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By Ron Jackson
Souths Africa’s Kevin Lerena won the Super Four cruiserweight final on a majority ten round points decision against Micki Nielsen of Denmark at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. In what was more of wrestling match with Nielsen the main culprit, two of the judges handed in surprisingly close scorecards, when most of the cleaner punching came from Lerena. The scores were 96-95, 97-93 and 95-95.
Throughout the ten rounds Nielsen (90.55 kg) would throw a punch, miss and then charge forward and lean on and wrestle Lerena (90.15 kg) towards the ropes in this boring encounter. Fighting from the southpaw stance Nielsen appeared to have problems with his fellow southpaw opponent in a fight which resulted in more pushing, mauling and wrestling than boxing.
Referee Stan Christodoulou had a hard nights work separating the fighters throughout the ten rounds. (more…)
By Ron Jackson Souths Africa’s Kevin Lerena won the Super Four cruiserweight final on a majority ten round points decision …
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #6, WBO #10 bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round KO over Richie “Magnum” Mepranum (33-5, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 5000+ at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. A three-punch combination finished Mepranum at :41. He was slow to recover in the ring from the knockout and had to be assisted by doctors. “We are ready to go for the world title,” declared Nery afterward. “[Promoter] Fernando Beltran will soon give me the news. I’m very happy with my performance and the support of my fans.”
Super flyweight journeyman Ulises “Raton” Lara (17-14-2, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over former IBF world champion Javier “Cobrita” Mendoza (25-4, 19 KOs). Mendoza was in command until Lara suddenly dropped him twice in the fourth to end it.
In a women’s fight, three-time former world champion Arely Mucino (22-3, 10 KOs) outpointed Judith “Peligrosa” Rodriguez over ten by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions Unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #6, WBO #10 bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a second …
A new WBC Silver Flyweight Champion was crowned in Vienna, when Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola defeated “Raging” Raja Amasheh by close unanimous decision.
It was declared open warfare from the outset, right up to ten bells, with Amasheh moving forward most of the time, but Arrazola landing lots of clean counter punches. Southpaw “La Bronca” made especially good use of her left uppercut, which she often landed at will.
In a tough fight, with some full and frank exchanges, the ladies clashed heads numerous times but, luckily neither got gashed. Referee Bela Florian had her work cut out, separating them from a multitude of clinches.
After four rounds, judge Fabian Guggenheim had Raja up 39-37 while Esa Lehtosaari and Olena Pobyvailo both had it even at 38-38. “La Bronca” was the more active fighter in the middle rounds, earning a lead on all three cards by the second open scoring announcement after round 7 (67-66 on two cards, 68-65 on the third).
Amasheh tried her level best to turn it around, but Arrazola jealously defended her close, but decisive lead, earning the unanimous decision win. Judges Guggenheim and Pobyvailo both had it 96-94 for the Mexican, Lehtosaari gave it 97-93 for “La Bronca.”
An array of WBC champions were in attendance to support “Raging” Raja. Unified Featherweight champ Jelena Mrdjenovich flew in all the way from Edmonton, Canada, and sat next to World super middleweight Champion Nikki Addler, newly crowned Silver Minimumweight Champ Tina Rupprecht and former three-time World super middleweight Champion Markus Beyer.
A new WBC Silver Flyweight Champion was crowned in Vienna, when Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola defeated “Raging” Raja Amasheh by …
On January 28, former wrld champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) returns to the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, against WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs). Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds as the co-main event on a Showtime-televised fight card headlined by Carl Frampton defending his WBA “super” featherweight title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.
“I’m very happy and excited for my next fight,” said Garcia. “I know that Dejan Zlaticanin is a strong, undefeated southpaw, which will make for a great fight. I’m thankful of being afforded another opportunity to show my skills. I’m ready to take on the very best in boxing, and Zlaticanin is one of the best lightweights in the sport. I want to prove that I’m better than I was before, and that I’m willing to fight anyone. The time off from boxing made me stronger and more competitive than ever. (more…)
On January 28, former wrld champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) returns to the ring at the MGM Grand in …
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) hammered a ten round unanimous decision over Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (27-8-3, 6 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight fight tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. KO artist Lemieux stalked Rios from the get-go, but Rios (who has never been stopped) was combative the whole way and never close to going down. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
In an upset, Filipino super lightweight Ricky Sismundo (31-9, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Ghislain “Mani” Maduma (18-2,11 KOs). Sismundo dropped Maduma in round nine en route to a 97-91, 95-93, 95-93 verdict.
Unbeaten super welterweight Steven Butler (18-0-1, 15 KOs) smoked Janks Trotter (10-4-1, 10 KOs) in the first round to claim the vacant IBF North American title.
Veteran super super welterweight Silverio Ortiz (35-18, 17 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten Mian Hussain (16-1, 6 KOs), scoring a TKO after three rounds.
Unbeaten super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Gergo Horvath (9-2-1, 5 KOs). Ballard knocked Harvath down three times before the referee waved off the fight.
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) hammered a ten round unanimous decision over Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios …
Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (22-1, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Ruiz (11-4, 4 KOs) at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. The score was 99-92. Butler looked good in his first fight under new trainer Joe Gallagher.
Also, unbeaten super middleweight Jamie Cox (21-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Martin Fidel Rios (20-10-3, 11 KOs) over ten.
Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (22-1, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Ruiz (11-4, …
In a shocker, previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) was stopped in the eighth round by Craig Cunningham (17-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC International middleweight title on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Ogogo was down in round two. His corner finally stopped the beating in round eight.
In other action, welterweight Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over former world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-3, 14 KOs) and unbeaten IBF #6, WBA #10, WBO #11 super flyweight Khalid Yafai (20-0, 14 KOs) smashed journeyman Johnson Tellez (9-28-5, 6 KOs) in four rounds.
Promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Yafai will challenge WBA world champion Luis Concepcion on December 10 on the undercard to Anthony Joshua vs. TBA in Manchester.
In a shocker, previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) was stopped in the eighth round …
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO#3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) has signed the contract to fight WBO#1, IBF#1, heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10 and has said he is working on a plan to be aggressive and keep Parker going backwards.
“I hope he thinks I’m going to get tired like I did in my last fight (Franklin Lawrence) because I wasn’t prepared for that fight. I’m going to be smart and hit the body. When I sparred (Parker) I was counter-punching so you will see a lot of that. The main thing for me is to use my speed and be aggressive. I don’t think he likes the pressure. I don’t think he knows how to fight going backwards good.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO#3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) has signed the contract to fight WBO#1, …
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, arrives in the U.S. Tonight! Saturday, October 22. Pacquiao and his team are scheduled to arrive at LAX International’s Tom Bradley Terminal aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 7:30 p.m. PT. To check the status of the flight, use this link and click “Flight Status”: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, arrives in the U.S. Tonight! Saturday, October 22. Pacquiao and his team are scheduled to arrive at …
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) takes on little known Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (27-7-3, 6 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight fight tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. This is Lemieux’s first fight since May when he stopped Glen Tapia in four.
Former super featherweight world title challenger Sergey Gulyakevich (42-5, 17 KOs) is back in action today in Germany. Gulyakevich has since ballooned as high as super middleweight.
Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler starts life with new trainer Joe Gallagher tonight against Alexis Ruiz at the Premier Suite at Bolton, England’s Macron Stadium. Butler has eyes on a second world title in 2017.
WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford could take over the December 10th HBO date that opened up when Golovkin-Jacobs was pushed to 2017.
Danny Williams, who once stopped Mike Tyson, is still fighting.The 43-year-old “Brixton Bomber” takes on pro debuting Ali Eren Demirezen on Friday in Germany.
Unbeaten heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (15-0, 13 KOs) outpointed Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Mitchell claimed the vacant NABF heavyweight “junior” belt.
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) takes on little known Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (27-7-3, 6 KOs) …
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Former WBA super-feather champion Takashi Uchiyama will face current titleholder Jezreel Corrales, Panama, to regain his belt in Tokyo on December 31. Also, on the same bill, WBA light-fly titlist Ryoichi Taguchi will defend his belt against unbeaten Venezuelan Carlos Canizales in his fifth title defense. It was announced by Watanabe Promotions in Tokyo on Friday.
Uchiyama suffered an upset second-round KO defeat at the hand of Corrales’ blitzkrieg last April, and confidently said, “I’ll avenge my previous defeat and regain my belt.” The lanky speedster Taguchi had lopsidedly defeated mandatory challenger Ryo Miyazaki in his last defense, and explained why he selected such an unbeaten and dangerous opponent, saying, “I’d like to show my improvement against the unbeaten challenger.” It will be telecast nationwide through TV Tokyo.
By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Former WBA super-feather champion Takashi Uchiyama will face current titleholder Jezreel Corrales, Panama, …
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
The man who dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in an unsuccessful effort in 2014, elongated Japanese featherweight Hisashi Amagasa (31-6-2, 20 KOs), 125.25, returned to ring action and defeated durable Filipino Carlo Demecillo (6-3, 1 KO), 124.25, by a unanimous verdict (99-93, 98-92, 97-94) over ten tough rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. For Amagasa, it was his first appearance since he lost to British prospect Josh Warrington in Leeds, UK, last April. Amagasa started fireworks from the outset and was in command in earlier rounds. Demecillo, with a good amateur career, showed his retaliation in the fourth, but the Japanese fought back hard in the sixth and it became a see-saw affair with Amagasa taking the initiative despite absorbing some solid counters. Aiming to score a stoppage, Amagasa accelerated his last surge in the ninth and tenth, but the Filipino refused to go down to show his heart. Amagasa to fight in quest of the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 126-pound belt after recovering from a deep laceration he suffered in a mix-up.
Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda The man who dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in an unsuccessful effort in 2014, …
Photos: Pablo Lozano / All Star Boxing
Local welterweight Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor (20-2-1, 12 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten prospect Fernando “El Cacho” Marin (13-1-3, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. Pintor, nephew of famed former world champion and Hall of Famer Lupe Pintor, was in command most the time and got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of punches. Coming off a three-year layoff, Pintor claimed the vacant WBC Latin welterweight title.
Photos: Pablo Lozano / All Star Boxing Local welterweight Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor (20-2-1, 12 KOs) scored a sixth round …
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a fantastic finish to the main event, Khiary Gray (14-1, 11 KO’s) silenced the naysayers by knocking out Chris Chatman (14-6-1, 5 KO’s) in the 7th round with a crushing left hook-straight right combination. The bout was scheduled for 8 rounds and was very close approaching the final frames of the fight. Gray had trouble with Chatman’s Joe Frazier-style, bobbing, and always moving his hands. However, Gray was patient and engaged Chatman successfully in the corners of the ring until he landed his opportunity to end the fight. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In a fantastic finish to the main event, Khiary Gray (14-1, 11 …
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Víctor Terrazas 130 vs Rocky Hernández 129.50
Esmeralda Moreno 110.50 vs Melissa McMorrow 11
Luis Vidales 138.60 vs Murilo Alves 138.60
Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Víctor Terrazas 130 vs Rocky Hernández 129.50 Esmeralda Moreno 110.50 vs Melissa McMorrow 11 …
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Luis Nery 118 vs Richie Mepranum 118.3
Arely Muciño 115 vs Judith Rodríguez 115
Javier Mendoza 115 vs Ulises Lara 115
Jaime Munguia 148 vs Alfredo Chávez 148.6
Rodrigo García 147.6 vs Bryan Flóres 148
Abner López 147.5 vs Leoncio López 148
Jesús García 147.5 vs Juan López 148
Elvis Torres 122.5 vs Jesús Silveira 123
Bryan Acosta 121 vs José Guadalupe Nery 121
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana
TV: Azteca 7
Photos: Zanfer Promotions Luis Nery 118 vs Richie Mepranum 118.3 Arely Muciño 115 vs Judith Rodríguez 115 Javier Mendoza 115 …
Former heavyweight contender Joe Hanks (21-2, 14 KOs) makes his return to the squared circle when he takes on Nick Guivas (12-5-1, 9 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout on November 5th at the Morristown National Guard Armory in Morristown, New Jersey. It will be Hanks’ first bout since dropping a ten-round unanimous decision to Derric Rossy on May 16, 2014 in Montreal.
In the co-feature, Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) will see action in a super middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. In six-round bouts, former Olympian super middleweight Jerson Ravelo (21-6, 12 KOs) and middleweight Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) will see action against opponents to be named. Also, middleweight Delen Parsley (12-1, 4 KOs) will take on Henry Beckford (5-4, 1 KO).
The card will be the inaugural event promoted by Ambush Promotions.
Former heavyweight contender Joe Hanks (21-2, 14 KOs) makes his return to the squared circle when he takes on Nick …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
For the first time in boxing history a boxing event and a weigh in happened 400 feet underground. Specifically, before Saturday’s eighth edition of the Underground Boxing Show showcased in XIII century Wieliczka (Poland) salt mine, part of UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. The heavyweight main event between Krzysztof Zimnoch (19-1, 13 KO) vs. Marcin Rekowski (17-3, 14 KO) during a one of a kind evening, will also feature the return to the ring of #3 WBO ranked featherweight Kamil Łaszczyk (22-0, 8 KO), who will face 5-1 Piotr Gudel. Promoted by Babilion Promotion/Sferis KnockOut Promotions.
By Przemek Garczarczyk For the first time in boxing history a boxing event and a weigh in happened 400 feet …
Photo: Team Sauerland
Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) and Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) both made weight today ahead of the final of the ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament tomorrow night at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nielsen and Lerena have seen off competition from Johnny Muller and Roberto Bolonti to secure their place in the final, and will now battle it out for the ‘Super 4’ title and a share of the $100,000 prize money.
Micki Nielsen 199.6 vs Kevin Lerena 198.7
Photo: Team Sauerland Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) and Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) both made weight today ahead of …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBO #4, WBA #11 147-pounder Jeff Horn (15-0, 10 KOs) stopped IBF #14 Rico Mueller (20-2-1, 14 KOs) in round nine of an IBF elimination bout at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Referee Sam Williams crowned Horn at 2:19. Horn becomes the IBF #2 contender to IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #4, WBO #4, WBA #11 147-pounder Jeff Horn (15-0, 10 KOs) stopped …
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao was ruthless and back to his old fiery self in the days leading up to his departure for the US, according to the Filipino’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz. “He was fast, furious and he was fabulous,” said Koncz on the eve of team Pacquiao’s departure for Los Angeles to kick off the last phase of his training camp for the Nov. 5 clash with Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Koncz says the decision to import Jose Ramirez from the US was a major move as the unbeaten California native moved and punched like Vargas.
Pacquiao and his entourage fly to the US late Saturday night and he will report to the Wild Card in Hollywood on Monday.
Pacquiao is the huge favorite in the world welterweight title showdown that is being put up by Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Pacquiao’s very own MP Promotions. Based on what he has seen, Koncz feels that Pacquiao is ready to rumble!
By Nick Giongco Manny Pacquiao was ruthless and back to his old fiery self in the days leading up to …
The Fall season finale of Boxeo Telemundo Ford airs tonight. It will be another all-Mexican “Civil War” as unbeaten prospect Fernando “El Cacho” Marin (13-0-3, 9 KOs) of Aguascalientes will take on local favorite Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor (19-2-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico City. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the vacant WBC Latino welterweight title at stake. The site will be the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City.
What do you know about your opponent?
I have seen videos of him. I am just hoping for a clean fought bout. A fight that has the fans entertained from the beginning to the end. This is a fight for each of us to move on to the next level. I am expecting a war in the ring. (more…)
The Fall season finale of Boxeo Telemundo Ford airs tonight. It will be another all-Mexican “Civil War” as unbeaten prospect …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
World of Boxing President Andriey Ryabinskiy has plenty of world class fighters (Alexander Povetkin, Dennis Lebedev, Eduard Troyanowsky, Grigory Drozd, Rakhim Chakhiyev and Dmitry Kudryashov – just to name the top ones), but is always looking for new blood, new ideas. How good winning boxing reality show tournament, being part of world championship event, getting World of Boxing professional contract AND apartment in Moscow sounds? Ryabinskiy talks to Fightnews.com and explains:
“Fight in the Big City – is a new reality show, with a goal to find a prospective fighter from all the corners of Russia. Project finalists will fight on the undercard of the December 3 fight night with Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev for the WBA/IBF cruiserweight title,” said Ryabinskiy. “It’s there that it will be decided who will be signing the agreement with the promotional company World of Boxing. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk World of Boxing President Andriey Ryabinskiy has plenty of world class fighters (Alexander Povetkin, Dennis Lebedev, Eduard …
By Ron Jackson
In a clash of unbeaten fighters, Jeff Magagane meets Michael Mokoena for the vacant Gauteng lightweight title at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. With both fighters from Soweto there is an amount of tense local rivalry going into the fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson In a clash of unbeaten fighters, Jeff Magagane meets Michael Mokoena for the vacant Gauteng lightweight title …
By Héctor Villarreal
Undefeated Venezuelan Keyver Fernandez (9-0-1) and World ranked Panamanian Israel “Ricky Hatton” Hidrogo (11-7-1), both weighed at 115 pounds for their battle on the main event of the “Boxing and Mall Night” card presented by G&V Entertainment on Friday night At Los Andes Shopping Mall in San Miguelito, Panama.
On the co-feature, featherweight Jonathan Arenas (17-1) returns after almost 2 years of inactivity to face Daniel Moreno (6-9-2).
Three Cuban fighters will make their professional debuts: Welterweight Damian Rodriguez, super featherweight Pablo Vicente and light flyweight Daniel Matellon.
The first of the 6 fights starts 8pm. Free admission.
By Héctor Villarreal Undefeated Venezuelan Keyver Fernandez (9-0-1) and World ranked Panamanian Israel “Ricky Hatton” Hidrogo (11-7-1), both weighed at …
Rolando Chinea (14-1-1, 6KO) extended his win streak tonight with an eight-round unanimous decision (78-74 x2, 79-73) over Cincinnati’s Mel Crossty (7-1-1, 1KO) at a private event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The event was the fourth of its kind, promoted by Alarm.com at its annual meeting. Chinea, who drew the attention of boxing fans with a split decision win over O’Shaquie Foster on Showtime in July, has been matched tough in his last few fights and Crossty was no exception.
The two earned “Fight of the Night” honors from Alarm.com for their battle, which didn’t surprise the always-entertaining Chinea. “As a boxing fan, I don’t like when fighters stare each other down and strategize too much,” said Chinea after the bout. “If my opponent doesn’t throw, I’m going bring the fight to him. I am impatient in that way.” (more…)
Rolando Chinea (14-1-1, 6KO) extended his win streak tonight with an eight-round unanimous decision (78-74 x2, 79-73) over Cincinnati’s Mel …
By David Finger
Despite the fact that the heavyweight division grabbed most of the headlines on the final day of the 29th annual WBO convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico there were nonetheless many fireworks in other divisions and little doubt that 2016 and 2017 will have no shortage of exciting WBO title fights.
In the 105-pound division, champion it was confirmed that Katsunari Takayama, who received a cut in his last fight, would need six months to recover. Takayama agreed to step aside to allow the top two available contenders to fight each other and for the winner to be mandated to fight him after his recovery. Early indications are that Moises Calleros and Tatsuya Fukuhara will fight for the vacant title although Joe Kozumi did stress that #5 ranked Ryuya Yamanaka was also available to step in.
In the 108-pound division, Joe Koizumi told the championship committee that #1 ranked Moises Fuentes of Mexico and Kosei Tanaka of Japan were already set to fight for the vacant title.
In the flyweight division, Carl Moretti of Top Rank confirmed that Zou Shiming (the #2 ranked contender) and Prasitsak Papoem (aka Kwanpichit OnesongGym) will be fighting on November 5th for the vacant WBO title in Las Vegas. (more…)
By David Finger Despite the fact that the heavyweight division grabbed most of the headlines on the final day of …
Khiary Gray 154 vs. Chris Chatman 154
Anthony Marsella 139 vs. Bardraiel Smith 132
Irvin Gonzalez 126 vs. Cido Hoff 125
Kendrick Ball Jr. 165 vs. Rafael Valencia ??
Jose Rivera 168 vs. Ben Peak 168
Cristobal Marrero 144 vs. Bruno Dias 146
Jonathan Figueroa 141 vs. Isaiah Robinson 147
Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: CES Boxing
Khiary Gray 154 vs. Chris Chatman 154 Anthony Marsella 139 vs. Bardraiel Smith 132 Irvin Gonzalez 126 vs. Cido Hoff …
Photos: All Star Boxing
Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor 143 Vs. Fernando “El Cacho” Marin 144
Santiago “Chepo” Ramirez 148 Vs. Jesus “La Bestia” Esquivel 149
Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon 110 Vs. Giovanny “Pajarito” Andrade 110
Jerson Aguilar 133 Vs. Edson Martinez 135
Juan “Marciano” Lopez 155 Vs. Arturo Daniel Rosas 153
Adrian “El Gato” Curiel 106 Vs. Daniel “El Torero” Romero 108
Kevin Salgado 154 Vs. Diego “Tesorito” Gomez 151
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico
TV: Telemundo Deportes Live
Photos: All Star Boxing Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor 143 Vs. Fernando “El Cacho” Marin 144 Santiago “Chepo” Ramirez 148 Vs. …
LaRon Mitchell 241.5 vs. Scott Alexander 229
Juan Ruiz 146 vs. Wilbert Lopez 147
Ricardo Espinoza 114.5 vs. Francisco Lapizco 115
Juan Reyes 133 vs. Cesar Villarraga 135
Eredani Leon 146 vs. Jacob Szilasi 144
Alex Solorio 125.5 vs. Alimkhan Jumakhonov 124.7
Michael Dutchover 129 vs. Cesar Partida 129
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
LaRon Mitchell 241.5 vs. Scott Alexander 229 Juan Ruiz 146 vs. Wilbert Lopez 147 Ricardo Espinoza 114.5 vs. Francisco Lapizco …
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has reportedly abandoned his plan to fight current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua after negotiations faltered and will pursue a WBA title clash against Lucas Browne instead. December 10 in Hamburg, Germany has been mentioned as the possible date and location. This has not been confirmed by the Klitschko camp.
Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn vented to Sky Sports about the situation. “There are lots of rumors that he is now going to fight Lucas Browne in Germany on December 10, which will be a huge let-down for broadcasters and fans. It’s the biggest fight in the heavyweight division right now. Why would you not sanction it? Maybe they are being driven by Wladimir Klitschko in terms of who he wants to fight. It’s so frustrating when you get an opportunity to make a fight like this and someone prefers an easy touch in Germany. Now I feel this is the time to make this fight and we’re desperate to do it.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has reportedly abandoned his plan …
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico and Las Vegas’s undefeated junior featherweight Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) held a media workout Thursday afternoon at the Jack Rabbit Boxing Club in Long Beach, Calfornia for their upcoming bouts as the two will be featured in separate bouts Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card live on Pay Per View.
“I am ready for my first title defense but I am still training like I am trying to win that title,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com
“This is cool fighting on a big card like this, not only is this a big card but it’s taking place in my hometown. I think this is going to be one of my biggest homecoming fights that I have had in my career,” Jessie Magdaleno told Fightnews.com “I am ready to spill it all out there for this fight,” Magdaleno added.
The two fighters held camp and trained together under trainer Manny Robles at the Rock Gym in Carson, California as they prepare for their upcoming fights. (more…)
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By David Finger
The biggest story out of the WBO Convention in San Juan Puerto Rico came this morning at the championship and ratings committee meeting. Although there was talk of a possible four-man tournament to fill the recently vacated heavyweight title, which was surrendered by Tyson Fury, Carl Moretti of Top Rank and Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan announced that the box off was not necessary. They announced that there was an agreement reached for #3 ranked Andy Ruiz to take on #1 Joseph Parker in New Zealand in December and that the winner would accept any mandatory set forth by the WBO for their first title defense.
“The winner of this fight will fight anyone that the WBO decrees to fight next,” Moretti said.
When asked if this included a 120-day deadline both Moretti and Lonergan said that was more than acceptable.
“We are happy with that,” Lonergan said before Moretti added that a 120-day deadline for a mandatory was “no problem.” (more…)
By David Finger The biggest story out of the WBO Convention in San Juan Puerto Rico came this morning at …