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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to ...

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Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Photos: LAP Images Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center ...

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Kinda hits Fresno

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Issouf Volcano Kinda hits Fresno for his big fight against USA Olympian Jose Ramirez on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Unimas on Friday night.



November 30th, 2016

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Pulev vs. Peter public workout

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Photos: LAP Images

Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center shopping mall in Sofia ahead of their WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight on Saturday night at the Arena Armeec.

Peter, the former WBC World Champion, was first into the ring accompanied by his coach Rodney Crisler, and following a short workout, he revealed his plan for Saturday.

‘’It’s great to be here,’’ said ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. ‘’I’m in good shape and I’m ready to fight. The plan is simple for me. I’ve come here to knock Pulev out and to take the belt and my money back home to Las Vegas.’’

Pulev received a hero’s welcome as he entered the ring, and after being put through his paces by legendary German coach Ulli Wegner, ‘The Cobra’ promised to deliver a memorable victory for his fervent Bulgarian fans. (more…)



November 30th, 2016


Boxing News

Despite setback, Toka Kahn aims for title shot

By Jason Marchetti

Toka Kahn (19-1, 13 KOs) returns to New England this Friday night in Lincoln, Rhode Island for the main event bout at super featherweight. The card is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing at Twin River Casino. His opponent will be Mexican journeyman Mario Antonio Macias (28-20, 14 KOs).

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No longer a prospect, Kahn has 20 professional bouts from 126 – 130 lbs. However, he has only fought in his home state on 3 occasions courtesy of signing a promotional deal with Top Rank in 2013. Top Rank rarely promotes cards on the East Coast and never in New England. Fightnews.com was able to catch up with the contender prior to his fight this weekend. (more…)



November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #12 Ogilvie and WBA #14 Kambosos collide Friday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #12 lightweight Brendon Ogilivie (17-1-1, 9 KOs) will clash with WBA #14 George Kambosos Jnr (10-0, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday.

George: Kambosos: “I’m confident. I talk the talk and walk the walk. When he comes into the ring on Friday he’ll see what I’m all about…it might be round one, it might be round ten.”

Brendon Ogilvie: “He should remember the fight is twelve rounds and he hasn’t boxed in six months. I fought some really good boys recently.”

In other action 2012 London Olympian Damien Hooper will be in action against former world rated Nader Hamdan in a light heavyweight bout

Damien Hooper: “I’m very excited to be boxing Nader who is very experienced. I’ve done the hard work and trained three times a day. I want to beat Nader and hopefully doors will open up in 2017.”



November 30th, 2016


Boxing News

Peltz Boxing 38 Years After Marvin Johnson

When Tevin Farmer and Dardan Zenunaj square off Friday, Dec. 2, at the 2300 Arena, it will mark the 38th anniversary of Peltz Boxing’s first world champion. The title was brought home by Marvin Johnson, of Indianapolis, IN, who knocked out Mate Parlov, of Yugoslavia, to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) light-heavyweight title in Marsala, Sicily.

Johnson went on to become the first three-time world light-heavyweight champion, winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in 1979 by knocking out Victor Galindez, of Argentina, in New Orleans, and finally the WBA crown again in 1986 when he stopped Leslie Stewart, of Trinidad, in Indianapolis. (more…)



November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Lebedev-Gassiev media training in Moscow

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBA/IBF cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KO), his challenger Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KO), and IBF jr welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KO) showed their skills during an open workout today in advance of their fights on Saturday night in Moscow.

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November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye and Bellew pulled apart at fiery press conference

David Haye and Tony Bellew had to be separated at the launch press conference for their Heavyweight blockbuster on March 4 at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office – with tickets selling out in record-breaking time. Haye and Bellew goaded each other during a tense back and forth at the top table and as they lined up to pose for head-to-head photos, tensions boiled over and the pair had to be restrained by security personnel.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Before the fracas, both fighters stated their cases for victory strongly, with Haye saying he’s too powerful for the Liverpool star and Bellew telling him if it comes down to heart he’ll prevail.

“This is the fight that the public want to see – they want me to shut Tony Bellew up,” said Haye. “I will end the whenever I want, it’s completely up to me. I will dominate Tony Bellew on March 4. He thinks he can KO me? Look at all the Heavyweights I’ve boxed that have hit me with 10oz gloves and not put me down – but the past is all irrelevant as I’m going to destroy him.” (more…)



November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Francophone ratings as of December 2016

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The full set of WBC Francophone ratings can be found via the below link.

Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

 

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS

 



November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Christmas cracker at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Gloves Promotions presents his annual Christmas cracker tournament at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa on Thursday night with Thulani Mbenge and Eric Kapia Mukadi heading the bill in a ten round clash for the vacant African Boxing Union welterweight title

The exciting young Mbenge from the Eastern Cape who has a record of 7-0 with all his wins coming inside the distance, possibly faces his toughest fight since joining the professional ranks in May 2015.

The 24-year-old Mukadi is also unbeaten with a record of 17-0-1, 3 KOs in a six year professional career with the only blot on his record, a six round draw against Eric Bulobo in March 2012. (more…)



November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders-Issah Clash Sunday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

South African-born Issaka Issah will clash with Brendon Saunders over ten rounds with the Australian lightweight title up for grabs on Sunday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Promoter Paul Nasari says this national title bout should be a crowd pleaser.

“Issah has lived in Australia for several months and can now challenge for the Aussie title,” said Nasari. This will be a good fight between crowd-pleasing lightweights – Brendon Saunders and Issaka Issah for the Australian lightweight title. (more…)



November 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Basile confident of KOing Helenius

42-year-old Argentinian heavyweight Gonzalo “El Patón” Basile isn’t traveling all the way to Finland for tourism – but to send his opponent crashing to the canvas. Basile (68–11) will face Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1) on December 17th at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland. “I dream to achieve the maximum in this sport, that’s why I continue training as if I were 20 years old,” says Basile.

“I am very motivated, strong and confident of winning by KO. I know what I must do if I want to win. I won’t be traveling to Finland for tourism but to win this fight before the limit. (more…)



November 30th, 2016

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Jesus Cuellar, Abner Mares Media Day

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina and his opponent Hawaiian Gardens, California’s former world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) held separate workouts at Tuesday’s media day at the City of Angels Boxing Gym in Los Angeles as the two will square off next week Saturday December 10th down the road at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C., live on Showtime. (more…)



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Conjanu-Frank in China December 10

Formerly world ranked heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (15-2, 8 KOs) will take on unbeaten power puncher Alexander Frank (11-0, 9 KOs) of Germany by way of Kazakhstan in a 12 rounder for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title. The fight will take place December 10 at the Hangzhou Stadium in Hangzhou, China. The show will be promoted by Jiashu Chen(China International Boxing Indus). Conjanu and long time James Toney trainer John Arthur will depart from Los Angeles to China on December 5th.

The 6’7 Conjanu of Southern California by way of Romania was world ranked by the WBO last year before being derailed by KO in the semi-finals of the Boxcino tournament. (more…)



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

IBF #12 Baranchyk and heavyweight sensation Lippe-Morrison return December 10

Junior welterweight phenom Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Trey Lippe-Morrison, both members of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise,” return to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK Saturday, December 10.

Headlining in a ten round contest, Baranchyk’s fighting his fourth consecutive bout at the Buffalo Run, where he is an adopted fan favorite. Raised in Russia and fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, Baranchyk is 12-0 with 10 wins by knockout. In his most recent bout, Baranchyk clearly outpointed crafty Zhimin Wang on ShoBox over ten rounds to capture both the USBA and WBC USNBC championships. (more…)



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Parker: I’m faster than Ruiz

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO#1 heavyweight Joseph Parker has responded to his trainer Kevin Barry comments when he said that WBO#3 Andy Ruiz had the faster hands of the two heavyweight contenders and is looking forward to the December 10 showdown for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship at the Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.

“I respect Kevin and his opinion and Andy does have fast hands but I believe I’m faster, so I’ll prove Kevin wrong on fight night that I’m the faster fighter,” Parker said.

“Kevin did say that Andy was the favourite but he didn’t say that I was going to lose. This is my time.

“I know he (Ruiz) has prepared well for this fight and that he’s taking this very seriously but the fight is going to be held here at home and I’m going to be ready for it. I’m excited, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Parker is a 4-1 favourite by betting agencies



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders a 50:1 favorite over Akavov

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders’ first title defense against Artur Akavov this Saturday at the Paisley Lagoon Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) is a 50:1 favorite over Akavov (16-1, 7 KOs), who is rated WBO #10. The pair were originally scheduled to meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this last Saturday, but problems with the translation of paperwork supplied by the Russian’s team have forced a delay. Saunders claimed that after beating Akavov he’s moving on to “a blockbuster fight in 2017.”



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Sonsona vows to make big comeback

Former WBC International Silver super featherweight champion Eden “Mr. Showboat” Sonsona of General Santos City said that he is tired of a “bum life” and vowed to make a big comeback on December 4 in the double main header “Brawl at the Mall: Return of the Gensan’s Finest” at the Robinson’s place in General Santos City.

Sonsona (34-6-2-12 KOs) has been training since the first week of October at the Sanman Gym in Gensan for his comeback fight against current Mindanao Professional Boxing Association (Minproba) featherweight champion Jaime Barcelona of Bukidnon. (more…)



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Nieves targets Warren for all-Ohio clash

Cleveland, Ohio-based bantamweight Antonio “Carita” Nieves stayed busy and kept himself in line for a cross-state showdown with Cincinnati-based WBA Bantamweight Champion Rau’shee Warren by stopping Hungary’s Szilveszter Ajtai with a single body shot. Fighting at the Firebird Athletic Center in Bedford, Ohio, WBO #5-rated Nieves (17-0-2, 9 KOs) planted a single left hook to the Hungarian’s body at :46 seconds of round two to earn his 17th professional victory.

The impressive victory keeps alive Nieves’ dream of facing cross-state rival Warren in an all-Ohio bantamweight championship fight. (more…)



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Kahn-Clary, Vincent set for homecoming

Female bantamweight Shelly Vincent returns to Providence, R.I., for the first time in more than a year when she battles Marquita Lee in an eight-round bout on Friday in CES Boxing’s season finale at Twin River Casino. Vincent, a New London, Conn., native who now lives and trains in Providence, hopes to rebound from her loss to longtime foe Heather Hardy in August. The Vincent-Lee bout is one of nine on Friday’s card, which also features the Rhode Island homecoming of super featherweight Toka Kahn-Clary.



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Gassiev: Lebedev was in a lot of wars…it’s my time now

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I don’t think his age (Lebedev is 37, Gassiev is 23) will be the decisive factor, because Denis has a lot of experience, a lot of tough fights, wars inside the ring. But it’s also not too early for me. I prepared myself for this fight for the last five years. This is my dream to be champion…now I’m here,” proclaimed Warriors Boxing cruiserweight Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KO), who on Saturday at the MegaSport Arena in Moscow will try to dethrone WBA/IBF cruiserweight champion and his Russian countryman Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KO).

In another world title fight, IBF jr welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KO) faces Julius Indongo (20-0, 10 KO) and top cruiserweights Dmitry Kudryashov and Rakhim Chakhiyev, promoted by Andrey Ryabinskiy “World of Boxing,” compete in separate bouts.



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Iconic Ali-Liston photo on the auction block

By TMZSports.com

Now’s your chance to own one of the most iconic images in sports history … if you have more than half a MILLION dollars layin’ around.

Muhammad Ali’s iconic knockout picture from the 1965 Sonny Liston rematch — the original print taken by famed photog Neil Leifer — is hitting the auction block this weekend. The starting bid is $160,000 … but the folks at Guernsey’s Auction expect the winning bid could reach $600k.

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We can’t overstate the significance … the punch that felled Liston is LEGENDARY (and controversial … “phantom punch”) and conventional wisdom is that it’s the moment that launched Ali – Guernsey’s Auction

The photo comes with a handwritten message from Ali — who was Cassius Clay at the time — to Leifer, as well as the original press credentials from the event. The live auction will go down this Saturday at NYC’s Bohemian National Hall. Bids can also be placed online. Happy bidding!



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Pulev predicts strong and spectacular victory

Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) has predicted a strong and spectacular victory for Bulgaria when he faces former world champion Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) in his long awaited homecoming fight on Saturday in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The current European Champion has completed his preparations in Berlin, and will fly home to Bulgaria later today ahead of his WBA Intercontinental title challenge, which will take place in front of 15,000 fans at the Arena Armeec. Pulev says he is pleased with his preparations, and is eager to inspire a new generation of Bulgarian boxers when he steps through the ropes on Saturday night. “My only prediction is a strong and spectacular victory for Bulgaria!” stated Pulev.



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Former WBA champ Petalcorin returns Sunday

By Raymond Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (24-2-1, 18 KOs) will return to action against Arnold Garde (7-3-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds on Sunday at the Robinson Mail Atrium in General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs.

“The former world champion will be removed very soon. I will be world champion again in 2017,” said Petalcorin. ” My promoters are Sandman Jim Managquil and Peter Maniatis Events. I would like to thank Peter Maniatis and Jim Managquil for all the support through ups and downs and also for giving me another opportunity. Hopefully it’s all the way up now. I want IBF world champion Akira Yaegashi next!”

“This is the first step for Randy fighting for a IBF world title and I would like to thank the IBF’s Mr. Lindsey Tucker and Mr. Daryl Peoples and Ben Keilty for making it happen,” said Peter Maniatis.



November 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Mizuno finishes Indonesian champ Fauzan; Hatanaka’s son Kento makes a pro debut

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Upcoming hard-puncher Takuya Mizuno (10-1-1, 10 KOs), 123.25, decked an important victory when he finally caught up with Indonesian super-bantam champ Jundullah M. Fauzan (7-2-1, 1 KO), 122, and sunk him for the count at 2:56 of the fifth round in a scheduled eight on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. The JBC#15 prospect Mizuno positively attacked the Indonesian champ from the outset, but Fauzan showed his good footwork to avert his punches and tried to counter the willing mixer. Mizuno, 21, sustained a cut caused by an accidental butt, but he eventually connected with a solid right following an effective combination in the fifth round. Down went Fauzan. He barely stood up but was duly counted out by the third man as he wasn’t ready to resume fighting. Mizuno scored all wins by knockouts or stoppages to show his good power. (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Two Nations One Dream – Boxing Without Borders

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By Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC has embarked on yet another humanitarian program which has come to fruition during the last three months. 2 Nations – 1 Dream involves children (ages 9-12) and teens (13-17) from Chicago, USA, Acapulco and Mexico City, Mexico, uniting them in physical, emotional and social endeavors of self improvement.

Back in August, a formal agreement was signed between the Mexican Foreign Ministry (through it’s General Counsel and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad) and the WBC to launch the “Boxing Without Frontiers: 2 Nations-1 Dream” program. The program includes training clinics, motivational speeches, psychological/emotional treatment, boxing exhibitions, meet and greet sessions with champions and social work. The event was attended by World Boxing Council President, Mr. Mauricio Sulaiman, General Strategy Director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad Pablo Vazquez, representatives of Mexico City and Acapulco governments, plus former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz, WBC International Champion Fres Oqeundo, as well as former WBC International champions Andrzej Fonfara and Brooke Dierdorf (all Chicago area residents). (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

New opponent for Jose Ramirez

On Friday night, unbeaten 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez will continue his ‘Fight For Water,’ but he will do it against a different opponent. Ramirez was supposed to face Gabriel ‘Tito’ Bracero in the main event of the December 2nd ‘Solo Boxeo’ card, but seven days out Bracero has pulled out of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas championship event. Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) from Fresno, California, will now battle and defend his WBC Continental Americas title against Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (18-3, 7 KOs) of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in the main event of the card that will take place in front of a full house at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno.

“I didn’t know things like this happened in the pros, I saw it in the amateurs but not in the pros. But I have been working really hard, and I’m ready for whoever is on the opposite side of the ring,” said Ramirez after finding out of the change in opponent. (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Column

The 12th Round: Judging – the Eternal Black Eye in Boxing

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Boxing is a sport which suffers from constant criticism and it is because of its nature of officiating. Very few sports have a scoring system based on appreciation. There are no goals, no points, no runs, so it comes down to what the judge sees, evaluates and records on the scorecard. There have been many scoring systems working in the world and today’s 10-point must system seems to be the best option of them all, however it’s not used to its fullest potential. 94% of the rounds are scored 10-9 and it could be used to bring much more clear results if it was used as designed 40 years ago.

I firmly believe that most if not all ring officials are honorable and decent, I reject any claim of fraud or corruption in scoring of fights. However, I believe judges must be accountable for their performance. There might be incompetence or a “bad night” or judges appointed to the wrong fights due to several matters but this, after all, becomes the problem we face in boxing.

The solution is not easy, but there are so many things that could be done to attend the major problem in our sport. The problem relies on the rejection by boxing authorities to implement changes, to try new things, to aggressively look for options to resolve the problem. Following I will describe several actions that have to do with officiating, these initiatives have been successful and are tools to resolve the problem, but local boxing commissions from some countries or some states in the USA, do not accept to adopt or to even try. (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Lebedev vs. Gassiev: 50/50 in Moscow

By Przemek Garczarczyk

More than 50 reporters, various televisions crews and a “Who’s Who in the cruiserweight division – this was the scene Monday at the Renaissance Monarch Hotel in Moscow at the final press conference before Saturday’s cruiserweight world title clash. WBA/IBF champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KO), who will defend his belts versus fourteen years younger Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KO) in a highly anticipated bout, downplayed the whole time for the new generation narrative.

Denis Lebedev: “Maybe I’m 37… but only on my passport. I feel like a 27-year-old. This is a 50/50 fight. Age will not decide our bout on Saturday.”

Murat Gassiev: “His experience will not give him a title, and my youth will not be a problem. I worked for this chance for 5 years. The ring will give us the answer.”

More interviews and phostos…



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

New foe for Wallin, fight moved to Bulgaria

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) must meet a new opponent in a new country after Eugene Hill was forced to withdraw from their scheduled contest on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden. Hill was unable to travel to Sweden due to unpaid child support, and although a replacement had been found, strict regulations imposed by the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, meant there was not enough time for a new opponent to be approved.

Instead, Wallin will face Raphael Zumbano Love (39-13-1, 32 KOs) a week earlier on December 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will be fighting in front 15,000 fans at the Arena Armeec on the undercard of the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title clash between European Champion Kubrat Pulev and former World Champion Samuel Peter.

“Of course, I’m disappointed to not be able to fight at home, but unfortunately with the political situation in Sweden, that was not possible,” said Wallin.



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz Looks to Even the Score with Carl Frampton

By Miguel Maravilla

Former three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico will get his shot at redemption as he will take on undefeated featherweight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland in a rematch on Saturday January 28th at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas live on Showtime.

“I feel great and happy that I am getting the rematch,” Leo Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com “After the fight I was so pumped. I wanted the rematch. I know I didn’t do what I was supposed to in that fight. We did not stick to our strategy,” Santa Cruz added.

It was last summer as Santa Cruz and Frampton clashed in what was a battle between two undefeated featherweights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In a fight that saw both go toe to toe for twelve rounds in a Fight of the Year candidate as Frampton pulled away with a unanimous decision, handing Leo Santa Cruz his first professional defeat.

“I take nothing away from Frampton he is a great fighter he came in like I expected. A quick slick boxer that moves, he countered punched really good and did what he had to do but if I would have came in with a great plan it would have been a different fight. It was his night,” Santa Cruz said. “At the end of the fight I went to the corner and my corner said I won the fight. It was a really close fight, it could have gone either way but since I am the champion, I thought they would give it to me,” Santa Cruz added. (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Barry: Ruiz is the favorite to defeat Parker

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Many international sportsbooks have WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker a 4:1 favorite to defeat WBO #3 Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship when they clash over twelve rounds on December 10 at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. However, Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry sees his man as the underdog in the fight.

Photo: Dave Cameron

Photo: Dave Cameron

“The Ruiz fight for us is the end of a four-year apprenticeship,” said Barry. “Joe has developed, got bigger, he’s got better, his skills have improved, he’s collected eight belts in three years. Everything has prepared us for this moment.

“Andy Ruiz is an eight year professional. He’s never been hurt. Never been beaten. Never been down. Andy Ruiz is a guy we have huge respect for. We have studied and prepared for a fighter that brings more pressure than anyone we have seen in Joe’s career. (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Flanagan-Cruz undercard results

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

In other notable action on Saturday’s card at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, lightweight Craig Evans (16-1-2, 3 KOs) seized the European 135lb title with a majority decision over former Olympian Tom Stalker (11-2-3, 2 KOs). It was the third fight between the two, with the first two ending in draws. Scores were 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95.

Unbeaten middleweight Tommy Langford (18-0, 6 KOs) took a twelve round split decision over Sam Sheedy (17-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the vacant British title. Scores were 116-114, 117-113 for Langford, 115-113 for Sheedy.

Unbeaten super welterweight Liam Williams (16-0-1, 11 KOs) stopped late sub Gabor Gorbics (22-5, 13 KOs) in round eight to claim the vacant WBO European title.

Undefeated super bantam Kid Galahad (21-0, 12 KOs) halted journeyman Reynaldo Mora (7-20-1, 4 KOs) in three rounds.

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November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Seforo wins Gauteng light flyweight title

By Ron Jackson

Mpho Seforo (5-0, 2 KOs) won the vacant Gauteng light flyweight title when he beat Percy Mkhize (8-2, 4 KOs) on a ten round majority points decision at the Centenary Hall on Saturday night in Krugersdorp, Gauteng Province, South Africa. The scores were 97-92, 95-93 and 94-94.

In a closely fought contest, Seforo (48.96 kg) using his height and reach advantages piled up the points with stiff jabs to the head throughout. A left-right combination sent Mkhize (48.94 kg) down for a count in the third round and even though he fought back in the later rounds it was not enough to take the decision.

This was a rematch with Seforo winning a six round split decision on July 31 this year. (more…)



November 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Waseem beats Megramo in South Korea Thriller

WBC Silver Flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (5-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan retained his title by twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #15 ranked Giemel Megramo (17-1, 13 KOs) of the Philippines on Sunday afternoon at the Gwanakgu Hall in Seoul, South Korea. The fight was an all-out war from round one through round twelve with numerous furious exchanges throughout. Waseem officially secured the victory by winning the 12th and final round on all three judges scorecards. The official scores were 114-113 twice and 117-110 all in favor to WBC #9 ranked Waseem.

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November 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Lomachenko makes Walters say No Mas

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 4 KOs) scored a one-sided seven round TKO over previously unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Lomachenko, a two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, gave Walters a boxing lesson, demonstrating brilliance in all facets of the game. Walters finally quit after being punished in round seven.

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