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Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) is a massive early wagering favorite to defeat Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama. 5dimes currently lists Wilder at -3750 to retain his belt. Bettors who peg Arreola for the upset can get +1500. The fight was made official earlier this week.
Undefeated WBC #4 super lightweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs) squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) at The Paramount in Huntington, New York in the ten-round main event of promoter Joe DeGuardia’s popular “Rockin Fights” series.
Cletus Seldin 140 vs. Jesus Selig 139.8
Danny Gonzalez 140.8 vs. Curtis Morton 140
Naim Terbunja 170 vs. Lanny Dardar 167.8
Terell Bostic 139.4 vs. Miguel Gloria, 140.8
Tyrone James 147.8 vs. Kasif Muhammad 147.6
Laurend Stewart 157.2 vs. Daniel Flores 155.8
Having missed out on the opportunity to fight comebacking local icon Peter Manfredo Jr. in May due to a foot injury, undefeated light heavyweight Angel Camacho Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) returns Friday, July 15th in a 10-round bout against Kevin Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs), headlining a CES Boxing card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. In other action, super lightweight Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) faces Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) in a six-round bout and middleweight Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs) faces Chris Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round rematch (Chatman beat Falowo in 2013).
The card also features the return of newly-crowned WBC female middleweight world champion Kali Reis (9-5-1), who captured the belt in April in New Zealand.
WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #4 rated light heavyweight Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) is currently a 25:1 favorite to defeat little-known Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) when they collide Saturday night in the 10-round main event televised on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Smith, who is making his national television debut, is a +1400 underdog.
The co-feature between WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) and Rau’shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) was pick’em earlier in the week. But currently, even though he lost their first fight, Warren is a narrow -160 favorite to rip the world title from the unbeaten Payano, who is at +140.
Heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs), who arrived in London yesterday for his clash with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on June 25, says there’s no comparison between him and fellow American Charles Martin, whom Joshua blew out in two rounds two months ago.
“People are comparing me to Charles Martin. Charles Martin is not a 2012 US Olympian, Charles Martin did not knock out 38 of his 42 wins as an amateur as well as 15 of his 17 as a pro,” Breazeale told Sky Sports. “Everybody I have fought as a pro has been down on the canvas, if not once, they’ve stayed down for sure. When people say Charles Martin came over here and he talked a big game and he had the belt and he had this, honestly I think Charles Martin came over with the understanding that, ‘Damn, I’m going to get my ass kicked.’ I’m over here with the understanding that I’m doing the ass kicking so we’re two different guys.”
The next meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be held on Tuesday. The business at hand includes requests from promoters for fight dates.
Main Events and Roc Nation have requested the date of November 19 to promote a boxing event to be held at the T‐Mobile Arena to be televised on pay‐per‐view. That bout is expected to be Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward.
Golden Boy Promotions has requested the date of September 17 to promote a boxing event to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to be televised on HBO Pay‐Per‐View, undoubtedly the return of Canelo Alvarez vs. TBA.
Roy Jones Jr. Boxing has requested the dates of September 9, September 30 and December 17 to promote boxing events at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center to be televised on CBS Sports.
The commissioners will also select officials for Top Rank’s big July 23 world title tripleheader at the MGM Grand Garden Arena headlined by the WBO/WBC unification clash between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol.
Finally, there will be a hearing on the disciplinary complaint against former world champion Zab Judah, who is under suspension for providing false information on a licensing document.
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Light heavyweights star Andrzej Fonfara and hard-hitting Joe Smith Jr. went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, June 18 on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battles Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. PBC coverage switches to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki square-off.
The fighters faced-off at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza and spoke with media about their upcoming primetime bouts. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
Andrzej Fonfara: “I want to thank everyone who brought this show to Chicago. I’m ready. We’ve had a very long camp. I’ve had great sparring after traveling two weeks in Big Bear and three weeks in Houston. The rest of our camp was in Chicago and it was outstanding. I’m ready for this opportunity. Joe Smith is a young guy who is here to beat me. I have to show him I’m a better fighter in the ring. What we say now doesn’t matter, we’ll see everything on Saturday night. I’ve been in a lot of fights, I’ve been the favorite and I’ve been the underdog. I know this is a big fight for Joe Smith and that he’s trained very hard. He is going to be very motivated but I will be too and I will be ready on fight night.
“Each fight is different. I can’t give him a lot of space to punch. I want to wear him down and finish him. I’m taking it round-by-round to get the win. I know he has a big punch, because he wins fights by knockout. But who has he knocked out? The guy who was a little bit better, Will Rosinsky, he went the distance. He has heavy, wide punches and we will be ready for him.” (more…)
Undefeated world ranked heavyweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) arrived at London Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon ahead of his world title challenge against IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday, June 25 on Showtime from The O2 in London.
Confident as he’s been since the fight was announced, Breazeale was met by the local media upon his arrival. “We’re two knockout artists so whoever lands first is going to win,” Breazeale said. “I know I got under his skin at the first press conference. He was rattled when we met and he knows I’m not some pushover like he’s had in the past. I am an opportunist and if I see an opportunity, I am going to take advantage of it. If he exposes something or shows a weakness of some sort, I plan to take advantage of it. I’ll go with the game plan, of course. My trainer, Manny Robles has done a great job developing a game plan during our training camp.
“I’ll hit him hard, hit him strong, hit him with everything, just be ready. We’ve had a great camp and it’s the most exciting part about camp is getting to the finish line and I am excited. I am ready to be victorious on June 25.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Some big name boxers expressed interest, but at this point no notable professional boxers appear headed toward to competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics even though the AIBA opening up the competition just weeks before a final qualifying tournament in Venezuela. One country that has expressed interest in adding pros to fill their remaining spots is Canada. “I’ve received a ton of emails from professional boxers since (AIBA) made this announcement,” Boxing Canada president Pat Fiacco told the Regina Leader-Post. “No one in Canada is losing the opportunity to go to the Olympic Games because they’re not a professional. The first priority is our ‘open’ boxers. That’s why I feel good about it. We haven’t taken anything away. What we’ve done is added an opportunity to get a medal by including the best boxers in the world. We should all be excited about that.”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Panamanian ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran celebrates his 65th birthday today. Duran won world titles in the lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight divisions during a career that spanned five decades, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000. Famous the world over, Duran was known for his ferocious, relentless ring style. He retired with a record of 103-16 with 70 KOs and was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.
Happy Birthday to one of the true greats of boxing!
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday at the Domo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela, the WBA is staging a historic all women’s world championship boxing card. Not only are the boxers female, the referees and judges will also be women. There will be four world title fights in play.
In the main event, WBA female bantamweight champion Mayerlin “La Monita” Rivas (13-3-1, 9 KOs), a hometown favorite, will defend her world title against unbeaten Spaniard Maria Sorroche (11-0-1, 2 KOs).
WBA female flyweight champion Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp (28-1, 12 KOs), an icon of women’s boxing in Argentina, defends against former world champion Nancy Franco (14-7-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico.
WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Costa Rica will defend against Katia Alvarino (8-2-1, 3 KOs) from Uruguay. The vacant WBA world super welterweight championship will also be on the line.
WBA female super flyweight world champion Laura Linda Lecca (12-2-1, 3 KOs) defends her belt against the Venezuelan Carolina “La Fiera” Alvarez (12-6-3, 9 KOs). Alvarez entered the history books as the first Venezuelan woman to fight for a world title in February 2007.
Also, world famous model and former world champion Ogleydis Suarez (20-3-1, 8 KOs) will face Colombian Yolis Marrugo (18-9-3, 9 KOs) for the Fedelatin female super lightweight title. Suarez was the first women’s world champion from Venezuela, accomplishing the feat in April 2012. She is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and today she’s a successful entrepreneur.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Before catching his flight to Beijing, China, junior lightweight title challenger Jason Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, held one last stateside workout at the Victory Boxing & Fitness Gym in Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday.
Sosa takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, at the Capital Gym, next Friday, June 24th. The fight will be telecast on Chinese TV, but will not be aired in the USA.
Sosa, Camden, NJ, is currently ranked #8 by the WBA, and earned this, his first world title shot, primarily on the strength of his December performance against two-time world champion Nicholas Walters. (more…)
It was experience overcoming youth on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, as 44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (46-27-1, 27 KOs) scored a one-sided seven round split decision over 22-year-old novice Michael “The Wasp” Gardner (2-1, 1 KO) in the Season 6 semi-final of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series.”
The 74-fight veteran Corley was simply too ring savvy for Gardner, who was appearing in only his third pro bout. Although “Chop Chop” dominated the fight, one judge managed to see it for the hometown fighter. Scores were 69-64, 69-64 for Corley, and a ridiculous 67-60 for Gardner. Corley will now face Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) in the final on July 2.
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Fight week kicked-off in Chicago on Wednesday for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC taking place this Saturday, June 18 at the UIC Pavilion headlined by light heavyweight bruiser Andrzej Fonfara battling hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr.
Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m in great shape right now. Camp went very well. We had great sparring and conditioning. I’m definitely ready to fight. We’ve seen a couple of his fights. He’s a young, tough guy. I know that I must win the fight. I’m prepared and I will be victorious. I expect this fight to be a real battle. I’m not going to stop throwing punches. I will control the ring and find my spots. I definitely want to give my fans the knockout. Fighting in Chicago is a great motivation for me because I have such outstanding support here. I always want to entertain my fans so they keep coming back to watch me perform. I was the underdog my whole career. Now in this position, it’s even better. I’m motivated by being in this position. I know my opponent feels overlooked and that will add to his motivation, but I’m ready.”
Joe Smith Jr: “We’ve done some traveling in camp to get excellent sparring and overall it’s just been a great camp. I’m excited to be here and ready to get in the ring. I’m happy to have this opportunity because I worked so hard for it. I’m looking to put on a show. This is a big chance and if I win I can open up a lot of doors. I just need to do what I do best and hopefully I’ll be in a world title fight next. I love representing Long Island and New York. I want to bring a title back home. I’m going to give it my all and at the end of the night I should come out on top.”
Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a bantamweight world championship rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battling Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. (more…)
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WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder was on stage at a press conference in Birmingham, AL and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola was on hand via Skype from his training camp in San Diego to officially announce their heavyweight title showdown taking place Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena live on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes.
Deontay Wilder: “As you see Chris Arreola stayed patient. You wonder why he continued to get title fights. It is his time. Some guys get chances after chances and some don’t. You can’t deny him. You can’t look past him. With the circumstances that we were facing, to come back and do a short notice-type fight, as far as looking for opponents, we knew it had to be the right person.”
Chris Arreola: “I love boxing. I love boxing fans whether they are with me or against me. They give energy to their fighters and it is just me and Deontay in the ring. There is no one that will be able to help Deontay and no one that can help me when that bell rings. That is what I love about boxing. It is the most gentlemanly sport there is. At the end of the day, it is going to be one-on-one.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Light heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara and Joe Smith Jr. worked out today at the Oakley Fight Club in Chicago. They collide Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in a bout televised on NBC.
Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (16-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday night in a six-rounder against former IBU world champion Victor Kpadenou (10-10, 5 KOs) of Benin, Africa. The bout will take place at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino located 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at World Fighting Championships 53.
The card is headlined by a WBO NABO bantamweight title fight between Antonio “Carita” Nieves (15-0, 8 KOs) and Oscar Mojica (9-1, 1 KO). (more…)
After careful consideration, rising Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) star and double Russian Olympian, Artur Beterbiev, have decided not to take part in the qualifying process to earn a spot to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Olympic qualifying tournament for professional boxers will be held July 3-8 in Vargas, Venezuela, following the decision of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to include professionals in the Olympic tournament.
However, Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), who made a triumphant return to the ring after a one-year absence on June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs), will not be there.
“After analyzing all situations, we came to the conclusion that the current situation was not favorable,” GYM president Yvon Michel explained. “The short-term goal for Artur Beterbiev is to become world champion in the pro ranks. He will be back in the ring in September.” (more…)
In a rematch, WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) is ready to defend his title against Rau’shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) and show the world he’s the king at 118 pounds. The bout scheduled for this Saturday on NBC from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Payano won a split decision against Warren in their first bout.
“I had a great training camp and everyone will see the improvements I’ve made since I fought Warren last August.” said Payano. “Once I settle in Chicago, I’ll be well rested and right on weight. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. I’ve put in a lot of work during this training camp, to better myself, and I feel I’m at the top of my game right now. I’m going to leave everything in the ring on Saturday night. I have the blueprint to beat Warren. I’ll be ready for war. There is no doubt in my mind that my hands will be raised in victory once again. Warren is in trouble!”
It will be experience vs. youth tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, as 44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (45-27-1, 27 KOs) takes on 22-year-old Michael “The Wasp” Gardner (2-0, 1 KO) in the Season 6 semi-final of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series.” Corley blew out Revlon Lake (9-14-2, 1 KO) in 55 seconds in his opening round bout on May 25. Both of Gardner’s wins have come in this competition. The Corley-Gardner winner will face Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) in the final.
The new WBC ratings for June have been released and former middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is not currently rated in either the middleweight or super welterweight division. After Canelo relinquished his WBC title to Gennady Golovkin, the WBC contacted Canelo’s promoter to confirm which division he is planning to continue his career in, but didn’t receive a response. Consequently, Canelo will not be rated this month as the WBC waits to receive official confirmation about his status.
Heavyweight Chris Arreola has been returned to his previous #9 rating as the WBC Ratings Committee has verified that an administrative suspension imposed in Texas has been lifted. Arreola, who tested positive for marijuana after his last fight, will challenge WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin remains rated #1 with an asterisk as the WBC Clean Boxing Program continues to investigate his positive drug test. The investigation is expected to be resolved during the month of June.
Super middleweight Lucien Bute is rated #9 with an asterisk, as his positive drug test is also being investigated by the WBC Clean Boxing Program.
The WBC, WBA and IBF have all issued ratings updates for the month of June. Click here to see all the latest ratings.
WBO lightweight champion Terry “Turbo” Flanagan has ripped crosstown rival WBA lightweight champion Anthony ‘Million Dolla’ Crolla for taking a fight against former WBC champion Jorge Linares in September rather than waiting for him. Flanagan, meanwhile, defends his belt against 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana on the July 9 Fury-Klitschko undercard.
“I just want big names and unification fights,” proclaimed Flanagan. “People say, ‘Why are you fighting this old man (Fana)?’ What they don’t realize is we offered Crolla the fight and they didn’t want it. We want the big fights that the fans want to see. All we can do is keep pushing for them and hopefully one of them will come off. There’s no shame in losing a fight. You can still go on to have a great career. I just don’t like people conning the public and making out that their opponent is some big-punching dangerman and number one in the division when they’re not. It’s bullshit. Let’s just make proper fights and have the best fight the best. Don’t be scared to lose. (more…)
By David Finger
It has been a banner year for boxing on the African continent in 2016 but on June 18th what may go down as the biggest fight card of the year for the entire continent is set to take place in Accra Ghana as undefeated Isaac Dogboe (13-0, 8 KOs) takes on fellow undefeated prospect Edward Kakembo (10-0, 3 KOs) in a battle for the WBO African featherweight championship. Dogboe, from Ghana, is already the most talked about boxer from Ghana since Joseph Agbeko and many boxing fans in Ghana are confident that Dogboe could become a world champion as well. At the age of 17, Dogboe fought for Ghana in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and since turning pro he has wowed even the most respected name in boxing in Ghana. (more…)
Lee Baxter Promotions has announced the start of a new boxing series kicking off Thursday, July 28 at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The series will feature up and coming fighters looking to get to the next level in the near future. Most of the boxers are from Canada but some will travel from various parts of the globe to showcase their skills.
“I’ve had the idea of doing this for awhile and am glad it’s officially coming to fruition,” said Lee Baxter. “Canada has many talented fighters hungry to make it to the next level. Unfortunately, there aren’t the same amount of opportunities here that there are elsewhere. It also took me awhile to find the right venue and I’m glad we found it at the Danforth Music Hall here in Toronto because it’s a great place. The goal of “World Championship Boxing: “The Next Generation” is to provide a platform for fighters that believe they can make a name for themselves and aspire to make it to the top in this sport.” (more…)
New York State Boxing Hall-of-Famer, promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport will be the Ring 8 guest speaker at this Thursday (June 16th) monthly meeting, starting at 7p ET at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant (located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, NY).
“Dennis was recently inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame as a Class of 2016 member,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Dennis is an entertaining speaker with so many incredible stories from his days as a boxing promoter and manager. He handled some of the best fighters in the business and his publicity stunts are legendary. It’s going to be a memorable evening for our members.” (more…)
Sad to report that famed Southern California cutman Joe Chavez passed away over the weekend. Chavez was the cutman for Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, James Toney and Vernon Forrest among others. A 50-year veteran in the fight game, Chavez was also one of the sport’s top hand-wrappers.
“Joe Chavez was an incredible cutman and a great person,” said boxing manager Frank Espinoza. “He’ll be sorely missed by the sport of boxing and by those who knew him and enjoyed his company. He was a master at his craft and I can genuinely say that there was no better cutman than Joe Chavez. My deepest condolences to his family.”
One of the highlights of Joe’s career came on June 13, 2009, when he managed to keep a terrible cut over Miguel Cotto’s left eye in check for ten rounds, allowing Cotto to stay in the fight and win a twelve round split decision over Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden.
ESPN has announced the next three matchups in its summer dates of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN).
The next PBC on ESPN is scheduled for July Fourth weekend with the event on Saturday, July 2. The main card features unbeaten lightweight contender & 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) taking on former title challenger Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 19 KOs), with the co-main event featuring unbeaten prospect Patrick Szymanski (15-0, 9 KOs) against former title challenger “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs). The 10-round bouts take place at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The July 9th event features undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios (15-0, 8 KO) against former title challenger Devis “Boom Boom” Boschiero (39-4, 21 KO) in a 12-round fight. The undercard features two undefeated super lightweight prospects: Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) taking on Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight. The event takes place at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.
The July 15th event features unbeaten super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) against Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs) in a 12-round bout. The co-main event features featherweights Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5 KO), an Olympic silver medalist from Mongolia making his television debut, and Rafael “Dynamite” Vázquez (16-2, 13 KO) in a 10-round bout. The event takes place at Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will defend his title for the seventh time against WBC #9 rated Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (20-1, 14 KOs) on July 29 at Centre Videotron in Quebec City. “I am very happy to get back in the ring for my next fight, which will be held July 29 in the superb Centre Videotron of Quebec, against Thomas Williams Jr.,” Stevenson said. “I will demonstrate that, like fine wine, I am even better with age. Even though I haven’t boxed for 10 months, I’ve never left the gym and I’m willing to defend my crown.”
In the co-feature, current WBC #1 light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will attempt to maintain his position as the WBC mandatory challenger against Maximiliano Gomez (22-5, 9 KOs). Also in action are welterweight Custio Clayton (8-0, 7 KOs), heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (11-6, 7 KOs), welterweight Junior Ulysse (10-0, 7 KOs) and welterweight Marie Eve Dicaire (4-0) in separate fights.
WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and former world champion Shawn Porter hosted an international media conference call to discuss their CBS-televised world title fight taking place June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Since the fighters are longtime friends the call was very respectful.
Keith Thurman: “We both have dreams we want to live and if it means going through each other, then so be it…I’m always trying to hurt my opponents. At the end of the day, this is just another boxing match.”
Shawn Porter: “I’m gonna do my job and leave as the WBA champ. We will see if he’s prepared for everything I got…there can’t be a friendship in the middle of the ring after we touch gloves.”
Both stated they don’t expect the fight to go to the judges.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
40-year-young WBO female bantamweight champ Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6 KOs), 117.5, impressively kept her belt when she withstood the opening attack of ex-WBC flyweight titlist Go Shindo (16-4, 11 KOs), 117.75, took back the initiative with her furious retaliation and finally pounded out a very unanimous verdict (98-91 twice and 97-92) over ten grueling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be Fight of the Decade, as our people never saw such a furious give-and-take battle in female boxing history in Japan.
The opening session witnessed Shindo almost topple the defending champ with a vicious right cross twice, and the crowd sensed that the end would come soon with the challenger victorious, but it was Fujioka that displayed desperate retaliations from the second round onward. Piling up points, Fujioka finally caught up with the game and hard-punching Shindo, taller and bigger than the champ, and floored her with a solid right to the face in the closing seconds of the eighth. (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors wishes to report the status of the lightweight division.
Early in the year, Jorge Linares reached an agreement to fight Dejan Zlaticanin to comply with his mandatory title defense, but unfortunately Linares sustained an injury to his right hand. The WBC voted in favor of placing Linares as Champion in Recess and accepted the request by promoter DiBella Entertainment to sanction #1 ranked Zlaticanin vs #2 ranked Emiliano Marsili for the WBC lightweight championship. (more…)
WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla will take on former WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on September 24. Crolla will be making the second defense of his WBA crown in his hometown fortress following his brilliant knockout victory over Ismael Barroso in May, having ripped the title from Darleys Perez with another body shot knockout in November. Linares, the WBC champion in recess, will be putting on the line a WBC Diamond belt, an honorary championship bestowed by the WBC that is not subject to defense. The bout is being marketing as a unification. According to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, the winner is committed to facing newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, is gearing up for his next challenge as he will be taking on undefeated former world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing. We spoke with the champ about his preparation, and also about the fight card he will be promoting this Saturday night at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, featuring former world champion Giovanni Segura in the main event.
“This is a big fight against Frampton, who is a very skilled fighter. Carl Frampton is one of the best,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “I’m excited to be fighting in New York, fighting in front of new fans. It’s a new experience for me. There will be a lot of Frampton fans also but it will be only me and him in the ring.”
Training at the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in Industry, California, Santa Cruz has been working with his brother Antonio Santa Cruz along with his other brother, former world champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz. But camp has been somewhat quiet without the demanding presence of head trainer/father Jose Santa Cruz. The family patriarch was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently in the process of receiving treatment for his illness, limiting his role. (more…)
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