Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Irma Garcia 118 vs Mariana Juarez 117.50
WBC Bantamweight international title

Diego Cruz 146 vs Carlos Molina 147.75

Joselito Eduardo Velasquez 110 vs Casimero 112.50

Venue: Grand Oasis Cancun Arena
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Pepe Rodriguez Irma Garcia 118 vs Mariana Juarez 117.50 WBC Bantamweight international title Diego Cruz …


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CBSSN Weights: Cantu 113, Palicte 115

Oscar Cantu 113 vs. Aston Palicte 115
Angelo Baez 152 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 153
Flavio Rodriguez 147 vs. Dilan Loza 147.6
Jeremy Nichols 149 vs. Kevin Ottey 149.8
Randy Moreno 130.2 vs. Mike Fowler 129.4
Jessie Hernandez 121.6 vs. Sharone Carter 120.8
Max Ornelas 117.2 vs. Jorge Perez 117

Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (tent)
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
TV: CBSSN

Oscar Cantu 113 vs. Aston Palicte 115
Angelo Baez 152 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 153
Flavio Rodriguez 147 vs. Dilan Loza 147.6



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Weights from Omaha, Nebraska

By Bill Green

Guy Smith Jr 146.6 vs Jonny Jarabek 146
Treven Coleman 132 vs Paul Whiteface 132
Steven Nelson 175 vs Brandon Chevrefils 172
Nate Denton 169 vs Joe Bradshaw 168
Oliver Rivera 177 vs Chris Gard 180
Kevin Ventura 139 vs Corey Roberts 138
Abel Soriano 118 vs Mike Davis 116.8

Promoter: B and B Boxing Promotions
Venue: Ralston Center, Omaha, Nebraska

By Bill Green Guy Smith Jr 146.6 vs Jonny Jarabek 146 Treven Coleman 132 vs Paul Whiteface 132 Steven Nelson …


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Weights from Mexico

Photos: Zanfer promotions

Ramon Alvarez 155 vs Matthew Strode 154.5
Luis Nery 118 vs Raymond Tabugon 118
Urbina Sulem 113 vs Jacqueline Coutiño 112.6
Antonio Morán 134 vs 134.5 Emmanuel Lopez
Edson Ramirez 132 vs 131 Zambrano
Jose M. Cardenas 113 vs Julio C.Martinez 113
Abraham Rodriguez 108.5 vs Giovani Andrade 108.5

Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Venue: Forum Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez
TV: TV Azteca

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Photos: Zanfer promotions Ramon Alvarez 155 vs Matthew Strode 154.5 Luis Nery 118 vs Raymond Tabugon 118 Urbina Sulem 113 …




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Weights from Detroit

By Brad Snyder The Undercard

Mohamed Adam 132 vs. Hakeem Watkins 131.4
Manuel Alfarao 143 vs. John Amerson 140.8
Angel Walker-Villegas 124.2 vs. Antonio Gonzales 124.6
Isiah Jones 166.4 vs. Brian Jackson 170
Winford Harris 155.6 vs. Zamir Young 152.6
Taylor Duerr 196.6 vs. Jovan Blakely 196.1
Janelson Bocahica Figueroa 147 vs. Thomas Allen 146.4
Kevin White TBA vs. Darryl Humphries 145.2

Promoter: Ahrens Promotion
Venue: Eastern Market, Detroit

By Brad Snyder The Undercard Mohamed Adam 132 vs. Hakeem Watkins 131.4 Manuel Alfarao 143 vs. John Amerson 140.8 Angel …


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Usyk and Mchunu make weight

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Bernard Hopkins 174 vs. Joe Smith Jr 175
Jo Jo Diaz 126 vs. Horacio Garcia 125.8

Oleksandr Usyk 199.5 vs. Thabiso Mchunu 198.6
(WBO cruiserweight title)

Venue: The Forum, Inglewood, Calif
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO

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Bernard Hopkins 174 vs. Joe Smith Jr 175
Jo Jo Diaz 126 vs. Horacio Garcia 125.8
Oleksandr Usyk 199.5 vs. Thabiso Mchunu 198.6
(WBO cruiserweight title)


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Oscar Valdez to attend “Premios Univision Deportes” on Sunday

Photo: German Villasenor

Featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez will attend the third edition of the Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards) in Miami on Sunday, December 18, broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the Univision Network and UDN. Valdez will be joining the star-studded awards show as a nominee for Boxer of the Year.

The two-hour presentation will honor sports figures for their accomplishments on and off the field of play, and across boxing, soccer, basketball, baseball, football, auto racing, extreme sports, tennis, and gymnastics, among other sports.

More than 50 athletes and teams have been nominated across 20 categories; the other boxers nominated for the award are world champions Saul Alvarez and Gilberto Ramirez.

“Anytime you get nominated for an award is very important. I worked very hard this year and this type of recognition makes all the hard work worthwhile,” said Valdez. (more…)

Featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez will attend the third edition of the Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards) in Miami …


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Japan update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Naoki Fukuda

Ono fails to win WBA 105lb belt from knockout

Japanese southpaw veteran Shin Ono failed to win the WBA minimumweight champ Knockout CP Freshmart, losing a unanimous verdict (118-110, 118-109, 117-111) in Thailand on Wednesday (December 14). Ono fought well, but the younger champ maintained the action and floored him with a left counter midway in the tenth. The champ Knockout improved his mark to 14-0, 6 KOs, while Ono impaired to 19-8-3, 3 KOs.

Ikeyama, 41, keeps WBO female 102lb belt
Photo: Boxing Beat

41-year-young Nao Ikeyama successfully kept her WBO 102-pound belt by halting former WBA titlist Ayaka Miyao at 0:36 of the sixth session on Tuesday (December 13) in Tokyo. As Miyao accidentally slipped down midway in round six, she sustained a knee injury, barely stood up to resume fighting but was quickly knocked down by the champ’s assault with the referee prompt intervention. It’s Ikeyama’s fifth defense to her credit.

In the main event, WBA female 102-pound champ Yunoka Furukawa retained her belt by a majority nod (96-94, 97-93, 95-59) over OPBF rulter Mika Iwakawa over ten. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat, Naoki Fukuda Ono fails to win WBA 105lb belt from knockout Japanese southpaw veteran …



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Stiverne “more than ready” for Povetkin

Former World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s), of Las Vegas, Nevada, with a week getting acclimated to the bitter cold in Russia, will battle #1 ranked contender Alexander Povetkin, (30-1-0, 22 KO’s) tomorrow at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Photo: World of Boxing

The winner of their highly anticipated clash will be the Mandatory Challenger to current WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder. The fight will be telecast live online at www.vsenabox.ru with a scheduled start at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT in the United States. (more…)

Bername Stiverne: “I do plan to win by KO. I have to. I can’t come all the way here and let the judge make my decision – I got to have make my own decision.”


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Povetkin 223.7, Stiverne 249

#1 rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin will be outweighed by 25 pounds when he takes on Bermane Stiverne for the WBC interim heavyweight title on Saturday in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Povetkin weighed 223.7 lbs and Stiverne weighed 249 lbs. The winner must face injured WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder.

Photo: World of Boxing

#1 rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin will be outweighed by 25 pounds when he takes on Bermane Stiverne for the WBC …


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Ward on retirement rumor, Kovalev rematch

By TMZSports.com

Boxing champ Andre Ward says he doesn’t want to retire … but he will if he isn’t shown the proper respect … aka given his fair cut of the cash for Ward-Kovalev II.

TMZ Sports ran into the undefeated boxer in L.A. Thursday night … and asked about reports that Ward was considering hangin’ up the gloves … before the highly anticipated rematch.

FYI — Ward defeated Kovalev on November 19th in Vegas.

Ward says he’s the champ … and needs to be paid like it … or the fight everyone wants to see ain’t happening.

By TMZSports.com
Boxing champ Andre Ward says he doesn’t want to retire … but he will if he isn’t shown the proper respect … aka given his fair cut of the cash for Ward-Kovalev II.


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Lebron to face Corea tonight in Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Hard Hitting Promotions is ready to close out this year with an eight bout card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. Headlining the card will be an eight round bout for the Tri-State featherweight title as Puerto Rico’s Luis “Popeye” Lebron (5-0-1, 3 KOs) by way of Philly will swap punches with late replacement Roberto Rodriguez “Tigre” Corea (9-11-4, 4 KOs).

“Luis Lebron is a true warrior,” said Promoter Manny Rivera. “He accepted whoever we asked him to fight.” Luis was originally expected to face Luis Lopez (10-2-1, 5 KO’s), but his bout fell through and in stepped Leon “Hurry up” Moore (32-3, 25 KOs). When Moore was unable to fight, in his place they found Ernesto Garza III (7-1, 4 KOs). When Garza III pulled out, the Hard Hitting Promotions team went into action at the last minute to find a suitable opponent, which led to Roberto Rodriguez Corea. (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer Hard Hitting Promotions is ready to close out this year with an eight bout card at the …



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SugarHouse Casino Weights from Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale

Luis Lebron 125.3 vs.Roberto Rodriguez Corea 125.8
Branden Pizarro 136.7 vs.Jesus Lule 137.8
Christian Carto 117.7 vs.Harold Reyes 117.2
Jaron Ennis 146.6 vs.Marcus Beckford 149
David Murray 174.8 vs.Kenmon Evans 173.3
Emmanuel Folly ?? vs.Angel Carvajal??
Jeremy Cuevas 137.5 vs.Tom Mills 136.2
Kevin Johnson 142.4 vs.Austin Ward*

Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino
TV: Univision

Note: Emmanuel Folly, Angel Carvajal and Austin Ward will weigh in Friday morning due to travel problems.

By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Luis Lebron 125.3 vs. Roberto Rodriguez Corea 125.8
Branden Pizarro 136.7 vs. Jesus Lule 137.8
Christian Carto 117.7 vs. Harold Reyes 117.2


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WBC 54th annual convention concludes

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The final day of the 54th annual WBC convention wrapped up with several topics, speakers and reflections of the past year and future in the sport, including the site of the 2017 convention.

WBC ratings appeals chairman Bismark Morales delivered an update on a troubling case involving Nicaraguan boxers going abroad, despite being under suspension. The Nicaraguan commission has been under fire following the November, 2015 death of local fighter David Acevedo. Several Nicaraguan fighters have been brought over to Spain to compete in shows, while improperly represented and under advisories to not fight. Morales urged more attention be paid to this dire situation going on now on the Nicaraguan boxing scene. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The final day of the 54th annual WBC convention wrapped up with several …


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Weights from Cartagena, Colombia

Miguel Marriaga 126 vs. Eduardo Montoya 126
(WBO NABO featherweight title)
Carlos “Fino” Ruiz 129.8 vs. Denier Berrio 130
Berman Preciado 123 vs. Martin “Pini” Casillas 122

Venue: Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo, Cartagena, Colombia
Promoters: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas
TV: Win Sports & Telecaribe
First fight: 6 PM

Miguel Marriaga 126 vs. Eduardo Montoya 126
(WBO NABO featherweight title)
Carlos “Fino” Ruiz 129.8 vs. Denier Berrio 130
Berman Preciado 123 vs. Martin “Pini” Casillas 122


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Weights from Indio, Calif / Orozco-Maldonado off after Orozco faints

A scheduled HBO Latino-televised clash between WBC #1, WBO #7, WBA #9, IBF #11 super lightweight Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) and Fidel Maldonado Jr (22-3-1, 19 KOs) has been canceled after Orozco collapsed earlier today due to dehydration.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 174.8 vs. Sullivan Barrera 174.6
Eddie Gomez 146 vs. Rashidi Ellis 146.6
Ronny Rios 123.4 vs. Roy Tapia 123.6
Ryan Martin 134.6 vs. Yardley Suarez 134.8
Vergil Ortiz 139.4 vs. Nestor Garcia 139.4
Alexis Rocha 148.6 vs. Abraham Calderon 149.4

The TV tripleheader will consist of Shabranskyy-Barrera, Gomez-Ellis and Rios-Tapia.

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter; Golden Boy
TV: HBO Latino

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 174.8 vs. Sullivan Barrera 174.6
Eddie Gomez 146 vs. Rashidi Ellis 146.6
Ronny Rios 123.4 vs. Roy Tapia 123.6
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WBC #1 super lightweight Antonio Orozco vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr canceled after Orozco fainted due to dehydration.



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Mayweather Promotions signs undefeated prospect Saul Rodriguez

Mayweather Promotions has signed undefeated prospect Saul Rodriguez (20-0-1 with 15 KOs), the baby faced fighter who’s already been making noise in the boxing industry, to their stable of fighters.

The twenty-three-year-old prospect was born in Riverside, CA. and scored a first round knockout in his professional debut back in September 2011 against William Fisher and hasn’t looked back since. Rodriguez has stopped his opponent inside of the distance in ten of his last 12 bouts and most recently knocked out Daulis Prescott in May. (more…)

Mayweather Promotions has signed undefeated prospect Saul Rodriguez (20-0-1 with 15 KOs), the baby faced fighter who’s already been making …


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Culcay-Andrade headed to Germany

Team Sauerland, represented by Jose Oliver Gomez, won the purse bid for the contest between WBA super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). Sauerland, representatives of Culcay, proposed the dates of March 11 in Berlin or March 17 in Hamburg. The auction was held at WBA Headquarters in Panama City, Panama and overseen by Aurelio Fiengo.

Team Sauerland won the purse bid for the contest between WBA super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). Sauerland proposed dates of…


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Helenius returns on big boxing night in Finland

Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1, 14 KOs) came face-to-face with Gonzalo Omar Basile (68–11) before their clash on Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.

Photo: Dominus Boxing Group

Also EBU lightweight champion Edis Tatli and challenger Manuel Lancia collide in the main event at the Hartwall Arena, with WBC female super featherweight champion Eva Wahlström takes on former IBF champ Anahi Sanchez.

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Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1, 14 KOs) came face-to-face with Gonzalo Omar Basile (68–11) before their clash on …


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Weights From Santo Domingo

By Robert Coster

Photo: Martin Avila Maria

Felix Valera 178 vs Gusmyr Perdomo 178
Felix Diaz 147 vs Levis Morales 147
Carlos Adames vs John Renteria 147
(Adames was a no show. He has 2 hours to show up )
Alberto Puello 140 vs Kelvin Toribio 140
(For the WBC Latino Jr Welterweight title)
Eliezer Aquino 117 3/4 vs Domingo Hernandez 117
Norberto Jimenez 118 vs Felix Machado 116
Richard Solano 135 vs Osvaldo Cabrera 133
Michel Rivera 132 vs Luis Nino
(Boxer Luis Nino will arrive tomorrow from Venezuela)
Jackson Marinez 138 3/4 vs Jherson Perez 137
Yenifer Vicente 124 1/2 vs Alan Guzman 125 3/4

Venue: Maunaloa Night Club And Casino
Promoters: Shuan Boxing, Manguita Promotions, Upper Promotions

Felix Valera 178 vs Gusmyr Perdomo 178
Felix Diaz 147 vs Levis Morales 147
Carlos Adames vs John Renteria 147
(Adames was a no show. He has 2 hours to show up )
Alberto Puello 140 vs Kelvin Toribio 140
(For the WBC Latino Jr Welterweight title)


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DTLA Weights from Los Angeles

Arnold Barboza Jr. 144.4 vs. Martin Angel Martinez 144.4
Oleg Zubenko 153.6 vs. Lucis Johnson 155.4
Saul Bustos 146.2 vs. Moris Rodriguez 145.2
Ferdinand Kerobyan 157.8 vs. Steven Pichardo 160.6
Damien Lopez 145.8 vs. Julian Bautista 144.2
Roberts Jekabsons 202.2 vs. Idris Wasi 209.0
Jessy Martinez 149.6 vs. Taif Harris 150.6
Humberto Velazquez 154.0 vs. Moses Alvizo 155.8
Ronnie Biggers 148.8 vs. Michael Rubio 144.2

Venue: Exchange L.A.
Promoter: PR Sports Promotions in association with Bash Boxing and Top Rank

Arnold Barboza Jr. 144.4 vs. Martin Angel Martinez 144.4
Oleg Zubenko 153.6 vs. Lucis Johnson 155.4
Saul Bustos 146.2 vs. Moris Rodriguez 145.2
Ferdinand Kerobyan 157.8 vs. Steven Pichardo 160.6
Damien Lopez 145.8 vs. Julian Bautista 144.2


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Terence Crawford in jail

Just five days after defeating John Molina on HBO, WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence Crawford has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for property damage and disorderly conduct at an Omaha body shop in April. In addition to the 90 days, Judge Marcena Hendrix sentenced the champ to two years probation, 120 hours of community service, $6,000 in restitution and random drug and alcohol tests. Crawford will be eligible for early release in February, but his lawyers are working to get him out as soon as today.

Just five days after defeating John Molina on HBO, WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence Crawford has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for property damage and disorderly conduct at an Omaha body shop in April. In addition to the 90 days, Judge Marcena Hendrix sentenced the champ to…


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Blanco-N’Dam, Cermeño-Qiu WBA Officials

Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim middleweight champion Alfonso Blanco defends against former middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam on Saturday night at the Stade de l’Est in Saint-Denis, Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean located 600 miles east of Madagascar. Judges are Francisco Martinez (New Zealand), Guillermo Pérez Pineda (Panama) and Uriel Aguilera (Colombia). WBA supervisor is Miguel Prado. N’Dam is a slight -130 favorite.

In Hangzhou, China, it will be veteran Luis Pabon of Puerto Rico reffing Saturday’s world title clash between WBA super bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño and challenger XiaoJun Qiu. Judges are Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Raul Caiz Sr (USA) and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico). WBA supervisor is Julio Castillo. Cermeño, who scored a 12th round TKO over XiaoJun in June, is a -540 favorite.

Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim middleweight champion Alfonso Blanco defends …


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Usyk-Mchunu Scouting Report

This Saturday night undefeated WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) will make his first defense against Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (17-2, 11 KOs) at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Usyk, who is a 20:1 favorite, is fighting for the first time in the U.S.

Oleksandr Usyk
Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

The fight will open HBO World Championship Boxing telecast beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT headlined by Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. For the scouting report of this bout, click here…

This Saturday night undefeated WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) will make his first defense against Thabiso …


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Hopkins-Smith final press conference

Former two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs) and Joe Smith, Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) today hosted the final press conference ahead of their battle for the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California.

Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith
Photo: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Bernard Hopkins: “You have to prove you’re special, no matter how many titles you win. If you use that to stay in the game then you become special and an icon surpasses legend. Common man, special man. Which one do you want? Which one do you want? I want the special, you are that before you become that. If you want to work your way back down to common man, there’s a lot of people down there. I’m not going to predict that I end his [Joe’s] career. One day if he recovers mentally then he might have something to salvage and go forward. I’m a career stopper to most of my opponents that talk like him. Yes, I’m honored to be respected as Joe mentioned, too. I listen to words. Nobody is really paying attention to Joe. Joe won’t be special come Saturday. He will stay common.”

Joe Smith, Jr: “I can’t even describe how excited I am to say ‘it’s finally fight week.’ I’m ready for this Saturday and am very excited. I know I’m going to be there with a legend but I’ve worked very hard in the gym and made many sacrifices to get to where I am today. He is a legend, but Saturday night he’s just another opponent. I’m looking to stop him, be the first person to stop him in his entire career.”

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Former two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs) and Joe Smith, …


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Star Boxing inks Farenas and Pagcaliwangan

Filipino fighters Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (41-5-4, 33 KOs) and Marc “El Gwapo” Pagcaliwangan (9-0-1, 7 KOs) have signed promotional contracts with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Both fighters, who are managed by SMG and Platinum Timing (owned and operated by Germaine Gillies), are scheduled to make their Star Boxing debuts in early 2017. (more…)

Filipino fighters Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (41-5-4, 33 KOs) and Marc “El Gwapo” Pagcaliwangan (9-0-1, 7 KOs) have signed promotional …


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U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas signs with Top Rank

U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas, 20, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Vargas, whose father is Puerto Rican and mother is Mexican, is an outstanding amateur fighter that represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. As a pro, the ambidextrous boxer that was born in Houston, Texas, grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, and now resides in Ocala, Florida, plans to fight between the super flyweight and bantamweight divisions. (more…)

U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas, 20, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Vargas, whose father is Puerto Rican …


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Q&A: Gary Russell Jr

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WBC 54th convention day 3 report

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the 54th WBC annual convention saw several topics discussed, among them, the mandatory defenses. Also the WBC amateur program,

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. was introduced to start things off. The champ addressed the crowd and thanked the WBC for their support of his career.

President Mauricio Sulaiman then opened the agenda with the goings on in the WBC amateur program. Carrying on his late father’s agenda, to reform amateur boxing, the younger Sulaiman discussed several programs and future efforts and endeavors in the amateur sphere. Ever the critic of AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association), Sulaiman didn’t let up today. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 54th WBC annual convention saw several topics discussed, among …


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WBA orders Zeuge-Ekpo clash

The World Championships Committee of the WBA (World Boxing Association) ordered a clash between super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs) must face #3 rated Isaac Ekpo (31-2, 24KO). According to Article 11 of the WBA Regulations, the champion must defend no later than 120 days against his mandatory challenger. Zeuge won his title last November so his mandatory defense is due by March 4.

The World Championships Committee of the WBA (World Boxing Association) ordered a clash between super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, …


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Hopkins aiming for big ending

“I want the book to be written good. The last thing you remember about a good book is not the beginning, it’s the ending. I look at this as the final icing on the cake or that exclamation point. This is it. You know this is history,” said former two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs).

Bernard Hopkins
Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Hopkins, who turns 52 next month, faces Joe Smith, Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) for the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday in Inglewood, California’s iconic “Fabulous” Forum on HBO. (more…)

“I want the book to be written good. The last thing you remember about a good book is not the …


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Light heavyweights headline in Budapest

Felix Promotion’s next show will be on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. The main event will be a WBO Europe light heavyweight title clash between defending champion Richard Baranyi (17-1-0, 12 KOs) from Hungary and Switzerland’s Alis Sijaric (12-1-0, 11 KOs). Both boxers are big hitters, so the spectators (the venue is already SOLD OUT since Tuesday) are expecting fireworks.

In the co-feature, cruiserweight Tamas Toth defends his domestic belt against old rival Gyula Bozai. They have previously twice fought to a draw.

On the undercard, WBO InterContinental cruiserweight titlist Imre Szellő (14-0, 8 KOs) meets Drazan Janjanin (14-9, 13 KOs), Plus unbeaten middleweight prospect Norbert Harcsa (7-0-0, 1 KO) + another five fights.

The event will be televised Live by M4 Sport (Hungarian National TV)

Felix Promotion’s next show will be on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. The main event will be a WBO Europe light …


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Freshmart defeats Ono to retain WBA minimumweight title

WBA minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (14-0, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #14 rated Shin Ono (19-8-3, 3 KOs) on Wednesday afternoon in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Freshmart, also known as Thammanoon Niyomtrong, won the WBA interim title in October 2014 and has reeled off five successful defenses, the last two fights have had the full WBA title on the line.

WBA minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (14-0, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA …


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Joseph Diaz Jr.: We know it’s going to be a tough fight

By Miguel Maravilla

South El Monte’s 2012 U.S. Olympian undefeated featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) will have a big challenge when he takes on Horatio “Violento” Garcia (30-1-1, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Diaz squares off against Garcia on Saturday at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. We caught up with Diaz as he talked about his upcoming fight with Garcia.

Jo Jo Diaz
Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“This upcoming fight against Horatio Garcia he is a tough Mexican warrior, a tough fighter. We know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com “We know he is going to come in and try to pull the upset. We will go put there with a good game plan.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla South El Monte’s 2012 U.S. Olympian undefeated featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) will have a …


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Quinlan-Eubank collide Feb 4 in London

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBO 168 pound champion Renold Quinlan will defend the title against Chris Eubank Jr at the Lee Valley VeloPark, Olympic Park, London, England on February 4. Quinlan is coming off a sensational second round knockout over former IBF, WBA 160 pound champion Daniel Geale.

Quinlan’s manager Matt Rose talked to Fightnews. “Quinlan has the power and skills to defeat the best super middleweights in the world,” said Rose. ” Quinlan’s KO over Daniel Geale shows he has world class power. Eubank Jr will be defeated inside the distance on February 4 in England.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBO 168 pound champion Renold Quinlan will defend the title against Chris Eubank …










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