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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
Fighting on the big stage in Texas at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
I am very happy to be here in Texas, Texas is like a second home. I am very grateful for all the support and love.
Any problems making weight?
At 155, I feel really good. At 155 when I have been fighting, he morning of the weigh-in I wake up at 154. One pound, yes, its 1lb but I feel really good right now.
On the pageantry and ceremony and it being Mexican Independence Day Weekend and being here in Texas.
I am very happy. It’s obviously added pressure, but with hard work you can take that pressure in and turn it into a motivation and will be more than ready. (more…)
Thomas LaManna 146.1 vs. Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 146.8
(USBA Welterweight Title)
Ray Edwards 256 vs. Dan Pasciolla 245
Kenneth Sims Jr. 144.6 vs. Gilbert Venegas 144.5
Devin Haney 136 vs. Mike Fowler 132
LeRoy Davila 119.5 vs. Edgar Cortes 121.3
Malik Jackson 147.2 vs. Anthony Young 148.8
Jaron Ennis 143.3 vs. Eddie Diaz 144.1
Darryl Bunting 165.2 vs. Darryl Gause 162.5
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoters: Final Forum, GH3 Promotions, Peltz Boxing
1st Bell: 8 PM ET
TV: CBS Sports Network (10 PM ET)
Juan Francisco Estrada has vacated his WBA Super World flyweight title, the sanctioning body announced today, September 14.
Twenty-six-year-old Estrada has fought out of his native Mexico since 2008 (33-2, 24 KOs), winning the WBA belt (as well as the WBO World flyweight title) in April 2013 by beating Brian Viloria via split decision. He successfully defended five times, most recently last September by knocking out Hernan Marquez in the 10th. Never stopped, “El Gallo” hasn’t lost since November 2012 when undefeated Roman Gonzalez beat him by unanimous decision for the WBA World light flyweight title.
A hand injury that sidelined the champ for a year had apparently healed to such an extent that there was even talk of his training for a WBA-ordered title-unification bout with WBA World flyweight titlist Kazuto Ioka, tentatively scheduled for October or November. Indeed, had Estrada emerged victorious over Ioka, there would likely have been a match with WBO World light flyweight champ Donnie Nietes or a rematch with “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, WBC World flyweight titlist.
“People want those fights and so do I,” said Estrada recently. “We’ll see if they can happen.”
WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the entire WBA Family wish the fighting “Rooster” all the best.
Unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s, (36-0, 33KO’s) fifth round stoppage of previously undefeated “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-1, 25KO’s) was viewed by a combined 1,436,000 viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing this past Saturday marking it as the most watched HBO boxing event in 2016 and the highest rated HBO international boxing telecast in many years viewed live by 843,000 fans and same-day rebroadcast by 593,000 viewers.
The thrilling victory by Golovkin was also viewed live on TV Azteca by 1,560,000 viewers in Mexico on Saturday afternoon. Golovkin’s fights are broadcast in over 100 countries which all reported strong viewership numbers for this event.
Golovkin’s 23rd straight knockout and his 17th world title defense took place at The O2 in London, England in front over a capacity crowd of over 19,000 fight fans as he retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO Middleweight World Titles. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “The Head” Głowacki, who will defend his belt this Saturday at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, Poland, against the undefeated and feared Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), was all smiles at today’s open training. “I have my health, strength and will. I have everything needed to beat Usyk and keep my belt. Losing the title is not an option,” said ‘The Head,’ who showed a lot more confidence than Usyk did 24 hours earlier. Głowacki’s trainer Fiodor Lapin, who prefers to keep everything under wraps with his world champion, went almost 10 minutes of full pads in front of cameras…and the watchful eye of Usyk’s trainer James Ali Bashir.
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Fighters were on hand for the final press conference in Osaka, Japan, for Friday’s big WBC world title twinbill taking place at the Edion Arena.
WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs) faces Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12 KOs) in a rematch, and WBC super bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) meets popular former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15 KOs).
By Robert Coster
Mexican welterweight Ivan Alvarez arrived in the Dominican Republic yesterday, apparently very confident on the outcome of his clash this coming Friday against local favorite Carlos Adames. Alvarez (23-6, 16 KOs), a 5’11 southpaw, told Fightnews.com that “Adames is a good prospect but he will be way over his head when he steps in the ring against me. My experience will be the difference. I’m going to drag him into deep waters where he’s never been before.”
The fight, scheduled for 11 rounds, will be for the WBA Fedelatin title held by Adames (8-0, 7 KOs), who is ranked 14th by the WBA. Says Alvarez who has won 10 of his last 11 fights, “it makes me smile that a kid with eight fights is the champion and I’m the challenger. One thing I do know is that the Fedelatin belt is going on that plane back to Mexico.”
The card, promoted by Upper Promotions, is being held at the plush Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino and will be televised (CDN channel).
Golden Boy Promotions has announced the signing of featherweight standout Jesus Rojas (23-1-2, 16 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico and former amateur boxing star Marvin Cabrera of Mexico City. Rojas is scheduled to fight this Saturday for the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Featherweight title against Jesus “Chuito” Valdez (16-1-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round fight at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezarez in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The 23-year-old Cabrera, who is scheduled to make his professional debut on the October 7 edition of LA Fight Club, will compete in the super lightweight division and is trained and managed by former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon.
“Knockout Night at the D,” promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, returns September 30 on CBS Sports Network outdoors from under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). In The 10-round main event, Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs) takes on Emmanuel Quartey (20-2, 19 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International super bantamweight championship. Also unbeaten bantamweight Stephon “Showstopper” Young (14-0-3, 6 KOs) faces Tony Lopez, Jr. (11-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBA North American Boxing Association (NABA) title in the 10-round co-feature, while undefeated WBA-NABA USA super welterweight titlist John “The Phenom” Vera (14-0, 9 KOs) makes his first title defense against Milorad “Micko” Zizic (12-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
WBO #1, WBA #7 rated light heavyweight contender Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs ) and Tony Averlant (24-8-2, 4 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their clash on Saturday night at the Stathalle in Weissenfels, Germany. For Boesel, it could be his last bout before a world title challenge.
Dominic Boesel: “This is an absolute homegame! I’m very happy that we are so close to my home town of Freyburg. My circle of friends were able to sell 800 tickets to my fans. With my belts in hand, after the fight I’m going to give Tony Averlant a friendly “Au Revoir.” He’s not going to take away my world title dream!”
Tony Averlant: “I am here to get this belt, so I’m going to win. We have studied and analyzed Dominic in detail. I’ve looked at a lot of videos and have specifically worked and prepared myself. I had extra long training preparations in southern France.”
By Ricardo Ibarra
After a lengthy drought of professional boxing in the State of Idaho, the first card scheduled to take place there in nearly five years is set. The newly formed Beat Boxing Promotions will present their inaugural card at the Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston, Idaho, Saturday, October 15th with eight pro bouts scheduled featuring fighters from the Pacific Northwest.
Former amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) will look for his fifth win of the year in the eight round main event, taking on tough journeyman Leo Bercier (8-19-1, 4 KOs). Ferguson, who in 2015 claimed the U.S.A. National heavyweight amateur title, turned pro in April of this year and has claimed four wins since, securing all of those victories within two rounds. In his last fight he stopped former world title challenger Rubin Williams in the first round. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, (21-1, 9 KOs), on the verge of his meeting with DC’s Dusty Hernandez Harrison, (29-0-1, 16 KOs), knows he’s in a must-win situation. The two will square off Thursday night in the 10-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. The vacant USBA welterweight title will be on the line and the fight will be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network.
Although he’s just a 24 year old, 22-bout prospect, LaManna says that failure against Harrison would be quite damaging at this point in his career.
“There’s no option,” LaManna said. “There really is no option. I’m on record. I lose this, I’m an opponent. I’m no opponent.”
LaManna has more or less cruised through the majority of his professional run. However, the last time he seriously stepped up, against a streaking Antoine Douglas eighteen months ago, things didn’t go well. Douglas dominated the bout and dished LaManna his first defeat, a TKO in round six. That bout was nationally televised on Showtime’s ShowBox series. (more…)
In a clash of unbeaten jr welterweights, Eddie Ramirez (15-0, 10 KOs) recovered from the second round knockdown to knock out Kevin Watts (11-1, 4 KOs) in round seven on Tuesday night at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Watts dropped Ramirez with an uppercut in round two, but otherwise it was Ramirez who was bringing the heat. The end came in round seven when Ramirez blasted Watts to the canvas for the full ten with a barrage of punches. Time was 1:37.
Unbeaten super middleweight Marcos “The Madman” Hernandez (9-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Antonio Urista (7-2, 2 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, 79-72. Urista was deducted a point in round five for spitting out his mouthpiece.
Unbeaten featherweight Leduan Barthelemy (11-0, 6 KOs) scored an eight round split decision over Ricardo Nunez (4-2, 2 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75 for Barthlemy, 79-73 for Nunez.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
“King” Gabe Rosado
On Billy Joe Saunders pulling out of his fight – He didn’t want to come out here and take a loss. It is what it is. If he was so confident that it was an easy fight, he would have took it, right. They don’t get no bigger than this. He didn’t want a loss so he’s just trying to capitalize on making a big check and holding the belt hostage. He’s just trying to cash out, he has no plans in defending the title. He just wants to cash out on the title.
If he considers himself the biggest star in boxing that’s not a champion – That’s interesting. If you say so. It’s funny, you know, my popularity is great. I just appreciate the fans for it, that they appreciate my style of fighting. They know I come and bring it and put it all on the line. It goes to show I’m the co-main event, it’s a big deal. There are lot of fans out there showing support. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
On how he feels fighting on the big stage, AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys – Very good. Not every fighter is asked to be on one that I was asked to be on. I am going to show why I was asked to fight in a fight of this magnitude.
On being the “road” fighter to Canelo’s home crowd advantage in Texas – He said this is his 2nd home, but I can’t wait. I can draw some fans from this fight myself once I beat Canelo Alvarez.
If he learned anything from Canelo’s KO of Amir Khan – I don’t really take anything from that fight. Canelo attitude was I am going to land sooner than later. That’s the way he went about his business in the fight looking for that one perfect shot. He went under and one did land and the fight was over. His reaction was about time. I don’t take no fear from the shot that knocked Amir out.
His motivation in this fight – I need no more motivation than what I have already drawn from my family. If I can’t get up for a fight with Canelo Alvarez then I don’t deserve to be at that level. (more…)
The #1 rated boxing program on Spanish television, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford,” will kick off its fall season on Friday, September 30 from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event is a “civil war” between national champions Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) and Emanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (18-5-2, 12 KOs) who will face each other in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with Payasito’s Mexican national super bantamweight at stake. Hernandez (30), a former WBO interim champion, is ranked #5 WBO #5 WBC #10 WBA, has become a series favorite having fought 11 times only losing twice.
The action continues October 7 from the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida with another clash in the rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico. WBO #4 contender and NABO Champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (35) of San Juan, PR faces Luis “El Titan” Sanchez (24) of Cancun, Mexico. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds with Cruz’s lightweight belt on the line. Also on the card local favorite undefeated 22-year-old welterweight prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (7-0, 5 KOs). (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“You want to know, what I will do in the ring? It will be a simple tactic…but let’s wait. I’m keeping my aggression only for the ring. Why should I be angry when I’m not fighting?” said WBO #1 cruiserweight contender Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), who met today with the press. Before the 2012 Olympic gold medalist tests his skills against WBO world champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) this Saturday at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, the Ukrainian star decided to show some power…
By Nick Giongco
Johnriel Casimero, fresh from defending his IBF flyweight title on an emphatic tenth-round knockout of Charlie Edwards of England underneath the Gennady Golovkin headliner at the O2 Arena in London, says he can easily handle pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
“I can beat him easy,” said Casimero barely 24 hours after arriving in Manila from London with his team.
Casimero, who boosted his record to 23-3 with 15 KOs, saw how Gonzalez defeated Carlos Cuadras of Mexico and the Filipino puncher believes he has the tools and the ammo needed to mess up the undefeated Gonzalez.
Facing the press for the first time since mauling Edwards, Casimero insists Gonzalez seems to be dodging him “because I have been calling him out the longest time.”
Long-time boxing man Sammy Gello-ani, Casimero’s promoter, maintains that a Gonzalez showdown can wait. (more…)
Photos: Top Rank
WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) prepares to run the trails at Mount Charleston in preparation for his November 5th clash against boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs). The bout will be for Vargas’ WBO welterweight title and will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unbeaten 2012 USA Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) will headline a December 2 card at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno. The opponent is TBA. A previous card at Save Mart Center last year, also headlined by Ramirez, was a sell out at 13,100 – with 1,600 turned away. “There is no place like home for me to fight, this one is special for so many reasons but none more important than to bring awareness to serious issues going on right now,” said Ramirez. (more…)
Jorge Linares has told Anthony Crolla that his hometown fans cannot help him in their unification clash for the WBA and WBC diamond lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on September 24. “I love fighting in my opponent’s backyard with all the noise that comes with it from their fans,” said Linares. “The supporters cannot get in the ring with their fighter, it’s just me and him. When I first started to fight all over the world it took some time to adjust but now, it’s easy and I am confident doing it.
“The fans are excited for this one. We’re both world class fighters and World champions that are willing to fight each other, as we’re proving in this one. There’s no need to trash talk or build the fight up, it’s a great fight and there’s lots of respect between us. The best fighter on the night is going to win, and I think that’s going to be me.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi
Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (26-6-1, 13 KOs), 139.75, impressively acquired the WBO ASPAC (Asia Pacific) junior welterweight belt when he had durable Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (15-5-1, 9 KOs), 139, staggering, followed it up hard and scored a fine TKO victory at 1:20 of the eleventh round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kondo celebrated the inauguration of the very first WBO ASPAC title bout ever held in Japan since the regional championship was approved in Japan this August. It was a crowd-pleasing competitive contest, where they kept swapping punches incessantly toe-to-toe from the outset until the referee Nakamura’s intervention. Arienza, a persistent southpaw, maintained the pressure to the elusive Kondo, who utilized faster footwork and rained solid combinations to the midsection and to the face, piling up points steadily. The eighth saw both sustain a cut—Kondo over the right eyebrow and Arienza from the left optic.
In the fatal eleventh, Kondo caught up with the fading Arienza and exploded a solid right hook to the face to have him retreating to the ropes. Quickly swarming over him with a flurry of punches, Kondo attempted to finish the affair then and there, when the ref wisely called a halt. The official tallies after the tenth were as follows: Surat and Mekin (both from Thailand) both 97-93, Harada (Japan) 99-91, all for Kondo who displayed his best form, regaining the belt since he took the Japanese national 135-pound belt six years ago. Leon Panoncillo (US), the WBO ASPAC supervisor, jubilantly said, “It’s a very good fight and it was also good that the crowd enjoyed such a hard-fought contest. We express our heart-felt congratulations to the Japan’s first WBO ASPAC champion Kondo.”
Promoter: Ichiriki Promotions. photos
WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against an opponent to be named on the October 29 Fury-Klitschko 2 card in Manchester, England. Saunders will be making the first defense of the belt he won against Andy Lee last December. “We’re looking at a couple of opponents Billy Joe Saunders on October 29th in Manchester then a big one after that,” said promoter Frank Warren. “Bill’s got to come through Oct 29th OK, he needs to get the ring rust off. Of course, we’re interested in the fight (against Golovkin).”
Saunders stated, “I always said I needed 18 months for the GGG fight after Eubank. It’s now time to test myself and see what I’m made of. This is not a fight I’ve got to take but it’s one I want to take. I’m ready to fight him wherever he wants. England, America or in a field…I’m fighting October 29th, give me a week off and then I’ll fight GGG straight away! I need one fight then I’m ready to go!
“The only thing that can get in the way of stopping this fight is his mandatory. Not on my behalf, I’m ready to fight him.”
Warren added, “We are in dialogue. There’s a will on both sides to make the fight happen. I’d prefer it in Britain.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Former WBC/IBF cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3, 37 KOs) will return to the ring on November 5 in Krakow, Poland, versus hard hitting former WBC title challenger Olandrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola (23-3, 21 KOs) of Nigeria. The fight was announced last night on Polsat TV’s boxing magazine show “Puncher.” Włodarczyk -Durodola will one of the featured bouts on Polsat Boxing Night. Marian Kmita, Polsat Sports Director, was ready to announce the other main fight on the card … but it never happened.
Very rarely can boxing fans be part of what’s going on behind boxing, the usually closed doors negotiations. Especially not on live TV. This time, it happened on primetime in Poland. Marian Kmita was ready to present an interesting heavyweight clash between Mariusz Wach (32-2, 17 KOs) against up and coming Izu Ugonoh (16-0, 13 KOs) … when he received an email. “We reached our agreement two weeks ago. 17 negotiation points, money, transportation, etc – the normal part of making a boxing event. Everything was OK, but two hours before our live announcement, the very nice Ugonoh manager sends me an email. He said that they don’t want Ugonoh to fight Wach, because he’s too dangerous,” said the Polsat Sports Director. “Time for him (Ugonoh) to stop hiding behind his manager’s back and make a decision. We are still giving him time to think about it but only to the end of the week.” (more…)
The WBA has ordered Gennady Golovkin, its Super World middleweight champ, to next face Danny Jacobs, its World middleweight titlist, in a title match. “The 30-day negotiations period has started,” says WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. “They have 120 days to do the fight.”
Should negotiations between Teams Golovkin and Jacobs collapse, the fight will go to purse bid.
Photos: Linda Sacauskas/Premier Boxing Champions
Eddie Ramirez 141.8 vs Kevin Watts 141.2
Marcos Hernandez 157.8 vs Antonio Urista 157.4
Leduan Barthelemy 123 vs Ricardo Nunez 123.2
Flavio Rodriguez 148.8 vs Yasmani Pedroso 148
Antonio Santa Cruz 117.2 vs Francisco Muro 117.4
Venue: Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
By Miguel Maravilla
NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) of South El Monte will put his title and his undefeated record on the line as he takes on Blythe, California’s Andrew Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs) this Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas live on HBO Pay per view. We caught up with Diaz as he talked about his upcoming fight.
“This fight is a big magnitude fight, the type of fight I have dreamed of since I was a kid fighting on a big card like a pay per view card,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com “I want to thank my manager Ralph Heredia, Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya for giving me this opportunity. I know this is my time to shine and showcase my skills to prove to everybody that I can be the next superstar in boxing,” Diaz added. (more…)
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, held an open workout for the media today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. LaManna meets Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 29-0-1, 16 KOs, in the main event of an eight-bout card at South Philly’s 2300 Arena on Thursday night. Their bout, and three others, will also be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
Although Thursday’s 10-round bout for the vacant USBA welterweight title will be the first time the two have officially faced off, LaManna and Harrison sparred together about three years ago in Washington, DC.
That experience in the gym, with headgear and big gloves, has given LaManna some insight on his opponent, and he says he knows what not to do against Harrison when they meet on Thursday.
“Don’t give him confidence, and don’t let him get into a groove,” LaManna said. “I can’t let him get into a groove. I don’t like comparing sparing to real fights, but one thing I remember in the sparring was that if you give him a groove, he’s a little hard to handle.” (more…)
Felix Diaz (18-1, 8 KOs), the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic and coming off a career-changing win over Sammy Vasquez back in July, is calling out undefeated two-division world champion Terence Crawford. WBC #6 rated Diaz sees the fight as an easy one to make. “I am with DiBella now, and I know that he has worked with Bob Arum and Top Rank many times in the past. Also my manager Al Haymon and Bob are able to work together as well, so there are no obstacles to get this fight done. This would be a tremendous fight for boxing and for TV. If he moves around the ring, I will chase him down and force him to fight me. If he wants to stand and trade with me, even better. I will be ready for whatever he brings,” proclaimed Diaz.
Crawford’s last fight, a unification clash vs. Viktor Postol, was on pay-per-view and by all accounts didn’t do well. Whether Crawford sticks with PPV or goes back to HBO remains to be seen. Crawford-Diaz on PPV might be a tough sell. Would HBO cough up the $$ for Crawford-Diaz?
Former cruiserweight/heavyweight contender Alexander Petkovic landed a major TV deal in his new role as promoter on the German TV market. His company “Petko’s Boxpromotion” signed a deal with Sky Germany which starts on November 5th. Petkovic will present WBC Youth World Champion Toni Kraft (9-0, 3 KOs) who will take on African knockout artist Abdallah Paziwapazi (13-3, 12 KOs).
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBO Female World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer (19-0, 9 KOs) hopes to land a unification bout with reigning WBC female titlist Kali Reis (10-5-1, 4 KOs). Hammer and Reis already met in May last year when the German secured a unanimous decision win but was knocked down by powerful Reis in the tenth and last round.
The event which also features Toni’s younger brother James Kraft (9-0, 7 KOs) and former German amateur standout Howik Bebraham (4-0, 1 KO) will take place in Munich, Germany. More details on the show and on the cooperation between Sky and “Petko’s Boxpromotion” will be released shortly.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Jairo Cajina / CCC
Newly crowed WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” González receives a hero’s welcome in his home country Nicaragua.
Chocolatito arrived in Managua, Nicaragua after 9pm from Los Angeles after his historic triumph over Mexican Carlos Cuadras at the Forum in Los Angeles. Chocolatito claimed the WBC super flyweight world title by unanimous decision over twelve rounds and enters the records of the proud few champions with four world titles in different divisions.
“This Victory is for my family, for Nicaragua, for president Ortega and God. I would like to return to the ring in 2017,” said Gonzalez.
Former WBA world super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna will return to the ring on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) will take on fellow Dominican Marlyn “Maravilla” Cabrera (22-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de los Caballeros in a 10-round super featherweight battle at the Sambil Ballroom in Sambil Plaza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and live on Dominican TV RNN.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said Fortuna. “I lost my championship and I’m going to beat whoever I have to beat to get it back. Cabrera is my countryman and I wish him a long successful career, but right now he is in my way. He has to go.”
In the co-main event unbeaten junior middleweight Jeison “Banana” Rosario (11-0, 8 KOs) of Santo Domingo will take on also undefeated Carlos Jairo Cruz (17-0, 11 KOs). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had the press all to himself on Monday at the Fury-Klitschko 2 kickoff presser. WBA/WBO heavyweight champ Tyson Fury was a no-show after his car broke down en route. “I am obsessed with getting the titles back,” said Klitschko. “Trust me, I’m really looking forward to my revenge. It’s not a rematch, it’s a revenge.”
Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren vowed that Fury would definitely be on hand at the Manchester Arena for the October 29th fight, even if he has to pick him up on his motorcycle.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Hard-punching prospect, Japanese super-featherweight champ Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, kept his national belt when he stopped mandatory challenger Kento Matsushita (34-10-7, 13 KOs; formerly fighting under nom-de-guerre Kyohei Tamakoshi), 129.75, at 3:04 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. After a see-saw processing, Ogawa finally caught the veteran with a left hook following a right uppercut and decked him to the canvas with the referee declaring a TKO win for Ogawa, who successfully made his second defense since he dethroned Rikki Naito last December. The official tallies read after the ninth.
Matsushita pitifully failed in his sixth attempt to win the national belt though he once decked an upset third-round stoppage of Dante Jardon to win the WBC Youth 130-pound belt in Mexico in 2011.
Golden Boy chief Oscar De La Hoya visited AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants NFL game. Next Saturday on the same field, former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) challenges WBO jr middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on a Golden Boy Promotions PPV card.
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