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Fightnews.com recently announced that ex-IBF titlist Billy Dib (39-3-1. 23 KOs) would be challenging WBC super-feather champ Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs). Dib was next in line to fight #1 IBF ranked Jose Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF title. Now that Dib’s name has been withdrawn, the next available challenger is #6 IBF ranked Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs).
Last Saturday’s clash between WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) and former world champion Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) was a thriller with Kovalev stopping Pascal in round 8 by TKO. Pascal and many others are calling for a rematch but it won’t be the next fight to happen for either boxer. Kovalev has a mandated defense by the IBF against IBF #1 rated Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3-1, 23 KOs) for his next fight. Mohammedi has already stepped aside twice.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sad to report that Australian featherweight Braydon Smith (12-1, 10 KOs) passed away at the age of just 23 in a Brisbane hospital on Monday after losing a ten round decision to Filipino John Vincent Moralde (12-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The popular young boxer and law student was surrounded by family and close friends when life support was turned off at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. Smith is the son of Brendon Smith who guided the career of former WBO champion Michael Katsidis.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (March 17) at noon for the World Middleweight Championship showdown between middleweight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and #2 Rated Challenger Willie Monroe Jr. set for Saturday, May 16 at the Forum. Priced at $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, tickets will be available through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and at the Forum Box Office. “Starting at $30, we’ve priced the tickets very reasonably to give as many fight fans as possible the opportunity to see “The GGG Big Drama Show,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “As his last fight in Los Angeles was sold out, we encourage fans to purchase their tickets early.”
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Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike TV returns with an action-packed doubleheader on Friday, April 24 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago as WBC super middleweight champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) faces off against challenger Badou Jack “The Ripper” (18-1, 12 KOs).
In a second world title bout, WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) defends against Caleb “Golden” Truax (25-1-2, 15 KOs).
Hot Chicago prospect “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez (16-0, 10 KOs) will be part of boxing history as he will be fighting for the vacant USBA Super Middleweight title on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view on May 2nd, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“This is going to be the biggest night in boxing’s history, and the biggest night of my career,” said Jimenez. “I’m honored to be a part of it. The stage doesn’t get any bigger or brighter than this, and I can’t wait to bring the USBA Super Middleweight belt back to Chicago.”
Jimenez will take on fellow undefeated fighter, Jesse Hart (16-0, 13 KOs). The Philadelphia native has won his previous three fights all by knockout or technical knockout. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#3 minimumweight, free-swinging Filipino banger Roque Lauro (13-16-4, only 3 KOs), 110.25, very impressively knocked out a local prospect named Daisuke Hayakawa (8-4, 7 KOs), 110.25, with a vicious body shot at 1:16 of the third round on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. Despite his mediocre mark Lauro, a tiny Filipino, displayed his power-punching ability so that he flattened the local favorite with a single blow. It must be a Punch of the Month since Lauro landed a beautifully-timed lethal counterpunch to the liver, which was reminiscent of Eder Jofre’s wicked body bombardment to Katsutoshi Aoki in 1963, or Alexis Arguello’s eye-catching body shot to Royal Kobayashi in 1975. We have often seen strong counterpunches to the face, but it is rare to watch such a well-timed effective counter to the midsection. It might be a product of timing that such a picturesque knockout happened as the taller and more muscular Hayakawa threw a strong punch to the face but missed it, just when Lauro’s body shot dug into the liver of the loser. The Japanese boy fell in agony to be prone for more than one hundred seconds. It’s a pity that there was no telecast of this spectacular knockout, though this reporter was very eager to watch and review it again.
Promoter: Matsuda Promotions.
This past Friday it was announced that Boxcino 2014 Middleweight champion Willie Monroe Jr. has accepted the challenge and will fight WBA/IBO and WBC Interim Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood,California.
The event will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Monroe of Rochester, New York earned the opportunity on the strength of his three wins in the 2014 Boxcino Middleweight tournament and a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vera on January 16.
“On May 16, I will shock the world,” said Monroe. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Winfried Mausolf
The weekend after unified WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev’s spectacular performance against Jean Pascal, WBA “regular” light heavyweight beltholder Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) will be looking to show the world his credentials to be called world champion.
The 36-year-old Braehmer will be making his fourth defense of his WBA title against countryman Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Braehmer, who hasn’t lost since 2008, also previously held the WBO world title for two fights, but was stripped after three consecutive title defenses fell through. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s take on Mayweather-Pacquiao has generated 1,725,027 YouTube views as of this morning.
Unbeaten cruiserweight and former amateur star Imre Szelo moved to 5-0, 3 KOs with a third round stoppage over durable Georgian Shalva Jomardashvili (40-12-2, 31 KOs) on Saturday night in front of almost 2,000 hometown fans in the sold out Gal Jozsef Sporthall in Cegled, Hungary. Jomardashvili is known in Hungary as on his previous visit he went the distance with former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei for the WBO European title.
WBO #3 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak advanced his record to 24-1, 8 KOs when Nicaraguan opponent Arnoldo Solano (14-4, 0 KOs) got disqualified because he was unwilling to fight. After two warnings the referee had seen enough and stopped it. Apparently Solano thought this was a running event. (more…)
The theme for this Friday’s Telemundo main event is ‘Civil War.’ Former WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City will take on countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-4, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in the headliner.
Hernandez is well known and popular with the Telemundo viewing audience. This will actually be his ninth appearance on a Telemundo show. In his last televised appearance on the network, he upset Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-2-2, 13 KOs) by way of fifth round KO.
Casillas dropped a competitive decision to David Carmona in his last televised fight on the network and is coming off a win in December. Casillas vows that he has made the necessary adjustments to be successful this time around. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Bosslady Promotions LLC. will make its debut on Saturday April 4th inside the ballroom at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Following a breakout 2014 in which he earned national TV wins on ESPN & HBO Latino, New Haven, Connecticut’s own Luis Rosa (18-0, 8 KOs) will meet tough Mexican veteran Ernesto Guerrero (17-15, 13 KOs) in the eight round super bantamweight main event.
In the six round co-feature, welterweight Edwin Soto (9-2-2, 4 KOs) will make his return to the ring after a 9 month layoff as he takes on veteran Shakha Moore (11-20-3, 2 KOs) in a battle of two Connecticut fighters. (more…)
Undisputed UFC® featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor will embark on a world press tour spanning eight cities in five countries over the course of 12 days to promote their upcoming championship bout at UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR on Saturday, July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The co-main event featuring newly cemented welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and the division’s No. 2 contender Rory MacDonald will also make appearances on the tour . . click here for more
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Unbeaten heavyweight Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) is the new IBF Intercontinental champion after hammering out a twelve round unanimous decision over Johan Duhaupas (31-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alte Reithalle in Stuttgart, Germany. Scores were 116-111, 115-112, 116-111. More than 400 fans packed the intimate venue for the fight card promoted by Z!-Promotion. The matchmaker was Hagen Doering, formerly with Sauerland Event.
Sebastian Real D10 Vasilij Sarbayev (light heavyweight)
Franz Rill W8 Gabriel Enguema (heavyweight)
Christian Lewandowski KO1 Branislav Plavsic (heavyweight)
Dennis Lewandowski W4 Aleksandar Aksentijevic (heavyweight)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Daniel Bahari passed away today after suffering from a heart attack at his house in Bali, Indonesia. Bahari (67) was well known for promoting former WBA featherweight champion Chris John in his earlier fights, including the first classy show in Indonesia, Derrick Gainer vs Chris John for John’s WBA title in Jakarta back in 2005.
The Bahari family became famous for their boxing exploits in the 1990s. Daniel Bahari’s eldest son Pino Bahari became Asian amateur champion. His brother Nemo Bahari was a 1996 Olympian. The third son, Daudy Bahari, is a former PABA champion with a pro record of 44-4-1, 16 KOs.
Five years ago, Daniel “Papa” Bahari underwent heart bypass surgery in Malaysia.
Montreal coverage of Sergey Kovalev’s victory over Jean Pascal.
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Martin Scorsese will direct a biopic about Mike Tyson.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Looking strong, quick and precise, former multi-divisonal champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (54-4-2, 39KO) won a wide unanimous decision over Filipino Rogelio Jun “Hercules” Doliguez (19-3-2, 14KO) in the ten round ten main event to keep his title aspirations alive in the featherweight division. The fight was televised live in Mexico by the Azteca channel and presented by Zanfer Promotions as part of a fifteen-bout fight card.
The former super flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight world champion Montiel had one seven straight since losing to Victor Terrazas back in late 2011 in a bid for the WBC Silver 122 pound title while Doliguez is no stranger to Tijuana since it was in the city where he suffered his first loss as a pro to the unheralded Gabriel Piña of Ensenada in April of 2014. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian featherweight Braydon Smith (12-1, 10 KOs) is fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital after losing a ten round decision to Filipino John Vincent Moralde (12-0, 6 KOs) over ten rounds with the WBC Asian Continental title up for grabs on Saturday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The unbeaten 20-year-old Moralde was awarded the decision by scores 99-91, 98-92, 97-93.
Smith, who is a fourth year Law student, was rushed to the hospital after feeling unwell in his dressing room. He is the son of Brendon Smith who guided the career of former WBO champion Michael Katsidis.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Popular undefeated Waldorf, MD super lightweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed continued his impressive pro campaign with a second-round TKO of veteran Edgar Soto of Pawtucket, RI Saturday night in front of packed house at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. The bout was the main event of the Keystone Boxing -promoted card. Reed, a Top Rank Promotions signee, used fast hands to drop Soto twice in the first round then sent Soto to his knees with a minute to go in the second round before the bout was stopped at 2:10.
“He was used to fighting slower guys at 147,” Reed told Fightnews. “I have extremely fast hands for someone at 140 so he had some difficulty with that.”
Reed is now 13-0, seven KO’s while Soto falls to 12-8, four KO’s. (more…)
On the night of an exciting event in Dallas, Texas the UFC announced its return to the Lone Star State, as the promotion will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Houston with UFC 192 at Toyota Center on Saturday, October 3. . . click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
In a great fight, female super flyweight Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6 KOs) scored a split decision over Mariana “Barby” Juarez (40-8-3, 17 KOs) to claim the WBC female international title on Saturday night at the Explanada de la Delegaxion in Naucalpan, México State. Scores were 97-93, 98-93 for Fujioka and 96-94 for Juarez.
WBC silver bantamweight champion Julio “Pollito” Ceja (29-1, 26 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Oscar Blanquet (32-10-1, 23 KOs) to move a step closer to a world title opportunity. Blanquet dropped his sixth straight.
In his Promociones del Pueblo debut, formerly world rated super middleweight Marco Antonio Peribán (20-3-1, 13 KOs) took a six round unanimous decision against Octavio “Tayo” Castro (16-15-2, 10 KOs). The win broke a 0-3-1 streak for Periban dating back two years.
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
The classic rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico continued Saturday night at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas with super bantamweight Luis Orlando Del Valle and light flyweight Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta winning their respective bouts by knockout.
Del Valle (18-2, 13 KOs) went to war against Roberto Castañeda (21-9-1. 15 KOs). By the third chapter there was an accidental clash of heads where Del Valle came out with a cut on his nose. ‘Orlandito’ never left his fight plan and continued to punish an exhausted Castañeda. By the eight round Del Valle landed a brutal right hand that ended the fight. It was Castañeda’s first bout in Caguas since his controversial loss to Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez.
Acosta improved his record to 10-0, 10 KOs against Armando Vazquez (23-14-1, 6 KOs). During the very first round Acosta began implementing his pace and strength during the initial minutes exchanging heavy blows but taking the best part of a fiery encounter. The end came at 2:41. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tommy Oosthuizen out boxed Ryno Liebenberg over 12 rounds to win on a split decision and claim the vacant IBO light-heavyweight belt at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. The southpaw Oosthuizen won with scores of 117-111 on the cards of Deon Dwarte and Ace Makaluza, but judge Simon Xamlashe was way of the mark with a score of 115-113 for Liebenberg. A confident Oosthuizen looked in excellent condition as he boxed through twelve sessions without fading in the later rounds as he has done in recent fights.
After a quiet opening round a confident Oosthuizen, a former IBO super-middleweight champion, showed speed and outstanding footwork, and was still up on his toes right through. Liebenberg never really got into the fight as he chased his more experienced, bigger and taller opponent around the ring with very little effect. Referee Grzegorz Molenda from Poland cautioned Liebenberg a few times for coming in low with his head and also hitting behind the neck in the clinches.
Oosthuizen (79kg) improved his record to 25-0-2; 14 and Liebenberg (79.36kg) dropped to 16-2; 11. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round TKO over former world champion Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Both fighters came out firing hard shots trying to end it. Kovalev rocked Pascal in round three with Pascal falling into the ropes. Referee Luis Pabon gave a count right to Pascal right before the bell. Pascal landed some big shots in round four. It was a fire fight in the fifth and sixth. Kovalev outworked Pascal in round seven. Kovalev rocked Pascal in round eight, and after Kovalev connected with two huge right hands Pabon waved it off. Time was 1:03.
“How it started I didn’t like,” said Kovalev afterward. “After the fourth round I gained control. He was mine after that. He got me a couple good punches. It’s boxing.”
[On a potential fight with WBC champ Adonis Stevenson] “I am ready for anything.”
[On the possibility of a rematch with Pascal] I am ready for any fights. “If my promoter says I fight Jean Pascal again, I will fight him.” (more…)
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