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Before catching his flight to Beijing, China, junior lightweight title challenger Jason Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, held one last stateside workout at the Victory Boxing & Fitness Gym in Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday.
Sosa takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, at the Capital Gym, next Friday, June 24th. The fight will be telecast on Chinese TV, but will not be aired in the USA.
Sosa, Camden, NJ, is currently ranked #8 by the WBA, and earned this, his first world title shot, primarily on the strength of his December performance against two-time world champion Nicholas Walters. (more…)
It was experience overcoming youth on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, as 44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (46-27-1, 27 KOs) scored a one-sided seven round split decision over 22-year-old novice Michael “The Wasp” Gardner (2-1, 1 KO) in the Season 6 semi-final of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series.”
The 74-fight veteran Corley was simply too ring savvy for Gardner, who was appearing in only his third pro bout. Although “Chop Chop” dominated the fight, one judge managed to see it for the hometown fighter. Scores were 69-64, 69-64 for Corley, and a ridiculous 67-60 for Gardner. Corley will now face Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) in the final on July 2.
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Fight week kicked-off in Chicago on Wednesday for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC taking place this Saturday, June 18 at the UIC Pavilion headlined by light heavyweight bruiser Andrzej Fonfara battling hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr.
Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m in great shape right now. Camp went very well. We had great sparring and conditioning. I’m definitely ready to fight. We’ve seen a couple of his fights. He’s a young, tough guy. I know that I must win the fight. I’m prepared and I will be victorious. I expect this fight to be a real battle. I’m not going to stop throwing punches. I will control the ring and find my spots. I definitely want to give my fans the knockout. Fighting in Chicago is a great motivation for me because I have such outstanding support here. I always want to entertain my fans so they keep coming back to watch me perform. I was the underdog my whole career. Now in this position, it’s even better. I’m motivated by being in this position. I know my opponent feels overlooked and that will add to his motivation, but I’m ready.”
Joe Smith Jr: “We’ve done some traveling in camp to get excellent sparring and overall it’s just been a great camp. I’m excited to be here and ready to get in the ring. I’m happy to have this opportunity because I worked so hard for it. I’m looking to put on a show. This is a big chance and if I win I can open up a lot of doors. I just need to do what I do best and hopefully I’ll be in a world title fight next. I love representing Long Island and New York. I want to bring a title back home. I’m going to give it my all and at the end of the night I should come out on top.”
Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a bantamweight world championship rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battling Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. (more…)
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WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder was on stage at a press conference in Birmingham, AL and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola was on hand via Skype from his training camp in San Diego to officially announce their heavyweight title showdown taking place Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena live on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes.
Deontay Wilder: “As you see Chris Arreola stayed patient. You wonder why he continued to get title fights. It is his time. Some guys get chances after chances and some don’t. You can’t deny him. You can’t look past him. With the circumstances that we were facing, to come back and do a short notice-type fight, as far as looking for opponents, we knew it had to be the right person.”
Chris Arreola: “I love boxing. I love boxing fans whether they are with me or against me. They give energy to their fighters and it is just me and Deontay in the ring. There is no one that will be able to help Deontay and no one that can help me when that bell rings. That is what I love about boxing. It is the most gentlemanly sport there is. At the end of the day, it is going to be one-on-one.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Light heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara and Joe Smith Jr. worked out today at the Oakley Fight Club in Chicago. They collide Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in a bout televised on NBC.
Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (16-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday night in a six-rounder against former IBU world champion Victor Kpadenou (10-10, 5 KOs) of Benin, Africa. The bout will take place at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino located 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at World Fighting Championships 53.
The card is headlined by a WBO NABO bantamweight title fight between Antonio “Carita” Nieves (15-0, 8 KOs) and Oscar Mojica (9-1, 1 KO). (more…)
After careful consideration, rising Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) star and double Russian Olympian, Artur Beterbiev, have decided not to take part in the qualifying process to earn a spot to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Olympic qualifying tournament for professional boxers will be held July 3-8 in Vargas, Venezuela, following the decision of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to include professionals in the Olympic tournament.
However, Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), who made a triumphant return to the ring after a one-year absence on June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs), will not be there.
“After analyzing all situations, we came to the conclusion that the current situation was not favorable,” GYM president Yvon Michel explained. “The short-term goal for Artur Beterbiev is to become world champion in the pro ranks. He will be back in the ring in September.” (more…)
In a rematch, WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) is ready to defend his title against Rau’shee Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) and show the world he’s the king at 118 pounds. The bout scheduled for this Saturday on NBC from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Payano won a split decision against Warren in their first bout.
“I had a great training camp and everyone will see the improvements I’ve made since I fought Warren last August.” said Payano. “Once I settle in Chicago, I’ll be well rested and right on weight. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. I’ve put in a lot of work during this training camp, to better myself, and I feel I’m at the top of my game right now. I’m going to leave everything in the ring on Saturday night. I have the blueprint to beat Warren. I’ll be ready for war. There is no doubt in my mind that my hands will be raised in victory once again. Warren is in trouble!”
It will be experience vs. youth tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, as 44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (45-27-1, 27 KOs) takes on 22-year-old Michael “The Wasp” Gardner (2-0, 1 KO) in the Season 6 semi-final of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series.” Corley blew out Revlon Lake (9-14-2, 1 KO) in 55 seconds in his opening round bout on May 25. Both of Gardner’s wins have come in this competition. The Corley-Gardner winner will face Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) in the final.
The new WBC ratings for June have been released and former middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is not currently rated in either the middleweight or super welterweight division. After Canelo relinquished his WBC title to Gennady Golovkin, the WBC contacted Canelo’s promoter to confirm which division he is planning to continue his career in, but didn’t receive a response. Consequently, Canelo will not be rated this month as the WBC waits to receive official confirmation about his status.
Heavyweight Chris Arreola has been returned to his previous #9 rating as the WBC Ratings Committee has verified that an administrative suspension imposed in Texas has been lifted. Arreola, who tested positive for marijuana after his last fight, will challenge WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin remains rated #1 with an asterisk as the WBC Clean Boxing Program continues to investigate his positive drug test. The investigation is expected to be resolved during the month of June.
Super middleweight Lucien Bute is rated #9 with an asterisk, as his positive drug test is also being investigated by the WBC Clean Boxing Program.
The WBC, WBA and IBF have all issued ratings updates for the month of June. Click here to see all the latest ratings.
WBO lightweight champion Terry “Turbo” Flanagan has ripped crosstown rival WBA lightweight champion Anthony ‘Million Dolla’ Crolla for taking a fight against former WBC champion Jorge Linares in September rather than waiting for him. Flanagan, meanwhile, defends his belt against 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana on the July 9 Fury-Klitschko undercard.
“I just want big names and unification fights,” proclaimed Flanagan. “People say, ‘Why are you fighting this old man (Fana)?’ What they don’t realize is we offered Crolla the fight and they didn’t want it. We want the big fights that the fans want to see. All we can do is keep pushing for them and hopefully one of them will come off. There’s no shame in losing a fight. You can still go on to have a great career. I just don’t like people conning the public and making out that their opponent is some big-punching dangerman and number one in the division when they’re not. It’s bullshit. Let’s just make proper fights and have the best fight the best. Don’t be scared to lose. (more…)
By David Finger
It has been a banner year for boxing on the African continent in 2016 but on June 18th what may go down as the biggest fight card of the year for the entire continent is set to take place in Accra Ghana as undefeated Isaac Dogboe (13-0, 8 KOs) takes on fellow undefeated prospect Edward Kakembo (10-0, 3 KOs) in a battle for the WBO African featherweight championship. Dogboe, from Ghana, is already the most talked about boxer from Ghana since Joseph Agbeko and many boxing fans in Ghana are confident that Dogboe could become a world champion as well. At the age of 17, Dogboe fought for Ghana in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and since turning pro he has wowed even the most respected name in boxing in Ghana. (more…)
Lee Baxter Promotions has announced the start of a new boxing series kicking off Thursday, July 28 at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The series will feature up and coming fighters looking to get to the next level in the near future. Most of the boxers are from Canada but some will travel from various parts of the globe to showcase their skills.
“I’ve had the idea of doing this for awhile and am glad it’s officially coming to fruition,” said Lee Baxter. “Canada has many talented fighters hungry to make it to the next level. Unfortunately, there aren’t the same amount of opportunities here that there are elsewhere. It also took me awhile to find the right venue and I’m glad we found it at the Danforth Music Hall here in Toronto because it’s a great place. The goal of “World Championship Boxing: “The Next Generation” is to provide a platform for fighters that believe they can make a name for themselves and aspire to make it to the top in this sport.” (more…)
New York State Boxing Hall-of-Famer, promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport will be the Ring 8 guest speaker at this Thursday (June 16th) monthly meeting, starting at 7p ET at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant (located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, NY).
“Dennis was recently inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame as a Class of 2016 member,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Dennis is an entertaining speaker with so many incredible stories from his days as a boxing promoter and manager. He handled some of the best fighters in the business and his publicity stunts are legendary. It’s going to be a memorable evening for our members.” (more…)
Sad to report that famed Southern California cutman Joe Chavez passed away over the weekend. Chavez was the cutman for Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, James Toney and Vernon Forrest among others. A 50-year veteran in the fight game, Chavez was also one of the sport’s top hand-wrappers.
“Joe Chavez was an incredible cutman and a great person,” said boxing manager Frank Espinoza. “He’ll be sorely missed by the sport of boxing and by those who knew him and enjoyed his company. He was a master at his craft and I can genuinely say that there was no better cutman than Joe Chavez. My deepest condolences to his family.”
One of the highlights of Joe’s career came on June 13, 2009, when he managed to keep a terrible cut over Miguel Cotto’s left eye in check for ten rounds, allowing Cotto to stay in the fight and win a twelve round split decision over Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden.
ESPN has announced the next three matchups in its summer dates of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN).
The next PBC on ESPN is scheduled for July Fourth weekend with the event on Saturday, July 2. The main card features unbeaten lightweight contender & 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) taking on former title challenger Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 19 KOs), with the co-main event featuring unbeaten prospect Patrick Szymanski (15-0, 9 KOs) against former title challenger “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs). The 10-round bouts take place at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The July 9th event features undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios (15-0, 8 KO) against former title challenger Devis “Boom Boom” Boschiero (39-4, 21 KO) in a 12-round fight. The undercard features two undefeated super lightweight prospects: Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) taking on Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight. The event takes place at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.
The July 15th event features unbeaten super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) against Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs) in a 12-round bout. The co-main event features featherweights Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5 KO), an Olympic silver medalist from Mongolia making his television debut, and Rafael “Dynamite” Vázquez (16-2, 13 KO) in a 10-round bout. The event takes place at Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will defend his title for the seventh time against WBC #9 rated Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (20-1, 14 KOs) on July 29 at Centre Videotron in Quebec City. “I am very happy to get back in the ring for my next fight, which will be held July 29 in the superb Centre Videotron of Quebec, against Thomas Williams Jr.,” Stevenson said. “I will demonstrate that, like fine wine, I am even better with age. Even though I haven’t boxed for 10 months, I’ve never left the gym and I’m willing to defend my crown.”
In the co-feature, current WBC #1 light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will attempt to maintain his position as the WBC mandatory challenger against Maximiliano Gomez (22-5, 9 KOs). Also in action are welterweight Custio Clayton (8-0, 7 KOs), heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (11-6, 7 KOs), welterweight Junior Ulysse (10-0, 7 KOs) and welterweight Marie Eve Dicaire (4-0) in separate fights.
WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman and former world champion Shawn Porter hosted an international media conference call to discuss their CBS-televised world title fight taking place June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Since the fighters are longtime friends the call was very respectful.
Keith Thurman: “We both have dreams we want to live and if it means going through each other, then so be it…I’m always trying to hurt my opponents. At the end of the day, this is just another boxing match.”
Shawn Porter: “I’m gonna do my job and leave as the WBA champ. We will see if he’s prepared for everything I got…there can’t be a friendship in the middle of the ring after we touch gloves.”
Both stated they don’t expect the fight to go to the judges.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
40-year-young WBO female bantamweight champ Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6 KOs), 117.5, impressively kept her belt when she withstood the opening attack of ex-WBC flyweight titlist Go Shindo (16-4, 11 KOs), 117.75, took back the initiative with her furious retaliation and finally pounded out a very unanimous verdict (98-91 twice and 97-92) over ten grueling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be Fight of the Decade, as our people never saw such a furious give-and-take battle in female boxing history in Japan.
The opening session witnessed Shindo almost topple the defending champ with a vicious right cross twice, and the crowd sensed that the end would come soon with the challenger victorious, but it was Fujioka that displayed desperate retaliations from the second round onward. Piling up points, Fujioka finally caught up with the game and hard-punching Shindo, taller and bigger than the champ, and floored her with a solid right to the face in the closing seconds of the eighth. (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors wishes to report the status of the lightweight division.
Early in the year, Jorge Linares reached an agreement to fight Dejan Zlaticanin to comply with his mandatory title defense, but unfortunately Linares sustained an injury to his right hand. The WBC voted in favor of placing Linares as Champion in Recess and accepted the request by promoter DiBella Entertainment to sanction #1 ranked Zlaticanin vs #2 ranked Emiliano Marsili for the WBC lightweight championship. (more…)
WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla will take on former WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on September 24. Crolla will be making the second defense of his WBA crown in his hometown fortress following his brilliant knockout victory over Ismael Barroso in May, having ripped the title from Darleys Perez with another body shot knockout in November. Linares, the WBC champion in recess, will be putting on the line a WBC Diamond belt, an honorary championship bestowed by the WBC that is not subject to defense. The bout is being marketing as a unification. According to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, the winner is committed to facing newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, is gearing up for his next challenge as he will be taking on undefeated former world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing. We spoke with the champ about his preparation, and also about the fight card he will be promoting this Saturday night at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, featuring former world champion Giovanni Segura in the main event.
“This is a big fight against Frampton, who is a very skilled fighter. Carl Frampton is one of the best,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “I’m excited to be fighting in New York, fighting in front of new fans. It’s a new experience for me. There will be a lot of Frampton fans also but it will be only me and him in the ring.”
Training at the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in Industry, California, Santa Cruz has been working with his brother Antonio Santa Cruz along with his other brother, former world champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz. But camp has been somewhat quiet without the demanding presence of head trainer/father Jose Santa Cruz. The family patriarch was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently in the process of receiving treatment for his illness, limiting his role. (more…)
Hitz Boxing returns to Chicago’s Belvedere Elk Grove on Friday when former Notre Dame and NFL football star Tommy Zbikowski (6-0, 4 KOs) returns in a four-round cruiserweight bout versus Bradley William Johnson (2-2, 2 KOs). “Tommy Z” is 2-0 since resuming his career in April after five long years out of the squared circle. “Tommy is a great guy to work with, and the fans love him,” said promoter Bobby Hitz of the one-time Baltimore Raven. “He’s not just a flash in the pan. He won the Chicago Golden Gloves, which is no small feat. He can fight, he’s got a good team behind him, and we’re happy to be part of his return to boxing.”
Also seeing action are unbeaten heavyweights Nick Mazurek (5-0, 5 KOs) and David “Diesel” Latoria (10-0, 5 KOs) in separate bouts, welterweight Jaime Herrera (13-3-1, 7 KOs), flyweight Javier Rivera (2-0, 0 KOs) and debuting light heavyweight Martez McGregor.
Doors to The Belvedere Elk Grove open at 6:00 on June 17th, and first bell is at 7:00. Tickets are priced $110 and $40, and are available at HitzBoxing.com.
Tuto Zabala/All Star Boxing has declared victory after a jury decided Canelo Alvarez owes $8.5 million in damages.
“We are very pleased with the jury’s award of $8.5 million,” said Zabala. “We feel vindicated that the jury agreed with us that Canelo Alvarez acted inappropriately and was disloyal to the promoter that gave him his start in the U.S. The legal system worked here and found that Canelo was unjustly enriched by All Star Boxing’s labor and efforts. We have come to learn that Golden Boy has issued a press release stating that the Judge issued an order requiring the payment of its attorney’s fees and costs. This statement is entirely false. The Judge did not even discuss attorney’s fees, much less award attorney’s fees. This is just another attempt by Golden Boy to deceive the public and make false statements. We won. Period!”
Golden Boy’s statement: “We are extremely pleased that not only did the jury find that no contract ever existed between Canelo and All-Star Boxing, but issued a judgment against All-Star boxing and ordered them to pay Golden Boy’s substantial legal fees.
“Over the last five-plus years, many questioned why we wouldn’t just settle the case before trial. The answer is simple: We would not be extorted. It was clear from the beginning that neither Canelo nor Golden Boy Promotions had acted inappropriately in any way. We are grateful that the jury was able to see that.
“However, it is absurd to think that All-Star Boxing provided anywhere near that amount of value that the jury awarded under a separate claim. We will appeal this part of the decision, and are confident we will win, just as we did on the contract dispute.”
“Outside of appealing the financial damages, we now look forward to putting this episode behind us and working with Canelo to continue his meteoric rise though the boxing ranks.”
It’s official! Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in his home state against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on FOX July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: “I’m always excited about coming home and being in front of my people where I’m the most comfortable. I’ve been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield, England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned substance, the fight didn’t happen. I’m disappointed about that, but it’s not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again defend my title before my hometown fans. It’s always good to come home.
“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. This is another fight in that process. I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me, but we all know who the real champion is and I’m going to prove it. I’ve been training long and hard for a fight and now I’m going to take it out on Arreola on July 16.”
Chris Arreola: “I’m thankful to Deontay for this opportunity, he has proven a great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by defending it three times. I’m very excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show, be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican heavyweight world champion.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $20 and go on sale tomorrow.
Deontay Wilder and DiBella Entertainment have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the United States District Court of New York against Alexander Povetkin and Andrey Ryabinskiy/World of Boxing, for breach of the WBC agreement to deliver Povetkin for a scheduled for May 21 world title fight in Russia. Just eight days before the bout, Povetkin tested positive for Meldonium and the bout was scrubbed.
Wilder and DiBella are seeking damages in an amount to be determined at trial and in no event less than $5 million.
The lawsuit cites a previous case in which Ryabinskiy/World of Boxing secured a judgment for some $2 million in damages against Don King because King’s fighter Guillermo Jones could not participate in a WBA championship bout against a fighter promoted by WOB because Jones had ingested a banned substance, Furosemide.
An announcement is expected shortly that will make it official that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his world title against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder was permitted another voluntary defense by the WBC after longtime mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin tested positive for trace amounts of a banned substance. Arreola is coming off a split decision over Travis Kauffman last December, which was later changed to a no-decision after Arreola tested positive for marijuana. He received a 90-day suspension and was removed from the WBC ratings, but the suspension has expired so he will likely reappear in the next WBC ratings. FOX TV is expected to televise.
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko celebrates after knocking out WBO super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez on Saturday night at the MSG Theater in New York City.
Former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) from Carolina, Puerto Rico, will be back in action this Saturday at the Pabellón de la Feria, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Dulorme will be facing Mexican Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (22-8-3, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight division bout.
“Right now I’m a free agent. This bout marks my return at the welterweight divison, where I first started my career and was ranked as one of the best in the world. Now you can expect a stronger and faster boxer. At the jr. welterweight division, I was ranked in the top positions too, but it was difficult for me to make weight,” said Dulorme. “At this stage of my career, I feel very good both mentally and physically to get back to the winning route. Now after this fight, we will be looking for better options.”
In his last fight, which was affected by a sudden divorce during his training and differences with his team, Dulorme lost a competitive match against Terence Crawford in bout for the vacant WBO jr welterweight world title.
Two Star Boxing fighters from Long Island, light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. and super lightweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin will see action in separate main events.
On Saturday night, the little-known Smith (21-1, 17 KOs) makes his national television debut against the world rated “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs), when they collide in a 10-round main event on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #4 rated Fonfara is about a 30:1 favorite in the fight, but Smith’s promoter Joe DeGuardia has high hopes saying “I expect big things from Joe Smith Jr.”
The night before, the undefeated WBC #6 ranked Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs) squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) in the main event at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. “Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded junior welterweight division,” said DeGuardia. “His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same…”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #5 108-pounder Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (31-4-1, 16 KOs) stopped Stevanus Nana Bau (5-6-1, 2 KOs) in round four of a scheduled twelve round IBF Pan Pacific championship bout last Friday night at Maejo University, Chiangmai, Thailand. Sakkreerin scored with accurate left jabs in the opening round to continually keep his opponent off balance. In round four Sakkreerin dropped Nana Bau with a body shot and the referee called it off at 2:40.
In other action, IBF #15 122-pounder Mike Tawatchai (39-9-1, 21 KOs) stopped Arega Yunian (3-7, 0 KOs) in round four of a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE BEAUTY OF BEING IMMORTAL
What a week it has been. The world dedicated to expressing the greatness of a man, a farewell to the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. The King of Boxing is now eternal and his legacy and inspiration will live on in the hearts and minds of millions.
As I arrived in Louisville on Wednesday, a nostalgic, sad feeling was floating all over. As hours went by it all changed to an unbelievable feeling of peace and glory. People started to celebrate the life of one who in many ways influenced us all. Louisville turned into a bright scene with the commitment of many to make sure the final goodbye to Ali lived up to a series of events that this hero deserved. Lonnie, Marylin and Ron DiNicola, the leadership of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, The Ali Center and the hundreds of volunteers who worked 24/7 and performed at their best ability. (more…)
After defending his title against Paulus Ambunda in Namibia, unbeaten WBA interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) made it clear who he wants to get in the ring now. “I want to be recognized as the next great fighter from Mexico,” proclaimed Flores. “I want Guillermo Rigondeaux next!”
Currently, Flores is the mandatory challenger to fight Rigondeaux, who is the current WBA super champion at super bantamweight. “Flores once again proved he’s an elite fighter winning in Ambunda’s backyard,” said manager Gary Jonas. “Now we are focused on getting in the ring with Rigondeaux. Flores is the WBA interim champion and he’s hungry to become the super champion. Right now we are in talks with team Rigondeaux to get this fight made. Chucky is ready to take over the 122-pound division.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing insiders and fans alike gathered for the annual rite of passage for the sport’s elite members as they were enshrined in the IBHOF’s class of 2016. Hector “Macho Camacho, Col. Bob Sheridan, Jerry Izenberg, Lupe Pintor, Marc Ratner, Harold Lederman and Hilario Zapata all entered the Hall today as revered fighters, observers and non-particpants of the “Sweet Science.” The event opened with IBHOF President Don Ackerman introducing this year’s parade Grand Marshall Quentin Hillsman, coach of the Syracuse University Orange women’s basketball team, who he took the their first NCAA championship game in the school’s history.
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