Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In a battle for supremacy of the super middleweight division, WBC champion Badou ...

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Gervonta Davis delivered a star-making performance in the co-featured fight of the night, ...

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Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Middleweight Immanuwel Aleem scored the biggest win his of career with an upset, ...

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Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

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Ward: I don’t know how much stock you can put into the last couple of years

After shadowboxing in the ring and a few rounds on the punching bags on Tuesday, two-time world champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) spoke to reporters during a media workout at King’s Gym in Oakland, California. Ward takes on Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland in a bout televised by HBO.

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Photo: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos

Andre Ward: “It feels good to be back at Oracle Arena multiple times this year. I don’t know how much stock you can put into the last couple of years. A lot of people are talking about it, but people have to weigh in the amount of time I have been doing this, which is all my life…Taking those couple years where maybe you’re not fighting as frequently, it’s not always a bad thing, especially late in your career.

“…Sergey Kovalev is not on my mind at all. I’ve got a job to do. I haven’t even talked about Kovalev. We can talk about Kovalev on August 7th, that’s what I told my team. I didn’t watch his last fight, he’s not my next opponent but I know what happened and what people are saying about it.

“I’ve never seen Brand in person. It’s tricky, in my last fight, Sullivan Barrera was a little bit bigger than me. Everyone made a big deal about that, and Brand is smaller than me. You’ve got to be able to get it done, short or tall, explosive or wild. Brand is wild, so it’s going to take a few rounds to break him down and tame him before we start doing what we want to do. As a championship-caliber fighter, you’ve got to be able to deal with everything, every style and size. I’ve never seen the guy in person, so it’s hard to gauge.” (more…)

After shadowboxing in the ring and a few rounds on the punching bags on Tuesday, two-time world champion and top-rated …


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Lee Baxter Promotions inks Logan McGuinness

Toronto-based Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super featherweight Logan “Cotton” McGuinness (23-0-1, 10 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement. Living and fighting out of Orangeville, Ontario, the 29-year-old McGuinness is a former WBA-NABA champion at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, earning NABA Fighter of the Year in 2011. Formerly ranked number four in the world by the WBA, McGuinness has been inactive since May 2015 due to out of the ring issues and is excited to get back in the squared circle.

Toronto-based Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super featherweight Logan “Cotton” McGuinness (23-0-1, 10 KOs) …



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Ex-champ Green overcomes Watts

In his first fight since August 2015, former world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Kane Watts (18-3, 11 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In round two Watts staggered Green with a hard right hand. Also in round two, Green was cut over the right eye by a clash of heads. In round five the referee docked a point from Watts for throwing Green to the canvas. In round nine Green landed a strong right hand, knocking down Watts. Watts was knocked down again in round ten by a right hand from Green. Scores were 99-89, 99-89, 98-89.

Cruiserweight Mark Flanagan (20-4, 13 KOs) scored a second round knockout over James Langton (10-6, 5 KOs). In round two, Flanagan landed a devastating left hook on Langton knocking him out.

Super lightweight Czar Amonsot (32-3-3, 20 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Christian Lopez (20-4-1, 11 KOs). At the start of round three, Amonsot unloaded quick combos on Lopez, knocking him down. Lopez got up but he was unable to survive the round.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Jason Moloney (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Francisco (14-2-1, 1 KO). Moloney controlled the action throughout the fight. In round three, Moloney landed an overhand right which knocked down the bewildered Francisco. Scores were 59-54, 59-54, 60-53.

In his first fight since August 2015, former world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) scored a …


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Mauricio Sulaiman: Exclusive Interview at Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

By Jeff Zimmerman

Fightnews caught up with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman this past weekend as he was in Las Vegas to support the 4th annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. The two day event was held at Caesars Palace, where many of boxing’s legendary fights took place, including The Fan Man fight that included one of this year’s inductees, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, in the second fight of his classic trilogy with Evander Holyfield. Also inducted was woman’s boxing pioneer Christy “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Martin, the electric Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker who is arguably the greatest defensive fighter of all time, Nevada’s first world champion Freddie Little and Mexican great Ricardo “Finito” Lopez who made 22 title defenses at strawweight plus several other contributors to the sweet science in the state of Nevada.

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Photo: Jeff Zimmerman

Sulaiman gave insight on his association with the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and shared his thoughts on the inductees, many of which won WBC titles during their career. He discussed the role Muhammad Ali played in shaping the WBC and meeting his idol Sugar Ray Leonard as a child at his home. Leonard was on hand to pay tribute to The Greatest during the ceremony. Sulaiman shared fond memories of Caesars Palace as an iconic boxing venue, the greatness of Lonnie Ali and the importance of boxing hall of fames to preserve the legacy of the fighters. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Fightnews caught up with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman this past weekend as he was in Las Vegas …




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Photos: Ward, Brand Media Day

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Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

Two-time world champion Andre Ward and Alexander Brand participated in a media workout Tuesday in Oakland, California. They clash Saturday night at Oracle Arena in a bout that will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

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Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports Two-time world champion Andre Ward and Alexander Brand participated in a media workout Tuesday …


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Ortiz-Ustinov collapses

The WBA-mandated fight between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) planned for the Canelo-Smith undercard on September 17 in Dallas is apparently off. “We are extremely disappointed to hear that despite agreeing terms, signing a contract and announcing a date for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Championship that Luis Ortiz is refusing to honor the agreement to fight on the 17th September and has withdrawn,” said Ustinov’s promoter Vlad Hrunov. “Golden Boy Promotions have acted with integrity and in good faith and I hear that Ortiz is now negotiating a termination of his contract with Golden Boy.”

The WBA-mandated fight between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) planned …


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Results from Maccarese (Rome)

By Marco Bratusch at ringside

29-year-old super middleweight Valerio Ranaldi (11-1, 6 KOs) retained his Italian domestic title via majority decision against mandatory challenger Alessandro Sinacore (12-2, 5 KOs) after ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday night in Maccarese, Rome (Italy). The fight topped a BBT Production card promoted by Davide Buccioni at “L’Ancora” Beach Resort with the ring placed aside the sea and with a good crowd in attendance to see the clash between two fellow Romans. Judges’ scorecards had it 95-95, 96-95 and a wider 97-94 in favor of the champion. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch at ringside 29-year-old super middleweight Valerio Ranaldi (11-1, 6 KOs) retained his Italian domestic title via majority …


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Loeffler on GGG-Brook in London: Even Roy Jones Jr didn’t do that

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions

“At the photo shoot in London, Kell was heavier than Gennady is right now. GGG walks around 170, maybe 172. If GGG decides to fight at 168, he will have zero problems to beat whoever is in front of him and go back to 160 to defend his belts. Imagine how much faster than his opponents Gennady would be at 168 plus add his power. Kell Brook in London was maybe 180 pounds. He’s saying that feels so much stronger because had to lose so much weight to make 147. Even on fight night, I think Brook will weigh way more than GGG. Big welterweight vs. small middleweight,” said K2 managing director Tom Loeffler. Loeffler, who promotes WBC/WBA/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) talks about GGG’s September 10 clash with Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO) – and much more. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions “At the photo shoot in London, Kell was heavier than Gennady is right …



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Wanheng defeats Juarez, retains WBC 105lb title

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee

WBC 105lb king Wanheng Meenayothin (43-0, 17 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as he won a unanimous decision over WBC #1 Saul Juarez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) on Tuesday at the City Hall Ground of Chonburi Province, Thailand. Scored: Jesse Reyes (USA) 115-113, Barry Lindenman (USA) 116-112, Jae Bong Kim (South Korea) 116-113. After a close affair contest in the first four round, Wanheng dominated during rounds five to eight with his more accurate counterpunches and led 77-75, 78-74, 78-75 by the score announcement after round eight. Thereafter, it was not hard for him to take control the fight until the final round.

In other action, Singsayan CP Freshmart (reportedly 4-0) won a 99-91, 96-94, 96-94 unanimous decision over China’s Jin Dunshun to capture the vacant WBC Youth 115lb title. (more…)

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Sroi Mungmee WBC 105lb king Wanheng Meenayothin (43-0, 17 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as …


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Ward a HUGE favorite over Brand

Former two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is a whopping 85:1 favorite at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Euro sportsbooks have Ward and even wider favorite at -10000, that is bet $10,000 to win $100. The event will be televised live on HBO.

Former two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is a whopping 85:1 favorite at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand …


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Morales-Franco headline LA Fight Club

Junior featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (13-1-3, 6 KOs) is being matched up against Cuban Luis “La Estrella” Franco (14-1-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. This is another test for “The Solution”, who has continuously proven to the critics that despite his rocky professional start, he has the motivation to make a jaw-dropping career turn-around. A three-year professional, Morales got off to a shaky start in his career with a loss and three draws in his first four fights. Since then, “The Solution” has been unstoppable winning 13 straight bouts.

Junior featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (13-1-3, 6 KOs) is being matched up against Cuban Luis “La Estrella” Franco (14-1-1, …


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Q&A: Promoter Hannah Nasari

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews.com® to advise she began promoting in 2008 and has done over one hundred shows in several venues throughout Sydney with her husband Paul Nasari. She explains what duties she performs as a successful promoter and is looking forward to expanding the Neutral Corner promotional company in 2017. Hannah mentions the highlight of 2016 was attending the IBF Convention in China and meeting the IBF President Daryl Peoples, also Lindsey Tucker and Anibal Miramontes and becoming a member of the IBF family. Hannah also mentions meeting WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman at OPBF convention in the Philippines who offered her great advice.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews.com® to advise she began promoting in …



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The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

THE POWER OF WOMEN

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony this past weekend in Las Vegas at the iconic Caesar’s Palace. It was a memorable event as Rich Marotta´s leadership keeps moving the NVBHF into the right direction honoring the heroes from the past who have made our sport the best in the world. The countless hours of work and dedication of Michelle Corrales and the complete NVBHF team was worth it as the event was phenomenal.

Christy Martin Salters, “The Coal Miners Daughter” is the first female fighter to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Christy is one of the pioneers and is responsible for opening the doors to many other women. She inspired many to go into the gym, break paradigms, overcome discrimination and abuse of power and showed the world that WOMEN can fight! She is a great story, her speech was breathtaking and we all applaud her courage and strength to always be a champion inside and outside the ring. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son THE POWER OF WOMEN The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held …


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Benavidez-Douglin meet Friday in Philadelphia

ESPN is about to get out of the boxing business, but before that happens we still have two more shows left on the schedule starting Friday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. In the main event, undefeated rising super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) faces Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in a ten round clash.

“This is going to be a tough fight,” said Benavidez. “I know Douglin is hungry to give me my first loss. He’s coming off three wins in a row, so I’m taking this fight very seriously. Being that he’s a southpaw, I’ll have to do some things a little different. We worked on all that stuff in camp so I know I’m going to be ready for anything he brings to the ring.”

In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) faces Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in another ten rounder.

ESPN is about to get out of the boxing business, but before that happens we still have two more shows …


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Golovkin-Brook London Press Conference

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin faced off with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at a press conference in London today to promote their September 10 showdown at the O2 Arena.

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Gennady Golovkin: I’m very excited and happy to be in London. I’m excited to perform in front of the UK fans. Kell Brook has my full respect and a great team behind him. It’s not easy for us to get opponents – he’s ready for me and I’m ready for him. I will bring a big, big show to London and the fans are going to love it. Kell Brook is the biggest test to me – he’s a great champion, he’s moving up in weight but great fighters have done that and won so I know he’s a great boxer and he will test me the most.

Kell Brook: This is the biggest fight in world boxing – I’m so excited. I’m the best welterweight in the world and no-one wants to fight me, he’s the best middleweight in the world and no one wants him. I’ll be his size on the night and I’m bringing the speed to middleweight. To be the best you have to beat the best. I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight. It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport. (more…)

Photos: Lawrence Lustig WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin faced off with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at a press conference …


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DC Boxing Chair wins amateur title

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By Gary “Digital” Williams

Washington, DC has been known for great boxing among its boxers. Now it looks like the people who head the governing body for pro boxing in the Nation’s Capital are getting in on the action as well. On Friday, July 30th, the chair of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, Adam Weers, won a championship in the Men’s Masters division of the Ringside Amateur World Championships in Independence, MO.

The 39-year-old Weers has been boxing for 11 years but only recently started competing in tournaments. “The competition was really tough,” Weers told Fightnews.com®. “It was great to come out with a win. Weers is shown in the photograph alongside Marshall Cunningham, the chair of the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing, the board that oversees amateur boxing in DC and in parts of Maryland. Weers has led the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission since February of 2016.

By Gary “Digital” Williams Washington, DC has been known for great boxing among its boxers. Now it looks like the …



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Rex Tso headlines Oct 8 Hong Kong card

Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is to return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on October 8th in Hong Kong. Co-promoted by DEF Promotions and Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October). Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Japan for the vacant WBO International junior bantamweight title. Maekawa, rated is a highly regarded fighter from the fabled Watanabe Gym stable and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who has 13 successful world title defenses to his name.

With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.

Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is to return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on October 8th in Hong …


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Weights from Thailand

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Diamond Boxing Promotion

Wanheng Meenayothin 105 vs. Saul Juarez 104
(WBC Minimumweight championship)

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Undercard:
Singsayan CP Freshmart 115 vs. Wang Chung 115
(Vacant WBC Youth Superflyweight championship)
Petch CP Freshmart 120 vs. Termchok Twinsgym 119
Wanchana Meenayothin 124 vs. Petch-aswin Sithwarunee 124

Venue: City Hall Ground, Chonburi, Thailand
Promoter : Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Diamond Boxing Promotion
TV: Live on Channel 7 Thailand ( August 2, 1:45 PM-4:15 PM, GMT+7)

(more…)

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Diamond Boxing Promotion Wanheng Meenayothin 105 vs. Saul Juarez 104 (WBC Minimumweight championship) Undercard: Singsayan CP …


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Brant-Fitzpatrick clash Friday at Pechanga

This Friday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc., in association with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will present a quadrupleheader on CBS Sports Network.

In the night’s televised main event, red-hot WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob “Bravo” Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, will look to keep his momentum going in a 10-round battle against Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs). (more…)

This Friday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc., in association …


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Shot of the Day

Photo: William Cherry

Carl Frampton was joined Sunday evening by 300 of his “closest friends” from the UK as The Jackal Army celebrated his slugfest victory over Leo Santa Cruz to capture the WBA Featherweight Championship. The unbeaten (23-0, 14 KOs) Belfast-born star was joined at Annie Moore’s Pub in New York City by Hall of Fame manager Barry McGuigan, who held the same belt 30 years prior, and Barry’s son Shane who trains Frampton.

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Photo: William Cherry Carl Frampton was joined Sunday evening by 300 of his “closest friends” from the UK as The …


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Koelling defends WBA Int’l title against Liebenberg

Light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The fight will provide chief support for the WBA world light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly. Koelling, who claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak at the MBS Arena in Brandenberg in April, will face a tough test from Liebenberg, a dangerous South African, who pushed his stablemate Erik Skoglund to a close points decision in Stockholm earlier this year.

Light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) on …


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Mkhize loses unbeaten record

By Ron Jackson

In a junior flyweight clash, Mpho Sefaro (pictured) outboxed the popular and previously unbeaten Percy Mkhize, to win on a six round split decision at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The shorter Mkhize (50.18kg) from the Alan Toweel gym made a good star and possibly shaded the first two rounds. Mkhize was dropped to his knees with a short right for a count from referee Ben Ncapai in the third round. He then forgot about his basic boxing skills and started throwing wild left and rights which went over the head of Sefaro most of the time. The scores were 58-55 and 57-56 for Seforo and 57-56 for Mkhize. Seforo (48.22kg) from the Dida Gym improved his record to 3-0, 2 KOs and Mkhize’s record dropped 7-1, 3 KOs. (more…)

By Ron Jackson In a junior flyweight clash, Mpho Sefaro (pictured) outboxed the popular and previously unbeaten Percy Mkhize, to …


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Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Jeff Zimmerman

Once again, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame showed why they may be the best Hall of Fame outside of Canastota, NY. In only their 4th year of existence, the brainchild of longtime boxing announcer Rich Marotta, has turned into an annual gathering of boxing elite, fight fans and celebrities. With Michelle Corrales, widow of former world champion Diego Corrales, serving as COO and running the day-to-day operations, induction weekend has quickly become one of boxing’s biggest summer events. Las Vegas, long known as the fight capital of the world, is the perfect destination with all its glitz and glamor not to mention all of the historical fights that have taken place in the desert and at Caesars Palace, the home for the last two years induction ceremonies that have both sold out. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Jeff Zimmerman Once again, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame showed why they may be the …


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August Boxing Preview

August is normally a light month for boxing action, but with the Rio Olympics running, action is even more sparse. Twelve shows, five from PBC, two from Top Rank, one each from Golden Boy, Roc Nation, Salita Promotions, Zanfer Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

Below is the month’s TV lineup in the US:

August 5 – ESPN
David Benavidez vs. Denis Douglin (super middleweight)
August 5 – CBSSN
Rob Brant vs. Chris Fitzpatrick (middleweight)
August 6 – HBO
Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand (light heavyweight)
August 6 – UniMas
Juan Diaz vs. Cesar Vazquez (lightweight)
August 12 – ESPN
Miguel Flores vs. Ryan Kielczewski (featherweight)
August 13 – beIN Sports Espanol
Antonio Margarito vs. Ramon Alvarez (super welterweight)
August 19 – Showtime
Jarrell Miller vs. Fred Kassi (heavyweight)
August 19 – Estrella TV
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Oscar Riojas (light heavyweight)
August 21 – NBC
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Leonard Bundu (welterweight)
August 23 – Fox Sports 1
Caleb Plant vs. TBA (super middleweight)
August 27 – Spike
Robert Guerrero vs. David Peralta (welterweight)
August 27 – UniMas
Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb (featherweight)

Things heat up again in September.

August is normally a light month for boxing action, but with the Rio Olympics running, action is even more sparse. …


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Frampton extends British boxing dominance

By Robert Coster

With Carl Frampton’s win over Leo Santa Cruz, there are now 14, yes 14 British world champions in the four major boxing organizations (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO). The USA, once the dominant power in pro boxing, follows with 11 world titlists and Mexico is third with 9.

UK: Tony Bellew, Kell Brook, Ricky Burns, Anthony Crolla, James DeGale, Terry Flanagan, Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Lee Haskins, Jamie McDonnell, Billie Joe Saunders, Lee Selby, Liam Smith.

USA: Deontay Wilder, Daniel Jacobs, Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Jesse Vargas, Terrence Crawford, Jason Sosa, Gary Russell Jr, Rau’shee Warren

Mexico: Jose Argumedo, Ganigan Lopez, Juan F Estrada, Carlos Cuadras, Hugo Ruiz, Oscar Valdez, Francisco Vargas, Miguel Berchelt, Gilberto Ramirez

So how did we get to this golden age in British boxing? British boxing expert and columnist Eric Armit attributes it to a top level amateur program, excellent promoters, some of the best trainers in the world and great TV backing.

By Robert Coster With Carl Frampton’s win over Leo Santa Cruz, there are now 14, yes 14 British world champions …


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Roger Mayweather Found Safe

Happy to report that boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, the former world champion and uncle of Floyd Mayweather has been found. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that Roger “was found safe on Flamingo Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.” The Las Vegas Police Department had issued a “Missing Endangered Adult” report after Roger went missing on Saturday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Missing Persons Detail is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Roger Mayweather. Roger was last seen in the area of Spring Mountain and Valley View at approximately 3:00 p.m on July 30, 2016.. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue sweatpants and white tennis shoes. Roger might be suffering for several known medical issues and is without his medication. All area hospitals are to check their registries and to notify LVMPD if located. It should be noted that “HPPA” permits disclosure to law enforcement upon request and is authorized pursuant 45 C.F.R., section 164.512. Anyone with any information on the known whereabouts of Roger Mayweather is strongly urged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Missing Persons Detail immediately.

Happy to report that boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, the former world champion and uncle of Floyd Mayweather has been found. …


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Frampton, Santa Cruz post-fight press conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com

Carl Frampton: “I don’t know what to say, I don’t think it has sunk in yet. I wanted to win. It was the toughest fight of my career. I think I hurt him in the second round, once I hit him hard he backed off. I don’t think there is a rematch clause but I don’t know. I would love to take him to Belfast…there is Lee Selby and Gary Russell here too.”

Leo Santa Cruz: “It was a great fight, it was a tough fight, it could have gone either way. I don’t take nothing from Frampton, we just want the rematch…I want a rematch in LA or in Belfast. All I am thinking of is the rematch against Carl Frampton. Hopefully we get it.”

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Promoter Lou DiBella: “These guys fought a war at a tremendous level. Two great fighters fought and we saw a great fight. I thought it was a close fight. The 117-111 card does not represent what the fight was like, there were some close rounds, if anything Santa Cruz caught up at the end…if you are a boxing fan and didn’t like that, something is wrong with you.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com Carl Frampton: “I don’t know what to say, I don’t think it has …


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Frampton-Santa Cruz delivered on promises

By Matt Richardson
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com

When it was announced earlier this year, boxing fans knew that a Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton bout had action potential. How much potential, however, particularly in light of Frampton’s dominant but dull win over Scott Quigg in February was unknown. On Saturday night, in front of 9,062 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, that untapped possibility turned into reality when the two unbeaten featherweights combined to put on one of the best fights of the year.

Ultimately it was Frampton, the product of Belfast, Northern Ireland who walked away with the win, obtained by a majority decision with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. It was a hard-earned, well fought and decently scored fight, even if it should’ve been closer by a round or two. In addition to winning Santa Cruz’s WBA title, Frampton also put himself into the conversation for Fighter of the Year. (more…)

By Matt Richardson Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com When it was announced earlier this year, boxing fans knew that a Leo …


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Ogedengbe still unbeaten

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen

Unbeaten English-born and Australian-based cruiserweight Paul Ogedengbe (6-0, 5 KOs) outscored Isileli Fa (2-5) in the main event at North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. The powerfully built, 6’3 Ogedengbe controlled the contest as he had the 5’9 Fa on the back move and on the defensive as he connected with accurate combinations. Fa caught the aggressive Ogendengbe with right hands and left hooks to the head in round five that had the Englishman on unsteady legs at the bell. Scores were 49-45, 48-47, 48-48.

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Warren Suen Unbeaten English-born and Australian-based cruiserweight Paul Ogedengbe (6-0, 5 KOs) …


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WBC Francophone ratings as of August 2016

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Menayothin-Juarez Officials Named

Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) will be the third man in the ring when unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (42-0, 17 KOs) defends against Saul “Baby” Juarez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) on Tuesday in Chonburi, Thailand. Judges are Jae Bong Kim (South Korea), Jesse Reyes (USA) and Barry Lindeman (USA). WBC supervisor is Rex Walker (USA).

Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) will be the third man in the ring when unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (42-0, 17 …


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Brown, Winters, Estrada victorious

By Craig Wick at ringside

Hitz Boxing Promotions returned to Hammond, Indiana Saturday night, with a 10-bout card offered up at the Horseshoe Casino. While promising Chicago fighter Ed Brown was the feature, it was cruiserweight Shawndell Winters who had fight fans buzzing after an explosive performance against a formidable opponent. As Bobby Hitz told Fight News, “it was a good night of fights and just like every other sport, the cream rose to the top.”

In the aforementioned feature, Ed “Bad Boy” Brown (18-0, 15 KOs) continued his ascension with a second victory over trial horse Gilbert Venegas (14-24-4, 8 KOs) East Moline, IL after six rounds of one-sided super welterweight action. The contest showcased Brown’s precision punching, namely the straight right from the outside and uppercuts with both hands on the inside. Venegas stood up to a heavy pounding and never stopped trying, however the difference in class was so disparate it was like watching Secretariat in a match-race with a $5000 claimer. Scorecards a mere formality on this one, 60-54 across the board. (more…)

By Craig Wick at ringside Hitz Boxing Promotions returned to Hammond, Indiana Saturday night, with a 10-bout card offered up …


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Frampton dethrones Santa Cruz in classic

By Matt Richardson and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

In a war, former 122lb champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) dethroned WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night in front of 9,062 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Great two-way action from the get-go. Frampton staggered Santa Cruz with a left hook in round two and gave Santa Cruz problems with his defense and movement. But Santa Cruz was relentless and came hard down the stretch. In the end, scores were 117-111, 116-112, 114-114.

Returning from a two-and-a-half year layoff, former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 27 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round TKO over former world champion Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs). Garcia dropped Rojas hard twice in round three. Garcia floored Rojas twice more in round five to end it. Time was 2:02. Garcia can really punch.

In an IBF junior middleweight eliminator, Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round KO over Sergey Rabchenko (27-2, 20 KOs). Harrison dropped Rabchenko with a right hand in round nine, and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. ruled that Rabchenko couldn’t continue. Time was 1:18.

Former world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) ouptointed Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in an all-Brooklyn welterweight showdown. After ten tactical rounds, Malignaggi prevailed 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.

Philadelphia lightweight Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs) surprised Ukrainian brawler Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs), scoring a one-sided ten round unanimous decision. Farmer put on a boxing clinic to win 99-89, 98-90, and 98-90. Farmer was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight and Redkach was docked a point in round nine for a headbutt. (more…)

By Matt Richardson and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment In a war, former 122lb champion Carl “The …


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Bergman stops Saribekian

Former WBA NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (26-12-2, 17 KOs) returned to the ring Friday night with a dominating performance over Arthur “The Armenian Assassin” Saribekian (23-12-1, 18 KOs) at the Wheeling Island Casino & Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia. Controlling the action from the outset, Bergman systematically dismantled Saribekian with effective combinations and power punching before dropping Saribekian in round five with a straight left followed by a vicious right hook. Shortly thereafter, referee Brian Brickhouse put a halt to the onslaught at 1:34 of the fifth round. The victory marked Bergman’s successful return since losing by TKO 8 in January to current IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Joseph Parker (20-0) in Samoa. (more…)

Former WBA NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (26-12-2, 17 KOs) returned to the ring Friday night with a dominating …


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Orozco, Diaz remain undefeated

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBC #1 super lightweight contender “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) scored a scored a ten round unanimous decision over Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (25-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Lopez pressed the action all night and busted Orozco up, but in the end the judges scored it 97-93, 99-91, 99-91 in favor of the busier fighter Orozco. The 99-91 scores seemed out of touch. The HBO crew scored it 95-95. The win keeps Orozco on track to challenge WBC/WBO world champion Terence Crawford.

“I know I won this fight,” said Abner Lopez afterward. “But this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I was the better fighter tonight and the fans know it.”

Orozco stated, “He was a come forward type of fighter and although I was willing to engage with him, I had to box him. That is something that we have been working on, when to be smart, box the fighter and be effective with counter punches.”

Undefeated NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-2-2, 21 KOs). Diaz dropped Proa in round two and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:07 (more…)

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 super lightweight contender “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) scored a …










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