WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

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

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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

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

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

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

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

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

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Olympic trio added to Joshua-Klitschko bill

Olympians Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly have been added the undercard for the Heavyweight blockbuster between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The trio represented Team GB in Rio last summer before turning to the paid ranks, with Okolie the first to make his debut and in spectacular fashion in Manchester earlier this month. (more…)

Olympians Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly have been added the undercard for the Heavyweight blockbuster between Anthony Joshua …


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Daser ready to dazzle Afolabi

On May 19, Mario Daser will fight former two-time WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi. According to the promoter Erol Ceylan of EC Boxing an international IBO title and probably a European WBO title too will be up for the taking. The dual is setting off a frenzy of speculation among fans worldwide, as Mario Daser only turned pro in 2009, plus he only has 12 fights under his belt – all of which he won.

Photo: Thorge Huter

The rumor among experts is that Ola Afolabi will come out of retirement to earn another paycheck. But this is simply untrue, as Ola Afolabi has signed a three-fight deal with EC Boxing with the ultimate aim to see him become World Champion again. Fans can expect to see an Afolabi who is up for the fight, well-prepared and on top form. This makes the dual between Daser – who is still a little-known face internationally – and Afolabi a decisive fight for both contenders. As such, the evening’s slogan BIG DEAL is an apt choice. We met with 28-year-old Mario in Hamburg as we wanted to learn more about the two sides of him: as a person and as a boxer. (more…)

On May 19, Mario Daser will fight former two-time WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi. According to the promoter Erol …



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Madiyev mangles Dixon at Fight Club OC

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Ruslan Madiyev (9-0, 4KO) made quick work out of human punching bag, Mike Dixon (7-17-2), stopping him at 2:38 of the second round of a scheduled six round lightweight bout when a California State Athletic Commission official had seen enough and instructed referee, Jack Reiss, to call a halt to the mismatch. Madiyev fired away fearlessly for the 5.5 minutes that the contest lasted while Dixon, 0-4-1 in his last five fights, offered up very little in return.

It was Madiyev’s first stoppage win in his last four fights but it is also worth noting that Dixon had been stopped just three times in his seventeen losses coming into the bout.

Madiyev, a native of Kazakhstan but now fighting out of Big Bear, CA, is a stablemate of unified middleweight champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and like Golovkin, is trained by highly regarded trainer, Abel Sanchez. It was Madiyev’s fourth time fighting at this venue, The Hangar at The OC Fair and Events Center. (more…)

By Rocky Morales at ringside Ruslan Madiyev (9-0, 4KO) made quick work out of human punching bag, Mike Dixon (7-17-2), …


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Karam wins Gauteng middleweight title

By Ron Jackson

Jade Karam won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when Wynand Mulder failed to answer the bell for the sixth round at the Presley’s Nightclub in Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa on Thursday night. There was very little action through the first two rounds, until Mulder landed a flurry of punches just before the bell at the end of the second round. However, the fight developed into a sloppy affair in rounds three and four with both fighters lunging and missing badly.

In the round five Karam (72.50 kg) picked up the pace and sent Mulder (71.84 kg) down for an eight count with a series of lefts and rights. Mulder who appeared to be tiring did not come out at the bell for the sixth round. It was later revealed that Karam will relinquish the title as he is relocating to Ireland in May. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Jade Karam won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when Wynand Mulder failed to answer the bell for …




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Villanueva-Tete eliminator moved to April 22

Initially set tomorrow, April 8th, the WBO Bantamweight eliminator between current WBO #1 and Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Arthur Villanueva and former IBF Superfly world champion Zolani Tete has been moved to April 22nd.

“Schedules change all the time. As fighters, we have to adjust”, said Villanueva when asked if the change poses a concern to his training. He added that the new date isn’t too far ahead, and that his team has been informed about possible changes around two weeks back, “so this doesn’t totally affect my conditioning and sparring”, disclosed Villanueva. (more…)

Initially set tomorrow, April 8th, the WBO Bantamweight eliminator between current WBO #1 and Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Arthur Villanueva …


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Hawkins to face Soto April 14

Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Carlos Soto in the eight-round co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m.ET/PT) from The Theater at MGM National Harbor, MD., just outside Washington, D.C.

Malik was originally scheduled to face Venezuelan amateur standout Juan Ruiz, but due to an injury in his right hand, Ruiz was forced to withdraw.

In the main event of the ShoBox tripleheader, former Russian amateur standout Dmitry Bivol defends his interim WBA Light Heavyweight belt against Samuel Clarkson and unbeaten Glenn Dezurn meets two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila in an eight-round super bantamweight showdown.

“I’m excited and eager to get in the ring,” said 21-year-old Hawkins, “My new opponent is another reason for me to stay focused and work ever harder. There’s a lot at stake for me. This is the first step to give my child the life I never had. (more…)

Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Carlos Soto in the eight-round co-feature of …


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Cermeno-Kubo WBA officials appointed

The World Boxing Association Officials Committee appointed staff for the WBA Bantamweight title fight between Venezuela Nehomar Cermeno and Japan Shun Kubo judges to be held on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

The third man on the ring will be Roberto Ramirez Jr. from Puerto Rico. Colombian Uriel Aguilera, Mexican Alfredo Polanco and US Robert Hoyle will be in scoring the actions. Alan Kim will supervise the bout.

Cermeno is making the third title defense of the 122lb WBA belt, and has a record of 26-5, 15 KOs. This is Kubo’s first title shot. He is undefeated in 11 fights with 8 KOs.

The World Boxing Association Officials Committee appointed staff for the WBA Bantamweight title fight between Venezuela Nehomar Cermeno and Japan …


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Richard Steele remembers Hagler vs. Leonard “The Super Fight” 30 years ago

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Jeff Zimmerman

Today’s marks the 30th anniversary of “The Super Fight” between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Leonard was a huge underdog as he had been retired for a few years due to eye injuries and Hagler was the menacing middleweight champion who looked unbeatable except to the one person that mattered most, Sugar Ray Leonard. Richard Steele, who was in the middle of his hall of fame career, was the 3rd man in the ring that night. He shared his thoughts on the fight that ranks as one of boxing’s best and is still debated 30 years later.

The Hagler Leonard fight was a great fight. But Hagler’s downfall in that fight was he let Leonard get to him mentally. Leonard used all the things that he had to really tell him you don’t know how to box, you’re a puncher, you don’t know how to box, and I’m a better boxer than you. He used everything he could to get Marvin Hagler off of his fight plan and it worked. I kept saying when is Hagler is going to fight like he usually fights, but he didn’t until the middle of the fight and Leonard was so far ahead in points by that time. He ends up winning a controversial decision. He looked good at the end of the fight but Leonard had won so many of the early rounds and Leonard was so fast. He was hitting Marvin Hagler 3 to 1. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photo: Jeff Zimmerman Today’s marks the 30th anniversary of “The Super Fight” between Sugar Ray Leonard and …



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Flanagan-Petrov on Twitter

The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday’s clash between WBO Lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan and #2 contender Petr Petrov. It was announced today that the fight will be streamed in the United States Live on Twitter.

Photo: Kyte Monroe

The live stream of Saturday’s Championship fight will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users exclusively on Twitter and connected devices in the United States. Access to the live stream will be available Saturday night at boxing.twitter.com and on @BannerBoxing.

The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday’s clash between WBO Lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan and #2 contender …


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Mosquera stops Rivas in Panama

Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal

Former interim title contender, Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (23-3-2) stopped Cesar “El Fronterizo” Rivas (10-2-1) at 2:46 of the very first round on the main event of the “Valor al Limite” card presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo at Hotel El Panama.

Mosquera dropped Rivas with a lethal combination, forcing referee Hector Afu to declare the TKO after the 8 seconds count. The fight was scheduled to 10 rounds on the welterweight division.

Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal Former interim title contender, Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (23-3-2) stopped Cesar “El Fronterizo” Rivas (10-2-1) …


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Weights from Costa Mesa, California

Ruslan Madiyev 140 vs Evincii Dixon 143
Jacob Rosales 155.5 vs Justin Jaynes 156
Sergio Quiroz 122 vs Cody Sessions 122.4
Serhii Bohachuk 147 vs Jonathan Aceves 146.2
Tommy Aaron 145.8 vs Alex Arrdeondo 146
George Acosta 135.4 vs Gabriel Serrano 136.8
Mike Hansen 127.5 vs Albert Tapia 127

Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA

Ruslan Madiyev 140 vs Evincii Dixon 143 Jacob Rosales 155.5 vs Justin Jaynes 156 Sergio Quiroz 122 vs Cody Sessions …


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Charlo ready for Hatley with help of Spence Jr

By Jeff Zimmerman

WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) definitely has swag and an aura around him that is undeniable. Like most fighters he exudes confidence, but there is something different about Charlo. He’s definitely cut from a different cloth. It’s that us against the world mentality that he and his brother Jermall have created and as worked to perfection as they both are world champions just shy of their 27th birthday. It’s also the mantra for their Lions Only motto, which is a way of life for them.

Photo: Porfirio C. Barron Jr.

“It’s my life, it’s my heart. There’s things that I went through growing up. There’s things my brother went through growing up. It’s an attitude that we carry, it’s a demeanor. It’s something that it’s instilled in us,” Charlo explained. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) definitely has swag and an aura …



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Eddy Gutknecht Update

A statement from Family Gutknecht:

As you all know, our husband, father and brother Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht suffered a severe cranial trauma in the boxing match against George Groves on 18 November 2016 in London. The doctors at the London clinic saved Eddy’s life he was then in a coma for the 6 weeks that followed. After further operations, he has been treated for a few weeks in a German specialist clinic. Even if we are in good spirits, that Eddy will be better one day, it is clear that the road to recovery will take a very long time. In the last few months, we have received a great deal of sympathy and support. We are grateful for every e-mail, every post, every letter and every call and for the many welfare wishes and donations. We would like to thank every single person that has comforted us especially Blain, Nisse and Kalle Sauerland, for their support. We really hope that we can tell you at some point that Eddy is feeling better.

We firmly believe he will.

Family Gutknecht

A statement from Family Gutknecht: As you all know, our husband, father and brother Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht suffered a severe …


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Inoue, Yaegashi to defend belts in world title twinbill

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Ohashi Promotions announced a world title twinbill in Tokyo, Japan, on May 21. It will take place on the very next day of Teiken Promotions’ tripleheader at the same Ariake Coliseum so that our aficionados will see five world title bouts in a couple of days. Plus, in Nagoya, the WBO 108-pound title go between Kosei Tanaka and #1 Angel Acosta will be held in the daytime on May 20, so our fans will be able to watch six with the world belts at stake in total.

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (12-0, 10 KOs) will put his WBO junior bantamweight belt on the line against WBO Latino titlist and mandatory challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5 KOs), Mexico, in his fifth defense over twelve rounds. In a semi-windup, his stablemate and three-class world champ Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13 KOs) will risk his IBF junior flyweight belt against interim titlist Milan Melindo (35-2, 12 KOs) in a competitive confrontation of punchers. Also, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, elongated 5’11” southpaw Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2 KOs) will participate in his third pro bout against compatriot Takuya Yamamoto in a featherweight eight rounder. It is Fuji Television that will broadcast five world title goes in two days. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Ohashi Promotions announced a world title twinbill in Tokyo, Japan, on May 21. …


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Shawn Porter: I’m going after this dude

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Wednesday as he prepares for his welterweight world title eliminator showdown against Andre Berto that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, April 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

Here is what Porter and his father and trainer, Kenny Porter, had to say Wednesday from the Porter Hy-Performance Center:

SHAWN PORTER

“Every time I see this fight in my head, I feel good about it. I feel like my speed and my boxing ability is going to take care of the first half of this fight. Once we get going and establish the pace of the fight, which is what we’re going to do, after that, we’ll start working in our feints, our head movement, it’s gonna be beautiful. I know that much. (more…)

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Wednesday as he …


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Dib-Evans showdown on April 21

World-ranked junior lightweight Billel “Babyface” Dib (21-1, 10 KOs) and former WBC Youth titlist Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans (18-1, 14 KOs) will square off in an important ten round bout Friday, April 21 at the Buffalo Run Casino In Miami, OK. Dib is currently ranked #7 by the WBO and #13 by the WBA.

The card also features the highly anticipated pro debut of 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell. His opponent is TBA.

Heavyweight Kenzie Witt-Morrison (10-0-2, 9 KOs) looks to avenge a prior draw against Aaron Chavers (7-2-1, 3 KOs), in six round rematch. Morrison is a son of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison and half brother of Trey Lippe-Morrison.

World-ranked junior lightweight Billel “Babyface” Dib (21-1, 10 KOs) and former WBC Youth titlist Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans (18-1, 14 …



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Weights from Quebec

Batyr Jukembayev 139 vs Cosme Rivera 139.9
Simon Kean 249.6 vs Michael Marrone 243.4
Clovis Drolet 166.8 vs Jesus Olivares 172.2
Ablaikhan Khussainov 134.4 vs Cristian Arrazola 133.9

Promoter: Eye of the Tiger Management
Venue: Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec

Batyr Jukembayev 139 vs Cosme Rivera 139.9 Simon Kean 249.6 vs Michael Marrone 243.4 Clovis Drolet 166.8 vs Jesus Olivares …


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Tyson Fury attends Flanigan workout

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s open workouts at The Printworks earlier this evening. Flanagan makes the fifth defense of his WBO Lightweight World Title against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena this Saturday, live on BT Sport and BoxNation in the UK.

Fury, the former linear, WBA Super, IBF and WBO World Heavyweight Champion, watched on as local hero Flanagan was put through his paces by trainer Steve Maylett in front of hundreds of Manchester fight fans. (more…)

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s …


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UniMas adds April 28 boxing telecast

The ONLY regular professional boxing show in the 818 comes back to the lovely Burbank Marriott Convention and Event Center in Burbank, California on Friday, April 28.

Headlining the live two-hour Solo Boxeo broadcast on UniMas will be a trio of Top Rank prospects, Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (23-1, 6KOs), Erick De Leon (15-0, 9KOs), and Arnold Barboza Jr. (15-0, 5KOs). All three fighters have previously appeared at Valley Fight Night and will look to continue their progression up the world rankings ladder. (more…)

The ONLY regular professional boxing show in the 818 comes back to the lovely Burbank Marriott Convention and Event Center …


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PBC adds two FS1 shows to schedule

PBC has announced two new FS1 telecasts for the end of this month.

On Tuesday, April 25, welterweights Oscar Molina and Levan Ghvamichava will square-off in the main event, while rising super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa sees action versus TBA. The venue hasn’t been announced.

On Saturday, April 29, WBA cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov defends his title against Yunier Dorticos while Carlos Zambrano will battle Claudio Marrero in a featherweight showdown from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

PBC has announced two new FS1 telecasts for the end of this month. On Tuesday, April 25, welterweights Oscar Molina …


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Tom Loeffler: It’s time for Usyk to become a fan favorite

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: K2 promotion

Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director spoke with Fightnews.com about the second US WBO title defense by Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk (11-0, 10 KO) who will defend his title against undefeated Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KO) and Gvozdyk-Gonzalez will be part of an April 8th HBO live telecast undercard on Vasyl Lomachenko – Jason Sosa WBO super featherweight title bout from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“Usyk has this X factor to excite fans. Similar to Chocolatito Gonzalez. Flyweights, super flyweights – these divisions weren’t getting a lot of attention. Especially in America. Because of his exciting style in the ring, his charisma outside it and exposure on HBO, Chocolatito became one of the fan’s favorites. Exactly the same thing can happen with Usyk – even without a lot of attention around cruiserweight division right now. Hopefully, with HBO’s help, we can bring the best cruiserweight fights to the US from Europe and Russia where most of the best fights are happening right now,” said Loeffler.

Q: Oleksandr Usyk, we all got the message that he’s the best cruiserweight in the world, his reign over belts is coming…but he likes to talk about fighting as a heavyweight. Kind of mixed message.

A: The other part is rather answering the question if he considers fighting as a heavyweight. Usyk clearly wants to unify all the titles in the cruiserweight division and whet timing is right he will consider becoming heavyweight. Because of his frame, talent, his technical skills and speed he can make a successful transition into heavyweight division. But first things first… (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: K2 promotion Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director spoke with Fightnews.com about the second US WBO title …


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Lara now fit and ready

Back to 100% after a year of recovering from a hand injury, and a botched robbery that resulted in him being shot, power-punching Mexican featherweight contender Jorge “Pilón” Lara is back and looking for a significant fight.

Lara (28-0-2, 20 KOs), from Guadalajara, was last seen scoring the biggest victory of his career in April 2016, when he destroyed multiple world champion Fernando Montiel in one round at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The powerful southpaw was able to drop Montiel four times before the fight was waved over at 1:37 of the opening three minutes.

Lara injured his hand in the impressive victory and then was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt in his homeland. All of which resulted in a long year off for the 26-year-old. Despite the hiatus, he is still ranked WBC #9 and IBF #8 at featherweight.

Back to 100% after a year of recovering from a hand injury, and a botched robbery that resulted in him …


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Povetkin returns July 1 in Moscow

Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) will fight on July 1 at the Russia Concert Hall in Moscow. His opponent will ba named later. According to his promoter, World of Boxing, the 37-year-old Povetkin will be free and clear to fight by that date with no restrictions after some complications with doping tests in 2016.

The card also features the comeback of former IBF super lightweight champion Eduard Troyanovski (25-1, 22 KOs), and heavyweight prospect Alexey Papin (6-0, 5 KOs).

Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) will fight on July 1 at the Russia Concert Hall in Moscow. …


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Arum: Pacquiao-Horn clash is moving ahead

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is confident that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will defend the title against WBO #2 Jeff Horn will go ahead at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on July 2 now that people involved have agreed on the essential points and there’s nobody objecting to the deal.

“We’re slowly finishing up the deal to fight … people have agreed on essential points,” Arum told The Times in a telephone interview from Washington DC.

“Paperwork takes time, particularly when it’s not the usual thing of getting it done in the United States. We’re dealing with an Australian promoter, the state government. … Here, in this case, you’ve got to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, and that’s what we’re in the process of doing.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is confident that WBO welterweight champion Manny …


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Mijares, Rojas collide in crossroads battle

Three-time former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares will face former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas in a crossroads showdown on Saturday night at the international Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Mijares previously defeated Rojas on points in 2004. The 36-year-old Rojas is 48-14-1 with 32 KOs and has won nine straight. The 35-year-old Mijares is 55-8-2 with 26 KOs and has won six straight. He is currently ranked #4 by the WBC in the featherweight division.

Three-time former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares will face former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas in a crossroads showdown on …


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Cherry edges Douglas over ten

2-time world title challenger Edner Cherry (36-7-2, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. An expected slugfest turned into a tactical boxing match and went the full distance. Scores were 98-92, 96-94, 96-94.

Local Super featherweight favorite Frank DeAlba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczweski (26-3, 8 KOs). Kielczweski seemed to do more but coasted in the last few rounds and came up short in the score card. Scores were 80-72, 77-75, 77-75.

In a clash of unbeaten featherweight prospects, Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over formerly unbeaten Luis Rosario (8-1-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 78-74.

Full report and more photos…

2-time world title challenger Edner Cherry (36-7-2, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 …


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Sulecki targets Hurd and Charlo

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m ready to fight the best!” says unbeaten Maciej Sulęcki (23-0, 8 KOs). “I want to be back in the States as soon as possible, because trainer Chico Rivas helped my development tremendously.” Sulęcki, who after going undefeated as a middleweight, will test himself as super welterweight this Saturday in Zakopane, Poland. “Fighting Michi Munoz (25-6, 16 KOs) is just a warm-up,” proclaimed Sulecki. “I’m not taking my opponent lightly, but I want to finish him fast. I can fight the champs right away. The week after Munoz. Charlo, Hurd, it doesn’t matter, bring it on! I’m not sure Mr Haymon would like them being demolished, me taking their belts…WBC, IBF belts, soon, this is my goal.”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I’m ready to fight the best!” says unbeaten Maciej Sulęcki (23-0, 8 KOs). “I want to be …


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Hughie Fury Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #1 heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will enter the ring at a career heaviest weight when he challenges WBO champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) on May 6 at the Vector Arena, in Auckland, New Zealand. “Hughie is not ailing anymore,” his father/trainer Peter Fury told ESPN. “He’s in very, very good condition. He’s averaging a pound or two a week in added weight so he’s going to come in his heaviest but also his leanest. He’ll be in fine condition.”

The elder Fury also stated that Hughie plans to bring the heat on fight night.

“When you’re an away fighter, you’ve got it all to do and you’ve got to take it off the champion. You don’t expect to get a fair, crystal clear decision – you have to go and take it. This is the highlight of his career and it’s a mountain to climb. Parker is a good fighter but Hughie is coming fully prepared to take those belts.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #1 heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will enter the ring at …


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WBC approves Sor Rungvisai-Gonzalez rematch, Cuadras-Estrada interim title clash

The WBC received a request from Teiken Promotions / K2 Promotions, to order a direct rematch between their fighter Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai after their sensational fight of March 18, which was won by majority decision by Sor Rungvisai, from Thailand.

The WBC Board of Governors considers that due to the extraordinary fight, which was extremely close and considering that the WBC championship rules regarding accidental head butts were not used, but most importantly, considering a public demand to witness once again a great match between these 2 great fighters, the WBC has granted the request by unanimous vote to order the rematch between Sor Rungvisai and Gonzalez.

The WBC convention ruling had ordered the winner of march 18 to fight Carlos Cuadras and considering that the rematch will not take place in some time due to the medical suspension of both fighters, the WBC is ordering an interim championship between the two highest available contenders, Carlos Cuadras vs. Juan Francisco Estrada.

The winners of both fights (Srisaket vs. Gonzalez and Cuadras vs. Estrada), must fight each other next.

The WBC received a request from Teiken Promotions / K2 Promotions, to order a direct rematch between their fighter Roman …


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Ward-Kovalev 2 set for June 17 in Vegas

Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between the unified Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former titleholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses” will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight, including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further details will be available in the coming days.

“I’m going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked for – now you have to see me on June 17. This time…leave the excuses at home,” said Ward.

“I’m glad to know that rematch will happen. I really hope that Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of boxing will see the real Krusher–the one they have missed for couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all of boxing fans,” said Kovalev. (more…)

Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between …


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Crawford, Diaz quick quotes

Photos: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank

Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz spoke about their upcoming April 4 clash at the Madison Square Garden.

Crawford: It’s going to be a fun night. I’m really excited for this fight. I’ve been reading all of the blogs people have been sending me for the last couple of days, telling me that this guy said I’m scared of him and I’m ducking him. And everybody knows Terence Crawford doesn’t duck anybody. I’m real excited and happy that he got the chance to get the fight. I’m not running boy, I’m not running! So we’re here now and that’s everything I have to say. May 20th, let the better man win!

Diaz: On the 20th it’s going to be an incredible opportunity for me. When I was arguing with my managers about finding the biggest fights out there, Crawford was number one since he is the best out there and it’s such an amazing opportunity to finally get that fight with him.

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Photos: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz spoke …


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This week’s world title action

Saturday, April 8

First, at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs) and junior middleweight rivals Liam Smith (24-1-1, 13 KOs) and Liam Williams (16-0-1, 11 KOs) clash for the vacant WBO interim title. No USA TV, BoxNation will televise in the UK.

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

Finally, at Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, IBF strawweight champion Jose “Tecuala” Argumedo (19-3-1, 11 KOs) defends against Gabriel “El Gigante” Mendoza (15-5-1, 3 KOs).

Sunday, April 9

In Osaka, Japan, WBA super bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1, 16 KOs) defends against unbeaten Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs).

Saturday, April 8 First, at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) defends …


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Lightweight contender Cherry in action tonight

Former title challenger Edner Cherry (35-7-2, 19 KOs) takes on once-beaten Omar Douglas (17-1, 12 KOs) tonight in a 10-round lightweight bout that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Cherry of Wauchula, Florida has had a smooth camp while training in the Sunshine State and is ready for the 46th start of his professional start.

“Everything is good, and we will be prepared for everything,” said the 34-year-old Cherry. “Whatever Douglas brings, we will be prepared for. This is not the first time, that I’ve been in this position. He is the guy who has to prove he can perform. I have been there before, so the pressure is on him.”

Cherry believes a win should gain him another crack at a world title. “A win definitely puts me ahead. It will open doors for better fights and better paydays. A title shot is what I want. But also a bigger money fight that will take care of my family.”

Former title challenger Edner Cherry (35-7-2, 19 KOs) takes on once-beaten Omar Douglas (17-1, 12 KOs) tonight in a 10-round …


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Boxing back in Richmond, CA, Saturday

By Lucas “Lukie” Ketelle

Square Vision Entertainment returns to the Richmond Auditorium on Saturday, April 8th with a card featuring eleven confirmed bouts with a four-man Square Warriors junior welterweight tournament headlining the event and crowning the second champion in the promotion’s history. The first champion was crowned in January when Alberto Torres knocked out Adam Fiel for the Square Warriors Featherweight title.

Headlining the card is Luis “Vicious” Garcia (6-1-1 5KOs) of Richmond, Ca who has recently changed trainers and relocated his camp closer to Richmond, CA to be close to his family while training after suffering his first career loss to Eddie Diaz in his last bout. Garcia will take on Julian “JuJu” Bautista (2-2-2 1KO), who has been in camp with Vasyl Lomachenko getting him ready for Jason Sosa, who fight on the same night, but in Maryland on a card broadcast nationwide by HBO.

The winner of the main event will face the winner of the co-main event as Eddie Diaz (3-6-2 1KO), who is coming off a KO victory of Luis Garcia in his last outing taking on local favorite San Francisco, CA’s Jhonathan Zamduio (1-4-3). (more…)

By Lucas “Lukie” Ketelle Square Vision Entertainment returns to the Richmond Auditorium on Saturday, April 8th with a card featuring …


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Boxeo Telemundo still #1

“Boxeo Telemundo Ford” ended its spring season (February-March) as the most watched boxing program on Spanish-language television with an average of 432,000 total viewers and 212,000 adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. The season featured four straight weeks of events every Friday night, from February 24 through March 17. The highest event of the season was on March 3 when Antonio “Toño” Morán took on Richard “El Diamante” Zamora in a one-round knockout win for the super lightweight title delivering 453,000 total viewers and 245,000 adults 18-49.

“Boxeo Telemundo” returns in July for its summer season that will include four straight weeks of events beginning July 7 through the 28th. All events will air live on Telemundo and via the Telemundo EN VIVO app. (more…)

“Boxeo Telemundo Ford” ended its spring season (February-March) as the most watched boxing program on Spanish-language television with an average …




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