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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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UniMas Weights from Dallas

UniMas Weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Top Rank Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75 Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4 Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos ...

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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna ...

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Thurman and Porter make weight

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Keith Thurman 146 vs. Shawn Porter 147 (WBA world welterweight title) Porter stripped naked and was right on the limit. Jarrett ...

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Boxing News

Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

By Joe Koizumi

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan veteran southpaw Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-2, 21 KOs), 108, five times and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven-skulled 36-year-old Venezuelan hit the deck twice in the ninth, once in the tenth and twice more in the fatal eleventh, but whenever he was floored, he showed his heart and stood up to resume fighting. But his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the lopsided eleventh. Taguchi, making his third defense, had the upper hand and kept whipping the lefty challenger all the way despite Landaeta’s occasional retaliation. The lanky speedster Taguchi, 29, thus registered all three defenses by knockouts to show his improvement.

Before the stoppage, all the officials identically had Taguchi leading on points: 108-96 by Robert Hoyle (US), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Byunmu Kim (Korea). The patient referee was Hubert Earle (Canada).
Watanabe Promotions.



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Interview: Dat Nguyen, Buddy McGirt

Interview/Photos: Karl Freitag

Popular featherweight Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday, May 8 at Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida. It will be the 33-year-old Nguyen’s first fight since dropping a decision to Jayson Velez since 2013, a fight he took on late notice. Fightnews.com® dropped by Nguyen’s nicely equipped gym in Vero Beach, Florida, where he is preparing for his comeback with elite trainer Buddy McGirt. Dat recently signed with promoter Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Boxing and his fight will take place on the undercard of the Bounce TV telecast featuring Kanat Islam vs. Juan De Angel.

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April 27th, 2016


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vijender Singh accepts Amir Khan’s challenge to fight in India

Amir Khan asks Instagram followers to choose which color boots to wear against Canelo

Jeff Horn eyes boxing glory against Randall Bailey

Tyson Fury will be as unpredictable as ever



April 27th, 2016

UFC

Forget rankings, DJ makes case as best ever

One minute. Give or take a few seconds, depending on your capacity to be alarmed, that 1/60th of an hour against John Dodson in January of 2013 is the only time Demetrious Johnson appeared to be in danger of losing his UFC flyweight title . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 27th, 2016


Boxing News

The “Knock-Out King” Looks to KO “The Hornet”

By Jesse Wright

Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) is particularly more soft spoken than his usual self leading up to his clash with welterweight contender Jeff “The Hornet” Horn tonight at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia. By nature, Bailey’s personality, much like his fighting style, is brash, aggressive and to the point. The showdown with Horn was originally scheduled for March 2nd but postponed due to a freak accident which involved Horn receiving a punch to the throat in training camp. The altered demeanor of Bailey – rated as the #12 WBO contender – may simply be a result of the increased anxiousness that comes with waiting so long. Our conversation took place just hours before he jumped on a plane to head over to what is hostile territory in Horn’s backyard. All that being said, his demeanor may have changed, however his attitude is still the same as always. He’s still the “Knock-Out King,” and that’s exactly how he plans on handling business against Horn.

Although he respects Horn (13-0-1, 8 KOs) as an opponent, Bailey’s confidence in his own power still seems to dictate his attitude and game plan towards the contest. Before the initial contest was cancelled, Randall and I discussed the fight back in January, and at that time, he didn’t dedicate much time to watching tape because he believed Horn’s style would alter when he felt his power. With extra time to prepare and study film on Horn, not much has changed. (more…)



April 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Thurman-Porter face off at kickoff presser

Photos: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter went face-to-face Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan as they hosted a press conference to discuss their highly anticipated June 25 CBS-televised showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Thurman and Porter went eye-to-eye and talked about their eagerly awaited 147-pound world title clash that takes place in primetime on June 25.

Keith Thurman: “I made you wait. But it’s worth it. This is a tremendous fight. Arguably the best matchup of the year. We’re going to work our butts off to make it the Fight of the Year. Our two teams go way back. This is the most beautiful moment of my professional career and I’m about to compete with somebody I grew up with. I’m happy for my success and I’m happy for Shawn’s success. We come from the same boat. When you’re a young kid in the gym training and then you’re here today, that takes a special kind of person. Shawn and I are both that kind of person. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Islam-De Angel clash May 8 on Bounce TV

Unbeaten super welterweight and Olympic Bronze medalist Kanat Islam (20-0, 17 KOs) will take on Colombian brawler Juan De Angel (18-3-1, 17 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV taking place Sunday, May 8 from Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida.

Televised coverage also features a pair of exciting undercard battles as unbeaten prospects Miguel Cruz (12-0, 11 KOs) and Samuel Figueroa (10-0, 4 KOs) compete in an eight-round super welterweight showdown while featherweight prospect Dennis Galarza (12-1, 8 KOs) faces Mexico’s Yardley Suarez (15-3, 9 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Also fighting on the card is popular featherweight Dat Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) in his first fight since 2013.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100 and from the Lakeland Center Box Office by calling 863-834-8111 or visiting between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC bans sanctioning of boxing in Ontario, Canada

The WBC has announced that it will cease to sanction boxing in Ontario, Canada, due to the Ontario Athletic Commission’s “dangerous pre-fight practices.”

Official WBC Announcement: The World Boxing Council has been communicating with the boxing authorities of the Province of Ontario, Canada, for several years. The WBC considers the Ontario Athletic Commission’s boxing regulations to be dangerous for the participants. Accordingly, the WBC has pleaded with the OAC to comply with the established world safety standards applicable to professional boxing.

The OAC conducts its official weigh-in ceremony the very day of the fight. There is ample medical evidence that the OAC’s weigh-in practice is dangerous and can be detrimental to the health and safety of the fighters.

Ontario also limits the amount and length of material that can be used to wrap the hands of the boxers. Again, that practice goes against the widely accepted standards around the world. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Dashon Johnson Returns To Philly June 3

Hard-luck middleweight Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, who came within seconds of upsetting Jesse Hart recently at the 2300 Arena, returns to the same ring when he takes on DeCarlo Perez , of Atlantic City, NJ, in the scheduled eight-round main event on June 3. Johnson, 28, who floored the unbeaten Hart in the sixth (waved off by the referee Ernie Sharif) and in the closing seconds of the 10th round, lost a unanimous decision March 18 by scores of 95-94, 97-92, and 98-91, but later filed a protest over the work of Sharif.

A pro since 2008, Johnson has made a career out of fighting some of the best junior middleweights, middleweights and super middleweights, going 19-19-4, 6 K0s against the kind of schedule you rarely see any longer in boxing. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

UFC

DC reacts to Jon Jones’ win at UFC 197

Daniel Cormier sat Octagon-side and commentated as Jon Jones won the interim light heavyweight belt at UFC 197. Hear from Cormier backstage about fighting Jones for the undisputed title in their rematch . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

All make weight for WBA world title tripleheader

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, Boxing Beat

The weigh-in ceremony for tomorrow’s WBA world title tripleheader took place
on Tuesday here in Tokyo, Japan, where all the contestants finally made weight.
The result of the weigh-in is as follows:

WBA 130-pound title bout
Takashi Uchiyama (Japan) 129.75
Jezreel Corrales (Panama) 130

WBA 115-pound title bout
Kohei Kono (Japan) 115
Inthanon Sithchamuang (Thailand) 114.5

WBA 108-pound title bout
Ryoichi Taguchi (Japan) 107.75
Juan Jose Landaeta (Venezuela) 108

Only the Panamanian Corrales, WBA interim titlist, tipped the beam
at 131, a pound over the super-feather limit at his first trip to the
scale, but he rushed to a sauna bath and managed to make the
class limit of 130 in two hours after the first weigh-in.

Corrales said without hesitation, “Usually I made weight at 4 pm
in Panama, but the weigh-in here was at 1 pm. I believed I could
make weight even after the first failure.” He seemed to be very optimistic.

This show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions. photos



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Hiroshima sees Itagaki destroyed by WBC#3 Rey Loreto

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Dr. Misao Yamada

Hiroshima’s political concern is whether US president Barak Obama will visit the city as rumored in May, but its fistic concern is how high local prospect, OPBF#6 light-fly Koji Itagaki may climb up a ladder. Miserably and mercilessly was Itagaki (16-10-2, 7 KOs) destroyed by WBC#3 ranked Filipino Rey Loreto (22-13, 14 KOs) at 2:03 of the fourth session in a scheduled ten on Sunday. Having demolished ex-world champ Nkosinathi Joyi twice within the distance in South Africa, Loreto’s stock was raised so highly that it was obviously a mismatch as Loreto was just too strong and powerful for the home-towner. From the start Loreto caught up with Itagaki, scoring solid left-right combinations to hurt him very effectively. The fourth saw Itagaki battered from all angles so lopsidedly that the ref saved him from further punishment of the Filipino, who thus registered his fifth consecutive KO victory.
Promoter: Hiroshima San-ei Promotions.

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April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo workout highlights

Video: Golden Boy Promotions

Video highlights from WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez’ media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego, just a week before he departs for Las Vegas for his upcoming showdown with Amir “King” Khan on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Berto a slight favorite to defeat Ortiz

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) defeated Andre “The Beast” Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) in his first fight back in 2011, but oddsmakers have installed Berto as a -140 favorite to beat Ortiz (+120) in their rematch on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Berto is coming off a decision loss to Floyd Mayweather last September, while Ortiz stopped Gilberto Sanchez Leon last December.

More current boxing odds:

Wednesday, April 27 in Brisbane, Australia
Jeff Horn -420 vs. Randall Bailey +335

Wednesday, April 27 in Tokyo Japan
Takashi Uchiyama -390 vs. Jezreel Corrales +320
(WBA super featherweight title)
Kohei Kono -5000 vs. Inthanon Sithchamuang +2500
(WBA super flyweight title)
Ryoichi Taguchi -7500 vs. Juan Landaeta +2500
(WBA light flyweight title)

Friday, April 29 in Atlantic City
Anthony Dirrell -1500 vs. Caleb Truax +1000
Andre Dirrell -1250 vs. Blake Caparello +800

Saturday, April 30 in Washington, D.C.
Badou Jack -360 vs. Lucian Bute +300
(WBC super middleweight title)
James DeGale -4000 vs. “Porky” Medina +2000
(IBF super middleweight title)

Saturday, April 30 in Los Angeles
Victor Ortiz +120 vs. Andre Berto -140
Edwin Rodriguez -280 vs. Thomas Williams Jr. +240

Saturday, April 30 in London
Hughie Fury -3200 vs. Fred Kassi +1600



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

All you need to know about Dominic Breazeale

Carl Frampton talks about New York title defense

Randall Bailey talks about life on the streets



April 26th, 2016

UFC

Paddy Holohan announces retirement

UFC flyweight Patrick “Paddy” Holohan announced his retirement today due to a rare blood clotting disorder that prevents him from competing in professional mixed martial arts. The 27-year-old competed five times in the Octagon, most recently headlining a card in his native Dublin in Oct. 2015 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #13 Haumono returns Wednesday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #13 heavyweight Solomon Haumono (23-2-2, 20 KOs) will be in action against Manuel Alberto Pucheta (39-11, 32 KOs) over ten rounds at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday in a nationally televised bout. Haumono had agreed to fight former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye when an offer was made earlier this year. He accepted but fellow Australian Mark de Mori ended up getting the January bout at the O2 Arena, London.

Haumono also called out newly crowned WBA champion Lucas Browne and offered him a million dollars after he returned from scoring a sensational knockout victory over Ruslan Chagaev in Russia. “He has been like a Phantom, the ghost who walks. I have been wanting to fight him for a long, long time and it’s time to call him out,” stated Haumono. (more…)



April 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo: What I do is I train hard and do my talking in the ring

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De la Hoya pose at Canelo’s media workout Monday in San Diego, California. Canelo is preparing for his PPV world title defense against former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Canelo Alvarez: “I always prepare 100 percent for every fight. They only thing that changes is the strategy. Every fighter is different, every fighter brings different skills and you have to adjust for that. For Amir, we have focused on increasing my hand speed, counter punching and preparing for lots of movement and footwork. We believe [Amir] will adopt a similar style to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Erislandy Lara; however, we have made sure that I am prepared for that style of boxing and anything he brings to the table to not be surprised on fight night. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Late Results from West Virginia

Aaron “Quiet Storm” Quattrocchi (9-0-1, 4 KOs) claimed the WV State light heavyweight title via technical decision after six hard fought rounds over Shawn Laughery (7-3, 3 KOs) in the main event Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia. The fight was stopped by the ringside doctor after sixth round due to a cut on Laughery’s eye caused by an accidental head-butt.

In the co-feature, Roc Nation Sports heavyweight Ed “Black Magic” Latimore upped his record to 12-0, 7 KOs after dropping Philadelphia’s Hassan Lee in the fourth round. Lee rose to his feet albeit in no condition to continue as the referee waived the end of the bout. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Late Results from Huntington, NY

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented the 23rd installment of the popular “Rockin Fights” series before another sellout crowd this past Saturday at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

The main event saw light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith (21-1, 17 KOs) scoring a 2nd round TKO over the very game Fabiano Pena (16-5-1 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round contest. Smith, a member of Local 66 Concrete Laborers Union, has now reeled off 15 straight wins with 10 of them by way of knockout. “I think Joe is ready to take on virtually anyone in the light heavyweight division and I have full confidence in Joe being in a huge light heavyweight fight in the very near future,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia afterward. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Andre Berto: This is the fight the people deserve

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions

Former two-time world champion Andre “The Beast” Berto has wrapped up training camp and is set to travel to Southern California for his highly anticipated rematch against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz that headlines PBC on FOX this Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Here is what Berto had to say from training camp:

On his improvements since his first fight against Ortiz:

“I’ve improved tremendously. Mentally and all the way around the board. There was so much that went into that fight and that camp the first time. I shouldn’t have fought that fight, but being who I am, I wanted to get in there. I was just a young fighter who didn’t take the fight seriously. I overlooked my opponent. Now I’m a much more mature fighter. I’ve pushed myself for this camp. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Mike Alvarado returns June 25

On Saturday, June 25, UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card featuring a ten round welterweight scrap between former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs) of Denver and New Mexico’s Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs). Alvarado is coming off a KO win in March over Saul Corral in another bout featured on UniMas. The card will take place at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Hanzel Martinez headlines May 20 in Tucson

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions return to the city of Tucson, Arizona for a triple header, set to be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. The tripleheader will take place on Friday, May 20 at Casino Del Sol Resort and feature one of the stars of the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing stable: WBA #13 contender Hanzel Martinez (23-2, 18 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico as he looks to add the NABA-USA super bantamweight title to his resume. Martinez will be fighting tough Issac Nettey (22-10-1, 11 KOs) of Accra, Ghana in the ten round main event. Although Nettey is very much the underdog, he is a fighter who has only been stopped twice in his career and many insiders are openly wondering if that toughness will make for a difficult fight for Martinez. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Column

The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

CBP – THE CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM

I have just finished watching the WBC Clean Boxing program Webinar, which is a tutorial aimed to reach as many fighters and members of the boxing community as possible to educate all in regards to the dangers of using drugs in boxing. This finished product took many months, countless hours of hard work and a sensational team work led by Dr. Margaret Goodman, who is the founder of VADA, and Luis Escalona, who is the chairman of the WBC anti-doping program. My gratitude goes to the members of the WBC team, the champions who participated with interesting testimonials, and everyone interacting with Artisan to have what is the first ever tutorial of this kind.

Any form of taking advantage against your opponent in sports must be considered as cheating. This is the principle which should be the norm for all to take as a guide in boxing. There are so many ways of cheating and many ways of getting away with cheating. The WBC has been working in several angles to bring a common and uniform way of making boxing clean. The glove and hand wrap tampering prevention campaign, the mismatch prevention system, the WBC code of ethics, the ring officials code of ethics and the boxers code of ethics, which is currently being finished, among other programs. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

UFC

Beal vs. Yamamoto heads to Ottawa

Hoping to snap a two-fight losing streak in Ottawa, former Ultimate Fighter standout Chris Beal will face Japanese superstar Kid Yamamoto in a bantamweight bout at TD Place Arena on June 18 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Lerena avenges loss to Muller

In an explosive fight, Kevin Lerena avenged his only career defeat by stopping local hard man Johnny Muller in the 10th round at Emperors Palace on Sunday afternoon. The SA cruiserweight and WBA Pan African titles were on the line. A large crowd was on hand to witness an enthralling bout that initially saw Lerena take charge before Muller’s more accurate combination punching swung fortunes his way – until the dramatic conclusion.

Referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen missed a blatant knockdown by Lerena in the first round – he ruled it a slip – and also upset some observers when he called the fight off in the 10th. A big left hand by Lerena smashed through Muller’s guard and a dozen unanswered punches later he slid to the canvas before wearily regaining his footing.

He looked a spent force and while Muller could reasonably have expected a count, the referee called it off without doing so. His fans were furious, but not so Lerena. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Horn: Randall is a dangerous guy

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 Jeff Horn (13-0, 8 KOs) says he’s nervous about his IBF Intercontinental championship bout with former IBF/WBA/WBO world champion and currently rated WBO #12 Randal Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds on Wednesday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

“I do get nervous because I know that even though I’m unbeaten as a pro I still get hit too much,” Horn said, “but I try to push all that out of my head and just focus on the job. Randall is a dangerous guy. I have to box very intelligently, chin down shoulders up, put a lot of pressure on coming in and then make sure I get away without him getting a shot on me.

“He’s the kind of opponent that if I make a mistake I will wake up wondering what happened. If you nod off for half a second he can put you to sleep for the count.”

Bailey has lost only once (on points) in the last seven years. “Jeff is definitely an up-and-comer but he’s never fought anyone who can hit like me,” Bailey said. “They don’t call me ‘The Knockout King’ for nothing.”



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Italy boxing champion arrested for kidnapping

Three time former world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey has made the long trip from the US to Australia for one reason – to knock Brisbane’s Jeff Horn out. As Bailey puts it, “it’s just business, nothing personal.”

James DeGale makes shock decision on future



April 25th, 2016

UFC

UFC 197: What you got right and wrong

Jon Jones returned from a nearly 16-month absence from the sport Saturday night, as he shut down Ovince Saint Preux over five rounds to win the interim light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 197 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Joshua opponent named: Dominic Breazeale

Anthony Joshua will make the first defense of his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten Dominic ‘Trouble’ Breazeale at The O2 in London on June 25. Joshua ripped took both the belt and unbeaten record of Charles Martin at the same venue on April 9, and he’ll be looking to take another ‘0’ in his maiden defence.

Breazeale brings a formidable 17-0 record to the UK with 15 wins inside the distance and enters the clash on the back of forcing Amir Mansour to retire after five rounds of their clash in January. The Californian is no stranger to London having represented USA in the 2012 Olympic Games, where Joshua won gold. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Results from Minneapolis

By Jessie Kelley

18-year-old welterweight Celso “El Niño” Ramirez (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Minneapolis knocked out Gabriel Morris (4-30-3, 0 KO’s) of Ohio in the main event Saturday night at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN. Ramirez dropped Morris three times in the bout. A right to the body dropped Morris in round three and the final knockdown, a quick right uppercut along the ropes moments later ended the fight when referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off with Morris on the canvas. (more…)



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Berry-Kester battle to a draw in Maine

By Matt Thompson at ringside

Saturday night at The historic Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine, Brandon Berry (11-1-1, 7 KO’s) from West Forks, ME fought to a 6 round majority draw with James Lester (10-10-1, 4 KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan. Berry, from a small town with a population of around 40 people, had a large following of fight fans from Northern Maine cheering him on as he and Lester fought a nip and tuck quick paced battle that left the crowd on its feet. After 6 rounds, judge Fred Doody scored the fight 59-55 for Berry while judges Melissa Kelly and Leo Gerstel saw the fight 57-57. The fight was promoted by New England Fights (NEF



April 25th, 2016

Boxing News

More GGG, Chocolatito comments

By Miguel Maravilla

Gennady Golovkin: “I am ready to fight anybody, it doesn’t matter who it is. If it’s Canelo we can make that fight…I respect Wade, I gave him a chance in the first round but in the second round we did more work.”

Trainer Abel Sanchez: “Gennady put on a great show. Hopefully he comes back soon.”

Promoter Tom Loeffler: What can we say? Whoever Gennady fights, the fans come and watch. This is the second time he sells out the Forum…if Canelo don’t happen, there are other fighters like Daniel Jacobs. We have to wait to see what happens May 7 when Canelo fights Amir Khan…We’ve also had offers from Jerry Jones to fight Canelo at AT&T Stadium.”

Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez: “I want to thank HBO, K2 and Teiken Promotions. I feel happy. I had an excellent fight against McWilliams Arroyo. McWilliams is a good fighter. I give him all my blessings, he came in great shape to win the fight. I love fighting here in Los Angeles. It’s like being at home. There are a lot of Nicaraguan fans everywhere. I would definitely love the rematch against Estrada. My team is ready to make that fight. I am willing to fight anybody!”



April 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Acosta and Machado KO foes in Puerto Rico

Photo: Israel Gonzalez / Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

The fighters represented by Miguel Cotto promotions were the big winners this past Saturday night in their matchups versus some of the best fighters that Universal Promotions has to offer in a card that took place at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas. Big-time prospects Angel “Tito” Acosta and Alberto “Explosivo” Machado once again ruled the night with their knockouts. The card was presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports, H2 Entertainment and Universal Promotions was part of the popular series “DIRECTV Boxing Nights.”

Acosta from Barrio Obrero in San Juan Puerto Rico upped his record to 13-0 with 13 KO’s by annihilating Dominican born and Puerto Rico resident Erickson Martell (12-6-1, 8 KOs) at 2:59 of the second round to retain his WBC Fecarbox Mini Flyweight belt.

Machado of Monte Hatillo in San Juan Puerto Rico, kept his record perfect (14-0, 12 KOs) with fifth consecutive first round knockout by knocking down Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-8-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico twice before the fight was stopped by the referee at 2:20. (more…)



April 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Giant Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

IBF#9 Oguni demolishes #8 Tawatchai, Okada keeps Japanese 140lb belt

IBF#9 junior featherweight contender, ex-OPBF, Japanese 122-pound champ Yukinori Oguni displayed a fine stoppage of #8 Mike Tawatchai by dropping him twice at 1:09 of the fifth round in a scheduled ten on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Oguni, a stylish boxer, exploded a beautiful right counter to deck Tawatchai in the third and finally flattened him with a solid overhand right in the fatal fifth. It was Oguni’s career-belt performance to prove his improvement.

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Unbeaten Japanese super-light champ Hiroki Okada chalked up a TKO victory over grudge rival, #1 Koichi Aso to score a TKO triumph because of the latter’s bad bleeding from both optical lacerations at 2:15 of the seventh session. Okada improved his ledger to 12-0, 10 KOs. (more…)



April 24th, 2016


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