation- The Dangers of Dehydration and Rapid Weight Gain In Professional Combat Sports.” An ongoing point of contention and controversy, weight loss and the accompanying dehydration and rehydration methods and problems were addressed by Wallace. Water versus electrolyte-filled sports drinks, even the ill effects of Coca Cola on the body were discussed. Wallace stressed the cardiac side effects such as increased muscle contractility and work rate due to fluctuating hydration levels. The increased propensity for swelling or even cutting due to fluctuating levels of hydration can also come into play, as the skin acts differently depending on how much fluid the tissue is holding when struck in a bout. (more…)



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Results from Los Angeles

The 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom on Wednesday night for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three. (more…)



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Stan Naccarato passes away at age 88

Played a large role in the Pacific Northwest boxing scene

Brian Halquist (left) and Stan Naccarato (right). Photo: Halquist Productions

Brian Halquist (left) and Stan Naccarato (right). Photo: Halquist Productions


To say Stan Naccarato was instrumental to the success of Pacific Northwest boxing would be an understatement. A former multiple-time chairman of the Washington State boxing commission and two-time President of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Naccarato was also a long time ring announcer for the 20-year plus “Battle of the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, including the inaugural card which took place on July 9, 1997 featuring Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs Scott Lindecker.

“The interest in boxing in the Pacific Northwest was nonexistent twenty years ago,” said Brian Halquist, president of Halquist Productions, the organization which runs the “Battle at the Boat” series. “Stan played an incredibly large role with getting things rolling. We are the nation’s longest-running tribal casino professional boxing series and Stan’s contribution to all of that is enormous.” (more…)



May 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Big Baby makes good on promise to kids

WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15-rated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who is preparing to defend his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) in a ten rounder on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on CBS Sports Network, took some time out of his training to make an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Wednesday afternoon.

Back in January, Miller made an appearance at the club prior to his NABA title fight vs. Donovan Dennis and promised the kids he would return after he won the title to show them his title belt. Today they not only got to see his title belt and take pictures with the fighter but they also received 20 donated tickets to Friday night’s fight from Miller, so that kids from the Boys & Girls Club could attend the fight.

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May 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Provodnikov, Molina media workout

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

On Saturday, June 11, former WBO junior welterweight world champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) in what figures to be an entertaining matchup of brawlers at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. On Tuesday, Provodnikov and Molina participated in a Media Workout Day at Fortune’s Gym in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised by Showtime.

Ruslan Provodnikov: I’m expecting him to come to fight. No doubt he’s a fighter, he’s a warrior. For somebody to defeat me is a big motivation and I know he’ll be coming to win. No matter what, he’s going to do anything possible to win this fight. That’s what I expect from people that take a fight with me – that they’ll die in the ring to defeat me because it would be a great accomplishment. So I’m expecting a real war, a real fight.

John Molina Jr: Stylistically I think there are things that I have to my advantage. Stature-wise: my height, my reach. But with that being said, when the fight starts, all of that is going to go out the window and we’re going to fight….we won’t be satisfied with anything less than a victory. I’m not content with getting in these fights because people love to watch me fight. I want to be content with getting these fights because I’m victorious and that’s what we’re planning on doing on June 11. photos



May 25th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC approves voluntary defense for Wilder

WBC ruling regarding heavyweight division issued by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman: WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was scheduled to fight Mandatory Challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21, 2016. On May 13, 2016, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (“VADA”) reported that Mr. Povetkin’s “A” Test sample showed an adverse result for the banned substance Meldonium. That result arose in connection with an April 27, 2016, anti-doping test Mr. Povetkin underwent under the WBC Clean Boxing Program. On May 15, 2016, the WBC issued a ruling that the fight would not take place as scheduled.

In relation with Challenger’s Povetkin test result, the WBC is conducting an in-depth investigation and evaluation of the situation. Further WBC ruling(s) will be forthcoming. In the meantime, the WBC hereby rules that in light of the fact that the bout with Challenger Povetkin did not take place as scheduled, WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder has the right to make a voluntary defense of his title as reasonably soon as possible.



May 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Casimero dethrones Ruenroeng, gains vengeance with fourth round KO in China

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

In a sudden and shocking turn around, John Riel Casimero turned the tables on undefeated defending champ and former conqueror Amnat Ruenroeng in the fourth round on Wednesday night at the Diamond Stadium in Beijing, China. Suddenly, it was if Casimero had taken enough abuse. While in close quarters during a heated exchange, Casimero exploded a short right to the jaw of the defending champ who crashed in a heap to his hands and knees, head down on the canvas. Ruenroeng barely rose and was on unsteady legs while Casimero was celebrating up on the second rope strands in a neutral corner. Referee Tony Weeks allowed the action to continue and Casimero was a tad reckless in trying to finish his stricken foe. For a moment or two, it looked as if Ruenroeng would escape thee round as his legs seemed to gain their spring and his jab and movement began to come into play. Casimero the exploded a vicious left hook the belly and Ruenroeng, in an ever so slightly delayed reaction grimaced and sank to the canvas on his back almost under the ropes. Referee Weeks reached the count of ten for a clean KO at 2:10 of round four.

Casimero rejoiced with revenge in securing his second IBF crown as he improves to 22-3, 14 KOs. Undefeated no longer, Ruenroeng dips to 17-1, 5 KOs and sees his hoped for clash with WBC counterpart Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez evaporate as well. The result was well received by the Chinese fans who know Ruenroeng well from his defeat of Chinese hero and two-time Olympian Zou Shiming last year. Though the bout was short one, Casimero was losing a near shutout, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 at the time of the stoppage. (more…)



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