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UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday night featuring an eight round welterweight scrap between former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs) of Denver and New Mexico’s Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.
In the co-feature, 2008 Russian Olympian and former world title challenger Matt Korobov (25-1, 13 KOs) returns against Texan Brian Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) in an eight round middleweight clash.
Also, unbeaten super featherweight Erick De Leon (12-0, 6 KOs) from Detroit meets Carlos Valcarcel 14-7-4, 5 KOs) of Puerto Rico in an eight rounder, and unbeaten welterweight Arturo Marquez (2-0, 2 KOs), son of former world champion Raul Marquez, faces Nubian Houston (0-3-1).
Jesse Garcia vs. Gabriel Gutierrez (super lightweight)
Joey Alday Jr vs. Justin Henderson (super welterweight)
Alejandro Arnold vs. Porfirio Arellano (featherweight)
Jarvis Shepard vs. TBA (lightweight)
Amon Rashidi vs. Benjamin Vasquez (welterweight)
Alejandro Guerrero vs. Luis Caballero (super lightweight)
Unbeaten welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) has returned to the gym and is training in anticipation of his next bout. On June 4, Perrella destroyed previously unbeaten two-time National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton in two rounds on ESPN. Rather than go on vacation or celebrate his victory, the 27-year-old Fort Myers, Florida native immediately wanted to resume training. At the advice of his team, he took a short period of time off before getting back into the gym less than two weeks after his career-best victory.
“I live, eat and sleep boxing,” said Perrella. “This is what I do for a living and I take my career seriously. Since I’m moving up and believe I’m ready to take a big step forward in the welterweight division, there’s no time to waste. I don’t have any vices and stay in shape year round. Next fight, I’ll be even better and want there to be no doubt in anybody’s mind that I’m one of the next stars in the welterweight division.”
Undefeated Bilal Laggoune, now 19-0-2, 9 KOs, considered by most observers as the best actual Belgian boxer due to his accomplishments, will make his official debut at light heavyweight on Saturday in Ninove, Belgium, against vastly experienced Frenchman Hakim Chioui, 31-5-1, 19 KOs, over twelve rounds for the vacant WBC Francophone title. Chioui is a former French national champion. He was knocked out in nine rounds for the EBU title by Igor Mikhailkin.
Laggoune, himself a three-time national champion, former WBC Mediterranean champion and EBU-EU champion, is best known for his draw against hard hitting Dmytro Kucher for the vacant EBU cruiserweight title. Kucher recently went on to win that vacant belt by knocking out Enzo Maccarinelli inside one round. All of Laggoune’s belts have been won at cruiserweight.
On the undercard his friend and sponsor, multimillionaire Joe Fournier will have a 4 rounder against Belgian Mustapha Stini. Meriton Karaxha, Femke Hermans and former EBU challenger Elfi Philips will have bouts on the show promoted by the brother of Bilal, Ezzedine Laggoune.
The California State Athletic Commission and other state commissions have already approved earlier weigh-ins and the Nevada Athletic Commission is testing the idea, the reasoning being to allow additional time for fighters to rehydrate.
But longtime boxing regulator Greb Sirb believes weigh-in times are going in the wrong direction.
By moving weigh-ins to an early time (some 30/36 Hours) before the fight I think we only encourage more weight-loss because now the fighters “think” they have that extra time to re-hydrate.
The point is these fighters should NOT be de-hydrated.
This proposal leads to 2 major problems:
(1) – fighters that are de-hydrated still may NOT be properly re-hydrated even with the extra time.
(2) – If there is no 2nd day weigh-in to check excessive weight gain – you may have some rather large differences in weights come fight time.
What is more important what a fighter weighs 30-36 hrs before the competition or what he weighs at the time of competition? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBO #4 147-pounder, Jeff Horn (14-0,9 KOs) has challenged former WBA 168-pound champion Anthony Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) but Horn’s promoter Duco Events says Mundine is not worth a million dollars, according to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail newspaper. Mundine was reportedly dominated by Horn in a sparring session.
Former Australian 118-pound champion Andrew Moloney (7-0, 4 KOs) and his twin 122-pound brother Jason Moloney (7-0, 7 KOs) will be in action against Filipino opponents on Friday night at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Andrew will face southpaw Cris Alfante (11-5-1, 4 KOs), while Jason takes on John Amuzu (18-1, 16 KOs). The promoter is Peter Maniatis.
Maniatis is planning to be in the Philippines in mid-July to check on WBC #5 Randy Petalcorin, who is training and planning his next bout sometime late July.
As the ALA team settles in San Francisco, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who has always welcomed them in his gym at the Wild Card in LA, did not hesitate to claim how he sees Filipino prospect “Prince” Albert Pagara. “Albert is one of the best Filipino fighters in the world. I think he may be a future champion,” said Roach when asked to give a statement for Pagara’s tough upcoming test against Cesar Juarez of Mexico, who fought for the world title against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire early December of last year, a “Fight of the Year” nominee.
Regarded as one of the top rising stars in Philippine Boxing, the undefeated Pagara is #2 in the WBO world rankings and is the current WBO Intercontinental jr. bantamweight champion. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Current WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki of Poland and mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk from Ukraine met today at the kickoff press conference in Warsaw. They will face-off for real on September 17 at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, Poland. They both looked extremely confident and promised a great fight – when it comes to this world title fight, we all know anything can happen.
Forget the 40:1 betting odds. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says that IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s world title clash against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London is a 50-50 fight. Wilder will be part of the Showtime team covering the fight in-studio from New York City and “The Bronze Bomber” says he cannot split champion and challenger.
“I definitely see the fight as a 50-50,” said Wilder. “You’ve got two big heavyweights, and the challenger wants what the champion has, and the champion wants to keep what he has. It’s going to be interesting because we’ve seen Breazeale in a lot of wars. He’s almost been taken out by some of the smaller heavyweights, he’s been punched around, but he has always survived. We’ve seen Joshua has also been busted up as well, but he has kept his composure, and this fight is in his backyard amongst his people.
“I don’t put anything past Breazeale because he’s coming in hustlers’ territory. I think that it’ll be a good fight because of Breazeale – I think he really wants it.”
Multiple sources are reporting that that former world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is expected to return against Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California. For Ward, this will be a tune-up for a November world title showdown against WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas. Brand’s only loss to date is a split decision four years ago against Badou Jack, who is currently the WBC super middleweight world champion. HBO would televise the bout.
The undercard for Saturday’s highly anticipated WBA welterweight title showdown in Brooklyn between world champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) is just about finalized. The live CBS telecast with open with a battle between undefeated super welterweight prospects Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-0-1, 10 KOs).
David Benavidez vs. Francy Ntetu (light heavyweight)
Regis Prograis vs. TBA (super lightweight)
Adam Kownacki vs. Jesse Barboza (heavyweight)
Heather Hardy vs. Kirstie Simmons (female featherweight)
Jonathan Alonso vs. Brian Jones (super lightweight)
Josue Vargas vs. David Nelson (welterweight)
Nicklaus Flaz vs. Mack Babb (super welterweight)
Live boxing action returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, on Friday, August 5 with a CBS Sports Network telecast featuring a ten round middleweight fight between unbeaten Robert Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) and Paul Valenzuela, Jr. (10-3, 6 KOs). The eight-round co-main event features lightweight Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) against Diego Eligio (12-1, 4 KOs). Tickets are $50, $65 and $85, and may be purchased by calling (877) 711-2946, visiting Pechanga.com or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.
Puerto Rican super flyweight David “Dabo” Quijano (16-5-1, 9 KOs) has arrived in Tampa, Florida, for Friday night’s clash on Telemundo against Mexican Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4KO) for the WBO Latin title at the A La Carte Event Pavilion.
The telecast will be the first of four consecutive weeks of live boxing on Telemundo. The rest of the Summer Season calendar is as follows:
July 1, Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City
Carlos “Fino” Ruiz vs. Sebastian Diaz
(WBO Latin super featherweight title)
July 8, Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
Antonio “Tono” Moran vs. Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sanchez
(WBC Latin lightweight title)
July 15, Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz vs. Alex Valdez
(NABO Super Featherweight title)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/DiBella Entertainment
WBC heavyweight champion Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) of Riverside met face to face Tuesday afternoon at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles to discuss their July 16 showdown at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama live on FOX.
Chris Arreola: “I’m grateful for this opportunity. A lot of people say that I don’t deserve this title fight. A lot of people said Deontay didn’t deserve his title shot. I said that. But when he got it, he made the most out of it. He beat the guy who beat me.”
Deontay Wilder: “This is going to be an exciting fight for everyone. It’s two dangerous heavyweights. Two guys who fight with their hearts. It’s going to be an action-packed fight from beginning to end. People said Arreola doesn’t deserve the shot, but who are they to say things about a man who every time he gets in the ring, fights with his heart?” (more…)
Rising undefeated prospect Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda of Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina has signed a multi-year promotional deal with Tuto Zabala’s All Star Boxing, Inc and is ready to invade the US market. Rueda (28) is ranked #2 by the WBO, is the current WBO Latino Champion and spoils an impressive record of 26-0, with 23 KOs.
“I’m thrilled to have signed with Tuto’s company, him together with Mario Margossian of Argentina Boxing Promotions will take my career to another level in the United States,” said an enthusiastic Rueda. He is scheduled to face fellow undefeated prospect Oscar Valdez of Mexico on July 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the vacant WBO featherweight title previously held by Vasyl Lomanchenko.
“We had Matias on a Boxeo Telemundo show last October and he looked impressive, working with him and longtime friend Mario Margossian made it a no brainer, he will be the next World Champion of Argentina,” said Zabala. The bout presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing, Inc and Argentina Boxing Promotions will be televised on HBO PPV in the US and TYC in Argentina.
Undefeated welterweight contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) is set to battle former world champion Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes in primetime on Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes to follow immediately at 10 p.m. ET. Further details will be announced shortly.
Super bantamweight top contender “Prince” Albert Pagara plus several other Team ALA fighters arrived Monday in San Francisco in advance of the July 9th “Fist of the Future” event at the San Mateo Event Center. With more than a month’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Team ALA head trainer Edmund Villamor disclosed the reason that his fighters arrived three weeks in advance of their fight was to acclimatize to the Bay Area, especially to the unpredictable chills even in the summer.
Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) will battle Mexican warrior Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) in the headliner for the “Fists of the Future” event. Pagara has never been defeated as an amateur or a pro and is the #2 WBO, #4 IBF and #10 WBC ranked super bantamweight. Juarez is a hardcore veteran who nearly defeated Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire Jr. this past December 17th for the vacant WBO super bantamweight championship. (more…)
If the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Fight Week seems slow getting underway, it’s because it is. Due to scheduling conflicts, a previously announced media workout set for Wednesday at Cadman Plaza Park has been canceled. Thurman-Porter Fight Week now will begin with a media-only final press conference on Thursday in Manhattan. The official weigh-in is scheduled for Friday at noon at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino NYC Plaza. Fight fans are welcome to attend. The fight takes place Saturday night at Barclays Center and will be televised by CBS.
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Viktor Postol: “I do not consider myself an underdog in this fight. Terence Crawford’s fans might consider me as the underdog but that does not bother me. I’m 100% confident in myself and in my victory on July 23rd and the reasons are simple. I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to. I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach. He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame. Crawford has no one like that on his team. Since I have been training with Freddie I have knocked out two of the three opponents I have faced — Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. Both were #2 world-rated contenders and both times I was considered the underdog. I have passed every test that I have taken as a professional fighter and with the best teacher in boxing working with me I intend to pass this one on July 23rd with flying colors. This victory will prove to everyone that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds and the king of the division.”
Freddie Roach: “I do not feel that Viktor is an underdog going into this fight. Why should I? In his two toughest tests — Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin — he didn’t just knock them out, he took their will to fight away. He broke them down brick by brick. (more…)
Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) is a massive 40:1 favorite to successfully defend his title against challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday at The O2 Arena in London. Showtime will televise the bout in the USA. “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself,” said Joshua on Monday. “I’m going to attack the fight the same way I have my last sixteen (fights) and put on an explosive show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down!”
Not only is Joshua supposed to win, he’s expected to get Breazeale out of there quickly. You have to lay -400 to bet the fight will go “under” three-and-a-half rounds. If Breazeale can make it halfway through round four, “over” bettors would more than triple their money. (more…)
The popular boxing rivalry of Mexico vs Puerto Rico will continue on this Friday. Former world title challenger and WBO Latin super flyweight interim champion David “Gabo” Quijano (16-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico challenges the full champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The 10 round main event bout will be the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” Summer Season opening show at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
Quijano opened some viewers’ eyes on the network when he upset local favorite Daniel Lozano by decision in his last fight at the very same venue. Quijano is currently ranked #14 by the WBO and Rodriguez is #15. Quijano plans to literally take matters into his own hands as he feels that he will win inside the distance. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr / dcobbjr.com
Heading into his December bout with the well-regarded Nicholas Walters, Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa was given no chance of winning and just a slightly better chance of being around to hear the final bell. However, Sosa surprised everyone that night when he left the ring with a 10-round majority draw against one of boxing’s top fighters.
The decision was disputed by many, but Sosa’s performance appeared to send the message that the little-known battler belonged in the conversation when it came to the best 130-pounders. However, backlash from that questionable decision (everyone had Walters ahead except the judges) has once again given Sosa the burden of proof to show that his sudden rise in the world rankings is not a fluke.
On Friday, Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, gets a chance to validate his new reputation when he takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, in a fight for the “regular” WBA championship at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (23-0) will be ringside at Crawford vs. Postal on July 23rd in Las Vegas. Orozco is the number one rated junior welterweight by the WBC and is looking for a title shot. “I’d love to fight the winner,” said Orozco from his home in San Diego. “I’m more than ready. It’s my time.”
Orozco is managed by Frank Espinoza who also believes his fighter is up to the task. “Antonio has been looking tremendous. I think he beats both of these guys. Whoever wins, we’ll be ready for him.”
By David Finger
Accra Ghana’s undefeated Isaac Dogboe scored what may very well go down as the most important win of his career as he destroyed Ugandan Edward Kakembo by way of sixth round TKO in a battle of undefeated featherweights last Saturday night at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana. The WBO African featherweight championship fight was one of the most talked about boxing matched in Ghana since the days of Azumah Nelson, with even former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings coming out to the Accra Sports Stadium to support their local boy on Saturday night. And Dogboe didn’t disappoint, stalking Kakembo early before punishing the Ugandan with a blistering body attack that sent him to the canvas in the sixth round. Kakembo was ultimately unable to handle the pressure of Dogboe, and the fight was mercifully stopped by the referee in the sixth. (more…)
The World Boxing Association Directorate will meet in Beijing, China, from June 21-25 to discuss issues of vital importance to the continued development of pugilism and to strengthen its ties with the Asian giant. WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who visited China in the first quarter of 2016 to lay the groundwork for this week’s meeting, will be at the helm. With over a 1.3 billion people living in the country (the United States, by contrast, has a population of 322 million) China is an enormous untapped source of boxing talent. The fact that martial arts have thrived in Asia for thousands of years makes the development of boxing in China all the more evolutionary.
In addition to laying the groundwork for the expansion of boxing on the Chinese mainland, the sweet science’s growth will inevitably improve the level of Chinese fighters. As the fighters improve, opportunities to fight for world titles in their homeland and abroad will inevitably arise. This is the ultimate goal of boxing promoters of China. It is also a goal which the WBA shares and wholeheartedly supports.
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and his trainer Brian McIntyre for the HBO-PPV unification clash between Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Terence Crawford: “It is an honor to fight in Las Vegas, especially at the MGM Grand where so many historic fights have taken place and so many great fighters have made their mark. It’s the same way I felt when I headlined my first card at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. Many fighters dream of fighting on such a big stage but it’s something you have to earn. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my career — to earn the right to headline my first pay-per-view event. I can’t think of a better place to do it than in the Fight Capital of the World. It’s very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in training camp to make my pay-per-view debut successful. This isn’t just opening night for a new phase of my career. I want this to be the beginning of a long run as boxing’s next pound for pound star and a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.”
Trainer Brian McIntyre: “Fighting in Las Vegas in the main event and headlining a pay-per-view is a tremendous honor. Years ago I never imagined we would get to this point. We are representing Omaha on the biggest stage boxing has to offer and Terence is not about to let his hometown down. He is proud to represent Omaha and he will be carrying that pride in his heart and soul when he enters the ring on July 23rd and beats Viktor Postol. We know we are in this position because of hard work and more hard work. And with hard work came success, success that produced an undefeated record against the best fighters and two world titles in two different divisions. No one has ever been able to outthink or outfight Terence and that’s a lesson Postol is going to learn the hard way — in front of a very big audience.”
Dominic Breazeale says that Anthony Joshua has had it easy in his career so far but he’ll take him into deep waters when they clash for Joshua’s IBF world heavyweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday June 25, live on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the U.K. “I plan on putting on some extreme pressure and taking Joshua to places he’s never been,” said Breazeale. “We’ll find out on Saturday night if he can handle it. I want him to feel uncomfortable at all given times of the fight, every second of every round. Yes, he’s got rid of a lot of his guys in the earlier rounds, he hasn’t been taken into deep waters. Do I want to see him go into uncharted territory? Of course, without a doubt.
“I’ve been there, I know what it feels like and I’ve done it several times now. At the same time, I’m not going to let an opportunity pass me. If I see something I can take in the first, second round I’m definitely going to get him out of there. (more…)
Last week the IBF’s Executive Officers and Board of Directors conferred to discuss the organization’s stance on AIBA’s and the IOC’s decision to allow professional boxers to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Preliminary discussions were held during the IBF’s annual convention this past May in Beijing, China where IBF Medical Committee member and ringside physician, Dr. Paul Wallace presented the organization with a letter sent to AIBA’s President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, by Dr. Raymond Monsell, Chairman of the Association of Ringside Physicians and Dr. Larry Lovelace, President of the Association of Ringside Physicians. In the letter, the doctors address the dangers faced by an amateur boxer competing against a professional boxer. In particular, they reference skill level, the difference in scoring amateur bouts vs. professional bouts and the use of head gear.
Upon reviewing the medical opinions put forth in this letter, and conferring with other individuals and organizations involved in the sport, the IBF believes that there is an inherent risk with professionals competing against amateurs. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE WBC WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT WORLD CUP
Women´s boxing is a reality. Those pioneers who had to overcome so many obstacles, abuse and discrimination in all forms and manners can proudly see that women have made it to the big leagues in the boxing world. Women deserve the opportunity to fight on major cards in the USA, just as they do in many other countries. In Mexico, at least once a month the main event on both Televisa and Azteca is a women’s fight. In Germany, there have been champions that make 500,000 Euros per fight! UFC had their main star also a women.
There are specific rules which protect the integrity and health of women. There has been thorough medical research to confirm data and facts and UCLA’s Dr. Choe made a sensational presentation that must be followed. Rounds last two minutes instead of three and fights are scheduled for a maximum of ten rounds. These two rules have a simple explanation. Dehydration + fatigue make the risk factor go up and women have 80% more probabilities of a concussion than men. These are pure facts and that is why the WBC will never allow a round to take place for more than two minutes, nor a fight for more than ten rounds. (more…)
The EBU – European Boxing Union – held its annual General Assembly in the Brussels Hilton hotel last weekend (June 11). More than 100 delegates from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Malta, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, Serbia, , Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Norway, Belorussia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Bosnia-Herzegovina Latvia, Poland, Moldova and Slovakia were in attendance.
Before opening the meeting the President Bob Logist asked to observe a minute of silence for all our friends who passed away and especially Muhammad Ali and Hedi Taouab.
The award for the Championship of the Year 2015 was for Bellew vs. Masternak. The award for the Boxer of the Year was for Cedric Vitu and Gerard Teyseron received a special award for his 30 years of loyalty. Salvatore Cherchi and OPI 2000 team received the award for Promoter of The Year. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Most of the top heavyweights in boxing will see action over the next few weeks. It all starts on Saturday when IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) defends against Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London. Joshua is currently a 40:1 favorite at 5dimes.
On July 9th comes the grudge rematch between WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) against former longtime champ Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Wlad is a slight favorite in that one.
On July 16th is the return of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), who takes on Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in a voluntary defense at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder is currently a 35:1 favorite.
Then on July 23, unbeaten #1 rated IBF and WBO heavyweight Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) returns against WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs) at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. Parker is a whopping 125:1 to win that one. (more…)
Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan was accompanied by world class trainer Jeff Mayweather as he scaled in at 121 pounds during his WBC 30-day mandatory weigh-in at the famed Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Waseem will take on former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines, who also weighed in at 121 pounds. Both fighters were at three pounds less than the maximum weight allowed by the WBC, 123.2 (10% over 112 pounds) at the 30 day mark.
The fight itself has had some major changes. The date will remain the same date of July 17, however, the site has been moved from Singapore to the luxurious 5 star Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. It was originally announced that the two combatants would be fighting for the WBC Asia flyweight title over ten rounds. They will now be fighting in a twelve rounder for the vacant WBC Silver flyweight title. (more…)
Unbeaten welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) announced on Saturday night’s NBC boxing broadcast that he’ll be back in the ring in prime time on NBC on Sunday, August 21. No opponent was named for the IBF #2, WBO #3, WBC #5 and WBA #5 147-pound contender, but on June 8 we reported that Spence and IBF #7 Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) have agreed to fight in an eliminator bout to become the new IBF mandatory welterweight challenger.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Boxing returned to the Model City Saturday night as WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz’s Last Round Promotions hosted its second boxing card featuring former world champion and 2004 Mexican Olympian Giovanni Segura of Bell by way of Guerrero, Mexico, who scored a third round knockout over Mexico City’s Ernesto Guerrero in the main event at the Commerce Hotel & Casino in Commerce, California.
A crunching left hook by Segura sent Guerrero to the canvas for good as the referee reached a ten count at 1:23 of the third round. Segura improves to 38-4, 29 KOs and Guerrero falls to 22-18, 15 KOs. (more…)
Four WBA female world championships and three regional belts were on the line Saturday night at the Domo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Vargas, Venezuela. Guinness World Records was on hand to witness a historic night of female boxing in which all boxers, referees, judges and even the ring announcer were women.
In the main event, WBA world female bantamweight champion Mayerlin “La Monita” Rivas (14-3-1, 9 KOs) retained her title by ten round split decision against previously unbeaten Maria “Chony” Sorroche (11-1-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 97-92, 96-93 for Rivas, and 95-94 for Sorroche. Rivas dropped Sorroche in round nine.
In the co-main, WBA female light flyweight champion Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp (29-1, 12 KOs) successfully defended her title with a ten round unanimous decision against former IBF World female minimumweight champion Nancy “Chatita” Franco (14-8-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 98-92.
WBO female super welterweight champion Hanna “La Amazona” Gabriel (16-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Katia “La Leona” Alvariño (8-3-1, 3 KOs) to retain her WBO title and claim the vacant WBA belt.
WBA world female super flyweight champion Laura Linda Lecca (12-2-2, 3 KOs) and Carolina “La Fiera” Alvarez (12-6-4, 9 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. In wildly divergent scoring, one card was 95-95, one judge had Lecca ahead 98-92, and the third judge had Alvarez ahead 100-90! Lecca retained her title.
Also, former WBA female featherweight champion Ogleydis “La Nina” Suarez (21-3-1, 9 KOs) scored a third round KO over Yolis Marrugo Franco (18-10-3, 9 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBA Fedelatin female super welterweight title.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Joe Smith Jr. trainer Jerry Capobianco and Andrzej Fonfara trainer Sam Colonna discuss Smith’s spectacular first round upset KO over the world rated Fonfara Saturday night in Chicago.
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