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WBA #14 super bantamweight Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) retained his NABA belt with a fifth round KO against Christian Esquivel (28-10, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. “I mentioned in my pre-fight interviews that I was going to teach Esquivel a lesson for not making weight,” said Roman, referring to Esquivel coming in six ounces over the 122-pound limit. “I think he got the message early and often.”
In the co-feature, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Taras Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) was victorious when Erick Martinez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) didn’t come out for round four.
Light flyweight Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs) is looking to end the reign of terror by “Mexican Destroyer” Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) on May 28 in Bacolod City, Philippines. In his career, WBO light flyweight world champion Nietes is 14-0-1 against Mexican boxers (with the draw avenged by KO). He counts among his victims Francisco ‘Chihuas’ Rodriguez, Moises ‘Moi’ Fuentes, Sammy Gutierrez, Gilberto Parra, Mario Rodriguez, Manuel Vargas, Carlos Velarde, Jesus Silvestre, Juan Alejo and Ramon Garcia Hirales (Raul’s brother). According to his promoter Zanfer, “Rayito,” a former world champion himself, is sure he’ll surprise Nietes and end the Aztec losing streak.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale updates Fightnews.com® on how negotiations for possible catch weight bout with former IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and a rubber match fight with former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine have transpired. Geale also talks about his amateur and professional career and his June 24 IBO super middleweight challenge against Renold Quinlan.
By Kurt Freitag
In the eight round main event, unbeaten super bantamweight Francisco C. De Vaca (15-0, 5 KOs) scored an eighth round technical knockout over Gustavo Molina (22-12, 9 KOs) in a clash for the NABF “Junior” title on Friday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. In round four De Vaca unleashed flurries of punches on the intrepid Molina who weathered the storm. The two fighters continued to trade punches until round eight. In the last round, De Vaca finally wore down Molina scoring a knockdown. Molina recovered from the knockdown but was greeted by even more combos from De Vaca, causing the referee to stop the fight. The time was 2:49.
In the co-main event, unbeaten super welterweight “El Chapulin” Daniel Valdivia (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round technical knockout over Miguel Munguia (31-34-1, 25 KOs). Valdivia dominated the fight against the outclassed Munguia. Valdivia knocked down Munguia twice in the first round with a series of devastating combos, the second time the referee stopped the bout. Time was 2:06. (more…)
Unbeaten super lightweight Emmanuel Robles (15-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (17-16-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the outdoor Casino Del Sol AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona. Robles dropped Cuevas in round three and got a stoppage from referee Tony Zaino after a barrage of punches in round four. Time was :25. Cuevas is the son of former WBA welterweight world champion Pipino Cuevas.
Robles-Cuevas was elevated to main event status after the originally scheduled main event between super bantamweights Hanzel Martinez and Prosper Ankrah was cancelled when Martinez was injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday. (more…)
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In the main event from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez outhustled John Karl Sosa to capture the vacant IBF North American welterweight title by ten round unanimous decision 96-94, 96-94, and a much too wide 98-92. Gomez, (19-1, 11 KOs), a Golden Boy Promotions prospect returning to the ring after a 13-month layoff, started slow as Sosa, (13-2, 6 KOs), relied on a consistent left jab, right hand attack to control the first two rounds. Gomez started to work the body more as the fight progressed, and really shined in rounds four through six, with those body shots starting combinations that worked both Sosa’s body and head. Over the final rounds both fighters were visibly tired as the action slowed, with Gomez’s combinations reduced to showy arm punching but Sosa too tired to accurately land his straight left hand, right hand combinations with any consequence.
Returning from nearly a two-year layoff, Art Hovhannisyan, (17-2-3, 9 KOs), fought well enough to win but had to settle for a split decision draw against Fidel Maldonado, (21-3-1, 18 KOs), in a ten round lightweight bout that served as the evening’s co-main event. The judges scored the bout 96-92 for Hovhannisyan, 95-93 for Maldonado, and 94-94. From the opening bell Hovhannisyan couldn’t miss with his straight right hand, and although Maldonado’s busier workrate kept the fight even early, once Maldonado slowed down Hovhannisyan seemed to clearly pull away, punctuating every round with those straight right hands that Maldonado was unable to defend against. Maldonado was able to drop Hovhannisyan in round eight with a left hand but lost the point advantage with a deduction for a low blow in round nine. Hovhannisyan really seemed in control over the final round but apparently not enough to persuade two of the judges, settling for the unsatisfying draw. (more…)
Middleweights Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) and Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs) both weighed in at 160 pounds for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) title at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). The ten-rounder will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
John Vera 154 vs. Joey Ruelas 153
Devin Haney 133 vs. Jairo Vargas 130.5
Tony Lopez 122 vs. Jerren Cochran 122
Jeremy Nichols 147 vs. Julio Santos 147
The WBA has three cruiserweight world championship fights on tap for this weekend, but there is some method to the madness. This kicks off the first round of a tournament designed to crown one WBA cruiserweight champion. A similar tournament is taking place in the heavyweight division.
Tonight unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) scored a sensational tenth round TKO over Youri Kalenga (23-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBA “interim” world cruiserweight title. On Saturday in Moscow, WBA “super” champion Denis Lebedev faces IBF champ Victor Emilio Ramirez a unification clash, while in Las Vegas it’s Belbut Shumenov against Junior Wright for the WBA “regular” cruiserweight title.
The Lebedev-Ramirez winner must face the Shumenov-Wright winner within 120 days, then move on to a clash with Dorticos for undisputed recognition.
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
All eight fighters made weight for their world title clashes on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Erislandy Lara 153.5 vs. Vanes Martirosyan 153.75
(WBA super welterweight title)
Jermall Charlo 153 vs. Austin Trout 154
(IBF jr middleweight title)
Jermell Charlo 153.25 vs. John Jackson 153.5
(WBC super welterweight title)
Beibut Shumenov 199 vs. Junior Wright 199.5
(WBA cruiserweight title)
BJ Flores 224.5 vs. Roberto Santos 217.2
Lanell Bellows 169 vs. Scott Sigmon 169.4
Tra-Kwon Pettis 136 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 137.8
Venue: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
By Karl Freitag
In a spectacular fight, unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Youri Kayembre Kalenga (23-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBA interim world title on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Dorticos dropped Kalenga hard with a huge uppercut in round two, but Kalenga fought back gamely despite taking more big shots. After that, both fighters traded big punches for several rounds. Kalenga started to come on and seemed to be taking over. Dorticos was deducted a point for hitting after the bell in round eight. The end came abruptly in round ten when Dorticos rocked Kalenga and got a referee’s stoppage after dealing out more punishment. Great heart shown by both fighters. Fights like this are why we love boxing.
In the co-feature, unbeaten cruiserweight Arsen Goulamirian (17-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Andrey Knyazev (13-3, 7 KOs) in a clash for the WBA Continental title.
Photos: Rubén Cortéz / Top Rank
Ray Beltran 137 vs. Ivan Najera 138
Alex Saucedo 142.2 vs. Claudinei Lacerdo 142.6
Even Torres 155 vs. Daniel Baiz 152
Jorge Castaneda 131 vs. Jeremy Longoria 129.6
Arturo Marquez 146.4 vs. Jesus Rodriguez 148.4
Joshua Juarez 178.4 vs. Derrick Beroit 177.4
Venue: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Bob Caico at ringside
Pretty Girl Promotions presented a six-fight boxing show on Thursday night at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. In the main event, middleweight Arturo “El Toro” Crespin (13-6-1, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas, NM, hammered out an eight round majority decision over Renan “Grim Reaper” Ruiz (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn. Any thoughts of this fight becoming a tactical battle ended right after the opening bell. Fast, furious and mean intention punches were thrown from all angles that led to some exciting exchanges. The pace slowed slightly in the following rounds but the bombs kept on coming. Both boxers had redness around their eyes as left and right hooks were the norm of the contest. Crespin’s punches seemed to have the better effect than his opponent’s hooks and overhand power shots. After eight exciting rounds the judges awarded Crespin’s aggressiveness with a majority decision by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. (more…)
Photo: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
Tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, undefeated welterweight and 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner, Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk, will be back in action as he takes on Erick Martinez in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBA International title.
At Thursday’s weigh in, Shelestyuk was 147 pounds and Martinez was 145.7.
Shelestyuk of Ukraine has a record of 13-0 with eight knockouts and is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Aslanbek Kozaev on November 6 in a nationally televised bout on ShoBox: The New Generation. (more…)
Denis Lebedev 198.7 vs. Victor Emilio Ramirez 198.6
(WBA/IBF cruiserweight title unification)
Felix Valera 174.6 vs. Dmitry Bivol 174.25
(WBA interim light heavyweight title)
Umar Salamov 174.6 vs. Bob Ajisafe 174.5
(IBO light heavyweight title)
Dmitry Kudryashov 201.6 vs. Julio Cesar Dos Santos 197.75
Rakhim Chakhkiev 198.5 vs. Tamas Lodi 198.5
Venue: Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: World Boxing
Jakov Gospic is out, Emilio Zarate is in as Shannon Briggs’ opponent on Saturday night at London’s O2 Arena. Briggs’ original opponent was announced as former #1 contender Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs), who was replaced midweek by Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs), who is now replaced by Zarate (20-16-3, 11 KOs).
Briggs weighed in at 250, Zarate will weigh in later.
Former world champion David Haye weighed 224 for his bout against Arnold Gjergjaj, who weighed 237
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Promoter: Hayemaker Promotions
TV: Dave (UK)
By Boxing Bob Newman
As the 33rd annual IBF convention nears its commencement next Monday, May 23rd, in Beijing, China, the federation’s board of directors and staff have arrived ahead of schedule to make final preparations. The historic IBF convention will be held at the host NUO Hotel in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. IBF champs past and present such as Mike Tyson, Roy Jones,Jr., Cecilia Braekhus, Amnat Ruenroeng, Johnriel Casimero, Katsunari Takayama, Philip Holiday are among those expected to be present during the convention. (more…)
Three of the four major 154lb world titles (WBA, IBF and WBC) are on the line Saturday in Las Vegas. The one that isn’t is the WBO title, which is held by Liam “Beefy” Smith. Smith won’t be at ringside as he’s in the UK preparing to defend against Predrag Radosevic on June 4, but he’ll be watching on BoxNation. Here’s the 27-year-old “Beefy’s” take on the fights:
Jermall Charlo vs. Austin Trout: I think the Charlo vs. Trout fight is probably the most interesting one out of the three. Trout’s a good fighter and a former world champion himself. To be honest I’d love to take on the winner of that fight. There was talk of me and Trout as my mandatory and it’s a fight that could definitely still be made if he wins. I pick Charlo to win on points in a close fight. (more…)
Heavyweights, cruiserweights and super welterweights take center stage this weekend.
Odds have finally been established for Saturday’s fight in London between former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs and late sub Jakov Gospic. Briggs is a whopping 200:1 favorite at some books. If risking $20,000 to win $100 isn’t appealing, there’s always the main event with former heavyweight champion David Haye a 100:1 favorite over Arnold Gjergjaj. If both Briggs and Haye are victorious as expected, they are expected to collide in September.
In another important heavyweight bout taking place in New Zealand, unbeaten Joseph Parker is -450 to beat Carlos Takam +333 in an IBF world title eliminator.
In cruiserweight action, there are a number of major fights this weekend. Today in Paris, Yunier Dorticos is a narrow -125 favorite over Youri Kalenga +100 in a clash for the vacant WBA regular title.
On Saturday in Moscow, WBA super champion Denis Lebedev is a -1200 favorite over IBF champ Victor Emilio Ramirez +650 in a unification clash. Other cruiser contenders on the card include Dmitry Kudryashov -2000 vs. Julio Cesar Dos Santos +800 and Rakhim Chakhkiev is -5000 to beat Tamas Lodi +1400.
Also on Saturday in Las Vegas, WBA interim cruiserweight champion Belbut Shumenov is a -2000 pick to keep his belt against Junior Wright +900.
The card in Las Vegas also features a 154lb world title tripleheader with the WBA, IBF and WBC flavors of those belts on offer in separate bouts.
WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara is a -900 favorite to beat Vanes Martirosyan +550 in their rematch. IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo is -450 to beat former champion Austin Trout +333, and Jermell Charlo is a -1000 pick to beat John Jackson +600.
David Haye to donate ticket sales to Nick Blackwell
Blackwell to attend boxing matches as recovery continues
Gennady Glolovkin needs Billy Joe Saunders fight to complete unification
Livingston’s Martin Taylor looks to make statement with win over Ryan McNicol
Francisco C. De Vaca 121.5 vs. Gustavo Molina 121.9
Daniel Valdivia 154.5 vs. Miguel Munguia 158.6
Abel Ramos 142.5 vs. Dario Ferman 142.9
Nate Gallimore 156.2 vs. Hector Mercado 157.4
Ivan De La Madrid 135.1 vs. David Courtney 134.3
Luis Espinoza 113.2 vs. Jonathan Ramos 106.1
Daron Williams 120.2 vs. Sergio Najera 123
Jose Marruffo 148.7 vs. Arturo Brambila 145.4
Jose Rodriguez, Jr. 129 vs. Luis Gerardo Avila 133.2
Joshua Greer 122.1 vs. Raymond Chacon 121.9
Daniel Garcia 154 vs. Michael Williamson 153.5
Venue: Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Iron Boy
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Joseph Parker 234 vs. Carlos Takam 241
(IBF heavyweight eliminator)
Venue: Vodaphone Event Center, Manukau City, New Zealand
Promoter: Duco Events
‘King’ Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) faces Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. Abraham returns for the first time following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez, and the former three-time World Champion is eager to get back on the world title trail starting with a victory against the 23-year-old Norwegian.
“My goal is to become World Champion again and I will not let anyone stand in my way,” said Abraham. “Tim-Robin Lihaug is a good, young fighter but he will learn the hard way what it takes to make it to the top. I never underestimate any of my opponents and I will prepare myself to be in top shape. I want to put the disappointment of losing to Ramirez behind me and prove I still have more to give. I’m looking to the future now and that starts with a good win on July 16.”
The WBA has declared Saturday night’s fight between #1 ranked contender Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) and No. 11-rated Junior “Hurricane” Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) will become the WBA “regular” cruiserweight world champion. The 12-round off-TV bout will take place at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Shumenov had been the WBA “interim” cruiserweight world champion and mandatory challenger for WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in a unification match against IBF champion Victor Emilio “El Tyson de Abasto” Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in Russia.
The WBA has mandated that the Shumenov-Wright winner will be the mandatory challenger for the Lebedev-Ramirez unified winner, which must take place within 120 days.
Friday’s night’s fight in France between #2 Yunier Dorticos and #3 Youri Kalenga, originally billed as for the WBA “regular” title, will now be for the WBA “interim” cruiserweight world championship.
By David Finger
With less than a day to go before his CBS Sports televised fight for the NABA-USA super bantamweight title, Hanzel Martinez (23-2, 18 KOs) was forced to drop out of the card due to serious injuries received after a traffic accident in Tijuana yesterday. Martinez was slated to fight Prosper Ankrah (24-7, 15 KOs) but will be out of commission due to neck and back injuries suffered during this accident.
“Roy Jones Jr. Boxing wishes our fighter Hanzel Martinez a healthy and speedy recovery,” RJJ Boxing said in a press release. “Hanzel is very disappointed that after a nine week training camp he can’t perform. Our main concern, of course, is Hanzel’s safety and well being. We can’t wait to get Hanzel back into the ring and what he loves to do the most.”
Despite the last minute cancellation of the main event, the card will continue tonight with undercard fighters Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (14-0-1, 4 KOs) and local boy Keenan Carbajal in separate bouts.
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In attendance were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara who defends against Vanes Martirosyan in a rematch, IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo, who defends against former champion Austin Trout, plus super welter contenders Jermell Charlo and John Jackson, who meet for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. Twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo celebrated their 26th birthday Thursday and celebrated with a cake. On Saturday they look to become the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Figure by Joe Koizumi
It was early in the morning on May 8, the fight day of the IBF junior flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi to defend his belt against Mexican challenger Martin Tecuapetla at night in Tokyo, Japan. On the previous day both were successful in the official weigh-in: Yaegashi 107.5, while Tecuapetla 107.75—under the 108-pound class limit. They were ready to make the “Second Day Weigh-in” (as called in the IBF rules and regulations) at 8 am at the Japan Boxing Commission’s office.
Each was a small boxer—Yaegashi only 5’3” and Tecuapetla 5’4”. They were allowed to gain the weight—up to ten (10) pounds over the class limit—at the point of the Second Day Weigh-in on the next morning.
The IBF’s regulation on the second weigh-in is as follows: The junior flyweight contestants in quest of the IBF 108-pound belt should be less than ten (10) pounds over the junior flyweight limit—under the 118-pound guideline—at the second weigh-in. Yaegashi scaled in again at 53.0 kg (116.75 pounds), 8.75 pounds over the class limit; while Tecuapetla at 52.8 kg (116.25 pounds), 8.25 pounds over the limit. Even such small contestants raised the weight by more than eight pounds with food ingestion and water/liquid intake, having passed a night. (more…)
The undercard is shaping up for the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Undefeated super welterweight Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs), will collide in a 10-round bout while undefeated light heavyweights David Benavidez (14-0, 13 KOs) and Francy Ntetu (16-0, 3 KOs) will mix it up in an eight-round fight. Also, Heather “The Heat” Hardy (16-0, 4 KOs) competes in a female eight-round super bantamweight attraction while Polish bruiser Adam Kownacki (13-0, 10 KOs) competes in a heavyweight bout, highly regarded 140-pound prospect Regis Prograis (17-0, 14 KOs), 2012 Spanish Olympian super lightweight Jonathan Alonso (8-0, 4 KOs) and Mayweather Promotions prospect Josue Vargas (4-0, 3 KOs) will see action.
As previously announced, WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defends against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in the co-feature.
Eddie Gomez 145.6 vs. John Karl Sosa 146.6
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 135 vs. Art Hovhannisyan 134.2
Jesus Sanchez 141.8 vs. Livan Navarro 141.4
Joseph Aguirre 134 vs. Rony Alvarado 135
D’Mitrius Ballard 168.6 vs. Victor Fonseca 166.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Cruiserweights Youri Kalenga (22-2, 15 KOs) and Yunier Dorticos (20-0, 19 KOs) both made weight for their WBA cruiserweight title fight on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Both fighters scaled in at 198.8 pounds. They are fighting for the vacant WBA regular cruiserweight title.
Photo: Top Rank
Veteran Mexican brawler Ray Beltran wants to return to the world title picture in the lightweight division, but to reach that treasured opportunity of fighting for a world championship, he will first have to battle against Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera this Saturday, May 21 at the Laredo Energy Arena. Beltran (29-7, 17 KO’s), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will take on Najera (16-2 8 KO’s), from San Antonio, Texas, in a eight round lightweight battle that will be the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be broadcasted from coast to coast in the United States this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas.
“I am very excited for this Saturday. After a very long year I will again have an opportunity to do what I love and for this opportunity I am so grateful,” said Beltran, who is coming from a one-year inactivity period. “Life is full of ups and downs, successes, failures, victories, defeats and Lord knows mistakes. This past year has given me much time to reflect. I have reflected on my life and my career, my triumphs and my mistakes, for which I make no excuses.” (more…)
Legendary eight-time boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao was officially proclaimed Senator-elect by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at a ceremony today in Manila, Philippines. Manny ended up with over 16 million votes and is one of twelve senators elected.
“Several months ago, we mounted a campaign to heed the call for help from the poor and downtrodden Filipino masses. We went out and joined them in their homes and places of work, we listened to their longings and assured them that a new beginning is coming.
“Over the past week, we heard those same voices strongly during the recent national electoral process. The message was very clear: Filipinos want their government back in the hands of the ordinary people. They want a new set of leaders who would stand up for their aspirations and share their goals. (more…)
PBC has announced that former IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will now take on super lightweight Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on May 28. Bone replaces Felix Diaz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Bone will return to 140-pounds after losses to Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri at welterweight in 2015.
The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has ordered negotiations between WBA World super flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, and WBA World interim super flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (34-4, 24 KOs), from Panama City, Panama, to fight for the 115-pound title currently held by the Asian fighter.
Kono first won the WBA flyweight title in 2012, when he KO’d Tepparith Kokietgym in Tokyo in the fourth round of a scheduled 12. Five months later he lost the belt in his first defense to Liborio Solis.
In March 2014, Kono won the vacant WBA World super flyweight title by knocking out Denkaosan Kaovichit, dropping him in the fourth and eighth rounds. He has defended his title three times since then, defeating Norberto Jimenez in 2014, Koki Kameda in 2015, and Inthanon Sithchamuang in April of this year. (more…)
Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) will defend his British title against unbeaten Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at The O2 in London on June 25. Eubank Jr makes the first defense of the Lord Lonsdale belt he won against Nick Blackwell in March, taking on Doran on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first defense of his IBF World Heavyweight title.
Photos: Amanda Wescott/SHOWTIME
Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters competing in the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights this Saturday from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Working out Wednesday and headlining the event were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage also features IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title.
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:
Erislandy Lara: I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I’m a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature…after I win Saturday, I would love to fight GGG or Canelo, but I would prefer GGG. It’s not frustrating that I’m not fighting the biggest names all the time. I’m a headliner.
Vanes Martirosyan: This is going to be a tough fight. I hope he comes to me. It makes for a good fight. Actually, I think he is going to come forward a little more than people expect, but I’m prepared to chase him. Whatever it takes to be effective. If he is aggressive, once he feels my power, he is going to go back to what he does best – running. (more…)
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