Gervonta Davis aiming to be next big PPV star

Gervonta Davis aiming to be next big PPV star

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Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

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Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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Weights from Hermosillo, Sonora

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Zulina Muñoz 115 vs Carolina Álvarez 115
World superflyweight female WBC
Julio Barraza 131 vs Samuel González 131
Pedro Campa 142 vs Álvaro Ortiz 140
Jesús Quijada 131 vs Santiago Sandoval 130.8
Ramón Hidalgo 140.5 vs Uriel Torres 141
Silvia Torrres 107.7 vs Verónica Ixehuatl 108
Bruno Sandoval 161 vs Roberto Valdez 162
Eduardo Ramírez 126 vs Alvaro Osuna 126
Sandraa Robles 108 vs Luciana Hernandez 108

Promoter: Zanfer
Venue: Gimnasio Polifuncional Ana Gabriela Guevara, Hermosillo, Sonora
TV: TV Azteca

Zulina Muñoz 115 vs Carolina Álvarez 115 World superflyweight female WBC Julio Barraza 131 vs Samuel González 131 Pedro Campa …


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Weights from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Danny Garcia 146.6 vs Samuel Vargas 145.7
Jarrett Hurd 153.1 vs. Jojo Dan 153.1
Javier Fortuna 132.9 vs. Omar Douglas 132.1
Titus Williams 126.3 vs. Antonio Dubose 127.2
Kyrone Davis 158.6 vs. Carlos Gabriel Ozan 155.7
Milton Santiago 137 vs. Claudio Rosendo Tapia 135.8
Christian Carto 118.6 vs. Leonardo Reyes 114.5
Thomas Velasquez 129.9 vs. Raul Chirino 134.2
Jeffrey Torres 137.7 vs. Joseph Serrano 136.9

Promoter: Premier Boxing Champions
Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: Spike

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions Danny Garcia 146.6 vs Samuel Vargas 145.7 Jarrett Hurd 153.1 vs. Jojo Dan 153.1 Javier …



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John David Jackson weighs in on Kovalev-Ward

As WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev prepares to face Andre “S.O.G.” Ward live on HBO Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada he will once again have former two-time world champion John David Jackson in his corner. Kovalev and Jackson have worked together for several years and all of Kovalev’s big-time fights. Below Jackson breaks down Kovalev’s keys to victory:

What is the one thing Kovalev has to accomplish in the ring in order to beat Ward?

“In order to beat Ward, Sergey has to be able to cut the ring off. He has to make Ward engage and if Ward engages he will make himself vulnerable and leave himself open to the counter-punches. Sergey also has to beat his body down and make Ward, as the rounds go by, depleted of his energy. Then he will get him late with a knockout.” (more…)

As WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev prepares to face Andre “S.O.G.” Ward live on …


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Weights from Magdeburg, Germany

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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Mehdi Amar 173.5 vs. Robert Stieglitz 173.3
Adam Deines 174.6 vs. Janne Forsmann 174.8
Phillip Nsingi 147.7 vs. Nelson Altamirano 150.8
Domenik von Chrzanowski 161.4 vs. Norbert Szekeres 160.9
Jurgen Uldedaj 192.9 vs. Ondrej Budera 189.2
Tom Dzemski 174.8 vs. Tomas Kugler TBA

Promoter: SES Boxing
Venue: GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt

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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Mehdi Amar 173.5 vs. Robert Stieglitz 173.3 Adam Deines 174.6 vs. Janne Forsmann 174.8 …




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Weights from Monte Carlo

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

Saturday’s Special Edition of HBO Boxing After Dark begins live at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT from Monte Carlo. The special from Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo features a heavyweight showdown with knockout machine Luis Ortiz taking on Malik Scott.

Luis Ortiz 239.5 vs. Malik Scott 246.4

Jamie McDonnell 118 vs. Liborio Solis 117.7
(WBA bantamweight championship)

Jason Sosa 128.8 vs. Stephen Smith 130
(WBA super featherweight championship)

Martin Murray 167.7 vs. Nuhu Lawal 165.5

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Saturday’s Special Edition of HBO Boxing After Dark begins live at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT from Monte Carlo. …


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Brook: I won’t give up my world title

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook says he won’t give up his world title and is plotting huge unification bouts for 2017. The Sheffield star is back in the gym following a minor operation on the damaged eye socket he suffered in his epic showdown with middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in London in September.

The 30 year old landed the IBF crown with a superb win over Shawn Porter in California in August 2014 before clinical stoppage wins in defences over Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier before stepping up two weights to take on ‘Triple G’.

‘The Special One’ went toe-to-toe with the Kazakh beast over five thrilling rounds in London and after meeting promoter Eddie Hearn in the Steel City yesterday, Brook has vowed to unify the 147lbs division in some mega-showdowns. (more…)

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook says he won’t give up his world title and is plotting huge unification bouts for …


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Angel Garcia: Crawford got a big mouth

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Angel Garcia the father of Danny Garcia had a lot to say in the back and forth battle of words between Crawford and the Garcia camp this week. Here are just some of his thoughts:

“You haven’t got nothing Crawford. You want to bet a million? Danny would whip you ass all over. Move up to one-forty- seven young boy. You know TopRank is taking all your money. You aren’t making any real money anyway. We get two million to three million for an opponent. What do you get?

“Do you believe in Aliens?” said Garcia “Tell Terrance Crawford we might visit him tonight. He won’t sleep tonight, always looking under his bed. He will be looking for the Cuckoo, the Cuckoo.”

“Now Terrance Crawford is fighting Molina and he is a killer. I’m not saying Molina isn’t good. I hope he whips his ass.”

“You know why Crawford is not on HBO no more? They don’t want him. They can’t sell him no more.”

Terrance got a big mouth. I have known him since the USA Championships. He always had a big mouth and nappy hair. Nobody liked him because he is arrogant.

“He is running with that stuff that he beat Danny. Danny whooped his ass in the USA Championships. In the amateurs, there are no losses. When you get robbed it is a bad decision. We sent you home in the USA championships. We sent you packing. Danny was the 2008 Olympic alternate.”

By Kurt Wolfheimer Angel Garcia the father of Danny Garcia had a lot to say in the back and forth …


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Weights from Philadelphia

Adam Lopez 124 vs Carlos Valcarcel 124.7
Ed Brown 140.5 vs Albert Mensah 140.4
Kenneth Sims, Jr. 143.5 vs Jonathan Dinong 144.5
Chrisshawn Alexander 146.6 vs Jaron Ennis 145.1
Taneal Goyco 169.4 vs Jerry Odom 167.5
Tibor Nadori vs 117.2 vs Emmanuel Folly 121.3
Hurshiddek Normatov 155.2 vs Lenwood Dozier 152.6
Corey Edwards 135.8 vs Joshua Jones 135.5
Derrick Webster 170.4 vs Zoltan Sera 167
Damon Simon 118.7 vs Leroy Davila 119

Promoters: GH3 Promotions and Victory Boxing Promotions
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia

Adam Lopez 124 vs Carlos Valcarcel 124.7 Ed Brown 140.5 vs Albert Mensah 140.4 Kenneth Sims, Jr. 143.5 vs Jonathan …



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Weights from Sloan, Iowa

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Harmonito Dela Torre 131 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 138.8
Malik Hawkins 147.8 vs. Antonio C. Fernandez 146.4
Skender Halili 153.8 vs. Damien Hill 153
Keith Cournoyer 153.8 vs. Noe Mireles 154.8
Danny Black 154.4 vs. Justin Likeness 154.8
Alexey Zubov 198.2 vs. Jimmie Franklin 199
Keith Collins 166.2 vs. Colby Courter 166.2

Promoters: Greg Cohen Promotions, Ringside Ticket Inc. and WinnaVegas Casino Resort
Venue: WinnaVegas Casino Resort, Sloan, Iowa
Television: CBS Sports Network (12:30 ET/9:30 PT)

Harmonito Dela Torre 131 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 138.8 Malik Hawkins 147.8 vs. Antonio C. Fernandez 146.4 Skender Halili 153.8 …


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Weights from Philadelphia

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David Gonzales 140.5 vs Samuel Teah 140
Carlos Rosario 133.5 vs Bobby Hornsby 131
Antowyan Aikens 169 vs Terrence Williams 168
Nicholas Hernandez 154 vs Anthony Prescott 153
Hafiz Montgomery 204.5 vs Julian Poole 223
Darryl Bunting 167 vs Juan Zapata 163
Wesley Triplett 216.5 vs Randy Easton 228.5
Roberto Irizarry 126.5 vs Jules Blackwell 132

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Harrahs Philadelphia
1st Bell: 7:00 PM ET

Photo: Daniel Cork David Gonzales 140.5 vs Samuel Teah 140 Carlos Rosario 133.5 vs Bobby Hornsby 131 Antowyan Aikens 169 …


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Quadruple OPBF title show in Japan today

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

A quadruple OPBF title show will take place today (Friday) in Kobe, Japan, where eight participants are willing to bring home the bacon as well as the OPBF belts. The weigh-in results were as follows:

OPBF super-bantamweight title bout (main event)
Champion, Shun Kubo 55.2 kg (121.75 lbs)
vs.
Jin-Wook Lim 55.0 kg (121.25 lbs)

OPBF lightweight title bout
Champion, Masayoshi Nakatani 61.1 kg (134.75 lbs)
vs.
Alan Tanada 60.9 kg (134.25 lbs)

OPBF bantamweight title bout
Champion, Takahiro Yamamoto 53.4 kg (117.75 lbs)
vs.
Mark John Yap 53.4 kg (117.75 kg)

OPBF minimumweight title bout for the vacant championship
Merlito Sabillo 47.5 kg (104.75 lbs)
vs.
Ryuya Yamanaka 47.6 kg (105 lbs)

This show is presented by Shinsei Promotions in association with Ioka Promotions.

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi A quadruple OPBF title show will take place today (Friday) in Kobe, Japan, where eight …


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Garcia, Vargas final press conference

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Photo: Darryl Cobb / Kings Promotions / Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Colombia’s Samuel Vargas went face-to-face Thursday afternoon, one day before they weigh-in for their Premier Boxing Champions on Spike main event showdown taking place Saturday, November 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Televised coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd battling former title challenger Jo Jo Dan plus former world champion Javier Fortuna taking on unbeaten Omar Douglas.

Here is what the participants from Thursday’s event at the Clarion Hotel had to say: (more…)

Photo: Darryl Cobb / Kings Promotions / Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Colombia’s Samuel Vargas …



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Weights from Sacramento

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Ryan Bourland 174.5 vs. Gilberto Rubio 174
Blake McKernan 194 vs. Jamel Reynolds 195
Mario Ayala 122 vs. Pabo Cupul 122
Ivan Vergara 124 vs. Tyler Marshall 124
Matt Kim Yee 186 vs. Marco Delgado 183.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento (CA).
Date: Friday, Nov. 11.
Promoter: Nasser Niavaroni.

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Ryan Bourland 174.5 vs. Gilberto Rubio 174 Blake McKernan 194 vs. Jamel Reynolds 195 Mario …


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Inoue brothers to fight for WBO 115lb, 118lb belts

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

Inoue brothers will appear in the same show to fight for the WBO belts in Tokyo on December 30. It was announced by Ohashi Promotions on Wednesday. WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), making his fourth defense, will face former WBA titlist, veteran compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs) in a sensational matchup. His younger brother, Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), only 20, will have an ambitious crack at the WBO bantam throne against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs). Also, IBF junior flyweight titleholder Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12 KOs) will appear on the same card. An elongated southpaw, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (1-0, 1 KO)will fight his second pro bout on the undercard.

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi Inoue brothers will appear in the same show to fight for the WBO belts in …


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Ortiz-Scott Final Press Conference

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Heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott faced off in Monte Carlo at the final press conference for their clash on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.

The card also features WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell defending his crown against Liberio Solis, WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa defending against Stephen Smith, and former world title challenger Martin Murray facing former interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott faced off in Monte Carlo at the final press conference for …


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Trent Broadhurst returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF#12 light-heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (18-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Michal Ludwizak (14-4-0) over ten rounds at the Eatons Hill hotel, Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia on Saturday.

Broadhurst is coming off a victory over American Shawn Miller in August. Ludwizak whom was born and is based in Poland is coming off a stoppage victory over Attila Benkovics in October.

Also in action will be former world light-middleweight challenger Dennis Hogan (24-1-1, 7 KOs) who will clash with Yao Yi Ma (15-1-0) with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Hogan coming off a ten round decision victory over Samuel Colomban in September. Hogan was born in Ireland but based in Australia

Ma was born in Taiwan but based in Australia and is coming off a points victory over Patrice Sou Toke in July 2015

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF#12 light-heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (18-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Michal Ludwizak (14-4-0) …



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Terence Crawford: We’re looking to go to hell and back to get the victory

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and challenger John Molina faced off at their kickoff press converence on Thursday in Omaha for their December 10th fight at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Terence Crawford said “We’ve been watching [Molina] for a long time now. We knew he was a dangerous fighter. We’re looking to go to hell and back to get the victory. I know it’s gonna be a great fight.”

John Molina said “All the talking means nothing. Fighter’s fight.”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said “John Molina is a helluva fighter. We know how dangerous he is. This fight without a doubt is the best fight in the division.”

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and challenger John Molina faced off at their …


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Q&A: Bilal Akkawy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Aussie 168 pounder, Bilal Akkawy (14-0, 12 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his stoppage victory over Welshman Kerry Hope, who suffered a broken jaw, in what could be the “Australian Fight of The Year” in 2016.” Also impressive sparring sessions with former WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika, the former IBF middleweight champion who was trained by Bilal’s father Michael, Daniel Geale, world-rated Zac Dunn, world light heavyweight challenger Blake Capparello and recent KO victor over Daniel Geale – Renold Quinlan.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Aussie 168 pounder, Bilal Akkawy (14-0, 12 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his …


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Full card named for Saturday’s ‘Detroit Brawl’

The full card has been announced for Salita Promotions’ latest “Detroit Brawl” event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, on Saturday, November 12.

In support of the six-round bantamweight main event between Detroit’s undefeated James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) and Olim Nazarov (14-2, 8 KOs), will be a full array of local and international talent in the match-ups.

In the night’s co-main event, Muheeb “Flashy,” Fazeldin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) will face Michael Gaxiola (4-9) in a six-round lightweight battle. (more…)

The full card has been announced for Salita Promotions’ latest “Detroit Brawl” event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, …


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Englebrecht Named To Top 500 List

111016roy2At a gala event on Wednesday evening, November 9th at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht was named to the Orange County Business Journal’s Inaugural Issue of the OC500, which highlighted the 500 most influential business people and opinion shapers in Orange County.

At the Wednesday event, which was hosted by the Orange County Business Journal, Lugano Diamonds and Union Bank, the distinguished group of leaders were each given a personal copy of the November 14th OCBJ issue which lists the OC500 before it hits the newsstands next week.

At a gala event on Wednesday evening, November 9th at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Southern California …


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McDonnell: I want Warren or Haskins after I beat Solis

Jamie McDonnell is targeting mega-fights in 2017 as he defends his WBA World Bantamweight crown against Liborio Solis in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports. The Doncaster star extended his winning run to 20 with a clinical ninth round stoppage win over Fernando Vargas at The O2 in London in April.

That win was McDonnell’s fourth successful defence of his WBA crown but the champion is frustrated that his fifth defence is only his second fight of the year.

“It’s been a long wait for this fight,” said McDonnell. “I want to be active and I’ve not been out as much as I’d have liked. But we’ll see this one out and move on to big things hopefully next year. (more…)

Jamie McDonnell is targeting mega-fights in 2017 as he defends his WBA World Bantamweight crown against Liborio Solis in Monte-Carlo …


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Decoration conferred on Fighting Harada

By Joe Koizumi

The Japanese government conferred a decoration named Order of the Rising Sun on Masahiko “Fighting” Harada, two-time world champion when there were only eight champions on the universe in 1960’s. On the Cultural Day, our national holiday on November 3, Harada received such a great award by the government thanks to his outstanding achievement as a frontrunner in the ring—following the footstep of our very first world titleholder Yoshio Shirai who won the belt in 1952.

Photo by Boxing Beat
Photo by Boxing Beat

Harada, at the age of nineteen, dethroned world flyweight kingpin Pone Kingpetch via spectacular eleventh round knockout in 1963, and surprisingly upset previously unbeaten “golden bantam” Eder Jofre to win his second belt in 1965. Harada, in his second defense, repeated his triumph over Jofre next year. The ex-champion, 73, is still healthy and active, managing his Fighting Harada Gym. Harada says, “I want to produce a world champion like me.” He is truly our fistic symbol. Congratulations.

By Joe Koizumi The Japanese government conferred a decoration named Order of the Rising Sun on Masahiko “Fighting” Harada, two-time …


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Kovacs-Cheka collide Saturday in Hungary

On Saturday, Felix Promotion will organize their upcoming event in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, where national super featherweight champion Zoltan Kovács (17-5-1) will fight Russia-based Tanzanian Cosmas Cheka (17-6-5) for the vacant WBO Europe title.

The co-main event will be for the Hungarian welterweight title between Balazs Torteli (9-1-0) and György Mizsei (24-19-0).

The card will also feature unbeaten middleweight Norbert Harcsa (6-0-0) vs. Estonian Sergej Melis (26-22-0) and light middle hot prospect Ferenc Berki (5-0-0) vs the Czech Tomas Bartunek (4-4-0).

The event will be broadcast Live by the Hungarian National TV (M4).

On Saturday, Felix Promotion will organize their upcoming event in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, where national super featherweight champion Zoltan Kovács (17-5-1) …


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Tanaka to collide with Fuentes for vacant WBO 108lb belt on New Year’s Eve

Photo by Boxing Beat, Zanfer Promotions
Photo by Boxing Beat, Zanfer Promotions

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten ex-WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs), Japan, will face Mexican Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13 KOs) in quest of the vacant WBO 108-pound championship recently renounced by excellent Filipino Donnie Nietes at Gifu Memorial Hall, Gifu city, on New Year’s Eve. It was announced by Hatanaka Promotions presided by Kiyoshi Hatanaka, ex-WBC super-bantam champ who dethroned Pedro Decima and yielded his belt to Daniel Zaragoza, both in 1991.

Tanaka, now still 21, had acquired the WBO mini-flyweight belt by defeating Mexican Julian Yedras in his only fifth pro bout in May of the previous year. After successfully keeping his title by a come-from-behind knockout of Filipino Vic Saludar in his initial defense, the fast-growing youngster relinquished his belt to move up to the 108-pound category. In his tune-up go Tanaka impressively halted world-rated Filipino Rene Patillano in a light-fly bout this May. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten ex-WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs), Japan, will face Mexican Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13 …


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Solis aims to repeat Linares’ feat on Saturday

Liborio Solís is aiming to become the second Venezuelan in recent months to defeat an English fighter when he challenges Jamie McDonnell for the WBA bantamweight title in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night. In September, Solís’ countryman Jorge Linares overcame Manchester’s Anthony Crolla with an impressive display of skill and speed and he hopes to make it a Venezuelan double in Monte Carlo and become a two-weight Wworld king in the process.

“Linares did well beating another English fighter but that’s what he did and I have to write my own story,” said Solís.

“It’s my turn now. McDonnell is good, he uses his jab well, he throws good combinations, he’s also a strong guy but what I have in my favor also is my World title experience. I have to win this fight round by round and that’s what I’m going to do.” (more…)

Liborio Solís is aiming to become the second Venezuelan in recent months to defeat an English fighter when he challenges …


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Hatton surprised WBA approved Browne-Briggs

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton who promotes WBA #5 Lucas Browne was surprised when the WBA sanctioned WBA #8 Shannon Briggs to challenge Browne for the vacant WBA Regular title and not WBA #6 David Haye which would have been a much bigger fight in England.

Hatton said, “It’s not the fight I wanted to be honest, because we were working on a fight with David Haye,” Hatton said “As a fighter I always wanted to fight the best and as a promoter I always try and match my fighters with the best and this would’ve been for the fans especially. They would’ve loved to see Lucas Browne against David Haye but at least the fact that he is fighting for his old title is a bigger plus. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton who promotes WBA #5 Lucas Browne was …


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Danny Garcia: Seek and Destroy

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Photos: Darryl Cobb

Days before he enters the ring to fight in his hometown, undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia opened up his DSG Boxing Gym to media on Wednesday as he prepares to face Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Saturday, November 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Here is what Garcia and his father and trainer, Angel had to say:

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On Keith Thurman being ringside on the Spike announcing crew…“He will just get an up close and personal look at what will happen to him in March. I hope he’s paying attention. (more…)

Photos: Darryl Cobb Days before he enters the ring to fight in his hometown, undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia …


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Q&A: Andre Ward

Andre Ward took questions from reporters in advance of his November 19th showdown with Sergey Kovalev at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

How does this fight compare to some of your other big fights in terms of how you’re mentally approaching it?

Mentally it’s honestly the same to me. Obviously, there’s a lot at stake and it’s a different challenge moving up in weight, pay-per-view, all of those things make it a little bit different. Whether it’s Alexander Brand or Sergey Kovalev I approach every situation the same way. I wouldn’t be able to get to this level and stay at this level if I checked in and checked out. It’s the same dedication and it’s the same work. For me it’s about trying to be the best in sport where there’s little room for error. I understand that every time I step into the ring and leads to me making sure I prepare accordingly. (more…)

Andre Ward took questions from reporters in advance of his November 19th showdown with Sergey Kovalev at the T-Mobile Arena, …


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Chavez Jr. Returns December 10

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Photos: Zanfer / Jam Media

Zanfer Promotions has announced that former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr will return on December 10 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Chávez Jr (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will take on Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout.

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Photos: Zanfer / Jam Media Zanfer Promotions has announced that former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr will return …


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Usyk-Mchunu added to B-Hop-Smith card

Newly crowned World Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, (10-0, 9 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine will make his highly anticipated United States debut in his first title defense against world ranked contender Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu, (17-2, 11 KOs) of South Africa on Saturday, December 17 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, CA and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Usyk-Mchunu 12-round clash is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events and will open the HBO telecast headlined by the light heavyweight clash between Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins, (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and hard-hitting contender Joe Smith Jr., (21-1 18 KOs) and a 10-round co-main event between Joseph Diaz Jr. and Horacio Garcia who will clash for the NABF Featherweight Title.

Newly crowned World Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, (10-0, 9 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine will make his highly anticipated …


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Sacramento hosts brawl rematch

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy The Sacramento Bee

Vallejo light heavyweight Ryan Bourland won his first fight with Mexico’s Gilberto Rubio but wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome. So Friday night at Sacramento’s suburban Doubletree Hotel, Bourland (10-1), in an eight-round rematch serving as the main event, will seek a more decisive victory against Rubio (6-3) than their battle in July when he rallied from a first-round knockdown to win a split decision.

The Nasser Navaronii promoted card is a rarity in California’s capital city, once one of the state’s busiest boxing centers but now missing ring stars to follow in the footsteps of former world champions Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza, Willie Jorrin and Bobby Chacon. (more…)

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy The Sacramento Bee Vallejo light heavyweight Ryan Bourland won his first fight with Mexico’s Gilberto Rubio …


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Ortiz: I’ll rule the heavyweight division in 2017

Luis Ortiz says he’ll rule the Heavyweight division in 2017 as he prepares to take on Malik Scott in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.

Ortiz is one of the most feared fighters on the planet and has blasted away 22 of his 25 opponents inside the distance, with the vicious Cuban’s last two outings underlining his fearsome reputation as dismissed Bryant Jennings in seven rounds to land the interim WBA crown in December and then destroyed Tony Thompson in six rounds in March.

‘King Kong’ is hunting down World honours and makes his European debut against Scott his first fight under the Matchroom banner and the 37 year old monster revealed his excitement at his upcoming schedule. (more…)

Luis Ortiz says he’ll rule the Heavyweight division in 2017 as he prepares to take on Malik Scott in Monte-Carlo …


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Stieglitz-Amar Final Press Conference

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

The final press conference took place for Saturday’s European light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mehdi Amar and two-time world super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Mehdi Amar: “I don’t care where the ring is – in Paris, Berlin, Marseille or Magdeburg. In the ring, I always have a home game. It’s my living room when I climb in the ring. I’m here to win, just like Robert. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at full throttle in order to win. My fight motto is ‘victory or death!'”

Robert Stieglitz: “Amar can bring everything in the ring, but he has no special or particular strengths. His balance of skills make him strong. The City of Magdeburg is behind me – you can feel it! The mood in the “Lion’s Den,” GETEC Arena, is great. My anticipation is huge. In addition, I’m already on-weight, without any hassles. I’m not finished with boxing. No problems sparring. Some great boxers have had the European title, I want to belong to this group, so, I’ll get the European belt to Magdeburg and back in Germany. It belongs here.”

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“Pacquiweather” Kim continues to shine, defeats Kobayashi

By Victor Lee
Photos: Eun-Sang Cho

In boxing, as in any other art, it is fascinating to consider how one artist influences another. In some cases the influences are immediately apparent—in others, they are not as easily discerned. One need look no further than the second nom de guerre of South Korea’s only world-ranked professional boxer, IBF #13 Ye-Joon Kim (14-1-2, 7 KOs), to find his fistic inspirations: “Pacquiweather.”

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Indeed the 24-year-old Kim seems as much to have grown out of his first ring name—“Troublemaker”—as he is growing into the second. This spelled bad luck for tonight’s challenger, who has an apt moniker of his own: Yuki “Strong” Kobayashi (10-5, 5 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. (more…)

By Victor Lee Photos: Eun-Sang Cho In boxing, as in any other art, it is fascinating to consider how one …


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Malik Scott: I’ll hand first loss to ‘King Kong’ Ortiz

 

Malik Scott says that his best years are still to come – and he’ll prove that by handing a first loss to dangerous Heavyweight Luis Ortiz when they clash in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.

American star Scott recorded impressive back-to-back wins over Alex Leapai and Tony Thompson in his last two outings to get in the frame for a big-time outing, bouncing back from a first round loss to Deontay Wilder back in March 2014.

Ortiz has been dubbed the most avoided Heavyweight on the planet, but Scott insists that this is a fight he’s wanted and the Philadelphian believes that beating Ortiz can be the springboard to him winning World titles, not ‘King Kong’ Ortiz. (more…)

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