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Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Big Changes Usher in New Chapter for Danny Garcia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com After dipping his toe into the post-140-pound pool in his past two catch-weight starts, former ...

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Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

Parker and Tupou clash on Saturday

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron WBO #8, WBA #10 Joseph Parker (14-0, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #13 ...

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Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

Maruki keeps WBC youth 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC youth super-welterweight champ Ryosuke Maruki (10-3-1, 7 KOs), 149, successfully kept his belt when he kept ...

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Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

Viloria annihilates Soto, Robb and Silva also win

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In main event action, four-time world champion, Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (36-4, 21KO) annihilated ...

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Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

Shumenov defeats Flores to win WBA belt

By Edgar DeGrass Photos: Suzanne Teresa / PBC Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-1, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous ...

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Boxing News

Roach: Floyd’s legs are betraying him

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


“Floyd’s legs are betraying him,” claims Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. “You can see that in his recent fights. He has never wanted to engage because that is not his style. But recently he has been forced to because he no longer can be on his toes for a full three minutes per round. He takes rests on the ropes and fights flatfooted more often. He is 38, and you can only put off Father Time for so long.

“Floyd is still an incredible athlete but he is not the same fighter he used to be and he knows that. He says he wants to give the fans more action by engaging more but he is trying to cover up the real reason his fighting style has changed — his legs are beginning to betray him. And trust me, that is in his head and so is the fact that Manny’s legs are still in their prime. It’s a big disadvantage – mentally and physically – to give that up to an opponent before you meet in the ring. Floyd can run all he wants in training camp. It’s not going to help.

“A big deal has been made about Manny not having a knockout since 2009. But Floyd has only had one KO victory in the same period – against a guy whose arms were at his side. I guarantee you Floyd lays awake at night knowing his boxing day of reckoning is fast approaching. Knowing that on May 2 he will be 47-1.”



April 14th, 2015


Boxing News

Warren Joubert wins vacant SA junior welter title

By Ron Jackson

Warren Joubert beat Lungisa Jikani on points to claim the vacant SA junior welterweight title on Monday night. Joubert out-boxed Jikani over twelve one-sided rounds in a disappointing bout at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. Judge Sylvia Mokaile scored it 118-110 and Phumeza Zinakile and Tony Nyangiwe had it 119-110 and 118-109.

Jikani, who is from Port Elizabeth, never got into the fight and spent most of the time following the fast-moving Johannesburg fighter around the ring. Joubert, who improved his record to 22-3-5, including 11 wins inside the distance, began to score with lefts and rights to the body from the fourth round and it became the pattern for the rest of the fight. It was not exciting, but Joubert boxed intelligently, moving in and out to score with stinging shots to the head and body. The well-conditioned Jikani, whose reported record dropped to 15-8, with 7 shortcut wins, had no answer to Joubert’s technique but probably did enough to share two rounds. (more…)



April 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Thunderdome X: Full Report

By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson / Hitman Photograpy

Popular Perth fighter “The Working Class Man” Vinnie Caruana (5-1, 4 KO’s) has claimed the IBO Oceania Super Middleweight Title with a first round demolition of Arnold Garcia (2-3, 2 KO’s) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome X at Metro City Perth Australia.

Caruana looked as if he wanted an early night and landed a left hook to the head of Garcia that sent him to the canvas. Garcia barley made it to his feet after the count of 10 and the fight was over at 2:41 of the very first round.

In the co-main event Luke “Razor” Sharp (11-2-3, 4 KO’s) and Joe Rae (10-16-5, 4 KO’s) battled to a majority draw. Even though Sharp looked in control early and took the first two rounds comfortably, trainer Angelo Hyder felt that his fighter was not listening to instructions and encouraged him to use his jab to more effect. Rae lifted his work rate in round 3 and started to land some shots, before Sharp hurt him towards the end of that round. Rae had more success in Round 4 and looked more busy. Sharp had a good round 5 catching Rae with some good combinations. Round 6 was a tough one to score as both fighters had their moments. In the end, judges scored this on 58-56, 56-58 and 57-57 for the Majority Draw. (more…)



April 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Cruz vs. TBA will be a non-title fight

The World Boxing Council has approved WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz to fight on the undercard of the Mayweather-Pacquiao, but only in a non-title fight.

WBC Statement: “The promoter requested the WBC to sanction a voluntary defense of Leo Santa Cruz’s championship. The WBC had scheduled Santa Cruz to defend in June and as this request was so close to the date of the event, the WBC has recommended and approved Leo Santa Cruz to compete in a non-title bout in order to protect integrity and satisfy safety measures, which is the top priority of the WBC. Leo Santa Cruz will make his mandatory defense of the division after this non-title fight on May the 2nd.”



April 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Chavez Jr: Fonfara has never seen an opponent like me

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) meets dangerous brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a Showtime-televised 12-round light heavyweight bout Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. “I am very focused going into this fight,” said Julio. “I have changed a lot mentally this past year.

“I’m fighting Fonfara now because I like big opponents. I like the challenge of fighting good, hungry fighters. Just because Fonfara doesn’t have the name recognition of other fighters, it doesn’t make him an easy fighter. He’s tough. (more…)



April 14th, 2015

UFC

Beneil Dariush: Quick Turnarounds and Steady Progress

At UFC 185, Beneil Dariush shared the same fight card as his friend and training partner, Rafael dos Anjos, for the second time in his career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

According to reports, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is training with a split lip and injured hands.

Jay Z says he will be throwing a huge Mayweather-Pacquiao after-party in Vegas.

Huffington Post reports: Boxing is buzzing again

Once again, Amir Khan is left “high and dry”

 



April 14th, 2015

Boxing News

SES Boxing announces “Team Czech Republic”

Photos: SES Team Czech Republic

Two years after successfully establishing “Team Germany” as a vehicle for developing homegrown German boxing talent, SES Boxing has announced “Team Czech Republic.” This new venture will be directed by former world and European champion Lukas Konecny to develop talent from the Czech Republic. So far two promising boxers have been signed. Female flyweight Fabiana Bytyqi and female super featherweight Lucie Sedlackova, with additional fighters expected to be inked soon.

“With the successful concept of “Team Germany” we now go out of the country,” said SES Promoter Ulf Steinforth. “In collaboration with my former boxer Lukas Konecny, we have a ​​long-standing and direct link to the Czech Republic so it’s natural to transfer our successful concept there. With our boxers Fabiana Bytyqi and Lucie Sedlackova, we have two very attractive young women who are driven to box and bring so much into the ring. We’re very hopeful that our two very attractive boxing Czechs, and the other talent we’re expecting, will make it to the top. We’ve now created the professional sporting conditions and will provide the necessary media presence to make “Team Czech Republic,” like “Team Germany,” a model of success!”

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April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

FNF off-TV undercard announced

An undercard featuring a cast of unbeaten prospects has been announced for the non-televised segment of the April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card, airing live from beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The scheduled nine-fight card is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Fight Promotions Inc. and New Legend Boxing. Undefeated WBC #12 junior middleweight contender Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs), fighting out of Detroit, takes on former Interim WBO Latino/Mexican welterweight champion Pablo “Sepulturero” Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event. (more…)



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Rigondeaux heading to UK to confront Quigg

Photo: Fightnews.com

Photo: Fightnews.com


Unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” 122-pound division titlist. A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux’ manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA Super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA’s decision. Rigondeaux is also the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion.

“Quigg, Santa Cruz and Frampton have showed no desire to challenge Rigondeaux,” Hyde said. “These three fighters are trying to fool the public into believing that fight the #1 guy in the world is not important. While they are lining their pockets with ridiculous amounts of cash for fighting below par opponents, Rigondeaux is forced to wait around until some Asian opponent steps up. This is a sport in which we are accustomed to seeing the best fighting the best but, in the super bantamweight division, it’s the best versus the rest.

“Rigondeaux will travel to Manchester to fight Quigg, Belfast to fight Frampton, or Las Vegas to fight Santa Cruz. None of these so-called world champions, though, will consider fighting the acknowledged world super bantamweight champion. They’re all much more content to hold onto their belts than beating The Man in their weight class.” (more…)



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Report: Cotto vs. Geale lands at Barclays

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will defend his belt against Daniel Geale on June 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a bout that will be broadcast on HBO, not PPV, according to El Vocero. Cotto and Gaele will appear Wednesday at a press conference to officially announce the clash. This will be Cotto’s first fight in association with Jay Z’s Roc Nation.

Update: According to multiple sources, the bout will be at a 157lb catch weight.



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

NBC: Garcia-Peterson had 3.4 million viewers

Saturday’s PBC on NBC averaged 2.9 million viewers, ranking as the second most-watched boxing broadcast in 17 years, trailing only NBC’s first PBC event. Viewership for PBC on NBC increased every half hour and peaked in final rounds of Garcia-Peterson with more than 3.4 million viewers. PBC on NBC was up 162% among average viewers, and up 190% in the P18-49 demo compared to average afternoon boxing telecasts on NBC from 2012-14.



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

MGM Grand warns boxing fans

The MGM Grand has issued the following statement on the ticket situation for the upcoming super fight:

“Please be aware that tickets for the May 2, 2015, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight are not yet available for purchase. Buyers should use extra caution when purchasing alleged tickets from unofficial sources, for fraudulent or counterfeit tickets will not be accepted. Check back to this site for further information.”

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April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Crawford, Dulorme Quick Quotes

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and #2 rated contender Thomas Dulorme spoke to the media Monday afternoon, in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised clash for the vacant WBO jr welterweight title at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Terence Crawford: “I respect all fighters. I’ve never, ever in my career underestimated any fighter. We’re gonna train as hard as we can…all the unnecessary things outside the ring that people do (trash talk), I don’t feel that I need to do that. That’s not me.”

[On Dulorme] “He’s got a sharp, nice jab. He likes to throw the little right hook. He moves well.”

[On the move to 140lbs] “My weight wasn’t coming down like it normally does. I struggled hard.”

Thomas Dulorme: “I’m very comfortable with this fight. I know that I’ll come out as the winner. This is another step forward…I’m not surprised by the odds (Crawford an 8:1 favorite). Those who bet with me, are gonna take home a nice chunk of change.”

Note: Dulorme stated that he has parted ways with superstar trainer Robert Garcia and doesn’t have a head trainer for this fight. He is training for this fight with a team assembled in Puerto Rico.

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April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Crawford hits Dallas

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) and his team have arrived in Dallas for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO jr welterweight world title against Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs). The bout will take place at the College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington and be televised on HBO.

After hitting town, Crawford has a workout scheduled and then some media work.



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

New Faces: Yunieski Gonzalez

Photo: Star Boxing

Photo: Star Boxing


By Robert Coster

Cuban-born, Florida-based light heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) is a new face on the threshold of getting national TV exposure. Already ranked in two organizations (WBC #13, IBF #15), Gonzalez is hungering to move into the top ten and into world title contention. Says his manager Mike Luzbet, “Gonzalez is a hidden gem in the light heavyweight division. He’s ready for big time fights and I tell the fans to keep their eye open for this young man.”

Gonzalez moved from Cuba in 2010. He had had a stellar amateur career as a member of the Cuban national team, racking up a record of 345-27. Despite these credentials, Gonzalez’s first year in the United States was difficult. “It took a year to find the right promoter and Yunieski was getting restless,” Says Luzbet. “Finally in 2011, we signed up with Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing.” (more…)



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Morales comes home this Friday

By Felipe Leon

This Friday, April 17th, the youngest boxing brother of the Morales dynasty Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15ko) puts his undefeated record on the line in his first fight home since December of 2013 when he faces Ruben Montoya (13-3-1, 9KO) of Reynosa, Mexico. The fight will take place at the historic Auditorio Municipal of Tijuana and will be broadcast on tape delay by Azteca America in the United States. The fight card is presented by Zanfer Promotions along with Box Latino and PM Promotions.

Morales and his team which includes his brothers Erik and Diego Morales have stated that he is looking for a world title opportunity this year. An offer was made to former multi-time champion Vic Darchinyan but the Armenian living in Australia decided to go in another direction. Stepping in is Tamayo who is looking to upset the apple cart and ruin Morales’ homecoming. (more…)



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather-Pacquiao Update

With the Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight less than three weeks away, there are still no tickets on the street yet, but Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told KVVU-TV in Las Vegas that “quite a few” will be available this week. Regarding the contract between the MGM and the promoters, Ellerbe stated “We are working through things and everything will get done in its due course of time.”

Otherwise, plans for this week include open media workouts for both fighters. Mayweather will host his on Tuesday at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, and Pacquiao will host his on Wednesday at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles.

As far as the pre-fight banter, Freddie Roach is largely the only one talking trash for the media. Floyd and Manny are keeping it low key, and Floyd has asked his trainer/father Floyd Sr. to hold back with the verbal jabs also.

The fight is scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. workout

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Last Friday at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California, former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hosted a Los Angeles media workout in advance of this Saturday’s showdown with Andrezj Fonfara taking place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., live on Showtime. By the way, the contract dispute between Chavez and former promoter Top Rank was recently settled that they have gone their separate ways.

Tickets for Chavez-Fonfara, which is co-promoted by Goossen Promotions and Chavez Promotions, are still available and priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25.

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April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia-Peterson/Lee-Quillin Wrap-up

By Jerry Glick

After their two thrilling fights on Saturday’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, three of the four participants met the media at a post-fight press conference.

The WBO middleweight title fight between champ Irish Andy Lee and challenger Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin became a non-title affair when Quillin failed to make weight however the absence of belt did not take away from the enthusiasm or determination of either fighter. The Lee vs. Quillin contest ended in a split draw after a hard fought war. Lee skipped the press conference, but Quillin was there and eager to talk.

Looking fresh and unmarked Quillin refused to assess his performance. “I’ve seen the fight from a fighter’s perspective but I need to go back and see it from a fan’s point,” said the Brooklyn native who walked to the venue. “Overall it was a good fight and we are getting positive feedback. With the draw I’m not going to come up here and tell you why I won. That’s not the type of person I am.” (more…)



April 13th, 2015

UFC

Camozzi in for injured Romero against Jacare

With Yoel Romero forced out of his UFC on FOX bout against fellow contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on April 18 in Newark, New Jersey due to injury, Colorado veteran Chris Camozzi will return to the Octagon on one week’s notice to face the Brazilian submission machine in a rematch of their 2013 bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Wilson annihilates Williams in Oregon

Report/Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

After nearly a two year long hiatus from the sport, top Pacific Northwest cruiserweight prospect Mike Wilson made his return to the ring last Saturday night at the Compton Arena in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Fighting under the promotional banner of his wife Jennifer Wilson’s newly formed Whited Delight Promotions, Wilson kept his unbeaten record intact with an emphatic second round knockout of previously unbeaten Kansas City prospect Derek Williams. The fight was the main event of a seven bout card that drew one of the largest boxing crowds seen in the region in recent years, showing the vast popularity of the local favorite Wilson. (more…)



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

He might take a knee,” Floyd Mayweather Sr. says about Manny Pacquiao fighting Mayweather Jr.

EastWest Bank banks on Manny Pacquiao.

Scientist throwing haymakers for cancer research.

A draw was fair, says Andy Lee about his fight with Peter Quilin.



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Conigliaro wins in Barnsville, PA

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night on the card titled “Thunder in the Mountains,” at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville, PA bantamweight Antonio Conigliaro impressed his local fan base with a solid four round unanimous decision victory over Ricky Lacefield (0-8) in his professional debut. The pro-am card promoted by A&D Promotions featured three professional bouts. (more…)



April 12th, 2015

Boxing Result

Torres defeats Ganoy in Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s Josh “Pitt Bull” Torres (14-3-2, 6 KOs) defeated Ranee Ganoy (36-12-2, 32 KOs), also of the Duke City, by majority decision, last night at the Convention Center. By outboxing the heavy-handed Filipino fighter, Torres won the vacant WBC USNBC super lightweight belt with scores of 95-95 and 96-94 twice. In other results: Albuquerque featherweight Jose Osorio (3-2-1, 2 KOs) and Texan Alex Hipolito (3-3-1, 2 KOs) fought to a six-round draw with scores of 57-57 x 3; Mexican light heavyweight Ambrocio Bautista won his pro debut with a four-round majority decision over Albuquerque’s Ricky Villafuerte (0-4); in a four-round lightweight bout, Alex Holguin (4-1, 3 KOs) TKO’d debuting Mike Turrieta with a second round TKO.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

NBC’s primetime boxing looking like a hit; Saturday’s card wins ratings war again

NBC has announced that last night’s Premier Boxing Champions show led the network to broadcast primetime victory in the all important Adults 18-49 demographic for the second consecutive time. The overnight ratings for PBC on NBC increased every half hour, peaking at 2.38 from 10:30-11pm ET for final rounds of Peterson-Garcia. The full show did 1.94.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia-Peterson/Lee-Quillin Scorecards

By Matt Richardson

Lamont Peterson dug himself a big hole, then made his move too late. After seven rounds, Peterson was down 6-1 in rounds on all three cards. He won the last five rounds 5-0 and 4-1 twice, but in the end Danny Garcia won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-114.

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How close was Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin? If judge Glenn Feldman scored round three 10-8 like the other two judges, Quillin would have won a split decision. If Andy Lee had won round twelve, he would have won a unanimous decision.

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Khytrov comments on going the distance

Undefeated middleweight prospect and former amateur standout Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (10-0, 9 KOs) spoke about going the distance for the first time in his career, outpointing slick southpaw Aaron Coley via unanimous decision on Friday at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. “It was a good fight, but I saw some flaws that I need to work on,” Khytrov said. “But it was a short span between my last fight and I think it showed in the ring. I knew I had to make an adjustment because he wouldn’t come forward and fight with me. Everything happens for a reason. This was a good experience for me. I got some rounds and I got the win.”

Meanwhile Coley was unimpressed with Khytrov’s much-hyped power. “He wasn’t as powerful as I expected. I take boxing seriously and he never had me hurt at all. But he kind of took over the fight. It was kind of hard to time him and I can’t argue with the decision. He was fluid and had decent movement. You can tell he had good amateur experience.”



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Joubert-Jikana clash for vacant SA junior welter title

By Ron Jackson

Warren Joubert and Lungisa Jikani will fight for the SA junior welterweight title on Monday night. The title has been vacant since Ali Funeka relinquished it after winning the IBO welterweight belt on November 15 last year. Now Joubert, from Johannesburg, and Jikani, from Port Elizabeth, clash at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park to see who takes over as national champion.

The tournament is presented by Jell Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.

On the undercard, Johnny Muller, who has relinquished the SA light-heavyweight title, moves into the junior heavyweight division to fight Donald Kampamba over eight rounds. Popular Flo Simba will also return to action in what is expected to be a highly entertaining tournament. (more…)



April 12th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Krakow Post-Fight

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga earned fight of the night. Leon Edwards and Maryna Moroz were awarded with the performance bonuses . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Slimani first WBC Francophone champion

The complete team for the inaugural WBC Francophone titleLast night in the local sporthall of Lichtervelde, Belgium, local Hedi Slimani stopped French Samir Kasmi in the final round to be crowned the first ever WBC Francophone champion. Kasmi stepped up in weight to face Slimani for the lightweight title.
It turned out to be a fantastic battle from start till end. It was fast paced in the first 5 rounds with both trading bombs. Slimani edged the first 2 rounds and Kasmi closely won the 3rd. Slimani wanted to regain control of the fight and hurt Kasmi with the first punch of the 4th round. A left to the head wobbled Kasmi who was clearly hurt. Slimani wanted to finish it there but Kasmi survived the round. Slimani seems to have given a lot in that round and had to recover in the 5th giving away the round to the visitor. From the 6th on Slimani completely dominated the fight and was close to stopping the current EBU-EU superfeatherweight champion in the 11th. It was only a question of time. In the next round when after a crushing combination the Frenchman was hurt and completely exhausted turned away from the action and at that moment the referee had seen enough and waved it off at 1:50 of the last round. Kasmi needed several minutes to recover on his stool after having given Slimani a great fight. Both fighters fully deserved the standing ovation they received from the public while WBC Francophone Chairman Houcine Houichi crowned the first champion.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Barclays Center walk-out bouts

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside

Following Saturday night’s NBC-televised card, three additional fights took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Errol Spence Junior made light work of Samuel Vargas in their scheduled 8 round welterweight bout. Spence Jr. knocked down Vargas in round 2 before sealing the stoppage in round 4. After Spence Jr. delivered a devastating body combination that made the crowd wince, the referee deemed Vargas unable to continue and stopped the bout. The official time of the stoppage was 1:45 in round 4. Spence Jr. is now 16-0 with 13 KOs while Vargas drops to 20-2-1 with 10 KOs.

Staten Island native, Marcus Browne, scored a TKO victory over Aaron Pryor Jr. at the end of round 6 in their scheduled 8 round light heavyweight fight. Browne controlled the bout from the opening round with his aggressive style of fighting and faced little resistance from Pryor Jr. The bout continued to be fairly one sided with Browne always in full control. With the victory Browne moves to 14-0 with 11 KOs and Pryor Jr.is now at 19-8-1 with 12 KOs.

In the final fight of a ten bout card spread over eight hours junior welterweight Felix Diaz beat Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero on a ten-round unanimous decision. Diaz (17-0, 8 KO’s) fought an aggressive fight as he barreled forward throughout. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. had his hands full breaking the two 140-pounders apart as Bracero frequently held Diaz on the inside. Bracero (23-2, 4 KO’s) was knocked down in the final seconds of the eighth after taking a left from Diaz. He hit the canvas again in the following round after Diaz connected with a left hook as Bracero tried to back Diaz up. All three judges had Diaz the victor by wide margins: 98-90, 97-91 and 96-92.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-IBF champ Zaveck wins in Slovenia

Slovenian crowd-favorite Jan “Mr. Sypathicus” Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) won the fringe WBF super welterweight title from defending titlist Sasha Yengoyan (31-2, 21 KOs) from Belgium on Saturday night, delighting more than 5000 loud and enthusiastic fans at a sold-out Tabor Arena in Maribor. Despite suffering a cut right eye in the first round, Zaveck was very impressive in the first half of the bout, out-boxing Yengoyan who seemed a bit intimidated by the atmosphere of the arena, but the Armenian-born Belgian, who was also cut in round five, came back strong in the second half. Scores were 115-114, 117-112 and 118-112, all in favor of Zaveck. Yengoyan had a point deducted in round eleven for a head-butt. The fight was promoted by Tomaz Barada, and televised live in Slovenia by TVSLO Sport.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Guevara destroys Claveras in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) scored an explosive first round KO over previously unbeaten Richard Claveras (12-1-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. A hook to the body put down Claveras for the count.

Former IBF female light flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez made ​​a triumphant return to the ring, winning by ten round unanimous decision over Filipina Norj Guro by scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 98-92.

Super bantamweight Alberto “Metro” Molina (brother of Pedro Guevara) won a split decision over Jairo Hernandez.

Former Olympian Oscar Molina won by second round TKO (2:39) over Jorge “Tigre” Pimentel in a super welterweight clash.

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Valdez destroys Ramirez in main event debut

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Jose Ramirez (25-6-3, 15 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas. Valdez dropped Ramirez for the full ten with a body shot. Time was 2:05.

Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (9-0, 5 KOs) of Brazil scored a one sided six round unanimous decision over Omar Rojas (3-3, 1 KO). All three judges had it 60-54 for Falcao.

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April 12th, 2015




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