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By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
Once again boxing is with sadness, mourning the passing of another icon. Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor passed away and is now flying free into eternity. Pryor will be remembered as a warrior who gave boxing fans around the world memorable fights.
This past week was very active. We held two purse bids for the heavyweight division. The WBC interim heavyweight championship was won by World of Boxing with $3.165 million for the Povetkin vs. Stiverne match, while Salvatore Cherchi of Opi2000 secured the promotion of the Duhaupas vs. Takam silver title fight. The WBC team enjoyed a memorable dinner with all of the promoters who traveled to New York for the bid process. Don King and Don Majeski shared many stories, and it was all smiles as we all left that night. (more…)
By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee
While boxing events and overall interest in the sport have waned in our country over the past several years, South Korea’s governing bodies have proliferated, resulting in no fewer than four national commissions, including the KBC, KBF, KBA, and KPBF. In contrast, though a much bigger nation, the JBC remains the sole national commission of our neighbor to the East, Japan.
Today’s matches marked the debut of a new organization, Korean Boxing Management (KBM), under whose purview fans were treated to several competitive, exciting matches. The KBM is not a commission, but an umbrella organization under which various boxing gym owners have banded together. While the KBM is in some respects similar to the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association), its members are now actively engaged in promoting their own boxing events apart from any local commission.
Today’s bouts took place in Gapyung, the site of a brutal Korean War battle that pitted largely Australian and Canadian forces against those of China and North Korea, now an idyllic little town cradled by mountains, the flowing Han river and clean air. (more…)
Photo: Mark Robinson
Tony Bellew has vowed to shut BJ Flores up in style when they clash for Bellew’s WBC World Cruiserweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Bellew landed the WBC crown in a fairy tale night at Goodison Park when he got off the canvas in the first round to destroy dangerous South African Ilunga Makabu in the third round.
‘The Bomber’s’ first defence brings brash American Flores to Merseyside with Bellew believing the challenger has changed his tune – swapping the trash talk that saw him land the fight with respect – and Bellew says that doesn’t wash with him and is preparing a punishing night.
“The fight was made because of his mouth,” said Bellew. “He’s been following me around for two years, saying I’m not a Cruiserweight I’m a Light-Heavyweight, saying I couldn’t live with him – on Saturday night I am going to show him what I can do. (more…)
The top achievements of the Philadelphia boxing scene will be recognized at the 9th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 16th, at Xfinity Live! In South Philly, 1-4 pm.
Junior middleweight Julian Williams leads the pack of Briscoe Awards winners as the “2015 Philly Fighter of the Year”. Williams won three fights in 2015 and brought himself to the brink of a world title fight at 154 pounds. He’ll get the chance to become a world champ later this year, but on Sunday he’ll pick up his first Bennie Briscoe Statuette as the top boxer in Philadelphia. Two years ago, Williams won a Briscoe Medal as the “2013 Prospect of the Year.”
Current WBA champion Jason Sosa will be recognized as the “Breakout Fighter of 2015” and his stablemate Tevin Farmer, a streaking junior lightweight contender, will be honored for the “2015 Performance of the Year”. A number of other Philadelphia-area boxers will also be awarded. (more…)
Matchroom Boxing and the Casino de Monte-Carlo are delighted to announce a blockbuster night of World championship boxing on November 12 at Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo in ‘Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza’ live on Sky Sports.
One of the world’s most dangerous and exciting Heavyweights, Luis Ortiz, tops the bill as he looks to add to his 22 KOs from 25 wins as he takes on Malik Scott for the WBA Inter-Continental title – with Ortiz making his European debut in his first fight since teaming up with Matchroom Boxing.
Also, WBA bantamweight king Jamie McDonnell defends his crown against former super fly champ Liberio Solis, WBA super featherweight kingpin Jason Sosa defends against Stephen Smith, and Martin Murray looks to avenge his world title loss to Arthur Abraham as the pair clash for the WBO International Super-Middleweight belt.
They’ve trashed each other for YEARS — but boxing superstar Deontay Wilder is putting his feud with Tyson Fury on hold … saying he truly wants Fury to get help for his cocaine problem so he doesn’t die. TMZ Sports spoke with Wilder — who tells us the “real” Tyson Fury is not the monster you see in the media … “He really is a good dude.”
Wilder says he was really impacted when he learned about Fury’s drug problem and suicidal thoughts — and says he’s even willing to fly to England to lend his support to his embattled rival. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Promoter Jacques Deschamps has announced that WIBF world jr lightweight champion and WBC silver champion Melissa St Vil will travel to Haiti to fight on a card scheduled for November 16th. Says Promoter Deschamps, “Melissa, born in Long Island, is Haitian-American and very proud of her roots. Melisssa and I talked and she mentioned to me her desire to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew that hit the south of Haiti very hard. What better way than giving national pride to the Haitian people by having a sports figure like Melissa doing what she does best – fight.”
Fightnews.com® reached Melissa St Vil at her base in Brooklyn to know more about her. She answered our questions in honest, outspoken fashion. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Japanese speedster Nana Yoshikawa (7-1, 4 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant WBO female flyweight belt by a majority decision (96-94 twice, 95-95) as she took the initiative from the outset, withstood persistent retaliation of ex-WBO 108-pound titlist Eun-Hye Lee (8-1, 3 KOs), 110.75, from Korea, and took points down the stretch over ten sizzling rounds on Sunday in Sakai, Japan. It was one of the candidates for Fight of the Year since they mixed it hard and displayed all they had to entertain the audience. Yoshikawa always initiated her attack in the mix-up competition, but Lee occasionally fought back hard with solid counters. It was unfortunate that Lee sustained a bad lump caused by an accidental butt that became bigger and bigger as the contest progressed. Yoshikawa had the upper hand with her faster combinations, but Lee retaliated with a harder punch at a time.
Yoshikawa emotionally expressed her gratitude for warm encouragements of her staff and supporters, saying, “Thanks to your supports I could win the long-anticipated world belt.” Nana became the very first world champ born in the traditional city Sakai that produced a national poetess named Ms. Akiko Yosano. Yoshikawa couldn’t write such a poem as Akiko but wrote a new chapter in the female fistic history. Promoter: Sakai Higashi Mitsuki Promotions.
Boxing ring legend Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor has reportedly passed away in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 61 due to heart failure. Pryor reigned in the jr welterweight division from 1980 to 1985 and his two thrilling stoppage wins over Alexis Arguello are widely considered to be among the greatest bouts in boxing history. In his career, Pryor compiled a record of 39-1, with 35 KOs. He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.
Super featherweight contender Liam Walsh moved a step closer to facing IBF world 130lb champion Jose Pedraza after outclassing Andrey Klimov over twelve rounds Saturday night at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London. “I don’t know anything about the Pedraza fight yet,” said Walsh. “I haven’t given it any thought. If I had my way it would 100% be in Norwich, if not then we’ll travel away. Let’s travel to America. Let’s get booed out of the arena with all of the odds against me! Let’s be the underdog! I’ll perform under that pressure I’m sure. I’ll go anywhere to fight Pedraza. A ring is a ring to me!”
Bob Arum, promoter of heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, spoke to RadioLIVE about the latest developments on a clash between #3 rated Ruiz and #1 Joseph Parker for the soon to be vacant WBO heavyweight championship. “It’s gonna take place,” said Arum “I’ve talked to Dean Lonergan, we’re a little apart on the money, but we’re going to close that gap and make a deal I’m sure. The WBO, everybody’s agreed, will assign completely neutral officials. Andy is quite happy with fighting in New Zealand, that’s not a problem.
“Little bit of a problem with the date. Dean wanted to do it in December. If Andy is going to be trained by Abel Sanchez, who trains the middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, “GGG,” December’s no good because Golovkin will be fighting on December 10, so we’d have to move the fight to January. But, I’ll be back in the States on Sunday night and I’ll be in my office. First thing on Monday I’ll get it all sorted out, I’ll talk to Dean, we’ll put it to bed and hopefully we’ll have an announcement shortly.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo
WBC #9 super featherweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (34-1, 25 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO over Colombian Wallington Orobio (17-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ecocentro Expositor in El Marques, Queretaro, Mexico. At the beginning of the fight, Orobio came out strong looking to surprise Gutierrez, but after that the Mexican star took over. In round six, Gutierrez went for the knockout and got the win when Orobio’s corner threw in the towel.
In the co-feature, lightweight contender Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (26-3, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Rodolfo “Rudy” Flores (13-4, 5 KOs).
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions
Former unified WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (34-2, 24 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Filipino Raymond Tabugon (18-6-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Francisco León García Baseball Stadium in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Now campaigning at super flyweight, Estrada won every minute of every round, but never came close to stopping Tabugon. Scores were 100-90 across the board. It was Estrada’s first bout in over a year.
Super bantamweight Emmanuel “Vasquero” Navarrete (22-1, 19 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Martin “Pini” Casillas (18-9-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90.
Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
In a good action battle for the vacant NABF super middleweight title, Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (17-1, 13 KOs) overcame stiff opposition from Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) before scoring a spectacular tenth round KO on Saturday night at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. With promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on at ringside, Brooker dropped Gavril in round five. However, Gavril came back to rock Brooker in round six. In round ten, Gavril dropped Brooker hard twice to end it. Time was 2:04.
In the co-feature, super lightweight Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (12-1, 3 KOs) scored a second round KO over Ronald Rivas (5-5-1, 3 KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont
Aussie 140 pounder Val Borg (13-2, 8 KOs) outscored Rusmin Kie Raha (14-11-2, 3 KOs) of Indonesia in the main event over eight rounds at the Leisure Centre, St Claire, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Borg was aggressive throughout the contest scoring with power shots on his fleet-footed opponent, who did connect with fast combinations on the backmove. At the conclusion of the action bout, scores were Anthony Shipley 80-72, Ray Wheatley 80-72, Kevin Hogan 80-73.
In the main supporting bout, former amateur middleweight star Satali Tevi-Fuimaono (1-0) made a successful professional debut with a one sided points victory over tough Thai Promool Boonpok (1-25-1) over four rounds. Scores 40-36, 40-36, 40-36. (more…)
Rising super flyweight star Rex Tso (20-0, 12 KOs) returned to the ring in his native Hong Kong on Saturday night to outpoint Japan’s previously unbeaten Ryuto Maekawa (11-1-1, 7 KOs) over ten rounds for the WBO International and WBC Asia crowns. Rex, aka “Wonder Boy,” won by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 99-91.
Also on the card, unbeaten lightweight Paul Fleming 23-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jerope Mercado.
By Craig Wick at ringside
In the main event of Saturday night’s “Hitz Fight Night at the Horseshoe” card in Hammond, Indiana, Chicago’s Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) marked time with a fifth round TKO over Mexico’s Miguel Cubos, who rode an 8-fight losing streak going in. The super middleweights battled at close quarters for the first few rounds however “Hollywood” took complete control in the third, painting a masterpiece to the body of Cubos, which gassed the Mexican fighter to the point where he was taking a knee in round four and early in round five to preserve what little gas remained in the tank. As it turned out, not much, as Jimenez closed the show with a combination to the head, which resulted in Cubos spitting out his mouthpiece and communicating to referee Kurt Spivey that he had seen enough. Spivey agreed, waving the shellacking off at 2:55. After the fight, Jimenez called out the undefeated Mike Lee, who had a career best win last week over Chris Traietti. It’s an attractive matchup that hopefully gets made.
In a fight that had many ringsiders intrigued going in, Nick Asberry (9-1, 4 KOs) put his undefeated heavyweight record on the line against former fringe contender, Malcolm Tann (24-4, 13 KOs) Phoenix, AZ. The main questions regarding the battle were whether Tann, who last fought when the the first iPhone was unveiled (2007 for you flip-phone and Android users), had retained enough of his skills and was in the kind of shape needed to test Asberry. The answer was a resounding yes, on both counts! Tann battled through adversity early on, especially in round one when he was stunned with a right to the head, then shockingly turned the tables in the 3rd, hurting Asberry with a combination upstairs that left the undefeated fighter’s legs with a mind of their own. Seizing his 9-year opportunity, Tann pounded Asberry across the ring before ending it with a left hook to the head. Asberry, who was draped against the ropes when his undefeated plug was pulled, vowed to train harder and come back stronger next time out. The stoppage was announced as 2:55 of the third. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #14, 122 pounder Jason Maloney (10-0, 9 KOs) stopped Filipino Gerpaul Valero (21-18-4, 15 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled ten round contest with the WBA Oceania title up for grabs at the Function Centre, Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Valero was coming off a technical draw over Jason Tinampay in 2016 with his best win over 2012 WBC 112 pound champion Sonny Boy Jaro in 2013.
In the main supporting bout, the twin brother of Jason, classy 118-pounder, Andrew Moloney (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Filipino Jether Oliva (24-7-2, 11 KOs) in round six of a scheduled ten round WBA Oceania championship bout. Oliva had lost to world champions Zolani Tete in 2015, Moruti Mthalane in 2014 and Ulises Solis in 2011.
In an IBF junior lightweight eliminator, unbeaten #3 rated Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over #4 rated Andrey Klimov (19-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London. Walsh dropped Klimov in round six en route to a 119-108, 120-107, 120-107 win. Walsh is now in line to fight for the IBF 130lb belt. The IBF champion is currently Jose “Sniper” Pedraza.
Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi
Pretty girls Nana Yoshikawa of Japan and Eun-Hye Lee of Korea will square off in quest of the vacant WBO female flyweight belt tomorrow (Sunday) in Sakai, Japan.
Yoshikawa, who had some fifty amateur bouts in Japan and US, failed to win the WBA minimum belt from Mexican Anabel Ortiz via decision in April 2015.
Lee, unbeaten with an 8-0 mark with three KOs, had been WBO 108-pound champ, but was stripped of her belt due to her Korean promoter’s repeated cancellation of her defense with Australian Louisa Hawton, who then acquired the vacant WBO belt by a lopsided decision over Japan’s Kei Takenaka here this August. Today we saw a weigh-in ceremony with this reporter as MC at the Sakai City Hall, where Yoshikawa scaled in at 111.75, and Lee a pound less.
By Marco Bratusch
At Friday’s WBC bid held at sanctioning body’s offices in New York – along with the Povetkin-Stiverne bid for WBC interim title – the mandatory bid for Johann Duhaupas’ WBC Silver heavyweight title has also been held, with the winning promoter OPI Since ’82 offering $235.000 to earn the right to stage the fight.
Early this week it was said that Cameroon-born Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) had agreed to fight Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) on November 12th in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on a card promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sport UK to broadcast. It’s now been clarified that the 35-years-old Takam – who lost on points last May to New Zealander Joseph Parker for an IBF eliminator – will not take part in the show in Monte Carlo. (more…)
Exciting heavyweight star Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz has joined forces with Matchroom Boxing as he plans an assault on the Heavyweight World titles.
Unbeaten Ortiz is one of the most feared fighters on the planet and has blasted away 22 of his 25 opponents inside the distance, with the vicious Cuban’s last two outings underlining his fearsome reputation as dismissed Bryant Jennings in seven rounds to land the interim WBA crown in December and then destroyed Tony Thompson in six rounds in March.
Ortiz is hunting down World honours and will make his European debut in November in his first fight under the Matchroom banner and the 37 year old monster revealed his excitement at his upcoming schedule. (more…)
In her WBC Silver Minimumweight Championship bout against Tina Rupprecht in Augsburg, former WBC Amateur Champion Joana Pastrana proved her tremendous warrior spirit, intrepidly battling on, in spite of suffering a broken hand!
The 26-year-old Spanish fighter fractured her right hand in the second round of the championship all out war, but refused to give up or give in! Instead and indeed, she not only battled to the end, but even won some rounds by just using her sterling left jab, coming very close to capturing the title.
Right after this fight to remember, Pastrana was taken to hospital where the x-ray scan clearly showed the fracture. “She definitely needs surgery”, said the doctor who immediatly identified the fracture, marveling: “I cannot understand how anybody could still fight and throw punches with an injury like this.” (more…)
Local hero Tina Rupprecht is the new WBC Women’s Silver Minimumweight Champion, defeating Joana Pastrana from Spain by a close decision on Friday night in Augsburg, Germany.
At the final bell, 1,000 fans at the sold out Eventcenter Koenigsbrunn, were on their feet giving a standing ovations to two outstanding, still standing warriors after ten marvelous rounds of world class boxing.
Rupprecht got off to a busy start, applying plenty of pressure in the first rounds, but Pastrana adjusted and stole the middle rounds by using her height and reach advantages, establishing her jab. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya says battling cocaine addiction is the toughest fight there is — but he’s confident heavyweight champ Tyson Fury can beat his blow problem … as long as he gets help.
Of course, Fury was yanked out of his upcoming fight with Wladimir Klitschko after testing positive for cocaine — and later admitted, “I’ve done lots of cocaine. Lots of it.”
Since Oscar has been so open about his own struggles with coke — and since he’s still a major player in the boxing world — we asked if he thought the drug tests will end Tyson’s career for good. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Nkululeko Mhlongo retained his South African and WBF Africa junior middleweight titles with a unanimous 12 round points decision over Frans Ramabolu at the Dr Molemela Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Friday night.
The scores were 120-108 and 118-112 twice. (more…)
Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez 167.4 vs. Miguel Cubos 167.4
Nick Asberry 240 vs. Malcom Tann 234
Zac Triantafillo 239 vs. Skylar Thompson 228
Shawn Simpson 121.4 vs. Luis Guerrero 116.6
Kevin Cruz 134.2 vs. Tomas Aguilera 130.6
Frankie Winton 133 vs. Nate Petty 133
Tyrome Jones 137 vs. Matt Murphy 139
Venue: The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Doors open at 6PM, first bell is at 7PM
Tickets are priced $100 and $40, boxing fans must be 21 years and older to attend events at the Horseshoe Hammond.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Giant 7’1 heavyweight Julius “Towering Inferno” Long (18-20, 14 KOs), 283 pounds, outpointed Bowie Tupou (26-5, 18 KOs), 297 pounds, over ten rounds via split decision at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Referee Paul Tapley deducted a point from Long in rounds seven and nine for excessive holding. Long outworked Tupou in most of the rounds to win by scores Steve Marshall 95-93, Allan Burford 95-94, Cyril Cairns 92-96. Long captures the WBA Oceana interim title. (more…)
Photo: Robert Richards
Former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (25-4-1, 13 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, scored a seventh round TKO Over former Mexican national champion Gabino “Flash” Cota (19-7-1, 17 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida.
Currently rated WBO #4 at junior lightweight, Cruz, 35, dropped Cota in rounds two and seven, and was in control most the fight. They had previously fought to a decision in their first encounter nearly a year ago.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
LA Fight Club returned to the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles as former world lightweight title challenger Diego Magdaleno (29-2, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas outboxed Art Hovannisyan (17-3-3, 9 KOs) of Glendale by way of Armenia over ten rounds. All three judges scored the bout 99-91 for Magadaleno.
In the co-feature, undefeated Philadelphia lightweight prospect Damon Allen (10-0-1, 4 KOs) and tough veteran Luis Arceo (28-15-5, 19 KOs) of Mexico fought to an eight round draw, (more…)
Ronald Gavril 167 vs. Christopher Brooker 167.8
(NABF super middleweight title)
Ladarius Miller 137.4 vs. Ronald Rivas 136.6
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 145 vs. Jonathan Dinong 145
Josue Vargas 138.4 vs. Samuel Santana 143
Xavier Martinez 129.2 vs. Wilfredo Garriga 131.8
Daniel Gonzalez 126.6 vs. Sean Acosta 129.4
Venue: Sam’s Town, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
Juan Francisco Estrada 116 vs. Raymond Tabugon 116.5
Emmanuel Navarrete 123 vs. Martin Casillas 122
Victor Olivo 120 vs. 119 Fernando Aguilar 119
Jessica Diaz 122 vs. 122 Milagros Diaz 122
Eduardo Ramirez 125 vs. Izaguirre Epifanio 126
Bryan Acosta 124 vs. Leonel Rodriguez 125
Noé Robles 122 vs. Ismael Camacho 122
Raul Esquer 112 vs. José María Cárdenas 113
Venue: Ballpark Francisco Leon Garcia
Promoter: Zanfer and OCV Puerto Penasco
TV: Azteca 7, Bein Sports and Azteca America
WBA super lightweight world champion Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) retained his world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Kiryl Relikh (21-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Relikh pressed the action, but hometown hero Burns was busier and prevailed 118-110, 116-112, 116-112. Next up for The Rickster could be Adrien Broner.
In a grudge match between London heavyweights, Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over WBO #15 rated Ian Lewison (12-3-1, 8 KOs) to claim the vacant British heavyweight title. Whyte, who gave Anthony Joshua his toughest fight, battered Lewison throughout the fight and got the win when Lewison’s corner called a halt to save their man from further punishment.
Unbeaten lightweight Scott Cardle (21-0-1, 7 KOs) retained his British lightweight title with a sixth round TKO over Kevin Hooper (19-4, 4 KOs). Cardle got the stoppage with a barrage of punches.
World of Boxing won the WBC purse bid to stage the WBC interim heavyweight title fight between Alexander Povetkin vs Bermaine Stiverne with a bid of $3,165,000 today in New York City.
The WBC also issued a statement on Povetkin’s drug test that led to the cancellation of a clash between Povetkin and WBC champ Deontay Wilder:
…the WBC would like to clarify its August 17, 2016, ruling concerning the adverse result for Meldonium found in Mr. Povetkin’s April 27, 2016, urine sample. Since that ruling, questions have arisen about its meaning.
1. For the avoidance of doubt, the WBC hereby states that the WBC ruling was not intended to convey, and should not be construed as conveying, a conclusion about whether Mr. Povetkin did or did not take Meldonium after it became a banned substance on January 1, 2016.
2. The litigation pending between Wilder and Povetkin is going to trial in February of 2017. If Mr. Wilder prevails at that trial, the WBC shall afford Mr. Povetkin the opportunity to show that the trial’s result was not based on a finding that Mr. Povetkin ingested Meldonium after January 1, 2016. If Mr. Povetkin fails to make that showing the WBC shall: (a) withdraw recognition of Povetkin as Interim World Champion (if he wins that title); (b) withdraw any mandatory challenger status he might have; and (c) impose any penalties upon Mr. Povetkin as per the WBC Clean Boxing Program Protocol, which includes suspensions and fines.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig and Sroi Mungmee
Rex Tso (Hong Kong) 115 vs. Ryuto Maekawa (Japan) 115
(WBC Asia & WBO International Superflyweight Championship)
Paul Fleming (Australia) 129 vs. Jerope Mercado(Philippines) 135
Jay Solmiano (Philippines) 145 vs. Chalermpol Singwancha (Thailand) 153
Rey Megrino (Philippines) 125 vs. Jason Butar Butar (Indonesia) 125
Raymond Poon Kai Ching (Hong Kong) 107 vs. Morakot Pattanakan Gym (Thailand) 108
Tom Taw (UK.) 159 vs. Marco Tuhumury (Indonesia) 163
Surez Gurung (Nepal) 121 vs. James Gibbs (Australia) 119
Pako Lai (Hong Kong) 123 vs. Nong Weng Son (Macau) 120
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Promoter: Bob Arum of TOP RANK and Jay Lau of DEF Promotions
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