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WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) defended his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) on Monday night at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kovalev pressed the action, while Chilemba looked to frustrate and avoid exchanges. Difficult fight for the champion until late in round seven, when Kovalev dropped Chilemba with a crushing right hand. Chilemba survived the round. Kovalev rocked Chilemba again in round eight. The pace then slowed down for the next several rounds, but Kovalev closed the show by punishing Chilemba in the last round. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 118-109. Chilemba fought without trainer Buddy McGirt, who had visa problems. His corner was run by his manager Jodi Solomon, who is also one of the few female trainers.
Next up for Kovalev is likely a November showdown with Andre Ward, who must have been pleased with what he saw. Ward has a bout against Alexander Brand scheduled for August 6 in Oakland.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 19-year-old son of ex-WBC bantam titlist, Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3 KOs), 121, proved too powerful and pugnacious—if not technical—in dropping Indonesian #5 bantam Rio Nainggolan (6-3, 2 KOs), 121.5, three times en route to a fine stoppage at 2:11 of the third round in a scheduled six on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Juiki, the son of three-time WBC 118-pound champ Joichiro, exclusively battered the game Indonesian at the side of the belly and sent him to the deck on three occasions in the fatal session. Papa Tatsuyoshi criticized his son’s performance, saying “Juiki must learn punching in combination more rather than throwing only many punches.” Joichiro kept talking before our press people and described him as still amateurish. But Juiki replied, “Always my father’s advice is too long and persistent. I understood it, and I’ll show my improvement next time.” His son seems a good counterpuncher.
Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
ALL FIGHTS SHOULD BE IN A BOXING RING
The world is going through very sensitive and difficult times. Violence is out of control and every single week reports of killings, riots, bombings and all sorts of tragic events are all over the news all over the world.
Discrimination must not be tolerated. We must learn from history and how such practice has ruined civilizations and has brought misery. The WBC family is united to express its condolences to those who suffered from the shooting in Dallas, where five police officers were killed. (more…)
By Byron Spurlock
FightNews.com® was able to catch Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (18-5, 11 KOs) moments after his shocking win over previously unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-1, 18 KOs). “You have to understand I came here to die in the ring,” Juarez told us.
What made you so confident that you were going to win against “Prince” Albert Pagara?
Well, the sacrifice that was made for the preparation was very strong. A lot of discipline, consistency, dedication at home. We trained hard physically and technically. I consider that my focus was the reason that put me afloat in this fight. The desire, the hunger of triumph was made us win tonight. (more…)
Little known flyweight Charlie Edwards (7-0, 3 KOs) will challenge IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14 KOs) for world title at The O2 in London on September 10. Edwards lands the golden opportunity on the undercard of the colossal World Middleweight title clash between pound-for-pound king Gennady Golovkin and IBF Welterweight ruler Kell Brook.
Edwards has made a big impact on the paid ranks in quick time, picking up the English title in just his fifth fight and the WBC International strap in his seventh, and the 23-year-old talent now faces a huge step-up in what will be his ninth pro fight after he boxes in Berlin this weekend.
Casimero landed the IBF Flyweight crown in May with a fourth round KO over Amnat Ruenroeng, gaining revenge for a points loss for the belt in June 2015. That win made the 26-year-old Filipino a two-weight champion having previously held the IBF Light-Flyweight crown, but Edwards believes he will rip the title from Casimero’s hands. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Under IBF rules, fighters cannot gain more than ten pounds after making weight the day prior. So on Monday morning, Sergey Kovalev weighed in at 181.6 and Isaac Chilemba weighed 182.6 at the IBF 2nd Day weigh-in. Overall, Kovalev gained 7 pounds, while Chilemba gained 7.8 pounds.
Kovalev had been a 100:1 favorite for weeks, but that number has been bet down to 85:1 (-8500 on Kovalev, +3500 on Chilemba). Still laying those kinds of odds on the Krusher doesn’t seem like a very good value, so the over/under becomes the more playable bet. The fight is +150 to go over 7.5 rounds and -180 to go under 7.5 rounds.
Remember, the live fight at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia, should be going off in the USA around 1PM ET/10AM PT. HBO’s delayed telecast will air tonight at 10:15 PM ET/PT.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Happy birthday to former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, who turned 95 on Sunday. The “Bronx Bull” continues to be boxing’s oldest living former world champion. LaMotta is pictured here last month as he attended the 2016 IBHOF festivities last month in Canastota, NY, where he has been a fixture since his induction in the inaugural class of 1990.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBO#15 ex-Japanese flyweight champ Suguru Muranaka (24-2-1, 8 KOs), 117.5, proved too aggressive and agile for Filipino Renoel Pael (19-4-1, 9 KOs), 117, winning a unanimous verdict (79-74, 78-74 twice) over eight fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Muranaka, unbeaten in last nine years, had forfeited his national flyweight belt on the scale, having failed to make the 112-pount limit at 114.75. Despite his dejection and disappointment, Muranaka defeated the mandatory challenger Tetsuma Hayashi by a unanimous nod in April last year. Muranaka this night displayed versatile combinations upstairs and downstairs to have the Filipino on the defensive all the way to show his strength and stamina before the audience.
WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-1, 18 KOs) has been discharged from Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, following his brutal eighth round KO loss to former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez on Saturday night. According to ALA Promotions, the attending doctor advised Pagara could fly back to the Philippines on Monday. All the tests, including the CT scan, came back negative. The doctor also advised not to have Prince Albert participate in any contact sports for at least two weeks.
“It is unfortunate that Albert Pagara suffered his first career loss tonight,” said ALA Promotions President/CEO Michael Aldeguer. “But on a positive note, we’re very grateful with the crowd turnout. We had exciting fights from the first bout down to the main event and tickets were sold out. Overall, it was a successful show – achieving ALA Promotions, ABS-CBN Sports, and TFC’s thrust to stage world-class boxing events all over the world. We’re excited to do even a bigger show later this year at a bigger venue in Stubhub Center, LA on September 24th.”
Photos: Alexandr Sanfonov/Championat.com
Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Isaac Chilemba 174.8
(WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight titles)
Venue: DIVS Sports Palace, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Promoter: Main Events
TV: HBO (delayed)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Super featherweight Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (20-6, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergio “Dandy“ Puente (24-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey, Mexico. Lopez prevailed 116-113, 117-112 and 117-111 to claim a vacant WBC regional belt.
In the co-feature, WBC #2, WBA #5 super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (56-11, 43 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Jerope “Niño de Oro“ Mercado (27-8-3, 9 KOs). Roman put Mercado on the deck in round three and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:10.
Albuquerque boxing fans enjoyed eight action-packed bouts Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center, with the main event of the evening earning “fight of the night” honors. Super lightweight Fidel “Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) recovered from a knockdown in the second round of his bout with Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (17-19-1, 15 KOs), only to knock down Cuevas twice in the same round to win the contest by KO. Time was 1:00. Cuevas, son of Hall of Fame former welterweight champion, is now 1-10-1 in his last twelve fights. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Featherweight Manuel Avila (21-0) of nearby Fairfield kept his spotless record intact with a 10-round unanimous decision over Prosper Ankrah (24-8) of Ghana in Saturday night’s pro boxing main event at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks. All three judges scored it a shutout, 100-87, giving the fast-rising Avila the vacant IBA Americas title in a cakewalk. A desperate Ankrah lost points more than once on fouls.
The eight-round semi-main went to super bantamweight Manuel Roman of Paramount, Calif., by majority decision over Javier Gallo of Mexico. (more…)
By Byron Spurlock at ringside
Photos: Erik Killin
Former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (18-5, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular upset eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California. Pagara dropped Juarez at the end of round one with a clean left hook, but Juarez, who gave Nonito Donaire all he could handle, relentlessly pressured and broke down the 22-year-old Filipino. Juarez battered Pagara in round seven, then finally put him on the canvas with a barrage of punches in round eight. “Prince Albert” tried to rise, but then sank back down to the canvas for the count. Time was :15.
WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (39-2, 24 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over journeyman Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-10-1, 10 KOs). A right hand dropped Alvarez for the count. Time was :55. The overmatched Alvarez lost for the ninth time in his last thirteen fights. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Carl Klingenberg / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC #11 super lightweight contender and 2012 USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) of Avenal, California, scored a fourth round TKO over Tomas Mendez (22-8, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Leemore, California. It looked like it would be a quick night when the popular Ramirez, who has previously fought in front of sellout crowds in Central California, dropped Mendez three times in round one. Mendez first hit the canvas from a Ramirez left hook to the jaw. He was floored again from a Ramirez barrage on the corner, and went down a third time from a body shot, but somehow Mendez survived. Ramirez continued to punish the gutsy Mendez and referee Jack Reiss finally waved it off with Mendez under heavy fire in round four. Time was :53. Impressive performance from Ramirez, who retained his WBC Continental Americas title.
Kicking off the UniMas “Solo Boxeo” telecast, super featherweight prospect Andy “El Tiburon” Vences, (16-0, 10 KOs), earned a workmanlike unanimous decision over tough Mexican Moises Delgadillo, (17-15-2, 8 KOs). Scores for the eight round bout were 77-75, 78-74, and 79-73.
Vences fought at a measured pace, relying mostly on his jab and superior quickness to avoid Delgadillo’s slower, looping punches. That kept Vences out of harm’s way but also allowed Delgadillo to gain confidence as he used Vences’ lack of urgency against him, winning rounds simply by virtue of being the busier fighter. However when he needed to Vences was able to regain the momentum, often with his right hand and superior accuracy.
“He took a lot of good shots,” explained Vences, who had some extra motivation due to his grandfather having come from Mexico to see him fight for the first time. “It was a little tough in there because he knew how to get to me, but it was a great learning experience for me.”
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In the day’s biggest upset so far, undefeated super middleweight Joe Louie Lopez, (8-1, 5 KOs), was knocked out by the first punch from journeyman Ernesto Martinez, (12-10-1, 6 KOs) at 0:19 of the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Martinez landed a right hand on Lopez’s chin that dropped Lopez so quickly everyone assumed it was a slip. However Lopez staggered badly around the ring after getting up, prompting an immediate stoppage as the crowd gasped and tried to figure out what had just happened. (more…)
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) outpointed former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-5-1, 21 KOs) over twelve mostly uneventful rounds in an IBF world title eliminator for the #2 rating on Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Barrios’ eight inch height advantage was too much for Boschiero to overcome. Barrios dropped Boschiero in round twelve finishing what was otherwise a dull fight. Scores were 120-107 on all three cards.
In an action packed co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Eddie Ramirez (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jessie Roman (20-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92.
Vargas, Venezuela, has been the home of the first APB/WSB Olympic Qualification Event open to all pro boxers since the change in AIBA statute ratified at the Extraordinary Congress held on June 1 in Lausanne. It was also the occasion for AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu to welcome WBA President Gilberto Jésus Mendoza to the Jose Maria Vargas Dome to enjoy the finals, which featured four pro boxers from non-AIBA organisations.
WBA President Gilberto Jésus Mendoza: “Ensuring the long term development of our sport is the only thing that should matter, and it was essential to come to Vargas to witness this unique tournament. After thorough discussions with AIBA President Dr Wu, it has become obvious that we need to start working on mutual projects that will benefit boxing and our boxers.”
AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu: “This APB/WSB Olympic Qualification tournament undoubtedly marks a step-change for our sport, with all pro boxers able to participate and earn quota places to Rio 2016. The presence of WBA President Gilberto Jésus Mendoza outlines our willingness to collaborate with all organisations that share our values and work for the best interests of the boxers.”
Both WBA and AIBA have agreed to envisage future partnerships covering all aspects of boxing from event organisation, boxer management and new championships, to training courses.
Photos: Alexandr Safonov/Championat.com
WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba faced off at their final press conference in advance of their world championship fight on Monday night at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The fight will be televised in the United States on HBO (same day tape-delayed).
Sergey Kovalev: Hello to everybody here in my homeland of Russia. I hope you are all going to be here Monday night to support me…the hardest time of my training camp is past now and I am going to give you a good show. My opponent, Chilemba, is very motivated and that is why he is so dangerous. But I am also motivated. There are a lot of fights in my future.
Isaac Chilemba: For the last 10 years of my career, I got into a few title fights. I won the IBO super middleweight title. Since I moved to light heavyweight we have been chasing the WBC title. And we came up short three times. Now I have a shot at three world titles. I really believe God works in mysterious ways. This is my time. This is my destiny. I believe I was destined to be WBO, WBA and IBF world champion…in my life I have been through a lot of obstacles. I stumble and fall and I know how to pick myself up. I have been through hell and made it back. Nothing can stop me. (more…)
Photos: Pablo Lozano / All Star Boxing Inc
Local lightweight Antonio “Toño” Moran (20-1, 13 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sanchez (30-12, 14 KOs) of Tabasco, Mexico, on Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The taller Moran won by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 to claim the WBC Latino silver lightweight belt.
On the undercard, bantamweight Salvador “Pelon” Juarez ((6-3-2, 2 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Martin “Pini” Casilla (15-7-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 78-75, 78-75 for Juarez, 77-75 for Casilla.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #11 112 pounder Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi (20-3) clearly outscored Jayar Diama (7-8-5) over twelve rounds in an nationally televised promotion. Eaktawan captured the vacant IBF Asia Flyweight title fight on Friday at Samroiyod Beach, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. Eaktawan was the aggressor from opening bell and had the tough Filipino, Diama on the backmove continually.
Scores were, 117-111, 119-109 and 119-109.
Fidel “Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr. 142.4 vs. Gerardo “Pepino” Cuevas 143.8
Matthew “Diamond Boy” Griego 118.2 vs. Marco Alcaraz 120.8
Brian “La Bala” Mendoza 148.2 vs. Daniel Calzada 149.6
Jesus Alex Holguin 131.2 vs. George Roybal 130.6
Jaron “Boots” Ennis 145 vs. Tavorus Teague 145
Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez 144.4 vs. Christopher Russell 141.2
Elijio Sena 271.6 vs. Brandon Farron 214.8
Ronald Baca 251.6 vs. Randy McCarty 212.6
Venue: Santa Ana Star Center
Promoter: Victory Boxing Promotions
Tickets: $54.75, $29.75. Doors open at 6PM, first bell at 7PM
Courtesy: Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Manuel Avila 122.5 vs. Prosper Ankrah 123.7
Manuel Roman 121.2 vs. Javier Gallo 121.4
Alberto Torres 129.6 vs. Jesus Sandoval 130
Ryan Bourland 174.4 vs. Gilberto Rubio 173.4
Pedro Moreno 133.1 vs. Derick Bartlemay 134
Blake McKernan 195.5 vs. Michael Gonzalez 204.2
Venue: Cache Creek Casino Resort at Brooks, Calif.
Date: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9
Promoters: Don Chargin Promotions and Paco Presents
Photos: Carl Klingenberg/Top Rank
Jose Ramirez 138.8 vs. Tomas Mendez 139.8
Andy Vences 130.4 vs. Moises Delgadillo 131
Joe Louie Lopez 167.8 vs. Ernesto Martinez 167
Eric Altamirano 136.2 vs. Daniel Tran 135.8
Quilisto Madera 161.2 vs. Rafael Valencia 160.8
Ector Madera 140.6 vs. Kevin Davila 141
Efren Lopez 126.2 vs. Berry Dudley 122.8
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California
Promoter: Top Rank
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Mickey Román 136 vs Jerope Mercado 134
Jairo López 133 vs Sergio Puente 133
José Reyes 121vs Efraín Pérez 120
Venue: Gimnasio José Sulaiman in Monterrey
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
By Byron Spurlock at the scale
Photos: Erik Killin
Albert Pagara 121.2 vs. Cesar Juarez 121.2
(WBO Intercontinental super bantamweight title)
Jason Pagara 146 vs. Abraham Alvarez 147
Ricardo Pinell 163 vs. Roberto Yong 157
Mauricio Zavaleta 160.4 vs. Darren Mallard 155.4
Pete Duran 131.6 vs. Edgar Gabajan 132
Israel Hernandez 114 vs. Michael Flores 110
Lennard Davis 139.2 vs. David Figueroa 139.4
Venue: San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, California
Promoter: ALA Promotions
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Mario Barrios 130 vs. Devis Boschiero 130
(IBF jr lightweight eliminator for #2)
Eddie Ramirez 142 vs. Jessie Roman 141
Tyrone Crawley 139 vs. Alexander Charneco 140
Daryl Bunting 165 vs. Kyle Kurtz 167
Christopher Brooker 169 vs. Gabriel Pham 168
Titus Williams 124 vs. Jovany Fuentes 125
Zhankhozh Turarov 151 vs. Daniel Souza Santos 150
Venue: Sun National Bank Center, Trenton, New Jersey
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Promoter Eddie Hearn said on Friday that the team of Chris Eubank Jr. made it impossible to finalize a fight against WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, opening the door for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to step in against GGG on September 10th in London.
“I was working three weeks on that fight,” Hearn told SkySports, “but negotiating with Chris Eubanks Sr. felt like three years. We got into a position where everyone was ready to sign, he was offered the same pay-per-view deal and structure as Anthony Joshua and Carl Froch – and the one that Kell Brook accepted – but unfortunately they made the deal impossible. There were certain things they wanted that were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”
A 10-round NABF light heavyweight championship fight between defending champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Thomas Karpency has been added to the July 23 pay-per-view undercard card headlined by the Terence “Bud” Crawford – “The Iceman” Viktor Postol WBO/WBC junior welterweight world title unification fight.
For Gvozdyk 10-0, 8 KOs), of Khariv, Ukraine, world-rated #6 by the WBC and #10 by the IBF, this will be his first defense of the title he won on April 9 via a second-round KO of Nadjim Mohammedi.
Karpency (26-5-1,15 KOs), a two-time world title challenger from Mogantown, WV, enters this fight having won five of his last six, including a 10-round decision over former world champion Chad Dawson.
Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions have announced that Gennady Golovkin will defend his IBF, WBA, WBC and IBO Middleweight World titles against IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook at The O2 in London on September 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO World Championship Boxing.
The two unbeaten stars collide in London with the US-based Kazakh KO king Golovkin stepping into the ring as a defending champion for the 16th time and looking to keep up his incredible knockout percentage – with 32 of his previous 35 fights ending early, including all of his World title outings, and the 34 year old is ready to add to that run in his first fight in the UK.
“I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘Big Drama Show’ against Kell Brook,” said Golovkin.
Brook – who will retain his status as IBF Welterweight champion – has been hunting a major fight since landing the World title, and the 30-year-old believes he has the tools to defeat Golovkin and become boxing’s biggest star.
“This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time,” said Brook. “We’ve tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we’ve got the best of the best – the number one pound for pound fighter in the world is coming to the UK.
“When this fight got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights. This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a Special fighter and I will show the World on September 10.” (more…)
Ex-world champion Ruenroeng TKO’d by 21-year-old amateur, Ex-champ N’Dam loses by shut out to 23-year-old amateur
In shocking lightweight final, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand, rated #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight, was stopped by 21-year-old amateur Lindolfo Delgado Garza of Mexico in the second round on Friday on the final day of the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela. Stunning result considering until just six weeks ago Ruenroeng was a world champion. Despite the humbling loss, Ruenroeng will still advance to the Rio Olympic Games.
In a lightweight box-off for an Olympic spot, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, edged 21-year-old Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey to get into the Rio Games.
In the light heavyweight final, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, lost a one-sided three round unanimous decision to 23-year-old Colombian Juan Carlos Carrillo. Carrillo, a big puncher, stalked N’Dam the whole fight and won 30-27 on all three cards. Like Ruenroeng before him, N’Dam N’Jikam will advance to the Rio Olympic Games despite the loss.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect José ‘El Chocolatito’ Gonzálezsigned a multiannual promotional contract with Top Rank® the promotional company based in Las Vegas that is led by Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum. As a professional fighter, Gonzalez, who was born and raised in Queens, New York, marches undefeated with a record of 3-0-1 and 1 knockout.
The fighter that is called ‘El Chocolatito’ amassed a 34-6 record as an amateur and won various amateur tournaments as: Junior Olympics in 2011 and Golden Gloves in 2014. (more…)
Undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios, former title challenger Devis Boschiero, unbeaten prospect Eddie Ramirez and Californian contender Jessie Roman hosted a media workout Thursday as they prepared for their Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes showdowns taking place this Saturday, July 9 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features Barrios taking on Boschiero in a 12-round super featherweight title eliminator, while Ramirez and Roman square-off in a 10 round super lightweight battle.
The fighters worked out at the Sun National Bank Center for media as they near their primetime bouts, with a chance to elevate themselves closer to world title contention. (more…)
Undefeated former world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has shifted his training camp to the USA leading up to his showdown with unbeaten WBA “super” featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on July 30 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. “The transition coming over to New York to finish training camp has been great,” said Shane McGuigan, Frampton’s trainer. “We could have waited until closer to fight night but we want every single percent to our advantage. We’re still acclimatizing to the heat, the jet lag is no problem and we’re going to be ready on fight night.”
Frampton will be making his debut in the featherweight division after a four-fight reign as IBF super bantamweight champion. “Moving up to 126 pounds was definitely the right decision for me,” said Frampton during a media workout at the famed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “I’m a big puncher but I lost power coming down to 122 pounds. I’m going to be punching harder and be at my very best.”
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
A particularly hard and long training camp for former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) was completed with yesterday’s final sparring rounds at the SES Gym in Magdeburg, Germany. Krasniqi takes on WBA #12 and WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) for the WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt next Friday at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany.
“This can be a big step toward a new world title shot,” said Krasniqi after the last round of sparring in Magdeburg SES Gym. “The last three months have been a hard time. The strength and conditioning in the mountains of the Bavarian Forest and then the intense sparring here with very good sparring partners. More couldn’t be done. Now I’m in top shape and very good for the weight in my new weight class, the super middleweight division. Now when the “Doberman” comes I’ll pull his teeth!”
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Josue Martinez
The “Fists of the Future” press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the San Mateo Event Center for the fights this Saturday. Unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) headlines against former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (17-5, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs) meets Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9-1, 10 KOs).
“Prince” Albert Pagara
How does it feel to fight here in the United States?
I’m very excited and ready for the fight. The US is the mecca of boxing and I’m ready to give the fans a good showing.
On Juarez’ comments that Pagara isn’t at his level as a fighter.
(Smiling) Juarez says that I’m not at his level. Those results will be determined in the ring. We’ll see come this Saturday night. (more…)
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