Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Pacquiao-Horn headed to U.A.E.?

By David Finger

With just ten weeks before the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, it appears that there may be a snag as conflicting reports have come in regarding the location of the fight. Although both Duco Events and Top Rank have indicated that the fight was to take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Australia, Pacquiao’s advisor and marriage counselor Michael Koncz threw a curveball yesterday when he announced from Abu Dhabi that the fight would “100%” be held in the United Arab Emirates.

Shortly thereafter Manny Pacquiao Tweeted “See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao”. (more…)

By David Finger With just ten weeks before the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, it appears that there may be a …


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Rivera beats Caro, remains unbeaten

By David Robinett at ringside

In the main event at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs, California, junior lightweight contender Rafael Rivera remained unbeaten with a technical decision over a game, but past his prime Giovanni Caro, after the bout was stopped at the beginning of round seven due to multiple cuts on Caro caused by accidental headbutts. All three judges scored the bout 70-64 for Rivera, who had started to pull away in what was a close fight early despite the wide scorecards. Rivera, (24-0-2, 15 KOs), was content to counter the stalking Caro, (27-21-4, 21 KOs), although he was taking as much punishment as he was dishing out early on. Caro, who once lost a questionable split decision challenging for the IBF super bantamweight title in 2011, looked sharp against his much younger opponent, trading punches in close quarters for the first three rounds. Caro started to slow down though as the rounds progressed, allowing Rivera to land his counterpunches before Caro could respond. Accidental headbutts throughout the fight caused a pair of cuts along Caro’s left scalp and along his right eye, leaving Caro’s face a bloody mess after six rounds. Between rounds, the ringside doctor examined Caro and consulted with referee Eddie Hernandez Sr. before the fight was called and sent to the scorecards. With the win, Rivera, a former WBC FECARBOX featherweight titlist, establishes himself as a player in the junior lightweight division. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside In the main event at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs, California, junior lightweight contender …



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Ex-champ DeMarco decisions Solis

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (32-6-1, 23 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis “Muecas” Solís (20-8-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal “Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Southpaw DeMarco dropped Solis at the end of round two but the bell rang before he could follow up. DeMarco remained in command the rest of the bout with ended with an exciting two-to-two exchange. Scores were 99-89 on all three cards. The bout was fought in the welterweight division.

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (32-6-1, 23 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over …


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Acosta stops Uutoni, world champion Tanaka next

In a WBO jr flyweight world title eliminator, unbeaten rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over WBO #1 ranked Jafet “The Lion” Uutoni (11-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in promoter Miguel Cotto’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. The bout was waved off at 1:01 of round ten. Acosta becomes the mandatory challenger and will now challenge WBO 108lb world champion Kosei Tanaka within the next 90 days.

Photo: Hector Santos Guia/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

“I felt great tonight, I am very happy with my performance. Was a really tough fight and I like the way I went thru 10 rounds,” said Acosta. “He was really tough, I never expect him to be like that, he caught me with some good shots but didn’t hurt me.”

In a WBO jr flyweight world title eliminator, unbeaten rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth …




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Yigit scores unanimous decision over Daws to claim European title

Photo: Team Sauerland

Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous points decision over Lenny Daws (30-5-2, 11 KOs) to claim the European Super Lightweight Championship tonight at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton London.

The 25 year-old from Stockholm produced a boxing master class to dominate the British veteran in his hometown arena. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 116-112 in the favour of the Swedish fighter. (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous points decision over Lenny Daws (30-5-2, 11 KOs) to …


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Chicago Results: Mazurek defeats Woods

By Craig Wick at ringside

Hitz Boxing kicked off its 2017 promotional season Friday night, with a seven-bout offering at the Belvedere Event Center in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village. Excellent matchups provided the packed crowd good, two-way action with several of the contests anyone’s guess until the scorecards were revealed.

In the main go, undefeated heavyweight prospect Nick Mazurek, fighting out of nearby Palatine, IL, faced the toughest test of his young career in the form of Jamal Woods, a 50-fight veteran known for giving undefeated heavies a long night at the office. Woods didn’t disappoint, showing up as advertised and giving Mazurek the kind of work that should help flatten his learning curve going forward. Early in the fight, however, Mazurek’s vaunted one-two to the head and his commitment to the body seemed to suggest an early night. “Not so fast” as coach Lee Corso would opine. Woods, who trucked in from Arkansas, weathered the early storm and began landing shots of his own, namely “cheap” lead left hooks, which by the fourth had drawn blood from the nose of Mazurek. The output of Woods, however, was never substantial enough to turn the tide, allowing Mazurek to coast home the winner, 59-54, 59-54, and a bizarre 60-53. (more…)

By Craig Wick at ringside Hitz Boxing kicked off its 2017 promotional season Friday night, with a seven-bout offering at …


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Broadway Boxing Weights (from Biloxi, MS)

Regis Prograis 140 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 147.2
*Buelvas is ineligible to win NABF title

Cedric Agnew 180.1 vs. Martin Verdin 184
Eric Walker 155.2 vs. Zack Kuhn 153
Pablo Cruz 125.9 vs. Markale Duncan 127
Cody Richard 138 vs. Bobby Hill 139.3
Craig Callaghan 147.7 vs. Starr Johnson 147
Mike Bissett 196 vs. Jimmy Owensby 194.2
Charles Dale 194 vs. Adrian Miles 232
Deon Nicholson 183.6 vs. Tirik Johnson 176.6

Venus: Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Biloxi, MS
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment

Regis Prograis 140 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 147.2 *Buelvas is ineligible to win NABF title Cedric Agnew 180.1 vs. Martin Verdin …


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Palm Springs Boxing Gala tonight featuring “Big Bang” Rivera

Tijuana warrior Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (23-0-2, 15 KOs) battles fellow Mexican veteran Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (27-20-4, 21 KOs) tonight in the main event of the “Palm Springs Boxing Gala” at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. Rivera, known as “Big Bang” for his aggressive ring style, scored an upset ten round split decision victory over former WBO Super Bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. back on December 5, 2015 to capture the WBC FECARBOX featherweight title. The Rivera vs. Caro contest will be a non-title featherweight eight rounder.

Also in action are super lightweight Maximiliano “The General” Becerra (10-2, 7 KOs), lightweight Eric “El Gallo De Oro” Altamirano (8-0, 6 KOs) and welterweight David “Left Hook” Lopez (3-0, 2 KOs). Several more bouts featuring top local talent are scheduled.

The evening’s action is present by Ron Sanderson of Liveco Boxing. Doors open at 6:30p and the first bell is at 8p. Tickets are still available at the box office. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event.

Tijuana warrior Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (23-0-2, 15 KOs) battles fellow Mexican veteran Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (27-20-4, 21 KOs) …



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Yamanaka Named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in association with the Sports Writers Club on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka, in his eleventh defense, displayed an impressive performance by scoring a sensational seventh round stoppage of grudge rival Anselmo Moreno last September. This bout was unanimously selected the Fight of the Year among many grueling contests seen in 2016. The unbeaten southpaw champ Shinsuke also received the Knockout Award along with the WBA flyweight kingpin Kazuto Ioka.

Unbeaten WBO junior bantam titleholder Naoya Inoue was awarded the Technique Prize thanks to his breathtaking annihilation of ex-champ Kohei Kono last December. The Valuable Victory Award went to the newly crowned IBF 122-pound titlist Yukinori Oguni who astoundingly upset Jonathan Guzman by dropping him with a very well-timed body shot en route to a unanimous decision on New Year’s Eve. Up-and-coming KO artist, OPBF flyweight ruler Daigo Higa, 12-0, 12 KOs, was awarded the Rookie Citation due to his non-stop punching style. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by …


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WBC #8 Takenaka keeps OPBF 126lb belt; Aso wins Japanese 140lb title

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Busy-punching WBC#8 Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 8 KOs), 126, kept his OPBF featherweight belt when he floored OPBF#11 Ryuto Araya (11-5-1, 3 KOs), 125.5, twice with the towel fluttering in from the loser’s corner at 1:40 of the fourth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. It was registered as knockout since the JBC regulations rule that a towel-tossing during the referee’s counting causes a knockout, not a TKO.

Araya positively started action in the initial round, when Takenaka, however, responded with more accurate combinations to the game challenger. The second saw the pugnacious champ unleash a beautiful left-right combination to the face, badly dropping Araya for the mandatory eight count though he barely regained his feet to resume fighting. Despite the challenger’s occasional retaliation Takenaka accelerated his attack in round four, when he again decked him with a furious combo upstairs and downstairs to prompt his corner throwing in the towel. Takenaka, 31, showed good improvement in his punching angle in his third OPBF defense since dethroning Filipino lefty Vinvin Rufino via fifth-round stoppage last August. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Busy-punching WBC#8 Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 8 KOs), 126, kept his OPBF featherweight belt …


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Easter retains IBF lightweight title

IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio. Cruz controlled the action throughout the entire fight.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

In round ten Easter dropped Cruz to the canvas and Cruz barely survived the round. At the end of round eleven Easter hit Cruz with a straight right, knocking him down again. Easter dropped Cruz for the third time in round twelve with 20 seconds left in the fight. Scores were 119-106, 118-107, 117-108.

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IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over …


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Zhakiyanov dethrones reigning WBA bantamweight champion Warren

Kazakh bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) captured the WBA 118lb title with a twelve round split decision over reigning champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

It looked like it would be a short night when Warren knocked down Zhakiyanov not once, but twice in round one. Zhakiyanov bounced back in round three, and it was a hard fight the rest of the way as Zhakiyanov pounded out a twelve round split decision. Scores were 115-111, 116-110 for Zhakiyanov and 115-111 for Warren.

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Kazakh bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) captured the WBA 118lb title with a twelve round split decision over reigning …



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Baranchyk beat Ramos in all-out war

Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Abel Ramos (17-2-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino & Resort in Miami, Oklahoma.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Both fighters were on the canvas in a brutal round three. First Baranchyk floored Ramos with a right hand. Then later in the round, Ramos dropped Baranchyk with a counter left hook. The fighters went toe-to-toe in round four and Baranchyk knocked down Ramos again after being rocked himself. It was all out war the rest of the way with Baranchyk busting up the super game Ramos. Scores were 97-92, 99-91, 97-93.

In a matchup of undefeated light heavyweights, Joeseph “Mack” Williams (11-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round majority decision over former Olympian Lenin Castillo (15-1-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76.

Unbeaten super featherweight Jon “Johnfer” Fernandez (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Ernesto Garza (7-2, 4 KOs). Fernandez dropped Garza in round one and got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of punches in round three. Time was 1:39.

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Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over …


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Results from Toledo, Ohio

US Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez (15-4, 8 KOs). Gausha came out strong, outboxing Hernandez during the first two rounds. In round three Hernandez landed a huge overhand right, knocking down Gausha. In round seven Hernandez had a point taken away for repeated low blows. Scores were 98-90, 98-90, 97-91.

US Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez (15-4, 8 KOs). Gausha …


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Culcay-Andrade heats up

Photo: LUKOM

Former amateur foes ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) will meet for the WBA World Super Welterweight Championship on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Both men are former Amateur World Champions who have gone on to claim World honours as professionals. Culcay, who claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous pints decision over Maurice Weber on May 9, 2015, will be making a third defence of his title against Andrade, a former WBO World Champion.

At a press conference yesterday in Ludwigshafen, Culcay and Andrade, who was appearing via video link, exchanged words for this first time prior to their super welterweight showdown with most of the talk surrounding their 2007 bout at the Amateur World Championships in Chicago. (more…)

Photo: LUKOM Former amateur foes ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) will …


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Weights from Fort Washington, Maryland

Photo: King’s Promotions

Mykal Fox 141.4 vs Tre’Sean Wiggins 142.4
Luther Smith 198.8 vs Darnell Pierce 193.8
Marcus Bates 122 vs Alec McGee 121.2
Greg Outlaw, Jr. 140.2 vs Kashon Hutchinson 141.6
Justin Hurd 153 vs Dawond Pickney 155.4
Tyrek Irby 139.8 vs Lamont White 141.4
Patrick Rivera 163.6 vs Gregory Clark 165.8

Venue: Rosecroft Raceway
Promoter: King’s Promotions

Photo: King’s Promotions Mykal Fox 141.4 vs Tre’Sean Wiggins 142.4 Luther Smith 198.8 vs Darnell Pierce 193.8 Marcus Bates 122 …



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Ngumbu earns split nod against Laggoune to win WBC Francophone title

Defending champion Bilal Laggoune had a good start closely winning the first 2 rounds. French visitor Doudou Ngumbu edged the next 2 rounds with fast and accurate combinations. After 4 rounds with the WBC open scoring all 3 judges had it 38-38.
The middle rounds were hard fought with both boxers having their moments. There was a lot of clinching and Laggoune was severely warned by referee Daniel Van de Wiele to keep his punches up. Both boxers slipped a few times on the wet canvas. After 8 rounds it was scored 76-76, 77-75 and 75-77.
It was Doudou Ngumbu who had the better finish digging deep to win at least 3 out of the last 4 rounds. After 12 rounds it was the visitor Ngumbu who was belted as new WBC Francophone lightheavyweight champion with a split decision. French judge Robin Dolpierre had it 116-112 for Ngumbu while Belgian judge Brahim Ait Aadi had it by the same margin for Laggoune. Robert Verwijs from the Netherlands scored it a 115-113 for Ngumbu who fully deserved this win. Chairman Houcine Houichi supervised the excellent titlefight
Laggoune’s corner was very disappointed as it was the local star’s first defeat with a record of 20-1-2 while Doudou Ngumbu is now 36-7-0. But he is much better than his record shows!

On the undercard Timur Nikarkhoev made short work to defend his national supermiddleweight title against undefeated Belgian licensed Frenchman Mohamed El Achi. WBC Youth champion Nikarkhoev dropped his challenger twice in the second round before it was wisely called off by referee Jean Pierre Van Imschoot.

Sasha Yengoyan won a close but deserved points decision against Ahmed El Ghoulbzouri. Yengoyan still lacks a lot of technique but his power punches make the difference.

Jean Pierre Bauwens had to dig deep against Jean Pierre Habimana to win the 8 rounder on points. Bauwens had a very difficult 3rd round when he look hurt and Habimana had the better finish.

Kevin Vanderheyden won his pro debut in a mismatch against Daniel Szoros.

The excellent show was promoted by Ezzedine Laggoune and Kristof Billens.

Defending champion Bilal Laggoune had a good start closely winning the first 2 rounds. French visitor Doudou Ngumbu edged the …


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Weights from Baja California

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Antonio De Marco 146 Luis Solis 146.5
Arely Sandoval 114 vs Kandy Muciño 115
Pedro Duran 135 vs Eleazar Valenzuela 133.5
Sandra Robles Maria 107 vs Soledad Vargas 106.5

Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Venue: Municipal Gymnasium, Baja California
TV: TV Azteca, Bein Sports

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Antonio De Marco 146 Luis Solis 146.5 Arely Sandoval 114 vs Kandy Muciño 115 Pedro Duran 135 …


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Weights from Caguas, Puerto Rico

Angel Acosta 108 vs. Jafet Uutoni 106.4
(WBO mini flyweight world title eliminator)

Janiel Rivera 110.8 vs.juan Guzman 109.4
Danielito Zorrilla 146 vs. Onyx Curras 147
Bryan Chevalier 122 vs. Harold Reyes 121
Edgardo Laboy 125 vs. Eliezer Agosto 126
Magdiel Cotto 162 vs. Daniel Rodriguez 159
Christian Tapia 131 vs. Fernando Orona 130
Juan C. Camacho Jr. 115 vs. Luis Villegas 116
Joshuanthony Ortiz 119 vs. Josthiel Caraballo 120
Kelvin Nuñez 216 vs. Jimmy Suarez 219

Venue: Coliseo Roger Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions, H2 Entertainment

Angel Acosta 108 vs. Jafet Uutoni 106.4 (WBO mini flyweight world title eliminator) Janiel Rivera 110.8 vs.juan Guzman 109.4 Danielito …


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Gennady Golovkin training camp update

Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KOs) is deep in preparations for his highly anticipated showdown with WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday, March 18 at Madison Square Garden.

Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KOs) is deep in preparations for his highly anticipated showdown with …


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Regis Prograis: If I hurt a fighter, its going to be lights out

By Byron Spurlock

“Broadway Boxing” goes down South this Saturday as NABF jr welterweight champion Regis Prograis (18-0, 15 KOs) defends his title against hard-hitting Columbian warrior Wilfrido Buelvas (18-6, 12 KOs) at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. The action will be presented by Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment and Will Hunter of Rite Hook Promotions.

Prograis is ranked #8 by the WBC and has appeared three times on ShoBox. “Regis is on the cusp of making his mark on the world stage,” predicted DiBella.

A native of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina forced Prograis in 2005 to leave the “Big Easy” for Houston. The easy-going streaking prospect is not as easy-going in the ring: “For me it’s about putting the most hurt on people!”

FightNews interviewed Prograis earlier this week as he made his final preparations for Saturday’s showdown. (more…)

By Byron Spurlock “Broadway Boxing” goes down South this Saturday as NABF jr welterweight champion Regis Prograis (18-0, 15 KOs) …


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Top Rank inks Shakur Stevenson

Photos: Jeff Dekle / Top Rank

Top Rank and Antonio Leonard Productions announced its latest signing and it’s a sterling one — 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson. Stevenson, 19, from Newark, NJ, sailed though every stage of his Olympic competition in Rio De Janeiro last summer before losing a close split decision in the bantamweight championship fight to 2012 flyweight Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba. Ramirez swept the judges’ scorecards in round one with Stevenson returning the favor in round two. In the third and final round, the closest of the three rounds, two of the three judges gave the round to Ramirez and the gold medal, by the slimmest of margins. It was the best finish for an American male boxer since Andre Ward captured the gold medal in the Athens Games of 2004.

Ward is now part of Stevenson’s management team along with James Prince and attorney Josh Dubin. The only boxer to make Forbes “30 Under 30” in its Sports category, Stevenson was selected by a panel of judges comprised of James Harden, shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, Phil Knight, Chairman Emeritus of Nike and Casey Wasserman, Chairman and CEO of the Wasserman Group. Stevenson will make his pro debut as a featherweight . The date and site of his pro debut will be announced at a later time.

“Top Rank is the best there is in boxing,” said Stevenson. “Look at their champions — great champions — like Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko. This is where I want to be.”

Photos: Jeff Dekle / Top Rank Top Rank and Antonio Leonard Productions announced its latest signing and it’s a sterling …


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Eggington: Malignaggi is my gateway to huge fights

WBC #14 welterweight Sam Eggington believes that beating Paulie Malignaggi is his ticket to the big time when they clash at The O2 in London on March 4. Eggington put his WBC International Welterweight title on the line against Malignaggi in his biggest test to date, a first defense of the title he landed when he came through another major step-up in September when he stopped local rival Frankie Gavin in eight rounds.

Eggington, the mandatory challenger for the European title, is determined to add the Brooklyn star’s name to his resume and says doing so would make people stand up and take notice of his growing presence in the 147lbs division. “I’ve taken every chance that’s been put in front of me with both hands and this is no different,” said Eggington. “Paulie brings so much to the table – he’s got pedigree, he brings a US TV audience and that means that my profile can go through the roof with a win. (more…)

WBC #14 welterweight Sam Eggington believes that beating Paulie Malignaggi is his ticket to the big time when they clash …


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Washington: If Deontay showboats in the ring with me, I’m going to hit him in his mouth

Unbeaten heavyweight Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington held an open workout Thursday at Pullman’s Gym in Burbank for Los Angeles-area media as he prepares to challenge unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder on February 25 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. The bout will be nationally televised on FOX.

Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/TGB Promotions

Gerald Washington: “We’ve had a great training camp and I’m feeling good. We got the fight on short notice but we had been training for a while, so I’ll be prepared. If Deontay showboats in the ring with me, I’m going to hit him in his mouth. Deontay better take me seriously. Because I am real and I’m coming…Deontay has his opinion on if I’m ready, but everyone has certain tests in life they have to pass. I’m ready to test myself against the best…I’m not worried about Deontay’s knockouts. I’m going to take care of my business. I know what my job is and what my goal is. I’m putting my head down and getting to work.”

Unbeaten heavyweight Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington held an open workout Thursday at Pullman’s Gym in Burbank for Los Angeles-area …


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Granados eyes upset of Broner

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) will be in his biggest fight as a pro when he takes on former four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 25 KOs) on February 18th. The fight will take place at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner will be 1) fighting at home and 2) enter the fight as the heavy favorite. Neither of these facts worry Granados or his management.

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

“Anybody can work with a fighter when he is winning. My first involvement with Adrian was for his narrow decision loss to Brad Solomon in 2015. We expressed to him following the fight that we were impressed by his performance. Him not getting the decision was irrelevant to us. It’s all about the journey for us. He’s in a very tough fight with Broner, but Granados is the type of fighter who rises to the occasion in the big fights as he showed vs. Amir Imam,” said Andrew Zak of Journeyman Management. (more…)

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) will be in his biggest fight as a pro when he takes …


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Weights from Ontario, California

Giovani Santillan 143 vs. Omar Tienda 142.2
Erick Ituarte 127.7 vs. Naciff Martinez 127.4
Ruben Villa 128 vs. Francisco Camacho 128
Rudy Garcia 117.8 vs. David Martino 117.7
Michael Dutchover 129.1 vs. Jose Mora 124.8
Francisco Armenta 138.9 vs. Cody Peterson 139.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Giovani Santillan 143 vs. Omar Tienda 142.2 Erick Ituarte 127.7 vs. Naciff Martinez 127.4 Ruben Villa 128 vs. Francisco Camacho …


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Baranchyk, Ramos make weight

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Ivan Baranchyk 140 vs Abel Ramos 139.5
Lenin Castillo 177.3 vs Joseph Williams 178.5
Jon Fernandez: 129.5 vs Ernesto Garza 126.3

Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma

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Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime Ivan Baranchyk 140 vs Abel Ramos 139.5 Lenin Castillo 177.3 vs Joseph Williams 178.5 Jon …


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Weights from Ontario, California

Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions

Giovani Santillan 143 vs. Omar Tienda 142.2
Erick Ituarte 127.7 vs. Naciff Martinez 127.4
Ruben Villa 128 vs. Francisco Camacho 128
Rudy Garcia 117.8 vs. David Martino 117.7
Michael Dutchover 129.1 vs. Jose Mora 124.8
Francisco Armenta 138.9 vs. Cody Peterson 139.5

Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California

Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions Giovani Santillan 143 vs. Omar Tienda 142.2 Erick Ituarte 127.7 vs. Naciff Martinez …


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Easter, Cruz, Warren, Zhakiyanov all make weight in Toledo, Ohio

Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions

Robert Easter Jr. 134 vs. Luis Cruz 134.5
(IBF world lightweight title)

Rau’Shee Warren 116 vs. Zhanat Zhakiyanov 116.5
(WBA “super” world bantamweight title)

Terrell Gausha 156 vs Luis Hernandez 154.5
Jamel Herring 134 vs Art Hovhannisyan 134
Raynell Williams 133 vs Justin Savi 133
Tyler McCreary 128 vs Jonathan Perez 133
Albert Bell 139 vs Andrew Rodgers 138
Adrian Wilson 156.5 vs Rashad Scott 155.5

Venue: Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
Promoter: About Billions Promotions/TGB Promotions
TV: Bounce TV

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Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions Robert Easter Jr. 134 vs. Luis Cruz 134.5 (IBF world lightweight title) Rau’Shee Warren 116 …


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Fonfara-Dawson added to Thurman-Garcia card

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I knew about the possibility of fighting Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) for more than seven weeks, but in this business you never assume anything. All the specialized training sessions with my trainer Virgil Hunter, were customized for a fighter like Chad. Now my fans know this officially: I’m fighting Chad Dawson on March 4 in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, on the tremendous Thurman-Garcia card.” That’s the word straight from Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) in an exclusive Fightnews.com interview. “The Polish Prince” is coming back seven months after his shocking loss to Joe Smith Jr in Chicago.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Team Fonfara

Hardest training camp after one of toughest to swallow defeats in your career?

You can say that. When I lost to Smith, I needed a new spark, something that will shake me up. Moving from Chicago to San Francisco with my wife Justyna, newborn son Leo, changing trainers first time in my professional boxing life, will do just that. I needed this kind of newfound closeness. Family and boxing, boxing and family for five straight months. I needed that. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I knew about the possibility of fighting Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) for more than seven weeks, …


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Caleb Plant opponent named

Unbeaten prospect Caleb Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on Thomas Awimbono (25-6-1, 21 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on February 25 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. Coverage on FS1 and FOX Deportes begins immediately following the PBC on FOX primetime show headlined by undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his title against unbeaten Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington.

Televised coverage also features rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus heavyweight Dominic Breazeale against undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh.

Unbeaten prospect Caleb Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on Thomas …


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Parker vs Fury headed for Manchester?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s mandatory title bout against Hughie Fury in April could be held in the Englishman’s hometown of Manchester said Parker’s co-promoter David Higgins of Duco Events. Higgins also mentioned that the best way for Parker to become a star in England is to knockout a Englishman. Hughie Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said he believes his charge has a great chance to become the WBO champion and the Parker v Fury is a 50-50 fight

“We are going to control the show, but we can hold it anywhere,” Higgins told Sky Sports in the UK as interest grows there with Hughie Fury desperate to win back the WBO belt vacated by his troubled cousin Tyson. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s mandatory title bout against Hughie Fury in April …


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Andy Lee added to GGG-Jacobs card

Former middleweight world champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) has been added to the March 18 MSG undercard of the world middleweight championship between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KOs) and WBA middleweight champion and mandatory challenger Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs).  Lee will face veteran Keandre Leatherwood (19-3-1, 12 KOs) in a special attraction eight round middleweight clash.

Also added to the star-studded lineup is 18-year-old heavyweight prospect Jay “Kidd Dynamite” Carrigan-McFarlane (2-0, 2KOs) of Glasgow, Scotland in a scheduled four round bout against an opponent to be announced.

Former middleweight world champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) has been added to the March 18 MSG undercard of the …


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Parker-Fury head for UK?

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The purse bid was won by representatives of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, but Parker’s mandatory title bout against Hughie Fury in April isn’t a lock to be a home game for Parker in New Zealand. In fact, there’s a good chance the fight could wind up in Fury’s hometown of Manchester according to Parker’s co-promoter David Higgins of Duco Events. Higgins also mentioned that the best way for Parker to become a star in England is to knock out an Englishman.

“We are going to control the show, but we can hold it anywhere,” Higgins told Sky Sports. “This show is going to cost considerably more than the last show put on and so our job now is to value each location. He (Parker) is already a star in New Zealand. Becoming a star in England is not a bad idea, because it’s such a good market with a big, powerful pay-per-view opportunity…he would fight anywhere, it’s just what is the best options are. We are just going to make sure that we leave no stone unturned in terms of assessing what the best options are.”

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren told iFL TV, “I don’t know where it’s going to be but wherever it is, I think Hughie’s got a great chance…the only thing he’ll have against him is a little bit of inexperience as such but having said that I think when he goes into that fight it’s a 50-50 fight.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The purse bid was won by representatives of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, …


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Laggoune – Ngumbu make weight for their WBC Francophone fight

Bilal Laggoune - Doudou Ngumbu
Earlier today in the offices of JARTAZI, local Bilal Laggoune tipped the scales at 79,200 while his French opponent made it 79,100. Bilal will defend his WBC Francophone lightheavyweight title.
The officials appointed by chaiman Houcine Houichi, who will be the supervisor are Robert Verwijs from the Netherlands, Brahim Ait Aadi (Belgium) and Robin Dolpierre (France) as judges and Daniel Van de Wiele will be the 3rd man in the ring.

Super Middleweight, 10rds vor the Belgian title
Timur Nikarkhoev (74,900) vs Mohamed El Achi (75,100)

8rds: Jean Pierre Bauwens (62,550) vs Jean Pierre Habimana (62,350)

6rds: Ahmed El Ghoulbzouri (70,700) vs Sasha Yengoyan (71,100)

6x2rds: Femke Hermans (73,700) vs Dajana Vukelja (TBA)

4rds: Kevin Vanderheyden (74,000) vs Slobodan Dragic (78,500)

The show, which starts at 7:00pm, is promoted by Ezzedine Laggoune, brother of Bilal, at the Belleheide center, Roosdaal near Ninove, Belgium.

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