Gervonta Davis aiming to be next big PPV star

Gervonta Davis aiming to be next big PPV star

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Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

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Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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March 18 Albuquerque card announced

On March 18th, Victory Boxing Promotions and Rumble in Rio team up to present a night of charity boxing at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The card kicks off with eight amateur “guns & hoses” bouts between New Mexico Police and Firefighters who will fight to benefit the Jim Franklin Bike Giveaway Program and various New Mexico children’s organizations in New Mexico. The professional portion of the card will feature top prospects from the area, including flyweight Matthew Griego (6-0, 6KO) and super featherweight Alex Holguin (9-1, 6KO). Hard-hitting Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez (11-0, 10KO), who hails from San Felipe, Mexico, will also be looking to remain undefeated in a six round bout at junior welterweight. (more…)

On March 18th, Victory Boxing Promotions and Rumble in Rio team up to present a night of charity boxing at …


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LA Fight Club returns Feb 3

Opening the 2017 edition of the popular LA Fight Club series on February 3 when Joshua “The Professor” Franco (8-0, 4 KOs) will take a critical step in his career in an eight-round super-flyweight main event battle against Victor “Dragon” Pasillas (8-6-2, 5 KOs) live from the Belasco Theater downtown Los Angeles and on Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar.

Also in action, Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) will fight as the co-main event against Baltazar Ramirez (3-2, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout. (more…)

Opening the 2017 edition of the popular LA Fight Club series on February 3 when Joshua “The Professor” Franco (8-0, …



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Junior Wright moves up to heavyweight

Former cruiserweight world title challenger “Hurricane” Junior Wright has been hitting the weights hard and will enter the ring for the first time as a heavyweight in his next ring appearance.

Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) from Evanston, Illinois, expects to come in at a muscular 225 lbs. when he takes on Detroit’s Damon McCreary (15-6, 11 KOs) in an eight-round featured bout on promoter Dmitriy Salita’s special Sunday edition of his “Detroit Brawl” series on January 22 at Masonic Temple in Detroit. (more…)

Former cruiserweight world title challenger “Hurricane” Junior Wright has been hitting the weights hard and will enter the ring for …


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Undefeated middleweight Tommy Langford signs with Frank Warren

Undefeated British, Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-0, 6 KOs) has signed a new long-term promotional deal with Frank Warren. Ranked at number two in the world by the WBO, Langford is eyeing some huge fights in 2017 and is close to landing himself a world title shot.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new promotional deal with Frank,” said Langford. “He’s delivered everything he promised and got me the fights I wanted and needed at the right times. I’m currently a British champion and ranked no.2 in the world with the WBO so he’s been very good to me.”

Undefeated British, Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-0, 6 KOs) has signed a new long-term promotional deal …




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FBHOF Class of 2017 announcement this Saturday

This Saturday the SJC Boxing Gym will hold its 7th annual open house. As part of the festivities, the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2017 inductees.

“This is one of the highlights of the year for boxing fans,” SJC’s Steve Canton told Fightnews.com®. “We’ll be open from 12:00 noon until 5:00pm. There will be refreshments, book signings, gym workouts by the SJC Boxing Team, autographs and pictures. Many of the boxing greats and Hall of Famers who were inducted previously will be here to welcome the new class of inductees. The official announcement will be at 3:00pm. We expect between 20-30 Hall of Famers.”

At the SJC Boxing Gym is located at 1919 Winkler Ave. in Fort Myers, Florida.

This Saturday the SJC Boxing Gym will hold its 7th annual open house. As part of the festivities, the Florida …


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Arum and Lonergan meet next Tuesday to discuss Horn vs. Pacquiao for April 23

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #2, IBF #2 Jeff Horn (16-0, 11 KOs) is getting closer to his dream of challenging WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) with the booking of the Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for April 23 and with Duco Events Director Dean Lonergan and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum scheduled to meet next Tuesday in Los Angeles to see if the fight can go ahead on that date in Australia. The details have not been finalized, but Jeff Horn is excited that the fight could happen on that date in his hometown of Brisbane.

“Is it the right time? You could say that at any point,” Horn told Grantlee Kieza of the Brisbane Courier-Mail. “I’ve got the youth on my side and Pacquiao’s 38 now. He’s got the experience but I have got the youth on my side and that will get me the win. I think over his last couple of fights, I’ve seen him go down a little bit. He’s still got very, very good movement, very good skill. But I think he has dropped just slightly, which is a lot at that level.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #2, IBF #2 Jeff Horn (16-0, 11 KOs) is getting closer to …


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“Buddy” McGirt: I thought I was dying!

Former world champion and famed trainer James “Buddy” McGirt is a staple at the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canastota, New York, as an invited guest. Many feel that McGirt himself should be an inductee as both a fighter and trainer, like he is in the Florida, New York and New Jersey Boxing Halls of Fame. As a fighter, he was a two-division world champion. As a trainer, he has led multiple well known fighters to upsets and world title victories. He was also a recipient of the coveted Trainer of the Year award.

But, all of these accolades and accomplishments were the furthest things from McGirt’s mind following his recent trip to the Emergency Room. It was a terrifying experience for him to say the least. Fightnews.com caught up with McGirt at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, where is now resting comfortably and recovering. (more…)

Former world champion and famed trainer James “Buddy” McGirt is a staple at the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame …


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Gary Russell Jr. returns Feb 18

The WBC has announced that Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will be making the third defense of his WBC featherweight crown on February 18 against interim champion Oscar Escandon. The bout will take place on the Broner-Granados card in Cincinnati.

The clash for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title between Gavin McDonnell and Rey Vargas takes place on February 25 at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, England. The belt became vacant when champion Hozumi Hasegawa announced his retirement.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and the Sulaiman Family have announced the 3rd Year Memorial Mass for WBC Lifetime President, Don José Sulaimán Chagnon. All fighters, media, boxing fans, friends and family join the Sulaiman Family in remembering Don Jose. Mass will be held January 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 621 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

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The WBC has announced that Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will be making the third defense of his WBC …



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Badou Jack & Thomas Dulorme quotes and photos

Photos: Mayweather Promotions

Super middleweight champion Badou Jack spoke to media in Las Vegas Thursday, just days before he travels across the country for his world title unification showdown against James DeGale on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on Showtime.

Joining him at the workout at Mayweather Boxing Club was former title challenger Thomas Dulorme, who opens up action on SHOWTIME EXTREME in an eight-round welterweight bout against Brian Jones. Televised coverage on Showtime Extreme begins at 7 PM ET/PT. (more…)

Photos: Mayweather Promotions Super middleweight champion Badou Jack spoke to media in Las Vegas Thursday, just days before he travels …


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Chavez says Canelo purse demands excessive

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has commented on the status in the negotiations for a possible bout with current WBO super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. According to Junior, negotiations are still ongoing but Canelo wants 5x his purse and he finds that unfair and difficult to accept. “I agreed to go to 165 pounds and everything they asked for I’ve accepted. We agreed to less money, but not these excessive childish whims. We’re going to do things professionally and correctly, otherwise there’s no sense to give importance or grow the egos of people who don’t look out for people and the sport or care about the boxing fans.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has commented on the status in the negotiations for …


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WBA orders Briggs-Oquendo negotiations

The WBA Championship Committee has ordered Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) to commence negotiations to fight for the WBA regular heavyweight title. Both sides have 30 days to come to an agreement or a purse bid will be ordered. Currently, the title is vacant. Originally, Lucas Browne was supposed to face Briggs, but Browne was removed after testing positive for a banned substance for the second time. Oquendo is in the WBA heavyweight title mix due to a court order. Plans call for the Briggs-Oquendo winner to face Alexander Ustinov next.

The WBA Championship Committee has ordered Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) to commence negotiations …


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Pacquiao flies to Cayman Islands; Koncz takes charge

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao is on his way to the Cayman Islands for business and a little bit of pleasure confident that longtime Canadian adviser Mike Koncz will handle the negotiations well relative his much-awaited April 22 fight. The trip to the Caribbean was formalized last November, a week after his triumphant 12-rounder with Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao is being lured to bring his act to Australia to face local bet Jeff Horn but is also being eyed to see action in Dubai and even in England, according to Koncz.

Koncz is looking outside the US as the pay-per-view business there appears to be on a downhill. But Koncz is not losing hope on America, where Pacquiao has fought almost exclusively since 2001. “We are not giving up on fighting in the States,” said Koncz, who will be discussing with prospective promoters the next few days.

By Nick Giongco Manny Pacquiao is on his way to the Cayman Islands for business and a little bit of …



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Peltz to continue Philly Fight Night series

The popular Philly Fight Night boxing series will move forward with its second season in 2017, promoter J Russell Peltz announced today. “We have a minimum of four fight cards scheduled—one each quarter—with the first one set for Friday, March 10, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia., “Peltz said. “Last year was a good one with four solid main events: Jesse Hart vs. Dashon Johnson; Johnson vs. DeCarlo Perez; Tyrone Brunson vs. Ismael Garcia; Tevin Farmer vs. Dardan Zenunaj.

“Our plans are to make 2017 even better, but if we cannot make the main events we want to make, then we will alter our strategy and present the best of the up-and-coming fighters in competitive matchups. We are not in the business of building fighters’ records at the expense of the paying customers. When you shell out anywhere from $40 to $75 for a ticket, you are entitled to watch competitive fights. That remains our business model.” (more…)

The popular Philly Fight Night boxing series will move forward with its second season in 2017, promoter J Russell Peltz …


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Broner-Granados Update

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) takes on Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) February 18 in a matchup of world-ranked 140-pound contenders. Showtime will televise. No official site yet, but it looks like Xavier University in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner is rated WBC #4, Granados is WBA #4, WBC #7.

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) takes on Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) February 18 in a matchup …


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Ramos-Baranchyk Feb 10 ShoBox in Oklahoma

Super lightweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 9 KOs) of Arizona will next take on unbeaten USBA champion and IBF #12 rated Ivan Baranchyk(13-0, 10 KOs) of Russia. The 10 round main event will take place February 10th at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. The ShoBox televised main event bout will be fought at a contracted weight of 140 pounds. This will be Ramos’ third appearance on the series having a draw and a loss in his two previous appearances.

His management is confident the third time will be the charm. “Abel has bounced back with three wins since his last ShoBox appearance. He is training extremely hard for this fight and our team expects him to get his first win on the series this time out,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak. Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment) and Tony Holden (Holden Productions) will promote the event.

Super lightweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 9 KOs) of Arizona will next take on unbeaten USBA champion and IBF #12 rated …


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Horn: I’ve got the tools to win against Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #2,IBF #2 Jeff Horn (16-0, 11 KOs) is confident he can defeat WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) and mentions that he was watching Pacman in action before he became a boxer and is targeting the Filipino great in 2017.

“It’d be a dream come true,” Horn said. “Especially against Pacquiao, he’s one of the reasons I got into the sport. I was watching him before I even got into boxing. There’s no point waiting, I reckon. I’ve got the tools to win against Pacquiao and I’ve believed that for a while.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #2,IBF #2 Jeff Horn (16-0, 11 KOs) is confident he can defeat …



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“Chocolatito” Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sources close to the WBC super flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales say he could return on February 25 in Texas or on March 4 in New York against WBC #1 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

If February 25, Chocolatito would fight on the PPV event headlined by four-division former champion Miguel Cotto and WBA world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in separate bouts in Frisco, Texas. If March 4, he could fight on the card topped by the welterweight unification between WBC champ Danny Garcia and WBA Keith Thurman. No site officially announced yet but the card is expected to land at Barclays. Television is likely Showtime or CBS.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Sources close to the WBC super flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales say he could return …


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Jack-DeGale Quick Quotes

WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack and IBF super middleweight king James DeGale hosted an international media
conference on Wednesday to talk up their January 14 unification clash that headlines Showtime’s debut 2017 telecast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

James DeGale: “I’m number one in the division and Badou Jack wants the spot. We’ll have to see if he can take it…He’s pretty basic, good at everything but doesn’t have any special effects, just straight forward…speed, movement, I’m faster than Badou Jack. He’s going to be shocked.”

Badou Jack: “I’ve been training really hard. I can’t wait for fight night to prove that I’m the best…my fight with Bute wasn’t a draw. But come fight night it’s just me and James DeGale, the past don’t matter…it’s gonna be a war.”

WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack and IBF super middleweight king James DeGale hosted an international media conference on Wednesday …


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Linares-Crolla 2 set for March 25

WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) will give former champ Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) an immediate rematch on March 25 at the Manchester Arena in Crolla’s backyard of Manchester, England. Linares scored an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over Crolla in September.

WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) will give former champ Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) an immediate …


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Boxing Buzz: Pacquiao-Horn next?

Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn in Australia? The Sydney Morning Herald is floating the possibility of Pacman defending his WBO welterweight title “Down Under” in April. Horn is currently rated WBO #2.
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According to TMZ, former world champion Victor Ortiz was charged with two misdemeanor DUI counts stemming from an arrest in September.
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Sad to report that longtime boxing judge Gale Van Hoy has passed away. No stranger to controversy, he was in his eighties and judged many world championship fights.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn in Australia? The Sydney Morning Herald is floating the possibility of Pacman defending his WBO …


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Former world title challenger Jerry Belmontes retires

Former Lightweight world title contender, Jerry ‘Corpus Christi Kid’ Belmontes, 21-10(6kos) has decided to hang up his gloves and cross over to the business side of boxing.

The fighting pride of Corpus Christi, Belmontes began fighting at age 10. He learned to use his great footwork and slippery style to build himself into a decorated amateur; winning 117 of his bouts. Jerry began his professional career under the Top Rank promotional arm. After a split with the company in 2010, Jerry later inked a deal with Main Events which was also short-lived. His final pact with a promotional company came from Golden Boy. (more…)

Former Lightweight world title contender, Jerry ‘Corpus Christi Kid’ Belmontes, 21-10(6kos) has decided to hang up his gloves and cross …


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Light flyweight contenders clash in Jakarta

Undefeated Indonesian boxer Tibo Monabesa (14-0-1) will take on his toughest test to date when he faces Rene Patilano (15-2-3) of the Philippines on January 21. The bout will be held at Cendrawasih Sports Hall in Jakarta.

The pair will clash over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC light flyweight International Silver title with the winner vying for a place in the top ten of the WBC rankings. Monabesa is currently rated 22nd and Patilano 24th in the world. (more…)

Undefeated Indonesian boxer Tibo Monabesa (14-0-1) will take on his toughest test to date when he faces Rene Patilano (15-2-3) …


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DeGale continues North American oddessy

IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale has already made his name as a road warrior and will look to put on another great performance away from his London home when he takes on WBC super middleweight world champion Badou Jack in their 168-pound unification showdown on January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

DeGale arrived in the U.S. on December 30 and will finish up his training at the famous 5th Street Gym in Miami ahead of the matchup in Brooklyn. The fight against Jack will be DeGale’s fourth straight in North America, after fighting in Boston, Quebec City and Washington DC. (more…)

IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale has already made his name as a road warrior and will look to …


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Povetkin Update: B Sample to be opened

On December 16, 2016, VADA notified the WBC that Alexander Povetkin’s anti-doping test taken from his December 6, 2016 “A” Sample pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (“CBP”) yielded an adverse analytical finding for the banned substance Ostarine. The WBC Rules & Regulations provide that Povetkin can request that: (1) the “B” Sample be tested; and (2) he or his designated representative(s) witness the opening of the “B” sample container.

Povetkin made the requests set forth above. The opening of the “B” Sample container is scheduled to take place at the University of California Los Angeles laboratory on January 5, 2017.

The WBC is still investigating the circumstances of Povetkin’s positive test. The WBC will issue a final ruling on the matter after it completes its investigation and it receives the “B” Sample anti-doping tests results.

The opening of the “B” Sample container is scheduled to take place at the University of California Los Angeles laboratory on January 5, 2017.


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K-9 Bundrage Makes Ring Return Saturday

Story and photo by Bob Ryder

Former two time world champ Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage makes his ring return this Saturday in the headline feature contest of a scheduled 14 bout card presented by promoter Eddie Jaafar at the Dearborn, MI Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Promoter Jaafar is bringing in Sergio Gomez all the way from Nicaragua to test K-9’s ability to bounce back from his KO loss to Jermall Charlo in his last fight in September of 2015. At 43 years old, K-9’s career is winding down and this contest may help determine if he has enough left to make another run at a title. The fight is scheduled for six rounds.

Also on the card is rising welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov of Kazakhstan going against tough Elvin Perez who hails from Florida in another six round contest. The other scheduled six rounder on the show has Detroit’s James Ballard in action against Robert Guerra in a light heavyweight scrap. (more…)

Story and photo by Bob Ryder Former two time world champ Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage makes his ring return this Saturday …


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Williams-Zarzar clash Saturday in Minneapolis

Cruiserweights Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9-2, 14 KOs) and Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar (6-0, 5 KOs) will collide on Saturday night for the Minnesota State cruiserweight championship. The eight-rounder will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

The show will also feature the Minnesota return of middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax (27-3-2, 17 KOs) in the co-feature, squaring off against Joshua Okine (29-7-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Tickets start at $35 and are available at www.sofights.com. On Fight Night (Saturday, January 7), Doors Open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm.

Cruiserweights Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9-2, 14 KOs) and Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar (6-0, 5 KOs) will collide on …


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Boxing Buzz: Pacquiao, Saunders, Zeuge and more

The Manny Pacquiao camp wants a $20 million guarantee to fight Terence Crawford according to ace boxing scribe Nick Giongco.
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Billy Joe Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren says he wants to see his man in the ring to dispatch Canelo Alvarez, then unify with Gennady Golovkin.
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WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge defends his title on March 18 in a voluntary defense. Opponent is TBA. The German SAT.1 telecast will apparently go head-to-head that night against rival network MDR, which is airing a Robert Stieglitz fight.
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Deontay Wilder is a 60:1 favorite to handle Andrzej Wawrzyk on February 25 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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David Haye is a 7:1 favorite to beat Tony Bellew on March 4 at the O2 in London.
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Gennady Golovkin is a 9:1 favorite to defeat Daniel Jacobs on March 18 at MSG.
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Anthony Joshua is more than a 2:1 favorite to defeat Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley.

The Manny Pacquiao camp wants a $20 million guarantee to fight Terence Crawford according to ace boxing scribe Nick Giongco. …


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Fukuhara set to fight for WBO interim title

By David Finger

Comebacks are never easy, just ask the city of Kumamoto in Japan. It’s been eight months since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake forever changed the city of over 731,000 people. Fifty people were killed and thousands more were injured in what was one of the worst natural disasters of 2016. But if one local boy gets his way, Kumamoto might just be known as something else come February: a city of champions.

Photo: Ulysses Sato

WBO #2 ranked mini-flyweight contender Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7 KOs) is looking to do what Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints did for The Big Easy after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city: give them a world champion. Fukuhara will get his chance on home ground on February 26 when he takes on #1 ranked Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico at the Matsushima Athletic Park Gym, Kami-Amakusa City in Kumamoto. The bout was first discussed back in October at the WBO convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico when representatives from WBO mini-flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama indicated that he would be unable to make a timely title defense due to an injury and would not be opposed to vacating the title to allow time for him to recover. (more…)

By David Finger Comebacks are never easy, just ask the city of Kumamoto in Japan. It’s been eight months since …


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Full Report: Ioka stops interim champ Stamp to unify WBA 112lb belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13 KOs), 112, successfully kept his belt by a fine TKO victory over unbeaten interim titlist Stamp Kiatniwat (15-1, 6 KOs), 112, Thailand, at 2:51 of the seventh session on Saturday in Kyoto, Japan. Ioka, a defense master, surprisingly hit the deck with Stamp’s countering right hook in the second round, but it was only a round he lost, and finally caught the Thailander to drop him twice en route to an impressive stoppage.

The 18-year-old Thailander was a much better and stronger contestant than expected, and his power punching was reminiscent of his senior Khaosai Galaxy—both handled by the same manager Niwat Laosuwanwat of Galaxy Promotions.

Ioka, 27, the most skillful boxer in Japan, fully displayed his precision-punching to the aggressive opponent, landing sharp jabs and accurate combinations to the face and the body. From the start Ioka’s quick jab was a nuisance for Stamp to come close to the champ and land his solid right cross. Ioka, as usual, kept his proper distance, jabbing and connecting with combinations with precision. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13 KOs), 112, successfully kept his belt by …


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Jacobs brings in top sparring partners for GGG

By James Slater

As expected, Danny Jacobs is pushing himself to the absolute limit as he gets ready to challenge unified middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in March. Jacobs has began his 10 week training camp and, in what must have proven quite costly, “The Miracle Man” has brought in three world class fighters as sparring partners – Avtandil Khurtsidze, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Ievgen Khytrov – all being legit middleweight contenders in their own right.

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Danny Jacobs is pushing himself to the absolute limit as he gets ready to challenge unified middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in March. Jacobs’ sparring partners are Avtandil Khurtsidze, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Ievgen Khytrov!


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Fightnews.com® Fight of the Year: Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido

With 2016 now completely in the books, Fightnews.com® can announce the Fight of the Year winner:

As they have done previously in their careers, super featherweights Orlando “Siri” Salido and Francisco “Bandido” Vargas once again delivered the goods, producing a memorable twelve round war that ended in a draw.

Orlando "Siri" Salido and Francisco "Bandido" Vargas
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

“These types of accolades make me want to fight harder for the fans and deliver the kind of fights that they want to see,” said Salido at the recent WBC Convention. “I am all about giving everything I can in the ring all the time, and my last five fights are proof of that.”

With 2016 now completely in the books, Fightnews.com® can announce the Fight of the Year winner: As they have done …


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Lara leads off 2017 boxing schedule

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) in the first world title fight of 2017. The bout will take place January 13 at the Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami, Florida, and be televised on SPIKE.

“On fight night, I’m making another statement and going for the knockout,” said Lara. “After this fight, it’s time to unify the division, then move up to win the middleweight titles!”

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman …


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Full Report: Corrales retains WBA 130lb belt by defeating Uchiyama again

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Panamanian southpaw speedster Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 129.5, barely kept his WBA 130-pound belt as he was awarded a split decision over former titlist Takashi Uchiyama (24-2, 20 KOs), 129.75, over twelve speedy rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The tallies read: Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico) 115-1112, Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 117-110, both for Corrales, and Derek Milham (Australia) 114-113 for Uchiyama. The referee was Mark Nelson (US).

It was eight months ago that Uchiyama, then previously unbeaten WBA super champ, suffered a shocker, losing his belt on an unexpected second-round knockout due to the WBA’s three-knockdown rule at the same venue in Tokyo. His six-year reign was over.

For Japanese fight fans their rematch was a mouthwatering matchup and the very best of seven world title bouts held in Japan on the last two days of the year—without doubt. It was because our aficionados believed that Uchiyama’s forfeiture of the belt was due to his carelessness and overconfidence, and expected that the 37-year-old hard-puncher would regain his own belt, this time, by an avenging knockout. But it didn’t happen as expected. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Panamanian southpaw speedster Jezreel Corrales (21-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 129.5, barely kept his WBA …


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Full Report: Oguni upsets Guzman to wrest IBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unheralded Japanese challenger Yukinori Oguni (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 121, impressively captured the IBF junior featherweight belt as he floored defending champ Jonathan Guzman (22-1-1NC, 22 KOs), 121.5, and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve sizzling rounds on Saturday in Kyoto, Japan. The official tallies were very identical with 115-112 by Robin Taylor, Bill Lerch and Carlos Ortiz Jr. The referee was Eddie Claudio, and all the officials came from the US.

Guzman, making his initial defense after his acquisition of the vacant title by an eleventh-round stoppage of Shingo Wake here, was a prohibitive favorite as Oguni had suffered his sole defeat with a TKO by Wake in 2013. But a syllogism cannot be applied to boxing, and Oguni produced such an unexpected trick over the previously unbeaten KO artist Guzman. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Japanese challenger Yukinori Oguni (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 121, impressively captured the IBF …




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