Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

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Ward a slight favorite over Kovalev

Former super middleweight world champion Andre Ward is a slight favorite to dethrone WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev in their pay-per-view showdown this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ward is currently around -140 at offshore sportsbooks, while Kovalev backers can get +120.

The over/under is 9.5 rounds, with “over” at -240, “under” at +200.

As for method of victory, Ward by decision or technical decision is +110, Kovalev by KO, TKO or DQ is +200, Kovalev by decision or technical decision is +500 and Ward by KO, TKO or DQ is +650.

Former super middleweight world champion Andre Ward is a slight favorite to dethrone WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev …


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Jesus Cuellar: I Will Knock Him Out

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C in Los Angeles live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

“Well it’s finally here, we were supposed to fight earlier this year but the opportunity presented itself once again, we are ready for this fight,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Cuellar added.

It’s been a long wait for the Argentine slugger as Cuellar was originally scheduled to fight Mares back in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, however an eye injury to Mares forced the fight to be postponed. After pursuing this fight for quite some time Cuellar is coming into this fight after a one year layoff having won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Oquendo last year in December. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the …



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Pierre dominates Salgado

By Robert Coster

WBA 6th ranked lightweight contender Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (27-1, 17 KOs) of Haiti won a one-sided unanimous decision over former two-time world jr lightweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-7-2, 16 KOs) in front of the local crowd Wednesday night in Petionville, Haiti. The lanky local boxer used his jab, reach and speed to outpunch and neutralize the attacks of Salgado. The Mexican who in his career had faced a much higher caliber of boxers than Pierre, tried to turn the fight early on into a brawl but Evens’skill and speed had the visitor totally befuddled. In the second part of the fight, Pierre had Salgado hurt a number of times and it looked like he might stop the spent Mexican boxer but it did not happen. Two judges had the 11 round bout scored 109-98 and the other 108.5-98.5. With this victory Evens Pierre retains his WBA lightweight Fedelatin title. (more…)

By Robert Coster WBA 6th ranked lightweight contender Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (27-1, 17 KOs) of Haiti won …


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Estrella TV Weights from Indio, California

Mauricio Herrera 143.4 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 142.8
Keandre Gibson 146.2 vs. Mahonry Montes 146.2
Morgan Fitch 163.6 vs. Travis Scott 163.6
Oscar Duarte 134.2 vs. Rony Alvarado 134.2
Joshua Franco 117.8 vs. Felipe Rivas 117.8
Cesar Diaz 118.8 vs. Jose Naranjo 119.2
Marvin Cabrera 156.6 vs. Steven Andrade 154.5

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

Mauricio Herrera 143.4 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 142.8 Keandre Gibson 146.2 vs. Mahonry Montes 146.2 Morgan Fitch 163.6 vs. Travis …




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CBSSN Weights from Las Vegas

Reynaldo Blanco 133.8 vs. Demond Brock 134.8
Daniel Rosario 154.6 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 154
Randy Moreno 129.6 vs. Daniel Perales 131
Marina Ramirez 106 vs. Natalie Gonzalez 105.6
Juan Sanchez 125.8 vs. Javier Cepeda 125.2
Jason Beauchamp 198.4 vs. Kenny Cruz 200.4
Shady Gamhour 159 vs. David De La Cruz 159

Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
TV: CBSSN

Reynaldo Blanco 133.8 vs. Demond Brock 134.8 Daniel Rosario 154.6 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 154 Randy Moreno 129.6 vs. Daniel Perales …


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UniMas Weights from Kissimmee, Florida

Christopher Diaz 128.6 vs. Fernando Vargas 126
Julian Rodriguez 141.6 vs. Jerry Belmontes 141.2
Matt Korobov 162.6 vs. Scott Sigmon 162.8
Jean Carlos Rivera 126 vs. Pedro Melo 124.4
Sammy Valentin 147.2 vs. Eduardo Flores 150
Gadwin Rosa 129.8 vs. Jonathan Irizarry 130.6
Nestor Bravo 138.6 vs. Omar Garcia 138.8

Venue: Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, FL
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

Christopher Diaz 128.6 vs. Fernando Vargas 126 Julian Rodriguez 141.6 vs. Jerry Belmontes 141.2 Matt Korobov 162.6 vs. Scott Sigmon …


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Weights from Ontario, California

Danny Roman 122 vs. Marlon Olea 122
Giovani Santillan 142.4 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza 141.7
Mario Heredia 269.6 vs. Johnny Rice 262.6
Rudy Garcia 118.5 vs. Joel Cano-Castro 120
Michael Dutchover 131 vs. Sergio Campos 130.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Danny Roman 122 vs. Marlon Olea 122 Giovani Santillan 142.4 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza 141.7 Mario Heredia 269.6 vs. Johnny …


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Kovalev-Ward Final Press Conference

WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and former super middleweight world champion Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) faced off on Thursday in advance of their PPV showdown on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Sergey Kovalev: I’m here to prove that I’m better…I hope that our fight will be very clean and honest and bring out the best of us. I’m very excited, a little nervous because I was never on this level. HBO PPV is the highest level in pro boxing…you will see a very great fight.

Andre Ward: We’re not supposed to like each other. His side has been doing a lot of talking. That’s fine. We love it…but know one thing thing, I’m not takin’ no mess come Saturday night. I’m gonna be there.

WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and former super middleweight world champion Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) …



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Weights from Detroit

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By Bradley Snyder
Photos: Phil DiMaria

Craig Lewis 249 vs. Robert Sims 233.2
Mickey Marsack 158.6 vs. Marcus Wheeler 162.4
Winford Harris 158.2 vs. Delvery Wofford 161.6
Isiah Jones 163.2 vs. Rakim Johnson 159.4
Darryl Cunningham 162.6 vs. Dennis Sharpe 158
Stephanie Spehar 134.4 vs. Figueroa Widnelly 130
Kevin White 137.4 vs. John Amerson 137.4
Taylor Grey Duerr 194.6 vs. Michael Shipp 199
Anthony Sims vs. Rayco Saunders
Both Fighters will weigh in later today

Night of Knockouts 8 is at 7:30 on Thursday November 17 at the SoundBoard located in Motor City Casino and Hotel. Tickets are available at the SoundBoard ticket office or ticketmaster.com. Promoter: Greg Ahrens of Ahrens Promotion

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By Bradley Snyder Photos: Phil DiMaria Craig Lewis 249 vs. Robert Sims 233.2 Mickey Marsack 158.6 vs. Marcus Wheeler 162.4 …


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Kovalev-Ward undercard roundtable

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Photos: Tom Hogan / Roc Nation Sports

Curtis Stevens, James De La Rosa, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Isaac Chilemba and Maurice Hooker speak about their respective upcoming fights on the Kovalev-Ward undercard. The fight will take place on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Curtis Stevens

“Training camp was excellent. I did the first half in Boca [Raton], Florida and the second half we did up in Oxnard. It was great. I brought in Cicilio Flores for strength and conditioning. Everything was great.”

“I need to go in there and let my hands go like I did in the Teixeira fight. I don’t look at this fight as another step towards the big fight. A fight is a fight. He is coming to win and so am I.” (more…)

Photos: Tom Hogan / Roc Nation Sports Curtis Stevens, James De La Rosa, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Isaac Chilemba and Maurice Hooker …


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IBF#8 Otake defeats Venezuelan Espinoza

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

IBF#8 super-bantam Hidetake Otake (27-2-3, 12 KOs), 123, had a tough time coping with Venezuelan Alexander Espinoza (11-9-1, 10 KOs), 123, but kept fighting toe-to-toe to earn a majority decision (77-74, 76-74, 75-75) over eight hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt from Scott Quigg in Liverpool UK in 2014, the shaven-skulled Japanese thus scored five wins in a row since, but Espinoza was a much tougher opponent than expected. The Venezuelan showed an opening attack in the first two rounds, but Otake responded to his rallies with a countering right that decked him to the deck to almost turn the tide in the second. From the third on they kept mixing it up with Espinoza penalized a point due to having hit low in round six. Otake’s durability managed to withstand the Venezuelan’s busy combinations throughout the contest.

Promoter: Kaneko Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat IBF#8 super-bantam Hidetake Otake (27-2-3, 12 KOs), 123, had a tough time coping …


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Arikawa keeps Japanese 147lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12 KOs), 146.75, successfully made his initial defense of the Japanese welterweight belt as he avenged his previous defeat in 2013 and scored a come-from-behind TKO over Yasuhiro Okawa (14-13-3, 5 KOs), 147, at 0:27 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Arikawa was a Tokyo University dropout, and kept fighting since his pro debut in 2008. Tokyo Univ. is to Japan is what Harvard Univ. is to the US. Despite his high academic career Arikawa dropped out of the highest seat of learning and entered the paid ranks. Having acquired the vacant national belt by stopping Hiroyuki Shindo in the tenth and final round this April, Arikawa, stiff but strong, took a countering right and hit the deck midway in round two, but displayed a furious retaliation to make his grudge rival a bloody mess. The third saw Arikawa batter him from all angles and have him in great trouble with the referee’s intervention to save the gory loser in the next session.

Promoter: Kawashima Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12 KOs), 146.75, successfully made his initial defense of …



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Andre Ward fights to find the right words

By Robert Hough

Fighting Sergey Kovalev? Taking the big risk is what defines greatness, Andre Ward believes, and something he’s embraced. Speaking out about racial issues like so many athletes have chosen to do? That’s a harder challenge for the man who reveres Muhammad Ali.

In the weeks before the Kovalev fight, for light-heavyweight supremacy, Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) was as outgoing and quick to smile as ever when he talked about facing the Russian champ. The words were slow and few, though, and the smile was gone when he wrestled with the question of what if anything he might say about race in America and related realities.

“If you say something, you better be ready for what comes next,” said Ward, who reiterated his admiration for Ali’s candor in speaking out about race relations.

“He did that in the ’60s,” he said. “In the ’60s.” (more…)

By Robert Hough Fighting Sergey Kovalev? Taking the big risk is what defines greatness, Andre Ward believes, and something he’s …


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Haskins to defend IBF title in Japan Dec 31

IBF World Bantamweight Champion Lee Haskins will defend his World Title on 31st December in Kyoto, Japan. He will face Japan’s big punching Shohei Omori who is currently ranked #6 WBC and #14 IBF.

Japanese champion Omori holds an impressive record of 17 wins including 12 knockouts with only one defeat against current WBO champion Marlon Tapales last year. The 23-year-old southpaw is a two-time national champion but has yet to box outside of his home country, his fight against Haskins will be Omori’s first shot at a world title. (more…)

IBF World Bantamweight Champion Lee Haskins will defend his World Title on 31st December in Kyoto, Japan. He will face …


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Abner Mares: I Will Show You Guys a New Abner

By Miguel Maravilla

Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico will be looking to add a fourth world title to his collection when he takes WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina. Mares will challenge Cuellar on Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C in Los Angeles live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

“I am excited to finally be fighting. Now it’s just about getting ready and giving you all an exciting fight,” Abner Mares told Fightnews.com “I am excited to be fighting here at USC,” Mares added.

Originally scheduled to fight back in June in Brooklyn, New York, Mares was slated to take on Cuellar however an eye injury to Mares forced the fight to be postponed. Now Mares gets set to return as he’s been out of the ring since August of 2015. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, …


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Mayweather meets Trump

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather dropped by Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday to congratulate President-Elect Trump. Floyd was in town for a press conference announcing a January 14 show he’s promoting in Brooklyn.

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather dropped by Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday to congratulate President-Elect Trump. Floyd was …



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Golovkin lashes out at Froch

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has become known for a big smile and lack of willingness to trash-talk. But on Wednesday the pound-for-pound star ditched his mild-mannered persona and lobbed some verbal bombs at former 168lb champion Carl Froch on Twitter.

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WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has become known for a big smile and lack of willingness to trash-talk. But on …


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Jack-DeGale/Pedraza-Davis Kickoff Presser

A press conference took place Wednesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Floyd Mayweather along with several New York boxing “ambassadors” signified the return of boxing to New York by announcing the WBC/IBF super middleweight world championship unification fight featuring Badou Jack against James DeGale that will take place Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Also announced on Wednesday and featured on the telecast is undefeated IBF jr lightweight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza taking on unbeaten rising contender Gervonta “The One” Davis.

Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday: (more…)

A press conference took place Wednesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Floyd Mayweather along with several New York boxing …


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Shot of the Day

“My hand will be raised on Saturday night,” says WBC #4 rated light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who takes on former world title challenger Issac Chilemba on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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“My hand will be raised on Saturday night,” says WBC #4 rated light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who takes on former …


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Gavronski faces Awimbono Saturday in Tacoma

By Ricardo Ibarra

Fresh off his impressive sixth round knockout win over previously unbeaten Australian prospect Jake Carr just two months ago, Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (21-2-1, 14 KOs) will look to keep his renewed momentum going on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, taking on Accra, Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono (25-4-1, 21 KOs) in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 108.” (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Fresh off his impressive sixth round knockout win over previously unbeaten Australian prospect Jake Carr just two …


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Tommy Karpency returns to the ring on Friday

Light heavyweight title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6, 15 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday against Mickey Scarborough (6-10, 6 KOS) in the 8 round main event of the Pro-Am card presented by Dyer Promotions at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. After a victory over former WBC champ Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) on Showtime, Karpency was defeated in his bid against Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) for the WBC world title a year ago on Spike TV.

The co-feature will pit undefeated Dakota Linger (6-0-1, 5 KOs) and Adriano Ramirez (8-0, 5 KOs) in an 8 round battle for the West Virginia super lightweight title. On the undercard, heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency (12-1) tangles with former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (20-21) over 8 rounds. In addition, Dan Karpency (6-1) meets Donny Miller (7-20), while Eric Palmer (8-10) faces Clifford Gregory (1-14) in another 4 round, super welterweight scrap. (more…)

Light heavyweight title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6, 15 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday against Mickey Scarborough (6-10, 6 …


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Arum about to hit another milestone

Bob Arum is about to hit another landmark in what has been a landmark year for the Brooklyn-born Hall of Fame promoter. On March 29, Arum celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first event he ever promoted — the battle for the Heavyweight Championship of the World between Muhammad Ali and George Chuvalo.

Now Top Rank’s Lomachenko-Walters card on November 26 in Las Vegas Will Be Arum’s 2,000th event. Then, the following week, Arum will fly to New Zealand where he’ll celebrate his 85th birthday on December 8, and two days later sit ringside watching Parker-Ruiz for the WBO heavyweight title.

“When I promoted my first fight my accountants were still using roman numerals,” said Arum. “It’s been quite an adventure.”

Bob Arum is about to hit another landmark in what has been a landmark year for the Brooklyn-born Hall of …


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Andre Ward is older, wiser and happier

Photo: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

By Robert Hough

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward comes across like this Saturday is the day he takes his family on a dream vacation.

The 32-year-old, who fights WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) on that day at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada has been full of good cheer in the days before the bout. He’s quick to joke about football, show with a smile that he has one Adele song – the chart-topping “Hello” — on his iPhone.

“One thing I’ve been trying to do more enjoy the process,” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) said recently at a media event in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Of course there’s hard work and sacrifice and all that, but I can and I do enjoy all of this more than I used to.” (more…)

By Robert Hough Andre “S.O.G.” Ward comes across like this Saturday is the day he takes his family on a …


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Kovalev-Ward Grand Arrivals

Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward made their grand arrivals on Tuesday afternoon at the MGM Grand Main Lobby in Las Vegas. They will face off for the first time during Fight Week at Thursday’s final press conference.

Photo: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward made their grand arrivals on Tuesday afternoon at the MGM Grand Main Lobby in Las …


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Weights from Haiti

By Robert Coster

Evens Pierre 135 vs. Juan Carlos Salgado 135
(WBA lightweight Fedelatin title)

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Photo: Aris Aladin Jean Louis

Azae Augustama 175 vs. Wilmer Mejia173
(WBA light heavyweight Fedelatin title)

Wilky Campfort154 vs. Jeffrey Rosales153
(WBA jr middleweight Fedecaribe title)

Melissa St Vil 132 vs. Diana Garcia 136.5
Juan Carlos Pena 141 vs. Elvin De La Rosa 147

Venue: Karibe Hotel Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti
Promoter: Boxeinternationale (Jacques Deschamps)

By Robert Coster Evens Pierre 135 vs. Juan Carlos Salgado 135 (WBA lightweight Fedelatin title) Azae Augustama 175 vs. Wilmer …


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Shumenov-Dorticós Purse Bid Results

On Monday at the World Boxing Association headquarters, Caribbean Promotions won the purse bid to promote the championship bout between the WBA World cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nevada, by way of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, and interim WBA World cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticós (21- 0, 20 KOs), from Miami, Florida, by way of Havana, Cuba.

The proposed dates for this fight are February 4 in Houston or Las Vegas, or February 11 in Miami.

For Caribbean Promotions, Dorticós’ representatives, Luis Fonseca and Tony Gonzalez, were present at the purse bid, while Shumenov was represented by Zach Margules of TGB Promotion.

On Monday at the World Boxing Association headquarters, Caribbean Promotions won the purse bid to promote the championship bout between …


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Boxing returns to New York City on Jan 14

A press conference will be held tomorrow at the Barclays Center GEICO Atrium in Brooklyn to officially announce the January 14 world title twinbill featuring the super middleweight world title unification showdown berween WBC champion Badou Jack and IBF champion James DeGale. In the co-main, IBF junior lightweight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza battles undefeated Gervonta “The One” Davis. Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather will be in attendance and fight fans are welcome. The festivities begin at noon.

The card will be the first in the once active boxing state since September when the New York State Athletic Commission enacted expensive new insurance requirements that promoters balked at paying.

A press conference will be held tomorrow at the Barclays Center GEICO Atrium in Brooklyn to officially announce the January …


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Late Results from Maine

By Matt Thompson at ringside

In the main event of Portland Boxing Club’s pro-am card at the Portland Expo Center in Maine this past Saturday, middleweight Russell Lamour, Jr improved to 15-2 (7) with a hard-fought unanimous decision over the determined Jaime Barboza (19-10, 9 KOs) of San Jose, Costa Rica. (more…)

By Matt Thompson at ringside In the main event of Portland Boxing Club’s pro-am card at the Portland Expo Center …


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Former WBC World Champion Giacobbe Fragomeni back in the ring

47-year-old former WBC World cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (33-5-2, 13 KOs) will be back in action on January 14, 2017 at Teatro della Luna (1,730 seats) in Assago, close to Milan, Italy. He will fight in the main event of The Night of Kick and Punch 6, a show which will also offer many kickboxing fights. Fragomeni’s last fight was held on October 2015, then he chose to pursue a career in show-business and among other things he won the Italian edition of Celebrity Survivor (L’isola dei famosi). After that his popularity in Italy increased greatly and he was a guest in many other TV shows and was requested as trainer in seminars all over the peninsula.

Now, the ring bug caught him again: “I’m leaving for Southern Italy – said Fragomeni – where I will train with famous coach Biagio Zurlo, in Torre Annunziata (Campania region) for a full month. I want to test my skills to the limit to produce a great performance on January 14. It will be a six rounds or eight rounds fight. My promoter Giulio Spagnoli is choosing the opponent. I want a tough guy to verify how tough I’m right now. If I’m pleased with my performance, I will have 3 or 4 fights in a short period.”

47-year-old former WBC World cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (33-5-2, 13 KOs) will be back in action on January 14, 2017 …


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Hooker poised for PPV debut

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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Stacey Verbeek

From the hardscrabble streets of Dallas, Texas to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) is well on his way to hitting the proverbial jackpot. Guided by his manager Arnie Verbeek, owner of Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas and promoter Roc Nation, Hooker will make his PPV debut as the lead in fight to Kovalev-Ward when he fights former world champion Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday, November 19th.

For Hooker, with his slender build and powerful right hand and of course his signature lollipop that he brings into the ring and enjoys post-fight, the path to this point has been anything but easy. Nothing has been handed to Hooker and every fight to date has been an important stepping stone to get to this stage of his career. Perhaps that is why he seems unfazed of the moment and the fortunes that potentially lie ahead.

“It’s another fight, another big fight. It’s still a ring, I still go in there and do my thing. I try not to let anything get to me, just another fight.” (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos by Stacey Verbeek From the hardscrabble streets of Dallas, Texas to the bright lights of Las …


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Orozco opponent named: Fidel Maldonado Jr

Super lightweight standout and undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) will face one of his toughest challenges to date, taking on the always-dangerous and exciting Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBC International Super Lightweight Championship in the 10-round co-main event of the Dec. 16 HBO Latino® Boxing tripleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

The card will feature a light heavyweight match-up of top contenders between WBC USNBC Champion Vyacheslav “Lionheart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) and Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) in the main event and Bronx-born IBF North American welterweight titlist Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) putting his title on the line in a 10-round fight against undefeated Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (16-0, 11 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Super lightweight standout and undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) will face one of his toughest challenges to …


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Roy Jones Jr: No prediction on Kovalev-Ward

Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. weighs in on Saturday’s Kovalev-Ward PPV showdown from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

As a former light heavyweight world champion, what are your observations on the Kovalev-Ward fight?

“Very good fight. Best fight of boxing today. I look forward to seeing it. To me it’s one of the best fights we had in boxing in years as far as guys being in their prime, being the two best in the division. That is just a great fight. A great fight for boxing.”

How would you break down this match-up?

“No I don’t have a prediction. Andre Ward hasn’t been beaten in a long time, and if there was a guy that could beat him, there is the guy, so…”

Which fighter, Kovalev or Ward, would have given you the best fight when you were 175-pound world champion?

“Both of them would be really good fights, very hard fights to fight. Very different fights to fight. My hand speed maybe would be better against both of them but they’d be tough guys to fight. Kovalev because of the power and Ward because of his mentality, he’s a very smart guy in the ring. Very hard fights, but speed factor is probably what I would use to get both of them beat.”

Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. weighs in on Saturday’s Kovalev-Ward PPV showdown from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. …


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Stiverne fails drug test, clash with Povetkin for interim WBC heavyweight title still on

Heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne has failed a drug test, but will still be allowed to face Alexander Povetkin interim WBC World heavyweight title on December 17 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

On November 11, VADA notified the WBC that Stiverne’s anti-doping test taken from his November 4 sample (the “Test”) pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (“CPB”) yielded an adverse finding for the banned substance methylhexaneamine (also known as dimethyamylamine or “DMAA”).

DMAA is sold currently as a dietary supplement and as an ingredient is various energy preparations. Due to safety concerns, DMAA has been temporarily removed from military stores in the US. Its use has been linked to several reports of serious, life-threatening side effects which appears to be the main reason why the World Anti-Doping Agency added DMAA to its prohibited substances list in 2010. (more…)

Heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne has failed a drug test, but will still be allowed to face Alexander Povetkin interim WBC …


Column

The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

I am a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and today is a good one after a dramatic win over our Archrivals Pittsburgh Steelers. It has been way too long since the Cowboys have had any success: 20 years since winning a Superbowl, and many seasons waiting for something to happen. Today’s team is lead by two rookies, the quarterback and running back, and everyone feels part of the team with high motivation, and all is reflected in their 8-1 record.

This has to be a great motivation for all athletes from all sports. Paradigms need to be broken, things need to be moved around, and that is precisely how a rookie dreams of one day becoming the future star. In boxing, there are certainly those out there who dream of being the next WBC champion, to conquer the world, conquer glory and fame, and all that comes with such success. I see Tevin Farmer anxious to get notoriety, I see Carlos Balderas anxious to debut in pro boxing. Rocky Hernandez wants the big fights even he is only 18 years of age. I see women waiting for that crack in U.S. market . Well, it is all possible – keep working hard, see yourself as the Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys, and make it happen!

The WBC’s 54th Annual Convention is fast aproaching, and I am so exited about it! The special memorial that has been prepared for The King of Boxing – The Greatest, Muhammad Ali – is going to be spectacular. I have been in communications with so many champions who will be attending, many of the current champions and many of the all-time heroes: The Mayor of Kiev, our own Vitali Klitschko, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Naseem Hamed, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Jeff Fenech, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., and so many more champions who will all be honored by the WBC. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son I am a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and today is …


Boxing News

Ruiz: Parker didn’t look good against Takam

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO#3 Andy Ruiz is confident he defeat WBO#1 Joseph Parker when they clash at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10. Ruiz also mentioned Parker’s height advantage will work against him.

Andy Ruiz said “I have been fighting tall fighters all my life so this fight is not going to be any different. I like fighting taller fighters because tall fighters don’t like to fight short fighters … they don’t like them always being there. I like to move and always like being there, it gives problems to a lot of top fighters. I find short guys more difficult, they turn in a little ball and it’s harder to get them. Taller fighters, with your speed and combinations, it’s a direct target. In his fight against Carlos Takam he didn’t really look that good, he’s not good fighting backwards. That’s going to be my advantage, pursuing him and throwing my combinations.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO#3 Andy Ruiz is confident he defeat WBO#1 Joseph Parker when they clash …










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