WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

By Dwjuan Frazier and Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist and new WBC Silver Super Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields ...

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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James Toney returns to the ring May 13

Main Event Professional Boxing LLC, in association with Lights Out Toney Promotion, has announced that former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (76-10-3, 46 KOs) will take on “Lightning” Mike Sheppard (24-20-2, 10 KOs) on May 13 at the Convocation Center of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) world heavyweight title will be on the line. It will be the 48-year-old Toney’s first fight since an August 2015 decision loss to Charles Ellis.

In addition to Toney-Sheppard, former two-time world champion, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner and Patrick “Boss Man” Boozer are scheduled for action. Tickets are on sale now at the EMU box office and www.emutix.com.

Main Event Professional Boxing LLC, in association with Lights Out Toney Promotion, has announced that former multi-division world champion James …


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Boxing back at Cache Creek

Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Boxing will be back at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Ca., on Saturday night, April 15, headlined by former world super-flyweight champion Rodrigo Guerrero (25-6-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico facing Fresno’s Mike Ruiz Jr. (11-4-2, 4 KOs) for the International Boxing Association Americas bantamweight title.

The globe-trotting Guerrero, who once wore the IBF super-fly belt, has fought on several big stages and seeks a return to world-crown contention. The less-experienced Ruiz hopes to derail Guerrero after last year’s upset of super-fly talent Bruno Escalante. (more…)

Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Boxing will be back at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Ca., on Saturday …



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May and Ogilvie victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Classy featherweight Nathaniel May (17-1, 9 KOs) outscored Randy Braga (20-3-1) over twelve rounds to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title at the Eaton Recreation Centre, Bunbury, Western Australia on Saturday. May controlled the action in most of the rounds at the conclusion scores were. Carl Zappia 115-113, Andrew Hind 119-109, Brian Rae 120-108.

Former world-rated lightweight Brandon Ogilvie (18-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a shutout ten round decision over Junjesie Ibgos (11-2-0) and at the conclusion scores were. Carl Zappia 100-89, Andrew Hind 99-91, Jeremy Allan 99-91. Ogilvie captured the vacant Australasian lightweight crown.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Classy featherweight Nathaniel May (17-1, 9 KOs) outscored Randy Braga (20-3-1) over twelve …


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Juan Manuel Marquez Update

Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez will speak about his lawsuit against Chase Bank at a press conference tomorrow in Whittier, California. Marquez alleges that one or more Chase Bank employees teamed with his former accountants (who are currently in prison) to scam him out of $2.3 million in tax refunds from his fights in the U.S. In the 62-page complaint filed March 24 in Los Angeles, Marquez is seeking $6,925,317+ in damages.

Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez will speak about his lawsuit against Chase Bank at a press conference tomorrow in …




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Vargas Scores Win In Toledo Ring Return

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

After being out of the ring for nearly three years and having lost his last three bouts all by TKO, heavyweight Devin Vargas came back on Saturday night in his hometown and banged out a unanimous six round decision over Lansing’s Tommy Washington, Jr in the main event at Toledo’s St. Clements Hall. Vargas admitted after the bout that “my timing was off, it took me awhile to get going.” Washington came to fight and landed some good shots in the first couple of rounds. There were several excellent exchanges in the second round as Vargas warmed to the task. The action continued crisply in the third as well. Vargas would land hard blows that made it seem he was about to take total command of the contest when Tommy would respond with big punches of his own. In the second half of the fight, 2004 Olympian Vargas started to utilize his boxing skills and pulled away as Washington tired a bit. Washington caused an off balance Vargas to stumble along the ropes in the final round, creating some excitement for his followers but was unable to capitalize on Vargas’ momentary slip as the bout concluded. Vargas (19-4, 7 KO’s) won by scores of 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 as Washington slips to (6-11-1, 2 KO’s). Vargas stated to Fightnews that this was not a one fight return. He hopes to be back in action as early as May. Vargas exclaimed, “I got kids getting ready to enter private school, you know what that costs? I need to fight!” (more…)

Story and photos by Bob Ryder After being out of the ring for nearly three years and having lost his …


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Josesito Lopez headlines TONIGHT

A rare Sunday night edition of PBC on FS1 takes place tonight when former world title challenger Josesito Lopez (34-7, 19 KO) takes on Saul Corral (23-8, 14 KO). The co-main event is headed by lightweight prospect Alejandro Luna (21-0, 15 KO) against fellow contender Andrey Klimov (19-3, 9 KO). The venue is The Novo at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles.

A rare Sunday night edition of PBC on FS1 takes place tonight when former world title challenger Josesito Lopez (34-7, …


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Ukrainian ‘Dream Team’ Completes Sweep In Maryland

By Gary “Digital” Williams and John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

A raucous sellout crowd of 2,828 and a nationally-televised audience helped christen the theater at the new MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD for professional boxing. The three featured bouts on the Top Rank-promoted card included members of the “Ukrainian Dream Team” who wowed their compatriots in the crowd with successful performances.

In the main event, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, 8-1, 6 KOs, stopped Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa, 20-2-4, 15 KOs, at the end of round nine to defend his world title. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams and John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill A raucous sellout crowd of 2,828 and a …


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Lomachenko-Sosa/Usyk-Hunter GIANT Bonus Gallery

Photos: Sumio Yamada

More photos from Saturday night at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

WBO junior lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, (8-1, 6 KOs) defends against former WBA world champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs), and WBO cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) defends against Michael Hunter (12-1, 8 KOs).

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Photos: Sumio Yamada More photos from Saturday night at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. WBO …



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Rachid Jkitou halts Shawn Miller in 3

Undefeated Moroccan Rachid Jkitou (25-0, 18 KOs) won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight title on Saturday night, April 8, when he overcame American Shawn Miller (15-4, 5 KOs) at the Hotel Palmeraie Golf Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco. (more…)

Undefeated Moroccan Rachid Jkitou (25-0, 18 KOs) won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight title on Saturday …


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Kubo dethrones WBA 122lb champ Cermeno

By Joe Koizumi

Unheralded Japanese southpaw Shun Kubo (12-0, 9 KOs), 121.75, captured the WBA super-bantamweight belt when he came off the canvas in the seventh, fought back hard and finally saw defending champ Nehomar Cermeno (26-6-1-1NC), 121.5, abruptly quit after the tenth (registered as TKO at 0:05 of the eleventh round) on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. It was a competitive fight until before Cermeno’s surrender with Robert Hoyle (US) and Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) both having tallied 95-94 for the champ, and Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) 95-94 for the challenger.

Taller by three inches, the Japanese southpaw Kubo made good use of his height and reach to frustrate and confuse the veteran Venezuelan, leading on points—all 58-56 after the sixth. But Cermeno displayed a furious retaliation in round seven, when he badly dropped the lanky challenger to have the tide almost turn. Kubo, however, came back well, sweeping the eighth through tenth with effective southpaw lefts and body shots to the fading champ. It was a bizarre end that Cermeno, leading on two cards, asked his chief second Celso Chavez to put off his gloves. The referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. (Puerto Rico) confirmed the ex-champ’s decision to quit on the stool and then declared a TKO victory for the bewildered challenger in the beginning of the eleventh session. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Unheralded Japanese southpaw Shun Kubo (12-0, 9 KOs), 121.75, captured the WBA super-bantamweight belt when he came …


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Results from Richmond, CA

By Lucas “Lukie” Ketelle

In front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Richmond Auditorium in Richmond, CA, Squarevision Entertainment returned with “Redemption in Richmond”.

The main event saw Luis Garcia (7-1-1 5KOs) of Richmond, CA defeat Julian Bautista (2-3-1 1KO) by a narrow margin to advance to the finals of the Square Warriors junior welterweight tournament. The bout was competitive throughout with Bautista landing a big left hook that nearly shut Garcia’s eye in the final round. (more…)

By Lucas “Lukie” Ketelle In front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Richmond Auditorium in Richmond, CA, Squarevision Entertainment …


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Mijares defeats Rojas again in crossroads battle

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Three-time former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (56-8-2, 26 KOs) scored a hard fought and bloody ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (48-14-1, 32 KOs) in a crossroads featherweight showdown on Saturday night at the international Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

Scores were 96-93, 96-94 and 95-94. Rojas was deducted a point after a head clash in round ten. WBC #4 rated Mijares previously defeated Rojas on points in 2004.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Three-time former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (56-8-2, 26 KOs) scored a hard fought and bloody …



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Lomachenko dominates Sosa

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

In the main event at the MGM National Harbor, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, 8-1, 6 KOs, stopped Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa, 20-2-4, 15 KOs, at the end of round nine to defend his world title. Lomachenko dominated the action from the opening bell and won every round of the fight. Sosa’s eyes began to swell in round three and worsened as the fight progressed. Sosa showed his toughness, but could not match the champion’s skills. In round eight, Lomachenko hurt Sosa badly a few times, but the challenger remained on his feet. Still, the session was so decisive that the round could have been scored 10-8. After Lomachenko administered another full round of punishment in the ninth, and in the light of the fact that Jason had no chance of turning the fight, Sosa’s corner wisely asked referee Kenny Chevalier to halt the contest before the bell sounded for the tenth. The official time of the TKO was 3:00 of round nine.

“It was the accumulation of punches, and the fact that I didn’t want to see him get hurt, that I stopped the fight,” said Raul Rivas, trainer of Sosa.

“I came to show my “High Tech” style and to prove that I am the best fighter in the world,” Lomachenko said after his victory. “I think I did my job.”

2,828 attended the show. photos

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank In the main event at the MGM National Harbor, …


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Gvozdyk destroys Gonzalez

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

In the co-feature, undefeated Ukrainian light heavyweight Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk retained his NABF Light Heavyweight title and won the vacant NABO version of the title with a crushing third-round TKO of Yuniesky “The Monster” Gonzalez of Miami, FL.

After a strong start in the opening round, Gvozdyk picked up the pace in the second round, hammering Gonzalez with lefts and rights. Gvozdyk would seal the win by knocking Gonzalez down in the third round and finishing him off with a barrage of punches that forced Gonzalez’s corner to call a halt to the bout at 2:55.

“He was the best boxer I ever fought,” Gvozdyk said of his opponent. “Once I hurt him, I just kept throwing punches.”

Gvozdyk is now 13-0, 11 KO’s while Gonzalez’s record drops to 18-3, 14 KO’s.

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside In the co-feature, undefeated Ukrainian light heavyweight Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk retained his NABF …


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Usyk retains title against Hunter

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

In the opening bout of the live HBO broadcast, WBO cruiserweight champion, Aleksandr Usyk, 12-0, 10 KOs, retained his belt with an exciting 12-round unanimous points win over Mike Hunter of Las Vegas, 12-1, 8 KOs. The fight was fairly tight over the first six rounds, before the Ukrainian champ began to bank round after round in the second half. Hunter boxed well, but Usyk landed the harder shots and became more aggressive as the bout unfolded. In the final round, Usyk dished out a great deal of punishment, and Hunter was hurt for much of the round. One volley of punches sent Hunter into the ropes. So referee Bill Clancy correctly called it a knockdown. The fight could have been stopped anytime after the knockdown, but Hunter hung tough and Clancy let it go until the final bell. All three scores were the same, 117-110, in favor of the champion. photos

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank In the opening bout of the live HBO broadcast, …


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Undercard results from Maryland

By John DiSanto and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed won a 10-round unanimous decision over a very durable Reyes Sanchez of Ciudad Meza, Mexico. Reed landed solid shodts to the body throughout the contest and mixed in some straight left hands from distance. By the tenth round, Reed was showing confidence, competing with his hands down and still landing tough shots as he covered 10 rounds for the first time in his pro career.. Sanchez attempted to land shots but was outgunned by Reed’s quickness.

“I would give my performance a four,” a disappointed Reed would say after the contest. I hit him with a hard shot in the third round but I let the bout slip away.”

All three judges scored the bout 99-91 for Reed, who remains undefeated at 22-0, 12 KO’s. Sanchez falls to 26-10-2, 15 KO’s. (more…)

By John DiSanto and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed won a 10-round …



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Weights from Los Angeles, California

Josesito Lopez 148.4 vs. Saul Corral 146.8
Alejandro Luna 137 vs. Andrey Klimov 136.8
Karlos Balderas 131.6 vs. Thomas Smith 131
Misael Rodriguez 161 vs. Brian True 161
Eimantas Stanionis 149.6 vs. Rasheed Lawal 148
Lindolfo Delgado 138 vs. Luis Silva 138.8
Money Powell IV 155.8 vs. Todd Templeton 154.2
Maricela Cornejo 164.4 vs. Sydney LeBlanc 162
Alejandro Guerrero 131.4 vs. Isac Avalos 132

Promoter: Ringstar Sports
Venue: The Novo at L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
TV: FS1

Josesito Lopez 148.4 vs. Saul Corral 146.8 Alejandro Luna 137 vs. Andrey Klimov 136.8 Karlos Balderas 131.6 vs. Thomas Smith …


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Flanagan retains WBO title against Petrov

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Petr Petrov (38-5-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. In a tactical fight, Flanagan outboxed Petrov early on in the fight. In round five Petrov came back strong controlling the action. Flanagan and Petrov strategically traded punches throughout the rest of the fight. Scores were 116-112, 120-108, 118-110.

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Petr Petrov (38-5-2, …


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Smith beats Williams on cut, WBO interim 154lb title remains vacant

In a grudge match between junior middleweight rivals, former world champion Liam Smith (25-1-1, 14 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten Liam Williams (16-1-1, 11 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO interim title on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Williams cut Smith over the right eye with a punch in round three and the cut got progressively worse. The bout was paused in round seven so the ring doctor could evaluate the cut. The bout turned suddenly when a round nine head clash left Williams with a cut. Williams didn’t come out for round ten. Smith didn’t make weight, so the title remains vacant. Williams was ahead by one point on all three scorecards when his corner stopped the fight.

In a grudge match between junior middleweight rivals, former world champion Liam Smith (25-1-1, 14 KOs) scored a tenth round …


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Opetai and Tszyu victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont

Former London 2012 light heavyweight Olympian Jai Opetai (10-0, 7 KOs) stopped Kyle Brumby (5-13-3) in round two at Dolltone House, Sylvania, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. In 2016 Opetai,21 years, defeated Orlando Vasquez in Mexico with three time world champion Jeff Fenech in his corner. In 2011 Opetai captured the world junior amateur light heavyweight crown in Kazakhstan and in 2012 London Olympics Opetai was defeated by Teymur Mammadov in a heavyweight contest.

Former amateur middleweight star, Tim Tszyu (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Ben Nelson (2-3-0) in round three. Tszyu is scheduled to box on the undercard of the WBO heavyweight title bout featuring champion Joseph Parker v Hughie Fury in Auckland, New Zealand on May 6.Tszyu is the son of former unified 140 pound champion Kostya Tszyu.

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermont Former London 2012 light heavyweight Olympian Jai Opetai (10-0, 7 …


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Weights From Toledo

By Bob Ryder

Devin Vargas 236 vs Tommy Washington, Jr 280
Albert Bell 132 vs Justin Savi 133
Roy Barringer 156 vs Marcus Washington 153
Marquise Valentine 292.5 vs Abel Penna Falls 227
Roshawn Jones 180 vs Theo Coates 183.5

Venue: St. Clements Hall, 2990 Tremainsville Road
Promoter: Pulse Boxing (Vick Green)

By Bob Ryder Devin Vargas 236 vs Tommy Washington, Jr 280 Albert Bell 132 vs Justin Savi 133 Roy Barringer …


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This weekend’s world title action

Tonight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs) and junior middleweight rivals Liam Smith (24-1-1, 13 KOs) and Liam Williams (16-0-1, 11 KOs) clash for the vacant WBO interim title. Smith didn’t make weight, so only Williams can win the title. Twitter will stream Flanagan-Petrov live.

Then tonight at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, WBO junior lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, (7-1, 5 KOs) defends against former WBA world champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs), and WBO cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) defends against Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs). HBO will televise the show.

Finally, at Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, IBF strawweight champion Jose “Tecuala” Argumedo (19-3-1, 11 KOs) defends against Gabriel “El Gigante” Mendoza (15-5-1, 3 KOs). No U.S. TV.

Sunday night in Osaka, Japan, WBA super bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1, 16 KOs) defends against unbeaten Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs). No U.S. TV.

Tonight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger …


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Weights from Richmond, CA

By “Lukie” Lucas Ketelle

Luis Garcia 139.4 vs. Julian Bautista 138.6
(Square Warriors Junior Welterweight Title Semi-Final)

Eddie Diaz 136.6 vs. Jhonathan Zamudio 137.8
(Square Warriors Junior Welterweight Title Semi-Final)

Lennard Davis 138 vs. Mike Melikyan 137
Fernando Caro 213.6 vs. Kaz Barney 190.6
Cesar Lomeli 148.6 vs. Chris Washington 150
Stephen Austin 168.2 vs. Jasper McCargo 168.7
Iris Contreras 117 vs. Shurretta Metacalf 113.6
David Douglas 161.6* vs. Jose Gomez 148
Dalia Gomez 118.6 vs. Leesa Daniel 112.8
Jesus Sanchez 142.8 vs. Moris Rodriguez 144.8

*Fight was canceled after Douglas missed weight dramatically.

Venue: Richmond Auditorium, Richmond, CA
Promoter: Squarevision Entertainment
Tickets: SquareWarriors.com

By “Lukie” Lucas Ketelle Luis Garcia 139.4 vs. Julian Bautista 138.6 (Square Warriors Junior Welterweight Title Semi-Final) Eddie Diaz 136.6 …


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Williams defeats Delomba

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In the main event at Twin River Casino, Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 KO’s) defeated Nick Delomba (11-2, 2 KO’s) in the main event on an 11 fight card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield. Williams applied pressure from the opening to the closing bell to earn the regional WBC USNBC Welterweight Title.

Williams dropped Delomba in the first round with a straight right hand. He followed up in the second round by splitting Delomba’s guard and overwhelming him with hooks. In the middle rounds, Delomba’s knees buckled again but survived the round. Late in the fight, it was Williams getting the better of the exchanges.

Delomba showed heart in the final round but Williams was brilliant in taking away Delomba’s strengths the entire contest. Delomba took too much punishment early and it showed later in the fight when he is usually at his best. The final scores were 98-91, and 97-92 (twice). (more…)

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In the main event at Twin River Casino, Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 …


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Hatley sues Don King before title shot

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King thought he had seen it all in this sport, but this is a first for the legendary sports figure. King found himself being sued by his own fighter, super welterweight number one challenger Charles Hatley two weeks before his title shot on April 22 against the WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo.

“I don’t think this has ever happened to me in all the years I’ve been in boxing,” said King. “Charles Hatley comes to me with his lawyer, manager and father and asks me to help him get a title shot. He signs a promoter’s contract and I turn around and land him a mandatory championship fight against Charlo. Charles is the same fighter that couldn’t get a title shot from his previous promoter and I turn around after he comes to me to help him and I deliver a title shot in his first fight back. Here’s a fighter who has won nine straight fights and has a great lifetime record of 26-1-1. I deliver him a title shot and he delivers me papers.” (more…)

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King thought he had seen it all in this sport, but this is a …


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Montreal results 777’ Jukembayev goes 7 to stop Rivera

By Dave Spencer

Stephan Larouche has ventured behind the former Iron Curtain before importing the best Eastern Europe has to offer and walking away with champions, now after conquering with all that Romania has to offer, the veteran Montreal trainer seems to have his eyes set further east and is excelling with a pair of talented undefeated fighters from Kazakhstan, both who were on display Thursday night in Montreal.

Larouche who had champions in Romanian born Leonard Dorin and Lucian Bute along with playing a large part in career of Adrian Diaconu now is the guiding force behind Batyr ‘777’ Jukembayev and Ablaikhan Khussainov, both who posted convincing victories in a small 4 fight card at Club Metropolis Thursday night. The evening was presented by Interbox and Eye of the Tiger Management and had a limited VIP crowd and was more geared to online subscribers who could purchase the card for a very reasonable eight dollars.

After dominating his first eight fights, Jukembayev who had seven stoppages heading in, headlined his first scheduled ten round affair versus grizzled veteran Cosme Rivera (41-24-3) who looked every bit of his forty years. (more…)

By Dave Spencer Stephan Larouche has ventured behind the former Iron Curtain before importing the best Eastern Europe has to …


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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Cristian Mijares 130 vs Tomás Rojas130
Aarón Alameda 118.80 vs Edgar Jiménez 118.80
Yesenia Gómez 110.20 vs Jacky Calvo 110.20
Roberto Ortiz 143 vs Guadalupe Rosales 141.90
Ivan Cano 140.30 vs Jose Luis Aguilar 139

Venue: Gran Oasis Arena
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

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By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Cristian Mijares 130 vs Tomás Rojas130 Aarón Alameda 118.80 vs Edgar Jiménez 118.80 Yesenia …


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Russell-Escandon confirmed for May 20

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will make the second defense of his title when he faces top challenger and interim beltholder Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) Saturday, May 20 in the main event of Showtime Championship Boxing from the recently opened MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Gary Russell: “I’m a gladiator getting ready for a tough battle,” said Russell Jr. “This is going to be a huge night for my family and I’m glad that the time is here. This will be the first time as pros that I get to fight on the same card as both of my little brothers, (unbeaten bantamweight) Gary Antonio and (2016 U.S. Olympian) Gary Antuanne, plus my brother Gary Allan will work all of our corners. We’re excited to get in the ring and show the fans what we’re capable of doing in the ring.”

Oscar Escandon: “I’ve had to wait for this opportunity to face Gary Russell Jr. and I’m going to take full advantage of it. It’s going to be a great fight and I know the fans are going to get their money’s worth. I feel 100 percent healthy and now that the fight is here I am ready to knock him out.”

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will make the second defense of his title when he …


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WBO interim belt at stake only for Williams

The showdown between former WBO jr middleweight champion Liam Smith and undefeated British and WBO Euro titlist Liam Williams will go ahead tomorrow evening at the Manchester Arena. Smith didn’t make the 154lb weight limit and therefore the WBO Interim title will only be on the line for Williams. Should Smith win the contest, the title will remain vacant.

The showdown between former WBO jr middleweight champion Liam Smith and undefeated British and WBO Euro titlist Liam Williams will …


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Lomachenko, Sosa make weight

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Vasly Lomachenko 129.6 vs Jason Sosa 130 (originally 130.2)
Oleksander Gvozdyk 174.2 vs Yunieski Gonzalez 174.8
Mike Hunter 198.0 vs Oleksandr Usyk -199.4
Mike Reed 141.2 vs Reyes Sanchez 141.4
Jesse Hart 168.0 vs Alan Campa 165.6
Egidijus Kavaliausks 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 147.0
Patrick Harris 136.0 vs Omar Garcia 136.6

Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland
TV: HBO

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By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Vasly Lomachenko 129.6 vs Jason Sosa 130 (originally 130.2) …


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WBA 122lb champ Cermeno, Kubo to collide in Japan

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

WBA 122-pound champ Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1NC, 15 KOs), a Venezuelan residing in Panama, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs) on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. We today (Friday) saw a press conference, where each predicted a fine victory. But the veteran titleholder is much more experienced than the challenger, ten years his junior at 27. Though Kubo is an underdog, he has an advantage in height by three inches at 5’9” and in reach by two inches at 71”. Cermeno, making his third defense, has been training so well in Kobe city near Osaka since March 30 that it is reported he has made a good condition, while Kubo is also training lightly to adjust the weight after the press conference. It will be a technical fight since both of them are more skillful rather than powerful. The show will be presented by Shinsei Promotions to be telecast live locally by Kansai TV. photos

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi WBA 122-pound champ Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1NC, 15 KOs), a Venezuelan residing in Panama, will put …


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Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
Stream: Twitter

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WBO jr lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and former WBA champion Jason Sosa pose at Thursday’s final press conference before their HBO clash on Saturday night in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

It’s on! WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has signed on the dotted line Thursday according to the Manila Times to defend the title on July 2 against WBO #2 Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland Australia and he will start training for the fight in the first week of May.

“Senator Manny (Pacquiao) already signed the contract early this week,” Pacquiao’s media relations officer Aquiles Zonio told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday. “Mike Koncz (Pacquiao’s adviser) already informed me that Manny has signed [the contract]. The official training will start in the first week of May and it’s going to be here in Manila because there are still sessions at the Senate.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing It’s on! WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has signed on the dotted line …




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