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In the wake of the news on Friday that Alexander Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and his representatives have been made aware of the WBC’s decision on Sunday that the fight will not occur in Moscow on May 21.
“I’m very disappointed that due to Povetkin’s failed drug test the fight is not going to happen on May 21 in Moscow,” said Deontay Wilder. “I had worked very hard to prepare myself for this important title defense, spending the last two weeks training in England to get accustomed to fighting in Europe. I wanted to give the fans a great show, but we understand the WBC’s position that the fight occur on an even playing field.”
The 30-year-old Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and his team were supposed to fly to Moscow on Sunday for a week of preparation and promotion leading up to the fight. Now, Wilder will return home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and await further information from the WBC.
“This is a huge disappointment and a setback to my goals in boxing. I want to be an active heavyweight champion and it is still my goal to collect all the belts and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Wilder said.
The Wilder-Povetkin fight is postponed, but the rest of next Saturday’s big boxing card in Moscow presented by promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy’s World Boxing will go on as scheduled with the cruiserweight unification clash between WBA world champion Denis Lebedev (28-1, 21 KOs) and IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) as the new main event.
In other notable fights, cruiserweight contender Dmitry Kudryashov (18-1, 18 KOs) faces Julio Cesar dos Santos (30-5, 27 KOs), cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (24-2, 18 KOs) meets Tamas Lodi (18-6-2, 15 KOs), WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix Valera (13-0, 12 KOs) defends against Dmitry Bivol (6-0, 6 KOs), Umar Salamov (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on Bob Ajisafe (16-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title and light heavyweight Stanislav Kashtanov (34-2, 20 KOs) battles Tomasz Gargula (18-1, 5 KOs).
The World Boxing Council is diligently addressing the positive test result from the Clean Boxing Program from mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Keeping the priority of safety and also the principle of justice, the WBC is continuing the investigation of the case. Consequently, the Wilder vs. Povetkin fight scheduled for May 21 in Moscow is hereby officially postponed. The WBC will be informing in the coming days the final ruling on the matter.
By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
The WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title remains vacant after Chicago’s Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (19-1, 13 KOs) and Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-9-2, 12 KOs) Cincinnati, OH, fought to a ten round draw Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The Jimenez-Pryor Jr. contest headlined a nine bout card presented by Chicago promoter, Bobby Hitz.
Make no mistake about it, Aaron Pryor Jr. came to Hammond to win. Mike Jimenez, fighting on the eve of his birthday, was hell-bent on seeing that it didn’t happen. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Travis “Seveer” Reeves scored an eighth-round technical knockout over Frederick, MD’s Larry “Hitman” Pryor to win the vacant Maryland State Cruiserweight title in the main event of the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The bout was moved to a cruiserweight title because both men weighed in over the light heavyweight limit.
Reeves was very aggressive throughout the contest repeatedly pushing Pryor up against the ropes. Reeves, however, was smothering his punches in the early part of the contest. In the seventh round, Reeves received credit for a knockdown as he found his distance and landed a crushing overhead right to Pryor’s face. The punch made Pryor stumble against the ropes. Referee Brent Bovell ruled a knockdown for Reeves as the ropes kept Pryor from hitting the canvas. Finally, Reeves landed a series of right hands that forced Pryor into a neutral corner. Pryor could not defend himself and Bovell stopped the contest at 42 seconds. (more…)
Photos by Emily Harney
Report: Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett
On May 7, in what was the first boxing event at the new T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over Amir “King” Khan of Bolton, England.
It was a banner night for Brazil as the UFC took over Curitiba for one night to showcase the biggest stars and the greatest legends the country has to offer . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #4 Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) is trained by Kevin Barry, who knows his charge will have to be at his best next Saturday to be victorious in his IBF elimination bout against IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City. The winner will earn an IBF championship title bout.
“There’s a lot of interest. We’ve had a growing interest with Joseph in the UK in the last 12 months,” said Barry. “It’s very important for us to not only look good, but to look good and win because then we’re setting ourselves up for the title fight against Joshua at some stage.”
But Barry emphasised the dangers of thinking too far ahead and says the challenge of Takam is enormous. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
After losing two of his last three and coming with a coming within a hair’s breadth of winning both, super-lightweight Guislain “Mani” Maduma (18-2-11KO) got exactly what he was looking for Friday night at Club Metropolis in Montreal. Most importantly, the 31 year-old got back into the win column with a 80-71, 80-71, 80-70 decision over rugged Argentine Cesar Inalef (20-6-2 6KO) scoring a knockdown along the way.
“It was phenomenal effort,” promoter Camille Estephan told Fightnews. He was very calm in the ring, it’s the best I’ve seen him fight.”
“I needed rounds,” Maduma told Fightnews after the contest feeling that lack thereof may have cost him in his last contest, a split decision loss to the hands of Maurice Hooker for the NABO title on the undercard of Glolovkin-Lemieux last October. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African non-White junior lightweight champion Evans Gwiji, who fought as a professional from 1974 to 1982, passed away on May 10 after suffering a stroke nine days earlier. He was 61. Gwiji, who was born in Johannesburg on December 9, 1954 made his professional debut on August 30, 1974 at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando, Johannesburg and knocked out Philemon Tshabalala in the first round. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Mark Ruddick
Undefeated junior middleweight Brandon Cook (17-0 10KO) fought through a badly cut left eye but managed to convincingly sweep the scorecards in a ten round headline bout at a packed Hershey Centre in Mississauga Saturday night retaining his WBA Inter-Continental belt. The #9 (WBA) ranked fighter clashed heads with opponent Davide Doria (14-4-1 4KO) in the second round opened a cut that was nicely taken care of by his corner but produced a sense of urgency for the local fighter who was over-anxious in looking to finish things before they got any worse.
“I was just trying to knock him out,” Cook said after the fight. “I didn’t listen to my corner and after about the 5th round I started boxing a bit more. I was looking for the big power shot as usual, every fight you learn something about yourself and I just got to throw my punches a bit better to get results.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Former world lightweight title challenger Jonathon “The Last Inca” Maicelo (24-2-1, 12 KOs) moved a step closer to another world title shot, flooring veteran Ramesis Gil (10-15-5, 7 KOs) on his way to a one-sided eight round unanimous decision victory by scores of 79-72 X2 and 80-71 respectively
Former National Golden Gloves champion and highly touted Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis (2-0, 2KOs) needed just twenty-three seconds and a heavy right hook to break the nose of Luis Ramos (0-2), forcing him to the canvas for the TKO victory in his Philly debut. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
In an exciting fight that kept the crowd on its feet, unbeaten super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (20-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dallas fighter Roberto Marroquin (26-4-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio UAT in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, directly across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. Both fighters visited the canvas in the third round. Two judges scored it close at 96-94 and 96-95, while the third was way off at 98-91.
A bantamweight clash between former female world champion Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) and Ana Maria “Manal” Lozano (12-4-1, 9 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after Rivas suffered a nasty cut over the left optic from an accidental head butt.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten lightweight Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round KO over Daulis Prescott (31-4, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Rodriguez ended a good scrap by dropping Prescott twice in round seven. Time was 2:37.
Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (19-0, 13 KOs) kept his “0” intact with a fourth round KO over Orlando Rizo (18-7, 11 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barboza, Jr. (12-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round KO over John Nater (14-8, 10 KOs). Time was :49.
Unbeaten flyweight Carlos Licona (7-0, 2 KOs) hammered out a six round unanimous decision over Cesar Sustaita (3-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54 across the board.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Quetzalcoatl” Periban (25-3-1, 16 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten German “Hombre Lobo” Rafael (10-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in a light heavyweight clash at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. The bout featured good two-way action with Periban winning 79-73, 78-74 on two cards. The third card read 76-76.
WBC International female super flyweight beltholder Mariana “Barby” Juarez (43-8-4, 17 KOs) swept past Tamao Ozawa (10-3, KOs) over ten rounds by scores of 100-90, 3x.
Fabricio Werdum entered the Octagon smiling for his UFC 198 main event Saturday night at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, but it was Stipe Miocic who had the last laugh, as he knocked Werdum out in the first round to win the UFC heavyweight championship . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Craig Wick at ringside
Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (19-1-1, 13 KOs) and Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-9-2, 12 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw in a bout for the WBC Continental Americas title on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Pryor, the son of Hall of Fame boxer Aaron Pryor, Sr., boxed well throughout and seemed to have the edge, however the late charge of Jimenez kept it close. Scores were 96-94 Pryor Jr. and 95-95 twice.
Unbeaten Chicagoland cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski (6-0, 4 KOs) needed just 35 seconds to demolish Albert Harkins (1-13, 1 KOs). No competition for former Notre Dame and NFL star Tommy Z as Harkins suffered his 12th KO loss.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) returned to action with an impressive fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin (29-7-4, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Ruiz dropped Austin at the end of round one and punished him for four one-sided rounds. The 45-year-old “Rainman” didn’t come out for round five.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao moved to 15-0 with 11 KOs after a fourth round stoppage of Paul Valenzuela (9-3-1, 6 KOs). The bout was halted due to a cut over Venezuela’s right eye.
Hot junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Rashad Bogar (4-7-1, 2 KOs) in the fourth round to win in his Top Rank debut after recently signing.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
2012 Olympic gold medalist, world-rated middleweight Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs), 160, impressively scored a fine TKO victory over Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2, 11 KOs), 159, at 2:50 of the fourth round on Saturday in Hong Kong. The unbeaten Japanese took the initiative from the outset, throwing solid jabs and strong left-right combinations with precision to have him reeling to the ropes. Murata positively maintained the pressure and hurt the Brazilian with straight punches at his proper distance, winning a point in every session. The fourth witnessed Murata, taller and stronger than the bewildered and battered Brazilian, accelerate his furious attack and almost topple him with a vicious overhand right, just when the referee made a well-timed stoppage to save the loser. (more…)
Former world heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach (32-2. 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision Brazilian journeyman Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (22-13, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in Kedzierzyn Kozle, Poland. Not a good performance for Wach, who was lucky the fight wasn’t at a neutral venue. Scores were 96-94, 96-95, and an off-the rails 98-92. Wach was coming off a TKO loss to Alexander Povetkin last November. Nascimento is now 0-12 when fighting outside South America.
Moments ago at the sold out famed Teatro Principe in Milan, Italy, Renato De Donato (16-3-1, 2 KOs) and Luciano Randazzo (7-2-3, 0 KOs) battled to a split draw in a bout for the vacant Italian super lightweight title.
The fight took place in front of two great former world middleweight champions, Marvin Hagler and Nino Benvenuti (who worked as commentator for Italian TV Rai).
OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events promoted the show with Rai Sport 1 televising live in Italy and Fight Klub on tape delay in Poland.
In a clash of big punching cruiserweights, unbeaten WBC #4 rated Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over WBC #2 rated Olanrewaju Durodola (22-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia. It was a war from the beginning. Briedis dropped Durodola at the end of round six and went for the finish in round seven with a huge assault, which Durodola absorbed. Briedis hammered Duradola again in round nine, getting credit for a knockdown when Duradola fell into the ropes, and referee Frank Garza waved it off later in the round.
With the win, Briedis claimed Duradola’s WBC Silver cruiserweight title and will face the winner between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu, who fight for the vacant WBC world cruiserweight championship later this month in Liverpool.
IBF bantamweight world champion Lee Haskins (33-3, 14 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Ivan “El Niño Maravilla” Morales (29-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales. For the first five rounds, Morales pressed the action while Haskins boxed and moved. In round six, Morales changed his strategy and looked to start counterpunching from the outside. In round nine, Morales started bringing the pressure again but never really connected with anything major. In the end, scores were 119-108, 118-110, 118-110.
The 32-year-old Haskins, a former interim titlist who claimed the title when then-champ Randy Caballero didn’t make weight for their mandatory fight, successfully made the first defense of his belt. The 24-year-old Ivan is the younger brother of legendary world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and Diego “Pelucho” Morales, who also went on to capture a world title.
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Popular unbeaten Hong Kong super flyweight Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Young Gil Bae (27-6, 21 KOs) of South Korea on Saturday night at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong. Tso won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight title and retained his WBC Asian Boxing Council belt.
Japanese 2012 Olympic middleweight star Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2, 11 KOs) in scheduled a 10-rounder.
“The Macau Kid” super welterweight Kuok Kun Ng (9-0, 5 KOs) stopped Weerachit Kitee (7-8-2, 7 KOs) in round four.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
It was just another chapter in the stop-start career of junior-welterweight John “Action” Jackson, the 17-3-2, but his six-round win over a determined Tyrone Harris, Lansing, may well have contributed to the first signs of some life in the Detroit-area boxing scene since Tony Harrison made his push to be a contender to be reckoned with on the national boxing scene.
Start with the venue: the Russell Industrial Center is in the heart of Detroit adjacent to one of its major freeways (I-75) and just north of another (I-95, the Ford Freeway). It is a huge, intact shell of a complex that has the look and smell of Detroit: cold in the Winter, dark, foreboding. It has become a kind of go-to place in recent years for artists of all kinds. (more…)
Lightweight contender “Lightning” Rod Salka (22-4, 4 KOs) stayed busy Friday night with a dominating performance over Czech, Michal Dufek (18-14-1, 13 KOs), over eight rounds at the Fight Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Salka used his superior hand speed with effective combinations and crisp counter-punching to post the shutout with scores of 80-72 on all cards. The win marked Salka’s third straight victory while earning the WBA NABA super featherweight and WBC Fecarbox lightweight titles along the way. The 10 bout Pro-Am card was promoted by SLG Entertainment; a packed house was in attendance.
Fighting in his home town, welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison needed a late surge to salvage a draw against Mike Dallas Jr. on Friday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. After six rounds, Dallas had built a solid 58-55 lead on the scorecards of judges Tammye Jenkins and Wayne Smith, and a shut out 60-53 count on the card of judge Paul Wallace. Jenkins scored the last four rounds for Hernandez-Harrison, while Smith and Wallace both gave three of the last four to Hernandez-Harrison, resulting in a split decision draw.
By Dave Spencer
Brandon Cook 154 vs. Davide Doria 153.2
(WBA inter-Continental super welterweight title)
Kevin Higson 153 vs Junior Emon 153
(Canadian super welterweight title)
Venue: Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Promoter: United Promotions
That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another Brazilian edition of the Downes Side. This weekend the Octagon sets down in Curitiba, Brazil for UFC 198. Live from Arena da Baixada, Fabrico Werdum defends his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic. In the co-main event of the night, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Vitor Belfort fight for positioning in the middleweight title picture . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Jonathan Maicelo 135.9l vs. Ramesis Gill 136.4l
Jaron Ennis 144.2 vs. Luis Ramos 145.9
David Murray 174.5 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 174.9
Greg Jackson 148 vs. TBA
Alex Barbosa 126 vs. Marquise Pierce 122
Yordan Frometa 141.2 vs Ken Alvarez 139.8
Gledwin Ortiz 146.6 vs. Anthony Miller 148.3
Daniele Scardina 169 vs. Steven Crowfield 168.7
Raul Lopez 126.4 vs. Edgar Cortez 123.9
Venue: PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
By Gary “Digital” Williams
A Maryland State title bout will be the featured attraction during the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card on Saturday, May 14 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
In a 10-round contest for the state light heavyweight title, Baltimore’s Travis “Seveer” Reeves will face off against Frederick’s Larry “Hitman” Pryor. Reeves (11-2-2, five KO’s) is working on an eight-bout winning streak which includes a first-round stoppage of Anthony Caputo Smith in his last outing on December 12 in Baltimore. Reeves scored the 2015 Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year on July 9 when he knocked out Samer Barakat at the Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville.
Pryor (9-13, five KO’s) has lost four in a row, all to undefeated competition that had a combined record of 51-0-2. Pryor lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Travis Peterkin in his last contest on March 30 in New York City. (more…)
At the General Assemby of the African Boxing Union which was held this week in Malawi, Tunisian Houcine Houichi has been unanimously re-elected for a 4 year mandate as ABU President. Mr. Houichi is also one of the WBC Vice-Presidents.
Mr. Nelson Sapi of Zambia has been elected as ABU Secretary General and Mr Rafik Ouennoughi from Tunisia is ABU treasurer.
During the week Mr Houcine Houichi along with ring doctor Peter Ngatane from South Africa have conducted a very successful seminar for the ABU ring officials.
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Peter Manfredo, Jr. (40-8, 21 KO’s) battled Rhode Island veteran Vladine Biosse (16-7-2, 7 KO’s) to an unpopular draw over eight rounds of boxing at super middleweight in his comeback fight after a 3 year layoff. Manfredo, Jr., the heavy favorite, looked rusty against Biosse who took the fight on only two weeks notice on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports in Lincoln, RI. Many ringside media observers thought Biosse won the fight convincingly. The final scores were 78-74 (Manfredo), 77-75 (Biosse), and 76-76. (more…)
Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
In a clash of undefeated cruiserweights, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (17-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Tabiti was credited with a knockdown in round eight when Tapia’s glove touched the canvas. Scores were 99-90, 97-92, 97-92.
In another clash between undefeated cruiserweights, 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a clear cut Isiah Thomas (15-1, 6 KOs). Hunter pressed the action en route to a 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 verdict. (more…)
Photos: Salita Promotions
Emilio Salas 200.8 vs. Demetrius Banks 197.9
James Smith 118.6 vs. Pablo Cupul 121.8
Alexey Zubov 204.6 vs. Damon McCreary 272.6
James Ballard 173.4 vs. Edgar Perez 179.6
Dorell Van Horn Jr. 158.5 vs. Francisco Reza 154.8
Clarence Dubose 189 vs. Jovan Blakely 197.2
Serdar Hudayberdiyev 147.4 vs. Marco Russell 147.4
Giorgi Gelashvili 144.1 vs. Alfred Hall 147.1
Promoter: Salita Promotions
Venue: Masonic Temple, Detroit
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