WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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James DeGale: I am the number one super middleweight on the planet

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Sport

IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale hosted a media workout in his hometown of London Tuesday as he prepares to face WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack in a 168-pound world title unification showdown that headlines action on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on Showtime.

Here is what DeGale had to say on Tuesday:

“This is the best fighting the best and this fight will prove who’s the best in the division — and I believe I am the number one super middleweight on the planet. (more…)

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Sport IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale hosted a media workout in his hometown of London …


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Erislandy Lara to take on Yuri Foreman on January 13th

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) in a world title showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike on Friday, January 13 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.

Televised coverage begins at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT with former super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) battling Hungary’s Norbert Nemesapati (24-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout. (more…)

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman …



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Lenny Daws postpones European title challenge due to back injury

Lenny Daws has been forced to postpone his European Super-Lightweight title challenge due to a back injury.

The Morden puncher was scheduled to take on Sweden’s Anthony Yigit this Saturday at the Westcroft Leisure Centre, but was ruled out by a medical specialist last night.

Daws’s chiropractor has recommended that he needs 2 weeks of total rest and treatment before he can resume training again. (more…)

Lenny Daws has been forced to postpone his European Super-Lightweight title challenge due to a back injury. The Morden puncher …


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Parker-Wilder unification in 2017?

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could wind up with a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder if the WBO gives its approval. The WBO had ordered that the winner of Parker versus Andy Ruiz must make a mandatory defense against David Haye within 120 days, but the former WBA heavyweight champion has signed to challenge Tony Bellew on March 4 in England. It is thought the WBO could now order Parker to defend against Hughie Fury.

“If we are required to fight Hughie Fury, then that simplifies things a bit,” Duco Events’ director David Higgins told Sky Sports. “We are clarifying that at the moment. If the opponent is required to be Hughie Fury then we’ll assess the pros and cons of holding it in England versus holding it in New Zealand. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could wind up with a unification bout with …




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Fragomeni opponent named

The opponent of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni has been chosen. 36-year-old Hungarian Tamas Polster will fight Fragomeni in a six round main event on a card billed as “The Night of Kick and Punch 6” promoted by Angelo Valente on January 14 at Teatro della Luna in Assago, close to Milan. Polster, whose nickname is “Psycho”, has a record of 21-9-1 with 12 KOs.

Fragomeni spent several months on the set of the TV show “L’Isola dei Famosi”, which is the Italian edition of “Celebrity Survivor”. Fragomeni won the show and that increased greatly his popularity in Italy. He could hang up the gloves, but at 47 years old he still wants to fight. Between 2001 and 2015, Giacobbe Fragomeni built a record of 33-5-2 with 13 KOs. He was WBC world champion from October 24, 2008 to November 21, 2009.

The opponent of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni has been chosen. 36-year-old Hungarian Tamas Polster will fight Fragomeni in …


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Hopkins looking to prove that the rules don’t apply

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, will enter the ring for the final time – at least that’s the official sales pitch for the fight. At 51 years old, and just one month shy of his 52nd birthday, Hopkins takes on Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, a Long Islander 25 years younger than the North Philly legend, in an HBO-televised scheduled 12-rounder at the famous Inglewood Forum.

The bout is being pitched as a farewell fight for the former undisputed middleweight and multiple light heavyweight champion, but the future Hall of Famer not only considers the bout a way to leave with a victory and give further evidence that he can still hang with the young guns of his weight class. In addition to all of this, Hopkins also sees his fight with Smith as a chance to prove to himself and to the entire boxing world that the conventional rules of the sport do not apply to Bernard Hopkins.

“I know that everybody has been reminded of age somewhere down the line in their life – good or bad,” Hopkins said. “And I like to recognize that it exists, but the rules don’t apply to everyone. That’s key. If one headline today will be written somewhere (it should be) RULES DON’T APPLY TO EVERYONE.” (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 …


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Usyk-Mchunu officials named

Veteran referee Lou Moret will be the third man in the ring when WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) makes the first defense of the world title against South African, Thabiso Mchunu (17-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Forum in Las Angeles. Judges are Jonathan S. Davis, Levi Martinez and Kermit Bayless. WBO supervisor is Genaro ‘Gino’ Rodriguez.

Veteran referee Lou Moret will be the third man in the ring when WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 …


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Peralta upset, Cintron, Rossy crush foes

In August, unheralded welterweight David Peralta (26-3-1, ) scored a possible career-making upset over former world champion Robert Guerrero. The momentum from that win stopped Saturday night, however, when Peralta, now rated #15 by the WBC, lost a ten round split decision against Berlin Abreu (14-1, 11 KOs) at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Abreu won by scores of 97-93 and 96-94, while Peralta took a card 97-93.

In the co-feature, former two-time welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (39-5-2, 30 KOs) was sharp in taking out Rosemberg Gomez (19-6-1 15 KOs) after the 3rd round of their scheduled 8-round welterweight bout. Cintron scored a knockdown in the third and after the round, Gomez and his corner pulled the plug on the contest.

Heavyweight Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) took out 362-pounder Richard Carmack (15-10-1, 12 KOs) in the second round. Rossy landed a combination in the 2nd round that was finished up by a right to the corner that sent Carmack to the canvas. Carmack did not beat the count at 1:48. (more…)

In August, unheralded welterweight David Peralta (26-3-1, ) scored a possible career-making upset over former world champion Robert Guerrero. The …



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Boxing returns to Detroit January 22

Promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions features a potentially explosive war in their next show. In a special Sunday edition of their popular “Detroit Brawl” series on January 22, Motown fan favorite and world-class spoiler Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) will return to action to face undefeated Toledo, Ohio, hotshot Wesley “Casanova” Tucker (13-0, 8 KOs) in the eight-round main event. The welterweight clash takes place at Masonic Temple in Detroit.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions features a potentially explosive war in their next show. In a special Sunday edition …


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WBC 54th Annual Awards Banquet

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The awards banquet at the 54th annual WBC convention capped off an eventful opening day. Loads of surprise appearances by champs who weren’t initially announced to be in attendance only served to liven things up for the packed Grand Ball Room banquet hall of nearly 800 guests.

One of the early awards was also a well deserved recognition to Fightnews.com’s own Karl Freitag- publisher and editor-in-chief. In the words of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Freitag changed the landscape of boxing media for good over seventeen years ago with the creation of the website, which has become the go-to source for industry insiders and fans alike. The prestigious green and gold belt was presented by Gennady Golovkin and strapped around Freitag’s svelte waist, then slung over his shoulder for a better fit! A beaming Freitag said to GGG, “You had to work harder for yours than I did!”

Another surprise guest and award recipient was The “Money Man,” Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather was on hand to pick up, not one, two, but three Guinness World Record recognitions. They were: Highest career PPV sales for a boxer ($1,311,000,000), most expensive championship belt was the $1,000,000 WBC Emerald belt awarded after his won over Manny Pacquiao and…most bouts undefeated by a world boxing champion- 49, achieved between 11 October 1996 and 12 September 2015. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The awards banquet at the 54th annual WBC convention capped off an eventful …


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WBC 54th convention Opening Ceremony

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The 54th annual WBC convention officially kicked off this morning in the Grand Ballroom of the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Easily 1500 delegates, champions and fans filled the seats to take in the spectacle that has become the WBC opening ceremony. Complete with a youth marching band, children’s choir, video presentations, speeches from an array of champs, local politicians and of course, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman himself.

The emcee duties were shared by two division champion Paulie Malignaggi, ESPN sports commentator Claudia Trejos and WBC legal counsel Alberto Leon.

As per custom, local politicians from the surrounding area were introduced. President Sulaiman was presented with both the key to the county as well as a welcoming proclamation from Hollywood mayor Josh Levy. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The 54th annual WBC convention officially kicked off this morning in the Grand …


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Bute vs. Alvarez Feb 24 in Quebec City

Group Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev have confirmed that former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) will face World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs), Friday, February 24, in a 12-round light heavyweight bout at Vidéotron Centre of Québec City.

Alvarez will put his WBC mandatory challenger position to champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) in danger with an end of April date for this world title fight having already been reserved.

Group Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev have confirmed that former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute …



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Vargas vs Salido named WBC fight of the year

Today, the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Tecate jointly announced the 2016 Tecate Fight of the Year at the 54th Annual WBC Convention in Hollywood, Fl.

Three fights vied for the top award including the Carlos Cuadras vs Roman Gonzalez slugfest, the Jorge Linares vs. Anthony Crolla unanimous decision and the nail-biting Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido brawl.

The award for the Tecate Fight of the Year went to the 12-round, toe-to-toe draw between Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido in Carson, CA on June 4, 2016. For the first time in WBC history, a single fighter, Vargas, has won the Fight of the Year in back-to-back years after winning in 2015 for his memorable contest against Takashi Miura. (more…)

Today, the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Tecate jointly announced the 2016 Tecate Fight of the Year at the 54th …


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Mares: I want the winner of Frampton and Leo

Newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and dethroned champ Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) held court with the media Saturday night following their fight at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Abner Mares: “I felt great. I had a game plan, that was to box. I did it perfectly, Robert told me he is going to taunt you and tell you to fight and he did. I am not going to lie, I never felt his power. I felt his pressure but never his power.

“It was tough. Sometimes I try to please the fans. A lot of people doubted me. Thought that I was going to get knocked out but I proved everyone wrong. I felt I had the fight won. Without a doubt I felt I had the fight in the bag and when I knocked him down.” (more…)

Newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and dethroned champ Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) held court …


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Terence Crawford Speaks

By Bill Green

“I felt good, felt strong,” said WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence Crawford after dominating and stopping John Molina late Saturday night in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. “I’m happy to fight because it helps folks afford the fight, they don’t have to worry about flights, budgets, et cetera.

Terence Crawford
Photo: Sumio Yanada

What was your plan?

The plan was to outbox him, turn him, catch him coming in. We knew he was dangerous.

How do you rate your 2016?

I mean, yeah, I had three of the better fights. I stopped Lundy earlier than anyone else, I fought a guy that most people wouldn’t face and closed it out with a knockout.

(more…)

By Bill Green “I felt good, felt strong,” said WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence Crawford after dominating and stopping …


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Top NZ Officials says Ruiz was ripped off

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading New Zealand boxing official Lance Revill has showed his disapproval with the majority points victory his countryman Joseph Parker scored over Mexico’s Andy Ruiz on Saturday in Auckland New Zealand, proclaiming that Ruiz was “ripped off” against Parker

“Joseph Parker didn’t win that fight,” Revill told the New Zealand Herald. “Get real New Zealand. We haven’t got a New Zealand heavyweight champion. We got ripped off. It was a lopsided fight and I feel sorry for Andy Ruiz. Something stinks about this fight, something stinks about the whole set-up. There wasn’t a bad word said about Joseph Parker. The whole press is on his side, he’s been given a dream ride right through.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Leading New Zealand boxing official Lance Revill has showed his disapproval with the …



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Santiago outboxes Velez in Puerto Rico

By Robert Coster

On a boxing night billed as “Night of the Prospects” in Catano, Puerto Rico,” promising junior lightweight Alfredo “Ojo” Santiago (7-0, 2 KOs) used his height and boxing skills to win a ten round majority decision over aggressive former contender Jayson Velez (23-4-1, 16 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 95-95. It was a big gamble for the Promotor (Fresh Productions) to put Santiago against the much more experienced Velez, a boxer who had fought to a draw in a bout for the IBF featherweight title just two years ago.

Photo: Fernando Gaztambide

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By Robert Coster On a boxing night billed as “Night of the Prospects” in Catano, Puerto Rico,” promising junior lightweight …


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Pacquiao vs. Horn in 2017?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said he was impressed with WBO #2 Jeff Horn’s stoppage victory over Ali Funeka on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand and thinks the Aussie schoolteacher will appeal to American audiences with a bout against Jesse Vargas or Timothy Bradley in March. And if Horn is successful, a showdown against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao late in 2017 could be the Filipino boxing legend’s final contest.

“He’s a throwback fighter and he’ll have tremendous appeal with boxing fans in the States,” Arum said. “He fought a real tough awkward guy and he looked really tremendous. The truth is that back in the States where a Pacquiao fight will have to happen, Jeff Horn is not well known. Only boxing people know him. That fight (Vargas or Bradley) I would like to see happen in the first three months of the year so that if Horn is successful, we can build for a fight with Pacquiao late in the year, because Manny told me he was fighting twice in 2017 and then he will hang up his gloves.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said he was impressed with WBO #2 …


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Q&A: Felix Diaz

By Robert Coster

Jr Welterweight contender and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz is stepping back into the ring on Friday in his native Dominican Republic. Diaz (18-1, 8 KOs) will be facing Leivi Morales (14-3-1, 7 KOs) of Nicaragua and is looking to finish 2016 on a winning note. Fightnews caught up with the always congenial Felix at his training camp in Santo Domingo to talk about his career and what lays ahead for him in 2017.

Felix, you’ve been training really hard for this upcoming bout, over two months. Do you know anything about your opponent?

I always train hard and I never look past an opponent. Central American boxers are tough and come to fight, like the Mexicans. I’m sure this Morales kid is coming here really hungry, looking for an upset and not looking to lay down. (more…)

By Robert Coster Jr Welterweight contender and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz is stepping back into the ring on …


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Chavez Jr: I want to fight Canelo and Golovkin

By Hesiquio Balderas

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.- Cold weather in this beautiful city, Rain and mist. The temperature that was around 3 degrees Centigrade, is already Thursday and the press conference is about to start. The great Mexican champion, the legendary Julio César Chávez appears with his son, the star of the event.

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Dominik Britsch, the rival arrives. Julio Jr wipes his nose like he has the flu, speculation about his physical condition. Will he make the agreed weight of 169 pounds? No one knows, his trainer gives him hot coffee, Julio César Chávez Sr takes a sip of it. The press conference starts and ends with the usual questions. The weight? Will Julito make the weight? Again and again, the same question. Chavez Jr dodges the question and finally decides to say that the facts will speak for themselves. (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.- Cold weather in this beautiful city, Rain and mist. The temperature that was around …


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WBC 54th annucal convention opening cocktail event

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

While the 54th annual WBC convention doesn’t have it’s official opening ceremony until Monday morning at the Grand Ballroom of the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL, things got a kick start Sunday evening with an all out cocktail bash on the third floor of the hotel.

Champs and contenders alike mingled with convention delegates throughout the night, posing for photos and talking about their glory days in the ring. The likes of Evander Holyfield, Marvin Camel, Marvin Hagler, Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones, Jr., Milton McCrory, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Jesse Vargas, Marco Huck, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Alicia Ashley and others flowed throughout the room, as did the Tecate cerveza, chief sponsor of the event. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Bob Newman While the 54th annual WBC convention doesn’t have it’s official opening ceremony until …


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Nelson Captures UBF And WIBA Super Middleweight Titles With Unanimous Decision

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Undefeated Ashburn VA boxer Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson captured a 10-round unanimous decision over Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon of Lindenhurst, NY to win the vacant women’s UBF and WIBA Super Middleweight championships Saturday night in front of a packed, standing-room only crowd at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The bout was the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.

Napoleon took the fight to Nelson in the first two rounds and tried to overpower Nelson with an aggressive game plan. Nelson weathered the early storm and in the third round, launched a fierce attack of her own. Nelson kept Napoleon off balance the rest of the bout as she continually landed hooks with both hands and straight left hands. Nelson’s offense allowed her to win the contest going away. Nelson won by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 (twice).

Nelson is now 16-0-3, one KO. Nelson has won 12 world titles and is 10-0-1, one KO in world title bouts and has won titles in four weight divisions (welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight). Napoleon loses for the first time and she is now 7-1, five KO’s. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Undefeated Ashburn VA boxer Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson captured a 10-round unanimous decision over …


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Homecoming for the “Polish Prince,” 2008 Silver Medalist Zhang Zhelei moves to 13-0

By Matt Thompson

Returning to the ring after a four month absence, Ryan Kielczewski (133) of Quincy, MA looked impressive stopping Francisco Medel (136) of Monterrey, Mexico, with a perfectly placed left hook to the liver at 55 seconds of the first round this past Saturday at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy. The charismatic “Polish Prince” entered the ring to the cheers of his loyal fans, delighted to see him back fighting in his hometown. Showing great hand speed, Kielczewski opened with an accurate jab, immediately putting Medel on the defensive. Kielczewski used the jab to set up the body shot which he followed with a quick combination to the head and he finished by stepping over for the left hook to close the show. Kielczewski improves to 26-2 with 8 KOs while Medel dips to 10-6. (more…)

By Matt Thompson Returning to the ring after a four month absence, Ryan Kielczewski (133) of Quincy, MA looked impressive …


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Cojanu KOs Wu in two

Formerly world ranked heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (16-2, 9 KOs) is back on the world title contention hunt. He delivered an explosive 2nd round KO over local favorite Zhi Yu Wu (7-2, 1 KOs) on Saturday at the Hangzhou Stadium in Hangzhou, China. Wu was a last moment replacement for Alexander Frank (11-0, 9 KOs) of Germany by way of Kazakhstan. After a tactical first round, Cojanu turned things up putting Wu down and out in an instant in round two. The Journeyman Management-managed Cojanu won the vacant WBO China Zone heavyweight title. The show was promoted by Jiashu Chen (China International Boxing Indus).

Formerly world ranked heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (16-2, 9 KOs) is back on the world title contention hunt. He delivered an …


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Baranchyk batters Lopez, Lippe-Morrison halts Cobb

Rising stars and Holden Productions “Four State Franchise” members Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Trey Lippe-Morrison kept their perfect records in tact following impressive victories Saturday at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami. Oklahoma.

Headlining in front of a standing room only crowd in his adopted hometown of Miami, OK, Baranchyk (13-0, 10 KOs) outscored game Phoenix native Wilberth Lopez (15-7, 10 KOs) over ten rounds. Lopez, who defeated five previously unbeaten foes, had to deal with the ultra-aggressive style of Baranchyk but scored a flash knockdown in the fourth round. The knockdown, his first suffered as a pro, had little impact on the fight. For the rest of the contest, the IBF #12 ranked Baranchyk overpowered Lopez, who was on the receiving end of many hard shots but finished the bout on his feet. Scores were 98-91 twice and 97-92.

In the co-main event, Lippe-Morrison (13-0, 13 KOs) kept his knockout streak intact with a two round beatdown of veteran Ty Cobb (19-8, 11 KOs). Living and fighting out of Vinita, OK, Lippe-Morrison focused on attacking Cobb’s midsection, forcing him to lower his guard. Lippe-Morrison quickly changed focus and dropped Cobb in the second round with a left hook to the head. Cobb beat the count but found himself on the floor shortly thereafter courtesy of another hard left hook. The tough Texan made it back to his feet but was in no shape to continue, forcing the stoppage at 2:10. (more…)

Rising stars and Holden Productions “Four State Franchise” members Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Trey Lippe-Morrison kept their perfect records …


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Parker-Ruiz Recap

By David Finger

Baseball might not be the biggest sport in New Zealand, but if the Chicago Cubs showed boxing fans anything in 2016 it was this: streaks were made to be broken.

And on Saturday night boxing was going to see one streak come to an end. Either undefeated Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) would become the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history (although Ruiz hails from Los Angeles he was born in Mexicali, Mexico and fought for Mexico in the 2008 Olympic Games qualification tournaments) or undefeated Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) would break a streak that began on August 6, 1883 (over 25-years before the Cubs won their last world series before this season). On that date New Zealand’s Herbert “Māori” Slade became the first person of color to fight for a world title as well as the first New Zealander to fight for the world title. Slade came up short when he was knocked out by John L. Sullivan in three rounds, and gave birth to a heavyweight drought in New Zealand that Joseph Parker was determined to break on Saturday night. (more…)

By David Finger Baseball might not be the biggest sport in New Zealand, but if the Chicago Cubs showed boxing …


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Chavez Jr Post Fight Remarks

By Felipe Leon

“I felt good and worked for a ten round fight,” said Chavez Jr. “I am conscious my pace slowed down in the second half of the fight but it was naturally because of the inactivity. I didn’t go for the knockout because of that reason, I wanted to conserve my energy since I didn’t know how my body was going to react.”

“I am happy with the win and my performance. I am ready to come back in two or three months. I don’t need another fight. I am ready for a world title fight with anybody or any other big fight.”

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

By Felipe Leon “I felt good and worked for a ten round fight,” said Chavez Jr. “I am conscious my …


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Joshua-Klitschko kickoff presser on Wednesday

Anthony Joshua face former world ruler Wladimir Klitschko for his IBF heavyweight title PLUS the vacant WBA heavyweight championship PLUS the IBO belt on April 29 at London’s Wembley Stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko
Photo: Matchroom Boxing, KMG and K2 Promotions

Anthony Joshua: “It is the perfect time for me to move up another step and contest my heavyweight championship belt against one of the legends of our sport. There is no doubt this will be a titanic battle with a huge amount on the line, just like every fight, but when I enter the ring I will be prepared for victory as I have been with all my other fights. The legend against the champ – it’s time to write history.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m looking forward to this fight of the year, just like boxing fans all around the world. This is the first time in a decade that I’m the challenger again. I will fight against a champion who I consider the best of the young generation. Basically experience will take on youth. This makes this fight that unique. I will be ready for the challenge!”

An announcement on tickets will be made at a press conference on Wednesday.

Anthony Joshua face former world ruler Wladimir Klitschko for his IBF heavyweight title PLUS the vacant WBA heavyweight championship PLUS …


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Mares defeats Cuellar to reclaim WBA featherweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) is a world champion again. Mares outboxed, knocked down and dethroned WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) by twelve round split decision on Saturday night at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles. Mares was in control throughout and dropped the champ in round eleven. Scores were 117-110, 116-111 Mares, 115-112 Cuellar.

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Former three division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) is a …


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Chavez Jr comes back with unanimous decision over Britsch

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Rafael Soto

In front of reported ten thousand enthusiastic boxing fans in a slightly reduced Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and broadcast live in Mexico and Bein Sports in the United States, the first Mexican middleweight champion in history Julio Cesar Chavez Jr made his return after seventeen months out of the ring. Chanvez Jr (50-2-1, 32KO) imposed his will for most of the ten round fight in the super middleweight division over the game Dominik Britsch (32-3-1, 11KO) of Germany and won via unanimous decision with scores of 99-91 three times.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

After a cautious first round from both, Chavez Jr went back to the signature punch of the Chavez dynasty, the left hook to the body, and began to pepper them through out the fight along with hard right hands to the head.

Chavez Jr’s best moments were when he would trap the slightly shorter Britsch against the ropes and would go to work with body shots doubled with shots to the head as the German would put up a high guard. (more…)

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Rafael Soto In front of reported ten thousand enthusiastic boxing fans in a slightly …


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Crawford dominates and stops Molina

By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBC/WBO super lightweight Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round TKO against overmatched rugged WBO #2 John Molina Jr (29-7, 23 KOs) on Saturday night before 11,270 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The talented unified champion Crawford toyed with the game Molina until referee Mark Nelson stopped the punishment at 2:32 of round eight.

After the fight, Crawford explained his strategy for the fight. “The plan was to outbox him, turn him, catch him coming in. We knew he was dangerous.”

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By Bill Green at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBC/WBO super lightweight Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided eight …


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Charlo KOs Williams in five

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

IBF super welterweight champion Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) scored a fifth round O over Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles. Charlo dropped Williams in round two and floored him twice more in the fifth round. Time was 2:06.

Jermall Charlo

After the fight, Williams attempted to shake hands with Charlo, but the champ refused. Charlo later apologized and called out WBO champ Canelo Alvarez.

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside IBF super welterweight champion Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) scored a fifth round O over …


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WBC super bantam champ Hasegawa retires

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Three-time WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa on Friday announced to hang up gloves for good without making a defense after winning his third belt in the super-bantam class via stoppage of Hugo Ruiz this September.

Boxing champion Hozumi Hasegawa

Hozumi, a 35-year-old veteran southpaw, captured the WBC bantam throne by an upset victory over Veeraphol Sahaprom Nakhonluang-Promotion on points in 2005 and kept it ten times including a clearcut KO win over the former champ to his credit. Having been dethroned by WBO ruler Fernando Montiel in a unification bout in 2010, Hozumi, in his comeback bout, jumped up to the 126-pound division and acquired the vacant WBC featherweight belt by outscoring Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos that year. Hasegawa, in his initial defense, forfeited his second belt to Jhonny Gonzalez by a fourth round stoppage in 2011. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Three-time WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa on Friday announced to hang up gloves for …


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Crawford-Molina Undercard: Beltran, Monaghan, Reed victorious

By Bill Green
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Former world title challenger and IBF #8, WBC #11 rated lightweight Ray Beltran (32-7-1, 20 KOs) scored a spectacular seventh round KO over WBO #4, WBA #9, IBF #14 lightweight Mason Menard (32-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Beltran was a level above Menard and laid him out with a left hook at the :51 mark. Beltran won the NABF and NABO belts.

Ray Beltran

“I trained hard,” said Beltran afterward. “I’m ready for a title fight. I’m hungry. I made adjustments in the gym, since the Crawford fight we’re 3-0 with 3 KOs.”

Regarding a possible fight with WBO champion Terry Flanagan: “You know me. I will go anywhere. Anybody at 135 that has a belt.”

Regarding Felix Verdejo: “He needs a belt, I still believe he needs to prove himself.” (more…)

By Bill Green Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Former world title challenger and IBF #8, WBC #11 rated lightweight Ray Beltran …


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Undercard Results from LA: Josesito, Lipinets, Lubin, Barrios, Centeno win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over former world title challenger Lenny Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout. Zappavigna outworked Lipinets early, but in round five a left hook by Lipinets dropped Zappavigna. Zappavigna also suffered a cut on his right eye that began to bleed. Lipinets continued to land big shots. Lipinets backed Zappavigna to the ropes in the seventh and teed off. A right by Lipinets dropped the bloodied Zappavigna again in the eighth. Referee Thomas Taylor reached a ten count at 1:23.

Middleweight prospect Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) of Orlando, Florida scored a second round knockout over the Dominican Republics Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-2, 15 KO’s) in a scheduled ten round bout. Lubin sent Cabrera to the canvas a pair of times as referee Ray Corona waved it off at 2:09. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Undefeated super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over …




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