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

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In a battle for supremacy of the super middleweight division, WBC champion Badou ...

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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

Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

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Tony “El Torito” Ayala passes away

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former middleweight boxing star of the 80s Tony “El Torito” Ayala Jr. was found dead Tuesday at the Zarzamora Street Gym in San Antonio, Texas. Ayala was just 52 and is believed to have passed away from a heart attack. He had a record of 31-2, 27 KOs. His promising career was interrupted by a 16 year prison sentence.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former middleweight boxing star of the 80s Tony “El Torito” Ayala Jr. was found dead Tuesday …


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Chagaev-Pianeta kickoff press conference

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The world heavyweight title clash between WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2, 20 KOs) and #13 rated Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs) was officially announced today during a press conference in the garden of the 900-year-old “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” Art Museum in Magdeburg, Germany. The bout will take place July 11 at the GETEC Arena.

Ruslan Chagaev: “I’ve boxed in many cities in Germany, but it will be my first time here in Magdeburg. With Francesco Pianeta I have a great challenger who had a very good performance in his world title fight against Klitschko and, of course, wants my title. I will do everything possible to win. It’s certainly a good fight. We have two southpaws boxing against each other, but for me that’s not a big challenge. I can box well against both styles.”

Francesco Pianeta: “This fight is very big for me. I could be the first German world champion since Max Schmeling and are also the first world heavyweight champion for SES. For this big challenge, I’ll give everything. It is a difficult task, but I can do it. Ruslan boxed Valuev very smart tactically and really impressed me, like all fans of boxing. Ruslan is a major hurdle for my dream to become a world champion, but I like to take on great challenges!”

In other heavyweight bouts, German champion Michael Wallisch (14-0, 9 KOs), German International champion Steffen Kretschmann (19-2, 17 KOs), unbeaten prospect Tom Schwarz (12-0, 8 KOs) and German #5 Edmund Gerber (24-2, 15 KOs) will face opponents to be named.

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Photos: P. Gercke/SES Boxing The world heavyweight title clash between WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2, 20 KOs) and #13 …



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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao event shatters records for PPV buys, PPV revenue, live gate and more

The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013. (more…)

The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks …


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Evens Pierre will headline card in Haiti

By Robert Coster
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Lightweight contender WBA #8 Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre is returning to his homeland of Haiti to defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Mexican challenger Jesus Cruz Bibiano on May 22nd at the Karibe Convention Center in Petionville. Pierre (24-1, 17 KOs), a lanky boxer-puncher, has fought most of his career in Panama and it will be his only third appearance in front of his Haitian home crowd. According to sources, his opponent Cruz Bibiano (15-9,10 KOs) sports a deceptive record, having been on the wrong end of questionable decisions more than once. (more…)

By Robert Coster Photo: Premium Boxing Promotion Lightweight contender WBA #8 Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre is returning to …




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Quigg opponent named: Kiko Martinez

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Just announced. WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against former IBF champion Kiko Martinez (32-5, 24 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on July 18, live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Quigg was sidelined with a hand surgery following his last fight, and the 26 year old says that time out of the ring has made him hungrier than ever. “I was very busy and the break has done me good – I am refreshed,” said Quigg. “We know what Kiko brings, he’s been in everyone’s backyard and this is the toughest fight of my career – but there’s one thing I know, I will beat him on July 18. (more…)

Photos: Mark Robinson Just announced. WBA “regular” super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against …


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Oliveira looks to upset McCumby Saturday

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Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) will face unbeaten Trevor McCumby (18-0, 14 KOs) this Saturday night at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds with Top Rank promoting. McCumby is a local favorite and the promoter’s fighter, so Oliveira feels that he’ll have to win decisively to leave Phoenix with the victory. He says he’s up for the challenge.

Oliveira was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil but has lived in the U.S. for about five years. He was initially living in Florida while being promoted by Don King Productions but has since moved to Southern California following his departure from DKP. It’s now a fresh start for Oliveira who recently signed with Andrew Zak’s Journeyman Management. (more…)

Photo: Brandon Lluis Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) will face unbeaten Trevor McCumby (18-0, 14 KOs) this Saturday …


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Robertson battles Killa B in Chitown

Welterweight standouts Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Kenny Robertson will be heading to the Windy City on July 25 to meet up in an important matchup at United Center in Chicago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Welterweight standouts Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Kenny Robertson will be heading to the Windy City on July 25 to …


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Boxing hysteria settles down in the Philippines

What we learned from Canelo vs. Kirkland

Does Manny Pacquiao have a legal case to answer to?

Ricky Hatton slams Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan focused on Chris Algieri but keeping options open for Mayweather

Boxing hysteria settles down in the Philippines What we learned from Canelo vs. Kirkland Does Manny Pacquiao have a legal …



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The Mongoose Has Landed

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WBA number-two ranked contender Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr. has arrived at LAX with his team for Saturday’s middleweight title fight against Gennady Golovkin, that will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.

Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs) will be looking to end Golovkin’s 18 fight knockout streak as he challenges for GGG’s World Boxing Association, International Boxing Organization and “Interim” World Boxing Council belts. Co-featured on the telecast is 12-round junior flyweight matchup between World Boxing Council Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) and #2 ranked challenger and former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs).

Photo: Banner/Promotions WBA number-two ranked contender Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr. has arrived at LAX with his team for Saturday’s …


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Bradley-Vargas is official

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) will host a Los Angeles press conference next Monday (May 18) in Los Angeles to officially announce their upcoming 12-round welterweight battle scheduled for June 27 at StubHub Center in nearby Carson. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the Bradley vs. Vargas welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight …


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Heavyweight Denis Boytsov in coma

Former WBO #1 rated heavyweight Denis Boytsov (36-1, 27 KOs) has been seriously injured in a non-boxing incident. According to the Berliner Kurrier, the 29-year-old Boytsov is now in an induced coma in a Berlin hospital. He was found in a subway tunnel between stations with serious head injuries and a hand injury. Police are not commenting on the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” said his promoter Sauerland Event in a statement.

Former WBO #1 rated heavyweight Denis Boytsov (36-1, 27 KOs) has been seriously injured in a non-boxing incident. According to …


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Report: Broner-Porter on June 20

Adrien Broner will face Shawn Porter on June 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The bout will take place at a catch weight around 144-145 lbs., and will air on NBC. Broner is from Cincinnati and Porter is from Cleveland, but the clash for Ohio bragging rights ended up 2000 miles west.

The Times also reports that former world champions Antonio DeMarco and Rances Barthelemy will meet in a CBS-televised card on June 21 at the same venue.

Adrien Broner will face Shawn Porter on June 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas according to a report …



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Lee defeats Ford

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

Despite the ongoing factionism that has resulted in a flabbergasting proliferation of governing bodies (KBC, KBF, two KBAs and a KPBF) in this dark age of Korean boxing, former WBA Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight world champion and current Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) Chairman Soo-Hwan Hong continues to do his best to lead Korean boxing back into the light. Also on hand lending support this fine Spring day in Gwangyeong (near Gimpo Airport) were former WBC Flyweight champion Chan-Hee Park (who vanquished both Guty Espadas and Miguel Canto), former Olympian and WBC bantamweight champion Jung-Il Byun (color commentator), and former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Sung-In Suh. (more…)

By Victor Lee Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee Despite the ongoing factionism that has resulted in a flabbergasting proliferation of governing bodies …


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Gennady Golovkin “Haters” Interview

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“The haters interview” idea is to put together as many constantly repeated negative comments and present them to people who are willing to actually answer them. “I always have a good answer for haters’ comments. Let’s clear some air,” said Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director and promoter of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) when confronted with this idea. Here we go…

Hey GGG: you’re fighting a lot, it’s good, but when you will fight some real opponents?

TL: As soon as real opponents will agree to fight Gennady. The difference between Gennady and other champions is that GGG knocks people out. This is why other fighters, with something to risk, avoid him at all costs. Even with offers from HBO, their budget, we still are not able to get so-called “big names.” I think it will change this year. We see a lot of action in the middleweight division, we’ll see what will happen with Canelo. Short answer is – too much risk. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk “The haters interview” idea is to put together as many constantly repeated negative comments and present them …


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“Maravilla” Martinez says his knee is shot

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez says he is close to announcing his retirement from professional boxing. Martinez told La Nación that his knee is shot, but he still has a meeting with doctors before making an official announcement. “I feel good, very happy in spite of having lost my last fight and having a destroyed leg.”

By Gabriel F Cordero Former world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez says he is close to announcing his retirement from professional …


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Kayode back in action May 29 on CBSSN

Undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) returns to cruiserweight against once-beaten “Slick” Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs) on May 29 at the WC Handy Pavilion on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The ten rounder will air live on CBS Sports Network. In the co-feature, WBO #10 lightweight Josh King (19-3, 9 KOs) of Australia will make his US television debut in a regional title fight against Rogelio Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs). Also featured in televised action that night will be female super featherweight star Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) in a showcase, as well as super middleweight Derrick “Take It to The Bank” Webster (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line. The card is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with GH3 Promotions, Prize Fight Promotion and Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Productions, produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions.

Undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) returns to cruiserweight against once-beaten “Slick” Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs) on May …



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Guerrero, Arreola, Angulo top June 6 NBC show

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring as he squares off against Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday afternoon, June 6 as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

Also featured on the card are perennial stars Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-5, 18 KOs) who will compete in separate bouts. Rounding out action is a sure to be action packed featherweight showdown as Jesus Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) battles Vic Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring as he squares off against Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 …


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Laggoune – Karakaplan for WBC Francophone title

Laggoune versus KarakaplanChairman Houcine Houichi has confirmed the fight for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title between unbeaten Belgian star Bilal Laggoune, 19-0-1(9), and French champion Engin Karakaplan, 14-5-1(6). It will be the 3th WBC Francophone championship since it was launched on January 1, 2015 and several others are already scheduled for this attractive WBC regional title.
Promoter Ezzedine Laggoune, brother of Bilal, has an exciting seven-bout undercard. Topping the undercard will be local Elfi Philips who is fighting for the vacant Belgian female lightweight title. Ryad Merhy, the other Belgian cruiserweight prospect will also be in action. Sauerland protégé Arman Torosyan, last seen in Ghent, will probably face Mazen Girke. Popular Ismael Abdoul will have Tomislav Rudan in the other corner. Diego Velardo, Arsen Goulamirian and Bert Van Mechelen will complete this promising event.
The show will take place on Sunday May 31 at the Forum in Aalst, Belgium and will start at 5pm, doors 4pm.

Chairman Houcine Houichi has confirmed the fight for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title between unbeaten Belgian star Bilal Laggoune, …


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TUF Brazil 4 – Episode Six Preview

It’s been a rough start to the season for the blue team better known as Team Nogueira and after losing the first few fights in the team competition on season four of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, they are looking for a way to turn things around as they enter the next bout this week . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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It’s been a rough start to the season for the blue team better known as Team Nogueira and after losing …


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WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. honored

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By Gary “Digital” Williams

A sizable group of fans came to the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD on Saturday to honor the new WBC Featherweight Champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. during a festive outdoor ceremony. Fans were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the new champion who won his title in March with a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez.

Representatives from both the governments of District Heights and nearby Capitol Heights, MD (where Russell grew up) presented proclamations and Russell also received a congratulatory letter from Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams A sizable group of fans came to the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD …


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Molina says he’s fighting Wilder on June 13

Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) says he’s fighting WBC champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) on June 13. “For about two weeks prior to then we kind of had an idea that I was one of three guys Wilder was looking at,” Molina told South Texas newspaper The Monitor. “We got together with him and his people (in Las Vegas), and it became apparent that it would be me.” The bout is expected to take place at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Showtime, which currently has no upcoming fights announced, is expected to televise.

Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) says he’s fighting WBC champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) on June …


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Abraham-Stieglitz IV confirmed for July 18

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with rival and mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Abraham and Stieglitz first met in August 2012, where a points decision earned Abraham the WBO strap. In a March 2013 rematch, Stieglitz got his revenge with a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The belt once again changed hands in March 2014 with Abraham flooring Stieglitz on his way to a split decision win. The stage is now set for a fourth battle between ‘King Arthur’ and Stieglitz.

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with rival and mandatory challenger …


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Unbeaten Rey Vargas returns May 23

By Gabriel F Cordero

undefeated Mexican prospect Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) will return May 23 at the Palenque de Metepec in Mexico State in defense of his WBC international super bantamweight title against Filipino Edward Mansito (13-1-2, 7 KOs) in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and televised live on Televisa. In the co-feature, WBC female light flyweight world champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (22-5, 8 KOs) will face Jelena Blackshear (9-6, 4 KOs).

By Gabriel F Cordero undefeated Mexican prospect Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) will return May 23 at the Palenque de …


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Benavidez Jr. set for first WBA title defense

Phoenix’s favorite son and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. will be making his first title defense against Mexican buzzsaw Jorge “Maromerito” Paez, Jr. on Friday at US Airways Center, in Phoenix live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. In the televised co-main event, undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco takes on power-punching Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor in a 10-round super lightweight rumble. Remaining tickets for the world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20.

Phoenix’s favorite son and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. will be making his …


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“The Pin” Szpilka getting ready for Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

26-year-old Polish southpaw heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) can’t wait to be in the ring again. “Fighting in Chicago is almost like fighting in Poland. The best place to be,” said Szpilka, who will be back in action on a June 12 Premier Boxing Champions Spike TV event in the Windy City.

“I’m getting better not every week, but every day working with Ronnie Shields in the “Plex” Houston gym. My promoters are telling me that I have to be patient, but if you ask me I’m ready to fight the best in the world right now. Give me the best, give me WBC champ Deontay Wilder – why not?” stated always very confident Szpilka, whose rival for Chicago will be announced shortly. It won’t be the “Bronze Bomber” Wilder. Not yet.

By Przemek Garczarczyk 26-year-old Polish southpaw heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) can’t wait to be in the …


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More Canelo-Kirkland notes from Houston

Next up could be Canelo-Cotto. Promoter Oscar de la Hoya said he’ll be looking very closely at the Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale fight on June 6 in New York City.

Canelo pledged to fight in Texas once a year from now on.

Kirkland was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and didn’t attend the post-fight press conference.

Kirkland promoter 50 Cent: “I’m proud of him, he’s a true warrior and I’m going to get him back with Ann Wolfe.”

Joshua Clottey promoter Joe DeGuardia: “We definitely want to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez…I believe Josh deserves this opportunity.” (Clottey won a decision on the undercard).

Official attendance was 31,588.

Next up could be Canelo-Cotto. Promoter Oscar de la Hoya said he’ll be looking very closely at the Miguel Cotto …


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Post-fight comments from Frankfurt

By Tony Mayger

Felix Sturm vs. Fedor Chudinov post fight reactions:

Fedor Chudinov, Dmitry Chudnov, Kalle Sauerland, Tobias Drews and Vlad Hrunov discuss the win for Chudinov over Sturm, making him the new WBA super middleweight world champion.

Jack Culcay vs. Maurice Weber post fight reactions:

Post fight reactions from Jack Culcay, Maurice Weber and promoter Kalle Sauerland after Culcay wins by unanimous decision at the Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. Culcay becomes the interim world super welterweight champion.

By Tony Mayger Felix Sturm vs. Fedor Chudinov post fight reactions: Fedor Chudinov, Dmitry Chudnov, Kalle Sauerland, Tobias Drews and …


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WBA champ Walters plans to settle score with Marriaga

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By Robert Coster

HBO announced it officially. On June 13th at the Madison Square Theatre WBA featherweight “super” champion Nicholas “the Axeman” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) will square off against Colombian phenom Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) in an explosive matchup between the two unbeaten KO artists. Walters holds a grudge against Marriaga, who thwarted his Olympic dreams by beating him (via 14-9 decision) at the pre-Olympic trials in 2008. The 27 year-old Colombian, a “big” (5’7 1/2), brawny featherweight like Walters, is considered by many pundits to be a hidden gem in the talent-filled 126lb class. In his only appearance in the United States in October of 2014, Marriaga was extremely impressive, scoring a six round stoppage of wily contender Christopher Martin. Of his 18 KO victories in 20 fights, Marriaga has 13 KOs in three rounds or less.

For his part, “the Axeman” Walters hasn’t fought since his brutal demolition of Nonito Donaire last year. The Jamaican-born champion told Fightnews that he is eagerly looking for a payback against his Colombian challenger. “Yes, he did beat me in 2008 but that was seven years ago and in the amateurs. Come June 13th, I’m settling the score with Miguel.”

By Robert Coster HBO announced it officially. On June 13th at the Madison Square Theatre WBA featherweight “super” champion Nicholas …


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Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lb belt against Akitaya

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Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC female mini-flyweight champ Yuko Kuroki (13-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.75, a Japanese southpaw, kept her belt for the second time when she outscored compatriot Masae Akitaya (9-6-2, 3 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (97-92 twice and 98-92) over ten hot rounds on Sunday in Toyonaka, Japan. Akitaya, in her fourth attempt to win the world belt, took the initiative with her aggressiveness in earlier rounds, but Kuroki found her rhythm and range to overcome her early deficits on points and had the leadoff down the stretch. The referee was Stephen Blea (US) who handled busy exchanges of the Japanese girls who temporarily forgot their usual friendship and swapped punches all the way. (more…)

Report by Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC female mini-flyweight champ Yuko Kuroki (13-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.75, a Japanese …


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UFC Fight Night Adelaide Post-Fight

Robert Whittaker, James Vick, Daniel Hooker, and Alex Chambers were named as the performance bonus winners of Fight Night Adelaide following the event. Each fighter earned an additional $50k . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Robert Whittaker, James Vick, Daniel Hooker, and Alex Chambers were named as the performance bonus winners of Fight Night Adelaide …


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Canelo: This was one of the best KOs of my career

In front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, super welterweight star Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked out all action brawler James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) with a thunderous right hand in the middle of the third-round.

Canelo Alvarez: “This was one of the best knockouts of my career. He came out with a little bit of a different style than I was expecting, but I was able to adjust and get the knockout. I knew he was strong fighter but he surprised me with his aggressiveness in the first and second round. I fight for the fans, and I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

James Kirkland: “I didn’t know I was knocked out. I had him trapped and hurt in the corner in the first round but he escaped, I had him hurt in the second also. He’s a great champion, I’m proud that I was able to compete in such a terrific event, and I hope to fight him again someday. I’m a warrior, I’ll be back.”

In front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, super welterweight star Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 …


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Olympian Ramirez still unbeaten; KOs Frankel in five

Photos: Marty Solis / Top Rank

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over veteran “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (33-16-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 10,000+ at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Ramirez launched a non-stop fusillade of punches from the opening bell. Frankel hung tough until a left hook to the body in round five put him on the deck for the count. Time was 2:18.

“I have a lot of Mexican blood in me and like go right to a body attack,” said Ramirez. “I got a big hook onto Frankel in the first round then Freddie (Roach) in my corner told me to get more distance, then attack with body shots. That worked. This was a great win before our hometown fans.”

Frankel said “Ramirez got me with a hard hook in the first round. He got it in deep and it hurt, bothering me for the rest of the fight. He’s a good young fighter.”

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Photos: Marty Solis / Top Rank Unbeaten 2012 Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth …


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UFC Fight Night Adelaide Main: Miocic Stops Hunt in Five

It took 22 minutes and 47 seconds for Stipe Miocic to do it, but that’s no reflection on the performance of the number four heavyweight contender, who dominated Mark Hunt from start to finish in their UFC Fight Night main event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday, ultimately halting the gutsy knockout artist in the fifth round . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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It took 22 minutes and 47 seconds for Stipe Miocic to do it, but that’s no reflection on the performance …


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Rain KOs Rodriguez-Torres clash

A clash between former IBF/WBO minimum weight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 11 KOs) and journeyman Armando Torres (21-14, 15 KOs) was rained out on Saturday night at the Rodeo Los Jacales de Revolucion in Monterrey, Mexico. Both fighters were in the uncovered outdoor ring and ready to go just when the skies opened up. It was decided to reschedule the fight.

A clash between former IBF/WBO minimum weight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 11 KOs) and journeyman Armando Torres (21-14, 15 …


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Early Results from Fresno

Action is underway in front of 10,000+ at the sold out Selland Arena in Fresno, California. In the co-feature, lightweight Oscar Valenzuela (9-1-1, 4 KOs) scored an eight round majority decision over Irving Garcia (10-2, 6 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 77-75, 77-75 for Valenzuela.

In the opening bout, Fresno local Eric Altamirano (2-1, 1KO) scored a third round TKO over Hilario Medina (2-6, 0 KOs) in a lightweight clash.

Bout two was an all out war between two pro debuting super lightweights with Alex Rojas and Gabriel Solorio battling to a four round draw. Scores were 39-37 (Rojas) and 38-38, 38-38. Standing ovation from the crowd afterward.

In bout three, middleweight Joey Lopez (4-0, 3 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Daniel Henry (2-4-3, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.

In bout four, unbeaten super welterweight Danny Valdivia (7-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Rick Graham (3-6-3, 1 KO) by scores of 60-54 across the board.

Action is underway in front of 10,000+ at the sold out Selland Arena in Fresno, California. In the co-feature, lightweight …










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