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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
In a WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight, Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) had to dig deep to win a twelve round majority decision over a tenacious Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on Saturday night in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Maidana came out very aggressive in round one and unleashed a barrage of punches at Mayweather from all angles and had some success. Mayweather did more in round two, but took some hard body shots. In the middle of the ring, Floyd was in total command. When Maidana was able to force Floyd to the ropes he had success, especially to the body. Maidana was warned for pushing by referee Tony Weeks in round three. Mayweather was cut over the right eye in round four by an unintentional headbutt. Maidana just relentless in his unconventional attacks in round five. Mayweather was able to keep some distance in in round six and dominated. Maidana seemed to be slowing down in the seventh. Maidana did well in round eight, punishing Mayweather on the ropes. Mayweather changed his tactics in round nine and outboxed Maidana in the middle of the ring. Round ten was close, Floyd might have edged it in the late seconds. Another close round in the event, Mayweather again may have stole it with late punches. Floyd’s movement gave Maidana problems in the twelfth. The bout ended with both working hard on the ropes.
Scores were 114-114, 117-111, 116-112. Floyd is now unified WBC/WBA champion at both welterweight and super welterweight.
In a welterweight clash of former world champions, Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) scored three knockdowns against Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) en route to an impressive twelve round unanimous decision. Khan boxed well from the opening bell, dropping Collazo in round four. After the knockdown, Collazo stalked Khan with his arms down for the rest of the round to prove he wasn’t hurt. Khan continued to outbox Collazo. Collazo was deducted a point in round eight for a low blow. Khan was deducted in the same round for holding. Khan dropped Collazo with a body shot in round ten, then put him down again moments later. Collazo hit Khan low in the twelfth and Khan needed time to recover. Scores were 117-106, 119-104, 119-104.
In his first fight since losing to Marcos Maidana last December, former world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) in a bout fought at jr welterweight. Things got going in round three when the now clean-shaven Broner threw Molina to the canvas and got a warning from referee Kenny Bayless. Broner pretty much took over the fight after that, but never came close to stopping Molina. Margins were 99-91, 98-92, 100-90, all for Broner.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Cruiserweight Andrew Omotunde Tabiti of Chicago stopped John Shipman in five rounds in a scheduled six rounder. A barrage of ounche from Tabiti forced referee Russell Mora to stop the fight at 2:11 of the fourth round. Tabiti improves his mark to 6-0, 6 KO, Shipman drops to 3-2, 2 KOs.
Romanian super middleweight Ronald Gavril scored a fourth round TKO over Tyrell Hendrix in a scheduled eight round bout. A series of punches forced referee Russell Mora to stop the fight at 1:48 of the fourth round. Gavril remains unbeaten as he improves to 9-0, 7 KOs, Hendrix drops to 10-4-2, 3 KOs.
2012 British Olympian middleweight Anthony Ogogo stopped Jonel Tapia in three rounds in a scheduled eight rounder. An accumulation of punches forced referee Jay Nady to stop the fight 46 seconds of round three. Ogogo goes to 6-0, 3 KOs with the win. Tapia falls to 8-5-1, 5 KOs.
Welterweight Ashley Theophane scored a fourth round TKO over Angino Perez. An accumulation of punches forced referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight. With the win, Theophane goes to 35-6-1, 11 KOs. Perez falls to 15-5, 13 KOs. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #12 rated Nikola Sjekloca (26-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. Abraham stalked Sjekloca early and his power usually won the exchanges. However, the champion hurt his right hand midway through the fight and fought mostly with one hand the rest of the way. Sjekloca was unable to exploit Abraham’s injury, just fighting at a leisurely pace and not upping his aggression nearly enough. In the end, Abraham prevailed 116-113, 116-112, 119-110.
In a surprise, former European champion and world title challenger Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (25-3-1, 9 KOs) only managed an eight round draw in a tuneup bout with Pablo Sosa (3-3-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 76-76, 75-77. (more…)
Former IBF light flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero, who lost his title on the scale Friday, annihilated Colombian Mauricio Fuentes in the first round of their clash Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Casimero (20-2-1, 12 KOs) dropped the IBF #12 rated Fuentes (16-3, 10 KOs) three times before the carnage was stopped. Time was 2:59. The IBF title remains vacant as only Fuentes was eligible to win it.
Heavyweight Joe Hanks (21-1, 14 KOs) Los Angeles, CA and Derric Rossy (28-8, 14 KOs) Yonkers, NY, will square off in a bout scheduled for ten rounds in the co-feature on the May 16 ESPN telecast of Delvin Rodriguez vs Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine from Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. Definitely a crossroads fight as Hanks returns following his first career loss against Andy Ruiz 10 months ago, while Rossy is coming off consecutive decision losses to Joey Dawejko and Fres Oquendo. All profits from the Star Boxing/Choko Boxing card will be given to the Starlight Children Foundation.
Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya dropped by the home of his former promoter and current business rival Bob Arum on Thursday, but still hasn’t been spotted in Vegas for this week’s Mayweather-Maidana clash co-promoted by Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions. Meanwhile, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has been large and in charge at the fight site and making it no secret that the rift between he and Oscar is serious. Oscar’s visit to Arum’s house was purely a social call.
Floyd Mayweather has had his share pre-fight distractions during fight week. In addition to the glove situation reported below and talk of buying the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team, Floyd has been getting into some nasty exchanges with his former girlfriend “Miss Jackson” in interviews and over social media. Showtime’s Jim Gray asked Floyd about the distractions and Floyd responded that he performs better under pressure.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer discusses the disagreement that erupted Friday night between the Mayweather and Maidana camps over the brand of gloves that will be used in tonight’s PPV clash. Maidana wanted to wear custom blue-colored Everlast MX gloves. The Nevada Commission ruled out the custom gloves, but OK’d the off-the-shelf version of the same model. The Floyd camp is still not happy.
By Graham Houston
When there is an upset in boxing there are usually clues — even if well-hidden ones — as to what might happen. A betting favourite might be looking past his opponent, or he might be under-prepared, or over-confident, or struggling to make weight, or perhaps beset by distractions outside the ring. He may be showing signs of slippage. Unfortunately for underdog Marcos Maidana, none of the above applies to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who defends his WBC welterweight title, undefeated record and superstar status against the Argentinean slugger at the MGM Grand tonight; Maidana will be risking his WBA “super world” title and seeking to pull off a life-changing victory.
Try as we might, we cannot find any hint as to how Maidana can pull off a monumental surprise.
It hardly seems possible that Mayweather is 37, but he is, although a young 37 to be sure. He stays in shape in between fights — none of this ballooning in weight with Mayweather. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Ryan “Dangerous” Davis (24-14-3, 9 KOs) on Friday night at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Smith punished Davis from the outset finally dropping him at 2:59 of round two. Davis, who stepped in for WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara after Lara pulled out to face Canelo Alvarez, lost his fifth straight fight.
Lightweight Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alan “Explosivo” Herrera (32-6, 21 KOs). The quick slickster Bey picked apart Herrera for the first six rounds, but Herrera dropped Bey at the end of round seven. Bey kept his distance for most of round eight, but staggered Herrera late in the round, and then cruised to a 97-92, 98-92, 98-92 win.
WBA interim featherweight titleholder Jesus Cuellar (24-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion (23-4, 12 KOs) Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KOs). Cuellar dropped Ramos in round one and pressured Ramos the rest of the way. Scores were 116-110, 117-109, 114-112. Cuellar was deducted a point in round eight for a punch behind the head. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Floyd Mayweather Jr 146 vs. Marcos Maidana 146.5
(WBC/WBA welterweight unification)
Amir Khan 147 vs. Luis Collazo 147
Adrien Broner 140 vs. Carlos Molina 138.5
J’Leon Love 168 vs. Marco Antonio Periban 168
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Tijuana fight fans have their own version of the Bernard Hopkins and his name is Roberto “Pollito” Lopez (31-25-1, 12KOs). The forty-one-year-old put on a masterful performance last night at the Black Box located on the legendary Revolution Avenue to defeat his junior Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (21-6, 19KOs) via unanimous decision in the main event of the five-bout fight card presented by Diego “Pelucho” Morales’ PM Promotions. Lopez employed many of the same tactics Hopkins does to impressively dominate the action over a Badillo who was in his first fight in nearly a year. The six rounder was full of energy with the small but enthusiastic crowd bought in as they alternated chants of “Fuerte” and “Pollo”.
Badillo, who challenged for the world title back in 2011, looked befuddled from the opening round at the energy of Lopez as the slightly taller “Pollo” went after him at full speed from the opening bell and trapped him against the ropes. Once there Lopez went to work with multi-punch combinations to the head and body. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (45-6, 35 KOs) will face Miguel “Mickey” Roman (45-11, 34 KOs) for the WBC International super featherweight title on June 7 at the Estadio de Beisbol Cuauhtémoc in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. Ponce de Leon is coming off his wild second round TKO loss to Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in March. The Promociones del Pueblo card will be televised by Televisa in Mexico and Fox Sports in the U.S.
Also on the card, local super featherweight Abdiel “Mortero” Ramirez (22-1-1, 20 KOs) hopes to avenge his only loss in a rematch against Nicaraguan René “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6-1, 23 KOs). The undercard features world ranked middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (31-1, 24 KOs) and super featherweight prospect Edgar Monarrez (17-2, 11 KOs) against opponents to be named.
Arthur Abraham 167.8 vs. Nikola Sjekloca 168
(WBO super middleweight world title)
Gogita Gorgiladze 195.8 vs. Noel Gevor 196.7
(WBO Youth cruiserweight belt)
Eduard Gutknecht 176.4 vs. Pablo Sosa 174.8
Burak Sahin 241.4 vs. Jerousek Zoltan 223.8
Dennis Ceylan 125.9 vs. Dzmitri Agafonau 123
Timo Schwarzkopf 140 vs, Anzor Gamgebeli 136
Venue: Berlin Velodrome, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Chicago’s most popular professional boxer, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) will return to action on June 20 headlining the next installment of the acclaimed “Fight Night” series at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The 29-year-old George, born and raised in Chicago, made his triumphant return to battle on April 18 at the same venue with a dominant sixth round knockout of veteran Troy Lowry. Further details on George’s bout and a full undercard will be announced shortly.
“Fight Night” is presented by Hitz Boxing in association with Round 3 Productions. Advance tickets starting at $25.00 for “Fight Night” are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, The Venue/Horseshoe Box Office and HitzBoxing.com.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Omar Chávez 154 vs Daniel Sandoval 154
Tomás Rojas 123 vs José Cabrera 123
Ramsés Agatón 148 vs Alejandro Barrera 148
Carlos Velarde 105 vs José Argumedo 105
Juan Carlos Sánchez 122 vs Cristian Rodríguez 122
Darío Garibay 141 vs Rosario Cázares 141
José ¨Torito¨ Rodríguez 114 vs Valentín León 114
Mario Briones 126 vs Rodolfo Hernández 126
Venue: Palenque de la Feria
Tv: Tv Azteca, Azteca América
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather says he doesn’t have a gameplan for Saturday’s night’s PPV clash against against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana, but he does make one promise: “I’m going to give you guys what you want to see,” states Floyd.
“It’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Canelo, it’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Robert Guerrero. It’s going to be a totally different fight. No gameplan at all. I’m going to be right there. I think styles make fights. I’m looking to win and I’m looking to win very impressively. I’m pretty sure he’s coming straight ahead and we’ll see how the fight plays out.”
Andrei Arlovski laughs when you ask him what he missed the most from being in the UFC. Just three days after it was made official that the “Pitbull” was returning to the organization where he made his name so many years ago, it was clear that the glow of the news still hadn’t worn off . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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IBF jr flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero (19-2, 11 KOs) lost his title on the scale after weighing in a whopping 5.25 pounds over the 108lb division limit for his defense against Colombian Mauricio Fuentes (16-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Fuentes did make weight, and only he can win the title with a victory on Saturday night. If Casimero wins, the title stays vacant.
IBF world middleweight champion Felix Sturm has commented on his upcoming May 31 clash against IBF #1 and mandatory challenger Sam Soliman at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. “This is not just a title defense for me,” said Sturm. “It’s also a day for redemption. He and his team acted unprofessional before the fight and when we received the news about him testing positive…well, enough is enough. It’s time someone sends him into retirement.”
Sturm and Soliman first met in the ring last February when the Australian won a narrow and disputed decision, which was later overturned into a no contest after Soliman tested positive for a banned substance.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank sent a few shots of their honorees at the 89th BWAA Awards Dinner on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Former world champion Mike Tyson (ctr) presents the “Fight of the Year” award to Ruslan Provodnikov (L) and Timothy Bradley (R).
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach receives the “Eddie Futch” Trainer of the Year award. Top Rank’s Lee Samuels received one of the two “Barney Nagler” awards for Long and Meritorious Service at the 89th Annual BWAA Awards Ceremony on Thursday night in Las Vegas. The other award went to Col. Bob Sheridan. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Frans Botha was unable to fight on Lion Heart Boxing Promotions’ “May Day Mayhem” card Thursday night in Dubai, U.A.E.
According to promoter Edward Mendy, Botha’s flight from Durban to Johannesburg arrived ten minutes late and when Botha got to the gate for his connecting flight to the U.A.E., he was told that the gate is closed and the next flight out wasn’t until the next day.
According to heavyweight contender Manuel Charr, he will be facing former WBA regular titleholder Alexander Povetkin on May 30 in Moscow for the WBC International title. “This is a huge fight,” said Charr. “I am very proud that I’ve managed to land this big fish. This fight with Povektin is my chance to qualify again for a world title fight. The winner is a top position in the WBC world rankings. I’m sure that when I beat Povetkin in Moscow, I will then fulfill my destiny and become world champion as I promised Jose Sulaiman.”
“I knows Moscow, and Moscow knows me,” continued Charr. “So, for me there was no question that I would accept the fight. Since my appearance against Klitschko, I have many fans and friends in Russia. So, for me it will be like a home match. In addition, I’ll travel with a big team to Moscow. Together we’ll beat Povetkin, bring the WBC International title to Germany and then also become a world champion. This fight is the key.”
We caught up with boxing manager Frank Espinoza who’s in Las Vegas with Carlos Molina. Molina will be squaring off against Adrien Broner this Saturday night as part of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana pay per view card.
How was Carlos’ camp for Broner?
It was the best camp he’s ever had. He trained extremely hard in San Diego with Carlos Barragan. He’s in incredible shape and I think he’s going to give “The Problem” problems.
What can we expect from Carlos on Saturday night?
You’re going to see a very focused and hungry Carlos Molina. I’ve never seen him like this. He knows this is his big chance and big chances don’t come around often so he has to make it count. (more…)
The new home for boxing? Construction begins for a new MGM/AEG 20K-seat arena in Las Vegas. More
Facebook rant: Floyd Mayweather accues ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson of having an abortion. More
More on Ricky Hatton’s visa problems. More
Amir Khan promises “absolute best” against Luis Collazo this weekend. More
Welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, scored a sixth round TKO over Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (32-3, 23 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Thursday night at the iconic Hialeah Park in South Florida. The bout was stopped by referee Telis Assimenios at 2:38 of the sixth to protect Cayo from further punishment.
In the 10-round middleweight clash, undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (18-0-1, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, won an uneventful ten round split decision over Sonora, Mexico’s Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-6, 26 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 96-94 for Gonzalez, and 96-94 for Medina.
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Ishe Smith 154 vs. Ryan Davis 153.4
Jesus Cuellar 125 vs. Rico Ramos 125.2
Mickey Bey 138.8 vs. Alan Herrera 135
Rau’shee Warren 118 vs. Ricardo Alvarado 118.5
Robert Easter 135 vs. Carlos Cardenas 136.5
Jamel Herring 134.5 vs. Rogelio Casarez 136.5
Raynell Williams 131 vs. Joshua Arocho 130
Javonte Clark 148 vs. Miguell Rico 148
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1
IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins was recently informed that he will be expected to begin negotiations for his mandatory defense against the winner of the June 21 IBF eliminator between Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs).
However, Hopkins has indicated he wants to unify with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson next and that can still happen before facing Dudchenko or Mohammedi. “It is possible for Hopkins to fight in a unification bout,” IBF Championship Chairman Lindsey E. Tucker told Fightnews.com. “Under our rules, a unification takes priority over the mandatory. This goes back to the 1980s when the three major sanctioning bodies (WBA, WBC and IBF) agreed that we wanted only one champion in each weight class. As you can see now, that is no longer true.
“If the IBF grants Hopkins the unification bout, one of the conditions that we normally request is that the winner does the IBF mandatory next. The winner of Dudchenko vs. Mohammedi would be #1 and the mandatory challenger.”
Tucker also dismissed the possibility of an IBF interim light heavyweight title, a gimmick that has been overused by other organizations. “We don’t have interim champions except in rare cases,” he stated. “We only want one champion per weight class.”
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Undercard fighters appearing on “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana” participated in a final press conference on Thursday afternoon in the MGM Grand Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas.
Here’s what they had to say:
Amir Khan: Training camp has gone really well. We’ve been working very hard on what we have to do on Saturday night. Even though I’ve not been in the ring for the last twelve months, we been in the gym for the last eight months…I’ve not ate my way up to this weight, I trained my way up to this weight…you’ll definitely see a different Amir Khan come into this fight.
Luis Collazo: Me and Khan, whoof, welcome to the welterweight division. We’re here. Once that bell rings you’re gonna see me. You ain’t gonna see nobody else but the best Luis Collazo you’ve ever seen.
Adrien Broner: If y’all thought a loss was gonna humble me or put me in my place, then y’all can just shove that up y’all a–. Listen, I’ve come to do damage man. I’m punching with bad intentions and I’m back on my “A” game…you put Carlos Molina in front of me? That’s kinda disrespectful to me. So I’m going to make an example out of this muthaf–ker. He’s talking something about going for broke. Sh-t. Ain’t he already broke? He’s getting the biggest payday he ever got and he’s about to get his a– whooped…no homo but he gettin’ it off the ding-ding.
Carlos Molina: We’re ready. Come Saturday night it’s pay-per-view, so we’re going to go fro broke on this one. We’re letting our hands fly and expect a great performance from Carlos Molina. photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Fonfara
“We chose a Big Bear training camp, because this is the place where you live and breathe boxing. Andrzej wanted this before the Stevenson fight, no home distractions, just the biggest fight of his life,” said Marek Fonfara, older brother and his manager of Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. “I have no doubt that Andrzej will knock Stevenson out. There it is – I said it.” Forfara challenges WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson on May 24 in Montreal. (more…)
Walter Johnson Promotions will present a pro boxing card on June 7 at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion. The main event pits middleweight Scott Cujo Sigmon (24-4, 14 KOs) against undefeated prospect DeAndre Robinson-Neal (13-0, 7 KOs) in an eight round bout. The co-main event will see undefeated cruiserweight Keith Tapia (10-0, 8 KOs) take on Paul Jennette (12-3, 9 KOs). In the heavyweight division, Kohn Wesley NoFire (14-0, 11 KOs) goes against veteran Earl Ladson (17-22, 10 KOs). Also on the card will be jr welterweight Cristian Dominguez (7-1, 5 KOs) taking on trial horse Richard Lee Hall (11-20, 7 KOs), and unbeaten lightweight Richard Rivers (9-0) meets TBA. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at the Greensboro Coliseum Box office or thru Ticketmaster.
Former world champion and promoter Ricky Hatton has been advised that he must apply for a Visa for entry into the US as the documents he intended to travel to the Mayweather-Maidana fight have been deemed insufficient for entry at this time. This was a huge surprise to Ricky but unfortunately nothing can be done to make the application in time for him to travel this week. Ricky had been looking forward to returning to Las Vegas once again, the home of many of his famous boxing occasions, and to working closely with BoxNation as a commentator at this Saturday’s event. There has been no indication that Ricky will not be able to travel to the USA in the future and he intends to apply for a new Visa as soon as possible.
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana may headline “The Moment” on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the fight of the night may very well be the one between former world champions Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) in a welterweight contest scheduled for twelve rounds.
The bout is somewhat of a consolation prize for Khan, who was in the lead to win the “Mayweather Sweepstakes” before Argentine strongman Marcos Maidana upset Adrien Broner last December.
Khan eventually lost a fan poll to Maidana to determine who would be Mayweather’s next opponent, and had to settle for facing Luis Collazo on the main supporting bout. (more…)
Featherweight veteran Cole Miller called for him, and on July 19th in Dublin, he will get his wish as he faces Irish phenom and hometown hero Conor McGregor in the UFC Fight Night main event at the O2 Arena . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Two-time world champion Michael Katsidis (29-6, 24 KOs) will take on former world champion Graham Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) in a rematch of their explosive knockdown-filled first fight. The highly anticipated match up will take place in Toowoomba on July 4. The pair first met in 2007 when the then WBO world lightweight #2 ranked Michael Katsidis, travelled to London England to defeat local hero and then WBO world #1 Graham Earl for the vacant WBO lightweight world interim championship. This will be the 35-year-old Earl’s first fight in five years.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unsanctioned by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) to put his national belt at stake, Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5 KOs), 232.75, was forced to square off against former WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (25-10-2, 10 KOs), 206.5, in a non-title eight-rounder and was awarded a close but unanimous verdict (77-76 and 77-75 twice) in a see-saw contest on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Ishida was unsuccessful to win the WBA 160-pound throne as he was annihilated by Gennady Golovkin in three blitzkrieg rounds in Monaco thirteen months ago. The 38-year-old ex-WBA super-welter titlist jumped up some 50 pounds to make this ambitious encounter possible in several months. The JBC’s view is so logical that it saw Ishida had no credentials in the heavyweight class, so couldn’t sanction it as a national championship contest. (more…)
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