Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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

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

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Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

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Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz announcement imminent

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

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

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Parker sought government funding the the Ruiz vs Parker to be held in New Zealand but that application was later withdrawn.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

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


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Pacquiao-Vargas undercard pics

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




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Yildirim responds to Hyppolite provocation

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

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

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


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Mannyfist Destiny

By Bill Dwyre

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

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

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

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

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


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Schiller vows to make Yildirim his “toy”

This Saturday (November 5th) WBC #4 rated supermiddleweight contender Avni Yildirim and #7 Schiller Hyppolite collide in Munich for the vacant WBC Silver International Championship.
The winner of this fight will make a giant step toward a possible world title fight next year. Hyppolite who has Haitian roots and fights out of Montreal, Canada, showed great confidence after arriving in Germany and proved that his first name was given to him for a reason.
Like Friedrich Schiller, one of the greatest German poets and philosophers in the 18th century, the Canadian Schiller is also very good with words.

“I can’t wait to meet Mr. Yildirim”, said Hyppolite. “It’s gonna be a really good fight. I will have really nice fun with him. I’m gonna play with him. He’s gonna be my toy.”

Yildirim vs. Hyppolite is the main event of a big card promoted by Ahmet Oner (ARENA) in association with Alexander Petkovic (Petko’s Box-Promotion) which also features the Female Middleweight Unification bout between WBO Champion Christina Hammer and WBC Champ Kali Reis.

Sky Germany will broadcast the event live on Pay-Per-View.

This Saturday (November 5th) WBC #4 rated supermiddleweight contender Avni Yildirim and #7 Schiller Hyppolite collide in Munich for the …


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Browne: Haye ducked Briggs

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #5 Lucas ” Big Daddy” Browne is looking forward to challenging WBA #8
Shannon Briggs for the vacant WBA regular title before December 31 and also mentions WBA #6 David Haye has avoided Briggs and the Briggs vs. Browne WBA title bout could happen in Australia, the USA, England or China.

“Just in regards to the UK fans, it’s good that I can actually fight someone like Shannon Briggs that David Haye has avoided,” said Browne. “I know that David Haye said that if he did fight on his undercard and win, then he would fight him. I believe he has ducked him because he’s too dangerous, but here I am fighting Shannon Briggs now.

“From my point of view, I think it’s going to be an all-out war, two big boys, ready to bang and stand there, to give the crowd a good fight. As far as I’m aware, it has to be before December 31. Other than that, it’s all up in the air. Obviously it’s the first day. I would love to have it here in Australia. I’ve been speaking to Shannon as well and he has no problem with coming to Australia. The only thing obviously is the money value. We need someone to come across with some dollars to back it up. There still is the chance of it going to America, possibly UK, even China. There are a few options there.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA #5 Lucas ” Big Daddy” Browne is looking forward to challenging WBA …



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WBO #10 Okada keeps Japanese 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBO #10 Hiroki Okada (14-0, 10 KOs), 141, retained his Japanese 140-pound belt as he had a tough time coping with Valentine Hosokawa (20-6-3, 9 KOs), 139.5, but kept outjabbing and outscoring the game challenger to win a unanimous nod (98-92 twice, 99-91) in ten gory rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

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Okada made a good start, utilizing faster jabs to the onrushing opponent. Hosokawa, making his third attempt to win the belt, turned loose to pin the champ to the ropes with busy but less accurate combinations to the face and midsection. Okada sustained a gash over the left eyebrow in round four, and it became worsened as the contest progressed. Valentine, who also had a cut caused by the champ’s punches, accelerated his attack and kept stalking the fast footworker in the sixth and seventh, but Hiroki retaliated with more effective combos down the stretch.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO #10 Hiroki Okada (14-0, 10 KOs), 141, retained his Japanese 140-pound …


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Helenius opponent named: Gonzalo Omar Basile

Hard hitting heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1–0) will face Argentinian veteran Gonzalo Omar Basile (68–11–0) in a 12 round fight at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland on December 17th. 32 years old Helenius, who suffered his first defeat against Frenchman Johann Duhaupas in April, returned to the ring with a bang in September as he destroyed Kazakh-born Konstantin Airich (23–17–2) in one round. Now he is fighting his way back to the top level once more.

“My main goal is to win the world championship, of course,” said the determined Finn in press conference held in Helsinki, Finland.

The event, titled “All In”, will also host three championship fights, as Edis Tatli defends his EBU lightweight belt, women’s WBC super featherweight world champion Eva Wahlström puts her title on the line and hot prospect Niklas Räsänen aims to claim the EU super middleweight crown. All three fighters hail from Finland. (more…)

Hard hitting heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1–0) will face Argentinian veteran Gonzalo Omar Basile (68–11–0) in a …


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Alvarez-Dabrowski: Like screenplay from Rocky

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“This is like the screenplay from a “Rocky” movie. Hard working, tough as nails brawler gets his chance on the world stage,” says Tomek Turkowski, manager of Norbert “Noras” Dabrowski (19-5, 7 KO), who accepted a clash against #1 WBC rated Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KO) at the Casino de Montreal on December 10. Alvarez- Dabrowski will be the 50th event presented by GYM at the Montreal Casino. “Alvarez is a world-class fighter, but there’s only winning on my mind. Hard work doesn’t scare me. No matter what the outcome, fans will see 100 percent effort, the best I can be in Montral” – said Dabrowski, when talking to polsatsport.pl.

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

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By Przemek Garczarczyk “This is like the screenplay from a “Rocky” movie. Hard working, tough as nails brawler gets his …


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Pacquiao-Vargas Final Press Conference

Former multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas faced off at the final press conference before their PPV showdown on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao: I thought I wouldn’t see you again, but now I’m here to continue my journey and all I can say for this fight is I respect Vargas and his team, how dedicated they are. I feel what he’s feeling right now because I’ve been there when I was 27 years old, 28 years old, and how hungry I was. What I’m thinking when I prepared for this fight was I have to make sure I’m in condition, work hard even though I’m working in the office. It’s not easy being a senator working in the office and being a boxer while you’re training. It’s hard, but it’s a good thing when you are happy and enjoying it.

Jessie Vargas: I had a great training camp. This has been my best to date. I’m very happy with my team, they’re bringing out the best in me. I said before my last fight and we’re planning on outdoing that performance. We’re looking stronger, faster, we’ve over-exceeded every aspect in training when it comes to speed, power, intelligence in the ring, ring savvy. We have a strong hook, we have a strong right, either way. If he wants to sneak over to the right we’ll catch him there, if he wants to sneak over to the left we’ll get him there. So we’re ready. I can’t be any more ready than this.

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Former multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas faced off at the final press conference before …



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Q&A: Sergey Kovalev

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Yesterday, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) held an open workout for members of the media in advance of his upcoming “Pound For Pound” showdown on November 19 against Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Also in attendance were Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) who will take on James “The King” De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs) for the WBA Continental Americas Middleweight Title and Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) who will face Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) for the NABF Light Heavyweight Title on the Kovalev-Ward HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev:
“I’m excited and everything is going good. I’m waiting for this day, November 19, and I am ready to fight.”

“I don’t have anything personal about him (Ward). I should to win this fight, I only have to prove (to) myself who I am. I am fighting for me first of all, and after this really for boxing fans. This is my boxing career since 11 years old and right now Andre Ward (is) in my way. And he wants to get my titles but I’m still alive.” (more…)

Photos: Craig Bennett/Main Events Yesterday, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) held …


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Q&A: Steve “Superman” Bujaj

Undefeated cruiserweight Steve “Superman” Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of Westchester, N.Y., chimes in before his important 10-round bout with fellow unbeaten Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 3 KOs, 0-1-1 in the World Series of Boxing), of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the middle match of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader this Friday, Nov. 4, from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Here is What Bujaj said:

What do you know about Bejenaru and what are your thoughts going in?

“I know he’s undefeated, 11-0 and a lefty, but I don’t believe he’s on my level. I think I’m a different class fighter and will be able to show it on Friday.”

What kind of fight do you expect?

“I don’t really have any expectations. When I get in there, I make my adjustments, and then I start breaking him down.”

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Undefeated cruiserweight Steve “Superman” Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of Westchester, N.Y., chimes in before his important 10-round bout with fellow …


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Garcia prepares for homecoming fight

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

WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 32-0, 18 KOs, continued preparations for his 10-round non-title bout against Samuel Vargas, 25-2-1, 13 KOs, with an open media workout at his DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Garcia, the former unified 140-pound champion, won the WBC belt at 147 pounds in January, and looks forward to a unification fight with WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman early next year.

That big fight loomed heavy over the media workout, with most of the press focused on the proposed anticipated March 4th match. However, Garcia must first tackle Vargas, a tough Canada-based Columbian fighter who is trained by Philadelphian Billy Briscoe. It will be Garcia’s first hometown fight since 2010.

Despite clearly having Thurman on his mind too, Garcia sounded ready to put first thing’s first and keep his sights fixed on Vargas.

“I’ve got tunnel vision,” Garcia said. “In this sport, you can’t overlook nobody. So, my job is to handle business on November 12th first. And then we can talk about Thurman.” (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb / dcobbjr.com WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 32-0, 18 KOs, …


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Oscar Valdez poised for first title defense

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico is set to take on mandatory challenger Japan’s Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KO’s) of Osaka, Japan Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card live on Pay Per View.

“I am excited for this fight. I am looking at this fight like if I am the challenger and I want to keep that mentality to do my best and win the fight,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com “I am ready for my first title defense but I am still training like I am trying to win that title,” Valdez added.

Photo: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
Photo: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank

Working under trainer Manny Robles this will be their fight defending the title as the duo held camp at the Rock Gym in Carson, California.

“I don’t know if Manny likes me or hates me at times,” Oscar Valdez said about his trainer and camp. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico is set to take on …



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Molina stands in the way of Joshua-Klitschko

The WBA has officially sanctioned a battle between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko for the spring of 2017 for the Super title – but only if Joshua successfully defends his IBF world heavyweight title against Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena on December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on SHOWTIME in the US.

“It’s been an arduous wait to gain official approval but we were delighted to receive the news that the WBA will officially sanction the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA super title,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “We will now move forward with Bernd Boente and Team Klitschko in planning the date and venue knowing that victory against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10 is more important than ever.”

The WBA has officially sanctioned a battle between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko for the spring of 2017 for …


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WBA clears up heavyweight title situation: Briggs-Browne, Klitschko-Joshua sanctioned

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA regular heavyweight championship
Shannon Briggs will face Lucas Browne on or before December 31. The winner must immediately face Fres Oquendo as a mandatory defense within 120 days.

“I just got confirmation that I am fighting Shannon Briggs so 100% I am fighting Shannon Briggs,” said Browne. “I don’t know where and I don’t know when. That all I know for now. I will keep you posted. It’s all on.”

WBA super heavyweight championship
A special permit is granted for Wladimir Klitschko to face Anthony Joshua for the vacant title formerly held by Tyson Fury.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA regular heavyweight championship Shannon Briggs will face Lucas Browne on or before …


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WBC #1 light heavy Alvarez returns Dec 10

The “Gym 2016-2017 Boxing Series” at the Montreal Casino Cabaret will host its second card of the 2016 season and 50th since 2004 on Saturday, December 10. World Boxing Council (WBC) silver champion and WBC #1 light heavyweight contender, Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) will face Norbert “Noras” Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs) in the main event.

“I am happy to come back to the Montreal Casino, where I had my first three pro fights,” Alvarez said. “I asked my team to keep me active and to also evaluate what I do well and what I do badly against southpaws. I want to be fully ready for Adonis Stevenson and become the first Colombian light heavyweight champion of the world!,”

This coming fight will most likely be Alvarez’ last outing before fighting Stevenson, the WBC light heavyweight world champion in 2017.

The “Gym 2016-2017 Boxing Series” at the Montreal Casino Cabaret will host its second card of the 2016 season and …


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Q&A: Jimmy Herrera

Jimmy “The Truth” Herrera is accustomed to entering the ring as an underdog. The Chicago native is experienced in fighting favored prospects and contenders on the road and has had an inordinate success in these types of matchups, having defeated unbeaten prospects in four of his last nine fights.

So don’t expect Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs) to be in awe of his opponent, former Ukraine amateur standout and rising star, Taras Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) when they meet this Friday, Nov. 4, in the 10-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif. (more…)

Jimmy “The Truth” Herrera is accustomed to entering the ring as an underdog. The Chicago native is experienced in fighting …


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Pacquiao, Vargas Grand Arrivals

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas made their Grand Arrivals on Tuesday at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas made their Grand Arrivals on Tuesday at Wynn Las …


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Andre Ward photos and quotes

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On Monday, October 31, 2016, Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in a media workout in Hayward, California ahead of his pound-for-pound showdown against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs). Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Ward put on a full workout session for the media in attendance, consisting of a series of shadow boxing, heavy bag, double end bag, speed bag and then stretching. Also on hand were youths from Camp Sweeney, Alameda County Probation Department’s residential facility in San Leandro, whom Ward spent time speaking with following the workout. (more…)

Photo: Khristopher Sandifer/Roc Nation Sports On Monday, October 31, 2016, Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated …


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Joshua-Molina set: ‘Just watch me’ says Molina

By Przemek Garczarczyk

It’s official. Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) is set to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against Eric “The Drummer Boy” Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on Showtime in the U.S.

“When it comes to fighting Joshua, many of his opponents were done long before they stepped into ring,” said Molina “’He hits harder than Wilder!,’ he’s this, he’s that. They weren’t ready mentally for Joshua or not ready for the event. I’ve never had this kind of problem. I was slugging with Wilder in his home state, in Alabama. I was fighting Adamek in front of 15,000 fans in Poland. I proved my mental strength before, and I will prove it again in Manchester!” (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk It’s official. Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) is set to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against …


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Charlo-Williams Purse Bid cancelled

The Purse Bid scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2016 for the IBF Jr. Middleweight Championship mandatory defense fight between Champion Jermall Charlo and #1, Julian Williams has been cancelled. Both sides have agreed the fight will take place on December 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

The Purse Bid scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2016 for the IBF Jr. Middleweight Championship mandatory defense fight between Champion …


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Unbeaten super featherweights clash Friday

Friday night in Las Vegas on the eve of Pacquiao-Vargas, unbeaten super featherweights Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) and Andy Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) collide in a ten round battle for the WBC Continental Americas title at Treasure Island Casino, UniMas will televise nationally. All seats are $50.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight meets Alex Saucedo (22-0, 14 KOs) meets Ray Serrano (21-3, 9 KOs) in an eight round bout.

In another notable bout, unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart (20-0, 16 KOs) faces Andrew Hernandez (15-4-1, 6 KOs) in a ten round clash for the NABF, NABO and USBA titles. (more…)

Friday night in Las Vegas on the eve of Pacquiao-Vargas, unbeaten super featherweights Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) and Andy …


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Senator Manny Pacquiao: Still Campaigning

By Bill Dwyre

Boxing is the great worm in the world of sports. Sever the tail and the main body keeps squirming. Chop it into four pieces and all four wiggle off somewhere, waiting to regroup.

We are now a few days away from yet another Manny Pacquiao fight, and regrouping is coming to pass.

A big cloud formed over the sport when Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fought a stinker a year and a half ago. That made it easy for fringe fans to say, “See, I told you so,” and walk away. Mayweather, both controversial and supremely skilled, has retired and actually stuck to that — for the moment. There are no longer any Klitschkos in the heavyweight division, nor anything else there worth goosebumps. HBO and Showtime are watching their budgets for fight telecasts a bit more carefully and MMA and UFC, for reasons inexplicable to normal thinking people, thrive at the expense of boxing. (more…)

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Fox-Rodriguez Bout Headlines November 5 card in Maryland

By Gary “Digital” Williams

An all-Beltway super lightweight contest is the featured attraction on the Kings Promotions card that will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.

Undefeated Kings Promotions signee Mykal “The Professor” Fox of Forestville, MD will battle Haymarket, VA’s Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez in an eight-round contest. Fox (11-0, three KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO over Somner Martin on August 19 in Crystal City, VA. Fox is the younger brother of undefeated super middleweight prospect Alantez “SlyAza” Fox. Rodriguez (6-5-1, five KO’s) has lost three in a row including a six-round unanimous decision loss to Anthony Young on April 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams An all-Beltway super lightweight contest is the featured attraction on the Kings Promotions card that will …


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Andre Ward’s easy-going, working hard

By Robert Hough

Andre “S.O.G.”Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) was relaxed and quick to smile Monday – before a serious, sweat-drenched workout.

“Fighting three times this year, I’m in a great rhythm,” Ward said before an hour’s hard work on the heavy bag and speed bag. “We’re working as hard as ever, don’t get me wrong, but having had two fights this year, I felt like I was getting right into it almost immediately.”

Photo: Bob Hough
Photo: Bob Hough

Ward is set to face WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. (more…)

By Robert Hough Andre “S.O.G.”Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) was relaxed and quick to smile Monday – before a serious, sweat-drenched …


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Jessie Vargas: I don’t get easy fights

By Miguel Maravilla

Two-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas will have the biggest fight of his career when he takes on eight-division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on Pay Per View. We spoke to Vargas as he talked to us about his upcoming fight with Pacquiao and more.

“I know that I’m the underdog in this fight but what’s changed?” Jessie Vargas told Fightnews.com “Come Nov 5th I will prove you wrong. You will be surprised by my performance.”

Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

This was the second camp for Vargas under trainer Dewey Cooper as Vargas has been guided by various trainers in the past which include Oscar De La Hoya’s first trainer Robert Alcazar, former world champions Roger Mayweather, Roy Jones Jr., and Erik Morales. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Two-division world champion and current WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas will …


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Boxing Results from Dearborn, Michigan.

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

When a scheduled dozen fights reduced to six and four of those six are little more than walkovers, it doesn’t bode well for an evening of boxing. Sunday night at the Dearborn Entertainment Center, Promoter Eddie Jaafar of Jaafar Promotions was defensive at the end of the evening, but also indignant: “I guess they really don’t want boxing here in Michigan,” he railed. He was referring to the “good fights” that he had put together, but were killed by the State’s demands that the boxers’ tests were not in order.

At least Jaafar had professional fighters lined up–unlike the undercard of a show in Flint the month before in which five of the six boxers involved were MMA “fighters,” not real boxers.

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At least the stench of the undercard had wafted away with the final two bouts of the evening. In the six-round main-go, Monroe’s DeAndre Ware, 168, easily kept his undefeated skein going at eight wins with a shutout over a game, but outgunned Troy Artis, 3-7-1, New York. (more…)

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder When a scheduled dozen fights reduced to six and four of those six are …


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The 12th Round: WBC Annual Convention – Closing of a Great Year in Boxing

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

Last week was very special, I visited my son Jose who is studying in high school at the Tabor Academy in Massachusetts and got to spend a magical day with him. He is growing into building his future with the dreams of a Sulaiman! He was elected class President, is playing football and is doing great in class. Driving back to Logan airport and watching the beauty of the leaves as Fall arrives made me remember my school days. Those three years at Winchendon School were the best of my life. As much as it hurts to know my son is away from home, I know it is the best for him and his future.

I flew from Boston to New York to be present at a memorable event. The presentation of the Tag Heuer “Muhammad Ali” commemorative watch. It was at the legendary Gleason´s Gym and Mr Jean Claude Biver’s leadership brought together some boxing greats like Evander Holyfield, George Chuvalo, Earnie Shavers, JC Chavez, Roberto Duran and even Tom Brady joined the group to honor Lonnie Ali who is the first lady of boxing. A unique gold watch was produced and auctioned and a check for $120,000 USD was presented to the Muhammad Ali center. I was so happy to be with Mustafa Hamsho who fought Hagler twice, Mark Breland, Alicia Napoleon, Iran Barkley, Alicia Ashley and so many more friends of the boxing community who gathered together for this special event.

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By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son Last week was very special, I visited my son Jose who …


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Parker vs Ruiz update

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO#1 heavyweight Joseph Parker is totally focused for his WBO championship title bout against WBO#3 Andy Ruiz. There is no certainty if the world title contest will be in New Zealand or the USA. Parker’s promoter

Duco Events founder David Higgins said “I spoke to Joseph and he says it’s the best camp he’s had to date. He’s in a really good head space, he’s not worried about any of this.

“Joseph Parker is very mentally tough, it’s one of his major strengths. He just gets on with the job in hand which is training.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO#1 heavyweight Joseph Parker is totally focused for his WBO championship title bout …


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Pacquiao: It’s very important for me to win convincingly to prove I still belong here

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Eight division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is days away from his next fight where he will take on WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. We caught up with Pacquiao to ask questions about his upcoming fight with Vargas.

“It’s good to be fighting and it’s very important for me to win convincingly to prove I still belong here,” Manny Pacquiao told Fightnews.com. “It’s a big motivation for me and I plan on doing my best. My plan for this fight is to make the fans happy,” Pacquiao added.

Pacquiao arrived 2 weeks ago in Los Angeles as he resumed camp at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California with his longtime Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Eight division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, …


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Q&A: Taras Shelestyuk, Shane Mosley

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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Promising unbeaten 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will make his main event debut when he faces upset-minded Jimmy Herrera in the 10-round featured attraction of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader this Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.

A 5-foot-10 up-and-coming rising star, Shelestyuk, of Los Angeles, is ranked No. 9 by the WBO and No. 13 in the WBA. Shelestyuk, who is making his second ShoBox start, averaged 85 punches a round en route to winning his ShoBox debut with a 10-round division over Aslanbek Kozaev on Nov. 6, 2015.

The dedicated, hard-working Shelestyuk, who is trained by Eric Brown and spars a few days a week with former world champion Shane Mosley, at Wild Card West in Santa Monica, Calif., possesses solid skills, movement and punching power. (more…)

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Promising unbeaten 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will …


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Manuel Mendez ready for Vitor Freitas

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Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions

Hard-hitting lightweight prospect Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs) makes his U.S. television debut against unbeaten Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 6 KOs) this Friday, Nov. 4, from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Freitas vs. Mendez is scheduled for eight rounds and kicks off a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Mendez, who is trained by the well-regarded Joel Diaz, is putting the finishing touches on a training camp that saw him spar against former world champions Victor Ortiz, Ruslan Provodnikov and elite prospect Vergil Ortiz. (more…)

Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions Hard-hitting lightweight prospect Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs) makes his U.S. television debut against unbeaten Vitor …




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