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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank Unbeaten lightweight Felix "Diamante" Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan "El Oso" ...

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, ...

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Boxing News

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Wembley Stadium will be the site of the May 31 Carl Froch-George Groves rematch. More

“Mike Tyson’s a phony,” Teddy Atlas is telling staff at U-T San Diego. More

After months of naysaying a final fight with Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez is changing his tune. More

IBF light flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero was the recipeint of the 14th annual Flash Elorde Award in the Philippines. More



March 4th, 2014



UFC

JDS returns agains Miocic in May

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday, May 24, as he faces fellow contender Stipe Miocic in a UFC 173 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Brazil’s Dos Santos held the heavyweight crown from November 2011 to December 2012, and since then he’s gone 1-1, knocking out Mark Hunt in May of 2013, and losing his rubber match against Cain Velasquez last October. Ohio’s Miocic is currently sporting a two fight winning streak, decisioning Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga.

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Linares-Arakawa moved to PPV telecast

A lightweight fight between former two-time World Champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) and exciting Japanese contender Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) that was originally scheduled to be a “freeview” bout leading into Saturday’s “Canelo vs. Angulo” pay-per-view event, will now open the PPV portion of the telecast. The change was made after an injury to Omar Figueroa forced the cancellation of his WBC lightweight world championship defense against Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, who will remain on the card and meet Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs) on the non-televised portion of Saturday’s card at MGM Grand.
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March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin career on hold

“Everything in regard to Gennady’s boxing career is currently on hold,” says Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. GGG is currently in a traditional 40-day mourning period due to the sudden passing of his father. “His priority is to spend time with his family and at the appropriate time he will advise us when he is ready to continue his boxing career.”



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hunter-Vicente collide for USBA belt

On March 21st, Eric “Outlaw” Hunter will take on Yenifel Vicente for the USBA Featherweight title at Harrahs Philadelphia. Hunter of Philadelphia was a 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate and has a record of 17-3 with 9 KOs and is looking to redeem himself after he controversially disqualified against Mike Oliver in September. Vicente has a record of 25-2-2 with 17 KOs. In the eight round co-feature, lightweight Victor Vasquez (16-8-1, 7 KOs) will fight Osnel Charles (9-8-1, 1 KO) in a rematch of their January, 22, 2011 fight that was by Charles via six round majority decision. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez sick, Huck takes over March 29 date

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck has replaced IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the headliner on Sauerland Event’s March 29 card in Berlin. Huck will face an opponent to be named tomorrow. Hernandez, who is suffering from a gastritis (stomach lining infection) will not be fighting on that date. Hernandez was scheduled to defend against Pawel Kolodziej. Huck’s bout will be a voluntary defense. He recently defended his belt on January 25 against Firat Arslan.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Al Haymon inks Luis Collazo

WBA International welterweight champion Luis Collazo has signed on with influential adviser Al Haymon following his thrilling Jan. 30 knockout victory at Barclays Center over former WBC welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz. “I’m excited to be joining Team Haymon,” said Collazo. “I’m looking forward to the doors this opportunity is going to open for me. I can’t wait to get this partnership going.” A proud native of Brooklyn, Collazo (35-5 18 KOs) held the WBA Welterweight World Championship from 2005-06. Collazo has won four straight fights, including his second round knockout over Ortiz. Three of those victories took place at Barclays Center, making Collazo one of the arena’s staple fighters. The FOX Sports 1 telecast of the Ortiz vs. Collazo fight was the highest rated boxing event on the franchise to date. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Theran set for 2014 debut

World ranked Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) of Colombia is set for his first fight of 2014 when he takes on Mexican veteran Michelle Rosales (32-7, 26 KOs). The fight will take place April 19th in Theran’s native Barranquilla, Colombia and is scheduled for 12 rounds. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Theran defending his WBC and WBA Latino titles. Juan Carlos Devia of Probox del Caribe will promote the event. Theran’s promoter Devia stated that he has a serious offer on the table currently for Theran.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

UniMas to air Saturday’s Arce-Santos clash

UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday at 12a ET/11p PT featuring multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-7-1, 47 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, versus Aldimir Santos (19-7, 10 KOs), of Brazil, in a 10-round featherweight bout. The bout will take place at the Macaroplaza in Nogales, Mexico.

It has been made known that Arce would be interested in taking on #1 Gary Russell Jr. for WBO title vacated by Omar Salido.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Main Events wins purse bid for IBF light heavyweight eliminator

Totowa, NJ-based promoter Main Events won the purse bid for the IBF-mandated eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF’s light heavyweight ratings between #2-ranked Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotsky (21-2-0, 16 KOs) and #4-ranked Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2-0, 13 KOs). The purse bid was held this morning at the IBF offices in Springfield, NJ. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for Bernard Hopkins’ IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

Main Events plans to add the elimination bout to the Friday, April 4th edition of NBCSN Fight Night featuring the USBA Heavyweight Championship battle between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Antonio Tarver — $200K Gambling Debt … According to Wynn Las Vegas

By TMZ Sports

Former boxing champ Antonio Tarver never paid back $200,000 in gambling markers to the Wynn Las Vegas from a gambling binge in 2012 … so says a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. Tarver was arrested in Florida over the weekend on a warrant out of Nevada — the arrest documents were vague about the nature of the alleged offense. Now, we know … Tarver is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly not settling several gambling markers he took at the Wynn during a 4-day gambling binge in July 2012. According to the Wynn, Tarver took out $50k on July 24, 2012 … another $50k on July 26 … and $100k on July 27 … totaling $200k. Besides the criminal investigation, Wynn is also suing Tarver for the cash in civil court in Nevada … the same way he went after Joe Francis when the “Girls Gone Wild” honcho flaked on a $2 MILLION marker.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Decarie returns to action

By Dave Spencer

Domestic disputes lead the way on the upcoming March 28th Eye of the Tiger card to be held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau Quebec. Canadian boxing fans have witnessed just how unpredictable things can get when two boxers wearing the Maple Leaf clash owing to recent upset wins for the likes of Phil Rose over Adam Trupish and Roody Pierre-Paul versus Ibrahim Kamal.

Headlining the Friday night card will be #9 ranked (WBC) welterweight Antonin Decarie (29-2 9KO) taking on Pablo Munguia (19-4 11KO). Promoter Camille Estephan had looked to Toronto’s Samuel Vargas as a potential opponent, but when that didn’t materialize, looked at the man who handed the Colombian born fighter his only loss. “We were supposed to fight Samuel Vargas,” Estephan told Fightnews, “That was the deal we wanted. If it wasn’t going to be him, let’s look at the guy who beat him. He’s a good fighter, has a good record, is a southpaw. It is exactly where we want to go on the road back, it’s the perfect guy.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Shibata unifies OPBF & Japanese 160lb belts

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

In a sensational confrontation of an OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champ and a Japanese titlist in the middleweight category, fast-moving Akio Shibata (22-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, successfully unified both belts by winning a unanimous verdict (116-113, 117-111, 115-113) over game warrior Daisuke Nakagawa (22-4-2, 17 KOs), 160, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s their grudge fight with Shibata having dethroned then national 154-pound titleholder Nakagawa via upset decision in 2012. Shibata, fresh from an annihilation by Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his professional debut last August, made best use of his vaunted footwork and nullified Nakagawa’s aggression except in round nine when he almost caught up with the fleet-footed rival and had him on the brink of a knockout. But Shibata, with superior speed, recovered well and controlled the contest to collect another belt. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Gary Russell Jr. in line for WBO title shot

The WBO has announced that Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) is now the WBO #1 contender in the featherweight division and that as a result of the Salido-Lomachenko bout, Russell will be fighting for the now vacant WBO featherweight championship. At the moment, Russell’s opponent is TBA.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Tarver arrested in Florida

According to TMZ, former world champion Antonio Tarver was arrested in Clearwater, Florida, for allegedly passing a bad check last June at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. “The Magic Man” was reportedly pulled over by a Highway Patrolman on a tag violation.



March 3rd, 2014

Twitter Watch

Mayweather offers Khan future fight if Khan beats Broner, Amir not buying it

Floyd Mayweather is offering Amir Khan a future fight with him, provided Khan defeats Adrien Broner on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Khan, however, isn’t confident Mayweather will hold up his end of the bargain.



March 3rd, 2014

Column

Proposal: Weigh-in system should be amended

By Joe Koizumi

The current weigh-in system should be amended in order to make boxing fair and square. It is to go back to the traditional on-the-day weigh-in by amending the currently adopted on-the-previous-day scaling. Lately there have been so many cases that contestants fail to make the stipulated weight. It statistically seems that such notorious cases more often occur than yesteryear. WBO featherweight champ Orlando Salido couldn’t make the class limit of 126 pounds and shamefully forfeited his belt on the scale on Friday. More problematically he refused to try to lose his weight for two additional hours but paid a penalty without making any more effort. It is a very bad inclination that a boxer can compensate his more weight reduction with a penalty, which means that he buys weight with money.

This reporter served as commentator to the live telecast of Salido’s scheduled title defense against Vasyl Lomachenko here in Japan, and deeply sympathizes with the former two-time Olympic gold medalist’s eventual failure to win a world belt in his second professional bout to make a record of quickest reach to the throne. My sympathy occurred because the game wasn’t fair under the essentially weight-categorized sport. Salido, who looked heavier and more muscular, physically outhustled the Ukrainian to emerge victorious with a split verdict thanks to his apparent weight advantage. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Full Report

Photogallery & report for Boxcino 2014 middleweight tournament

Gatica-Flores-Adams-Monroe-KopylenkoABy Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com

ESPN′s “Boxcino 2014″ tournament resumed on Friday at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, with the opening rounds of the middleweight portion of the competition. Winners were Willie Monroe Jr., Vitali Kopylenko, Raymond Gatica and Brandon Adams. The semi-finals will be eight round bouts and take place April 18th at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

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March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Results From Atlanta

By Jose E. Santiago at ringside

Female featherweight Melissa “Hurricane Shark” Hernandez (19-5-3, 6 KOs) solidified a 2012 victory over Nicole “Notorious” Woods (11-12-3, 3 KOs) by beating her again on Saturday night at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia. This time is was a majority decision over eight hard fought rounds. Scores read 76-76, 79-73, 80-73.

In the main event, heavyweight Jamal Cooper (4-11-2, 4 KOs) scored a devastating first round knockout over Brian Rollins (1-3, 1 KO). (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Two-time Olympian Trupish stopped by late sub

Shocking result out of Edmonton where two-time Olympian Adam Trupish (11-2 8KO) was stopped in the 5th round by last second substitute Phil Rose (5-2-1 4KO) of Toronto. Trupish was returning back to his Edmonton base and was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time in three-and-half years; but despite reuniting with his former trainer and taking an unassuming position with a six round bout on the undercard, things didn’t go nearly as planned for the fighter.

Phil Rose who flew cross country the day of the weigh-in stepping in for Mexican journeyman Martin Avila who has made the journey north a handful of times only to lay down each time. Rose who looked to be in great shape took advantage of the opportunity and pressured from the opening bell taking advantage of Trupish who was coming off the first loss of his career, a crushing KO defeat to the hands of American journeyman Dashon Johnson, now 15-15-3. Trupish who turned 35 earlier this month has now gone down to two consecutive losses. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Abraham: I won the fight with the knockdown / Stieglitz: This was a robbery

Photo: Sebastian Heger

The camps of newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and former champion Robert Stieglitz have very differing opinions on the scoring in Abraham’s split decision victory over Stieglitz in their trilogy’s rubber match on Saturday night in Magdeburg, Germany.

Robert Stieglitz: To me I didn’t lose. This was a robbery. I was clearly ahead on points. Arthur was very clever and mobile, tactically he adjusted well.

Stieglitz trainer Dirk Dzemski: I’m disappointed by the decision. For me personally this is sad because I’m a fair sportsman.

Stieglitz promoter Ulf Steinforth: I feel we got cheated here. We didn’t lose here. It was great publicity for the sport of boxing and we look forward to the next fights of Robert Stieglitz.

Arthur Abraham: I’m happy that I’m world champion again. It was a very hard fight. We gave everything. I won the fight with the knockdown.

Abraham trainer Ulli Wegner: I am very satisfied. Arthur clearly landed the more effective punches. All respect for the courage of a lion from Robert Stieglitz.

Abraham promoter Wilfried Sauerland: It was a close but deserved victory for Arthur.

Abraham promoter Kalle Sauerland: Robert has improved a lot over the years. It was a great fight and great advertising for this sport.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Burns post fight press conference

Newly crowned WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford, from Omaha, Nebraska, and former two-division world champion Ricky Burns talk to the press after Crawford’s twelve round unanimous decision win on Saturday night in Glasgow, Scotland.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Rogan, Sprott, Meehan onboard for Super 8

Sky Arena’s UK representative Mark Dunlop has engaged the services of British & Irish Heavyweights Martin Rogan and Michael Sprott for the world’s biggest ever “Super 8 Heavyweight Boxing Tournament,” to be held on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. Super 8 will consist of heavyweights competing for a prize pool of £250,000 on one evening. The format will be similar to the UK “Prizefigher” except the prize money on offer with over £100,000 to the winner (compared to £32,000 for the Prizefighter winner) and £50,000 to the runner up. In total there is over £250,000 up for grabs on the night to include a guaranteed £7,500 to all contestants for their first fights and also includes KO win bonuses. Rogan and Sprott, both who have won the UK version, join Kiwi hope and former world heavyweight challenger Kali Meehan as the first three names into the draw.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Salido: I think we gave Lomachenko a welcome to professional boxing

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


“I’m used to coming in as the underdog and you can always see what I come to do,” said former featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido after turning back two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko’s bid to win a world champion in his second pro fight on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

“[Being an underdog] motivates me. Makes me train harder than ever when they say I’m not going to win, that I have no chance. And as you saw tonight, preparation was the big difference. Lomachenko is a very intelligent fighter, very quick in there, so you have to work hard, be intelligent, and that’s what I did. My experience paid off. I think we gave him a welcome to professional boxing, because it’s always a lot tougher up here in the pros. I think he found out tonight it’s not the same thing.

“Of course, I’m sorry about losing my title on the scales, but I’m ready to go to 130 and fight the champions at 130 and show that I can once again be a world champion.”

The 33-year-old Salido concluded, “I’m going to be around for a long time.”



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing Result

Moses retains WBO International title

By Ron Jackson

Paulus Moses of Namibia retained his WBO International lightweight title when he scored a hard-earned 12 round points decision over Cristian Coria from Argentina at the Olufuka Centre in Outapi, Namibia on Saturday night. The scores were 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110, but despite the wide margins the 35-year-old Moses who is a former WBA “regular” lightweight champion had to pick up the pace after the rugged Coria, 31, made a good start through the first four rounds. The in your face Argentinean paid the price for boring in with the head when he was deducted two points by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen. Moses improves his record 33-2; 21 and Coria saw his record drop to 21-2-1; 7. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez Jr: I proved to all the people I’m a better fighter than Bryan Vera

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. got his career back on track with an entertaining twelve round decision win in his rematch against Bryan Vera on Saturday night in front of 7,323 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: This time I prepared to win round by round and not to make weight. A week before I was on weight and I was able to work. Losing the weight wasn’t a problem and it didn’t take my strength away…I made a better fight this time and we won more clearly. I proved to all the people I’m a better fighter than Bryan Vera.

[On fighting Gennady Golovkin] I like that fight because Gennady Golovkin is a great fighter, a strong fighter. He’s undefeated. One of the best in the middleweight division. I’d like to fight Gennady Golovkin next.

Bryan Vera: I found out four days ago that it was a twelve round fight. We trained for a ten-rounder. It’s always something when we come to these f**king fights. But I’m a fighter, I always give people a great fight.

There was some discussion of Chavez facing Golovkin in a July 12 pay-per-views promotion, but K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler made it known Saturday that due to the recent death of Golovkin’s father, the champ will now take some time off from the ring. This will also mean a proposed April 26 fight between Golovkin and Andy Lee in New York City will not go forward.

Promoter Bob Arum said Chavez will likely return on HBO July 12, then go on to a pay-per-view showdown against Golovkin, Jean Pascal or Carl Froch.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Angulo surprises Cano, Munoz beats Graf

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

In an upset, veteran Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (27-9, 16 KOs) stopped WBC #15 rated former super lightweight world title challenger Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (27-4-1, 20 KOs) in the ninth round on Saturday night at the World Trade Center in Naucalpan, Mexico. The bout was halted due to severe cuts suffered by Cano.

Also WBC female super flyweight champion Zulina “La Loba” Munoz (41-1-2, 27 KOs) avenged her only defeat with a six round technical decision over former champion Alesia “The Tigress” Graf (26-4, 11 KOs). The bout was a war that went to the scorecards early after Graf suffered a bad cut over her left eye from an accidental headbutt. Munoz was ahead on all cards by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 58-56.

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March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

John Murray-Anthony Crolla showdown seems inevitable

By James Slater

Former European lightweight king John Murray scored the second win of his comeback last night on the Crawford-Burns card in Glasgow, and after brutally and efficiently stopping a brave but outgunned John Simpson in the 2nd-round with three hurtful body shot knockdowns, Murray wasted no time in calling out fellow Manchester fighter Anthony Crolla. Murray and Crolla know each other well, having been stable mates both trained by Joe Gallagher, and both warriors have plenty of respect for one another. Still, both guys want the all-Manchester showdown to go ahead, and Murray said post-fight last night that “it’s gotta happen, in April.” (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Budler wins in first round

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Hekkie Budler smashed Karius Diaz of Colombia to defeat in 2 minute 59 seconds of the first round to retain his WBA minimumweight and IBO strawweight belts at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. The supremely confident Budler (47,50kgs) took the fight to the slow moving Diaz (47.25kg) from the opening bell as he landed with stinging lefts and rights to the body. Just before the bell Budler backed the challenger up against the ropes to land with an overhand right that sent Diaz down flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Steve Smoger. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Prazak stops O’Connell to retain WBC belt

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

WBC female super featherweight champion Diana Prazak (13-2, 9 KOs) stopped Shannon O’Connell (8-3, 5 KOs) in round five of scheduled ten round bout at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. O’Connell was dropped twice in round two and at 1:56 of the fifth round, referee Frank Hadley saved the challenger from further punishment. Prazak captured the world title by scoring a eight round knockout over Frida Wallberg in Sweden on June 14,2013. American Holy Holm defeated Prazak in a WBF title bout in New Mexico on December 7, 2012. Prazak is trained by former world champion Lucia Rijker. Sharon O’Connell is trained by former IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing Result

Chavez settles score with Vera; Salido ruins Lomachenko’s attempt to break record

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) left no doubt in his rematch with Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. An in-condition Chavez outworked Vera and landed the harder shots in every round. Vera was deducted a point by Rafael Ramos for pushing in round eight. The iron-jawed Vera took a pounding kept coming. Chavez clowned and gave away the last round. In the end, Chavez won a unanimous decision by scores of 114-113, 117-110, 117-110.

Next up for Junior could be a showdown with Gennady Golovkin in the summer.

In just his second pro fight, unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the vacant WBO featherweight title against former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs). Salido, who forfeit his title on the scale on Friday, came in at 147 pounds and had an 11 pound weight advantage as he used all his veteran experience and a fierce body attack (and many low blows) to trouble Lomachenko throughout the fight. Lomachenko staged a furious comeback over the last few rounds, but it was too little, too late. Salido won by twelve round split decision by scores of 115-113, 116-112 on two cards. Lomachenko was ahead 115-113 on the third card.

Former unified lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) brought the pressure with non-stop aggression against Gerardo Robles (18-13, 9 KOs). Robles showed a good chin as he went all ten rounds. Diaz won a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Abraham defeats Stieglitz to regain WBO super middleweight title

By Karl Freitag
Photos: P. Gercke / SES Boxing

Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KOs) is a world champion again after winning the third fight in his trilogy with reigning WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (46-4, 26 KOs)by split decision on Saturday night at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Stieglitz came out aggressively in round one. Abraham began noticeably swelling above the left eye after round two. Lots of wrestling. Stieglitz continued to initiate the action. Good exchanges in round six. Abraham landed some heavy shots in the seventh. Abraham was deducted a point by referee Geno Rodriguez for hitting behind the head in round eight. Stieglitz was deducted a point for holding in round nine. Abraham landed a big shot to close the ninth. Both landed big shots in the eleventh. Abraham dropped Stieglitz in the twelfth. Scores were 113-112 Stieglitz, 115-110 and 114-111 Abraham. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

AWE TV

Crawford dethrones Burns to win WBO lightweight title

Unbeaten lightweight contender Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) dethroned WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night, taking a twelve round unanimous decision at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Early rounds were close. Crawford took control in the fourth and continued to pressure and land while Burns’ moments were few. In the end, scores were 115-112, 115-112, 117-111.

2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of journeyman Hector Avila (22-16-1, 14 KOs). Time was 2:14. Avila had extended Dereck Chisora nine rounds 11 months ago. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Iwabuchi stops WBO#12 Jaca

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Hard-punching southpaw, former Japanese champ Shinya Iwabuchi (23-4, 19 KOs), 143.75, decked an important triumph when he came off the canvas in the third session, had the tide turn with his last surge and finally halted WBO#12 super-lightweight Jimrex Jaca (37-7-3, 22 KOs), 140.25, a Filipino lefty counterpuncher, at 0:45 of the seventh round in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Iwabuchi previously renounced his national belt and had an ambitious shot at the OPBF 140-pound belt against Min-Wook Kim only to lose a close but unanimous verdict (117-115, 116-1114, 116-113) last April. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

DeGale TKOs Khatchikian in eleven

WBC silver super middleweight beltholder James DeGale (18-1, 12 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Gevorg Khatchikian (20-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, UK. WBC #2 rated DeGale was rocked in round seven, but was otherwise in command. The end came when DeGale battered Khatchikian to the deck twice in round eleven with body shots. Time was 2:58.



March 1st, 2014




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