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A pair of newly announced matchups come to primetime network television on Saturday, February 25 as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) meet in a 12-round world title eliminator and Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) takes on undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight showdown on FOX and FOX Deportes.
Televised coverage at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama is headlined by undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk.
A pair of newly announced matchups come to primetime network television on Saturday, February 25 as rising super welterweight contenders …
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World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is back training in Southern California and looking forward to another big year in 2017. After winning his first world championship in 2016 the former Mexican Olympian is working hard to maintain the belt he worked so hard to get.
“Everyone in boxing always says that is easier to become a world champion then to remain one. So I know that I will have to work harder to keep it and that what intent to do in 2017,” said Valdez, as he began his training two weeks ago in Carson, California.
Valdez from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico is back at work with Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso at the Rock Gym, alongside of new world champion Jessie Magdaleno and Olympic medalist Michael Conlan among others in the Robles expanding roster of boxers. (more…)
Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is back training in Southern California and looking forward …
On Sunday at the Studio City Casino in Macao, China, Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (32-4, 19 KOs), of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, will attempt to win his second world championship by challenging Cavite City, Philippines’ IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (25-1-1, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds. The former interim WBA Light Flyweight Champion Rodriguez says he’s determined to get back where he belongs in boxing.
“I took two years off of boxing and missed being a champion. I came back last year on a mission to win another title and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Rodriguez. “Nothing can stop me. When I am given the proper time to prepare, I am one of the world’s best. That is what I will show against Ancajas.”
The southpaw Ancajas won his title in September of last year with a unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo. The fight against Rodriguez will be his first defense. (more…)
On Sunday at the Studio City Casino in Macao, China, Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (32-4, 19 KOs), of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, …
WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla held a press conference on Tuesday in Manchester, England, to formally announce their upcoming rematch on March 25 live on SHOWTIME from Manchester Arena. Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) narrowly outpointed defending champion Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) last September in a thrilling battle in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester.
The WBC has mandated that the winner of Linares-Crolla II must face the winner of this Saturday’s matchup between WBC lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin and undefeated two-division titlist Mikey Garcia.
Jorge Linares: “I wasn’t supposed to win the first fight, but I’m glad I did so I can come back and do it again. The belts mean so much to me and my country, and I am going to work very hard to make sure that I take them home again.”
Anthony Crolla: “I want the belt back, simple. Fighting for these prizes in front of us is huge. I’m so lucky to have a second chance and it’s one I have to take…I am better in rematches and I’m locking myself away to work harder and smarter to make sure these belts stay here.”
WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla held a press conference on Tuesday in Manchester, England, …
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico returns to battle against cross-town rival and former world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona (20-3-5, 8 KOs) on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. Cuadras vs. Carmona, scheduled for ten rounds, will be featured on the televised undercard of the clash between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA middleweight champion and mandatory challenger Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs).
“I wanted a rematch with Roman Gonzalez but right now my sole focus is on Carmona, we’ve known each other for many years and there is a true rivalry between us,” said Cuadras. “I’m looking forward to settling it in the ring at Madison Square Garden, the home of so many classic battles and in front of the great Mexican boxing fans in New York City and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is also fighting on the card.
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico returns to …
WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round matchup that serves as the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender “Sir” Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados.
WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, …
On January 29, at Cotai Arena-Venetian Resort in Macau, Carlos Takam will challenge Marcin Rekowski for the vacant IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. Takam is already in Macau with OPI President Salvatore Cherchi, Christian Cherchi, manager/trainer Joseph Germain and assistant trainer Ammar Sakraoui. It’s a huge opportunity for Takam, who is ranked IBF #5. He is coming from a close loss on points to Joseph Parker (115-113, 116-112 and 116-112) on May 21, 2016 in New Zealand. Takam performed well against Parker, who was taller (6’4” against 6’1” ½) , eleven years younger, undefeated and fighting at home. Parker is now WBO world heavyweight champion. (more…)
On January 29, at Cotai Arena-Venetian Resort in Macau, Carlos Takam will challenge Marcin Rekowski for the vacant IBF Intercontinental …
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
File Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
In Philadelphia boxing circles, 2016 will be known as the “Year of the Rookie”. With more than twenty new Philly-area fighters turning pro during the year – newbies ranging from the average to the elite – our local pool of talent was infused with new blood like never before.
Leading this pack was switch-hitting welterweight, Jaron “Boots” Ennis, a boxer-puncher from one of Philly’s royal fighting families, who, in his first eight fights (8-0, 7 KOs), has exceeded the high expectations pinned on him after his excellent amateur career. Ennis fought frequently and impressively since his April debut, and set the bar high for all of the other young prospects.
On Saturday night, Ennis will kick off his sophomore season at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, headlining an eight-bout card promoted by Chris Middendorf’s Victory Boxing Promotions. The six-rounder is Ennis’ first main event, a fitting early honor for the top rookie in Philadelphia. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com File Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com In Philadelphia boxing circles, 2016 will be …
Both defending WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin and challenger Melvin Jerusalem made weight for Wednesday’s world title fight in Phitsanuloke, Thailand.
Both weighed at exactly 105 lbs. during the official weigh-in held today at the Ruanpae Hotel.
Both defending WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin and challenger Melvin Jerusalem made weight for Wednesday’s world title fight in Phitsanuloke, …
WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) held court in front of a huge crowd of Nicaraguan media before heading to Costa Rica for training camp in preparations to defend his title against mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs) of Thailand on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. Chocolatito is the first four-division world champion in the Nicaragua’s history.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: “Sor Rungvisai is a fighter very tough fighter who wants my title. His fighting style suits me however I have to be careful because of his power. I have all the tools to beat him. He has power but not much else but I also have to watch for possible head-butts.”
“With the passing of my longtime trainer Arnulfo Obando, my head trainer will now be my father Luis Gonzalez and also in my corner will be Wilmer Hernandez. They were both assistants to Arnulfo throughout my career.”
Manager Carlos Blandon: “We are very excited to start training in Costa Rica on Monday (January 23). Hopefully we will have the same excellent result we did when we trained there for McWilliams Arroyo. Right now it’s snowing and cold in Big Bear and we feel it’s better for Roman to train in Costa Rica where it is warmer, although in Big Bear was where Roman had one of his best training camps before the Carlos Cuadras fight.”
WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) held court in front of a huge crowd of Nicaraguan …
Another big signing for Ringstar Sports. The company headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has inked 24-year-old 2016 Olympian super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka of France.
“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome our first Olympic gold medalist, Tony Yoka, to Ringstar,” said Schaefer. “Tony’s skills in the ring speak for themselves and combined with his tremendous charisma, he will transcend boxing and become a global superstar and ambassador for our sport in short order. I am pleased to work with Tony and his team to make his dream of becoming the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World a reality.”
The 6’7 Yoka will be trained by Virgil Hunter and his first fight will take place in mid-May in France.
Another big signing for Ringstar Sports. The company headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has inked 24-year-old 2016 …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former world IBO champion Ali Funeka who lost inside the distance to WBO #2 Jeff Horn last December has warned future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao not to underestimate the Brisbane schoolteacher when they clash over twelve rounds with the WBO welterweight title up for grabs on April 23 at a location yet to be determined but the fight will be most likely in Australia.
“I had watched his video footage and I was confident that he would not be a problem,” Funeka said. “But wait until you get into the ring with him and you will be surprised how awkward he is. He budged in with his head and rammed me with it on my left eye. After that, I was dizzy for the entire fight! (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world IBO champion Ali Funeka who lost inside the distance to WBO …
Looks like the big Kell Brook-Amir Khan grudge match is dead in the water. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports that the Khan camp rejected an equal split. “We feel this fight is easy to make with a straight 50-50 split, but Khan’s team felt Kell didn’t deserve anywhere near 50-50,” said Hearn.
On Twitter, Hearn stated they don’t want the fight at 70-30. Khan responded, “Eddie I’m the A side and you and kell know he will make more than he did against GGG. Don’t you agree?”
Looks like the big Kell Brook-Amir Khan grudge match is dead in the water. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky …
First Lady Promotions has postponed the highly anticipated battle between undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (29-0, 8 KOs) and mandatory challenger Klara Svensson (17-1-0, 5 KOs) scheduled for this Saturday, January 28 to the new date of Friday, February 24. Braekhus, holder of the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Titles has been hit with the flu which will require a period of rest before the resumption of a full training schedule. The entire event, planned for another sold-out night at the Oslo Spektrum, will now take place on Friday, February 24 with all tickets being honored for the new date.
Through Braekhus’ extensive lobbying work over the last several years, Norway lifted their 33-year ban on professional boxing in 2015. On October 1, 2016, Braekhus was finally able to fight in her home country, knocking out Anne Sophie Mathis in the second round, a national event that captivated the entire country.
First Lady Promotions has postponed the highly anticipated battle between undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (29-0, 8 KOs) and …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former Australian Golden Gloves champion Tim Tszyu (1-0) will clash with Mark Dalby (4-12) over six rounds in a middleweight bout at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, South Australia on February 3 on the undercard of the Danny Green vs. Anthony Mundine.
The 22-year-old Tszyu, son of boxing great Kostya Tszyu, made his professional debut last month when he outpointed Zorran Cassidy over six in Sydney after a successful amateur career of (33-1) with his only loss to Aussie 2016 Brazil Olympic middleweight representative Daniel Lewis. Dalby, 38, suffered stoppage losses to Ben Capps and former world rated Gunnar Jackson in 2016. The card will be televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable television network on pay-per-view.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former Australian Golden Gloves champion Tim Tszyu (1-0) will clash with Mark Dalby …
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (22-20-3, 7 KOs) punctuated an entertaining middleweight fight, stopping San Francisco’s Ricardo Pinell (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in the tenth and final round of what up to that point had been a closely contested battle on Friday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. A right uppercut midway through the last round left Pinell wobbly, prompting his corner to step up onto the ring apron, calling an end to the contest. The bout served as the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ 109th installment of the long-running “Battle at the Boat” Series. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Mike Blair Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (22-20-3, 7 KOs) punctuated an entertaining middleweight fight, stopping …
Photo: Top Rank
Erick De León wants to begin the New Year the same way he finished 2016 — with a spectacular knockout. The unbeaten Mexican prospect will try to extend — to four — his knockout streak, this Friday, January 27, on the first ‘Solo Boxeo’ card of 2017.
De León (14-0, 8 KO’s), who was born in México, but now resides in Detroit, Michigan, will risk his undefeated record against José Salinas (10-2-1, 5 KO’s), of Las Cruces, Nuevo México, on a eight-round battle in the super featherweight division that will be the main event of the card that will be presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing at the Sportsmen’s Loge in Studio City, California.
“We will start the year very motivated. I always come well prepared for each fight and I’m very focused for this one. With each fight that passes I feel better and stronger,” said De Leon, who trains at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy. “My opponent (Salinas) is strong and tough. He will come to fight, but I’m ready to give the best of me. I will go for the knockout. I know what I have to do,” added the prospect that won all his 2016 fights by way of knockout. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank Erick De León wants to begin the New Year the same way he finished 2016 — with …
By Dwjuan Frazier
Photos: Bob Ryder
No one complained that the two main events were short. The Lions of Detroit may be dead, but boxing was able to give Detroit fans something to cheer about on Sunday night at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit.
Dmitry Salita took up the challenge with another installation of his “Detroit Brawl” series on Sunday night at the Masonic temple downtown, which played host to the series’ best attended show. The card consisted of ten bouts, with a mix of four, six, and eight round fights. (more…)
By Dwjuan Frazier Photos: Bob Ryder No one complained that the two main events were short. The Lions of Detroit …
As the boxing world prepares to witness the epic WBC Super Featherweight clash between Mexican warriors Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) and Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs), Golden Boy Promotions has announced a stacked undercard coming back in to action on Saturday, January 28 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Topping the non-televised portion of the card that will be live streamed and making his first return to the ring since defeating Eamonn O’Kane on the undercard of Golovkin vs. Lemieux at Madison Square Garden in 2015, #1 IBF middleweight Tureano Johnson (19-1, 13 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas will meet Tijuana, Mexico’s Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (21-2-1, 9 KOs) in the ring for a 10-round bout.
Fighting for the first time in 2017 since a unanimous decision victory on the undercard of Canelo vs. Smith at AT&T Stadium, welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid” Ali (23-1, 13 KOs) is putting the gloves back on to face tough Tijuana, Mexico’s Jorge “Pantera” Silva (21-12-2, 17 KOs) for a 10 round welterweight clash. (more…)
As the boxing world prepares to witness the epic WBC Super Featherweight clash between Mexican warriors Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas …
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
It was three years ago, precisely on January 16, when my dear father, Jose Sulaiman, went through the path of no return. I would like to dedicate today’s column to remember him and to thank the so many dear friends who have reached out to us expressing much support and joining us in remembering the so many actions which touched, us as his passing in life left an eternal mark in the memory and hearts of many.
There were memorials in Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York City, Juarez, San Luis, and several other locations. On behalf of my mother, brothers and sisters, and the 14 grandchildren, please accept our gratitude.
2017 started with a bang: Badou Jack and James DeGale fought to a draw, Amanda Serrano conquered the WBC Diamond belt and opened the door to television for women’s boxing in the United States, and Immanuwel Aleem conquered the silver middleweight title with an impressive knockout victory over Ievgen Kytrov, the former No. 3 of the division! (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son It was three years ago, precisely on January 16, when my …
Photos: Emily Harney
Boxing returned to Worcester last Thursday for the first time in more than five years to the delight of a capacity crowd of 2,100 passionate fans at the Palladium.
The inaugural event of the “New England’s Future” series, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment, featured 10 action-packed fights, highlighted by rising Worcester featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez (5-0, 5 KOs).
“The support we received from the sold out crowd was exciting for our first show,” said promoter Jose Antonio Rivera, the former 3-time, 2-division world champion. “We working on our second show in March, of course, right here in Worcester.” (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney Boxing returned to Worcester last Thursday for the first time in more than five years to the …
Respected boxing manager, Frank Espinoza has guided the careers of ten world champions, he’s been in the sport for over 25 years and believes this is his best crop of fighters yet.
Leading the way is WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez. “Oscar is ready for the big names in the sport,” Espinoza said from his home base in Los Angeles. “He wants the WBC “Green belt” currently held by Gary Russell. He’s ready or anyone, he’s ready for the winner of Santa Cruz vs Frampton, Lee Shelby or Abner Mares. He knows that to be considered the best, you have to fight the best. He’s looking to be an icon like Julio Cesar Chavez and that not only requires incredible talent and dedication. You also have to be willing to risk it all against the best and that’s what Oscar is willing to do. He’s looking for legend status.”
WBO Super bantamweight champion Jesse Magdaleno, also an Espinoza fighter, defeated former world champion, Nonito Donaire in November. “Jesse looked great. He wants to climb the ladder to all time greatness. He wants to unify the titles and become the undisputed champion. There are many exciting possibilities for him that we’re looking at.” (more…)
Respected boxing manager, Frank Espinoza has guided the careers of ten world champions, he’s been in the sport for over …
On Friday, January 20, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3000+ at the Grand Casino’s Events & Convention Center in Hinckley, Minnesota, WBA #3-, IBF #13- and WBO #5-rated middleweight contender Rob “Bravo” Brant stayed busy and defended his WBA-NABA Middleweight Championship by stopping Detroit’s Alexis Hloros. With a possible title-shot opportunity on the near horizon, the Saint Paul, Minnesota-based Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) wasted no time in dispatching Hloros at 2:33 of the first round. A huge body shot dropped Hloros for a count of nine, but he arose still wincing in pain, and was in no condition to continue.
The event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, also featured GCP’s always exciting super welterweight KO artist Skender Halili. Halili (13-1, 13 KOs) kept his KO percentage at 100% by stopping Wichita’s Romon Barber (7-13, 6 KOs) in the fifth round.
On Friday, January 20, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3000+ at the Grand Casino’s Events & Convention Center …
Golden Boy Promotions in association with ZR Entertainment announced a multi-fight deal with former three-division world champion and Olympic Gold medalist Yuriokis “El Ciclón de Guantánamo” Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs).
“I am looking forward to winning yet another world title, and I know Golden Boy Promotions is the perfect place to help guide me,” Gamboa said. “Though I have recently had some long stretches of inactivity, that stops today, and I will take on anyone, anytime, to achieve my goal of recapturing a championship belt.”
Gamboa will come out of the gate facing Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (24-7, 16 KOs) who was last seen defeating Jason “Star” Velez.
Golden Boy Promotions in association with ZR Entertainment announced a multi-fight deal with former three-division world champion and Olympic Gold …
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) will defend his WBC bantamweight belt against Mexican Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13 KOs), NABF titlsit, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 2. It has been announced by Teiken Promotions today. Yamanaka, making his twelfth defense, said, “I’ll try to show a good performance and defend my belt decisively. I got knocked down in the last two defenses, so I’ll also try to hit without getting hit. I’ll hone my “God’s Left” to display a fine victory.”
On the undercard, Japanese 130-pound champ Kenichi Ogawa, Yamanaka’s stablemate, will face top contender Satoru Sugita with his belt on the line. The fight venue will be Ryogoku Sumo Arena (Kokugikan; national sports arena).
By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) will defend his WBC bantamweight …
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (20-4-1, 13 KOs) will face Japan’s Hajime Nagai (14-7-2, 4 KOs) in the main event on Saturday February 4 at the “Oasis Cancun Arena” at an event presented by Cancun Boxing and Promociones del Pueblo with the broadcast on Televisa Deportes. On that same night, Dante “Crazy” Jardón (30-5, 23 KOs) will expose his WBC International Lightweight Silver belt against Francisco “Paquito” Rojo (18-2, 11 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (20-4-1, 13 KOs) will face Japan’s Hajime Nagai (14-7-2, 4 …
Four titles including an International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Youth super flyweight title fight will be featured in this year’s inaugural boxing presentation by the Sanman Promotions on February 25 at the Trade Hall Convention Center, 3rd floor of the SM General Santos City. “We are starting with a big show and this is just the start. Sanman Promotions is shifting to high gear this year” said Sanman chief executive officer Jim Claude Manangquil.
The card is free to the public. Sanman plans to do around 10 shows this year all over the Philippines including Manila and Cebu.
Sanman kicks off with the “Brawl of the Mall: Rise of the Next Champions” on Feb. 25 featuring the IBF World Youth super flyweight championship between the undefeated Jade Bornea (6 wins, 4 KOs) of Sanman gym and Raul “Vulcan” Yu (9 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws, 8 KOs) of the ALA Stable from Cebu. (more…)
Four titles including an International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Youth super flyweight title fight will be featured in this year’s …
By Jeff Pamungkas
Indonesian hope in the light flyweight division, Tibo Monabesa (15-0- 1, 7 KOs) has grabbed his first international title after defeating the world rated Rene Patilano of the Philippines (currently ranked #24 WBC of the division) in the Jr. Flyweight WBC International Silver title bout at Cendrawasih Sports Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday (1/21). The southpaw Monabesa, now rated No. 22 by WBC and #9 by WBA at Jr. Flyweight division, dominated the aggressive Patilano with his counter punches. The three judges scored the bout 119-112, 116-112, 117-111 all for the home hero, Tibo Monabesa.
“I think we need some few more bouts for Monabesa before competing in the hgher lever of the world. More important thing, Monabesa needs quality sparring partners to boost his skill,” said Armin Tan, the manager and trainer of the bout, as well as the promoter of the event.
Another Indonesian prospect Iwan Zoda (currently IBF youth flyweight champion) will also feature this weekend in West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. Zoda (13-1, 12 KOs) will defend his IBF youth belt against southpaw Robert Onggocan, also from the Philippines (7-1, 3 KOs). Last year Zoda wildly demolished the Hungarian young hard puncher Szilvester Kanalas only in three rounds to grab the IBF youth title. Zoda was named as one of top 5 Asian prospects after defeating the previously undefeated Thai Petchchorhae Kokietgym at his home in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2015 to seize the interim WBO Asia Pacific belt.
By Jeff Pamungkas Indonesian hope in the light flyweight division, Tibo Monabesa (15-0- 1, 7 KOs) has grabbed his first …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBO #2 Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) is confident he has the power to hurt and force a stoppage over boxing legend and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) when they clash on April 23 at a location that has yet to be decided but most likely will be the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia that holds 55,000 fans.
“I know I have the power to hurt Manny,” said Horn to Fox Sports. “He’s been knocked down and he’s been knocked out and I’m a heavy puncher so I believe I have a real chance to bring the world title to Australia.”
Pacquiao suffered a knockout loss to Juan Marquez in 2012 but has since scored impressive victories over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley, Chris Algieri and Jessie Vargas. Manny dropped a twelve round decision to Floyd Mayweather in 2015.
Horn is coming off a stoppage victories over former world champions Ali Funeka in December and Randall Bailey last April.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #2 Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) is confident he has the power …
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Ed Holmes All Star Boxing returned to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California for the Battle of the Rising Stars featuring Southern California’s up and coming talent. Undefeated lightweight Fabian Ocegueda (10-1-1, 5 KO’s) of East L.A. and Ricardo Maldonado (7-6-1, 1 KO) squared off in a rematch in the main event as they fought to a draw the last time they met in the ring. The two started off where they left off the last time as they went toe toe. However in the sixth and final round Ocegueda was tired as Maldonado kept pressing connecting with a huge right hand as Ocegueda went down and got up staggered forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:35 of the final round. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Ed Holmes All Star Boxing returned to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California for the …
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com
Six-time world champion Zab “Super” Judah (43-9, 30 KOs) shook off three years of ring rust with a near perfect second round stoppage of former WBF super featherweight title challenger Jorge Munguia (13-8, 4 KOs) in the eight round welterweight main event on Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey.
In the co-feature of the seven bout professional portion of the ProAm card entitled “Bridge Wars-The Kingdom of Judah” and promoted by Renee Aiken’s Boss Lady Promotions, Derek “Take it to the bank” Webster (22-1, 11 KOs) captured the vacant IBO/USBO super middleweight title with a methodical ten round unanimous decision victory over Thomas Awimbono (25-6-1, 21 KOs).
In the local feature, Trenton’s own former National amateur champ Mike Hilton out brawled veteran Eric George to score a fifth round stoppage it was Hilton’s first scheduled six round contest of his career. Full details and more photos
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com Six-time world champion Zab “Super” Judah (43-9, 30 KOs) shook off …
By Craig Wick at ringside
Warrior’s Boxing presented the next installment of their “Windy City Fight Night” on Saturday night in Chicago, with a seven-bout card at the UIC Pavilion.
In the night’s headliner, undefeated Achour Esho (13-0, 8 KOs) out of nearby Skokie Illinois, took out Chicago’s Anthony Abbruzzese (4-6, 3 KOs) in round three of an eight-round junior middleweight contest. Abbruzzese easily took round one, cranking up left hooks that had Esho and his backers concerned as the round concluded. Round two, however, Esho began backing Abbruzzese up, and suddenly dropped him against the ropes with a left-right combination. Abbruzzese beat the count, but moments later was redeposited on the canvas from a follow-up flurry. Round three saw Esho jumping all over Abbruzzese, dropping him with a left hook and finally, a right uppercut that ended it. Official stoppage was listed at the 58 second mark. With the win, Esho becomes the regional super welterweight champion of the recently launched American Boxing Organization. (more…)
By Craig Wick at ringside Warrior’s Boxing presented the next installment of their “Windy City Fight Night” on Saturday night …
As expected, comebacking Patrick Nielsen (29-1, 14 KOs) and hometown hero Dina Thorslund (8-0, 5 KOs) were victorious on Saturday night at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark. The heavily tattooed and bearded Nielsen, fighting at light heavyweight, won a unanimous decision over Colombian southpaw Bebi Berrocal (17-4, 16 KOs) in a ten-round contest, while Thorslund outscored Xenia Jorenac (7-2, 2 KOs) in a clash for the WBC Youth super bantamweight championship.
Arman Torosyan KO6 Abdul Khattab (middleweight)
Mikkel Nielsen: W6 Leri Tedeev (super welterweight)
Stefan Haertel TKO8 Tomasz Gargula (super middleweight)
Leon Bunn KO2 Przemyslaw Binienda (light heavyweight)
As expected, comebacking Patrick Nielsen (29-1, 14 KOs) and hometown hero Dina Thorslund (8-0, 5 KOs) were victorious on Saturday …
Weights/Photos by Bob Ryder
Lanardo Tyner 141.8 vs Istvan Dernanecz 146.2
James Gordon Smith 119.2 vs Szilveszter Ajtai 117.6
Ja’Rico O’Quinn 117 vs Angel Carvajal 117
Deandre Ware 168.4 vs Juan Rojas-Sanchez 168.4
Junior Wright 228 vs Damon McCreary 272
Alexey Zubov 204.8 vs Andras Csomor 203.6
Ardreal Holmes 155.2 vs Bryan Goldsby 149.8
Larry Ventus 141 vs Jesus Lule 137
Dwayne Ziegler 131.2 vs Charles Clark 130.4
Marcus Carter 272.2 vs Timothy Dunn 302.8
Jacob Bonas 149.4 vs Marcus Wheeler 150.4
Venue: Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Salita Promotions
Matchmaker: Dennis Turner
Doors: 4 PM
First Bout: 5 PM
Tickets at ticketmaster.com or Masonic Temple Box Office
Weights/Photos by Bob Ryder Lanardo Tyner 141.8 vs Istvan Dernanecz 146.2 James Gordon Smith 119.2 vs Szilveszter Ajtai 117.6 Ja’Rico …
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Ross Molovinsky
Beltway Boxing 2016 saw numerous locals make out of town trips in attempts to further their careers. Locals traveled to 18 states and five countries. A few of those trips were made at the highest level of the sport as three Beltway Boxers participated in world title bouts.
On April 16, Gary Russell, Jr. made a successful defense of the WBC Featherweight title scoring a second-round TKO over Patrick Hyland in Mashantucket, CT. Two other locals were unable to capture world titles in their bids. Dominic Wade lost by second-round knockout to Gennady Golovkin for the Unified World Middleweight title on April 23 in Inglewood, CA and Thomas Williams, Jr. lost by fourth-round KO to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title on July 29 in Quebec City, Canada.
Some prospects used road trips very successfully to become contenders. Jarrett Hurd won two nationally-televised contests by knockout in June and November to place himself in the top 10 among super welterweights in the WBA, WBC and IBF. Mike Reed won four times in 2016 and is now ranked sixth by the WBO at super lightweight. Also, Gervonta Davis scored two knockouts to place himself in the top 10 in the IBF at super featherweight and in line for a world title bout in January. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams Photos: Ross Molovinsky Beltway Boxing 2016 saw numerous locals make out of town trips in attempts …