Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

By Hesiquio Balderas It's pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don't like each other, but making a bet for both purses gave the ...

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WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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Juanma vs. WV2 lands on PPV

Integrated Sports Media has secured the pay-per-view rights to for the showdown between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, headlining “Guerra En El Clemente” on October 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Suggested retail price is $29.95. Additional pay-per-view fights will be announced soon.

“We’re excited to bring North American boxing fans a true grudge match between former world champions Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel Lopez,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s also a crossroads fight with the winner most likely back as a legitimate world title contender and the loser possibly facing retirement. They really don’t like each other and sparks will be flying from the opening bell.”

Integrated Sports Media has secured the pay-per-view rights to for the showdown between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. …


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“Spike” O’Sullivan looks sharp back in the ring

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By Matt Thompson at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney

Middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan of Cork, Ireland, outslugged game Costa Rican Jaime Barboza over eight rounds to win a unanimous decision in the main event of a seven-bout Murphys Boxing event at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH. Barboza, fighting in the US for the first time, showed up to win, constantly winging overhand rights at the aggressive O’Sullivan. However the body punching O’Sullivan throughout the contest took enough starch out of the wild shots of Barboza to prevent them from doing any damage.

After three one-sided rounds, the initial onslaught of O’Sullivan slowed slightly to an inside slugfest, with both men trying to push the other back. It was the subtle head movement of O’Sullivan and his accuracy that made the difference when he dropped Barboza on the seat of his trunks with a perfectly placed counter right in the sixth. Barboza immediately jumped to his feet, feigning injury, but O’Sullivan stuck to his game plan, stuffing a hard jab in to set up body shots throughout the remainder of the bout.

The scores were 80-71 on one card and 79-72 on the other two. O’Sullivan improves to 23-2 and Barboza drops to 19-9. (more…)

By Matt Thompson at ringside Photos by Emily Harney Middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan of Cork, Ireland, outslugged game Costa …



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Arslan, Murat, Charr, Solis win in Germany

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Photo: EC Boxpromotion

45-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (38-8-2, 23 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nuri Seferi (37-8, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the EWS Arena in Göppingen, Germany. Scores were 118-111, 115-113, 115-113. With the win, Arslan claimed the vacant WBO European title.

Former IBF light heavyweight title challenger Karo Murat (30-3-1 19 KOs) stopped Yevgeni Makhteienko (8-5, 7 KOs) in the twelfth round. Murat dropped Makhteienko three times in the bout and finally got the referee to wave it off with 14 seconds remaining in the bout. Murat claimed the vacant WBA International title.

WBA #7 rated heavyweight Manuel Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sefer Seferi (21-1, 19 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA International title. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 96-93.

Former 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier Solis (22-3, 14 KOs) struggled to a disappointing eight round points win over journeyman Aleksandar Todorovic (8-10-1, 7 KOs).

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45-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (38-8-2, 23 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nuri Seferi …


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Canelo-Smith Post Fight Press Conference

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Robert Hughes

Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was victorious Saturday night as he scored an impressive ninth round knockout over Liverpool England’s Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Canelo and Smith both spoke with media at the postfight press conference.

Oscar De La Hoya: Tonight we witnessed the biggest star in boxing. We witnessed that Canelo is the real deal. 51,000 came to see Canelo because he always delivers to his fans. I didn’t want to talk about any other offers because we respect Liam Smith because it was going to be a tough fight.

Canelo Alvarez: Thank you all for being here. We had a big victory for Mexico. It was a big motivation. Texas fans are the best. I felt comfortable on the ropes we trained for that in the gym. We knew he was tough. He was a champ for a reason and came to fight which is good because we were able to give the fans a great fight. When I hit him to the body I knew I hurt him…I hope everything is OK with my thumb. I injured it in round two. Tomorrow I’ll see the doctor…I will sit with my team. This might be my last fight at 154. We have made Golovkin a good offer. It’s all on him now. I saw the Golovkin fight last week, it was nothing different. This is my era and my time now. I want to fight the best and keep making history. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Robert Hughes Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) was victorious Saturday night as he …




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Boesel victorious, Kovalev-Ward winner next?

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #1, WBA #8 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel 23-8, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Tony Averlant (24-9-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stathalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Fighting before a sold out local crowd, Boesel won by scores of 117-111, 118-111 and 116-112, while defending two Intercontinental titles.

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Next up for Boesel could be the Kovalev-Ward winner, a huge step up.

In the co-feature, jr welterweight Felix Lamm (13-1-1, 5 KOs) won a controversial ten round split decision over Andrea Carbonello (13-2-1, 2 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Europa title. Scores were 96-95, 96-94 for Lamm, 96-95 for Carbonello.

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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1, WBA #8 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel 23-8, 8 KOs) scored a twelve …


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Canelo: I am willing to fight GGG at 160

By Hesiquio Balderas

The aftermath of the Canelo vs Smith fight was expected, it was a harder fight than Canelo and the fans anticipated in part because the Mexican warrior hurt his right hand and also because Liam Smith came to fight. In front of 51,240 cheering fans at the AT&T Stadiums Canelo won another world title belt at 154 pounds (WBO) and Alvarez is still considered the lineal middleweight world champion.

The obvious question came right after the fight, and it was all about the unified world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Canelo said that he and Golden Boy Promotions made an offer to Golovkin and his team. The offer was a big one according to Canelo and that included twice as much as GGG has ever made in the ring. Canelo also said to Argentinian TV’s Juan Larena that the weight is no longer an issue and that he is willing to fight at the limit of 160 pounds.

“We made the offer and now it’s on him, the ball is in his court. The weight is no issue anymore,” said Canelo. (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas The aftermath of the Canelo vs Smith fight was expected, it was a harder fight than Canelo …


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Canelo dethrones Smith with ninth round KO

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

On Mexican Independence Weekend in Arlington, Texas, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) claimed the WBO light middleweight title at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, with a 9th round KO of reigning world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs). Canelo dropped Smith in the 7th, 8th and 9th rounds. The last was a left handed blast to the body that finally did in the tough Brit who sustained a body shot in the eight and an overhand right that also sent Smith to the canvas. The official time of the KO was 2:28 of the 9th round.

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

Canelo came out strong from the opening bell, as expected, but also Smith showed his willingness to exchange with the strong Mexican from Guadalajara. Canelo continually went to the body early but Smith countered with body and head shots of his own. In the latter rounds, Canelo laid against the ropes as Smith unleashed shots to the body and head of Canelo, but none that ever seemed to hurt Canelo as he countered with vicious upper cuts and devastating shots to the body that eventually took its toll and eventually put an end to an entertaining fight. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside On Mexican Independence Weekend in Arlington, Texas, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) …


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Monroe, Diaz, De La Hoya Triumph

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Middleweight Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) of Rochester, New York won a unanimous decision over “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs, 1 NC) of Philadelphia in a fight for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title in the co-main event at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Monroe was slick to start off as Rosado chased in the opening round. Continuing to show elusiveness and flash in round three Monroe had Rosado coming at him as he countered. Monroe stuck the jab in round four as Rosado continued to press.

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

In round five Rosado picked up the pace as he started to cut off the ring on the elusive Monroe. At the halfway point in round six Monroe countered as Rosado continued to be the aggressor. Rosado cornered Monroe to start off the eighth and kept him on the ropes majority of the round. Rosado was bleeding from the back of his head. Referee Laurence Cole momentarily stopped it to get the ringside physician to look at the cut. Rosado continued to put the pressure on Monroe as he went down at the bell as the referee immediately ruled it a slip. The tenth round Rosado was the aggressor as Monroe displayed his hand speed unloading combinations. In the championship rounds the Philadelphia fighter left eye was swollen from a clash of heads but there was no quitting in Rosado as he fought on. In the twelfth and final round, Rosado pressed as Monroe stuck to his plan displaying his hand speed. Judges scored the bout 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Middleweight Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) of Rochester, New …



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Sadam Ali returns with victory topping off-TV Canelo-Smith undercard

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Welterweight Sadam Ali (23-1, 13KOs) scored a 4th round knockdown in a wild exchange via right hook but could not stop the tough Saul Corral (21-8, 12KOs) as it went the full 10 rounds on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Ali came out early and landed his jab consistently, shots to the body and overhand rights. However after Ali dropped Corral, that seemed to energize Corral and he became the aggressor from the 6th round on.

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

Ali came out with a big unanimous decision 99-91, 99-90 twice, although the fight was a lot closer than the scores indicate. This was a big win for Ali coming off his first loss in a world title fight against Jessie Vargas.

One of Golden Boy’s bright young prospects out of Dallas, super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (2-0, 2KO), showed to President Eric Gomez sitting ringside why he looks to have a bright future. Ortiz came out from the opening bell and threw two quick jabs against Ernesto Hernandez (1-4, 1KO) that missed and then threw a straight right hand that cracked the jaw of Hernandez and put him out without a count. The time of the KO was 40 seconds of the 1st round. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Welterweight Sadam Ali (23-1, 13KOs) scored a 4th round knockdown in a …


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Luis DeCubas: Głowacki will be back!

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk

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Eubank Jr. vacates British belt, pulls out of fight

Not unexpectedly, middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. has vacated the British title and pulled out of a mandatory defense against Tommy Langford citing a training injury. After the WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #5, WBO #9 Eubank let a big money world title fight with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin slip away, promoter Frank Warren snapped up rights to a Eubank-Lanford domestic title clash at a BBBofC purse bid. Warren blasted Eubank after being informed of the situation.

Frank Warren Statement: Frank Warren is extremely disappointed to hear of today’s statement published by Chris Eubank Jr. Due to the fact we are hours away from one of our fighters appearing in a major international event at one of America’s biggest football stadiums, further developments will have to wait until Monday when we will be speaking to the BBBC. Thereafter we will make a formal statement regarding the situation and subsequently regarding the event.

Although we are disappointed by the Eubank statement, we are not surprised, as the public know full well for themselves, they make a habit of talking up fights but not following through. They are are also incredibly unpredictable, unprofessional and very difficult to work with. (more…)

Not unexpectedly, middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. has vacated the British title and pulled out of a mandatory defense against Tommy …


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Usyk dethrones Glowacki by unanimous decision, wins WBO cruiserweight world title

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By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk

Cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1, 16 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. In a battle of southpaws, the boxing skills of Usyk, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, made the difference as Usyk steadily outlanded and busted up the extremely rugged Glowacki. Both fighters landed big shots in an exciting twelfth round. Scores were 119-109, 117-111, 117-111.

Heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) battered veteran Albert Sosnowski (49-7-2, 30 KOs) for five rounds. The referee waved it off at the beginning of round six.

Unbeaten super welterweight Patrick Szymanski (17-0, 9 KOs) edged Jose Antonio Villalobos (9-2-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the vacant WBC Youth belt. Scores were 95-94, 96-94 Szymanski, 94-95 Villalobos.

Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was in the house.

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By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside Photos: Piotr Duszczyk Cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO world champion …



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Andre Ward Flash Quotes

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By Miguel Maravilla

“Everyone knows what Kovalev brings to the table. He is a good champion and beat good opponents. He is the real deal.”

“I never take away from my opponents. Everyone has a breaking point and can be defeated.”

“Guys like Kovalev, big punchers. I will say this his name is ‘The Krusher,’ so when things get rough, he’s got no plan. The only thing will be to fight hard.”

“I think the focus is more about my inactivity. We are here to talk about the biggest fight in boxing.”

“The time is now and this is what the best do and fight the best.”

“I want to make sure I rise to the occasion November 19th.”

By Miguel Maravilla “Everyone knows what Kovalev brings to the table. He is a good champion and beat good opponents. …


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Sergey Kovalev Flash Quotes

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By Miguel Maravilla

“This is a new level, new test. I am really excited. It’s a big test for me and I plan to go through and pass the test.”

“My goal is to get this win and be the best. The winner will be the best pound for pound.”

“I must be ready for everything. This is the fight of my career.”

“Now I am ready to prepare for Andre Ward.”

“I must be ready for 12 rounds.”

“Ward is a good universal boxer.”

“I don’t think it will be an easy fight. It’s the hardest test of my career.”

“It’s my goal to break his “O”. A victory here will be big. I must prove that I deserve to be on this level.”

By Miguel Maravilla “This is a new level, new test. I am really excited. It’s a big test for me …


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Adames batters Alvarez

By Robert Coster

The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (9-0, 8 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin title against Mexico’s Ivan Alvarez (23-7, 16 KOs) via an impressive TKO victory in five rounds. Alvarez came into the ring having the advantage of experience, height and a chin reputed to be solid. Adame, however, displayed total dominance after a first round of study. The 22-year-old Dominican battler displayed relentless attack and power to which the visitor had no answer. Carlos scored two knockdowns in the second round and another one in the third. Bruised and battered, Alvarez opted not to come out in the sixth round.

Adames, ranked 14th by the WBA, seems to possess the skills to go very far very fast. Said manager Jorge Luis Herasme, “Carlos has less than ten fights but in view of his talent, he’s ready for the big leagues, fighting the best in the 147lbs division.”

The card, presented by Upper Promotions, was held in Santo Domingo at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino.

By Robert Coster The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (9-0, 8 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin title against …


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Burroughs Stuns Zhuta in the 6th

By Jason Marchetti at ringside

After losing the first five rounds of his scheduled six-round main event bout against Fatlum Zhuta on Friday night at Twin River Casino, middleweight Cameron Burroughs scored the knockout blow with a left hook 23 seconds into the final round to stun the pro-Zhuta crowd in Lincoln. The fight was the headliner for CES Boxing’s “The Future Is Now” card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. (more…)

By Jason Marchetti at ringside After losing the first five rounds of his scheduled six-round main event bout against Fatlum …



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Full Report: Hasegawa upsets Hugo Ruiz to claim WBC 122lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16 KOs), 122, surprisingly upset WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo Ruiz (36-4, 32 KOs), 122, by a fine TKO victory after the ninth round to claim his third world belt on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Ruiz, bleeding from the nose since the first round, abruptly quit on the stool as he complained of his nose pain and said he couldn’t breathe smoothly.

It’s a very long way for Hasegawa to gain his third belt in the 122-pound category after he, when young, registered ten defenses of the WBC bantam title until dethroned by Fernando Montiel in 2010. The Japanese southpaw jumped up to the 126-pound class and acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by defeating Juan Carlos Burgos on points seven months after his unsuccessful unification bout with Montiel. But Hasegawa revealed his suspect chin and forfeited his newly-gained 126-pound belt to Jhonny Gonzalez on a fourth-round stoppage in 2011. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16 KOs), 122, surprisingly upset WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo …


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Full Report: Yamanaka halts Moreno in see-saw spectacle

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he came off the canvas and finally scored a crowd-pleasing TKO victory over mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KOs), 117.75, Panama, at 1:09 of the seventh round on Friday in Osaka, Japan.

Provided that you are a boxing judge scoring a close contest and give each of them six points, your score is even 114-114. Should you score one more point to either of them and one point less to the other, it becomes 115-113. The first encounter of Yamanaka and Moreno resulted in all the judges tallying 115-113—two for Yamanaka and one for Moreno. Split decision. Japanese people believed in Yamanaka’s victory, while Panamanian TV watchers in Moreno’s win. Their revancha (rematch) was duly inevitable.

While waiting for his rematch at Yamanaka, Moreno participated in a WBC eliminator for the mandatory position with the WBC silver belt at stake, winning a unanimous nod over #1 ranked Thailander Suriyan Sor Rungvisai in Panama this April. The champ Yamanaka barely kept his belt by overcoming a rough-and-tumble affair with Venezuelan Liborio Solis, each hitting the deck twice despite the champ winning a unanimous verdict last March. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBC bantamweight …


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Diaz-Cancio Glove Dispute Resolved

By Miguel Maravilla

Late Friday night there was a glove dispute between featherweights Joseph Diaz Jr (21-0, 12 KOs) and Andrew Cancio’s (17-2-3, 13 KO’s) camps. Their bout is scheduled to be featured on the Canelo-Smith pay-per-view undercard.

Cancio’s team was protesting Diaz’s gloves, however everything was resolved and the fight will go on.

By Miguel Maravilla Late Friday night there was a glove dispute between featherweights Joseph Diaz Jr (21-0, 12 KOs) and …


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Ishe Smith comes out on top against Frank Galarza

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Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith (29-8, 12 KOs) scored a close ten round majority decision over Frank Galarza (17-2-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. At the end of round two Smith landed a solid right hand, knocking Galarza down. The scores were 95-95, 96-93, 95-94.

Super Welterweight Justin DeLoach (16-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Domonique Dolton (17-1-1, 9 KOs). DeLoach built an early lead but Dolton came on late. The scores were 99-91, 98-92, 96-94.

Super Bantamweight Jose Cayetano (20-4, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (21-4-1, 8 KOs). Cayetano brought the heat all ten rounds. The scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.

Super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over veteran Dashon Johnson (21-20-3, 6 KOs).

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Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith (29-8, 12 KOs) scored a close ten round …


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Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith make weight

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By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Robert Hughes

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 154 vs Liam Smith 154
(WBO World super welterweight title)

Willie Monroe Jr 158.8 vs Gabriel Rosado 159.3
Andrew Cancio 126 vs Joseph Diaz 125.5
Luis Orlando Del Valle 121.8 vs Diego De La Hoya 121.8
Saul Corral 147.5 vs Sadam Ali 146.5
Ernesto Hernandez 139.5 vs Vergil Ortiz 139.3
Roy Garcia 133.5 Hector Tanajara Jr 132.5
Brian Bazan 118.3 vs Joshua Franco 117.3
Daniel Montoya 141 vs Zachary Ochoa 140
Larry Smith 153 vs Alexis Salazar 157
Rafer Johnson 198.3 Anthony Yarde 185.3

Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: PPV

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By Jeff Zimmerman and Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Robert Hughes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 154 vs Liam Smith 154 …


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Weights from Minneapolis

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Vicente Alfaro 121.6 vs. Jonathan Perez 121.2

Venue: El Rodeo Nuevo Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: 360 PMG

Vicente Alfaro 121.6 vs. Jonathan Perez 121.2 Venue: El Rodeo Nuevo Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN Promoter: 360 PMG


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Middleweight contender “Spike” O’Sullivan returns this Saturday

By Matt Thompson

Boston’s favorite Irish boxer, middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (22-2, 15 KOs) fighting out of Cork, Ireland, steps into the ring this Saturday for the first time since his December loss to Chris Eubank, Jr in a title eliminator to face Jaime Barboza (19-8, 9 KOs) of Costa Rica at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire. In the co-feature, jr middleweight Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca (15-0, 10 KOs) of Whitman, MA will look to remain undefeated against Matthew Strode (24-2) of Hickory, NC.

The boxing – eight bouts promoted by Ken Casey of Murphys Boxing – will be part of an Irish Music Festival presented by the Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys. (more…)

By Matt Thompson Boston’s favorite Irish boxer, middleweight contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (22-2, 15 KOs) fighting out of Cork, Ireland, …


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Full Report: Harrison out-muscles LaManna

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyboxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb – dcobbjr.com

Welterweights Dusty Harrison and Thomas LaManna waged an entertaining battle for the vacant USBA title, Thursday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. After ten grueling rounds, Harrison took the unanimous decision to improve his professional record to 30-0-1, 16 KOs, and claimed the red and gold regional belt that will insert him in the Top-15 world ranking of the IBF. The contest was a steady action fight, with both fighters landing many shots. However, it was Harrison’s greater physical strength that seemed to be the difference in the bout.

The first two rounds were close with LaManna jabbing well and tossing the occasional right hand while Harrison set the pace and landed the harder punches. Dusty edged the opening two rounds, but LaManna seemed to get into a groove to open the third. In the early part of round three, the momentum shifted LaManna’s way. For the first time, he appeared to be taking control. However, in the final minute, Harrison began landing heavy blows that had LaManna sagging. The attack swung control of the bout back to Harrison, and he nabbed the third straight rounds on my scorecard. LaManna picked up his good efforts in the fourth, and stayed out of trouble. When he worked from the outside, Tommy was in control. However, when the action would drift toward the ropes or the corners, Dusty’s physical strength gave him the edge. For a couple of rounds, LaManna managed to outwork Harrison and kept the trench warfare to a minimum. At the midpoint of the fight I had Harrison up by a point, and the outcome was still in question. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyboxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb – dcobbjr.com Welterweights Dusty Harrison and Thomas LaManna waged an …


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Video: Glowacki-Usyk Make Weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Krzysztof Glowacki 199.3 vs. Oleksandr Usyk 198.7
(WBO cruiserweight championship)

Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland
Promoter: Warriors Boxing/Sferis Promotions/Babilon Promotions
TV: Sky Sports (UK)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Krzysztof Glowacki 199.3 vs. Oleksandr Usyk 198.7 (WBO cruiserweight championship) Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland Promoter: Warriors …


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Weights from Germany

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Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES

Dominic Bosel 173.3 vs. Tony Averlant 172
Felix Lamm 139.8 vs. Andrea Carbonello 139.1
Josef Zahradnik 143.3 vs. Tomasz Goluch 141.9
Dariusz Polmanski TBA vs. Janos Lakatus TBA
Arbi Chakaev 177.3 vs. Tomas Bezvoda 173.7
Tasos Berdesis 176.4 vs. Przemyslaw Pikulik 175.9
Zhak Sauer 166.2 vs. Przemyslaw Binienda 167.8

Venue: Stadthalle, Weissenfels, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR

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Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES Dominic Bosel 173.3 vs. Tony Averlant 172 Felix Lamm 139.8 vs. Andrea Carbonello 139.1 …


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Yamanaka halts Moreno in see-saw excitement

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka impressively kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he came off the canvas and finally scored a crowd-pleasing TKO victory over mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno, Panama, at 1:09 of the seventh round on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Moreno displayed a furious opening attack to the champ, who fought back and dropped the Panamanian with a left cross in the closing seconds of the first round. Moreno, however, decked Yamanaka with a well-timed countering right hook in the fourth. Moreno followed up to win the fifth with good left-right combos. The sixth witnessed Yamanaka explode a vicious left cross, badly sprawling Moreno to the canvas. Yamanaka, in round seven, accelerated his attack and floored Moreno twice in the Panamanian’s corner, when the referee Daniel Van de Wiele wisely declared a well-received halt. Moreno hit the canvas four times, while Yamanaka once. It’s truly a give-and-take extravaganza.
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By Joe Koizumi Photo: Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka impressively kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he came …


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Hasegawa stops Ruiz to claim WBC 122lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

35-year-old Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa surprisingly stopped WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo Ruiz after the ninth round to claim his third world belt on Friday in Osaka, Japan. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated: 78-72, 76-74 for Hasegawa, 74-76 for Ruiz. The ninth saw them exchange strong rallies, and Hasegawa fought back very hard. Ruiz, bleeding from the first round, abruptly quit on the stool and showed his surrender.
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By Joe Koizumi Photo: Naoki Fukuda 35-year-old Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa surprisingly stopped WBC super-bantamweight champ Hugo Ruiz after the …


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Weights from Santo Domingo

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By Robert Coster
Photo: Gilbert Mendez

Carlos Adames 146 vs Ivan Alvarez 146 1/2
(WBA Fedelatin Title)

Jackson Marinez 134 vs Jesus Cuadro 132
(WBA Fedecaribe Title)

Alberto Puello 140 vs Edward Diaz 138
Jonathan Alonso 128 vs Jherson Perez 127
Julio De Jesus 142 vs Kelly Figueroa 142
Lenin Castillo 175 vs Francisco Cordero 174
Yomar Medina 135 vs Gregorio Rivas 137

Venue: Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino, Santo Domingo
Promoter: Upper Promotions
TV: CDN channel

By Robert Coster Photo: Gilbert Mendez Carlos Adames 146 vs Ivan Alvarez 146 1/2 (WBA Fedelatin Title) Jackson Marinez 134 …


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Team Commey demands rematch

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey was left bitterly disappointed following the decision to his vacant IBF World title fight with Robert Easter Jr last Friday at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. The 29-year-old from Accra found himself on the wrong end of a split decision, with judges John McKaie (114-113) and Craig Smith (113-114) separating the fighters by a single point, and Ron McNair (112-115) giving the home fighter a three point lead, despite a close fight and Commey scoring an eighth-round knockdown. Commey’s team will now be launching an appeal to the IBF asking that they grant the former Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental Champion an immediate rematch.

“I feel I won the fight, I came to my opponent’s country with everything in his favour and I took the fight to him in every round, even scoring a knockdown in round eight,” said Commey. “He caught me once in the twelfth but I took it and came back strong, that’s what a true champion does. I know my team will be appealing the decision and I hope I get the opportunity of a rematch as next time I will not be leaving anything up to the judges.”

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey was left bitterly disappointed following the decision to his vacant IBF World title fight with …


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Usyk trainer Ali Bashir: Glowacki is a good fighter…Usyk is a great one

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“After 317 amateur fights, it’s time to get cookin’. You’ll see the difference between both fighters on Saturday night when they step in. Glowacki is a good fighter. Usyk is a GREAT one,” said a very confident (as is the whole Usyk team) James Ali Bashir, trainer of #1 WBO title contender Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs). When I questioned his opinion that “Glowacki never fought an opponent of Usyk’s class” with the example of “The Head’s” knockout win over 12-time champ Marco Huck, Bashir strongly disagreed. “Marco Huck was over the hump. He was Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall waiting to have great fall. I also don’t believe in the opinion that if the fight goes longer, Głowacki will have an advantage. I trained my guy to go 15 rounds. We did this in sparring three times!”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “After 317 amateur fights, it’s time to get cookin’. You’ll see the difference between both fighters on …


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Harrison defeats LaManna

By John DiSanto at ringside

In the main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, DC’s Dusty Harrison, (30-0-1, 16 KOs), won the vacant USBA welterweight title by unanimous 10-round decision over Thomas LaManna, (21-2, 9 KOs), of Millville, NJ. It was a hard-fought, grueling fight, but Harrison’s strength seemed to be the difference. The scores were 98-92 twice and 97-93, all for Harrison.

Heavyweights Ray Edwards, (12-0-1, 7 KOs), and Dan Pasciola, (8-2-1), lumbered through the entire six rounds of their semi-wind up bout. When it was over, Cincinnati’s Edwards won the unanimous decision over Pasciola, of Brick, NJ. The official scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.

In a junior welterweight bout, Chicago’s Kenneth Sims, Jr., (8-0, 2 KOs), pitched a six-round shutout over veteran Gilbert Venegas, (14-25-5, 8 KOs). Sims clearly won every round, but his tough opponent from East Moline, IL hung in there, looking to counter the prospect. Venegas caught Sims a few times, but never had him in any trouble. All three official scores were 60-54 in favor of Sims.

In a scheduled 6-round lightweight bout, 17 year old phenom, Devin Haney, Las Vegas, improved to (10-0, 6 KOs), with a fifth round stoppage of Milwaukee’s Mike Fowler, (5-3, 2 KOs). Haney dominated the action. There were no knockdowns, but Fowler was hurt several times. Finally, at 1:19 of round five, referee Gary Rosato stopped the fight.

By John DiSanto at ringside In the main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, DC’s Dusty Harrison, (30-0-1, …


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Canelo, Smith, Oscar, Warren, Gomez round table

By Jeff Zimmerman
Canelo Alvarez, Liam Smith, Oscar De La Hoya, Frank Warren and Eric Gomez discuss the Big Fight in Texas this Saturday at AT&T Stadium, home of Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys.
 
CANELO ALVAREZ
 
On what Liam “Beefy” Smith may bring Saturday night
I’m not worried at all I’m a strong fighter that can adapt to my surroundings where I am at.  I’m not worried at all.
About the possibility of going to 160
I don’t know, we’ll see in a couple more fights how I feel.  Right now, I am concentrating on this and we’ll see what comes. 
On how he sees the fight going
I expect a hard fight, a tough fight.  Liam Smith is coming to win, so that he’s going to bring it and his style wise I think it will mesh because it will provide for a very, very good fight.
Will Beefy be tougher than Amir Khan?
Very different, obviously the styles are different.  This is a tough fight, a hard fight, because he’s tough, he’s strong, he throws combinations, and he can take punches.  With Amir it was a difficult fight because of his style, he’s elusive and his speed. 

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By Jeff Zimmerman Canelo Alvarez, Liam Smith, Oscar De La Hoya, Frank Warren and Eric Gomez discuss the Big Fight …


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Preview: WBC world title twinbill in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

The WBC world title doubleheader will take place today (Friday) in Osaka, Japan. Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs) will put his WBC bantamweight belt on the line against mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12 KOs), Panama, in a grudge fight following their first encounter a year ago, when Yamanaka barely kept his throne via split verdict (all 115-113; two for the champ and one for the challenger) after a grueling contest in Tokyo. Moreno, also a southpaw, is an artful dodger who averted the hard-punching champ’s vaunted southpaw lefts and occasionally countered well. But Yamanaka swept last three rounds to successfully retain his belt. It will be a sensational rematch with high technical standard with Yamanaka making his eleventh defense.

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Also, WBC super-bantamweight titlist Hugo Ruiz (36-3. 32 KOs) of Mexico will defend his belt against former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15 KOs), a Japanese southpaw veteran, over twelve heats. It will be the 35-year-old ex-champ Hasegawa’s swan song and he says it will be his final appearance regardless of the result. Hasegawa forfeited his WBC 126-pound belt to Jhonny Gonzalez by a fourth-round stoppage in 2011, and attempted to win his third world belt, losing to IBF 122-pound ruler Kiko Martinez via seventh round TKO in 2014. Since then, Hasegawa defeated a couple of world-rated Mexicans: Horacio Garcia and Carlos Ruiz (despite suffering a couple of visits to the deck) to his credit. Ruiz, some three inches taller, captured the 122-pound belt on a stunning first round stoppage of Julio Ceja in Anaheim, California, this February. For the taller Mexican, 29, it will be his initial defense.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada The WBC world title doubleheader will take place today (Friday) in Osaka, Japan. …


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Bounce TV Weights from Las Vegas

Ishe Smith 157.4 vs. Frank Galarza 154
Domonique Dolton 154 vs. Justin Deloach 152.4
Alexis Santiago 120.5 vs. Jose Cayetano 121
J’leon Love 169 vs. Dashon Johnson 165.5
Sharif Bogere 134.5 vs. Luis Florez 137.5
Lanell Bellows 170 vs. Decarlo Perez 168.5
Lionell Thompson 177.5 vs. Donovan George 178
Juan Heraldez 143 vs. Reyes Sanchez 144
Ladarius Miller 137.2 vs. Maynard Allison 135.5
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 144 vs. Marquis Hawthorne 144

Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Bounce TV

Ishe Smith 157.4 vs. Frank Galarza 154 Domonique Dolton 154 vs. Justin Deloach 152.4 Alexis Santiago 120.5 vs. Jose Cayetano …










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