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Boxing News

Frankie Gomez on-weight and focused

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Golden Boy

Undefeated East L.A. welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (19-0, 13 KOs) returns to action Friday against veteran Silverio “Chamaco III” Ortiz (29-16, 15 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico, at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center in Indio, California live on Estrella TV. We caught up with Gomez and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California.

“I’m ready for this fight, I’ve been training hard. Weight has been good,” Gomez told Fightnews.com. “Training is good, working out 2-3 times a day. I’ve been sparring with Joel Diaz Jr. He’s a tough sparring partner.”

Roach added, “I’ve been away, but Marvin (Somodio) has been switching it up, I’ve been in camp a little, for a little bit. Overall everything is going really well. We had a really good workout, he looks sharp. I have been checking on him, I could see him at training through my phone if I’m in Canada or in China. He weighed in at 144 yesterday. He’s happy about that and he’s fighting at where he should be at.” (more…)



February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Kevin Hooper’s destiny could be shaped at big Callum Smith fight night

David Haye says he has no problem with Frank Bruno fighting again at 54 – as long as he faced boxers of similar age.

Floyd Mayweather rules out rematch with Manny Pacquiao

Khiary Gray, Freddy Sanchez gear up for next bouts



February 3rd, 2016


UFC

Makovsky gets chance to show championship mettle vs. Benavidez

For a guy nicknamed “Fun Size,” UFC flyweight contender Zach Makovsky sure takes all the fun out of playing the “What If” game should he defeat Joseph Benavidez this Saturday in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Gallimore headlines in LA Friday

Unbeaten middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica takes on power punching Roberto Ventura (14-11, 14 KOs) of Mexico topping a private show Friday night in Los Angeles. The main event bout is scheduled for six rounds at a contracted weight of 162 pounds. Ed Holmes All Star Boxing will promote the show. Gallimore’s managerial stablemates Ernest Muhammad Jr., Kelin Sharpe, Joshua Greer Jr. and Fernando Martinez will be fighting in separate bouts on the undercard. (more…)



February 3rd, 2016


Boxing News

Canelo-Khan set, what about GGG?

So Canelo-Khan is official. What’s next for WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin?

Looks like GGG will face IBF #3 ranked Dominic Wade (18-0, 13 KOs). Negotiations are underway for an April 23 clash, possibly at the LA Forum, to be televised on HBO. Wade is coming off a split decision win against former champ Sam Soliman last June in his only ring action of 2015.



February 3rd, 2016

WBA

Desperately seeking Alexander Ustinov

The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced a resolution earlier this year which ordered a series of bouts for consolidating the heavyweight division, leading a single world champion. One of the bouts planned was between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs). However, Ustinov hasn’t been located so far.

The situation is as follows:

1. A resolution was announced for Ortiz-Ustinov to agree to the fight no later than February 4, 2016.

2. The Russian Federation of Boxing announced that Vlad Hrunov does not have a license endorsed by them to perform the duties of promoter and manager with Ustinov.

3. Consequently, Alexader Ustinov could not be located.

4. No decision will be made in favor of any of the parties until Ustinov is located and confirms whether or not he’s onboard.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

De la Hoya talks exclusively to Fightnews.com® on all subjects regarding Canelo-Khan

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions


By Hesiquio Balderas

Oscar de la Hoya president and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions caught the boxing world by surprise with the announcement that Canelo’s next fight will be at 155 pounds and he will defend his WBC, RING and Lineal middleweight titles against former champion Amir “King” Khan. De la Hoya talked exclusively to fightnews.com about many subjects regarding this mega event.

“I’m very happy to have made this announcement, I promised that I will make the best fights for the public, for the fans and this is a huge fight, Canelo and Khan are great champions and they will give their all on May 7th, Canelo is strong and is the champion and Khan is a very fast fighter that can give Canelo problems, speed is a huge factor and Amir will push Canelo to be faster than ever and to train hard, we know that Khan is a warrior and that Canelo is a warrior, this makes for a great fight.” (more…)



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Showtime adds clash of unbeaten heavyweights

Unbeaten brawlers Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round showdown of rising heavyweights on Saturday, February 27, in the opening bout of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The telecast also features two world title fights. In the main event, undefeated three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz will make the first defense of his WAB featherweight world championship against former world champion Kiko Martinez. Televised coverage begins with a WBC super bantamweight world title rematch between Mexican power-punchers Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo names surprise opponent: Amir Khan

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will make his first title defense of 2016 against former two-time world champion and resurgent contender Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7, Cinco De Mayo weekend, in a match-up of two of the biggest stars in boxing. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Golden Boy Promotions will exclusively promote the fight. Information regarding, the venue, ticket availability and a press tour for the fight will be announced in the coming weeks.

Canelo Alvarez: “As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport and on Cinco De Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defense of my titles. Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7.”

Amir Khan: “I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to face me like others have. My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters that is why I’m excited for this fight. Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve on May 7.”

Oscar de la Hoya: “We are committed to putting on the biggest and best fights in boxing. Canelo is the biggest star in the sport and as he demonstrated against James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto last year, he is only getting better. Those who predicted that he would take an easy fight for his first defense have been proven wrong once again. As for Amir, he has won his last five fights including an incredible performance against Devon Alexander, and now that he is back where he belongs at Golden Boy Promotions, his future is very bright, once again.”



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Sampson Boxing wins purse bid for Arroyo-Ancajas

A purse bid procedure was held today in the IBF offices in New Jersey and promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has won the right to promote the IBF Super Flyweight Champion McJoe Arroyo’s first mandatory defense, against Jerwin Ancajas with a winning bid of $25,000. Sampson Boxing, the only bidder, now has 15 days to submit the executed contracts (no later than February 17, 2016) and the fight must take place within 90 days or by May 2, 2016. Lewkowicz says Ancajas’ home country of the Philippines is the probable location for the fight.

Arroyo (17-0, 8 KOs), from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, is a 30-year-old southpaw. He won the championship last July with a 10-round technical decision over Arthur Villanueva. Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), nicknamed “Pretty Boy” is a 24-year-old southpaw.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Jesse Hart to defend title against Dashon Johnson

Super middleweight Jesse Hart brings his boxing skills back home for the first time in 15 months when he defends his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights is at 7 PM.

Hart, 26, is the son of former Philly middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, whose legendary left hook terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s. (more…)



February 2nd, 2016

UFC

The 10: A Look at February’s Biggest Fights

Yes, losing the UFC heavyweight championship rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez from atop this Saturday’s event in Las Vegas was certainly a gut-punch that no one was expecting, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still an assortment of entertaining, intriguing and important fights on the horizon throughout the remainder of the month . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Smith-Mohoumadi collide in WBC eliminator April 2

Unbeaten super middleweight Callum “Mundo” Smith (18-0, 13 KOs) takes on Hadillah Mohoumadi (20-3-1, 15 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 2. The unbeaten Smith is targeting a clash with WBC champion Badou Jack but must first dismiss Frenchman Mohoumadi, who also puts his European title on the line in the bout.

“Mundo’s” last action was in the Echo Arena in an all-Liverpool battle for the British and Commonwealth titles against Rocky Fielding last November, and Fielding is also back into action on the undercard taking on former European champion Christopher Rebrasse. Also, Scotty Cardle and Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd meet in a rematch for Cardle’s British Lightweight title.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz: We Will Be Ready for February 27

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime


By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight super champion and two-division world titlist Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, has began his preparation to take on former world champion Kiko Martinez (34-6, 25 KOs) of Spain on February 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California live on Showtime.

Coming off the biggest win of his career, Santa Cruz won a unanimous decision over former world champion Abner Mares this past summer at the Staples Center in what was billed as “The Battle of L.A.”

“It was very big and important for me. Everyone was saying I was a cherry picker. So against Mares I showed them I’m a great fighter and I shut their mouth,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “My upcoming fight on February 27, I thought it was going to be against Lee Selby in a unification fight, but then I was told I would be fighting Kiko Martinez. He is a great fighter, it will be a good fight.” (more…)



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Promoter: Oosthuizen beyond any help

WBA world light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer is in search of a new opponent for his sixth successive world title defense following the withdrawal of Thomas Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen has been ruled in no fit state to compete by promoter Rodney Berman, who is understandably disappointed with the recent turn of events.

“This is the final nail in the coffin – Tommy’s finished as a fighter,” said Berman. ”I can’t see him having another fight. The stark reality is he’s… beyond any help. Many people are angry and disappointed. I am duty-bound to inform the World Boxing Association of this situation, I can’t sweep this under the carpet. There are far more deserving boxers who should be rated.”

Braehmer’s promoter Kalle Sauerland is currently looking for a suitable replacement, with Braehmer still scheduled to defend his WBA World title on March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.

“We are working hard to find an adequate opponent to replace Oosthuizen,” said Sauerland. “There are a number of options on the table, and we’re confident we will be able to deliver a deserving opponent and a high-quality world title fight on March 12 in Neubrandenburg.”



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Tyson Fury’s amazing background

Real Sports profiles Tyson Fury, the new heavyweight champion of the boxing world – and while his name may sound like something concocted by a Hollywood screenwriter, his real life story would rival any boxing movie ever made.



February 2nd, 2016

Twitter Watch

Frank Bruno Update

Looks like the British Boxing Commission isn’t onboard with 54-year-old former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno’s comeback plans.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“I’ve no choice,” says Frank Bruno, about returning to boxing

Catherine Phiri becomes the first African female boxer to win the WBC bantamweight title

Australian heavyweight boxer Lucas Browne to face Ruslan Chagaev

Australia’s retired boxers come together to condemn “one-punch cowards”



February 2nd, 2016

UFC

Salas returns to face Saggo at UFC 196

Back in action after nearly a year and a half on the sidelines, Denver’s Justin “J-Bomb” Salas will seek his fourth Octagon victory on March 5 in Las Vegas when he faces Canada’s Jason Saggo at UFC 196 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo looking to grab date in new Vegas arena

Golden Boy Promotions has reserved the new 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena for the May 7 card featuring WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against TBA. The HBO PPV event would be the new arena’s first boxing card. Golden Boy has already received Nevada State Athletic Commission approval to stage Canelo’s fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but they are now seeking a change of venue approval at this week’s NSAC meeting.



February 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Santiago headlines Feb 16 on FS1

Bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (20-3-1, 8 KOs) goes for his tenth straight win when he takes on Erik Ruiz (15-4, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions’ February 16 FS1 card from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Also, in a pair of eight round televised matchups, light heavyweight Lionell “The Great” Thompson (16-3, 10 KOs) battles Paul Parker (7-1, 4 KOs), and super middleweight Lanell “KO” Bellows (14-1-1, 7 KOs) faces Antowyan “Iceman” Aikens (10-0-1, 1 KO).



February 1st, 2016

UFC

UFC veteran Perosh steps away from Octagon

Anthony Perosh was on the outside looking in when the UFC made its first visit to his native Sydney, Australia in February of 2010 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer-Oosthuizen is off again

Promoter Rodney Berman has pulled the plug on the rescheduled world title clash between Thomas ‘Tommy Gun’ Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) slated for March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Trainer Harold Volbrecht said the troubled Oosthuizen was having a nightmare training camp.

“I pull him out of bars, I bail him out of police stations, I get him out of street fights,” he revealed. “My wife Michelle and I feel betrayed. We’ve tried for so long to keep him on the right road. As soon as he comes right, he veers off again. We’ve looked after him daily, doing the things his parents should be doing…he could have become one of the greatest in South African boxing, but he’s wasted everything. We’ll always wonder what might have been.”

Braehmer-Oosthuizen was originally scheduled to take place last November in Monaco before a hand injury suffered by Braehmer forced the fight’s postponement. Braehmer will now likely defend against a different opponent on that date.



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders targets Golovkin, Eubank Jr

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions


WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders says the next time he steps on the pitch at Emirates Stadium in London, he wants to be fighting WBA/IBF/WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin or Chris Eubank Jr.

“The next time I’m here I either want to be playing as Arsenal’s new signing or a more realistic option is to fight Golovkin or Eubank,” said Saunders. “Golovkin would be an tremendous fight for British boxing. Muhammad Ali fought Henry Cooper at Highbury so in this new millennium what better than a super-unification fight between me and Golovkin? I know he was at West Ham the other week, but the Emirates is the place it has to be at. As for Eubank Jr, he’s already had his backside kicked by me. What better than me kicking it again in front of 60,000 at Arsenal?”



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Frank Bruno, age 54, says he is “getting back into boxing.”

By James Slater

British boxing legend and national treasure Frank Bruno appeared on popular daytime TV show “This Morning” today and the 54-year-old who last fought in 1996 shocked audiences by stating his intent to box again.

Initially, when speaking on his well-documented mental problems – Bruno being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2003 – it appeared as though Frank was merely talking about training and working out again. And, looking in superb shape for a man of his age, in fact for a man many years younger, Bruno does look as though he could more than hold his own in a gym session. But Frank made it clear that he is not only back in the gym, he is planning on getting back into boxing too.

Is that a good idea, his interviewer, Phillip Schofield asked?

“I haven’t got no choice,” Bruno shot back, looking a little angry. “I train every day and I have to get this [energy] out of my system.” (more…)



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

New Faces: Bakthtiyar Eyubov

By Robert Coster
Photo: Salita Promotions

His name is hard to pronounce for American fans, his personal history is highly unusual and his fists have TNT. He is Bakthtiyar Eyubov (10-0,10 KOs),hailing from Kazakhstan, a new face in the jr welterweight division. Eyubov recently gained attention on a Shobox card scoring an impressive three-round blowout of tough Jared Robinson.

Says Dmitriy Salita, promotor of the 29-year-old Kazakh, “I’m happy that I rescued Bakhtiyar’s career when he had given up on boxing. Boy, I’m sure happy that I did.”

Eyubov’s boxing saga started in Kazakhstan where he was a star amateur boxer with a 170-20 record (80% of his wins by KO) and several national titles. With these impressive numbers, Bakhtiyar decided to turn pro in 2012, self-managed and hoping to pursue his career in the United States, the land of opportunity. The Kazakh puncher landed in Texas but soon found out that his American dream was elusive. (more…)



February 1st, 2016

WBA

Chocolatito Gonzalez Seeks WBA Title

Roman Gonzalez wants to fight for the WBA World super flyweight title, announced the pound-for-pound king while accepting Nicaragua’s Athlete of the Year award on Saturday, January 30.

“I want my next title to be from the WBA,” he said. “I want to take on Kohei Kono at 115.”

Said WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “The WBA is your home, and its doors are always open to you. You’ve earned that with your diligence and discipline.” (more…)



February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Amir Khan and Kell Brook need to just sign the papers and fight for the boxing fans

Joseph Agbeko: I want a world title for my kids

Antonio Margarito makes weight limit five weeks before return

More on George Groves’ successful return



February 1st, 2016

UFC

Four bouts announced for debut event in Croatia

UFC® has announced the first four bouts to be included in the organisation’s debut event in Croatia on Sunday, April 10 at Zagreb Arena. Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® ZAGREB will go on general sale on Friday, February 12 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Lubin defeats Macias; Elegele stops De Jesus

Photos: James Luedde/Premier Boxing Champions

Headlining in his first main event, 20-year-old unbeaten super welterweight Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) was impressive again, but had to go the full ten round distance against rugged Jose De Jesus Macias (18-6-2, 9 KOs) on Sunday night at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee, Florida. Lubin dropped Macias in round five, en route to a 99-90, 100-89, 100-89 verdict on all three cards.

Welterweight Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) surprisingly scored a sixth round KO over 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex “El Pollo” De Jesus (21-2, 13 KOs). Elegele rocked De Jesus multiple times in the fight and dropped him at the end of round three. He then blasted De Jesus to the canvas again in round six. De Jesus got to his feet, but then went down again. Time was :56.

Lightweight Dennis “The Surgeon” Galarza (12-1, 8 KOs) had to work hard to beat game late sub Samual Amaoko (21-7, 15 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 on all three cards.

Light heavyweight Dyah Davis (23-4-1, 10 KOs), son of the late great Howard Davis, scored a second round KO over Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs).

Unbeaten welterweight David Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs) was victorious when Daniel Souza Santos (14-10, 11 KOs) didn’t come out after round two. Grayson dropped and pummeled Santos in round two. photos



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Wilson Stops Collins in Two

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair

Fighting at the nearly sold-out Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson added a thirteenth consecutive win to his unblemished record on Saturday night, stopping Ironton, Ohio’s Adam Collins in the second round. For the third straight time in less than a year, Wilson headlined White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble”, drawing another large crowd to the arena.

Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) began the fight at a measured pace, stepping in behind crisp jabs and firing hard straight rights down the middle. Collins (13-12, 8 KOs) showed some good offense of his own early on, retaliating with left hooks and overhand rights, but Wilson did well in blocking and countering as Collins threw. Late in the round a precise left hook followed by a right dropped Collins. After the mandatory count Wilson went after his opponent, seemingly looking to end the fight with one shot, but Collins defended well and made it out of the round. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Antonio Orozco signs multi-year extension contract

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By Hesiquio Balderas

Highly regarded manager Frank Espinoza and super lightweight contender Antonio Orozco have signed an exclusive contract that allows them to look forward to a world title in 2016. Fightnews.com® had the opportunity to talk to Espinoza and Orozco.

“I’m proud to announce that Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Espinoza Boxing have inked a multi-year extension contract. Antonio and I have a great relationship, he is a very respectful young man, very dedicated and knows what he wants. We’re very good friends. 2015 was a great year for us and I am sure 2016 will be even better because we at Espinoza Boxing are sure that Orozco will be world champion,” Espinoza told Fightnews.com®. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Khan considering a March tune-up with Andre Berto, Brandon Rios or Jo Jo Dan

By James Slater

Amir Khan currently has two options for this summer: face new WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia in a rematch, or clash with fellow Brit Kell Brook in a domestic blockbuster that would contest Brook’s IBF crown.

And, according to his father, Shah, in speaking with The Mirror, Khan will first take a tune-up before going down whichever road he decides on. Khan’s possible opponent for the first two weeks of March – venue still TBA, but the UK could be a possibility – is down to three names: Andre Berto, Jo Jo Dan and Brandon Rios. All three fighters are more than credible, especially as “warm-up” or “tune-up” opposition (something neither fighter is likely to be happy about being referred to) and Khan, who has not boxed since winning a 12-round decision over Chris Algieri in May of 2015, knows he needs to be sharp. (more…)



January 31st, 2016

UFC

Fight Night New Jersey: Talking Points and Post-fight

Anthony Johnson’s power may be the scariest in all of MMA.

Just think how Ryan Bader felt trapped underneath “Rumble” Saturday night in their main event light heavyweight contender eliminator fight at Fight Night New Jersey . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Post-fight bonus re-cap

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT LAS VEGAS 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, February 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 31st, 2016

Boxing News

Barrionuevo crushes Cosio in WBC welterweight tourney

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

The WBC Welterweight Tournament continued on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones of the Hotel Azul in Ixtapa, Mexico, with Cesar Miguel “Joya” Barrionuevo (29-3-2, 20 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina, steamrolling Azael “Turbo” Cosio (20-4-2, 17 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama. Barrionuevo knocked down Cosio five times en route to a fifth round KO. He will now face Pennsylvania’s Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez in the semi-final in late Spring.

In the main event, WBC #6 lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilán (37-5-1, 13 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over Filipino Leonardo “Toto” Doronio (15-12-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 114-113, 114-113 for Saguilán, 114-113 for Doronio, who was the aggressor.

Also, lightweight semifinal lightweight Miguel “Micky” Roman (54-11, 40 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO when Colombian Yogli “Olaf” Herrera (26-17, 18 KOs) didn’t come out for round four.

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January 31st, 2016




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