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Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 173.8 vs. Oscar Riojas 174.8
Ivan Delgado 132 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 130.8
Alexis Rocha 148.2 vs. Israel Villela 143.8
Genaro Gamez 135.4 vs. Tyshawn Sherman ??
Oscar Duarte 134.6 vs. Omar Garcia 134.4
David Mijares 139 vs. Jorrell Sparenberg 136.2
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Photo: King’s Promotions
Somner Martin 142 vs Mykal Fox 140.5
Luther Smith 211 vs Mike Balogun 234
Jordan White 122 vs Sergio Aguilar 121.5
Sam Crossed 193.5 vs Mike Estus 196
Christopher Petty 169 vs Devar Ferhadi 165.5
Phillip Hooker 158 vs David Rohn 170
Marcus Bates 121.5 vs Daniel Hernandez 121
Patrick Rivera 158.5 vs Dustin Caplinger 165
Colby Madison 240.5 vs Bryson Haubrick TBA
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Hilton Crystal City
Undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on once-beaten super welterweight Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event on Bounce TV Sept.16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chris Pearson was originally scheduled to face DeLoach, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.
The card is headlined by former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs)facing once-beaten contender Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1, 11 KOs).
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller 296.5 vs. Fred Kassi 237.25
Mason Menard 134.5 vs. Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov 135
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 142.5 vs. Karim Mayfield 142.75
Antonio Nieves 117 vs. Alejandro Santiago 117.5
Venue: Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY
Promoter: Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions
Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of boxing in Canada recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee has weighed in on the controversies at the Rio Olympics:
Following questionable decisions and alleged corruption claims occurring at the Rio 2016 Boxing competition, a global strategy is being put in place to pressure AIBA into addressing and correcting the situation.
Boxing Canada strongly believes that the integrity of our sport and athletes must be protected while faced with injustice and we will not tolerate any unfair judgment. Although small measures have been taken by AIBA, combined efforts with our partners will continue until the integrity of boxing is restored and has reached a satisfactory level.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has pledged that he move forward with the November 5 date for Manny Pacquiao’s return to the ring against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas despite HBO-PPV’s refusal to distribute the fight. The network fears the close proximity of the November 5 date will impact their November 19 PPV offering between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. Arum told the LA Times that he will now offer the fight to other networks and stated he believes Pacquiao is now a television free agent. If that is indeed the case, the network may have forfeited the right to air a possible 2017 rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, by far the most lucrative PPV event in boxing history.
“The fact that they passed means the contract is over, it seems clear to me,” Arum told Times boxing writer Lance Pugmire. “They can’t pick and choose which fights they are going to distribute. They’re either in breach of contract or they’ve ended the contract. My feeling is, based my legal background, is that the contract is terminated.”
Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment / Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and once-beaten contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu went face-to-face for the first time Thursday before they meet in the main event on NBC this Sunday from the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY.
Errol Spence Jr: “This has been a long camp. I’m in great shape and I’ve had strong sparring partners throughout. Bundu is a very good fighter. He’s experienced and technically sound, but he can be awkward. We went up the rankings trying to find an opponent. A lot of guys didn’t want to fight me, even in a title eliminator. So I want to thank Bundu for taking the fight. I’m not worried about what’s going to happen next. I know what’s next if I take care of my business. If I win I’m guaranteed a chance at the world title. I want the title fight sooner rather than later.”
Leonard Bundu: “Spence Jr. is a good boxer. He’s probably my toughest fight to date. These kind of fights make me more motivated. I have nothing to lose. I’m going to give it all I have and I’m very confident in myself. I believe I can be victorious…I see his weaknesses and I have to take advantage of them. I believe I can put him in trouble with my countering but it all has to come together in the ring. I love the challenge. I want to give him his first loss. That’s what I have to do. That’s all that is in my head.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “This is the first boxing broadcast that will be nationally televised from Coney Island. In my mind we have one of the best young fighters in the world defending his standing against a guy who has had a long and successful career. Both Spence Jr. and Bundu were Olympians and it will be a real test for Errol.”
Bantamweight Semifinals: Shakur Stevenson (USA) moved to the gold medal round via walkover when Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) couldn’t fight due to injury. In the final, Stevenson will face Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba), who defeated Murodjon Akhmadaliev (Uzbekistan) 3-0. Nikitin and Akhmadaliev will collect bronze medals.
Light Heavyweight Final: Julio Cesar La Cruz (Cuba) defeated Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan) 3-0 to claim the gold.
Middleweight Semifinals: Arlen Lopez (Cuba) defeated Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan) 3-0, and Bektemir Melikuziev (Uzbekistan) defeated Misael Uziel Rodriguez (Mexico) 3-0. Lopez will face Melikuziev for the gold, Shakhsuvarly and Rodriguez get bronze.
Women’s Flyweight Semifinals: Nicola Adams (UK) defeated Ren Cancan (China) 3-0, and Sarah Ourahmoune (France) topped Ingrit Lorena Valencia-Victoria (Colombia) 2-0-1. Adams will now meet Ourahmoune for the gold, Ren and Valencia-Victoria will get bronze.
By Ognian Georgiev
After numerous controversial decisions at Rio Olympics, the AIBA has apperently benched seven of their most established referees/judges. Mik Basi (Gbr), Kheira Sidi Yakoub (Alg), Michael Gallagher (Ire), Mariusz Gorny (Pol), Vladislav Malyshev (Rus), Gerardo Poggi (Arg) and Rakhymzhan Rysbayev (Kaz) were leading the clique that Fightnews dubbed The Magnificent Seven (http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/the-price-of-an-olympic-quota-part-i-345838). They are still in Rio, but they are not officiating. These 5-star R/J were appointed after many scandals at London Olympics 2012. The AIBA announced that after the huge criticism around the world they made a strong decision.
“The AIBA R&J Commission has reviewed all decisions and determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected and consequently it has been decided in accordance with the AIBA R&J evaluation committee that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” was the official statement of the organization. (more…)
As fans from around the world get ready to descend on the home of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the world championship showdown between former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and current WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1,13 KOs), Golden Boy Promotions today announced the September 17 PPV telecast will also feature three other fights.
In the co-feature, “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) faces Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) in a clash of former middleweight title challengers. Also, 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) defends his NABF Featherweight title against Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs), and opening the show Diego De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs) will face off against Luis “Orlandito” Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
AIBA Statement: Further to the decision taken yesterday by AIBA with regard to the reassessment of the judges and referees officiating during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the AIBA Vice Presidents and Executive Board members have decided to reassign with immediate effect the current AIBA Executive Director to a new role within the organisation. Consequently, the operational responsibilities for the remainder of the Olympic Boxing Competition will now fall under the responsibilities of the most senior Vice President of the AIBA Executive Board, Mr Franco Falcinelli, President of the European Boxing Confederation.
The Olympic Games, of which Boxing has been a part since 1904, represent the pinnacle of all sports. Since the beginning of Rio 2016, AIBA has conducted over 250 bouts and remains fully committed to fair play in boxing, always seeking to act in the boxers’ utmost interests.
The decisions taken emphasise that AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level playing field and a fair and transparent sport. It is of paramount importance to protect our sport and its R&J community whose integrity has been put into question.
By Matt Thompson
Photos: Team Miller/SHOWTIME
Exciting heavyweight slugger Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller returns to ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT), this Friday, August 19, from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York.
The WBO #8-, WBA #9- and IBF #14-rated Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will face capable veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a televised quadrupleheader being presented by Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
“This heat is definitely kicking my ass,” said Miller. “The weather has been tough. I’ve got to stay hydrated and keep my power and strength, but I’ll be ready Friday night. I watched a lot of tape on Kassi and I know what he brings to the table. I know if I stick to the game plan, it’ll be an easy fight for me. I just need to stay focused. I see myself stopping him. Kassi is definitely awkward, but there are ways to deal with that. Just me being me will do it. I’ll whip his ass.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (17-1, 11 KOs) will clash with New York-based Shawn Miller (15-2-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds with the vacant IBF International title up for grabs at the Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday.
Broadhurst is coming off a knockout win over Rob Powdrill in December 2015 and Miller’s most recent fight in May 2015 had him scoring an eight round points decision over Willie Williams
Promoter Angelo DiCarlo talked to Fightnews.com. “Shawn Miller will be a tough test for Broadhurst and the most seasoned boxer he has met. Miller is trained by former world title contender John Scully who formerly trained Chad Dawson and the fact they came to Australia twelve days before the fight tells me they have come to win. They have not let me see Miller train and naturally they are working on things. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
There is a proverb in Japan that no one can compete with a crying baby, but it might be true that no sports can compete with the Olympic Games. People here are only talking about how many medals our representatives have acquired—forgetting professional boxing for a while. But this summer we have seen some significant progress in the Sweet Science in this country, where the WBO Asia Pacific championship was duly recognized by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA; the union of club owners the president of which is Hitoshi Watanabe) after their prolonged consideration and discussion among prudent members on August 5. Unlike in other counties, our Japanese fraternity has been so traditional and stubborn in regulating regional championships that the JBC/JPBA had been only recognizing the belts of the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) and the WBC Youth championships. (more…)
WBA regular cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov wants the WBA to strip cruiserweight super champion Denis Lebedev for fighting Murat Gassiev instead of him. According to Team Shumenov, the Lebedev camp ignored a WBA order to fight him within 120 days after he unified with IBF cruiser champ Victor Emilio Ramirez on May 21, then after the deadline passed they allege Lebedev sought a special permit allowing him to fight Gassiev, which Shumenov (and interim cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos) objected to. At this present time, Team Shumenov is still waiting to hear the WBA’s ruling in terms of stripping Lebedev if he decides to go through with the fight Gassiev instead of fighting Shumenov.
Focused Canelo thinking about September 17 PPV clash against Liam Smith after he watches the commercial.
Welterweight Final: Daniyar Yeleussinov (Kazakhstan) outpointed brawler Shakhram Giyasov (Uzbekistan) 3-0 to win the welterweight gold medal. The four consecutive Olympic gold medals in the welterweight division for Kazakhstan dating back to 2004.
Flyweight Quarterfinals: Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) upset world champion Elvin Mamishzada (Azerbaijan) 3-0. Now seven medals in ten weight divisions for Uzbekistan. Yoel Finol (Venezuela) defeated Mohamed Flissi (Algeria) 3-0. Misha Aloian (Russia) defeated Ceiber David Avila (Colombia) 3-0. Hu Jianguan (China) edged Yosbany Veitia (Cuba) 2-1, so Cuba ends with six medals. All four winners today are assured of at least a bronze medal.
Female Middleweight Quarterfinals: 2012 London gold medalist Claresa Shields (USA) defeated Iaroslava Iakushina (Russia) 3-0. Dariga Shakimova (Kazakhstan) defeated Khadija Mardi (Morocco) 3-0. Li Qian (China) defeated Andreia Bandeira (Brazil) 3-0. Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) defeated Savannah Marshall (UK) 2-0-1. All four winners are assured of at least a bronze medal.
Female Lightweight Semifinals: Yin Junhua (China) defeated Mira Potkonen (Finland) 3-0. Estelle Mossley (France) was victorious when Anastasia Beliakova (Russia) suffered an injury in round one. Yin and Mossley will fight for the gold, Potkonen and Beliakova get bronze.
The team of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder anticipates that the “Bronze Bomber” will return no later than January 2017. After his July bout with Chris Arreola, Wilder was taken to UAB Hospital for an MRI that confirmed a broken hand and torn bicep injuries, both of which required surgery.
Deontay Wilder: “I’ve always known that my body is a fast healing body because I am an elite athlete and the doctor confirmed that. We’re going to pick up where we left off. I’m looking forward to unifying the division. That’s my main goal. I don’t want to stop. I don’t need a tune-up. I don’t need a warm-up. I don’t need none of that. Once everything is healed with the arm, I’m going to get back to right where I left off.” (more…)
As a result of his injuries and surgeries from his July 16 fight, World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is expected to be inactive until sometime in 2017. During his recovery period, Wilder will retain his rights as champion, including the 70% advantage in case his mandatory bout needs to go to purse bid process, once he returns to action.
In the meantime, the WBC has ordered a fight for an interim championship between the two highest available contenders, Alexander Povetkin #1 and Bermane Stiverne #2.
The free negotiations period begins today and if there is no agreement a purse bid will be conducted on Friday September 16th. The split will be 50% for each fighter. Clean boxing program VADA testing will be mandatory as well as the 10% bonus from the bid for the winner of the contest.
The WBC Board of Governors has ruled that it is not possible to ascertain that WBC #1 rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin ingested Meldonium after January 1, 2016. Therefore, in light of Povetkin’s positive “A” and “B” April 27, 2016 samples, and taking into consideration the detected levels of Meldonium in those samples, Povetkin has been given the green light to resume his career with special testing.
1. VADA, pursuant to the WBC CBP, will design a specific testing protocol for Povetkin at Povetkin’s own cost and expense. The VADA-designed protocol will commence as soon as feasible after this ruling and will continue for one year
2. In the event there is an adverse finding concerning any of Povetkin’s samples during the time prescribed above, the WBC shall immediately: (1) suspend Povetkin from participation in any WBC-sanctioned events indefinitely; (2) divest Povetkin from any WBC title or any other rights he might have at the time; and (3) impose any and all available penalties under the CBP without further inquiry.
3. If during the course of the pending litigation between Povetkin and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, the Court makes a final ruling that differs from the findings set forth herein, the WBC shall have the right to review this ruling and take any course of action it may deem appropriate.
4. If WADA issues a Notice or changes its policy on Meldonium in a manner that would necessarily result in a different ruling in this case, the WBC reserves the right to review its ruling and take any course of action it may deem appropriate.
Unified WBA (Super) and IBF cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) will next defend against unbeaten Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) in an all-Russian showdown this coming November or December in Russia. Gassiev is rated #2 by the IBF and #6 by the WBA. The event will be promoted by Andrey Ryabinskiy’s World of Boxing.
The AIBA has announced that unnamed referees and judges who have not performed at the level expected will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The organization cites “less than a handful” of decisions in the 239 bouts contested meet that description. No results will be reversed. With regard to allegations of corruption, the AIBA states “unless tangible proof is put forward, not rumors, we will continue to use any means, including legal or disciplinary actions,” but welcomes parties to come forward to provide evidence.
Following recent judging decisions and after carrying out a thorough examination by the relevant Commission, AIBA has decided to take immediate and appropriate actions.
Since the beginning of the Olympic Games, AIBA has conducted 239 bouts. The AIBA R&J Commission has reviewed all decisions and determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected and consequently it has been decided in accordance with the AIBA R&J evaluation committee that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In accordance with AIBA Rules the result of all the bouts will stand. (more…)
The rescheduled October 29 rematch between WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former world champion Wladimir Klitschko is apparently on the rocks. Klitschko has stated on social media that he’s going to court.
Wladimir Klitschko: I just want to keep you updated on the status of my rematch against Fury. Unfortunately, Team Fury is trying to change the terms of the already signed contract multiple times and it’s going on endlessly. To protect my own rights and eventually see the rematch, I’m forced to go to court.
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) August 17, 2016
At a Tuesday press conference at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino today, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes formally announced that he will vacate his WBO jr flyweight world title to move up to 112 lbs.
Here’s what he had to say:
First of all, I want to thank all the media present this afternoon. Thank you for your support. If not for you, we wouldn’t be where we are right now. I’d also like to thank Mr. Antonio and Michael Aldeguer, Abs-cbn, all of you, and of course, God.
I’ve been boxing since 2003. I feel very lucky to win the Minimumweight and Jr. Flyweight world titles. It’s a huge honor for me to receive the Super Champion award from the WBO last year and to be recognized as the longest-reigning Filipino world champion too. However, I am here in this afternoon’s presscon to formally announce that I will be vacating my jr flyweight title to move up in weight. I am very thankful for the full support I get from my manager, promoter, and supporters. This time, my goal is to fight big names in Boxing. I think I’m done with the jr flyweight division. There’s nothing left for me there. I think it’s time I get to challenge other world champions and I feel much more comfortable right now. I feel I can still improve as a fighter and that I can do so if I move up in weight where the big names are, like (Juan Francisco) Estrada, (Roman “Chocolatito”) Gonzalez , and of course, Edgar Sosa. I want to prove everyone that I still have a lot to achieve as a fighter. I can still fight for my family, gym, and country. I hope for your support. Thank you.
Nietes headlines ALA Promotions’ third US event at the Stubhub Center, Carson, CA on September 24. He faces former world champion Edgar Sosa from Mexico.
By Karl Freitag
The last batch of medalists will be sorted out today in the flyweight division. While all the final positions are yet to be completely determined, we do already know which countries will be securing 36 of the 40 boxing medals available in the men’s division. Cuba and Uzbekistan have been the class of the tournament and both have a chance today to secure medals in seven of the ten divisions.
The final four who will collect medals in the flyweight division will be the winners of the matches below:
Elvin Mamishzada (Azerbaijan) vs. Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan)
Yoel Finol (Venezuela) vs. Mohamed Flissi (Algeria)
Misha Aloian (Russia) vs. Ceiber David Avila (Colombia)
Hu Jianguan (China) vs. Yosbany Veitia (Cuba)
Total Medals So Far:
By Héctor Villarreal
Panamanian Ricardo “El Cientifico” Nuñez (16-2) scored a brutal knockout over Venezuelan Rafael “El Potro” Hernandez (19-6-2) at 1:10 in the fourth round to claim the regional WBA Fedebol super featherweight championship in the main event at Vasco Nuñez de Balboa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.
Super lightweight Alexander Duran won a lopsided unanimous decision in eight rounds over veteran Ameth “Cloroformo” Diaz, Azael Villar KO’d Edwin Diaz in round one, and Daniel Miranda stopped Fernando Martinez by KO in round two.
The official weigh-in for “DTLA Fights” has taken place and all fighters made weight for tonight’s professional boxing show at Exchange L.A., located at 618 S. Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
Daniel Bastien 139.5 vs. Akshat Ualikhanov 141.5
David Perez 138.8 vs. Mike Melikian 135.8
Evan Torres 153.8 vs. Enriko Gogokhia 152.5
Tavorus Teague 152.9 vs. Bryan Flores 153.4
Lenwood Dozier 151.8 vs. Madiyar Ashkeyev 153.8
Patrick Gutierrez 119.0 vs. Alexander Enriquez 120.8
Osman Rivera 139.1 vs. Elvis Buenrostro 138.8
Hugo Padilla 145.5 vs. Damian Lopez 145.7
Jonathan Cruz 129.6 vs. Ryan Garcia 131.3
“Knockout Night at the D” returns to Las Vegas with the fourth series installment of the popular professional boxing series, Friday night, September 9 live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).
Undefeated prospect Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (15-0-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of San Diego, faces Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (33-4-1, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) – United States junior welterweight championship. (more…)
The crowd raised the roof inside a packed Riocentro Pavilion 6 on Tuesday night as Robson Conceição and Sofiane Oumiha of France entered the arena for the Men’s Lightweight (60kg) Final, and the Brazilian responded with a flourishing start. Oumiha, too, found his range early on, but it was Conceição who shaded the first round, and then fended off a late surge in the second to establish a commanding lead. As the adrenaline flowed, the two boxers delivered a grandstand finish, but it was Conceição who’s hand was raised, prompting 9,000 fans to erupt in wild celebrations. (more…)
By David Finger
Although the oilfield may be in a slump in Southeast New Mexico, one thing that isn’t is the boxing scene. Hobbs, New Mexico will again show why it is emerging as one of the boxing capitals of New Mexico as undefeated Hobbs native Oscar Espinoza (1-0, 1 KO) takes on fellow Hobbs native Edgar Zubia (4-3-1, 2 KOs) in the six round main event. The fight, in the middleweight division, is as much of a class of styles as it is a class of stories. Espinoza, the green but gritty tough as nails brawler, against Zubia, the talented and flashy former amateur standout.
The fight looks like such a natural matchup that it is hard to believe that it is the result of an unexpected cancellation over the weekend. (more…)
All winners today are assured of at least a bronze.
In the lightweight final, Brazilian Robson Conceicao thrilled the locals in Rio by winning the gold against France’s Sofia Oumiha 3-0.
Kazakh light heavyweight Adilbek Niyazymbetov defeated the UK’s Joshua Buatsi 3-0. Niyazymbetov goes to the gold medal round, Buatsi gets a bronze.
UK super heavyweight Joe Joyce defeated Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov 3-0.
Kazakh super heavyweight Ivan Dychko defeated Nigerian Efe Ajagba 3-0.
Azerbaijan light welter Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo defeated Cuban Yasnier Toledo 3-0.
German light welter Artem Harutyunyan defeated Turkey’s Batuhan Gozgec 3-0.
Cuban bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez topped China’s Zhang Jiawei 3-0.
Uzbek bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev destroyed Argentina’s Alberto Melian in the first round.
French female flyweight Sarah Ourahmoune beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekkerbekova 3-0.
Colombian female flyweight Ingrit Lorena Valencia Victoria beat Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam 3-0.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
It’s hard to believe it has been four years since rising welterweight star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr (20-0, 17 KOs) represented the United States at the Olympics in London. And although he didn’t medal, he was viewed as one of the top pro prospects coming out of those games and a surefire future world champion who has drawn comparisons to the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard. And when the former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr anointed the hard-hitting southpaw from Desoto, Texas the next great champion of the sport that raised Spence Jr’s profile even greater in boxing circles.
When he fights Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) on Sunday, August 21 at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, NY, in an elimination bout for the IBF welterweight title on NBC primetime, following the Olympic gold medal basketball game, it will also mark the 21st time he has fought on television in as many fights. (more…)
SES Boxing has announced that WBO #1, WBA #7 rated light heavyweight contender Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs ) will take on Tony Averlant (24-8-2, 4 KOs) on September 17 at the Stathalle in Weissenfels, Germany. For Boesel, it could be his last bout before a world title fight. “To get the world title shot, I have to get through these hoops and clearly defeat Averlant!” proclaimed Boesel.
In the co-feature, German domestic welterweight champion Felix Lamm (12-1-1, 5 KOs) will face an opponent to be named in a jr welterweight bout. “Now I want to go on to international success,” said Lamm. “There I have to step up my game.”
MDR will televise in Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou talks to Fightnews.com® to discuss the Kell Brook vs. Gennady Golovkin on September 10 in London and predicts Brook can defeat GGG to cause a massive upset in the same manner legendary welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard did when he defeated the great middleweight Marvin Hagler. Ndou also mentions that Saul Alvarez has the skills also to upset GGG and remembers when he boxed both Brook and Alvarez in back to back fights extending them over twelve rounds in their home countries of England and Mexico respectively. Lovemore celebrates his 45th birthday today and thanks Fightnews.com® readers for their support.
No more playing around. The winner of every boxing match from today forward wins at least a bronze.
American bantamweight Shakur Stevenson won at least a bronze by defeating Mongolian Tsendbaatar Erdenebat 3-0. That’s two medals overall for the U.S. team.
In other action, American light welterweight Gary Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell (yes, they’re both named Gary), was edged out of the medal picture by Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 2-1.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated France’s Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique 3-0. La Cruz will fight for the gold. Bauderlique takes the bronze.
Russian bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin defeated Ireland’s Michael John Conlon 3-0.
Russian light welter Vitaly Dunaytsev defeated China’s Hu Qianxun 3-0
French super heavyweight Tony Victor Yoka defeated Jordan’s Hussein Iashaish 3-0.
Croatian super heavyweight Filip Hrgovic knocked out Cuba’s Leinier Pero in round two.
Chinese women’s flyweight Ren Cancan defeated Canadian Mandy Bujold 3-0.
UK women’s flyweight Nikola Adams defeated Ukrainian Tetyana Kob 3-0.
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