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WADA has just issued a new Meldonium report, that appears to back heavyweight Alexander Povetkin’s claim that he didn’t take Meldonium after the substance was banned on January 1. Povetkin’s test revealed 0.07 micrograms of Meldonium in April, under the 1 µg /mL amount permitted between March 1 and September 30 under the updated guidelines. The Povetkin-Wilder fight was supposed to take place on May 21 at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow. But it was postponed after one of the samples showed traces of Meldonium in extremely low concentrations – 70 nanograms.
A lawsuit seeking damages for defamation and breach of contract was filed on June 23 by Povetkin and his promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, President of the World of Boxing promotional firm . The complaint was lodged in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants are WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder, DiBella Entertainment and its CEO, Lou DiBella. The claim is for at least $34.5 million.
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua MBE is the 4:1 favorite with sportsbook William Hill to win the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Joshua is 2-0 this year with KO wins over Dominic Breazeale and Charles Martin. He plans to take a break over the summer before defending his belt again later in the year. He could be the first boxer to win the award since Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and the fifth fighter to take the trophy home following two-time winner Henry Cooper, Barry McGuigan, Lennox Lewis and Calzaghe. “Anthony Joshua is one of the most adored sports personalities in the country,” said Tony Kenny, head of sponsorship PR at William Hill. “If you couple that with his world championship winning performance this year then it’s easy to see why he’s our favourite to win the BBC award.”
Quite the contrast to last year when WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was up for the 2015 award. Fury’s upset win over long-reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will likely eclipse Joshua’s credentials for this year, but due to Fury’s controversial statements outside the ring, his selection brought widespread criticism and protesters. Fury ended up apologizing on stage, saying his comments were “very tongue in cheek, it’s all fun and games to me. I’m not a very serious kind of person.”
The 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony takes place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on December 18.
Photos: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten lightweight contender Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring will take on former title challenger Denis Shafikov in the ESPN-televised main event on Saturday at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA. Here’s what they had to say at an open workout:
Jamel Herring: “Camp was great. I started in Cincinnati and finished in D.C. with Barry Hunter, Patrice Harris and of course Mike Stafford. During my time in D.C., I sparred with Lamont Peterson, who turned southpaw for me. I have a great deal of respect for Shafikov. Tough guy, experienced but he had his chance and it’s my time now. This is my toughest fight on paper but I feel good. It’s my time to earn my respect…I believe a win will open the doors for a world title. In my mind, I am taking this fight as a world title fight. That is how important this fight is and before the end of the year, I hope to get a crack at a world title.”
Denis Shafikov: “Everything went well in camp. We had a four-month camp. We were supposed to fight a couple of months ago but when that fight was cancelled, Denis relaxed for a minute and then this opportunity came up. Herring has a great record and he represented the U.S. in the Olympics. He is still young and I feel that my experience will be the determining factor. I accepted this fight because a win gets us in line for big opportunities, including another shot at a world championship.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten WBC #8, IBF #9, WBO #9, WBA #14 super middleweight Zac Dunn (22-0, 18 KOs) remained unbeaten with an impressive sixth round TKO over Carlos Adan Jerez (43-20-3, 18 KOs) on Friday night topping a Barry Michael promotion at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dunn dominated the fight from the get-go and Jerez didn’t come out for round six.
On Friday night, July 22nd, welterweight, Anthony “Juice” Young (12-2, 5 KOs) will headline a boxing card against Ariel Vasquez (12-14-2, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight bout at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
Welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (20-1, 8 KOs) will take part in a six-round co-feature bout against Eduardo Flores (23-21-3, 15 KOs).
Appearing in six-round bouts will be Alvin Vermall Jr. (9-0-1, 8 KOs), light heavyweight Fanlong Meng (7-0, 5 KOs) and heavyweight Zhang Zhilei (10-0, 7 KOs) against opponents to named.
The card is promoted by Rising Promotions.
Undefeated WBO #8, WBA #9, IBF #14 heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) says he’s ready to KO “Big” Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) when they meet on August 19 at the outdoor soccer venue Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY. “I’m ready to put his lights out like I do everybody else,” proclaimed Miller. “I know he’s durable and a little older than me. He’s a tough guy and he can take a beating. So far, he’s only been stopped once. I’ll be the second!”
Kassi, however, is unimpressed. “I approach Jarrell like all young fighters,” Kassi said. “I’m a seasoned pro that has fought top-tier opponents. Jarrell will have to bring his ‘A game’ against me. He’s got size and power, but it’s nothing I haven’t seen. I’m tired of getting robbed by judges like in El Paso (against Chris Arreola), and in Alabama (against Dominic Breazeale). That should have been me fighting Anthony Joshua in The O2. Against (Hughie) Fury, the cut saved him. Another round or two and he would have been done. Then we heard what we always hear, ‘oh, Fury had a bad night, so did Breazeale, so did Arreola.’ They all seem to have ‘bad’ nights when I’m in the other corner. I’m hoping to actually get some credit when Miller has a ‘bad’ night too. I’m a heavyweight boxer, that’s boxer underlined. I move my feet, I use angles, I hit and don’t get hit. That’s boxing and it’s my art. Boxing fans that are going to have a great time watching me dismantle a giant.”
Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation will televise what should be an interesting bout.
WBO #11 rated super featherweight Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico City takes on WBC FECOMBOX titleholder Sebastian Diaz (12-2, 10 KOs) of Aguas Calientes, Mexico, tonight on Boxeo Telemundo Ford from the Plaza Condesa Auditorium in Mexico City. The 10 round main event is titled “Civil War” with Ruiz’ WBO Latino title at stake.
What do you know about your opponent Diaz?
He is for sure a hard puncher. Almost all of his victories have been inside the distance. He is constantly coming forward and throwing punches to the head and body.
What do you see as your advantages in this fight?
I have excellent movement and it’ll make it hard for Diaz to hit me. I’ve also sparred with very strong fighters. This will have me ready for the moments when I stop and exchange. (more…)
In what’s getting to be a regular last minute pattern, the AIBA has announced a partnership with sports management company IMG for the sale and distribution of worldwide broadcast rights for the APB/WSB Olympic Qualification Tournament in Vargas, Venezuela, which starts this weekend. This will be the first AIBA event to benefit from the recent change in the AIBA statute allowing all professional boxers to participate in all competitions, including the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 26 Olympic places are available in Venezuela across the ten weight categories. With just 48 hours to go, any pros competing in the tournament are still TBA.
Photos: Pablo Lozano – Prensa All Star Boxing Inc / Producciones Deportivas
Carlos Ruiz 130 vs. Sebastian Diaz 129
(WBO Latino super featherweight title)
Rafael Torres 140 vs. Diego Flores 138
Joel Montes De Oca 136 vs. Luis Alberto Huilot 140
Jerson Aguilar 132 vs. Omar Solano 134
Brandon Olvera 218 vs. Luis Pavel 237
Daniel Garcia 109 vs. Joshua Martinez 112
Martin Escamilla 125 vs. Anibal Luna 122
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney/DiBella Entertainment
The super bantamweight clash at Foxwoods between Luis Rosa (22-0, 10 KOs) and Luis Hinojosa (28-9, 17 KOs) ended after a headbutt occurred at the end of the first round. Rosa controlled the round with his usual forward-coming style and fast hands. Rosa attacked the body of Hinojosa and was landing combinations at the end of the round when the headbutt occurred right at the bell. The ringside doctor called off the action immediately when he evaluated Hinojosa in the corner. The bout will be ruled a no contest. The WBC has Rosa ranked #12 and the IBF #11 and he trains at Boxing in Faith Gym in New Haven. CT.
In an action-packed female bout at super lightweight, ‘The Bolivian Queen’ Jennifer Salinas (19-3, 5 KOs) stopped late-substitute Angel Gladney (9-12-1, 6 KOs) at 1:51 in the 4th round. Salinas was in control the entire bout, aggressively throwing right and left hooks to the head and body. Salinas fought on the inside and from a distance when her opponent allowed, winning all the rounds until the TKO. It was unclear whether it was the referee or the doctor standing on the mat that called off the fight, but Salinas earned the knockout with her onslaught of landed combinations.
Full report to follow. photos
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Oscar Negrete 118 vs. Jose Bustos 118.2
Emilio Sanchez 122 vs.Hugo Partida 123
Niko Valdes 164 vs. Michael Andrews 164.6
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
The WBA Championships Committee today ordered mandatory fights at bantamweight, super featherweight and super lightweight. Two of the bouts will super champions against regular champions.
The teams of WBA bantamweight super champion Rauu’She Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) and regular bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs) were given 30 days to come to an agreement for their 118lb unification bout.
Likewise, the teams of WBA super featherweight super champion Jezreel Corrales (20-1, 8 KOs) and newly crowned regular super featherweight champion Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) have 30 days to reach an agreement for their 130lb unification bout.
Finally, WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) and #1 rated Relikh Kiryl (21-0, 19 KOs) have 30 days to negotiate a fight for the WBA 140lb title.
If the camps fail to reach an agreement for any of those bouts, the WBA will carry out a purse bid.
Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell Miller claims he’s America’s top heavyweight prospect. “Big Baby” will get a chance to back up his boast when he faces his toughest test to date in veteran “Big Fred” Kassi in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Aug. 19. The confident and hard-hitting Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) and the durable and vastly experienced Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) will headline a tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from the outdoor soccer venue Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Two undefeated young bantamweight prospects will square off in the co-feature as world-ranked Nikolay Potapov (14-0-1, 6 KOs) and Antonio Nieves (16-0-1, 8 KOs) meet in a 10-round bantamweight bout.
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated welterweight knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) will face battle-tested veteran Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round match.
Tickets for the event presented by Salita Promotions go on sale this Friday at Noon ET and are available at http://www.rhinossoccer.com/ and http://www.etix.com
WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola have both enrolled with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (“VADA”) to conduct the anti-doping program leading up to their Saturday, July 16 showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. “Despite the short lead time to Wilder vs. Arreola, I am happy to report that VADA is in place as the anti-doping agency in accordance with the WBC Clean Boxing Program,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “VADA is a preeminent and reliable service and its relationship with the WBC evidences a commitment to a cleaner sport.”
This marks the second straight training camp in which Wilder has enrolled with VADA. VADA testing, in accordance with the WBC Clean Boxing Program, was in place for Wilder’s scheduled May 21 defense versus Alexander Povetkin, which was canceled following Povetkin’s positive test for Meldonium. In addition, Wilder has submitted paperwork to VADA and the WBC to participate in year-round anti-doping testing that is expected to commence later this summer.
WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan will now make the third defense of his world title against 42-year-old two-time former world champion Mzonke Fana at the Wales Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales, on July 16th. Flanagan had originally been set defend against Fana on July 9 at the Manchester Arena as chief-support to world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. But, when Fury pulled out with an ankle injury, that card was scrubbed and Flanagan-Fana will now take place just seven days after the original fight date.
Co-headlining a huge night of boxing in Cardiff promoted by Frank Warren in association with RocNation and Caribe Promotions, is WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux defending against Jazza Dickens.
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Hard to believe that legendary heavyweight world champion “Iron” Mike Tyson has hit the big 5-0.
The ban on professional boxing in Norway has finally been lifted, and Norway’s undefeated queen of boxing Cecilia Brækhus will finally get to fight on Norwegian soil. The event takes place in Oslo Spektrum Saturday October 1st. It will be a spectacular evening with several boxing matches, and Brækhus will create Norwegian history when she enters the ring in the center of the capitol.
“Finally! I’m thrilled I finally get the opportunity to fight on Norwegian ground. This has been a major driving force in recent years,” said Brækhus, who holds the WBC, WBA. IBF and WBO female welterweight titles.
Pro Boxing has been banned in Norway since 1981, and Brækhus and other Norwegian pro boxers have been forced to practice their sport abroad. In 2015, Cecilia Brækhus submitted her first application for a boxing event in Norway, but was rejected. After a long process, the application has finally been approved. The incumbent government has actively worked to gain support for the required changes in the knock-out law, where quarantine regulations, match length, age and a satisfactory system for anti-doping work has been central.
Photos: Thomas Purwin / Team SES
The “My First Boxing Gloves” campaign got underway this week in Germany with WBO #1 rated light heavyweight Dominic Bösel speaking to young people at a number of sports clubs and passing out boxing gloves provided by SES Boxing and TopTen/Budoland. The boys and girls were all between six and fourteen years old.
Dominic Bösel: “If you’re very successful in sports, you have to look back to your sporting roots. For me, good boxing training under good conditions was the best starting point. I’m very grateful for this day and with our campaign, I’d like to give something back to today’s youth for a good athletic start with their own boxing gloves. Even after passing out the first few, the glowing eyes of the boys and girls has touched me. Today at the Sportschule International here in Leipzig was similarly emotional. Sometimes it’s so easy to make a difference for German boxing!”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Santa Barbara welterweight Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs) is gearing up for his next bout undefeated former WBA interim super lightweigh world champion Jose Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), of Phoenix, Arizona, on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view.
We spoke to Santana about his upcoming bout. “It’s a good feeling fighting Benavidez,” Santana told Fightnews.com®. “I feel I’m moving in the right direction to fight for a title and for a guy like Benavidez I am more than ready!”
Santana has been working with his trainer Joseph “Hoss” Janik at the Knuckleheads Boxing Gym in Ventura, California.
“Camp has been good with my trainer Hoss here at Knuckleheads. I have everything here. The beach, and the mountains where I do my roadwork,” Santana said. “Sparring is good, I came off a win and I had a lot of hard sparring for that fight. Then I went back into camp and it’s been a smooth transition. I spar cruiserweights to light welterweights. The goal is to be ready.” (more…)
Undefeated world ranked Oscar Valdez of Mexico is in the middle of his preparation for what will the most important fight of his professional career as he takes on undefeated Matias Ruedas of Argentina on July 23 in a bout that is expected to be for the vacant WBO featherweight wold championship. The fight will take place on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol WBO/WBC super welterweight unification clash that will be telecast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by HBO Pay Per View.
Interestingly, the two-time Mexican Olympian is apparently still waiting on official word that his bout with Ruedas will be for the vacant WBO featherweight world title, but it’s sure looking that way considering the WBO’s current ratings list that title as vacant and Lomachenko’s website states he is remaining at 130lbs after winning the WBO junior lightweight belt with a sensational knockout of Rocky Martinez.
“I am getting ready like I always do. I work very hard in training camp to get ready for my fights because I know that if you put in the work you will get positive results,” said Valdez, after another hard day of sparring in the Rock Gym in Carson, California. (more…)
WBC FECOMBOX super featherweight titleholder Sebastian Diaz (12-2, 10 KOs) of Aguas Calientes, Mexico, faces WBO #11 rated Latin beltholder Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2, 5 KOs) in the Boxeo Telemundo Ford 10 round main event this Friday at the Plaza Condesa Auditorium in Mexico City. Diaz enters the fight with a four-fight win streak and will be making his Telemundo debut.
What do you know about Ruiz?
He uses his legs well and has good movement. It’s going to be an interesting fight.
Ruiz seems to think his experience of having fought and won outside of Mexico will work in his favor against you. Your thoughts?
He has a lot of experience. There’s no doubt about that. I’m doing my part in training and working on all possible scenarios like I do in all my fights. I’m ready for this fight both physically and mentally. (more…)
Still no opponent for WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs), who will be featured in the 10-round “Detroit Brawl” main event on July 16 at the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. But, no matter who Andy fights, it will be for a good cause. Salita Promotions has announced that they will donate five charitable meals for each ticket (and ten charitable meals for every VIP ticket) purchased for the event to Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation’s largest food rescue organizations. Tickets are VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, Reserved $63 and $38, and Balcony $28, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Tickmaster.com.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Boxing returns to the expanding Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., on Saturday, July 9, where Manuel (“Tino”) Avila (20-0, 8 KOs) of neighboring Fairfield will face Prosper Ankrah (2(24-7, 15 KOs) of Ghana in the 10-round main event for the vacant IBA Americas featherweight title.
The co-main will pair former world contender Manuel Roman (19-4-3, 7 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. in an eight-round super bantamweight bout against Javier Gallo (21-12-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico. The undercard features light heavyweight Ryan Bourland (9-1, 4 KOs) of close-by Vacaville against Gilberto Rubio (6-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico in a six-rounder.
Sacramento fighters appearing are super-feather Pedro Moreno, cruiser Blake Mckernan and feather Alberto Torres.
The card is a promotion of Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents in association with Golden Boy Promotions. First bell at 6 p.m., with the weigh-in at 3 p.m. Friday in the Woodland area casino.
NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter Andre Kut has announced that KEA Boxing will be returning this summer with “Boxing at the Expo.” This all professional boxing show will be held at The New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, NJ on July 30. This will be the 12th year that Kut will be promoting professional boxing shows in New Jersey since his debut show in June of 2004. Kut says that this will be a “tripleheader show featuring all local talent.” Headlining the show will be featherweight Jorge “King” Diaz (18-4-1, 10 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight Godson “Soldier Boy” Noel (6-0, 4 KOs), and welterweight Danny “Little Mac” McDermott (12-5-2, 5 KOs) in separate bouts. Unbeaten heavyweight Tyrell Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) will also see action. For tickets and more information visit www.keaboxing.com or call (973) 903-2907 or (973) 222-2273.
By Jeff Labrecque
Vinny Pazienza was a five-time world boxing champion, and the colorful brawler nicknamed “The Pazmanian Devil” had plenty of career highlights in the ring. But the bout that may best exemplify his heart and grit is his 1995 title fight against the legendary Roy Jones Jr., in which he was pummeled to a bloody pulp and knocked out in the sixth round. Three times he was sent to the canvas by the champion, and three times, he courageously shook off the blows and tried to continue. There was absolutely no quit in him, and even as the referee finally stepped in and cradled his head to protect him after the third brutal knockdown, Pazienza could be seen lobbying for more. Pazienza always believed he could come back, because he had already come back from even greater odds. In 1991, one month after he won the light middleweight title, Pazienza broke his neck in a car accident and was cautioned he might never walk again. (more…)
IBF #2 super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hard at work preparing for the “fight of his life” with trainer Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch’s Gym in Boston. The 26-year-old KO artist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face IBF #1 contender Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) on Wednesday, July 20, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan, for the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title.
Guzman, who stopped Mexican Daniel Rosas in the eighth round on April 29 to earn this fight, says his dreams are so close to coming true he can almost taste them. “I have waited my whole life for a world title fight and now it’s almost here,” said Guzman. “I can’t wait to get in the ring and win for my family and my country.”
Trainer Bermudez says Guzman has too many weapons to fall short in this fight. “Although Jonathan has never had to go the distance because his power is amazing, he can also box very well. He’s just never had to thus far in his career. Jonathan is the complete package and soon the world will be learning all about him. There is no way that Wake can beat him.”
The popular, prospect-orientated boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary with a quadrupleheader on Friday, July 22, from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
In the 10-round main event, undefeated top 10-ranked Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs) of Phoenix faces Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-1, 7 KOs) of Argentina in a bantamweight bout. Super middleweights Ronald Ellis (12-0-1, 10 KOs) of Lynn., Mass., and Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, will collide in the eight-round co-feature.
Two eight-rounders will round out the four-fight telecast. O’Shaquie Foster (10-1, 7 KOs), of Orange, Texas, meets Rolando Chinea (12-1-1, 6 KOs), of Lancaster, Penn., in a featherweight scrap and undefeated Khiary Gray-Pitts (13-0, 10 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., will be opposed by fellow unbeaten Ismael Garcia (10-0, 4 KOs), of Vineland, N.J., by way of Pahokee, Fla., in the super welterweight opener.
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev arrived a few days ago in Ekaterinburg, Russia, where he’ll defend his titles against Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba on July 11 in his first fight in his home country since 2011. Kovalev completed the first phase of his training camp in the mountains of Armenia without head trainer John David Jackson, who will be joining Krusher in Ekaterinburg for the final lead up to the fight. If Kovalev beats Chilemba and Andre Ward beats Alexander Brand on August 6 in Oakland, a November 19 Kovalev-Ward super fight is in the works for the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Unbeaten WBC #8, IBF #9, WBO #9, WBA #14 super middleweight Zac Dunn (21-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on Friday when he clashes with Carlos Adan Jerez (43-19-3, 18 KOs) over ten rounds on a Barry Michael promotion at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dunn is coming off an impressive three round stoppage over Les Sherrington in April and also scored a knockout over Rogerio Damasco in round one in February. He made his American debut in October 2015 defeating Derrick Findley in an action-packed ten round bout that received global exposure on ESPN. Dunn is now rated with all the major body organizations and is chasing title opportunities in 2016 against IBF champion James De Gale, WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez or WBC champion Badou Jack.
37-year-old Argentinian Carlos Adan Jerez is coming off a points win over Gustavo Alberto Sanchez last November and is making his second visit to Australia having lost over twelve rounds to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine in 2010. Dunn and Jerez have boxed a common opponent in world rated Max Bursak. Dunn defeated Bursak over twelve rounds in 2015 and Jerez was outscored over twelve by Bursak in 2011. Jerez also took former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez the ten round distance in 2008.
By Shea Smith
This Saturday, Pinnacle Boxing will hold their third pro boxing show at The Teamster Temple (4701 Butler Street) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a late surprise addition to the card, Hall of Fame promoter Don King has added three of his world ranked fighters. The King fighters include:
WBC #5 and WBA #9 super lightweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (18-1, 16 KOs), who will face Nicaraguan Wilfredo Acuna (16-19, 12 KOs).
Unbeaten WBA #10 heavyweight Trevor Bryan (16-0, 11 KOs), who will square off against veteran Galen Brown (44-33-1, 25 KOs).
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (44-3, 33 KOs), who fights rugged Philadelphian Garret Wilson (16-10, 9 KOs). (more…)
Unbeaten WBA interim minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBA minimumweight world champion Byron “El Gallito” Rojas (17-3-3, 8 KOs) on Wednesday afternoon at the City Hall Ground in Khon Kaen, Thailand. It was a close, ugly fight with local favorite Freshmart getting the nod 115-113 on all three scorecards.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Jose Benavidez Jr. (24-0, 16 KO’s) prepares for his bout against Francisco Santana (24-4-1), on the under card of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol July 23 live on PPV in Las Vegas at MGM Grand and Casino. Benavidez training out of Long Beach at the Hill St. Boxing gym who is also living on the second floor of the gym, said he is taking this fight very serious and wants to prove a point. Benavidez also hired strength and condition coach Cem Eren, who uses plyo metrix movements to strengthen is core and fast twitch muscles says Eren. He also added, “Jose is in very good shape and will be ready come fight night.” “I will fight anybody, it doesn’t matter.” Benavidez says.
Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions
WBC #14 super featherweight Edner Cherry (35-7, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lydell Rhodes (23-2-1, 11 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Cherry, who was coming off a split decision loss in a world title shot against IBF champ Jose Pedraza in his previous fight, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93 in a forgettable fight.
Undefeated super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Alexei Collado (19-2, 17 KOs). Douglas steadily broke down Collado with a relentless body attack. Collado finally took a knee in round seven and was counted out. Time was 2:51.
Super bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell (7-0, 5 KOs), brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Rudolph Hedge (10-4-3, 4 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
There was a purse bid today for the IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins’ mandatory defense against Stuart Hall. There were two bidders: Matchroom Sport bid $201,999 and TGB Promotions bid $85,000. Champion Haskins gets 75% and Hall gets 25%. The fight has to take place in 90 days or by September 28, 2016.
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