Srisaket defeats Chocolatito for WBC superfly belt in classic

Srisaket defeats Chocolatito for WBC superfly belt in classic

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBC Super Flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KO’s) was widely considered to be the ...

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Golovkin decisions Jacobs to keep WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts

Golovkin decisions Jacobs to keep WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 34 KO’s) had a tough time Saturday ...

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Mansour defeats Kauffman in war

Mansour defeats Kauffman in war

By John DiSanto at ringside In the main event at Reading's Santander Arena, heavyweight Amir Mansour, 23-2-1, 16 KOs, defeated Travis Kauffman, 31-2, ...

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Valentin annihilates Alvarez in 70 seconds

Valentin annihilates Alvarez in 70 seconds

Photos: Scott Foster Hot undefeated welterweight prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (11-0, 8 KOs) destroyed Jesus “Carambolas” Alvarez (15-2, 11 KOs) in the first ...

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Derevyanchenko destroys Russell

Derevyanchenko destroys Russell

Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions WBC #5 middleweight Sergey Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over formerly unbeaten Kemahl Russell ...

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Hank Lundy: I will be a world champion at 135, no ifs, ands or buts about it

A lot of people think “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) is a little crazy, including his doctor, especially after Lundy returned to the gym to start hitting the heavy bag just three weeks removed from knee surgery. On December 30th, Lundy fights for the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) world lightweight title in a 12-round bout against John Delperdang (10-1, 9 KOs) at the B.O.O.M. Fitness Center in Cincinnati, presented by B.O.O.M. Promotions in association with CES Boxing, only eight months after underdoing major knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.

“I’m ready to make a statement at 135,” Lundy said. “I’ve been chasing a title down there, but had to jump to 140 because no one will fight me at 135. They know I’m a monster there. This year, I will be a world champion at 135, no ifs, ands or buts about it.” (more…)

A lot of people think “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) is a little crazy, including his doctor.


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Easter, Warren to defend belts on Feb 10

Unbeaten IBF lightweight world champion Robert Easter (18-0, 14 KOs) will return to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio to defend his title against Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) Friday, February 10 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV live from the Huntington Center. In the co-feature, WBA bantamweight world champion and three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) defends against once-beaten Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions, are priced at $30, $50, $75, $100 and $200, and are on sale Friday, December 23. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Unbeaten IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter (18-0, 14 KOs) will return to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio to defend his title against Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) on February 10. In the co-feature, WBA bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) defends against Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs).



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Report: Spadafora in trouble again

Former IBF lightweight world champion Paul Spadafora was tasered and arrested by police on Wednesday evening according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 41-year-old “Pittsburg Kid” allegedly came home high and stabbed his brother in the thigh. When police were summoned, tasers were required to subdue him. Reportedly Spadafora threatened to kill the arresting officers, tried to push one down a flight of stairs and was forced to wear a mask to stop him from spitting. Full details…

Former IBF lightweight world champion Paul Spadafora was tasered and arrested by police on Wednesday evening according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 41-year-old “Pittsburg Kid” allegedly came home high and stabbed his brother in the thigh!


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“Cornflake” LaManna returns Jan 28

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (21-2, 9 KOs) will return to the ring in an eight-round junior middleweight bout on January 28th at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. The bout will headline a card promoted by Rising Promotions. The 25-year-old is coming off a defeat to undefeated Dusty Hernandez Harrison in September. LaManna is moving back up to the 154 pound division where LaManna is undefeated (7-0 between 148-154 pounds) in the division for which he turned professional in 2011. His opponent is TBA.

In the six-round-co feature, light heavyweight Chuck Mussachio (19-3-2, 5 KOs) will fight Michael Mitchell (3-7-2, 1 KO).

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (21-2, 9 KOs) will return to the ring in an eight-round junior middleweight bout on January 28th …




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New Faces: Carlos Adames

By Robert Coster

In less than 15 months since turning pro, Dominican welterweight Carlos Adames (10-0, 9 KOs) has won two regional titles and with just ten pro fights is ranked 8th by the WBA. The 22-year-old is becoming a sensation in his native country, being labeled “a destructor” because of his lethal punching power.

Carlos Adames
Photo: Martin Avila Maria

Carlos turned pro in New York in 2015 with a four round decision victory. Since then, however, no boxer has gone more than five rounds with this merciless young banger. After winning three fights in the USA, Adames met Dominican businessman and boxing lover Jorge Luis Herasme who was enthralled by what he saw. (more…)

By Robert Coster In less than 15 months since turning pro, Dominican welterweight Carlos Adames (10-0, 9 KOs) has won …


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Ortiz or Pulev: Who’s next for Joshua-Klitschko winner?

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will fight Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 in front of 80,000+ at London’s Wembley Stadium. The but will also be for the vacant WBA “super” heavyweight title.

Over the weekend, WBA President Gilberto J. Mendoza told Fightnews.com® that the WBA wants the winner of the fight to face WBA #1 Luis Ortiz.

Now, according to a tweet by Team Sauerland, the IBF wants the Joshua-Klitschko winner to face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the next fight (no fights in between permitted).

Stay tuned…

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will fight Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 in front of 80,000+ at London’s Wembley Stadium. …


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Kabayel-Wach clash for Euro heavyweight title

Unbeaten German heavyweight Agit Kabayel (15-0, 12 KOs) will clash with 6’7 Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (32-2, 17 KOs) of Poland on February 4 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The vacant European heavyweight championship will be on the line. Wach’s only two losses have been to Wladimir Klitschko (in a heavyweight title fight) and Alexander Povetkin. Kabayel’s best win was a KO over previously unbeaten Christian Lewandowski, who is also 6’7. The card is promoted by SES Boxing.

Unbeaten German heavyweight Agit Kabayel (15-0, 12 KOs) will clash with 6’7 Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (32-2, 17 KOs) of …


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“Churritos” Hernandez will travel to Thailand for WBC title joust

Mexican boxer Juan “Churritos” Hernández is already aiming for the WBC World Boxing Council flyweight championship, which is currently vacant, versus Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai on March 4 in Thailand. Hernandez, who is originally from Cuahitlan, Veracruz and is represented by Promociones del Pueblo, will face a dangerous undefeated Thai warrior with 36 professional matches and 27 KOs. “Churritos” has meticulously studied his rival, helped in this homework by Jorge Barrera and former world champion Isaac “El Tortas” Bustos.

“I am very happy with this news, I feel great, we have studied this fighter very carefully via Social Networks and YouTube. I know it won’t be easy, because my rival will be at home and with the full support of his people, but we will fight with everything we have.” Hernandez, who currently resides in Mexico City and is ranked number 2 in the flyweight division, has great chances to return with the championship that was vacated By Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” González, after defeating the Mexican Carlos “Principe” Cuadras in the super flyweight division.

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Mexican boxer Juan “Churritos” Hernández is already aiming for the WBC World Boxing Council flyweight championship, which is currently vacant, …



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Deontay Wilder plans Feb 25 return

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. According to Wilder’s hometown Tuscaloosa News, he will risk his belt in a voluntary defense against WBC #12 Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs). This will be Wilder’s first fight since suffering multiple injuries in a win over Chris Arreola last July. Wawrzyk has won six straight by KO since a KO loss to Alexander Povetkin in May 2013.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in …


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Malik Zinad Wins in Germany

By Welsh Jack

Light-heavyweight hopeful Malik Zinad improved to 7-0 and notched his sixth stoppage with a 5th round TKO over Beka Aduashvili in the headline bout of a unique and entertaining Sunday morning card (11 am) in the town of Bielefeld, Germany. Zinad showed solid fundamentals and precise power punching as he dispatched his opponent without really getting hit. Aduashvili was willing, but completely outgunned as Zinad used his reach advantage well. (more…)

By Welsh Jack Light-heavyweight hopeful Malik Zinad improved to 7-0 and notched his sixth stoppage with a 5th round TKO …


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Ann Wolfe back with James Kirkland

No-nonsense trainer Ann Wolfe is preparing James Kirkland for his February 25 PPV clash with Miguel Cotto.

No-nonsense trainer Ann Wolfe is preparing James Kirkland for his February 25 PPV clash with Miguel Cotto.


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Beterbiev, Medina in action Friday

Quiet week for the holidays, but there is some interesting boxing action on tap Friday

At the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, IBF #2, WBC #3, WBA #3, WBO #3 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) meets Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) in a clash for the WBA NABA title.

Also, there’s a big doubleheader at the Arena Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, with IBF #6, WBC #9 super middleweight contender Rogelio “Porky” Medina (36-7, 30 KOs) facing Ramon Olivas (13-4, 9 KOs) and former WBA interim super flyweight champion David “Tornado” Sanchez meeting Alejandro “Terrible” Morales (15-8, 7 KOs).

Quiet week for the holidays, but there is some interesting boxing action on tap Friday At the Lac Leamy Casino …



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Matthysse planning comeback

Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse, and former Interim WBC super lightweight champion, will return to fight in the United States in April or May 2017. Lucas’ manager Mario Arano confirmed that the meeting with Oscar de la Hoya in Los Angeles was successful and the “Machine” will hit the button, in search of another worldwide opportunity from Golden Boy Promotions.

Matthysse resumed training last month in his home province and is forming a new working group that will be led by Mexican Joel Diaz. The Argentine blockbuster aged 34, has built a record of 37 victories, 34 of them by knockout, and four losses.

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Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse, and former Interim WBC super lightweight champion, will return to fight in the United States …


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Golovkin-Jacobs Ticket Alert

As reported eariler, Madison Square Garden will host the clash between unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) as he defends his titles against WBA regular champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) on March 18. The fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Presented by K2 Promotions, Golovkin-Jacobs tickets are priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, will go on sale Christmas Eve, this Saturday, December 24th at 12:00 p.m. ET and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.

Gennady Golovkin: I look forward to another ‘Big Drama Show’ in New York City.

Daniel Jacobs: On March 18th I’m bringing all the belts back to Brooklyn with me.

As reported eariler, Madison Square Garden will host the clash between unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, …


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Casimero to relinquish IBF title and campaign at super flyweight

Former IBF world light flyweight and current IBF flyweight world champion John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero and his team have made the decision to relinquish his title and campaign in the super flyweight division. Casimero (23-3, 15 KOs), who stopped Englishman Charlie Edwards in 10 rounds last September at the O2 Arena in London, will now go gunning for the 115-lb division’s top dogs including IBF world champion Jerwin Acajas and Nicaragua’s Román “Chocolatito” González.

26-year-old Casimero, from Cebu City, Philippines, says he’s looking forward to the opportunity to join the greats of Philippines boxing. (more…)

Former IBF world light flyweight and current IBF flyweight world champion John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero and his team have …


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Boxing Buzz: Lots of Boxing Notes

WBA #5, WBO #8, WBC #13 middleweight Willie Monroe, Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs) is looking for another major opportunity after a year where he defeated two world title challengers. Monroe outpointed John Thompson and Gabriel Rosado in 2016 and has Canelo Alvarez, Billy Joe Saunders, David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens on his wish list.
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Undefeated lightweight prospect, Eric “El Gallo de Oro” Altamirano (8-0, 6 KOs), from Fresno, California, has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Liveco Boxing.
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Top Catz Boxing will stage a fight card on February 4 at the Bill Ellis Convention Center in Wilson, North Carolina. Undefeated local cruiserweight Austin “Babyface Assassin” Bryant (2-0, 2 KOs) headlines. Also, undefeated middleweight Pablo “The Puerto Rican Assassin” Velez Jr (7-0-1, 5 KOs) faces Jamar “Datruth” Freeman (14-5-2, 7 KOs).
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Unbeaten welterweight Jose Miguel Borrego (10-0, 9 KOs) will be working with adviser Al Haymon and will continue his career in the United States. Borrego trains under the tutelage of Ricardo Cummings and Helder Medina Olivares, and is managed by Gary Jonas’ ProBox Management–Reynaldo Sanchez
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Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Pro Boxing makes their long awaited return to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on January 13. Headlining the event is Baltimore super middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow (25-8-3, 8 KOs) against an opponent to be named in an eight round contest.
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Middleweight Abdul Khattab (15-1, 4 KOs) will face ‘The Dane Slayer’ Arman Torosyan (17-3-1, 14 KOs) on January 21 at the Struer Energi Park in Demark. Torosyan is a feared figure in the Danish fight scene having previously ended the careers of fan favourites Reda Zam Zam and Torben Keller.

WBA #5, WBO #8, WBC #13 middleweight Willie Monroe, Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs) is looking for another major opportunity after …



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Cotto: This is my last year in boxing, 2017 is the last chapter of my career

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Less than 24 hours after his Dallas Cowboys pulled out an exciting victory at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, owner Jerry Jones put on his boxing cap to welcome future hall of famer and Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) to his new headquarters, Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, a booming suburb 30 miles north of Dallas. The new complex not only serves as the practice facility for the Cowboys, but also where local high schools play football on Friday nights and will now open its doors to their first boxing event when Cotto takes on the Mandingo Warrior James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) on Saturday, February 25th which will also air on HBO PPV.

Miguel Cotto

After watching Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez fill his palace in Arlington with 50,000 plus back in September Jones is banking that Cotto and Kirkland could catch 1/5th of those fans at the 12,000 seat facility, where he will no doubt leverage the huge Hispanic following of the Cowboys.

Jones stated, “For us to have Miguel Cotto to initially open our professional effort here at The Star is really a dream come true. I know him to be a competitor, I saw his fight with Alvarez and I know what a gamer he is so this does fulfil a dream we did have when building the Ford Center.” (more…)

Miguel Cotto: “I miss being involved in boxing for the last 13-15 months and all I can say right now is I am going to bring my best every day, every training session, to do my best here February 25th to face James and hopefully take home a victory.”


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WBA President Gilberto J. Mendoza talks boxing

By Karl Freitag

Fightnews.com conducted an in-depth interview with World Boxing Association President Gilberto J. Mendoza over the weekend. Part one is a stream of consciousness piece wading into the WBA leader’s thoughts on the sport. Part two (coming later this week) is a Q&A.

In part one, Mendoza discusses what drives him in the sport, memories of his father (the late longtime WBA President Gilberto Mendoza) and growing up around the sport in Ohio, his plan to consolidate the number of WBA champions to one in each division, working with other sanctioning bodies, AIBA, and national and state commissions, drug testing, and even the reader comments on the Fightnews.com® website (“I like the respectful ones.”)

He also discussed the situation with the currently vacant WBA heavyweight title. (more…)

Fightnews.com conducted an in-depth interview with World Boxing Association President Gilberto J. Mendoza over the weekend. Part one is a stream of consciousness piece wading into the WBA leader’s thoughts on the sport. He also discussed the situation with the currently vacant WBA heavyweight title.


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First ShoBox card of 2017 announced

Undefeated, WBA #3-ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will face the WBA’s #4-ranked Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Jan. 20 from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

The first ShoBox telecast in 2017 also features undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (13-0-1, 1 NC, 10 KOs) will face off with Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound matchup. In another eight-round featured bout, former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) and Dominican Olympian Wellington Romero (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will clash in an eight-round matchup of up-and-coming, unbeaten super lightweights. In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated bantamweight Stephon Young (15-0-3, 6 KOs) takes on Mexican veteran and two-time interim world title challenger Daniel Rosas (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.

Tickets for the show, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions, Kings Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing (the main event) and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, are $125, $100 $75 & $50 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000

Undefeated, WBA #3-ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will face the WBA’s #4-ranked Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Jan. 20 from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.


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Don King calls for Stiverne to be named WBC interim heavyweight champion

Top rated heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne were scheduled to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia. However, the WBC withdrew its sanctioning of the bout due to a Povetkin failed drug test. The WBC informed both camps of their decision Friday evening and advised the Stiverne camp they should not go through with the fight.

Don King: “To say that I am very saddened and extremely disappointed that Alexander Povetkin was caught again using banned substances would be an understatement. What is the WBC going to do about it will be the answer. Bermane Stiverne deserves better than that. Bermane should be declared the interim title holder. (more…)

Don King: Bermane should be declared the interim title holder. This is the second time Alexander Povetkin is in the drug abuse program and has embarrassed the WBC causing the WBC’s sanction of the fight as a world title fight being withdrawn.


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Richard Schaefer signs third Olympian

2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis has signed-on to become the latest promising young fighter to join the newly formed promotional company Ringstar Sports, run by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer, who has already signed U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas and Mexican Olympian Misael Rodriguez to the company.

“Being able to add a fighter like Eimantas Stanionis to our growing group of world class fighters is a great pleasure,” said Schaefer. “Stanionis is a very accomplished young man who works very hard at his craft. He could be the next great Eastern European fighter to come over to the U.S. and make it big. We expect him to make big waves in the welterweight division. Now that he has joined Ringstar we are looking forward to working with him and making his dreams a reality.”

2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis has signed-on to become the latest promising young fighter to join the newly formed promotional …


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The 12th Round: WBC Convention – Simply Unbelievable

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

As I was about to board my flight from Miami back home to Mexico City when my phone rang. It was Dr. Margaret Goodman from VADA, and she notified me that an adverse finding was confirmed on Alexander Povetkin’s anti-doping test for an Anabolic Steroid, just 20 hours before the scheduled fight vs Stiverne for the WBC interim heavyweight title. As I sat down on the plane and explained to my wife Christiane, I was feeling numb. I was shocked and the great feeling I was enjoying just minutes before due to the great success of our convention was completely overshadowed by the terrible news. Then my wife said ‘What a statement this is for the WBC! This proves the greatness of the Clean Boxing Program and the commitment to protect the fighters and the sport.’

My wife helped me understand something I was not seeing and today I stand tall as we are taking great steps and there is no turning back. The WBC lost two heavyweight fights in 2016. We have spent much time, efforts and money to try to resolve the multiple problems which have risen from the Wilder-Povetkin and now Stiverne-Povetkin matters. But safety has no compromise. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son As I was about to board my flight from Miami back …


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Cotto-Kirkland Ticket Alert

Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions have officially announced that four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, February 25 when he takes on James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The bout will be a 12-round junior middleweight HBO-PPV-televised showdown between fighters coming off respective losses to Canelo Alvarez. This will be the first boxing card to be held at the state-of-the-art, 510,000 square foot indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco, and Frisco ISD’s high schools.

Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office. (more…)

Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions have officially announced that four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will …


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Joe Smith Jr: I came here to do my job

Light heavyweight contender and Local 66 Laborers Union member Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. became the first fighter to knock out 51-year-old ring legend Bernard Hopkins as he blasted “The Executioner” completely out of the ring with a vicious four-punch combination in the 8th round on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

“It feels great, it’s the best feeling in the world to accomplish something I set out for and wanted to do,” said Smith. “I had seen every time I threw the right hand, he was throwing the left so I set up the punch. I had seen him fall, and I kept hitting him until I saw him go down and out, and that left that I landed was a hard left hook. I hit him with four or five clean shots and they were good shots on the button. (more…)

Joe Smith Jr: While I may have ruined his farewell party, this is my coming out party too. I had to finish him, it was either that or my career was going to end and his was going to end, but I needed mine to continue. I’m going to get back in the gym and train hard for my next opponent.


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Hirai upsets WBO #15 Sakae by technical decision

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Hirai (right) scores an upset victory by technical decision.

Unheralded Ryoki Hirai (8-4-1, 3 KOs), 105, decked an upset triumph when he was awarded a unanimous technical decision (49-45, 49-46, 49-47) over WBO#15 ranked 105-pounder Takumi Sakae (14-2-1, 9 KOs), 105, at 1:20 of the fifth round on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. Having tasted his first setback in his career at the hand of national titlist Takuya Fukuhara with his national belt at stake this March, Sakae entered his rival’s home turf Kobe, where he unexpectedly saw a nightmare. The first saw Sakae sustain bleeding from the nostrils and from a gash over the right eyebrow. Sakae turned loose in round four, when Hirai caught him with a solid short right, dropping him that took the crowd by surprise. With his bleeding worsened as the contest progressed, the referee finally decided to take a technical nod at the third examination of Sakae’s cut.

Promoter: Senrima Kobe Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unheralded Ryoki Hirai (8-4-1, 3 KOs), 105, decked an upset triumph when he …


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Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Photo: Boxing Beat

Fast-moving southpaw Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 104.5, impressively retained her WBC 105-pound belt when she dropped former champ Mari Ando (13-10, 6 KOs), 105, twice in early rounds, withstood Ando’s retaliation in the second half and earned a unanimous decision (all 96-92) over ten give-and-take rounds on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan.

Kuroki registered her fifth defense since she dethroned Ando here in 2014, and displayed her progress and pugnaciousness, flooring Ando with a southpaw left in the second and fifth. Ando, however, came back hard in later rounds, occasionally having the champ at bay. But Kuroki’s early accumulation on points carried her to a well-deserved victory before the hometown audience including her father, a police executive in Fukuoka. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Fast-moving southpaw Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 104.5, impressively retained her WBC 105-pound belt when she dropped …


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Unbeaten Uehara, 11-0, wins WBC Youth 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6 KOs), 126, acquired the vacant WBC youth featherweight belt as he utilized his faster footwork all night to outscore free-swinging Filipino Markquil Salvana (11-3, 5 KOs), 126, by a unanimous decision (97-92, 95-93 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Uehara, 21, is a well-educated pupil by Apollo Yoshio who had failed to win the world 130-pound belt three times from Rene Arredondo (L15), Ben Villaflor (D15) and Samuel Serrano (L15) in between 1973 and 1977. Salvana, 20, throwing a roundhouse swing at a time without good precision, Uehara patiently kept moving side-to-side scoring with quick combinations to the onrushing Filipino to pile up more points. Salvana was penalized a point because of holding repeatedly.

Fast-rising female puncher Akari Arase, 105.5, kept punching from the first to the last session, scoring a lopsided decision (all 60-54) over OPBF#4 108-pounder Krikanok Islandmuaythai, a Thai veteran, over six rounds. Having won five in a row, Arase will merit an OPBF rating thanks to this important victory.

Promoter: Apollo Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6 KOs), 126, acquired the vacant WBC youth featherweight belt as …


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Don “Da Bomb” George: In or out?

By Johnny B’

Former USBA super middleweight titlist Donovan Don “Da Bomb” George is contemplating retirement, although many of his fans would probably want him to continue, or at least finish with a knockout — even if it was blasting out some journeyman opponent. Da Bomb may soon decide if he will retire or attempt to go out with a win. Donovan has a fine professional record of 25-7-2 with 22 knockouts. The Chicago resident last entered the ring in November and has yet to confirm if he has the desire to enter the ring one more time. An announcement will be coming soon.

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

By Johnny B’ Former USBA super middleweight titlist Donovan Don “Da Bomb” George is contemplating retirement, although many of his …


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Keon Johnson returns

Super middleweight Keon Johnson (16-9, 7 KOs) returns January 21 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The 35-year-old journeyman from Indianapolis has won six of his last seven fights and plans to stay active in 2017.

Super middleweight Keon Johnson (16-9, 7 KOs) returns January 21 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The 35-year-old journeyman from Indianapolis …


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Q&A WBA#10 lightweight George Kambosos

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA#10 lightweight George Kambosos (11-0, 6 KOs) talks to Fightnews about defeating WBA#14 Brandon Ogilvie on December 2nd and training in the USA under Justin Fortune and impressive sparring sessions with IBF#4 light welterweight Sergey Lipinets and a possible 2017 bout with WBA#2 Daud Yordan. Kambosis also mentioned moving up to welterweight to challenge WBO#2 Jeff Horn if he becomes world champion by defeating Manny Pacquiao in 2017.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA#10 lightweight George Kambosos (11-0, 6 KOs) talks to Fightnews about defeating WBA#14 …


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Photos: Smith-Hopkins Final Moments

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Award-winning boxing photographer Sumio Yamada captured a great series of images telling the story of Joe Smith’s KO of Bernard Hopkins. No words needed.

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Award-winning boxing photographer Sumio Yamada captured a great series of images telling the story of Joe Smith’s KO of Bernard Hopkins. No words needed.


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Bernard Hopkins: It didn’t go the way I wanted it. I have no regrets

By Miguel Maravilla

Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) sent 51-year-old former world champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 KOs) into retirement on a losing note with a dramatic eighth round KO on Saturday night at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. Hopkins was unable to continue after being launched through the ropes and onto the cement by the heavy-handed Smith.

Oscar De La Hoya: “First of all I’m happy to say Bernard is OK. This isn’t the way we want to end his career but the most important thing is he’s OK…Bernard you have had a great career.”

Bernard Hopkins: “I wasn’t thinking of the 20 seconds (to get back into the ring) but my right ankle. I twisted it. The Commission asked me how I was, but that’s all I remember. They said I hit my head. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) sent 51-year-old former world champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard …


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N’Dam N’Jikam KOs Blanco to reclaim WBA interim middleweight title

Former world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (35-2, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten WBA interim world champion Alfonso Blanco (12-1, 5 KOs) to reclaim the WBA interim belt on Saturday night at the Stade de l’Est in Saint-Denis, Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean located 600 miles east of Madagascar. Last seen in a boxing ring losing in the first round of the Olympic games in August, N’Dam laid out Blanco face first in sudden and shocking fashion just 21 seconds in with a crushing right hand to regain the belt he previously held in 2010-2011.

Former world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (35-2, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten WBA interim …


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Molina caps off 5-0 year in Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A former world champion, a female boxing legend, a beloved local favorite and a 2016 Olympic hero all entered the ring on Saturday night at the remodeled Oasis Arena in Cancun. Not all emerged on a winning note.

Carlos Molina
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Former IBF jr middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (28-6-2, 8 KOs) defeated Diego “Demoledor” Cruz (17-4-1, 13 KOs) by unanimous eight round decision in a bout fought at welterweight. All three judges had it 80-72. The 33-year-old Molina, who is currently rated WBC #9, finished 2016 with a record of 5-0. He is unbeaten in six fights since losing his world title to Cornelius Bundrage at this same resort 26 months ago. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF jr middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (28-6-2, 8 KOs) defeated Diego “Demoledor” Cruz (17-4-1, 13 KOs) by unanimous eight round decision in a bout fought at welterweight.


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Joe Smith Jr blasts Bernard Hopkins through the ropes and into retirement

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Johnny Unitas with the San Diego Chargers. Willie Mays finishing his career with the New York Mets. Mike Tyson getting knocked out by Kevin McBride. And Bernard Hopkins getting launched out of the ring by a relatively unknown youngster. Father Time catches up with them all.

In what was billed as his final fight, boxing legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins held his own for a while, but was simply overwhelmed by a good young fighter, albeit someone who wouldn’t have stood a chance against Hopkins ten years ago, maybe even three years ago.

Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KOs), scored a TKO and retained his WBC International light heavyweight title when he knocked Hopkins out of the ring at :53 of round eight in a scheduled twelve round bout. (more…)

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KOs), scored a TKO and retained his WBC International light heavyweight title when he knocked Hopkins out of the ring at :53 of round eight in a scheduled twelve round bout.










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