Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Cook hoping to be next Joe Smith…undefeated fighter returns to work Tuesday

By Dave Spencer

Undefeated Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook returns to work Tuesday morning installing windows after opening some doors to future fights at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. Cook delivered a mammoth right hand and followed up with a left hook at the end of the 7th and undefeated Steven Butler went crashing down to the canvas.

Butler (18-1-1 15KO) bounced down off the canvas and did manage to crawl back to his feet but was clearly dazed and referee Marlon Wright wisely called it off. It goes down as the first defeat for the 21-year-old youngster who wasn’t in agreement with the decision to stop the fight, but his team clearly was.

“We agree with the stoppage,” promoter Camille Estephan said after the fight. “You’ve got to protect a kid like that.” (more…)

By Dave Spencer Undefeated Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook returns to work Tuesday morning installing windows after opening some doors to …


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Green-Mundine Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green ticket sales at this time have eclipsed 20,000 I have been informed. Friday night’s bout should break the 2006 record of 30,000.

The controversial Mundine has stated he will not be standing for or acknowledging the Australian national anthem. Word is “The Man” hasn’t looked good in sparring. Green is a solid 2.5 to 1 favorite.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green ticket sales at this time have eclipsed …



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Team Moloney hits Adelaide

By Brett Bonetti

Exciting Australian prospects Jason and Andrew Moloney have arrived in Adelaide today ahead of their fights on the undercard of the Danny “The Green Machine” Green vs Anthony “The Man” Mundine mega fight this Friday Night at Adelaide oval in South Australia.

WBA #10 Super Bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney (11-0, 10 KO’s) takes on Marco “The Maniac” Dececillo (22-6-1, 17 KO’s) and WBA #11 Bantamweight Andrew “The Golden One” Moloney (11-0, 7 KO’s) will face Renoel “The Renegade” Pael (21-4-1, 11 KO’s). (more…)

By Brett Bonetti Exciting Australian prospects Jason and Andrew Moloney have arrived in Adelaide today ahead of their fights on …


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Quebec-Ontario: A rich history of great fights

By Dave Spencer

It’s a guaranteed recipe for success. Take one boxer from Quebec, add another from Ontario, simmer for twelve rounds and sit back and watch things explode.

The Bell Centre was a powder-keg Saturday night with #5 ranked WBA Brandon Cook defending his undefeated 17-0 record and WBA Intercontinental belt vs 18-0-1 Steven Butler and his IBF North American belt. The fires were stoked all night by announcers, not that they needed to be, and by the time the opening bell rang there was a feverish pitch and the 5,500 in attendance were in a frenzied mode and were revved even higher by the action inside the ring.

Over 500 made the trip to Montreal from Toronto and 2,000 Quebec flags were given out to help ignite passion. (more…)

By Dave Spencer It’s a guaranteed recipe for success. Take one boxer from Quebec, add another from Ontario, simmer for …




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Ancajas retains IBF super flyweight world title in Macao

IBF world super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs) of the Philippines scored a seventh round TKO over former WBA interim light flyweight king Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (35-5, 19 KOs) from Mexico on Sunday night at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. Ancajas, making his first defense of the belt, was in command from the get-go. The end came when Rodriguez didn’t come out for round eight citing a shoulder injury.

IBF world super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs) of the Philippines scored a seventh round TKO …


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Takam KOs Rekowski in Macao

IBF heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (now 34-3-1, 26 KOs) won the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title moments ago with a fourth round KO over Poland’s Marcin Rekowski (17-5, 14 KOs). The bout took place Sunday night at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China.

Photo: OPI 2000

Takam, currently rated #5 by the IBF, was returning from a close loss to Joesph Parker last May in New Zealand.

IBF heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (now 34-3-1, 26 KOs) won the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title moments ago with a …


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Post fight melee mars classic battle

By Dave Spencer

He described it as the biggest victory of his life, but undefeated Brandon Cook (18-0) who scored a dramatic 7th round KO as a visitor to the Bell Centre over Steven Butler was robbed of the chance to celebrate by a disgusting display from fans hurling debris into the ring and knocking down the newly crowned IBF north American champ.
Footage from TVA Sports can be seen here with Cook being taken down by cans, bottles and even an ice bucket.

“There was stuff coming from everywhere,” Cook told the media after the fight in a press conference that lacked the usual celebration and joy from a fighter winning a big fight. In fact, media members were told that Cook was not going to be making an appearance and had left the building for his own safety.

But Cook did make it and almost all talk centered on the tragic display from fans that also saw an innocent fan take a Vodka bottle to the back of the head, bandaged up and taken to the hospital. (more…)

By Dave Spencer He described it as the biggest victory of his life, but undefeated Brandon Cook (18-0) who scored …


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Mikey Garcia planning lightweight division takeover

By Miguel Maravilla

“Mikey” Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Oxnard, California, became a three-division world champion after crushing WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“This is only the beginning,” said Garcia. “I am very happy, this is my third world title. This time it means more to me. The way the fight ended was unbelievable but he was a well worthy champion. I stuck to my plan and came out with the victory.”

And for his future plans? “My main focus is the 135 pound division. I feel good here with my speed. We have plans in the future to move to 140. 147 may take a year or two. Right now it’s 135…give me another 2 or 3 months. I can be back anytime soon. I would like to fight anybody at 135 and unify. In the meantime, I don’t want to be waiting. I want to get back in the ring.

“If Lomachenko and Bob Arum wants to go to 135 and fight me, we can do that. I hear the fans and media calling for that fight but I have not heard anything from their side!”

By Miguel Maravilla “Mikey” Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Oxnard, California, became a three-division world champion after crushing WBC lightweight …



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Santa Cruz, Frampton speak

By Miguel Maravilla

Irish superstar Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico met with the media at the postfight press conference following their world featherweight title rematch on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Leo Santa Cruz: “A lot of experts said I was going to lose but I proved them wrong. I boxed and we worked the body and I was landing them body shots good. Frampton is a tough fighter”

On if he is willing to fight Frampton in Belfast: “A real champ goes anywhere. I am willing to go anywhere. If our managers come to an agreement, we can fight a third fight. Or fight Abner Mares, Lee Selby, Gary Russell. I’m willing to fight the best.”

Carl Frampton: “Obviously I’m disappointed. Me and Leo have had 24 rounds with each other. Leo is a tremendous fighter, he surprised me, he boxed really well…he deserved the fight and congrats to him. I feel he stole a lot of those rounds late with his experience. The better man won tonight.

“We have to make a trilogy. Leo said he can do a third fight in Belfast and I hope he is a man of his word.”

By Miguel Maravilla Irish superstar Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa …


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Fights at the Fitz Results

By Tracy Morin at ringside

On Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, Southern fighters scrapped in four bouts that went the distance and ended with the crowd on its feet to cheer a local favorite.

In the main event, Memphian Dedrick Bell (15-29-1, 8 KO) scored a six round unanimous decision over Aaron Anderson (3-47-0, 1 KO) in a clash for the Mid-South welterweight belt. Bell, coming off two wins (including a unanimous decision against Anderson last July), appeared well-prepared for the six-round rematch and emerged from his corner with sharper combinations and measured aggression behind the jab versus his shorter opponent. (more…)

By Tracy Morin at ringside On Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, Southern fighters scrapped in …


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Santa Cruz edges Frampton to regain WBA featherweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) avenged his loss to previously unbeaten Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) with a twelve round majority decision to reclaim the WBA featherweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After a hard twelve rounds, scores were 115-113, 115-113 for Santa Cruz and 114-114.

Starting off where they left off Santa Cruz boxed and kept his distance in the opening round as he connected Frampton with and the two exchanged wildly to close the first. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) avenged his loss to …


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Berchelt TKOs Vargas in eleven to seize WBC super featherweight title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) dethroned WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) by brutal eleventh round TKO on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Berchelt punished Vargas the whole way until referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in at 2:19 of round eleven as Vargas was taking heavy fire in the corner and throwing little in return.

The fight was Berchelt’s from the opening bell, as he landed the heavier punches and threw at a higher workrate than Vargas. Although Vargas gamely fired back, often with crisp, accurate punches and occasionally trying to maintain distance, work behind the jab, and make it a boxing match, Berchelt wouldn’t have it, continuing to come forward round after round, pummeling Vargas with both hands. By round six Vargas was clearly starting to get beat up, bleeding over the left eye and trying to trade with Berchelt but visibly outgunned. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) …



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Mayweather says comeback likely against MMA fighter McGregor

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather said tonight that it’s “likely” he will return to the ring against MMA star Conor McGregor. Floyd will be looking to move his unbeaten record to 50-0, while McGregor would be making his professional boxing debut.

“I don’t know if the fight’s gonna happen between me and Connor McGregor, but most likely the fight’s gonna happen,” Mayweather proclaimed on SkySports. “I believe I can get my number.”

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather said tonight that it’s “likely” he will return to the ring against MMA star Conor …


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Miura stops Roman in twelve to earn WBC 130lb world title shot

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In his second fight since losing 2015’s Fight of the Year to tonight’s main event fighter Francisco Vargas, super featherweight contender Takashi Miura, (31-3-2, 24 KOs), rode an amazing second wind to score three late knockdowns en route to a twelfth round knockout of Mickey Roman, (56-12, 43 KOs) in a WBC eliminator at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California.

It was an all-action affair in which both fighters never stepped off the gas after a couple of feeling out rounds. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In his second fight since losing 2015’s Fight of the Year to …


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Garcia demolishes Zlaticanin to win WBC lightweight world title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

In the co-feature bout of the evening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, “Mikey” Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Oxnard, California added another world title to his collection as he knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) of Montenegro to win the WBC lightweight title. Establishing the jab from the start Garcia countered Zlaticanin as he charged. Garcia continued to box behind the jab in the second as Zlaticanin stalked. A huge uppercut by Garcia followed by a right hand knocked Zlaticanin out cold. Referee Tony Weeks waved off the fight at 2:21 of the third round.

“I’m very happy with the performance,” said Garcia afterward. “We were controlling the pace and distance right away from the first round. I saw some openings and I thought I could hurt him later down the road, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that soon in the fight…he’s a tough guy, he was able to take some good punches. But when I finally did hurt him, I went for that right hand. I knew it was a good shot.”

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime In the co-feature bout of the evening at the MGM …


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Ennis destroys Perez in first round

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com

In the main event at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, rising prospect Jaron Ennis improved to 9-0, 8 KOs, and remained undefeated with a quick knockout of 48-bout pro, Elvin Perez of Mexico, 28-17-4, 19 KOs. Ennis was landing and easily controlling the opening round. Then suddenly a combination, which culminated with a body shot, put the veteran on the canvas. Although the body punch appeared rather light, the Mexican, resting on one knee, took the full count from referee Shawn Clark. The abbreviated bout ended Jaron’s first main event and kept his touted rise on track.

In the co-feature bout, Philadelphia junior featherweight Manny Folly, 9-0, 7 KOs, crushed Carlos Morgan of Mexico, in the opening round, with a left hook. Folly landed numerous shots leading up to the knockout blow. When Morgan crashed to the canvas, referee Eric Dali stopped the scheduled six rounder without a count. The knockout came at 2:28 of the first round. (more…)

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com In the main event at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, rising prospect …



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Cook KOs Butler in battle of unbeatens

By Dave Spencer at ringside

In an atmosphere that was beyond electric, Bradon “Bad Boy” Cook (18-0) scored a knockout at 3:00 minutes of the seventh round over fellow undefeated junior middleweight Steven Butler (18-1-1). A close fight on the scorecards, Cook delivered a huge right just before the bell and followed up with a left that had the Montreal fighter crashing down to the canvas. Butler managed to get to his feet but was rolling to his left as if somebody tilted the ring and referee Marlon Wright called it off. Butler only 21 had only been into 7th round three times in his career. Cook was able to weather the early storm where Butler has been so dangerous in the past. Ranked #5 by the WBA, Cook retains his WBA Intercontinental belt and grabs Butler’s IBF North American belt.

Undefeated heavyweight and former Olympian Simon Kean (8-0 7KO) went the distance for the second time in his young career posting a 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 victory over American Avery Gibson (8-6-3 2KO). Gibson was supposed to be the toughest test yet for Kean but the Montreal fighter exercised a healthy degree of caution in the early going and made it a physical fight. It was the right strategy as Gibson was reduced to missing with huge roundhouse punches and was gassed by the midway point of the eight rounder. By the final round, Gibson who has never been stopped was on the verge of crashing to the canvas at any moment but managed to make it to the scorecards where he came up well short. It was the first time past seven for Kean who used a strong jab throughout and refused to be drawn into a slugfest, instead making every punch count and take advantage over a tiring opponent. (more…)

By Dave Spencer at ringside In an atmosphere that was beyond electric, Bradon “Bad Boy” Cook (18-0) scored a knockout …


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Undercard Results from Indio, California

By David Robinett at ringside

A scheduled fight between middleweight contender Tureano Johnson and Antonio Gutierrez was scrapped when Johnson didn’t make weight.

Sadam “World Kid” Ali, (24-1, 14 KOs), won his second consecutive fight since losing for the first time last year, stopping Jorge Silva, (21-13-2, 17 KOs), in spectacular fashion at 2:27 of round three. Ali, who represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the lightweight division and unsuccessfully challenged Jessie Vargas for a welterweight title last March, fought this time at super welterweight and looked sharp. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside A scheduled fight between middleweight contender Tureano Johnson and Antonio Gutierrez was scrapped when Johnson …


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Undercard Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Ukrainian lightweight Ivan Redkach (20-2-1, 16 KOs) stopped Desmond Brock (13-4-1, 4 KOs) of Kenner, Louisiana. Redkach kept his distance fighting from the southpaw stance as Brock stalked. Brock was cut from a punch in round three and referee Jay Nady warned Brock in round four for leading with his head as Redkach jabbed away and countered. The Ukrainian stopped Brock at 2:30 of the eighth and final round.

Super middleweight prospect David Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona scored a second round knockout over Uzbekistan’s Shareli Mamajonov (14-2, 7 KOs). A left hook followed by a right hand by Benavidez dropped Mamajonov in the final seconds of the opening round. Benavidez continued where he left off as a left hook to the body followed by a right hand sent Mamajonov to the canvas for a second time as he got up but the referee Russell Mora waived it at 1:04 of the second.

Scotland’s undefeated super lightweight prospect Josh Taylor (8-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round decision over Alfonso Olvera (8-3-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico in going the distance for the first time in his pro career. Taylor had a tough task in Olvera from the start as he had to put in work. A straight left by Taylor rocked Olvera in round four. The Scottish fighter continued to connect with the straight left throughout the fight as Olvera held his own. The judges scored the fight 79-72, 78-73, and 78-73 as Josh Taylor stays undefeated. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Ukrainian lightweight Ivan Redkach (20-2-1, 16 KOs) stopped Desmond Brock (13-4-1, 4 KOs) of Kenner, …


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NABA champ Vera defeats Larbi in Phoenix

By David Finger

In the first major test of his young career, undefeated John Vera Jr. won a split decision over former EBU super welterweight champion Salim Larbi Friday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Larbi was a former world contender (fighting for the WBO super welterweight title in 2012) and brought with him a deep bag of veteran tricks, which he used at times to frustrate the younger man. But Vera was able to answer in kind to outwork the gritty veteran according to two of the judges. Scores were 95-94 for Vera, 95-94 for Larbi and 97-92 for Vera, who improves to 16-0, 10 KOs and retains his WBA-NABA junior middleweight title. Larbi drops to 20-7-2, 7 KOs. Vera should see his WBA #13 world ranking in the junior middleweight division jump up a few slots based on the win. (more…)

By David Finger In the first major test of his young career, undefeated John Vera Jr. won a split decision …


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Deal struck for Pacquiao-Horn in Australia, waiting for Pacman’s signature

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Looks like boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will defend the WBO welterweight title against WBO#2 Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland on April 23 (April 22 in the USA) now that a multi-million dollar deal has been done with the State Government and only Pacman’s signature is needed for the fight to happen. Queensland State Tourism and Major Events Minister, Kate Jones told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail she was confident the bout would bring in millions of dollars to the state economy and thousands of interstate and international visitors to Queensland.

“I’m hopeful that all three partners will now step into the ring to deliver this fight,” Ms. Jones said. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Looks like boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will defend the WBO welterweight title against …


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Cook: I’ve put everything on the line for this fight

By Dave Spencer

There’s not a lot to choose between the two combatants as you scan down the stat sheet of tonight’s main event at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Both Brandon Cook (17-0) and Steven Butler (18-0-1) have similar records. Both have impressive knockout percentages with Butler’s near 80% being the more impressive of the two, and both have enjoyed fighting almost exclusively at home as opponent after opponent has ventured in and checked out.

The one glaring difference between junior middleweights Steven Butler and Brandon Cook is one of age. Usually almost seen as an advantage for the younger man, Butler turned just 21 this past fall while Cook is a six-year pro at thirty, should be in the prime of his career.

“I think I’ve been through a lot more than he has, he’s just a kid and just turned 21,” Cook told Fightnews.com®. “I guess he fought kids as an amateur and turned pro at nineteen, I guess he hasn’t fought too many older guys and a lot of the people he fought when he first turned pro were nothing like me. They built him up very well but I’m not coming there to lose, he’s going to be in the toughest fight of his life but I’m sure he knows that.” (more…)

By Dave Spencer There’s not a lot to choose between the two combatants as you scan down the stat sheet …


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Fenech: Horn has the strength to beat Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech says WBO #2 Jeff Horn has the size and strength to beat WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, if he uses the correct tactics when they clash on April 23 at a location that has yet to be decided but most probably somewhere in Australia. “I knew that Manny had big gaps in his defense,” Fenech said. “He’s fast but he can be hit and hurt. Jeff has got to be on his chest, punch in close and wear him out and he has that size and strength advantage to do it.”

Three-time world champion Jeff Fenech trained former world title challenger Nedal Hussein who dropped Manny Pacquiao in round four but was stopped on cuts in round ten of a 2000 bout in the Philippines.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech says WBO #2 Jeff Horn has the size …


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2-time Olympic medalist Dychko inks with MJA

By David Finger

There’s no such thing as a sure thing in boxing. The sport is full of “can’t miss” prospects that missed. But if there were such a thing as an insurance policy for boxing managers and promoters, being a two-time Olympic medalist from Kazakhstan would probably be it. And just two weeks after signing 2016 welterweight gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov, one of the hottest prospects to come out of Kazakhstan, Australia’s MJA Entertainment pulled off a second Kazakh coup. 26-year old two-time Olympic bronze medalist Ivan Dychko became the latest addition to the MJA stable, giving MJA head Mike Altamura what he believes may soon emerge as the best two punch combination in boxing. Dychko, the 6’9 heavyweight, amassed an impressive 181-18 record as an amateur and may be best remembered for his close, controversial 13-11 loss to Anthony Joshua in the 2012 London Olympics.

“Anthony Joshua motivates me, especially the thought of a rematch someday.” Dychko said of his old rival. “I believe I beat him in London, and if he defeats Klitschko and keeps gathering the heavyweight titles, it would be the ultimate fight in (the) future.” (more…)

By David Finger There’s no such thing as a sure thing in boxing. The sport is full of “can’t miss” …


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De Leon KOs Salinas in four

Unbeaten junior lightweight Erick De Leon (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Jose Salinas (10-3-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. De Leon laid out Salinas for the count with a body shot at 2:47.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Unbeaten junior middleweight knockout specialist Alexander Besputin (6-0, 5 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the first time against Gilberto Pereira (12-5, 9 KOs), taking a one-sided six round unanimous nod.

Unbeaten junior welterweight Maxim Dadashev (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jerome Rodriguez (7-5-3, 2 KOs). (more…)

Unbeaten junior lightweight Erick De Leon (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Jose Salinas (10-3-1, 5 KOs) …


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Replacement fight added to Sho Extreme

Saturday night’s scheduled eight-round super lightweight matchup between Josh Taylor and Alfonso Olvera will air as the opening bout on Showtime Extreme preceding the David Benavidez vs. Sherali Mamadjanov eight-round super middleweight bout taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

IBF Featherweight World Champion Lee Selby’s scheduled bout was been called off because Jonathan (Yoni) Victor Barros was denied a boxing license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Taylor was a 2012 Olympian for Scotland and a 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist. He turned professional in June of 2015 and became the Commonwealth super lightweight champion in just his seventh professional fight, becoming the quickest fighter to ever win a Commonwealth title. Taylor, who will fight in the U.S. for the third time, is a perfect 7-0 with seven knockouts.

Saturday night’s scheduled eight-round super lightweight matchup between Josh Taylor and Alfonso Olvera will air as the opening bout on …


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Marquez dismisses possible Pacquiao rematch

43-year-old former world champion Juan Manuel Marquez commented on a variety of interesting topics at the just concluded 3rd Annual “Jose Sulaiman Boxing Tournament of Security Forces” at the Federal Police facility in Mexico City.

On the possibility of another fight with archrival Manny Pacquiao:

“There are rumors on the networks that I have been offered $60 million to again fight Manny Pacquiao, but even if they give me $100 million, I will not fight him.”

On his future plans…

“I’m still training and I’m always running. I know I’ve been out for almost two years. This year I think definitely I’ll do two fights to assess how my body reacts. Passing those tests, I would have another important fight. But first I have to talk to my family. If my family tells me to, I’ll leave boxing. My family is now my priority.” (more…)

43-year-old former world champion Juan Manuel Marquez commented on a variety of interesting topics at the just concluded 3rd Annual …


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Weights from Philadelphia

Jaron “Boots” Ennis 147 vs. Elvin Perez 150
Manny “Major Pain” Folly 123 vs. Carlos Morgan 119.6
Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez 145.2 vs. Somner Martin 145.4
Adam Daranyi 149.9 vs. Lenwood Dozier 149
Brandun Lee 143.8 vs. Christopher Johnson 143.4
Darren Goodall 169 vs. Gary Hudson 169
Don Smith 129.8 vs. Chris Nelson ??

Venue: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
Promoter: Victory Boxing Promotions

Jaron “Boots” Ennis 147 vs. Elvin Perez 150 Manny “Major Pain” Folly 123 vs. Carlos Morgan 119.6 Carlos “El Tiburon” …


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Frampton, Santa Cruz, Garcia, Zlaticanin make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Carl Frampton 125 vs. Leo Santa Cruz 125
(WBA featherweight title)

Mikey Garcia 134.5 vs. Dejan Zlaticanin 134.5
(WBC lightweight title)

Lee Selby vs. Jonathan Victor Barros *Canceled
Josh Taylor 142 vs. Alfonso Olvera 140
Ivan Redkach 137 vs. Desmond Brock 137.5
David Benavidez 166 vs. Sherali Mamajov 167
Herbert Acevedo 141 vs. Chris Singleton 140
Laduan Barthelemy 126 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 126
Antonio Santa Cruz 117 vs. Victor Torres 116
Gerardo Perez 126 vs. Javier Cepeda 125

Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Ringstar
TV: Showtime

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By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Carl Frampton 125 vs. Leo Santa Cruz 125 (WBA …


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Update: Selby-Barros fight is off

By Miguel Maravilla

Per NSAC, the featherweight championship bout between IBF champion Lee Selby (23-1, 8 KOs) of Wales and Jonathan Barros (41-4-1, 21 KOs) of Argentina is off. Barros did not meet the physical requirement.

Update: Barros told Argentina TV giant TyC Sports by way of live telephone interview that if all his medical exams come out okay tomorrow, that he could be facing Selby in a month or so in the UK.

By Miguel Maravilla Per NSAC, the featherweight championship bout between IBF champion Lee Selby (23-1, 8 KOs) of Wales and …


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Quigley-Tapia on ESPN2 March 23

Golden Boy Promotions and ESPN today announced the card for the first broadcast of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, featuring rising prospects, former world champions and former Olympians. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will broadcast the fights live on March 23 from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Topping the card, Irish amateur standout and middleweight contender Jason “El Animal” Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) looks to continue his meteoric rise up the division with his third consecutive step-up fight against the hard-punching Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the vacant NABF middleweight title.

In the co-main attraction, Coachella hometown hero Randy “El Matador” Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) will launch his campaign to become a two-division world champion when he goes head-to-head with Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight affair. (more…)

Golden Boy Promotions and ESPN today announced the card for the first broadcast of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, featuring …


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Fighters issued final reminder to enroll in CBP

The WBC has issued a final reminder to all rated fighters who have not enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program. The following fighters must enroll immediately or they will be removed from the official WBC upcoming rankings, which will be published in the first week of February:

Heavyweight

#3 Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
#13 Jarrell Miller (US)
#14 David Price (UK)

Lt. Heavyweight

#2 Sergey Kovalev (Russia)

Supermiddleweight

#6 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Mex)
#8 Arthur Abraham (Ger)
#10 Martin Murray (UK)
#12 Rocky Fielding (UK)
#13 Jessie Hart (US)
#15 Ronald Gavril (Romania-US)

(more…)

The WBC has issued a final reminder to all rated fighters who have not enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program. …


Boxing News

Vargas, Berchelt make weight

Photos: Ed Mulholland / HBO

Francisco Vargas 129.6 vs Miguel Berchelt 129.8
(WBC super featherweight championship)

Takashi Miura 129.8 vs Mickey Roman 129.2
(WBC super featherweight eliminator)

Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
TV: HBO

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Photos: Ed Mulholland / HBO Francisco Vargas 129.6 vs Miguel Berchelt 129.8 (WBC super featherweight championship) Takashi Miura 129.8 vs …


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Weights from Atlantic City

Thomas LaManna 154 vs Eduardo Flores 154
Chuck Muassachio 179.1 vs Michael Mitchell 177.1
Jose Valderrama 167.8 vs Gabriel Pham 167.1
Yurik Mamedov 147 vs Jose Jimenez 146.3
Dan Murray 137.8 vs Nahir Albright 139.2
Weusi Johnson 121.2 vs Dallas Holden 118.3
Thomas Romain 133.7 vs Jamil Simmons 138.5

Promoter: Rising Promotions
Venue: The Claridge Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Thomas LaManna 154 vs Eduardo Flores 154 Chuck Muassachio 179.1 vs Michael Mitchell 177.1 Jose Valderrama 167.8 vs Gabriel Pham …


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Khan-Brook Update

Will Amir Khan versus Kell Brook ever happen? Dennis Hobson is working behind the scenes on the fight and is hopeful it can eventually be made. “Khan against Brook is a fight I really want to see because I’m a big fight fan and it would be great for British boxing,” explained Hobson who, alongside Asif Vali, is working with American fight-figure Al Haymon in guiding Amir.

“Amir, in my opinion, is a much bigger draw then Kell, and I base that on the fact that Khan has been fighting in elite company for a while now. But I’m sure Kell will get there too.

“We believe we can make the fight work with Eddie [Hearn] and Kell and, in the process, Kell will make a guaranteed career best purse. The obstacle we have is that Terry, Kell’s father and manager, is hung up on percentages which has many legal and contractual complications.

“I’m hopeful that we will get there though and if the fight does happen then the big winner will be the fans!”

Will Amir Khan versus Kell Brook ever happen? Dennis Hobson is working behind the scenes on the fight and is …










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