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UniMas Weights from Dallas

UniMas Weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Top Rank Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75 Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4 Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos ...

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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna ...

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Thurman and Porter make weight

Thurman and Porter make weight

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Mike Alvarado: I have a lot left in my tank

Mike Alvarado: I have a lot left in my tank

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Porfirio C Barron Jr. Fightnews.com caught up with former world champion Mike Alvarado at Montoya's Boxing Gym in Dallas during ...

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Wladimir Klitschko press conference and workout

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UFC

Fight Night Zagreb: Cummings wins; Perez, Taisumov Stasiak get 1st round victories

Kansas City welterweight Zak Cummings held off a stellar effort from Copenhagen’s Nicolas Dalby in a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at Arena Zagreb in Croatia on Sunday, moving to 4-1 in the Octagon with a three-round unanimous decision victory . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Cannonier with Big TKO; Martins, Velickovic win decisions

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT TAMPA is LIVE on FOX SPORTS Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM ET/5 AM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Results From Springfield, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

A number of Beltway Boxing prospects won bouts Saturday night on the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight “Slick” Nick Kisner won a six-round unanimous decision over Dan “The Disciple” Shull of Winchester, VA. Kisner showed good hand speed and accuracy throughout the contest as he peppered Shull with left jabs and right hooks throughout the contest. Shull showed a solid chin but very little offense throughout the night. All three judges scored the bout a shutout for Kisner, 60-54. Kisner is now (16-2-1, 6 KOs). Shull falls to (3-31-1, 1 KO).

Undefeated Palmer Park, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed-Rawls scored a sixth-round TKO over Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga of DC. Speed-Rawls entered the sixth round for the first time in his pro career and handled it well as he finished the bout with a flourish, swarming Olinga with a flurry of punches that forced referee Michelle Myers to stop the contest at 2:28 of the sixth. Speed-Rawls is now (6-0-1, 4 KOs) while Olinga drops to (1-12). (more…)



April 10th, 2016


Boxing News

A grand finale that hit all the right notes

pacquiao-bradley3By: Bill Dwyre

Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley performed a symphony Saturday night. In a sport that can be so out of tune, in a world of pro athletics that is so often off-key, these two boxers hit all the right notes.

Even Bradley, who lost the decision, might agree. This ending, this result, this conclusion, felt right.

Pacquiao has said this will be his last fight. Pressed from all angles afterward about how likely it is that he will stick to that — especially in the aftermath of such an impressive performance — he remained steadfast.

“I want to go home, spend time with my family and serve the people,” the Filipino superstar said. (more…)



April 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Bradley talks about future with Atlas

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By Miguel Maravilla

Trainer Teddy Atlas took responsibility for Timothy Bradley’s loss to Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas. “I came up short,” Atlas told reporters. “I didn’t serve my fighter enough. I don’t think he came up short, I think I did.”

Bradley told Atlas, “Coach you didn’t come up short, c’mon.”

When asked if the relationship with Bradley will continue, Atlas stated “I think that Timothy Bradley is the best human being that I’ve ever been around training so…”

When asked the same question, Bradley commented, “I’m gonna take some time off. I’m gonna enjoy my family, been away from them for two months. I’m gonna go enjoy my beach house in San Diego and relax, take my feet up and think about what’s next. That’s what we’re gonna do. I would love for our relationship to continue, but I think we need to let this marinate. Think about it. He’s away from his family for eight weeks, away from his wife and children. It’s a long time man. At this moment I don’t know. We don’t know right now. We can’t really make a decision right away. We’ll talk about it, regroup, and see what’s next for us.”



April 10th, 2016


Boxing News

Pacquiao: Right now my decision is to retire

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By Miguel Maravilla

“I already made a commitment to my family that after this fight I’m going to go back home and spend more time with them and focus on serving the people in the Philippines. That’s my priority right now,” Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao told reporters after his victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.

“If you ask me about a comeback, I don’t know because I might enjoy retired life,” continued Pacman. “I’m not there yet, so I don’t know what the feeling is. I already made a commitment to my family so I made my decision already.

“If you ask me about my condition, about my body, my body is still OK. I can still give a good fight, 100% condition. I work hard in training, so I’m still OK. Freddie knows how I prepared for the fight.

“My heart is 50/50. But I love my family, I honor my family, my kids. I encourage them not to go into boxing, to be a boxer one day, because boxing is a really hard sport and very difficult. Like I said, I might enjoy retired life or I might come back. It’s hard to say because I’m not there yet. But right now my decision is to retire.”



April 10th, 2016

UFC

Rockhold, Weidman feud escalates ahead of UFC 199 rematch

It makes perfect sense that the tension between current middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and former king Chris Weidman is at an all-time high going into their anticipated rematch in the main event of UFC 199 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ZAGREB is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Gusano Rojas, Churritos Hernandez stop foes

Former WBC super flyweight champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (47-14-1, 32 KOs) was victorious when Prosper Ankrah (24-7, 15 KOs) couldn’t come out for round five due to an injured elbow on Saturday night at the Playboy México y Club Sportway in Veracruz, Mexico. Rojas recovered from a first round knockdown to defend a WBC regional belt.

WBC #3 ranked flyweight Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (31-2, 22 KOs) needed just 2:02 to blow out Luis “Mosquito” Carrillo (17-7-1, 15 KOs) in the first round.



April 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao beats Bradley, scores two knockdowns

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

In the third and final installment of their trilogy, Filipino ring legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) scored an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over two-division former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs) in front of a crowd of 14,665 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The bout started off in tactical mode, but things heated up midway with some exciting exchanges. Pacquiao knocked down Bradley at the end of round seven. Bradley came back to stagger Pacman in round eight. Pacquiao dropped Bradley again in round nine. In the end, scores were 116-110 on all three cards.

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April 10th, 2016

Boxing News

Zurdo dethrones Abraham; Valdez and Ramirez triumph

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Unbeaten mandatory super middleweight challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) dethroned WBO world champion “King” Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) with a clear cut twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Boxing beautifully, southpaw Ramirez staggered Abraham with a right hook in round two and his movement and workrate frustrated the champion all night. Scores were 120-108 across the board. Ramirez become the first Mexican to win a super middleweight world title.

“Abraham was strong, very heavy handed but I took him to Mexican boxing school,” said Ramirez. “He couldn’t handle any movement. Halfway through the fight I knew I was going to win. I came into this fight to make a statement and we did – we are the first Mexican champion in this weight division.”

Unbeaten two-time Mexican Olympian featherweight Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs) impressively took apart former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (22-1-1, 9 KOs) in four brutal rounds. Valdez pummeled Gradovich the whole way and laid him out with a left hook. Time was 2:14. Valdez won the vacant WBO NABO featherweight belt.

Unbeaten super lightweight Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) dealt a vicious beating to game veteran Manny Perez (25-12-1, 6 KOs) over ten rounds. A 2012 Olympian, Ramirez punished the rugged Perez with sharp punches in every round en route to a 97-93, 98-92, 99-91 verdict all three cards. Ramirez successfully defended his WBC Continental Americas title. photos



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Karpency crushes Gonsalves

Former WBC, WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (26-5) captured the WBA NABA-US light heavyweight title via first round destruction of Paul Gonsalves (9-8) at the Meadows Casino & Racetrack in Washington, Pennsylvania. Karpency dropped Gonsalves shortly after the opening bell sounded with a short right hook. After Gonzalves beat the count, Karpency proceeded to land at will dropping his opponent three more times before the referee stopped the bout at 1:39 of the first stanza. A winner of five of his last six fights, Karpency is looking for another title shot. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Santos KOs Martz in rematch

Photos: Emily Harney

Heavyweight Alexis Santos scored a seventh round KO over Daniel “The Mountain” Martz on Saturday night at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. Santos, 26, avenged a previous third-round knockout loss nearly two years ago in Boston to Martz, of Clarksburg, WV, and improved his record to 16-1, 14 K0s. Martz, 25, drops to 14-4-1, 11 K0s. Santos was far ahead on the scorecards and wore the 6-foot-7 Martz down with body shots, then dropped him late in the seventhth. It appeared Martz could have beaten the count, but he motioned to ref Steve Smoger he had had enough and stayed on the canvas. Santos captured the vacant IBO International belt with the win. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Culcay stops Prada to claim WBA regular title

WBA interim super welterweight beltholder “Golden Jack” Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) claimed the “regular” WBA title when Jean Carlos Prada (31-2-1, 22 KOs) didn’t come out for round ten on Saturday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. Culcay, a former world amateur champion, was in command the whole way.

In notable undercard action, unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Ruben Eduardo Acosta (31-14-5, 11 KOs) in a ten-round contest. Also, light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) topped Oleksandr Cherviak (15-6-1, 5 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the WBA Intercontinental title and former world title challenger Maurice Weber (22-2-1, 9 KOs) stopped journeyman Valeri Karelidze (7-5, 3 KOs) in round three.



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Joshua: I told you I was going to come out and punish him

“I’m only one-quarter of the way there,” said new IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) after demolishing reigning titleholder “Prince” Charles Martin in two rounds on Saturday night. “I am not going to get too carried away because there’s a lot of work to be done. I have to keep on improving because I have people like [David] Haye calling me out, Tyson Fury calling me out, all of them. I need to keep on pushing if I’m going to maintain at a high level.

“Every Heavyweight has got power but it’s about speed and precision, locking in and staying focused. A few months ago I was in here with Dillian Whyte having a great scrap – that was one for the fans, this was one for myself. I told you I was going to come out and punish him, I told you I would show him levels and this is the reward of it.”



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Off-TV Undercard Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

2012 Olympic light heavyweight bronze medal winner Oleksandr Gvozdyk (9-0, 7 KOs) destroyed former world title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (39-5, 24 KOs) a crushing right land laid out Mohammedi at 2:06 of round two. Gvozdyk claimed the vacant NABF light heavyweight title in dismissing Mohammedi one round faster than world champion Sergey Kovalev.

In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Konstantin Ponomarev (30-0, 13 KOs) hammered out a ten round split decision over Brad Solomon (26-1, 9 KOs). After a slow start, things picked up in the fourth round as Ponamarev stalked behind the jab with the slick fast-handed Solomon boxing and countering. Halfway through in round six, Ponamarev attacked on the inside digging to the body as Solomon appeared to slow down. Ponamarev began to break down Solomon in round seven, landing big punches. In round eight Ponamarev was all over Solomon. A solid right hand by Ponamarev in the ninth backed Solomon to the ropes. The tenth and final round saw Ponamarev pressing forward and attacking. Scores were 98-92, 96-94 Ponomarev, 96-94 Solomon. Ponomarev successfully defended his NABF welterweight title.

In another battle between unbeatens, two-time Latvian Olympian welterweight Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Deniz Ilbay (15-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 80-72 across the board. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Joshua destroys Martin in two

Photos: Matchroom Sport

Unbeaten British Olympic hero Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) destroyed and dethroned previously unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-1-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Joshua landed some good rights in round one. Martin seemed wary of Joshua’s power. Joshua floored Martin twice with explosive right hands in round two and the fight ended with Martin being counted out. Time was 1:52. Martin complained about the stoppage after getting up at the count of nine-and-a-half, but Joshua was clearly a cut above.

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April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Showtime announces superwelter tripleheader

Showtime has officially announced the May 21 telecast featuring three world title fights in the same division. In the main event, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will defend his WBA super welterweight world championship against Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan in a rematch of their 2012 bout that ended in a technical draw.

Brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo will look to make history in co-featured bouts as the first twins to hold world titles in the same division. Unbeaten IBF super welterweight world champion Jermall makes the second defense of his belt against former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. Jermell meets John Jackson in a bout for the vacant WBC super welterweight belt.

Venue and ticket information are forthcoming. The event is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions.



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Selby, McDonnell retain world titles

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (23-1, 8 KOs) survived a trip to the canvas to win a twelve round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Hunter dropped Selby with a left hook in round two, but otherwise the champ used his movement and jab to keep Hunter at bay. Hunter started coming on in round eight, but was deducted a point for a low blow by British referee Marcus McDonnell. McDonnell threatened to disqualify Hunter in round nine. Selby then cruised to a 115-111, 116-110, 116-110 decision.

WBA bantamweight world Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over game late sub Fernando Vargas (29-10-3, 20 KOs). McDonnell was in command all the way and finally battered Vargas to a knee to end it. Time was 2:39.

Super middleweight contender “Saint” George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over previously unbeaten but unheralded David Brophy (16-1-1, 1 KO). A body shot finished Brophy. Groves won the vacant WBA International title.

In a crossroads fight, middleweight Matthew Macklin (35-6, 22 KOs) hammered out a hard fought twelve round majority decision over Brian Rose (28-4-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 113-113 and 115-111, 115-111 for “Mack the Knife,” who claimed the vacant IBF Inter-Continental belt. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao: Extending or Finalizing a Legacy

pacquiao-bradley3By Bill Dwyre

Saturday night, in a familiar boxing ring at a trendy bright-lights casino here, superstar Manny Pacquiao will do, in 36 minutes or less, what superstar Kobe Bryant has spent an entire NBA season doing.

He will attempt to finalize a legacy.

Both Bryant and Pacquiao can point to bodies of work beyond the remarkable. But the farewell tours, much like the sports each represent, are vastly different.

Pacquiao is 37. He has been boxing since he was barely a teenager. His record is 57-6-2, which translates to 65 wars in about 25 years. Once Oscar De La Hoya left the scene, somehow fittingly at the hands of Pacquiao in 2008, the mantle of most-popular and most-skilled boxer went to Pacquiao. He drove billions of dollars into the sport and his native Philippines into a more frequent international conversation. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Results from Kalispell, Montana

Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

A pair of Pacific Northwest amateur stand-outs made their debuts as paid prize fighters Friday night at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell, Montana. Fighting on Hard Knocks Fight Promotions “Fight Night 5” card, local crowd favorite Kenny Guzman secured a hard-fought four round unanimous decision win over Chris Wheaton and 2015 U.S. National amateur heavyweight champion Pat Ferguson scored a second round TKO over Billy Martin. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Zagreb at the scales

UFC Fight Night Zagreb, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight clashes between Ben Rothwell-Junior Dos Santos and Derrick Lewis-Gabriel Gonzaga, airs live on FS1 from Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia Sunday, April 10 at 2pm ET / 11am PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 at Noon ET / 9am PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT.

Main Event – UFC heavyweight five-round fight
Ben Rothwell (264) vs Junior Dos Santos (241)

FS1 Main Card
Derrick Lewis (264) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (262)
Francis Ngannou (252) vs Curtis Blaydes (261)
Tim Johnson (262) vs Marcin Tybura (247)
Igor Pokrajac (205) vs Jan Blachowicz (205)
Maryna Moroz (115) vs Cristina Stanciu (116)

FS1 Prelims
Nicolas Dalby (171) vs Zak Cummings (170)
Ian Entwistle (135) vs Alejandro Perez (135)
Mairbek Taisumov (154) vs Damir Hadzovic (155)
Filip Pejic (136) vs Damian Stasiak (134)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Robert Whiteford (145) vs Lucas Martins (145)
Jared Cannonier (241) vs Cyril Asker (241)
Alessio Di Chirico (185) vs Bojan Velickovic (183)

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ZAGREB is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Results from Haiti

By Robert Coster
Photos: Aladin Jean-Louis

Local Haitian idol WBA#7 Evens Pierre (26-1, 17 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin lightweight title by winning a near shutout decision over game but outclassed Tomas Mendez (21-7, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Pierre battered Mendez throughout the scheduled eleven rounds, but the gritty Dominican challenger fought until the final bell. Pierre gave his local fans much to cheer about with his speed, bolo punches and showmanship that just befuddled his opponent.

Pierre’s promoter Jacques Deschamps said “I am happy with Evens’ performance, combining skill and agression. We will be looking for Evens to challenge for a world title shot this year and hopefully it could be held in Haiti which would be a first for the country.”

A ten second bell count was done in honor of Gilberto Mendoza Senior. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Martin: I’m going to make his a– hit that canvas real hard

Photo: Matchroom Sport

Photo: Matchroom Sport


Unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) will be about a 5:1 underdog when he defends his title against undefeated British Olympic hero Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) in what is sure to be a hostile O2 Arena in London.

“I don’t know how the fans will react to me knocking him out,” says Martin, “but that’s what is going to happen. I don’t know how the fans in London will react, but I can only be myself. I’m world champion, but a lot of people don’t know me. After I knock him out we’ll see where that goes.

“I’m not going to go in there respecting anybody’s power. He’s going to have to respect me and my power and deal with me and my tools. I don’t care what he’s bringing to the table…I don’t think about where he’s been. All I care about is where he’s going. I don’t care if he’s been in deep water before, or how many rounds he’s been. I want him to remember the word ‘timber’ because I’m going to make his ass hit that canvas real hard.”

Showtime will televise live in the USA.



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Abraham: Ramirez is my door opener

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


By Karl Freitag

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) has been a world champion off and on for the better part of the last decade. Although he’ll be a slight underdog tonight, rather than a changing of the guard, the 36-year-old German sees his fight against unbeaten 24-year-old mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez as an opportunity.

“I’ve [still] got goals in my career,” said Abraham this week. “One goal is the victory against Ramirez. I’ll be the first German to win a world championship fight here [in Las Vegas]. After this, I’d like more big fights in the United States. Ramirez is my door opener. He will not get my belt. This will be my best fight!”

Abraham-Ramirez will be the co-feature on tonight’s Pacquiao-Bradley PPV telecast at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.



April 9th, 2016

UFC

Dos Santos takes happy approach to big fight

A few days before a pivotal fight in his career, one that may determine whether he remains in the heavyweight title picture or tumbles down the top ten, Junior Dos Santos is still smiling. There is no mean mugging described as “focus,” no shutting off of the media covering his Sunday main event in Zagreb, Croatia against Ben Rothwell . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ZAGREB is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Tanaka renounces WBO 105lb belt, meets #9 Patilano in May

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten 20-year-old Japanese enfant terrible, WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3 KOs) announced he’ll relinquish his world belt to move up to the 108-pound category on Thursday in Nagoya, Japan. His manager/promoter and ex-WBC 122-pound titlist Kiyoshi Hatanaka also disclosed that Tanaka will face IBF #9 junior flyweight Rene Patilano (15-1-2, 7 KOs), from Philippines, in Nagoya on May 28. Tanaka, who acquired the world belt in his only fifth pro bout last May, wishes to face WBO junior flyweight ruler Donnie Nietes in quest of his 108-pound throne in the near future.



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic Gold Medalist Murata to fight in Hong Kong

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Joe Koizumi

2012 Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight category, WBC #5/IBF #4/WBO #7/WBA #10 Ryota Murata (9-0, 6 KOs), will participate in his tenth professional bout against Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds in Hong Kong on May 14.

Teiken Promotions announced it on Thursday, and also disclosed that Murata would appear in Los Angles in July. Having improved steadily, Murata, a 30-year-old six footer, is gunning for a world title shot in the near future.



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from New York City

Latasha Burton 159.8 vs. Alicia Napoleon 155
Romarick Ngoula 225.2 vs. Glenn Thomas 227.8
Jose Gonzalez 125.2 vs. Jaxel Marrero 125.4
Malik Jackson 148.6 vs. Peter Dobson 148.6
Rex Jackson 128.6 vs. Jude Franklin 128
Villi Bello 159.6 vs. Michael LeMelle 158.6
Malik Joe 153.6 vs. Matthew Armstrong 152.4
Natalie Gonzalez 108.8 vs. Rachel Sazoff 108

Venue: Five Star Banquet Hall, Long Island City
Promoter: Uprising Promotions
First bell: 7:30 P.M.



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Yamanaka awarded WBC Hublot watch for ten successful defenses

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBC bantamweight champion, unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka was awarded a gorgeous Hublot watch as a token of his ten successful defenses by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman en route to his Asian trip on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The celebrating conference took place at the office of the Japan Boxing Commission before the JBC executive and our press people in attendance. Yamanaka said, “I wished to acquire the WBC green belt since I was a junior high school student. Having kept my belt ten times, I am very happy to have such citations and prizes from the WBC.” The president praised Yamanaka’s achievements, saying, “Yamanaka has defeated all leading available contenders so far and will be eligible to fight in any unification bout with another champion or move up to the higher category. Whatever way he may go, the WBC will support his future as the honor of our organization.” (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Petalcorin looks sharp in sparring

Team Maniatis

Team Maniatis


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #1 108-pounder Randy Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18 KOs) is in Australia for his April 15 showdown against Omari Kimweri (15-3, 8 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion in Melbourne. Petalcorin’s last ring appearance was in April 2015 when he stopped Yi Ming Ma to capture the WBA interim light flyweight title. Tanzania-born Kimweri is coming off a ten round decision victory over Michael Camelion in February. Randy arrived a week ago and staying at manager Peter Maniatis’ house with his coach Renie Gabawa. (more…)



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Springfield, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions card at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Gerome Quigley 152 vs. Dennis Sharpe 156
Drayvontay Speed-Rawls 142 vs. Benjamin Olinga 138
Cobia Breedy 129 vs. Stephon McIntyre 131
Francisco Bustos 160 vs. Darryl Watkins 163
Marq Johns 124 vs. Alan Beeman 128
Yurii Polischuk 146 vs. Dustin Caplinger 154
Nick Kisner 199 vs. Dan Shull 197
Colby Madison 233 vs. Dominique Barnes 225
Stevie Weimer 146 vs. Joseph Figueroa 155
Ian Green 162 vs. Gundrick King 162
Zsolt Daranyi, Jr. 153 vs. Marqus Jackson 151
Matthew Griego 111 vs. Jordan Simmons 111



April 9th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Veracruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Tomás Rojas 125.85 vs Prosper Ankrah 125.4
(WBC regional featherweight title)

Juan Hernández 114.85 vs Luis Carrillo 113.3
Eduardo Hernández 129.8 vs Devis Perez 127.6
Yessica Nery 107.6 vs Anely Hernández 108.9

Venue: Auditorio Benito Juarez, Veracruz, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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Weights from Pittsburgh, PA

Tommy Karpency 174.6 vs. Paul Gonsalves 175
(WBA NABA-US light heavyweight title)
Jeremiah Karpency 225 vs. Mike Sheppard 224.3
(WBA NABA-US heavyweight title)
Dan Karpency 154.9 vs. Ltorie Woodberry (weight pending)
Anthony Taylor 114.3 vs. Antonio Coniglario 118.1
Boubacar Sylla 144.1 vs. Bobby Watson 145

Venue: Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pittsburgh
Promoter: Matt McGovern
Tickets: $100, $50, $25. Doors open at 6PM, and first bell is at 7PM



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Pacquiao, Bradley, Abraham, Ramirez make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao 145.5 vs. Timothy Bradley 146.5

Arthur Abraham 168 vs. Gilberto Ramirez 168
(WBO super middleweight title)

Oscar Valdez 125.5 vs. Evgeny Gradovich 126
Jose Carlos Ramirez 138 vs. Manuel Perez 137.5

Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 171
Konstantin Ponamarev 147 vs. Brad Solomon 148.5 *2 hours to make weight.
Egidijus Kavauliauskas 146.5 vs. Deniz Ilbay 146
Leon Bauer 165.5 vs. Ilshat Khusnulgatin 167
Devin Haney 130 vs. Rafael Vasquez 132.5

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO PPV

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Weights from Salem, New Hampshire

Alexis Santos 218.6 vs. Daniel Martz 242.8
(Vacant IBO International heavyweight title)
Luis Orlando Del Valle 126 vs. Josh Crespo 125.6
Borngod Washington 168 vs. Russell Lamour 165.8
Greg Thomas 161.8 vs. Jaba Khositashvili 166.6
Jason Kelly 156 vs. Casey Kramlich 155.2
Joseph Perez 144 vs. Paul DeSouza TBD

Venue: Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment



April 8th, 2016

Boxing News

Gassiev-Shimmell clash in IBF eliminator

Unbeaten cruiserweight Murat “Iron” Gassiev (22-0, 16 KOs) takes on Jordan Shimmell (20-1, 16 KOs) in a twelve-round IBF eliminator on May 17 at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. The Gassiev-Shimmell winner will be in line to face the winner of the unification bout between Ramirez and WBA king Denis Lebedev also taking place in May.

The card will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 and Boxeo De Campeones on Fox Deportes.

The telecast also features an eight-round heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Wes Nofire (19-0, 15 KOs) and former title challenger and Minnesota-native Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (31-9, 29 KOs), plus hometown prospect Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight affair against Olympic Bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs).



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