WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Ulises Solis to face Petalcorin in comeback fight

Two time former IBF light flyweight Champion Ulises Solis was in Melbourne Australia today who has fought in 14 World Title bouts.

Solis met up with promoter Peter Maniatis in Melbourne and the topic was a comeback fight for Solis. The fight is planned for mid next year against former WBA champion Randy Petalcorin and Solis said that his brother Jorge Solis, who fought Manny Pacquiao in Texas, would train him if he decides to makes comeback fight.

Former World champion Solis said “Petacorin is a good fighter and a former WBA World Champion. I am a two time IBF World champion. I believe this fight would generate a lot of interest. I am only 35 years old and have not fought for a few years but I am always in the gym training and also training other boxers. I take boxing seriously.

“The offer would have to be good to get me out of retirement”

Peter Maniatis said “Solis is a good name for Petalcorin he has fought in 14 world title fights but has not fought for 3 years and at 35 years of age its up to him to get into shape to fight Petalcorin. I think this fight would be a statement fight for Petalcorin”

Two time former IBF light flyweight Champion Ulises Solis was in Melbourne Australia today who has fought in 14 World …


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Diablo Plan: Beat Harth, then fight for title

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I hope that fans will see a “real man” boxing fight. There’s everything at stake for me, because losing to Harth would mean that I won’t have a chance to fight for a world title. Winning means I’ll be very close. I want to fight for a maximum five years, win the title, defend it a couple of times and finish my career. It doesn’t matter which cruiserweight champion I have to face. And for now, I want to knock him out,” stated former WBC/IBF cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3. 37 KOs). On this super busy December 10 boxing day, he’ll fight Germany’s Leon Harth (14-1, 10 KO) in Wrocław, Poland, for IBF Intercontinental title. Another cruiserweight fight in Wrocław worth watching: Michał Cieślak (14-0, 11 KO), who next year will move his training camp to the USA, vs. also undefeated Nikodem Jeżewski (12-0, 7 KO).

On the scales: Włodarczyk: 199,5, Harth: 195,1; Cieślak: 199,7, Jeżewski: 198,4.

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I hope that fans will see a “real man” boxing fight. There’s everything at stake for me, …



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Golden Boy re-inks Caballero

Former world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) has re-signed a multi-year promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, the company announced today. Caballero, who is 26 years old and from the Coachella Valley, is a former IBF Bantamweight World Champion who started his career with Golden Boy Promotions in 2010. He is currently ranked number 11 in the super bantamweight division by the WBC

Former world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) has re-signed a multi-year promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, …


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Anthony Joshua 249, Eric Molina 237.5

Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Anthony Joshua 249 vs. Eric Molina 237.5
(IBF heavyweight title)

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Showtime

Photo: Matchroom Boxing Anthony Joshua 249 vs. Eric Molina 237.5 (IBF heavyweight title) Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK Promoter: Matchroom …




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Chavez Jr. and Britsch set for clash

By Hesiquio Balderas

Things are heating up in Monterrey, Mexico, for Saturday’s clash between former middleweight champion Julio Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch.

Julio Chavez Jr: ” I trained very hard for this fight. I’ve been in the gym for a long time, doing my best. I’m basically in the best shape since my fight with Martinez. People will get a great fight from me and from my opponent because of our styles.”

Dominic Britsch: “I am here to win. I want to thank Mexico for the warm welcome. I will win the fight because I feel no pressure and because I had a great training camp for this fight. This will be an exciting fight.”

Tickets are still tickets available.

By Hesiquio Balderas Things are heating up in Monterrey, Mexico, for Saturday’s clash between former middleweight champion Julio Chavez Jr …


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Cuellar-Mares/Charlo-Williams Final Presser

By Miguel Maravilla

With only 2 days to go WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina and former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico held the final press conference Thursday afternoon at Galen Center Founders Club for their showdown taking place this Saturday at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C in Los Angeles live on Showtime.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Ringstar Sports’ Richard Schaefer opened up the press conference. The company will be promoting their inaugural event. “From top to bottom this is one of the best cards. When you look at these two fights, you really have two events that could be main events anywhere. These four guys are really made for each other,” Schaefer said. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla With only 2 days to go WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina and …


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Parker, Ruiz polite at weigh in but promise victory

By David Finger

In what is already shaping up to be the biggest fight card in New Zealand’s history, undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz from Mexico and undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker from New Zealand weighed in this morning at the Britomart Country Club in downtown Auckland New Zealand. Ruiz, who has weighed as much as 297 in his early career, weighed in at 255.7. Parker weighed in at 246.7.

Photo: David Finger

After the weigh in both fighters spoke briefly to the media before answering questions from press row.

“We did the hard work over there in Big Bear and now it’s time to have fun,” Andy Ruiz said after the weigh in. “Show the talent I really have and December 10th we’re going to win.” (more…)

By David Finger In what is already shaping up to be the biggest fight card in New Zealand’s history, undefeated …


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Helu, Musson victorious in Auckland

Story and photos by David Finger

All eyes in boxing may be on Auckland, New Zealand for this weekend’s super fight featuring Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz for the vacant heavyweight title, but with the super fight just one night away a smaller, but no less passionate, crowd came out to support some hometown fighters at the Auckland Boxing Association (ABA) Stadium across town. Craig Thompson and CTP Boxing hosted the “Christmas Cracker” fight card, an annual event at the ABA Stadium. Founded in 1887, the Auckland Boxing Association had made its home at the ABA Stadium since 1992, and the stadium had as much character and charm as many venues twice the size.

The “Christmas Cracker” card fell a night before the Parker-Ruiz PPV clash and featured mostly amateur or “corporate” fights. However the card was rounded off with two professional fights featuring a pair of rising young Kiwis looking to break into the big time much like their countryman Joseph Parker had done. (more…)

Story and photos by David Finger All eyes in boxing may be on Auckland, New Zealand for this weekend’s super …



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Weights from Dallas

By Robert Hughes

Joey Alday 159.5 vs. TBD
Samuel Clarkson 178.75 vs. Larry Pryor 180.5
Alexis Del Bosque 136.25 vs. Mohamed Rodriguez 138.75
DeAnthony Jones TBA vs. Antonio Solarzano TBA
Ray Ximenez 126.0 vs. Raymond Chacon 126.0
Gabriel Rodriguez 126.5 vs. Javier Cepeda 129.5
Thomas Smith 127.0 vs. David Montes 133.75
Jarvis Shepard 153.75 vs. Gilbert Chuen NO SHOW
Amon Rashidi 147.75 vs. Johnathan Bullock 147.0
Even Torres 169.0 vs. Christopher Jones 179.0
Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Mojica 110.5 vs. Adrian Guerra 110.5

Promoter: Golden Eagle Promotions and Montoya Rubial
Venue: The Bomb Factory, Downtown Dallas, Texas

By Robert Hughes Joey Alday 159.5 vs. TBD Samuel Clarkson 178.75 vs. Larry Pryor 180.5 Alexis Del Bosque 136.25 vs. …


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Andy Ruiz 255.7, Joseph Parker 246.7

By David Finger at the scale

Andy Ruiz 255.7 vs. Joseph Parker 246.7
(WBO heavyweight title)

Jeff Horn 146.6 vs. Ali Funeka 146.4
Isaac Dogboe 121.8 vs. Julian Aristile 121.8
Junior Fa 270.1 vs. Pablo Magrini 210
Josh Parker 189.6 vs. Ash McConville 203.4
Shannon O’Connell 121.4 vs. Laura Griffa 121.4
Brown Buttabean 281 vs. Che Barlow 231.5

Venue: Vector Arene, Auckland, NZ
Promoter: Top Rank/Duco
TV: HBO (same day delay)

By David Finger at the scale Andy Ruiz 255.7 vs. Joseph Parker 246.7 (WBO heavyweight title) Jeff Horn 146.6 vs. …


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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch face to face in Monterrey

In a cold and rainy afternoon in Monterrey, Mexico former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Dominick Britsch came face to face in the final press conference to promote their 10 round battle that will take place this Saturday in a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in the Monterrey Arena and that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Español at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr and Britsch sat under a tarp to speak about their fight that well attended by local media and fans. Also at the presser where Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Juan Carlos Torres of Zanfer Promotions and Mexican Olympic gold medalist in the 1984 games in Los Angeles Raul Gonzalez director of Sports for the City of Monterrey and key a figure in bringing the fight here. (more…)

In a cold and rainy afternoon in Monterrey, Mexico former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Dominick Britsch …


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Cotto-Kirkland on Feb 28

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return February 25 against James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. Cotto and his team are in New York City finalizing the details for the Roc Nation card, which will be televised by HBO PPV. The 36-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has been inactive since November 2015 when he lost by decision to “Canelo” Alvarez. An official announcement is expected shortly.

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return February 25 against James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) at …



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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBO, WBC Super lightweight champion Terence Crawford and No. 1 Contender John Molina pose during the final Press Conference to announce their bout December 10 live on HBO at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank WBO, WBC Super lightweight champion Terence Crawford and No. 1 Contender John Molina pose …


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Whyte vs Chisora fight still on; Chisora suspended two-year suspension, £25,000 fine

Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora will still fight in a WBC World Heavyweight title eliminator at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The British Boxing Board of Control held an emergency meeting in Manchester on Thursday afternoon to discuss the clash between the pair at their press conference on Wednesday.

The Board ruled that Chisora would be handed a suspended two-year suspension, a £25,000 fine plus £5,000 costs and that Whyte’s British title would not be on the line.

Both fighters will weigh-in at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester tomorrow but at separate times and will not face-off.

Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora will still fight in a WBC World Heavyweight title eliminator at the Manchester Arena on …


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Arum celebrates 85th birthday in New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum celebrated his 85th birthday in Auckland New Zealand in the company of Australian boxing journalist Grantlee Kieza who talked about the time they were both at the WBC light heavyweight title bout in Australia when the champion Jeff “Hitman” Harding stopped Tom “The Bomb” Collins when the Englishman retired on his stool at the conclusion of round two.

Arum said that the fans were unhappy with Collins finishing on his stool and he talked on the microphone to the fans to settled them down. Arum also talked boxing greats Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler and Manny Pacquiao. Kieza said he “Just had sensational dinner with Bob Arum talking about some of his boxers Ali, Pacquiao, Leonard Duran Hagler Duran”

Bob Arum is in New Zealand for the WBO#3 Andy Ruiz v WBO#1 Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title on Saturday.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum celebrated his 85th birthday in Auckland New …


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Skoglund and Shala make weight

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Erik Skoglund 174.6 vs Timy Shala 173.5
WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship

Naim Terbunja 173.1 vs Sven Fornling 173.1
Mikaela Laurén 150 vs Szilvia Szabados 152.1
Hampus Henriksson 171.7 vs Przemyslaw Binienda 168.4
Patricia Berghult 137.6 vs Monika Antonik 139.6

Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Rosvalla Arena, Nyköping, Sweden

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Erik Skoglund 174.6 vs Timy Shala 173.5 WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship Naim Terbunja 173.1 vs Sven …



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Haskins suffers leg injury, cancels his defense with Omori in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Woz Promotions in Kyoto, Japan, presided by Shoji Omori, has surprisingly announced that the IBF 118-pound title bout between defending champ Lee Haskins and his local favorite IBF#14 Shohei Omori (no relation to the promoter despite their likeliness of the names) was pitifully cancelled because of Haskins’ leg injury, of which the British champion’s party informed the local promoter just yesterday. Therefore, the show on New Year’s Eve has become just a doubleheader featuring the IBF 122-pound titlist Jonathan Guzman versus Yukinori Oguni, and WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka versus interim titlist Stamp Kiatniwat of Thailand. Omori is supposed to participate in the show even without the world championship on the line.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Woz Promotions in Kyoto, Japan, presided by Shoji Omori, has surprisingly announced that …


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Ruiz-Parker Final Presser Quick Quotes

Photos: PHOTOSPORT

Undefeated heavyweight contenders Joe Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be battling for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. They faced off Thursday at their final press conference.

Andy Ruiz: “This is my chance and I didn’t come all the way to New Zealand to lose. I know everyone is underestimating me. I know I trained hard for this fight. I hear everyone commenting on how I look physically, but imagine now that I am in great shape, how good I will be on Saturday night. I know I am an exciting fighter – I will use lots of footwork and throw a lot of combinations – and we both hit hard…this is a great opportunity for me and I’m not leaving New Zealand without that belt.”

Joseph Parker: “I will use the support in the building to motivate me and that will drive me throughout the fight. Andy wants to take the belt back with him and I want to keep it here. I want to go out there and win this and win it well. I know Andy is a nice guy and there is no hate between us. But when the bell rings on Saturday night we flip the switch and we will each be trying to knock the other guy out.”

Bob Arum: “I don’t put money on fights. I do give Andy a great chance to win this fight. I always tell people, the best way to lose money is to bet on a fight. Andy is in sensational shape for this fight. Andy has the fastest hands in a heavyweight that I have seen since Muhammad Ali. And he really stands in there and takes the fight to his opponent. The winner of this fight will be the preeminent heavyweight.” photos

Photos: PHOTOSPORT Undefeated heavyweight contenders Joe Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be battling …


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Jones-Gunn: Skill vs. Will

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Courtney Gale Photography

Four-division world champion, and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) laces them up again on February, 17th, 2017, when he takes on former two-time world title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6-1, 18 KOs) at the Chase Center, in Wilmington, Delaware. They will contest for the vacant WBF world cruiserweight title. The fight was announced on a dreary, rainy afternoon in Wilmington, and the general mood of those in attendance at the kickoff press conference seemed to reflect that somberness.

Local politician and attorney Ciro Poppiti was the first to speak, and he did his best to generate some excitement. “Delaware was knocked down on the canvas, but we are getting back up. There was the Newsweek story that proclaimed Wilmington to be a ‘murder town’. This fight could have been made anywhere in the United States, but it will happen here. The sun is coming up. Roy Jones was in sunny Pensacola this morning, but he got on a plane and came here to announce that he will be fighting in our little community. That tells us that we are on the right path!” (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Courtney Gale Photography Four-division world champion, and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) laces …


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Liebenberg-Koelling sign for rematch in South Africa

After their memorable battle in Germany in October, light-heavyweight contenders Ryno Liebenberg and Enrico Koelling will engage in a much-awaited rematch at South Africa’s Emperors Palace Casino on February 4. Confirming the news on Thursday, Golden Gloves boss Rodney Berman and Kalle Sauerland of Team Sauerland said that agreed terms included Koelling traveling to Liebenberg’s back yard to prove the first result was no fluke.

Koelling (22-1, 6 KOs) won a split decision that infuriated the South Africans’ camp, who vowed revenge in the event of a rematch. Berman agreed to the Germans’ demands for a German judge to go alongside a South African official and a neutral official to ensure potential claims of bias have no basis. Liebenberg (17-4, 12 KOs) has been bristling ever since the referee raised Koelling’s arm at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, telling supporters to watch the video on YouTube to decide for themselves.

After their memorable battle in Germany in October, light-heavyweight contenders Ryno Liebenberg and Enrico Koelling will engage in a much-awaited …


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Cuellar, Mares, Charlo, Williams Trainers Speak

Four of the top trainers in the sport, Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia, Ronnie Shields and Stephen Edwards met with media in Los Angeles to discuss their fighters’ respective showdowns this Saturday from Galen Center at USC and live on Showtime.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Saturday’s event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division world champion Abner Mares with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams. (more…)

Four of the top trainers in the sport, Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia, Ronnie Shields and Stephen Edwards met with media …


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Joshua-Molina heats up

IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Eric Molina worked out for the British press on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they prepare to square off this Saturday at Manchester Arena live on Showtime.

Photo: Matchroom

Anthony Joshua: “Eric is coming here to win and he’s got a goal in his sights and dreams to fulfill. I want to shatter his dreams and keep that title. He gave Wilder a real test, rocked him, and boxed through the fight with an injury. So he’s got ability, power and heart…I won’t disrespect Eric, but I don’t play games, I come to dominate. I don’t care how long the fight with Molina goes; one or 12 rounds, I just need to dismantle my opponent.”

Eric Molina: “Knockout is the only way I am going to win. I’m not here to take it on points, I am here to put him on the floor and take his belt. Any heavyweight can KO any other heavyweight, and I can KO Joshua. I’m a hard-punching heavyweight so I’m extremely confident. I’m unpredictable – and any man in this division can be KO’d on any night. To become champion, that’s the ultimate goal, and I think I have what it takes to knock him out.”

IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Eric Molina worked out for the British press on Tuesday in Manchester, England, …


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Isaac Dogboe makes waves in Auckland

By David Finger

Although almost all eyes in New Zealand are on the popular local boy Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) as he gets ready to take on fellow undefeated prospect Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO heavyweight title, a unexpected fighter from the other side of the world is making waves of his own in Auckland. Undefeated Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (15-0, 9 KOs) will take on Argentina’s Julian Evaristo Aristule (32-6, 16 KOs) Saturday night on the undercard of Parker-Ruiz fight in a bout for the WBO International super bantamweight championship. Aristule is the current WBO Latino super bantamweight title (which is also on the line on Saturday night) while Dogboe won the WBO Africa featherweight championship and WBO Oriental featherweight championship in his last fight back in August.

Photo: David Finger

Attracting attention from the international boxing community isn’t the easiest thing to do when you’re a kid from Ghana, but Isaac Dogboe has shown a knack over his career of making sure people pay attention. And since arriving two days ago in Auckland Dogboe has already made something of a name for himself with the locals.

“It’s great to be here,” Isaac Dogboe said of the welcome he received in Auckland. “And we would really love to come back here and fight against after our fight on Saturday night.” (more…)

By David Finger Although almost all eyes in New Zealand are on the popular local boy Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 …


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Fight Club OC weigh-in

Roy Englebrecht Promotions Presents
Fight Club OC – Thursday, December 8th
The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA

Tug Nyamayar 128 vs German Maraz 125.4
Lupe Arroyo 128.4 vs Mauricio Gomez 127.8
Michael Reddemann 146.2 vs Geoffrey Mellor 145.8
Carlos Licona 111 vs Yezber Romero 112
Emilas Jimenez 154 vs Vincent Borquez 153
Emmanuel Medina 146.2 vs Joann Valenzulea 146.9

Doors at 6:30pm
42 Ticket remain at www.fightcluboc.com

Roy Englebrecht Promotions Presents Fight Club OC – Thursday, December 8th The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA Tug Nyamayar 128 …


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Chavez Jr. and Britsch poised for showdown

Only three days from facing each other, former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his opponent Dominick Britsch are putting the final touches for their battle that will take place this Saturday night in the a 10 round main event of a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Español at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr and his team got into town on Monday night and Britsch has been here for 10 days getting acclimated to the city in anticipation of the fight. (more…)

Only three days from facing each other, former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his opponent Dominick Britsch …


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WBA announces purse bids

The WBA Championships Committee has announced Purse Bids for the following world title fights on Monday, December 19th, at WBA Headquarters in Panama City:

Division: Middleweight (160 lbs.)
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs
Minimum Amount: US$ 400.000.00
Purse Split: 75% Golovkin – 25% Jacobs

Division: Super Bantamweight (122 lbs.)
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores
Minimum Amount: US$ 150.000.00
Purse Split: 75% Rigondeaux – 25% Flores

The WBA Championships Committee has announced Purse Bids for the following world title fights on Monday, December 19th, at WBA …


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Ringstar inks Mexican Olympian Misael Rodriguez

The recently formed promotional company, Ringstar Sports, added another future world champion to its growing stable of fighters today with the announcement that 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez has signed with the company led by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer.

“I’m thrilled to be adding another promising young potential super star in Misael Rodriguez to the Ringstar lineup,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. “This is a young man who has overcome every obstacle thrown his way. He is mentally strong, has great skills and I expect him to have a very long, successful career. I’m looking forward to helping Misael and his family achieve their goals and I hope to make him a household name in the sport.”

The recently formed promotional company, Ringstar Sports, added another future world champion to its growing stable of fighters today with …


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Nelson to referee Crawford-Molina

Mark Nelson (MN) will be the third man in the ring when WBC/WBO jr welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) defends his titles against John Molina, Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Judges are Levi Martinez (NM), David Sutherland (OK) and Robert Hecko (IL). The bout will air live on HBO.

Mark Nelson (MN) will be the third man in the ring when WBC/WBO jr welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford …


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[Updated] New judges for Parker-Ruiz

Tony Weeks (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and #3 rated Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) clash for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title on Saturday night at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Judges are now Ramon Pascual Cerdan (Argentina), Save Lagumbay (Philippines) and Ingo Barrabas (Germany). All U.S. judges were previously announced. The WBO Supervisor Richard De Cuir. The bout will air on HBO on a same-day delayed telecast.

Tony Weeks (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) …


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Crawford looks sharp in workout

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBC, WBO super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha gets ready to battle with number one contender John “The Gladiator” Molina at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on Top Rank’s big fight card televised live on HBO.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank WBC, WBO super lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha gets ready to battle …


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Johnny Lewis on IBHOF Induction

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian trainer Johnny Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017. He trained world champions Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Claire.

John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 and also inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Johnny Lewis talked to Fightnews and said “I have got to say it is a great honour and as much for me as for the fighters I have trained. There is no doubt it is because of the fighters I have been able to look after and they paid a big part in it of course. I am humbled by it. To think that you are going to be recognized with some of the truly greats of the sport. What can I say. It is mind boggling.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian trainer Johnny Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of …


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Ex-OPBF champ Kato squeaks by Filipino Doronio

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Formerly OPBF and Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9 KOs), 135, decked his first victory since his last win over Nihito Arakawa two years ago, when he withstood the opening attack of hard-punching Filipino Leonardo Doronio (15-14-3, 10 KOs), 135, showed his relentless retaliation and eked out a majority decision (97-94, 96-94 95-96) over ten give-and-take heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Doronio, who looked better and more dangerous than his mediocre credentials indicated, displayed a very furious attack to take the leadoff in the first round. But Kato, a shaven skulled veteran, fought back hard from the second and opened a gash under the left optic of the game Filipino. Doronio occasionally scored with a strong shot at a time, while Kato responded with solid left-right combos to the Filipino warrior to earn more votes in later rounds.

Promoter: Kadoebi Jewel Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Formerly OPBF and Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9 KOs), 135, decked …


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Muranaka barely defeats Hisataka

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former Japanese flyweight champ, now WBO#12 ranked 115-pounder Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs), 116.75, had a tough time coping with four-time world challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-16-1, 10 KOs), 117, but finally accelerated his engine down the stretch to earn a majority verdict (77-75, 77-76, 76-76) over eight hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. As expected, it became an all-out war with Muranaka throwing fast combinations upstairs and downstairs from the outset and Hisataka cleverly averting them to retaliate with solid counters. Hisataka’s persistent body attack looked effective, while Muranaka responded with lighter but busier combos to the veteran’s face. Hisataka, having lost to Takefumi Sakata, Denkaosen Kaowichit, Hugo Cazares and Omar Narvaez in unsuccessful bids for the world belts, had him on the deck in round five, but it was ruled a slip, though the loser complained of it afterward. Muranaka’s dominance over him in the seventh carried him to a hairline victory. Muranaka, a windmill puncher, has been unbeaten for ten years since his last defeat in a six-rounder in 2006.

Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former Japanese flyweight champ, now WBO#12 ranked 115-pounder Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs), …


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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Rick Scharmberg

Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE to officially announce a fight between former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) and Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6, 18 KOs). The bout will take place on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the same venue. At stake will be the vacant WBF cruiserweight belt.

Roy Jones Jr. – “I thank God to be able to do what I do. I’m blessed. My legacy is unmatched, and to get two guys like us to enter the ring together is a great thing. I continue to fight not for myself, but it is what God placed me here to do.”

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“I do the opposite of what people expect me to do. People never expected me to go from a silver medalist at light middleweight to the heavyweight championship of the world, but I did it. I enjoy what I do. People can’t tell me when to stop. They never told me when to start!” (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held …


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Holyfield, Barrera head 2017 IBHOF Inductees

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday the members of the Class of 2017. Inductees include undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, three-division champion “The Baby Faced Assassin”Marco Antonio Barrera and three-division champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia (posthumous). Non-participants and observers to be inducted include trainer Johnny Lewis, veteran judge Jerry Roth, journalist/broadcaster Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Eddie Booker in the Old-Timer Category; and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr. in the Non Participant Category.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 8-11th in Canastota, NY.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced Tuesday the members of the Class of 2017. Inductees include undisputed …




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