WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Brunson battles Garcia on stacked Philly card

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com

South Philly lights up again Friday night with another boxing show stacked with local talent. New venues and new promoters have given Philadelphia a shot in the arm in 2016. Friday’s event, however, comes from the most established of local promoters, Peltz Boxing (with BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions – plus visiting DiBella Entertainment), at the City’s most established boxing venue, the 2300 Arena.

Like most Peltz cards, this show is loaded with local fighters and strong, intriguing matches. Headlining on Friday is a tasty 8-round clash between two junior middleweights, Tyrone Brunson and Ismael “Tito” Garcia. However, the card offers eight other fights featuring young rising talent (Isaiah Wise, Anthony Burgin, Steven Ortiz), tried and true vets (Victor Vasquez, Fred Jenkins Jr., Osnel Charles), a returning favorite (Hasan Young), a promising undefeated out-of-towner (Mike Reed), and a streaking local on the brink of a title shot (Tevin Farmer).

The main event presents the ring recipe preferred my most boxing fans. Tyrone Brunson, 23-6-1, 22 KOs, is a puncher, and Tito Garcia, 10-0, 4 KOs, is a boxer. On paper, that’s usually all you need to know. But this fight is interesting not only for its potential fireworks. It is also a crossroads fight for both boxers. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com South Philly lights up again Friday night …


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Ceylan and Walsh ready for European title clash

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Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) both appeared in a confident mood at the final press conference ahead of their European Featherweight title fight on Saturday at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Ceylan is aiming to become Denmark’s first European Champion for over ten years, while Walsh will be hoping to upset the home fighter and add the European strap to his collection of English and British titles.

Speaking to the media today at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel, Ceylan said he has had the best preparations of his career, and believes he is ready to write a new chapter in Danish boxing history. (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) both appeared in a confident mood …



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Mathews: I’m going to go in there and break his heart

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Derry Mathews believes he has the power to break the heart of Luke Campbell MBE and KO him when they clash for Campbell’s WBC Silver Lightweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Mathews comes into the fight on the back of a crack at WBO champion Terry Flanagan here in March in his 50th pro outing, and the Liverpool favourite believes his power and experience, coupled with the vulnerabilities he’s seen with the Olympic gold medal man hitting the canvas in recent fights, will see him destroy Campbell’s World title dreams and set himself up for another shot.

“Everyone knows Luke was a great amateur but there are flaws in him,” said Mathews. “Anyone who knows boxing can see that. I know I’m going to go in there and break his heart. I can and I will beat him tonight. He’s never been in with anyone like me before and he will get exposed. (more…)

Photo: Mark Robinson Derry Mathews believes he has the power to break the heart of Luke Campbell MBE and KO …


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MGM Resorts Oddsmaker on Kovalev-Ward

As WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and former Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) prepare for their epic “Pound For Pound” showdown scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, fans, media, experts and odds-makers around the world are split on who will be the favorite to win this virtually even-money battle.

Jay Rood, Vice President of Race & Sports for MGM Resorts International, provides his expert analysis of the match-up:

“I really believe this could end up being a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. Usually fighters in good form don’t meet up. Because of that, this fight opened close, has remained so and, most likely, will close so. It’s not very often that a fight in Las Vegas that’s this significant is this close in terms of odds. Ward opened at -145 and he now is at -150. I don’t believe it will change much from here.” (more…)

As WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and former Two-Time World Champion …




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Quijano seeks revenge Friday on Telemundo vs Rodriguez

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Puerto Rico’s David “Dabo” Quijano (16-6-1, 9 KOs) takes on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (14-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico this Friday. The ten round main event will be for Rodriguez’ WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title. The site location will be the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. The card is presented by promoter Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing and will be televised by Telemundo. The bout will be a rematch from a fight which took place four months ago where Rodriguez won by decision. Quijano felt the bout could have gone either way and looks to leave no doubts this time around. (more…)

Puerto Rico’s David “Dabo” Quijano (16-6-1, 9 KOs) takes on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (14-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico this Friday. …


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Clean Boxing Program Random Testing Begins

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, together with VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman, officially announced the Clean Boxing Program (CBP) on May 5 in Las Vegas. The enrollment process began on that date in which all WBC champions and the top 15 ranked contenders have to mandatorily enroll. CBP random out of competition testing is administered by VADA and the unannounced testing to eligible fighters is performed through the VADA process and procedures.

The enrollment process, which began on May 5, was also extended until today, as the ratings for October are being released, and those fighters who did not enroll have been taken out of the WBC ratings.

FIGHTERS WHO DID NOT ENROLL IN THE CBP:
David Haye – England – Heavyweight
Jean Pascal – Canada – Light Heavyweight
Jose Uzcategui – Venezuela – Super Middleweight
Gabriel Rosado – USA – Middleweight
Vanes Martirosyan – Armenia – Super Welterweight
Daquan Arnett – USA – Super Welterweight
Amir Khan – England – Welterweight
Lamont Peterson – USA – Welterweight
Rances Barthelemy – Cuba – Super Lightweight
Felix Verdejo – Puerto Rico – Lightweight
Emiliano Marsili – Italy – Lightweight
Henry Lundy – USA – Lightweight
Yuriorkis Gamboa – Cuba – Super Featherweight
Hairon Socarras – Cuba – Featherweight
Cesar Juarez – Mexico – Super Bantamweight
Edivaldo Ortega – Mexico – Super Bantamweight
Emanuel Navarrete – Mexico – Bantamweight
Gideon Buthelezi – South Africa – Flyweight
Brian Viloria – USA – Flyweight
Moises Calleros – Mexico – Light Flyweight
Javier Mendoza – Mexico – Flyweight
Angel Acosta – Puerto Rico – Light Flyweight
Janiel Rivera – Puerto Rico – Minimumweight
Carlos Buitrago – Nicaragua – Minimumweight
Simphiwe Khonco – South Africa – Minimumweight

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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, together with VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman, officially announced the Clean Boxing Program (CBP) on May …


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Ramirez-Bracero is offical

As previously announced by Fightnews.com on September 29, USA Olympian, WBC Continental Americas champion and undefeated hometown champion Jose Ramirez will take on his toughest most rugged opponent Gabriel ‘Tito’ Bracero of Brooklyn, N.Y. to headline a Top Rank championship event at the Save Mart Center on Friday, December 2.

Ramirez, a jr welterweight champion, has a record of 18-0, 13 KOs. Bracero, who has never been stopped, is 24-3, 5 KOs.

“As Jose moves up the ladder to a world championship fight, his opponents will be getting better and the fights will be more difficult,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. “But Top Rank believes Jose Ramirez will win a world title and bring it home to the Central Valley. To do that, he first has to get past Gabriel Bracero.” (more…)

As previously announced by Fightnews.com on September 29, USA Olympian, WBC Continental Americas champion and undefeated hometown champion Jose Ramirez …


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More on Friday Telemundo card

Popular Boxing series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford returns to the City of Palm Bay, Florida, this Friday, October 14, with their 3rd installment of their Fall Series. In the main event another classic of the rivalry Mexico vs. Puerto Rico when WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez of Mexico City, Mexico defends his title in a rematch against David Quijano of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout schedule for 10 Rounds.

Rodriguez ranked #7 WBO, #18 WBC is making his 8th appearance on this series in a little over 2 years and brings a record of 14-3, 4 KO’s. Quijano on the other hand is looking for revenge after dropping a hard fought decision to “Meserito” last June and spots a record of 16-6-1, 9 KO’s.

Also in action in the co-feature Jr. Bantamweight contender Joebert “Little Pac Man” Alvarez from General Santos, Philippines faces Edwin “Puto” Rodriguez of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico in a clash schedule for 8 rounds. (more…)

Popular Boxing series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford returns to the City of Palm Bay, Florida, this Friday, October 14, with their …



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Pacman intensifies training

By Nick Giongco

Returning from sick bay, Manny Pacquiao sparred eight rounds Tuesday as the fighting senator revved up his preparations for the November 5 clash with Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas. Pacquiao banged bodied with Jose Ramirez and Leonardo Doronio at the Elorde Gym. Team Pacquiao is set to fly to the US on October 22.

Photo: Nick Giongco
Photo: Nick Giongco

By Nick Giongco Returning from sick bay, Manny Pacquiao sparred eight rounds Tuesday as the fighting senator revved up his …


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Werk in Progress – Chris Algieri in Munich

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By Tony Mayger / @ringtoneboxing
Photos by Frank Jagow & Ravi Pagnamenta

Former world light-welterweight champion Chris Algieri has been in Germany recently, leading workshops at boxing clubs in Nuremburg and Munich.

Boxwerk in Munich, owned and managed by Nick Trachte, was the venue for one very successful boxing seminar in which Algieri shared his world championship experience to demonstrate techniques, training tips and give coaching to club members. The seminar coincided with the Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival which also gave him an opportunity to experience German culture with a jug of beer and traditional folk songs.

“I love it! The people are great and the cities are beautiful. People have a great respect for the Art of Boxing here, which I am very proud and excited to experience.”

Algieri had a career-defining year in 2014 when he defeated Emmanuel Taylor to set up a world title clash with Ruslan Provodnikov, which he won by split decision. He then stepped up a weight class to face the great Manny Pacquiao, losing by decision in Macao, China.

The 32-year-old has only fought once this year when he was stopped by undefeated welterweight prospect, Errol Spence Jr., who handed him his first stoppage loss. (more…)

By Tony Mayger / @ringtoneboxing Photos by Frank Jagow & Ravi Pagnamenta Former world light-welterweight champion Chris Algieri has been …


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Friday Telemundo headliner set

Just announced: The main event for Friday at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida is Mexican super flyweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (14-3, 4 KOs) against Puerto Rico’s David Quijano (16-6-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder for Rodriguez’ WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title. The card is presented by promoter Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing and will be televised by Telemundo.

Just announced: The main event for Friday at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida is Mexican super …


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Kavaliauskas returns Friday

Looks like unbeaten 2008 and 2012 Olympian welterweight Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (14-0, 12 KOs) of Lithuania will get some air-time on Friday night’s UniMas card at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Kavaliauskas is slated to take on Las Vegas’ Cameron Krael (8-11-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Krael enters with four straight losses.

In the main event, WBO #3, IBF #5 lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. (34-1-1, 26 KOs) makes his third outing this year against Alan Herrera (34-8, 22 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten heats of action. (more…)

Looks like unbeaten 2008 and 2012 Olympian welterweight Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (14-0, 12 KOs) of Lithuania will get …



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Honduran Olympian Teofimo Lopez signs with Top Rank

Honduran Olympian Teofimo López signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. López, whose parents were born in Honduras and was born in Brooklyn, New York, but now resides in Davie, Florida, is a 19-year old fighter that was the only boxing representative of Honduras and Central America in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“I’m very happy. I know that I made the right choice. Alongside Top Rank, I know that I will reach all my goals. They recognized talent and they know that I have the talent to become a world champion,” said Lopez after announcing his signing. Lopez is trained by his father Teofimo Lopez Sr. and is managed by David McWaters. He will make his pro debut on the undercard of the November 5 Pacquiao vs. Vargas PPV event that will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“Teofimo is one of those amateurs who definitely has the better pro style and will have greater success in the pro ranks,” said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank.

Honduran Olympian Teofimo López signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. López, whose parents were born in Honduras and …


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Andre Berto Travels to Haiti to Provide Hurricane Matthew Relief

Former two-time World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) has traveled to his family’s native Haiti to assist with the urgent relief work taking place in the island nation. Berto has joined forces with The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide) and its Global Ambassadors delegation to provide critically needed emergency relief efforts to the thousands of Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew, the catastrophic Category 4 storm that left Haiti in another state of massive devastation on Tuesday, October 4.

Berto is helping to deliver thousands of dollars in urgently needed medical supplies collected from initial donations made through JBF’s Haiti Emergency Relief Campaign. (more…)

Former two-time World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) has traveled to his family’s native Haiti to assist with the …


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TGB Promotions inks Adrian “El Tigre” Granados

TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados to an exclusive promotional agreement it was announced by Tom Brown, the company’s President. “We’re very excited to begin working with Adrian, he’s one of the premier talents in the junior welterweight division and one of the true Mexican warriors in boxing. He has a very bright future and we look forward to giving him fights with some of biggest names, and on some of the biggest platforms possible,” said Brown.

“Having worked with numerous legendary Mexican fighters in my career including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Adrian is exactly the type of warrior that boxing fans love,” continued Brown who has worked as a promoter and matchmaker for over three decades. (more…)

TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados to an exclusive promotional agreement it was announced by …


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WBO gives Tyson Fury 10 days to show why he shouldn’t be stripped of heavyweight title

The WBO Championship Committee has given heavyweight champion Tyson Fury ten calendar days, final and non–extendable, to show cause why his title should not be vacated due to inactivity, breach of contract and performance-enhancing drugs and stimulants.

A letter to Fury from the Committee stated:

We have received and thank you for the response to the WBO’s September 26, 2016 Certification Request of your Medical Report of September 21, 2016 and the Supplemental Report of September 28, 2016 concerning the conditions described therein. Everyone at the WBO is concerned for your health, well-being, happiness and prospects for a full and complete recovery.

The reports, however, continue to be provisional and conditional. The September 21, 2016 report indicates a report is being prepared which will contain the relevant chronological events and antecedents to your condition. The September 28, 2016 Supplemental report also states that the prognosis is conditioned on the absence of any other psychological issue. (more…)

The WBO Championship Committee has given heavyweight champion Tyson Fury ten calendar days, final and non–extendable, to show cause why …



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The 12th Round: 2N1D: Two Nations One Dream – Boxing Without Borders

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Once again boxing is with sadness, mourning the passing of another icon. Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor passed away and is now flying free into eternity. Pryor will be remembered as a warrior who gave boxing fans around the world memorable fights.

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This past week was very active. We held two purse bids for the heavyweight division. The WBC interim heavyweight championship was won by World of Boxing with $3.165 million for the Povetkin vs. Stiverne match, while Salvatore Cherchi of Opi2000 secured the promotion of the Duhaupas vs. Takam silver title fight. The WBC team enjoyed a memorable dinner with all of the promoters who traveled to New York for the bid process. Don King and Don Majeski shared many stories, and it was all smiles as we all left that night. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son Once again boxing is with sadness, mourning the passing of another …


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Boxing results from South Korea

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By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

While boxing events and overall interest in the sport have waned in our country over the past several years, South Korea’s governing bodies have proliferated, resulting in no fewer than four national commissions, including the KBC, KBF, KBA, and KPBF. In contrast, though a much bigger nation, the JBC remains the sole national commission of our neighbor to the East, Japan.

Today’s matches marked the debut of a new organization, Korean Boxing Management (KBM), under whose purview fans were treated to several competitive, exciting matches. The KBM is not a commission, but an umbrella organization under which various boxing gym owners have banded together. While the KBM is in some respects similar to the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association), its members are now actively engaged in promoting their own boxing events apart from any local commission.

Today’s bouts took place in Gapyung, the site of a brutal Korean War battle that pitted largely Australian and Canadian forces against those of China and North Korea, now an idyllic little town cradled by mountains, the flowing Han river and clean air. (more…)

By Victor Lee Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee While boxing events and overall interest in the sport have waned in our country …


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Bellew: It’s not trash talk; it’s brutal truth

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Tony Bellew has vowed to shut BJ Flores up in style when they clash for Bellew’s WBC World Cruiserweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Bellew landed the WBC crown in a fairy tale night at Goodison Park when he got off the canvas in the first round to destroy dangerous South African Ilunga Makabu in the third round.

‘The Bomber’s’ first defence brings brash American Flores to Merseyside with Bellew believing the challenger has changed his tune – swapping the trash talk that saw him land the fight with respect – and Bellew says that doesn’t wash with him and is preparing a punishing night.

“The fight was made because of his mouth,” said Bellew. “He’s been following me around for two years, saying I’m not a Cruiserweight I’m a Light-Heavyweight, saying I couldn’t live with him – on Saturday night I am going to show him what I can do. (more…)

Photo: Mark Robinson Tony Bellew has vowed to shut BJ Flores up in style when they clash for Bellew’s WBC …


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Briscoe Awards to celebrate Philly boxing scene on Sunday

The top achievements of the Philadelphia boxing scene will be recognized at the 9th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 16th, at Xfinity Live! In South Philly, 1-4 pm.

Junior middleweight Julian Williams leads the pack of Briscoe Awards winners as the “2015 Philly Fighter of the Year”. Williams won three fights in 2015 and brought himself to the brink of a world title fight at 154 pounds. He’ll get the chance to become a world champ later this year, but on Sunday he’ll pick up his first Bennie Briscoe Statuette as the top boxer in Philadelphia. Two years ago, Williams won a Briscoe Medal as the “2013 Prospect of the Year.”

Current WBA champion Jason Sosa will be recognized as the “Breakout Fighter of 2015” and his stablemate Tevin Farmer, a streaking junior lightweight contender, will be honored for the “2015 Performance of the Year”. A number of other Philadelphia-area boxers will also be awarded. (more…)

The top achievements of the Philadelphia boxing scene will be recognized at the 9th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October …


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Luis Ortiz to face Malik Scott on Nov 12

Matchroom Boxing and the Casino de Monte-Carlo are delighted to announce a blockbuster night of World championship boxing on November 12 at Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo in ‘Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza’ live on Sky Sports.

One of the world’s most dangerous and exciting Heavyweights, Luis Ortiz, tops the bill as he looks to add to his 22 KOs from 25 wins as he takes on Malik Scott for the WBA Inter-Continental title – with Ortiz making his European debut in his first fight since teaming up with Matchroom Boxing.

Also, WBA bantamweight king Jamie McDonnell defends his crown against former super fly champ Liberio Solis, WBA super featherweight kingpin Jason Sosa defends against Stephen Smith, and Martin Murray looks to avenge his world title loss to Arthur Abraham as the pair clash for the WBO International Super-Middleweight belt.

Matchroom Boxing and the Casino de Monte-Carlo are delighted to announce a blockbuster night of World championship boxing on November …


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Deontay Wilder: I Don’t Want Tyson Fury to Die…Coke Problem’s No Joke

By TMZSports.com

They’ve trashed each other for YEARS — but boxing superstar Deontay Wilder is putting his feud with Tyson Fury on hold … saying he truly wants Fury to get help for his cocaine problem so he doesn’t die. TMZ Sports spoke with Wilder — who tells us the “real” Tyson Fury is not the monster you see in the media … “He really is a good dude.”

Wilder says he was really impacted when he learned about Fury’s drug problem and suicidal thoughts — and says he’s even willing to fly to England to lend his support to his embattled rival. (more…)

By TMZSports.com They’ve trashed each other for YEARS — but boxing superstar Deontay Wilder is putting his feud with Tyson …


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St Vil to fight in Haiti for Matthew victims

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Photo courtesy Boxe Internationale

By Robert Coster

Promoter Jacques Deschamps has announced that WIBF world jr lightweight champion and WBC silver champion Melissa St Vil will travel to Haiti to fight on a card scheduled for November 16th. Says Promoter Deschamps, “Melissa, born in Long Island, is Haitian-American and very proud of her roots. Melisssa and I talked and she mentioned to me her desire to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew that hit the south of Haiti very hard. What better way than giving national pride to the Haitian people by having a sports figure like Melissa doing what she does best – fight.”

Fightnews.com® reached Melissa St Vil at her base in Brooklyn to know more about her. She answered our questions in honest, outspoken fashion. (more…)

By Robert Coster Promoter Jacques Deschamps has announced that WIBF world jr lightweight champion and WBC silver champion Melissa St …


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Yoshikawa wins vacant WBO female 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Japanese speedster Nana Yoshikawa (7-1, 4 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant WBO female flyweight belt by a majority decision (96-94 twice, 95-95) as she took the initiative from the outset, withstood persistent retaliation of ex-WBO 108-pound titlist Eun-Hye Lee (8-1, 3 KOs), 110.75, from Korea, and took points down the stretch over ten sizzling rounds on Sunday in Sakai, Japan. It was one of the candidates for Fight of the Year since they mixed it hard and displayed all they had to entertain the audience. Yoshikawa always initiated her attack in the mix-up competition, but Lee occasionally fought back hard with solid counters. It was unfortunate that Lee sustained a bad lump caused by an accidental butt that became bigger and bigger as the contest progressed. Yoshikawa had the upper hand with her faster combinations, but Lee retaliated with a harder punch at a time.

Yoshikawa emotionally expressed her gratitude for warm encouragements of her staff and supporters, saying, “Thanks to your supports I could win the long-anticipated world belt.” Nana became the very first world champ born in the traditional city Sakai that produced a national poetess named Ms. Akiko Yosano. Yoshikawa couldn’t write such a poem as Akiko but wrote a new chapter in the female fistic history. Promoter: Sakai Higashi Mitsuki Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Japanese speedster Nana Yoshikawa (7-1, 4 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant WBO …


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Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor passes at 61

Boxing ring legend Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor has reportedly passed away in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 61 due to heart failure. Pryor reigned in the jr welterweight division from 1980 to 1985 and his two thrilling stoppage wins over Alexis Arguello are widely considered to be among the greatest bouts in boxing history. In his career, Pryor compiled a record of 39-1, with 35 KOs. He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.

Boxing ring legend Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor has reportedly passed away in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 61 due …


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Liam Walsh: I’ll go anywhere to fight Pedraza

Super featherweight contender Liam Walsh moved a step closer to facing IBF world 130lb champion Jose Pedraza after outclassing Andrey Klimov over twelve rounds Saturday night at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London. “I don’t know anything about the Pedraza fight yet,” said Walsh. “I haven’t given it any thought. If I had my way it would 100% be in Norwich, if not then we’ll travel away. Let’s travel to America. Let’s get booed out of the arena with all of the odds against me! Let’s be the underdog! I’ll perform under that pressure I’m sure. I’ll go anywhere to fight Pedraza. A ring is a ring to me!”

Super featherweight contender Liam Walsh moved a step closer to facing IBF world 130lb champion Jose Pedraza after outclassing Andrey …


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Arum: Parker-Ruiz is gonna take place

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Photo: Robert Hughes

Bob Arum, promoter of heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, spoke to RadioLIVE about the latest developments on a clash between #3 rated Ruiz and #1 Joseph Parker for the soon to be vacant WBO heavyweight championship. “It’s gonna take place,” said Arum “I’ve talked to Dean Lonergan, we’re a little apart on the money, but we’re going to close that gap and make a deal I’m sure. The WBO, everybody’s agreed, will assign completely neutral officials. Andy is quite happy with fighting in New Zealand, that’s not a problem.

“Little bit of a problem with the date. Dean wanted to do it in December. If Andy is going to be trained by Abel Sanchez, who trains the middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, “GGG,” December’s no good because Golovkin will be fighting on December 10, so we’d have to move the fight to January. But, I’ll be back in the States on Sunday night and I’ll be in my office. First thing on Monday I’ll get it all sorted out, I’ll talk to Dean, we’ll put it to bed and hopefully we’ll have an announcement shortly.”

Bob Arum, promoter of heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, spoke to RadioLIVE about the latest developments on a clash between #3 …


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WBO #9 “Jaguar” Gutierrez halts Orobio

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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

WBC #9 super featherweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (34-1, 25 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO over Colombian Wallington Orobio (17-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ecocentro Expositor in El Marques, Queretaro, Mexico. At the beginning of the fight, Orobio came out strong looking to surprise Gutierrez, but after that the Mexican star took over. In round six, Gutierrez went for the knockout and got the win when Orobio’s corner threw in the towel.

In the co-feature, lightweight contender Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (26-3, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Rodolfo “Rudy” Flores (13-4, 5 KOs).

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Promociones del Pueblo WBC #9 super featherweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (34-1, 25 KOs) scored a …


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Estrada goes the full ten against Tabugon

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Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions

Former unified WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (34-2, 24 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Filipino Raymond Tabugon (18-6-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Francisco León García Baseball Stadium in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Now campaigning at super flyweight, Estrada won every minute of every round, but never came close to stopping Tabugon. Scores were 100-90 across the board. It was Estrada’s first bout in over a year.

Super bantamweight Emmanuel “Vasquero” Navarrete (22-1, 19 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Martin “Pini” Casillas (18-9-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90.

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Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions Former unified WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (34-2, 24 KOs) scored …


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Gavril KOs Brooker to win NABF title

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Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

In a good action battle for the vacant NABF super middleweight title, Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (17-1, 13 KOs) overcame stiff opposition from Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) before scoring a spectacular tenth round KO on Saturday night at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. With promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on at ringside, Brooker dropped Gavril in round five. However, Gavril came back to rock Brooker in round six. In round ten, Gavril dropped Brooker hard twice to end it. Time was 2:04.

In the co-feature, super lightweight Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (12-1, 3 KOs) scored a second round KO over Ronald Rivas (5-5-1, 3 KOs). (more…)

Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions In a good action battle for the vacant NABF super middleweight title, Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril …


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Borg defeats Raha

10816borg00tBy Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont

Aussie 140 pounder Val Borg (13-2, 8 KOs) outscored Rusmin Kie Raha (14-11-2, 3 KOs) of Indonesia in the main event over eight rounds at the Leisure Centre, St Claire, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Borg was aggressive throughout the contest scoring with power shots on his fleet-footed opponent, who did connect with fast combinations on the backmove. At the conclusion of the action bout, scores were Anthony Shipley 80-72, Ray Wheatley 80-72, Kevin Hogan 80-73.

In the main supporting bout, former amateur middleweight star Satali Tevi-Fuimaono (1-0) made a successful professional debut with a one sided points victory over tough Thai Promool Boonpok (1-25-1) over four rounds. Scores 40-36, 40-36, 40-36. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermont Aussie 140 pounder Val Borg (13-2, 8 KOs) outscored Rusmin …


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Tso, Fleming victorious in Hong Kong

Rising super flyweight star Rex Tso (20-0, 12 KOs) returned to the ring in his native Hong Kong on Saturday night to outpoint Japan’s previously unbeaten Ryuto Maekawa (11-1-1, 7 KOs) over ten rounds for the WBO International and WBC Asia crowns. Rex, aka “Wonder Boy,” won by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 99-91.

Also on the card, unbeaten lightweight Paul Fleming 23-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jerope Mercado.

Rising super flyweight star Rex Tso (20-0, 12 KOs) returned to the ring in his native Hong Kong on Saturday …


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Jimenez stops Cubos, Tann conquers Asberry

By Craig Wick at ringside

In the main event of Saturday night’s “Hitz Fight Night at the Horseshoe” card in Hammond, Indiana, Chicago’s Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) marked time with a fifth round TKO over Mexico’s Miguel Cubos, who rode an 8-fight losing streak going in. The super middleweights battled at close quarters for the first few rounds however “Hollywood” took complete control in the third, painting a masterpiece to the body of Cubos, which gassed the Mexican fighter to the point where he was taking a knee in round four and early in round five to preserve what little gas remained in the tank. As it turned out, not much, as Jimenez closed the show with a combination to the head, which resulted in Cubos spitting out his mouthpiece and communicating to referee Kurt Spivey that he had seen enough. Spivey agreed, waving the shellacking off at 2:55. After the fight, Jimenez called out the undefeated Mike Lee, who had a career best win last week over Chris Traietti. It’s an attractive matchup that hopefully gets made.

In a fight that had many ringsiders intrigued going in, Nick Asberry (9-1, 4 KOs) put his undefeated heavyweight record on the line against former fringe contender, Malcolm Tann (24-4, 13 KOs) Phoenix, AZ. The main questions regarding the battle were whether Tann, who last fought when the the first iPhone was unveiled (2007 for you flip-phone and Android users), had retained enough of his skills and was in the kind of shape needed to test Asberry. The answer was a resounding yes, on both counts! Tann battled through adversity early on, especially in round one when he was stunned with a right to the head, then shockingly turned the tables in the 3rd, hurting Asberry with a combination upstairs that left the undefeated fighter’s legs with a mind of their own. Seizing his 9-year opportunity, Tann pounded Asberry across the ring before ending it with a left hook to the head. Asberry, who was draped against the ropes when his undefeated plug was pulled, vowed to train harder and come back stronger next time out. The stoppage was announced as 2:55 of the third. (more…)

By Craig Wick at ringside In the main event of Saturday night’s “Hitz Fight Night at the Horseshoe” card in …


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Moloney Brothers victorious, still unbeaten

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #14, 122 pounder Jason Maloney (10-0, 9 KOs) stopped Filipino Gerpaul Valero (21-18-4, 15 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled ten round contest with the WBA Oceania title up for grabs at the Function Centre, Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Valero was coming off a technical draw over Jason Tinampay in 2016 with his best win over 2012 WBC 112 pound champion Sonny Boy Jaro in 2013.

In the main supporting bout, the twin brother of Jason, classy 118-pounder, Andrew Moloney (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Filipino Jether Oliva (24-7-2, 11 KOs) in round six of a scheduled ten round WBA Oceania championship bout. Oliva had lost to world champions Zolani Tete in 2015, Moruti Mthalane in 2014 and Ulises Solis in 2011.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #14, 122 pounder Jason Maloney (10-0, 9 KOs) stopped Filipino Gerpaul Valero …


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Walsh dominates Klimov in IBF eliminator

In an IBF junior lightweight eliminator, unbeaten #3 rated Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over #4 rated Andrey Klimov (19-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London. Walsh dropped Klimov in round six en route to a 119-108, 120-107, 120-107 win. Walsh is now in line to fight for the IBF 130lb belt. The IBF champion is currently Jose “Sniper” Pedraza.

In an IBF junior lightweight eliminator, unbeaten #3 rated Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous …










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