WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

By Dwjuan Frazier and Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist and new WBC Silver Super Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields ...

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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2012 Olympic medalists Murata, Shimizu victorious

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

2012 Olympic gold medalist, unbeaten middleweight WBC#5/WBA#4/IBF#3/WBO#3 Ryota Murata (12-0, 9 KOs), 161.25, looked impressive as he dispatched Mexican Bruno Sandoval (19-2-1, 15 KOs), 161.25, with a smashing right cross at 2:53 in the third round of a scheduled ten on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also, 2012 bantamweight bronze medalist Satoshi Shimzu, 125.75, decked his second pro bout by finishing Filipino Carlo Demecillo, 124, with a barrage of punches at 1:09 of the third session in a scheduled featherweight eight.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda 2012 Olympic gold medalist, unbeaten middleweight WBC#5/WBA#4/IBF#3/WBO#3 Ryota Murata (12-0, 9 KOs), 161.25, looked …


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Skoglund slams EBU

Light heavyweight contender Erik Skoglund says he has lost respect for the European Boxing Union and demanded an explanation as to why the organization has allowed current light heavyweight champion Robert Stieglitz to make a voluntary defense of his title. The EBU had ordered Stieglitz to face Skoglund, his mandatory challenger. However, after Team Sauerland and SES Promotion couldn’t agree to terms, the EBU announced that they had voted to allow Stieglitz a voluntary defense, rather than go to a purse bid.

Skoglund says this is not the first time he has been overlooked by the EBU, and in an open letter to President Bob Logist, he has expressed his dissatisfaction with their decision and asked them to provide an explanation for their actions. (more…)

Light heavyweight contender Erik Skoglund says he has lost respect for the European Boxing Union and demanded an explanation as …



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Corrales, Uchiyama, Taguchi, Canizales make weight

Jezreel Corrales 129.25 vs. Takashi Uchiyama 129.75
(WBA super featherweight title)

Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Carlos Canizales 106.75
(WBA light flyweight title)

Venue: Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

Jezreel Corrales 129.25 vs. Takashi Uchiyama 129.75 (WBA super featherweight title) Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Carlos Canizales 106.75 (WBA light …


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Ioka, Guzman to defend WBA/IBF belts in Kyoto

By Joe Koeizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, which is well-known for beautiful scenery with many traditional temples, shrines and old buildings that so greatly attract foreign visitors that it is always full of sightseers around the streets. Unbeaten Dominican Jonathan Guzman and undefeated Thailander Stamp Kiatniwat, however, visited here not for sightseeing but for title-keeping and title-winning.

WBA flyweight champ, three-class world ruler Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against the interim titlist Stamp (15-0, 6 KOs) in the main event on New Year’s Eve, while Guzman (22-0-1NC, 21 KOs) will put his IBF junior feather throne on the line against taller Japanese speedster Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in a supporting title go.

The weigh-in has been over. Ioka and Stamp both tipped the beam at the 112-pound class limit. Guzman scaled in at 55.2 kilogram (121.75 lbs) to 55.3 kg (122 lbs) for Oguni. This is a triple joint co-promotion by Woz, Ioka and Kadoebi Promoitons.

By Joe Koeizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, which is well-known for beautiful scenery …




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Zlaticanin WBC 30 day weigh-in

WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) weighed 145 pounds for his WBC 30 day weigh-in. This was the max weight allowed, which is 10 pounds over the 135 pound title fight limit. Zlaticanin will be defending against former world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) who also successfully made weight.

The two will square off January 28th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds as the co-main event on a Showtime-televised fight card headlined by Carl Frampton defending his WBA “super” featherweight title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) weighed 145 pounds for his WBC 30 day weigh-in. This was the …


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#7 Nonaka keeps Japanese 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Veteran Japanese southpaw, IBF#7/WBO#7 Yuki Nonaka (31-8-3, 10 KOs) kept his national 154-pound belt when he caught up with durable challenger Yosuke Kirima (23-7-2, 16 KOs) and halted him at 2:03 of the tenth and final session on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Nonaka, 39, registered his sixth defense thanks to his faster footwork and puzzling lefty style, with which the champ steadily piled up points to maintain the initiative all the way. Kirima gamely attempted to come close to the shifty champ and mix it up, but Nonaka proved too elusive and aggressive for him. The champ showed his last surge to batter the fading challenger from all angles to prompt the third man’s intervention. The victor jubilantly said, “I’ll defend my belt in the Carnival of Champions next spring.”

Veteran Japanese southpaw, IBF#7/WBO#7 Yuki Nonaka (31-8-3, 10 KOs) kept his national 154-pound belt when he caught up with durable challenger Yosuke Kirima (23-7-2, 16 KOs) and halted him at 2:03 of the tenth and final session on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.


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Lundy, Delperdang make weight

By Eric Lorta/Ringside Reporter Podcast

Hank Lundy 134.2 vs. John Delperdang 133
(UBF lightweight title)

Photo: Eric Lorta

Kevin Roundtree 161.6 vs. Darren Johnson 169
Trevir Ballinger 126.2 vs. Christopher Nelson ?
Chris Curtis 187.8 vs. Marcus Maulding 190.6
Abdula Muhammad 211 vs. Demonte Cherry ?

Venue: Fitness Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Promoter: B.O.O.M. Promotions/CES Boxing

By Eric Lorta/Ringside Reporter Podcast Hank Lundy 134.2 vs. John Delperdang 133 (UBF lightweight title) Kevin Roundtree 161.6 vs. Darren …


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Fightnews.com® KO of the Year: Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan

We admit Canelo’s street cred took a big hit in 2016 when he ducked Gennady Golovkin, but his crushing knockout win over Amir Khan is still our pick for KO of the Year. Canelo connected with a brutal right hand that put Khan in Lala Land.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

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We admit Canelo’s street cred took a big hit in 2016 when he ducked Gennady Golovkin, but his crushing knockout win over Amir Khan is still our pick for KO of the Year. Canelo connected with a brutal right hand that put Khan in Lala Land.



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Super 4 winner Lerena returns Feb 4

WBO #5, WBC #11 cruiserweight Kevin “The KO Kid” Lerena, (16-1-0, 8 KOs) kicks off his 2017 campaign on February 4 with his triumphant return to South Africa’s premier boxing venue, Emperors Palace against Vikapita “Beast Master” Meroro (28-5-0, 14 KOs). Most recently, Lerena won a hard-fought ten round decision over the undefeated Micki Nielsen to earn the critically lauded Super 4 Tournament Championship. In the first round, Lerena took a ten round unanimous decision over Roberto Bolonti. Meroro was last seen getting knocked out by world rated Dmitry Kudryashov 18 months ago.

WBO #5, WBC #11 cruiserweight Kevin “The KO Kid” Lerena, (16-1-0, 8 KOs) kicks off his 2017 campaign on February …


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Inoue, Kono, Yaegashi, Basapean make weight

Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Naoya Inoue 115 vs Kouhei Kono 115
(WBO super flyweight title)

Akira Yaegashi 107.5 vs Wittawas Basapean 107.5
(IBF light flyweight title)

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Photos: Naoki Fukuda Naoya Inoue 115 vs Kouhei Kono 115 (WBO super flyweight title) Akira Yaegashi 107.5 vs Wittawas Basapean …


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Uchiyama to collide with Corrales in grudge match

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

The most competitive bout in seven world title contests in the end of the year in Japan must be a rematch of WBA 130-pound champion Jezreel Corrales of Panama and former titlist Takashi Uchiyama in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. Pitifully did Uchiyama, then making hi twelfth defense, forfeit his long-reigning throne to unheralded WBA interim ruler via second round shocker this April. Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), twelve years his senior at 37, said, “I was careless and maybe overconfident in the first encounter, but I’ll regain my belt without doubt.” Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs) said, “I’ve prepare eight strategies to defeat Uchiyama again, and will be victorious to bring back my belt.” For both, it will be the first bout since they collided here seven months ago. Who will welcome the Happy New Year with the belt?

In a supporting title go, his stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs), making his fifth defense, will face hard-hitting Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (16-0, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds. Since Taguchi easily defeated mandatory challenger and former champ Ryo Miyazaki in his last defense, he is favored to be victorious despite Canizales’ good credentials and power. This show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat The most competitive bout in seven world title contests in the end of …


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Fightnews.com® Upset of the Year: Jezreel Corrales KO2 Takashi Uchiyama

Jezreel Corrales KO2 Takashi Uchiyama
Photo: Sumio Yamada

Unheralded Jezreel Corrales scored a shocking second round KO over previously unbeaten and long reigning WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama. Corrales put Uchiyama on the deck three times. Coincidentally, they meet in a rematch on Saturday in Japan.

Unheralded Jezreel Corrales scored a shocking second round KO over previously unbeaten and long reigning WBA super featherweight champion Takashi …



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Parker planning to call out Joshua-Klitschko winner

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will likely be ringside on April 29 at the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko IBF, WBA heavyweight title bout in London to call out the winner and unify the titles. “That’s what we want – to unify the belts and we are willing to lose trying,” said David Higgins of Duco Events. “If the other belt holders shared our views it would fix the heavyweight division. Any heavyweight worth their salt should be looking to unify the division and hold all the belts. When the belts aren’t unified, the public are confused about who is the champion.”

Photo: Dave Cameron

Parker, who is promoted by Duco Events and Top Rank, captured the WBO championship on December 10 in Auckland, New Zealand, with a twelve round majority decision over Andy Ruiz.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will likely be ringside on April 29 at …


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WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sad to report that WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez passed away tonight in Puerto Rico due to complications caused by cancer. He was just 68 years old. Sporting his trademark goatee, Perez was for many years a fixture in Puerto Rican boxing and a longtime top WBO executive. He will be missed.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Sad to report that WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez passed away tonight in Puerto Rico due …


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Inoue to face ex-champ Kono on Dec. 30

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, Naoki Fukuda

Merry Christmas! You may enjoy Christmas holidays, while we, boxing people in Japan, are going to be more and more occupied in the end of the year to cover seven world title bouts on the last two days this year. Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue, WBO 115-pound champ, will take on former WBA super-fly titlist, compatriot Kohei Kono to defend his belt for the fourth time in Tokyo on December 30. Also, on the same show, his stablemate and IBF 108-pound ruler Akira Yaegashi will defend his throne against Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym in his second defense since he dethroned Mexican Javier Mendoza by an upset decision last December.

Today we saw a deluxe press conference where all the star participants appeared before our press people to show and express their good preparation and hot motivation. Also appearing on the show will be 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata who will face Mexican Bruno Sandoval. Satoshi Shimizu, an elongated bronze bantamweight medalist of the London Olympic Games, will cope with Filipino Carlo Demecillo in a feather eight-round contest in his second pro bout. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada, Naoki Fukuda Merry Christmas! You may enjoy Christmas holidays, while we, boxing people …


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Wilder vs. Wawrzyk is official

The official announcement came today. Undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes on February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilder is returning from hand and bicep injuries suffered during his July fight against Chris Arreola.

Deontay Wilder: “I’m excited about defending my world championship for a fifth time and in front of my great fans at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on February 25. It’s always fun to display my talents in front of the hometown fans. It’s an opportunity that I always look forward to and it brings out the best in me. I’m healthy and I’m ready to put on a fantastic show.”

Andrzej Wawrzyk: “I’m extremely motivated to fight for the heavyweight title against a great fighter like Deontay Wilder. Fighting for the world title has always been my dream. To fight against such a great athlete as Wilder is an extremely difficult challenge, but one I am ready for. I have trained for this since I was a teenager. On February 25 I will step into the ring ready to fight and win against the most dangerous man on the planet.”

The official announcement came today. Undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend …



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Rocky lives…in Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“In my life, there are four important things: my faith, my family, fishing, and boxing. Maybe you can switch between 3 and 4…” says 36-year-old “Merciless” Mike Mollo (21-6, 13 KO). During spring, summer and autumn, Mike works 50-60 hour weeks, cleaning 100-foot tall water towers with a heavy dose of demolition work. He’s a happy man with three great kids and a wonderful wife who has a smile even better than his. In winter, Mike fights. Rocky lives… in Chicago.

Mike Mollo
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

Last February, after a 2.5 year break from boxing, Mollo destroyed previously undefeated 18-0 Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk “In my life, there are four important things: my faith, my family, fishing, and boxing. Maybe you …


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Ancajas risks IBF super-fly title in Macau

By Nick Giongco

Jerwin Ancajas will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico on Jan. 29 in Macau. Joven Jimenez, who handles and trains Ancajas, said Rejoy Promotions of Beijing, China will stage the scheduled 12-rounder at the Studio Casino City.

Ancajas, one of just three reigning Filipino world champions, is in deep training in Cavite, a province just outside Manila.

Rodriguez, 27, based in the city of Sinaloa, has a record of 35-4 ledger with 19 KOs.

Ancajas, holder of a 25-1 slate with 16 KOs, has been sparring with former world contender Drian Francisco. (more…)

By Nick Giongco

Jerwin Ancajas will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico on Jan. 29 in Macau.


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Fightnews.com® Breakout Fighter of the Year: Joe Smith Jr.

Joe Smith Jr.
Photo: Sumio Yamada

At the beginning of 2016, Joe Smith Jr. was a little-known light heavyweight from Long Island who had never boxed on television. He finally got his chance in the spotlight and took advantage of it – twice. First by stopping highly ranked contender Andrzej Fonfara, then doing the same to future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins.

At the beginning of 2016, Joe Smith Jr. was a little-known light heavyweight from Long Island who had never boxed …


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Victory Boxing announces Philly series

Victory Boxing Promotions has announced a series of fights in Philadelphia, kicking off on January 28 at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Additional dates are booked for March and June. Unbeaten welterweight and Briscoe Award winner Jaron Ennis (8-0, 7 KOs) will headline on January 28. The 19-year-old is trained by his father and former professional boxer Derrick “Bozy” Ennis, and is the younger brother of pro boxers Derrick “Pooh” Ennis and Farah Ennis.

Also scheduled are super bantamweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly (8-0, 6 KOs), super lightweight Joshua “Hands of Stone” Jones (3-0-1, 2 KOs)super welterweight Adam Daranyi (9-0, 9 KOs), super lightweight Carlos “Tiberon” Sanchez (11-0, 10 KOs) and super welterweight Donovan Cameron (4-0, 4 KOs). Opponents are TBA.

Victory Boxing Promotions has announced a series of fights in Philadelphia, kicking off on January 28 at the 2300 Arena …


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Boxing Buzz: Abraham-Krasniqi purse bid

WBO has called for a purse bid for a super middleweight title eliminator between #2 rated former world champion Arthur Abraham and #3 rated Robin Krasniqi. The proceeding will take place on Wednesday, January 4, in Budapest, Hungary. The minimum acceptable bid is $300,000. WBO Vice President of Europe Istvan Kovacs will preside.

Liveco Boxing has announced that boxing veteran Zac Pomilio has joined the team as their exclusive matchmaker, bringing nearly 20 years of matchmaking and promotional experience to the firm.

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) has announced the signing of 2016 French Olympian middleweight Christian M’Billi Assomo to an exclusive promotional contact. He will settle in Quebec and make his professional debut there in early 2017.

WBO has called for a purse bid for a super middleweight title eliminator between #2 rated former world champion Arthur …


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Rodriguez set for test against Narvaez

By Robert Coster

Undefeated bantamweight contender Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico is training extra hard in view of what may be the toughest challenge of his young career. On January 13th in Argentina, Rodriguez will battle local legend and former two-division world champion Omar Andres Narvaez (46-2-2, 24 KOs) in an IBF eliminator with the winner to face IBF 118lb champion Lee Haskins.

Photo: Fernando Gaztambide

“I know that Narvaez is the biggest name boxer I will face and it’ll be in front of his fans,” says Rodriguez, “and people say I need a knockout to win, but I’ve got to keep a cool head against a class act like Narvaez. If I just try to bang, he can turn it against me. He’s so clever.” (more…)

By Robert Coster Undefeated bantamweight contender Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico is training extra hard in view …


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Chavez KOs local mayor in exhibition

54-year-old Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. returned to the ring for an exhibition against Jose Manuel “Chenel” Valenzuela, mayor of Angostura, Sinaloa, Mexico, in order to raise funds for the local fire department. “El Gran Campeon” took out the mayor with a body shot.

54-year-old Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. returned to the ring for an exhibition against Jose Manuel “Chenel” Valenzuela, …


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Fightnews.com® Fighter of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko was 2-0 with two impressive stoppages in 2016. First, he moved up to junior lightweight and destroyed reigning WBO champion Rocky Martinez. Then in his first defense, he dominated the previously unbeaten Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters and made him quit.

Two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko was 2-0 with two impressive stoppages in 2016. First, he moved up to junior lightweight …


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Burns vs. Indongo unification clash?

WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) and IBF jr welterweight champion Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) could meet in a 140-pound title unification clash. Fightnews.com® has been informed that talks are underway. From the IBF end, a unification supersedes a mandatory so Indongo could do it. He won the title with a spectacular first round KO over reigning champ Eduard Troyanovsky earlier this month. Burns was last seen in the ring defeating #1 ranked Kiryl Relikh in October.

WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) and IBF jr welterweight champion Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) could …


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Briggs vs. Oquendo in the works

By Przemek Garczarczyk

According to Fres Oquendo’s trainer Nate Jones, a WBA heavyweight world championship fight between Oquendo and Shannon Briggs will be announced shortly.

By Przemek Garczarczyk According to Fres Oquendo’s trainer Nate Jones, a WBA heavyweight world championship fight between Oquendo and Shannon …


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The 12th Round: 2016 Comes to an End, Welcome 2017!

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

As we all try to slow down to enjoy a few quiet moments in the company of our loved ones, thinking about what happened this year and planning on what we wish to do for 2017, it is a great opportunity to simply meditate and reflect on our own actions and what can we personally do to make the difference in our lives and the lives of others. It is so common that we get lost in the day to day pressures, deadlines, worries, excessive work, travel and eternal use of the cell phone. We often forget to look at today, to realize what we have, who is next to us, how fortunate we are to have health, to be alive, to have our loved ones close. We forget to appreciate and cherish what is there, available at hindsight our reflections can only give us memories, those that build over the weeks, months and years and one we look back and understand that we let those precious times go by without knowing it.

I read a few articles about the state of boxing and was shocked to read some idiotic remarks stating that “Boxing is dying,” mostly claiming that pay-per-view was down and probably out. For all those who have such a limited vision of the sport, there are some incredible facts that prove how great boxing is and what transpired in 2016 has set the tone for a memorable 2017: (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son As we all try to slow down to enjoy a few …


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NYSBHOF announces Class of 2017

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 15-member Class of 2017. The sixth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held April 30 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include Manhattan welterweight Gaspar “El Indio” Ortega (131-39-6, 69 KOs), Yonkers’ world heavyweight title challenger Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes (39-8-1, 22 KOs), Yonkers middleweight Doug “Cobra’ Dewitt (33-8-5, 19 KOs), and “The Bronx Bomber,” world middleweight title challenger Alex Ramos (39-10-2, 24 KOs) (more…)

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 15-member Class of 2017. …


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Boxing returns to Worcester, Mass on Jan 19

On Wednesday, former two-division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera will announce a fight card under his Rivera Promotions Entertainment banner to take place on January 19 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The card is billed as “New England’s Future” and will feature local talent including Irvin Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs), Reinaldo “Bazooka” Graceski (4-0, 2 KOs), Chuck Shearns (2-1, 1 KO), Anthony Laureano (1-0, 0 KOs) and Brandon Montella (5-0, 4 KOs), plus a lineup of pro debuters.

On Wednesday, former two-division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera will announce a fight card under his Rivera Promotions Entertainment banner …


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Tanaka-Fuentes to be live streamed

Good news for boxing fans worldwide! With no televised boxing in many countries until mid-January, CBC TV in Japan has announced that they will present a free worldwide stream of the December 31 world title clash between Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs) and Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO light flyweight title at the Memorial Center in Gifu, Japan. The 21-year-old Tanaka won the WBO minimumweight title in just his fifth fight. Fuentes has previously held both the WBO minimumweight and light flyweight titles. The fight will air live 1AM ET, 10PM PT in the USA and 6AM GMT.

This is an opportunity for boxing fans worldwide to see a great fight, and just how good the highly regarded Tanaka really is.

Good news for boxing fans worldwide! With no televised boxing in many countries until mid-January, CBC TV in Japan has …


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Tornado Sanchez destroys Morales

Former WBA interim super flyweight champion David “Tornado” Sanchez (30-4-2, 23 KOs) scored a second round KO over Alejandro “Terrible” Morales (15-9, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Arena Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Sanchez finished Morales with a liver shot at the 2:42. He next plans to return to the ring again in early February in preparation for a world title shot later in 2017.

Photo: Brenda Bonilla/Latin Sports

Former WBA interim super flyweight champion David “Tornado” Sanchez (30-4-2, 23 KOs) scored a second round KO over Alejandro “Terrible” …


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Rudenko defeats Bergman in Kiev, Ukraine

Tonight at the hall of the Olympic Football Stadium of Kiev, Ukraine, local star Andriy Rudenko successfully defended his WBC International Silver heavyweight title with a shutout 100-90 on all 3 cards against American Jason Bergman.

Bergman tried a couple of times and was himself never in danger in a fight marred by technical problems. One of the ropes broke in round 3 and again in round 8 leaving referee Daniel Van de Wiele no other option then to call each time a time-out to fix the problem. A wet canvas was also the reason of some slips of both Rudenko and Bergman.

On the undercard youngsters Khasan Baysangurov and Aram Faniyan both scored wins. They are 19 year old and are great prospects. Ukraine has produced many great boxers like the Klitschko brothers, Postol, Lomachenko, Usyk, Gvozdyk and many others.

Tonight at the hall of the Olympic Football Stadium of Kiev, Ukraine, local star Andriy Rudenko successfully defended his WBC …


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Verdejo returns February 3rd

Photo: Top Rank

The Diamonds will shine on the ‘Island of Enchantment’! Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo and Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz, two of today’s biggest attractions in Puerto Rican boxing, will return to action when they co-headline the February 3 ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will take place at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Verdejo (22-0, 15 KO’s), who will return to the ring after recovering completely from the abrasions he suffered last August during a motorcycle accident, will battle against Nicaragua’s Oliver Flores (27-2-2, 17 KO’s) and will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title for the sixth time. Against Flores, ‘El Diamante’ will try to prove that he is more than ready to challenge WBO lightweight world champion, Terry Flanagan.

“To fight once again at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum is the continuation of a dream for me and also the opportunity to show the world that I’m ready to bring a world title to my Island,” said Verdejo. “I can’t wait for February 3. I want to share my joy with my people and I also want to send a direct message to the WBO world champion, Terry Flanagan, that I’m not a tune-up fight for anyone,” assured the highly motivated Puerto Rican world title challenger. (more…)

Photo: Top Rank

The Diamonds will shine on the ‘Island of Enchantment’! Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo and Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz, two of today’s biggest attractions in Puerto Rican boxing, will return to action when they co-headline the February 3 ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will take place at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Verdejo (22-0, 15 KO’s), who will return to the ring after recovering completely from the abrasions he suffered last August during a motorcycle accident, will battle against Nicaragua’s Oliver Flores (27-2-2, 17 KO’s) and will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title for the sixth time. Against Flores, ‘El Diamante’ will try to prove that he is more than ready to challenge WBO lightweight world champion, Terry Flanagan.


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Porky Medina returns with KO win

No surprises on Friday night at the Gimnasio Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. IBF #6, WBC #9 super middleweight contender Rogelio “Porky” Medina (37-7, 31 KOs) scored a second round KO over Ramon Olivas (13-5, 9 KOs). Medina was returning to the ring for the first time since a close and hard-fought decision loss to IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale in a world title shot back in April.

Photo: Brenda Bonilla/Latin Sports

No surprises on Friday night at the Gimnasio Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. IBF #6, WBC #9 super middleweight contender …


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Rudenko – Bergman tonight in Kiev

Rudenko versus Bergman
American Jason Bergman, 26-12-2(17), came to Kiev, Ukraine to try to spoil the Christmas party of local hero Andriy Rudenko. However Rudenko, 30-2 (19), currently rated #15 by the WBC is a huge favorite to retain his WBC International Silver title.
Rudenko has only back to back defeats to Lucas Browne and Hughie Fury.

The show is promoted by Viktoria Olshana of Sparta box in collaboration with Andrey Khrapach (Dnepr Boxing Promotion). Matchmaker Vlad Eliseev has put toghetter an attractive undercard.

The show will take place at the Olympinskiy Parka which is part of the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

American Jason Bergman, 26-12-2(17), came to Kiev, Ukraine to try to spoil the Christmas party of local hero Andriy Rudenko. …










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