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WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

By Karl Freitag Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs) retained his WBO Intercontinental title and ...

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DeGale retains IBF super middleweight title against Medina

DeGale retains IBF super middleweight title against Medina

By Arvin Lundloll at ringside Photos: Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime IBF super middleweight champion James "Chunky" DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) successfully defended his ...

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Jack-Bute ends in draw, Jack retains WBC super middleweight title

Jack-Bute ends in draw, Jack retains WBC super middleweight title

By Arvin Lundloll at ringside Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack "The Ripper" (21-1-1, 12 KOs) retained his title ...

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Berto KOs Ortiz in four, Williams KOs Rodriguez in war, Lara crushes Montiel

Berto KOs Ortiz in four, Williams KOs Rodriguez in war, Lara crushes Montiel

By Miguel Maravilla and Byron Spurlock at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions In a rematch of their 2011 classic, welterweight Andre ...

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Dirrell Brothers both victorious

Dirrell Brothers both victorious

By Karl Freitag Photos: Daryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com The boxing Dirrell Brothers from Flint, Michigan, both scored wins on Friday night at the ...

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WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau

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DeGale retains IBF super middleweight title against Medina

DeGale retains IBF super middleweight

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Jack-Bute ends in draw, Jack retains WBC super middleweight title

Jack-Bute ends in draw, Jack

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Berto KOs Ortiz in four,

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Boxing News

Yafai brothers light up Birmingham

Unbeaten super flyweight Kal Yafai and his unbeaten brother Gamal Yafai stole the show on Saturday night at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England.

Kal Yafai (18-0, 12 KOs) demolished Dixon Flores (12-4-2, 4 KOs) in the first round to claim the vacant WBA Inter-Continental 115lb title, while Gamal Yafai (9-0, 4 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Bobby Jenkinson (9-1-1, 2 KOs) to rip away Jenkinson’s Commonwealth 122lb title.

In the main event, welterweight Bradley Skeete (23-1, 10 KOs) outpointed and dethroned Commonwealth 147lb beltholder Sam Eggington (17-3, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 117-112, 116-113, 115-113. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne stops Chagaev in ten to win WBA heavyweight world title

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Unbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) came off the canvas to score a sudden and explosive tenth round TKO to dethrone reigning WBA regular heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia.

The pace was slow early as the taller Browne mostly worked the jab from the outside. Chagaev began to ramp up the pressure and dropped Browne hard in round six. A battered and bleeding Browne barely survived the round, which seemed about ten seconds too long. The gutsy Browne rallied in round seven. The pace slowed again and Browne’s jab reappeared. In round ten, Browne floored Chagaev with a massive right hand and then pummeled him until referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped it! Browne becomes the first ever Australian heavyweight champion.

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Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (26-2, 17 KOs) of Schwerin, Germany, scored a second round destruction of 41-year-old Brian “The Beast” Minto (41-11, 26 KOs) of Butler, PA. Gerber dropped Minto in round two, then put him on the deck face first to end it. Time was 2:40.

37-year-old former world title challenger Ali Funeka (38-5-3, 30 KOs) of South Africa, scored an upset twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten welterweight Vishkahn Murzabekov (12-1, 6 KOs) of Russia. With Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov in his corner, the aggressive Murzabekov was credited with a knockdown in round two when Funeka held onto the ring rope. But, Funeka gained the advantage in the middle rounds and stalked Murzabekov late. Scores were 115-112, 114-113 Funeka and 117-111 Murzabekov.

Unbeaten cruiserweight Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (3-0, 3 KOs) of Miami, Florida, laid out previously unbeaten David Gogishvilli (12-1, 8 KOs) of Gori, Georgia, with an overhand right in round two.



March 5th, 2016


UFC

UFC 198, 199 and more announced at ‘Unstoppable’

Coming off a big year in 2015, and judging by the buzz around this Saturday’s UFC 196 event, particularly the bad blood clash between main eventers Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, indications are that the UFC may be “Unstoppable” at the moment, making the title of the promotion’s latest seasonal campaign an apt one  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC announces featherweight plans

Robinson Castellanos of Mexico, the mandatory contender of the division, will fight Oscar Escandon of Colombia for the WBC interim championship tonight at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. WBC featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. of the United States will make a voluntary defense of the title against Patrick Hyland of Ireland on April 16 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. The winners of these two fights must fight each other in their next fights.



March 5th, 2016


Boxing News

Weights from Ecatepec

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: WBC

Yessica Chávez 111.8 vs Vanessa Taborda 110.5
WBC Flyweight world title

Eduardo “Rocky“ Hernández 131 vs Julio Roque Ler 129
Alejandro “Pájaro“ Dávila 146 vs Diego “Demoledor“ Cruz 147

Venue: Centro Regional de Deportes de Las Américas.
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Lucas Matthysse Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC interim world champion Lucas Matthysse posted on social media that he feels “tired” or unmotivated and questions his desire to continue boxing.

Matthysse is supposed to be preparing for his next fight on May 7 in the U.S. against an opponent to be determined.



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

SES Boxing launches Czech TV deal

SES Boxing has reached a deal with TV Nova, the largest network in the Czech Republic. The deal commences with tonight’s card at the Home Monitoring Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, which is also being televised on MDR in Germany.

“It has always been our principle that one stands better on several legs,” said promoter Ulf Steinforth. “Our partnerships with the German TV networks SAT.1 and the MDR are very successful and provide us with the necessary media exposure for Germany. In cooperation with TV Nova, the largest TV network in the Czech Republic, and this also with the establishment of the “SES-Team Czech Republic,” we can expand our existing international live media presence even further. The fact that we’re now also promoting boxing in the Czech Republic and have another TV partner for live broadcasts here is an ideal platform for our boxing activities. The internationality of our SES boxing events is a sign of a successful future for our company.”



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Vargas: I’m looking forward to being announced as the new WBO world champion

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Last time we saw Jessie Vargas in the ring, he staggered world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley with a huge overhand right in the closing seconds, only to have the bout mistakenly halted prematurely by referee Pat Russell.

Now Vargas has a second chance to claim that now vacant belt against unbeaten Sadam Ali.

Under new trainer Dewey Cooper, Vargas told Fightnews.com® he’s now better than ever. “I have a great team behind me,” he said. “They’ve made certain corrections that they thought needed to be corrected in my last fight, and you’re going to see a new and improved Jessie Vargas.”

As for Ali, Vargas says he’s ready. “He’s slick, but it’s nothing I haven’t encountered in the past and nothing I haven’t been able to break down in the past, so I’m looking forward to being announced as the new WBO world champion.” (more…)



March 5th, 2016

UFC

Tate’s journey from bottom to top at UFC 196

If Miesha Tate had a jump shot or a killer crossover, we probably wouldn’t be talking about her this week. At the very least, we would not be talking about her challenging Holly Holm for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship in the co-main event of UFC 196  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Cruz dominates Koasicha in Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing

World ranked contender and NABO junior lightweight champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) successfully defended his title by dominating Mexican domestic champion and former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-6, 15 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. Cruz dropped Koasicha twice in round six and again in round two en route to a 99-88, 100-87, 99-88 unanimous decision.

Also on the card, undefeated welterweight and local idol “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over veteran Cosme Rivera (38-23-3, 26 KOs).

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Perez tops Honorio in bloodbath, Chimpa crushes Rodela

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tristan Bellisimo/Golden Boy Promotions

Super lightweight Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, New Jersey (24-1-2, 11 KOs) defeated Mexican veteran Martin “Brochas” Honorio (33-10-1, 16 KOs) by a six round technical decision on Friday night as Golden Boy Promotions celebrated its one year anniversary of its “LA Fight Club” series at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In round two, a clash of head caused huge cuts on both fighters. Honorio was cut really bad, with the side of his head gushing blood. Perez was cut on the side of the left ear and had another cut under his left eye. With both fighters covered in blood in round three, Perez and Honorio boxed more cautiously. The Mexican landed a solid right hand in round four, snapping Perez’s head as blood continued to flow on the two fighters cuts. Perez returned the favor as he landed a right closing the round strong. The fight appeared even going into the fifth round with Perez jabbing, Honorio connected with a short right hand as they finished the round exchanging in the center. By round six Honorio appeared to be fading. The fight was stopped at the end of round six due to the cuts and sent to the scorecards. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Perez.

Unbeaten Los Angeles super featherweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (13-0, 12 KOs) made quick work of journeyman David Rodela (17-13-4, 7 KOs) of Oxnard. A counter overhand right by “Chimpa” did it and as Rodela hit the canvas referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved it off at 2:16 of the first round. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Heavyweight McMurray passes; forced Ali-Foreman delay

By Jim Jenkins, Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee

Former Sacramento heavyweight Bill McMurray, who briefly reigned as California champion and may have turned the course of boxing history, has passed. McMurray, 79, died of Parkinson’s Disease Feb. 23. He fought primarily in the 1960s’ golden era of heavyweights and, despite a modest record of 26-24-3, upset #3 contender Thad Spencer by TKO. Against the likes of Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson he didn’t fare as well, but was a footnote to ring history.

Sparring with George Foreman leading up to the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” against Muhammad Ali, McMurray cut the undefeated champion’s eye in training, forcing a six-week postponement of the fight. Because Africans were afraid that if Foreman were allowed to go back to the U.S., he might not return, there was no escape.

In the interim, the ever-popular but huge underdog Ali was lauded by the natives while the angry-faced Foreman was scorned and eventually unnerved by a supposed curse put upon him.

In 1987, as he trained for a comeback in Sacramento, where he had a chance to reunite with McMurray, a reformed Foreman said he did not want detract from Ali’s upset victory. But he did admit to wondering, as did many others, if the outcome might have been different had the fight gone on as scheduled without all the distractions.



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Showtime Weights from Bethlehem, PA

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Julian Williams 154 vs. Marcello Matano 150.5
(IBF jr middleweight eliminator)

Antoine Douglas 158.75 vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze 160
Tony Harrison 156.25 vs. Fernando Guerrero 156.5

Non-televised bouts:
Ievgen Khytrov 159.3 vs. Kenneth McNeil 158.4
Joey Dawejko 242 vs. Ytalo Perea 250
Amir Shabazz 173. vs. Hakeem Atkinson 172.2
Chordale Booker 150.4 vs. Antonio Allen 150.6
Terrence Williams 161.5 vs. Anthony Miller 159.5

Venue: Sands Bethlehem Events Center In Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: Showtime

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March 4th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196 at the scales

UFC 196, which is headlined by the UFC weltweright clash between UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and No. 5 lightweight Nate Diaz, and the women’s bantamweight championship fight between Holly Holm and challenger Miesha Tate, airs live on Pay Per View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

Main Event – UFC welterweight five-round fight
Conor McGregor (168) vs Nate Diaz (169)

Co-Main Event – UFC women’s bantamweight five-round title fight
Holly Holm (134.5) vs Miesha Tate (135)

PPV Main card
Gian Villante (205) vs Ilir Latifi (205)
Corey Anderson (204) vs Tom Lawlor (204.5)
Amanda Nunes (136) vs Valentina Shevchenko (134)

FS1 Prelims
Brandon Thatch (170) vs Siyar Bahadurzada (170)
Erick Silva (170) vs Nordine Taleb (170)
Vitor Miranda (185.5) vs Marcelo Guimaraes (185.5)
Darren Elkins (145.5) vs Chas Skelly (145.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Diego Sanchez (156) vs Jim Miller (155.5)
Jason Saggo (155.5) vs Justin Salas (156)
Julian Erosa (144.5) vs Teruto Ishihara (146)

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Rocky Martínez injured, will not fight against Miguel Berchelt on March 12

WBO junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, will not fight on Saturday, March 12, in Merida, against Mexican Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt due to an injury to his left hand. Martinez (29-2-3, 17), who was supposed to travel to Mexico on Monday, March 7, for his defense against the #1 ranked Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), was examined by Dr. Jose M. Santiago Figueroa, who gave him a diagnosis of “External Carpi Radialis Longus” and a Tendinitis in his left hand recommending rest for four weeks.

“Definitely Rocky will not fight on March 12. Rocky had a pain on that hand and we went last week to see Dr. Santiago Figueroa, who specializes on hand injuries and is one of the best in Puerto Rico, and he prescribed some medication to Rocky, but the pain continued and we went to see him again yesterday (Thursday). After the evaluation Dr. Santiago Figueroa gave him the diagnosis and advised him not to punch with that hand and rest for four weeks. As soon as the doctor notified us yesterday, we talked with the people from Promociones Zanfer, Berchelt’s promoter, to let them know of the situation and to work the possibility of a new date for the fight,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Martinez’s promoter. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Video: Helenius-Duhaupas intense faceoff

By Pasi Taavitsainen
Video/Photos: Ammattinyrkkeily.net

In their first face-to-face meeting, unbeaten heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs) and former world title challenger Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (33-3, 20 KOs) engaged in an intense staredown that lasted nearly a minute. They collide April 2 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, for vacant WBC silver heavyweight title.

(more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Wlodarczyk demolishes Brudov

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk


By Przemek Garczarczyk

In a clash of former cruiserweight world champions, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (50-3-1, 36 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Valery Brudov (42-8, 28 KOs) on Friday night at the Hala Sportowa Zeromskiego 9 in Sosnowiec, Poland. After Włodarczyk dropped Brudov with a pair of sharp jabs in round two, Brudov’s corner pulled their man out.

It was the 34-year-old Włodarczyk’s first fight since losing his WBC cruiserweight belt to Grigory Drozd in September 2014. The 39-year-old Brudov has now lost four of his last five.



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Complete Weights from Washington, DC

Luis Ortiz 242.6 vs. Tony Thompson 263.8
(non-title heavyweight bout)

Jessie Vargas 146.2 vs. Sadam Ali 147
(vacant WBO welterweight title)

Robinson Castellanos 124.6 vs. Oscar Escandon 126
(WBC interim featherweight title)

Lamont Roach Jr 131.6 vs. Jesus Lule 133.6
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Marco Lopez 148.6
D’Mitrius Ballard 168.2 vs. Leosvy Mayedo 175
Kevin Rivers 126 vs. Angel Aispuro 126.6
Damon Allen 135.2 vs. Daniel Perales 135.2
Todd Unthank-May 177.8 vs. Alexander Johnson 175.6

Venue: DC Armory, Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
Venue: HBO
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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

Photos: German Villasenor, Zanfer

Antonio Margarito 154 vs. Jorge Páez Jr. 154
César Juárez 125 vs. Giovanni Delgado 125
Emmanuel Navarrete 120.5 vs. Oswaldo Castro 120.5
Ramón Hidalgo 141 vs. Francisco Rojo 141
Uriel Perez 138 vs. Antonio Morán 138
Víctor Olivo 120 vs. Francisco Pérez 118.5

Venue: Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City
Promotor: Zanfer Promociones
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA), Azteca 7 (Mexico)

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Pilsen, Czech Republic

Tom Schwarz 244.7 vs. Gogita Gorgiladze 221.7
(WBO Youth heavyweight title)

Robert Stieglitz 174.6 vs. Ricardo Ramallo 174.8
Adam Deines 174.8 vs. Zsolt Dudas 174.8
Stepan Horvath 153.4 vs. Davide Doria 149.9
Lucie Sedlackova 125.4 vs. Kleopatra Tolnai 123.6
Fabiana Bytyqi 103.8 vs. Teodora Bacheva 102
Sebastian Bytyqi 136.9 vs. Nugzar Chavchavadze 133
Josef Zahradnik 145.5 vs. Jan Korec 144.6
Martin Parlagi 127.2 vs. Artur Movsesyan 127.2

Venue: Home Monitoring Arena, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Promoter: SES
TV: MDR (Germany), Nova TV (Czech Republic)

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Grozny, Russia

Ruslan Chagaev 248.5 vs. Lucas Browne 249.3
(WBA heavyweight title)

Venue: Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, Russia
Promoter: Timur Dugazaev
TV: AWE



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Soto-Karass vs. Kamegai clash set for April 15

Golden Boy Promotions today announced that all-action fighters Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO) and Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KO) will collide on April 15 in a 10-round super welterweight showdown at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Estrella TV will televise.

“Every month, LA FIGHT CLUB features the best up-and-coming prospects on the planet, but on April 15, fans will be treated to something different — two veterans who leave everything in the ring every time they fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though the fighters may be at different points in their careers than the prospects we usually feature, they always deliver high-action bouts with potential knockouts in every round – that’s what LA FIGHT CLUB is all about.”



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

HBO Weights from Washington D.C.

Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Opening up the telecast from the DC Armory in Washington D.C. is a 12-round welterweight title matchup between Sadam Ali and Jessie Vargas. The main event of the evening, a 12-round heavyweight attraction, features Luis Ortiz taking on Tony Thompson in his back yard.

Luis Ortiz 242.6 vs. Tony Thompson 263.8

Sadam Ali 147 vs. Jessie Vargas 146.2
(WBO welterweight title)



March 4th, 2016

UFC

Unfazed by new fame, Holm keeps priority on winning

Holly Holm arrived at The Palm Restaurant recently with a prized new possession: a Louis Vuitton monogram icon purse – a little something the UFC champion splurged on after her stunning upset knockout victory over Ronda Rousey  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Confident Koasicha vs Cruz on Telemundo tonight

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Recent world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-5, 15 KOs) of Mexico challenges NABO junior lightweight champion and former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (22-4-1, 11 KOs) from Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be aired on “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford.” The site of the fight will be the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida.

Koasicha debu’ed on Telemundo last July where he defeated Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila. The victory positioned him for a showdown with WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko this past September. Koasicha was unsuccessful in his challenge but feels he will only get better from the experience. He plans to show this versus Cruz tonight. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt in extravaganza

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs), 117.75, kept his belt as he came off the canvas twice in the third, but floored former WBA 115-pound ruler Liborio Solis (23-4-1, 10 KOs), 117.5, twice to win a unanimous decision over twelve give-and-take rounds on Friday in Kyoto, Japan.

All the tallies were identical: 117-107 scored by Cathy Leonard (US), Gary Ritter (US) and Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico). The referee was Ian John-Lewis (UK).

Yamanaka made a good start when he decked Solis with a southpaw right hook midway in round two, but he experienced a nightmare in the third, when he absorbed a solid right of the Venezuelan and unexpectedly hit the deck on two occasions. The southpaw champ gradually regained his rhythm and took back the initiative as the contest progressed. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yamanaka was leading with 77-72 by all judges.

The ninth saw Yamanaka drop Solis with an overhand left to confirm his victory, and he swept the last four sessions. It was a much tougher defense than expected for Yamanaka, who registered his tenth defense of the WBC bantamweight throne.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Mexican Lopez Dethrones WBC 108lb Champ Kimura

By Joe Koizumi

Mexican southpaw veteran Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17 KOs), 107, captured the WBC light-flyweight belt when he scored an upset majority decision over Japan’s defending titlist Yu Kimura (18-3-1, 3 KOs), 107.5, in twelve monotonous rounds on Friday in Kyoto, Japan. Cathy Leonard and Gary Ritter (both of US) tallied 119-109 and 118-110 respectively, both in favor of the 34-year-old Mexican, but Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) saw it 114-114. The referee was Vic Drakulich (US).

Kimura, 32, wasn’t as sharp as he had dethroned Pedro Guevara last November, and Lopez maintained the initiative all the way.

(More to come)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

UFC’s Conor McGregor open to discussions with Floyd Mayweather

Saul Alvarez calls Amir Khan showdown a chess match

Carl Frampton put on the spot for next title fight

A Philippine senator wants a compromise in Manny Pacquiao’s next fight



March 4th, 2016

UFC

Stockton sees a folk hero in Diaz

It certainly wasn’t the worst thing that Nate Diaz has ever been called. But during a wild press conference last week, Conor McGregor dismissively insulted his UFC 196 opponent as a “little cholo gangster from the hood.”  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing

Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz 128 vs. Romulo Koasicha 127
Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin 146 vs. Cosme “Chino” Rivera 147
Omar Albanil 153 vs. Juan Fernando Raya 156
Santiago Arroyo 118 vs. Luis Villegas 116
Christina Swanson 146 vs. Chennose Casseus 149
Mark Reyes 146 vs. Harrison Melendez 149
Jose “The Dream” Medina 265 vs. Richard White 344

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Shea Bailey Promotions
TV: Telemundo

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Los Angeles

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Michael Angelo Perez 137.6 vs. Martin Honorio 138
Christian Gonzalez 132.4 vs. David Rodela 131.4
Oscar Negrete 119 vs. Neftali Campos 120
Ivan Delgado 131 vs. Jesus Sandoval 130
Rafael Gramajo 121.4 vs. Sharone Carter 121.6
Alexis Rocha 147.2 vs. Jordan Rosario 147.8

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz-Thompson/Vargas-Ali Final Press Conference

Photos: Louis Tinsley – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Fighters featured on the March 5 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast shared their final thoughts ahead of Saturday’s fights at the final press conference today in Washington, D.C. WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) was joined by Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) ahead of their clash in the main event on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast on Saturday.

Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz: “Unlike Mr. Thompson who uses humor and good words and is very well spoken, I instill fear through my hard work. In the ring is where I’m most comfortable and that’s where I’ll continue to prove why I am the most feared heavyweight on the planet Tony said that he is Godzilla. I didn’t see the movie, but on Saturday night, King Kong is going to beat Godzilla.”

Tony “The Tiger” Thompson: “I didn’t take this fight in my hometown to get embarrassed. I don’t believe in the boogeyman. D.C. raised a man. I’m all man. I don’t care who the opponent is. I’ll meet you in the middle of the ring, and let’s see what happens. He’s the kind of fighter who is going to bring out the best in me.”

Also appearing on stage were number one contender for the WBO Welterweight World Title Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) and former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) who will battle for the vacant WBO Welterweight World Championship in a can’t-miss 12-round co-main event.

Sadam Ali: “This is for a world title. This is what we all wait for. This is what we work for. This is my dream. Just know that you are going to see an exciting fight.”

Jessie Vargas: “We’ve had a great preparation. I am very happy to be fighting for the WBO World Title once again, and I look forward to becoming a world champion. I will do whatever I have to do to come out victorious.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

GIANT Margarito-Paez workout gallery

Photos: Zanfer

Super welterweights Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) and Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-7-2, 23 KOs) have arrived in Mexico City and on Thursday they showed their skills to reporters and fans at the packed gym facilities of the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro.

10,000+ fight fans at the Arena Mexico, plus a national TV audience and a U.S. audience on beIN Sports will see Margarito’s first fight in four years on Saturday night.

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Williams-Matano Final Press Conference

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Undefeated top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Italy’s Marcello Matano went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they meet with the IBF’s #1 spot at 154-pounds on the line this Saturday from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Julian Williams: “When I win this fight I’ll be able to accomplish my dream of being a world champion. It’s one step closer. I’m going to attack the head and body as much as I can. I’ve got enough film on him to see what he’s got. He’s pretty solid. He got better each time out. But those guys in Italy don’t have the skills that I have. I think he’s going to bring it for as long as he can handle it. He’s an awkward fighter. He’s definitely a boxer and he can be a little skittish in the ring. I know I’ve fought the better competition and I’ve trained my hardest for this. I’m ready to make a statement. I’m not worried about a knockout. However the win comes, it’s great. I’m just looking to win and beat him down.”

Marcello Matano: “I know that Julian Williams is a top-notch athlete and that he is coming to give his best, just like I am. It’s going to be an exciting fight because we both want to get to the top. I can adapt myself to any opponent. I can be a boxer or I can be a brawler. But in my heart, I am a warrior and I will come forward all fight. I am coming to leave that ring victorious.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Minto-Gerber collide on Chagaev-Browne card

Three undercard fights have been announced for Saturday’s clash between defending WBA World Heavyweight champ Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne in Grozny, Russia.

In a ten round heavyweight bout, Edmund Gerber (25-2, 16 KO’s) of Schwerin, Germany will fight Brian Minto (41-10, 26 KO’s) of Butler, PA.

In a ten round welterweight bout, Vishkahn Murzabekov (12-0, 6 KOs) of Russia takes on former world title challenger Ali Funeka (37-5-3, 30 KOs) of South Africa.

Also, in a six round cruiserweight bout, Tyrone Spong (2-0, 2 KOs) of Miami, Florida battles David Gogishvilli (12-0, 8 KOs) of Gori, Georgia.

The bout will be broadcast in the United States on the AWE network.



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