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

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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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Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Photo: Boxing Beat

Fast-moving southpaw Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 104.5, impressively retained her WBC 105-pound belt when she dropped former champ Mari Ando (13-10, 6 KOs), 105, twice in early rounds, withstood Ando’s retaliation in the second half and earned a unanimous decision (all 96-92) over ten give-and-take rounds on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan.

Kuroki registered her fifth defense since she dethroned Ando here in 2014, and displayed her progress and pugnaciousness, flooring Ando with a southpaw left in the second and fifth. Ando, however, came back hard in later rounds, occasionally having the champ at bay. But Kuroki’s early accumulation on points carried her to a well-deserved victory before the hometown audience including her father, a police executive in Fukuoka. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Fast-moving southpaw Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 104.5, impressively retained her WBC 105-pound belt when she dropped …


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Unbeaten Uehara, 11-0, wins WBC Youth 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6 KOs), 126, acquired the vacant WBC youth featherweight belt as he utilized his faster footwork all night to outscore free-swinging Filipino Markquil Salvana (11-3, 5 KOs), 126, by a unanimous decision (97-92, 95-93 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Uehara, 21, is a well-educated pupil by Apollo Yoshio who had failed to win the world 130-pound belt three times from Rene Arredondo (L15), Ben Villaflor (D15) and Samuel Serrano (L15) in between 1973 and 1977. Salvana, 20, throwing a roundhouse swing at a time without good precision, Uehara patiently kept moving side-to-side scoring with quick combinations to the onrushing Filipino to pile up more points. Salvana was penalized a point because of holding repeatedly.

Fast-rising female puncher Akari Arase, 105.5, kept punching from the first to the last session, scoring a lopsided decision (all 60-54) over OPBF#4 108-pounder Krikanok Islandmuaythai, a Thai veteran, over six rounds. Having won five in a row, Arase will merit an OPBF rating thanks to this important victory.

Promoter: Apollo Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6 KOs), 126, acquired the vacant WBC youth featherweight belt as …



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Don “Da Bomb” George: In or out?

By Johnny B’

Former USBA super middleweight titlist Donovan Don “Da Bomb” George is contemplating retirement, although many of his fans would probably want him to continue, or at least finish with a knockout — even if it was blasting out some journeyman opponent. Da Bomb may soon decide if he will retire or attempt to go out with a win. Donovan has a fine professional record of 25-7-2 with 22 knockouts. The Chicago resident last entered the ring in November and has yet to confirm if he has the desire to enter the ring one more time. An announcement will be coming soon.

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

By Johnny B’ Former USBA super middleweight titlist Donovan Don “Da Bomb” George is contemplating retirement, although many of his …


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Keon Johnson returns

Super middleweight Keon Johnson (16-9, 7 KOs) returns January 21 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The 35-year-old journeyman from Indianapolis has won six of his last seven fights and plans to stay active in 2017.

Super middleweight Keon Johnson (16-9, 7 KOs) returns January 21 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The 35-year-old journeyman from Indianapolis …




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Q&A WBA#10 lightweight George Kambosos

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA#10 lightweight George Kambosos (11-0, 6 KOs) talks to Fightnews about defeating WBA#14 Brandon Ogilvie on December 2nd and training in the USA under Justin Fortune and impressive sparring sessions with IBF#4 light welterweight Sergey Lipinets and a possible 2017 bout with WBA#2 Daud Yordan. Kambosis also mentioned moving up to welterweight to challenge WBO#2 Jeff Horn if he becomes world champion by defeating Manny Pacquiao in 2017.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA#10 lightweight George Kambosos (11-0, 6 KOs) talks to Fightnews about defeating WBA#14 …


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Photos: Smith-Hopkins Final Moments

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Award-winning boxing photographer Sumio Yamada captured a great series of images telling the story of Joe Smith’s KO of Bernard Hopkins. No words needed.

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Award-winning boxing photographer Sumio Yamada captured a great series of images telling the story of Joe Smith’s KO of Bernard Hopkins. No words needed.


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Bernard Hopkins: It didn’t go the way I wanted it. I have no regrets

By Miguel Maravilla

Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) sent 51-year-old former world champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 KOs) into retirement on a losing note with a dramatic eighth round KO on Saturday night at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. Hopkins was unable to continue after being launched through the ropes and onto the cement by the heavy-handed Smith.

Oscar De La Hoya: “First of all I’m happy to say Bernard is OK. This isn’t the way we want to end his career but the most important thing is he’s OK…Bernard you have had a great career.”

Bernard Hopkins: “I wasn’t thinking of the 20 seconds (to get back into the ring) but my right ankle. I twisted it. The Commission asked me how I was, but that’s all I remember. They said I hit my head. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) sent 51-year-old former world champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard …


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N’Dam N’Jikam KOs Blanco to reclaim WBA interim middleweight title

Former world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (35-2, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten WBA interim world champion Alfonso Blanco (12-1, 5 KOs) to reclaim the WBA interim belt on Saturday night at the Stade de l’Est in Saint-Denis, Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean located 600 miles east of Madagascar. Last seen in a boxing ring losing in the first round of the Olympic games in August, N’Dam laid out Blanco face first in sudden and shocking fashion just 21 seconds in with a crushing right hand to regain the belt he previously held in 2010-2011.

Former world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (35-2, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten WBA interim …



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Molina caps off 5-0 year in Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A former world champion, a female boxing legend, a beloved local favorite and a 2016 Olympic hero all entered the ring on Saturday night at the remodeled Oasis Arena in Cancun. Not all emerged on a winning note.

Carlos Molina
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Former IBF jr middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (28-6-2, 8 KOs) defeated Diego “Demoledor” Cruz (17-4-1, 13 KOs) by unanimous eight round decision in a bout fought at welterweight. All three judges had it 80-72. The 33-year-old Molina, who is currently rated WBC #9, finished 2016 with a record of 5-0. He is unbeaten in six fights since losing his world title to Cornelius Bundrage at this same resort 26 months ago. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF jr middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (28-6-2, 8 KOs) defeated Diego “Demoledor” Cruz (17-4-1, 13 KOs) by unanimous eight round decision in a bout fought at welterweight.


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Joe Smith Jr blasts Bernard Hopkins through the ropes and into retirement

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Johnny Unitas with the San Diego Chargers. Willie Mays finishing his career with the New York Mets. Mike Tyson getting knocked out by Kevin McBride. And Bernard Hopkins getting launched out of the ring by a relatively unknown youngster. Father Time catches up with them all.

In what was billed as his final fight, boxing legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins held his own for a while, but was simply overwhelmed by a good young fighter, albeit someone who wouldn’t have stood a chance against Hopkins ten years ago, maybe even three years ago.

Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KOs), scored a TKO and retained his WBC International light heavyweight title when he knocked Hopkins out of the ring at :53 of round eight in a scheduled twelve round bout. (more…)

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KOs), scored a TKO and retained his WBC International light heavyweight title when he knocked Hopkins out of the ring at :53 of round eight in a scheduled twelve round bout.


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Canelo’s brother stops Strode, Nery wins

Super welterweight Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (24-5-2, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Matthew “Mayhem” Strode (25-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The bout was waved off after Alvarez unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches at 1:41 o the fourth stanza.

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #4, WBO #6 bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (22-0, 16 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to log a TKO over Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon (19-7-1, 6 KOs) in round four.

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Super welterweight Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (24-5-2, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Matthew “Mayhem” Strode (25-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
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In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #4, WBO #6 bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (22-0, 16 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to log a TKO over Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon (19-7-1, 6 KOs) in round four.


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Usyk TKOs Mchunu in 9, retains WBO cruiserweight title

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, (11-0, 10 KOs), retained his title with a methodical stoppage victory over Thabiso Mchunu, (17-3, 11 KOs), prevailing when referee Lou Moret stepped in to stop the fight at 1:53 of the ninth round after Mchunu went down for the third time in the fight at the Forum, Inglewood, California.

Usyk, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, started very cautiously, drawing boos from the crowd in several of the early rounds. When he did let his hands go, Usyk struggled to land cleanly against the awkward defensive style of Mchunu, who is perhaps best known for spoiling the cruiserweight debut of former heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers in 2013. Mchunu also made things difficult for Usyk by repeatedly landing counter left hands to the Ukrainian’s head. However, Usyk landed with more accuracy as the bout progressed, finally knocking down Mchunu with a left uppercut in round six. Usyk knocked Mchunu down again in round nine with a flurry of punches before scoring the final knockdown later in the round with a left hook.

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla

WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, (11-0, 10 KOs), retained his title with a methodical stoppage victory over Thabiso Mchunu, (17-3, 11 KOs), prevailing when referee Lou Moret stepped in to stop the fight at 1:53 of the ninth round after Mchunu went down for the third time in the fight at the Forum, Inglewood, California.



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Palicte edges Cantu in clash of super flyweight contenders

In a well-matched clash of super flyweight contenders, IBF #11, WBO #15 “Mighty” Aston Palicte (22-2, 18 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten WBC #4 super flyweight Oscar Cantu (14-1, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Photo: Manny “Mitts” Murillo/Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions

After a competitive boxer vs. puncher encounter, the aggressive Palicte was up 98-92, 96-94 on two cards, while the nifty Cantu was ahead 96-94 on the third card. Palicte wins the NABF and vacant WBO Inter-Continental titles. (more…)

In a well-matched clash of super flyweight contenders, IBF #11, WBO #15 “Mighty” Aston Palicte (22-2, 18 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten WBC #4 super flyweight Oscar Cantu (14-1, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.


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Golovkin-Jacobs is on, GGG speaks

By Miguel Maravilla

It’s official! WBC, WBA “super” and IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan will take on WBA “regular” middleweight champion Danny Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, March 18 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden live on HBO PPV. It was announced earlier this afternoon as Golovkin and Jacobs will put their titles on the line. We spoke to “GGG” and his team about his upcoming fight with Jacobs.

Gennady Golovkin: “It’s big news for me. I am very excited. I think it’s a very big fight and great fight for you guys to watch…Danny is an amazing fighter. He is a tough opponent and number two in the middleweight division. He is my toughest opponent…hopefully I fight three times next year. There are big plans for 2017…right now I am focused on Jacobs and I am here to fight!” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla

It’s official WBC, WBA Super World, and IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan will take on WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York on Saturday March 18 at New York’s Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay per view. It was announced earlier this afternoon as Golovkin and Jacobs will put their titles on the line. We spoke to “GGG” and his team about his upcoming fight with Jacobs.


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Forum Undercard: Diaz defeats Garcia

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Joseph Diaz, (23-0, 13 KOs), retained his NABF featherweight title with a workmanlike ten-round shutout over game but outclassed opponent Horacio Garcia, (30-2-1, 21 KOs). All three judges scores the bout 100-90. Although Garcia engaged with Diaz and landed his share of punches, Diaz used his superior hand speed and accuracy to outland Garcia, and was able to easily pivot or circle out of range before Garcia could do any damage. By the later rounds although both Diaz and Garcia were fighting at an honest pace, it had the feel of a sparring session as Diaz was clearly the better fighter, but neither fighter seemed in any danger of getting hurt or stopped. To their credit both men let their hands go in the final round, but by then the outcome of the fight had long been decided.

Brazilian super middleweight Yamaguchi Falcao (12-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of German Perez (10-3-3, 3 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a scheduled ten round bout. Falcao was pressing as Perez twisted his ankle, Falcao landed a punch and Perez could not continue as the referee waived it 27 seconds into the first round.

With a combined knockout percentage of ninety percent, it figured that the middleweight bout between hot prospect Jason Quigley and veteran fighter Jorge Melendez would end inside the scheduled ten rounds, the only question being which fighter would prevail. It turns out Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs), provided a quick answer to that, blitzing Melendez, (28-8-1, 26 KOs), in less than a round. Quigley scored three knockdowns, the first coming from a right hook to the head. Quigley’s second knockdown followed a multi-punch flurry punctuated by a short left hook. Almost immediately after Melendez got up from the second knockdown, Quigley put him back down with a right hook. Shortly thereafter the referee had seen enough, waving the fight over at 2:24 of the opening stanza. (more…)

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Joseph Diaz, (23-0, 13 KOs), …


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Tim Tszyu makes successful professional debut

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott

Former Australian Golden Gloves champion Tim Tszyu (1-0) made a successful professional debut in the middleweight division with his famous father Kostya Tszyu at ringside and was impressive in scoring a shutout six round decision over Zorran Cassady (1-3-1) in the main event on Saturday at the Noble Room, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Scores were 60-54,60-54,60-54.

Tszyu punished his opponent continually connecting with solid straight lefts to the head and body and accurate right hand leads and left hooks to the head of Cassady who was out on his feet at times but courageously fought back with determination. In rounds three, five and six solid punches to the jaw of Cassady knocked his mouth guard out onto the canvas but he gamely stayed on his feet. “I want to thank my trainer Igor and my team. Also my father (Kostya Tszyu) who came out from Russia to be here and my mother (Natasha) for all there support,” Tszyu said. “I got cut on my head from a head clash but I love boxing and I plan to have six fights in 2017 and hopefully boxing in Russia also.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermott Former Australian Golden Gloves champion Tim Tszyu (1-0) made a …



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Helenius annihilates Basile in 48 seconds;Tatli retains EBU belt

Heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (25-1, 13 KOs) scored a first round TKO over heavily tattooed veteran Gonzalo Omar Basile (68-13, 31 KOs) on Saturday at the Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland.

Robert Helenius
Photo: Dominus Boxing Group

The 6’7 Helenius connected first with a hard right hook to the body and after that with a right cross to the head sending Basile on the ground. Basile tried to continue but Helenius went right back at him and pummeled the Argentinian. Time was 0:48.

In the main event, EBU lightweight champion Edis Tatli (29–1) scored a seventh round stoppage over Manuel Lancia (14–2–1). (more…)

6’7 heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (25-1, 13 KOs) needed just 48 seconds to crush heavily tattooed veteran Gonzalo Omar Basile (68-13, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
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In the main event, EBU lightweight champion Edis Tatli (29–1) scored a seventh round stoppage over Manuel Lancia (14–2–1).


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Alexander Povetkin knocks out Johann Duhaupas cold

WBC #1 heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over last minute sub WBC silver titlist Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (34-4, 21 KOs) at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In the first few rounds Povetkin outboxed the slower Duhaupas, making smart engagements. At the end of round four Povetkin unleashed a flurry of punches upon Duhaupas ending the round strong. At the last seconds of round six, Povetkin landed a vicious left hook, knocking out Duhaupas cold just a moment before the bell rang.

The time was 2:59.

Duhaupas stepped in after Bermane Stiverne pulled out due to Povetkin failing a drug test and the WBC withdrawing world heavyweight interim title sanction as a result.

WBC #1 heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over last minute sub WBC silver titlist …


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Results from Detroit: Adam defeats Watkins

By Brad Snyder The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

Friday evening the weather outside was frightful in Detroit, but not as scary as Mohamed Adam’s potential in the Lightweight division. A loud crowd of 1700 witnessed Adam taking on a very worthy opponent in Hakeem Watkins. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Watkins entered the fight with 5 wins, all coming by way of knockouts. The first round between Adam and Watkins had both fighters getting each other’s attention with strong punches.

In the second Round, the Mo Adam show was in full effect. Adam appeared just a bit quicker than Watkins. This speed by Adam led to a brutal right that sent Watkins to the canvas. Watkins made it to his feet, but could not turn to face Referee Steve Daher in time. Mohamed Adam cornered by his trainer, Sugar Hill Steward, improves to (7-0) with five knockouts. Watkins falls to (5-3) in his professional boxing career. (more…)

By Brad Snyder The Undercard Photos: Bob Ryder Friday evening the weather outside was frightful in Detroit, but not as …


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Cermeno keeps WBA 122lb belt in China again

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi

Veteran Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno successfully retained his WBA 122-pound belt as he again defeated local prospect Xiaojun Qiu by a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Saturday in Hangzhou, China. Can Xu, an unbeaten busy-punching Chinese, kept his WBA international super-feather belt by a unanimous nod over Japan’s Spice Matsushita over twelve heats.

Promoter: Liu Gang’s Max Power Promotions.

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi Veteran Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno successfully retained his WBA 122-pound belt as he again defeated local …


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Valera outscores Perdomo

By Robert Coster
Photo: Martin Avila Maria

Dominican boxing fans packed the Maunaloa Night Club and Casino in Santo Domingo for the end of the year boxing gala presented by three promoters. In the main event, former WBA light-heavyweight interim champion Felix “Mangu” Valera won a unanimous decision over Gusmyr Perdomo of Venezuela. WBA # 7 Valera (14-1, 12 KOs) built up a lead in the early rounds that the gritty Perdomo (22-7, 15 KOs), a former title contender, could not overcome. Valera tried too hard to score a knockout in a bout marred by too much holding and shoving. The scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-93.

Valera said “This guy takes a good punch and is a southpaw. It was not an easy fight but the kind of fight you learn from.” (more…)

By Robert Coster Photo: Martin Avila Maria Dominican boxing fans packed the Maunaloa Night Club and Casino in Santo Domingo …


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Lebron tops Corea in Philly

Ringside results by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Philadelphia closed out its local boxing schedule for 2016 with a seven-bout show promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions at the Sugar House Casino Friday night. In the main event, San Juan featherweight Luis Lebron 7-0-1, 3 KOs, defeated late substitute Roberto Corea of Nicaragua, 9-12-4, 4 KOs, by unanimous decision over eight entertaining rounds. The first half of the fight was close before Lebron dominated the final four rounds. Still, the action remained constant throughout the entire fight. Lebron took the fight by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice. (more…)

Ringside results by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Philadelphia closed out its local boxing schedule for 2016 with a seven-bout show …


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Povetkin will fight Duhaupas now

World of Boxing Promotions has announced that WBC #1 heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) will now face WBC silver titlist Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (34-3, 21 KOs) in the main event tonight at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Duhaupas enters coming off an impressive KO over Robert Helenius in April and gave WBC champ Deontay Wilder a hard fight last year. He is rated #4 in both the WBC and IBF. It will be a nontitle fight and Duhaupas’ silver belt will not be on the line.

Duhaupas stepped in after Bermane Stiverne pulled out due to Povetkin failing a drug test and the WBC withdrawing world heavyweight interim title sanction as a result.

World of Boxing Promotions has announced that WBC #1 heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) will now face WBC silver …


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Joe Smith Jr. looking to upset the retirement party for Hopkins

By Arvin Nundloll

Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs), ranked #2 by the WBC, fights his toughest task to date against the living legend Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) tonight at the Forum in Los Angeles. FightNews caught up with Smith Jr. to hear how he’s preparing for this defining moment in his career and the opportunity that awaits if he comes out victorious against the dangerous, wily veteran Hopkins.

Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

How did this fight with Hopkins come about?

I was working and they called me up and told me they were looking at me fighting Bernard Hopkins. I was like no way, that’s crazy! I started training that day. (more…)

Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs), ranked #2 by the WBC, fights his toughest task to date against the living legend Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) tonight at the Forum in Los Angeles. Fightnews.com® caught up with Smith Jr…


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Stiverne says he’s going home, no reason to fight without WBC sanction

Former World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s), of Las Vegas, Nevada, has elected not to face #1 ranked contender Alexander Povetkin, (30-1-0, 22 KO’s) today after Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine and the World Boxing Council withdrew their recognition of the fight.

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

The positive test reported by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association was revealed by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Saturday morning local time.

Said Stiverne, “There’s no reason to fight if the WBC won’t sanction the bout, I’m very disappointed in the actions of Povetkin. I’ve been training for months to be victorious.” (more…)

Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne has elected not to face #1 ranked Alexander Povetkin today after Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine and the WBC withdrew their recognition of the fight. “There’s no reason to fight if the WBC won’t sanction the bout,” said Stiverne.


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Povetkin-Stiverne still on as of now

Povetkin promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy has confirmed that Povetkin has tested positive for Ostarine. “It’s not clear where it came from,” he said via Twitter. “We’re trying to figure things out…again, just before the fight, we get the result of the American laboratory. First before the fight with Wilder, now with Stiverne.”

Ryabinski also stated that the fight can still go on despite the WBC pulling their sanctioning and they plan on going ahead with it.

Povetkin promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy has confirmed that Povetkin has tested positive for Ostarine. “It’s not clear where it came from,” …


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Povetkin fails drug test, WBC withdraws sanctioning of Povetkin-Stiverne

On Friday, VADA notified the WBC that Alexander Povetkin’s anti-doping test taken from his December 6 sample pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (“CPB”) yielded an adverse analytical finding for the banned substance OstarineOstarine is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (“SARM”) which is believed to provide some of the same benefits of traditional anabolic/androgenic steroids. The test was conducted pursuant to the CPB in connection with Povetkin’s bout against Bermane Stiverne for the WBC interim heavyweight championship scheduled to take place in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.

Photo: World of Boxing

As a result of the CPB violation, the WBC has withdrawn its sanctioning of Povetkin-Stiverne and will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the case, then issue subsequent rulings as required. (more…)

On Friday, VADA notified the WBC that Alexander Povetkin’s anti-doping test taken from his December 6 sample pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (“CPB”) yielded an adverse analytical finding for the banned substance Ostarine.


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Terence Crawford released pending appeal

WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford has been released from custody in Omaha, Nebraska. Just days after retaining his world titles in front of 11,270 admiring hometown fans, Judge Marcena Hendrix sentenced the local hero to 90 days in jail after a disturbance at a local auto body shop, lecturing the champ about ‘not being above the law.’

Crawford was detained for about eight hours before his attorney filed an appeal on his case and posted a $10,000 bond. WBO President Paco Valcarcel was appalled by Judge Hendrix’s ruling. “As a criminal trial lawyer for 42 years, I was shocked when I read the sentence imposed on TC. Never seen such sentence for alleged charges,” tweeted Valcarcel.

WBC/WBO super lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford has been released from custody in Omaha, Nebraska. Just days after retaining his world titles in front of 11,270 loving hometown fans…


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Marriaga mauls Montoya, Valdez next?

WBO #1 featherweight Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a third round KO over Eduardo Montoya (19-6-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo in Cartagena, Colombia. Former world title challenger Marriaga knocked Montoya down three times in round two and finished him in the third to retain his NABO title. With the win, Maggiaga could be next in line to challenge WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez.

In the co-feature, super bantamweight Belmar Preciado (15-1-1, 10 KOs) outscored Martín “Pini” Casillas (15-10-1, 9 KOs) to win by unanimous decision over ten rounds.

WBO #1 featherweight Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a third round KO over Eduardo Montoya (19-6-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo in Cartagena, Colombia.


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Barrera stops Shabranskyy in exciting knockdown-filled slugfest

In an important clash between light heavyweight contenders, IBF #9, WBC #12 Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round TKO over previously unbeaten WBC #5, IBF #8, WBO #13 Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The bout got off to an rip-roaring start with Barrera knocking down Shabranskyy in round one and Shabranskyy returning the favor by depositing Barrera on the canvas in round two. Sullivan dropped Shabranskyy again in round five and finished him with another knockdown in round seven. Time was 2:05.

Boxing: Sullivan Barrera
Photo: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

“I told you that would happen,” said Barrera afterward. He claimed the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) light heavyweight title with the win.

In an important clash between light heavyweight contenders, IBF #9, WBC #12 Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) scored an exciting seventh round TKO over previously unbeaten WBC #5, IBF #8, WBO #13 Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.


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Pascal victorious in comeback bout

Former world champion Jean Pascal (31-4-1, 18 KOs) scored a third round TKO over journeyman Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (21-10-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Cabaret Amphitheatre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. The hard-hitting Pascal, quietly returning to the ring after his stoppage loss to Sergey Kovalev in January, put the overmatched Ramallo on the canvas three times. Time was 1:45.

Former world champion Jean Pascal (31-4-1, 18 KOs) scored a third round TKO over journeyman Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (21-10-1, 15 …


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Ex-champ Dib stops Norfat in one

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former IBF world featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (43-4, 23 KOs) stopped Emilio Norfat (27-9, 19 KOs) in round one of a scheduled ten round bout at the Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown, NSW, Australia on Friday. IBF #3 Dib had Norfat in trouble in round one and referee Mick Heafey called it off to save the Tanzanian from further punishment. Time was 1:52.

“Although I felt the ref halted the fight a little premature, I will take the win and continue to grow,” said Dib, who won his third straight fight and is currently world-rated by the IBF at #3 in the super featherweight division.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former IBF world featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (43-4, 23 KOs) stopped Emilio Norfat (27-9, 19 KOs) in round one of a scheduled ten round bout at the Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown, NSW, Australia on Friday.


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Ellis destroys E-Boy, Rios halts Tapia

Unbeaten welterweight Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (19-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Ellis blasted Gomez to the canvas twice to terminate the clash after just 79 seconds.

Featherweight Ronny Rios (27-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Roy Tapia (12-2, 6 KOs). The one-sided fight was waved off by the referee after round six.

Unbeaten super featherweight Ryan Martin (17-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Yardley Suarez (19-6, 10 KOs). Martin dropped Suarez in round four and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage.

Other Results:
Vergil Ortiz KO1 Nestor Garcia (super lightweight)
Javier Padilla KO2 Jose Mora (super bantamweight)
Alex Rocha W4 Abraham Calderon (super welterweight)

Rashidi Ellis KO1 Eddie Gomez (welterweight)
Ronny Rios TKO6 Roy Tapia (featherweight)
Ryan Martin TKO4 Yardley Suarez (super featherweight)
Vergil Ortiz KO1 Nestor Garcia (super lightweight)
Javier Padilla KO2 Jose Mora (super bantamweight)
Alex Rocha W4 Abraham Calderon (super welterweight)


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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Irma Garcia 118 vs Mariana Juarez 117.50
WBC Bantamweight international title

Diego Cruz 146 vs Carlos Molina 147.75

Joselito Eduardo Velasquez 110 vs Casimero 112.50

Venue: Grand Oasis Cancun Arena
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Pepe Rodriguez Irma Garcia 118 vs Mariana Juarez 117.50 WBC Bantamweight international title Diego Cruz …


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CBSSN Weights: Cantu 113, Palicte 115

Oscar Cantu 113 vs. Aston Palicte 115
Angelo Baez 152 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 153
Flavio Rodriguez 147 vs. Dilan Loza 147.6
Jeremy Nichols 149 vs. Kevin Ottey 149.8
Randy Moreno 130.2 vs. Mike Fowler 129.4
Jessie Hernandez 121.6 vs. Sharone Carter 120.8
Max Ornelas 117.2 vs. Jorge Perez 117

Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (tent)
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
TV: CBSSN

Oscar Cantu 113 vs. Aston Palicte 115
Angelo Baez 152 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 153
Flavio Rodriguez 147 vs. Dilan Loza 147.6










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