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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be “a fight of the year type war”

JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido Three-time world champion in two division Orlando "Siri" Salido and WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco "Bandido" Vargas ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

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 ...

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

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 ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

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" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

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 ...

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Glazkov, Martin Quotes

Two heavyweight title fights will take place on one history-making night on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In addition to the WBC heavyweight title fight between world champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs), undefeated heavyweight challengers Charles Martin (22-0-1, 20 KOs) and Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-1, 13 KOs) meet for the vacant IBF version of the same world title.

Charles Martin: ​”​I’m feeling really blessed to get this opportunity. I want to become a world champion so I can go down in history as a top heavyweight. Glazkov ​is a great fighter. He’s undefeated, ​so I know ​it’​s going to be a t​ough fight, ​but I’m coming in to be victorious. ​I’m getting ready and ​training hard so I can go out there and get that win.” ​

Vyacheslav Glazkov: “I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and finally getting my opportunity to fight for a world title. I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this place in my career.”

Promoter Lou DiBella: “There has not been a heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn in 115 years. On January 16, there will be two.”



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Report says Erkan Teper failed drug test

German media are reporting an apparent doping scandal involving unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper. According to the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Teper has allegedly twice failed doping tests for international bouts, including a recent EBU heavyweight title fight against David Price in July. It was also reported that authorities raided Teper’s room and vehicle in April, finding banned substances such as clenbuterol, testosterone, growth hormones and Methandrostenolone. No official confirmation or suspension yet from the German Boxing Federation, or statement from the Teper Team.



December 22nd, 2015


Boxing News

Opponent named for WBO #1 Bösel

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Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Unbeaten WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (20-0, 7 KOs) will take on Balazs Kelemen (24-1, 13 KOs) from Hungary on January 23 at the new Erdgas Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany. Bösel will be defending his WBO Inter-Continental belt. 80% of the tickets have already been sold within six days of going on sale. The WBO world champion in that division is Sergey Kovalev.

SES Boxing is starting the year off fast with two fight cards in the first three weeks of 2016.



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Frank Warren inks Zolani Tete

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South African Zolani Tete, the former IBF super flyweight champion, has signed a long-term, multi-fight, promotional agreement with Frank Warren as he looks to become a two-time world champion. Tete, from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, is one of the most explosive punchers in the division with a 18 knockouts in 22 wins and 12 of them coming inside the first round.

The 27-year-old southpaw is well remembered in the UK for his eighth round knockout of then unbeaten Paul Butler in March this year in an IBF World title defense.

Since then he’s vacated the title and notched up two further wins, smashing Diuhl Olguin in eight round in September and then outpointing Jether Oliva over twelve rounds, only a few days ago, to capture the WBO Africa title. (more…)



December 22nd, 2015


Boxing News

Timothy Bradley, Melvina Lathan & Sadam Ali leading 2015 award winners honored at 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

605d71a9-87e2-44a0-9453-dbf4f7c3591d(photo by Peter Frutkoff) A capacity crowd enjoyed the recent 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Five-time, two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley received the Ring 8 Fighter of the Year Award. Other 2015 Ring 8 award winners (see complete list below) included former New York State Athletic Commission chairperson Melvina Lathan (Woman of the Decade), undefeated No. 1 world welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid” Ali (NY Fighter of the Year), Heather Hardy (NY Female Fighter of the Year), “Ireland’s” John Duddy (Uncrowned Champion), Andre Rozier (Trainer of the Year) and Joe DeGuardia (Promoter of the Year). Randy Gordon served as the Master of Ceremonies. (more…)



December 22nd, 2015

UFC

OSP Meets Feijao in UFC 196 Bout

Two explosive light heavyweight contenders collide in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 6, as the number six-ranked Ovince Saint Preux battles 14th-ranked Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante on the UFC 196 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBA #14 Solomon Haumono targets Danny Green

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #14 heavyweight Solomon Haumono (23-2-2, 20 KOs) has targeted former IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “The Green Machine Green (34-5, 28 KOs) after the Perth-based Green challenged another heavyweight and Rugby League footballer Sonny Bill Williams(7-0, 5 KOs). Haumono is also a former Rugby League footballer who like SBW has played at the highest level.

“Why pick Sonny when he is only a part time boxer who hasn’t fought in nearly a year? Danny is world class as we saw in his last fight when he easily beat an opponent who’d just fought for a world title,” said Haumono.

“Green against SBW is a ridiculous mismatch! Danny is a former world champion who has boxed over 200 rounds as a professional. Sonny’s only had seven bouts and 34 rounds!” (more…)



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

All those sexist, homophobic comments were a joke,” asserts Tyson Fury

Is rapper Meek Mill training in boxing for jail?

Floyd Mayweather continues to throw his money around

With Tyson Fury jeered for his comments, who did win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Travis Kauffman honored

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Heavyweight contender, Travis “My Time” Kauffman was honored in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania by the City Council for his excellent performance on December 12th against Chris Arreola in San Antonio, Texas.

In the proclamation, Kauffman was honored for not only his fight with Arreola, where he battled the former two-time world title challenger to a fight in which many people watching the fight both at ringside and watching on NBC had Kauffman ahead, but also for his activities in the community, which includes feeding the homeless and giving back in many facets in Reading. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

First boxing event ever in Sri Lanka a success for WBO champion Nao Ikeyama

By David Finger

The continued success of the WBO in moving into previously uncharted territory was again put on display this weekend as WBO female atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama defended her title against Filipina challenger Jujeath Nagaowa (13-16-1, 8 KOs) in Colombo, Sri Lanka Saturday night. Ikeyama (17-3-1, 4 KOs), who is currently the oldest world champion in boxing at 46 years of age, looked sharp against her 28-year-old opponent. Winning a comfortable decision (by scores of 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93), Ikeyama returns to Japan in possession of the WBO title she won back in May of 2014. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Shannon coming to town

Former lineal and WBO world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) will deliver gifts to kids from P.A.L. at 4PM Tuesday at Lexus of North Miami (14100 Biscayne Blvd.). Dressed as Santa Claus, Briggs will arrive in a 1925 American La France fire truck and will be escorted by a classic 1969 Ford Galaxy police car.



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Quintana defeats Sanders in war

By David Finger

Boxing returned to southeast New Mexico Saturday night as popular local super middleweight prospect Gerardo Quintana made his long awaited return to the ring against undefeated Lubbock brawler Robbie Sanders. Although many fans were anticipating an entertaining brawl few were ready for what may go down as the fight of the year in New Mexico. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Budler is Supersport Boxer of the Year

By Ron Jackson

Hekkie Budler is the Supersport.com South African boxer of the year for 2015. Budler stood out in in one of the poorest years in the history of South African boxing, especially on the world scene. However, due the high cost of importing top class fighters to South Africa promoters can only afford to promote fights with the lesser world bodies.

It is a rather sad indictment of the current depression in South African boxing when three of the most outstanding fighters in recent years, like former world champions Zolani Tete and Simphiwe Vetyeka and current IBO flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane, have only had four fights between them in 2015. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Thurman named PBC Fighter of the Year

Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman was named the Premier Boxing Champions “Fighter of the Year” on Saturday, as voted on by the boxing series TV and cable partners (CBS, ESPN, NBC, Spike, FS1 and Bounce). Announced by NBC Sports on Saturday, Thurman bested his fellow PBC fighters Danny Garcia, Leo Santa Cruz, Shawn Porter and Deontay Wilder for the honor.

Thurman’s exciting victory over Robert Guerrero (which featured Thurman knocking Guerrero down in the 9th Round and Thurman fighting through a large hematoma) in March on the premier PBC on NBC card and his July TKO win against Luis Collazo on ESPN in front of his hometown Tampa, Florida crowd helped Thurman earn FOTY honors. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Kuroki retains WBC female 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi

Japanese southpaw speedster Yuko Kuroki (15-4-1, 7 KOs), 105, successfully kept her WBC female mini-flyweight belt as she withstood the opening attack of ex-IBF titlist and WBC mandatory challenger Nancy Franco (14-7-2, 4 KOs), also 105, from Mexico, and fully utilized her footwork and hand speed in pounding out a unanimous decision over ten speedy rounds on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan. Filipino judge Jerrold Tomeldan saw the fast-moving affair 97-93, Jaebong Kim (Korea) and Yoshikazu Furuta (Japan) tallied 99-92 and 98-92 respectively, all in favor of the Japanese defending champ. The referee was Raymond Chang (Hong Kong).

Kuroki, a daughter of Fukuoka Police Station’s executive, registered her third defense since dethroning compatriot Mari Ando last year. The first round witnessed ex-IBF titlist Franco show a furious opening attack, which the champ barely averted by making best use of her vaunted footwork and retaliating with quick combinations. Franco maintained her aggressiveness in the second, when, however, Kuroki responded to her attack with some good countering lefts. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Micki Nielsen opponent named: Giacobbe Fragomeni

Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) defends his WBC International title against former world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (33-5-2, 13 KOs) on February 6 at Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark. “This will be the biggest test of my career,” said the 22-year-old fighter from Albertslund. “Fragomeni is a great fighter. He’s a former world champion and has been involved in many title fights, so of course, I have a lot of respect for him.”

Giacobbe Fragomeni held the WBC world title in 2008 and stood as recently as 2013 in another WBC world title fight, where he was defeated by Polish fighter Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. The downside? He’s 46 years of age.



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Lovemore Ndou talks about life in South Africa

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou talks about hard life growing up in South Africa before becoming a four-time amateur champion, turning pro in 1993, moving to Australia in 1996 and becoming world champion in 2007. Today Lovemore is successful lawyer in Sydney.



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox returns Jan 22 with Brant-Perez

The critically acclaimed Showtime boxing series “ShoBox: The New Generation” returns January 22 from the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Unbeaten middleweight Rob Brant (18-0, 11 KOs) faces DeCarlo Perez (15-3-1, 5 KOs) in the ten round main event. Also featured are heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (15-0-1, 13 KOs) and super featherweight Harmonito Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) in separate bouts.



December 21st, 2015

UFC

Super Sage Gets Fox Date in January

Lightweight phenom “Super” Sage Northcutt returns to the Octagon for his third fight in four months on Saturday, Jan. 30, when he faces off with fellow unbeaten Andrew Holbrook at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Herschel Jacobs has passed

By Robert Coster

Former boxer and trainer Herschel Jacobs has passed at the age of 75. In his long career, Jacobs compiled a deceptive 27-20-2 record, fighting the best of the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions in the sixties and early seventies. A smooth technician with an iron chin, Herschel was never matched easy and had wins over the likes of Henry Hank, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and a third round KO over Hall of Famer Harold Johnson (in Johnson’s last fight). The two adversaries fought three times. Jacobs also battled Jimmy Dupree (2 losses, 1 draw), Johnny Persol and Ken Norton. Herschel was stopped only once in his career, when he embarked on an ill-fated comeback at age 38. When he retired Jacobs became a trainer, guiding notably the career of heavyweight Lou Savarese. RIP Herschel Jacobs.



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vijender Singh talks about knocking out big-talking rivals

Anthony Joshua learns from Dillian Whyte win

Irish coverage of Andy Lee’s title loss

Lucas Browne looking for love in title fight



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Video: Jennings-Ortiz post fight presser

Video: Boxing Bob Newman

After the last big fight card of the year ended in explosive fashion with Interim WBA heavyweight champ Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz dropping Bryant “By-By” Jennings face first, then battering him along the ropes for a TKO7 stoppage win, both fighters, as well as Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters addressed the media and answered questions about the fights on the night and their futures in the ring.



December 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Andy Ruiz headlines on UniMas Jan 16

On Saturday, January 16th, UniMas will broadcast a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card featuring unbeaten Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz (26-0, 17 KOs), who continues his return up the ranks following a 9-month layoff against an opponent to be named soon. In 2015, Ruiz scored dominating unanimous decision wins against Raphael Zumbano Love and Joell Godfrey. The event will take place in Dallas, Texas, at a venue to be announced shortly.



December 20th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Orlando Talking Points and Post-Fight

If there were any questions about the legitimacy of Rafael dos Anjos’ title reign, the champion blew them up in Orlando on Saturday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see post-fight coverage: Reem by TKO
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UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Delfine Persoon elected Belgian “Sportswoman Of The Year”

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WBC Female World Lightweight Champion Delfine Persoon has been elected Belgian “Sportswoman Of The Year”. It is the first time ever that a professional boxer (male or female) has received this special honor in Belgium.

30-year-old Persoon had truly a great year of 2015 defending her WBC World Championship twice and earning the no. 1 spot in the Female pound-for-pound ratings.

On April 25th she traveled to Bern, Switzerland, to stop mandatory challenger Nicole Boss in the ninth round in dominant fashion. On November 11th, Persoon earned a hard fought unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten European champion Maiva Hamadouche in a “Fight Of The Year” candidate. (more…)



December 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Ortiz-Jennings Post Fight Press Conference Quotes

Report by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Moments after Luis Ortiz scored his exciting seventh round TKO of Bryant Jennings, both fighters addressed the press.

LUIS ORTIZ:

”This is a big victory for me. It’s a big victory because of who I fought. I fought a quality heavyweight, a guy with a name. A guy that can fight, and a guy with cojones.”

“Obviously there is a game plan, but when you go up in the ring you have to adapt a little bit. I told my trainers that I saw a lot of flaws. One of the things I noticed was that he likes to lean forward a lot. So I said after the third round that I was going to fight him on the inside, and the uppercuts are going to work.”

“I was a little bit surprised (that he got up from the knockdown), but I knew that he wasn’t right mentally. I didn’t want a TKO, I wanted to knock him out.” (more…)



December 20th, 2015

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Boxing News

Walters: I am in total shock

Photos: Naoki Fukuda

The scoring in Saturday night’s clash between Nicholas Walters and Jason Sosa is being widely condemned by the media. After a scrappy bout seemingly dominated by ex-world champion Walters, judge Tom Schreck had Sosa winning 96-94, judges Don Ackerman and Wynn Kintz had it even at 95-95.

Walters outlanded Sosa in power punches 225 to 121 and connected at a 52% clip compared to Sosa’s 20%.

“I am in total shock,” said Walters. “I was never in any danger, never hurt. [Sosa] is a good fighter — the kind of fight I wanted — but I thought I won all the rounds. So surprised this happened to me…while in the ring, I scored it 8-1-1 for me. It’s Christmas week. I figured he should be given one round.”

Sosa stated, “I thought I won and am disappointed it was a draw. I worked hard, I really thought I won the fight. I really don’t care what he says. I thought I won the fight. I had good rounds and got in some good shots.”

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December 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Ortiz stops Jennings in seven, retains WBA interim heavyweight world title

By John DiSanto and Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

WBA interim heavyweight world champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round TKO over challenger Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-2, 10 KOs). No knockdowns, but Ortiz battered Jennings from pillar to post in round one. In round two, Jennings smothered Ortiz in close and it was effective. Ortiz rocked Jennings again in round three. The end came in round seven when Ortiz dropped Jennings with an uppercut. The bout was waved off during Ortiz’ followup barrage. Time was 2:41.

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December 20th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Orlando Main: Dos Anjos Makes Quick Work of Cowboy to Retain Title

More than two years ago, it took Rafael dos Anjos 15 minutes to defeat Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Saturday night at Amway Center in Orlando, the UFC lightweight champion needed just over one minute to stop Cerrone in their rematch and retain his title for the first time . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see main card coverage: Reem by TKO
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December 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters-Sosa ends in controversial draw

Shabranskyy, Rosado, Gamboa victorious

By John DiSanto and Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

In the opener of the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast from the Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, NY, former featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 26-0-1, 21 KOs, and Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, fought to a 10-round draw in their junior lightweight fight. It was a bruising battle throughout. Although the heavily favored Walters appeared to be winning most of the action-packed rounds, when the official scores were announced one judge has Sosa in the lead (96-94), while the other two saw the fight even (95-95). Despite the controversy, the bout itself was an entertaining one, and Sosa, underdog that he was, proved that he belonged in the ring with the highly regarded Walters. (more…)



December 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Ryad Merhy and Sder win WBC titles in Charleroi, Belgium

Ryad Merhy scored a brutal knockout over Canadian champion Sylvera Louis after 1:17 in round 6 to win the vacant WBC Silver Intl cruiserweight title. Merhy dominated the bout and almost stopped the brave visitor in round 4 but was briefly shaken himself in round 5. Merhy took the initiative again in rond 6 and a two handed combination followed by a brutal right to the head finished the fight. Sylvera Louis needed several minutes to recover.
Mouhamed Sder won an extremely close but deserved majority points decision against local favourite Imed Azaroui. Azaroui started well to win the first two round but was dropped by a body punch in the 3rd. The fight became quite even from there on with both fighters having successes. It was finally scored 94-95, 95-96 in favor of Sder with the 3rd judge having it even. Sder won the vacant WBC Francophone welterweight title.



December 19th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Orlando Prelims: Marquardt, Oliveira and Shevchenko Win

Brazilian featherweight contender Charles Oliveira spoiled the 145-pound debut of Myles Jury in UFC Fight Night prelim action at Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, submitting the former lightweight standout in a single round and then going on to call out new champion Conor McGregor . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see Facebook prelims coverage: Usman goes distance, Luque & Ngannou win
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December 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Saunders dethrones Lee to win WBO middleweight title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) won a majority decision to dethrone WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Saunders dropped Lee twice in round three, but Lee managed to survive the round. Lee recovered and the bout settled into a tactical duel after that with very few exchanges. Lee was busier in the late rounds. Scores were 113-113, 114-112, 115-111. The knockdowns were the difference.

Saunders, a 2008 Olympian and a former British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight Champion, said, “I can’t believe that I’m finally world champion. It’s been my destiny to win a world title and I always knew that I would do it, but it’s unreal that I finally done it.

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December 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Helenius defeats Rill to claim Euro belt

Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen

In a clash of uneaten heavyweights, undefeated Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Franz Rill (11-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Helenius dropped Rill in rounds one and four and mostly dominated, although Rill had some good moments also. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 118-109. With the win, Helenius claimed the vacant EBU and IBF International heavyweight titles.

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December 19th, 2015




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