Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In a high-profile all-Mexican super middleweight grudge match, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 ...

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Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada won ...

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Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

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Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

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Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In an upset, tough but unheralded Robinson Castellanos (22-11, ...

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Kovalev and Ward: FINAL WORDS

By Miguel Maravilla

Sergey Kovalev: “I am very happy to be here and I will disappoint you (to jeering Ward fans) Believe it! Tomorrow he’ll find out who’s the best. November 19 will be crush date! I will knock him out and knock him down a few times. That’s my goal.”

Photo: Emily Harney
Photo: Emily Harney

Andre Ward: “It’s simple. He don’t like me, and I don’t like him. He’s the champion, so I respect him as a champion…I’m trying to become a two-division world champion, and I’m not leaving Las Vegas without them belts.”

Photo: Emily Harney
Photo: Emily Harney

By Miguel Maravilla Sergey Kovalev: “I am very happy to be here and I will disappoint you (to jeering Ward …


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Khonco to make first defense of IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Simphiwe Khonco makes the first defense of his IBO minimumweight belt when he faces fellow South African Nkosinathi Joyi at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The tournament will be shown live on SS7 from 14:00 to 18:00 on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Khonco (also spelled Konco) won the vacant IBO belt on June 11 this year when he outpointed Siyabonga Siyo over 12 rounds at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. The scores were 118-110 and 116-112 twice. Khonco has won 16 fights with 7 coming inside the distance and lost 5. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Simphiwe Khonco makes the first defense of his IBO minimumweight belt when he faces fellow South African …



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Brock and Gonzalez win split decisions

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

On the eve of the Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward showdown, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions held a fight card at the D Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. In the main event, lightweight Demond “Body Shot” Brock (13-3, 4 KOs) from New Orleans edged Dominican Reynaldo “El Trampolin” Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) in a competitive ten rounder. Brock pulled out a split decision 96-94, 96-94 on two cards while one judge had it 97-93 for Blanco.

Jr middleweight Norberto Gonzalez (23-8, 13 KOs) of Monterrey, won a split decision over Daniel Rosario Cruz (11-2, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico in the co-main event. The Puerto Rican attacked from the beginning landing hard shots on Gonzalez. Rosario sent Gonzalez to the canvas with a pair of left hooks in round two. Pacing himself halfway through the bout Rosario boxed from a distance as Gonzalez landed big punches in pressing the action. Gonzalez put up a fight and took it to Rosario Cruz. Scores were 77-74 Rosario, 76-75 Gonzalez, and 76-75 for Gonzalez. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Emily Harney On the eve of the Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward showdown, Roy Jones Jr. …


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Karpency crushes Scarborough

Former three-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (27-6, 16 KOs) made short work of journeyman Mickey Scarborough (6-11, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Karpency used his superior skills from the outset dropping his opponent with a vicious right hook to the body and then followed up with effective combinations that sent Scarborough to the canvas two more times before referee Butch McNeely put a halt to the onslaught at 2:11 of the opening stanza. (more…)

Former three-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (27-6, 16 KOs) made short work of journeyman Mickey Scarborough (6-11, 6 KOs) …




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Rosa can’t make weight, IBF 122lb eliminator against Iwasa is off

Saturday’s scheduled IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator between #6 rated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) and #3 Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs) was canceled when Rosa failed to make weight.

The rest of the card will go on as scheduled with the following fights:

Alexis Santos 225 vs. Jesse Barboza 251
Boyd Melson 162 vs. Courtney Pennington 161
Radzhab Butaev 151 vs. Gabor Gorbics 151
Mykquan Williams 141 vs. Jimmy Rosario 141
Noel Murphy 144 vs. Mohamed Allam 145
Christopher Davis-Fogg 160 vs. Quincy Brown 158

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment

Saturday’s scheduled IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator between #6 rated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) and #3 Ryosuke …


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Korobov, Hammer Hands, Pitufo victorious

Former middleweight title challenger Matt Korobov (27-1, 14 KOs) outpointed Scott Sigmon (27-10-1, 15 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds on Friday night at the Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Scores were 80-72 across the board. Three straight decision wins for 2008 Olympian Korobov since being stopped by Andy Lee in a bout for the vacant WBO title in December 2014. He is currently rated WBC #14, IBF #15.

Unbeaten super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (21-10, 6 KOs). Belmontes was down in rounds one and two, but went the full eight. Scores were 78-72, 80-70, 80-70.

Unbeaten featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (19-0, 11 KOs) outscored Fernando Vargas (27-12-3, 20 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 79-73.

Other results: Unbeaten lightweight Nestor Bravo (8-0, 7 KOs) went the distance for the first time, defeating Omar Garcia (5-4, 1 KO) by six round unanimoius decision…unbeaten featherweight Jean Carlos Rivera (8-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Pedro Melo (17-12-2, 8 KOs) over six…unbeaten welterweight Sammy Valentin (9-0, 7 KOs) won a six round decision over Eduardo Flores (22-23-3, 14 KOs)…scores were 60-54 across the board in all three bouts.

Former middleweight title challenger Matt Korobov (27-1, 14 KOs) outpointed Scott Sigmon (27-10-1, 15 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds on …


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Cano defeats Herrera by split decision

By David Robinett at ringside

In the Estrella TV main event from Fantasy Springs Casino Resort, Pablo Cesar Cano, (30-5-1, 21 KOs), overcame two separate point deductions to come out on top in a welterweight crossroads fight against Mauricio Herrera, (22-7, 7 KOs) by ten-round split decision. Herrera won 95-93 on one judge’s scorecard but Cano pulled out the other two scorecards by a score of 97-91 each.

Like in his loss last May to Frankie Gomez, Herrera looked flat and lethargic to start, reacting slowly to his younger, fresher opponent. Cano was all over Herrera early, particularly with a right hand that landed all night. Referee Ray Corona pulled a quick trigger by deducting a point from Cano in round four for a low blow despite no real prior warning to Cano at that point. In round five though Herrera started to show signs of life, increasing his activity and winning some of the inside exchanges Cano was sweeping early. Cano stepped on the gas in round seven, landing several unanswered punches on a seemingly gassed Herrera but Ray Corona pulled Herrera back into the fight with second point deduction against Cano for low blows. Although Herrera was game, Cano still seemed the fresher man over the last two rounds, hurting Herrera to the body in round ten with a right to the body as Herrera really started to wind down over the last minute of the fight. To his credit though, Herrera kept fighting but it was clear that Cano was the better fighter tonight, and also plainly evident that the 36-year old Herrera has lost a couple of steps from being the guy who took Danny Garcia to the brink just a couple years ago. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside In the Estrella TV main event from Fantasy Springs Casino Resort, Pablo Cesar Cano, (30-5-1, …


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Chaves demolishes Zarate

Former WBA interim welterweight champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (25-2-1, 21 KOs) scored a quick first round TKO over Luis Pablo Zarate (21-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Club Social y Deportivo El Porvenir in Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Chaves, rated IBF #11, went right after Zarate, getting a standing eight count inthe first 30 seconds followed by a referee’s stoppage moments later. Time was :55.

U.S. boxing fans know Chaves from his televised bouts against Keith Thurman, Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley.

Former WBA interim welterweight champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (25-2-1, 21 KOs) scored a quick first round TKO over Luis …



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Weights from Tacoma, Washington

Mike Gavronski 167.5 vs. Thomas Awimbono 166.5
Andres Reyes 140 vs. Marco Cardenas 139.5
Andre Keys 148.5 vs. Nate Serrano 148
Giovanni Mioletti 137.5 vs. Niko McFarland 138
Zach Cooper 152.5 vs. Antonio Neal 151.5
Jose Rocha 226 vs. Carlos Villanueva 205.5

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions

Mike Gavronski 167.5 vs. Thomas Awimbono 166.5 Andres Reyes 140 vs. Marco Cardenas 139.5 Andre Keys 148.5 vs. Nate Serrano …


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Kovalev, Ward make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Emily Harney

Sergey Kovalev 175 vs. Andre Ward 175
(WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles)

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Maurice Hooker 139 vs. Darleys Perez 137.5
(super lightweight)
Isaac Chilemba 174.75 vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.75
(light heavyweight)
Curtis Stevens 157.5 vs. James De La Rosa 159.75
(middleweight)

Venue: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Promoter: Main Events/Roc Nation
TV: PPV

Click here for undercard weights and GIANT weigh-in gallery

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Emily Harney Sergey Kovalev 175 vs. Andre Ward 175 (WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles) …


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Groves wins decision over Gutknecht

In a clash of former world title challengers, super middleweight “Saint George” Groves (25-3, 18 KOs) pounded out a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Eduard Gutknecht (30-5-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Wembley Arena in London. Scores were 119-110, 119-109, 119-109. Groves, rated WBA #3, WBC #4, WBO #4 and IBF #9, retained his WBA International 168lb title with the win.

In a clash of former world title challengers, super middleweight “Saint George” Groves (25-3, 18 KOs) pounded out a one-sided …


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Huck, Kucher make weight

Marco Huck 199.5 vs. Dmytro Kucher 198.75
(IBO cruiserweight title)

Venue: Tui Arena, Hannover, Germany
Promoter: Huck Sports Promotion
TV: RTL (Germany)

Marco Huck 199.5 vs. Dmytro Kucher 198.75 (IBO cruiserweight title) Venue: Tui Arena, Hannover, Germany Promoter: Huck Sports Promotion TV: …



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Lewis vs Sims Delivers for fans

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By Brad Snyder
Photos: Bob Ryder

What will be a much talked about decision, Craig Lewis improves to ( 12-0-1, 6 KO’s) with a split decision over a deserving Robert Sims. The sold out crowd at Motor City Casino Soundboard screamed cries of disbelief as the scores were announced ending Robert Sims perfect record. What was billed as two heavyweights putting their records on the line did not disappoint. Round 1 saw the Saginaw native, Sims, look quick. His jab looked effective at keeping Lewis off rhythm. Round 2 saw Lewis trying to use his size to control the center of the ring. The third and fourth Rounds had Sims giving Lewis problems with head movements and impressive jabs to the midsection. Sims, the smaller fighter, fought like he was the bigger fighter. As the exciting fight continued, it appeared Sims was putting points on the scorecard. The sixth and final round, was Lewis’ best round as both fighters brought the crowd to their feet. Two judges did not see as 70 percent of the crowd did and Craig Lewis won by split decision. McKalpain and Stewart scored the fight (59-55) Lewis as Chambers scored the bout (58-56) Sims. The loss puts Sims’ record at (3-1, 1 KO) (more…)

By Brad Snyder Photos: Bob Ryder What will be a much talked about decision, Craig Lewis improves to ( 12-0-1, …


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Rosa-Iwasa IBF eliminator full lineup

Tomorrow, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. New Haven’s undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the card facing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.

Opening up the event will be a six-bout amateur card presented by the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) featuring boxers from the United States Military Academy (West Point), United States Coast Guard Academy, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut and Trinity College. (more…)

Tomorrow, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment …


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Weights from the Czech Republic

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Photos: SES Boxing

Fabiana Bytyqi 104.3 vs. Halima Vunjabej 104.9
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Lucie Sedlackova 125.2 vs. Pasa Maagic 123.2
WBC Youth World Featherweight Championship

Lubos Suda 198.6 vs. Daniel Vend 197.9
Josef Zahradnik 140 vs. Oszkar Fiko 140
Sebastian Bytyqi 134.5 vs. Francis Miyeyusho 132.3
Anatoli Hunanyan 164.5 vs. Tomas Bezvoda 164.9
David Hosek 197.9 vs. Jindrich Velecky 199
Tomas Kugler TBA vs. Andre Sviridov 174.4
Michal Durovic 145.3 vs. Lukas Radic TBA
Vit Kral TBA vs. Bronislav Kubin TBA
Vojtech Koncitik TBA vs. Marco Calic TBA

Promoter: SES Boxing and Qwert-Promotion
Venue: Grand Hotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

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Photos: SES Boxing Fabiana Bytyqi 104.3 vs. Halima Vunjabej 104.9 WBC Youth World Minimumweight Championship Minimumweight Lucie Sedlackova 125.2 vs. …


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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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