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WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) says he’s focused on breaking the record for most consecutive world title defenses at 154-pounds if he can’t land a big fight. The record, which was set by Gianfranco Rosi with 11 defenses of the IBF title, has stood strong since January of 1993.
“I’m ready to step up and fight anyone in my division or if a big fight can be made at middleweight, I’m willing to be great,” proclaimed Lara. “I’m ready to fight anybody between welterweight and middleweight.
“My first choice is to fight GGG because I feel he’s the toughest opponent and would be a fight that would solidify my legacy. My next choice would be to have a rematch with Canelo because we all know there’s unfinished business with lots of controversy. If either fight can’t be made, then my focus will be to put my name in the record books and defend my titles 12 times to break the record and unify them all at the same time.”
Michael Mazzulli, president of the Association of Boxing Commissions, and head of the Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation, released information today specifying what will make the upcoming annual ABC Conference the largest in the organization’s history.
“The 28th Annual Association of Boxing Commissions Conference will be held from July 29-August 3 at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. The room block reserved a year ago was based on recent historical evidence (2014 & 2015 attendance), but the entire group of rooms originally reserved were booked over a month ago. The Conference professionals at the Monte Carlo generously added rooms to the block, 28% more than ever reserved before, and there are very few of those left.” (more…)
IBF lightweight champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy and former titleholder Mickey “The Spirit” Bey are deep into training camp and closing in on their Spike TV clash on June 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Both fighters have been training in Las Vegas. Barthelemy with Ismael Salas at the Salas Boxing Academy, Bey with Floyd Mayweather Sr. at the Mayweather Boxing Club.
Rances Barthelemy: I feel I am levels above Mickey Bey in all aspects of the game. I am comfortable with my training and I plan on returning to Miami with my second world title. The adrenaline of fighting in front of my Cuban people will add fuel to my fire and propel me to victory. I am on a mission to be great and leave an imprint in the sport and Mickey Bey is in the way.
Mickey Bey: I bring it all. I can do everything that can be done in the ring. Every single department, period. I do think he’s a good fighter, I give him his props, he’s a two-time world champion, but I don’t think he can do one thing better than me…I’m a better fighter. It’s that simple.
WBC lightweight world champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) has re-signed with Golden Boy Promotions as his United States promoter. The multi-year contract will continue to recognize Linares’ relationship with co-promoter, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, with both companies teaming up to put Linares in the biggest fights possible. “Golden Boy Promotions is an elite promoter and they have treated me well over the years, so there was no question that I was going to re-sign with them,” said Linares. “We’ve still got work to do in this sport, and I’m confident that we will achieve more great moments together in the future.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Day 2 of the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China saw a historic first along with and IBF standard favorite take place. First, the day began with an 8:30 a.m. departure to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall about 90 minutes from the NUO Hotel in Beijing. There, delegates climbed the initial portion of the wall, then took cable cars the rest of the way to one of the summits. There, Wall walkers could branch off along varying routes of the Wall or relax in the sun around the area where the IBF Flyweight weigh-ins were to be staged at 1 p.m.- certainly a first in boxing history. IBF champs past Mike Tyson and Phillip Holiday made the journey as did current every-belt-there-is female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus. Prior to the weigh-ins, the IBF board of Daryl Peoples, Anibal Miramontes and Lindsey Tucker were called to the stage, followed by IBF China president Ruihang Wang, Braekhus and Tyson. After Wang welcomed the throng of delegates, Tyson was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation for being a Charity Ambassador in China. Everyone on the stage, including a few lucky young fans, were given a boxing glove, which Tyson then graciously signed for all. After the weigh-ins, the delegates were transported to a catered lunch at a location called the “School House,” for a delicious lunch of roasted chicken, curried lamb, steamed vegetables, fruit, pastries beer or soft drinks. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Custio Clayton 147 vs. Jose Perea 145.8
Ashleigh Curry 147 vs. Marie Eve Dicaire 145.2
Francesco Cotroni 165.6 vs. Pablo Munguia 161
Patrice Volny 162.4 vs. Charles Hauver 164.6
Shakeel Phinn 169.8 vs. Jaudiel Zepeda 175.4
Whitney Baille 134.6 vs. Michael Gargouri 134
Venue: Casino du Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
First Bell: 7:00PM
By David Finger
Despite the loss of headliner Hanziel Martinez the day before the fight due to injuries sustained from a car accident, over 4,000 boxing fans came out to the Casino Del Sol in Tucson Arizona. The card, promoted by Roy Jones Jr. Boxing and James Toney Promotions, featured local boy Keenan Carbajal. Carbajal delighted fans with a second round knockout over Lorenzo Trejo. Also on the card, debuting Mexican heavyweight Edgar Ramirez scored a first round knockout over Jesus Santanaria.
Randy Moreno TKO2 Christopher Turton
Elihu Soto UD4 Yesber Romero
Emmanuel Robles TKO4 Pipino Cuevas Jr
Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, will take a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training camp to press the flesh and throw some leather for his fans in New York. The boxing gem of Puerto Rico will make a two-hour special appearance at the 152nd Street Cultural Festival (152nd Street, between Jackson and Unions Avenues, Bronx, NY) this Saturday, May 28, beginning at 1PM ET. Verdejo will be taking the stage to address his fans followed by a meet & greet session where fans can get his autograph or pose for photos with him. He will end his day at the Festival with an hour-long public workout. Joining Verdejo in the open workout will be undefeated featherweight prospect Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico.
“The past few years the fans in New York have made me feel right at home with all the support and affection I have received from them at the Bronx Festival,” said Verdejo. “I’m very happy to return and share a good time with all my boricuas in New York.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is taking a lot of heat from fans and media for handing over his WBC belt to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Why did he do it? Don’t think for a minute that it’s about Canelo being scared of GGG. This is about money and control.
Earlier this year, Canelo’s promoter Oscar de la Hoya mentioned he’d be looking for a 90-10 split in the fight. Maybe he was joking, maybe he wasn’t, but the fact remains that Canelo is a proven pay-per-view commodity. Canelo vs. Khan reportedly had 600,000 PPV buys, Canelo-Cotto did 900,000 PPV buys and Canelo-Mayweather did 2.2 million PPV buys.
GGG reportedly did about 150,000 buys in his only pay-per-view as a headliner against David Lemieux. Since de la Hoya promotes Lemieux, he knows whether that number is real or not. However, both fighters sell out large arenas, so GGG has a significant fanbase also. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF has announced that both IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and John Riel Casimero weighed in at 112 pounds on the nose, so the world title fight is on! Here is the explanation from IBF President Daryl Peoples:
“The Great Wall weigh-in was supposed to be a mock weigh-in with Mike Tyson there as an attraction. The ‘real’ weigh-ins were supposed to be at the hotel. The press was supposed to be told about this but wasn’t. Both fighters were weighed-in at the hotel and were on the money.”
Multi-division former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) will be back in the ring on Saturday against WBA interim welterweight beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
While many assume the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer will make good on his promise to “annihilate” his little known Russian opponent, Mosley is actually the underdog in the fight. Sportsbooks have Avanesyan favored by -165 to -200, while Mosley is about a +150 outsider. While not insurmountable odds, Mosley may be in tough on Saturday night. And remember, in addition to dealing with Avanesyan, Mosley also has the added distraction of promoting the fight card.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
As previously reported, IBF heavyweight mandatory title challenger Joseph Parker’s next fight will take place at Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 21 against WBA #12 rated Australian Solomon Haumono. Parker and Haumono faced off at the official fight announcement.
Solomon Haumono: I’ve already got one of his belts (Note: The WBA stripped Parker of PABA belt late last year for refusing to fight Haumono). I’m sorry to say with one punch, I can take away his dream.
Joseph Parker: I have been to Christchurch many times to promote my fights. I’ve always felt we get the strongest support there compared to any other part of the country and that includes Auckland. I owe it to Kev to fight in his hometown because I don’t think there will be a chance to fight there in the future.
Trainer Kevin Barry: A lapse in concentration could be the end of our world title dreams.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Amnat Ruenroeng 117.75 vs. John Riel Casimero 113.25*
(IBF Flyweight Title)
Zong Ju Cai 105 vs. Samson Tor Buamas 105
(IBF Inter-Continental Female Minimumweight title)
Zhao Zhong Xiao 105 vs. Jose Antonio Jimenez 105
(IBF Minimumweight eliminator)
Venue: Diamond Stadium
Both Ruenroeng and Casimero were overweight, with Ruenroeng a whopping 5.75 lbs over! Casimero immediately stripped down with no discernible difference in his weight. He then chose to don a plastic suit and climb the wall some more to shed the excess 1.25 lbs in the allotted two hours and be eligible to win the title in this rematch. Both fighters were so disgusted with the turn of events that they didn’t face off for the cameras. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
This Undercard Promotions Fight Night will be the first live boxing event held at the historic 85-year-old Texas Theatre, a Dallas landmark and historic site that gained fame as the location of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest for the Assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Hector Valdez 123 vs. Naciff Martinez 125.5
Marco Vasquez Jr 152 vs. Jonathan Bullock 151
Manuel Rey Rojas 132 vs. Angel Hernandez 131.5
Fernando Garcia 122 vs. Kaylon Waites 120
Carlos Adame Jr. 124 vs. Stephon McInyre 127
Shurretta Metcalf 117 vs. Colby Fletcher 118.5
Michael Lee Lane 147.75 vs. Roshaun Jones 146
IBF heavyweight mandatory title challenger Joseph Parker’s next fight will take place at Horncastle Arena, in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 21.
Fresh off his intense and grueling 12 round win over Carlos Takam, Parker will fight Australian Solomon Haumono in preparation for his IBF world title fight and in doing so, put his IBF title shot on the line.
Australian prospect Haumono is no slouch, ranked WBA #12 and the current PABA Heavyweight Champion. In his 24 fights, he has won 21 by way of knock-out. Parker wants big challenges and to put into practice all that he learned from his enthralling war with Takam.
By Karl Freitag
Talks for a showdown between WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and former champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez should resume by June 1 according to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. Loeffler, who is currently in Europe, told the Los Angeles Times that should the Canelo negotiations prove unsuccessful, GGG may target WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez late in the year. First though, he may have to face WBA regular champ Daniel Jacobs in a WBA-ordered mandatory fight should the Canelo fight not come together.
Last week Canelo relinquished the WBC title rather than negotiate the fight with Golovkin under “an articifial deadline” to comply with his overdue WBC mandatory. Canelo has been taking a lot of heat from fans and media for handing over the belt to GGG, despite Canelo’s insistence that belt or no belt he wants to “continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible.”
Over the weekend, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) sparred for the first time since a February car accident postponed his title defense against Shawn Porter. PBC reports that Thurman sparred with Edner Cherry and Clarence Booth at the St. Pete Boxing Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Everything is moving and feeling great, and my neck held up in sparring, so we’re happy and looking forward to busting out these next five weeks and putting up a great performance,” stated Thurman. He faces Porter on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a bout nationally televised by CBS.
On June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, with former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman in separate bouts. Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) will take on Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6 KOs) in a ten round junior welterweight showdown. Foreman (33-2, 9 KOs) is set to take on Jason Davis (13-11-2, 4 KOs) in an eight round junior middleweight matchup.
Abril will be returning to the ring for the first time in over a year and a half. He was stricken with dengue fever that he contracted from a mosquito bite while training in Cuba to defend his WBA lightweight title against Derry Matthews in early 2015 and was forced to vacate his title as he battled through the illness. He is looking to quickly regain his world championship form under the DiBella Entertainment banner.
Former WBA 154lb champion Foreman’s ring appearances have been sporadic in recent years as he focused on his rabbinical studies. Now an ordained rabbi, he is determined to remain active in 2016.
WBC #1 cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) has warned #6 rated Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) that he’ll turn his dream night into a nightmare when they clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in Liverpool on Sunday. “People expect me to be scared of the occasion as the stadium will be full of his people cheering him and booing me,” said Makabu. “Tony must not wait for his people to get behind him to start fighting – as once we are in there, no-one can help him, it’s just me and him!
“People can come to support, and I’m happy for this as I like seeing lots of people. I’m ready to fight Tony and handle whatever he brings. I can’t wait to fight him. I am the King of Knockouts and for sure I will knock him out. I’m not going to be surprised and the people shouldn’t be shocked when they see me knock Tony Bellew out. I’m not going to wait for this fight to go the distance – I will knock Tony out much before then. He won’t be able to survive 8 or 10 rounds with me, let alone 12 – no way.”
WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Óscar Valdez, undefeated Top-10 world-rated welterweight contender Jose Benavidez, Jr., his opponent Francisco Santana and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host a Los Angeles news conference next Tuesday (May 31) in Los Angeles, to announce their title fights on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol world championship pay-per-view undercard.
Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico and co-promoted by Zapari Boxing Promotions, is Mexico’s first super middleweight world champion. He will be making his initial title defense against Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), of Germany.
Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, will go against #2 world-rated contender Matias Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), of Argentina, for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ., will risk his undefeated record and Top-10 world rating when he collides with Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), of Santa Barbara, Calif., in a 10-round welterweight clash.
It’s Fight Week in Phoenix, Arizona. Five days of pre-fight activities kick-off tomorrow for Saturday’s WBA interim welterweight world title fight between ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) and current beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) from Pyatigorsk, Russia. The bout will take place at the 18,000-seat Gila River Arena in Glendale. Mosley was trained for this fight by the legendary Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran. CBS Sports Network will televise in the USA, BoxNation will air the fight in the UK.
“I plan to put on a clinic,” Mosley said. “I’m not just going to win. I’m going to annihilate him. In 2009 they said I was done but they were wrong. I’m glad people know this is a real competitive fight. It will be a challenge, but when I win, the world will know.”
Avni Yilderim, now 11-0-0(7), successfully dropped from lightheavyweight prospect to championship material at supermiddle destroying inside 2 rounds Hungarian Zoltan Sera. Sera was dropped twice in the 1st round before it was stopped after 45 seconds in round 2.
The fight took place today at Petkos gym in Dachau, Germany.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
MANDATORY CHALLENGER RULE – HOW IT ALL STARTED
This week’s column, I’d like to get into the history of our sport. I’ve relied upon the knowledge of some expert historians and dear friends like Don Majeski, Bob Yalen and Victor Cota to add some interesting facts and rich history of our beloved sport.
The birth of boxing has been proven to be from the caveman era. Archeological findings place the birth of boxing as a sport in Ethiopia, roughly 8000 years BC. It appears in Egyptian hieroglyphics 5000 years BC. Boxing images were depicted in Greek art, as well as in the mosaic at the Bardo Museum in Cartage. It went on to Rome, Iberia and Britannia. It was in England in the early 17th century where boxers fought with bare fists and soon became the sport of nobles. The first world champion was James Figgs in 1719, and the first boxing rules were implemented by Jack Broughton in 1743, followed by the more well-known Marquis of Queensberry rules. From England, boxing jumped to America and the rest of the world to create the great luminaries in boxing history. (more…)
The long-awaited trial for the lawsuit filed by promoter Tuto Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing against Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions will start today at 10AM in the Miami Dade County Courthouse before the honorable Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorenz. Zabala is seeking millions in damages saying Golden Boy signed Canelo while he was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing.
CBSSN (CBS Sports Network) has been taking over boxing recently with televised live shows last Friday and Saturday, and they’ll be back this week with Friday and Saturday shows.
Congratulations to very active Southern California promoter Ken Thompson, who just celebrated his sixteenth year in the business.
Former world champion Ricky Burns has warned Michele Di Rocco to prepare for a red-hot reception in Glasgow when they meet for the vacant WBA world super lightweight title at the SSE Hydro on Saturday. Burns is aiming to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion and only the second Briton to achieve that feat.
“I’ve been boxing away from home a lot and not really been in Glasgow much so it’s great to be back,” said Burns. “It’s always a great night up here and Di Rocco isn’t going to know what’s hit him when he walks out on Saturday night.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
This morning in Beijing, China, the IBF 33rd annual convention began quietly with a closed board of director’s meeting, discussing legal and other matters. Full reports will come in the general meeting later in the week. Delegates continue to arrive from across the globe at the beautiful NUO Hotel in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. For the majority of delegates and guests, the day is free until 7 p.m. tonight when the opening cocktail party convenes in the grand ballroom at NUO. The IBF merchandise shop is open as well with new products available. Registration for arriving guests will continue throughout the convention.
This evening capped off with the opening cocktail party at NUO Hotel’s grand ballroom. Welcoming statements were made by IBF president Daryl Peoples, followed by IBF China president Ruihang Wang. Peoples thanked Wang for his staff’s tireless efforts in making IBF China and this convention a reality. Wang, for his part, hoped that “China will be the IBF’s second home.” (more…)
By Dwjuan Frazier
Photos: Bob Ryder
In a super lightweight matchup billed as the main event, Roc Nation’s Sonny Fredrickson, Toledo, and his opponent, an experienced Elvin Perez, Pahokee, FL, 28-14-4, gave the crowd exactly what they wanted. The final fight on Fred Vallejo’s (RISE Fighting) promotion produced the best bout of the night at Lucas Recreation Center in Maumee, OH, on Saturday night. Both men weighed in at 141; however, Fredrickson, 6-1, towered over the smaller Perez, and used that length to his advantage for much of the fight. Fredrickson commanded the fight with his effective left jab, which frustrated Perez all night causing him to get docked one point for hitting below the belt in the 4th and head-butting Fredrickson in the 8th. Even with those setbacks, though, Perez wouldn’t go away. Whenever it seemed like Fredrickson would get something going, Perez would get him on the ropes to try land some body punches but to no avail. Although Fredrickson found himself on the ropes quite often, he remained composed and patient. He protected his body and his head very well, keeping Perez from scoring any big punches. In the end, Fredrickson proved to be the superior fighter, with all three judges scoring it 79-71, giving Perez a round. I wonder which one. With the win, he moves to 13-0. Fightnews.com® scored it 80-70. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian cruiserweight champion Brad Pitt (19-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Jorge Rodriguez Olivera (27-12, 13 KOs) by unanimous over ten rounds to capture the vacant WBA Oceania title on Saturday at the Melbourne Pavillion in Victoria, Australia. Olivera had boxed in Australia in 2013 losing over ten rounds to Blake Caparello and was coming off a points win over Fernando Marcos Gonzalez in March. Pitt captured the Australian title in 2011 stopping Daniel Ammann in two rounds. He was coming off a points victory over Vaitele Soi in New Zealand in 2014.
Former IBO 130-pound champion Will Tomlinson (25-2-1, 13 KOs) outscored Hero Tito (21-12-2, 7 KOs) by majority decision over ten rounds on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Victoria, Australia. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95. Tomlinson captured the interim WBA Oceania title. Tomlinson boxed in the USA in 2014 defeating Miguel Zamudio in eight rounds but lost to Jerry Belmontes over ten rounds. Tomlinson also defeated Alberto Cupido over eight rounds in Mexico. In 2015, Adones Aguelo was defeated over ten rounds but Francisco Vargas stopped Tomlinson in eight rounds in the USA. Indonesian Hero Tito had previously boxed in Australia losing to Jack Asis over eight rounds in 2015.
Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra
Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 7 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact on Saturday night, taking a six round unanimous decision win over tough journeyman Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-9, 7 KOs) in front of a loudly supportive hometown crowd at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon. Headlining White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 4” card, Wilson overcame an early assault from the experienced fighter from St. Petersburg, Florida to win every round on all three judges’ scorecards.
Bissett, who aside from having eighteen professional bouts under his belt also had extensive amateur career, pressed the action early in the first round, forcing a fast pace with crafty offense in close. Wilson responded to the early assault by stepping up his output and retaliating with hard left hooks and right hands down the middle The action was brisk in the first two minutes of the round with both fighters connecting in the pocket, but by the end of the round Wilson had found a rhythm with one-twos and right hand counters as Bissett stepped in. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fort Valley, VA welterweight Andrew “The Doo Man” Farmer made a successful return to boxing with an eight-round unanimous decision over durable veteran Joseph “Trouble” Figueroa of the Bronx, NY. Farmer was in complete control of the contest throughout the contest as Figueroa was a punching bag with feet. Farmer knocked Figueroa down with a right hand in the fourth round and went on to the shutout victory in his first bout since a fourth-round TKO loss to Danny O’Connor in October of 2014. Farmer is now 19-3, seven KO’s while Figueroa falls to 11-59-5, three KO’s. (more…)
Middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (12-4-1, 4 KOs) pulled off the biggest boxing upset of the year so far when he surprisingly dominated heavy favorite and WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 rated Arif Magomedov on Saturday night in Las Vegas. “This fight changes everything for me,” Hernandez said after the fight. “He’s very good and deserves all of the accolades he’s received but I now have my head on straight and I’m focused. My jab was very important tonight. He’s very strong but I wanted to fight him inside because I knew he couldn’t take it from me. I was very prepared. I think I may have broken my ankle in the fourth round but I kept going. I wanted to finish him, get the knockout, but he’s a very tough fighter. He has heart and showed why he has all of those accolades.”
Making Hernandez’ feat even more amazing is that four weeks ago he was preparing to fight as A CRUISERWEIGHT! He lost 40 pounds to make weight for this fight.
Born one minute apart, the identical Charlo twins have grown accustomed to being mistaken for each other. On Saturday night after defending his world title against Austin Trout, IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo was being interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray when he turned to someone off camera and said “Who is this guy? Back off me brother!” An arm was seen pushing Charlo backward and a bit of a ruckus ensued.
It turned out to be mandatory challenger Charles Hatley, who entered the ring with his promoter Don King. Only one problem. Hatley is mandatory challenger for Jermall’s twin brother Jermell Charlo, who won the WBC title of the same division in the previous bout.
Former heavyweight champions Shannon Briggs and David Haye spoke to the media about their quick wins on Saturday night in London. They are expected to face off in September.
Briggs said he’s going to look for a flat in London and that he has a “handshake preliminary contract” to face David Haye in September. As for his assessment of Haye’s performance, Briggs stated, “In the ring he sucks, excuse my language. He’s a pie so I’m not impressed. I just want to run over him…”
Haye stated that he was “very satisfied” with his performance against Arnold Gjergjaj. As for his proposed showdown with Briggs, Haye said, “Other than the heavyweight champions, I can’t think of a bigger fight than myself and Shannon Briggs…I’ll be ready to fight in September. I don’t think I need to drag it out.”
Photos: Manny Murillo/RJJ Boxing Promotions
In a huge upset, unheralded Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (12-4-1, 3 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14 rated Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (17-1, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) title on Saturday night at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) in Las Vegas. A sluggish Magomedov repeatedly ate Hernandez’ jab over a majority of the rounds, and Hernandez floored Magomedov in round ten to put the finishing touches on the shocker. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 98-91.
Unbeaten super welterweight NABA-USA beltholder John “The Phenom” Vera (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (10-2-1, 4 KOs). Referee Jay Nady waved if off after a series of unanswered punches. Time was 1:17.
17-year-old lightweight Devin “The Dream” Haney (6-0, 4 KOs) stopped 28-year-old Jairo Fernandez (4-1, 3 KOs) in round four. A barrage of punches droped Fernandez, prompting referee Jay Nady to stop it at 1:34.
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
Popular lightweight brawler Ray Beltran (30-7, 18 KOs) kept his world title aspirations alive with a spectacular second round KO over Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-3 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. The first round was a toe-to-toe war. In round two, Beltran rocked Najera, then blasted him to the deck with a brutal series of left hooks. Time was 2:58.
Unbeaten welterweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (22-0, 14 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs). Saucedo dropped Lacerda with a left hook in round four and teed off on him in round five. Lacerda, however, showed world class whiskers in absorbing Saucedo’s big punches for the full eight. Scores were 79-72, 80-71, 79-72. Photos
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