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Wlodarczyk edges Gevor in IBF eliminator

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

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

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

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

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Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

Tanaka defeats Acosta, retains WBO 108lb belt

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Huck promises to bring pain to Briedis

One and a half weeks till the April 1 showdown between Marco “Captain“ Huck and Mairis Briedis in Dortmund, Germany, for the WBC cruiserweight title. Huck has worked very hard in the training camp in Braunlage, Niedersachsen, with his new trainer Oktay Urkal. The preparation with the former Olympic medalist was special because of Huck had broken the metacarpal bone in the last fight with Dmitro Kutcher in November 2016. But the injury is healed now and the bone is able to work under pressure.

“The pain was hard during the fight in November,” Huck said. “But of course I never thought to give up. Because of the long time being professional with my former trainer Ulli Wegner I have another sense of pain than the most other humans…” (more…)

One and a half weeks till the April 1 showdown between Marco “Captain“ Huck and Mairis Briedis in Dortmund, Germany, …


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DTLA Fights Weights from Los Angeles

Daniel “Twich” Franco 125.4 vs. Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin 126
Shane Mosley Jr. 161.8 vs. Demetrius Walker 167.1
Nigel Dawson 260.8 vs. Jesus Molina 222
Ruben Campos 135.8 vs. Gary Michaels 138
Robert Ochoa 121 vs. Carlos Ramirez 121.2
Humberto Velasquez 151.2 vs. Jordan Marriott 151.4
Cashton Young 210.3 vs. Oswaldo Ortega 221.3
Israel Duffus 183.2 vs. Michael Gbenga 181.2

Venue: Exchange LA Nightclub in Los Angeles
Promoter: PR Sports, Bash Boxing, Lights Out Promotions, and Roc Nation Sports

Daniel “Twich” Franco 125.4 vs. Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin 126 Shane Mosley Jr. 161.8 vs. Demetrius Walker 167.1 Nigel Dawson …



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Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk Workout

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated champions and 2012 Ukrainian Olympic medalists Vasyl Lomachenko, Aleksandr Usyk and Oleksandr Gvozdyk hosted a media workout at World Boxing Gymnasium in Oxnard, Calif. on Tuesday. All three are in deep training for their title defenses, which will take place Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.

Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs). 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) will be defending his WBO cruiserweight world title against Top-10 contender Mike Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs). 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) will be defending his NABF light heavyweight title against Yuniesky Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs). (more…)

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Undefeated champions and 2012 Ukrainian Olympic medalists Vasyl Lomachenko, Aleksandr Usyk and Oleksandr Gvozdyk hosted a …


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Funai finishes WBA #14 Nakagawa to win Japanese 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Perennial contender Ryuichi Funai (27-7, 18 KOs), 115, finally wrested the Japanese super-flyweight belt when he kept battering IBF#14 defending champ Kenta Nakagawa (13-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, and impressively finished him at 2:59 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Can you believe their personal episode? A couple of high school classmates were avid boxing fans, and started a boxing club in school together. Both entered paid ranks after their amateur experiences with Nakagawa belonging to Ray Sports Gym and Funai to Watanabe Gym in 2004. Twelve years passed and they, already 31, finally came to square off with the national belt on the line.

Funai’s career wasn’t so brilliant as he suffered a seventh-round TKO at the hand of future WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka in an eight-round bout in 2009, failed to win the OPBF 118-pound title via ninth-round TKO by Rolly Matsushita Lunas in 2012 and couldn’t wrest the Japanese 115-pound belt via majority nod to world-rated Sho Ishida last April. Nakagawa, a hard-punching southpaw, had a hiatus for six years after his third pro bout in 2005 and came back to ring action in 2011. Neither of them was Yamanaka or Inoue, but they diligently kept fighting to stay in the national ratings. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Perennial contender Ryuichi Funai (27-7, 18 KOs), 115, finally wrested the Japanese super-flyweight …




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Mukala , Lartey clash for vacant title

By Ron Jackson

In battle of unbeaten fighters Patrick Mukala from South Africa and Daniel Lartey of Ghana meet for the vacant WBA Pan African super-middleweight title at The Kempton Park Indoor Centre on Saturday.

Lartey (6-0, 4 KOs) who will be fighting out of his home country for the first time made his pro debut in June 2016 and then won four of his next fights on stoppages. The only fight that went the distance was a unanimous eight round points victory over Daniel Aduku (6-1-1) in November last year. In his most recent fight in December 2016 he stopped Justice Nortei in three rounds. (more…)

By Ron Jackson In battle of unbeaten fighters Patrick Mukala from South Africa and Daniel Lartey of Ghana meet for …


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Caferro battles Zeigler Saturday in Montana

By Ricardo Ibarra

Helena, Montana’s Duran Caferro, Jr. (15-1, 11 KOs) will headline this Saturday’s “Magic City Fight Night” promoted by Silver Wolf Fight Promotions at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings, Montana, taking on Cheyenne Zeigler (3-12, 2 KOs), of Lower Brule, South Dakota in a super welterweight match-up.

The once-beaten Caferro is hoping to add his thirteenth consecutive win in his first fight in seven months. A one-time amateur stand-out, the popular central Montana fighter has fought sixteen times as a pro and suffered his only defeat in his third bout, a third round stoppage loss to Maurice Anthony in 2012. He’s held the Montana State welterweight, super welterweight, and middleweight titles. In his most recent fight, Caferro defeated rugged journeyman Daniel Gonzalez by decision last August. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Helena, Montana’s Duran Caferro, Jr. (15-1, 11 KOs) will headline this Saturday’s “Magic City Fight Night” promoted …


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WBA orders Rigondeaux-Flores purse bid

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has called for a purse bid for the fight between WBA super bantamweight super champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and interim champion Moisés Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) on April 3 at WBA Headquarters in Panama City, Panama. The minimum bid is $120,000 with a 75/25 split in favor of Rigondeaux.

Rigondeaux and Flores were originally notified about this mandatory fight on July 18, 2016 and they had reached an agreement to fight on the Cotto-Kirkland card in February. However, that whole event was suddenly canceled after Kirkland suffered a training injury so another Rigondeaux-Flores purse bid was ordered.

The purse bid will be overseen by WBA board member Aurelio Fiengo.

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has called for a purse bid for the fight between WBA …


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Weights from Randolph, NJ

Skender Halili 153.5 vs. Eduardo Flores 155
Enver Halili 149 vs. Ariel Vasquez 147
Ian Green 161 vs. Andy Mejias 160
Yurik Mamedov 145.9 vs. Francis Gakpetor 145
Aidos Yerbossynuly 162 vs. Riarus Dudley 166
Frederick Julian 174 vs. Jermaine Corley 170

Venue: Skylands Event & Conference Center, Randolph, New Jersey
Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions, Rising Promotions and GH3 Promotions
TV: Sportsnet New York SNY (tape delayed)

Skender Halili 153.5 vs. Eduardo Flores 155 Enver Halili 149 vs. Ariel Vasquez 147 Ian Green 161 vs. Andy Mejias …



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Australian Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former Australian heavyweight champion Hunter Sam (11-9-2, 4 KOs) will challenge Dempsey McKean (9-0,3 KOs) on Friday in a rematch for the vacant interim Australian title on Friday at the Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Sam was defeated by McKean last December over six rounds. Hunter Sam captured the Australian championship in 2013 by outpointing David Lev but was defeated by former world rated Bowie Tupou in 2015 and 2016.
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Australian light heavyweight contender Mitchell Middleton Clark (11-2, 11 KOs) will clash with Clint Alderton (7-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds in a rematch with the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs on Saturday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Alderton defeated Middleton Clark in 2016 by eight round split decision in a Victorian state light heavyweight title bout.
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Maltese born 140-pounder Haithem Laamouz (8-0, 3 KOs) will return to action on Sunday against Indonesian Roy Tua Manihuruk (19-16-2, 15 KOs) in the main event over ten rounds at Club Punchbowl, Punchbowl, NSW, Australia. Laamouz is now based in Australia but is coming off a three round stoppage of Borslav Gligoric at the Aria Complex in Malta in August 2016. Promoter Paul and Hannah Nasari.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former Australian heavyweight champion Hunter Sam (11-9-2, 4 KOs) will challenge Dempsey McKean …


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ESPN2 Weights from Indio, Calif

Jason Quigley 160 vs. Glen Tapia 159.8

Photo: Lina Baker/Seeyouringside Photography

Randy Caballero 121.6 vs. Jesus Ruiz 121.6
Marlon Esparza 110 vs. Rachel Sazoff 109
Mauricio Herrera 146.2 vs. Hector Velesquez 144
Tureano Johnson 160 vs. Fabiano Pena 167.6
Hector Tanajara 130 vs. Daniel Pereles 135.6
Azat Hovhannisyan 121.4 vs. Diuhl Olguin 122

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2

Jason Quigley 160 vs. Glen Tapia 159.8 Randy Caballero 121.6 vs. Jesus Ruiz 121.6 Marlon Esparza 110 vs. Rachel Sazoff …


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Trainer Peter Fury denied NZ entry

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO mandatory heavyweight challenger Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will challenge WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0,18 KOs) at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, on May 6 without his father/trainer Peter Fury in his corner after Immigration New Zealand declined a visa for the elder Fury on “character grounds”.

Immigration New Zealand issued a statement saying: “Mr Fury was ineligible for a visa unless granted a special direction. His case was fully considered and all representations submitted on Mr Fury’s behalf were taken into account before a decision was made to decline his request for a special direction.”

Fury has twice spent time in prison on drug-trafficking related charges. Parker’s promoter Duco Events said on Twitter that the fight will still be taking place.

The tweet said: “The WBO Heavyweight Title fight between Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury is still going ahead as planned.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO mandatory heavyweight challenger Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will challenge WBO heavyweight …


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Brook-Spence May 27 on Showtime

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against US star Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Saturday May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office and on Showtime Championship Boxing in the US.

Brook makes the fourth defence of his beloved IBF strap he landed in the States in August 2014 with a career-best win over Shawn Porter, and blitzed Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier before stepping up to Middleweight to face fearsome Kazakh Gennady Golovkin at The O2 in September – and now the Sheffield star welcomes another unbeaten superstar into the ring.

Undefeated Spence became the mandatory challenger for Brook’s belt when he blasted Leonard Bundu inside six rounds in August, the eighth straight stoppage win for the Texas-based New Yorker who went into the fight after destroying Chris Algieri inside four rounds two months earlier. (more…)

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against US star Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on …



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Golden Boy inks Romero Duno

Golden Boy Promotions today announced that it has signed WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight Champion and knockout artist Romero Duno (13-1, 12 KOs) to a multi-year promotional contract. Duno, of General Santos City, Phillipines, was last seen in the ring at the March 10 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB where he scored a second round knockout of Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (16-1, 14 KOs) to claim the WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight title in his U.S. debut before a sold out crowd at the Belasco Theater and televised live on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. (more…)

Golden Boy Promotions today announced that it has signed WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight Champion and knockout artist Romero Duno (13-1, …


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Cherry-Douglas clash set for April 4 on FS1

Former title challenger Edner Cherry (35-7-2, 19 KOs) will meet once-beaten Omar Douglas (17-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout that headlines Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, April 4 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Televised coverage also features an eight-round showdown between unbeaten featherweight prospects Stephen Fulton (10-0, 5 KOs) and Luis Rosario (8-0-1, 7 KOs) plus Bethlehem’s Frank DeAlba (21-2-2-, 9 KOs) taking on Massachusetts-native Ryan Kielczweski (26-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight attraction.

Former title challenger Edner Cherry (35-7-2, 19 KOs) will meet once-beaten Omar Douglas (17-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight …


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WBO champ Saunders says he wants to unify with Golovkin

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders says he wants to make a unification bout with WBC/WBA/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin this summer and is willing to travel to Kazakhstan to make the fight. Speaking to iFL TV, Saunders proclaimed “Since I’ve been world champion I’ve always known there’s that one danger that I’d have to take soon, and it’s him. There’s not a day that passes where I don’t think about how to do it. I still say he’s the man to beat at the weight. He’s still the man of the moment.”

With all four recognized world middleweight titles on the line, initial talks appear to have gone smoothly and Saunders says he’s more than happy with the discussions that have taken place.

“I am happy with everything that they’ve suggested. All we want is a fair crack of the whip. If I go out there and box his head off, if I win then I want the decision! If I get beat, I get beat. I’ve got no rematch clause, he has got a rematch clause. I’m happy with everything like that – let’s go and roll the dice!”

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders says he wants to make a unification bout with WBC/WBA/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin this …


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Linares, Crolla ready to do it again

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom

WBA Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and former champion Anthony Crolla participated in a public workout at National Football Museum in Manchester, England on Tuesday in preparation for their rematch this Saturday, live on SHOWTIME from Manchester Arena.

Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) dethroned Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) in an action-packed battle last September in Manchester to capture the WBA crown. The Sept. 24 match was the first time the three-division titlist Linares, who also holds the WBC Diamond lightweight belt, was pushed the 12-round distance in his career. (more…)

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom WBA Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and former champion Anthony Crolla participated in a public workout at …



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“El Animal” Quigley Set to Headline on ESPN2

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated Irish middleweight prospect Jason “El Animal” Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) will have his biggest test to date when he takes on New Jersey’s Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) this Thursday, March 23rd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California in inaugural edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN2 main event. We spoke to Quigley during his preparation as talked about his upcoming bout with Tapia.

Photo: SeeYouRingside Photography/Lina Baker

“This next fight will be a big test for me and we are looking forward to the challenge,” Jayson Quigley told Fightnews.com. “The only thing in my mind is Glenn Tapia that is the next hurdle in my career and it is my job to get him out of there.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated Irish middleweight prospect Jason “El Animal” Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) will have his biggest test to …


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Berchelt-Miura set for WBC 130lb title clash

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaimán confirmed at the WBC weekly conference, that it was not necessary to have a purse bid for the fight between WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt and Takashi Miura, as promoters have reached an agreement and the fight is on June 24 in California.

In this way, Miguel, who won the title last January 28, defeating Francisco Vargas in one of the most dramatic fights of the year, will fulfill the mandatory defense of his belt against the formidable Miura.

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaimán confirmed at the WBC weekly conference, that it was not necessary to have a …


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Bivol to defend WBA interim belt April 14

Undefeated Dmitry Bivol will defend his Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title against Samuel Clarkson in the 12-round main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) at MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, MD., just outside of Washington, D.C.

Known for his aggressive style, Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs, 2-0 WSB) was a prominent amateur who is now determined to make his mark in one of boxing’s toughest weight classes. Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs), of Cedar Hill, Texas, has won his last nine fights in a row and will make his third appearance on ShoBox. (more…)

Undefeated Dmitry Bivol will defend his Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title against Samuel Clarkson in the 12-round main event of …


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Josesito Lopez headlines April 9 FS1 card

Former world title challenger Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (34-7, 19 KOs) will face Mexico’s Saul “Navajo” Corral (22-8, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday, April 9 from The Novo at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Televised coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT and features unbeaten lightweight contender Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (21-0, 15 KOs) battling former title challenger Andrey Klimov (19-3, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout plus the pro debut of 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas in a six-round super featherweight fight.

Former world title challenger Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (34-7, 19 KOs) will face Mexico’s Saul “Navajo” Corral (22-8, 13 KOs) …


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Louis, Wilder head Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Class

Boxing greats from past and present round out the inaugural class of the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame. Inductees will be:

Pro Boxer: Joe Louis
Amateur Boxer: Deontay Wilder
Old Timer: Petey Sarron
Manager/Trainer/Promoter: Eddie Surrett
Support Personnel: Billy Martin

Joe Louis, born in Lafayette, Alabama was 66-3 with 52 knockouts. He made 25 successful title defenses, a record for the heavyweight division. Known as the “Brown Bomber”, he is listed by boxing experts as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Deontay Wilder, from Tuscaloosa, won America’s only medal in boxing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He made the Olympic team with just 21 bouts of amateur experience and brought home the Bronze Medal, thus earning the nickname, “The Bronze Bomber,” paying homage to his medal and fellow Alabamian Joe “Brown Bomber” Louis. (more…)

Boxing greats from past and present round out the inaugural class of the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame. Inductees will …


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Barthelemy-Blanco collide March 28 on FS1

Unbeaten Cuban prospect Leduan Barthelemy (12-0, 6 KOs) will square-off against Reynaldo Blanco (14-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight contest that headlines Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes, Tuesday, March 28 from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features exciting unbeaten Marcos Hernandez (9-0, 2 KOs) facing once-beaten Kyrone Davis (11-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight contest while undefeated prospect Malcolm McCallister (8-0, 8 KOs) competes in a six-round middleweight fight.

Unbeaten Cuban prospect Leduan Barthelemy (12-0, 6 KOs) will square-off against Reynaldo Blanco (14-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round super …


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N’Dam-Murata negotiations underway

Teiken Promotions and Top Rank, have begun negotiations for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world title between interim WBA middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam and undefeated #2 world-rated contender Ryota Murata. “While N’Dam wants the fight to take place in France, Mr. Honda and I think this fight would do extremely well in Japan and we are pulling out all stops in trying to bring it there,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Since winning Olympic gold in 2012, Ryota has developed a rabid fan base in Japan and we think those fans deserve to see their hero fight for his first professional world title. It would be a sensational event in Japan.” (more…)

Teiken Promotions and Top Rank, have begun negotiations for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world title between interim …


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Pulev faces ‘Kingpin’ on April 28 in Bulgaria

Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship against former World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson (30-7-1, 14 KOs) on Friday, April 28 at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. Pulev made a triumphant homecoming on December 3, 2016, fighting for the first time in his home country, and forcing former WBC World Champion Samuel Peter to retire after three rounds in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000 Bulgarian fans.

“It was an overwhelming experience for me to receive so much support from the crowd. I could feel the energy surging around the arena, and that gave me the power to win by stoppage,” said ‘The Cobra’, who is now looking forward to a second fight on home soil as he aims to secure a second shot at World honours. (more…)

Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship against former World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson …


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Late Results from Boston

By Matt Thompson
Photos: Emily Harney

If front of a sold-out, standing room crowd at the historic House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, MA, local favorite Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca improved his record to an impressive 18-0 picking up his 12th knockout stopping the game Travis Scott (19-3, 5 KOs) of Baton Rogue, LA in the eighth round of a scheduled ten. Sporting a four-inch height advantage, Scott attempted to use his reach and leverage against the compact former Marine Iraq War Veteran, but DeLuca’s subtle head movement and patient counterpunching continued to chip away at opponent, slowly closing the gap and creating openings when the opportunities appeared. (more…)

By Matt Thompson Photos: Emily Harney If front of a sold-out, standing room crowd at the historic House of Blues …


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Mikey Garcia says Linares should beat Crolla again

WBC lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) will join the SHOWTIME announce team as a guest analyst for the rematch between WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla on Saturday at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The WBC has mandated that the winner of Linares-Crolla II must face Garcia, who knocked out defending champion Dejan Zlaticanin on Jan. 28 in his second fight back following a 30-month layoff.

“I’m excited to participate as guest analyst for this rematch,” said Garcia. “These are two of the most competitive boxers in my division. Jorge Linares won the first fight, but Crolla can create a different outcome. Linares has good hand speed, timing, reflexes and has power in both hands. Crolla has a good right hand and has shown some solid body work in his recent fights. While Crolla is getting better with each fight, Linares is likely still the better boxer, and should edge him out in a close fight.”

WBC lightweight world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) will join the SHOWTIME announce team as a guest analyst for …


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Court reaffirms that Canelo must pay All Star Boxing $8.5 million

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens in Miami today upheld an $8.5 million jury award to All Star Boxing from boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. The Alvarez camp moved to have the award reduced or thrown out, or, alternatively to get a new trial. However, the Court ruled that the $8.5 million awarded to All Star Boxing was supported by the evidence and will remain in force. A motion for a new trial was also denied.

A second lawsuit filed by Canelo and Golden Boy against All Star Boxing seeking a dismissal of the case by claiming promoter Felix Zabala (All Star Boxing) perpetrated a fraud upon the court, proceeded on a sham pleading, and changed his testimony to avoid summary adjudication was also denied. The Court ruled Zabala’s testimony was truthful, he did not file sham pleadings and that the evidence doesn’t support Alvarez’s argument that documents were manufactured or fabricated by Zabala.

All Star Boxing sued Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions for breach of contract, tortious interference, and unjust enrichment. When the case was tried last year, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions against the breach of contract and tortious interference claims. However, the jury returned a verdict in favor of All Star Boxing and against Alvarez on the unjust enrichment claim and awarded All Star Boxing $8,500,000.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens in Miami today upheld an $8.5 million jury award to All Star Boxing …


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The 12th Round: Boxing At It’s Best

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

The Boxing Writers Association of America held its annual awards dinner and it was so nice to see the boxing community together, so humbling to hear the speeches which brought tears to many and for once to see promoters, managers, boxers, TV executives, trainers and anyone involved in the sport interact with the major players of boxing media from the USA. Congratulations to BWAA for a successful event which was clearly prepared with passion and dedication to honor the best of 2016.

What a wonderful week it was for boxing and magical night at Madison Square Garden with 2 highly competitive and dramatic fights which went down to the line and resulted in very close decisions and of course controversy. There are so many things that boxing can do to improve but simply zero intentions from a few to agree to change and modernize.

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By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son The Boxing Writers Association of America held its annual awards dinner …


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Zoulikha-Kolaj EU title postponed

By Marco Bratusch

Hakim Zoulikha (24-8, 10 KOs) fight against mandatory opponent Orial Kolaj (17-5, 11 KOs) valid for the European Union (EU) light heavyweight title has been postponed to a date yet to be determined due to a left wrist injury occurred to Kolaj last week as officially communicated by Round Zero which manages the Italian by way of Albania fighter.

The clash now results cancelled from the MK Events card at L’Institut du Judo in Paris on Friday, May 31st, where it was designated as chief support for the welterweight fight between EU champion Mohamed Mimoune (17-2, 2 KOs) against Finnish contender Jussi Koivula (21-3-1, 8 KOs), televised live by Canal + in France. Among other boxers, WBA cruiserweight championship contender Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (22-3, 15 KOs) and 2016 Olympics bronze medalist Mathieu Bauderlique (11-0, 5 KOs) are expected to be part of the bill.

By Marco Bratusch Hakim Zoulikha (24-8, 10 KOs) fight against mandatory opponent Orial Kolaj (17-5, 11 KOs) valid for the …


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Photos: Canelo sparring bigger guys

By Hesiquio Balderas

Canelo Álvarez is in full training mode. Saul is already sparring and working hard for his upcoming fight against Julio César Chávez Jr. on May 6th. Chepo, Eddy and Canelo have designed a strategy to fight the larger Chavez, and as a result Canelo is sparring light heavyweights. As is often the case during each preparation, Canelo’s ring smarts and technique are giving his sparring partners fits.

Oscar de la Hoya was present in San Diego to witness the current WBO super welterweight and lineal middleweight beltholder’s work and was pleased with what he saw. “I see Canelo has precision, he is very strong and his jab is sharp,” said De la Hoya, the former ten-time world champion in six different weight classes and current CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas Canelo Álvarez is in full training mode. Saul is already sparring and working hard for his upcoming …


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GGG, Jacobs discuss surprising night at Madison Square Garden

By Matt Richardson

The KO streak may have ended early Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden in New York City but the much longer unbeaten run for unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin continued unabated following a tight unanimous decision victory against Danny Jacobs.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Golovkin scored a fourth round knockdown but otherwise had a lot of difficulty with Jacobs lateral movement and only won the fight by a single point on one scorecard. Ultimately, Golovkin secured the win via scores of 115-112 (twice) and 114-113.

“No, I don’t have a lot of problem,” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) said at the post-fight press conference. “Speed is good. Distance is good. Daniel, you know, he’s very good moving today. Very clean fight. I respect him. Just, I knock him down, Daniel, I respect don’t lose control. Everything in control for 12 rounds. It’s very good. I needed 12 rounds, too. Its very good fight for me. Very good experience.” (more…)

By Matt Richardson The KO streak may have ended early Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden in New York City …


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Coley outboxes Johnson over ten

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos: Mike Blair

In a tactical boxing match, Hayward, California’s Aaron Coley (14-1-1, 6 KOs) defeated Dashon Johnson (22-21-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, out-working the more experienced journeyman over ten rounds in the middleweight main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 110.

Coley, a southpaw, employed a cautious approach early, working behind his right jab and feinting with his left, seemingly trying to bait his opponent into opening himself up for a counter. Coley slowly started to pick up his output in the second round, finding his comfort level and letting his hand go a bit more often. Coley took clear control of the range and pace of the fight in the third and maintained it through the fourth, working at a distance with a steady stream of jabs, keeping Johnson on the outside and on the end of his punches, unable to get in close enough to do any real damage. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos: Mike Blair In a tactical boxing match, Hayward, California’s Aaron Coley (14-1-1, 6 KOs) defeated Dashon …


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Ferguson stops Thompson in Montana

By Ricardo Ibarra

2015 USA National amateur heavyweight champion Patrick Ferguson (7-0, 7 KOs) added his seventh consecutive knockout win as a pro on Saturday night at the Guesthouse Inn in Kalispell, Montana, stopping late replacement Skylar Thompson (12-21, 10 KOs) in the second round of a scheduled eight. After a competitive first round, Ferguson, of Spokane, Washington, dropped Rockford, Illinois’ Thompson twice in the second, first with a body shot and again with straight right before the referee stopped it 1:54. The bout was fought at heavyweight. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra 2015 USA National amateur heavyweight champion Patrick Ferguson (7-0, 7 KOs) added his seventh consecutive knockout win …


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Joe Cortez: The judges made a mistake, Chocolatito won the fight

By Hesiquio Balderas

Hall of Famer and former world championship referee Joe Cortez now working as an analyst for ESPN talked to the Spanish-speaking media after the Golovking-Jacobs event. Cortez had a few words of encouragement for Roman Gonzalez after his defeat against Sor Rungvisai and also criticized the judges working the fight.

“Chocolatito won the fight clearly, there’s no doubt about it. I had Roman up in my scorecard by six points. It seems like the judges were watching a different fight than me and the audience, they made a mistake,” commented Cortez. (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas Hall of Famer and former world championship referee Joe Cortez now working as an analyst for ESPN …




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