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By Robert Coster
Norberto Jimenez 116 vs. Renson Robles117
Alberto Puello 141 vs. Kelly Figueroa 142
Daniel Ramirez 126 vs. Luis Nino126
William Encarnacion 122 vs. Jose Luis Graterol 121.5
Ramses Payano 141 vs. Manuel Perez 138.5
Yonmar Medina 135 vs. Denilson Herrera 135
Date: July 16, 2016
Venue: Club El Million, Santo Domingo
Promoter: Shuan Boxing Promotions
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
James Robinson 152 vs. Justin Johnson 153
Rosalinda Rodriguez 118 vs. Samantha Salazar 117
Joshua Jones 137.5 vs. Ahmet Kayretli 137.5
Khali Thorn 160 vs. Zarief Brand 161
Nick Kisner 216 vs. Steve Tyner 210
Venue: Roar at the Shore – Main Stage
Promoter: Bizzarro Promotions
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol was joined by Top Rank’s Carl Moretti and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in a roundtable with reporters. Here’s what he had to say in advance of his world title clash against WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Since you’ve been working with Freddie, what’s been the biggest improvement in your game?
Every training camp that I’m here, I’m getting more serious. I’m getting more power, more speed, learning new combinations with Freddie. Overall, improving in every fashion.
You have mentioned that Matthysse is better than Crawford. Can you tell us why?
It is my subjective opinion, but it is my opinion from what I have seen and from the opposition that Matthysse has had before he fought me and the opposition that Crawford has had I think that Matthysse is a better fighter and more experienced fighter. (more…)
Photos: Jordan Hardy/Premier Boxing Champions
Deontay Wilder 226.2 vs. Chris Arreola 246.2
(WBC world heavyweight title)
Sammy Vasquez 146.8 vs. Felix Diaz 145.8
Erickson Lubin 155.8 vs. Ivan Montero 153.6
Jamal James 147 vs. Wale Omotoso 146
Vic Darchinyan 123 vs. Sergio Frias 121.2
Gerald Washington 243.8 vs. Ray Austin 270
Layla McCarter 142.6 vs. Melissa Hernandez 138.6
KeAndre Leatherwood 160.2 vs. Tyrone Selders 159.8
Kenneth McNeil 160.4 vs. Robert Burwell 159.4
Robert Alfonso-Acea 257.2 vs. Jamal Woods 233.8
Venue: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Promoter: DiBella Entertainent
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Miguel Berchelt 130 vs. Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo 130
(WBO interim super featherweight title)
Anabel Ortiz 108 vs. Kareli Lopez 108.5
Venue: Polideportivo Soraya Jimenez, Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico
TV: beIN Sports Espanol
By Bill Dwyre
Terence Crawford is in line to become boxing’s next celebrated debutant. All the things are in order for his coming-out party July 23rd in Las Vegas. It could be a ball.
He won’t be wearing a long gown. No corsage on his wrist. Just shorts and shoes and the tools of his trade, the boxing gloves with which he hopes to leave impressions on the face of Viktor Postol, and in the minds of a crowd of around 9,000 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
If boxing could produce a list of who is next, Crawford would certainly be high on it. The likes of Gennady Golovkin (Triple G), Canelo Alvarez and Andre Ward have all had their big moments and made their big impressions. No debutants there. They have been to big dances and now are maneuvering for the top of the heap in the sport. Nothing new about them. They have arrived and become gold-plated. Floyd Mayweather Jr., says he’s retired, and, surprisingly, he has remained that way. For now.
Manny Pacquiao said he was retired after the April victory over Tim Bradley. Few bought that, even with his impending Senator duties in the Philippines. The skeptics were right, as they usually are in boxing. Pacquiao announced this week that he will fight again, in either late October or mid-November. Suddenly, Terence Crawford’s debutante ball in Las Vegas is high on the list of sports’ big dances. That’s because, in all likelihood, the winner will get to go toe to toe with Pacquiao. (more…)
UniMas will air a Solo Boxeo card featuring unbeaten lightweight Casey Ramos (22-0, 5 KOs) of Austin, Texas, against Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KOs) of Chile in an eight round contest at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.
In the co-feature, unbeaten super middleweight Ulises Sierra (9-0-2, 5 KOs), of San Diego, meets local favorite Jose Hernandez (12-2-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout for the California State 168lb title.
Also seeing action, unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr (12-0,4 KOs) of South El Monte, California, meets Jon David Charles (9-7, 1 KO) in a scheduled six, and unbeaten 2008 and 2012 Olympian welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (13-0, 11 KOs) of Lithuania battles Paterson, New Jersey’s Jeremy Bryan (17-6, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder.
Maxim Dadashev (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Jason Gavino (3-2, 2 KOs) – super lightweight
Oscar Mendoza (1-0, 0KOs) vs. Francisco Muro (2-3, 0 KOs) – featherweight
Brian Gallegos (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. John Black (3-3, 2 KOs) – super featherweight
The weigh-in will take place at 3PM today at the Pioneer Events Center.
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Tyron Zeuge 167.1 vs Giovanni De Carolis 166.7
WBA World Super Middleweight Championship
Arthur Abraham 168 vs Tim-Robin Lihaug 167.6
WBO International Super Middleweight Championship
Burak Sahin 228 vs Jakov Gospic 246.9
Ramona Kuehne 131.6 vs Ikram Kerwat 132.3
WBA Female International Lightweight Championship
Stefan Haertel 166.5 vs Mateo Damian Veron 166.3
Sebastian Formella 153.9 vs Nico Salzmann 152.1
Anthony Ogogo 161.6 vs Bronislav Kubin 161.2
Charlie Edwards 114.9 vs Jose Aguilar 116.9
Alexander Peil 194 vs Igor Pylypenko 202.2
Freddy Kywitt 145.1 vs Igor Faniyan TBC
Venue: Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin
Promoter: Sauerland Event
On July 14, 2016, WBA Championship Committee Chairman George Martinez contacted WBA World welterweight champion Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KO), the knockout artist from Clearwater, Florida, and WBA World interim super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs), from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, by way of Ambato, Ecuador, regarding their respective mandatory challengers.
The letter to each champion says, “Please take notice, that according to championship rule 11 you must defend the title against the official challenger every nine months (9) from the date you became the champion.
“Pursuant to WBA rule C.13 — Bout Limitations— the champion may not fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period.
“This committee is granting you a period of thirty (30) days to negotiate your upcoming mandatory fight beginning July 14th, 2016 and will close at the end of the business day (- 5 GMT) on August 13th, 2016.”
The two letters differ when it comes to naming the mandatory challengers for both champions.
The letter to Keith Thurman states, “Since you won the championship on March 06, 2015 the next obligatory championship bout is past due from December 2, 2015, and shall box against the official contender (Interim Champion) David Avanesyan.”
The letter to Jack Culcay states, “Since you won the championship on May 21, 2016 the next obligatory championship bout should take place no later than September 20, 2016 and shall box against the official contender Demetrius Andrade.”
If an agreement cannot reached between Thurman and Avanesyan, or by Culcay and Andrade, “the championship committee may call a purse bid.”
Tickets for the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight title clash between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook sold-out in just 11 minutes at The O2 box-office today. Golovkin and Brook meet at the London venue on September 10 live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO and fight fans have snapped up the tickets in a heartbeat to see pound-for-pound star Golovkin box in the UK for the first time against the unbeaten IBF World Welterweight champion. Two more World title contests were added this week as bitter rivals Lee Haskins and Stuart Hall rematch X years after their first fight, this time with Haskins’ IBF World Bantamweight crown on the line and Charlie Edwards lands a World title shot in just his ninth pro fight as he takes on IBF Flyweight king Johnriel Casimero. Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend clash for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title and Conor Benn tastes his fourth night of action in the paid ranks, with more fights to be added soon.
Guillermo Rigondeaux 121 vs. Jazza Dickens 121
(WBA world super bantamweight title)
Terry Flanagan 134 vs. Mzonke Fana 134
(WBO world lightweight title)
Liam Williams 153 vs. Gary Corcoran 151
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Alex Lapelley 145
Tommy Langford 159 vs. Timo Laine 159
Venue: Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff, Wales
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: BoxNation (UK)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (29-1, 26 KOs) faced off with WBO #2 rated challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-2, 41 KOs) at their final press conference on Thursday in advance of Saturday’s world title clash in Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico.
Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo: “We’ve seen Berchelt, he’s a good champion, but doesn’t have the experience or the heart that I have. This is my third opportunity to fight for a title and shall be definitive one because I will be world champion.”
Miguel Berchelt: “We are prepared for the experience, the punching power, and everything the Thai brings. My preparation, my talent and my Mexican warrior spirit will win!”
In the co-feature, WBA female champion Anabel “La Avispa” Ortiz (21-3, 4 KOs) faces Kareli López (9-6-3, 2 KOs) in a non-title bout.
Photos: All Star Boxing
Orlando Cruz 130 vs. Alex Valdez 129
Jobert Alvarez 113 vs. Miguel Cartagena 112
Luis Olivarez 137 vs. Efrain Cruz 137
Jovan Perez 139 vs. Jonathan Cruz 136
Anthony Arvelo 154 vs. Travis Taylor 152
Chasity Martin 129 vs. Ivana Coleman 126
Mehdi Hassan 220 vs. Carlos Zavallos 239
Tickets: Kissimmee Civic Center 407-935-1412
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, FL
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) MXTV 52 (Mexico)
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
Photo: All Star Boxing
Former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico defends his WBO NABO super featherweight title tonight. against another former world title challenger in Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) of Mexico. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford-televised fight is scheduled for ten rounds and will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rican Olympic team that also included Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon. He is currently rated #5 by the WBO. The card is being dedicated to victims of the nearby Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
What do you know about Valdez?
Honestly nothing. I really don’t like to study videos of my opponents because they could end up fighting me a totally different way. It’s much better that I am prepared to adapt to their style the night of the fight. (more…)
Photos: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions
Unified middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and IBF welterweight champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-0, 25 KOs) held a New York City Press Conference on Thursday to formally announce their highly anticipated international showdown on September 10 at The O2 Arena in London, England
Gennady Golovkin: September 10 is the biggest day for me. Just a couple days ago, my promoter Tom Loeffler told me ‘Kell Brook wants to fight you.’ I said wow! This is big news for me because I know this guy is a very good fighter, very strong. He’s the best in his division. Right now I’m very excited. I understand the situation. Right now this is the biggest test for me and the biggest fight!
Kell Brook: To be a great fighter, you’ve got to do great things…this is gonna be a very, very hard fight. I’ve got to make sure that everything is spot on in training. We’ve got to do everything right. Anything short of that and I’m not gonna come up with the goods. So we;re going to put the hard work in the training. We’re gonna go through hell in this training camp, but that’s what you need to do to reach greatness.
By Robert Hough
Andre Ward may or may not surprise Alexander Brand in the ring on Aug. 6, but he managed to do so less than a month before the bout. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs), who faces the 39-year-old in Oakland, Calif., in an HBO-televised light-heavyweight fight, said Tuesday that Brand lacks nuance, “comes forward and swings for the fences,” which astonished the Colombian boxer.
“He said that? I never fight that way,” Brand said via an interpreter. “I’m a technical fighter, very uncomfortable to fight. I’m very complicated, not one-dimensional whatsoever.”
Brand (25-1, 19 KOs), who built a long, successful amateur career, said his style is his own, though he was motivated decades ago by elite fighters he watched on TV. (more…)
Ed Latimore 220 vs. Juan Goode 255
Josh Himes 194.5 vs. Dustin Echard 185
Matt Conway 138.5 vs. Chris Alexander 141
Mike Stull 182.5 vs. Lawrence Blakey 186.5
Eric Bledsoe 159 vs. Henry Mercer 159
Darmani Rock 248 vs. Hassan Lee 220
Venue: Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Made Men Promotions
Friday July 15, 2016
Doors open at 6:00, and first bell is at 7:00. Tickets are priced $100, $65, and $30 and are available at www.mademenboxing.com or the door.
Photos: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Jayson Velez 130 vs. Rene Alvarado 129
Rashidi Ellis 156.6 vs. Luis Hernandez 152.6
Cesar Diaz 120.6 vs. Isau Duenez 125.2
Azat Hovhannisyan 122 vs. Mario Ayala 121
Marco Magdaleno 134 vs. Hugo Padilla 133.4
Jhon Leon 146.2 vs. Jose Huerta 144.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Former five-division boxing world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard will host a Meet & Greet prior to the televised fights. Fans with tickets can meet the former undisputed welterweight champion and former Olympic gold medalist at the Special Events Center from 6p. to 7p.
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Sergey Lipinets 141 vs Walter Castillo 141.2
Tugstsogt Nyambayar 123.6 vs Rafael Vasquez 124
David Perez 119.2 vs Adan Ortiz 122.4
Justin Jones 235.4 vs Terrance Marbra 226.2
Julius Dyis 150.6 vs Oscar Valdez 153.6
Fernando Arellano 154.2 vs Raleigh Jeffries 156
Bobby Taylor 154.4 vs Harry Tyrone Paige 155.8
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Warriors Boxing in association with Prize Fight
Story and photos by Bob Ryder
Detroit’s fabled Kronk Gym hosted a workout on Thursday afternoon for Andy Ruiz and several of the local fighters appearing on Saturday’s Detroit Brawl card at the Masonic Temple. In addition to main eventer Ruiz, Demetrius Banks, Dorrell Van Horn Jr, Gheith Karim, Jarico O’Quinn, Zach Shamoun, and Clarence Dubose all went through a light workout for the folks gathered.
Speaking to Fightnews, soft spoken Ruiz was quick to point out that he was not too concerned with opponent’s Josh Gormley’s pre fight KO prediction. “I’m not taking him lightly, one punch can change everything but I’m not a trash talker. I’ll do my talking in the ring with my fists” commented the current world ranked heavyweight contender Ruiz. He also responded to some of the criticism directed his way with regards to his level of opposition. “I’ve been off for 7 months and I’m just getting back in the game so I need to work my way back. I’m 27-0 and I will be hoping for a title shot in the near future after a few more fights.” Ruiz said he was honored to be at the Kronk and to fight in Detroit “where so many great champions fought.” He also hoped “to see my Mexican fans come out on Saturday as I will do my best to give them a good show.” (more…)
Former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) returns to the ring following a year-long hiatus at his old stomping grounds, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on July 23. The Connecticut favorite son takes on Iraqi war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1 5 KOs) of the Bronx, NY in a 10 round jr. middleweight contest, the main event of a Star Boxing card presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia. Rodriguez last fought in June 2015, challenging Erislandy Lara for the WBA world jr. middleweight title that night, dropping a 12-round decision to the champion. Delvin is 5-1 during his career in the Uncasville ring. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Chris Arreola faced off at the final press conference for their FOX-televised world title fight on Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: I can’t wait because I’ve been wanting to pound something since May…does he deserve a title shot? No he doesn’t. He knows that. That’s no secret. But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.
Chris Arreola: I am a sleeping giant. People out there are underestimating me like a motherf*****. I believe Vegas has the odds 30:1 against me. Please place your bets and make some money. I’m ready for this fight. I’m more ready than I’ve ever been.
By Karl Freitag
WBC super lightweight world champion Viktor Postol was asked to explain why he believes Lucas Matthysse is a better fighter than WBO champion Terence Crawford, who he meets in a unification showdown on PPV July 23 in Las Vegas. “It’s my subjective opinion,” said Postol. “From what I’ve seen, and from the opposition that Matthysse has had before he fought me and the opposition that Crawford has had, I think Matthysse is a better, more experienced fighter.”
Postol, however, isn’t expecting an easier fight against Crawford than he had with the better Matthysse. “Every fight is different and Matthysse and Crawford are two different style fighters. I never expect any fight to be easy,” said Postol.
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol — will begin in Los Angeles TODAY with a free outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19. Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star Piolín, who will host the entire event.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana will show their skills in the ring begining at 2:00 p.m. PT and will meet and greet fans afterward. Also attending will be WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Viktor Postol and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who will all be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. (more…)
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (63-9, 46 KOs) returns to the ring on August 13 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. The 47-year-old Jones will take on 40-year-old “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs). Jones is coming off a KO win over pro debuting Vyron Phillips in March. Phillips won a contest for the right to fight the future Hall of Famer. Moore is looking to end a nine-fight losing streak dating back 13 years.
It will be a homecoming for undefeated welterweight Stevie Weimer (11-0, 3 KOs). who headlines a night of professional and amateur boxing promoted by A&D Promotions at York College in York, Pennsylvania. Weimer who graduated in 2013 with a double degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, will face nineteen fight veteran Jose Valderrama (5-14, 3 KOs) in the six round main event. This is the third fight in the comeback of Stevie Weimer after a four-year hiatus. “I was working and doing schooling along with my boxing. “Now I am solely focusing on my boxing. bigger and stronger now than I was four years ago. I am looking to go after my opponent in the opening two rounds. I want to knock him out,” said Weimer. “I am so proud to be able to fight at the college I graduated from. I want to put on a greats show for the fans. After that, I plan to have three more fights before the end of the year and I will be 15-0 by then and ready for really big fights.” (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
Jürgen Doberstein 167.5 vs. Robin Krasniqi 167.5
(WBA/WBO Intercontinental super middleweight titles)
Nikki Adler 165.1 vs. Elena Sikmashvili 167.5
(WBC female super middleweight title)
Mirko Martin 109.5 vs. Robert Kanalas 110.3
Josef Zahradnik 141 vs. Khaka Avetisiani 138.9
Marcel Hassler 147.7 vs. Jovica Jovanovic 151
Zhak Sauer TBA vs. Mihaly Voros 169.7
Venue: Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing/Doberstein Promotion
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford was joined by Top Rank’s Carl Moretti and co-manager and head trainer Bryan McIntyre in a roundtable with reporters. Here’s what he had to say in advance of his world title clash against WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
What did you think about Viktor Postol’s performance against Lucas Matthysse and did it surprise you at all?
I feel as though Postol did what he needed to do to win. I think he did a lot of holding and using his elbows that the ref didn’t see. But all in all he did what he had to do to get the job done. I picked him to win in that fight anyway so it was a good victory. (more…)
Danger-Fire Promotions (Craig Cummings and Damon Reed) returns on August 13 to the Kansas Expo Centre in Topeka, Kansas, with what they’re calling their “best top to bottom fight card yet.” The main event pits undefeated local welterweight Jerry Thomas (11-0-1, 7 KOs) against Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-3, 10 KOs) of Boston, Massachusetts. O’Connor is a former National Golden Gloves Champion and Olympic Alternate as an amateur, last seen being spectacularly kayoed on national TV by Gabriel Bracero last October.
The co-main event is a rematch from a very close fight that took place in Topeka one year ago. Kansas cruiserweight champion Mario Munoz (10-3-1, 3 KOs) will battle Jim Franklin (10-18-2, 5 ) once again for the belt. Munoz won the first fight by split decision.
In other bouts, undefeated local heavyweight favorite “Big Kansas” Daniel Gallemore (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Matt “The Gator” Greer 16-16, 13 KOs), and heavyweight “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (26-17-1, 13 KOs) will make his return to the professional ring after a short retirement against Justin Willms (4-2, 4 KOs). There are 16 bouts scheduled.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) of Oxnard, California, will be making his return to the ring after a two year absence when he takes on Dominican former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime. We spoke to the 28-year-old Garcia about his comeback.
“I don’t believe there will be ring rust because I was never really outside of the ring,” said Mikey. “I’ve been in the gym the whole time, sparring and training. I would spar 10 or 12 rounds, just to do it. Not because I had a fight, but just to keep me active. I know it seems like a long time, but I don’t really see it. I feel like I was gone six months. (more…)
In the main event of the Boston Boxing Promotions August 6th fight card at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC), Cape Cod, heavyweight Jesse Barboza (11-2-1, 7 KOs) will take on the biggest name of his boxing career as he meets former world title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (25-21-3, 21 KOs).
Barboza returns to Cape Cod after headlining two shows right there in his backyard in 2015, scoring a pair of first round knockouts over Jesse Oltmanns and Francisco Mireles. He has indicated that this bout will be his last ever on Cape Cod. “I’m excited and thrilled to give my all for my hometown one last time before I hang them up,” said the 30-year-old Barboza.
The 41-year-old Wilson has lost 15 of his last 17, but the two wins came against former world champion Juan Carlos Gomez and previously unbeaten David “Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs at the time), so he’s not necessarily an easy out. “He’s in his physical prime and I want to use this to gauge some things about myself,” said Wilson. “Can I get myself back into contention to fight for major titles? If I can, I need to beat Barboza. I know he’s not afraid to test himself looking at who he has fought recently and I’m not afraid either. Let’s do this!”
Tickets are on sale now at www.CapeCodBoxing.com. A very limited number of ringside seats are available for $60 each, while general admission costs $40.
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) and WBA #12/WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) faced off Wednesday at the final press conference for Friday’s clash at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany. Both the WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt will be on the line.
Jürgen Doberstein: “I left my belt at home today. Robin shouldn’t get accustomed to seeing it too much. Joking aside, the fact is I only want to box the best in my weight class to move ahead, Robin belongs to that group and I will win this fight!”
Robin Krasniqi: “Jürgen Doberstein is my job on Friday and we know how to beat him. I did my work in the United States and Canada and before sparring, in the Bavarian Forest with my strength coach Sepp Maurer. I’m already on weight and a “Doberman” can’t stop me on my way to a new world title shot.”
Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “For both main event fighters, there is very, very much at stake – the doors for a world title chance are wide open for the winner, the loser goes to the back of the line. The spectators here in Saarland can expect a great and exciting fight. By the way, only 300 tickets left. That shows how well this event resonates with the local fans!” (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
In the first part of our story about the Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, we told you how the group of The Magnificent Seven is controlling the way of scoring in the bouts. We showed you some examples of questionable officiating by the best R&J in the Olympic boxing. Now it’s time to take a look how the boxers from the home country managed to win four more Olympic quotas from only six participants.
Venezuela was selected as a host of the final qualification for Rio Games just a month before the start of the tournament. According to our sources the price for an event like that is around $500,000. For this fee, the host doesn’t receive full rights over TV broadcasting sales. During the six day event, with actually five fight days (one of which had only three bouts) there were many empty seats in the hall and admission was even advertised as free. There weren’t any major logo sponsors in the ring, so what is the payback for such a large outlay of money? (more…)
Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) of Dominican Republic arrived in Japan on Monday to face IBF#1 ranked Japanese Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) in Osaka on July 20. The 26-year-old dynamite was accompanied by his trainer Hector Bermudez, who said, “Jonathan has been training strenuously in Boston and is in very good shape.” Guzman predicts a quick knockout victory over Wake, saying, “I’ll go and try to finish Wake from the start.” Guzman participated in a public workout on Wednesday before many local press people at Hiroki Ioka Gym, where he showed good switch-hitting to impress the journalists in Osaka. The sensational Wake-Guzman bout will take place in the semi-windup to the main event of Kazuto Ioka and Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara with the WBA flyweight belt at stake at Edion Arena Osaka on Wednesday next week. Will Guzman be a second Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez?
Photos: By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Former Japanese bantam titlist, currently IBF#8 junior feather Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), 123.25, proved too sharp and strong for IBF#10 feather Patomsith Pathompothong (15-6, 5 KOs), 123.5, finishing him at 2:17 of the third round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having been dispatched by Lee Haskins in quest of the vacant IBF interim 118-pound belt in UK, Iwasa moved up to the 122-pound category and thus scored three victories in a row. Iwasa floored the Thailander with a southpaw left in the second and deck him three more times in the fatal third. Patomsith previously came here only to lose a lopsided decision to elongated Hisashi Amagasa who had dropped Gillermo Rigondeaux here on New Year Eve in 2014, though eventually losing on a TKO after the eleventh session.
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