WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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Jose Haro issues statement

New USBA Featherweight Champion Jose Haro has issued a brief statement regarding the status of his fallen opponent, Daniel Franco, through his promotional representative, Whitfield Haydon:

“I respect all fighters. My heart hurts knowing that my opponent from Saturday night is still in the hospital. I hope he has a full and speedy recovery. Nothing but love, brotha. We put everything on the line when we step inside the ring. I always tell my brother/trainer that I’m a father first, fighter second, and if he ever sees me badly hurt to stop the fight because my kids need their daddy. I’m very grateful that I won but it really doesn’t feel like I won. I always pray that my opponent and myself come out our fight in good health. Let’s go #TeamFranco, you got this!”

New USBA Featherweight Champion Jose Haro has issued a brief statement regarding the status of his fallen opponent, Daniel Franco, …


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Official IBF Burnett-Haskins Statement

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 the IBF Bantamweight bout between Lee Haskins and Ryan Burnett held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland was ruled a split decision victory for Burnett as a result of a error with the scorecards. Due to this error, in which one of the scores after each round was recorded on the individual scorecards for the incorrect fighter, the bout was declared a split decision when it should have been ruled a unanimous decision in favor of Burnett. An error of this nature and at this level of the sport should not have occurred.

The IBF carefully considers the officials it recommends for appointment to a bout. Judge Clark Sammartino has been a member of the IBF for many years and has been a solid, reliable and consistent judge. He has an active officiating career and has worked at the world-class level. The IBF remains committed to recommending qualified and reliable officials to work its sanctioned bouts, and is fully intent on deterring a situation such as this one from occurring again in the future.

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 the IBF Bantamweight bout between Lee Haskins and Ryan Burnett held at the Odyssey Arena …



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WBA#8 Flanagan confident of defeating Lebedev on July 17

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA#8 Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) will challenge WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) at the DIVS Ekaterinbur, Russia on July 17. Flanagan’s manager Angelo DiCarlo is confident his charge has the correct mental attitude, power and boxing skills to cause a major upset over the heavily favored Russian.

Angelo DiCarlo who guides Flanagan’s career talked to Paul Nasari on radio 2BACR. 100.9fm

“We will arrive in Russia ten days before the fight.” Said DiCarlo. “Mark is a genuine world class puncher. He hasn’t been beaten as a cruiserweight. Lebedev has beaten the best out there but these are opportunities you have got to take. Our past world champions Jeff Fenech and Daniel Geale went overseas as the B Team and not expected to win. I believe in Mark’s power and he will not be worried who is in the other corner. We have seen other boxers from Australia when they had there opportunities they didn’t seem to let go with there hands.

“Mark will be completely different – he will let go with his hands. He is backing himself. Mark is a great young man and he has been lost in the hype of the Jeff Horn versus Manny Pacquiao fight but his fight with Lebedev is the real deal – he (Lebedev) is the super champ and Mark is going to make us proud.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA#8 Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) will challenge WBA cruiserweight champion …


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Claressa Shields inks with Salita Promotions

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields announced today that she has signed a promotional agreement with promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions.

Photo: Bob Ryder

On Friday, Shields will fight at Detroit’s Masonic Temple, in her home state of Michigan, as part of Salita’s Detroit Brawl series. (more…)

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields announced today that she has signed a promotional agreement with promoter Dmitriy Salita …




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The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Every time there is an accident in the ring our boxing community is stricken with sensitivity and even fear. Boxing can be a dangerous sport and we must always keep such in mind in any instance and in all activities performed by each member of the community.

Matchmakers must do the right work and put evenly matched bouts, promoters must demand such from matchmakers and must demand all medicals to be submitted, boxing commissions must license and have medicals perfectly monitored on their fighters and must have strict monitoring of fighters coming from other jurisdictions, including International reciprocity with other countries’ federations. Trainers must monitor the activity of their fighters, report any accidents in the gym or in the personal life of the fighters, same goes to family members…we are all responsible keep at the minimum level of risk every single fight. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son Every time there is an accident in the ring our boxing …


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Daniel “Twitch” Franco Update

Al Franco, father and trainer of fallen warrior Daniel “Twitch” Franco, has issued an update on his son’s status.

“My boy is fighting strong, he is holding his fever down to 99 and is fighting hard. He will be kept in this coma for a few more days. The pressure in his brain is also under control thus far. Everything that we could ask for to go our way in this situation is. Please keep praying and thank you all for sharing and donating. I’m in debt and humbled by you all.”

So far, boxing fans have contributed $13,308 via a “Go Fund Me” account to help with Daniel’s current and future expenses. Franco will likely be hospitalized for weeks or months before he’s able to return to California. If you want to help, click here.

Al Franco, father and trainer of fallen warrior Daniel “Twitch” Franco, has issued an update on his son’s status. “My …


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It’s finally Ward-Kovalev 2 week. The Krusher has been talking up a storm. This should be interesting. By the way, the current odds have Ward as a -150 favorite with Kovalev backers getting +125.

The fight isn’t signed yet, but the Las Vegas Review Journal is floating the idea of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor stealing some of the thunder from the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin super fight on September 16, by slipping Mayweather-McGregor into the T-Mobile Arena shortly before GGG-Canelo.

It’s finally Ward-Kovalev 2 week. The Krusher has been talking up a storm. This should be interesting. By the way, …


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Smith aiming for third time lucky against Zeuge

Paul Smith (38-6, 22 KOs) is aiming to make it third time lucky when he returns to Germany to challenge Tyron Zeuge (20-0-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA world super middleweight title on Saturday at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar. The 34-year-old had back-to-back World title bouts with Arthur Abraham in September 2014 and February 2015. Dropping a somewhat contentious points decision to the German veteran in their first fight in Kiel, followed by a more comprehensive defeat five months later at the O2 World in Berlin.

With this experience behind him, Smith believes he is now ready to claim world honors as he returns to familiar territory for his third attempt against the undefeated 25-year-old Zeuge, Germany’s only current world champion. (more…)

Paul Smith (38-6, 22 KOs) is aiming to make it third time lucky when he returns to Germany to challenge …



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Big Card in Santo Domingo on June 24th

By Robert Coster

In a press conference held at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino in the Dominican Republic, Shuan Boxing Promotions President Belgica Pena announced a 10 bout card that will see two former world champions return to ring action.

In the main event, former WBA interim light heavyweight Champion Felix Valera (14-1, 12 KOs) clash with countryman Andy Perez (20-5, 19 KOs) in a grudge match between both men. Perez holds a victory over Valera in the amateur ranks and Valera is eager to erase that blot. “Perez is making a big deal about a three round amateur fight that happened years ago,” said Valera. “This is the pros and I’m going to knock him out!” (more…)

By Robert Coster In a press conference held at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino in the Dominican Republic, Shuan …


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Olympian Joselito Velazquez in TJ this Friday

Highly touted former 2016 Mexican Olympian, Joselito Velazquez, continues his pro career this Friday in Tijuana at the Salon Mezzanine. The undefeated flyweight is managed by top boxing manager Frank Espinoza who sees Velazquez as far mature beyond his 2 and 0 record.

“He already has that pro style and goes to the body with savage hooks. He’s one of the most technically proficient fighters to come out of the Olympics. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I know great talent when I see it and this kid has it.” (more…)

Highly touted former 2016 Mexican Olympian, Joselito Velazquez, continues his pro career this Friday in Tijuana at the Salon Mezzanine. …


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Rios KOs Herrera with body shot in 7

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

In an all out war in main event action, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 24KO) made his ring return a successful one with a devastating seventh round knockout of the very tough Aaron Herrera (32-7-1, 23KO). While Rios appeared to slightly edge Herrera in the first two rounds, Herrera fought back very strongly in rounds three and four. Round five saw Rios regain control and by round six the body language of Herrera just showed he was being overwhelmed by the constant pressure of former world champ, Rios. While Rios endured plenty of power punches from Herrera, they were not having the same effect as the power punches of Rios. By the seventh round, Rios still seemed to have plenty left in the tank while Herrera seemed like he was going into survival mode. Smelling blood, Rios landed a wicked right cross to the body of Herrera to drop him and the referee started a count but then waved off the bout when Herrera seemed in no condition to continue. By TKO victory at 2:11 of the seventh round, Brandon Rios immediately puts himself back into the title picture in the stacked 147 pound welterweight division. photos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions In an all out war in main event action, Brandon …


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Rios-Herrera Undercard Results

By Rocky Morales at ringside

In semi main event action, 6′ tall super lightweight, Mario Barrios (19-0, 11KO), put on a workmanlike effort for the first 7.5+ rounds before finally landing a vicious shot to the liver of Jose Luis Rodriguez (23-9-1, 13KO) that crumpled him to the canvas and counted out at 0:37 of the seventh round. While Rodriguez never posed a threat to Barrios, it was appearing that he’d be able to go the distance up until that pulverizing body shot changed the scheduled ten round fight in an instant. A nice win for Barrios but with Crawford and Indongo holding all the major belts at 140, it may be some time before he’s ready to competitively fight either of those two champions.

Unbeaten super lightweight Jose Miguel Borrego (13-0, 12KO) impressively stopped once beaten local fighter, Kevin Watt (11-2, 4KO) by way of a knockout victory at 2:42 of the fourth round. Borrego, just 19 years old, fought on even measured and terms with Watt through the first two rounds before starting to come on in the third round. Midway into round four, Borrego dropped Watt hard and with the amount of blood spurting from his nose, Watt’s nose may have been broken. It was only a matter of time from there and Watt’s time expired quickly thereafter with the referee mercifully stopping the bout with Watt taking heavy punishment. It is the third win of 2017 already for the fast rising Borrego. (more…)

By Rocky Morales at ringside In semi main event action, 6′ tall super lightweight, Mario Barrios (19-0, 11KO), put on …



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Hot action at Blairgowrie Recreation Centre

By Ron Jackson

There was plenty of hot action at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon when five of the scheduled seven bouts ended inside the distance and in the main event Rofhiwe Maemu blasted out Prince Ndlovu inside two rounds to win the vacant African Boxing Union (SADC) featherweight title. (more…)

By Ron Jackson There was plenty of hot action at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon when …


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2017 IBHOF Induction quick report

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

The extreme heat and humidity, 91° at last count, couldn’t keep boxing’s diehards from the annual rite that is the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction Sunday in Canastota, NY today. With living legends Evander Holyfield and Marco Antonio Barrera leading the way, fans got their fill of fistianic greatness and more during the 2017 edition.

Posthumous inductees Johnny Tapia and Jimmy Lennon, Sr. and Eddie Booker, as well as Jerry Roth, Barry Tompkins, Steve Farhood and Johnny Lewis rounded out the field of this year’s enshrinees. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Bob Newman The extreme heat and humidity, 91° at last count, couldn’t keep boxing’s diehards …


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Franco in critical condition after KO loss

Featherweight contender Daniel “Twitch” Franco suffered severe head injuries in his knockout loss to Jose Haro on Saturday night at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa in a bout telecast on CBS Sports Network. Following the eighth round stoppage, the popular 25-year-old Franco of Rancho Cucamonga, California was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery to stop two brain bleeds. He is currently in a coma.

Said manager Ray Chaparro from the hospital, “At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery. We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”

“Roc Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Daniel Franco and his family during this critical recovery period. He is a tenacious talent and champion, and will always have our support,” said Michael R. Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy.

Featherweight contender Daniel “Twitch” Franco suffered severe head injuries in his knockout loss to Jose Haro on Saturday night at …


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LaManna victorious in Atlantic City

Welterweight Thomas LaManna won an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Carlos Winston Velasquez that headlined a card at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. LaManna dominated the action with power shots that he landed behind a long jab throughout the contest. Velasquez was game as he took a lot of shots and landed an occasional power shot. LaManna sealed the deal in the final round when he landed a flush 4-punch combination that put Velasquez on the canvas. LaManna of Millville, NJ won on all cards by scores of 80-71 to raise his mark to 23-2. Velasquez falls to 24-29-2. (more…)

Welterweight Thomas LaManna won an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Carlos Winston Velasquez that headlined a card at The Claridge …



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Results from Worcester, MA

Boxing returned to DCU Arena (Exhibition Hall) for the first time in 11 years and Worcester’s newest budding star, Irvin Gonzalez, entertained the hometown crowd, capturing the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Featherweight Championship, last night in the “New England’s Future 3” main event.

“New England’s Future 3” was presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two-division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera. RPE will return to the DCU Center on October 28th for its final installment of “New England’s Future” series in 2017. (more…)

Boxing returned to DCU Arena (Exhibition Hall) for the first time in 11 years and Worcester’s newest budding star, Irvin …


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118-108 judge won’t judge again in UK

Veteran boxing judge Clark Sammartino won’t be allowed to officiate again in the UK after getting the boxers mixed up in Saturday’s IBF world bantamweight title fight in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Challenger Ryan Burnett dominated defending champion Lee Haskins over twelve rounds with two knockdowns, but the arena went into shock when Sammartino’s card came back 118-108 in favor of Haskins. British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith told SkySports, “I can tell you one thing. [Sammartino] will not be coming back to this country, and I will make sure the IBF are told of that!”

Promoter Eddie Hearn stated, “He scored two 10-8 rounds to Haskins! His scorecard was excellent: it was just the wrong way around. He’s 80-odd. I’ve never seen anything like it. I presume the split decision will be revoked. It’ll be a unanimous decision, it must be.”

Veteran boxing judge Clark Sammartino won’t be allowed to officiate again in the UK after getting the boxers mixed up …


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Campa beats Rodriguez, remains unbeaten

Unbeaten WBO #13 jr welterweight Pedro “La Roca” Campa (26-0, 19 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Juan Antonio “Mozo” Rodriguez (30-7, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal in Guaymas, Mexico. The judges scored it 98-92, 100-90 and 100-90 all in favor of Campa.

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

In the female super flyweight co-feature, three-time world champion Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (24-3-2, 10 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jessica Guadalupe “La Maravilla” Martinez (15-8-0, 2 KOs),

Unbeaten WBO #13 jr welterweight Pedro “La Roca” Campa (26-0, 19 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over …


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Korean Noh upsets WBC #7 Takenaka to win OPBF 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unheralded Korean underdog OPBF#13 Sa-Myung Noh (11-3, 3 KOs), 126, astoundingly captured the OPBF featherweight belt when he turned the tables on WBC#7/IBF#6 defending champ Ryo Takenaka (16-4-1, 9 KOs), 126, by scoring an unexpected knockout at 1:26 of the tenth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. After the ninth Takenaka was comfortably leading on points: 88-82, 87-83, 87-84—all for him.

But the champ, in round ten, very abruptly became slowing down and exhausted only to fall with a right shot to the head by the Korean challenger. Though barely raising himself to resume fighting, Takenaka looked so physically weak and powerless that he collapsed again with a towel fluttering from his corner. In Japan a towel-tossing during the referee administering a count has a stoppage recorded as knockout like this, not a TKO. His high pace in earlier rounds may account for his surprising forfeiture of the belt. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unheralded Korean underdog OPBF#13 Sa-Myung Noh (11-3, 3 KOs), 126, astoundingly captured the …


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Khonco retains IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Simphiwe Khonco retained his IBO strawweight belt for the second time when he scored a wide unanimous 12 round points decision over the rugged Filipino Lito Dante at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on a cold Saturday winter’s night.

The scores were 119-109 twice and 118-110.

The 30-year Khonco (47.20 kg) dominated from the opening bell as he piled up the points from behind his educated left jab. Dante (47.50 kg) was unable to get into the fight and found it hard to penetrate the tight defence of the South African and possibly only won one round.

Khonco improved his record 18-5, 7 KOs, and the 27-year-old Dante’s record dropped to 13-4, 7 KOs. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Simphiwe Khonco retained his IBO strawweight belt for the second time when he scored a …


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Haro KOs Franco in eight

Featherweight Jose Haro (14-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over highly touted prospect Daniel “Twitch” Franco (16-2-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinnaVegas Casino and Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Haro dropped Franco with a powerful overhand right in the eighth. Franco beat the count but was floored by another brutal right later in the round and referee Celestino Ruiz immediately halted the bout. With the win, Haro claimed the USBA featherweight title. Soon after the fight, Franco was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery to stop two brain bleeds, He remained in a coma today, according to his promoter, Roc Nation Sports.

Dallas lightweight Manuel Rey “The Punisher” Rojas (15-3, 4 KOs) won a close but unanimous 10-round decision over WBC Oriental Super Lightweight Champion Zhimin Wang (8-2, 3 KOs), of China, in the co-featured event.

In the CBS Sports Network opener, Chicago super featherweight prospect Giovanni Mioletti (8-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated as a professional, stopping Las Vegas’ Sal Lopez (4-2) in the fifth round.

Featherweight Jose Haro (14-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over highly touted prospect Daniel “Twitch” Franco (16-2-3, …


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Brandon Rios set for comeback fight

Brandon Rios 146.4 vs. Aaron Herrera 147.4

Photo: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

Mario Barrios 140.2 vs. Jose Luis Rodriguez 138.8
Jose Miguel Borrego 140.2 vs. Kevin Watts 139.4
Roberto Marroquin 135 vs. Jonathan Perez 135.2
Danny Fabella 141.6 vs. Phillip Percy 144.4
Eridanni Leon 146.2 vs. Isaac Freeman 146.6
Juan Funez 139.2 vs. Edgar Ivnn Garcia 141.8

Venue: Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, CA
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FS1 (Sunday night)

Brandon Rios 146.4 vs. Aaron Herrera 147.4 Mario Barrios 140.2 vs. Jose Luis Rodriguez 138.8 Jose Miguel Borrego 140.2 vs. …


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Saturday IBHOF happenings

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The Saturday edition of the 2017 IBHOF induction weekend was a bonus, no matter how you sliced it. While the skies looked hit-or-miss at times, the rain held off, though humidity was at a brutal high leaving boxing fans looking as though they had been trying to reduce weight in a sauna.

It was perfect for those who partook in the celebrity golf outing at Castlewood golf course. Those who took in the ringside lectures on the Hall of Fame grounds enjoyed a respite from the sun and heat under the pavilion overhang. They listened to Showtime’s Hall-of-Fame foursome of Al Bernstein, Barry Tompkins, Steve Farhood and Jimmy Lennon, Jr. share memories of their hall-worthy careers with fans. CompuBox founder Bob Cannobio and punch counter extraordinaire Lee Groves then discussed the genesis, evolution and importance of the punch counting statistical tool to the sport. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The Saturday edition of the 2017 IBHOF induction weekend was a bonus, no …


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Russell defeats Charalampous

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former Australian cruiserweight champion Aaron Russell (10-3, 4 KOs) outscored Nikolas Charalampous (14-1, 6 KOs) of New Zealand over ten rounds at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. In other action, middleweight Adrian Rodriguez (8-0-1, 5 KOs) stopped Salar King (5-7, 3 KOs) in round eight of a state title bout. Also, welterweight Liam Paro (7-0, 4 KOs) stopped veteran Alex Ah Tong (9-38-5) in round four of a scheduled six. Paro is a regular sparring partner of Jeff Horn, who challenges Manny Pacquiao on July 2 in Brisbane.

Promoter: Angelo DiCarlo

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former Australian cruiserweight champion Aaron Russell (10-3, 4 KOs) outscored Nikolas Charalampous (14-1, …


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Bevilacqua outpoints Lezzi in Rome

By Marco Bratusch

Vincenzo Bevilacqua (12-0) retained the Italian jr middleweight belt at the Olympic Center Giulio Onesti in Rome, Italy, with a comfortable point decision victory that one judge astonishingly saw in favor of his opponent Francesco Lezzi (9-8-1, 2 KOs). The 23-year-old gipsy, from Rome, clearly outpointed and outsmarted the challenger over ten rounds in his first defense of the title despite suffering an early injury to his left bicep that had bothered him also during his training camp, as revealed during post-fight interviews. Bevilacqua’s main tactical plan was thus to switch his stance frequently since the beginning to confuse his foe and then using his right cross as a counter, a punch that found a home with good percentage all night. The challenger, who boxes out of Bari, tried to stay active throughout the fight, sometimes pushing or hitting the champion after the referee’s break, but he barely land significant punches during the whole match and could not switch to another gameplan. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch Vincenzo Bevilacqua (12-0) retained the Italian jr middleweight belt at the Olympic Center Giulio Onesti in Rome, …


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Murata: I’ll go on, pursue the belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

The headliner of the week is Japanese middleweight prospect Ryota Murata who announced on Thursday that he would go on and pursue the world belt again although he failed to win the vacant WBA 160-pound throne via highly controversial decision to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam here in Tokyo on May 20. Murata became a hero after he impressively gained the Olympic gold medal in the middleweight category in London in 2012. He, despite his disputed defeat, has again become a national hero since the public saw Murata decisively win over N’Dam and Murata remained sportsman-like without complaining of the problematic verdict. The WBA promptly suspended a couple of judges: Gustavo Padilla and Hubert Earl, and made an order of a direct rematch between them. Murata, however, didn’t mention any on his next target as to whether it will be N’Dam or another titleholder of another organization. The ex-gold medalist said, “I didn’t lose anything but the belt in that fight as I could gain confidence in myself and good experience in the world title bout. Next time I’ll do my best to win the world belt.” Good luck.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda The headliner of the week is Japanese middleweight prospect Ryota Murata who announced …


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Burnett dethrones IBF bantam champ Haskins

Unbeaten IBF #10 bantamweight Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) seized the IBF bantamweight world title from reigning IBF champion Lee Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) via twelve round split decision on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Burnett took the fight to Haskins, who was never really in the fight. Burnett scored knockdowns in round six and again in round eleven. Scores were 119-107, 119-107 for Burnett, while an astounding 118-108 card for Haskins was turned in by judge Clark Sammartino, who likely was confused about which fighter was which!

Unbeaten IBF #10 bantamweight Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) seized the IBF bantamweight world title from reigning IBF champion Lee …


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Duno KOs Tinampay


Photo: Sanman Promotions

Romero “Ruthless” Duno lived up to his lofty billing when he scored a second-round knockout win over Jason Tinampay in the main event of the “Brawl at the Mall: The Homecoming” Saturday night at the Robinsons Mall Atrium in General Santos City.

Considered as one of the country’s hardest hitting fighters, Duno, the prized ward of the General Santos-City based Sanman Boxing Gym, floored Tinampay four times in the second round en route to pulling off the dominant victory that improved his record to (14-1-0, 13KOs).

“Duno really improved a lot. He is far different fighter when he came to Sanman a couple of years ago. He is a world-class fighter and he showed his last victory in Los Angeles was not plain luck. Great victory for Duno,” said Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions. (more…)

Photo: Sanman Promotions Romero “Ruthless” Duno lived up to his lofty billing when he scored a second-round knockout win over …


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Mike Perez wins in comeback fight

In his cruiserweight debut, former heavyweight contender Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) needed just 29 seconds to demolish previously unbeaten late sub Viktor Biscak (10-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was Perez’ first fight in more than two years. He immediately sent Biscak to the canvas and Biscak couldn’t continue citing an ankle injury.

Unbeaten lightweight Paul Hyland Jr (16-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Adam Dingsdale (16-4-1, 4 KOs) in the first round to claim the IBF European Lightweight title. Dingsdale down twice.

Super featherweight James Tennyson (19-2, 15 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Ryan Doyle (14-2-1, 8 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBA International 130lb title. Burnett couldn’t come out for round seven.

In his cruiserweight debut, former heavyweight contender Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) needed just 29 seconds to demolish previously unbeaten …


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Maemu and Ndlovu meet for ABU title

By Ron Jackson

Rofhiwa Maemu Prince Ndlovu meet in a clash for the vacant African Boxing Union SADC featherweight title at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg, South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

The tournament starts at 2 pm.

This will be their second meeting with Ndlovu 9-3-4; 3 from Venda but now fighting out of Soweto winning on points over four rounds when the met on March 18 2013 at the Nasrec Indoor Arena. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Rofhiwa Maemu Prince Ndlovu meet in a clash for the vacant African Boxing Union SADC featherweight title …


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Bevilacqua-Lezzi Italian 154lb title tonight in Rome

By Marco Bratusch

The first defense of Italian jr. middleweight titlist Vincenzo Bevilacqua is set for tonight against Francesco Lezzi, from Bari, at the baseball stadium inside the Olympic Center Giulio Onesti, in northern Rome.

The 23-year-old Bevilacqua (11-0) won the national belt last March outpointing Luciano Abis via technical decision after 7 rounds. Lezzi (9-7-1, 2 KOs), despite being this one a voluntary defence, actually deserves the opportunity since last January he lost a close and disputed decision in front of former Italian champion Felice Moncelli, and that’s the reason why promoter Davide Buccioni of BBT Production is now giving him a second shot versus another fighter of his stable with the same belt at stake. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch The first defense of Italian jr. middleweight titlist Vincenzo Bevilacqua is set for tonight against Francesco Lezzi, …


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Vendetti defeats Gray

By Jason Marchetti at ringside

New England Jr. Middleweight Champion Greg Vendetti (15-2-1, 10 KOs) defeated Khiary Gray (14-3, 11 KOs) Friday night at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. The card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports and Murphy’s Boxing.

Photo: Emily Harney

Worcester’s Gray may have won a few of the early rounds but the bruising, Vendetti brought the fight to his opponent throughout the night, absorbing Gray’s power early and sizing up his opponent. Vendetti’s confidence grew, particularly in the 4th, when he threw Gray to the canvas after an exchange. Vendetti controlled the entire second half of the bout, walking down Gray and landing the more effective punches. In the 5th, Vendetti had great success connecting with the right hand to Gray’s head and tracking him down across the ring to continue the exchange. Gray slowed in the 6th, throwing few punches and keeping his distance from Vendetti’s power. Vendetti closed the show strong, commenting afterwards he would’ve knocked him out if it were a 10 rounder. Perhaps he was right, as Gray is now falls to 1-3 in his past 4 fights. Vendetti, who is promoted by Murphy’s Boxing and trains with Mark DeLuca, retains his regional title with the victory. (more…)

By Jason Marchetti at ringside New England Jr. Middleweight Champion Greg Vendetti (15-2-1, 10 KOs) defeated Khiary Gray (14-3, 11 …


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Prograis crushes Diaz

By Bob Caico at ringside

Turning Stone Resort & Casino hosted an eight bout card during the IBHOF weekend Friday night. The main event of ten rounds proved to be anti-climactic as super lightweight Regis Prograis of Houston, TX overpowered Joel Diaz, Jr of Palmdale, CA.

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

The southpaw Prograis hammered Diaz with left hands in round one that shook Diaz on more than one occasion. Ten seconds into round two a straight right hand dropped Diaz that may have been a slip. Prograis jumped on his opponent and landed left hand after left hand dropping Diaz three more times in the round. The last knockdown caused referee Mark Nelson to stop the one-sided contest at 2:55. Prograis called out Broner and Crawford claiming to be the bully of the division. He certainly bullied Diaz to improve to 20-0 with 17 KOs as Diaz loses his zero and drops to 23-1. (more…)

By Bob Caico at ringside Turning Stone Resort & Casino hosted an eight bout card during the IBHOF weekend Friday …


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Franco, Haro make weight

Featherweight prospect Daniel “Twitch” Franco, (16-1-3, 11 KOs) and arch-rival Jose Haro (13-1-1, 7 KOs) were both on weight for their USBA Featherweight Title fight Saturday night telecast live on CBS Sports Network, (10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT) from the WinnaVegas Casino and Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Franco weighed in at 125.6 while Hero tipped the scale at 125.2.

Featherweight prospect Daniel “Twitch” Franco, (16-1-3, 11 KOs) and arch-rival Jose Haro (13-1-1, 7 KOs) were both on weight for …




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