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Zou Shiming workout

Zou Shiming workout

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and No. 1 world-rated flyweight contender Zou Shiming works out during ...

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McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Female flyweight "Mighty" Melissa McMorrow (9-5, 1 KO) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO champion Kenia Enriquez (13-1, 6 KOs) by ten ...

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Nava stops Gomez in six

Nava stops Gomez in six

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBC/WBA female super bantamweight champion Jackie "Princesa Azteca" Nava (32-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Mayra "La ...

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Wake keeps OPBF 115lb belt by icing Paypa in one

Wake keeps OPBF 115lb belt by icing Paypa in one

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat WBC#3/WBA#2/IBF#6/WBO#15 Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11 KOs), 122, quickly kept his OPBF super-bantam belt as he ...

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Weights from Mexico

Weights from Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122 Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112 Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117 José Uzcátegui ...

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UFC

Conor McGregor, Captivating Leader of the Irish MMA Movement, Was Born to Fight

Conor McGregor is different.

“I move different. I think different. I talk different,” McGregor said. “I can’t help but be different.”

When McGregor was forced to change high schools his junior year, his new classmates knew immediately that he was different . . . click here for more

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January 18th, 2015



Boxing News

Wilder decisions Stiverne to win WBC heavyweight title, first American champ since 2007

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In a coronation of sorts, 2008 U.S. Olympic Heavyweight Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder, (33-0, 32 KOs), captured the WBC heavyweight title, surprisingly outboxing the reigning champion Bermane Stiverne, (24-2-1, 21 KOs), over twelve rounds in front of an announced crowd of 8,453 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The wide unanimous decision read 118-109, 119-108, 120-107.

Coming into the bout, many questioned whether Wilder could win a decision against Stiverne, never having previously gone the distance or been past four rounds in any fight and never having faced a professional fighter of Stiverne’s caliber. However Wilder answered those questions and more, controlling nearly every round with a steady jab and constant movement that prevented Stiverne from mounting a sustained attack. Stiverne was left having to lunge forward trying to land one punch at a time on Wilder. But even on the few occasions when Stiverne did land cleanly, Wilder showed a solid chin to go along with his superior boxing skills.

With a valuable combination of youth, skill, and charisma, the sky is the limit for the first American heavyweight titlist since Shannon Briggs, who held the WBO belt in 2006-2007.

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January 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Zepeda, Rodriguez demolish foes

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Unbeaten IBF #13 jr welterweight and WBO #8 lightweight Jose “El Chon” Zepeda (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Orlando Vasquez (15-6-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavillion in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda battered Vasquez to the canvas in round one and got the stoppage after three more knockdowns in round two. Time was 2:02.

Unbeaten super featherweight Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) battered Carlos Rodriquez (9-2, 4 KOs) until Carlos took a knee and was counted out in round two. A left hook to the body ended it at 1:02. (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez ends trilogy with win over Mauras

Two fighters settled a longstanding rivalry Saturday while another cagey veteran began his slow climb back. In his third bout against regional foe Agustine Mauras, Hartford, Conn., super featherweight Joseph “Chip” Perez captured the vacant New England Championship while former world-title challenger and super middleweight contendr Elvin Ayala of New Haven, Conn., won in his return to the ring following a two-year layoff.

Saturday’s pro-am event at Mohegan Sun Arena, promoted by CES Boxing, featured five amateur bouts and nine professional fights, including two title bouts. In the eight-round main event, Perez (11-3-2) finally got the best of Mauras (6-1-3), a Lawrence, Mass., native, after the two fought to a draw twice in 2013, this time utilizing a more aggressive approach while out-working and out-landing his opponent. The trilogy ended with a 79-73, 78-74, 78-74 win for Perez, easily the most lopsided of their three bouts.

On the undercard, Ayala (27-6-1) ended a layoff of more than two years with a satisfying 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 win over dangerous Philadelphia vet Aaron Mitchell (27-2-1). (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz retains WBC super bantamweight belt

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) punished #14 featherweight Jesus Ruiz (32-5-5, 21 KOs), who dropped to the 122lb division for this fight, and got the stoppage with a barrage of punches in round eight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Santa Cruz and Ruiz traded on the inside in the opening round as Santa Cruz got the better of the exchange landing the harder punches. Ruiz continued to exchange with Santa Cruz in round two as the champion threw a windmill of punches. Santa Cruz started to work effectively on the inside connecting with the left hook to the body following up upstairs on Ruiz. Dominating through five rounds Santa Cruz suffered a cut on his right eye from a clash of heads in round six. Despite the cut Santa Cruz attacked Ruiz in round seven and connected with a clean left hook late in the round. A right hand backed Ruiz to the ropes as Santa Cruz fired away landing a barrage of punches as referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at 29 seconds of the eighth round. (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Jomthong-Kaneko Full Report + Photo Gallery

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten southpaw Thailander, WBC#12 Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4 KOs), 130, stunned the Japanese audience with his physical strength as he successfully kept his OPBF super-featherweight belt by winning a close but unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 twice) over former world challenger and OPBF top contender Daiki Kaneko (21-4-3, 14 KOs), 130, over twelve heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The referee was Biney Martin, ex-Japanese junior middle champ hailing from Ghana. (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Canelo talks collapse, Cotto-Mayweather rematch could be looming

By Karl Freitag and Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s boxing schedule has been cleared up after negotiations for a proposed showdown against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez collapsed on Friday night. Cotto’s attorney and adviser Gaby Peñagarícano told Fightnews.com, “I spoke to Oscar last night and he said if we couldn’t reach an agreement … that he needed to move on. I told him that we do not have agreement yet, but that if he needed to move on I respect that. I told him that we could continue the conversations but if he needed to move on, no problem with that and I wished him the best.”

Alvarez’ promoter Oscar de la Hoya confirmed to reporters at a Las Vegas press conference Saturday that he will be looking for another opponent for the Mexican star. On several occasions during negotiations with the Canelo Camp, the Cotto Camp mentioned a Mayweather rematch as another possibility for Cotto. Talks have been ongoing for a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao clash on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, however Cotto’s sudden availability could change that.



January 17th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Boston at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver and the lightweight bout between Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the TD Garden in Boston beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Six prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Dennis Siver (146) VS Conor McGregor (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Donald Cerrone (155) VS Benson Henderson (156)
Uriah Hall (185) VS Ron Stallings (185)
Norman Parke (156) VS Gleison Tibau (156)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Sean Spencer (171) VS Cathal Pendred (171)
Lorenz Larkin (171) VS John Howard (170)
Chris Wade (156) VS Zhang Lipeng (156)
Shane Howell (125) VS Paddy Holohan (125)
Johnny Case (156) VS Frankie Perez (155)
Sean Soriano (146) VS Charles Rosa (145)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Sean O’Connell (206) VS Matt Van Buren (205)
Joby Sanchez (126) VS Tateki Matsuda (125)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Nicholas Walters wins major award in Jamaica

WBA featherweight champion Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters has been named Jamaican National Sportsman of the Year at the 54th annual RJR Sports Foundation Awards dat the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. “Getting sportsman of the year is like getting sportsman of the world,” said Walters. Swimmer Alia Atkinson was Sportswoman of the Year.



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez defeats Gutierrez for NABA welter belt

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs) returned to the ring to win a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA 130ln interim titleholder Humberto Gutierrez (29-6-2, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. Perez claimed the NABA welterweight title by scores of 120-106, 119-107 and 119-107. The was the first bout for Perez since losing his title to Maurico Herrera last July.

In other action, current WBA interim female bantamweight world champion Mayerlin Rivas (11-3-1, 8 KOs) successfully defended her crown against Calista Silgado (12-5-2, 8 KOs). Rivas was originally slated to face world titleholder Irma Garcia but Garcia recently suffered a hand injury and instead will be at the event as a TV commentator. Rivas must face Garcia within 120 days.



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Both Stiverne and Wilder have Tyson Fury in their sights for later this year

By James Slater

Unbeaten British giant Tyson Fury will be a most interested observer of tonight’s hugely exciting WBC title match-up between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder; and both the WBC champ and the unbeaten challenger have expressed interest in defending against the Brit after they’ve got tonight’s battle out of the way. Both Wilder and Stiverne are predicting “painful” KO wins tonight, and both punchers have spoken of fighting Fury later on in 2015. (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Washington DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Here is the scale watch for tonight’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:

Demond Nicholson 159.5 vs. Rahman Yusubov 159.75
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 /14 vs. Stephon McIntyre 125.5
Myke Fox 137.25 vs. Luis Rodriguez 138
Patrick Harris 135.25 vs. Sean Lockhart 138.75
Renaldo Gaines 126 vs. Arthur Parker 125.5
Gerome Quigley 150 vs. Norman Allen 145
Marq Johns 123.25 vs. Jaxel Marrero 122.5
Tyrone Wright 130.5 vs. Thomas Mattice 130.25
Maurice Adams, Jr. 117.5 vs. Gabriel Braxton 120



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Jomthong defeats Kaneko to retain OPBF 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten southpaw Thailander, WBC#12 Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4 KOs), 130, stunned the Japanese audience with his tremendous physical strength as he successfully kept his OPBF super-featherweight belt by winning a close but unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 twice) over former world challenger and OPBF top contender Daiki Kaneko (21-4-3, 14 KOs), 130, over twelve heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

(More to come)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC remembers Jose Sulaiman in Mexico

By Gabriel F Cordero

Boxing fans, former and current world champions, family and friends of former WBC President Don Jose Sualiman on Friday at the famous Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City to remember him one year after his death. Afterward, boxing people and media exchanged anecdotes and stories referring to a man who changed and humanized boxing.

“My father was a great leader, a great man and a great head of the family. He lived for boxing and helped many people. His legacy goes beyond the ring and I try to do my best to follow his path,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.

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January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Stiverne: I think he’s a fraud, I don’t think he deserves to be fighting for the title

By David Finger

It’s been a long road to the top, but for WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), there is no time to sit back and enjoy his newfound status as a world champion. Six months after winning the title in explosive fashion against Chris Arreola, Stiverne will defend the belt against undefeated #1 contender Deontay Wilder tonight in Las Vegas. Although both fighters are heavy punchers with some impressive knockouts on their resume, the similarities end there. Compared to the normally laid back Stiverne, Wilder is loud, outspoken, and something of a mystery. Whereas Stiverne has clearly established himself as one of the hardest punching heavyweights in recent years, nobody really known what will happen when Wilder lands one of his power shots on Stiverne. It’s this mystery that has made this fight one of the most talked about heavyweight fights in years. (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

JC Salgado to return Jan 31 at Arena Coliseo

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former WBA and IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-4-1, 16 KOs) reappears against Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (16-3, 11 KOs) on January 31 in Mecico City’s historical Arena Coliseo in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and Producciones Deportivas Maldonado. “I come from very difficult defeats and Lopez is a young and strong boxer, but he’s not on my level. I’ve fought with better boxers. I will win and I expect to look good and look for a new opportunity for a world title,” said Salgado. In the co-feature, super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-5, 20 KOs) meets unbeaten prospect Patrician “Picudo ” Moreno (15-0, 11 KOs)



January 17th, 2015

UFC

Donald Cerrone: The Saga Continues

Donald Cerrone is determined to leave his mark on the sport of MMA as a fighter who was willing to fight anyone, anytime and anywhere. With “Cowboy” being one of the best lightweights in the world and competing at the highest level of the game, being willing to throw down at every turn is a tall task to live up to . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Monroe-Vera full report & photos

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York offered a hot alternative to the frozen climate of Upstate, New York with ESPN2’s second Friday Night Fights installment of 2015 as Willie Monroe, Jr. battled Bryan Vera to a unanimous decision victory in defense of his NABA & NABO middleweight belts. Monroe, Jr’s last foe Brandon Adams also heated things up with a second round destruction of Lekan Byfield to bounce back nicely from that Boxcino finals loss eight months ago. (more…)



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The real knockouts of women’s boxing, and how the sport’s champions have trouble making a living without turning themselves into sex symbols. More in the Atlantic

There’s talk of Floyd Mayweather visiting Australia to meet with Anthony Mundine. More

Flashback to 1990 when Larry Holmes served as a commentator at the Cooney-Foreman fight. More

Amir Khan disses Mayweather with a mask prank. More



January 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Three-time champ Jorge Linares celebrated by JBC

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) has announced that it celebrates newly crowned WBC lightweight champion, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares in veneration of his third coronation in as many categories under the name of the commissioner Yuko Hayashi. Linares, now 29, came to Japan at the age of sixteen to belong to Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions since and seized three world belts—WBC feather, WBA super-feather and WBC light championships. He lately acquired the vacant WBC 135-pound belt by dismantling Mexican Javier Prieto by an eye-catching fourth-round knockout on December 30. Linares is one of the most outstanding boxers in Japan as he has been warmly supported by great many fight fans here. He has remarkably shown his fistic improvement as well as his linguistic excellence as he can speak Japanese very fluently at the press conference. How popular Jorge is here in Japan is beyond description. Congratulations.



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from the Mohegan Sun

Chip Perez 132.5 vs. Agustine Mauras 133
Josh Crespo 122 vs. Jorge Abiague 121.75
Elvin Ayala 170 vs. Aaron Mitchell 171
Jimmy Williams 159 vs. Jose Felix 161
Briam Granado 138 vs. Theo Desjardin 137
Khiary Gray-Pitts 159.25 vs. Jake Constant 162.25
Meng Fanlong 179.5 vs. Marcellus Yates 178
Wang Zhimin 138.75 vs. Kin Moy 140.25
Zhang Zhilei 260 vs. TBA

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: CES Boxing



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Monroe outpoints Vera

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

Boxcino 2014 middleweight winner Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (23-9, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone in Verona, NY. Monroe scored a flash knockdown in round five (when Vera’s glove touched the canvas) en route to scores of 98-91, 97-92, 99-90. Nine straight wins for Monroe, who is the son of former middleweight contender Willie Monroe. He is rated WBA #3, WBO #7 and WBC #13.

Boxcino 2014 middleweight finalist Brandon Adams (15-1, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Lekan Byfield (6-6-2, 1 KO). Adams dropped Byfield in round one, then floored him twice in round two to get the stoppage. Time was 1:58. The bout replaced Friday night’s previously scheduled TV matchup between Petr Petrov and Hank Lundy that was canceled due to Lundy missing weight.

Welterweight Greg Jackson (4-1-1, 2 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to stop Cornelius Whitlock (3-2-2, 2 KOs) in round three. The bout was waved off at 1:27.



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Kaneko to take on OPBF 130lb champ Jomthong

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

OPBF top ranked super-feather contender, ex-Japanese national champ Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14 KOs) will have an ambitious shot at the OPBF 130-pound titleholder Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4 KOs), from Thailand, tonight (Saturday) in Tokyo, Japan. It is the first show staged at the Korakuen Hall this year, and our fight fans greatly expect a hot competition between the young, stylish and hard-punching rivals. Kaneko, 26, raised his stock despite his defeat at the hand of WBA champ Takashi Uchiyama in a quest for the belt as he floored the titlist in the tenth and showed a very good performance in December 2013. Kaneko, as the national ruler, had demolished four challengers in as many title defenses to display his strength prior to his relinquishment before the WBA title crack. (more…)



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

2015 Boxcino Tournament Matchups

Boxcino Junior Middleweight Quarterfinals
February 13, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT

Cleotis Pendarvis (17-4-2) vs. Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1)
Stanyslav Skorohod (8-0) vs. Michael Moore (13-0)
Brandon Adams (14-1) vs. Alex Perez (18-1)
Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5) vs Simeon Hardy (13-0)

Boxcino Heavyweight Quarterfinals
February 20, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY

Donovon Dennis (10-1) vs. Steve Vukosa (10-0)
Razvan Cojanu (12-1) vs. Ed Fountain (10-0)
Andrey Fedesov (25-3) vs. Nate Heaven (9-1)
Mario Heredia (9-1) vs. Lenroy Thomas (18-3)



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Port Hueneme, California

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jose Zepeda 140.6 vs. Orlando Vazquez 141
Saul Rodriguez 132.6 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 133.2
Daniel Franco 127 vs. Sergio Najera 126
Arnold Barboza 146 vs. Taif Harris 146.8
Luis Sedano 130.4 vs. Ali Gonzalez 131.4
Abraham Lopez 146.2 vs. Bilal Mahasin 146.8

Venue: Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Stiverne outweighs Wilder by 20 lbs.

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

WBC heavyweight champion Bermaine Stiverne weighed in 239lbs at for his initial world title defense against unbeaten #1 challenger Deontay Wilder on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wilder scaled in at 219. Intense 25 second staredown, Wilder looked away first.

Stiverne: Eyes don’t lie. I could see in his eyes, he’s not ready for this.

Wilder: I’m going to beat him to within an inch of his life.

Other weights:
Leo Santa Cruz 121.5 vs. Jesus Ruiz 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 139 vs. Amir Imam 140

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 177 vs. Garrett Wilson 178
Cesar Quinonez 139 vs. Joan Valenzuela 141.5
Eric Molina 241.5 vs. Rapahel Zumbano 241

Note: Two other bouts fell through.

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Don King
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme

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January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Kovalev gets super belted by WBO

Early today, in a ceremony held at El Zipperle restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel honored Russian champion, Sergey Kovalev, awarding him the WBO’s Light Heavyweight Super Championship.

“The title of Super Champion is one of great significance. Iván Calderón, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Wladimir Klitschko and Joe Calzaghe are among the elite few who have received this distinction. Sergey Kovalev is a complete fighter with big punching power and great boxing skill. He is a dedicated family man and a gym enthusiast. He will defend his championship on March 14 and as you can see he is almost at his fight weight. We are honored to have him as our champion. He is undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the history of his division”, stated President Francisco Valcárcel. (more…)



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Caballero-Guevara undercard announced

On February 27, Mexicali’s Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) makes his move up to fight in his first eight-round bout in the evening’s co-main event when he faces Los Angeles’ Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Plus, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) opens up the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes telecast in a four-round bout against Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) of Houston. Also, newcomer Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KO) competes in his second professional match in a four-round super featherweight bout hoping to make airwaves and undefeated Oscar Negrete (7-0, 3 KOs) will compete in non-televised six-round bantamweight bout, both against opponents yet to be announced.

In the previously announced main event, IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Alberto “Metro” Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico. (more…)



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-two time world champ Hasegawa goes on fighting

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

It is very astounding that formerly two-time world champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), a Japanese southpaw veteran, announced on Wednesday that he would go on fighting to look for another belt in the featherweight category. People here believed that Hasegawa, now 34, was completely through after his unsuccessful crack at WBA 122-pound champ Kiko Martinez, losing via seventh round TKO in April of the previous year. Hasegawa hasn’t fought since then, so our fight fans thought he would hang up gloves for good after his Martinez TKO defeat.

Reviewing his career, he has made some mistakes as follows: (1) Hasegawa, after his ten successful defenses of the WBC bantam belt, underestimated WBO ruler in the same category Francisco Montiel and suffered an abrupt fourth-round TKO defeat in April 2010. (2) It was also his fault that he mistakenly decided to move up to the feather division (126-pounds) and acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by decisioning Juan Burgos in November 2011. Hasegawa, without making even a single defense, forfeited the WBC 126-pound belt to Jhonny Gonzalez’s single right hook in just four rounds in April 2011. (more…)



January 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Muhammad Ali released from hospital in time for his 73rd birthday tomorrow

By James Slater

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was briefly re-hospitalised yesterday, for follow-up care that was needed after his initial December stay in hospital due to a severe urinary tract infection, but he is now back at home and looking forward to celebrating his birthday tomorrow. Ali turns 73 tomorrow, January 17th and his spokesman, Bob Gunnell says “The Greatest” plans to spend his day watching basketball, when the University of Louisville will play against Duke. (more…)



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