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Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round KO ...

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Rios destroys Alvarado in three

Rios destroys Alvarado in three

By Bill Green at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank In the rubber match of their trilogy, former world champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, ...

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Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Having welcomed a golden era of boxing to hold nine world champions, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) ...

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Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

By Bill Green at the scale Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Mike Alvarado 146.5 vs. Brandon Rios 146.75 Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov 170 Aik Shakhnazaryan ...

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Results from New York City

Results from New York City

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Marilyn Paulino Featherweight Floriano Pagliara (16-7-2, 6 KO’s) easily defeated journeyman Antwan Robertson Thursday night at Webster Hall ...

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Miyao keeps WBA female 102lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBA female light-minimumweight (102-pound) champ, Ayaka Miyao (19-5-1, 4 KOs), 102, successfully decked her homecoming and kept her belt for the fifth time when she made good use of her fast footwork and quick combinations and finally finished a game challenger Satomi Nishimura (7-2, 1 KO), 101.75, at 1:58 of the tenth and final session on Saturday in Chikuma city, Japan. The champ’s KO victory with only two seconds remaining (in the ten two-minutes rounder) was reminiscent of the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldric Taylor affair in 1990.

The taller Nishimura, a Japanese version of a Christy Martin with her husband as manager/trainer, dominated the opening session with good countering left hooks to the still nervous champ who was eager to show a good performance before her hometown crowd. Miyao, a cute-looking footworker, shifted the gear to the second level from the second round on, and swept almost all rounds thereafter, piling up points with her fine display of speed and power. Nishimura, a good left hooker, occasionally caught the elusive champ with left hooks, but Miyao was eventually a victor in every session from the second session.

The final stanza witnessed the determined champ go for a kill and connected with a solid right-left combo, dropping the challenger with a thud. The referee Biney Martin then mercilessly counted her out in the very closing seconds of the hard-fought contest. It was a hard-fought bout though Miyao had been apparently winning on points: Asao and Yoshida both 88-84 and Sugiyama 88-83, all in favor of the defending titlist.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Supervisor: Yangsup Shim (Korea).



October 26th, 2014



Boxing News

7th annual Briscoe Awards

By John DiSanto
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.

The best of the Philadelphia boxing scene was honored at the 7th annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 19th, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar in South Philly. The awards were created by the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com, and are presented every year in the name of Philadelphia middleweight legend Bennie Briscoe. The awards given away, the Briscoe Statuette and the Briscoe Medal, are casted in Briscoe’s likeness.
For the third consecutive year, junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia was named the “Philly Fighter of the Year” (2013, 2012 & 2011). Garcia also won a Briscoe Medal for the “2013 Performance of the Year” for his 12-round victory over Lucas Matthysse. Garcia did not attend the event.

Gathered with the award winners and their families at this free public event were stars of the current local boxing scene, numerous retired ring celebrities, other boxing people, and boxing fans. (more…)



October 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez to defend IBF title against Afolabi

Boxing fans can look forward to a doubleheader of world championship action on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. In addition to Juergen Braehmer’s scheduled WBA World Light Heavyweight title defence against Pawel Glazewski, Cuban cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) will co-headline with a mandatory defense of his IBF World title against Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs). The card will be Team Sauerland’s last with their current ARD television deal. “Team Sauerland stands for first-class boxing entertainment,” said Frederick Ness, Managing Director of Sauerland Event. “This is something we wanted to emphasise by bringing fans two world championship fights on December 6.”



October 26th, 2014

UFC

UFC 179 Main: Brazil’s Lone King Aldo Still Reigns Supreme

Brazil sleeps well tonight. In the main event of UFC 179 at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Jose Aldo remained the UFC featherweight champion and the only Brazilian to currently hold a title in the organization, but he got pushed to the limit to get there, as he gutted out a five-round unanimous decision over number one contender Chad Mendes . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Davis keeps Brazil winning streak intact

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Jose Ramirez, Andy Ruiz annihilate opponents

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

2012 US Olympian welterweight Jose Ramirez (12-0, 9 KOs) impressed again, destroying David Rodela (17-10-4, 7 KOs) in the first round on Saturday before a sellout crowd at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. A right hook put Rodela down for the count after just 50 seconds. With the win, Ramirez claimed the vacant “junior” NABF welterweight title, his first title as a professional. The bout topped a card billed as “Fight for Water 3″ to bring attention to the ongoing battle against water shortages in California’s Central Valley.

Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) made quick work Kenny Lemos (12-9, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. After dropping Lemos with a body shot, a barrage of Ruiz right hands finished Lemos in the first round. Time was 2:18. It was the hard-punching 278lb Ruiz’ ninth straight KO win.

More results plus photos…



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Scott Raven

Lightweight Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9 KOs) stopped former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24 KOs) with a single left hook in round two at the Hull Arena in Hull, England. Katsidis went down in a heap and was very unsteady when he regained his feet prompting a referee’s stoppage. It’s been a bad year for Australians fighting abroad.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell (12-0-2, 4 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over three-time world title challenger Vusi Malinga (21-6-1, 12 KOs). McDonnell dropped Malinga in round eight and went on to win by scores of 116-111, 115-112, 116-111. McDonnell wins the WBO International 122lb belt.

2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage over Daniel Brizuela (26-4-2, 8 KOs) in a lightweight clash. Campbell dropped Brizuela in round five and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. photos



October 25th, 2014

UFC

UFC 179 Prelims: Magny Gets Record-Tying Win

Denver welterweight Neil Magny kept his remarkable 2014 campaign going in UFC 179 prelim action at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, halting William Patolino in the third round for his fifth victory of the year, tying Roger Huerta’s modern-era record for the most UFC wins in a single calendar year . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Carman wins wild one

By Dave Spencer

In a wild firestorm brawl that featured seven knockdowns in seven rounds, Dillon Carman captured the Canadian heavyweight championship landing the final salvo over Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-5 7KO) at 2:46 of 7th round at the Mattamy Centre in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto Ontario.

Carman (7-2 6KO) got off the canvas twice to deliver victory with referee Mark Simmons waving the bout off with Martel planted on the canvas, his right leg awkwardly bent beneath him. “That’s what champions do, they get up,” Carman told those in attendance and a national television afterwards. (more…)



October 25th, 2014

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Golota, Nicholson box exhibition

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Polish heavyweight legend Andrew Golota, 46, and Danell Nicholson, also 46, went four brisk rounds in an exhibition bout on Saturday at the Hala Sportowa in Czestochowa, Poland. The fighters previously met for real in Atlantic City in 1996 with Golota winning by TKO8. Golota was coming off a loss to Przemyslaw Saleta in February 2013. Nicholson’s previous fight was in 2003 against Wladimir Klitschko.



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

IT’S ON! GGG Golovkin vs. Martin Murray

The deal has been signed – unbeaten WBA, IBO and WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) of Kazakhstan will fight top-rated Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) of the UK in Monte Carlo on February 21. Golden Gloves and K2 Promotions announced the bout minutes after Murray’s successful WBC Silver belt defense against Domenico Spada in Monaco on Saturday. Golovkin will go in search of his record 19th straight stoppage while Murray will be hoping it is third time lucky after two previous title bids were rebuffed by the judges.

“Murray is generally regarded as the best middleweight outside the world champions,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “As we all know, he’s a world champion without a belt. He won’t be intimidated for one second fighting ‘GGG’, unlike all of Golovkin’s challengers.”

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions agreed. “Arguably, Martin Murray will be the toughest opponent Gennady has ever faced. It’s a great way to follow up the Marco Antonio Rubio win: coming back to Europe and Monte Carlo against a top-rated middleweight contender. It fits in perfectly as Murray has shown he is world class and Gennady wants to continue to prove himself the most exciting fighter out there. Gennady is making big inroads in the US, but it’s also important for the fight to be in primetime in Europe where he has so many fans.” (more…)



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Murray beats Spada to set up Golovkin showdown

Caballero wins IBF bantamweight title; Budler retains WBA/IBO 105lb titles; Alvarez stops Liebenberg

Middleweight Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) set up an expected February showdown with WBA champion Gennedy Golovkin with a seventh round technical decision over Domenico Spada (39-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The bout was stopped abruptly at 1:19 of round seven due to a minor cut suffered earlier by Spada, who was furious about the plug being pulled. Scores were 67-66, 68-63, 69-67. Golovkin was at ringside scouting Murray.

In a clash for the vacant IBF bantamweight title, unbeaten Randy Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Stuey Hall (16-4-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monac. Caballero dropped Hall in round two, but the scrappy former champion battled back and the result was uncertain until the official announcement. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, 118-110.

WBA/IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler (27-1, 9 KOs) retained his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-6-1, 14 KOs)o. Zhong dropped Budler in round two, but Budler came back to floor Zhong in round three and take over the fight from there. Scores were 114-112, 118-108, 114-112. (more…)



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Butler outpoints late sub Garnica

Eubank victorious; Satchell wins Euro fly belt

Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (17-0, 8 KOs), now campaigning as a super flyweight, was unable to stop rugged late sub Ismael Garnica (13-5-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Butler had to go the full ten in a stay busy fight as he waits for original opponent and IBF 115lb world champion Zolani Tete to recover from injury. The referee’s score were 100-91. The Butler-Tete fight is expected in February or March.

Unbeaten flyweight Kevin Satchell (13-0, 2 KOs) won the European title with a twelve round majority decision over defending beltholder Valery Yanchy (23-4-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 114-114 and 117-112, 116-112 for the local favorite.

Unbeaten middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (13-0, 11 KOs) stayed busy with a second round TKO over journeyman Omar Siala (23-18-3, 10 KOs). Quick stoppage by the referee. Next up for Eubank is a November 29 showdown with British rival Billy Joe Saunders. (more…)



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Manchester, England

By James Slater at ringside

In the main event on Black Flash Promotion’s Homecoming show, popular local light middle Matty Ryan scored an exciting 5th round stoppage over tough and game southpaw Mick Mills. Ryan improved to 6-1 with the stoppage that came as the referee had finally seen enough after 2-mins and 35-seconds of the 5th. It was a fast paced fight from the start, if a onesided one. Ryan repeatedly pinned his man in a corner and unloaded with both hands, mostly to the head. Mills, busted up but unbowed, fought back as best he could but Ryan would not be denied. Ryan thrilled his fans tonight. Mills was having his fourth pro fight and he showed real heart.

Zelfa Barrett made his much anticipated pro debut against tough and durable 203-fight campaigner Kristian Laight and the lightweight talent did not disappoint. Boxing beautifully, going to the body a lot, Barrett showed fast hands and a fine left jab. Laight dropped his hands and clowned as he is want to do but Barrett remained focused and put his punches together in classy fashion. Scarcely hit throughout the four-rounder, Zelfa won a shutout. (more…)



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC confirms Stiverne-Wilder agreement

The WBC has confirmed an agreement during the free negotiation period between the camps of WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and WBC mandatory contender Deontay Wilder. Consequently, the purse bid process for this mandatory fight was cancelled. “I am extremely happy to know that there is a definitive agreement for this fight to take place as soon as possible. The heavyweight division is back and fans around the world are waiting with great expectation to see this highly anticipated WBC heavyweight championship of the world,” said Mauricio Sulaiman. Specific details will be announced.



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Bahoeli in spotlight at Maple Leaf Gardens

By Dave Spencer

Canadian heavyweight hopeful Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-4 7KO) is hoping that winning the Canadian Heavyweight Title Saturday in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens will be his international calling card to bigger and better fights around the world.

The Quebec City heavyweight will be the visitor for the vacant title as he battles hometown fighter Dillon Carman (6-2 5KO) in a battle that will be televised live across Canada on TSN. “I’m looking for European opportunities,” Bahoeli told Fightnews as he made his way to Toronto by train. “(Promoter) Les Woods has a lot of connections overseas. I know if I have a promoter behind me, things will become a lot easier for me.” (more…)



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from North Bergen, NJ

Juan Rodriguez 147 vs. Greg Jackson 148
Yusaf Mack 176 vs. Cory Cummings 175
Tyrell Wright 225 vs. Jon Bolden 221
Alex Serna 146 vs. Marlon Brown 148
Connie Viruet 153 vs. Bertha Aracil 150
Elvin Sanchez 194 vs. Brad Austin 186
Andrew Bentley 130.4 vs. Micah Branch 128

Venue: Schuetzen Park
Promoter: KEA Boxing



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Santillan still unbeaten

Undefeated junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (15-0, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Luis Solis (14-5-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The 22-year-old Santillan, making the first defense of his NABF “junior” championship, won by scores of 79-73, 77-75, 78-74.



October 25th, 2014

UFC

UFC 179 Study Guide

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is one of the more dominant title holders in UFC history. Aldo has won 17 straight fights dating back to 2006, with notable wins over Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar. With 15 career wins by knockout and one by submission, Aldo is considered one of MMA’s best pound-for-pound fighters. He’ll look to keep his streak and tact – and his belt – when he faces Team Alpha Male rival Chad Mendes at UFC 179 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Brähmer opponent named: Pawel Glazewski

WBA light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brähmer has an opponent for his December 6th date at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. Brähmer (44-2, 32 KOs) will defend against Pawel Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs) of Bialystok, Poland. Glazewski is not currently rated by the WBA. His main claim to fame is a split decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. in June 2012.

“Recently, I have faced opposition who have either been well-conditioned or big punchers,” said Braehmer. “Glazewski possesses both these attributes. Although he does a lot well, I do it all better. I’m superior to him in every aspect of the fight game. I will prove this come December 6!”

The announcement will be a blow to Enzo Maccarinelli, who was hoping to land a rematch with the German champion.



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Perez retains WBA interim lightweight belt

WBA interim lightweight champion Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his title with a sixth round KO over fellow Colombian Jaider Parra (23-2-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. The bout headlined the WBA KO Drugs XXX Festival.



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Rodriguez defeats Rodriguez

Another super flyweight battle headlined the final Telemundo boxing show of 2014 as Mexican Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez (10-2, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated prospect Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez (7-1, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. “El Meserito” pressed the action and won by scores of 97-93, 99-91, 99-91 as he claimed the vacant WBC FECARBOX super flyweight title.

In the co-feature, Puerto Rican welterweight Daniel Rosario (9-1, 8 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over Jose Alberto “El Flaco” Leal (9-6-1, 4 KOs) of Mexico. Rosario dropped Leal in round one and laid him out with a left hook in round three.

Unbeaten heavyweight Trevor Bryan (12-0, 9 KOs) outpointed 43-year-old Elicier Castillo (32-8-2, 18 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 58-56, 59-55, 58-56.



October 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight for Water 3 Weights

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jose Ramirez 140.8 vs. David Rodela 141.4
Andy Ruiz 272.6 vs. Kenny Lemos 266.2
Michael Finney 151.6 vs. Wilkins Santiago 149.8
Danny Valdivia 151.8 vs. Saul Benitez 155.4
Luis Ambrosio 125.6 vs. Marcelo Gallardo 125.8
Joey Lopez 162.6 vs. Cole Milani 160.4
Eric Altimirano 135.8 vs. Matthew Flores 136.2
Quilisto Madera 159.2 vs. Jesus Lopez 158.4

Venue: Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Walter Tello 105 vs Edwin Díaz 105
Bryan De Gracia 124 vs Daniel Moreno 123
Azael Villar 107 en dos intentos vs José Sánchez 106
Hernán Cortés 122 vs Everardo Castillo 122
Addir Sánchez 135 vs Manuel Largacha 135
Arístides Quintero 147 vs Marcos Martínez 147
Marciano Núñez 120 vs Iván Trejos 120
Jaime Arboleda 130 vs Cristian Castillo 130

Venue: Gimnasio La Basita en David vsChiriqui
Promoter: Promociones del Istmo
TV: Televisa

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October 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC 179 at the scales

UFC 179, which is headlined by the UFC featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes and the light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
Chad Mendes (145) VS Jose Aldo (145)

PAY-PER-VIEW MAIN CARD
Phil Davis (205) VS Glover Teixeira (205)
Hans Stringer (206) VS Fabio Maldonado (205)
Lucas Martins (146) VS Darren Elkins (145)
Beneil Dariush (156) VS Diego Ferreira (156)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Neil Magny (171) VS William ‘Patolino’ Macario (170)
Naoyuki Kotani (155) VS Yan Cabral (156)
Wilson Reis (125) VS Scott Jorgensen (128*)
Andre Fili (146) VS Felipe Arantes (146)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Christos Giagos (156) VS Gilbert Burns (155)
Tony Martin (157*) VS Fabricio Camoes (158*)

*Jorgensen, Martin, and Camoes all missed weight. Their fights will proceed as scheduled.
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar to officially announce Dec 6 card

Oscar De La Hoya will host a press conference next week to announce the fight card headlined by NABF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux taking on middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado on Saturday, December 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Also in attendance at the press conference and fighting on Dec. 6 are New York City prospects Eddie “E Boy” Gomez and Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa.



October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

“Fights at the Fitz” returns this Saturday

Buster Douglas at ringside to Meet & Greet fans!

Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions and the fan favorite series “Fights at the Fitz” returns this Saturday to Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, Mississippi with a main event featuring undefeated middleweight Tyler Howard (4-0, 2 KOs) battling Steve Victor (5-2).

This show marks the 10th Anniversary of the “Fights at the Fitz” events, making this series the longest running casino boxing series in the sports history. Former undisputed heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas – the first man to defeat Mike Tyson – will be ringside to celebrate. Douglas, a 42-1 underdog, knocked out Tyson in the tenth round on February 11, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan to capture the WBC, WBA and IBF titles. (more…)



October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Former European champ Pat Barrett to promote first boxing show

By James Slater

Tomorrow night in Middletown, Manchester, U.K, former European light-welterweight champion Pat “Black Flash” Barrett promotes his first card. The card, dubbed “The Homecoming,” will see six fighters in action – Matty Ryan, Justin Newell, Zahid Hussain, Reece Cartwright, Curtis Gargano and Barrett’s nephew, Zelfa Barrett.

It is the pro debut of “The Brown Flash” that is perhaps the most interesting fight. A gifted boxer who feels he can go all the way, super-featherweight Barrett, who is trained by Pat at The Moston and Collhurst Boxing Gym on the outskirts of Manchester, says he “can’t wait” for his pro debut. (more…)



October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Mthalane to make first defense of IBO flyweight belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane makes the first defence of his IBO flyweight belt when he faces Odilon Zaleta of Mexico at the Durban International Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon. The 32-year-old Mthalane possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter in South Africa is a former IBF flyweight champion and made four successful defences of the belt before relinquishing it in January this year.

Mthalane who has an outstanding record of 30-2, 20 KOs, won the vacant IBO belt on March 15 this year with a 12 round points victory over Jether Oliva. The only losses on his record were against Nkqubela Gwazela in Septembr 2004 and Nonito Donaire in November 2008. (more…)



October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

Photo: Ping Nepo

Eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao put on an awesome display at his media workout on Friday. Members of the press from all over the Philippines crammed into his General Santos City gym to watch him work out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Pacquiao, in his second reign as World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, has been in intense training for his title defense against New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri.

“Weight has never been an issue for Manny. But to have him make weight four weeks in advance of a fight is incredible – even for him,” exclaimed Roach as Manny showed off his washboard abs to everyone with a camera. “He is so motivated for his fight with Algieri. The way Manny is training he could fight for his own AND Algieri’s title on November 22! (more…)



October 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Povetkin KOs Takam in 10; Chakhkiev crushes Fragomeni; Charr stops Grant

Former WBA heavyweight champion and WBC #3 rated Alexander Povetkin (28-1, 20 KOs) scored a sensational tenth round KO over #5 rated Carlos Takam (30-2-1, 23 KOs) in an important heavyweight clash on Friday night at the Luzhniki Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia. In was a very close and grueling fight, Takam got off to an early lead, but Povetkin upped his pressure and wore down Takam, dropping him at the end of round nine. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist then ended it in round ten with a massive left hook that left Takam flat on his back. With the win, Povetkin won the WBC silver belt.

2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (20-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO over 45-year-old Giacobbe Fragomeni (32-5-2, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant European cruiserweight title. Chakhkiev dropped Fragomeni in rounds three and four. Frogmen stayed down after his second trip to the canvas.

In a clash of former heavyweight title challengers, WBC #15 rated Manuel Charr (27-2, 16 KOs), rebounding from his loss to Alexander Povetkin, punished an awkward looking 42-year-old Michael Grant (48-6, 36 KOs) for five rounds. Grant quit after round five.

Unbeaten lightweight Eduard “Troya” Troyanovsky (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over former world champion Jose Alfaro (27-9-1, 23 KOs) in a bout for the WBA International belt. Troyanovsky dropped Alfaro in round three and laid him out with a right hand in round five.

In a hard fought clash between unbeaten middleweights, Arif Magomedov (13-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Michael Zerafa (15-1, 7 KOs) over ten rounds. It was a two-fer for Magomedov, who claimed both the vacant WBO Youth and WBO Asia Pacific middleweight titles.



October 24th, 2014




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