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Six weeks after the most important victory of his professional career, Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) is back in training camp in Carson, California getting ready for his next fight. Valdez, one of the best and more popular Mexican boxers today, is coming off an impressive knockout over former world champion Evgeny Gradovich last April 9 in Las Vegas. “I took off a couple of weeks, before starting to run and going to the gym and two weeks ago. I was back in California ready to start training camp,” said Vargas after a hard workout at the Rock Gym in Carson California.
The fight against Gradovich was to be Valdez’ toughest test in his professional career and he passed it with flying colors. Valdez dominated the former world champion from the start of the fight. He was faster, stronger and very accurate with combinations and in the fourth round landed a perfect left hook to the chin that ended the fight.
“I felt he was going to get up but he was badly hurt and couldn’t continue. It was all about execution, we work very in camp to get ready for Gradovich and had a great plan and it was about putting it together on fight night and I did,” said Valdez. (more…)
After claiming the vacant cruiserweight world title with a spectacular KO win, newly crowned WBC champion Tony Bellew called out unified WBA/IBF world champion Denis Lebedev and former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion David Haye.
“I don’t care what they all say. I’m the best cruiserweight in the world,” proclaimed Bellew. “Denis Lebedev, I ain’t coming to Russia. Come and get this baby, ’cause I’ve got the main belt now. I’m the man to beat in this division. Come and get this! Or that bitch from Bermondsey (Haye), I’ll fight him too! Come back down to your natural weight and fight a real cruiserweight, because you’ve gone long enough fighting them clowns!”
Haye responded via social media: “…maybe that punch you took in the first round that dropped you, your brain got scrambled, ’cause it looks like you really want to get knocked out by calling me a ‘Bermondsey bitch,’ talking about knocking me out. You must have lost your goddamned mind! After I’ve knocked out Shannon Briggs, who’s given me a lot of that himself, if you want to be on the list too, I’m knocking out all people talking too much. So get on the list mate, you’re going to get smashed to bits. I used to be a cruiserweight, so we’re both the same height, both similar, same size, let’s do it if you want it!”
The world famous Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California will be transformed into “LA Battle Club” on June 11. Headlining will be unbeaten lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (21-0, 17 KOs) and two-time lightweight title challenger and IBF #8 ranked Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 19 KOs) in separate fights. Also featured will be former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-5, 12 KOs). In another intertesting fight, former light heavyweight contender Rocky Gannon (30-11, 23 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in nearly 15 years. Opponents will be named. One fighter that does have an opponent is super welterweight Virgilijus Stapulionis (26-3-1, 19 KOs), who will take on undefeated Journeyman Management boxer Nathaniel Gallimore (13-0-1, 10 KOs). Tickets start at $40. Call 626-388-8888 or go to www.labattleclub.com. The event will be presented by PR Sports in association with Bash Boxing.
This past Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, Rising Promotions staged it’s third consecutive fight card in front of a large crowd that saw Isiah Seldon defeat Eddie Edmond in the six-round main event. The middleweight bout highlighted a six bout card. Seldon rocked Edmond several times with right hands that had the Newark, New Jersey resident holding on. The grabbing got much more severe and Edmond was deducted a point in round four. In round six, Seldon sealed the fight when he landed a right hand that forced Edmond’s glove to touch the canvas for a knockdown. Seldon, 156 lbs won by scores of 59-54, 59-53 and 58-54 to raise his record to 9-1. Edmond, 158 lbs is 4-5-2. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
SO MANY THINGS TO DO…
Today, May 30, my dear father, Jose Sulaiman, would have been celebrating his 85th birthday. Don King and Bob Arum were also born in 1931 and it was those three who shared a great era in boxing.
Those years in which Don King and Bob Arum practically dominated the sport and promoted countless boxing cards will remain in the minds of boxing fans forever. Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Holmes, Tyson, Holyfield and Lewis in the heavyweights. Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran, Cuevas, Benitez in the middleweights. Sanchez, Gomez, Chavez, Mancini, Arguello, Nelson, Fenech, De La Hoya in the lightweights and Chiquita, Carbajal, Lopez and Alvarez in the smaller weights. Multiple title fights on the same card and the best fighting the best for supremacy, for legacy…
Boxing was changed dramatically through the implementation of rules, mostly to make the sport safer, but it was not easy. After thorough medical research at UCLA, the WBC decided to reduce championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds. It was when pay-per-view didn’t exist, all fights were aired on free television and TV networks and promoters would lose three valuable rounds of commercials. It was a decision which my father took and had to accept difficult moments of uncertainty, criticism, attacks and humiliation. Today we can proudly say that lives have been saved and boxers can live a different life after they retire. (more…)
With Tony Bellew and Ricky Burns winning world titles over the weekend, the United Kingdom now has 13 reigning world boxing champions. By comparison, the United States currently has nine home-grown world champions.
1. Tyson Fury (WBA/WBO heavyweight champion)
2. Anthony Joshua (IBF heavyweight champion)
3. Tony Bellew (WBC cruiserweight champion)
4. James DeGale (IBF super middleweight champion)
5. Billy Joe Saunders (WBO middleweight champion)
6. Liam Smith (WBO jr middleweight champion)
7. Kell Brook (IBF welterweight champion)
8. Ricky Burns (WBA super lightweight champion)
9. Anthony Crolla (WBA lightweight champion)
10. Terry Flanagan (WBO lightweight champion)
11. Lee Selby (IBF featherweight champion)
12. Jamie McDonnell (WBA bantamweight champion)
13. Lee Haskins (IBF bantamweight champion)
Three-time world champion in two division Orlando “Siri” Salido arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday for his battle against WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas this Saturday (June 4) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico City will be making the first defense of the title against Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) in the main event of a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions that will telecast on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”
Salido arrived with his team consisting of Santos Moreno, Victor Barron, Dr. Eduardo Covarrubias, Jose Manuel Miranda, Armando Castro and Joel Luna and was greeted by his manager Sean Gibbons and Hector Zapari, trainer of WBO champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.
Local favorite Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over WBC #1 rated Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC cruiserweight title on Sunday in front of a large crowd at the outdoor Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England. In round one, Bellew punished Makabu on the ropes, but then he got clocked by a Makabu straight left and went down. After a cautious round two, Bellew opened up in round three, rocked Makabu, then got him out of there with a ruthless barrage of punches. The broken Makabu collapsed to the canvas just as referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to wave it off. Time was 1:20. Bellew won the belt vacated by Grigory Drozd, who twice pulled out of mandatory fights with Makabu due to injuries.
Super featherweight Stephen “Swifty” Smith (24-2, 14 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage of Daniel Brizuela (28-6-2, 8 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC silver title. Smith, coming back just six weeks after a loss to IBF champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza in April, steadily broke down Brizuela and knocked him down twice in round seven to end it. Time was 2:59.
WBC #1, IBF #5, WBA #6, WBO #7 super middleweight Callum “Mundo” Smith (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a harder than expected sixth round stoppage over very game Argentinian Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-3, 7 KOs) in a stay-busy bout. Smith floored the much smaller Reynoso with a left hook in round one and dropped him with body shots in rounds four and five before getting a referee’s stop in round six, even though Reynosa wasn’t particularly hurt at the moment. Although outgunned, Reynosa exposed some of Smith’s defensive flaws, connecting often.
6’8 heavyweight David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) scored a second round KO over Vaclav Pejsar (9-3, 8 KOs). 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Price dropped Pejsar in round one and put him down for good in round two. Time was 1:30. Price back in the win column. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBO 105-pound champ, currently WBO #2/WBC #12 light-flyweight Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs), 110.25, proved too fast and ferocious for IBF #10 Rene Patilano (15-2-2, 7 KOs), 108.5, from the Philippines, demolishing him with a furious combination at 2:23 of the sixth session on Saturday in Nagoya, Japan. But it wasn’t as easy a fight as Tanaka, still 20, had boldly predicted as Patilano displayed a good heart in retaliating with solid combos to the fast-moving and swift-punching ex-champ who had recently renounced his WBO minimum belt by outgrowing the category. Tanaka’s demonstration of sharper jabs had Patilano frustrated and his aggressive rallies had him retreating mostly in the contest. Patilano, however, put on a go-for-broke attack in the beginning of the fifth, but Tanaka gamely responded to his incessant attack with faster combos upstairs and downstairs. The fatal sixth saw Tanaka swarm over the fading foe with a fusillade of punches that finally sank him on the seat of trunks for the count.
Tanaka said, “Patilano showed his experience and proved he’s a world contender.” The dejected loser praised the winner, saying, “Tanaka was just faster than me. That’s all.” We admit Tanaka is a talented youngster, but he needs something more to learn. Hatanaka Promotions.
Former world lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs) spoke about his unanimous decision over Erick Bone on Saturday night at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. “I wanted to throw the heavier punches because I thought I could win by knockout, but that didn’t happen,” said Vazquez, who is not known as a KO artist. “There was an overhand right in the eighth round that I thought hurt him badly. He was an elusive fighter and survived, so there are still things that I have to work on.
“There was some difficulty adjusting to the late opponent switch, but overall, no problem. I had been sparring southpaws as well as right-handers. If I could have followed up on some of the hooks and overhand rights, I could have gotten him out of there.”
As for his future plans, ‘Titere’ stated, “I’ve always wanted to fight Adrien Broner. I want to make that.”
Ronnie du Preez from Port Elizabeth who fought as a welterweight from 1971 to 1981 passed away recently. Du Preez made his debut at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg on May 29 1971 against Joe Horn, losing on points over four rounds. After retiring from boxing Horn became one of the better judges in South Africa in recent years.
Du Preez won his next three fight before going in with South African welterweight champion Gert Steyn on May 13 1972 in a non-title fight and was knocked out in the first round. Steyn would subsequently win the South African junior middleweight title. (more…)
Following his game challenge against WBA interim welterweight champion David “Ava” Avanesyan, future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley tweeted the following message to his fans:
Thank you all for your support. I'm proud of the way I fought. I am the 1st to say when u let it go 2 the judges u risk this mess happening.
— Shane Mosley (@ShaneMosley_) May 29, 2016
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (37-8-1, 13 KOs), winning a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision. Saguilan, who had previously defeated Villasana by decision 14 months ago, never got untracked as the crafty Villasana piled up the points to win 118-109, 117-110 and 118-109. Villasana Jr. is the son of former WBC featherweight champion Marcos Villasana.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBA interim welterweight champion David “Ava” Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over 44-year-old future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. It was a close fight with both fighters having their moments. Mosley was deducted a point for a low blow in round ten by referee Wes Melton. Round twelve was the best round of the fight as both fighters looked to close strong. In the end, scores were 114-113, 117-110, 117-110 for Avanesyan, who will now face the winner of the June 25 Thurman-Porter showdown for the full WBA title.
Super middleweight Shane Mosley Jr (7-1, 5 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Roberto Yong (5-8, 4 KOs). Scores were 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Dimar “El Animal” Ortuz (11-0-2, 8 KOs) battered Ricardo Campillo (9-10-1, 7 KOs) until the bout was finally waved off in round six. Time was :25.
Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions
Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round unanimous decision over Erick Bone (16-4, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. After ten close and tactical rounds, scores read 96-94, 99-91, 97-93 for Vazquez.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa (7-0, 5 KOs), brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, scored a fifth round KO over Jonell Nieves (6-3, 4 KOs). Figueroa blasted Nieves to the deck twice in round five to end it. Time was 1:48.
Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) outpointed veteran Ruben Tamayo (24-9-4, 16 KOs) over ten uneventful rounds. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 98-92.
Super welterweight Mark Thompson (28-5, 16 KOs) scored a devastating second round KO over journeyman Kevin McCauley (11-120-8, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England. Thompson, who got back into the win column after a TKO3 loss against Bradley Skeete last September, laid out McCauley with a monster left hook. It was the eleventh time McCauley has been stopped in his 120 losses.
Super lightweight Jon “2 Smokes” Kays (22-5-1, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over “Smokin'” Ibrar Riyaz (4-97-4, 2 KOs). Kays was cut and seemingly knocked down in round two by Riyaz, ruled a slip by the ref. Riyaz, who has only been stopped three times in his 97 defeats, went the distance again. The bout was scored 59-55 for Kays, who is now 3-0 versus Riyaz, winning all three by decision.
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training camp to press the flesh and throw some leather for his fans in New York City. The boxing gem of Puerto Rico made a two-hour special appearance at the 152nd Street Cultural Festival in the Bronx on Saturday, taking the stage to address his fans followed by a meet & greet session and a public workout. Joining Verdejo in the open workout was undefeated boricua featherweight prospect Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz.
Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title against Juan Jose.Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, Saturday, June 11, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. (more…)
Super lightweight Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) became Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion with a one-sided eighth round KO win over Michele Di Rocco (40-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns outclassed the WBA #1 rated Di Rocco all the way, dropping him in round three and finishing him in round eight. “Rickster” claimed the vacant WBA 140lb title formerly held by Adrien Broner, who lost the belt on the scale.
British super lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse (33-2-1, 6 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round TKO over local hero Willie Limond (39-5, 11 KOs). Referee Victor Loughlin waved it off at 1:54 to save Limond from further punishment.
Conor Benn (2-0, 1 KO), son of former world champ Nigel Benn, took a four round unanimous decision over Luke Keleher (2-5-1, 1 KO).
2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (9-0, 5 KOs) won by third round stoppage over Chris Herrmann (21-11-1, 12 KOs).
Two-time former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (51-3-1, 37 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over veteran Kai Kurzawa (37-5, 25 KOs) on Saturday night in Szczecin, Poland. The bout was halted after “Diablo” dropped Kurzawa in both rounds three and four. The 34-year-old Wlodarczyk looked to be in good form as he claimed the vacant IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight belt.
Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (19-1-1, 13 KOs) rebounded from his KO1 loss to Mike Mollo in February with a fourth round TKO over “The Sandman” Konstantin Airich (23-17-2, 18 KOs). Zimnoch bludgeoned Airich to the canvas in round four and got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up attack.
In a clash between unbeaten cruiserweights, Michal Cieslak (13-0, 9 KOs) won by ninth round TKO over Alexander Kubich (9-1, 6 KOs).
WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-4-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, Philippines. Nietes dropped Garcia twice in round three and mercilessly pummeled him for the rest of the fight. Garcia stayed on his stool after round five. For Nietes, it was the ninth defense of his WBO 108lb title after holding the 105ln belt for four defenses. He has been a world champion since 2007.
IBF #9 super flyweight Arthur Villanueva (29-1, 15 KOs) was declared a KO winner after a violent head clash left Juan Jimenez (22-10, 15 KOs) unconscious in round four. The controversial ending marred a great bout in which both fighters tasted the canvas – Villanueva in round two and Jimenez in round three.
IBF #4, WBO #5 light flyweight Milan Melindo (34-2, 12 KOs), who weighed in 4.75 pounds heavy, won by seventh round technical decision over Maximo Flores (19-3, 13 KOs). The bout was stopped early due to a cut suffered by Melindo. Scores were 69-64, 68-65, 67-66. Flores wasn’t happy with the judges’ scoring.
WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) and local contender Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) both made weight for their clash on Sunday for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Makabu weighed 196.5, a few pounds less than Bellew who weighed 199.1. They are fighting for the belt vacated by Grigory Drozd, who twice pulled out of fights with mandatory challenger Makabu due to injuries.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Three-time world champion in two division Orlando “Siri” Salido closed his training camp in Mexico and will travel to Los Angeles this Sunday for his battle against WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas next Saturday, June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. “I am very satisfied with the way the training camp went and I am ready to take on Francisco Vargas on June 4 and look forward to give the fans a great fight,” said Salido, from his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora where he has been training for the fight.
Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico City will be making the first defense of the title against Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) in the main event of a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions that will be telecast on HBO.
“I am very anxious to in the ring and very motivated that I will face a great champion and fight for prestigious WBC belt a championship that I have dreamed of fighting for since I was 12 years Old and saw my idol Julio Cesar Chavez wear it with pride and honor,” said Salido. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Former WBO 105-pound champ, unbeaten enfant terrible who won the world belt in his fifth pro bout, Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3 KOs), still 20, will participate in his first bout today (Saturday) after renouncing the belt to campaign in the 108-pound category when he faces IBF#10 ranked light-fly contender Rene Patilano (15-1-2, 7 KOs) over ten non-title rounds in Nagoya, Japan. The confident-looking Tanaka said, “I’ll knock him out. I won’t see nothing but a knockout over Patilano.” But he should be careful and cautious since a Filipino fighter is usually tough and ambitious as shown by a latest stunning upset victory of John Riel Casimero over Amnat Ruenroeng in China this Wednesday. Take care, Tanaka.
By Bob Caico at ringside
Unbeaten WBO #11, WBA #12, IBF #15 heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) made quick work of overmatched Nick Guivas (12-4-2, 9 KOs), scoring a second round KO on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The 6’4 Miller, who weighed in at 283 pounds, dropped Guivas twice in round one, and two more times in round two. Time was 1:26.
In the best fight of the night, super welterweight Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) prevailed in a thriller against Jason Thompson (5-12-4, 4 KOs). It looked like an upset was brewing when Thompson knocked down Halili twice in round two. But Halili not only survived, he knocked out Thompson with a crushing right hand in the same round. Time was 2:59.
Unbeaten Filipino lightweight Harmonito “El Huracan de Gensan” Dela Torre (18-0, 12 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over journeyman Guillermo Sanchez (15-19-1, 6 KOs). Making his U.S. debut, Dela Torre didn’t deliver the big KO splash he was hoping for, but his workrate made the difference against crafty local southpaw Sanchez. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. (more…)
Photo: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
WBA interim welterweight champion David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) and multi-division former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) both made weight for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Avanesyan weighed 146.7 pounds and Mosley scaled in at 146 pounds even.
The bout will be televised on CBSSN. The Avanesyan-Mosley winner gets the Thurman-Porter winner next.
The WBO has informed representatives of WBO cruiserweight champion Krzystof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk that a purse bid will be held June 9 at the Affinia Hotel in New York City. The minimum acceptable bid is $300,000. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel will preside. Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) will be making the second defense of his title. Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs) is the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and the WBO’s #1 contender.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Nery Saguilan 134.65 vs Marcos Villasana Jr. 134
(WBC regional lightweight title)
Lourdes Juárez 108 vs Suri Tapia 108
Diego Cruz 141 vs Francisco Pérez 140
Enrique Ángeles Jr 123 vs Daniel Olea 121
Venue: Centro de Convenciones de Acapulco
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Miguel Vazquez 143.6 vs. Erick Bone 144
Miguel Flores 127.2 vs. Ruben Tamayo 127
Brandon Figueroa 120.4 vs. Jonell Nieves 121
Rickey Edwards 137.2 vs. John Delperdang ??
Emmanuel Medina 146.8 vs. Isaiah Robinson 145.6
Enrique Niera Jr 164.3 vs. Rudy Lozano 163
Ramon Cardenas 122 vs. Isau Duenez 120.08
Xavier Wilson 136 vs. Anthony Hill 136
Rolando Garza 153.4 vs. Rick Graham 154
Venue: Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Leija*Battah Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1
By Marco Bratusch
Light heavyweight Mehdi Amar (33-4-2, 16 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Serhiy Demchenko (16-10-1, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU (European) light heavyweight title on Friday night at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris, France. Demchenko brought constant pressure for the whole fight but was too slow and defensively sloppy. Amar was able to use his left hook as a counter and kept the distance using lateral movements. A clash of heads marked Demchenko under his right eye in round five. The knockdown scored by Amar in round nine was due to a jab landed along with a Demchenko slip, as the deck was wet near the Amar red corner. Amar appeared pretty tired in the championship rounds when Demchenko tried to force the brawl from the inside but the Italian (he has a double passport) had already lost his power to close matters. Scores were 115-112, 115-113, 116-111.
Boxing Royalty: “Sugar” Shane Mosley works with trainer Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran during a fight week workout in preparation for Saturday night’s world title challenge against WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo: Jason Gonzalez/Hector Madrigal)
Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) and #1 rated Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) both made weight for their clash for the vacant WBA super lightweight title on Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns, who’s trying to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion, weighed 139.125, while Di Rocco scaled in at 139.25. They are fighting for the title formerly held by Adrien Broner, who lost the belt on the scale.
Willie Limond 139.5 vs. Tyrone Nurse 140
Anthony Ogogo 161.4 vs. Chris Hermann ??
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing returns to Downtown Dallas on Saturday, June 25th. After an exciting series opening event last January 16th, boxing at The Bomb Factory Fight Club is back. Scheduled as the featured attraction is former world jr. lightweight champion Mike Alvarado (35-4, 24 KOs), who will battle Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in an eight round welterweight main event.
Headlining the undercard will be 2-time Russian Olympian and now middleweight contender Matt Korobov (25-1, 13 KOs) and undefeated jr. lightweight prospect Eric De Leon (12-0, 6 KOs). Korobov will be taking on former top-ten world contender Brian Vera (23-10, 14 KOs) in an eight round super middleweight feature bout. De Leon, who is originally from Dallas, will be fighting an eight round jr lightweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)
By Marco Bratusch
Tonight in Paris, France, MK Events will present an intriguing card at the famous Cirque d’hiver. Originally billed as a tripleheader, the card ran into trouble earlier this week when both local champion Cedric Vitu and Catalan fighter Isaac Real suffered minor injuries as they were finalizing preparations for their EBU junior middleweight clash. Another injury KO’d Italian junior welterweight Samuele Esposito, who was scheduled to fight Frank Petijean (16-4-3, 2 KOs) for the vacant minor EU title – the Frenchman will likely be part of the card anyhow in a stay busy fight.
The third headlining bout is still on between two-time interim middleweight beltholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (32-2, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Robert Swierzbinski (16-5-1, 3 KOs), who will fight in an eight rounder.
The unexpected scenario brought a fight between French light heavyweight Mehdi Amar (32-4-2, 16 KOs) and Ukrainian-born, longtime Rome resident Serhiy Demchenko (16-9-1, 12 KOs) as the main event of the show, with the two fighting for the vacant 175lb EBU belt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten Australian 168-pounder Bilal Akkaway (13-0-1, 11 KOs) stopped Francisco Ramon Benitez (15-4, 12 KOs) in round one of scheduled ten round main event at the Entertainment Centre, Hurstville, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Akkaway delivered a perfectly timed left hook to the head of Benitez in round one and the referee called it off at 1:27. The WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title and the WBA Oceania title were up for grabs. Argentina’s Benitez had been to Australia twice in 2015 losing in two rounds to WBO rated Rohan Murdoch and in three rounds to Mike Jiminez. (more…)
Hayemaker Promotions and UKTV have announced that “Haye Day II,” featuring former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye’s quick KO over Arnold Gjergjaj and former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs’ even quicker KO over Emilio Zarate, was part of the “Dave” network’s biggest day in its history. Haye Day II drew a peak audience of 2.5 million with a 14.8% adult audience share, greater than both ITV and C4 and second only to BBC1 at that time. Haye promised Briggs a fight if Briggs won on the undercard, so now the pair will clash potentially in September.
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