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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

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Something MUST give! Braekhus VS Mathis poised for historic Unified World Championship in Oslo

Braekhus-MathisUndisputed WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus and challenger Anne Sophie Mathis are ready for their historic clash this Saturday, at the Spectrum Arena in Oslo, Norway.

Labeled “Homecoming”, Braekhus will fight for the very first time in front of her home fans, after the Norwegian government lifted the ban on professional boxing earlier this year.

Because the sport had been prohibited for 35 years in her homeland, the “First Lady” had to start her pro career in Germany, and then become a road warrior, competing in Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and Finland.

When the “Homecoming” fight was announced the 9,000 seat Spectrum Arena sold out in two hours!

Braekhus and Mathis know each other all “Two” well. In September 2012 they went the distance, battling for ten exciting and absorbing rounds, with Cecilia earning a close decision win (97-93 on all three cards) in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Now the 39-year-old challenger will try her utmost to spoil the homely celebration, attempting to take Braekhus’ impressive collection of World Championship belts back home to France.

At today’s official weigh-in, Mathis was slightly lighter than the champ weighing in at 66.3 kg (146.1 lbs) while Braekhus touched the scale at the limit of 66.6 kg (147 lbs.).



September 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer, Cleverly make weight

Juergen Braehmer 173.1 vs Nathan Cleverly 174.6
(WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship)

Enrico Koelling 174.6 vs Ryno Liebenberg 174.2
(WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Championship)

Artur Mann 201.7 vs Paul Drago 197.1
Vincent Feigenbutz 167.1 vs Guillermo Ruben Andino 169.8
Leon Bauer 166.4 vs Giorgi Khulelidze 166.2
David Price 278.9 vs Ivica Perkovic TBA
Ohara Davies 139.9 vs Chaquib Fadli TBA
Kai Robin Havnaa 196.2 vs Mirnes Denadic 194.7
Alexander Peil 194 vs Grigol Abuladze 202.2

Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
TV: Sky Sports



September 30th, 2016


Boxing News

Report: Fury tested positive for cocaine

More news has come out on the undisclosed medical condition that forced WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to pull out of his October 29 rematch with former champion Wladimir Klitschko. According to ESPN, Fury tested positive for cocaine in a test administered by VADA the day before he pulled out of the bout. The failed drug test could lead to Fury being stripped of the titles.



September 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Cermeno sinks Anurak in three to keep WBA 122lb belt

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Report and photos by Joe Koizumi

Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno, 122, impressively kept his WBA super-bantam belt when he quickly started his engine from the outset, positively battered Thai challenger Anurak Thisa, 120.25, and flattened him for the count at 2:19 of the third round on Friday in Wenzhou, China. Cermeno’s fusillade of punches was a haymaker that put the game challenger flat so that the referee Bruce McTavish tolled a fatal ten.

The newly crowned champ in China last June began to show fireworks in the opening session and had Anurak on the defensive. The second saw Anurak turn aggressive in the beginning, but Cermeno fought back hard with faster combos late in the session. The third became a war with Cermeno being an aggressor whipping the Thailander with more effective shots to the face. The loser was carried out of the ring on a stretcher. Prior to a knockout, the official tallies were as follows: Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan) 20-18 for Cermeno, Gustavo Padilla (Panama) and Raul Caiz Jr. (US) both 19-19.

WBA supervisor: Kina Malpartida (Peru).

Promoter: Liu Gang’s Max Power Promotions that presented a very successful show to attract the audience.

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September 30th, 2016


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Hernandez-Rungvisai to dispute vacant WBC flyweight title

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The World Boxing Council has reportedly begun a period of free negotiations for a fight for the vacant world flyweight title between world ranked number one Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (36-0, 28 KOs) and second-rated Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (33-2, 24 KOs). In the event of a failure to reach an agreement between the two sides, the fight will go to a Purse Bid on Friday, October 21 at the offices of the World Boxing Council in Mexico City. The belt became vacant when Chocolatito Gonzalez claimed the WBC super flyweight title.



September 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Q&A: Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez

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Former WBO interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico faces Emmanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (18-5-2, 12 KOs) of Aguas Caliente, Mexico tonight at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The ten round main event will be the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford fall season opener. Hernandez’ Mexican national super bantamweight will be at stake. This will be the 12th appearance on the program for Hernandez who is currently ranked in the world #5 WBO, #5 WBC, and #10 WBA.

What do you know about Dominguez?

He brings a respectable record. He has youth and strength going for him. Aside from that, I don’t know too much more about him. (more…)



September 30th, 2016

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Billy Joe Saunders opponent named: Artur Akavov

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0 12 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against Russia’s Artur Akavov (16-1 7 KOs) on Frank Warren’s October 22 Motorpoint Arena Cardiff show. Akavov, 28, holds the WBO European Middleweight title and is currently enjoying an eleven-fight winning streak stretching back to 2012.

Billy Joe Saunders: “Nothing comes easy in boxing and I’m definitely not taking Akavov for granted. He’s a strong fighter and very dangerous and if I don’t come in 100 percent then he could cause an upset in my first title defence. I’m going to make sure I’m in the shape of my life and give Akavov the toughest night he’s ever had, he’s never been stopped before so this is going to be a first for him!”

Artur Akavov: “I know why they picked me as an opponent. Although I am very honoured and proud to fight for the WBO World Championship, at the same time, I promise to prove that the Saunders camp were gravely mistaken with whatever they were expecting of me in the ring. I represent my family first and my country and that alone will not let me fail.”



September 30th, 2016

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If Burns beats Relikh, Broner is next

WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns will land a huge showdown with Adrien Broner if he successfully defends his WBA world title against mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on October 7. Three-division champ Burns makes the first defense of the belt he won in style in May, knocking out Michele Di Rocco in the same arena in eight rounds.

The Coatbridge ace faces the hard-hitting Relikh in his 12th World title fight in his glittering career, and the carrot of a blockbuster battle with four-weight champion Broner, with the brash Cincinnati man heading to Scotland for the fight next week to take a close look at the ‘Rickster’.

“We were pretty much there in terms of the deal to fight Broner but because of issues out of the ring we all decided to fight Relikh and try and clear the mandatory before securing the fight against Broner in December,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Adrien contacted me this week and said he is coming to Glasgow on October 7 to watch the fight and if Ricky defeats Relikh I expect that fight to get made without any problems.”



September 30th, 2016

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Sinyabi defends against four-fight novice

By Ron Jackson

If four-fight novice Azinga Fuzile beats veteran Macbute Sinyabi when they meet for Sinyabi’s South African featherweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night, this could be one of the biggest upsets in South African boxing in recent years.

Sinyabi who has also held the South African junior featherweight title has been fighting as a pro since June 2006 and compiled a record 29-4, 20 KOs, whereas Fuzile has only won four fights through 22 rounds since making his professional debut in April this year.

However, in the sport of boxing anything can happen as Fuzile goes in against an opponent far better than any of the four opponents he has met before. (more…)



September 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

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Photo: All Star Boxing

Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez 122 vs Emanuel “Veneno” Dominguez 121
Hugo “Verdugo” Guarneros 112 vs Sacarias Medina Mora 115
Uriel “Yuca” Lopez 122 vs Jorge “Bolillo” Gomez 123
Juan “Marciano” Lopez 158 vs Elliot Cano 161
Kevin “Muneco” Nava 135 vs Jeovanny “Halconcito” De La Cruz 133
Ricardo “Tiburon” Reza 122 vs Aaron “Gallito Asil” Arreola 120
Edwin Campos 119 vs Edwin “Dominico” Martinez 117

Promoter: All Star Boxing
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
TV: Telemundo



September 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Q&A: Kevin Barry, trainer of #1 Joseph Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Kevin Barry who trains IBF #1, WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about his charge who will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.



September 30th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Women’s Flyweight Tournament for the Diamond Belt Kicks Off in October

A major topic discussed at the Second WBC Female Convention, this past January in Tijuana, was a Flyweight Tournament for the Diamond Belt, and now it’s due to come to fruition.

After months of hard work, this historic event will be launched in October with three tremendous fights. WBC World Champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez starts the action on October 1st, defend her title against Japanese ring veteran and multiple-time World Champion Naoko Fujioka in Ecatepec, Mexico. (more…)



September 29th, 2016

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Weights from Las Vegas

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Photo: Manny “Mitts” Murillo / Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions

Hanzel Martinez 122 vs Erik Ruiz 121
(Vacant WBA Super Bantamweight Championship)

Tony Lopez Jr. 118 vs Stephon Young 117
(Vacant WBA-NABA Bantamweight Championship)

John Vera 154 vs Milorad Zizic 153.5
Randy Moreno 134 vs Fabian Alaniz 134.5
Jeremy Nichols 147.5 vs Marquis Hawthorn 146
Max Ornelas 118 vs Mulapi Enjani 116.5
Sal Lopez 131 vs Kenneth Taylor 129

Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
TV: CBSSN



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Salido-Miura set for Dec 17 in LA

Super featherweights Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) and Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) will collide for the WBC interim super featherweight title on December 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be televised on HBO, which is shaping up to have a big November/December after a largely down year.



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Jose Ramirez to face Gabriel Bracero on Dec 2

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez will take on Gabriel Bracero (24-3, 5 KOs) in the ten round main event on December 2 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

Former world lightweight title challenger Ray Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) will face TBA in the ten round co-feature.

Also seeing action will be local favorites, including unbeaten super welterweight Danny Valdivia (12-0, 9 KOs), unbeaten middleweight Quilisto Madera (4-0, 2 KOs), unbeaten lightweight Eric Altamirano (8-0, 6 KOs) and unbeaten super lightweight Saul Lomas (9-0, 6 KOs). Opponents will be named.



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Juanma vs. Vazquez Jr. moved to Oct 29

Matias Entertainment and Black Tiger Promotions have announced the big pay-per-view clash between Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been pushed back from October 8 to October 29. The reason given is the big blackout that hit Puerto Rico last week forced a reshuffling of the events at the arena.



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Chicago, Illinois

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Photo: Tom Barnes

Mike Lee 173 vs Chris Traietti 174
Alantez Fox 163.5 vs Ronald Montes 162
Ed Brown 144 vs Robert Acevedo 140.5
Nick Mazurek 246 vs Tommy Washington Jr 277
Martez McGregor 175 vs Rick Reed 178

Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Venue: UIC FORUM, Chicago, Illinois
TV: CBSSN



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA, WBO awaiting specifics on Tyson Fury’s undisclosed medical condition

By Karl Freitag

World boxing sanctioning bodies are still awaiting specifics on the undisclosed medical condition that forced WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to pull out of his October 29 rematch with former champion Wladimir Klitschko.

WBA President Gilberto J. Mendoza stated, “We have already made two requests to Tyson Fury’s team to get the medical report so we could know his medical status in full detail. And regarding what actions we might take — everything will depend on the reports. He could be named a ‘champion in recess,’ the championship could become vacant, but we won’t know until we have the medical report.”

The WBO World Championship Committee has given Team Fury ten days to supply Fury’s physician’s complete psychological/mental evaluation and diagnosis of his condition, Fury’s prognosis for recovery and his expected return to competition, plus a physician’s opinion of whether it is likely Fury will be able to return to competitive condition within 180 days. If the requested information isn’t received, “the Committee will proceed with the necessary appropriate action without the benefit of an appeal.”



September 29th, 2016

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Perez-Petrov make weight for WBA eliminator

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Photo: Fantasy Springs

Michael Perez 135 vs. Petr Petrov 134
(WBA lightweight eliminator)

Genaro Gamez 134.4 vs. Vernon Alston 131.2
Alexis Rocha 147.8 vs. Colbert Lozoya 147.6
Luis Coria 128 vs. Noe Munoz 129
Javier Padilla 120 vs. Richard Morales 115
Jonathan Navarro 141.4 vs. Farkhad Sharipov 140
Bastie Samir 167 vs. Sijuola Ade Shabazz 166.4

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



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Price, Feigenbutz, Koelling in action Saturday

There are a few notable fighters on Saturday’s Braehmer-Cleverly undercard at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

– WBO #11, IBF #12 heavyweight David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) takes on 42-year-old journeyman Ivica Perkovic (22-30, 17 KOs) in a six-round fight that appears to be a mismatch.

– Former WBA interim super middleweight champion and currently WBA #9 rated Vincent Feigenbutz (23-2, 21 KOs) faces Guillermo Ruben Andino (10-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder.

– IBF #6, WBA #11, WBO #12 light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) battles Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the WBA Inter-Continental belt.



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

King’s Promotions announces “The Great Eight” 140-pound tournament

In 2017, King’s Promotions will present a double-elimination tournament that will feature hot prospects in the 140 pound division. Applicants for the tournament must have double-digit wins and no more than two losses. Besides the fight purses, there will be a prize of $15,000 for the winner, $10,000 for the runner-up and $5,000 for third place.

“We are looking for the next contenders and champions in the junior welterweight division,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman. “We already have several quality fighters that have expressed a big interest in entering. We feel that there are a lot of fighters out there in this weight class that fit the criteria for what we are looking for and I am eager to hear from some of them.”



September 29th, 2016

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Beterbiev returns Dec 23 against Prieto

IBF #2, WBC #3, WBA #3, WBO #4 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) faces WBO #10 rated Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) in a real power punching affair on December 23 in Gatineau as part of the GYM Boxing Series, presented by the Casino de Lac Leamy in collaboration with Videotron.

“Despite the claims of some promoters and light heavyweight challengers,” said promoter Yvon Michel. “It’s a fact that Artur Beterbiev is the most dangerous and biggest threat to all of the world light heavyweight champions All contenders for titles change their minds when it comes to getting in the same ring with him.”



September 29th, 2016

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Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14 KOs) will put his newly acquired WBA super-bantam belt on the line against unbeaten Thailander Anurak Thisa (17-0, 5 KOs), PABA (Pan American Boxing Association) titlist, tomorrow (Friday) in Wenzhou, China. Having gained the vacant WBA belt by a fine final-round stoppage over Xiao Jun Qiu in Beijing last June, Cermeno returned to China to make his initial defense against the Thai prospect under the promoter Niwat Laosuwanwat. Though it was rumored Cermeno would be overweight, he finely make the 122-pound class limit, while Anurak scaled in at 54.75 kg (120.75 pounds). It may be hard to predict the result since we haven’t had enough data on the Thai challenger, though he boasts of an unblemished mark in seventeen bouts. (more…)



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Windy City Fight Night lineup set

The entire card has been announced for this weekend’s (Saturday, October 1) Windy City Fight Night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

In the night’s main event, popular super welterweight Achour Esho (11-0, 7 KOs) of Skokie, Illinois, will attempt the second bout of his comeback against capable Eduardo Flores (24-22-3, 15 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador in a six-round battle.

A battle between an undefeated fighter and a once-beaten fighter will serve as the main supporting bout, as Joshua Greer (9-1-1 3 KOs) of Chicago will take on Juan Gabriel Medina (10-0, 9 KOs) of Dominican Republic in a six-round bantamweight bout between up-and-coming contenders. (more…)



September 29th, 2016

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Former WBA champ Perez returns Saturday in Venezuela

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Venezuelan former WBA super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (20-3, 13 KOs) returns after more than a year without fighting against his compatriot Pedro Verdu (18-14-2, 7 KOs) this Saturday at the legendary Centro Recreacional Yesterday in Turmero, Maracay in Venezuela.

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“It’s very exciting return to the ring. It hasn’t been easy. I know I can be world champion again and I have everything to achieve it,” said Perez.

Perez has twice won WBA interim super lightweight titles. In December 2011, he beating the Mexican Fernando Castañedas for the belt. In November 2013, he shocked the boxing world by beating previously unbeaten former world champion Paul Spadafora in Virginia. (more…)



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Guevara to face Tomogdan after injury to Lopez

Due to a calf injury, WBC light flyweight champion Ganigan “Maravilla” Lopez (28-6, 17 KOs) will be prevented from defending his world title against former champ Pedro Guevara (28-2-1, 17 KOs) on October 15 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The WBC #1 rated Guevara will stay on the card and now face former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (21-7-3, 9 KOs) from the Philippines instead.

The card will also feature Karim “Traviesito” Arce, nephew of multi-division former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce.



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing returns to New Bedford after a 20-year lull

By Matt Thompson

It has been over two decades since a professional boxing event took place in the Whaling City. That drought will come to an end Saturday, November 12th when Boston Boxing Promotions presents “All-Pro Boxing” at New Bedford High School featuring New Bedford resident Briam “Bam Bam” Granado (1-1-1, 1 KO), as well as local favorite “The American Nightmare” Vinnie Carita (14-1-1, 13 KOs) in a special ten-round heavyweight attraction.

The rich history of professional boxing in New Bedford dates back well over a century. The first modern pro boxing event on record in the city was held in the spring of 1883. From that time on, the area was a hotbed for prize fights with New Bedford’s various athletic clubs, skating rinks and arenas playing host to a regular schedule of boxing events from the late 1800s through World War I. (more…)



September 29th, 2016

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Chris Traietti ready for “Subway” Mike Lee

By Jason Marchetti

Former Iraq veteran Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) will challenge “Subway” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) in the ten-round main event of “Forum Fights 1” for the vacant USBA light heavyweight title at the UIC Forum in Chicago tomorrow night.

Photo: Robby Parris/Team Lee

Photo: Robby Parris/Team Lee

Traietti is best known in New England as a solid cruiserweight who promotes his own club shows in Massachusetts under the banner of Granite Chin Promotions. This time, he will fight on a card promoted by DiBella Entertainment in hopes to extend his win and knockout streak to 12 and earn a world ranking. The bout will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Lee, a former Notre Dame Boxing Captain and winner of the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves, has built his record slowly since turning pro six years ago. Lee has fought on ESPN, Showtime, CBS, and NBC, grinding out wins over B-level talent, occasionally with swift knockout power. Lee – born and raised in Chicago – is also known as a spokesman for Subway sandwich shops. (more…)



September 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Lomachenko-Walters finalized for Nov 26

It’s on! Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title against undefeated former world featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters on Saturday, November 26, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO. Promoted by Top Rank, ticket information including room/ticket packages, will be announced shortly.

“Boxing fans will be able to spend their Thanksgiving holiday weekend feasting on the year’s most anticipated showdown,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Forget their weight class. With more than 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout, they punch and win like heavyweights! We know how the fight is going to end. The question is, which fighter will end it.” (more…)



September 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Photo of the day

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Photos: Mikey Williams

Hall of Fame Promoter, Bob Arum and World Champion, Oscar Valdez visit the ESPN studios in Los Angeles, California to promote his first title defense on November 5, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Los Vegas, Nevada.
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September 28th, 2016

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Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

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Photos: Uwe Koch

The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will finally meet in a World title fight on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.

WBA World Champion Braehmer returns to happy hunting ground as he looks to secure his seventh successive title defence by defeating his long-standing rival.

The German veteran captured the WBA strap against Marcus Oliveira at the Jahnsportforum in 2013, and successfully defended the belt with a shutout points victory over domestic rival Eduard Gutknecht in March this year.

‘’This is a special fight for me,’’ said Braehmer at today’s final press conference. ‘’It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and a fight the fans are excited to see. I will enter the ring, as I always do, with just one goal in my mind – to win, no matter what, and with the support of crowd in Neubrandenburg, I know I will.’’

The challenger, Cleverly, believes timing is on his side, as the former WBO Champion aims to wrestle the belt from the 37 year-old Braehmer, and begin his second World title reign.

‘’It’s great that this fight is finally happening,’’ said Cleverly. ‘’It’s been five years in the making, and finally Braehmer is stepping up to the plate. (more…)



September 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

By Karl Freitag

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and Nicholas “AxeMan” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) are in advanced discussions for a November 26 fight on HBO. The fight was discussed earlier this year. Hopefully this time it gets made.

Female boxing’s biggest star, undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) takes on big punching Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday in a big fight in Oslo, Norway. It will be the first pro boxing card in Norway since 1981. Mathis’s manager Christel Aujoux confirmed that if Mathis wins, a rematch is signed. Braekhus decisioned Mathis four years ago.

Also Saturday, WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer meets Nathan Cleverly in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They were scheduled to meet in 2011, but then WBO champ Braehmer pulled out and Cleverly was awarded the title. Braehmer is now making his seventh defense of the WBA strap. So who will win? Braehmer is a -225 favorite.

Former three-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Mexico City against Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (34-9-2, 24 KOs) in a ten round super lightweight clash. It’s the 36-year-old Soto’s first fight since losing to Antonio Orozco last September, a fight he insists he won.



September 28th, 2016

Boxing News

PBC at the Crossroads

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By Karl Freitag

In October 2015, Premier Boxing Champions presented eight live boxing telecasts. In October 2016, there are currently no events scheduled. So what happens now?

First a bit of history. Premier Boxing Champions debuted on March 7, 2015, on NBC. Since then the ambitious project created for television and led by licensed boxing manager Al Haymon, and bankrolled by Kansas investment firm Waddell & Reed, has presented 96 boxing telecasts.

PBC returned boxing to free network television with multiple shows on NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as putting shows on cable giants like ESPN and Spike TV. Lower budget shows made it to cable outlets like NBCSN, FOX Sports 1, and Bounce TV. There were also Spanish-language simulcasts on ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes. In addition, PBC fighters appeared on premium network Showtime on 14 occasions.

From day one, PBC has been hemorrhaging money. Boxers were paid well over the going market value and millions in expensive air time was purchased from the networks. Some estimate that $500 million+ has been spent trying to build the PBC brand and keep Haymon’s deep roster of some 200 fighters busy. (more…)



September 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron

IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand and if successful will be in perfect position to receive world championship opportunities, said promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, now that Tyson Fury could be stripped of the WBO belt.

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“So long as Joseph Parker wins on Saturday night, he is locked into the best position of any heavyweight in the world with the exception of Anthony Joshua himself,” claimed Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan. (more…)



September 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

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Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions

Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Buffalo Thunder Casino, New Mexico. Ugas came out strong and dominated the fight from round one, dropping Perrella to the canvas. In round four Ugas knocked down Perrella yet again. Perrella got up but Ugas was on top of him instantly, landing blow after blow causing the referee to stop the fight. The time was 2:20.

Undefeated welterweight Ryan ‘Cowboy’ Karl (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Jose Felix Quezada (11-2, 6 KOs). Karl dropped Quezada in round one and finished him at the end of round four with another knockdown. (more…)



September 27th, 2016


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