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Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time former world champion Amir ...

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WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

By Karl Freitag Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs) retained his WBO Intercontinental title and ...

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DeGale retains IBF super middleweight title against Medina

DeGale retains IBF super middleweight title against Medina

By Arvin Lundloll at ringside Photos: Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime IBF super middleweight champion James "Chunky" DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) successfully defended his ...

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Jack-Bute ends in draw, Jack retains WBC super middleweight title

Jack-Bute ends in draw, Jack retains WBC super middleweight title

By Arvin Lundloll at ringside Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack "The Ripper" (21-1-1, 12 KOs) retained his title ...

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Berto KOs Ortiz in four, Williams KOs Rodriguez in war, Lara crushes Montiel

Berto KOs Ortiz in four, Williams KOs Rodriguez in war, Lara crushes Montiel

By Miguel Maravilla and Byron Spurlock at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions In a rematch of their 2011 classic, welterweight Andre ...

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Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

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WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau

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DeGale retains IBF super middleweight

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Berto KOs Ortiz in four, Williams KOs Rodriguez in war, Lara crushes Montiel

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Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I’ve no choice,” says Frank Bruno, about returning to boxing

Catherine Phiri becomes the first African female boxer to win the WBC bantamweight title

Australian heavyweight boxer Lucas Browne to face Ruslan Chagaev

Australia’s retired boxers come together to condemn “one-punch cowards”



February 2nd, 2016

UFC

Salas returns to face Saggo at UFC 196

Back in action after nearly a year and a half on the sidelines, Denver’s Justin “J-Bomb” Salas will seek his fourth Octagon victory on March 5 in Las Vegas when he faces Canada’s Jason Saggo at UFC 196 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 2nd, 2016


Boxing News

Canelo looking to grab date in new Vegas arena

Golden Boy Promotions has reserved the new 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena for the May 7 card featuring WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against TBA. The HBO PPV event would be the new arena’s first boxing card. Golden Boy has already received Nevada State Athletic Commission approval to stage Canelo’s fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but they are now seeking a change of venue approval at this week’s NSAC meeting.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Santiago headlines Feb 16 on FS1

Bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (20-3-1, 8 KOs) goes for his tenth straight win when he takes on Erik Ruiz (15-4, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions’ February 16 FS1 card from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Also, in a pair of eight round televised matchups, light heavyweight Lionell “The Great” Thompson (16-3, 10 KOs) battles Paul Parker (7-1, 4 KOs), and super middleweight Lanell “KO” Bellows (14-1-1, 7 KOs) faces Antowyan “Iceman” Aikens (10-0-1, 1 KO).



February 1st, 2016


UFC

UFC veteran Perosh steps away from Octagon

Anthony Perosh was on the outside looking in when the UFC made its first visit to his native Sydney, Australia in February of 2010 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer-Oosthuizen is off again

Promoter Rodney Berman has pulled the plug on the rescheduled world title clash between Thomas ‘Tommy Gun’ Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) slated for March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Trainer Harold Volbrecht said the troubled Oosthuizen was having a nightmare training camp.

“I pull him out of bars, I bail him out of police stations, I get him out of street fights,” he revealed. “My wife Michelle and I feel betrayed. We’ve tried for so long to keep him on the right road. As soon as he comes right, he veers off again. We’ve looked after him daily, doing the things his parents should be doing…he could have become one of the greatest in South African boxing, but he’s wasted everything. We’ll always wonder what might have been.”

Braehmer-Oosthuizen was originally scheduled to take place last November in Monaco before a hand injury suffered by Braehmer forced the fight’s postponement. Braehmer will now likely defend against a different opponent on that date.



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders targets Golovkin, Eubank Jr

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions


WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders says the next time he steps on the pitch at Emirates Stadium in London, he wants to be fighting WBA/IBF/WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or Chris Eubank Jr.

“The next time I’m here I either want to be playing as Arsenal’s new signing or a more realistic option is to fight Golovkin or Eubank,” said Saunders. “Golovkin would be an tremendous fight for British boxing. Muhammad Ali fought Henry Cooper at Highbury so in this new millennium what better than a super-unification fight between me and Golovkin? I know he was at West Ham the other week, but the Emirates is the place it has to be at. As for Eubank Jr, he’s already had his backside kicked by me. What better than me kicking it again in front of 60,000 at Arsenal?”



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Frank Bruno, age 54, says he is “getting back into boxing.”

By James Slater

British boxing legend and national treasure Frank Bruno appeared on popular daytime TV show “This Morning” today and the 54-year-old who last fought in 1996 shocked audiences by stating his intent to box again.

Initially, when speaking on his well-documented mental problems – Bruno being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2003 – it appeared as though Frank was merely talking about training and working out again. And, looking in superb shape for a man of his age, in fact for a man many years younger, Bruno does look as though he could more than hold his own in a gym session. But Frank made it clear that he is not only back in the gym, he is planning on getting back into boxing too.

Is that a good idea, his interviewer, Phillip Schofield asked?

“I haven’t got no choice,” Bruno shot back, looking a little angry. “I train every day and I have to get this [energy] out of my system.” (more…)



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

New Faces: Bakthtiyar Eyubov

By Robert Coster
Photo: Salita Promotions

His name is hard to pronounce for American fans, his personal history is highly unusual and his fists have TNT. He is Bakthtiyar Eyubov (10-0,10 KOs),hailing from Kazakhstan, a new face in the jr welterweight division. Eyubov recently gained attention on a Shobox card scoring an impressive three-round blowout of tough Jared Robinson.

Says Dmitriy Salita, promotor of the 29-year-old Kazakh, “I’m happy that I rescued Bakhtiyar’s career when he had given up on boxing. Boy, I’m sure happy that I did.”

Eyubov’s boxing saga started in Kazakhstan where he was a star amateur boxer with a 170-20 record (80% of his wins by KO) and several national titles. With these impressive numbers, Bakhtiyar decided to turn pro in 2012, self-managed and hoping to pursue his career in the United States, the land of opportunity. The Kazakh puncher landed in Texas but soon found out that his American dream was elusive. (more…)



February 1st, 2016

WBA

Chocolatito Gonzalez Seeks WBA Title

Roman Gonzalez wants to fight for the WBA World super flyweight title, announced the pound-for-pound king while accepting Nicaragua’s Athlete of the Year award on Saturday, January 30.

“I want my next title to be from the WBA,” he said. “I want to take on Kohei Kono at 115.”

Said WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “The WBA is your home, and its doors are always open to you. You’ve earned that with your diligence and discipline.” (more…)



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Amir Khan and Kell Brook need to just sign the papers and fight for the boxing fans

Joseph Agbeko: I want a world title for my kids

Antonio Margarito makes weight limit five weeks before return

More on George Groves’ successful return



February 1st, 2016

UFC

Four bouts announced for debut event in Croatia

UFC® has announced the first four bouts to be included in the organisation’s debut event in Croatia on Sunday, April 10 at Zagreb Arena. Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® ZAGREB will go on general sale on Friday, February 12 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Photos: James Luedde/Premier Boxing Champions

Headlining in his first main event, 20-year-old unbeaten super welterweight Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) was impressive again, but had to go the full ten round distance against rugged Jose De Jesus Macias (18-6-2, 9 KOs) on Sunday night at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee, Florida. Lubin dropped Macias in round five, en route to a 99-90, 100-89, 100-89 verdict on all three cards.

Welterweight Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) surprisingly scored a sixth round KO over 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex “El Pollo” De Jesus (21-2, 13 KOs). Elegele rocked De Jesus multiple times in the fight and dropped him at the end of round three. He then blasted De Jesus to the canvas again in round six. De Jesus got to his feet, but then went down again. Time was :56.

Lightweight Dennis “The Surgeon” Galarza (12-1, 8 KOs) had to work hard to beat game late sub Samual Amaoko (21-7, 15 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 on all three cards.

Light heavyweight Dyah Davis (23-4-1, 10 KOs), son of the late great Howard Davis, scored a second round KO over Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs).

Unbeaten welterweight David Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs) was victorious when Daniel Souza Santos (14-10, 11 KOs) didn’t come out after round two. Grayson dropped and pummeled Santos in round two. photos



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Wilson Stops Collins in Two

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair

Fighting at the nearly sold-out Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson added a thirteenth consecutive win to his unblemished record on Saturday night, stopping Ironton, Ohio’s Adam Collins in the second round. For the third straight time in less than a year, Wilson headlined White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble”, drawing another large crowd to the arena.

Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) began the fight at a measured pace, stepping in behind crisp jabs and firing hard straight rights down the middle. Collins (13-12, 8 KOs) showed some good offense of his own early on, retaliating with left hooks and overhand rights, but Wilson did well in blocking and countering as Collins threw. Late in the round a precise left hook followed by a right dropped Collins. After the mandatory count Wilson went after his opponent, seemingly looking to end the fight with one shot, but Collins defended well and made it out of the round. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Antonio Orozco signs multi-year extension contract

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By Hesiquio Balderas

Highly regarded manager Frank Espinoza and super lightweight contender Antonio Orozco have signed an exclusive contract that allows them to look forward to a world title in 2016. Fightnews.com® had the opportunity to talk to Espinoza and Orozco.

“I’m proud to announce that Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Espinoza Boxing have inked a multi-year extension contract. Antonio and I have a great relationship, he is a very respectful young man, very dedicated and knows what he wants. We’re very good friends. 2015 was a great year for us and I am sure 2016 will be even better because we at Espinoza Boxing are sure that Orozco will be world champion,” Espinoza told Fightnews.com®. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Khan considering a March tune-up with Andre Berto, Brandon Rios or Jo Jo Dan

By James Slater

Amir Khan currently has two options for this summer: face new WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia in a rematch, or clash with fellow Brit Kell Brook in a domestic blockbuster that would contest Brook’s IBF crown.

And, according to his father, Shah, in speaking with The Mirror, Khan will first take a tune-up before going down whichever road he decides on. Khan’s possible opponent for the first two weeks of March – venue still TBA, but the UK could be a possibility – is down to three names: Andre Berto, Jo Jo Dan and Brandon Rios. All three fighters are more than credible, especially as “warm-up” or “tune-up” opposition (something neither fighter is likely to be happy about being referred to) and Khan, who has not boxed since winning a 12-round decision over Chris Algieri in May of 2015, knows he needs to be sharp. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey: Talking Points and Post-fight

Anthony Johnson’s power may be the scariest in all of MMA.

Just think how Ryan Bader felt trapped underneath “Rumble” Saturday night in their main event light heavyweight contender eliminator fight at Fight Night New Jersey . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Post-fight bonus re-cap

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January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Barrionuevo crushes Cosio in WBC welterweight tourney

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

The WBC Welterweight Tournament continued on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones of the Hotel Azul in Ixtapa, Mexico, with Cesar Miguel “Joya” Barrionuevo (29-3-2, 20 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina, steamrolling Azael “Turbo” Cosio (20-4-2, 17 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama. Barrionuevo knocked down Cosio five times en route to a fifth round KO. He will now face Pennsylvania’s Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez in the semi-final in late Spring.

In the main event, WBC #6 lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilán (37-5-1, 13 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over Filipino Leonardo “Toto” Doronio (15-12-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 114-113, 114-113 for Saguilán, 114-113 for Doronio, who was the aggressor.

Also, lightweight semifinal lightweight Miguel “Micky” Roman (54-11, 40 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO when Colombian Yogli “Olaf” Herrera (26-17, 18 KOs) didn’t come out for round four.

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January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Imokalee, Florida

Erickson Lubin 154.6 vs. Jose Dejesus Macias 155.2
Alex De Jesus 151 vs. Joseph Elegele 149.2
Dennis Galarza 134.4 vs. Samual Amaoko 134
Dyah Davis 172 vs. Edgar Perez 181.6
Harold Calderon 147.8 vs. Javier Garcia 147
David Grayton 146.4 vs. Daniel Souza Santos 147.2
Farid Aghayev 163.4 vs. Hakeem Atkinson 163.6
Jesus Lule 132.4 vs. Jamar Sounders 131.2
Ray Lampkin 139.2 vs. Darryol Humphrey 143

Promoters: King’s Promotions/Panther Promotions
Venue: Seminole Casino Hotel Imokalee
TV: Bounce TV at 9PM ET
1st Bell: 6:30 PM



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Results from Layton, Utah

By Doug Gibson

Saturday night in Layton, Utah, heavyweight prospect Jesse West improved to 6-1 with a KO at 1.48 of round 2 over Jamal Barefield, 0-1, Ogden, Utah. West, of Clearfield, Utah, had far too much experience for his taller opponent.

In the semi-main, another top Utah prospect, 135-pounder Ignacio Chairez, of Salt Lake City, moved to 3-0 with a first-round KO over Gabe Pelayo, 0-3, who fights out of Layton.

Price, Utah cruiserweight David Sanchez, 4-2, stopped a very game Mike Crisman, 0-1, Salt Lake City, early in round three via TKO. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Kovalev: I don’t like him, I punished him

“I don’t think Freddie Roach changed him at all,” said undefeated unified WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) after stopping Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs) again on Saturday night. “He was actually easier for me. I hurt his ego the most because they stopped the fight when he was sitting in the corner on the bench. I hurt my left hand a little from a very hard punch. I broke his nose, maybe that is when I hurt my hand. I don’t like him. I punished him. Merci! I love you Canada!”

When asked about a potential fight with Andre Ward, Kovalev said, “I am very happy this fight will happen.” He also added that in the mean time there is one more fight he wished would happen. “I want to unify all four titles. I want to fight Adonis Chickenson.” (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Felix escapes with split decision win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

IBF #4, WBO #7 lightweight José Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico, won a questionable ten round unanimous decision over unheralded Filipino Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel Events Center in Burbank, California. The aggressive Sismundo kept Felix on the backfoot all night but came up short 95-94, 96-93 on two cards, while winning the third 95-94. Sismundo was deducted a point for landing a punch right after the bell in round six. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Kovalev batters, stops Pascal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

In a grudge match for the unified light heavyweight world championship, WBA/IBF/WBO world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) systematically demolished former world champion Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs) over seven rounds on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Kovalev dropped Pascal with a jab in round one, but it was ruled a slip. “Krusher” then battered Pascal in every round. Freddie Roach finally pulled the plug after seven rounds of punishment.



January 31st, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey: Johnson Makes Short Work of Bader

The storyline heading into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event between Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Ryan Bader was that if Bader got the battle of top light heavyweight contenders to the ground, he would win. Well, the fight went to the ground, but it was Johnson who emerged victorious, with his thudding power producing a devastating first-round knockout at Prudential Center . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see main card coverage: Rothwell, Rivera earn victories

Also see: Barberena hands Northcutt his first professional loss

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January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Phiri dethrones Rivas, Alvarez stops Winchester

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

In a shocker, Zambia’s Catherine Phiri (11-1, 5KO) was quicker and sharper as she stood toe-to-toe with Mexican Yamin “Rusita” Rivas (34-9, 10KO) and took a technical decision as well as her WBC Female bantamweight title after six rounds. Despite being thousands of miles from home, Phiri was fearless as she scored the better and harder punches in exchanges with Rivas. An accidental head butt near the end of the sixth round opened up a gash over Rivas’ right eyes. Inexplicably referee Raul Caiz Sr took a point off from Phiri while the fight was waived off by the ringside doctor Ernesto Franco. The decision went to the scorecards with Carla Caiz seeing it an even 57-57 while her brothers, Sergio and Raul Jr, overruled her with scores of 58-56 and 59-55 respectively. The fight also marked a family consisting of Raul Sr, and his sons and daughter, completely officiated a title fight.

A right hand from Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (23-4-2, 15KO) was the final blow that sent James “Shotgun” Winchester (17-12, 6KO) down in the ninth and give Alvarez, one of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s older brother, the TKO win in a scheduled super welterweight ten. With the win Alvarez captured the vacant NABF 154 pound title. Winchester was dirtier than skillful as attempted every trick in the book to score illegally. Alvarez didn’t complain but instead scored huge power shots led by a thundering left hook to the body. Winchester was deducted a pain in the 6th for rabbit punching and another in the 7th for low blows. The end came when Alvarez scored a hard right hand that sent Winchester down. Referee Cristian Curiel began to administer a count but when Winchester fell against the ropes as he tried to get up, the third man in the ring waived off the contest. Official time was 2:16. (more…)



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Undercard results from Montreal: Mikhaylenko decisions Mayfield

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Unbeaten welterweight Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Late sub Mayfield, who was edged out by Andre Berto as Floyd Mayweather’s last opponent, couldn’t keep up with Mikhaylenko’s workrate and conditioning. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91. Mikhaylenko claimed the vacant USBA title.

Middleweight Francis Lafreniere (11-5-2 6KO) won an incredible non-stop war over a never say die Renan St-Juste (26-5-1 18KO). Scorecards read 99-90 97-92, 97-92 but were no way indicative of the back-and-forth action that took place inside the ring. Lafreniere set a high pace early versus the 43 year-old heavy-handed southpaw but spent nearly the beginning of every round being checked out by the ringside physician. It certainly is not a pace St-Juste is comfortable fighting at, and it certainly showed it effects later in the fight where St-Juste was nearly stopped. Bell Centre fans were all on their feet as this one ended, applauding one the best all action fights seen in these parts for a long long time. (more…)



January 30th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey: Saffiedine, Ferreira & Natal Among Winners in Prelims

After more than a year on the sidelines due to injury, welterweight contender Tarec Saffiedine made a triumphant return on the UFC Fight Night prelim card Saturday at Prudential Center, winning a close, but unanimous, three-round decision over Jake Ellenberger . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see early prelims coverage: Randy Brown wins UFC debut

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January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Gallen Stops Purcel in Four

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten Australian heavyweight contender Paul Gallen (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Herman Ene Purcell (7-5, 4 KOs) in round four at the Rumours International, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Gallen controlled the bout from opening round and dropped Purcell in round two. Referee Derek Milham called it off at 2:00 of round four

This was the second victory for 34-year-old Gallen over 21-year-old Purcell having defeated the Samoan-born heavyweight in 2014. Purcell had victories over Isarap Sor Vanunee in China and veteran American Clarence Tillman in 2015. Gallen has represented Australia in rugby league football and is currently the captain of Cronulla Sharks team. He has impressed recently in sparring sessions with WBA #14 heavyweight contender Solomon Haumono and national champion Peter Graham. (more…)



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC Female convention officially closes in Tijuana

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The 2nd annual WBC Female convention closed today in Tijuana, Mexico after the final morning session which included unfinished awards, more guest speakers and a discussion on mandatory defenses.

Juan Carlos Pelayo of the Tijuana commission accepted an award honoring the commission’s excellence in boxing administration.

Blanca Gutierrez of Baby Face Boxing Promotions and the ambitious Beautiful Brawlers amateur shows gave an impassioned speech about her efforts in promoting the female sport, working with WBC heavyweight champion Martha Salazar and others.

Wanda Bruce of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame announced the inductees for 2016 as follows:
Sumya Anani
Britt Van Buskirk
Jane Crouch
Elena Reid
Ann Marie Saccurato
Marian “Lady Tyger” Trimiar
Jane Couch
Jisselle Salandy

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January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison still unbeaten

By Craig Wick at ringside

Hitz Boxing opened up their 2016 promotional campaign in Elk Grove Village, IL Friday night, with a seven bout card touted as the “Night of the Rising Stars.” Held before a packed house at the luxurious ‘Belvedere Events Center,’ the event showcased a gathering of local fighters whose careers going in, presumably, were earmarked for an upward trajectory. By night’s end several impressed as advertised, some not as much, and the others well, with soft opposition in front of them it was hard to draw a conclusion.

The night of highly regarded Dusty Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs) Washington D.C. was cut short when opponent Angel Hernandez (17-17-1, 13 KOs) Gary, IN bowed out after the second in what had been scheduled for eight rounds of junior middleweight action. After a fairly even opener, Harrison began getting to Hernandez in round two, landing some nice left hooks to both the body and head. After Harrison got the better of an exchange at round’s end, Hernandez began pawing furiously at his right eye as he walked back to his corner. The ringside physician was summoned and that was all she wrote. The bout goes in the books as a 3rd round TKO for Harrison. (more…)



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Groves punishes Di Luisa in comeback fight

Three-time world super middleweight title challenger “Saint” George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) scored a one-sided fifth round KO against overmatched Andrea Di Luisa (18-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London. Groves started busting up Di Luisa from the opening bell. Referee Ian John-Lewis gave a count to Di Luisa in round four for dipping his legs. Groves floored Di Luisa twice in the fifth round to end it. Time was 1:55. Groves was returning after a split decision loss to WBC champ Badou Jack in September.

Middleweight John Ryder (22-2, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over “Brit Basher” Sergey Khomitsky (30-13-3, 13 KOs) in a clash for the WBA International title. Ryder’s 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 win avenged losses by Frank Buglioni and Adam Etches to the hard-nosed Belarussian.

Commonwealth and WBC International Super Lightweight titlist John Wayne Hibbert (17-3, 11 KOs) scored an exciting twelfth round KO over previously unbeaten Tommy Martin (13-1, 5 KOs). Hubert dropped Martin in the last round to end it.

WBC International super featherweight beltholder Martin J. Ward (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Mario Pisanti (16-3-1, 5 KOs).



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Hall of Famer Don Chargin Rates Pacquiao vs. Bradley Battle “Terrific”

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By Bill Dwyre

Don Chargin’s nickname is “War a Week,” a well-earned label from his heydays of matchmaking in Los Angeles at the Olympic Auditorium. That was bestowed upon him by no less than the last person to create any semblance of original radio sports programing, Jim Healy.

Chargin doesn’t put on a war a week anymore. Nowhere near that. Closer to 20 shows last year, most in Northern California.

But if you think he has slowed down, think again. He may be about to turn 88 in June, but he still knows the sport like few others and loves it when a good fight is on the horizon. Which is exactly what he calls the upcoming Manny Pacquiao -Tim Bradley battle, April 9, in Las Vegas.

To some, that might be a surprise. (more…)



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Zimnoch-Mollo: Power Punch in Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-0, 12 KOs) will be tested by always game Chicagoan Mike “Merciless” Mollo (20-5, 12 KOs) on February 20 in Legionowo, Poland, topping a Babilon Promotions/Sferis Knockout Promotions “Power Punch” event. Zimnoch is getting ready by training with Dereck Chisora in London. Mollo, known from two epic battles with Artur Szpilka, wants to test his power punch working with renowned trainer Sam Colonna in The Windy City.



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Shiming, Murata halt foes in Shanghai

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming (7-1, 2 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten Natan Coutinho Santana (12-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. Zou looked sharp in his first bout since his lone pro loss against IBF world champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Macao last year. With the win, Shiming claimed the vacant WBO International flyweight title.

Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata (9-0, 6 KOs) was impressive again, scoring a second round KO over Gaston Vega (24-11-1, 10 KOs). Murat dropped Vega hard in round one, then sent him crashing to the deck again in round two to end it. (more…)



January 30th, 2016

Boxing News

Napoleon defeats Szabados for WBC silver belt

Photos: Uprising Promotions

Unbeaten female super welterweight Alicia Napoleon (5-0, 2 KOs) won an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over Szilvia Szabados (10-5, 3 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC female silver title on Friday night at the 5 Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, New York.

In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight Zhankhozh Turarov (18-0, 13 KOs) destroyed Joaquim Carneiro (22-7, 20 KOs) in the very first round of a scheduled 12-rounder for the NBA belt. Turarov battered Carneiro to the deck twice before the bout was waved off. (more…)



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