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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Every day there’s a press conference here in Tokyo, Japan. On Monday, Watanabe Promotions announced a dual WBA world title bout featuring mandatory defenses. On August 31, WBA 115-pound champ Kohei Kono, a Japanese veteran, will face ex-titlist Luis Concepcion of Panama in Tokyo. In the main event on the same show, WBA 108-pound ruler Ryoichi Taguchi will cope with top contender and ex-champ Ryo Miyazaki, also of Japan, over twelve heats.
On Tuesday, Ohashi Promotions announced that Satoshi Shimizu, formerly bronze medalist in the bantam category in London Olympic Games in 2012, would make a professional debut under Ohashi Gym. He is a very tall 5’11” featherweight prospect.
On Wednesday, Teiken Promotions also announced a world title twinbill, in which Shinsuke Yamanaka will make his eleventh defense against Anselmo Moreno, a Panamanian puzzling southpaw, in a rematch in Osaka, Japan, on September 16. On the same bill, former WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa will make an ambitious crack at the WBC 122-pound belt against elongated Mexican champ Hugo Ruiz in the semi-windup.
Two-time super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz is back in intensive daily training to prepare for a clash against European light heavyweight champion Mehdi Amar The EBU (European Boxing Union) has named Stieglitz as the official mandatory challenger for the Frenchman. Negotiations are currently underway and the middle of July, the date and the venue of this European Championship will hopefully have been determined.
Robert Stieglitz: “I absolutely want this fight, I’m already doing well in training and I want to bring the European light heavyweight title to Germany. I still lack the European championship belt in my collection! It fits right in with what’s currently happening in the sports world: the German team beats France, then also wins the final for the European championship. I follow with a win in my title shot and then I’m also European champion! By the way, my tip for Germany against France is a 2-1 victory for us.”
Unbeaten Sergei Ekimov (16-0, 8 KOs) will face American Samuel Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs), for the vacant WBC International Silver light heavyweight title on July 31 in Riga, Latvia.
A full top undercard with among them undefeated heavyweight prospect Ruslan Fayfer and former interim WBA champion Dmitry Chudinov will soon be announced.
The show will be shown live on Match-TV and is promoted by Empire Sport in association with current WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis.
Lightweight Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sánchez (30-12, 14 KOs) of Tabasco, Mexico, faces local hero Antonio “Toño” Morán (19-1, 13 KOs) this Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be for the WBC Latino lightweight title. It’s a huge opportunity for the veteran Sánchez, one he plans to take full advantage of.
What emotions are you feeling for your network debut on Telemundo?
I feel very motivated. I’m also very content. I’m ready to give my absolute best on Friday so that I can have my hand raised in the end.
What would a win Friday do for your career?
I could immediately be placed in the world rankings and in line for a world title fight. (more…)
On June 14, 2016, the WBC assembled and convened an Emergency Review Committee that included scientific, medical and legal advisors. The Committee reviewed and discussed the information available concerning heavyweight Alexander Povetkin`s positive test result for the banned substance Meldonium.
On June 28, 2016, Povetkin and his medical and scientific team met with the WBC in Mexico City and presented their position as part of the WBC investigative process in this matter.
The WBC has offered champion Deontay Wilder and his team an opportunity to present their own medical and scientific information and a meeting has been confirmed to take place by mid-July. In the meantime, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released an updated informational notice concerning Meldonium, which the WBC and the WBC Committee will thoroughly review while continuing with the process outlined by the Clean Boxing Program.
The WBC will continue its process and inquiry and will provide additional information in the very near future.
By Karl Freitag
Former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, won a three round unanimous decision over 21-year-old amateur Jonathan Esquivel of Anaheim, California, in a light heavyweight quarterfinal bout on Tuesday at the APB/WSB Qualification Tournament in Vargas, Venezuela. Scores were 29-28 on all cards. Esquivel was the last remaining American in the tournament.
By Karl Freitag
In the biggest surprise of the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Venezuela so far, 23-year-old Colombian amateur Juan Carlos Carrillo Palacio knocked out unbeaten Serbian professional Petar Maukovic (14-0, 13 KOs) in the first round of their light heavyweight preliminary on Monday.
Another professional, Massimiliano Ballisai (20-3, 12 KOs), a lightweight from Italy, was also defeated. Ballisai, who unsuccessfully challenged for the European (EBU) lightweight title in March, lost in a one-sided affair to 23-year-amateur Thulasi Qattharumalingam of Qatar on Monday. Scores were 30-26, 30-27, 30-27.
Also coming up short was 40-year-old professional Ladislav Kutil (19-4, 5 KOs), representing the Czech Republic, who was defeated handily 30-27 on all three cards by Polish amateur boxer Mateusz Jerzy Tryc in a light heavyweight quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.
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In a lightweight quarterfinal matchup, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs), a former EBU-EU champion, cruised past Ukrainian amateur Oleh Dovhun by a score of 30-27 on all three cards Monday. Interestingly, he will be the next opponent of former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand in the lightweight semi-final, so that matchup is actually a battle between two world rated pros.
WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7-rated and current NABF heavyweight champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) has agreed to face comebacking 41-year-old Joshua “Josh Dempsey” Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) in a non-title fight in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions’ next “Detroit Brawl” installment at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.
Ruiz has made four successful defenses of his NABF Championship. Before that, he held the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Championship and made an additional three successful defenses before relinquishing. In his last in-ring appearance, he stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in the fourth round on May 14 in Studio City, California.
Gormley, who bills himself as a distant relative of former champ Jack Dempsey, reportedly trains with Dino Spencer and Luis “Chiro” Perez at the 5th St. Gym in Miami, Florida. He is on a three-fight KO streak since coming back from a 16-year layoff in late 2015. Despite having had no amateur boxing career, Dempsey fought his way to up-and-comer status in the late 90s and was a fan favorite. He also worked with former champion Lennox Lewis as a sparring partner.
The successful TV Series Boxeo Telemundo Ford will continue its summer season on its third week this Friday, July 8th from the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. In the main event, young prospect Antonio “Tono” Moran (19–1, 13 KOs) of Mexico City will fight for his first belt when he faces veteran Juan Pablo “El Lagarto” Sanchez (30-12, 14 KOs) from Tabasco, Mexico in another “Civil War” schedule for ten rounds with the vacant WBC Latin lightweight title at stake.
Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:00 PM. Six more bouts are scheduled. Telemundo Network will televise in the US starting at 11:35 PM ET. 52MX MVS Networks televises in Mexico at 11:30 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Producciones Deportivas. Auditorio Blackberry is located at Avenida Insurgente Sur #453, Esquina con Tlaxcala, Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF, MX. Tel: +525555641294. For tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx.
By Karl Freitag
In a very good interview with IFL TV, promoter Eddie Hearn discussed the latest on the negotiations for the proposed middleweight championship fight between WBC, WBA, IBF world champion Gennady Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr., and the negotiations for the world welterweight unification fight between IBF world champion Kell Brook and WBO world champion Jessie Vargas.
On Golovkin-Eubank: “The hold up is it’s very, very complicated. You’ve got a contract with Matchroom and Chris Eubank Jr. You’ve got a contract with Sky Sports for that particular fight. You’ve got a contract with HBO. You’ve got a contract with Gennady Golovkin. There’s three or four contracts to draft and these contracts go backwards and forwards with multiple changes and negotiations on so many different points: international TV, sponsors on the ring mat, press conferences, drug testing, hotel rooms, flights, gloves, ringsides, officials. At no point during the last two weeks has anything come back that’s made me think this fight won’t happen…the truth is I believe the fight will get made, and I believe it will get made this week.”
On Brook-Vargas: The provision of services central agreement has not been signed or agreed with Top Rank or Matchroom because it’s too much money. Quite simply. And last week through the Brexit, the dollar rate swings about 12-13% — you’re talking about a quarter-million dollar swing for us from that happening. And that has opened our legs and kicked us straight in the bollocks! So we negotiated with Top Rank over the weekend and Bob Arum. We are now in a position where we have a number and a package that we are happy to progress with and I might start hearing people say ‘oh well I’ll bet it’s a shit offer.’ Let me tell you it’s over $2 million…much more than Kell Brook will make in the fight.”
Hearn stated that the proposed dates for Golovkin-Eubank (in London) and Brook-Vargas (in Sheffield) are September 10 and October 8, but which fight will land on which date will evolve this week.
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Josue Martinez
WBO #1 rated junior welterweight Jason “El Nino” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs) took time to chat with Fightnews.com® as he prepares for his fight against Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9, 10 KOs) this coming Saturday at the San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA.
The last time we talked was at the kickoff press conference and you seemed to be a person of very few words.
Tell us more about Jason the person and boxer.
I don’t need to say a lot of words to explain what I want to do and what will happen on July 9th in San Mateo. There’s going to be a knockout and I’m going to win. I’m a simple person and between me and my brother (Albert), he talks a whole lot more than me (still smiling). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
21-year-old amateur light heavyweight Jonathan Esquivel of Anaheim, California, has a major hurdle to get past this afternoon if he wants a spot in the 2016 Olympics next month in Brazil. Esquivel, who won his first round match, must now face former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, at the APB/WSB Qualification Tournament in Vargas, Venezuela.
The three other Americans competing in this final Olympic qualifier, welterweight Paul Kroll, heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (yes, that’s his real name), and super heavyweight Brandon Lynch, have all dropped their first round bouts and were eliminated. (more…)
Trainer Thomas Hansvoll expects little-known Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) to upset the odds and score a career-defining win over former two-weight former world champion Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. The Norwegian duo have been hard at work preparing for the WBO International title fight, and although Lihaug enters the bout as an underdog, Hansvoll is confident the 23-year-old upstart has what it takes to beat an ageing Abraham, who he believes has ‘lost his hunger.’ (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
OFFICIATING IN BOXING
This week´s column will address the always controversial topic of officiating. Officials in all sports will always be subject to criticism. Did the umpire miss the call? Was it a strike or a ball? Did the referee miss calling the offside which led to a goal in soccer? Did the referee call the wrong pass interference in football? Was that dive a 9.0 or should it have been 9.5? No matter what the sport is, officials are under heavy pressure and scrutiny and it is always forgotten that they are human beings.
Boxing has two distinctions of ring officials, the referee and three judges, but it was not always like that. There have been many different scoring systems in the history of our sport. For many years the referee was the sole arbiter, if the fight ended without KO, the referee would raise the arm of the fighter he thought won the fight. There was a twenty-point system, five-point system, one-point per round system (regardless of knockdowns, the winner would get only one point). For many years there was a scoring referee and two judges, etc… After a long process and meetings with the best officials in the world, the WBC developed the current “ten-point must” system, which has been in use for some 40 years. There are several proposals to make some additions and changes to the current system, but that is a matter for another day to discuss. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
On this Wednesday July 6th, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach will attend the official press conference and open media workout for the Jose Ramirez. The fight will be for the Nationally Televised WBC Continental Americas Championship on July 9th.
This event is free and open to the public and fighters will each do three minute work outs for the media, one on one interviews, photos and meet and greets for fans that attend. The WBC belt will be on hand as well for viewing and we will have special announcements on celebrities attending and more. The first ten fans that attend will receive one pair of tickets to the fight as well for free.
By Karl Freitag
Fighting in the lightweight division, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand defeated German Artur Bril by three round unanimous decision in the quarterfinals of the APB/WSB Olympic Qualification Tournament on Monday in Vargas, Venezuela. After Ruenroeng swept the first two rounds, Bril won the third, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 29-28 across the board. The next fight for Ruenroeng will be on Thursday.
The other notable pro in the tournament, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), has a bye until tomorrow.
The 37-year-old Ruenroeng is currently rated #9 by the IBF at super flyweight and #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight. Both the WBC and IBF have announced they will suspend and remove from the ratings any pro competing in the Olympics.
Josh Warrington hopes to be dragged into a war so he can prove he as power when he defends his WBC International Featherweight title against Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on July 30, live on Sky Sports. Warrington puts his title on the line for the third time having been taken the distance in two challenging battles at his hometown fortress in his last two outings.
Warrington won every round against tough Australian Joel Brunker in his first defence in September before Hisashi Amagasa presented an entirely different challenge in April as the ‘Leeds Warrior’ brilliantly handled a significant height disadvantage against the six-foot Japanese star to record another wide decision win. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Thailand’s Jimmy Chaichotchuang, who is the promoter of former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, talked to Fightnews.com® to explain he was not consulted about Ruenroeng’s competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and didn’t approve of the former world champion to compete in the current Olympic Qualification tournament.
“I would agree with IBF president Daryl Peoples, that professional boxers should not fight amateur boxers at the Olympic Games,” said Chaichotchuang. “I was very proud to be the promoter of former IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng. At the age of 37-years-old, Ruenreong has decided to fight in the WSB by himself in the lightweight division. I understand Ruenroeng wants to fulfill his dream to win an Olympic medal. I wish Ruengroeng a successful and happy life with his son and his family.”
Unbeaten USA Olympian and WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) returns to Central California — where he’s previously fought in front of sellout crowds — to face Tomas Mendez (22-7, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Ramirez is coming off of a dominant win over veteran Manny Perez in April on HBO Pay-Per-View and a victory over Mendez will give him a top ten world rating. The fight will air on UniMas “Solo Boxeo.”
Jose Carlos Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) vs. Tomas Mendez (22-7, 14 KOs) – lightweight
Andy Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) vs. Moises Delgadillo (17-14-2, 8 KOs) – super featherweight
Joe Louie Lopez (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Ernesto Martinez (11-10-1, 5 KOs) – middleweight
Eric Altamirano (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Daniel Tran (4-4-1, 2 KOs) – lightweight
Quilisto Madera (2-0, 1 KOs) vs. Rafael Valencia (3-2, 2 KOs) – middleweight
Hector Madera (0-0) vs. Kevin Davila (1-2-2, 0 KOs) – super lightweight
Efren Lopez (0-0) vs. TBA – featherweight
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Josue Martinez
Fightnews.com® was able to catch up with unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) at the Undisputed Gym in San Mateo, California. “Prince” Albert is preparing to defend his WBO Inter-Continental against Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) on Saturday night against at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo. Pargara-Juarez is headlining a card billed as PINOY PRIDE 37 “FISTS of the FUTURE” presented by ALA Promotions.
With the fight fast approaching, what has your camp been focusing on?
With the fight right around the corner, we have been focused on my weight for the coming fight and also my speed. The team knows that Cesar Juarez is not an easy opponent. He is a tough Mexican fighter and we aren’t taking him lightly. (more…)
In case you missed it…
Serbian middleweight Geard Ajetovic, with a pro record of 28-15-1, 14 KOs, went crashing out on the opening day of the APB/WSB Olympic Qualification Tournament Sunday in Vargas, Venezuela. The 35-year-old Ajetovic was outpointed over three by 23-year-old Dominican Raul Sanchez Marte 29-27, 29-28, 29-27. Ajetovic had previously competed at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, representing Yugoslavia.
Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand will see his first action of the tournament on Monday against German Artur Bril.
Former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs) has a bye until Tuesday.
Unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper (16-0, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Medford, NY’s Derric Rossy (30-12, 14 KOs) on Sunday night at the Gellersenhalle in Lüneburg, Germany. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 96-94.
This was Teper’s first fight since his brutal July 2015 KO win over David Price for the vacant European title. Teper failed a drug test after that fight, was stripped of the belt and suspended. He had previously failed a drug test in 2014.
The card was presented by PSP Boxing and Z!Promotion.
Three Don King Productions fighters saw action on Saturday night on the Pinnacle Boxing Championships card at the Teamster Temple in the hipster Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
WBC #5, WBA #9 super lightweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (19-1, 17 KOS) stopped journeyman Wilfredo Acuna (16-20, 12 KOs) in round three with a barrage of punches. Coming off his first pro loss, Imam looked polished and sharp in dispatching the overmatched Nicaraguan.
WBA #10 heavyweight Trevor Bryan (17-0, 11 KOs) outpointed veteran Galen Brown (44-34-1, 25 KOs) over six. Brown mounted no kind of offense and took a beating, but the crafty veteran taunted Bryan throughout in a lackluster fight.
Former WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones (44-3, 33 KOs) defeated rugged Philadelphia veteran Garrett Wilson (16-10, 9 KOs) via six round unanimous nod. Despite having a huge height and reach advantage, Jones chopped away on the inside of the smaller Wilson.
In the main event, local undefeated middleweight prospect Gerald “G5” Sherrell (2-0, 2 KOs) took out Detroit’s Keith Bullock (0-2) via first round TKO. The overmatched Bullock showed up to fight after taking the bout on two day’s notice when a string of opponents pulled out late on Sherrell. Sherrell, a former college football player, is managed by Integrity Fighter Management LLC, and is one the Steel City’s brightest pro prospects. (more…)
Mexican jr featherweight Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) arrives in San Francisco on Tuesday for his much-awaited confrontation with the undefeated WBO Intercontinental beltholder “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday at the San Mateo Event Center. During an interview at Juarez’ training camp in Mexico, Juarez declared that the Filipino prospect has yet to see a fighter like him. Despite his recent loss to “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Juarez is confident he’ll beat one of ALA Gym’s prides. And although he describes Pagara as a “quality fighter,” Juarez claims his style is the champion’s weakness, saying Pagara doesn’t know what to do when he gets attacked – and this is just where he is good at. “My style is attacking and attacking, overwhelm my rivals by throwing a lot of punches.” He also said his loss to “The Filipino Flash” only pushes him to outshine his Filipino opponent come July 9.
After losing by decision in two previous world title challenges, IBF #9, WBC #14 lightweight contender Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) made sure he didn’t leave the fight in the hands of the judges on Saturday night against previously unbeaten 2012 United States Olympian Jamel Herring (15-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night.Shafikov came on strong late to get the stoppage in the tenth and final round at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Herring was a 2:1 betting favorite.
Denis Shafikov: “He was a tough opponent. I kept hurting him, but he kept coming back. After I knocked him down, I felt that I was in control of the fight, but my corner wanted the stoppage as they did not think that I could get a decision here. I was very comfortable in the ring and now I feel that I deserve another title shot. This time, I will not let that slip away.”
Jamel Herring: “I fought his fight and could not make the adjustments. I got caught pulling out with my hands down. I was surprised by his punch rate. Every time that I felt that I was slowing him down, he was just come fight back…I did not want the fight to be stopped, but my corner did the best thing for me. Losing is part of the game and all the greats have taken losses. I will be back.”
Unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper (15-0, 10 KOs) will return to the ring tonight against popular Medford, NY, heavyweight Derric Rossy (30-11, 14 KOs) at the Gellersenhalle in Lüneburg, Germany. The bout will be a ren-rounder. Teper was stripped of the EBU title and suspended after it came out that he had failed a drug test following his brutal July 2015 KO win over David Price. Teper had previously failed a drug test in 2014. Rossy is coming off a decision loss to Bermane Stiverne after flooring the former champ last November. Tonight’s card is presented by PSP Boxing and Z!Promotion.
By Robert Coster
Carlos “Morocho” Hernandez, Venezuela’s first ever world champion has passed at the age of 77. The hard-punching Hernandez, called “Morocho” because of his dark complexion, turned pro in 1959. He won the WBC and WBA super-lightweight titles with a 15 round decision over Eddie Perkins in Venezuela, a typical fight pitting puncher vs boxer, on January 18,1965. He lost his title in his third defense by a majority decision in Milan, Italy, to Sandro Lopopolo (04-29-1966). In another try for the title, he lost a decision to Nicolino Locche in Argentina in 1969. Hernandez retired in 1971 after losing by knockout to Ken Buchanan. Morocho’s final tally was 60-12-4 with 44 KOs. RIP Champ.
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC light flyweight world champion Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17 KOs) retained his title with a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Jonathan Taconing (22-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. Both fighters had their moments in the fight, but Lopez prevailed by scores of 115-112, 118-109, 119-108. Taconing deducted a point for a headbutt in round eight.
Former WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (28-2-1, 17 KOs) won by eighth round technical decision over Ruben “Huracan” Montoya (14-4-1, 9 KOs) after the bout was stopped due to an unintentional headbutt. Scores were 78-72, 79-75, 80-74. photos
44-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (47-27-1, 28 KOs) claimed the 2016 championship of the “Wray & Nephew Jamaican Contender Series” with a seventh round stoppage of Richard “Frog” Holmes (11-5, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica. Corley, by far the most experienced and accomplished boxer in the competition, put Holmes on the deck in round seven to end win the title in style. Corley pockets the two-million dollar winner’s prize (USA equivalent $15,829).
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Former Japanese national super-feather champ Rikki Naito (15-1, 5 KOs), 135, was awarded a razor-thin technical decision (58-57 twice and 57-57) over Filipino Argie Toquero (9-5-2, 7 KOs), 134.5, at 1:03 of the sixth round in a scheduled eight on Saturday in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. It was a show held at the US military camp in Zama, where Naito suffered bad gashes on both eyebrows caused by accidental butts and consequently became unable to go on with deteriorating bleeding, so a technical decision was taken for the competitive bout of the southpaws.
Toquero had Naito staggering with a solid right in the second, but Naito retaliated well to have his head swivel with his body following suit in round three. It became a good see-saw battle, but Naito’s cuts finally caused a halt midway in round six. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
WBC female super flyweight champion Zulina “La Loba” Munoz (47-1-2, 28 KOs) successfully defended her world title with a spectacular fourth round KO over Vanesa Taborda (8-7-3, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal “Jose Neri Santos” in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Munoz dropped Taborda in round one. Taborda floored Munoz in round three. Munoz finally ended it with a huge right hand that laid out Taborda.
Super lightweight Carlos “Rana” Gorham (20-3, 16 KOs) stopped former world title challenger Fernando “Guerrero Yaqui” Carcamo (22-6, 17 KOs)
Super welterweight Johnny Navarrete (31-8-1, 15 KOs) surprised KO artist Juan “Juanito” Montiel (19-3-1, 19 KOs), taking an eight round unanimous decision.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Up-and-coming 20-year-old sensation Daigo Higa, 112, extended his unblemished mark to 10-0, 10 KOs when he impressively captured the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) flyweight belt by demolishing Filipino champ Arden Diale (31-10-3, 15 KOs), 111.75, at 2:39 of the fourth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC youth champ Higa thus collected another belt with an unexpectedly easy and lopsided triumph as he decked the highly regarded veteran three times.
From the outset Higa, a pupil of ex-WBA champ Yoko Gushiken, had him staggering to the ropes with a solid right cross under the ear when Diale, 27, was ducking with his hands hanging low. The second saw Higa connect with a strong body shot following combinations upstairs to send Diale tumbling to the canvas, and a bizarre scene was seen by the well-packed audience. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Two-time world title challenger Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten lightweight Jamel Herring (15-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Taking a big step up in level of competition, 2012 U.S. Olympian Herring tried to work the jab from the outside against the aggressive and much shorter Shafikov. Shafikov dropped Herring with a right hook at the end of round two. Herring stood his ground in round three as both fighters landed good shots. Shafikov took control in round five, battering Herring. Herring was cut over the right eye in round seven, ruled from a headbutt. After Shafikov punished Herring in round nine, Herring’s corner threw in the towel in round ten when Herring took another big punch. Time was :36.
Unbeaten super welterweight Patryk Szymanski (16-0, 9 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision over Wilky Campfort (21-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Szymanski outboxed and frustrated Campfort the whole way en route to a 98-92, 99-91, 99-91 win. Campfort, coming off an unsuccessful world title challenge against IBF jr middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, dropped his second straight.
In earlier off-TV bouts, local hero and former IBF welterweight world champion Kermit “Killer” Cintron (37-5-2, 28 KOs) outpointed journeyman Carlos Garcia (10-16-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds in a junior middleweight clash, and local super featherweight favorite Frank DeAlba (19-2-2, 8 KOs) halted gatekeeper Jonathan Perez (35-15, 28 KOs) in round two. photos
By Karl Freitag
Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) and former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs) look to be the most notable professional boxers attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics at the APB/WSB Qualification Tournament starting Sunday in Vargas, Venezuela. This will be the first AIBA event to benefit from the recent change in the AIBA statute allowing all professional boxers to participate in all competitions. 26 Olympic places are available across the ten weight categories.
N’Dam N’Jikam, who is representing Cameroon and competing at light heavyweight (178lb/81kg), is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight. Ruenroeng, who is representing Thailand and trying to qualify at lightweight (132lb/60kg), is currently rated IBF #9 at super flyweight.
Other pros participating are Geard Ajetovic (28-15-1, 14 KOs), a journeyman middleweight representing Serbia, and 40-year-old Ladislav Kutil (19-4, 5 KOs), a light heavyweight representing the Czech Republic.
The WBC and IBF have both announced they will remove from the ratings and suspend any boxer competing in the Olympics.
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