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Santa Cruz, Frampton make weight

Santa Cruz, Frampton make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Leo Santa Cruz 125.5 vs. Carl Frampton 125.5 (WBA featherweight title) Mikey Garcia 138.5 vs. ...

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Santa Cruz-Frampton final presser

Santa Cruz-Frampton final presser

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl ...

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Margarito-Alvarez kickoff press conference

Margarito-Alvarez kickoff press conference

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio "The Tijuana Tornado" Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo's older brother Ramon ...

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Santa Cruz, Frampton NYC media workout

Santa Cruz, Frampton NYC media workout

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion, Irish star Carl Frampton, ...

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Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero speaks

Robert The Ghost Guerrero speaks

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: John Aguon/Spike/Premier Boxing Champions Former world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring against David ...

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#1 rated light heavyweight Boesel returns Sept 17

Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke

WBO #1 and WBA #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs), closing in on a world title shot, will return September 17 against an opponent to be named at the Stadthalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Boesel will be defending his WBO and WBA Intercontinental belts. In the co-feature, German welterweight champion Felix Lamm (12-1-1, 5 KOs) will see action. The card was announced this week at a kickoff press conference.

Dominic Boesel: “In the last three years I have matured and grown as a boxer. Boxing again in the vicinity of my hometown Freyburg is great because my fan base has grown enormously in the past three years. Anyone can come who wants to. I’ll take on anyone! I hope soon to get a world title shot!”

SES Trainer Dirk Dzemski: “Dominic has undergone the development that we expected from him. He has enormously increased his physical strength and his technically high-class boxing has expanded! Now we all hope that the biggest challenge, the world title shot, won’t be long in coming!”

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July 20th, 2016

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Big Baby Miller gearing up for heavyweight takeover

Photo: Rosie Cohe/Showtime

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) participated in an Open Media Workout Tuesday at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan, NY. Miller, who fights out of Brooklyn, will be featured in the ten-round main event on a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on August 19 from the outdoor soccer venue at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.

Although has yet to face a world class opponent, the 6’4, 270-pound, 28-year-old Miller is currently rated WBO #8, IBF #9 and WBA #9. His August 19 foe Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs), 0-3-1 in his last four, represents a major step up in competition. However, if the brash, trash-talking Miller can continue to deliver in the ring, his bombastic personality could make him a major star.

On Deontay Wilder…

“Wilder is a wild man when he gets in that ring, but at the same time if you watch how he performs, he performs at a mediocre level against mediocre fighters. If you stick him to a world professional athlete, like myself or top guys, you’ll see him bring even more. Not saying he hasn’t been in the ring with A+ fighters yet, but you can see all his loopholes in his fighting style. It’s just a matter of time before he gets really exposed and I hope it is with me because I want that behind. (more…)



July 20th, 2016


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#1Wake, #2Guzman to collide for vacant IBF 122lb belt tonight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

As Carl Frampton renounced the IBF 122-pound belt, the vacant throne will be disputed by #1 Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) and #2 Jonathan Guzman (21-0-1NC, 21 KOs) today (Wednesday) in Osaka, Japan. The 5’9” Japanese southpaw Wake acquired the IBF top rank by defeating also world-rated Mike Tawatchai in June of the previous year, but was forced to wait for his turn to fight for the world belt after the Frampton-Quigg unification bout this February. During Wake’s long wait Guzman, of Dominican Republic, gained his right by stopping #14 Daniel Rosas after eight rounds in New Jersey in an eliminator to decide the IBF#2 contender last April. The Wake-Guzman bout will be a competitive encounter between the southpaw counterpuncher and the orthodox hard-puncher though we look forward to watching a quick finish.

The IBF officials are as follows: referee Wayne Hedgpeth (US); judges Jonathan Davis (Philippines), Luigi Zaccardi (Italy), Tony Marretta (Australia); supervisor Anibal Miramontes (US).

Wake tipped the beam at 121.75 pounds, while Guzman 121—both under the 122-pound class limit. At the second weigh-in of this morning, Wake scaled in at 126.75 to 130 for Guzman—under the IBF’s regulation of ten pounds over the class limit, that is, 132 pounds. (more…)



July 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford-Postol Las Vegas media workout

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “the Iceman” Viktor Postol who collide Saturday in a 12-round world title unification fight on HBO-PPV, plus Óscar Valdez, Jose Benavidez, Jr., Francisco Santana, Ryota Murata and Oleksandr Gvozdyk took part in media workouts on Tuesday at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

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July 19th, 2016


Boxing News

Broner locked up 30 days for being late to court

By TMZSports.com

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner is back behind bars in Cincinnati — after the judge threw the book at the boxer for arriving to court more than 3 HOURS late. Broner was due in court to deal with allegations he beat up a man outside of a bowling alley back in January. The case was expected to be dismissed today … had Broner arrived to court on time.

But when he got there, the judge was irrate — and ordered him into custody immediately. The judge then ordered Broner to serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court. Broner told the court that he thought someone had put something in his drink on Monday night — which caused him to be late. The judge said Broner appeared to be drunk or hungover. He’s due back in court on August 17th … when he gets out of jail.



July 19th, 2016

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Boxing Buzz

Former world champion Israel Vazquez says he has lost all sight in his right eye and has plans to have it replaced with an ocular prosthesis (glass eye).

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects the September 17 Canelo Alvarez vs. Beefy Smith clash to shatter the attendance record for boxing at the Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium. The record is 45,000. The place can hold 100,000. Jones says he’ll make his money off selling popcorn.

Greg Cohen Promotions has signed IBO featherweight champion Lusanda Komanisi (19-4, 17 KOs) of South Africa.

Super lightweight Bahodir Mamadjanov (19-2, 11 KOs), from Uzbekistan, has signed on with promoter Dmitriy Salita, who is now promoting out of Detroit.

Former three division world boxing champion Abner Mares and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe were among those honored by The Shadow League at their third annual Leadership award dinner at the L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, CA on July 12.

Golden Gloves Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions have announced the signing of WBA #2 lightweight Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni (21-0, 11 KOs) to a co-promotional contract. He is also IBO lightweight champ.

Henry Rivalta/Pro Box Management has signed 17-year-old amateur phenom Logan Yoon, who’ll compete in the lightweight division as a professional.

Amateur super middleweight Jake Haigh has signed a long-term deal with Hatton Promotions and will make his professional debut in the fall.

Banner Promotions has re-signed former world title challenger and 2014 Boxcino winner Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement.



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford-Postol, Valdez-Ruedas officials

Officials for Saturday’s two world title fights in Las Vegas are as follows:

In the WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification clash between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, the referee is Tony Weeks (Nevada). Judges are Don Trella (Connecticut), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) and Dave Moretti (Nevada). The WBO supervisor is WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The WBC supervisor is Chuck Williams.

In the bout between Oscar Valdez and Matias Ruedas for the vacant WBO featherweight title, the referee is Russell Mora (Nevada). Judges are Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey), Burt Clements (Nevada) and Robert Hoyle (Nevada). WBO supervisor is John Duggan.



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Errol Spence to fight in Brooklyn again

Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is set to take on once-beaten contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight world title eliminator that headlines on NBC Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. It will be the second consecutive fight in Brooklyn for the Dallas-based Spence. The action on NBC airs following coverage of the Olympic Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game. The 2012 U.S. Olympian Spence Jr. will look to move one step closer to becoming the second member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team to win a world title after Rau’shee Warren won a bantamweight championship in June. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Brooklyn Boxing, start at $35. Presale tickets are available now with public on-sale beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m.



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA Orders Rigondeaux to Fight Flores

In its continued desire to reduce the number of champions, the WBA Championships Committee has ordered WBA Super World super bantamweight Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), the cagey southpaw from Miami by way of Santiago de Cuba, and WBA World interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs), from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to begin negotiations to unify the titles. WBA rules entitle the WBA President and the Championships Committee to define, at their discretion, a mandatory period. Rigondeaux’s Super Championship status was conditioned to an 18-month mandatory defense period. Since this period is past due his next opponent must be the certified official contender Moises Flores.

Pursuant to WBA rule C.13 — Bout Limitations — the champion may not fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period. Based on the above mentioned facts, on behalf of the championship committee, we hereby order a mandatory negotiation period at thirty (30) days beginning on July 18th, 2016 and will close at the end of the business day (- 5GMT) on August 17th, 2016.

If an agreement cannot be reached, or if any of the parties expresses unwillingness to negotiate, the Championships Committee may call a purse bid.



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Chad Dawson pulls out of fight with injury

Former WBC world light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) has pulled out from his July 29 fight against WBC #1 rated Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) due to a shoulder injury. Promoter Yvon Michel is looking for a replacement. The main event on the card at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City is still intact featuring current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) against challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (20-1, 14 KOs). The show will be televised on Spike TV.



July 19th, 2016

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World Champion Terence Crawford takes a shot and succeeds

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By Bill Dwyre

To borrow from a sports cliché, life is a game of inches.

In the case of Terence Crawford, who currently stands on the horizon of boxing fame, his existence is a result of winning a game of millimeters. Think of it as survival by the margin of the tip of your fingernail.

It was a September night in 2008 in Omaha, Neb., where Crawford lives. He was about to turn 21. Life was good. He had just won his fourth fight as a pro a month earlier. It was at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. Not exactly Madison Square Garden or the MGM in Las Vegas, but you have to start somewhere when you have your eyes on world titles and big stages in the 140-pound division. In a couple of weeks, he would fight on ESPN. Hundreds already knew who he was; now thousands, maybe millions would.

He should have been training that night. He admits that now. But when you are 21 and come from the hard streets of Omaha, or any other sizable city, you hang out with your boys.

So there he was, shooting dice under a street light. And winning.

The game went on, but Crawford saw a good exit moment. Take the money and run. It was the smart thing. The thing that turned out not to be smart was counting it first. (more…)



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Viktor Postol Training Camp Blog

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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.

Describe your relationship with Freddie Roach. How much has Freddie Roach helped you?

Viktor Postol: “When I first met Freddie Roach in his gym in Hollywood I saw a man who was fully committed to his job. I saw that this was the job of his entire life. He lived in and lived for boxing. No matter how many people are in the gym training, Freddie always finds time for everyone to give advice and correct something for somebody. The same was in my case as he always put his heart and soul into my training as a boxer and anyone can see the result of our working together. Freddie has always believed in me and given me his full and undivided attention, even in our first training camp in the Philippines where Manny was training for his fight against Chris Algieri. He allowed me to spar with Manny and when it was my time to train after Manny had left the gym, he gave me 110% of his attention. It has always been that way. He gives me confidence and teaches me many things. He is a wonderful teacher and I am lucky to be his student. He has had me work a lot on the small things because details are important. That has turned me into a stronger professional fighter. We are a great team.” (more…)



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Terence Crawford Training Camp Blog

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Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” 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.

Discuss the pressure on being seen as one of the NEW faces in boxing.

Terence Crawford: “There is no pressure on me being looked at as boxing’s next superstar, but there is a lot of hard work in becoming one. I’m really excited to be on the big stage and I’m on that big stage because I paid my dues in the gym and in the ring. That’s the reason I have accomplished so much as a fighter — pride of performance — and that’s why I am going to win on July 23. If I’m going to solidify my position as the new face of boxing it starts by unifying the 140 pound division. I’ve been fighting people taller than me and larger than me all my life. I’ve been short for 28 years and I haven’t been stopped yet. Postol is nothing to me. He’s just another guy that I’m fighting. I’m not training for Postol, I’m training for myself — to be the best I can possibly be. I do that, then no one can beat me. I’m confident in my abilities and I am confident that I am going to destroy Postol.” (more…)



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton right at home in NYC

Report/Photos: Socrates Bustamonte

Belfast met a slice of Irish America in New York City Monday. International Boxing Hall of Famer and former featherweight champ Barry McGuigan and his protégé, Ireland’s unbeaten sensation Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs), were at Annie Moore’s NYC in midtown Manhattan with all the settings of a classic pub across the pond. The duo continued the hoopla for Frampton’s challenge of featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night, July 30, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Since arriving on America shores on the Fourth of July, it has been a whirlwind – fireworks so to speak – for the manager McGuigan, his son Shane who trains Frampton, and the former IBF/WBA junior featherweight, who gave up the belts to impose his will on featherweight title-holder Santa Cruz for the same belt that his manager held 30 years ago.

A Gleason’s Gym welcome by Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi began the foray on July 7, and a proclamation presented by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino continued the hype on July 12 at Frampton’s training headquarters, Champs Boxing Gym in New Rochelle. (more…)



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo, Beefy hit Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Oscar De La Hoya and his golden boy Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KO) made their first stop today at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, A&T Stadium, for the first of their 2 city press tour that then takes them to London to announce Canelo’s fight with current WBO Jr Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13KO). De La Hoya, along with Dallas Cowboy’s Owner Jerry Jones and the camps of Canelo and Smith were on hand today to address the DFW media. The fight is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at AT&T Stadium and on HBO PPV.

Today was somewhat subdued, however, because of the recent shooting of Dallas police officers which De La Hoya recognized in his opening remarks with a moment of silence. Because of the recent tragedy, today’s presser was a far cry from when De La Hoya was still on top of the boxing world as a fighter when he strolled through Dallas to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather back in 2007 and was greeted with thousands of fans outside of American Airlines in Dallas only there to catch a glimpse of the Golden Boy.

Almost 10 years later, he now promotes the biggest draw in boxing Canelo Alvarez and there’s no doubt the two of them alone would have packed city streets for hours with adoring fans, but instead in this new world we live, Canelo celebrated his 26th birthday today in front of mostly DFW media, although he was greeted with mariachis, a cake and a Dallas Cowboys jersey. (more…)



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Cornflake LaManna on a mission in and out of the ring

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 20-1, 8 KOs, returns to the ring Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. The South Jersey welterweight takes on Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-7, in a 6-round over-the-weight bout on the fourth boxing show promoted by LaManna’s company, Rising Star Promotions.

“When we did our first show in December, my mission statement was to bring boxing back to Atlantic City.” LaManna said. “I like to consider Atlantic City one of the top big fight cities in the country – Vegas, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City. That was my mission, and here we are going on our fourth show at the Claridge.”

Originally, LaManna was set to headline the card himself. However, a sudden opportunity presented itself and LaManna pulled himself off the Claridge show.

“A big opportunity came up for September,” LaManna said. “I talked to my Dad and he said, ‘Why risk it? Why risk getting hurt, getting cut, anything, even losing. Let’s just hold off. Let’s pull out.’” (more…)



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Benavidez-Douglin on ESPN August 5

Undefeated super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) is set to face Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 5 live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) taking on Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round attraction.



July 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Terence Crawford hits Hollywood at Fortune Gym and ESPN Studios

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Unbeaten WBO Jr Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford makes a quick pit stop in Los Angeles at Fortune’s Gym in Hollywood California for a media day workout then swung by ESPN Studios for the taping of “A Los Gulpes” as a special guest with Julio Cesar Chavez before heading to Las Vegas for his Unification bout against Viktor Postol which will air on HBO PPV July 23, 2106 at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Smith kickoff presser quick quotes

WBO jr middleweight champion Liam Smith and former champion Canelo Alvarez faced off today at the kickoff press conference for their September 17 PPV clash at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Liam Smith: “I’m not coming here in awe of him. I’m coming here to win. I’m not coming to make numbers up, I’m coming here to defend my title. No disrespect, but I’m not a small. over the hill Miguel Cotto, I’m not a blown up 147 like Amir Khan, I’m a big 154 so he’s not gonna have to worry about cutting the ring off with me.”

Canelo Alvarez: “I’m very happy to be back in Texas again at this beautiful stadium. I’m going to take this fight seriously and I’m going to prepare well like always. I like to give fight fans a great fight. On September 17th you’ll see a good fight!”



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

LIVE Stream: Canelo-Smith Kickoff Presser



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Fans flock to open workout as Crawford-Postal Fight Week kicks off

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol began Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles with an outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street. Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana showed their skills in the ring and mingled with boxing fans afterward. Also attending were WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Viktor Postol. Fight Week shifts to Las Vegas tomorrow to gear up for Saturday’s HBO-PPV clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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July 18th, 2016

Column

The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

THE ART OF MATCHMAKING

The key element in boxing has been and will always be matchmaking. As simple as it may sound, it is extremely complex and requires deep knowledge, dedication, passion and most importantly empowerment and ability to make decisions. Who fights who? That’s the key to success for a promotional company. A good match is what every single fan wants to see, whether it’s a four-rounder or a world championship fight.

All promotional companies should have a matchmaker in their staff, a dedicated strategist to bring ideas and plans to the decision makers. Unfortunately, today’s reality is that there is a crisis in matchmaking all around the world.

Most boxing fight cards are put together to protect the company’s fighters, to build records and to position them to jump at the first world title opportunity. One can look at the bout sheet and know which fighter will win on 90% of the fights. It’s just a matter of how it will happen? This is bad for boxing as fans don’t get to experience the greatness of the sport, but most importantly, it’s dangerous for the fighters. A mismatch increases the risk of injury. (more…)



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Joseph Parker on facing Solomon Haumono and “What’s-His-Name”

By Bryce Wilson

The pads get hit in a rhythmic fashion and the focus looks to be on point while the air is punctuated with laughter in between the dull thud of leather hitting leather. In short it’s a happy camp, but then it always is when Joseph Parker is training. With Izu Ugonoh returning to the team and Parker’s assignment with Carlos Takam now complete, securing his mandatory IBF challenger spot in the process, the energy in the room seems that little bit lighter. Not that Parker is taking his next assignment lightly. Solomon Haumono may be a heavy, heavy underdog but the one thing he can do is punch especially with a pulverizing overhand right, a shot that his team will have noted, other fighters have found a home for against Parker in the past. The sport is after all, littered with fights where heavier underdogs than Haumono have prevailed.

The recurring theme that comes back during the pad session is just how much fresher Parker feels with what has turned out to be a radically shorter camp than the one used to prepare for Takam, five weeks as opposed to twelve. So good has it been that trainer Kevin Barry rates it as just about the best five weeks he has ever had since Parker has been under his tutelage. It’s something that Joseph readily agrees with.

“Yeah it’s been a great camp. Short, but I feel super sharp and ready. I feel like this camp was a lot better than the previous one, I feel like my body adapts better to the shorter timeframes.” (more…)



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

The Price of an Olympic Quota, Part III

By Ognian Georgiev

Former AIBA vice-president Rudel Obreja was the first high official in amateur boxing to speak openly about corruption. He held a surprise press conference during Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he told the journalists about the alleged manipulation of the judges’ draws for the Olympic tournament bouts by AIBA executive director Ho Kim. The Romanian was the technical delegate of the event and saw everything first-hand.

A former Olympian himself, Obreja was immediately suspended for his actions in Beijing, lost his vice-president status and few years later was forced to resign as the president of Romanian Boxing Federation. Eight years after the events in the Olympics, Obreja told us more about what exactly happened behind the curtain during the most prestigious sport forum on the planet.

Mr. Obreja, going back to Beijing Olympics you were appointed as a technical delegate of the tournament. How the judges were fixed by Ho Kim who was the right hand of AIBA president Wu during those times?

During Beijing 2008, a new (at that time) electronic system was operating. Referees and Judges (R/J) should have been designated randomly with precise criteria according to AIBA Rules. Ho Kim has lead a group who were changing one, two or three of them according to their interest/needs. In simple and obvious manner, official sheets were issued electronically and they were cutting with a pencil the name(s), writing down new one(s). This could be checked. Documents/sheets should be at the AIBA. This was happening from the table where computers were drawing the names for each bout, to the Technical Delegates (TD) table. I was number one TD, Terry Smith, Wales, the second. Both of us were supposed to approve with our signature. (more…)



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Smith Ticket Alert

Tickets for the Septeber 17 Canelo vs. Smith clash at AT&T Stadium in Dallas will go on sale Thursday (July 21) at 1PM ET/10AM PT and are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, $85, $50 and $40 with a total ticket limit of 8 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally, walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office.

Given the recent tragedy that struck the Dallas Police and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officers, Golden Boy Promotions and the Dallas Cowboys have pledged to donate a percentage of proceeds to a charity of the Dallas Police Department and DART’s choosing.



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Smith lands in Dallas

AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will give a big Texas welcome to former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) as it hosts their world championship showdown on Saturday, September 17. It will be the third boxing card ever held at AT&T Stadium. Manny Pacquiao twice headlined in the 80,000-seat venue against Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito back in 2010.

Canelo and Smith will launch a two-city press tour today with a press conference at AT&T Stadium. They will then head to London, England for a press conference on July 20.

“Texas loves Canelo, and Canelo loves Texas so it was a no-brainer to have this fight at AT&T Stadium,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Texas is like Canelo’s second home, and he has stated that he wants to fight in Texas once a year for his fans. My friend Jerry Jones extended the invitation to Canelo to fight at AT&T Stadium so it was an easy decision for us.”



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Q&A: WBA #11 Solomon Haumono

By Raymond Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2,21KO’s) will clash with IBF #1 Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) on Thursday at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand over twelve rounds with the WBO Oriental and OPBF titles up for grabs. Haumono has been training with Justin Fortune in Los Angeles for the past six weeks and is in the best shape of his career. Haumono talked to Fightnews.com to say he’s confident he’ll upset Joseph Parker on Thursday.



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Jimenez schools Robles

By Robert Coster

Dominican jr bantamweight, WBA #4 rated Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (24-8-4, 12 KOs) gave a display of his boxing skills in Santo Domingo on Saturday night, cruising to a near shutout ten round decision over Renson Robles (7-2, 3 KOs) of Venezuela. The colorful and popular”Meneito” (the one who wiggles) again called on WBA world champion Kohei Kono to face him in a rematch. In December of 2014, Jimenez and Kono fought a controversial draw in the champion’s homeland of Japan.

In other fights, unheralded Venezuelan featherweight Luis Nino (7-4,6 KOs) stunned the local crowd with a dramatic first round knockout of favored Daniel Ramirez (30-2, 26 KOs). Ramirez, whose record seems padded, scored a knockdown and then recklessly rushed in for the kill. That is when Nino caught him with a beautifully timed southpaw right cross. Ramirez crashed on his back to the mat for the full count. (more…)



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Ruiz powers through Gormley

By Dwjuan Frazier at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

Andy Ruiz can punch. WBO #5, IBF #5, WBC #7-rated and current NABF heavyweight champion Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, remained undefeated with a three round destruction of Josh Gormley, Miami, Florida, in the main event of Dmitry Salita/Salita Promotions’ show “Detroit Brawl” on Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. Dennis Turner served as matchmaker for the card. On paper, one would think that they would be in for a competitive fight, with Gormley coming in with a record of 22-4, 21 KOs. It was just the opposite. Ruiz dominated the 41-year-old Gormley from the start with a combination of adept footwork, speed and thunderous strikes to the body and head. While Ruiz was making a punching bag out of Gormley, reportedly the grandson of ring legend Jack Dempsey, Gormley didn’t throw one power punch. Ruiz scored several knockdowns before the referee decided to stop the match at 1:42 of the third round.

In attendance was Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, 17-0-1, 15 KOs, Brooklyn, New York, who made it clear that he wanted to be Ruiz’s next opponent. The two engaged in a face off following Ruiz’s victory. Miller did most of the talking, saying that he was unimpressed with the fight Ruiz had just had and that he would knock him out. Hopefully their camps can work with each other to make it happen. Miller’s next fight will be August 19th on ShoBox against Fred Kassi. (more…)



July 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder injuries could mean extended layoff

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions


WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got the win over Chris Arreola, but didn’t come away unscathed. It’s believed that “The Bronze Bomber” suffered a broken right hand and a possible torn bicep, which could keep him out of action for an extended period.

“Wilder will be taken to a local hospital tonight, and will be seeing a specialist this week to assess the damage to his right hand and right bicep muscle,” said promoter Lou DiBella.

The champion wasn’t exactly sure when the injuries occurred. “It was early – the third or the fourth round,” said Wilder. “It was from an (awkward) punch. I hurt the hand first, and then the bicep…look at my hand, this thing hurts!”

On fighting for four rounds with primarily one arm, Wilder stated, “If I have one hand or two hands, you can’t deny that I’m the best in the world. I’m going to still give it to you whether I have one hand or two hands. I won’t stop. As a champion it’s my duty to keep going no matter what I’m going through. Pain ain’t nothing to me. I got a high tolerance on pain. When you’re dealing with fights, it’s not over until it’s over. Whoever fights me they have to be ready. They just can’t come in and think they’re going to bully me or think they’re going to out-tough me or think they’re going to out-punch me, because there ain’t no out-bullying, there ain’t no out-toughing, there ain’t no out-punching, because I’m the heavyweight champion of the world. That means a lot to me…it was very satisfying to punish a guy like Chris Arreola. I straight punished him. I didn’t get my knockout like I want, but it was a knockout. I’ll take that on my record. I still advanced to 37-0 with 36 KOs.”



July 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Darchinyan: I can’t believe that happened

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions


After a busy boxing weekend, knockout of the week honors go to late sub Sergio Frias (18-6-2, 9 KOs), who spectacularly knocked out former world champion Vic Darchinyan (42-9-1, 31 KOs) in the second round (2:45) of their junior featherweight bout on Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama. A right hand out of nowhere by Frias LAID OUT the 40-year-old “Raging Bull.”

Vic Darchinyan: “It was the first time that I’ve been knocked out in my 25 years of boxing. He just caught me. I think it was a counter right hand. I know I threw a punch and he just caught me. I can’t believe that happened.”

Sergio Frias: “He’s not a technically sound boxer, so I knew if I just stuck with technique and boxed him that I would catch him. I wanted to land the right hand, but I wanted to be careful because he has a lot of power. I wasn’t really looking to land that particular punch, but I did, and I ended it.”



July 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing fans invited to Valdez, Benavidez, Santana workout today in downtown LA

crawford-postal-unification300Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol — will begin in Los Angeles TODAY with a free outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19. Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star Piolín, who will host the entire event.

Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana will show their skills in the ring begining at 2:00 p.m. PT and will meet and greet fans afterward. Also attending will be WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Viktor Postol and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who will all be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. (more…)



July 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Waseem dominates Oliva, eyes world title shot

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Unbeaten flyweight Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan completely dominated former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-6-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines on Sunday at the Millennium Seoul Hilton, Grand Ballroom Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. It was huge step up in class for Waseem ,where he nearly shut out Oliva over 12 rounds to claim the WBC “silver” title. The official judges scores were 120-112 twice and 119-113. It was recently announced that WBC flyweight champion Ramon Gonzalez is moving up to challenge WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras September 10th. This news is of major interest to Waseem’s promoter Andy Kim of AK Promotions. “Huge win today for Waseem. I am very proud and happy for him. We are a step closer to our goal of him becoming a world champion. We definitely want to be in that world title mix should Gonzalez vacate,” said Kim.



July 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Krasniqi defeats Doberstein in clash of contenders

Photos courtesy Nikki Adler/SES Boxing

Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a twelve round majority decision over WBA #12/WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-3-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany. It was a close, fast-paced fight. In the most defining moment, Krasnigi badly staggered Doberstein in round eleven but the local favorite didn’t go down and battled hard until the end. Scores were 116-113, 116-111, 114-114. Krasniqi claimed Doerstein’s WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt with the win.

Robin Krasniqi: “It was mega-hard, great respect to my opponent Jürgen Doberstein. But, now I’m back!”

Jürgen Doberstein: “Congratulations to Robin Krasniqi. I’m disappointed! But, for this great fight I don’t want to say anything about my performance until we analyze the video.”

In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC female super middleweight champion Nikki Adler (15-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended her title against #4 rated Elene Sikmashvili (8-2, 4 KOs) with a ninth round KO. Adler’s right to Elene’s chin ended the fight. (more…)



July 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Haro wins regional title; West defeats Johnson

Jose Haro (right) lands a punch against Sergio Najera in their main event in Layton, Utah, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Haro won via a fourth round knockout.

Jose Haro (right) lands a punch against Sergio Najera in their main event in Layton, Utah, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Haro won via a fourth round knockout.


By Doug Gibson

At the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah, Saturday night, Jose Haro, 13-1-1, West Jordan, Utah, won the American Boxing Association featherweight title with a fourth-round KO over Tijuana’s Sergio Najera. A body shot felled Najera for the count.

In the co-main event, local cruiserweight Jesse West, 8-1, scored his biggest win with a decisive 6 round decision over Anthony Johnson, 8-1, of San Jose, Calif.

In four-round bouts, welterweight Larry Gomez, 5-0, stopped LJ Shulz in round one; middleweights Tim Carroll and Enrique O’Jada, drew; welterweight Justin Morales stopped Gabe Pelayo in round two; and middleweights Michael Gomez and Robby Wyatt drew.

A trio of Allentown, Pa. boxers had successful scheduled four-round pro debuts with Juan Sanchez, 122 pounds, stopping Richard Morales in two, Martino Jules, 126 pounds, outpointing Javier Cepeda, and 130 pounder Hector Bayanilla stopping Jair Nava in round three.

Several hundred packed a ballroom at the Davis Conference Center. Imperial Promotions was the promoter.



July 17th, 2016


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