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Roc Nation Sports officially announced today that two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, August 6 when he takes on Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO. Ward and Brand were slated to face each other last November on the pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez, but a leg injury forced Ward to withdraw from participation in the event.
Andre Ward: “We can get it on, right now. August 6th, I will be ready, so come out to Oracle Arena or tune in live on HBO. Don’t miss it.”
Alexander Brand: “It will be a great honor to face Andre Ward on August 6 and better yet in his own backyard. Fighting somebody with such an illustrious career, facing a guy that perhaps hasn’t lost a round in his entire life, is even more thrilling. We were set to face each other last November, but he was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Now the time has come to fight him and I can’t wait to derail his future plans. I’ll work hard to spoil them.”
Tickets priced at $300, $120, $90, $60 and $30, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale TODAY and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Photos: Mikey Williams for Espinoza Boxing / Team Magdaleno
Top Rank Jr. featherweight rising star, Jessie Magdaleno switches camps and joins Trainer Manuel Robles in Carson California at The Rock Gym after being trained by Joel Diaz for the past couple of years during Magdaleno’s short career. Magdaleno joins a list of potential world champions under Robles including Oscar Valdez, Jason Quigley, and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to name a few. Magdaleno’s Manager, Frank Espinoza Jr. is excited for the move and looks for his fighter to improve his speed, combinations and footwork with new trainer Manuel Robles.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBO Super middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0) takes his training to new heights as he runs Mt. Baldy in California in preparation for his upcoming bout against Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1) on PPV during the undercard of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas July 23, 2016.
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and his trainer Brian McIntyre for the HBO-PPV unification clash between Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Do you feel you are being avoided?
Terence Crawford: “I’m not worried if I am being avoided by anyone as long as I get to fight the best out there. In this business if you don’t fight you don’t eat. And the fans are smart enough to know a good fight. They are not about to settle for anything less. Why should they? They work hard for their money too. So if other fighters want to go hungry because they are looking for easy fights, that’s their business. But that’s not for me. I love this sport too much and I owe a lot to the fans who pay to see me fight. They deserve to see the best fight the best, which is why I am fighting Postol. We are two undefeated champions risking our world titles and our undefeated records to fight each other to determine the best fighter in the division. It’s the ultimate test. We both want to know who the best junior welterweight is and on July 23 we are going to find out.”
Trainer Brian McIntyre: “Everyone knows that most 140 pound champions have avoided Terence. That is not a problem because our feeling is either fight us or get out of the game. Fighters are like buses. If one speeds off as you approach you don’t run after it. You wait a few minutes for the next one to come by. Terence isn’t chasing anyone. He only wants to fight the top fighters who are confident enough in their talents to meet him head on. And that’s what you’re going to see on July 23rd — a head-on collision between two undefeated world champions and the class of the 140 pound division.”
The HBO Sports Special, Terence Crawford: My Fight, debuts Saturday, July 9 at 12:15 a.m. on HBO.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated Colombian bantamweight prospect Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (14-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Tierra Alta, Columbia returns to the ring as takes on Jose “Flash” Bustos (11-6-3, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico this Friday at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Negrete vs. Bustos clash headlines the Golden Boy Promotions “LA Fight Club” card and will be telecast live on Estrella TV.
FightNews.com® spoke to Negrete as he is just days away from his fight.
“I am ready for this fight,” said Negrete. “It will be a good show.”
Negrete has been training at the Who’s Next Gym in Industry, California. He has been working with Team Santa Cruz and trainer Jose Santa Cruz, the father of WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, along with assistant trainer Antonio Santa Cruz.
“I have worked hard for this fight and I have had a strong training camp. I trained with the Santa Cruz’s, with Don Jose, and Antonio, along with Max Friedman,” said Negrete. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) and WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs), the featured fighters for “Fists of the Future,” the first ALA Promotions boxing show in the Bay Area, visited two branches of the United States’ largest Filipino grocery chain “Seafood City” as well as the famous Serramonte Mall in Daly City over the weekend. Supporters were able to pose with the two fighters and get autographs ahead of the July 9 fight night at the San Mateo Event Center.
With less than two weeks to go, the brothers will have three more promotional appearances. They will make a courtesy call at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate on June 29 from 10-11AM, and public workouts at Seafood City Westborough. ALA Gym head trainer Edmund Villamor said the fighters have to cut short their promotional activities after June 30 to give them more time to focus on their fights.
Undefeated lightweight Andy “El Tiburon” Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) was a guest Monday on “A los Golpes” the popular boxing show on ESPN Deportes that is taped at the ESPN studios at LA Live and is hosted by Bernardo Osuna and the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez. Vences returns to the ring on Saturday July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. Vences of San Jose, California will take on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight round bout in a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” Card promoted by Top Rank Inc.
In the main event, unbeaten WBC Continental Americas champ Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) who, in the wake of his dominant win over vet Manny Perez on April 9th on HBO Pay-Per-View, returns to Central California — where he’s previously fought in front of sellout crowds — to face Tomas Mendez (21-7) of the Dominican Republic.
By Bill Green
World class boxing returns to Longmont, Colorado, as unbeaten Cuban jr middleweight sensation Inocente Fiz (19-0, 13 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Boulder, Colorado. Fiz was an outstanding amateur who boasted a reported 381-17 record including becoming a 3-time Gold Medalist at the Cuban National Championships. Even more impressive were the big amateur wins over former IBF super lightweight champion Juan Urango, former IBF welterweight title challenger Kevin Bizier, and undefeated Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez. Fiz will make his Colorado debut against rugged New Mexico southpaw Arturo Crespin (13-6-1, 4 KOs) on a card promoted by MGM and Ghost Town Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Two-time WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hitman” Harding talks to Fightnews.com about his eight world title bouts which include his triology against Dennis Andries, Tom “The Bomb” Collins, Christophe Tiozzo, Nestor Giovannini, David Vedder and Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum. Jeff also talks about his twin, eighteen-year-old daughters, Lily and Amy, who are champions in the sport of athletics.
Edner Cherry 131.7 vs. Haskell Rhodes 132.9
Omar Douglas 128.1 vs. Alexei Collado 128.4
Antonio Russell 117.1 vs. Rudolph Hedge 119.3
Chris Colbert 127.5 vs. Antonio Dubose 127.8
Milton Santiago 139.4 vs. Osumanu Akaba 139.9
Eric Newell 266 vs. Randy Easton 232
Mykal Fox 141.6 vs. Jose Valderrama 144.1
Victor Vazquez 135.1 vs. Seifullah Jihad Wise 136.5
Venue: Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Unbeaten middleweight Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) faces Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) in the co-featured bout on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The bout will be a ten-rounder. Khytrov, a fearsome power puncher, is rated WBC #5 and is rated in the top 15 of all four major sanctioning bodies.
As previously announced, the main event features rising middleweight contender Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) against former world champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in an IBF eliminator.
Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz will return to action on the Solo Boxeo UniMás card that will take place on Saturday, August 6, at the Grand Ballroom of the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Diaz (41-4, 20 KOs), from Houston, Texas, who has been crowned on multiple occasions as lightweight king, hopes to continue his steady pace towards the opportunity to fight for a world title once again when he battles against Mexico’s Cesar Vazquez (27-3, 16 KOs) – a former world title challenger – in a ten-round bout.
“I have been itching to get back into the ring. I am very happy and excited to be part of another Top Rank event. After my last fight in Houston, I felt great and I am looking forward to the next bout scheduled in Tucson at the Casino Del Sol and to be with Arizona boxing fans. With a win in Tucson I am one step closer to the ultimate goal which is obtaining a fifth world title,” said Diaz.
Regarding his August 6 opponent, the ‘Baby Bull’ added: “He (Vazquez) has previously challenged for a world title, I am respectful of that, he is a tough professional and he will also be ready for the bout. This will be a fan friendly and interesting fight”. (more…)
Boxeo Telemundo Ford will continue its summer season this Frida from the Plaza Condesa Auditorium in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO Latin jr. lightweight champion and #11 contender Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico City will face countryman and current WBC FECOMBOX Champion Sebastian Diaz (12-2, 10 KOs) from Aguas Calientes, Mexico in another “Civil War” scheduled for ten Rounds with Ruiz’ 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. Plaza Condesa Auditorium is located at Juan Escutia #4, Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF, MX. Tel: 52 11 00 44. For tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx
IBF #8 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) will clash with Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) in an ESPN-televised IBF elimination contest on July 21 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Soliman talked to Fightnews.com® to say he will take the Ukrainian former amateur star to school and stop him inside the distance to set up a showdown with GGG.
Mike Guy, Elvin Ayala, Jesse Nicklow were the last three opponents of Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Ayala took him the distance. Have you seen any of these fights on YouTube?
Yes – I watched several of Derevyanchenko’s fights. He is very skillful, but as a professional, he hasn’t mixed it with the best middleweights in the world – which he will find out on July 21 at Foxwoods in Connecticut that it is a totally different ball game at the top level. Derevyanchenko is in for a difficult night.
Lou DiBella, who promotes Derevyanchenko, rates him a future world champion. He has had only eight professional bouts but an extensive amateur career with a reported 390-20 record and was bronze medalist in the 2007 world amateur championships. You will be the highest ranked and most experienced opponent he has met. What are your thoughts?
Lou DiBella is confident that Sergiy will defeat me but I have news for Lou, and it’s all bad. The 400-plus amateur fights and eight professional fights against unrated middleweights will not be enough to defeat me. Remember I went to Germany to win the world title and scored a near shutout decision over Felix Sturm who is regarded as one of the greats of German boxing. I’m confident my hand will be raised in victory on July 21. (more…)
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tell us about the fight with Lucas Matthysse…
Viktor Postol: “The fight with Matthysse was my most challenging and memorable because it was my first world championship fight and I was fighting for the title against one of the strongest punchers in the division. The importance of this fight for my career and my life was not lost on me. It was all I thought about during training camp at Wild Card. It’s all I ever wanted since I started boxing in a gym outside Kiev as a 12-year-old boy. I followed Freddie’s game plan from beginning to end. Even the last combination I landed — right uppercut, left hook — we worked on daily. It was a reflex to throw them when he charged in at me. He was perfect for that punch. Freddie Roach had me well prepared for that fight. My trainers made me a champion and helped me realize a dream I have had for a very long time. Every time I look at that green belt I will think of Freddie and everyone at Wild Card who helped me become a champion. I loved showing it off to all my friends, family members and fans in Ukraine. I am very proud to represent my country as a world champion.”
Freddie Roach: “It was a very good performance. We were in charge of the fight the whole time. Viktor followed the game plan perfectly. I remember before the last round I told our corner that Matthysse was very tired and ready to go out. He was coming in with his head leaning down. We told Viktor, ‘Now is the time for a right uppercut and a left hook. Viktor took him out when he was ready to take him out. He is a good student of the game. Viktor deserved that victory. I’ve never had a fighter work harder in training camp than he did. I was so happy for him when the fight was stopped. I just knew that a lot of doors would be opening for him now that he was a world champion and because of how he won that fight. This was, really, one of the greatest wins of my career as a trainer.”
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
SIX DOWN SIX, MORE TO GO…HISTORIC 2016
The first half of 2016 has come to an end and our sport has many challenges to face, but I’m confident that boxing is in great shape and the future is bright.
Our heroes of the ring have done their part, they have performed and we have witnessed tremendous fights in this six month period. Spectacular knockouts including Wilder’s one punch bomb on Szpilka, Canelo’s dramatic KO over Khan or Bellew’s come-from-behind demolition of heavy favorite Makabu or the upset of Smith’s KO in just one round over Fonfara. Very solid performances by GGG, Chocolatito and Cuadras. New kings at welterweight with Danny Garcia beating Guerrero in a war and at super welter with Charlo knocking out Jackson while trailing on all scorecards. Dejan Zlaticanin making a statement conquering the lightweight title. And to top it all, the incredible fight of the ages in which WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas drew with former champion Siri Salido, twelve ferocious rounds which resulted in a memorable fight that still remains in our minds as an homage to bravery and heroism.
Outside the WBC, important activity saw some great moments during this period. Anthony Joshua winning the heavyweight title, Leo Santa Cruz battled Kiko Martinez in a very entertaining bout, Thurman and Porter battling for twelve rounds, Lomachenko impressively knocking out Martinez.
The second half promises to bring some memorable action to the ring in all areas of the world. A unification bout at super lightweight with WBC champion Viktor Postol fighting Terrence Crawford, WBC icon Leo Santa Cruz will fight Frampton, Wilder fighting Arreola, all this action in July alone. Another unification with Linares vs. Crolla with the winner facing Zlaticanin. Then comes action in Japan, Thailand, Korea, Canada and many other countries of the world. Possibly Kovalev vs. Ward, Chocolatito vs. Estrada or Cuadras, possibly Danny Garcia vs. Thurman and some other dream matches may come around in this 2016. (more…)
Hot junior welterweight prospect Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk kept his perfect record intact following a three round thrashing of previously unbeaten Eliseo Cruz last Saturday (June 25) in Miami, OK. Topping a fight card promoted by Holden Productions, Baranchyk fought his second consecutive match in the Sooner State. Backed by chants of “Beast, Beast, Beast” from the packed house at the Buffalo Run Casino, Baranchyk battered Cruz until his corner threw in the towel at 1:07 of the third round. Baranchyk, a Russian based in Brooklyn, NY, is now 11-0 with 10 wins by knockout. Cruz, of Chiapas, Mexico, is 9-1-1 with 6 KOs following his first setback. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Jeff Zimmerman
Former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado spoke with Fightnews.com® after his majority decision win against Josh Torres on Saturday night in Dallas.
[On rating his own performance] I felt I did OK. I didn’t find the groove that I want to find but, hey, sometimes you have your bad days man. That was one of my bad days, I’m fine with it. I lived through it, I fought through it, so back to film study.
[On his slow start] I had to find my groove a little bit. I hadn’t had work like that in a long time. The last time I really trained was for Marquez and I didn’t really train that much for it and that was over two years ago. I needed that work. That’s what and how God wanted me to learn. It’s something that taught me more about myself, what I need to do when I get back in that gym. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Emily Harney
In boxing, the norm is that the most heavily hyped and promoted fights don’t match expectations. Unfortunately, boxing fans and media have become tempered to expect little from these types of events. So, after a year of hope, projections and rescheduled fights, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see a Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter welterweight title fight disappoint. It’s happened before and is likely to happen again.
But that’s not what happened Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In fact, in a fight televised on CBS, the two star welterweights put on one of the best fights of the year.
“When was the last time two guys that good, that hyped, had a fight that good,” asked promoter Lou DiBella, who put on the card after it was rescheduled from a March date. “That was friggin’ great. I want to see it again. That’s just great stuff. There are a lot of nights that I’m not thrilled about the sport but I’m thrilled tonight.”
“By the second round I wasn’t a promoter anymore,” said DiBella. “I was a fan.”
In the main event of a nine-bout card Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) retained his WBA championship via three scores of 115-113. It was a highly entertaining clash between Porter’s relentless aggression and Thurman’s defense and tight counterpunching. (more…)
Saturday night’s CBS broadcast of the WBA welterweight world championship began with a 2.0 rating and grew to a 2.6 in final half hour. Complete viewership isn’t available at this time, but according to Showtime Sports, Saturday’s fight is likely to be the most watched boxing broadcast of 2016.
According to TV by the Numbers, the CBS Thurman-Porter telecast had 2.12 million viewers, beating out major league baseball on FOX, which did 2.05 million. The Men’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials on NBC pulled in 3.18 million and 20/20: In an Instant on ABC was the overall winner with 3.93 million tuning in.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
In an exciting Jr.welterweight fight that capped off Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions’ inaugural card on Saturday night at Harmony Hall in Olympia, Washington, Moldovan native Piotr Apostol (3-0, 1 KO), now fighting out of Renton, Washington, stopped Portland, Oregon’s Sean Gee (3-4) in the third round.
The action got off to a fast start with both fighters engaging in the center of the ring and slamming each other with vicious shots in close. The early portion of the first was close, but as the round wore on Apostol found a rhythm, taking a half step back as Gee pressed and countering effectively with one-twos, giving him an edge.
In the second round, Apostol used his longer range to land from the outside and set up right hands with more regularity. Gee continued to press in the round, making for some exciting spurts of action, but Apostol controlled the round with the harder and more accurate shots. (more…)
The Mirror British tabloid is running a story today claiming a doping probe is underway against WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and his cousin heavyweight contender Hughie Fury. According to the Mirror, both Furys allegedly tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in early 2015 and UK Anti-Doping officials are investigating.
Team Fury/Hennessy Sports: We are baffled by today’s story in the Sunday Mirror. Tyson Fury absolutely denies any allegation of doping. He looks forward to recovering from his injury and defending his titles against Wladimir Klitschko in October.
Undefeated IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua successfully defended his world title for the first time with a seventh round knockout of previously unbeaten Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night at The O2 in London. Many thought that Breazeale wouldn’t be able to stand up to the 2012 Olympic gold medalist’s power and speed, but Joshua was happy to be extended to seven rounds.
[Next fight] “Well I think it’s gonna have to be the likes of [Joseph] Parker. I was really looking at Fury… I hope he gets better soon. He hurt his ankle unfortunately, which has postponed it because I was hoping to get that some time in the winter if everything went well July 9th like it did tonight, but we’re gonna have to reschedule that and in the meantime, we can look at other opponents like Parker, if he’s vacant, or anyone else that the people want.”
[On being extended seven rounds] “It’s hard because you can see they’re hurt with every shot – well not every shot – but when you start catching them flush, they can feel the shots with these ten ounce gloves on. So, it’s just a matter of time, but in the process I didn’t want to be receiving any haymakers on the way back. It’s been tough. I had two weeks off after my last fight, and got straight back in the gym so it was tough. I get a nice little break for once and then I can come back with recharged batteries.” (more…)
Photos: Martina Houdek/Team SES
Three international title bouts took place on Saturday night at the Sportcentrum Sluneta in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic with SES Boxing’s “Team Czech Republic” fighters coming away with stoppage victories.
In the main event, WBC Youth female minimumweight champion Fabiana Bytyqi (8-0, 3 KOs) was victorious when Teodora Bacheva (4-5, 1 KO) was unable to come out for round eight.
WBO European female featherweight champion Lucie Sedlackova (7-0-1, 4 KOs) needed just 33 seconds to stop Sopio Putkaradze (13-7-3, 4 KOs), who apparently suffered a serious ligament injury.
WBO European super welterweight champion Stepan Horvath (17-5, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ferenc Hafner (26-10, 14 KOs). Horvath, from Qwert Box-Promotion, knocked down Hafner three times in round four to end it. Time was 1:45.
Undefeated Bilal Laggoune made a successful debut at lightheavyweight knocking out French Hakim Chioui at the end of the 3rd round last night in Ninove, Belgium. The vacant WBC Francophone title was at stake.
Laggoune was dominant from the start chasing his opponent and hurting him with nice combinations to the face ending with a left to the body. Chioui tried hard to get the local star against the ropes but Bilal showed good footwork he learned in Miami’s 5th street gym. In the last minute of the 3rd round a devastating combination had Chioui in trouble but Laggoune was too eager to see his opponent on the floor and helped him down with a body push. Referee Daniel Van de Wiele called it a slip. Bilal Laggoune wasted no time after the fight resumed and trapped his opponent in a neutral corner. A barrage of punches made Chioui drop and it was waved off without picking up a count. Chioui needed a couple of minutes to recover.
Laggoune proved many observers wrong when he drew with Kucher in his previous bout and is now to be considered actual Belgian’s best pound for pound male boxer.
Laggoune is now 20-0-2(10), while Chioui drops to 31-6-1(19).
The undercard was very poor with the local boxers not be able to show their ability due to the weakness of the opponents.
The show was promoted by Ezzedine Laggoune, the brother of Bilal.
Photos: David Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Super welterweight prospect Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Olympian Junior Castillo (10-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. DeLoach dropped Castillo in rounds three and six en route to a 79-71, 78-72, 78-72 verdict.
“I’m very happy with my performance, did exactly what I wanted to,” said De Loach afterward. “I’m ready for any of the big names in the junior middleweight division. Even my friend Erickson Lubin, I’d love to fight him. I’m going to stay humble, stay focused, and keep working towards a world championship.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (12-0, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Luis “Muecas” Solis (14-7-4, 12 KOs). Karl dropped Solis in round three and went on to win by scores of 80-71, 79-72, 78-73. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
For the last year Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman have tried to get it on in the ring. Going back to last summer the two star welterweights prepared for their showdown. It was supposed to take place at the end of 2015, then the start of 2016. A scheduled March date came and went when Thurman was hurt in a car accident. And then, finally, they fought on Saturday night before 12,718 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
It was worth the wait.
In a fight of the year candidate Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) retained his WBA title with a close unanimous decision win on three identical scores of 115-113. Both men gave an incredible effort and ended the fight bruised, bleeding and exhausted. Essentially the bout was a tale of two styles: Porter’s relentless but often ineffective aggression versus Thurman’s selective but powerful counterpunches. Thurman had a 203-177 edge in power punches landed but Porter was the busier fighter and averaged 55 thrown per round to 44 for Thurman. Porter had the advantage in jabs. Overall, Thurman connected with 43.6% of his shots; Porter landed 35.6%. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
In his 2nd comeback fight, former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) had to shake off some early rust against the durable Josh Torres (15-5-2, 7 KOs) out of New Mexico and escaped with majority decision on Saturday night at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Torres took the fight to Alvarado early, but by the fourth round Alvarado found his timing and was able to land his overhand right and some quick combinations. Torres was there inside going toe to toe with Alvarado but could not land anything significant to stop Alvarado. In the 7th and 8th round, Alvarado pulled out the fight as he let his hands go, backing up Torres with big right hands. The judges scored it 76-76, 78-74, 77-75 for Alvarado as he looks for big names in his next fight.
In the co-feature, 2008 Russian Olympian and former world title challenger Matt Korobov (26-1, 13 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Texan Brian Vera (23-11, 14 KOs) in an eight round middleweight clash. It looked like it would be a short night when Korobov dropped Vera twice in round one and again in round two with his vicious left hand, before Vera knew what hit him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a clash of undefeated junior middleweights Maryland’s Jarrett Hurd defeated Oscar Molina via 10th round stoppage. After 10 rounds in which Molina seemed to take the majority of punishment, referee Ricky Gonzalez called a halt with just 58 seconds left in the fight. Despite the timing, it was an appropriate decision. Molina was repeatedly hurt and banged up and he had already hit the canvas once earlier after Hurd (18-0, 11 KO’s) dropped him in the first. By the final round he was ready to go and after taking additional punishment from Hurd, Gonzalez stepped in with Molina still standing.
The fight was bumped up to the co-feature when a planned fight featuring former champion Abner Mares was scrapped at the eleventh hour due to outstanding medical issues on Mares’ behalf.
The replacement fight almost ended as soon as it began. Molina was knocked down in the last minute of the first round after eating a hard right uppercut. The punch snapped Molina’s head back and deposited him on the canvas. It was too late in the round for Hurd to capitalize and he instead elected to box carefully. It was clear from that point on, however, that Hurd had the upper hand. He had Molina on retreat in the sixth after he connected with a series of hooks and he rocked Molina at the end of the eighth after scoring with a hard right in the final seconds of the frame. Molina acknowledged the shot and shook his head frustratingly but when the fight resumed the next round the pattern continued relatively unabated.
By the final round both men were exhausted but Molina had absorbed the worse of the punishment. Hurd was ahead on all three judges’ cards at the time of the knockout: 90-80, 88-82 and 87-83. Hurd outlanded Molina on a 33 to 7 ratio in the final round. Molina, from Norwalk, California, is now 13-1-1 with 10 KO’s. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Matchroom Sport
IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. The 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Joshua staggered Breazeale in round two, but Breazeale survived Joshua’s onslaught. Joshua continued to batter Breazeale and finally dropped him twice in round seven to end it. Time was 1:01.
Former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) will finally return to the ring against Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) on July 30 in a fight televised by Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The bout will be the co-feature for the WBA featherweight title fight between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton. This will be the 28-year-old Garcia’s first fight in two-and-a-half years. Garcia-Rojas will be a super lightweight contest.
By Karl Freitag
“Gennady Golovkin I’m coming for you,” said middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs) after his fourth round KO over Tom Doran. “I’m coming for your belts, man. Everyone’s scared of you. For some reason they think you’re this indestructible man. You’re not! And I’m coming. And if I can’t get you, Saunders, you I’m coming for as well. You’re getting it. Anybody out there with a world title I’m coming for!”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “Chris Eubank Jr wants to fight Golovkin, Golovkin is ready to accept the fight. We’ll talk this week and hopefully that can get made. There are not many people that want to fight Golovkin, Chris does…I believe that Chris Eubank Jr. against Gennady Golovkin could well get made this week.”
By Karl Freitag
In a WBA super middleweight eliminator, George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) pounded out a hard fought, but clear cut, twelve round unanimous decision over Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Scores were 118-110 across the board for Groves. The fight was a WBA eliminator. If champion Felix Sturm is stripped for a failed drug test, Groves would face #1 Fedor Chudinov for the vacant belt.
WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #6 middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs) annihilated previously unbeaten Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) in four rounds. Eubank was in control at all times, dropping Doran in round three and four times in round four. Time was 2:35. Eubank retained his British title. Is middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next?
Conor Benn KO1 Lukas Radic (lightweight)
Dillian Whyte KO6 Ivica Bacurin (heavyweight)
Andrea Scarpa TKO6 John Wayne Hibbert (super lightweight)
Anthony Ogogo TKO1 Frane Radnic (middleweight)
Khalid Yafai TKO1 Jozsef Ajtai (bantamweight)
The people’s champ Orlando “Siri” Salido was in Mexico City this week to tape a special program with TV Azteca about his most recent fight with Francisco “Bandido” Vargas that will be shown this Saturday night on Mexican National Television.
“I was very happy to be part of this show with all the TV Azteca announcers—Carlos Aguilar, Rodolfo Vargas and Eduardo Lamazon as well as two of Mexico’s greats, Erik “El Terrible” Morales and his nemesis Marco Antonio Barrera,” said Salido.
The panel will relive the controversial draw that Salido was awarded on June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California against Vargas in a bout for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight belt in what up to now is considered to be the fight of the year. (more…)
We’re sad to report the passing of boxing writer Jack Obermayer, who passed away this morning at his home in Lindenwold, New Jersey at the age of 72. Obermayer, who covered 3514 professional fight cards in 49 states in over 400 cities and was affectionately known as “KO-JO” was a beloved figure at ringside for 50 years. He wrote for many publications such Flash Gordon’s “Tonight’s Boxing Program”, Ring Magazine, Boxing Illustrated (which later became Boxing Digest) and USA Boxing News.
Obermayer penned the popular column “KO JO Says”, which chronicled his many road trips to fights and his love of classic diners. Obermayer was inducted into the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fames. In 2010 he won the Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Services will be held on Thursday, June 30th at The Harmon Funeral Home (571 Forest Avenue in Staten Island, New York).
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