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Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions The final press conference for Saturday's clash between WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) ...

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Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive ...

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Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

Photos: Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Most of company men, in Japan, take ten consecutive holidays from April 29 to May 8, but ...

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Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals

Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time former world champion Amir ...

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WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

WBO #1 Boesel halts Liebau in eleventh

By Karl Freitag Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs) retained his WBO Intercontinental title and ...

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UFC

UFC 195 Fantasy Preview

2016 will kick off with a spectacular title fight this weekend, as champion Robbie Lawler puts his welterweight belt on the line against former WEC king Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 195 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

While Pacquiao flops, Nietes shops in 2015

Marketability is the clincher for Pacquiao-Bradley III

Amir Khan misses out on huge payday vs. Pacquiao (again)



January 1st, 2016


WBA

New: WBA 94th Annual Convention Magazine

wbamagazine

The World Boxing Association has released the official WBA 94th Annual Convention Magazine, which you can download free at this link.

The magazine (in PDF format) features 52 pages of information, photos and more. The event took place December 13-19 at the at the beautiful Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama.

 

 

 

 



December 31st, 2015

UFC

Justine Kish Brings Experience Into Her UFC Debut

A member of Team Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, Justine Kish’s stay in the world of reality television was far from what she expected it to be. A torn ACL guaranteed that and took her out of the competition before she was even able to fight . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 31st, 2015


Boxing News

Espinoza looking forward to 2016

Boxing Hall of Fame manager, Frank Espinoza, is excited for 2016. And who can blame him? Some of his top level fighters like Oscar Valdez, Antonio Orozco and Jesse Magdaleno are on the brink of world title shots and his young up and comers are creating a buzz everywhere they fight.

We caught up with Espinoza from his home base in Los Angeles and spoke to him about 2015 and the upcoming year.

What were some of your favorite moments during 2015?
Seeing the development of fighters like Oscar Valdez, a former Olympian, turning into a poised professional and seeing Antonio Orozco and Jessie Magdaleno get closer to the title with some significant wins was very exciting. They have a lot to offer the fans and God willing, in 2016, they’ll make their mark as world champions. (more…)



December 31st, 2015

UFC

Kyle Noke Has Found a New Groove at Welterweight

Kyle Noke has found a new kind of groove and that’s bad news for the rest of the UFC’s welterweight division.

While the Australia-born veteran has been no stranger to rough and tumble scraps inside the Octagon over the past five years, the Jackson/Winkeljohn product has shown a more dangerous side of his skill set as of late, as he has put together one of the most impressive runs of his career. The Ultimate Fighter alum has notched victories in all but one of his past four performances, and he looked impressive in each of those winning showings . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Ioka stops Reveco, Argumedo dethrones Takayama

WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (18-1, 10 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over former champion Juan Carlos Reveco (36-3, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan. Iowa finally battered the game Reveco to the canvas in the eleventh with three cracking body shots. Reveco was unable to continue. The bout was a rematch of their clash in April, won by Ioka by close majority decision.

Unheralded IBF #8 rated Jose Argumedo (16-3-1, 9 KOs) dethroned reigning IBF minimumweight world champion Katsunari Takayama (30-8, 12 KOs), winning by ninth round technical decision. The bout was stopped due to a cut from a headclash suffered by Takayama in the early going. Scores were 87-84 87-84 Argumedo, 86-85 Takayama. Argumedo is another world champion for Canelo trainer Eddy Reynoso, who is nominated for 2015 Trainer of the Year 2015.



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Howard Davis Jr. passes at 59

Sad to report that 1976 Olympic gold medalist and lightweight contender Howard Davis Jr. reportedly passed away Wednesday. Just 59, Davis was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer just days before his 59th birthday last February. He never smoke or drank in his life.



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Uchiyama keeps WBA 130lb belt by flattening Flores in three

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten hard-punchig Japanese, Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs), 129.25, impressively registered his eleventh defense when he landed a wicked left to the liver of Nicaraguan Oliver Flores (27-2-2, 17 KOs), 129.25, and had him prone at 1:47 of the third round in Tokyo, Japan, on New Year Eve.

(More to come)



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Taguchi halts De La Rosa to keep WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Lanky Japanese speedster Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 108, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he withstood the opening attack of Colombian Luis de la Rosa (24-6-1, 14 KOs), 106.75, and retaliated with persistent jabs and straight rights to weaken the challenger so effectively that he quit on the stool after the ninth round on New Year Eve in Tokyo, Japan. Taguchi, making his second defense, had a shaky start in the opening round, but he kept circling and sticking the Colombian swinger to take back the initiative. As the contest progressed, the champ improved the precision in outpunching the onrushing challenger, piling up points steadily.

But the official tallies at the point of de la Rosa’s surrender showed the challenger was leading on points: Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico) 86-85, Gloria Martinez (US) 87-84, both for the Colombian, and Carla Caiz (US) 87-84 for Taguchi.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Tanaka keeps WBO 105lb belt with come-from-behind KO

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese who won the belt in his fifth pro bout, WBO minimumweight champ Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3 KOs), 104.75, barely retained his belt as he came off the canvas in the fifth and sank Filipino challenger Vic Saludar (11-2, 9 KOs) for the count at 2:15 of the sixth round in Nagoya, Japan, on New Year Eve. It’s a dramatic come-from-behind knockout as Tanaka was behind on points: 50-44 twice and 49-45, all in favor of the game Filipino who had the champ on the deck with a straight right midway in the fifth. The 20-year-old university student Tanaka, however, dug a vicious shot to the side of the belly and had him down in agony for the count. The referee was Mike Ortega (US).
(More to come)

Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Johnson faces Cardona Jan 15 at EQC

The last time Dashon Johnson stepped inside a boxing ring he pulled off an upset against once-beaten local favorite Mike Gavronski for the WBA-NABA United States super middleweight championship. Johnson (18-19-3, 6 KOs) is hoping the success he found at the end of 2015 will carry over to the New Year as he meets knockout artist Izaak Cardona (14-3-0, 14 KOs) in the main event at Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 104 on Friday, Jan. 15 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds. (more…)



December 31st, 2015

UFC

It All Starts Here: UFC 2016 Preview Show

What will happen next in the UFC? Jon Anik, Brian Stann and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier provide a comprehensive preview of every division with breakdowns of upcoming fights, dream matchups, and fighters to watch in 2016 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Durodola: Thank God they didn’t take away my hard work

Nigerian-born cruiserweight contender Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola says he’s relieved to have been cleared of allegations made by Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA. “They tried to take away what I worked so hard for. I thank God they were not able to. I am a champion. I did that with my fists, not drugs. It hurt me when they tried to say I cheated.”

Following his upset WBC Silver Cruiserweight Championship-winning TKO 2 over highly touted Russian Dmitry Kudryashov on November 4 in Russia, Durodola (22-2, 20 KOs) says he was heartbroken to hear that RUSADA was claiming he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. However, after an administrative investigation, the World Boxing Council, in conjunction with an Independent Commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), ruled that RUSADA was non-compliant with proper testing procedures.

Reaffirmed as the WBC #2 contender, 35-year-old Durodola, a 2008 Olympian, finds himself in an excellent position to eventually challenge champion Grigory Drozd. “It is my dream I have worked for all my life,” continued Durodola. “It was a nightmare to have them try to lie and take that away from me.” (more…)



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Zou Shiming returns January 30

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming (6-1) returns to the ring on Saturday, January 30th at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Arena in Shanghai, China. The 34-year-old Shiming will take on unbeaten Brazilian Natan Santana (12-0, 10 KOs) in his comeback fight following a hard-fought decision loss against IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Macao last March.



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Japan Update

kubo300By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Japan may be a crazy place, featuring a great many bouts in December, when people in the world are celebrating this laborious year and expecting a happy new year to come. The below-written are results of title bouts here.

KUBO WINS VACANT OPBF 122LB BELT
Unbeaten WBC#9 ranked 122-pounder, tall southpaw Jun Kubo (9-0, 7 KOs) impressively acquired the OPBF super-bantamweight belt by flattening Filipino Lloyd Jardeliza in the fourth round last Saturday (December 26). Kubo, a stablemate of ex-WBC champ Hozumi Hasegawa, is expected to follow his senior’s footstep and seize an international belt in the future.

SHIRO KEN WRESTS JAPANESE 108LB BELT
Up-and-coming Shiro Ken captured the Japanese national light-flyweight title in his sixth pro bout as he upset veteran defending champ Kenichi Horikawa by a unanimous decision (98-93 twice, 97-93) on Sunday (December 27) in Kyoto, Japan. Shiro is the son of ex-OPBF light-heavyweight champ Hisashi Terachi, and is a good prospect with speed and skills after his amateur experience. (more…)



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Matsumoto runs to 17-0, 15 KOs; Hosono defeats ex-champ Shimoda; Inoue beats Dacquel

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

The following are results of the world title twinbill on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Unbeaten bantam prospect, IBF#8/WBO#9 Ryo Matsumoto, 119.75, extended his unblemished mark to 17-0, 15 KOs to prove he would be a near-future world champ by disposing of Filipino Jestoni Autida (9-4, 3 KOs), 118.5, at 1:49 of the second session in a scheduled ten. The 5’8” lanky hard-puncher, still 21, was lately introduced with a couple of full pages in the “New Faces” column as a bright prospect by The Ring Magazine (page 86-87, March 2016 issue). He showed he was worth The Ring having run a feature on him by scoring a quick knockdown of the game Filipino with a sharp left hook and his follow-up prompted the third man’s intervention. (more…)



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Emotions took the better side of Ghana’s bulky cruiser-weight champion, Brimah Kamoko . . . .

Micheal Mbenga is demanding an immediate rematch with Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko

Japan’s Takashi Uchiyama looked motivated on Wednesday as he made his final preparations to defend his title

Musangwe: South Africa’s brutal bare-knuckle boxing tournament

Mike Tyson takes tumble on hoverboard



December 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Yaegashi-Mendoza Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Japanese veteran Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12 KOs), 107.5, impressively captured the IBF junior flyweight belt as he pounded out an upset unanimous decision over highly regarded defending champ Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19 KOs), 107.5, from Mexico, over twelve furious rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The tallies were as follows: Eugene Grant 117-111, Hilton Whitaker 119-109 and Mike Fitzgerald 120-107 (all from US), all in favor of the game and gallant challenger. The referee was Kenny Chevalier (US). The 32-year-old Japanese gained his third belt in as many categories (105, 112 and now 108) to his credit.

There were no knockdowns, but Yaegashi sometimes had the Mexican at bay with his solid rights to the face and body bombardments in a gory affair.

It’s true that Yaegashi, then WBC flyweight champ, was completely destroyed and dethroned by Roman Gonzalez via ninth round TKO in April of the previous year. It was a miserable defeat for Yaegashi, whose future looked dark and damaged then. In just four months after having absorbed such a terrific punishment Yaegashi appeared again to attempt to win his third belt in the 108-pound category only to succumb to Mexican Pedro Guevara with a vicious body shot in the WBC title bout for the vacant championship last December. People gloomily thought Yaegashi was thorough with another bitter defeat.

As Yaegashi wondered whether to fight on or not, he reportedly had a family meeting with her wife Aya (32), son Keitaro (10), daughters Shinobu (5) and Hitoe (2). All were against his retirement and expected him to fight on. Then Yaegashi made up his mind, saying, “I’ll be fighting father for my children.” (more…)



December 30th, 2015

UFC

Ortega Happy to Showcase All Skills at UFC 195

Brian Ortega is thoughtful.

Prior to his most recent Octagon outing, it was said on UFC.com that the undefeated star of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy was “savage” – in the best way possible. And he confirmed it by scoring a third-round TKO of Thiago Tavares in a memorable Fight of the Night scrap. As for his thoughtfulness, tangling with Ortega is like a “choose your own adventure” book, but all paths lead to the same ending – with “T-City” getting his hand raised . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Undercard Set For Jan 16 At Barclays Center

The undercard is set for the January 16 heavyweight title twinbill featuring WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder against Artur Szpilka, and undefeated challengers Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF world championship in the first heavyweight title fights in Brooklyn in 115 years.

The Barclays Center undercard features former female world champion Amanda Serrano (26-1-1, 19 KOs) against Helen Joseph (12-3-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBO featherweight title, while unbeaten Notre Dame alum Mike Lee (15-0, 9 KOs) enters the ring in an eight-round cruiserweight fight against an opponent to be announced and unbeaten Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki (12-0, 10 KOs) faces Danny Kelly (9-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout. In other action, unbeaten middleweight Maciec Sulecki (21-0, 6 KOs) takes on Isaac Tordjro Selom (21-5-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder, while welterweight Ivan Golub (9-0, 7 KOs) competes in an eight-rounder vs. TBA and middleweight Ramil Gadzhiev (1-0, 1 KO) faces Botirsher Obidov (3-0-1, 1 KO) in a four-round scrap. Rounding out the action, light heavyweight Carlos Gongora (3-0, 2 KOs) and jr welterweight Julian Sosa (3-0-1, 1 KO) will be featured against TBAs.



December 30th, 2015

UFC

Title Shot a Decade in the Making for Condit

Nothing is ever as simple as winning or losing, and this is the mantra that’s driving welterweight title challenger Carlos Condit, who faces Robbie Lawler for the 170-pound crown this Saturday in the main event at UFC 195 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Arum says Pacquiao-Bradley 3 a done deal

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao will face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas according to The Manila Times. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the paper “It’s a done deal and it’s going to be a third fight against Timothy Bradley. We took a lot of consideration knowing Bradley has improved a lot as a fighter since the last time they’ve met in 2014.” Bradley and Pacquiao have fought twice before with each boxer claiming one victory.

“It’s not going to be Manny’s last fight because anything could still happen and you know Manny. That’s why we won’t sell it that way. I don’t think it is Manny’s last fight,” Arum said.



December 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Robert Helenius-Dereck Chisora rematch ordered, purse bid deadline Jan. 21st

By James Slater

When they met back in 2011, heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Robert Helenius gave us a great action fight that was marred by a controversial decision. Helenius got the split verdict in his homeland of Finland, the win seeing him pick up the vacant European title, but most observers felt Chisora should have been awarded the victory.

Now, some four years on, it looks as though we will see a return clash between the two sometime in 2016. The EBU has ordered Helenius – who regained the vacant EBU belt with a win over Franz Rill earlier this month (after reigning champion Erkan Teper was stripped due to failing a drugs test) – to face Chisora again. The deadline for the issued purse bid is January 21st. (more…)



December 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Inoue-Parenas Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

After a one-year hiatus, WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8 KOs), 115, Japan, returned to ring warfare and made a quick demolition of #1 contender Warlito Parenas (24-7-1, 21 KOs), 114, from Philippines, at 1:20 of the second session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue displayed his awesome power and decked him twice to have the referee Mike Ortega halt the lopsided affair.

Can you knock down your opposition only with a left jab? Inoue can. While he concentrated on recovering his dislocated right hand suffered in his title-winning victory over Omar Narvaez a year ago, he exclusively strengthened his left hand so effectively that he could badly hurt many name sparring partners with the magnified left. His powerful jab may be stronger than an ordinary boxer’s straight right. His power is produced by his hand speed and precision as well. Now that he completely regained the right hand, he is really Hands of Stone with two guns.

When the first round started and Inoue began moving so smoothly to avert his Filipino challenger’s opening blows, the crowd expected a quick finish as they watched the young champ’s sharp lefts. Moving to-and-fro and side-by-side, Inoue quickly felt out the taller challenger who had iced 21 opponents out of 24 wins and landed some solid combinations over Warlito’s guard. (more…)



December 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Douglas wins close decision over De Alba

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

In a spectacular 10-round junior lightweight fight, Omar Douglas, Wilmington, DE, 16-0, 11 KOs, won the Fox Sports 1 main event by majority decision over Reading, PA’s Frank De Alba, 17-2-2, 6 KOs, in an action-packed affair on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. De Alba was sharper in the opening rounds, but Douglas came on strong in the second half to take the decision by scores of 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93.

In a scheduled 8-round welterweight contest also televised by Fox Sports 1, Orlando’s Miguel Cruz, 12-0, 11 KOs, battered Virgil Green of Vancouver, WA, 11-4, 4 KOs, for a 7th round TKO victory. Cruz won every round before flooring Green with a combination midway through the seventh. Green made it to his feet, but Cruz jumped right on him and kept throwing until referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight. The time was 1:36.

Philly light heavy Christopher Brooker, 7-1, 5 KOs, upset previously undefeated Leo Hall of Detroit, 8-1, 7 KOs, with a non-stop aggressive attack that earned him an 8-round unanimous decision in the Fox Sports 1 TV opener. Brooker started punching the moment the fight started and didn’t let up until the sound of the final bell. The Philadelphian was cut in round eight, but the fight as all his. The scores were 80-72 and 79-73 twice. (more…)



December 29th, 2015

Boxing News

NY Boxing Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 18-member Class of 2016. Inductees include former welterweight champion Aaron “Superman” Davis (49-6, 31 KOs), former junior welterweight champion Charles “The Natural” Murray (44-9, 26 KOs), two-time world lightweight title challenger Vilomar Fernandez (30-11-2, 9 KOs), and lightweight title challenger Edwin Viruet. Non-participants are International Boxing Hall of Fame executive director Ed Brophy, promoter Joe DeGuardia, former commissioner/media personality Randy Gordon and promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport. (more…)



December 29th, 2015

UFC

Bader Finds Peace As He Piles On Wins

This has got to be it for Ryan Bader. He’s won five fights in a row, is coming off a win over former world champion Rashad Evans, and on January 30 in Newark, New Jersey, he faces off with the No. 2 ranked light heavyweight in the world, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Breazeale-Mansour official for Jan 23

Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (16-0, 14 KOs) will step up in class against hard-hitting southpaw Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight showdown as part of primetime action on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX January 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The card is headlined by undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight showdown and features undefeated rising star Sergeant Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) taking on Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs).

Dominic Breazeale: “This is a great opportunity for me and I’m definitely going to make the most of it. Fighting at the STAPLES Center in primetime is a dream come true. I’m a California guy and I know I have to put on a big show to make a name for myself. I want to be a world champion and Amir Mansour is standing in my way.”

Amir Mansour: “I can’t wait to put on a show January 23. As a fighter, I am very humbled and appreciative to be a part of the PBC on FOX debut. As a boxing fan, I am very pleased to be fighting on the undercard of one of my favorite fighters, Danny Garcia, who is also from Philly. I’m thrilled to be a part of a card like this with so many great fighters.”



December 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Inoue demolishes #1 Parenas in two to keep WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

After a one-year hiatus, WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8 KOs), 115, Japan, returned to ring warfare and made a quick demolition of #1 Warlito Parenas (24-7-1, 21 KOs), 114, Philippines, at 1:20 of the second session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue displayed his awesome power and decked him twice to have the referee Michael Ortega halt the lopsided affair.

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December 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Yaegashi dethrones IBF 108lb champ Mendoza to win third world belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Japanese veteran Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12 KOs), 107.5, impressively captured the IBF junior flyweight belt as he pounded out an upset unanimous decision over highly regarded defending champ Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19 KOs), 107.5, from Mexico, over twelve furious give-and-take rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The tallies were as follows: Eugine Grant 117-111, Hilton Whitaker 119-109 and Mike Fitzgerald 120-107 (all from US), all in favor of the game and gallant challenger. The referee was Kenny Chevalier (US). The 32-year-old Japanese gained his third belt in as many categories (105, 112 and now 108) to his credit. There were no knockdowns, but Yaegashi sometimes had the Mexican at bay with his solid rights to the face and body bombardments in a gory affair.

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December 29th, 2015

UFC

10 Best: Greatest UFC Fights of the Year

A great fight is a perfect storm. Put two fighters together and you never know what you’ll get, but when both have the intention of making a statement against each other and the styles mesh, it becomes something more than just an athletic competition. When that happens, there’s nothing better in all of sports . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 29th, 2015

UFC

Best UFC Images of 2015

It’s been a memorable year in 2015 and we wanted to celebrate. So we checked the numbers across our social media platforms and have come up with the 10 most popular pictures of the year . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Ruenreong Outstanding Thai Athlete of 2015

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0-0) received the Thailand’s professional athlete of the year 2015 award from the Sports Authority of Thailand to celebrate “National Sports Day” on December 26, 2015, at Indoor Stadium Hua Mark. The 36-year-old flyweight titleholder made three successfully world title defenses in 2015. In March, Amnat impressively defeated China’s Zou Shiming in Macau. In his next two defenses, he beat John Casimero of the Philippines in a mandatory fight in Bangkok and then Myung Ho Lee of Japan in Hua Hin.

Jimmy Chaichotchuang, the IBF’s leading promoter in Thailand said, “I would like to congratulate the honor of the IBF flyweight champion to this prestigious award. Ruenroeng, who has a hard time in his childhood, and come from Zero to Hero. Ruenroeng was a former Muaythai champion and Olympian amateur boxer. He made his debut as a pro in 2012 and has made a five world championship defenses. He is the pride of Thailand. I will look for his unification bout in 2016.”



December 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Grant Gloves getting play in Hollywood

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Grant Elvis Phillips, CEO/Founder of Grant Gloves, had a cameo role in the movie “Creed” playing himself. In the movie, Rocky introduces Philips to the Creed son, and says “This is my good friend Elvis Grant, he makes the best gloves in the world. He’s going to make your gloves, that’s my gift to you.”

With advertisers commonly paying big money to have their products placed in movies, we asked Phillips how much he paid for the product mention in “Creed.”

His answer? Zero.

“Stallone called me himself and asked me if they could use Grant in the new ‘Creed’ film,” said Phillips. “Same with ​’Southpaw.​​’ Gyllenhaal called me himself to use Grant in the film​. ​Unlike my competitors,​ they need to write a check…​I don’t. ​I ​just stay in my lane and keep making the best and leave the rest in God’s hands.”

In the real world, Grant gloves are worn by Floyd Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin among others.



December 29th, 2015




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