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Photos: Premier Boxing Champions Former world champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre "The Beast" Berto, fighters participated in a final press conference on ...

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Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama ...

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Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

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Boxing News

Camacho, Pintor, Zapata elected to IBHOF

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Inductees include Puerto Rico’s multi-division champion Hector “Macho” Camacho (posthumous), Mexico’s two-division champion Lupe Pintor and Panama’s two-division champion Hilario Zapata in the Modern category; judge Harold Lederman, commissioner Marc Ratner, journalist Jerry Izenberg and broadcaster Col. Bob Sheridan.

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2016 and are very much looking forward to paying tribute to the new inductees in Canastota next June,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder: I’m knocking Szpilka out / Szpilka: You’re done January 16th!

Heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and bruising Polish challenger Artur Szpilka took time out of their intense training schedules to exchange some words on a media conference call Wednesday before they meet in the ring on Saturday, January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on Showtime.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:

Deontay Wilder: “Don’t get too overwhelmed by the opportunity, Szpilka. You still have to do something with it. Once I knock Szpilka out, I want all the Polish fans to come on the “Bronze Bomber” train as I bring the heavyweight division back to the top. I don’t care who it is. It doesn’t matter who is in the ring with me. I love a fighter who’s not scared because it gives me the motive to knock him out. I don’t play around because I mean business. I’m looking for a grand show. It’s going to be a great performance to kick off 2016. This is going to be a huge year for me. I’m knocking Szpilka out and I’m sending a message to everyone who stands in my way.”

Artur Szpilka: “I hope that you hear loud and clear, I can win this fight. My mind is ready, my body is ready. You’re done January 16. I have everything that a good boxer needs. I’m very confident and I know that this is my time. I have respect for him, but he’s never fought somebody like me. Everybody he fought but Bermane Stiverne was a bum. Only three people have actually tried to fight him. Everybody else had already lost before they got into the ring. I wanted this fight. This is my time. The heavyweight titles are wide open. There’s new blood for boxing.”



December 16th, 2015


Boxing News

Andy Lee: I become a horrible, nasty person and that will come out in this fight

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WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee and undefeated challenger Billy Joe Saunders came face-to-face today in the final press conference before Saturday’s fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Lee stated, “Once that bell goes I’m a totally different character, it’s like there’s a switch as soon as hear a knock on the dressing room door saying ‘time to walk’ there’s a transition in me and I become a horrible, nasty person and that will come out in this fight.”

He added, “For me it’s just another fight, yes, there’s a lot stake between us, my family name and honour, his family name and honour, but more importantly my world title is at stake.” Sho Extreme will televise in the USA.



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr: I feel a responsibility to re-enter the ring

Two days after his defeat to Enzo Maccarinalli in his first fight as a Russian citizen, 46-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. announced at a press conference that his health is fine, and that he has no plans to relax. “This first fight as a Russian will not be the last,” said Jones. “This is just the beginning. I said I wanted to finish my career, but now I feel a responsibility to re-enter the ring. I want to continue my work in boxing. I plan to do business in Russia, to open several boxing gyms. I will pass on my experience to the young Russian generation. To do this in Russia has excellent possibilities. I’m not saying that I’ll hang up the gloves. Time will tell, and most importantly, health.”



December 16th, 2015


Boxing News

Wallisch, Krasniqi opponents named

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Photo: Team SES/P. Gercke

January 9 opponents have been named for WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) and two-time light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (44-4, 17 KOs) at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

Wallisch will take on Marcin Rekowski (17-2, 14 KOs) in the twelve-round main event for the WBO European Championship.

Krasniqi, now campaigning at super middleweight where he’s rated #12, will face Cagri Ermis (18-9-2, 5 KOs), who brings a ten fight winning streak.



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Andy Lee: Saunders not good enough to beat me

WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) held a media workout in Manchester, England, concluding preparations for his eagerly awaited showdown with WBO #1 contender Billy Joe Saunders (22-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday on Sho Extreme from Manchester Arena.

Andy Lee: I have a punch that can end a fight, lights out, in any given second. I won’t rely on the punch. I will look to dominate from the start with educated pressure. I’m feeling very dangerous at the moment. Saunders’ unbeaten record is a disadvantage. He’s always been in fights he’s expected to win and has been well managed by (Frank) Warren.

I’ve never lost a fight on points and I never will on points. If I’m down on the cards I will go out swinging in the last round. Saunders being a fellow traveler does add another layer, but at the end the day it’s about how good you are and he’s not good enough to beat me.



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Joseph Parker matchmaker: Anthony Joshua has flaws

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Stuart Duncan who is the matchmaker for WBO #3, IBF #10, WBC #11, WBA #12 Joseph Parker talks to Fightnews and gives his opinion on WBC #2, WBA #13, IBF #9 Anthony Joshua and explains what he’d seen in Joshua’s victory over Dillian Whyte in London last Saturday

“I noticed Joshua’s mouth gaping in early rounds and sticking the chin out with the shoulder down,” Duncan said.”Whyte didn’t fight the right fight and definitely came into the fight too fat. For a fight that was Whyte’s biggest opportunity to date, it’s almost like Whyte didn’t take the fight seriously. Whyte was flapping his mouth off before the fight, but he should have been snapping his punches out during the fight.

“To create the chinks in the armour of Anthony Joshua, and I would normally say he’s a fairly complete fighter, but I see flaws in him after the Whyte fight. I’m not saying that to sing the song that Joseph Parker beats Anthony Joshua. Joseph Parker is a work in progress as well and there are components of his style that his trainer Kevin Barry is working on. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

UFC

The Nigerian Nightmare’s Golden Dream

“The Nigerian Nightmare” has a dream and it’s to claim UFC gold. The first step to making that dream a reality for welterweight prospect Kamaru Usman is to believe in himself. The second step is amassing a whole bunch of Ws inside the Octagon. And The Ultimate Fighter 21 alum is well on his way with both . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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December 16th, 2015

WBA

94th WBA Convention: Day Two

Report/Photos by Tracy Morin

On Tuesday, the second day of the WBA 94th Annual Convention commenced with a general meeting, opening with a roll call of attendees from around the world. Promoter Gary Shaw applauded the absent Gilberto Mendoza Sr.’s guidance, wisdom, knowledge and warm smile but looked forward to his son’s newly established leadership and the future of the organization.

The day began with a review of the WBA Convention in Lima, Peru, in 2013, with Legislative Director Carlos Chavez emphasizing the need for evaluating officials’ performances, especially in controversial fights—as well as the also controversial topic of the half-point system for scoring, which would be used only when rounds are extremely close. However, the organization made clear that it was merely considering (not yet implementing) this measure.

The morning meeting otherwise consisted of reviewing the directorate meeting on Monday, including notes on the WBA creed and agenda. Significantly, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, former First Vice President and now President, has decided to leave his former position vacant for the time being. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Buthelezi meets Tete for IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

In an all-South African clash Gideon Buthelezi and Makazole Tete meet for the vacant IBO super flyweight belt on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London. The title became vacant when Lwandile Sityatha relinquished it and decided to move up to the bantamweight division. In his most recent fight in July this year, Sityatha retained the belt on a disputed decision against Buthelezi. However, he was possibly having severe weight problems at the time. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Ogawa dethrones IBF#13 Naito; Ito keeps OPBF 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Hard-punching super-feather prospect Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14 KOs), 130, impressively captured the Japanese 130-pound belt as he displayed a stunning blitzkrieg, dropped previously unbeaten IBF#13 defending champ Rikki Naito (13-1, 5 KOs), 130 in the closing seconds of the opening session, put on an aggressive performance and was awarded a technical decision (49-47, 49-46 twice) after Naito became unable to go on due to a bad laceration caused by an accidental butt at 2:28 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also, OPBF 130-pound ruler Masayuki Ito (18-1-1, 8 KOs), 130, kept his regional belt by scoring a unanimous nod (117-111, 118-111 twice) over compatriot Shingo Eto (17-4-1, 9 KOs), 130, over twelve. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Moloney Brothers in action Friday

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former amateur star Jason Moloney (4-0, 4 KOs) will clash unbeaten Markquil Savana (9-0, 3 KOs) of the Philippines over ten rounds with the vacant WBA Oceana super bantamweight title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Friday. In other action, Moloney’s brother, Andrew (4-0, 2 KOs) will take on Aussie champion Robert Lerio (16-22-1, 6 KOs) for the Australian bantamweight crown over ten rounds.

Promoter Peter Maniatis is confident the boxing fans in attendance will be witnessing a great fight night.

“Savana is undefeated 9-0 and I am told is a very talented boxer from General Santos so his fight with Jason Moloney who is also undefeated 4-0 and a rising star of Australian boxing will be worthy of the main event,” said Maniatis. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Brit Liam Smith calls out Miguel Cotto

Anthony Joshua already back in the gym

Derek Chisora confident of beating Joshua

Billy Joe Saunders talks beating Andy Lee



December 16th, 2015

WBA

Panama City Presser: Smogasbord of Boxing

In anticipation of Thursday’s championship fights at Arena Roberto Duran, presented in conjunction with the WBA KO Drugs campaign, a press conference was held Monday afternoon at Multicentro in the Financial District of Panama City. On the open-air patio of Red Lion, in the shadow of Paitilla, the music was hot and the weather was hotter as current WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs and former WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Shane Mosley, who is gracing Thursday’s fight card, made a welcome appearance.

Jacobs, accompanied by his brother, looked extremely cool, despite the scorching temperature, with his goatee, shades, and kicking lid. Mosley, accompanied by his lady friend, looked as relaxed as relaxed could be.

Both men, especially in this context, embodied boxer as celebrity. Everyone knew who they were, everyone cherished all they have accomplished, and it seemed as if everyone wanted a photo of themselves standing next to the champs. (more…)



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

PBC adds December 29 FS1 telecast

Undefeated super featherweight contender Omar “Super O” Douglas (15-0, 11 KOs) faces his toughest test when he battles Frank De Alba (17-1-2, 6 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 and Boxeo de Campeones on FOX Deportes with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Tuesday, December 29 from Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Jean Pascal & Freddie Roach

Former world champion Jean Pascal is training in Los Angeles with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in preparation for his HBO-televised rematch with WBA/IBF/WBO unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev on January 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Pascal and Roach spoke to reporters last weekend.

Jean Pascal

Sergey said he was going to retire you after this fight, and kick your ass. What are your thoughts?

Let’s do this. I’m ready for that. So that’s going to be a great fight. If he’s trying to kick my ass to shut me up, that’s just better for the fans. That’s going to be a great fight. What Sergey brings I’m sure that this time I am going to be able to keep up with it.

He (Sergey) said he is basically going to do the same thing he did in the last fight. I’m sure Freddie is going to want to switch up your style a little bit. Do you think it’s a mistake if Sergey goes in exactly the same way?

I don’t think he’s going to go exactly the same way because he’s not super smart, but he’s not dumb as well. So I don’t think he’s going to come with the same game plan, and I’m not going to come with the same game plan so I know is going to be different, I’m going to be different, so it’s going to be another fight. Sergey is very powerful, I’ve got power, I’ve got speed, so it’s going to be a great fight. (more…)



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Billy Joe Saunders: Chris Eubank Jr does not belong at world level – he’s a phony

World title challenger Billy Joe Saunders has blasted arch nemesis Chris Eubank Jr saying he is a “phony” who is not at world level. The 26-year-old Saunders, who takes on WBO champion Andy Lee this Saturday night on Sho Extreme from the Manchester Arena, has said he was left unimpressed with Eubank Jr’s win and that he will fall short if he takes on the best around. The middleweight rivals have previously locked horns with Saunders coming out on top winning a split points decision late last year and Billy Joe is adamant that the Eubank will flop once again if he shares the ring with another top 160-pounder.

“The truth of the matter is that Eubank Jr does not belong at world level – he’s a phony, it’s as simple as that. I wasn’t impressed with his win over Gary O’Sullivan who I’ve already beat. He thinks he can fool the public with a win like that but he can’t,” said Saunders. (more…)



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Rosado not yet ready to give up title dreams for the silver screen

Story/Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Gabriel Rosado, that old-school Philly fighter who already fought twice for the world title and has been forging a memorable professional boxing career since 2006, surprised many about a year ago by packing his bags and leaving the City of Brotherly Love for the lure of Los Angeles, California. Although the fickle fans criticized this tougher than tough ring warrior for going “Hollywood”, these days Rosado appears to be having the last laugh.

Not only is Rosado’s high-profile boxing career still alive (on Saturday he fights Joshua Clottey at Turning Stone Casino on HBO Latino), his burgeoning acting career is suddenly buzz-worthy as well. Currently Rosado can be seen playing Leo “The Lion” Sporino, a major role in the recently released Rocky movie sequel, CREED.

“I moved to LA to get into acting,” Rosado said. “A lot of people didn’t understand why I moved to Hollywood, and I was getting a lot of shit for it. I was like, I’m only here because I’m on a mission.” (more…)



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Sosa excited to show the world against Walters

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa, 18-1-3, 14 KOs, is having a very good year. The junior lightweight has already won five bouts in 2015, all by KO, stretching his knockout streak to 13 straight. He made his Madison Square Garden (Theater) debut in June. He made two appearances in Puerto Rico during 2015, including a one-round stoppage of contender Jerry Belmontes. He signed a promotional agreement with Top Rank. To cap off this eventful year, Sosa will make his HBO debut against Nicholas Walters on Saturday at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

The fight with Walters is a big test for Sosa, but an upset win would vault him into the title mix in the 130 pound division. It’s a step up, but Sosa can’t wait for the opportunity.

“It’s a dream come true,” Sosa said of his upcoming fight. “This is a dream come true to every athlete out there. To be fighting on the big stage like I am on December 19th. I’m excited, you know? I’m excited to show the world.” (more…)



December 15th, 2015

WBA

WBA Convention: Day One

By Tracy Morin
Photo: Hilmar Rojas Erazo

On Monday, December 14, at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama, the opening day of the WBA 94th Annual Convention kicked off with a monumental changing of the guard.

Though the morning meeting opened with humorous vintage clips of boxing as portrayed by Charlie Chaplin and others in film’s early days, the conversation quickly turned serious when WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza read a long, heartfelt letter to the WBA Directorate from his father and longtime WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, discussing his declining health, inability to attend this year’s convention and resignation as WBA President.

The discussion then turned to the procedural steps toward electing a new president, however, a proposal put forward to immediately elect Gilberto J. Mendoza to the presidency was approved by a majority, and Mendoza immediately assumed the presidency of the WBA. With sadness heavy in his voice, Mendoza proclaimed that even without his father’s presence, he “will try to take boxing to new levels.” Special guest Francisco Valcarcel (president of the WBO) was on hand to support the new president and advocate his passion for and dedication to the sport. (more…)



December 15th, 2015

UFC

Werdum-Velasquez 2 Set for UFC 196 in Vegas

The rematch fight fans have clamored for has a date and a place as Fabricio Werdum makes the first defense of his UFC heavyweight title against the man he won it from, former two-time champion Cain Velasquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 6 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Alcine Hangs Up the Gloves

By Robert Coster

Former WBA jr middleweight champion Joachim Alcine has retired. The 39-year-old Alcine (35-8-2, 21 KOs), born in Gonaives, Haiti, was raised in Laval, Canada and was a favorite of the Montreal crowd. Alcine won his first 28 bouts before conquering the WBA title with a decision over also unbeaten Travis Simms (07-07-2007). He had one successful defense against Alfonso Mosquera before losing his belt by TKO in six rounds to Daniel Santos (11-07-2008 ). “Ti Joa” as he was known was a slick boxer whose best win, apart the Simms bout, was a decision over David Lemieux in a memorable all-Canadian shootout (10-12-2011). His last fight was a six round stoppage loss to Jermell Charlo on October 2015. Says Alcine, “I have one big regret. I will no longer hear the applause of the Montreal crowd. They gave me strength in each fight. But that is in the past now. It’s time to move on.”



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Scottish boxer Charlie Flynn looks for big TV debut

Anthony Joshua says he’s not ready for world title bout yet

Amir Khan boxing tournament to begin in Lyari

Uganda: A tale of three boxing brothers



December 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Barthelemy-Shafikov undercard announced

Undefeated contender Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) will meet fellow unbeaten Eric Walker (11-0, 6 KOs) in a super welterweight battle while rising star Gervonta “The One” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) takes on Luis Sanchez (17-4-1, 5 KOs) in a lightweight bout on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday from the Pearl at Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas. PBC on Spike is headlined by undefeated Cuban Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) in a lightweight world title fight. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and features Detroit’s Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) and Russia’s Murat “Iron” Gassiev (22-0, 16 KOs) in a battle of unbeaten cruiserweights.

The off-TV undercard will see former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (27-8, 12 KOs) against Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (24-6-1, 5 KOs) in a super welterweight showdown and former world champion Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (21-1-1, 10 KOs) in a lightweight contest against unbeaten Naim Nelson (12-0, 1 KO). (more…)



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC OKs Canelo, Golovkin voluntary defenses

Upon the joint request of WBC middleweight world champion Saul Alvarez and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and their corresponding promotional companies Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions, the WBC has ruled as follows:

Both Alvarez and Glolovkin shall be entitled to make a voluntary defense of their corresponding championships, so as to maximize the interest on their highly anticipated showdown. A 15 day free negotiation period will be ordered on the earlier of the competition of the voluntary defense or May 31, 2016 . If there is no agreement a purse bid will be conducted under the WBC rules and regulations. If after their corresponding voluntary defenses one boxer is unable to fight the other for the undisputed WBC middleweight championship of the world, the unable fighter will lose his status as champion or interim champion. The fighter able to fight will be named undisputed WBC world champion.

Canelo vs. GGG is one of the most important events in the sport of boxing and their promotional companies and partners have been communicating openly and in good faith. The ultimate goal of all involved is to make certain that the best conditions are secured for their fighters and the boxing world, and to preserve their full commitment to abide by, and respect, the governing WBC Rules & Regulations.

The WBC, as the institution governing an eventual Canelo vs. GGG fight, hereby acknowledges, supports and agrees with the parties efforts to allow the most competitive and greatest fight to take place.



December 14th, 2015

WBA

New WBA President Gilberto J. Mendoza: I’m going to try to make boxing better

"Boxing is life. It has its ups and downs. But boxing is permanent. It's is an integral part of the human spirit."

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At the Directorate Meeting of the 94th WBA Convention at The Westin Playa Bonita in Panama this morning, Gilberto Mendoza, longtime President of the World Boxing Association, announced his retirement due to ongoing health concerns. The by-laws of the WBA state that there is a prescribed period of time before a new candidate for president can be named. But on hearing the news of Sr. Mendoza’s sudden retirement—he spoke to those present via live video stream from his hospital bed and was as ebullient as ever—there was unanimity among the forty members at the Directorate Meeting that 2nd Vice President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who has been acting President in his father’s absence, be named new President of the organization.

Intelligent, level-headed, and without a pompous bone in his body, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza is a man without enemies, perhaps the only man in boxing about whom that can be said. When the closed-door session of the Directorate Meeting ended, but not before many celebratory handshakes and hugs greeted the new President, he held an impromptu press conference to announce the news. (more…)



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez had a great homecoming

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated world ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez has always considered Tucson his second home, it’s where he grew-up, where he took up boxing and where many of his relative live. So for him this past Saturday was one of the most memorable of his professional career. “It was a great feeling to come to Tucson and fight. Coming into the ring and feeling all the support and knowing you have some many people supporting you is very special. It definitely was one of the best nights of my career so far,” said Valdez, after the fight.

In the ring, Valdez was very special too as he stopped a game Ernie Sanchez in the third round of the main event of “The Homecoming” that took place in the Tucson Arena.

Valdez look sharp from the first bell as he took the fight to the Filipino Sanchez, who had no problem engaging with the two-time Mexican Olympian. Valdez was quick and right on point with his powerful combinations thru the first two rounds as the crowd kept chanting his name thru the first two rounds.

“I felt good and I knew he wanted to fight. He came ready and was very strong. I knew the fight was going good and the fans would be entertained from the way he was fighting,” said Valdez. (more…)



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Dr. Gilberto Mendoza resigns as WBA President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza elected new President by majority vote

By Tracy Morin

Long time WBA President Dr. Gilberto Mendoza has resigned as President go the WBA citing health reasons. Mendoza was elected to the post in 1982 and served 33 years.

By majority vote, the WBA Directors then elected current Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza as new leader of the organization. He will serve a five year term.



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Sergey Kovalev

Photos: Craig Bennett/Main Events

While in Los Angeles last weekend, WBA/IBF/WBO unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev discussed his HO-televised rematch with former world champion Jean Pascal set to take place on January 30 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

When you go into a rematch with a guy you’ve already knocked out, do you want to beat him even better this time?

I would like to beat him more clearly, where there is no questions, no doubt between me and him.

How tough was your first fight with Pascal? Was it tough at all? How do you remember it?

It was a very hard fight. I missed some punches from his counter attack because I did some mistakes. But right now I’ve fixed it and next the fight should be very interesting. I would like to destroy him as a boxer forever. (more…)



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Ryad Merhy versus Sylvera Louis for vacant WBC Silver Intl in Charleroi

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Undefeated Belgian cruiserweight top prospect Ryad Merhy, 17-0-0(14, is looking forward to capture his first major belt when he is facing Canadian champion Sylvera Louis, 7-3-0(3), for the vacant WBC Silver Intl belt next Saturday at the famous Spiroudome of Charleroi, Belgium live on RTL TV.

Alain Vanackere of 12 rounds promotion presents on the same card a second WBC fight. Imad Azaroui, 8-0-0(1) is fighting compatriot Mouhamed Sder, 8-2-2(2), for the vacant WBC Francophone welterweight title.

Current WBC Youth heavyweight champion Herve “HH” Hubeaux, 22-1-0(10), is having a 10rd non-title on the undercard against Georgian Gogita Gorgiladze, 26-9-0(21).

Seyedin Syroos, Michel Garcia and Bilal Ben Sidi, who makes his pro debut, are completing the card.

Date: Dec 19, 2015
Place: Charleroi, Belgium
Arena: Spiroudome
Promoter: Alain Vanackere – 12 rounds promotion
TV: RTL



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Jennings takes on Ortiz to move closer to his goal

Story/Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBxingHistory.com

Heavyweight contender Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 19-1, 10 KOs, gets the chance to rebound from his first professional defeat on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. His fight with Luis Ortiz, 23-0, 20 KOs, 1 No Contest, is the main event on a nationally televised HBO card. It is another big fight for Jennings who fought for the world title in his last outing. Ortiz is the current Interim WBA heavyweight champ, and a win by Jennings would earn him that sliver of the title. More importantly, such a victory would put the North Philadelphian in a prime position to perhaps become THE key player in the suddenly wide-open heavyweight division.

In his most recent fight, Jennings challenged long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko, and although the champ comfortably retained his title by unanimous decision, Jennings was lauded for his performance which reinforced his standing as a future titleholder.

Last month, Tyson Fury surprised many by upsetting Klitschko and taking Wlad’s collection of title belts back to the UK with him. Although it appears there will be an immediate rematch between the two, the win by Fury rattled the division considerably and officially ignited genuine thoughts of the post-Klitschko era.

“I watched it,” Jennings said from his training camp in Boca Raton, Florida. “But of course, I didn’t like it. I don’t think anybody liked it. It was just ugly to watch.” (more…)



December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Mthalane retains IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane came back from 13 months of inactivity to stop Filipino Renz Rosia in the ninth round to retain his IBO flyweight belt at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. Mthalane who was defending the belt for the second time dominated the fight from the first round as he fought from behind his tight defence and educated left jab. The southpaw Rosia who is ranked at number fourteen by the IBO never got into the fight and after taking a battering throughout, his corner decided not let him come out for the bell at the start of the tenth round. (more…)



December 14th, 2015

UFC

UFC 195: Poirier, Duffy to Headline on Fight Pass

Before Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit meet for the welterweight championship in the main event of UFC 195 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 2, UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers will get a main event of their own on the same night when lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and “Irish” Joe Duffy finally meet in the Octagon . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

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December 14th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Results from Hungary

Hungarian cruiserweight champion Imre Szello improved his record to 10-0, 6 KOs with a third round knockout against Tanzanian Said Mbelwa (33-18-4, 22 KOs) in a bloody affair on Saturday night at the City Sporthall in Dunaujvaros, Hungary. Szello was cut early in the second round.

Former amateur star Norbert Harcsa improved to 2-0, 0 KOs, by outpointing Bosnian Nikola Matic (13-31, 9 KOs) over six rounds.

Hungarian light heavyweight champion Richard Baranyi stopped his Georgian opponent George Aduashvili in the second round and moved to 14-1 with 11 KOs. Aduashvili falls to 21-17-1, 10 KOs. (more…)



December 13th, 2015




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