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By Karl Freitag
Roc Nation has plans in the works for the return of four-division former world champion Miguel Cotto later this year. The 35-year-old Cotto has been inactive since his decision loss to Canelo Alvarez last November. “We are hoping to have Miguel back in the ring before the end of the year,” Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy, told reporters during a conference call Tuesday. “We’re working on that now. We’re hopeful to have some kind of an announcement over the next couple of weeks.”
No hints on who Cotto will be fighting, however. “We’re looking at a couple of opponents, but it’s too early to disclose who we’re talking to,” said Yormark. A possible fight with Juan Manuel Marquez has been rumored.
Photos: Alex Menendez
At the one month anniversary, first openly gay world title contender Orlando Cruz visited the Pulse Nightclub Memorial and the victim’s crosses on Tuesday to leave boxing gloves and flowers. Cruz an active leader in the LGBT community was in training camp when the terrorist attack occurred. Due to his commitment with a scheduled televised title fight for July 15th in Kissimmee, Florida he was unable to leave his training camp to attend the vigils and memorials for the victims. Cruz sent out a statement stating that he would dedicate his fight on July 15th in Kissimmee to all affected in the tragedy. Cruz lost 4 friends in the tragedy and looks to pay homage with a win this Friday. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) told reporters Tuesday that he’s focused on his August 6 clash against Colombian Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) and didn’t tune into Monday’s HBO-televised clash between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba.
“No I didn’t watch it,” said Ward. “Obviously, that’s not the next opponent. Obviously, that’s the end game and what we’re trying to get, but I didn’t watch it. I have to compartmentalize what I got to do right now. That’s just kinda how I operate and how I stay focused. I don’t want to juggle two opponents right now. I literally have to focus on one guy and that’s Alexander Brand on August 6. I will not take him lightly. If I’m not successful August 6, there is no fight down the road with me and Kovalev.”
Cuban boxing great Guillermo Rigondeaux came face-to-face with Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens at today’s press conference ahead of their WBA Super-Bantamweight World Title showdown at the Cardiff Ice Arena this Saturday, live and exclusive on BoxNation in the UK.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I would like to show my respect and gratitude to Dickens for having the courage to take this fight. Dickens is the only super-bantamweight in the world that has the guts to step in the ring with me. All of the others like to talk and talk but they don’t have the courage to actually fight. They know where to find me; I’m here and I’m ready to face anyone in the world. I’m quicker than Fedex and better than UPS. The Welsh fans are going to get an amazing show. We had an amazing training camp and I’m really excited to be here as I know you guys are massive boxing fans and I really appreciate all of the support. I’m ready to go!”
Jazza Dickens: “I believe it is God’s will for me to take this fight. I’ve been dreaming of a fight like this since I was a little kid and I’m extremely grateful to all those who made this fight possible. We have a good game plan going in there and we’re confident we can cause an upset. I’m the massive underdog. I’d just like to say to all of the youngsters out there, don’t be afraid to chase your dreams and always believe in yourself. I’ve worked for this shot my whole life and I intend on grabbing it with both hands.”
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant would like to be the contender chosen to face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on September 17. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) announced last week he would be fighting on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith undercard on HBO pay-per-view in the United States, and WBO #9-rated Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) says he thinks he’s the right choice to face him. “I have the utmost respect Billy Joe Saunders as an athlete,” said Brant. “I respect him so much that I would really enjoy giving him a grand welcome to the United States in the middle of the square circle.” Brant’s promoter Greg Cohen says he’s hoping to hear from Saunders’ representatives soon.
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
How is Crawford different from other boxers and what kind of fight are you expecting?
Viktor Postol: “What differentiates Crawford from many other fighters are his skills and technical attributes. From a mental aspect he is a very clever boxer, always using his mind in the ring, changing stances, all the time adapting to different types of opponents. He has shown this in his previous fights. But that does not mean he is the best I have fought. I think Lucas Matthysse is a higher-level fighter than Crawford and everyone knows how my fight with Matthysse ended, with him knocked out and the WBC belt around my waist. And that is exactly where the WBC belt will remain after my fight with Crawford on July 23. Just above the WBO belt. I am looking forward to destroying Crawford — destroying his perfect record and destroying his reign as world champion.” (more…)
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and his trainer Brian McIntyre for the HBO-PPV unification clash between Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Will Postol be the toughest test of your career? Why did you decide to take such a dangerous fight?
Terence Crawford: “On paper you could make a case that Postol will be the toughest man I have faced inside the ring, but I won’t really know that until I fight him on July 23. When I go into camp, I always assume the opponent I’m training for will be my toughest test. It’s the only way I know how to train. I respect any fighter who laces up the gloves and enters the ring to battle with me. I take no opponent for granted and I take nothing in training camp for granted. We are by the book in camp. We skip nothing in gym training or conditioning. It’s a fulltime job. (more…)
Tickets for the blockbuster showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday July 13). Seats are priced between £40 to £500 with VIP tickets available at £1,000. Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the first additions to the undercard yesterday with IBF #1 Charlie Edwards (7-0) challenging Johnriel Casimero for the IBF world flyweight title and unbeaten Conor Benn (son of Nigel Benn) tasting his fourth fight in the paid ranks.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday July 13 at midday to O2 Priority members at www.theO2.co.uk.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday July 14 at midday to Matchroom Fight Pass members from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com and the venue and AXS pre-sale before tickets go on general sale at www.theO2.co.uk.
Tickets go on general sale on Friday July 15 at midday from www.theO2.co.uk.
Kovalev: Chilemba has similar style to Andre Ward…the main aim was to gain experience from this fightAfter successfully defending his world titles against Isaac Chilemba, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev spoke about the fight. “My promoter and manager chose a fighter that is similar to Andre Ward’s style, so that I will be prepared for the fight with Ward. When they told me that my opponent will be Chilemba because his style is similar to Andre Ward’s style, I was thinking to myself what’s so similar to his style? Their height is different, so at first I didn’t see much, but after the fight I realize that, in fact, he does have similar style to Andre Ward’s: waiting out and counter-attacks, he is not going in much, he waits in defense and waits for the right moment.”
On his preparation for the fight:
“There were obviously some moments during the training with regards to my health, because I got a cold and I didn’t say anything, so the information wouldn’t get to Chilemba, that it might work against me. So myself and my trainer worked hard to overcome this stage and prepared for the fight.” (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
In the last few months, the International amateur boxing association (AIBA), made a revolutionary move to allow established professional fighters to fight at the Olympic Games. At first, many well known stars commented that they could think about it and possibly participate at Rio Olympics. The likes of Amir Khan, Wladimir Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao were positive about the opportunity. For this to happen, the AIBA made some changes in the qualification process, compared to the previous Olympics. They now included a final tournament where the final 26 Olympic quotas were kept available for professional boxers, fighters from APB (AIBA’s professional boxing competition) and WSB (World Series of Boxing).
The professional governing bodies around the world didn’t like AIBA’s initiative. The counter punch came right away with direct threats towards those, who decided to try their luck at the Olympic qualification. The IBF announced that they will put away from rankings the candidates for Olympic glory for a period of one year. The WBC’s ban was even more severe. Each Top 15 fighter who dared to participate in AIBA events, would not get a permission to fight in a world title fight or to be ranked for a period of two years. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman talked to Fightnews.com® to report that he is in New York and getting excellent sparring for his ESPN-televised clash against Sergiy Derevyanchenko on July 21 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“I arrived in New York last Friday and I’m training at Pop’s gym in New York,” Soliman said. “My chief sparring partner is South African Brian Lara who has a record of 16-1, 14 KOs. He is excellent and is similar in style to Sergiy Derevyanchenko. We’re doing twelve rounds sparring on Tuesday and six rounds Wednesday, then after that I’ll do pad work to keep sharp. My knee has been excellent and giving me no problems so I will be in 100% fight shape at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut on July 21. I want to thank Fightnews and all my fans for their support. Remember the fight will be televised on ESPN. I promise to deliver the goods on fight night!”
Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) is confident of retaining his WBA World Super Middleweight title on Saturday night when he returns to Germany to face Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
Having claimed the WBA strap with an eleventh-round TKO win over Vincent Feigenbutz at the Baden-Arena in January, the Italian fighter makes his first defence against another of Germany’s rising super middleweight stars, the undefeated 24 year-old Zeuge. (more…)
WBC’s #1 ranked super lightweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) will continue to pursue a world championship title as a Golden Boy Promotions fighter, retaining the Los Angeles-based company founded by Oscar De La Hoya as his promoter. Orozco’s multi-year agreement comes ahead of his July 30 fight where he will headline the HBO Latino card against Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (25-5, 19 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
“Since I was a child I always dreamed to be part of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions,” said Antonio Orozco. “This is where I started my career and this is where I would like to finish. I am at my prime, and re-signing with Golden Boy represents the second chapter of my career of become a world champion.”
VADA has reported the results of random testing under the Clean Boxing Program with both Viktor Postol and Terrence Crawford tests being negative.
WBC supervisor Dr Lorenzo Soberanes has also announced that in the in-competition antidoping test done after the fight between champion Ganigan Lopez and mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing, both tested negative.
Testing for the WBC Heavyweight fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola is currently being conducted by the CBP via VADA .
The WBC requires mandatory enrollment of all fighters ranked within the first 15 by August 9.
Breidis Prescott 147 vs. Levan Ghvamichava 148
Malcolm Mcallister 160 vs. Gilberto Pereira 160
Thomas Hill 153.8 vs. Marcos Hernandez 153.2
Manny Robles, Jr. 126.8 vs. Claudio Rosendo Tapia 126.6
Brian Castano 154 vs. Marcus Upshaw 153.2
Venue: Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino. Nice, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
At the one month anniversary first openly gay world title contender boxer Orlando Cruz will visit Pulse night club memorial and the victim’s crosses on Tuesday, July 12th at 12pm to leave boxing gloves and flowers. Cruz an active leader in the LGBT community was in training camp when the terrorist attack occurred. Due to his commitment with a scheduled televised title fight for July 15th in Kissimmee, Florida he was unable to leave his training camp to attend the vigils and memorials for the victims. Cruz sent out a statement stating that he would dedicate his fight on July 15th in Kissimmee to all affected in the tragedy. Cruz lost 4 friends in the tragedy and looks to pay homage with a win this Friday.
When: Tuesday, July 15th 2016
Where: Pulse Night Club Memorial, 1912 South Orange Ave, Orlando, Fla 32806
Narrated by Liev Schreiber, HBO Sports Presents “Terence Crawford: My Fight,” an in-depth look at the undefeated junior welterweight champion, is now available to view in its entirety:
There are only 12 days remaining before Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol collide in their 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division. The battle between Top-10 pound for pound gladiators will take place Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Following Saturday’s boxing telecast on FOX from Birmingham, Alabama, FS1 will continue the ring action with three more bouts. Former world champion Vic Darchinyan (42-8-1, 31 KOs) collides with Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round super bantamweight bout, undefeated heavyweight Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (17-0-1, 11 KOs) faces TBA in a ten round affair. And, as previously announced, unbeaten welterweight Jamal James (19-0, 9 KOs) meets Wale Omotoso (26-2, 21 KOs) in a third scheduled ten.
The FOX telecast will include WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his belt against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, undefeated welterweight contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. against Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, and unbeaten rising super welterweight Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Ivan Montero (20-1, 8 KOs).
Photos: Alexandr Safonov/Championat.com
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) defended his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) on Monday night at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kovalev pressed the action, while Chilemba looked to frustrate and avoid exchanges. Difficult fight for the champion until late in round seven, when Kovalev dropped Chilemba with a crushing right hand. Chilemba survived the round. Kovalev rocked Chilemba again in round eight. The pace then slowed down for the next several rounds, but Kovalev closed the show by punishing Chilemba in the last round. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 118-109. Chilemba fought without trainer Buddy McGirt, who had visa problems. His corner was run by his manager Jodi Solomon, who is also one of the few female trainers.
Next up for Kovalev is likely a November showdown with Andre Ward, who must have been pleased with what he saw. Ward has a bout against Alexander Brand scheduled for August 6 in Oakland.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 19-year-old son of ex-WBC bantam titlist, Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3 KOs), 121, proved too powerful and pugnacious—if not technical—in dropping Indonesian #5 bantam Rio Nainggolan (6-3, 2 KOs), 121.5, three times en route to a fine stoppage at 2:11 of the third round in a scheduled six on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Juiki, the son of three-time WBC 118-pound champ Joichiro, exclusively battered the game Indonesian at the side of the belly and sent him to the deck on three occasions in the fatal session. Papa Tatsuyoshi criticized his son’s performance, saying “Juiki must learn punching in combination more rather than throwing only many punches.” Joichiro kept talking before our press people and described him as still amateurish. But Juiki replied, “Always my father’s advice is too long and persistent. I understood it, and I’ll show my improvement next time.” His son seems a good counterpuncher.
Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
ALL FIGHTS SHOULD BE IN A BOXING RING
The world is going through very sensitive and difficult times. Violence is out of control and every single week reports of killings, riots, bombings and all sorts of tragic events are all over the news all over the world.
Discrimination must not be tolerated. We must learn from history and how such practice has ruined civilizations and has brought misery. The WBC family is united to express its condolences to those who suffered from the shooting in Dallas, where five police officers were killed. (more…)
By Byron Spurlock
FightNews.com® was able to catch Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (18-5, 11 KOs) moments after his shocking win over previously unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-1, 18 KOs). “You have to understand I came here to die in the ring,” Juarez told us.
What made you so confident that you were going to win against “Prince” Albert Pagara?
Well, the sacrifice that was made for the preparation was very strong. A lot of discipline, consistency, dedication at home. We trained hard physically and technically. I consider that my focus was the reason that put me afloat in this fight. The desire, the hunger of triumph was made us win tonight. (more…)
Little known flyweight Charlie Edwards (7-0, 3 KOs) will challenge IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (22-3, 14 KOs) for world title at The O2 in London on September 10. Edwards lands the golden opportunity on the undercard of the colossal World Middleweight title clash between pound-for-pound king Gennady Golovkin and IBF Welterweight ruler Kell Brook.
Edwards has made a big impact on the paid ranks in quick time, picking up the English title in just his fifth fight and the WBC International strap in his seventh, and the 23-year-old talent now faces a huge step-up in what will be his ninth pro fight after he boxes in Berlin this weekend.
Casimero landed the IBF Flyweight crown in May with a fourth round KO over Amnat Ruenroeng, gaining revenge for a points loss for the belt in June 2015. That win made the 26-year-old Filipino a two-weight champion having previously held the IBF Light-Flyweight crown, but Edwards believes he will rip the title from Casimero’s hands. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Under IBF rules, fighters cannot gain more than ten pounds after making weight the day prior. So on Monday morning, Sergey Kovalev weighed in at 181.6 and Isaac Chilemba weighed 182.6 at the IBF 2nd Day weigh-in. Overall, Kovalev gained 7 pounds, while Chilemba gained 7.8 pounds.
Kovalev had been a 100:1 favorite for weeks, but that number has been bet down to 85:1 (-8500 on Kovalev, +3500 on Chilemba). Still laying those kinds of odds on the Krusher doesn’t seem like a very good value, so the over/under becomes the more playable bet. The fight is +150 to go over 7.5 rounds and -180 to go under 7.5 rounds.
Remember, the live fight at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia, should be going off in the USA around 1PM ET/10AM PT. HBO’s delayed telecast will air tonight at 10:15 PM ET/PT.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Happy birthday to former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, who turned 95 on Sunday. The “Bronx Bull” continues to be boxing’s oldest living former world champion. LaMotta is pictured here last month as he attended the 2016 IBHOF festivities last month in Canastota, NY, where he has been a fixture since his induction in the inaugural class of 1990.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBO#15 ex-Japanese flyweight champ Suguru Muranaka (24-2-1, 8 KOs), 117.5, proved too aggressive and agile for Filipino Renoel Pael (19-4-1, 9 KOs), 117, winning a unanimous verdict (79-74, 78-74 twice) over eight fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Muranaka, unbeaten in last nine years, had forfeited his national flyweight belt on the scale, having failed to make the 112-pount limit at 114.75. Despite his dejection and disappointment, Muranaka defeated the mandatory challenger Tetsuma Hayashi by a unanimous nod in April last year. Muranaka this night displayed versatile combinations upstairs and downstairs to have the Filipino on the defensive all the way to show his strength and stamina before the audience.
WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-1, 18 KOs) has been discharged from Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, following his brutal eighth round KO loss to former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez on Saturday night. According to ALA Promotions, the attending doctor advised Pagara could fly back to the Philippines on Monday. All the tests, including the CT scan, came back negative. The doctor also advised not to have Prince Albert participate in any contact sports for at least two weeks.
“It is unfortunate that Albert Pagara suffered his first career loss tonight,” said ALA Promotions President/CEO Michael Aldeguer. “But on a positive note, we’re very grateful with the crowd turnout. We had exciting fights from the first bout down to the main event and tickets were sold out. Overall, it was a successful show – achieving ALA Promotions, ABS-CBN Sports, and TFC’s thrust to stage world-class boxing events all over the world. We’re excited to do even a bigger show later this year at a bigger venue in Stubhub Center, LA on September 24th.”
Photos: Alexandr Sanfonov/Championat.com
Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Isaac Chilemba 174.8
(WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight titles)
Venue: DIVS Sports Palace, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Promoter: Main Events
TV: HBO (delayed)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Super featherweight Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (20-6, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergio “Dandy“ Puente (24-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey, Mexico. Lopez prevailed 116-113, 117-112 and 117-111 to claim a vacant WBC regional belt.
In the co-feature, WBC #2, WBA #5 super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (56-11, 43 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Jerope “Niño de Oro“ Mercado (27-8-3, 9 KOs). Roman put Mercado on the deck in round three and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:10.
Albuquerque boxing fans enjoyed eight action-packed bouts Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center, with the main event of the evening earning “fight of the night” honors. Super lightweight Fidel “Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) recovered from a knockdown in the second round of his bout with Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (17-19-1, 15 KOs), only to knock down Cuevas twice in the same round to win the contest by KO. Time was 1:00. Cuevas, son of Hall of Fame former welterweight champion, is now 1-10-1 in his last twelve fights. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Featherweight Manuel Avila (21-0) of nearby Fairfield kept his spotless record intact with a 10-round unanimous decision over Prosper Ankrah (24-8) of Ghana in Saturday night’s pro boxing main event at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks. All three judges scored it a shutout, 100-87, giving the fast-rising Avila the vacant IBA Americas title in a cakewalk. A desperate Ankrah lost points more than once on fouls.
The eight-round semi-main went to super bantamweight Manuel Roman of Paramount, Calif., by majority decision over Javier Gallo of Mexico. (more…)
By Byron Spurlock at ringside
Photos: Erik Killin
Former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (18-5, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular upset eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California. Pagara dropped Juarez at the end of round one with a clean left hook, but Juarez, who gave Nonito Donaire all he could handle, relentlessly pressured and broke down the 22-year-old Filipino. Juarez battered Pagara in round seven, then finally put him on the canvas with a barrage of punches in round eight. “Prince Albert” tried to rise, but then sank back down to the canvas for the count. Time was :15.
WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (39-2, 24 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over journeyman Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-10-1, 10 KOs). A right hand dropped Alvarez for the count. Time was :55. The overmatched Alvarez lost for the ninth time in his last thirteen fights. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Carl Klingenberg / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC #11 super lightweight contender and 2012 USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) of Avenal, California, scored a fourth round TKO over Tomas Mendez (22-8, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Leemore, California. It looked like it would be a quick night when the popular Ramirez, who has previously fought in front of sellout crowds in Central California, dropped Mendez three times in round one. Mendez first hit the canvas from a Ramirez left hook to the jaw. He was floored again from a Ramirez barrage on the corner, and went down a third time from a body shot, but somehow Mendez survived. Ramirez continued to punish the gutsy Mendez and referee Jack Reiss finally waved it off with Mendez under heavy fire in round four. Time was :53. Impressive performance from Ramirez, who retained his WBC Continental Americas title.
Kicking off the UniMas “Solo Boxeo” telecast, super featherweight prospect Andy “El Tiburon” Vences, (16-0, 10 KOs), earned a workmanlike unanimous decision over tough Mexican Moises Delgadillo, (17-15-2, 8 KOs). Scores for the eight round bout were 77-75, 78-74, and 79-73.
Vences fought at a measured pace, relying mostly on his jab and superior quickness to avoid Delgadillo’s slower, looping punches. That kept Vences out of harm’s way but also allowed Delgadillo to gain confidence as he used Vences’ lack of urgency against him, winning rounds simply by virtue of being the busier fighter. However when he needed to Vences was able to regain the momentum, often with his right hand and superior accuracy.
“He took a lot of good shots,” explained Vences, who had some extra motivation due to his grandfather having come from Mexico to see him fight for the first time. “It was a little tough in there because he knew how to get to me, but it was a great learning experience for me.”
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In the day’s biggest upset so far, undefeated super middleweight Joe Louie Lopez, (8-1, 5 KOs), was knocked out by the first punch from journeyman Ernesto Martinez, (12-10-1, 6 KOs) at 0:19 of the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Martinez landed a right hand on Lopez’s chin that dropped Lopez so quickly everyone assumed it was a slip. However Lopez staggered badly around the ring after getting up, prompting an immediate stoppage as the crowd gasped and tried to figure out what had just happened. (more…)
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) outpointed former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-5-1, 21 KOs) over twelve mostly uneventful rounds in an IBF world title eliminator for the #2 rating on Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Barrios’ eight inch height advantage was too much for Boschiero to overcome. Barrios dropped Boschiero in round twelve finishing what was otherwise a dull fight. Scores were 120-107 on all three cards.
In an action packed co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Eddie Ramirez (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jessie Roman (20-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92.
Vargas, Venezuela, has been the home of the first APB/WSB Olympic Qualification Event open to all pro boxers since the change in AIBA statute ratified at the Extraordinary Congress held on June 1 in Lausanne. It was also the occasion for AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu to welcome WBA President Gilberto Jésus Mendoza to the Jose Maria Vargas Dome to enjoy the finals, which featured four pro boxers from non-AIBA organisations.
WBA President Gilberto Jésus Mendoza: “Ensuring the long term development of our sport is the only thing that should matter, and it was essential to come to Vargas to witness this unique tournament. After thorough discussions with AIBA President Dr Wu, it has become obvious that we need to start working on mutual projects that will benefit boxing and our boxers.”
AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu: “This APB/WSB Olympic Qualification tournament undoubtedly marks a step-change for our sport, with all pro boxers able to participate and earn quota places to Rio 2016. The presence of WBA President Gilberto Jésus Mendoza outlines our willingness to collaborate with all organisations that share our values and work for the best interests of the boxers.”
Both WBA and AIBA have agreed to envisage future partnerships covering all aspects of boxing from event organisation, boxer management and new championships, to training courses.
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