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By Joe Koizumi
Veteran campaigner Kenichi Horikawa (32-14-1, 7 KOs), 108, proved too experienced and ringwise for Koji Itagaki (17-11-2, 7 KOs), 108, winning the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 108-pound belt by a unanimous verdict (116-112 twice, 117-111) over twelve hot rounds on Sunday in Hiroshima, Japan. Horikawa, participating in his seventh title bout—regardless of results, maintained the initiative from the outset to the end to seize the vacant regional belt. Having forfeited his Japanese national light flyweight title to upcoming Shiro Ken, Horikawa, 37, admirably gained his second belt to his credit.
By Joe Koizumi Veteran campaigner Kenichi Horikawa (32-14-1, 7 KOs), 108, proved too experienced and ringwise for Koji Itagaki (17-11-2, …
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Punching Out Parkinson’s
It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since former 2X world champion and Fort Worth, Texas boxing legend Paulie Ayala started Punching Out Parkinson’s, his non-contact boxing program designed to help those inflicted with the nasty, dreadful disease of Parkinson’s take on the biggest fight of their life. He aptly called those that sought his help his “fighters” where he uses many of the same techniques that made him a world champion such as hitting the mitts or even the speed bag.
There is still no cure for Parkinson’s which causes a progressive disorder of the central nervous system and robs people control over their movements and can hit anyone at any time and plays no favorites. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Punching Out Parkinson’s It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since former 2X world champion …
The purse bid for the fight between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo for the World Heavyweight title of the World Boxing Association was held today. However, the requirements established in the WBA regulations were not met and it was not valid.
At the WBA headquarters, located in Panama City, only Henry Rivalta, from The Heavyweight Factory, was present on behalf of Briggs. Rivalta presented an offer of $400,000. However, according to the Rules of the World Boxing Association, in Appendix E, the minimum amount to participate in a heavyweight category bid is one million dollars. (more…)
The purse bid for the fight between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo for the World Heavyweight title of the World …
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son
This past Saturday February 11 was the 3rd Anniversary of my election as WBC President, and mixed feelings came to my mind; First, the memory of losing my father and the so many things surrounding such loss, including the Memorial which took place one day before the election, and the ceremony in which the WBC Board of Governors awarded me with their confidence for me to act as WBC President to finish my father´s term.
I can only express my deep gratitude for the so many persons who have given me confidence and support to take on this task. My Mother for her wise advise, My wife Chris for her understanding and and the rest of my family for their continuous motivation. To the so many friends in and out of boxing who have been so kind and supportive. Thank you all.
On December 13 2016 I was reelected as WBC President for a new 4 year term. I accepted with humility and honor and I will do my best effort to continue the search for ways of making boxing safer and better. To continue to have the WBC Green as the ultimate dream for any boxer of the world, to strive for unity among all involved in boxing and to continue to keep the memory of Don Jose Alive. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son This past Saturday February 11 was the 3rd Anniversary of my …
By Matt Richardson
Photo: Premier Boxing Champions
Deontay Wilder has had a disappointing 13 months.
The WBC heavyweight title-holder and former U.S. Olympian started 2016 with a brutal knockout of Artur Szpilka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
But a scheduled May defense against former title challenger Alexander Povetkin was cancelled when Povetkin failed a drug test just days before the fight.
Not looking to waste a completed training camp, Wilder moved on to an easy defense against Chris Arreola in July. But that fight wasn’t easy on Wilder’s body and injuries sustained in the bout – combined with previous ones – put him on the shelf for the remainder of the year.
When Wilder (37-0, 36 KO’s) got back on the docket for a February 25 encounter with Andrzej Wawrzyk, the Alabama-native thought he could finally prepare for his return. But Wawrzyk also failed a drug test and Wilder had to switch opponents again, this time to undefeated but untested Gerald Washington. (more…)
By Matt Richardson Photo: Premier Boxing Champions Deontay Wilder has had a disappointing 13 months. The WBC heavyweight title-holder and …
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao posted a poll on Twitter asking who he should fight. There were 44,815 votes. Here are the final results:
WBO #2 ranked Jeff Horn had been considered the frontrunner to fight Pacman with the fight landing in Australia. But the Pacquiao’s team announced last week that the April fight will be in the UAE instead. Looks like the fans want Amir Khan, Kell Brook or Terence Crawford instead of Horn.
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao posted a poll on Twitter asking who he should fight. There were 44,815 votes. Here …
Photo: Mark Robinson
Fierce Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams faced-off at a press conference held at the iconic Royal Liver Building in Liverpool today ahead of their mouth-watering showdown on Saturday 8th April at the Manchester Arena, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
Former WBO World 154lbs Champion Smith was in a supremely confident mood and promised to put the Boxing Writers’ Best Young Boxer of the Year ‘in his place’ when they lock horns in April.
“This is a fight that I’m well up for”, said Smith. “Frank and a lot of other people are getting excited about Liam Williams and talking about him as the next big thing. My job is to put him back in his place and remind everyone who the best fighter in the division is. (more…)
Photo: Mark Robinson Fierce Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams faced-off at a press conference held at the iconic …
This week’s biggest fight takes place on Saturday, when four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) takes on Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) at the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The fight will headline a Showtime Championship Boxing telecast.
“Adrien against Adrian,” said Broner last week. “Adrien with an E and Adrian with an A in the end and the best Adrien shall win.”
Broner is a 3:1 favorite, but Granados is a live underdog who holds a recent upset win over the then-previously unbeaten top contender Amir Iman.
This week’s biggest fight takes place on Saturday, when four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) takes on Adrian …
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
The recent clash between Australian stars Danny Green and Anthony Mundine was a big success with both fighters securing some $3 million USD each. The Sunday Telegraph newspaper gave a financial breakdown of the revenues. The fight grossed about $11.6 million with $6.1 million from Foxtel’s pay-per-view telecast, $2.3 million from the pubs and clubs that showed the fight and more than $3 million in ticket sales. The fight attracted 26,964.
Mundine’s windfall is good news for heavyweight boxer and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams, who reportedly loaned Mundine $380,000 before the fight to pay for an urgent family emergency.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The recent clash between Australian stars Danny Green and Anthony Mundine was a …
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Maynard Allison returned to the ring and delivered a second round knockout of Jeffrey Hayslett. Allison threw a hook and overhand right that forced Hayslett to fall along the ropes. Referee Dale Frye stepped in and waived off the bout giving Allison a second round KO win. Allison improved to 6-1 (5 KO’s).
“Coach Lando really got me ready to eat tonight. We worked hard in the gym, and we were ready to go. I was hungry, and needed that rib sandwich… We fed off that rib sandwich tonight.” (more…)
Maynard Allison returned to the ring and delivered a second round knockout of Jeffrey Hayslett. Allison threw a hook and …
By Scott Foster
On Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment left the friendly confines of the Northeast, staging their highly successful “Broadway Boxing” series nearly 1200 miles south on the Gulf Coast of Biloxi, Mississippi. In conjunction with Rite Hook Promotions and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the 9-bout card featured local favorite Regis Prograis [18-0 w/15KO] defending his NABF 140lb title against hard-hitting Columbian Wilfrido Buelvas [18-6 w/12KO].
As a native New Orleans transplant forced to relocate post Katrina, Prograis thrilled his fans who made the short trip from his home state of Louisiana, and his new stomping ground, Houston, Tx. A powerfully built southpaw with an extensive amateur background, Prograis stole the show with a highlight reel KO, displaying both the power and technique that led him initially to the 2012 Olympic Trials, and now to the cusp of a Jr. Welterweight Championship. (more…)
By Scott Foster On Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment left the friendly confines of the Northeast, staging their highly successful “Broadway …
By Rick Scharmberg
Photo: Juan Marshall/JM Photography
This Friday night, February 17th, professional boxing returns to Delaware for the first time in more than two years. Even though the headline attraction features the legendary Roy Jones facing hard hitting Bobby Gunn, promoter David Feldman knows what the Tiberi name means to Delaware boxing fans. For more than 40 years, the Tiberi name has been synonymous with action, and by adding local favorite “Joltin’” Joey Tiberi (13-2, 6 KOs) to the show, Feldman will give the boxing-hungry local fans what they crave after a 2-year drought. “This will be my best fight,” stated Joey, who will face Bryan Timmons (5-8, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout. “I never trained this hard as I did for this fight. It was easy for me to get up for it. I feel strong, and I’m ready to seize the moment!” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg Photo: Juan Marshall/JM Photography This Friday night, February 17th, professional boxing returns to Delaware for the first …
Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten during Friday’s “Path to Glory” main event from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calf.
The steely southpaw from San Diego thoroughly outpointed Mexico’s Omar Tienda (18-4, 11 KOs) through 8-rounds, sweeping all scorecards 80-72.
“At times, he was difficult to hit because he bent down at the waist,” said Santillan, one of Thompson Boxing’s most promising prospects. “In the end it didn’t matter because I found angles on him every round and he never really frustrated me.” (more…)
Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions Junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten during Friday’s “Path to Glory” main event …
WBO cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk, (11-0, 10 KO’s) has issued the following statement today in regards to his future training and the parting with his trainer James Ali Bashir.
“Bashir is a very nice man and good trainer. He has his own approach to training. But the moment came when I realized that it was not enough for me any longer. That is why I decided to change everything that I did before. I am very grateful to him for being with me all this time. There is nothing personal, just business. I think we will stay in touch in the future.”
Usyk will now be trained by Anatoly Lomachenko, the father and trainer of WBO super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.hly anticipated United States and HBO debut on December 17, 2016, stopping Thabiso Mchunu in the ninth round at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
WBO cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk, (11-0, 10 KO’s) has issued the following statement today in regards to his future …
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox won the toughest bout of his young pro career surviving an eight-round majority decision win over “Trigger” Tre’sean Wiggins of Newburgh, NY in front of a standing-room only crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The bout was the main event of a very competitive King’s Promotions card.
Fox, a King’s Promotions signee, did a nice job of establishing his right jab throughout the contest. However, unlike many of Fox’s previous opponents, Wiggins did a good job at times getting inside Fox’s jab as he was able to land some shots in close. Fox’s defense proved to be a major key in the contest as he avoided the majority of Wiggins’s punches while landing solid left hands of his own.
Judge Paul Wallace scored the bout even at 76-76 but judges John Gradowski (77-75) and David Braslow (78-74) saw the bout for Fox, who is now 13-0, four KO’s. Fox is the younger brother of undefeated middleweight Alantez “Slyaza” Fox who will be challenging for the NABF Middleweight title against Kenneth McNeil on February 25th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. Wiggins’s record falls to 7-3, six KO’s. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox won the toughest bout of …
By Craig Wick at ringside
The upper-midwest promotional footprint of “Seconds Out” continues to expand, with the opulent Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee playing host to their latest offering Saturday night.
In main event action, a light heavyweight contest scheduled for eight, Ramon Luis Nicolas (9-2, 6 KOs) Miami, FL dismantled Michael Glenn (4-11-3, 1 KO) Hutchinson, KS with tortuous body work to the point where Glenn elected to remain on his stool as round four was scheduled to begin. This was a stay busy fight for Nicolas, and the steady pasting he applied early on to the body of Glenn ensured that fans would be heading home early. The curtain came down in round three, after Glenn was dropped twice, both as a result of thudding shots downstairs. The Kansas fighter made it back to his corner however he was in no condition to continue and the fight was called, officially going into the books as a 4th round TKO. (more…)
By Craig Wick at ringside The upper-midwest promotional footprint of “Seconds Out” continues to expand, with the opulent Wisconsin Center …
By Victor Lee
Kyunghoon Lee’s Art Boxing Promotion presents an evening of three title bouts in Chuncheon, South Korea. The main event pits former Korea flyweight and current bantamweight champion Juhyun Jung (7-3-1, 2 KOs) against Filipino contender Jeronil Borres (7-1-1, 5 KO) for the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Flyweight Title. Jung weighed 111.75, while Borres scaled in at 109.
In the semifinal event, Jung’s gym mate, current Korean Featherweight Champion Sanghoo Kil (5-4-2, 2 KO), will move down in weight class to face Haksun Choi (5-6-2) for the vacant South Korean bantamweight title. The first title bout of the night will feature former WBC female minimumweight champion Eunyoung Huh (7-4-1) against Heejung Shin (1-1) for the vacant Korean female minimumweight title over eight rounds. In the supporting bouts, former WBC Eurasia Pacific lightweight challenger Ryo Akahori (aka Juksan Lee, 6-4, 1 KO) will square off against Korean Rookie Champion Yeeul Kim (4-0 1 KO) over six, and super welterweight Taeyun Baek (1-0) will take on Heuksan Lee, making his pro debut, over four.
By Victor Lee Kyunghoon Lee’s Art Boxing Promotion presents an evening of three title bouts in Chuncheon, South Korea. The …
In the main event of a self-promoted show at the EMKA Sportzentrum in Velbert, Germany, WBF International heavyweight beltholder Werner Kreiskott (24-19-2, 17 KOs) made a successful first defense of his title on Saturday night. But it wasn’t in as satisfying a way as he would have hoped, as Colombian challenger Epifanio Mendoza (43-25-1, 37 KOs) was disqualified at 2:47 of the fourth round. Up until that point it had been a rough fight at close quarters, but with Kreiskott getting the better of the exchanges.
Mendoza felt harassed by referee Mustafa Eranay, who had deducted a point from him in round three for punching with an open glove, so when Eranay broke the action again in round four, seemingly to again take a point from Mendoza, the veteran South American spit in the referees direction and was promptly disqualified.
In the main event of a self-promoted show at the EMKA Sportzentrum in Velbert, Germany, WBF International heavyweight beltholder Werner …
Rising junior welterweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) defended his NABF title for the first time with a one-round TKO over Wilfrido Buelvas (18-6, 12 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight prospect Eric Walker (15-0, 8 KOs) smoked Zack Kuhn (9-4-1, 4 KOs) in two rounds.
Also, former light heavyweight world title challenger Cedric Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs) blitzed Martin Verdin (21-20-2, 11 KOs) in one round.
Rising junior welterweight contender Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (19-0, 16 KOs) defended his NABF title for the first time with a …
Lonergan: We will wait and see if there is any substance that the Horn vs. Pacquiao will be in the UAE
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBO #2 Jeff Horn co-promoter Dean Lonergan said that news of Manny Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz’ statement to the media that the Pacquiao v Horn will now be held in the United Arab Emirates and not Australia in April has come out of the blue but he will wait and see if there is any substance to the story.
“As far as I’m concerned this has totally come out of the blue,” Lonergan said. “We’re just going to have to wait and see if there’s any substance to the story. I’m talking today to Brad Jacobs, the COO of Top Rank, and the other people from the Top Rank team and we continue to organise the fight and until I’m told otherwise by Bob Arum, as far as I’m concerned, we’ll just keep moving forward with Brisbane and trying to get the deal done here.”
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #2 Jeff Horn co-promoter Dean Lonergan said that news of Manny Pacquiao …
By David Finger
With just ten weeks before the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, it appears that there may be a snag as conflicting reports have come in regarding the location of the fight. Although both Duco Events and Top Rank have indicated that the fight was to take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Australia, Pacquiao’s advisor and marriage counselor Michael Koncz threw a curveball yesterday when he announced from Abu Dhabi that the fight would “100%” be held in the United Arab Emirates.
Shortly thereafter Manny Pacquiao Tweeted “See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao”. (more…)
By David Finger With just ten weeks before the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, it appears that there may be a …
By David Robinett at ringside
In the main event at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs, California, junior lightweight contender Rafael Rivera remained unbeaten with a technical decision over a game, but past his prime Giovanni Caro, after the bout was stopped at the beginning of round seven due to multiple cuts on Caro caused by accidental headbutts. All three judges scored the bout 70-64 for Rivera, who had started to pull away in what was a close fight early despite the wide scorecards. Rivera, (24-0-2, 15 KOs), was content to counter the stalking Caro, (27-21-4, 21 KOs), although he was taking as much punishment as he was dishing out early on. Caro, who once lost a questionable split decision challenging for the IBF super bantamweight title in 2011, looked sharp against his much younger opponent, trading punches in close quarters for the first three rounds. Caro started to slow down though as the rounds progressed, allowing Rivera to land his counterpunches before Caro could respond. Accidental headbutts throughout the fight caused a pair of cuts along Caro’s left scalp and along his right eye, leaving Caro’s face a bloody mess after six rounds. Between rounds, the ringside doctor examined Caro and consulted with referee Eddie Hernandez Sr. before the fight was called and sent to the scorecards. With the win, Rivera, a former WBC FECARBOX featherweight titlist, establishes himself as a player in the junior lightweight division. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside In the main event at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs, California, junior lightweight contender …
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (32-6-1, 23 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis “Muecas” Solís (20-8-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal “Gustavo Díaz Ordaz” in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Southpaw DeMarco dropped Solis at the end of round two but the bell rang before he could follow up. DeMarco remained in command the rest of the bout with ended with an exciting two-to-two exchange. Scores were 99-89 on all three cards. The bout was fought in the welterweight division.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (32-6-1, 23 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over …
In a WBO jr flyweight world title eliminator, unbeaten rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over WBO #1 ranked Jafet “The Lion” Uutoni (11-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in promoter Miguel Cotto’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. The bout was waved off at 1:01 of round ten. Acosta becomes the mandatory challenger and will now challenge WBO 108lb world champion Kosei Tanaka within the next 90 days.
“I felt great tonight, I am very happy with my performance. Was a really tough fight and I like the way I went thru 10 rounds,” said Acosta. “He was really tough, I never expect him to be like that, he caught me with some good shots but didn’t hurt me.”
In a WBO jr flyweight world title eliminator, unbeaten rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth …
Photo: Team Sauerland
Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous points decision over Lenny Daws (30-5-2, 11 KOs) to claim the European Super Lightweight Championship tonight at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton London.
The 25 year-old from Stockholm produced a boxing master class to dominate the British veteran in his hometown arena. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 116-112 in the favour of the Swedish fighter. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous points decision over Lenny Daws (30-5-2, 11 KOs) to …
By Craig Wick at ringside
Hitz Boxing kicked off its 2017 promotional season Friday night, with a seven-bout offering at the Belvedere Event Center in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village. Excellent matchups provided the packed crowd good, two-way action with several of the contests anyone’s guess until the scorecards were revealed.
In the main go, undefeated heavyweight prospect Nick Mazurek, fighting out of nearby Palatine, IL, faced the toughest test of his young career in the form of Jamal Woods, a 50-fight veteran known for giving undefeated heavies a long night at the office. Woods didn’t disappoint, showing up as advertised and giving Mazurek the kind of work that should help flatten his learning curve going forward. Early in the fight, however, Mazurek’s vaunted one-two to the head and his commitment to the body seemed to suggest an early night. “Not so fast” as coach Lee Corso would opine. Woods, who trucked in from Arkansas, weathered the early storm and began landing shots of his own, namely “cheap” lead left hooks, which by the fourth had drawn blood from the nose of Mazurek. The output of Woods, however, was never substantial enough to turn the tide, allowing Mazurek to coast home the winner, 59-54, 59-54, and a bizarre 60-53. (more…)
By Craig Wick at ringside Hitz Boxing kicked off its 2017 promotional season Friday night, with a seven-bout offering at …
Regis Prograis 140 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 147.2
*Buelvas is ineligible to win NABF title
Cedric Agnew 180.1 vs. Martin Verdin 184
Eric Walker 155.2 vs. Zack Kuhn 153
Pablo Cruz 125.9 vs. Markale Duncan 127
Cody Richard 138 vs. Bobby Hill 139.3
Craig Callaghan 147.7 vs. Starr Johnson 147
Mike Bissett 196 vs. Jimmy Owensby 194.2
Charles Dale 194 vs. Adrian Miles 232
Deon Nicholson 183.6 vs. Tirik Johnson 176.6
Venus: Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Biloxi, MS
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Regis Prograis 140 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 147.2 *Buelvas is ineligible to win NABF title Cedric Agnew 180.1 vs. Martin Verdin …
Tijuana warrior Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (23-0-2, 15 KOs) battles fellow Mexican veteran Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (27-20-4, 21 KOs) tonight in the main event of the “Palm Springs Boxing Gala” at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. Rivera, known as “Big Bang” for his aggressive ring style, scored an upset ten round split decision victory over former WBO Super Bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. back on December 5, 2015 to capture the WBC FECARBOX featherweight title. The Rivera vs. Caro contest will be a non-title featherweight eight rounder.
Also in action are super lightweight Maximiliano “The General” Becerra (10-2, 7 KOs), lightweight Eric “El Gallo De Oro” Altamirano (8-0, 6 KOs) and welterweight David “Left Hook” Lopez (3-0, 2 KOs). Several more bouts featuring top local talent are scheduled.
The evening’s action is present by Ron Sanderson of Liveco Boxing. Doors open at 6:30p and the first bell is at 8p. Tickets are still available at the box office. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event.
Tijuana warrior Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (23-0-2, 15 KOs) battles fellow Mexican veteran Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (27-20-4, 21 KOs) …
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in association with the Sports Writers Club on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka, in his eleventh defense, displayed an impressive performance by scoring a sensational seventh round stoppage of grudge rival Anselmo Moreno last September. This bout was unanimously selected the Fight of the Year among many grueling contests seen in 2016. The unbeaten southpaw champ Shinsuke also received the Knockout Award along with the WBA flyweight kingpin Kazuto Ioka.
Unbeaten WBO junior bantam titleholder Naoya Inoue was awarded the Technique Prize thanks to his breathtaking annihilation of ex-champ Kohei Kono last December. The Valuable Victory Award went to the newly crowned IBF 122-pound titlist Yukinori Oguni who astoundingly upset Jonathan Guzman by dropping him with a very well-timed body shot en route to a unanimous decision on New Year’s Eve. Up-and-coming KO artist, OPBF flyweight ruler Daigo Higa, 12-0, 12 KOs, was awarded the Rookie Citation due to his non-stop punching style. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by …
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Busy-punching WBC#8 Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 8 KOs), 126, kept his OPBF featherweight belt when he floored OPBF#11 Ryuto Araya (11-5-1, 3 KOs), 125.5, twice with the towel fluttering in from the loser’s corner at 1:40 of the fourth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. It was registered as knockout since the JBC regulations rule that a towel-tossing during the referee’s counting causes a knockout, not a TKO.
Araya positively started action in the initial round, when Takenaka, however, responded with more accurate combinations to the game challenger. The second saw the pugnacious champ unleash a beautiful left-right combination to the face, badly dropping Araya for the mandatory eight count though he barely regained his feet to resume fighting. Despite the challenger’s occasional retaliation Takenaka accelerated his attack in round four, when he again decked him with a furious combo upstairs and downstairs to prompt his corner throwing in the towel. Takenaka, 31, showed good improvement in his punching angle in his third OPBF defense since dethroning Filipino lefty Vinvin Rufino via fifth-round stoppage last August. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Busy-punching WBC#8 Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 8 KOs), 126, kept his OPBF featherweight belt …
IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio. Cruz controlled the action throughout the entire fight.
In round ten Easter dropped Cruz to the canvas and Cruz barely survived the round. At the end of round eleven Easter hit Cruz with a straight right, knocking him down again. Easter dropped Cruz for the third time in round twelve with 20 seconds left in the fight. Scores were 119-106, 118-107, 117-108.
IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over …
Kazakh bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) captured the WBA 118lb title with a twelve round split decision over reigning champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
It looked like it would be a short night when Warren knocked down Zhakiyanov not once, but twice in round one. Zhakiyanov bounced back in round three, and it was a hard fight the rest of the way as Zhakiyanov pounded out a twelve round split decision. Scores were 115-111, 116-110 for Zhakiyanov and 115-111 for Warren.
Kazakh bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) captured the WBA 118lb title with a twelve round split decision over reigning …
Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Abel Ramos (17-2-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino & Resort in Miami, Oklahoma.
Both fighters were on the canvas in a brutal round three. First Baranchyk floored Ramos with a right hand. Then later in the round, Ramos dropped Baranchyk with a counter left hook. The fighters went toe-to-toe in round four and Baranchyk knocked down Ramos again after being rocked himself. It was all out war the rest of the way with Baranchyk busting up the super game Ramos. Scores were 97-92, 99-91, 97-93.
In a matchup of undefeated light heavyweights, Joeseph “Mack” Williams (11-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round majority decision over former Olympian Lenin Castillo (15-1-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76.
Unbeaten super featherweight Jon “Johnfer” Fernandez (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Ernesto Garza (7-2, 4 KOs). Fernandez dropped Garza in round one and got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of punches in round three. Time was 1:39.
Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over …
US Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez (15-4, 8 KOs). Gausha came out strong, outboxing Hernandez during the first two rounds. In round three Hernandez landed a huge overhand right, knocking down Gausha. In round seven Hernandez had a point taken away for repeated low blows. Scores were 98-90, 98-90, 97-91.
US Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez (15-4, 8 KOs). Gausha …