Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In a high-profile all-Mexican super middleweight grudge match, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 ...

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Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada won ...

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Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (23-0, 18 KOs) successfully made the first defense of ...

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Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Unbeaten WBC #5 ranked super lightweight and 2012 USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round ...

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Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In an upset, tough but unheralded Robinson Castellanos (22-11, ...

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Weights from Cartagena, Colombia

Miguel Marriaga 126 vs. Eduardo Montoya 126
(WBO NABO featherweight title)
Carlos “Fino” Ruiz 129.8 vs. Denier Berrio 130
Berman Preciado 123 vs. Martin “Pini” Casillas 122

Venue: Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo, Cartagena, Colombia
Promoters: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas
TV: Win Sports & Telecaribe
First fight: 6 PM

Miguel Marriaga 126 vs. Eduardo Montoya 126
(WBO NABO featherweight title)
Carlos “Fino” Ruiz 129.8 vs. Denier Berrio 130
Berman Preciado 123 vs. Martin “Pini” Casillas 122


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Weights from Indio, Calif / Orozco-Maldonado off after Orozco faints

A scheduled HBO Latino-televised clash between WBC #1, WBO #7, WBA #9, IBF #11 super lightweight Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) and Fidel Maldonado Jr (22-3-1, 19 KOs) has been canceled after Orozco collapsed earlier today due to dehydration.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 174.8 vs. Sullivan Barrera 174.6
Eddie Gomez 146 vs. Rashidi Ellis 146.6
Ronny Rios 123.4 vs. Roy Tapia 123.6
Ryan Martin 134.6 vs. Yardley Suarez 134.8
Vergil Ortiz 139.4 vs. Nestor Garcia 139.4
Alexis Rocha 148.6 vs. Abraham Calderon 149.4

The TV tripleheader will consist of Shabranskyy-Barrera, Gomez-Ellis and Rios-Tapia.

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter; Golden Boy
TV: HBO Latino

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 174.8 vs. Sullivan Barrera 174.6
Eddie Gomez 146 vs. Rashidi Ellis 146.6
Ronny Rios 123.4 vs. Roy Tapia 123.6
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WBC #1 super lightweight Antonio Orozco vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr canceled after Orozco fainted due to dehydration.



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Mayweather Promotions signs undefeated prospect Saul Rodriguez

Mayweather Promotions has signed undefeated prospect Saul Rodriguez (20-0-1 with 15 KOs), the baby faced fighter who’s already been making noise in the boxing industry, to their stable of fighters.

The twenty-three-year-old prospect was born in Riverside, CA. and scored a first round knockout in his professional debut back in September 2011 against William Fisher and hasn’t looked back since. Rodriguez has stopped his opponent inside of the distance in ten of his last 12 bouts and most recently knocked out Daulis Prescott in May. (more…)

Mayweather Promotions has signed undefeated prospect Saul Rodriguez (20-0-1 with 15 KOs), the baby faced fighter who’s already been making …


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Culcay-Andrade headed to Germany

Team Sauerland, represented by Jose Oliver Gomez, won the purse bid for the contest between WBA super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). Sauerland, representatives of Culcay, proposed the dates of March 11 in Berlin or March 17 in Hamburg. The auction was held at WBA Headquarters in Panama City, Panama and overseen by Aurelio Fiengo.

Team Sauerland won the purse bid for the contest between WBA super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). Sauerland proposed dates of…




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Helenius returns on big boxing night in Finland

Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1, 14 KOs) came face-to-face with Gonzalo Omar Basile (68–11) before their clash on Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.

Photo: Dominus Boxing Group

Also EBU lightweight champion Edis Tatli and challenger Manuel Lancia collide in the main event at the Hartwall Arena, with WBC female super featherweight champion Eva Wahlström takes on former IBF champ Anahi Sanchez.

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Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1, 14 KOs) came face-to-face with Gonzalo Omar Basile (68–11) before their clash on …


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Weights From Santo Domingo

By Robert Coster

Photo: Martin Avila Maria

Felix Valera 178 vs Gusmyr Perdomo 178
Felix Diaz 147 vs Levis Morales 147
Carlos Adames vs John Renteria 147
(Adames was a no show. He has 2 hours to show up )
Alberto Puello 140 vs Kelvin Toribio 140
(For the WBC Latino Jr Welterweight title)
Eliezer Aquino 117 3/4 vs Domingo Hernandez 117
Norberto Jimenez 118 vs Felix Machado 116
Richard Solano 135 vs Osvaldo Cabrera 133
Michel Rivera 132 vs Luis Nino
(Boxer Luis Nino will arrive tomorrow from Venezuela)
Jackson Marinez 138 3/4 vs Jherson Perez 137
Yenifer Vicente 124 1/2 vs Alan Guzman 125 3/4

Venue: Maunaloa Night Club And Casino
Promoters: Shuan Boxing, Manguita Promotions, Upper Promotions

Felix Valera 178 vs Gusmyr Perdomo 178
Felix Diaz 147 vs Levis Morales 147
Carlos Adames vs John Renteria 147
(Adames was a no show. He has 2 hours to show up )
Alberto Puello 140 vs Kelvin Toribio 140
(For the WBC Latino Jr Welterweight title)


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DTLA Weights from Los Angeles

Arnold Barboza Jr. 144.4 vs. Martin Angel Martinez 144.4
Oleg Zubenko 153.6 vs. Lucis Johnson 155.4
Saul Bustos 146.2 vs. Moris Rodriguez 145.2
Ferdinand Kerobyan 157.8 vs. Steven Pichardo 160.6
Damien Lopez 145.8 vs. Julian Bautista 144.2
Roberts Jekabsons 202.2 vs. Idris Wasi 209.0
Jessy Martinez 149.6 vs. Taif Harris 150.6
Humberto Velazquez 154.0 vs. Moses Alvizo 155.8
Ronnie Biggers 148.8 vs. Michael Rubio 144.2

Venue: Exchange L.A.
Promoter: PR Sports Promotions in association with Bash Boxing and Top Rank

Arnold Barboza Jr. 144.4 vs. Martin Angel Martinez 144.4
Oleg Zubenko 153.6 vs. Lucis Johnson 155.4
Saul Bustos 146.2 vs. Moris Rodriguez 145.2
Ferdinand Kerobyan 157.8 vs. Steven Pichardo 160.6
Damien Lopez 145.8 vs. Julian Bautista 144.2


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Terence Crawford in jail

Just five days after defeating John Molina on HBO, WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence Crawford has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for property damage and disorderly conduct at an Omaha body shop in April. In addition to the 90 days, Judge Marcena Hendrix sentenced the champ to two years probation, 120 hours of community service, $6,000 in restitution and random drug and alcohol tests. Crawford will be eligible for early release in February, but his lawyers are working to get him out as soon as today.

Just five days after defeating John Molina on HBO, WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence Crawford has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for property damage and disorderly conduct at an Omaha body shop in April. In addition to the 90 days, Judge Marcena Hendrix sentenced the champ to…



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Blanco-N’Dam, Cermeño-Qiu WBA Officials

Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim middleweight champion Alfonso Blanco defends against former middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam on Saturday night at the Stade de l’Est in Saint-Denis, Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean located 600 miles east of Madagascar. Judges are Francisco Martinez (New Zealand), Guillermo Pérez Pineda (Panama) and Uriel Aguilera (Colombia). WBA supervisor is Miguel Prado. N’Dam is a slight -130 favorite.

In Hangzhou, China, it will be veteran Luis Pabon of Puerto Rico reffing Saturday’s world title clash between WBA super bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño and challenger XiaoJun Qiu. Judges are Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Raul Caiz Sr (USA) and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico). WBA supervisor is Julio Castillo. Cermeño, who scored a 12th round TKO over XiaoJun in June, is a -540 favorite.

Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim middleweight champion Alfonso Blanco defends …


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Usyk-Mchunu Scouting Report

This Saturday night undefeated WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) will make his first defense against Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (17-2, 11 KOs) at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Usyk, who is a 20:1 favorite, is fighting for the first time in the U.S.

Oleksandr Usyk
Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

The fight will open HBO World Championship Boxing telecast beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT headlined by Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. For the scouting report of this bout, click here…

This Saturday night undefeated WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) will make his first defense against Thabiso …


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Hopkins-Smith final press conference

Former two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs) and Joe Smith, Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) today hosted the final press conference ahead of their battle for the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California.

Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith
Photo: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Bernard Hopkins: “You have to prove you’re special, no matter how many titles you win. If you use that to stay in the game then you become special and an icon surpasses legend. Common man, special man. Which one do you want? Which one do you want? I want the special, you are that before you become that. If you want to work your way back down to common man, there’s a lot of people down there. I’m not going to predict that I end his [Joe’s] career. One day if he recovers mentally then he might have something to salvage and go forward. I’m a career stopper to most of my opponents that talk like him. Yes, I’m honored to be respected as Joe mentioned, too. I listen to words. Nobody is really paying attention to Joe. Joe won’t be special come Saturday. He will stay common.”

Joe Smith, Jr: “I can’t even describe how excited I am to say ‘it’s finally fight week.’ I’m ready for this Saturday and am very excited. I know I’m going to be there with a legend but I’ve worked very hard in the gym and made many sacrifices to get to where I am today. He is a legend, but Saturday night he’s just another opponent. I’m looking to stop him, be the first person to stop him in his entire career.”

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Former two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs) and Joe Smith, …


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Star Boxing inks Farenas and Pagcaliwangan

Filipino fighters Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (41-5-4, 33 KOs) and Marc “El Gwapo” Pagcaliwangan (9-0-1, 7 KOs) have signed promotional contracts with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Both fighters, who are managed by SMG and Platinum Timing (owned and operated by Germaine Gillies), are scheduled to make their Star Boxing debuts in early 2017. (more…)

Filipino fighters Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (41-5-4, 33 KOs) and Marc “El Gwapo” Pagcaliwangan (9-0-1, 7 KOs) have signed promotional …



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U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas signs with Top Rank

U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas, 20, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Vargas, whose father is Puerto Rican and mother is Mexican, is an outstanding amateur fighter that represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. As a pro, the ambidextrous boxer that was born in Houston, Texas, grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, and now resides in Ocala, Florida, plans to fight between the super flyweight and bantamweight divisions. (more…)

U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas, 20, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Vargas, whose father is Puerto Rican …


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Q&A: Gary Russell Jr

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WBC 54th convention day 3 report

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the 54th WBC annual convention saw several topics discussed, among them, the mandatory defenses. Also the WBC amateur program,

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. was introduced to start things off. The champ addressed the crowd and thanked the WBC for their support of his career.

President Mauricio Sulaiman then opened the agenda with the goings on in the WBC amateur program. Carrying on his late father’s agenda, to reform amateur boxing, the younger Sulaiman discussed several programs and future efforts and endeavors in the amateur sphere. Ever the critic of AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association), Sulaiman didn’t let up today. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 54th WBC annual convention saw several topics discussed, among …


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WBA orders Zeuge-Ekpo clash

The World Championships Committee of the WBA (World Boxing Association) ordered a clash between super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs) must face #3 rated Isaac Ekpo (31-2, 24KO). According to Article 11 of the WBA Regulations, the champion must defend no later than 120 days against his mandatory challenger. Zeuge won his title last November so his mandatory defense is due by March 4.

The World Championships Committee of the WBA (World Boxing Association) ordered a clash between super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, …



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Hopkins aiming for big ending

“I want the book to be written good. The last thing you remember about a good book is not the beginning, it’s the ending. I look at this as the final icing on the cake or that exclamation point. This is it. You know this is history,” said former two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-7 2, 32 KOs).

Bernard Hopkins
Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Hopkins, who turns 52 next month, faces Joe Smith, Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) for the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday in Inglewood, California’s iconic “Fabulous” Forum on HBO. (more…)

“I want the book to be written good. The last thing you remember about a good book is not the …


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Light heavyweights headline in Budapest

Felix Promotion’s next show will be on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. The main event will be a WBO Europe light heavyweight title clash between defending champion Richard Baranyi (17-1-0, 12 KOs) from Hungary and Switzerland’s Alis Sijaric (12-1-0, 11 KOs). Both boxers are big hitters, so the spectators (the venue is already SOLD OUT since Tuesday) are expecting fireworks.

In the co-feature, cruiserweight Tamas Toth defends his domestic belt against old rival Gyula Bozai. They have previously twice fought to a draw.

On the undercard, WBO InterContinental cruiserweight titlist Imre Szellő (14-0, 8 KOs) meets Drazan Janjanin (14-9, 13 KOs), Plus unbeaten middleweight prospect Norbert Harcsa (7-0-0, 1 KO) + another five fights.

The event will be televised Live by M4 Sport (Hungarian National TV)

Felix Promotion’s next show will be on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. The main event will be a WBO Europe light …


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Freshmart defeats Ono to retain WBA minimumweight title

WBA minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (14-0, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #14 rated Shin Ono (19-8-3, 3 KOs) on Wednesday afternoon in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Freshmart, also known as Thammanoon Niyomtrong, won the WBA interim title in October 2014 and has reeled off five successful defenses, the last two fights have had the full WBA title on the line.

WBA minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (14-0, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA …


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Joseph Diaz Jr.: We know it’s going to be a tough fight

By Miguel Maravilla

South El Monte’s 2012 U.S. Olympian undefeated featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) will have a big challenge when he takes on Horatio “Violento” Garcia (30-1-1, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Diaz squares off against Garcia on Saturday at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. We caught up with Diaz as he talked about his upcoming fight with Garcia.

Jo Jo Diaz
Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“This upcoming fight against Horatio Garcia he is a tough Mexican warrior, a tough fighter. We know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com “We know he is going to come in and try to pull the upset. We will go put there with a good game plan.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla South El Monte’s 2012 U.S. Olympian undefeated featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) will have a …


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Quinlan-Eubank collide Feb 4 in London

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBO 168 pound champion Renold Quinlan will defend the title against Chris Eubank Jr at the Lee Valley VeloPark, Olympic Park, London, England on February 4. Quinlan is coming off a sensational second round knockout over former IBF, WBA 160 pound champion Daniel Geale.

Quinlan’s manager Matt Rose talked to Fightnews. “Quinlan has the power and skills to defeat the best super middleweights in the world,” said Rose. ” Quinlan’s KO over Daniel Geale shows he has world class power. Eubank Jr will be defeated inside the distance on February 4 in England.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBO 168 pound champion Renold Quinlan will defend the title against Chris Eubank …


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Lipinets Team: No immediate Indongo-Troyanovsky rematch

A week ago, unbeaten jr welterweight Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) of Namibia shocked then unbeaten and IBF world champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-1, 22 KOs) of Russia in just 40 seconds. It was a huge upset and there have been rumblings of an immediate rematch. However, that rematch may be put on hold according to Union Boxing Managements Alex Vaysfeld who manages unbeaten Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs). Lipinets this past Saturday won a final IBF eliminator vs Lenny Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) of Australia to become the mandatory challenger. Vaysfeld shed some light on the situation.

“I congratulate Indonogo on his upset victory. However, according to the rules as I know it he is to fight Lipinets next. Lipinets did his part and earned the right to be the immediate mandatory challenger this past Saturday. I have much respect for the IBF and how they enforce their rules as it is supposed to be. When Tyson Fury upset Wladimir Klitschko last year he had to face his mandatory IBF challenger immediately. He did not and he was stripped. I see this situation as no different,” said Vaysfeld.

A week ago, unbeaten jr welterweight Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) of Namibia shocked then unbeaten and IBF world champion …


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Top NZ Official resigns over Parker’s win

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

New Zealand boxing official Lance Revill has resigned from a WBO-affiliated organization in protest at the Joseph Parker’s WBO heavyweight title win over Andy Ruiz. Revill had publicly disagreed with the WBO judges who voted for Joseph Parkers majority points victory over Ruiz. Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan responded to Revill’s comments by saying among other things Revill was “an idiot.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing New Zealand boxing official Lance Revill has resigned from a WBO-affiliated organization in …


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WBC 54th convention day 2 report

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 54th WBC convention saw a slew of activity throughout the day. The “crown jewel” meeting of the day was the ratings committee. Always a potential tinder box, the ratings meeting as per usual, drew a who’s who of promoters, managers and fighter representatives to lobby for their respective charges.

The morning started out with WBC board elections. Mauricio Sulaiman was unanimously re-elected to a four year term as WBC president. VP Rex Walker commented, “No one is better qualified than Mauricio to lead the WBC.” The sitting vice presidents were also re-elected. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 54th WBC convention saw a slew of activity throughout …


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James DeGale: I am the number one super middleweight on the planet

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Sport

IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale hosted a media workout in his hometown of London Tuesday as he prepares to face WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack in a 168-pound world title unification showdown that headlines action on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on Showtime.

Here is what DeGale had to say on Tuesday:

“This is the best fighting the best and this fight will prove who’s the best in the division — and I believe I am the number one super middleweight on the planet. (more…)

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Sport IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale hosted a media workout in his hometown of London …


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Erislandy Lara to take on Yuri Foreman on January 13th

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) in a world title showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike on Friday, January 13 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.

Televised coverage begins at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT with former super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) battling Hungary’s Norbert Nemesapati (24-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout. (more…)

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


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Lenny Daws postpones European title challenge due to back injury

Lenny Daws has been forced to postpone his European Super-Lightweight title challenge due to a back injury.

The Morden puncher was scheduled to take on Sweden’s Anthony Yigit this Saturday at the Westcroft Leisure Centre, but was ruled out by a medical specialist last night.

Daws’s chiropractor has recommended that he needs 2 weeks of total rest and treatment before he can resume training again. (more…)

Lenny Daws has been forced to postpone his European Super-Lightweight title challenge due to a back injury. The Morden puncher …


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Parker-Wilder unification in 2017?

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could wind up with a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder if the WBO gives its approval. The WBO had ordered that the winner of Parker versus Andy Ruiz must make a mandatory defense against David Haye within 120 days, but the former WBA heavyweight champion has signed to challenge Tony Bellew on March 4 in England. It is thought the WBO could now order Parker to defend against Hughie Fury.

“If we are required to fight Hughie Fury, then that simplifies things a bit,” Duco Events’ director David Higgins told Sky Sports. “We are clarifying that at the moment. If the opponent is required to be Hughie Fury then we’ll assess the pros and cons of holding it in England versus holding it in New Zealand. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could wind up with a unification bout with …


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Fragomeni opponent named

The opponent of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni has been chosen. 36-year-old Hungarian Tamas Polster will fight Fragomeni in a six round main event on a card billed as “The Night of Kick and Punch 6” promoted by Angelo Valente on January 14 at Teatro della Luna in Assago, close to Milan. Polster, whose nickname is “Psycho”, has a record of 21-9-1 with 12 KOs.

Fragomeni spent several months on the set of the TV show “L’Isola dei Famosi”, which is the Italian edition of “Celebrity Survivor”. Fragomeni won the show and that increased greatly his popularity in Italy. He could hang up the gloves, but at 47 years old he still wants to fight. Between 2001 and 2015, Giacobbe Fragomeni built a record of 33-5-2 with 13 KOs. He was WBC world champion from October 24, 2008 to November 21, 2009.

The opponent of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni has been chosen. 36-year-old Hungarian Tamas Polster will fight Fragomeni in …


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Hopkins looking to prove that the rules don’t apply

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

On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, will enter the ring for the final time – at least that’s the official sales pitch for the fight. At 51 years old, and just one month shy of his 52nd birthday, Hopkins takes on Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, a Long Islander 25 years younger than the North Philly legend, in an HBO-televised scheduled 12-rounder at the famous Inglewood Forum.

The bout is being pitched as a farewell fight for the former undisputed middleweight and multiple light heavyweight champion, but the future Hall of Famer not only considers the bout a way to leave with a victory and give further evidence that he can still hang with the young guns of his weight class. In addition to all of this, Hopkins also sees his fight with Smith as a chance to prove to himself and to the entire boxing world that the conventional rules of the sport do not apply to Bernard Hopkins.

“I know that everybody has been reminded of age somewhere down the line in their life – good or bad,” Hopkins said. “And I like to recognize that it exists, but the rules don’t apply to everyone. That’s key. If one headline today will be written somewhere (it should be) RULES DON’T APPLY TO EVERYONE.” (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 …


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Usyk-Mchunu officials named

Veteran referee Lou Moret will be the third man in the ring when WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) makes the first defense of the world title against South African, Thabiso Mchunu (17-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Forum in Las Angeles. Judges are Jonathan S. Davis, Levi Martinez and Kermit Bayless. WBO supervisor is Genaro ‘Gino’ Rodriguez.

Veteran referee Lou Moret will be the third man in the ring when WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 …


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Peralta upset, Cintron, Rossy crush foes

In August, unheralded welterweight David Peralta (26-3-1, ) scored a possible career-making upset over former world champion Robert Guerrero. The momentum from that win stopped Saturday night, however, when Peralta, now rated #15 by the WBC, lost a ten round split decision against Berlin Abreu (14-1, 11 KOs) at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Abreu won by scores of 97-93 and 96-94, while Peralta took a card 97-93.

In the co-feature, former two-time welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (39-5-2, 30 KOs) was sharp in taking out Rosemberg Gomez (19-6-1 15 KOs) after the 3rd round of their scheduled 8-round welterweight bout. Cintron scored a knockdown in the third and after the round, Gomez and his corner pulled the plug on the contest.

Heavyweight Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) took out 362-pounder Richard Carmack (15-10-1, 12 KOs) in the second round. Rossy landed a combination in the 2nd round that was finished up by a right to the corner that sent Carmack to the canvas. Carmack did not beat the count at 1:48. (more…)

In August, unheralded welterweight David Peralta (26-3-1, ) scored a possible career-making upset over former world champion Robert Guerrero. The …


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Boxing returns to Detroit January 22

Promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions features a potentially explosive war in their next show. In a special Sunday edition of their popular “Detroit Brawl” series on January 22, Motown fan favorite and world-class spoiler Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) will return to action to face undefeated Toledo, Ohio, hotshot Wesley “Casanova” Tucker (13-0, 8 KOs) in the eight-round main event. The welterweight clash takes place at Masonic Temple in Detroit.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions features a potentially explosive war in their next show. In a special Sunday edition …


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WBC 54th Annual Awards Banquet

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The awards banquet at the 54th annual WBC convention capped off an eventful opening day. Loads of surprise appearances by champs who weren’t initially announced to be in attendance only served to liven things up for the packed Grand Ball Room banquet hall of nearly 800 guests.

One of the early awards was also a well deserved recognition to Fightnews.com’s own Karl Freitag- publisher and editor-in-chief. In the words of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Freitag changed the landscape of boxing media for good over seventeen years ago with the creation of the website, which has become the go-to source for industry insiders and fans alike. The prestigious green and gold belt was presented by Gennady Golovkin and strapped around Freitag’s svelte waist, then slung over his shoulder for a better fit! A beaming Freitag said to GGG, “You had to work harder for yours than I did!”

Another surprise guest and award recipient was The “Money Man,” Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather was on hand to pick up, not one, two, but three Guinness World Record recognitions. They were: Highest career PPV sales for a boxer ($1,311,000,000), most expensive championship belt was the $1,000,000 WBC Emerald belt awarded after his won over Manny Pacquiao and…most bouts undefeated by a world boxing champion- 49, achieved between 11 October 1996 and 12 September 2015. (more…)

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WBC 54th convention Opening Ceremony

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The 54th annual WBC convention officially kicked off this morning in the Grand Ballroom of the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Easily 1500 delegates, champions and fans filled the seats to take in the spectacle that has become the WBC opening ceremony. Complete with a youth marching band, children’s choir, video presentations, speeches from an array of champs, local politicians and of course, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman himself.

The emcee duties were shared by two division champion Paulie Malignaggi, ESPN sports commentator Claudia Trejos and WBC legal counsel Alberto Leon.

As per custom, local politicians from the surrounding area were introduced. President Sulaiman was presented with both the key to the county as well as a welcoming proclamation from Hollywood mayor Josh Levy. (more…)

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