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Jacobs brings in top sparring partners for GGG

By James Slater

As expected, Danny Jacobs is pushing himself to the absolute limit as he gets ready to challenge unified middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in March. Jacobs has began his 10 week training camp and, in what must have proven quite costly, “The Miracle Man” has brought in three world class fighters as sparring partners – Avtandil Khurtsidze, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Ievgen Khytrov – all being legit middleweight contenders in their own right.

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Danny Jacobs is pushing himself to the absolute limit as he gets ready to challenge unified middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in March. Jacobs’ sparring partners are Avtandil Khurtsidze, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Ievgen Khytrov!


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Fightnews.com® Fight of the Year: Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido

With 2016 now completely in the books, Fightnews.com® can announce the Fight of the Year winner:

As they have done previously in their careers, super featherweights Orlando “Siri” Salido and Francisco “Bandido” Vargas once again delivered the goods, producing a memorable twelve round war that ended in a draw.

Orlando "Siri" Salido and Francisco "Bandido" Vargas
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

“These types of accolades make me want to fight harder for the fans and deliver the kind of fights that they want to see,” said Salido at the recent WBC Convention. “I am all about giving everything I can in the ring all the time, and my last five fights are proof of that.”

With 2016 now completely in the books, Fightnews.com® can announce the Fight of the Year winner: As they have done …



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Lara leads off 2017 boxing schedule

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) in the first world title fight of 2017. The bout will take place January 13 at the Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami, Florida, and be televised on SPIKE.

“On fight night, I’m making another statement and going for the knockout,” said Lara. “After this fight, it’s time to unify the division, then move up to win the middleweight titles!”

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman …


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Full Report: Corrales retains WBA 130lb belt by defeating Uchiyama again

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Panamanian southpaw speedster Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 129.5, barely kept his WBA 130-pound belt as he was awarded a split decision over former titlist Takashi Uchiyama (24-2, 20 KOs), 129.75, over twelve speedy rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The tallies read: Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico) 115-1112, Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 117-110, both for Corrales, and Derek Milham (Australia) 114-113 for Uchiyama. The referee was Mark Nelson (US).

It was eight months ago that Uchiyama, then previously unbeaten WBA super champ, suffered a shocker, losing his belt on an unexpected second-round knockout due to the WBA’s three-knockdown rule at the same venue in Tokyo. His six-year reign was over.

For Japanese fight fans their rematch was a mouthwatering matchup and the very best of seven world title bouts held in Japan on the last two days of the year—without doubt. It was because our aficionados believed that Uchiyama’s forfeiture of the belt was due to his carelessness and overconfidence, and expected that the 37-year-old hard-puncher would regain his own belt, this time, by an avenging knockout. But it didn’t happen as expected. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Panamanian southpaw speedster Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 129.5, barely kept his WBA …




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Full Report: Oguni upsets Guzman to wrest IBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unheralded Japanese challenger Yukinori Oguni (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 121, impressively captured the IBF junior featherweight belt as he floored defending champ Jonathan Guzman (22-1-1NC, 22 KOs), 121.5, and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve sizzling rounds on Saturday in Kyoto, Japan. The official tallies were very identical with 115-112 by Robin Taylor, Bill Lerch and Carlos Ortiz Jr. The referee was Eddie Claudio, and all the officials came from the US.

Guzman, making his initial defense after his acquisition of the vacant title by an eleventh-round stoppage of Shingo Wake here, was a prohibitive favorite as Oguni had suffered his sole defeat with a TKO by Wake in 2013. But a syllogism cannot be applied to boxing, and Oguni produced such an unexpected trick over the previously unbeaten KO artist Guzman. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Japanese challenger Yukinori Oguni (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 121, impressively captured the IBF …


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Hayashi keeps Japanese 126lb belt by defeating ex-WBA champ Shimoda

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese featherweight champ Shota Hayashi (29-5-1, 17 KOs), 126, barely retained his national belt when he upset former WBA world 122-pound champ, shifty southpaw Akifumi Shimoda (31-6-2, 14 KOs), 125.5, by a close but unanimous decision (95-94 twice, 97-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Gifu, Japan. It was a semi-windup to the WBO 108-pound title bout for the vacant championship between Kosei Tanaka and Moises Fuentes. Shimoda was leading on points after the first half under the open scoring system: 49-46 twice and 48-48. Hayashi, however, turned the tide in the second half and decked Shimoda with a straight right in the ninth, which eventually carried him to an upset victory.

Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Japanese featherweight champ Shota Hayashi (29-5-1, 17 KOs), 126, barely retained his national belt when he upset …


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Ito wins over Watanabe in OPBF/WBO ASPAC 130lb unification bout

By Joe Koizumi

It was the very first unification bout of regional champions here in Japan, and OPBF super-feather champ WBC#14 Masayuki Ito (20-1-1, 9 KOs), 129.75, kept his belt and also wrested the WBO Asia Pacific title by defeating WBO#4 Takuya Watanabe (30-7-1, 16 KOs), 130, by a unanimous decision (117-111 twice, 118-110) over twelve heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Ito overpowered the defensive Yamamoto from the outset, piling up points with his aggressiveness although there were no knockdowns.

Photo: Boxing Beat

By Joe Koizumi It was the very first unification bout of regional champions here in Japan, and OPBF super-feather champ …


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Kyoguchi, Taniguchi win over Filipinos

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten hard-hitting prospect, OPBF#1 minimum Hiroto Kyoguchi, 106.75, extended his unblemished mark to 5-0, 5 KOs when he swarmed over Filipino Junuel Lacar (7-4-3, 5 KOs), 105.5, and finished him at 0:46 of the third round in a scheduled six on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Though short at 5’3”, Kyoguchi, a sturdy-built puncher, displayed his physical power and lopsidedly battered Lacar, dropping him badly in the fatal third, when his cornerman promptly tossed in the towel. The JBC rules say that it should be registered as knockout, not TKO, when a tossed is thrown during the referee’s counting.

Another prospect, IBF#14 minimum Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4 KOs), 106.75, won a shutout decision (all 60-54) over Filipino Vincent Bautista (5-7-3, 1 KO), 105.5, over six. These were on the undercard of the WBA world title twinbill.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten hard-hitting prospect, OPBF#1 minimum Hiroto Kyoguchi, 106.75, extended his unblemished mark to 5-0, 5 KOs when …



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Matsumoto avenges his loss by stopping Lopez in rematch

By Joe Koizumi

Only once beaten prospect, Ryo Matsumoto (18-1, 16 KOs), 120.25, formerly ranked #2 in the WBO bantam ratings, avenged his sole setback by halting his Mexican conqueror Victor Uriel Lopez (9-6-1, 4 KOs), 119.75, with his furious assault at 1:09 of the third round in a schedule eight on the undercard of world title bouts on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Matsumoto, a 5’8” elongated hard-puncher, had suffered an unexpected defeat by a TKO at the hand of Lopez since he wasn’t in good shape because of sudden thyroiditis after passing the weigh-in.

Photo: Boxing Beat

He wasn’t what he used to be only to show his lack of zip and sharpness only to be lopsidedly battered by Lopez, who was then awarded an upset victory. This time, Matsumoto, once introduced as internationally bright prospect by The Ring Magazine, turned the tables by putting on give-and-take exchanges and finally accelerated his attack to whip the durable Mexican en route to the referee’s well-timed stoppage. Matsumoto, a Lalo Guerrero stylist, hopes to re-enter world ratings and have a world title shot in the near future. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Only once beaten prospect, Ryo Matsumoto (18-1, 16 KOs), 120.25, formerly ranked #2 in the WBO bantam …


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WBO #2 Hughie Fury in negotiations to challenge Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #2 heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) is in negotiations to challenge WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) and mentions he is New Zealand’s first world heavyweight champion’s worst nightmare.

“We’re in negotiations with it at the minute,” Fury exclusively told Sky Sports. “I am mandatory, so it will be happening either way. I’m in the #1 position, I’m mandatory, and I will be fighting for that title. It would be nice to have it at home in England, where the home crowd is, instead of traveling away, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I have never fought in my hometown before.

“I do rate Joseph Parker, he’s a good talented heavyweight, but I believe I’ve got the tools to beat him. I believe I’m his worst nightmare. He struggled against Ruiz. I did have Ruiz winning that fight to be honest with you by a few rounds. The reason why Ruiz never got the fight is because 1) from being in his hometown and 2) he never pushed the issue.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #2 heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) is in negotiations to challenge …


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WBA New Year’s Message

By Gilberto Jesus Mendoza
WBA President

The oldest organization in the leadership of the boxing world had its most important change, the President with more time in office, a leader who left a priceless legacy gave us decentralization, modernization, justice and respect toward the boxers in each one of his decisions. Without doubt, it would be unfair to fail to mention his social sensitivity and his tireless work toward this end via the global “KO to Drugs” campaign starting in 1989.

However, the entire process, though emotional and controversial, will have a contribution for the benefit of the organization. In particular for a team where the cohesion, loyalty, empathy and their willingness to face the challenges manages to bring all the virtues of each individual that forms part of the great family of the WBA.

In boxing terms. 2016 wasn’t much different from the others. An Olympic year, which sometimes is reflected in the activity, but this time there was a peculiar added characteristic: a lowered barrier to entry allowing the participation of professional boxers. Of course, there were no shortage of extreme medical opinions, media opinions, and the temptation of great champions and also a revolt of colleagues in other international organizations. (more…)

By Gilberto Jesus Mendoza WBA President The oldest organization in the leadership of the boxing world had its most important …


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Ioka stops interim champ Stamp to keep WBA 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka successfully kept his belt by a TKO victory over unbeaten interim titlist Stamp Kiatniwat, Thailand, at 2:51 of the seventh session on Saturday in Kyoto, Japan.

Ioka surprisingly hit the deck with Stamp’s right hook, but it was only a round he lost, and he finally caught the Thailander to drop him twice en route to a stoppage.

This was the last of seven world title bouts held in Japan over the final two days of 2016.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka successfully kept his belt by a TKO victory over unbeaten interim titlist Stamp Kiatniwat, Thailand, at 2:51 of the seventh session on Saturday in Kyoto, Japan.



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Corrales retains WBA 130lb belt by defeating Uchiyama again

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Panamanian southpaw speedster Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 129.5, barely kept his WBA 130-pound belt as he was awarded a split decision over former titlist Takashi Uchiyama (24-2, 20 KOs), 129.75, over twelve speedy rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

The tallies read: Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico) 115-112, Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 117-110, both for Corrales, and Derek Milham (Australia) 114-113 for Uchiyama. The referee was Mark Nelson (US).

Uchiyama floored Corrales midway in round five, but Corrales seemed to control the contest in earlier rounds by utilizing his hand speed. In later rounds Uchiyama maintained the pressure to the shifty Paamanian, but failed to catch the elusive target and show his superior power until the end.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Panamanian southpaw speedster Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 129.5, barely kept his WBA 130-pound …


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Oguni wins IBF 122lb belt from Guzman

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Sumio Yamada

Japanese challenger Yukinori Oguni upset Jonathan Guzman, Dominican Repblic, by a unanimous decision (all 115-112) to capture the IBF junior feather belt on Saturday in Kyoto, Japan.

Oguni floored the champ with a body shot in round three.
(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Sumio Yamada Japanese challenger Yukinori Oguni upset Jonathan Guzman, Dominican Repblic, by a unanimous decision (all …


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Taguchi draws with Canizales to retain WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Elongated Japanese champ Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he was held to a split draw by unbeaten Venezuelan challenger Carlos Canizales (16-0-1, 13 KOs), 106.75, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Scored: Octavio Rodriguez (Panama) 116-112 for Taguchi, Derek Milham (Australia) 116-112 for Canizales, Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 114-114. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand).

From the outset, Canizalez kept riding a bicycle and maintained circling side-to-side to avert Taguchi’s attack. Taguchi kept stalking the moving Venezuelan and accelerated his attack as the contest progressed. The crowd believed in Taguchi’s victory thanks to his aggressiveness, but it might be true that he couldn’t catch the elusive target with precision. Canizales repeated clinches to stop the champ from hurting him with strong shots down the stretch.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.

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Elongated Japanese champ Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he was held to a split draw by unbeaten Venezuelan challenger Carlos Canizales (16-0-1, 13 KOs), 106.75, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.


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Tanaka wins second world belt by stopping Fuentes

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Japanese speedster Kosei Tanaka acquired his second world belt of the WBO 108-pound championship when he whipped Mexican veteran Moises Fuentes from the outset and caught him with a flurry of punches to badly drop him and score a fine TKO victory at 2:52 of the fifth round on Saturday in Gifu, Japan.

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Photo Sumio Yamada

Tanaka, an enfant terrible at 21, seized his second belt in the eighth pro bout, and tied the Japanese record of Naoya Inoue.

Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese speedster Kosei Tanaka acquired his second world belt of the WBO 108-pound …



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Hank Lundy defeats Delperdang for UBF belt

By Eric Lorta/Ringside Reporter Podcast

Eight months removed from major knee surgery, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (27-6-1, 13 KOs) returned to the ring with a twelve round unanimous decision over John Delperdang (10-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the B.O.O.M. Fitness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lundy held off a spirited effort by Delperdang to win by scores of 118-110, 119-109, 119-109 to claim the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) world lightweight title.

Photo: Lisa Lorta

Lundy controlled the action in the early part of the fight, but began to tire around the sixth round. Delperdang started extremely slow and had problems solving Lundy’s speed early in the fight. However, Delperdang found his rhythm in round six and had Lundy hurt in rounds eight and nine. Lundy was slowing down, but was able to draw on his experience and take back control in the championship rounds. (more…)

By Eric Lorta/Ringside Reporter Podcast Eight months removed from major knee surgery, “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (27-6-1, 13 KOs) returned to …


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Khan: It’s time now where I shut Kell Brook up

Former world champion Amir Khan says he’s finally ready to face off with domestic archrival Kell Brook in 2017. “I think it’s time now where I shut Kell Brook up, and his team, and settle the score to show who the number one and the best fighter in the UK is,” Khan told Sky Sports. “I am happy to take that fight. I always said Kell Brook has to prove himself and he has done that by getting in the ring with Golovkin.

“I’m a better fighter, a much more skillful fighter. I’ve been in with better opposition than Kell…we do have our problems and we do want to settle the score, but the right way in the boxing ring. Then we can show who the best 147lb fighter is. I’ve told my team I want the fight!”

Former world champion Amir Khan says he’s finally ready to face off with domestic archrival Kell Brook in 2017. “I …


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Fuentes, Tanaka make weight

Former world champions Moises “Moi” Fuentes and Kosei Tanaka both made weight for their clash for the WBO light flyweight title on Saturday at the Memorial Center in Gifu, Japan. There was a slight hiccup for Fuentes, who initially weighed 108.2 pounds, but he made 108 even on his second attempt. He is much taller than Tanaka, who scaled in at 107.6. The bout will be streamed live worldwide starting at 1AM ET.

Former world champions Moises “Moi” Fuentes and Kosei Tanaka both made weight for their clash for the WBO light flyweight …


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UP ALL NIGHT: World title fights in Japan available to boxing fans worldwide

Good news for fight fans suffering from withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of live televised boxing action recently. You can see not one, but TWO big boxing cards from Japan if you’re willing to stay up all night.

First, Japanese CBC TV will present a free worldwide stream of the world title clash between Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs) and Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO light flyweight title at the Memorial Center in Gifu, Japan. The fight will air live at 1AM ET, 10PM PT in the USA.

Then at 4:30AM ET/1:30AM PT, TYC Sports will televise the big world championship tripleheader in Kyoto. In the main event, IBF super bantamweight champion Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) will be making the first defense against Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7 KOs). Also current WBA flyweight Champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs) will defend against Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6 KOs). Finally, in an eight-rounder, super bantamweight Shohei Omori (17-1, 12 KOs) faces Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes (35-8-2, 20 KOs). In the United States, the Argentina-based TyC Sports can be found on DirecTV channel 469 among other places.

Good news for fight fans suffering from withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of live televised boxing action recently. You …


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Jan 13 Rodriguez-Narvaez clash cancelled

By Robert Coster

The IBF bantamweight title eliminator between IBF #4 Emmanuel -“Manny” Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and IBF #3 Omar Andres Narvaez of Argentina will not take place in Argentina as scheduled on January 13th. The reasons put forward by Osvaldo Rivero, promoter of Narvaez, is that TYC Sports channel wants the fight to be held on a Saturday. Rivero also mentioned some financial reasons to postpone the bout and put forth an alternative time frame: the first week of March. For his part, Rodriguez’s co-promoter Juan Orengo argues that if Narvaez is not available in short term, he should be replaced by the next contender, IBF #5 Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico.

By Robert Coster The IBF bantamweight title eliminator between IBF #4 Emmanuel -“Manny” Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and IBF #3 …


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Big Baby targets Parker, rips H. Fury and Price

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #4 Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has called out WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and said he is prepared to fight him anywhere in the world.

“I would go anywhere to go fight that bum,” Miller told Sky Sports UK. “I don’t care if it’s in New Zealand, I don’t care if it’s in Botswana, I don’t care if it’s in Morocco, I don’t care if it’s in Vegas, or on his doorstep. I’m going to find that boy and beat him.

“It seems Hughie Fury wants nothing to do with me, so all of a sudden they say he’s mandatory – he’s not mandatory.

“David Price who? Mr Bozo, chinny man? Come on, this guy has got to get a couple of wins under his belt against top 10 contenders, or at least get his name out there before he can be considered for a world title shot. I think that’s ludicrous at this point, even to put me and his name in the same sentence is ridiculous right now.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #4 Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has called out WBO heavyweight champion Joseph …


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Inoue flattens ex-champ Kono to retain WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese frontrunner Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10 KOs), 115, proved why he’s called “Monster” when he so beautifully kept his WBO junior bantamweight belt by a breathtaking stoppage of former WBA titlist Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13 KOs), 115, at 1:01 of the sixth session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Kono, well-known by his durability and fighting spirit, fought well, but Inoue showed a difference of class by outboxing and outpunching the 36-year-old veteran so neatly although Kono occasionally displayed a desperate retaliation, which was averted by Inoue’s tight defense and shifty footwork. A trick happened in round six, when Inoue, 23, scored a very perfectly-timed left hook to Kono, who fell down flat and barely regained his feet to resume fighting. Swarming over the damaged foe, Inoue connected with quick, fast, accurate and strong combinations to Kono, who became completely flattened on the canvas. Referee Robert Byrd, US, promptly called a halt without taking a count. The judges had scored the hard-fought bout: Takeshi Shimakawa, Katsuhiko Nakamura (both Japan) both 50-45, Zoltan Enyedi (Hungary) 49-46, all for Inoue.

WBO supervisor: Istovan Kovacs (Hungary).
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese frontrunner Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10 KOs), 115, proved why he’s called “Monster” …


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Yaegashi stops Samartlek in the final round to keep IBF 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Three-time world champ Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13 KOs), 107.5, successfully retained his IBF junior flyweight belt as he finally halted Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (31-6, 12 KOs), 107.5, at 2:13 of the twelfth and final round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a nearly lopsided affair as tallied by all American judges: Ric Bays 109-100, Alex Levin 110-99 and Joe Garcia 109-98, all for the defending champ. Piling up a point almost in every round, Yaegashi turned loose and battered the game challenger from all angles with his last energy left in the last session, when referee Gerard Whyte wisely make a well-timed stoppage. The winner and champ Yaegashi will face IBF interim titlist Milan Melindo in 120 days due to the regulation.

Supervisor: Ben Keilty (Australia)
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Three-time world champ Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13 KOs), 107.5, successfully retained his IBF junior …


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2012 Olympic medalists Murata, Shimizu victorious

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

2012 Olympic gold medalist, unbeaten middleweight WBC#5/WBA#4/IBF#3/WBO#3 Ryota Murata (12-0, 9 KOs), 161.25, looked impressive as he dispatched Mexican Bruno Sandoval (19-2-1, 15 KOs), 161.25, with a smashing right cross at 2:53 in the third round of a scheduled ten on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also, 2012 bantamweight bronze medalist Satoshi Shimzu, 125.75, decked his second pro bout by finishing Filipino Carlo Demecillo, 124, with a barrage of punches at 1:09 of the third session in a scheduled featherweight eight.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda 2012 Olympic gold medalist, unbeaten middleweight WBC#5/WBA#4/IBF#3/WBO#3 Ryota Murata (12-0, 9 KOs), 161.25, looked …


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Skoglund slams EBU

Light heavyweight contender Erik Skoglund says he has lost respect for the European Boxing Union and demanded an explanation as to why the organization has allowed current light heavyweight champion Robert Stieglitz to make a voluntary defense of his title. The EBU had ordered Stieglitz to face Skoglund, his mandatory challenger. However, after Team Sauerland and SES Promotion couldn’t agree to terms, the EBU announced that they had voted to allow Stieglitz a voluntary defense, rather than go to a purse bid.

Skoglund says this is not the first time he has been overlooked by the EBU, and in an open letter to President Bob Logist, he has expressed his dissatisfaction with their decision and asked them to provide an explanation for their actions. (more…)

Light heavyweight contender Erik Skoglund says he has lost respect for the European Boxing Union and demanded an explanation as …


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Corrales, Uchiyama, Taguchi, Canizales make weight

Jezreel Corrales 129.25 vs. Takashi Uchiyama 129.75
(WBA super featherweight title)

Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Carlos Canizales 106.75
(WBA light flyweight title)

Venue: Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

Jezreel Corrales 129.25 vs. Takashi Uchiyama 129.75 (WBA super featherweight title) Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Carlos Canizales 106.75 (WBA light …


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Ioka, Guzman to defend WBA/IBF belts in Kyoto

By Joe Koeizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, which is well-known for beautiful scenery with many traditional temples, shrines and old buildings that so greatly attract foreign visitors that it is always full of sightseers around the streets. Unbeaten Dominican Jonathan Guzman and undefeated Thailander Stamp Kiatniwat, however, visited here not for sightseeing but for title-keeping and title-winning.

WBA flyweight champ, three-class world ruler Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against the interim titlist Stamp (15-0, 6 KOs) in the main event on New Year’s Eve, while Guzman (22-0-1NC, 21 KOs) will put his IBF junior feather throne on the line against taller Japanese speedster Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in a supporting title go.

The weigh-in has been over. Ioka and Stamp both tipped the beam at the 112-pound class limit. Guzman scaled in at 55.2 kilogram (121.75 lbs) to 55.3 kg (122 lbs) for Oguni. This is a triple joint co-promotion by Woz, Ioka and Kadoebi Promoitons.

By Joe Koeizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, which is well-known for beautiful scenery …


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Zlaticanin WBC 30 day weigh-in

WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) weighed 145 pounds for his WBC 30 day weigh-in. This was the max weight allowed, which is 10 pounds over the 135 pound title fight limit. Zlaticanin will be defending against former world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) who also successfully made weight.

The two will square off January 28th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds as the co-main event on a Showtime-televised fight card headlined by Carl Frampton defending his WBA “super” featherweight title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) weighed 145 pounds for his WBC 30 day weigh-in. This was the …


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#7 Nonaka keeps Japanese 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Veteran Japanese southpaw, IBF#7/WBO#7 Yuki Nonaka (31-8-3, 10 KOs) kept his national 154-pound belt when he caught up with durable challenger Yosuke Kirima (23-7-2, 16 KOs) and halted him at 2:03 of the tenth and final session on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Nonaka, 39, registered his sixth defense thanks to his faster footwork and puzzling lefty style, with which the champ steadily piled up points to maintain the initiative all the way. Kirima gamely attempted to come close to the shifty champ and mix it up, but Nonaka proved too elusive and aggressive for him. The champ showed his last surge to batter the fading challenger from all angles to prompt the third man’s intervention. The victor jubilantly said, “I’ll defend my belt in the Carnival of Champions next spring.”

Veteran Japanese southpaw, IBF#7/WBO#7 Yuki Nonaka (31-8-3, 10 KOs) kept his national 154-pound belt when he caught up with durable challenger Yosuke Kirima (23-7-2, 16 KOs) and halted him at 2:03 of the tenth and final session on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.


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Lundy, Delperdang make weight

By Eric Lorta/Ringside Reporter Podcast

Hank Lundy 134.2 vs. John Delperdang 133
(UBF lightweight title)

Photo: Eric Lorta

Kevin Roundtree 161.6 vs. Darren Johnson 169
Trevir Ballinger 126.2 vs. Christopher Nelson ?
Chris Curtis 187.8 vs. Marcus Maulding 190.6
Abdula Muhammad 211 vs. Demonte Cherry ?

Venue: Fitness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Promoter: B.O.O.M. Promotions/CES Boxing

By Eric Lorta/Ringside Reporter Podcast Hank Lundy 134.2 vs. John Delperdang 133 (UBF lightweight title) Kevin Roundtree 161.6 vs. Darren …


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Fightnews.com® KO of the Year: Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan

We admit Canelo’s street cred took a big hit in 2016 when he ducked Gennady Golovkin, but his crushing knockout win over Amir Khan is still our pick for KO of the Year. Canelo connected with a brutal right hand that put Khan in Lala Land.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

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We admit Canelo’s street cred took a big hit in 2016 when he ducked Gennady Golovkin, but his crushing knockout win over Amir Khan is still our pick for KO of the Year. Canelo connected with a brutal right hand that put Khan in Lala Land.


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Super 4 winner Lerena returns Feb 4

WBO #5, WBC #11 cruiserweight Kevin “The KO Kid” Lerena, (16-1-0, 8 KOs) kicks off his 2017 campaign on February 4 with his triumphant return to South Africa’s premier boxing venue, Emperors Palace against Vikapita “Beast Master” Meroro (28-5-0, 14 KOs). Most recently, Lerena won a hard-fought ten round decision over the undefeated Micki Nielsen to earn the critically lauded Super 4 Tournament Championship. In the first round, Lerena took a ten round unanimous decision over Roberto Bolonti. Meroro was last seen getting knocked out by world rated Dmitry Kudryashov 18 months ago.

WBO #5, WBC #11 cruiserweight Kevin “The KO Kid” Lerena, (16-1-0, 8 KOs) kicks off his 2017 campaign on February …


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Inoue, Kono, Yaegashi, Basapean make weight

Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Naoya Inoue 115 vs Kouhei Kono 115
(WBO super flyweight title)

Akira Yaegashi 107.5 vs Wittawas Basapean 107.5
(IBF light flyweight title)

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Photos: Naoki Fukuda Naoya Inoue 115 vs Kouhei Kono 115 (WBO super flyweight title) Akira Yaegashi 107.5 vs Wittawas Basapean …


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Uchiyama to collide with Corrales in grudge match

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

The most competitive bout in seven world title contests in the end of the year in Japan must be a rematch of WBA 130-pound champion Jezreel Corrales of Panama and former titlist Takashi Uchiyama in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. Pitifully did Uchiyama, then making hi twelfth defense, forfeit his long-reigning throne to unheralded WBA interim ruler via second round shocker this April. Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), twelve years his senior at 37, said, “I was careless and maybe overconfident in the first encounter, but I’ll regain my belt without doubt.” Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs) said, “I’ve prepare eight strategies to defeat Uchiyama again, and will be victorious to bring back my belt.” For both, it will be the first bout since they collided here seven months ago. Who will welcome the Happy New Year with the belt?

In a supporting title go, his stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs), making his fifth defense, will face hard-hitting Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (16-0, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds. Since Taguchi easily defeated mandatory challenger and former champ Ryo Miyazaki in his last defense, he is favored to be victorious despite Canizales’ good credentials and power. This show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat The most competitive bout in seven world title contests in the end of …










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