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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…)
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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.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Team Rios
Former WBA lightweight world champion, Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios putting in work with his father and new trainer Ricky Funez at Ten Goose Boxing Gym Saturday morning as he prepares himself for a fight yet to be determined. Rios looks to climb back on top after claiming he was going to retire from boxing. After separating with long time trainer Robert Garcia, Rios said “I am more focused and prepared more than ever and my body feels great.” It’s only a matter of time before we see the Warrior within Brandon Rios of old make his way back in the ring.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian 135-pound champion Darragh Foley (9-2, 7 KOs) stopped Joebert De Los Reyes (15-7-1, 10 KOs) in round six of a scheduled ten round WBA Oceania super lightweight title bout at the Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Foley dropped De Los Reyes twice in round four and at 1:56 referee Anthony Shipley crowned the English-born Foley. This was a rematch as Foley was defeated by De Los Reyes in 2015 via split ten round decision. Foley was coming off a ten round points loss to WBA #9 Brendon Ogilivie in March.
Local hero and former IBF welterweight world champion Kermit “Killer” Cintron (36-5-2, 28 KOs) takes on Puerto Rico’s Carlos Garcia (10-15-1, 8 KOs) in an off-TV eight-round junior middleweight clash tonight on the PBC/ESPN card taking place at the Santander Arena, in Reading, Pennsylvania.
IBF minimumweight world champion José “Tecuala” Argumedo (18-3-1, 10 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over #14 rated Julio Mendoza (11-5, 3 KOs) to retain his title on Friday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 119-109. It was Argumedo’s first defense since winning the title in shocking fashion against Katsunari Takayama in Japan last December.
Nuhu Lawal, (22-0-0), 71.5Kg vs Istvan Szili, (19-1-2), 72,1Kg
Venue: Löwensaal, Nurenberg, Germany
Photos: Pablo Lozano/Prensa All Star Boxing Inc & Producciones Deportivas
WBO #11 rated super featherweight Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2-1, 5 KOs) and Sebastian Diaz (12-2-1, 10 KOs) battled to a controversial ten round draw on Friday at the Plaza Condesa Auditorium in Mexico City. Diaz seemed to have the upper hand, but hometown hero Ruiz, aided by a non-knockdown call by the referee in round three, managed to pull out a draw. Scores were 97-93 for Diaz, 96-94 for Ruiz and 95-95.
In the co-feature, jr welterweight Luis Alberto “Ciclon” Huilot (9-5-1, 3 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Joel “Jooe” Montes de Oca (20-7, 10 KOs). Scores were 58-57, 58-56, 58-56.
Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) will be back in action on August 13 against Ramón “Inocente” Álvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) at the Centro de Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California. Margarito returned from nearly a five year layoff in March to outpoint Jorge Paez Jr. over ten rounds.
Margarito said it doesn’t worry him that Alvarez is the older brother of boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “It will just Ramon and I fighting in the ring,” said Margarito. “Nobody else will help him or me.”
Alvarez stressed that fights are won by doing excellent preparations before the match and giving everything in the ring, not by last names.
The card will be presented by Zanfer Promotions.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Marlene Marquez of PoundForPound
Colombian prospect Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (15-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Tierra Alta, Columbia won a unanimous decision over Jose “Flash” Bustos (11-7-3, 7 KOs)of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles headlining the LA Fight Club Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV. Negrete came out on the attack in the opening round getting inside on Bustos. In round two Negrete connected with the overhand right, Bustos kept his distance as Negrete pressed. Stepping it up in round three Negrete attacked as he pressed Bustos the entire round, landing the overhand right once again. Bustos tagged Negrete with a straight right in round four but the Colombian continued to press as he was cut on top of the head. The bleeding continued in round five as Negrete was cut above the left eye trickling blood as Bustos pressed.
Negrete came out aggressive in round six despite the cut as he outworked Bustos landing the right. The overhand right found its mark again as Negrete connected solidly on Bustos in round seven as the Colombian cruised through the round. Bustos had his best round as he connected Negrete with a right hand in round eight staggering him to the ropes, the Mexican chased as Negrete spit out his mouthpiece. Negrete worked patiently in round nine sticking the jab following up with the right as he connected Bustos flush. The tenth and final round Negrete began by showboating as he boxed and outworked the tough Bustos in route to a hard fought decision.
Judges scored the bout 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91. (more…)
Photos: Premier Boxing Champions
Jamel Herring 134.5 vs. Denis Shafikov 134.5
Patrysk Szymanski 153.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 153.5
Stephen Fulton 122 vs. Christian Renteria 119
Erik Spring 151 vs. James Robinson 154
Kermit Cintron 152 vs. Carlos Garcia 154.5
Frank DeAlba 130.5 vs. Jonathan Perez 131
Christian Carto 117.5 vs. Rahkeam Parker 117
Miguel Martinez 156 vs. Antonio Allen 154.5
Kashon Hutchinson 139 vs. Robert Ramos 137.5
Venue: Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Promoter: King’s Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Bryan De Gracia 124 vs. Germán Lara 124
Bryan Vásquez 136 vs. Ángel Granados 136
Yaditza Pérez 112 vs. Luiciel Quiel 112
Daniel Miranda 133 vs. Fermín García 133.50
Greyvin López 115 vs. Iván Trejos 115
Jaime Muñoz 140 vs. Nelson Guillén 140
Ronal Batista 115 vs. Davis Reyes 115
Orlando Mosquera 135 vs. José Bernal 135
Venue: Gimnasio Municipal de Boquete, Chiriqui
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
TV: TV Máx
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Zulina Muñoz 115 vs. Vanesa Taborda 115
(WBC female super flyweight title)
Fernando Cárcamo 143 vs. Carlos Gorham 143
Juan Montiel 155 vs. Johhny Navarrete 154
Eduardo Ramírez 126.6 vs. Alan Salazar 127
Silvia Torres 108 vs. Guadalupe Bautista 108
Eduardo Nuñez 126 vs. Marco Vargas 126
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Cd. Juárez
TV: Azteca 7, Azteca América, Beinsport
Promoter: Zanfer, De Leon Promotions
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Ganigan López 107.60 vs Jonathan Taconing 107.25
WBC light flyweight World title
Pedro Guevara 111.50 vs Ruben Montoya 111
Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) battles Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round super welterweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, July 12 from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.
Ghvamichava was originally scheduled to take on Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, who is now facing undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. in PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action Saturday, July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Televised coverage on July 12 begins with undefeated prospect Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7 KOs) battling Brazil’s Gilberto Pereira (7-2, 4 KOs) in eight rounds of super middleweight action while undefeated prospects Thomas Hill (6-0, 1 KO) and Marcos Hernandez (7-0, 2 KOs) compete in an eight round super welterweight clash.
WADA has just issued a new Meldonium report, that appears to back heavyweight Alexander Povetkin’s claim that he didn’t take Meldonium after the substance was banned on January 1. Povetkin’s test revealed 0.07 micrograms of Meldonium in April, under the 1 µg /mL amount permitted between March 1 and September 30 under the updated guidelines. The Povetkin-Wilder fight was supposed to take place on May 21 at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow. But it was postponed after one of the samples showed traces of Meldonium in extremely low concentrations – 70 nanograms.
A lawsuit seeking damages for defamation and breach of contract was filed on June 23 by Povetkin and his promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, President of the World of Boxing promotional firm . The complaint was lodged in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants are WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder, DiBella Entertainment and its CEO, Lou DiBella. The claim is for at least $34.5 million.
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua MBE is the 4:1 favorite with sportsbook William Hill to win the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Joshua is 2-0 this year with KO wins over Dominic Breazeale and Charles Martin. He plans to take a break over the summer before defending his belt again later in the year. He could be the first boxer to win the award since Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and the fifth fighter to take the trophy home following two-time winner Henry Cooper, Barry McGuigan, Lennox Lewis and Calzaghe. “Anthony Joshua is one of the most adored sports personalities in the country,” said Tony Kenny, head of sponsorship PR at William Hill. “If you couple that with his world championship winning performance this year then it’s easy to see why he’s our favourite to win the BBC award.”
Quite the contrast to last year when WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was up for the 2015 award. Fury’s upset win over long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will likely eclipse Joshua’s credentials for this year, but due to Fury’s controversial statements outside the ring, his selection brought widespread criticism and protesters. Fury ended up apologizing on stage, saying his comments were “very tongue in cheek, it’s all fun and games to me. I’m not a very serious kind of person.”
The 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony takes place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on December 18.
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten lightweight contender Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring will take on former title challenger Denis Shafikov in the ESPN-televised main event on Saturday at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA. Here’s what they had to say at an open workout:
Jamel Herring: “Camp was great. I started in Cincinnati and finished in D.C. with Barry Hunter, Patrice Harris and of course Mike Stafford. During my time in D.C., I sparred with Lamont Peterson, who turned southpaw for me. I have a great deal of respect for Shafikov. Tough guy, experienced but he had his chance and it’s my time now. This is my toughest fight on paper but I feel good. It’s my time to earn my respect…I believe a win will open the doors for a world title. In my mind, I am taking this fight as a world title fight. That is how important this fight is and before the end of the year, I hope to get a crack at a world title.”
Denis Shafikov: “Everything went well in camp. We had a four-month camp. We were supposed to fight a couple of months ago but when that fight was cancelled, Denis relaxed for a minute and then this opportunity came up. Herring has a great record and he represented the U.S. in the Olympics. He is still young and I feel that my experience will be the determining factor. I accepted this fight because a win gets us in line for big opportunities, including another shot at a world championship.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten WBC #8, IBF #9, WBO #9, WBA #14 super middleweight Zac Dunn (22-0, 18 KOs) remained unbeaten with an impressive sixth round TKO over Carlos Adan Jerez (43-20-3, 18 KOs) on Friday night topping a Barry Michael promotion at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dunn dominated the fight from the get-go and Jerez didn’t come out for round six.
On Friday night, July 22nd, welterweight, Anthony “Juice” Young (12-2, 5 KOs) will headline a boxing card against Ariel Vasquez (12-14-2, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight bout at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
Welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (20-1, 8 KOs) will take part in a six-round co-feature bout against Eduardo Flores (23-21-3, 15 KOs).
Appearing in six-round bouts will be Alvin Vermall Jr. (9-0-1, 8 KOs), light heavyweight Fanlong Meng (7-0, 5 KOs) and heavyweight Zhang Zhilei (10-0, 7 KOs) against opponents to named.
The card is promoted by Rising Promotions.
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