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When former world champion Anthony Mundine (44-4, 26 KOs) faces IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (28-1, 15 KOs) on January 30 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, he claims he’ll be fighting the judges as well as Geale and his team due to promoter Gary Shaw’s relationship with the IBF. “They’ve got a big connection to the IBF,” Mundine stated. “Gary Shaw’s a big influence on the world of boxing, not just in America. The only way this boy can beat me is if they rob me!”
Shaw today responded to Mundine’s allegations. “Anthony Mundine is coming up with every excuse on why he’s going to lose his fight with Daniel. This obviously shows me he is lacking confidence in his ability to beat Geale. Just because I promote shows internationally, doesn’t mean I’m always on the winning end of each fight. This man is clearly delusional and I believe reality is starting to set in about Geale being a different fighter this time around. He knows he’s in for a long night.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions
Juan Manuel Marquez performed his public workout Wednesday showing his confidence and motivation to hundreds of media in the Romanza Gym in Mexico City for his fourth bout against the Manny Pacquiao on December 8 at the MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez is in great physical condition, has no weight problems, and is focued on winning.
“We’ve done a lot of preparation and we know how to fight Pacquiao and how to win,” said Marquez. “I’m convinced that we were superior in the past but the judges said otherwise. Now we are going for a victory that leaves room for doubt. A resounding victory. We are going for the knockout to make it clear once and for all who is better.
“I’ll be faster, more explosive and more aggressive. I’ll be much better than a year ago. Pacquiao can say whatever he wants. I’ll be 100% prepared to knock him out and offer another great fight to the boxing fans.”
IBO light heavyweight champion Andrzej Fonfara is making big plans for 2013 following his seventh round stoppage of Tommy Karpency this past Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It was thought at first that Fonfara may have broken his right hand in the first round, but following a full doctor’s exam, medical reports indicate no broken bones and “The Polish Prince” is expected to return to action in the first quarter of 2013. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Young Indonesian flyweight Okson Palue (born as Okson Edison Ingamiua) died today five days after a non-televised eight-round fight with Gerry Dio Toisuta in Kupang City, Indonesia. Both fighters were involved in a short distance trading punches during the match which ended as a draw. After the match everything looked OK. Palue supported his stablemate Tommy Seran who defended his WBO Asia Pacific light flyweight title against Philippines’ Fernando Ocon before suddenly he fell down complaining about a foot cramp. The doctors on duty immediately handled Palue, and brought him to the nearest hospital. After awhile at the hospital, Palue felt OK, and insisted to return home. On Monday morning Palue again complained about the pain on one of his legs, so he was rushed to the hospital and stayed in the hospital until the sad news spread up on Wednesday morning. There’s not yet any official information about the cause of his death. “We’re all sad about this incident. At this moment, we’re trying to compile all necessary documents in order to claim to the insurance company,” said Syarifudin Lado, the matchmaker of the show, as quoted by pp-pertina.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Update #2: Wednesday night it became known that Camacho still has brain activity (3-4%) and doctors are not making a diagnosis of brain death for now. Further EEGs are planned for tomorrow and a 9:30 AM press conference has been scheduled. Unofficially a decision has apparently been made that in the event of Camacho’s death his organs will not be donated.
UPDATE #1: An electroencephalogram (EEG) has been administered to former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho to measure the electrical activity of the brain. Results are expected this afternoon. Camacho is in a “deep coma” and requires artificial respiration to breath. His mother has arrived at the hospital and she would make any final decisions.
From Puerto Rico sources report that former world champion Hector “El Macho” Camacho remains in critical condition in the Rio Piedras Medical Center after being shot Tuesday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Adding to the complications, Camacho suffered a heart attack at about 4:15am this morning and doctors called his brain activity “rather low.” It is hoped that his fitness from being a professional athlete will help pull him through.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Undefeated Pawel Kolodziej (30-0, 17 KOs) injured his ankle during training and unfortunately has to withdraw from IBF cruiserweight title elimination fight against Philadelphia Garrett Wilson (13-5, 7 KOs),” said CEO of Knockout Promotions, Andrew Wasilewski in a brief statement. The fight was scheduled for December 8 in Katowice, Poland, with the winner facing current IBF titleholder Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs).
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko could be facing a steady diet of Team Sauerland fighters in 2013 as the German promotional firm has a lock on the mandatory position in the WBA, IBF and WBO. Wlad’s mandatory challenger in the WBA is Alexander Povetkin, the WBA “regular champion. Kubrat Pulev is rated #1 by the IBF and Robert Helenius has leap-frogged into the WBO’s #1 slot from the #13 position after his decision win over Sherman “Tank” Williams. The IBO doesn’t require mandatory defenses.
Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions announced today that they have partnered on a new boxing series which will feature at least four annual live boxing events at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The new series will bring “top-notch” professional boxing action to the BB&T Center with each event featuring a guest appearance by a boxing legend.
“We are thrilled and honored to partner with an incredible athlete and entrepreneur such as Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions,” said SSE President Michael R. Yormark. “We believe that together we can take live professional boxing to the next level in South Florida.”
“At Golden Boy Promotions we are committed to bringing boxing to fight fans across the country and this new partnership is further proof of this,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. “South Florida has traditionally been a hotbed for boxing and we are excited to have a new home with Michael Yormark and the BB&T Center.”
The date, main event and undercard fights, guest boxing legend and single event ticket information for the series’ inaugural event will be announced shortly.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) and former two-time world champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) faced off Tuesday afternoon at the J.W Marriot Hotel at L.A Live in downtown Los Angeles at the final press conference for their welterweight title fight on Saturday at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Starting it off at Tuesday’s press conference was the Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya welcoming everyone in attendance as we are days away from Thanksgiving and fight night. “This is a special treat we have special fighters who will put everything on the line this event will be an exciting event,” De la Hoya said.
“It has been a long time coming. We have been going through a lot of trials and tribulations,” Berto said. “I am excited. I have had a tremendous training camp. I’m in the best shape in my life. I am focused. I want to thank the Guerrero team for taking the fight. I have nothing but respect for him for what he has been through with his wife. He’s a tough opponent. I know he’ll come to fight. Now it’s time to go in and have fun. Make sure to tune in Saturday night. We will go in and have some fun!”
The champion Robert Guerrero was brief, welcoming everyone in attendance, thanking Team Berto, and saying “There is nothing to say. It’s time to fight. I’m ready to go. I’m excited for this fight. We’re going to take care of business come November 24. We are ready.” (more…)
Three time world champion Danny ‘The Green Machine’ Green (32-5, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Shane ‘The Mountain Warrior’ Cameron (29-2, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO world cruiserweight title on Wednesday at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Scores were 119-109, 116-112 and 116-113.
Also on the card, ‘Wild’ Will Tomlinson (20-0, 12 KOs) successfully made the second defense of his IBO featherweight title against Irving “Travieso” Berry (22-4-2, 9 KOs), with a twelve round unanimous decision. Tomlinson scored a knockdown in round four.
More to come from Brett Bonetti…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antonio Rubio (55-6-1, 48 KOs), the reigning WBF super middleweight champion, will face Michael Rosales (37-5, 26 KOs) on December 22 in Torreon, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast of Televisa. Rubio currently training in Torreon in the Bosque Venustiano Carranza in the “Mapimi” Rodriguez Gym.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media teleconference Tuesday for the big Pacquiao-Marquez 4 showdown on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
BOB ARUM: The reports we are getting from the closed circuit exhibitors and the foreign broadcasters are very enthusiastic so we’re anticipating a tremendous event on December 8th. It will be a fight that will go into the annals of boxing history because these gentlemen that fought three previous times and over the course of the timeline, this fourth fight will be the best fight of all.
FREDDIE ROACH: We have a tough fight ahead of us. We know that Marquez in a great counter-puncher. We are working on things to defeat that counter-puncher style. Manny is looking great in training. I like what I see. He is where I want him to be right now. His focus is where it has not been for some time. He is very focused for this fight and I think it’s going to be the best fight yet.
MANNY PACQUIAO: Training camp has been going great. I have really been training hard for this fight. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Andre Berto’s trying to get back to where Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero wants to be: among the elite welterweights. The two fight Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., for Guerrero’s interim WBC welterweight title and more importantly, serious standing at 147 pounds.
Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) was set for a 2010 fight with Shane Mosley when the latter still had something left in the tank, cancelled it after a hurricane hammered Haiti and killed several of his relatives, got beaten hard a year later by Victor Ortiz, postponed the rematch after tearing a bicep and tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, which led to fight being cancelled.
“In boxing, every fight’s huge, but this is time for me to perform,” Berto, 29, said recently on a conference call to discuss the HBO-televised match. “Where things are now, it’s hard to imagine being more motivated for this.” (more…)
Photo: Acquinity Sports
Professional boxers are the high performance sport cars of athletes. Finely-tuned, high speed precision punching machines, they require constant care and attention to detail. It takes a special knowledge and patience to prepare a fighter for peak execution in their next bout–requiring one hundred percent of a trainer’s focus.
Now imagine preparing eight separate fighters to accomplish that goal in a single night.
That is exactly what Acquinity Sports head trainer Herman Caicedo has in mind for his “fleet” of boxers on November 30th. In addition to Joan Guzman’s WBA World light welterweight championship main event, Caicedo prepares Acquinity’s world-ranked undercard fighters to deliver the “Beatdown 2012″ from the BB&T Center. He gave Fightnews some insight into the success of his training “mechanics” this afternoon. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Plans are underway for a March rematch between current WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2 17KO) and Jean Pascal (26-2-1 16KO). “There is an agreement with HBO and Chad Dawson to fight with Jean in March,” said promoter Yvon Michel (GYM). We don’t have an exact date because a lot will depend on the date with a potential rematch with Lucian Bute and Carl Froch. The location and the date will depend on it.”
The story first reported last week by Vincent Morin of Journal du Montreal last week is one that Michel would like to keep on the back burner for the time being with Pascal coming off over a year-and-a-half layoff and facing Aleksy Kuziemski (23-4 7KO) December 14th. “Jean’s next fight is very very important, he needs to win and win convincingly to show he is the star of the light-heavyweight division,” said Michel. “We have a lot of time. It is my job to see to long term planning for the fighters; I’m happy that HBO, Gary Shaw and Chad Dawson all stepped and agreed that the best challenge, the best move in the light-heavyweight division would be a fight between Jean Pascal and Chad Dawson.”
Two division world champion Abner Mares had a tremendous 2012 which was capped off with a thrilling win over highly regarded challenger Anselmo Moreno. The city of Hawaiian Gardens celebrated the win on Sunday with a party in his honor. At the event was his stablemate Oscar Valdez along with members of the community who shared the special day with Mares. We caught up with him as he posed for the camera with well wishers:
How did it feel to be honored by the city of Hawaiian Gardens?
It was a beautiful feeling. I never imagined this would ever happen. This is where I grew up and to have the city celebrate me this way for a third time is just a wonderful feeling.
What was it like to defeat Anselmo Moreno and silence some of your critics?
It was a very important win. Many people thought he had the style to beat me and that he was untouchable. This win means a lot to me because he was regarded as a very high level fighter. (more…)
Andrey Fedosov 226 vs. Rodney Moore 226
Dimar Ortuz 192 vs. Terry Martin 189
Mike Jimenez 170 vs. Antwun Echols 161
Frank Scalise 135 vs. James Owens 133
Jimmy Murphy 145 vs. Andrew Kato 149
Simon Buettner 174 vs. Fred Thomas 167
Brian Houston 206 vs. Josh Clark 223
Jonathan Manos 158 vs. Bill Finn 160
Adan Ortiz 121 vs. Salvador Perez 121
Genaro Mendez 145 vs. Agustin Cicero 145
Donatas Bondorovas 161 vs. David Thomas 162
Abdulai Amidu 146 vs. Clifford McPherson 149
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Update: According to the latest medical update, the bullet did not into the brain of Camacho but instead hit his left jaw. He also suffered a bullet wound in the right shoulder. Camacho is unconscious with a possibility of paralysis.
News sources inform that former world champion Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho was shot in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, during a shootout between cars. Camacho could be in a life threatening condition and has gunshot wounds near the neck and face. He was taken to St. Paul’s hospital in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Camacho has an artificial respirator in his mouth. The sources report that a person traveling with Camacho died in the incident.
By Dave Spencer
While the ‘who’ hasn’t necessarily been decided, the ‘what’ is abundantly clear according to promoter Yvon Michel (GYM) as to what is next for hard hitting super-middleweight Adonis Stevenson. “The only thing I know, is that Adonis Stevenson’s next fight will be for the IBF title,” Michel told FightNews by telephone. With everybody weighing in and positioning themselves in a Froch-Frenzy following the three-time champion’s blowout of Yusaf Mack over the weekend, Michel feels that Stevenson who won mandatory challenger position in his last fight with a victory over last Donovon George will one way or another be fighting for the red belt come spring time.
“It will be against Froch or whoever else if the title is vacant,” said Michel. “Hopefully it will be against Froch but we don’t control that. We know he has a rematch obligation with Lucian Bute. We know he will ask for an exemption but the IBF rules are clear that a mandatory will prevail over any rematch. I feel that even if he asks for an exemption, he’s not going to get it and Adonis will fight for the vacant title.” (More)
Photos: Romeo Guzman – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Four-time and three-division world champion Miguel Cotto hosted a media workout On Monday at the Don Miguel Boxing Gym in Orlando, Florida. Cotto is preparing for his December 1 world title fight against WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Also on hand were Cotto’s trainer Pedro Diaz and Jayson Velez (who faces Salvador Sanchez II in the co-feature).
Miguel Cotto: “Trout has been a World Champion and he deserves his recognition. I know why I accepted this challenge. Training in Big Bear was great and we accomplished all the goals that [trainer] Pedro [Diaz] had for us. Everything so far is going just as he planned. I’m feeling great.” (more…)
Famed promotional firm Universum Box-Promotion has filed for bankruptcy in Hamburg, Germany. “Universum is no longer salvageable,” said Managing Director Waldemar Kluch. The company had recently received about 20 invoices totaling about 1.5 million Euros, prompting Kluch to call the company “a bottomless pit.” The company is also facing lawsuits from Zsolt Erdei and Sebastian Zbik among others. Kluch called the decision a difficult step, but he “doesn’t want to throw good money after bad.” A Hamburg court will now appoint a liquidator to conduct any further steps.
Among the current stars on Universum’s roster are heavyweight Denis Boytsov and cruiserweight Rakhim Chaakhkiev. Founded in 1984 by Klaus-Peter Kohl, the company promoted the the likes of the Klitschko brothers, Dariusz Michalczewski, Juergen Braehmer, Felix Sturm and female legend Regina Halmich and was for many years Europe’s most successful boxing promotional company. The downfall was caused when the ZDF network decided to get out of the boxing business, failing to renew a contract that paid 20 million Euros annually.
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Regina Magner Karon
Danny Green 192.0 vs. Shane Cameron 195.1
(IBO world cruiserweight title)
Will Tomlinson 129.9 vs Irving Berry 129.6
(IBO world super featherweight title)
Moses Sorovi 211.2 vs Brad Pitt 197.6
Jeremy Van Dieman 173.7 vs Lyndon Edney 175.1
Brandon Ogilvy 138.6 vs Anthony Taylor 138.0
Dinesh Kanth 164.5 vs Jake Carr 164.2
Mark Galea N/A vs Bashir Sadiq 134.5
Venue: Hisense Arena, Melbourne Australia
Promoter: Green Machine Boxing
Maturity – it doesn’t apply to everyone. Sometimes you see it in certain young people and not at all in much older ones. The path one takes to maturity varies greatly but the final result is always apparent. Welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes has it at just 27 years of age. Already a veteran of 35 professional fights (holding the #3 spot in the WBA welterweight ratings, #4 in the WBC and #13 in both the IBF and WBO) Paredes (31-3-1, 21 KOs) feels his biggest and best fights are yet to come.
The stage is set November 30th for Paredes to take another step forward while defending his WBA and WBC Latino belts against hard-punching Mexican Javier “El Terrible” Castro (27-5, 22 KOs). Paredes and Castro will do battle in front of a national TV audience and rabid local fans during the scheduled 10-round co-main event from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, not far from Ed’s home in nearby Hollywood.
The Acquinty Sports 8-bout card is called “Beatdown 2012 and will be shown nationally on BounceTV and The Pursuit Channel (Stations 240 Dish and 604 DirecTV). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib talks to Fightnews about his scheduled December bout in Madison Square Garden which was cancelled. He also discusses how he will defend the title against his mandatory challenger Mauricio Munoz of Argentina and says that he would be confident of defeating WBA champion Chris John.
Are you disappointed your December bout in Madison Square Garden on the Cotto v Trout card, where you would have had global exposure, was cancelled?
I was only disappointed about the reason it was cancelled.
Do you know the reason?
It was just strong boxing influences sabotaging my well-earned opportunity to showcase my skills. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
An source has informed Fightnews.com that Russian Denis Lebedev (24-1, 18 KOs) could be defending his WBA cruiserweight world title against unbeaten Colombian prospect Santander Silgado (23-0, 18 KOs) on December 17 at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia in an event organized by Hrunov Promotions. Silgado has previously campaigned in Argentina, Germany and the United States. Lebedev was WBA interim champ and originally slated to face the WBA regular world champion Guillermo Jones, but the WBA declared Jones champion in recess and installed Lebedev as regular champion.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) and Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) are just days away from their welterweight showdown as both worked out for the media Monday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Berto-Guerrero will be for Guerrero’s interim WBC welterweight title which will take place this Saturday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on HBO.
The former welterweight champion Berto had been training in Winter Haven, Florida for Guerrero. He looked anxious shadowboxing at Monday’s workout. Suddenly a member of his team shouted, “Beast vs. Ghost, ghost is a dead man walking and he (Berto) is the ghost buster!”
“Training has been great I’m ready, focused, not getting injured and taking care of myself. I have great people working with me,” Berto told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) says he’s more than happy to take away another world title from Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) – but only after he has defeated WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) in their December 8 showdown at Jyske Bank BOXEN in Herning. The Cobra most recently claimed that Kessler would avoid a rematch of their epic battle in April 2010. Back then, the Viking Warrior handed Froch his first-ever defeat and won the WBC belt after 12 exciting rounds . “Don´t you worry, Carl,” Kessler said. “I beat you once and I will beat you again. Enjoy your belt while you have it. And let me take care of business against Brian Magee first. Of course I am ready to fight you again, any time, any place, especially if Andre Ward is too scared to leave his backyard.”
Kessler, who has great respect for Froch, congratulated the Nottingham fighter on his successful IBF Title defence against Yusaf Mack. “That was a good win for you, congratulations,” he stated. “Keep it up and I am sure we will meet again.”
By Matt Richardson
After another dominant, exciting performance by Adrien Broner on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey perhaps the most important thing to remember was reiterated by the (still) unbeaten (new) WBC lightweight champion at the post-fight press conference.
“This has just begun,” stated the 23-year-old Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) minutes after stopping Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) in seven lopsided rounds to earn the belt. I’m elite,” Broner said. “I’m an elite fighter who can make a good fighter look like an amateur and that’s what I’ve done tonight. I came into the fight looking for a war because I know DeMarco is a warrior.”
DeMarco (who actually won the first round on all three judges’ scorecards) was gracious in defeat. “As we know how to win, we know how to lose,” he said. “He’s a great fighter and tonight was his night,” said an emotional DeMarco. “It doesn’t end here. I want to show my daughter that dreams do come true. This was a great experience inside of boxing for me. Without a doubt, he’s a very complete fighter.” (more…)
Georges St-Pierre probably feels like he was in a car wreck right about now.
I’m quite sure that his head is throbbing. His hands are undoubtedly sore. His muscles are still filled with lactic acid. And his face…well…let’s just say he won’t be posing for any photo shoots until the swelling subsides and the cuts heal . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
OPBF welterweight champ, hard-punching southpaw Akinori Watanabe (27-4, 24 KOs), 147, kept his regional belt as he floored WBC top ranked super-lightweight contender Prawet Singwancha (48-4-2, 27 KOs), 147, in the fifth and earned a very unanimous decision (116-112, 116-111 and 117-108) over twelve sizzling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
It’s an encounter of southpaws, but Watanabe utilized his superior height, physique and power—dominating the proceedings despite Prawet’s persistent retaliation. The fifth witnessed the champ’s quick one-two combo hit the button of the Thai veteran, who knelt down and quickly raised himself from a flash knockdown. Despite his fatty appearance Prawet displayed his determination by furiously fighting back with body bombardments and left crosses. Watanabe, making his fourth defense, controlled the last four sessions to confirm his important victory.
Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
Young Russian heavyweight prospect Wladimir Tereshkin (14-0-1, 7 KOs) has signed the contract with Klitschko brothers’ K2 Promotions, Ukraine. Tereshkin is 6’6 tall, his weight is about 240 lbs and he feels comfortable in both orthodox and southpaw stances. “Wladimir Tereshkin is the future World heavyweight champion. Being only 24 he has 14 victories with 7 KOs and one draw in 15 bouts. Our plan is very simple – we tune him up after a long break and proceed with facing the best heavyweights in the world. I anticipate that within the next couple of years Wladimir will get his chance to fight for the world title,” said K2 General Manager Alexander A. Krassyuk. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #1 Sam Soliman will travel to Germany to clash with former WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm on February 2nd for the right to challenge the winner of the Daniel Geale vs. Anthony Mundine fight on January 30 in Sydney, Australia. The IBF have told both Geale and Mundine they must defend against the #1 contender. The IBF have allowed Geale to defend against Mundine, who defeated him via disputed split decision three years ago, instead of IBF #1 Soliman. “The stakes are incredibly high as is the challenge,” said Soliman. “I am going to Germany on a mission, to beat Sturm. I have no control over what happens in the Mundine and Geale fight.” Soliman and Sturm have boxed a common opponent in Giovanni Lorenzo, whom they both defeated over twelve rounds. Soliman did it in 2012. Sturm won in 2010.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC#12/WBA#14 OPBF super-bantam champ Yukinori Oguni (10-0, 2 KOs), 122, kept his regional belt as he was awarded a split but well-received decision (116-112, 116-114 and 113-114) over ex-titlist Roli Gasca (19-4, 5 KOs), also 122, an aggressive Filipino youngster, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. It was a grudge fight as Oguni dropped Gasca twice to dethrone him via upset verdict at the same venue a year ago. Since then, Oguni, an up-and-coming prospect with his amateur career, successfully made a couple of defenses, defeating former OPBF ruler Hiromasa Ohashi and highly world-rated national titlist Masaaki Serie this year. (more…)
Los Angeles, California based Anatoliy Dudchenko (17-2, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine scored a 7th round TKO over Tyrell Hendrix (9-2-2, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles to win the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental light heavyweight title. The 12 round main event took place at the luxurious Westin Bonaventure Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles with Ed Holmes Allstar Boxing promoting. Attendance was more than 1,000.
Dudchenko is a naturally right handed fighter but started the bout out of the southpaw stance as he is effective fighting from both sides. Dudchenko imposed his will from the start of fight and Hendrix face began to show the effects of that as the bout wore on. Hendrix, whose corner was headed by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach was very game but Dudchenko was simply too much for him. Dudchenko, trained by New York City Boxing Club owner Phil Paolina stunned Hendrix multiple times throughout the bout leading to the invevitable. Hendrix retired on his stool at the end of round 7 and a TKO victory was officially awarded to the dominant winner Dudchenko. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Japanese prospect Masamichi Nozaki (16-3-1, 6 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant WBC youth bantamweight belt as he overcame a knockdown in the fourth and kept peppering Filipino Vergel Nebran (8-4-1, 6 KOs), 118, winning a split verdict (95-94 twice and 94-95) over ten heats on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan.
Hard-hitting Japan-based Filipino flyweight Wars Katsumata (18-6, 16 KOs), 115.25, dispatched Indonesian southpaw Isack Junior (20-3-2, 8 KOs), 115.5, at 0:26 of the eighth and final session.
Comebacking Koseki Nakama (15-4, 6 KOs), 130, scored a unanimous decision (all 78-74) over OPBF-rated Indonesian Robert Kopa Palue (11-5-2, 3 KOs), 129.25, over eight.
Okinawa-born southpaw Go Onaga (18-2-2, 13 KOs), 116, decked a fine victory before his native supporters by halting Filipino Jaypee Otilla (9-5-2, 6 KOs), 115.25, at 1:15 of the second session in a scheduled eight.
Fast-rising Shogo Ishikawa (10-3, 3 KOs), 130, defeated OPBF#6 feather Cirilo Espino (17-11-2, 11 KOs), 130, a Filipino tough boy, by a close but unanimous nod (77-76 twice and 77-75) over eight.
Promoter: Katsumata Promotions.
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