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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography
Unbeaten Los Angeles-based Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) stopped Oscar Riojas (10-6, 3 KOs) of Laredo, Texas in three rounds Friday night at LA Fight Club at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles headlining the Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV telecast. A lead right by Shabransky sent Riojas to the canvas in round three. Riojas got up but the Ukraininan finished him off as referee Raul Caiz Jr. waved off the bout at 1:43 of the third.
Unbeaten lightweight Ivan “Striker” Delgado (10-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage over Alejandro Ochoa (7-12-2, 1 KO). Delgado sent Ochoa to the canvas with a left hook in the opening round. With a mouse under his right eye, Delgado traded with Ochoa throughout the fight. Delgado connected solidly with an uppercut in round four as Ochoa clinched and Delgado followed up with a solid straight right. However, a triple left hook combination by Delgado in round seven did it as Ochoa went down and referee Lou Moret stopped the fight at 1:42. (more…)
José “Bolivita” Uzcategui 170 vs. Fabiano Pena 168.5
Carlos “Chema” Ocampo 146.5 vs. Alvaro “Tyson” Robles 148
Luis Fernando “Muñeco” Uribe 154 vs. Saúl Mendoza 152.
Maximino Flores 110.5 vs. Ariel Guzmán 112
Luis “Chapo” Castro 115.5 vs. Mario “Destroyer” Lara 117
Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres 107 vs. María Gorety ??
Jorge Humberto “Pitbull” Rodríguez 140.3 vs. Alberto Tiburcio Rubio 140
Venue: L.A. Cetto Vineyard, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico), beIN Sports Espanol (USA)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Marcos Villasana 131 vs Rosekie Cristóbal 133
WBC Lightweight International title
Carlos Molina 140 vs Carlos Gorham 142
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Acapulco
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Luis Arias 159.8 vs. Daryl Cunningham 158.8
(USBA Middleweight title bout)
Caleb Truax 165 vs. Zacharia Kelley 165
Michael Gaxiola 124 vs. Marcos Forestal 123.6
Ramesis Gil 142.6 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 139.8
Carson Jones 150 vs. Starr Johnson (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Tyler McCreary 138.8 vs. DeWayne Wisdom (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Livan Navarro 141.2 vs. Quintez Bozell 144.4
John Luna 258.4 vs. Oswaldo Oretega 217.2
Venue: The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Super Heavyweight Semifinals: Tony Victor James Yoka (France) edged Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) 2-1. Joe Joyce (UK) defeated Ivan Dychko (Kazakhstan) 3-0. Yoka takes on Joyce for the gold, Hrgovic and Dychko get bronze.
Light Welterweight Semifinals: Gaibnazarov Fazliddin (Uzbekistan) edged Vitaly Dunaytsev (Russia) 2-1. Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (Azerbaijan) defeated Artel Harutyunyan (Germany) 3-0. Fazliddin now meets Sotomayor Collazo for the gold, Dunaytsev and Harutyunyan get bronze.
Flyweight Semifinals: Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) defeated Yoel Segundo Finol (Venezuela) 3-0. Misha Aloian (Russia) defeated Hu Jianguan (China) 3-0. Zoirov now faces Aloian for the gold, Finol and Hu get bronze.
Women’s Middleweight Semifinals: Claressa Shields (USA) defeated Dariga Shakimova (Kazakhstan) 3-0. Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) edged Li Qian (China) 2-1. Shields will be looking for her second consecutive gold medal against Fontijn, Shakimova and Li get bronze.
Women’s Lightweight Final: Estelle Mossely (France) edged Yin Junhua (China) 2-1 for the gold.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (17-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Troy, New York-based Shawn Miller (15-2-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The vacant IBF International title will be on the line only for Broadhurst, Miller was overweight and cannot win the title.
Trent Broadhurst 174.7 vs. Shawn Miller 179.4
Venue: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Promoter: Angelo DiCarlo
By Przemek Garczarczyk
The Miedzyzdroje Seaside Boxing Show, presented by Babilon Promotion/Sferis KnockOut Promotions, quickly became one of the staples of Polish boxing events in the summer. The fighters in the ring are just 100 yards from Baltic Sea beach in a laid-back atmosphere – what’s not to like? In the ring, business stays more serious. This Saturday, middleweight Kamil Szeremeta (13-0, 2 KO), who one day hopes to showcase his skills in the U.S., will have to defeat his by far toughest (at least on paper) opponent – former world champion Kasim Ouma (29-9, 18 KO). A very relaxed Ouma is very confident (he spent half the weigh-in chatting with special guest WBO champ Krzysztof Glowacki) that Szeremeta just doesn’t have enough experience to test his skills. The Polish fighter is convinced that Ouma’s best years are way behind him. Someone is wrong.
Lightweight Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. is set to face the toughest opponent to his career thus far when he takes on NABA beltholder Petr “Zar” Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) of Ryazan, Russia for the WBA lightweight world title eliminator on September 30. The new 12-round main event, which is set to replace formerly announced headliner Andrew “El Chango” Cancio who is now fighting against Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. on the Canelo vs. Smith pay-per-view undercard on September 17, will kick off the fall season of fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and be broadcast live nationally on Estrella TV. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Fast-rising 18-year-old youngster, WBO#1 Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5 KOs), will make a very ambitious participation in a WBO world 105-pound title bout for the vacant championship against formerly four-time titlist, WBO#2 Katsunari Takayama (30-8, 12 KOs), 33, tomorrow (Saturday) in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Their fifteen-year age difference is shown by a fact that when Takayama made a pro debut in October 2000, Kano was still less than three years of age. Also, should Kano be victorious, he will renew the Japanese record of the youngest world champion, now held by Hiroki Ioka who won the belt at 18 years nine months and ten days, by six days. We realize we are so curious people that love a new thing, especially a new record, even if it might be a source of renovation or invention.
Kano, an aggressive southpaw, had a unique career. Despite no amateur experience he made a pro debut in the Philippines, losing a split nod at the age of sixteen and three weeks in December 2013, since the JBC then ruled that a professional boxer should be at least 17 years of age (now from sixteen). Kano went on fighting twice more in the Philippines and four times in Thailand to be 5-1-1, 3 KOs before he made his first appearance in his native Japan in June 2015. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Billy Gutz died last Thursday, August 11, but he had been so reduced by a second stroke that his ability to talk had been impaired in getting a whole sentence out without faltering. He would pound his kitchen table in his frustration to enunciate. This was a killer for Billy because of the delight. He told stories over and over, but one was always compelled to listen because he almost never failed to add previously-unsaid, juicy bits. When we parted that day, he hugged me. It was the only time he initiated a hug with myself. But he always shook hands. No shaking, really. Just squeezing, giving one the impression that he really meant it. I think he did. (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) tonight on Showtime in the main event at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY. Despite weighing in at a career high of 296.5 pounds, Miller says he’s in great shape. “I’m a big guy, but I’m athletic,” said Miller. “I can move. I can punch, and I was a kickboxer. I’m not your average heavyweight. I’m not trying to change the blueprint of how heavyweights should be. I’m just being myself and doing my job.”
“They are like, ‘we’ve seen his body, we’ve seen his size. We’ll outwork him,’ but they are wrong. Never can judge a book by its cover. I’ll outwork him in the ring. I’m fast, I’m good and I can punch. He’s not going to see me coming.
“Don’t let my weight fool you. I’ve been doing cardio. I’m in really good shape and I’m ready to go the distance.”
By Ron Jackson
Former IBO super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen returns to the ring after an absence of 14 months when he meets former two-time South African champion Daniel Bruwer at the Birchwood Hotel and O R Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg on Saturday August 27.
The 28-year-old Oosthuizen, who has a record of 26-0-2, 14 KOs, won the vacant IBO super middleweight belt with a ninth stoppage win over Evert Bravo and made seven successful defenses before relinquishing the belt in April 2014 and moved up to the light heavyweight division. In a clash for the vacant IBO light heavyweight belt he beat fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg on March 14 2015, before being stripped of the belt on June 6 when he came in overweight against Robert Berridge. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions
Undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0, 27 KOs) of Mexico City and former world title challenger Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico held separate workouts Thursday afternoon at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California for their upcoming bouts taking place Saturday, September 10 at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO. Fightnews.com® spoke to both fighters as they talked about their upcoming bouts.
“I thank God and Teiken Promotions for this opportunity to be fighting on HBO in the U.S. and to be in the main event,” Carlos Cuadras told Fightnews.com®. Cuadras will take on WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Saturday August 20th Anthony Grygelko, Seconds Out Promotions, will present top professional middleweight boxing as Luis Arias 15-0 battles Darryl Cunningham 33-8 for the IBF/USBA Vacant Middleweight Championship. The co-feature bout will also be middleweights, as Caleb Truax 26-3-2 takes on Joshua Okine 28-7-1 in a match scheduled for ten rounds. An undercard of fighters, from featherweight to heavyweight, fill out the card at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Bouts begin at 7pm.
World Fighting Championships returns to Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Saturday, August 27, with a nine-bout card headlined by “Lightning” Rod Salka (22-4, 4KO) in a eight-rounder versus Arizona’s Wilberth Lopez (15-5, 10KO).
Rod Salka is a busy man. Having fought only three times since his most notable fight versus Danny Garcia in 2014, he has kept busy outside of the ring. “I sat around and waited for a call after the Garcia fight, but the right call never came,” said Salka. Not one to sit idle, he focused his energy elsewhere, opening his own 16,500 square foot gym in Pittsburgh, and founding a new workout called Crossfight. In the meantime, at his “day job,” he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager. If that weren’t enough, come November 8th, if Salka has his way, the “Lightening” will be replaced with “State Representative,” as Salka has embarked on a campaign to become Pennsylvania House District 38 Representative in the state legislature. “People told me to avoid politics. I can honestly say it’s easier than navigating boxing politics, and trying to guide your own boxing career.” (more…)
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 173.8 vs. Oscar Riojas 174.8
Ivan Delgado 132 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 130.8
Alexis Rocha 148.2 vs. Israel Villela 143.8
Genaro Gamez 135.4 vs. Tyshawn Sherman ??
Oscar Duarte 134.6 vs. Omar Garcia 134.4
David Mijares 139 vs. Jorrell Sparenberg 136.2
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Photo: King’s Promotions
Somner Martin 142 vs Mykal Fox 140.5
Luther Smith 211 vs Mike Balogun 234
Jordan White 122 vs Sergio Aguilar 121.5
Sam Crossed 193.5 vs Mike Estus 196
Christopher Petty 169 vs Devar Ferhadi 165.5
Phillip Hooker 158 vs David Rohn 170
Marcus Bates 121.5 vs Daniel Hernandez 121
Patrick Rivera 158.5 vs Dustin Caplinger 165
Colby Madison 240.5 vs Bryson Haubrick TBA
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Hilton Crystal City
Undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on once-beaten super welterweight Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event on Bounce TV Sept.16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chris Pearson was originally scheduled to face DeLoach, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.
The card is headlined by former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs)facing once-beaten contender Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1, 11 KOs).
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller 296.5 vs. Fred Kassi 237.25
Mason Menard 134.5 vs. Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov 135
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 142.5 vs. Karim Mayfield 142.75
Antonio Nieves 117 vs. Alejandro Santiago 117.5
Venue: Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY
Promoter: Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions
Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of boxing in Canada recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee has weighed in on the controversies at the Rio Olympics:
Following questionable decisions and alleged corruption claims occurring at the Rio 2016 Boxing competition, a global strategy is being put in place to pressure AIBA into addressing and correcting the situation.
Boxing Canada strongly believes that the integrity of our sport and athletes must be protected while faced with injustice and we will not tolerate any unfair judgment. Although small measures have been taken by AIBA, combined efforts with our partners will continue until the integrity of boxing is restored and has reached a satisfactory level.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has pledged that he move forward with the November 5 date for Manny Pacquiao’s return to the ring against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas despite HBO-PPV’s refusal to distribute the fight. The network fears the close proximity of the November 5 date will impact their November 19 PPV offering between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. Arum told the LA Times that he will now offer the fight to other networks and stated he believes Pacquiao is now a television free agent. If that is indeed the case, the network may have forfeited the right to air a possible 2017 rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, by far the most lucrative PPV event in boxing history.
“The fact that they passed means the contract is over, it seems clear to me,” Arum told Times boxing writer Lance Pugmire. “They can’t pick and choose which fights they are going to distribute. They’re either in breach of contract or they’ve ended the contract. My feeling is, based my legal background, is that the contract is terminated.”
Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment / Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and once-beaten contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu went face-to-face for the first time Thursday before they meet in the main event on NBC this Sunday from the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY.
Errol Spence Jr: “This has been a long camp. I’m in great shape and I’ve had strong sparring partners throughout. Bundu is a very good fighter. He’s experienced and technically sound, but he can be awkward. We went up the rankings trying to find an opponent. A lot of guys didn’t want to fight me, even in a title eliminator. So I want to thank Bundu for taking the fight. I’m not worried about what’s going to happen next. I know what’s next if I take care of my business. If I win I’m guaranteed a chance at the world title. I want the title fight sooner rather than later.”
Leonard Bundu: “Spence Jr. is a good boxer. He’s probably my toughest fight to date. These kind of fights make me more motivated. I have nothing to lose. I’m going to give it all I have and I’m very confident in myself. I believe I can be victorious…I see his weaknesses and I have to take advantage of them. I believe I can put him in trouble with my countering but it all has to come together in the ring. I love the challenge. I want to give him his first loss. That’s what I have to do. That’s all that is in my head.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “This is the first boxing broadcast that will be nationally televised from Coney Island. In my mind we have one of the best young fighters in the world defending his standing against a guy who has had a long and successful career. Both Spence Jr. and Bundu were Olympians and it will be a real test for Errol.”
Bantamweight Semifinals: Shakur Stevenson (USA) moved to the gold medal round via walkover when Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) couldn’t fight due to injury. In the final, Stevenson will face Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba), who defeated Murodjon Akhmadaliev (Uzbekistan) 3-0. Nikitin and Akhmadaliev will collect bronze medals.
Light Heavyweight Final: Julio Cesar La Cruz (Cuba) defeated Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan) 3-0 to claim the gold.
Middleweight Semifinals: Arlen Lopez (Cuba) defeated Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan) 3-0, and Bektemir Melikuziev (Uzbekistan) defeated Misael Uziel Rodriguez (Mexico) 3-0. Lopez will face Melikuziev for the gold, Shakhsuvarly and Rodriguez get bronze.
Women’s Flyweight Semifinals: Nicola Adams (UK) defeated Ren Cancan (China) 3-0, and Sarah Ourahmoune (France) topped Ingrit Lorena Valencia-Victoria (Colombia) 2-0-1. Adams will now meet Ourahmoune for the gold, Ren and Valencia-Victoria will get bronze.
By Ognian Georgiev
After numerous controversial decisions at Rio Olympics, the AIBA has apperently benched seven of their most established referees/judges. Mik Basi (Gbr), Kheira Sidi Yakoub (Alg), Michael Gallagher (Ire), Mariusz Gorny (Pol), Vladislav Malyshev (Rus), Gerardo Poggi (Arg) and Rakhymzhan Rysbayev (Kaz) were leading the clique that Fightnews dubbed The Magnificent Seven (http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/the-price-of-an-olympic-quota-part-i-345838). They are still in Rio, but they are not officiating. These 5-star R/J were appointed after many scandals at London Olympics 2012. The AIBA announced that after the huge criticism around the world they made a strong decision.
“The AIBA R&J Commission has reviewed all decisions and determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected and consequently it has been decided in accordance with the AIBA R&J evaluation committee that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” was the official statement of the organization. (more…)
As fans from around the world get ready to descend on the home of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the world championship showdown between former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and current WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1,13 KOs), Golden Boy Promotions today announced the September 17 PPV telecast will also feature three other fights.
In the co-feature, “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) faces Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) in a clash of former middleweight title challengers. Also, 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) defends his NABF Featherweight title against Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs), and opening the show Diego De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs) will face off against Luis “Orlandito” Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
AIBA Statement: Further to the decision taken yesterday by AIBA with regard to the reassessment of the judges and referees officiating during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the AIBA Vice Presidents and Executive Board members have decided to reassign with immediate effect the current AIBA Executive Director to a new role within the organisation. Consequently, the operational responsibilities for the remainder of the Olympic Boxing Competition will now fall under the responsibilities of the most senior Vice President of the AIBA Executive Board, Mr Franco Falcinelli, President of the European Boxing Confederation.
The Olympic Games, of which Boxing has been a part since 1904, represent the pinnacle of all sports. Since the beginning of Rio 2016, AIBA has conducted over 250 bouts and remains fully committed to fair play in boxing, always seeking to act in the boxers’ utmost interests.
The decisions taken emphasise that AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level playing field and a fair and transparent sport. It is of paramount importance to protect our sport and its R&J community whose integrity has been put into question.
By Matt Thompson
Photos: Team Miller/SHOWTIME
Exciting heavyweight slugger Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller returns to ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT), this Friday, August 19, from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York.
The WBO #8-, WBA #9- and IBF #14-rated Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will face capable veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a televised quadrupleheader being presented by Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
“This heat is definitely kicking my ass,” said Miller. “The weather has been tough. I’ve got to stay hydrated and keep my power and strength, but I’ll be ready Friday night. I watched a lot of tape on Kassi and I know what he brings to the table. I know if I stick to the game plan, it’ll be an easy fight for me. I just need to stay focused. I see myself stopping him. Kassi is definitely awkward, but there are ways to deal with that. Just me being me will do it. I’ll whip his ass.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (17-1, 11 KOs) will clash with New York-based Shawn Miller (15-2-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds with the vacant IBF International title up for grabs at the Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday.
Broadhurst is coming off a knockout win over Rob Powdrill in December 2015 and Miller’s most recent fight in May 2015 had him scoring an eight round points decision over Willie Williams
Promoter Angelo DiCarlo talked to Fightnews.com. “Shawn Miller will be a tough test for Broadhurst and the most seasoned boxer he has met. Miller is trained by former world title contender John Scully who formerly trained Chad Dawson and the fact they came to Australia twelve days before the fight tells me they have come to win. They have not let me see Miller train and naturally they are working on things. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
There is a proverb in Japan that no one can compete with a crying baby, but it might be true that no sports can compete with the Olympic Games. People here are only talking about how many medals our representatives have acquired—forgetting professional boxing for a while. But this summer we have seen some significant progress in the Sweet Science in this country, where the WBO Asia Pacific championship was duly recognized by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA; the union of club owners the president of which is Hitoshi Watanabe) after their prolonged consideration and discussion among prudent members on August 5. Unlike in other counties, our Japanese fraternity has been so traditional and stubborn in regulating regional championships that the JBC/JPBA had been only recognizing the belts of the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) and the WBC Youth championships. (more…)
WBA regular cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov wants the WBA to strip cruiserweight super champion Denis Lebedev for fighting Murat Gassiev instead of him. According to Team Shumenov, the Lebedev camp ignored a WBA order to fight him within 120 days after he unified with IBF cruiser champ Victor Emilio Ramirez on May 21, then after the deadline passed they allege Lebedev sought a special permit allowing him to fight Gassiev, which Shumenov (and interim cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos) objected to. At this present time, Team Shumenov is still waiting to hear the WBA’s ruling in terms of stripping Lebedev if he decides to go through with the fight Gassiev instead of fighting Shumenov.
Focused Canelo thinking about September 17 PPV clash against Liam Smith after he watches the commercial.
Welterweight Final: Daniyar Yeleussinov (Kazakhstan) outpointed brawler Shakhram Giyasov (Uzbekistan) 3-0 to win the welterweight gold medal. The four consecutive Olympic gold medals in the welterweight division for Kazakhstan dating back to 2004.
Flyweight Quarterfinals: Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) upset world champion Elvin Mamishzada (Azerbaijan) 3-0. Now seven medals in ten weight divisions for Uzbekistan. Yoel Finol (Venezuela) defeated Mohamed Flissi (Algeria) 3-0. Misha Aloian (Russia) defeated Ceiber David Avila (Colombia) 3-0. Hu Jianguan (China) edged Yosbany Veitia (Cuba) 2-1, so Cuba ends with six medals. All four winners today are assured of at least a bronze medal.
Female Middleweight Quarterfinals: 2012 London gold medalist Claresa Shields (USA) defeated Iaroslava Iakushina (Russia) 3-0. Dariga Shakimova (Kazakhstan) defeated Khadija Mardi (Morocco) 3-0. Li Qian (China) defeated Andreia Bandeira (Brazil) 3-0. Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) defeated Savannah Marshall (UK) 2-0-1. All four winners are assured of at least a bronze medal.
Female Lightweight Semifinals: Yin Junhua (China) defeated Mira Potkonen (Finland) 3-0. Estelle Mossley (France) was victorious when Anastasia Beliakova (Russia) suffered an injury in round one. Yin and Mossley will fight for the gold, Potkonen and Beliakova get bronze.
The team of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder anticipates that the “Bronze Bomber” will return no later than January 2017. After his July bout with Chris Arreola, Wilder was taken to UAB Hospital for an MRI that confirmed a broken hand and torn bicep injuries, both of which required surgery.
Deontay Wilder: “I’ve always known that my body is a fast healing body because I am an elite athlete and the doctor confirmed that. We’re going to pick up where we left off. I’m looking forward to unifying the division. That’s my main goal. I don’t want to stop. I don’t need a tune-up. I don’t need a warm-up. I don’t need none of that. Once everything is healed with the arm, I’m going to get back to right where I left off.” (more…)
As a result of his injuries and surgeries from his July 16 fight, World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is expected to be inactive until sometime in 2017. During his recovery period, Wilder will retain his rights as champion, including the 70% advantage in case his mandatory bout needs to go to purse bid process, once he returns to action.
In the meantime, the WBC has ordered a fight for an interim championship between the two highest available contenders, Alexander Povetkin #1 and Bermane Stiverne #2.
The free negotiations period begins today and if there is no agreement a purse bid will be conducted on Friday September 16th. The split will be 50% for each fighter. Clean boxing program VADA testing will be mandatory as well as the 10% bonus from the bid for the winner of the contest.
The WBC Board of Governors has ruled that it is not possible to ascertain that WBC #1 rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin ingested Meldonium after January 1, 2016. Therefore, in light of Povetkin’s positive “A” and “B” April 27, 2016 samples, and taking into consideration the detected levels of Meldonium in those samples, Povetkin has been given the green light to resume his career with special testing.
1. VADA, pursuant to the WBC CBP, will design a specific testing protocol for Povetkin at Povetkin’s own cost and expense. The VADA-designed protocol will commence as soon as feasible after this ruling and will continue for one year
2. In the event there is an adverse finding concerning any of Povetkin’s samples during the time prescribed above, the WBC shall immediately: (1) suspend Povetkin from participation in any WBC-sanctioned events indefinitely; (2) divest Povetkin from any WBC title or any other rights he might have at the time; and (3) impose any and all available penalties under the CBP without further inquiry.
3. If during the course of the pending litigation between Povetkin and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, the Court makes a final ruling that differs from the findings set forth herein, the WBC shall have the right to review this ruling and take any course of action it may deem appropriate.
4. If WADA issues a Notice or changes its policy on Meldonium in a manner that would necessarily result in a different ruling in this case, the WBC reserves the right to review its ruling and take any course of action it may deem appropriate.
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