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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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Golovkin annihilates Rubio

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) added the WBC Interim middleweight belt ...

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Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar "El Nene" Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs) was dethroned by veteran Pablo "El Sepulturero" Munguia ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Golovkin annihilates Rubio

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

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Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

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Boxing News

Press Statement on Amir Khan’s arrest

Amir Khan was arrested during the early hours of Friday 4th July on suspicion of common assault against two youths. Shortly thereafter he was released on police bail pending further enquiries. This was a minor incident involving a misunderstanding between Amir Khan and two other youths. On Monday 7th July Amir was notified by the police that the allegations against him had been withdrawn and the matter would not be pursued any further.



July 7th, 2014



UFC

TUF 19 Bonus Recap

Anderson and Gordon are TUF 19 Winners

Six fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the Ultimate Fighter Finale post-fight press conference: Headliners Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, Ultimate Fighter winners Corey Anderson and Eddie Gordon, Dustin Ortiz, and Leandro Issa . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA female 115lb champ Fujioka to collide with Kawanishi today

By Joe Koizumi

Having jumped up three classes to win the WBA super-fly belt, unbeaten Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs) of Japan will risk her newly acquired belt against a talented and tall compatriot, OPBF titlist Tomoko Kawanishi (9-1, 4 KOs) on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, a 38-year-old Wilfredo Gomez stylist, kept her WBC 105-pound throne twice after dethroning Mexican Anabel Ortiz by an eighth-round stoppage in 2011. She had a difficulty being matched with any suitable challenger, and finally decided to shift her target to compatriot WBA 115-pound ruler Naoko Yamaguchi, whom she impressively dropped early to win a unanimous nod and capture the belt last November. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Kameda to defend WBO belt on Showtime

As part of the programming in advance of Saturday’s Canelo vs. Lara PPV presentation at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Showtime will televise undefeated WBO bantamweight world champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda defending his title against #1-ranked contender Pungluang Sor Singyu during “Canelo vs. Lara: COUNTDOWN LIVE” (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the live PPV telecast.

Kameda, who turns 23 on the night of the fight, and his two brothers, Koki, 27, and Daiki, 25, recently made boxing history when all three held world titles at the same time. Tomoki is the only current champion in the family.



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Matchmaker Philippe Fondu

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Philippe Fondu, who is international matchmaker for Hatton Promotions, talks to Ray Wheatley of Fightnews about WBC #8,IBF #9,WBA #13 heavyweight Lucas Browne and also London Olympians Cameron Hammond and Damien Hooper. Philippe also discusses WBC #1 light middleweight Sergey Rabchenko and WBC #2 bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov.



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Farenas-Davis: Full Report/Photo Gallery

Photos by Emily Harney

Rapper/promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson returned to the Nutmeg State to celebrate his birthday as his company, SMS Promotions, presented a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights on Wednesday, July 2nd, at the Grand Theater in Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. More



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Bika-Dirrell 2 is on for August 16

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) will defend his WBC title for the second time against undefeated Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) on August 16 at the StubHub Centre, Carson, California. The card will also feature IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter defending against Kell Brook.

Sakio drew with Dirrell in their first world title bout last year, and the Australian has revealed it was fellow world champion Carl Froch’s defeat of George Groves that inspired him to pursue a rematch with Dirrell.

“I was at Wembley in May to watch Carl Froch knock out George Groves,” said Bika. “I was impressed by the way Froch handled his unfinished business with George Groves and now I want to do the same with Dirrell. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Juanma, J. Oquendo heading to Las Vegas

Puerto Ricans Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo will travel tomorrow to Las Vegas for their fights against Mexicans Francisco Vargas and Abner Mares, respectively on Saturday.

The former WBO super bantamweight and featherweight champion Lopez (34-3, 31 KOs), who is going to defend his WBO International junior lightweight title versus Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KOs), will fly tomorrow from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport on Delta Airlines flight #1386 at 11:44 a.m., along with his trainer Freddy Trinidad and his manager Orlando Piñero. Oquendo (24-3, 16 KOs), who will fight against former world bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight champion Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs) in a 10 round bout, will travel on American Airlines flight #1341 from Puerto Rico at 12:05 p.m. with his trainer Dennis Pantoja and his team.

The main event will feature former 154lb world champion Canelo Avarez against the WBA junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara on PPV at the MGM Grand.



July 7th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Main: Edgar Ends Trilogy with Penn, BJ Retires

Anderson and Gordon are TUF 19 Winners

It wasn’t easy to watch, but BJ Penn’s courageous attempt to return to the Octagon as a featherweight and beat longtime rival Frankie Edgar came up empty Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, with Edgar stopping the former welterweight and lightweight champion in the third round . . . Click here for more

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CO-MAIN: Corey Anderson came into his Ultimate Fighter season 19 light heavyweight final match against Matt Van Buren with the nickname “Beastin 25/8.” When Sunday’s bout was over, there was no disputing that moniker, as Anderson tore through his opponent en route to a first-round TKO victory at the Mandalay Bay Events Center . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Prelims: Issa Pulls Off Miracle Finish

Singapore-based Brazilian Leandro Issa pulled out all the stops in search of victory against China’s Jumabieke Tuerxun in their TUF 19 Finale prelim bout and it worked, as he scored a last-round submission win in their back-and-forth bantamweight battle at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev wins WBA heavyweight title with majority decision over Oquendo

By Karl Freitag

In a bout for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight championship, former world champ and WBA #3 rated Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over #4 rated Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) on Sunday night in front of 30,000+ at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia.

35-year-old southpaw Chagaev pressed the action in round one but nothing meaningful landed by either fighter. Chagaev began to connect with a few shots in round two. Oquendo was more active with his jab in round three while Chagaev landed a good straight left. The 41-year-old “Big O” opened round four well, then little action after that. Chagaev upped the pressure in round five. Oquendo also landed a few shots. Mostly Chagaev’s round in round six, but Oquendo did back up Chagaev with some punches toward the end of the round. Chagaev was bleeding from a cut over the left eye in round seven and the sight of blood seemingly inspired Oquendo to work a little harder. After a slow-paced round eight, Chagaev outworked Oquendo in round nine. Round ten was another slow, tactical round with both fighters landing occasional shots. Oquendo outboxed the visibly fatigued Chagaev in round eleven. Fres clearly had more left in round twelve, but an all out assault just isn’t in Oquendo’s nature and he didn’t get the big finish he needed. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.

With the win, Chagaev is now recognized by the WBA as world heavyweight champion along with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds a 2009 win over Chagaev.

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Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (55-3, 40 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten Goran Delic (24-1, 4 KOs). It was simply target practice for Gomez, who got win when the ring doctor suddenly pulled the plug midway through round five. Time was 1:32. Gomez claimed the vacant WBA International belt.



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Shibata keeps OPBF/Japanese 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Slick-punching and fast-moving Japanese Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, kept his OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) and Japanese middleweight belt as he managed to earn a unanimous hard-fought decision (115-113, 116-112, 118-110) over Hikaru Nishida (10-7-1, 3 KOs), 160, over twelve sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Having entirely lost his reputation with a second-round annihilation by ex-Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his very pro debut, the OPBF ruler Shibata rebounded a little by acquiring a national belt by whipping Daisuke Nakagawa this March. The elongated footworker, six years his senior at 32, had a tough time coping with the slower but rugged challenger, but steadily piled up points with his favorite hit-rand-run tactics. Nishida monotonously went forward and tried to dig solid body shots to stop the champ’s elusive mobility, which, however, didn’t cease until the end. (more…)



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Performances Bonus Recap

Chris Weidman retained his UFC Middleweight championship in a five-round war against challenger Lyoto Machida. For their effort, Machida and Weidman earned $50,000 each for the fight of the night . . . More
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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev a big favorite to regain WBA crown

Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is a -1000 favorite to defeat veteran Fres Oquendo when they meet tonight for the WBA “regular” heavyweight belt in Grozny, Chechnya. Oquendo backers can get +550.

A lot of questions surrounding Oquendo, who arrived in Chechnya just a day before the fight after a long transatlantic flight. He missed a scheduled public workout and the final press conference, prompting the event’s organizers to reach out to possible replacement fighters.

Chagaev, on the other hand, has been in Chechnya for weeks and will enjoy almost unanimous crowd support from 30,000+ spectators. Attendance to the fight card is free.



July 6th, 2014

UFC

Kevin Lee: The Good Son

Kevin Lee kept his promise. Growing up in one of the roughest areas in Detroit, it would be almost too easy to say there was no joy on Joy Road. But Lee wasn’t about to get swept up by the streets that had taken so many lives on that block . . . More
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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Estrella beats Jardon, but KO streak ends

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Hot Mexican super featherweight prospect Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (18-0, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision against former WBC world title challenger Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-5, 20 KOs) in front of 5,000 fans in the Domo Care, Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico at an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa

“I’m very happy and this win is the result of work done in the training,” said Estrella, who was extended the distance for the first time in his career. “I expect to return to training in a couple of days, it ensures great things to come for my career.”

In the co-feature, former female world champion Arely Muciño unanimously defeated Suri “Tsunami” Tapia for the second time by scores 100-90, 100-90 and 98-92 in a ten-rounder. photos



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Berchelt brutally KOs Reyes

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Super featherweight contender Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (24-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over Carlos Manuel “Bazooka” Reyes (24-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Unidad Deportiva Víctor Cervera Pacheco de la Colonia Inalámbrica in Merida, Mexico. A left hook to the jaw laid out Reyes at the 2:54 mark.

In the co-feature, jr welterweight Aarón “La Joya” Herrera (29-3, 19 KOs) outpointed David Mosquera (16-4-1, 9 KOs) over ten. photos



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Main: Weidman Proves Mettle Once More, Beats Machida

Co-main: Ronda wins in 16 seconds

If anyone ever says that a championship belt doesn’t mean anything, they obviously never saw Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida fight for it Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. But after five heated rounds, a winner had to be declared, and it was the unbeaten middleweight champion from Long Island, who won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Machida in an instant classic . . . click here for more

CO-MAIN: Hyperbole just doesn’t work with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey anymore. In the fourth defense of her crown against Alexis Davis Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Rousey was flawless, knocking Davis out in just 16 seconds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Prelims: California Kid Subs Cacares in Three!

The streak continues. Bantamweight contender Urijah Faber, the man who has never lost a non-title fight in a career that spans 38 fights and nearly 11 years, walked away a victor once again Saturday, turning back a tough challenge from Alex Caceres to submit the Ultimate Fighter 12 alum in the third round of their UFC 175 prelim bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 at the scales

The TUF 19 Finale, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, as well as the middleweight and light heavyweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter season 19, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at 9pm ET / 6 pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening two prelim bouts exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
BJ Penn 145 vs. Frankie Edgar 145.5

TUF 19 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FINAL
Matt Van Buren 206 vs. Corey Anderson 204

TUF 19 MIDDLEWEIGHT FINAL
Eddie Gordon 186 vs Dhiego Lima 185

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Dustin Ortiz 125 vs. Justin Scoggins 124
Guto Innocente 232 vs. Derrick Lewis 264

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Kevin Lee 156 vs. Jesse Ronson 155
Leando Issa 135.4 vs. Jumabeieke Tuerxun 136
Juan Manuel Puig 155 vs. Adriano Martins 155.5
Daniel Spohn 205 vs. Patrick Walsh 206

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Alex Dufresne 143 vs. Sarah Moras 139
Keith Berish 203 vs. Robert Drysdale 202.5

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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Grozny: Chagaev 246, Oquendo 224.5

Heavyweight Fres Oquendo finally made his eagerly anticipated arrival to Grozny, Chechnya (Russia) today just in time for the official weigh-in. Due to health issues of his family back at home in Chicago, the Puerto Rican veteran had missed two flights to Russia over the last week causing countless rumors of possible replacements for his WBA world heavyweight championship against local fan favorite Ruslan Chagaev scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, July 6th).

In the end Oquendo decided not to let down promoter Timur Dugazaev and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who put a lot of personal effort in bringing this big fight to Grozny and take the last possible flight from Chicago via Warsaw to the capital of Chechnya in order to save the fight. Oquendo and his team were welcomed very warmly by many fans, journalists and political leaders who followed them to the official weigh-in ceremony shortly after their arrival.

“The Big O” brought 101.9 kg (224.5 lbs) to the scale while Chagaev weighed in a lot heavier at 111.7 kg (246 lbs). Both men were in the range of their average weight for the last couple of fights. In the co-feature Juan Carlos Gomez (89.3 kg / 197 lbs) will take on unbeaten Goran Delic (89.1 kg / 196.5 lbs) for the vacant WBA international cruiserweight championship.



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis-Earl Full Report

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn

Former world champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis ( 30-6, 24 KOs) clearly outscored Englishman, Graham “Duke of” Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the WBU 140 pound title at Rumours International, Toowoomba Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Scores Steve Marshall 119-109, Adam Height 120-108, Tony Kettlewell 120-109. This was a rematch from their 2007 world title bout when Katsidis was declared the winner in five rounds of a controversial contest.

In the main supporting bout, WBC Youth featherweight champion Brayd “The Great White” Smith (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Jarrett Owen (4-3-2, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round contest. Owen was dropped twice in round two and referee Tony Kettlewell crowned Smith. (more…)



July 5th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Finale Prelim Fantasy Preview

International Fight Week in Las Vegas will come to a close on Sunday night with a stellar card featuring the best of the best from The Ultimate Fighter 19 as well as a cast of characters on the undercard including two outstanding light heavyweights from the show as well as a pair of bantamweight women looking to make an impact in a growing 135-pound division . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker still unbeaten, stops Minto in seven

Unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Pennsylvanian Brian “The Beast” Minto (39-8, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand. The normally uber-aggressive Minto fought cautiously against the much larger Parker. Parker landed most the big shots as he patiently broke down Minto. Parker floored Minto at the end of round five with a big right hand behind the ear. Parker dropped Minto again at the end of round seven. Minto’s corner stopped the fight after round seven. Parker exacted revenge from Minto for retiring Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron last year. The bout was for the interim PABA and WBO Oriental titles. After the fight, Minto stated that he entered the bout with a broken nose.

WBO #10, WBA #12 light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) annihilated Rogerio Damasco (12-2-2, 12 KOs) in just 2:18 of the first round. Impressive performance by Berridge, who dropped Damasco twice in the bout, which was for the PABA and WBO Oriental belts.

2012 Olympian welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (8-0-1, 6 KOs) outclassed Fernando Ferreira da Silva (32-4-1, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds. Horn dominated every round and dropped de Silva in round twelve. Scores were 120-107 on all cards as Horn claimed the WBO Oriental welterweight title.

In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Nikolas Charalampous (8-0, 5 KOs) dropped rugby player Aaron Lai (6-1, 5 KOs) four times en route to an easy six round unanimous decision. Scores were 60-50, 60-50, 61-51.



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Dennis Hogan 153 vs. Steve Moxon 153.8
(WBA Oceana light middleweight title)
Stephen Kelly. 158.9 vs. Jake Gathercole 159.8
Shannon O’Connell 121 vs. Bronwyn Wylie 121.2
Jason Misfud. 171.7 vs. Paul Doig 173
Marcus Armado. 167.5 vs. Graham Blay 165.5
Jag Sing Brar 142.4 vs. Jason Davey 142.8
Cameron Eyes 145.7 vs. Ben Kite. 144.6

Venue: Venue Grand Star Reception, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Adam Wilcock

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July 5th, 2014




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