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Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol began Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles with an outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street. Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana showed their skills in the ring and mingled with boxing fans afterward. Also attending were WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Viktor Postol. Fight Week shifts to Las Vegas tomorrow to gear up for Saturday’s HBO-PPV clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE ART OF MATCHMAKING
The key element in boxing has been and will always be matchmaking. As simple as it may sound, it is extremely complex and requires deep knowledge, dedication, passion and most importantly empowerment and ability to make decisions. Who fights who? That’s the key to success for a promotional company. A good match is what every single fan wants to see, whether it’s a four-rounder or a world championship fight.
All promotional companies should have a matchmaker in their staff, a dedicated strategist to bring ideas and plans to the decision makers. Unfortunately, today’s reality is that there is a crisis in matchmaking all around the world.
Most boxing fight cards are put together to protect the company’s fighters, to build records and to position them to jump at the first world title opportunity. One can look at the bout sheet and know which fighter will win on 90% of the fights. It’s just a matter of how it will happen? This is bad for boxing as fans don’t get to experience the greatness of the sport, but most importantly, it’s dangerous for the fighters. A mismatch increases the risk of injury. (more…)
By Bryce Wilson
The pads get hit in a rhythmic fashion and the focus looks to be on point while the air is punctuated with laughter in between the dull thud of leather hitting leather. In short it’s a happy camp, but then it always is when Joseph Parker is training. With Izu Ugonoh returning to the team and Parker’s assignment with Carlos Takam now complete, securing his mandatory IBF challenger spot in the process, the energy in the room seems that little bit lighter. Not that Parker is taking his next assignment lightly. Solomon Haumono may be a heavy, heavy underdog but the one thing he can do is punch especially with a pulverizing overhand right, a shot that his team will have noted, other fighters have found a home for against Parker in the past. The sport is after all, littered with fights where heavier underdogs than Haumono have prevailed.
The recurring theme that comes back during the pad session is just how much fresher Parker feels with what has turned out to be a radically shorter camp than the one used to prepare for Takam, five weeks as opposed to twelve. So good has it been that trainer Kevin Barry rates it as just about the best five weeks he has ever had since Parker has been under his tutelage. It’s something that Joseph readily agrees with.
“Yeah it’s been a great camp. Short, but I feel super sharp and ready. I feel like this camp was a lot better than the previous one, I feel like my body adapts better to the shorter timeframes.” (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
Former AIBA vice-president Rudel Obreja was the first high official in amateur boxing to speak openly about corruption. He held a surprise press conference during Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he told the journalists about the alleged manipulation of the judges’ draws for the Olympic tournament bouts by AIBA executive director Ho Kim. The Romanian was the technical delegate of the event and saw everything first-hand.
A former Olympian himself, Obreja was immediately suspended for his actions in Beijing, lost his vice-president status and few years later was forced to resign as the president of Romanian Boxing Federation. Eight years after the events in the Olympics, Obreja told us more about what exactly happened behind the curtain during the most prestigious sport forum on the planet.
Mr. Obreja, going back to Beijing Olympics you were appointed as a technical delegate of the tournament. How the judges were fixed by Ho Kim who was the right hand of AIBA president Wu during those times?
During Beijing 2008, a new (at that time) electronic system was operating. Referees and Judges (R/J) should have been designated randomly with precise criteria according to AIBA Rules. Ho Kim has lead a group who were changing one, two or three of them according to their interest/needs. In simple and obvious manner, official sheets were issued electronically and they were cutting with a pencil the name(s), writing down new one(s). This could be checked. Documents/sheets should be at the AIBA. This was happening from the table where computers were drawing the names for each bout, to the Technical Delegates (TD) table. I was number one TD, Terry Smith, Wales, the second. Both of us were supposed to approve with our signature. (more…)
Tickets for the Septeber 17 Canelo vs. Smith clash at AT&T Stadium in Dallas will go on sale Thursday (July 21) at 1PM ET/10AM PT and are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, $85, $50 and $40 with a total ticket limit of 8 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally, walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office.
Given the recent tragedy that struck the Dallas Police and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officers, Golden Boy Promotions and the Dallas Cowboys have pledged to donate a percentage of proceeds to a charity of the Dallas Police Department and DART’s choosing.
AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will give a big Texas welcome to former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) as it hosts their world championship showdown on Saturday, September 17. It will be the third boxing card ever held at AT&T Stadium. Manny Pacquiao twice headlined in the 80,000-seat venue against Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito back in 2010.
Canelo and Smith will launch a two-city press tour today with a press conference at AT&T Stadium. They will then head to London, England for a press conference on July 20.
“Texas loves Canelo, and Canelo loves Texas so it was a no-brainer to have this fight at AT&T Stadium,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Texas is like Canelo’s second home, and he has stated that he wants to fight in Texas once a year for his fans. My friend Jerry Jones extended the invitation to Canelo to fight at AT&T Stadium so it was an easy decision for us.”
By Raymond Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2,21KO’s) will clash with IBF #1 Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) on Thursday at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand over twelve rounds with the WBO Oriental and OPBF titles up for grabs. Haumono has been training with Justin Fortune in Los Angeles for the past six weeks and is in the best shape of his career. Haumono talked to Fightnews.com to say he’s confident he’ll upset Joseph Parker on Thursday.
By Robert Coster
Dominican jr bantamweight, WBA #4 rated Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (24-8-4, 12 KOs) gave a display of his boxing skills in Santo Domingo on Saturday night, cruising to a near shutout ten round decision over Renson Robles (7-2, 3 KOs) of Venezuela. The colorful and popular”Meneito” (the one who wiggles) again called on WBA world champion Kohei Kono to face him in a rematch. In December of 2014, Jimenez and Kono fought a controversial draw in the champion’s homeland of Japan.
In other fights, unheralded Venezuelan featherweight Luis Nino (7-4,6 KOs) stunned the local crowd with a dramatic first round knockout of favored Daniel Ramirez (30-2, 26 KOs). Ramirez, whose record seems padded, scored a knockdown and then recklessly rushed in for the kill. That is when Nino caught him with a beautifully timed southpaw right cross. Ramirez crashed on his back to the mat for the full count. (more…)
By Dwjuan Frazier at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
Andy Ruiz can punch. WBO #5, IBF #5, WBC #7-rated and current NABF heavyweight champion Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, remained undefeated with a three round destruction of Josh Gormley, Miami, Florida, in the main event of Dmitry Salita/Salita Promotions’ show “Detroit Brawl” on Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. Dennis Turner served as matchmaker for the card. On paper, one would think that they would be in for a competitive fight, with Gormley coming in with a record of 22-4, 21 KOs. It was just the opposite. Ruiz dominated the 41-year-old Gormley from the start with a combination of adept footwork, speed and thunderous strikes to the body and head. While Ruiz was making a punching bag out of Gormley, reportedly the grandson of ring legend Jack Dempsey, Gormley didn’t throw one power punch. Ruiz scored several knockdowns before the referee decided to stop the match at 1:42 of the third round.
In attendance was Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, 17-0-1, 15 KOs, Brooklyn, New York, who made it clear that he wanted to be Ruiz’s next opponent. The two engaged in a face off following Ruiz’s victory. Miller did most of the talking, saying that he was unimpressed with the fight Ruiz had just had and that he would knock him out. Hopefully their camps can work with each other to make it happen. Miller’s next fight will be August 19th on ShoBox against Fred Kassi. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got the win over Chris Arreola, but didn’t come away unscathed. It’s believed that “The Bronze Bomber” suffered a broken right hand and a possible torn bicep, which could keep him out of action for an extended period.
“Wilder will be taken to a local hospital tonight, and will be seeing a specialist this week to assess the damage to his right hand and right bicep muscle,” said promoter Lou DiBella.
The champion wasn’t exactly sure when the injuries occurred. “It was early – the third or the fourth round,” said Wilder. “It was from an (awkward) punch. I hurt the hand first, and then the bicep…look at my hand, this thing hurts!”
On fighting for four rounds with primarily one arm, Wilder stated, “If I have one hand or two hands, you can’t deny that I’m the best in the world. I’m going to still give it to you whether I have one hand or two hands. I won’t stop. As a champion it’s my duty to keep going no matter what I’m going through. Pain ain’t nothing to me. I got a high tolerance on pain. When you’re dealing with fights, it’s not over until it’s over. Whoever fights me they have to be ready. They just can’t come in and think they’re going to bully me or think they’re going to out-tough me or think they’re going to out-punch me, because there ain’t no out-bullying, there ain’t no out-toughing, there ain’t no out-punching, because I’m the heavyweight champion of the world. That means a lot to me…it was very satisfying to punish a guy like Chris Arreola. I straight punished him. I didn’t get my knockout like I want, but it was a knockout. I’ll take that on my record. I still advanced to 37-0 with 36 KOs.”
After a busy boxing weekend, knockout of the week honors go to late sub Sergio Frias (18-6-2, 9 KOs), who spectacularly knocked out former world champion Vic Darchinyan (42-9-1, 31 KOs) in the second round (2:45) of their junior featherweight bout on Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama. A right hand out of nowhere by Frias LAID OUT the 40-year-old “Raging Bull.”
Vic Darchinyan: “It was the first time that I’ve been knocked out in my 25 years of boxing. He just caught me. I think it was a counter right hand. I know I threw a punch and he just caught me. I can’t believe that happened.”
Sergio Frias: “He’s not a technically sound boxer, so I knew if I just stuck with technique and boxed him that I would catch him. I wanted to land the right hand, but I wanted to be careful because he has a lot of power. I wasn’t really looking to land that particular punch, but I did, and I ended it.”
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol — will begin in Los Angeles TODAY with a free outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19. Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star Piolín, who will host the entire event.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana will show their skills in the ring begining at 2:00 p.m. PT and will meet and greet fans afterward. Also attending will be WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Viktor Postol and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who will all be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. (more…)
Unbeaten flyweight Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan completely dominated former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-6-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines on Sunday at the Millennium Seoul Hilton, Grand Ballroom Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. It was huge step up in class for Waseem ,where he nearly shut out Oliva over 12 rounds to claim the WBC “silver” title. The official judges scores were 120-112 twice and 119-113. It was recently announced that WBC flyweight champion Ramon Gonzalez is moving up to challenge WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras September 10th. This news is of major interest to Waseem’s promoter Andy Kim of AK Promotions. “Huge win today for Waseem. I am very proud and happy for him. We are a step closer to our goal of him becoming a world champion. We definitely want to be in that world title mix should Gonzalez vacate,” said Kim.
Photos courtesy Nikki Adler/SES Boxing
Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a twelve round majority decision over WBA #12/WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-3-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany. It was a close, fast-paced fight. In the most defining moment, Krasnigi badly staggered Doberstein in round eleven but the local favorite didn’t go down and battled hard until the end. Scores were 116-113, 116-111, 114-114. Krasniqi claimed Doerstein’s WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt with the win.
Robin Krasniqi: “It was mega-hard, great respect to my opponent Jürgen Doberstein. But, now I’m back!”
Jürgen Doberstein: “Congratulations to Robin Krasniqi. I’m disappointed! But, for this great fight I don’t want to say anything about my performance until we analyze the video.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC female super middleweight champion Nikki Adler (15-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended her title against #4 rated Elene Sikmashvili (8-2, 4 KOs) with a ninth round KO. Adler’s right to Elene’s chin ended the fight. (more…)
By Doug Gibson
At the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah, Saturday night, Jose Haro, 13-1-1, West Jordan, Utah, won the American Boxing Association featherweight title with a fourth-round KO over Tijuana’s Sergio Najera. A body shot felled Najera for the count.
In the co-main event, local cruiserweight Jesse West, 8-1, scored his biggest win with a decisive 6 round decision over Anthony Johnson, 8-1, of San Jose, Calif.
In four-round bouts, welterweight Larry Gomez, 5-0, stopped LJ Shulz in round one; middleweights Tim Carroll and Enrique O’Jada, drew; welterweight Justin Morales stopped Gabe Pelayo in round two; and middleweights Michael Gomez and Robby Wyatt drew.
A trio of Allentown, Pa. boxers had successful scheduled four-round pro debuts with Juan Sanchez, 122 pounds, stopping Richard Morales in two, Martino Jules, 126 pounds, outpointing Javier Cepeda, and 130 pounder Hector Bayanilla stopping Jair Nava in round three.
Several hundred packed a ballroom at the Davis Conference Center. Imperial Promotions was the promoter.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC female light flyweight champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (26-5, 11 KOs) stopped Keisher “Fire” McLeod (8-3, 1 KO) from Brooklyn, NY, in round seven to retain her title on Saturday night at the Palenque del Recinto Ferial in Metepec, Mexico.
In other action, lightweight Edgar “Chananon” Puerta (24-8-1, 19 KOs) ended a four-fight losing streak with an upset ten round majority decision over former WBA interim super featherweight champion Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (20-6-1, 9 KOs).
Also, super featherweight Salvador Sanchez II (30-7-3, 18 KOs), nephew of Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sanchez, was KO’d in the first round by Gerardo Serrano (3-2, 1 KO). It was Sanchez first fight in over three years. photos
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Andy Ruiz Jr had too much in the way of speed and power for Josh Gormley in the main event of Salita Promotions’ Detroit Brawl on Saturday night scoring three knockdowns en route to a TKO 3 victory. Gormley (22-5, 21 KOs) was game and exchanged freely with the world ranked Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) but took lots of punishment causing referee Frank Garza to finally call a halt at 1:42 of the round.
Full report with photos to follow.
Photo: Bob Ryder
WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (29-1, 26 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round KO over WBO #2 rated challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-3, 41 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Soraya Jimenez in Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico. In round four, Berchelt dropped Piriyapinyo with a left hand. Piriyapinyo beat the count, but Berchelt battered him to the deck again for the count. Time was 2:59.
In the co-feature, WBA female champion Anabel “La Avispa” Ortiz (22-3, 4 KOs) outpointed Kareli López (9-7-3, 2 KOs) over eight in a non-title bout. Scores were 77-75, 78-74, 78-74.
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) will take on David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday, August 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The fight will headline a Spike TV telecast. The tripleheader also features all-action slugger Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) taking on Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against Steve Martinez (16-2, 13 KOs).
Photos: Michael Der / Top Rank
Lightweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (22-0, 6 KOs) of Austin, Texas, remained unbeaten with a fifth round TKO over Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KOs) of Chile on Saturday night at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Paredes was credited with a knockdown in round two when he cuffed Ramos around the neck and threw him down. In round three, Paredes turned away after a headbutt and was promptly knocked down by Ramos. Ramos pummeled Paredes after that, and Paredes finally turned away in round five prompting a referee’s stoppage. Time was :58.
Unbeaten super middleweight Ulises Sierra (10-0-2, 6 KOs), of San Diego, needed just 28 seconds to demolish local favorite Jose Hernandez (12-2-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the California State 168lb title. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Ryan Hafey/Jordan Hardy/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) retained his title with an eighth round TKO over Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder dropped Arreola in round four, then staggered him badly at the bell. Wilder apparently injured his right hand and used it sparingly after that. Wilder continued to punish Arreola with the left hand and had “The Nightmare” staggering back to his stool after round seven. Arreola’s corner finally stopped the beating at the conclusion of round eight. After the fight, Wilder said he broke his right hand and also suffered a torn right bicep. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBA super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round majority draw against Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. De Carolis bloodied Zeuge’s nose in round one, but it was an even fight midway, then the superbly conditioned De Carolis seemingly pulled away slightly. Zeuge injured his left shoulder at the end of round ten. De Carolis knew it and poured on the pressure in round eleven. Both gave it their all in round twelve. Scores were 114-114, 115-114 Zeuge, 115-115.
Former middleweight and super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) got back in the win column after losing his WBO title to Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez last April. “King Arthur” scored an eighth round TKO over little known Norwegian Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-2, 8 KOs). After rocking Lihaug in rounds five and seven, Abraham dropped Lihaug in round eight and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:09. Abraham claimed the vacant WBO International title.
WBO female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (25-1, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of Ikram Kerwat (6-1, 5 KOs).
Middleweight Anthony Ogogo (11-0, 7 KOs) stopped journeyman Bronislav Kubin (19-21-12 KOs) in round two.
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBA super bantamweight “super” champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) retained his title with a second round TKO over Jazza Dickens (22-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales. After an uneventful round one, Rigondeaux connected with a big left hand that shattered Dickens’ jaw in round two. The fighters then went about two minutes without throwing a punch. The fight was stopped in Dickens’ corner after the round.
“I ripped his jaw out,” proclaimed Rigondeaux after the fight. “All those guys that want their jaws ripped out, I’m here! Not 100 of those guys add up to one of me. I want hard fights. People make it boring [against me] once they feel my power.”
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (31-0 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana (38-10, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales. Southpaw Flanagan, making the third defense of his title, dropped Fana in round four, but then suffered a bad cut on his right cheek. Flanagan mostly had the upper hand, but was frustrated by Fana’s awkward style. Flanagan dropped Fana again in round twelve to punctuate the fight. Scores were 120-106 on all three cards.
Undefeated contender Casey ‘The Wizard’ Ramos feels that he is very close of accomplishing his goal of fighting for a world title and he knows what he has to do to make his dream come true. Tonight, Saturday, July 16, Ramos will risk his perfect record and world ranking in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo UniMas’ card that will take place at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.
Ramos (22-0, 5 KO’s) from Austin, Texas, will collide against Chile’s Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KO’s) in the fight that will be the principal attraction of the card that will be televised at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas.
“I’ve always wanted the Green Belt, the WBC world title. I fight at 130 pounds and that is the world title I am going after,” said Ramos, who will face Paredes in a 10-round super featherweight bout. “On Saturday night we are fighting Hardy Parades who is tough with a lot of fights and experience. There’s always danger in a fight like this. But I feel good and strong going in. We have a game plan that we are going to follow,” added Ramos, who will be running as councilman in Austin, Texas. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
150,000 people invaded the city of Erie, PA area for the 10th annual “Roar at the Shore” Cycle rally. Professional boxing took center stage for several benefits on Saturday afternoon as Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro Promotions put om an entertaining five bout card for the locals and bikers in town. The main event for the card titled “Rumble at the Roar” was a crossroads showdown between two fighters looking to turn their careers back on the right track. When The dust settled James “Thunder” Robinson (3-4-4, 1KO) and Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-12-6). In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated bantamweight Rosalinda Rodriguez moved to 4-0, 1KO with a four round unanimous decision victory over Samantha Salazar (1-1, 1KO). (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: AK Promotions
Muhammed Waseem 112 vs. Jether Oliva 112 (first attempt was 113)
(Vacant WBC Silver Flyweight championship)
Lee Eun-Chang 160 vs. Maximus Nahak 158
(Vacant WBC Asia Silver Middleweight championship)
Lee Gyu-Won 153 vs. Kim Doo-Hyup 151.2 (6 rounds)
Jeon Gyu-Bum 147 vs. Keon Kyoung-Wook 147.5 (4 rounds)
Yoo Do-Il 135.7 vs. Lee Hyoung-Woon 136.7 (4 rounds)
Venue: Millennium Seoul Hilton, Grand Ballroom
Promoter : Andy Kim of AK Promotions
TV: Live on SBS Sports ( July 17, 2PM, GMT+9)
Super lightweight contender Adrian Granados’ (17-4-2, 12 KOs) will return to the ring tonight at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, against Ariel Vasquez (12-15-2, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 145 pounds. Granados’ career took a major turn for the best this past November when he upset previously unbeaten WBC #1 ranked super lightweight contender Amir Imam (17-1, 12 KOs) by eighth round KO. Although this fight is being fought at a catchweight, but Granados’ management made it quite clear that 140 is where he will pursue a world title. “Adrian scored a major upset vs Imam. There have been multiple fight offers at 147 that we as a team declined. Adrian, my new partners Union Boxing Management, and I all agreed that 140 is where he will pursue a world title. Adrian has earned and deserves that,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBC#15/WBA#11/IBF#7 Japanese flyweight champ Takuya Kogawa (27-4, 13 KOs), 112, kept his national belt as he had a tough time with the durability and determination of 37-year-old challenger Masafumi Otake (15-15-3, 7 KOs), 112, but pounded out a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice and 99-91) over ten fast rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Otake fought well, showing his heart, but the champ displayed his trademark pit-a-pat combinations in his Slapsie Rosenbloom style regardless of effect and precision, steadily piling up points as usual. Otake occasionally scored with a few solid right counters to the face of the faster champ, but failed to follow it up and have the edge on the light-punching champ. After the fifth, the JBC announced the interim tallies due to the regulation: 50-45 twice and 49-46, all in favor of Kogawa, who went on to sweep the second half with his faster windmill attack. Kogawa had failed to win the world belt twice, losing to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in 2011 and to Sirichai Thaiyen in 2014—both in Thailand. He may need more power to win the belt abroad since it may be unlikely that he will have a third shot at the world throne here in Japan. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian amateur middleweight star Timophey Tszyu stops Duncan McDonald in round three on Saturday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Timophey is the son of Boxing Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu.
Also see our interviews with Timophey Tszyu and his brother Nikita Tszyu, a world class amateur light welterweight. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Ibeth Zamora 108 vs. Keisher McLeod 106
(WBC female Light flyweight world title)
Edgar Puerta 137 vs. Emanuel López 135
Jesus Galicia 126 vs. Josue Veraza 127
Enrique Ángeles Jr 122 vs. Jonathan Lecona 122
Salvador Sánchez Jr. 130 vs. Gerardo Serrano 130
Venue: Palenque Recinto Ferial Metepec
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Weights and Photos by Bradley Snyder/The Undercard
Andy Ruiz 253.3 vs. Josh Gormley 236.6
Giorgi Gelashvili 138.7 vs. Eric Hall 138.7
Demetrius Banks 202 vs. Eric George 199
Zach Shamoun 120.4 vs. Jose Elizondo 120.4
Sedar Hudayberdiyev 152 vs. Steven Andrade 147.4
Jarico O’Quinn 117.8 vs. Sergio Aguilar 119
Gheith Karim 147.9 vs. Dean Walsh Jr. 144.8
Detroit Brawl 3 is Saturday July 16 at the Masonic Temple 500 Temple St. Detroit Mi. Tickets start at $28 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Masonic Temple Box Office.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Local welterweight sensation Stevie Weimer (12-0, 3 KOs) had a harder than expected time in catching his four round unanimous decision victory over rugged veteran Jose Valderrama (3-12-1, 2 KOs) in his homecoming. Weimer who received graduated from York College looked to impress in his return to the University. However, things weren’t as easy for the York graduate as Jose Valderrama caught him off balance with a combination and he was forced to take a knee in the opening round. Weimer calmed down in the second round and boxed his way to the unanimous decision victory by scores of 39-37 and 38-37 x 2. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In an exciting middleweight rematch, Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) defeated Thomas Falowo (14-4, 8 KOs) by split decision for the local USA New England title. This eight round bout was the main event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI, on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Chatman danced throughout the fight, using his style to throw punches at angles from every direction. Falowo, who is known for superior condition and heavy volume of punches, was frustrated early as he was unable to score or keep Chatman at a distance. Chatman hurt the hometown opponent with a straight left hand to the head to close round two. Falowo found himself in unfamiliar territory on the ropes while Chatman never slowed down or allowed him to gain any momentum. An accidental headbutt slowed Falowo in round three and a left hook opened a cut over the right brow wide in the seventh.
In the eighth and final round, Chatman closed the show strong, seemingly having fun while landing shots both upstairs and down with hooks and straight lefts. The final scores were 78-74 (twice) for Chatman and 78-74 for Falowo. Chatman previously won a close decision over Falowo in 2013. (more…)
Photos: Scott Foster
In a clash between former world title challengers, Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico, successfully defended his WBO NABO super featherweight title with an impressive seventh round KO over Alejandro Valdez (26-7-2, 20 KOs) of Mexico on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. A good action fight ended in round seven when Cruz landed a hard uppercut to drop Valdez. Valdez beat the count, but Cruz then knocked him out cold with a devastating combination. Cruz was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rican Olympic team that also included Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon. He is currently rated #5 by the WBO.
Flyweight Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (15-3, 6 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Jobert “Little Pac Man” Alvarez (15-2, 7 KOs). Cartagena knocked down Alvarez in round one, then jumped all over Alvarez prompting the referee to wave it off. Time was 1:07. (more…)
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