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By Miguel Maravilla
The two best super lightweights in the world met Saturday night in a unification clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with undefeated WBO champion Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska, picking up the WBC title held by Ukraine’s Viktor Postol.
“I hope everyone enjoyed the fight. What can I say? I feel great,” said Crawford at the post fight press conference. “I wanted him to throw the right, that’s why I fought him in the southpaw stance so I can counter him….Floyd is one of the guys I looked up to as a fighter. I just boxed today and I just wanted to have fun. I could have pressed the gas but why? I had him frustrated.”
Crawford’s trainer Brian “Bo” McIntyre added, “They said we were in over our heads….right!”
As for his plans, Crawford stated, “Who is on my radar? I don’t have a radar…I don’t go after them, they come after me…I am just going to enjoy my win and relax.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
In a much anticipated world title unification clash, undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) in a twelve round world title unification clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After three tactical rounds, Crawford fighting from the southpaw stance, started to connect in round four. Crawford dropped Postol twice in round five. Postol had major trouble with Crawford’s movement as Crawford racked up round after round. Crawford rocked Postol again in round nine. Postol was deducted a point in round eleven for hitting behind the head. Postol went all out in round twelve, but Crawford went toe to toe with him and had Postol backing up. Scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #1 rated featherweight contender and two-time Olympian Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO featherweight world title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Valdez unleashed a brutal attack that staggered Rueda in round one. Valdez continued to punish Rueda in round two and dropped him twice with body shots. Time was 2:18. Sensational performance by Valdez.
Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten welterweight Fabian “TNT” Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs), brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana who was watching ringside, scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Machito” Maysonet (13-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana was bleeding heavily from the nose after round one, but proceeded to punish and break down Maysonet after that. Maysonet’s corner stopped it after round six.
In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweight Alan Castano (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed brawler Aaron Garcia (15-6-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 78-74 across the board.
Unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa (9-0, 6 KOs), 19-year-old brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, scored a third round KO over Adalberto Zorrilla (6-2, 6 KOs). Zorrilla was deducted a point for a low blow in round two. Figueroa then dropped Zorrilla twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:44.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBA #2 rated welterweight and former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) defeated Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Benavidez caught Santana with some hard shots in rounds one and two, but Santana made it a tough, gritty fight after that. Benavidez prevailed by scores of 100-90, 96-94, 98-92.
WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated light heavyweight and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) had a scare, but stopped two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6-1, 15 KOs) in round six of a clash for the NABF championship. Karpency dropped Gvozdyk and had him hurt in round one, but Gvozdyk recovered and turned the tables, methodically busting up Karpency. The end came in round six when Gvozdyk sent Karpency to a knee for the count. Time was 2:21. (more…)
By Bradley Snyder/The Undercard at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
As a boxing community, we often forget the risks that a boxer puts on the line for our entertainment. Victor Green’s Pulse Boxing had their first event, Friday Night Fights at St. Clement Hall in Toledo, Ohio where we were all reminded of the risks.
The second to last fight of the evening was Roy Barringer (Toledo, OH) vs. Tommy Bagnasco (Walled Lake, MI). Roy was quickly able to use speed and body work to set up Bagnasco on the ropes. Barringer then threw two punches to the body, freezing Tommy against the ropes. Roy connected with a right to the head of Bagnasco. Immediately, Bagnasco crumbled to the ground as Referee Gary Wolfe and his corner attended to him. Bagnasco became unresponsive as he was lying flat on the canvas. Tommy Bagnasco was in serious trouble as they found him unresponsive and not breathing. Thankfully, in the following moments, CPR was beginning to be performed. The Main Event of the evening featured DeAndre Ware who is a First Response firefighter. Supportng Ware for his fight were his friends from the fire department. The first responders in the audience began steps to save Bagnasco’s life. “Their ability to be there saved Bagnasco’s life,” Coach Todd Allee said. Tommy Bagnasco at the time of writing, remains in ICU at Toledo Hospital. Allee said, “He is still on a ventilator and is in the best care.” Roy Barringer improved to 2-0 with the 1:56 KO of Tommy Bagnasco (0-2). (more…)
Fast rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim scored his twelfth win in as many pro fights Saturday night in Berlin, Germany, when the 24-year-old supermiddleweight contender stopped previously unbeaten WBC Youth World Champion Timur Nikharkoev in the fifth round.
Nikharkoev started strong and was very active in the first minutes but got caught by a well timed left hook close to the end of the first round which sent him to the canvas. The young Belgian beat the count, recovered from the flash knockdown, fought back and landed some solid combinations throughout the fight but ultimately couldn’t handle Yildirim’s power and pressure. Yildirim kept on stalking his opponent through the ring landing body shots and hooks to the head in an entertaining fight with back-and-forth action. In round five the Turk connected with a hard unanswered combination which ultimately resulted in referee Juergen Langos stopping the fight.
“This was another good test for Avni and another important step for him on his way to a world title shot”, said promoter Ahmet Oner. “Timur is a strong kid and gave his all but it just wasn’t enough.”
On the undercard, former German amateur standout Nina Meinke beat Szofia Bedo from Hungary and Milena Koleva had no problems with Georgia’s Lela Terashvili.
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WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) vs. WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) in a twelve round world title unification clash.
WBO #1 rated featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) vs. #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
WBA #2 rated, former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) vs. Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), welterweight, ten rounds.
WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-5-1, 15 KOs), light heavyweight, ten rounds.
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IBF #3, WBO #3, WBC #4, WBA #9 rated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs) vs. George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 KOs), middleweight, ten rounds.
IBF #7, WBO #15 jr welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. IBF #10 IK Yang (18-1, 13 KOs), bout changed to welterweight at Yang’s request, ten rounds
Edward Williams (11-1-1, 3 KOs) vs. Christon Edwards (6-1, 3 KOs), welterweight, six rounds.
Stanyilav Skorokhod (10-1, 8 KOs) vs. Hakim Bryant (6-0, 4 KOs), middleweight, six rounds.
Steve Nelson (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tim Meek (5-2-1, 3 KOs), light heavyweight, four rounds.
Undefeated #1 light heavyweight contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will now face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs) in Friday’s Spike TV co-feature. Berridge steps in to replace Chad Dawson, who pulled out with an injury. WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) defends against Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in the main event at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. The Alvarez-Berridge clash is scheduled for 10 rounds at a 180-pound catch-weight.
Names of the officials for the Stevenson vs. Williams main event fight have also been disclosed. The referee will be Michael Griffin (Quebec), the three ringside judges Richard DeCarufel (Quebec), Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy) and Juergen Langos (Germany), plus supervisor Bob Logist (Belgium).
Perez and Petrov have until Monday to inform the WBA of their willingness to comply.
The WBA has ordered the respective representatives of lightweights Michael Perez and Petr Petrov to begin negotiations for a 12-rounder to determine the division’s mandatory challenger. The parties have until Monday, August 1, to inform the sanctioning body of their willingness to comply. The WBA ranks Perez and Petrov, respectively, third and fourth. Anthony Crolla is the WBA World lightweight champ, scheduled to defend against Jorge Linares on September 24.
Twenty-six-year-old Perez, who fights out of Newark, is an eight-year pro (24-1-2, 11 KOs) who won the vacant WBA Fedelatin super lightweight title by beating Miguel Zuniga via unanimous decision in September 2013, a title he successfully defended twice. “The Artist” won the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title last July by knocking out Luis Sanchez in the sixth. He most recently fought this March, gaining a win over Martin Honorio by sixth-round technical decision. His sole loss came in January 2012, retired in the sixth by Omar Figueroa Jr. in his quest for the vacant WBO youth Intercontinental lightweight title. He drew against Andres Reyes in March 2009 and Lonnie Smith in March 2013.
Petrov, 33, a 16-year ring vet who fights out of Spain by way of Russia (37-4-2, 18 KOs), won the vacant WBA-NABA and interim WBO NABO lightweight titles by stopping Fernando Carcamo via eighth-round TKO in May 2014. “Zar” won the vacant NABF lightweight title in his most recent fight, this May, by retiring Marvin Quintero in the sixth. He hasn’t lost since April 2013, when he failed to wrest the WBC International lightweight title from undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin, who won by unanimous decision.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, (21-1, 9 KOs), made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, (10-8, 3 KOs), in a scheduled 6-round junior middleweight bout at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City Friday night. At the opening bell, LaManna jumped right on his opponent, clearly looking to end matters as quickly as possible. With a proposed September bout against Dusty Hernandez Harrison dependent upon a victory on this night, LaManna left nothing to chance against Valenzuela.
LaManna began by jabbing but before long, started to toss optimistic power shots at his opponent. Ninety seconds into the bout, LaManna scored a volley that sent Valenzuela into his own corner. The Mexican covered up, but LaManna peppered him with his entire arsenal.
LaManna relentlessly fired to the head, scoring several hard blows. However it was when Cornflake landed a single shot to Engelberto’s body that the Mexican suddenly folded in the middle and sunk to the canvas, his back resting heavily against the blue corner pad. Referee Harvey Dock swooped right in and halted the fight after just 2:17. (more…)
Last Thursday July 21, former WBC Silver super lightweight champion Luca Giacon knocked out Gergo Vari in four rounds at Principe Theater in Milan, Italy, in his comeback fight after 16 months of inactivity. Giacon’s last fight was on March 21, 2015 at the same location. After that, Giacon had to deal with a detached retina, but now he is back in full force. After becoming WBC Silver champion Giacon also became #1 in WBC rankings. His record now moves to 28-1-1, 24 KOs.
In other action, Miami Beach-based super middleweight Daniele Scardina made his Italian debut demolishing in three assaults Christian Bozzoni. Born and raised in Rozzano (close to Milan), Scardina wanted badly to fight in Italy, after four fights in Dominican Republic and the fifth in Philadelphia. “I train at the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach,” Scardina said, “and they got me the fights in the Dominican Republic. Then I got a chance in the U.S. and I grabbed it, but I also wanted to please my fans in Italy. They saw me fight as an amateur, becoming Lombardia region champion, wearing the national team jersey. I knew they would support me as a professional too. I want to follow Canelo Alvarez’s steps: he fights in the U.S. but keeps the flame alive with his Mexican fans.” Scardina’s record is now 6-0 with 6 knockouts. (more…)
Spanish super lightweight Ruben Nieto retained his European title at 140 lbs. in Leganes, Madrid, Spain, stopping previously unbeaten Nicolas Gonzalez after seven exciting rounds of boxing. Nieto (18-1, 9 KOs) was defending the belt he won in England vs British champ Lenny Daws, and he did so in convincing fashion versus an unbeaten challenger. Gonzalez (now 18-1, 13 KOs), like Nieto, hails from Madrid and their clash fulfilled all the promises of a firework festival, with the Spanish fans standing on their feet for most of the action. Nieto started cautiously, probably aware of Gonzalez’s power, but he was eventually able to floor his challenger in round three. Gonzalez did not give up, though, and retaliated flooring the defending champ three rounds later. In round seven, however, Nieto raised his game and forced a stoppage when British ref Michael Alexander saved a defenseless Gonzalez from further punishment.
Topping a nine-fight undercard, WBA #5 welterweight Kerman Lejarraga (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Francisco Cordero (33-7, 24 KOs) of Colombia in three rounds. Lejarraga, hailing from the Basque Country, impressed most of the ringsiders with his sheer power and his will to win. Also on the show, former light heavy contender Adasat Rodriguez (13-5-2, 9 KOs) made his debut at middleweight, stopping Sergio Arenas (5-0, 1 KO) in the opening round with a perfectly timed body shot. Finally, super middle Mariano Hilario (15-5, 6 KOs) cruised to an easy decision win over journeyman Romeo Paun (4-17-2) of Romania. Rimer Box promoted the gala, with 6,000 fans attending the non-televised event.
By Ognian Georgiev
The noise around the officiating in the last Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, poses a lot of questions. The best person to answer is AIBA president Ching-Kwo Wu. A former basketball player, who had worked as an architect, Wu was elected as a president of International Boxing Association (AIBA) on 6 November 2006. He replaced long time boss of the organization Anwar Chowdhry, who was regarded as one of the most controversial Olympic sports officials of all time. (more…)
Tonight’s WBC/WBO jr welterweight title unification on HBO-PPV between unbeaten world champions Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) seems like a close, competitive matchup. But oddsmakers aren’t seeing that way. Crawford is a heavy -600 favorite to beat Postol, who is +400.
The over/under for Crawford-Postol is 10.5 rounds. “Over” is -190, “under” is -165.
In the other world title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) is a whopping -2150 pick to defeat unbeaten #2 rated Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) +1300 for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
The over/under for Valez-Rueda is 7.5 rounds. “Over” is -105, “under” is -130.
It has been more than a month since WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) petitioned the WBA to either declare a purse bid for a title fight between him and WBA “super” cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, or strip Lebedev of his title. This past April, the WBA had issued a resolution that the winner of the Lebedev vs. Victor Emelio Ramirez WBA/IBF unification fight in May must fight Shumenov within 120 days of the Shumenov’s May 21 knockout victory over Junior Wright. However, now Lebedev’s promoter Andrei Ryabinsky reportedly has a deal in place for Ledebev to defend his IBF title first.
The Shumenov camp maintains that Lebedev is holding his version of the WBA title “hostage” and they’re unable to book any fights for Beibut until the WBA rules. “I was looking forward to fighting Lebedev and I don’t understand his unwillingness and refusal to step in the ring with me,” stated Shumenov.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped Sosefo Faleaono (3-2, 9 KOs) of New Zealand in round six in the main event at the Mediterranean House at Five Dock, NSW, Australia on Friday night. The 6’4 Opetaia controlled the contest from the opening bell as he connected with accurate long range combinations from the southpaw stance. Faleaono, 5’9, was aggressive continually and scored with left hooks and right hands when at close range. In round six Opetaia connected with a barrage of head shots that dropped Faleaono and referee Anthony Shipley called it off at 1:11. Three-time world champion and Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech guides the career of the 21-year-old southpaw Opetaia, who is a former world amateur champion. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Undefeated WBA #5 super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Roman Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It was a good action fight with the wild swinging Reynoso giving Lopez all he could handle. Lopez staggered Reynoso in the tenth and final round, but Reynoso spit out his mouthpiece to get some time to recover. Scores were 96-94 Lopez, 97-93 Reynoso and 95-95.
Super middleweight KO artist Jerry Odom (14-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a stunning one-punch knockout in the third round against Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs). A crushing right hand laid out Jackson at 1:57. Odom was a late sub. Jackson is the son of former world champion Julius “The Hawk” Jackson.
Lightweight Rolando Chinea (13-1-1, 6 KOs) won an eight round split decision decision over O’Shaquie Foster (10-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74 Chinea, 77=75 for Foster.
In a slugfest, super welterweight Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against previously unbeaten Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KOs). After being staggered in round one, Green came back to drop Gray twice in round two to end it. Time was 2:50. Green was also a late sub. (more…)
By John DiSanto at ringside
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-8, 3 KOs, in a scheduled 6-round junior middleweight bout. LaManna jumped right on his opponent at the opening bell. Then after trapping Valenzuela in his own corner, LaManna relentlessly fired an extended volley to his head. However it was when Cornflake landed a single shot to Engelberto’s body, that the Mexican folded to the canvas and referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight immediately. The time was 2:17 of the first round.
Light heavyweight Fanlong Meng, 8-0, 6 KOs, remained undefeated with an impressive beat down of veteran Daniel Judah, 24-11-3, 11 KOs, in their scheduled 8-rounder. The 2012 Olympian for China, won the first four rounds against Judah before going for the kill in round five. Meng backed Judah to the ropes and uncorked a hard left that sent the New Yorker reeling. The ropes clearly kept Judah from hitting the canvas. So referee Rickey Gonzalez called it a knockdown. He looked at Judah and began to count, but then called a sudden stop to the fight. The time was 2:08 of the fifth. Gonzalez called the result a KO (and not a TKO).
In the opening bout at Atlantic City’s Claridge Hotel, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist for China, Zhang Zhilei, 11-0, 7 KOs, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Californian Rodney Hernandez, 10-5-1, 2 KOs, in a heavyweight bout. Southpaw Zhilei drilled his opponent with power lefts all night and opened a nasty cut over Hernandez’s right eye. All three judges scored the fight for Zhilei, 59-55 and 60-53 twice.
You might as well have been in Belfast! Carl Frampton’s manager, International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, was greeted by over 100 expatriates at The Heritage bar on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, New York Thursday night. The former featherweight champ continued the hype for Carl “The Jackal” Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz, July 30, at Barclays Center on Showtime Championship Boxing. More than 100 were delighted to meet the former champ, including young Logan Murphy, and his dad Rickie Murphy; a gaggle of Gaelic football players from County Tyrone, and neighborhood good guy Brendan Burke as liaison with bartender Paul Friel who set up the appearance. McGuigan signed autographs, posed for pictures with the excited customers, and talked boxing from his championship reign to Frampton vying for the same title he held 30 years ago. The McLean Avenue section of Yonkers and nearby Woodlawn in The Bronx has a heavy Irish population. Frampton has trained for the fight in nearby New Rochelle, NY, at Champs Boxing Club. The Heritage has a bus planned for fight night, and judging from last night’s crowd may need more than one. The Heritage is also planning a viewing party for its customers not attending the live action.
WBC #5 ranked super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (11-0) takes on WBC Youth Champion Timur Nikarkhoev (10-0) in an intriguing eight-round bout tomorrow (Saturday, July 23rd) at “Iron Gym” in Berlin, Germany. Former WBC Silver International light heavyweight champion Yildirim moved down from 175 to 168 lbs. in May and has wins over veteran Glen Johnson and tough Argentinian Walter Sequeira on his record. Nikarkhoev won the WBC Youth super middleweight title last December by stopping Georgia’s Ramazi Gogichashvili and comes to Germany with an impressive KO ratio of 80 percent. It is the first time that the 23-year-old will fight outside of Belgium. “I am sure that this will be a hell of a fight,” said promoter Ahmet Oner. “Two young, hungry unbeaten guys who will do whatever it takes to continue their rise to the top.”
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Terence Crawford 140 vs. Viktor Postol 139.5
(WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification)
Oscar Valdez 126 vs. Matias Rueda 125
(WBO featherweight world title)
Jose Benavidez, Jr 146.5 vs. Francisco Santana 148
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175 vs. Tommy Karpency 174.5
Ryota Murata 161 vs. George Tahdooahnippah 161.5
Lenny Zappavigna 143 vs. IK Yang 143
Edward Williams 144.5 vs. Christon Edwards 144.5
Stanyilav Skorokhod 155 vs. Hakim Bryant 155
Steve Nelson 173 vs. Tim Meek 171
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Cartel Promotions
Azizbek Abdugofurov (Uzbekistan) 159.2 VS. Chalermpol Singwancha (Thailand) 159.5
(Vacant WBC Asia Middleweight championship)
Muhamad Farkhan (Malaysia) 198.5 VS. Elly Pangaribuan (Indonesia) 189.5
(Vacant WBC Asia Silver Cruiserweight championship)
Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (Uzbekistan) 146.2 VS. Adones Cabalquinto (Philippines) 144.5
(Vacant WBC Asia Silver Welterweight championship)
Jeson Umbal (Philippines) 122 VS. Mark Anthony Geraldo (Philippines) 122
(Vacant WBC Asia Continental Superbantamweight championship)
Ryan Ford (Canada) 175.2 VS. Muhammad Meeraj (Malaysia) 175.2 (6 rounds)
Rahmat Munadjab (Singapore) 133.5 VS. Edgar Ang (Singapore) 137.2 (4 rounds)
Venue: The Pavillion, Far East Square, Singapore
Promoter: Willip Ho and Alexander Shah of Cartel Promotions
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Yessica Chávez 111.5 vs Esmeralda Moreno 111.5
(WBC Flyweight world title)
José López 147 vs Diego Cruz 147
Víctor Terrazas 131 vs Cristian Arrazola 131
Joseph Aguirre 135 vs Ismael Urieta 133
Francisco Rodríguez 115 vs Mitchel García 113
Venue: Grand Oasis Cancún Hotel
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Pepe Gomez Cancún Boxing
TV: Televisa and CBS for United States
Delvin Rodriguez 153.25 vs. Shawn Cameron 153.5
Michael McLaughlin 147.5 vs. Shaka Moore 147.5
Joel De La Paz 175 vs. Naim Terbunja 175
Scott Burrell 137.75 vs. Chip Perez 137.75
Jose Rivera 163 vs. Saul Almeida 162.5
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
Tickets: $150, $95, $45 and $30
Acclaimed Showtime Sports prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight with a four-fight telecast. Since its inception in 2001, ShoBox has been dedicated to promoting competitive fights pitting promising boxers in the toughest fights of their career. 67 fighters who fought on the series have gone on to become world champions. Analyst Steve Farhood has worked all 219 ShoBox telecasts.
“This is certainly an accomplishment for the series, but we wouldn’t be here for 15 years without the fighters,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. “The credit should go to the young men who are willing to step up and take risks early in their career. As we’ve seen over the last 15 years, matching fighters tough at a young age escalates their career development, and we’re thrilled to provide the platform to introduce viewers to these talented fighters. I’d also like to thank the promoters, managers and trainers who are willing to test their fighters at an early stage. Working together with a diverse roster of promotional companies is vital for the advancement of the sport as we aim to find tomorrow’s stars today.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Max Boxing Promotions’ president, Mario Abraham Xacur, stated his charge interim WBO super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt is ready for the best in the 130-pound division after defending his title with a 4th round TKO over Thailand’s Chonlatarn Siriyapinyo last Saturday night in La Paz, Mexico. The scheduled twelve round championship bout was the main event of Mexico’s Azteca Channel and presented by Zanfer Promotions.
Abraham Xacur mentioned he is very satisfied with the win of the “Alacran”, scorpion in spanish as Berchelt is called, but more so with the way he won which puts him in the mist with the best of hte weight category.
“Berchelt is ready to face any of the super featherweight champions,” Abraham Xacur of Merida, Mexico, added. “Lomachenko, Vargas, Corrales or Pedraza.”
The president of Max Boxing believes with Berchelt becoming the first man to knock out the tough Piriyapinyo in more than sixty fights, it makes the defense of the title as valid as if it was the full-fledged title that Lomachenko holds and not just simply of the interim version. (more…)
On October 1, WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) will face former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two have some history. In 2011, Braehmer pulled out of a fight with Cleverly (the third straight fight Braehmer pulled out of on late notice) and was stripped of his WBO title, which was promptly given to Cleverly.
Interestingly, this announcement comes 24 hours after the WBA ordered Braehmer to fight “super” champion Sergey Kovalev, who also has other plans.
Brahmer will be making the seventh defense of his WBA belt. Cleverly is coming off a decision loss to Andrzej Fonfara last October.
By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
It’s all too rare in the sport of boxing to see the number one and number two fighters in a division face one another, especially while risking unbeaten records. But, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, we’ll witness exactly such a confrontation. WBO jr welterweight champion and Pride of Omaha Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) faces Freddie Roach-trained, WBC super lightweight champion Victor “The Iceman” Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) from Ukraine in a highly anticipated unification showdown on HBO PPV.
Fightnews.com® has been covering Terence “Bud” Crawford since his fifth professional fight and we sat down with him Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas before he left for his nightly conditioning workout. (more…)
The much awaited confrontation between two of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions of boxing, longest-reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO World Jr. Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Unified WBO/WBA Flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada is being delayed until next year.
According to ALA Promotions International President/CEO Michael Aldeguer, Zanfer (Estrada’s promoter) has informed them that they received a WBA Mandatory letter for Estrada to fight current WBA World Flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, forcing to push back the Nietes-Estrada super fight.
Aldeguer added that the negotiations for this fight would definitely be carried on the next months towards its realization.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt as he displayed superior power in dropping IBF#1 Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs), 121.75, four times and dominated the lopsided contest before the referee’s well-received halt at 2:16 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It’s a Guzman night since he took the initiative from the outset, floored Wake twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, decked him again in the third and floored the gory contestant in round five. Wake had the right cheek badly swollen and almost closed as the game progressed. Wake, a 5’9” southpaw, showed his retaliation in the seventh, but Guzman still maintained his pace in controlling the gory affair. Finally did the third man Wayne Hedgpeth (US) declare a halt to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti
Photos: Emily Harney
Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Sam Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) once in the 1st round and twice in the 2nd round en route to a TKO in an IBF middleweight title eliminator. The fight was televised on ESPN as part of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast, promoted by DiBella Entertainent.
Soliman got caught several times in the 1st round and tied up Derevyanchenko, but he couldn’t escaped the perfectly timed 1-2 punch when bouncing off the ropes and hit the canvas.
Derevyanchenko showed power on several punches throughout the fight, sending Soliman across the ring off balance and “slipping” on the canvas several times. In the second, Soliman hit the canvas once from a quick exchange in the corner and the other was from a vicious right-left combination that sent Soliman through the ropes. Soliman was waved off immediately as he laid on the canvas for several minutes after the bout was over.
In a thrillingly, dominating performance, Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) TKO’d Paul Mendez (19-3-2, 9 KOs) in the 9th round in a bout at middleweight. Mendez showed toughness by never hitting the canvas, but the round-by-round onslaught by the Ukrainian-native was too overwhelming for referee Joey Lupino to let it continue. (more…)
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All eight fighters participating in the milestone ShoBox: The New Generation 15-year anniversary telecast weighed-in on Thursday at Foxwoods Resort Casino ahead of tomorrow’s quadrupleheader, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Adam Lopez 121 vs. Roman Reynoso 121
Jerry Odom 168 vs. Julius Jackson 168
O’Shaquie Foster 134 vs. Rolando Chinea 134
Khiary Gray 155 vs. Ian Green 157
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Fighters featured on Saturday’s Crawford-Postol HBO-PPV undercard has their moment in the Fight Week spotlight at the undercard press conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.
In the co-feature, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) battles undefeated #2 rated Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
Oscar Valdez: “Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of fighting for the WBO, trying to get the belt. And right now I’m very close to achieving [that dream]. I’m very excited for this. I train hard for all my fights, but for this one I trained extra hard because it’s for a world title. I’ve got nothing but respect for Matias Rueda. Like he said, inside the ring we’re gonna try and knock each other’s heads off…I’m going to do whatever I have to do to bring that belt back to Mexico.”
Matias Rueda: I’m ready. I come from Argentina with a great team to give a great fight on Saturday against Oscar Valdez. We came here to win. There’s no doubt about that. We did a lot of kilometers, a lot of rounds to come here to win and I’m going to show the world the next Argentinean superstar. I respect Oscar Valdez a lot, but after the first bell the respect is going to be gone and I’m here to win. (more…)
Cruiserweight Ovill “The Upsetter” McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) will challenge Germany’s Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) for the IBO title at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on September 24th. It is a big return for McKenzie, who was forced to withdraw from his challenge for the vacant European cruiserweight championship against Dymtro Kucher last month through injury. McKenzie narrowly missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed former IBF ruler Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October. Now the former British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight title holder is looking to propel himself back on to the world stage.
“I am traveling to Frankfurt to give a great performance,” said McKenzie. “I don’t want the people to look at my record and write me off immediately or that it will be a walk in the park for Huck. I am in great shape. I will take Marco’s belt off him and bring it back to England. I will give the performance of my life. I am a real fighter, a warrior. I am 36 now, but I honestly feel like I’m 20. I am in amazing shape.”