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

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In a battle for supremacy of the super middleweight division, WBC champion Badou ...

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Middleweight Immanuwel Aleem scored the biggest win his of career with an upset, ...

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Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

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Pacquiao-Vargas PPV Preview

By Kurt Freitag

How competitive will the fights be on tonight’s four-fight world championship pay-per-view card from the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas?

Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) Vs. Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs)
WBO welterweight championship

Pacquiao is a -600 favorite to dethrone Vargas and regain the WBO title for the third time. Vargas backers can get +450. At age 37, Pacquiao hasn’t won via knockout in seven years, but he should still be too quick and powerful for Vargas. On the other hand, Vargas is in his prime at age 27 and is coming off a career-best performance in a KO win over Sadam Ali.

Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) Vs. Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs)
WBO junior featherweight championship

This is easily the most competitive bout on the card. Donaire is a narrow -145 favorite, while the unbeaten Magdaleno is +125. Could steal the show.

Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) vs. Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs)
WBO featherweight championship

If the odds are any indicator, this will be a blowout. Valdez is a whopping -7000 favorite while Osawa backers can get +3000. Valdez is making his first defense, while Osawa is rated #1 with eight straight KOs over limited opposition.

Zou Shiming (8-1, 2 KOs) vs. Prasitak Phaprom (39-1-2, 24 KOs)
Vacant WBO flyweight world championship

This fight is kind of a set-up for Shiming, who is a -6000 favorite, to win a world title. He easily defeated Phaprom two years ago in Macao and figures to do so again. For his part, +2750 underdog Phaprom has won 12 straight fights by KO since losing to Shiming.

By Kurt Freitag How competitive will the fights be on tonight’s four-fight world championship pay-per-view card from the Thomas & …


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Browne and Briggs prepping for title showdown

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #5 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) and WBA #8 Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) say they are preparing for when they clash in December for the vacant World Boxing Association title. No date or venue is set at this time.

Lucas Browne: “The second week done of my training camp. We had sparring this morning and it went quite well. I’m training hard every morning with (trainer) Rodney Williams and doing the pads and everything else four times a week. I’m doing strength and conditioning so I’m feeling the pain and the soreness but it is for a good cause at the end of it.”

Shannon Briggs: “We are getting ready for Lucas Clown – I mean Lucas Browne. We are going to knock him out. I can see it now. The new WBA heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs from Brownsville, New York. Let’s go champ!”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #5 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) and WBA #8 …



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Former DC Middleweight ‘Rock’ Payne Passes

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Gerry “Rock” Payne, a 1990’s-era middleweight, has passed away at the age of 47 years old. No word on the nature of his passing.

Mr. Payne, a native of Washington, DC, was an outstanding amateur in the mid-to-late eighties, becoming an alternate on the 1988 United States Olympic team. Mr. Payne made a unique pro debut on March 24, 1990 at the Frank Williams Activity Center at Coolidge High School in DC. Payne participated in a six-round debut bout, defeating Walter “Mad Dog” Green by decision. Green was 6-1 with three KO’s at the time of the bout. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams Gerry “Rock” Payne, a 1990’s-era middleweight, has passed away at the age of 47 years old. …


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Vences defeats Ramos in battle of unbeatens

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In a match-up between two undefeated super featherweights, San Jose, California’s Andy Vences (17-0, 10 KOs) scored a nine round technical decision over Casey Ramos (23-1, 6 KOs) of Austin, Texas, on Friday night at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Fighting cautiously in the opening round round, Vences landed a counter right uppercut on Ramos. In round two Ramos pressed the fight as the taller Vences popped the jab. Ramos continued to go forward in round three as Vences countered. Vences circled the ring in round four as Ramos stalked letting his hands go. Ramos overwhelmed Vences in round five as he outworked him on the inside responding with punches. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank In a match-up between two undefeated super featherweights, San Jose, California’s …




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Mendez KOs Freitas nephew in one round

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Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Local lightweight fan favorite Manuel Mendez (13-1-2, 9 KOs) scored a sudden first round KO over previously undefeated Vitor Jones Freitas (12-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Omega International Event Center in Corona, California. A body shot put Freitas down for the count. Time was 2:32. Freitas is the nephew of Brazilian ring great Acelino Freitas, who was in attendance.

In the main event, undefeated WBO #9, WBA #13 welterweight Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Jaime Herrera (15-4-1, 8 KOs) to retain his NABO title. Shelestyuk, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, prevailed 96-93, 96-93, 95-94.

In a clash of undefeated cruiserweights, Constantin Bejenaru (12-0, 4 KOs) recovered from a trip to the canvas to outpoint Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (16-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. Bujaj dropped Bejenaru in round five with a short left hook, but otherwise Bejenaru was by far the busier fighter. It was a dirty fight with many headbutts and Bujaj appeared to bite Bejenaru at one point. Bujaj was deducted a point for hitting on the break in round nine. Scores were 97-91 across the board for Bejenaru. The vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles were on the line. photos

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime Local lightweight fan favorite Manuel Mendez (13-1-2, 9 KOs) scored a sudden first round KO over previously …


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WBO #1 Hart KOs Hernandez in three

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated WBO #1 super middleweight Jesse Hart (21-0, 17 KOs) of Philadelphia scored a third round knockout over Andrew Hernandez (15-5-1, 6 KOs) of Phoenix in a scheduled ten round bout for the USBA, NABO and NABF titles. A left hook by Hart sent Hernandez to the canvas in the opening. Hernandez got up and finished the round. However, in round three a barrage of punches by Hart forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight at 1:59. Hart is also rated IBF #6 and WBA #12 in the world at 168 lbs.

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Undefeated welterweight Alex Saucedo (23-0, 14 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Raymond Serrano (21-4, 9 KOs). Saucedo came out strong in the opening round as he landed solidly on Serrano. In the closing seconds of round two, Saucedo dropped Serrano with a solid straight right but Serrano continued to fight on. The Oklahoma fighter Saucedo pressed much of the fight, Serrano held his own putting up a fight as both fighters finished strong. In the end, the judges scored it 77-74, 77-74, and 76-75 as Saucedo pulls off the decision. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #1 super middleweight Jesse Hart (21-0, 17 KOs) of …


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Avila stays unbeaten with controversial decision

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Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Unbeaten WBC #14 featherweight contender Manuel “Tino” Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) was gifted a ten round split decision over Jose Ramirez (27-6-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Delasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Ramirez was attacking from the opening bell and worked over Avila for much of the fight. The uber-aggressive Ramirez was deducted points for hitting on the break in round five and for holding in round ten by referee Lou Moret, but the deductions didn’t matter as two judges somehow had Avila way ahead 99-89 at the end. Ramirez was up 95-93 on the third card that actually reflected the fight.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez (14-0, 9 KOs) outscored Diuhl Olguin (10-6-2, 9 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 77-75.

19-year-old bantamweight Pablo “The Shark” Rubio Jr. (8-0, 3 KOs) stayed unbeaten by outworking journeyman Francisco Dominguez (7-9, 1 KO) over six rounds. Scores were .59-55, 60-54, 60-54.

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Photos: Golden Boy Promotions Unbeaten WBC #14 featherweight contender Manuel “Tino” Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) was gifted a ten round …


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Weights from Fort Washington, Maryland

Mykal Fox 140.6 vs. Juan Rodriguez 139.6
Luther Smith 197.4 vs. Mike Marshall 199.6
Jordan White 122.6 vs. Jose Elizondo 121.6
Kent Cruz 139.2 vs. Darius Ervin 139.8
Greg Outlaw Jr. 139.2 vs. Lamont White 141
Justin Hurd 153.2 vs. Hector Mercado 153
Marcus Bates 121.6 vs. Francisco Muro 121.6
Patrick Rivera 163.8 vs. Hakeem Atkinson 165.6

Venue: Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland
Promoter: King’s Promotions

1st bout 7:00 PM—Doors open at 6 PM
Tickets are now on sale for $75, $60 & $40 by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging onto www.kpboxing.com

Mykal Fox 140.6 vs. Juan Rodriguez 139.6 Luther Smith 197.4 vs. Mike Marshall 199.6 Jordan White 122.6 vs. Jose Elizondo …



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Andrade camp accuses Team Sauerland of dirty tricks

The World Boxing Association (WBA) ruling, which recently ordered a new purse bid for the Demetrius Andrade-Jack Culcay bout, showed that there is more to the story than the Sauerland Promotion version of events which caused their WBA junior middleweight world title fight to be cancelled.

Ed Farris of A-Team Promotions (Andrade’s co-promoter) said, “The original Sauerland contract was never even given to Andrade because it had ridiculous clauses in it, allowing Sauerland to change the date of the event with virtually no notice, which is against purse bid rules. There were additional clauses in there as well, which would have penalized Andrade $100,000 (virtually Andrade’s entire purse) for missing a single press conference half way around the world, with very little notice! It was clear to us that Culcay’s side was trying everything they could to force us to pull out. (more…)

The World Boxing Association (WBA) ruling, which recently ordered a new purse bid for the Demetrius Andrade-Jack Culcay bout, showed …


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Parker-Ruiz NZ sponsor pulls out, WBO heavyweight title fight now could be headed to the U.S.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #1 Joseph Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Events said the financial backer for the WBO heavyweight title bout featuring Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz to be held in Auckland, New Zealand had been secured until the bombshell arrived on Thursday evening. Lonergan also mentioned he will still do his best to find the necessary sponsorship for the WBO title bout to be held in New Zealand.

Dean Lonergan: “Up till 5pm Thursday this fight was 100 per cent guaranteed coming to Auckland due to the fact we had a number of sponsors come on board with one of the major ones being Ateed. We’ve been talking with them for a number of weeks putting together a package that to them made sense, based around visitation, tourism messages and feelgood factors of having the fight in Auckland. Unfortunately at 5pm on Thursday, Ateed rang us to say that they were no longer going to participate. So we are back to where we were about a week ago.”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum could now promote the Parker vs. Ruiz in the USA. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #1 Joseph Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Events said the financial …


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Weighing in on Pacquiao vs Vargas

By Bill Dwyre

It is Friday of fight week, and a female friend has it labeled perfectly: Boys in Underwear Day.

Weigh-in day for boxing matches represents the single most-consistent and predictable no-news day in sports journalism. The fighters know what they have to weigh, what the consequences are if they are too heavy — loss of a portion of their purse and sometimes, even a fight cancellation — and so the parade to the scale is about as dramatic as a soccer injury. Player falls, player grimaces and writhes in pain, stretcher carts player off, player returns to game in 30 seconds.

Boys in Underwear Day, then, is a good chance to catch up on the facts, figures and nuances of Saturday night’s major boxing card at the Thomas & Mack Center here.

The main event is the comeback of the Philippine hero, senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. He had left us there for a few months, saying he was retired. In essence, it was a boxing retirement, as opposed to an actual retirement. Think of it like you would one of those end-of-the-world-coming-tomorrow predictions. In other words, it ain’t gonna happen. For further perspective, Google Floyd Mayweather Jr., and await the next announcement. (more…)

By Bill Dwyre It is Friday of fight week, and a female friend has it labeled perfectly: Boys in Underwear …


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Pacquiao, Vargas make weight

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao 144.8 vs Jessie Vargas 146.5
(WBO World welterweight title)

Nonito Donaire 121.8 vs Jessie Magdaleno 121.3
(WBO World super bantamweight title)

Oscar Valdez 125.3 vs Hiroshige Osawa 125.3
(WBO World featherweight title)

Zou Shiming 111 vs Prasitsak Phaprom 111.3
(WBO World flyweight title)

Teofimo Lopez 133 vs Ishwar Siqueiros 133.8
Alexander Besputin 149.8 vs Azael Cosio 150
Que Xu 125.5 vs Fernando Fuentes 124.5
Robson Conceicao 129.6 vs Clay Burns 129

Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: PPV

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Manny Pacquiao 144.8 vs Jessie Vargas 146.5 (WBO World welterweight title) Nonito Donaire 121.8 …



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Weights from Los Mochis

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Nery Saguilan 139 vs Rosekie Christopher 137
Felipe 114.40 vs Efrain Perez Orocuta 114.40
Karim 113.30 vs Angel Guevara Arce 112.20
Marcos Mendez 166 vs Eduardo Tercero 166

Venue: Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Promoter: Promotions People & De Leon Promotions
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Nery Saguilan 139 vs Rosekie Christopher 137 Felipe 114.40 vs Efrain Perez Orocuta 114.40 Karim 113.30 …


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Big WBC tripleheader in Munich

Munich, GermanyThree huge WBC title fights will take place at the Ballhausforum in Munich, Germany, this Saturday.

Fast rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim collides with Schiller Hyppolite for the vacant WBC Silver International Championship. Both fighters weighed in spot on at the limit of 76.2 kg (168 lbs.).
The winner of the bout between the #4 (Yildirim) and #7 (Hyppolite) of the WBC supermiddleweight ratings will make a huge step towards a world title. After Schiller stated that he will play with Avni and make him his “toy”, the 25-year-old Turk brought a Barbie doll to the weigh-in and handed it to his opponent so he has something to play with.

Munich, GermanyIn a highly anticipated women’s middleweight unification fight WBC champion Kali Reis will take on unbeaten WBO titlist Christina Hammer. Both champs had no problem making weight.

It’s a rematch of their May 2015 encounter won by the local Christina Hammer.

Reis tipped the scale at 71.8 kg (158.3 lbs.) while Hammer was a little heavier at 72.3 kg (159.4 lbs.). (more…)

Three huge WBC title fights will take place at the Ballhausforum in Munich, Germany, this Saturday. Fast rising Turkish star …


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Abel Sanchez: Ruiz will be ready for Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Respected trainer Abel Sanchez is confident that WBO#3 heavyweight Andy Ruiz will be in the best shape of his career on December 10 and will be victorious against WBO#1 Joseph Parker to become the WBO heavyweight champion. Sanchez mentions Ruiz is very talented and will be around 245 pounds for the fight.

“Here he is working hard, he’s not putting any pretence of being tired or being sore. He’s giving me what I need. By fight time, if it’s December 10, we’ll have him down to 245 pounds somewhere there. Nice and cut.

“He’s got talent, it’s just a matter of making sure that he understands this is a twelve round fight not a six round fight.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Respected trainer Abel Sanchez is confident that WBO#3 heavyweight Andy Ruiz will be …


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Ovill McKenzie retires due to heart condition

Former British, Commonwealth and WBA Continental Cruiserweight Champion Ovill McKenzie has pulled the curtain on a glittering career after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

Derby-based McKenzie won 25 of his 38 professional bouts, with 13 coming by knockout.

Trained by Martin Bowers at Canning Town’s famous Peacock Gym, McKenzie came within touching distance of winning World honours – at 11 days notice – when he controversially drew to Argentina’s Victor Emilio Ramirez in a challenge for the IBF World Cruiserweight title in Buenos Aires in October 2015. (more…)

Former British, Commonwealth and WBA Continental Cruiserweight Champion Ovill McKenzie has pulled the curtain on a glittering career after being …



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Q&A: Isaac Chilemba

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Photos: Scott Foster/Main Events

Yesterday, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) held an open workout for members of the media in advance of his upcoming fight on November 19 against Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) for the NABF Light Heavyweight Title on the Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View televised undercard live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

How did you become a boxer?

“I was born in Malawi. When I was 14 one day I was walking around and friend of mine asked me if I want to come to the boxing gym with him. I looked in the window and I was just drawn to it. When I saw boxing I thought, ‘Wow that’s me.’ I walked in and asked them how to start and they said I could start now. I took off my flip flops and that was the beginning.”

Have you done anything new to prepare for this fight?

“I have been a professional fighter for ten years. During that time, I have figured out what works for me. I have been sticking to that stuff but we keep adding new stuff too. Now that I am working with Roy Jones there is a lot of new stuff added to my routine. He has added things to improve my style. But as far as conditioning goes I stick to the same. Everything has been going well so far.” (more…)

Photos: Scott Foster/Main Events Yesterday, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) held an open workout for members of the …


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Tyron Zeuge, Giovanni De Carolis make weight

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Photo: Team Sauerland

Tyron Zeuge 167.6 vs Giovanni De Carolis 166.7
WBA World Super Middleweight Championship

Stefan Haertel 167.6 vs Adasat Rodriguez 167.1
Artur Mann 200.4 vs Adam Gadajew TBA
Burak Sahin 225.5 vs Ferenc Zsalek 222.9
Deniz Ilbay 145.5 Anzor Gamgebeli TBA
Kai Robin Havnaa 197.3 vs Ihar Karavaeu TBA
Patrick Wojcicki 159.2 vs Frane Radnic 158.3
Arman Torosyan 157.6 vs Attlia Koros 159.6

Venue: MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: Sat.1 (Germany)

Photo: Team Sauerland Tyron Zeuge 167.6 vs Giovanni De Carolis 166.7 WBA World Super Middleweight Championship Stefan Haertel 167.6 vs …


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Otto Wallin to battle Eugene Hill December 9

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Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) will face his toughest career test on December 9 when he takes on American heavyweight Eugene Hill (34-1, 22 KOs) in a ten-round contest at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

The fighter known as ‘Mean Gene’ represents a significant step up in class for the Sundsvall southpaw. He holds an impressive record of 34 wins including 22 KOs, and will provide a final hurdle for Wallin as he looks to secure a title fight in 2017.

‘’He is definitely the best opponent I’ve faced so far,’’ said Wallin, who is back in action following a unanimous points victory over South African Champion Osborne Machimana on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm. (more…)

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) will face his toughest career test on December 9 when he takes …


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Jeff Chandler and Herman Taylor enter Philly Sports Hall of Fame

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Story & Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Former bantamweight champion, Joltin’ Jeff Chandler, 60, entered the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night (Nov. 3, 2016), along with fifteen other sports standouts from the Philly area.

Chandler’s eight-year professional boxing career included nearly four years as the 118-pound world champion. Chandler took the crown from Julian Solis by 14th round TKO and went on to make nine successful title defenses. The south Philadelphian was unbeaten for the first seven years of his career and finished in 1984 with an overall record of 33-2-2, 18 KOs. (more…)

Story & Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Former bantamweight champion, Joltin’ Jeff Chandler, 60, entered the Philadelphia Sports Hall …


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WBA KO Drugs Festival in Argentina

By Gabriel F.Cordero

The KO to Drugs Festival, organized by the World Boxing Association, will take place on November 26 at the Polideportivo Presidente Perón in Gonzalez Catan, La Matanza, Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Originally introduced by the late WBA President Gilberto Mendoza in 1990, the The KO to Drugs Festival has been the rite of passage for future world champions such as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Ricardo Mayorga, Luis “Nica” Concepcion, Gennady Golovkin, Jorge Linares, Juan Carlos Revecco, Edwin Valero, Leo Gamez and Marcos Maidana among many others.

In the headliner, welterweight Fabian Andres Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs) will face off against Cristian Romero Nestor (16-8-1, 8 KOs). Maidana has had his entire career in the United States since his professional debut on June 21, 2014.

Fabian is the brother of former double World Champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana and was part of the Amateur Argentina team. In 2010 he won the silver medal at the World Junior in Baku, Azerbaijan and won the bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Another prospect who will fight is Brian Carlos Castaño (12-0, 9 KOs) who will be against an opponent yet to be confirmed.

By Gabriel F.Cordero The KO to Drugs Festival, organized by the World Boxing Association, will take place on November 26 …


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De Carolis ready for Zeuge rematch

By Marco Bratusch

WBA World Super middleweight titleholder Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) is ready to defend his belt for the second time tomorrow night at MBS Arena in Potsdam, Brandeburg (Germany), against Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) in their highly anticipated rematch. Their first bout ended in majority draw as two judges saw the fight even (114-114) while the third official had Zeuge one point ahead (115-114). It was an interesting and close fight, with Zeuge suffering an arm injury during the late rounds likely losing the edge he had earned on the scorecards yet struggling his way until last bell. As it happened with the previous De Carolis’ rivalry with Vincent Feigenbutz, the entertaining show has brought to a rematch with Zeuge, another young prospect promoted by Sauerland Event.

“I think Zeuge is definitely a skilled and quick boxer. He gets awkward angles, good reflexes and movements, that’s why it was no easy for me to find the right distance at the beginning of our first fight, as normally I do my best against punchers who like to come forward and mix up with me”. De Carolis explains. “However, watching the fight again on video I can confirm that in my opinion I should have been the winner, as the draw was a bit cheap to my performance. I took the center of the ring looking to bring the fight and my punches were more effective than his. Anyway this time I will need to box more smoothly, without looking for the big K.O. and staying focused on my game plan. I had a great training camp and I feel really strong and motivated.” (more…)

By Marco Bratusch WBA World Super middleweight titleholder Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) is ready to defend his belt …


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“Chocolatito” Trainer Health Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

53 year old trainer Arnulfo Obando remains in a coma in the Hospital Vivian Pellas in Managua, Nicaragua. He suffered a stroke early on Monday and had an operation on Wednesday.

Obando has been the trainer of four-time world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and they have won three world titles together. A source told to fightnews.com about Obando’s health situation “The surgery went well and he remains unconscious in a coma but doctors indicate a positive recovery process.” Obando entered into boxing history by becoming the first local trainer to win a world championship with Nicaraguan boxer Eduardo Ray Marquez in 2003.

By Gabriel F. Cordero 53 year old trainer Arnulfo Obando remains in a coma in the Hospital Vivian Pellas in …


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Team Sauerland sign new agreement with German television giants Sat.1

European promotional powerhouse Team Sauerland have agreed a new long term television deal with the Pro7Sat1 Network in Germany. The agreement will see a minimum of 12 shows per annum for a period spanning up to three years.

Freddy Ness, Managing Director of Team Sauerland’s German operations stated: ‘’We’ve been working hard developing new talents in German boxing. This year, we saw amateur world champion Jack Culcay win the WBA Light Middleweight Championship, and this weekend, 24 year-old Tyron Zeuge challenges for the WBA Super Middleweight title. Next year, this deal will give the youngsters a massive platform and keep the momentum going in the search for new stars whilst also giving established names such as Juergen Braehmer and Arthur Abraham the chance to win back their World titles.’’ (more…)

European promotional powerhouse Team Sauerland have agreed a new long term television deal with the Pro7Sat1 Network in Germany. The …


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Acelino Freitas sighting in SoCal

Former 4-time world champion Acelino Freitas reliving one of his title defenses over Zahir Raheem. Freitas is in Corona, California with his nephew Vitor Jones Freitas. Jones Freitas will open up the ShoBox tripleheader tonight against Manuel Mendez live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10:30 PM ET/PT (delayed on West Coast)

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Former 4-time world champion Acelino Freitas reliving one of his title defenses over Zahir Raheem. Freitas is in Corona, California …


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Weights from Las Vegas

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Casey Ramos 129.8 vs Andy Vences 129
Raymond Serrano 146.6 vs Alex Saucedo 145.4
Jesse Hart 166.4 vs Andrew Hernández 166.8
Joey Alday 156 vs César Hernández 155.8
Steve Nelson 173.8 vs Reyes Díaz 172.6

Venue: Treasure Island Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Casey Ramos 129.8 vs Andy Vences 129 Raymond Serrano 146.6 vs Alex Saucedo 145.4 …


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Nery Saguilan to face Rosekie Cristobal in Mexico this Saturday

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Photo by Pepe Rodriguez

Mexican Nery “Pantera” Saguilan will face Philippine hard hitting boxer Rosekie Cristobal this Saturday at the Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Rosekie Cristobal is a hard-hitting Filipino fighter with the record consisting of 12 wins including 9 big victories by way of KO with 1 loss. He’s been in Mexico last August to face Marcos Villasana but unfortunately was disqualified due to multiple low blow attempt. That was his first defeat as a pro.

On the other hand, Nery Saguilan is a very tested boxer fought some notable opponents including DeMarcus Corley, Carlos Cardenas and Dante Jardon. He lost in his last 2 fights against Marcos Villasana Jr via UD and Dante Jardon via KO.

Saguilán vs Rosekie will be the main event of the boxing card “AHOME ES LA FUERZA DE SU GENTE” that presents Promociones del Pueblo in asosiation with DeLeon Promotions and will be broadcasted to all México by Televisa Deportes Network.

Photo by Pepe Rodriguez Mexican Nery “Pantera” Saguilan will face Philippine hard hitting boxer Rosekie Cristobal this Saturday at the …


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Weights from Corona, California

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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Taras Shelestyuk 146.5 vs Jimmy Herrera 146.3
Constantin Bejenaru 198.3 vs Steve Bujaj 197.5
Vitor Jones Freitas 134.3 vs Manuel Mendez 135

Venue: Omega Products Event Center in Corona, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
TV: Showtime

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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Taras Shelestyuk 146.5 vs Jimmy Herrera 146.3 Constantin Bejenaru 198.3 vs Steve Bujaj 197.5 Vitor …


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LA fight club weights

Manuel Avila 125.4 vs Jose Ramirez 125.8
Emilio Sanchez 121.4 vs Diuhl Olguin 121.6
Pablo Rubio Jr. 121.6 vs Francisco Dominguez 121.6
Luis Coria 123.8 vs Juan Bryand 125.2
Tenochtitlan Nava 127.6 vs Ricky Vasquez 127.2
Azat Hovhannisyan 127.6 vs Israel Rojas 131

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

Manuel Avila 125.4 vs Jose Ramirez 125.8 Emilio Sanchez 121.4 vs Diuhl Olguin 121.6 Pablo Rubio Jr. 121.6 vs Francisco …


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Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz announcement imminent

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is expected to be holding a press conference on Saturday in Las Vegas to announce that WBO#1 Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) will clash with WBO#3 Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO belt on December 10 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Duco Events who promotes Parker sought government funding the the Ruiz vs Parker to be held in New Zealand but that application was later withdrawn. Arum said he was prepared to promote the vacant WBO championship bout in Los Angeles, Las Vegas or Dallas if Duco Events could not promote the bout in New Zealand. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is expected to be holding a press …


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Pacquiao-Vargas undercard pics

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Top Rank held a press conference Thursday with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum introducing the Pacquiao-Vargas undercard. The card will feature three world title fights Nonito Donaire vs Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez vs Hiroshige Osawa and Zou Shiming vs Prasitsak Phaprom. The bout will be this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Top Rank held a press conference Thursday with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum …


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Whyte and Chisora separated by security as gloves are off filming stopped

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Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora had to be separated by security and filming was halted at Sky Sports studios this evening as they faced-off in the ‘Gloves Are Off’ ahead of their WBC World Heavyweight title eliminator at the Manchester Arena on December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on SHOWTIME in the US.

The bitter London rivals sat face-to-face for 22 tension-filled minutes of filming with Johnny Nelson the man in the middle, before Whyte accused Chisora of ducking a clash with Anthony Joshua – lighting the fuse for the pair to leap to their feet, leading to security stepping in and filming ending.

Whyte and Chisora had earlier come head-to head for their first press conference for their Manchester showdown, and while the pair behaved there was a sense of unease in the air that boiled over as they renewed hostilities at Sky Sports. (more…)

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora had to be separated by security and filming was halted at Sky …


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Middleweight unification – Christina Hammer and Kali Reis clash in Munich this Saturday

Christina HammerOne of the biggest and best female fights that can be done at the moment will happen this Saturday (November 5th) in Munich, Germany, when WBC World middleweight champion Kali Reis faces unbeaten WBO champ Christina Hammer.
Hammer and Reis met before in May 2015 when the German successfully defended her WBO title by unanimous decision. However, Reis showed that she can hurt her opponent, knocking Hammer down with a solid hook in the tenth and final round.

After this loss, “KO” Kali Reis traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, in April 2016 to win the vacant WBC World Championship by split decision against Maricela Cornejo. Now the 30-year-old native American is looking to avenge the defeat against Hammer. “I will leave Germany a two-time World Champion”, said Reis after arriving in Munich. “I will keep my WBC title and take the WBO belt home over the other shoulder.”

The 26-year-old Hammer who has won 19 of her 20 pro fights (with one no contest) is at least as confident as her opponent, stating: “I know that Kali is strong but we both know that I am stronger. I have held my title for six years now and I will definitely keep it and add the WBC Championship to my collection. I had my eyes on the Green and Gold belt for a very long time and I am very happy that the unification is finally happening.”

The big show featuring Hammer vs. Reis along with the WBC Silver International Supermiddleweight Championship between Avni Yildirim and Schiller Hyppolite is promoted by Alexander Petkovic (Petko’s Box-Promotion) in association with Ahmet Oner (ARENA) and will be broadcasted live on Pay-Per-View by Sky Germany.

One of the biggest and best female fights that can be done at the moment will happen this Saturday (November …


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Yildirim responds to Hyppolite provocation

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WBC #4 rated supermiddleweight contender Avni Yildirim has responded to Schiller Hyppolite’s provocation before their WBC Silver International title fight this Saturday in Munich. Schiller said that he is planning to play with Yildirim and make him his “toy”.

“So, we know that this guy can talk. Let’s see if he can also fight”, says Yildirim. “After making big statements he will have to show what he’s got in the ring. If he thinks that this is a game he came to the wrong place. There is a reason why they say that you cannot play boxing. If he wants to play he should stick to his Barbie dolls. I saw that he is painting his finger nails. I think this guy is in the wrong business, maybe even in the wrong body. I promise that I will not play with him. I will just knock him out. That is what I do. He may not respect me now but he will respect me when he wakes up in hospital. When I’m done with him, it’s game over!”

WBC #4 rated supermiddleweight contender Avni Yildirim has responded to Schiller Hyppolite’s provocation before their WBC Silver International title fight …


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Mannyfist Destiny

By Bill Dwyre

The Honorable Emmanual Dapridan Pacquiao, freshman senator from the Philippines, pulled up a chair at the end of a long table here the other day and gave the gathered dozens a new look at the state of his union.

Gathered around were the least likely of the media set to deeply comprehend Filipino politics; actually, the least likely to comprehend any politics. We were the semi-couth of the journalism world, aka boxing writers. Our dress code is tennis shoes and, if handy, a clean shirt.

Pacquiao, of course, is the ultimate multi-tasker.

In addition to being one of 24 senators who run the government of the massive country of the Philippines, he is also an eight-division world boxing champion, something not achieved by anybody else. That combination is a bit hard to fathom. Ponder your U.S. Senator squeezing in sessions on the heavy bag between committee meetings on immigration and drug trafficking. Could a young John McCain, even as a tough former military veteran, pull that off? Or, even with the natural edge of semantics and the embrace of headline writers, could Barbara Boxer? (more…)

By Bill Dwyre The Honorable Emmanual Dapridan Pacquiao, freshman senator from the Philippines, pulled up a chair at the end …




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