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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.
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Welterweight Joseph Elegele (16-2, 11 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Phil Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) on Sunday night at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. It was an entertaining war of attrition with both fighters landing and absorbing big shots. In Lo Greco’s best round, he staggered Elegele and teed off in a brutal assault that Elegele withstood. Elegele’s best moment was in round six when he battered Lo Greco all over the ring. Elegele rocked Lo Greco in the final round to pull out a 97-95, 96-94, 96-94 victory.
Light heavyweight Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-1, 12 KOs). Lovett dropped Baker with a left hook in round four. However, Baker rebounded and hurt Lovett in round eight, knocking him out with a furious barrage of punches. Time was 2:57.
Undefeated middleweight Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 79-73 Yeleussinov, 78-74 Lee, and 76-76. photos
Granite Chin Promotions presented a seven fight card on Saturday night at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Headlining the card, local cruiserweight Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Mike Sawyer (7-7, 5 KOs). In the co-feature, undefeated junior welterweight Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Matt Doherty (4-3-1, 2 KOs) over eight.
Undefeated heavyweight Zhilei Zhang, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, moved to 10-0 with 7 KOs with a second round TKO over Jamal Woods (8-27-6, 8 KOs). Also, Roc Nation heavyweight prospect Darmani “Rock Solid” Rock (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped 402-pound Bobby Favors (0-2) in round one.
Charles Foster DQ1 Ralph Johnson
Gabriel Duluc TKO2 Oscar Diaz
Brandon Montella KO1 Demetrius Thomas
By Boxing Bob Newman
The three winners of Showtime’s boxing telecast from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York addressed the media after the card ended. Demetrius Andrade, Dejan Zlaticanin and John Molina, Jr., all chimed in on their big wins last night and what the future holds for them.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru “The Spartan” Marin scored a third-round TKO over Johnny “The Law” Determan of Dallas, TX to win the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) International Bantamweight title Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The bout was the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.
In the second round of the bout, Marin landed a straight left followed by a picture-perfect right hook to the head that dropped Determan to his knees. Marin would land a left-right combination to Determan’s face to drop him a second time. Marin would finish the job late in the third round as he walked Determan down with pressure eventually leading to a straight left hand that dropped Determan for the third time in the bout. Determan’s corner would not let their boxer continue and the bout was stopped at 2:37 of the round.
Marin remains undefeated at 12-0, eight KO’s while Determan falls to 10-2, eight KO’s. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside
Photos by Mike Blair
San Francisco welterweight Johnathan Chicas (15-2, 7 KOs) added his second consecutive win since coming back from an eighteen month long hiatus on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Fighting in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 106, Chicas overcame a bad late-round cut and the long-ranged attack of Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-5, 4 KOs) to edge out a close ten round unanimous decision victory.
After a tentative first round in which both fighters fought at a measured pace, seemingly gauging what the other’s approach would be, Chicas began to come on in the second, closing the distance and unloading with effective overhand rights in close. Both fighters traded momentum in the third round with Green trying to establish his jab and find openings for his long right hand, while Chicas kept up the pressure and found success late in the round with thudding left-right hook combos. As the round wound down Chicas began to land the more damaging blows clinching the round with the harder and more effective shots. (more…)
Newly crowned WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko now holds world titles at 126 pounds and at 130 pounds. He has some time to decide which weight he’ll remain at, but after his brilliant KO win over Rocky Martinez, it sounds like he’s leaning toward 130. “The reason that I like Olympic boxing is that all the best fighters come together and find out who the best fighter is,” said the 28-year-old Ukrainian star. “I want to do the same in professional boxing. I want to line up all the best professional boxers at 130 pounds and see who the best fighter is.”
The other champions at 130 are Francisco Vargas (WBC), Jezreel Corrales (WBA super), Javier Fortuna (WBA regular), Jose Pedraza (IBF) and Miguel Berchelt (WBO interim). However, the first order of business might be a rematch with Orlando Salido, who handed Lomachenko his only professional loss and is coming off consecutive draws in world title fights. Lomachenko addressed a claim by Salido that he told Salido he wouldn’t fight him because Salido doesn’t have a belt. “Hey Salido, don’t lie. I didn’t tell you that. I’m ready to fight you anytime. Let’s do it!”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was elated with Lomachenko’s impressive win. “We have a lot of great fighters in Top Rank as you know,” said Arum. “This young man is the greatest. Muhammad Ali was the greatest of all time, Vasyl Lomachenko is the greatest of our time!“
By Tracy Morin
John Molina: “He realized I could use the jab. The guy is a very strong fighter. I hit him with some hard shots, and he just smiled at me. Why would I give him any advantage and go in there [to trade]? There was a headbutt, but nothing I haven’t experienced before. It was a fight. In exchanges, I had to let him know I would fight him. Then I got back on the outside and utilized my jab. A fighter knows in that ring if he won or lost. I was ready and prepared well for this fight, so I wasn’t scared they’d take it away from me.
“I’ve never ducked anybody. I want to put on a good show for the fans, and that’s what I do. It’s a step in the right direction, so anyone at 140, let’s do it. I’m a big 140-pounder; my strength and conditioning went well. We wanted to use my attributes–height, strength, reach–and right now my business is at 140. At one point, I was a 7-1 underdog in this fight. I had to show the world I can do what I can do. I think they’ll have a different judgment of me. The sky’s the limit from here on out.” (more…)
Joseph Elegele 149.6 vs. Phil Lo Greco 149.4
Steve Lovett 175.7 vs. Craig Baker 176
Dauren Yeleussinov 159.4 vs. Devaun Lee 163
David Gonzales 144.2 vs. Carlos Velasquez 142.2
Christian Camacho 127.6 vs. Callel Castillo 129.8
Craig Duncan 167.4 vs. Victor Darocha 167.4
Emmanuel Bermudez 145.2 vs. Randy Heddericks 147.8
Venue: Lakeland Events Center, Lakeland, Florida
Promoter: King’s Boxing
TV: Bounce TV
Former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (46-2-2, 24 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Breilor Teran (15-14-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal No. 1 in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. The 40-year-old Narvaez was in command all the way en route to a shutout 100-89 score on all three cards. Rated #5 by the IBF at bantamweight, Narvaez is now taking aim at IBF champion Lee Haskins.
By Ron Jackson
In an all-South African clash Simphiwe Khonco beat Siyabonga Siyo on a unanimous 12 round points decision to capture the vacant IBO minimumweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Ace Makaluza (SA) and Deon Dwarte (SA) both scored it 116-112 and judge Mark Streisand (USA) scored it 118-110.
The expected fireworks between the local rivals from the Eastern Cape was a rather damp squib in a poor fight with both fighters swinging wildly and missing throughout. The 29-year-old Khonco (47.54kg) whose name was spelt Konko on his trunks, made a fast start and was the aggressor as he backed up Siyo (47.46kg) throughout the fight.
Khonco improved his record to 17-6, 7 KOs, and the 26-year-old Siyo saw his record drop to 10-1, 4 KOs. The referee was Tony Nyangiwe (SA) and going into the fight Khonco was ranked at #6 and Siyo at #13 by the IBO. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Moises “Chucky” Flores of Mexico retained his WBA interim super bantamweight belt and won the IBO super bantamweight belt, with a twelve round unanimous points decision over Namibia’s Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda at the Ramatex Factory in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. Flores, 29, who fights out Guadalajara, Jalisco won with scores of 115-112, 115-110 and 114-111 against the gutsy 35-year-old Ambunda (24-2, 10 KOs), a former WBO bantamweight champion. The Mexican using his height and reach advantages had Ambunda down in rounds one, six and seven. Ambunda made a late rally in the last three rounds but this was not enough as the Mexican was a comfortable winner at the end. Flores (26-0, 17 KOs) is now hoping to challenge the WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba.
The main supporting bout between Paulus Moses of Namibia and Thompson Mokwana of South Africa for the WBO Africa interim lightweight title ended in a no contest after an accidental clash of heads in the first round. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (22-0, 18 KOs) of Palmdale, California, stopped Joaquim Carneiro (23-9, 21 KOs) of Brazil in three rounds on Saturday night in the inaugural “LA Battle Club” event at the Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California. Diaz teed off on Carneiro in the opening round busting his nose with his inside attack. Connecting with uppercuts, Diaz battered the bloodied Carneiro in round two. The carnage was stopped at the end of round three with Carneiro was bleeding massively.
Former world champion Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-6, 12 KOs) of Pico Rivera, California, won an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Justin “The Vodou” Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs) of Benin in a featherweight bout. A left hook by Ramos in the closing seconds of round one dropped Savi. Ramos then dominated and outworked Savi en route to a 79-72, 79-72 and 77-74 win. (more…)
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