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Jose Ramirez 138.8 vs. Tomas Mendez 139.8
Andy Vences 130.4 vs. Moises Delgadillo 131
Joe Louie Lopez 167.8 vs. Ernesto Martinez 167
Eric Altamirano 136.2 vs. Daniel Tran 135.8
Quilisto Madera 161.2 vs. Rafael Valencia 160.8
Ector Madera 140.6 vs. Kevin Davila 141
Efren Lopez 126.2 vs. Berry Dudley 122.8
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California
Promoter: Top Rank
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez
Mickey Román 136 vs Jerope Mercado 134
Jairo López 133 vs Sergio Puente 133
José Reyes 121vs Efraín Pérez 120
Venue: Gimnasio José Sulaiman in Monterrey
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
By Byron Spurlock at the scale
Photos: Erik Killin
Albert Pagara 121.2 vs. Cesar Juarez 121.2
(WBO Intercontinental super bantamweight title)
Jason Pagara 146 vs. Abraham Alvarez 147
Ricardo Pinell 163 vs. Roberto Yong 157
Mauricio Zavaleta 160.4 vs. Darren Mallard 155.4
Pete Duran 131.6 vs. Edgar Gabajan 132
Israel Hernandez 114 vs. Michael Flores 110
Lennard Davis 139.2 vs. David Figueroa 139.4
Venue: San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, California
Promoter: ALA Promotions
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Mario Barrios 130 vs. Devis Boschiero 130
(IBF jr lightweight eliminator for #2)
Eddie Ramirez 142 vs. Jessie Roman 141
Tyrone Crawley 139 vs. Alexander Charneco 140
Daryl Bunting 165 vs. Kyle Kurtz 167
Christopher Brooker 169 vs. Gabriel Pham 168
Titus Williams 124 vs. Jovany Fuentes 125
Zhankhozh Turarov 151 vs. Daniel Souza Santos 150
Venue: Sun National Bank Center, Trenton, New Jersey
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Promoter Eddie Hearn said on Friday that the team of Chris Eubank Jr. made it impossible to finalize a fight against WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, opening the door for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to step in against GGG on September 10th in London.
“I was working three weeks on that fight,” Hearn told SkySports, “but negotiating with Chris Eubanks Sr. felt like three years. We got into a position where everyone was ready to sign, he was offered the same pay-per-view deal and structure as Anthony Joshua and Carl Froch – and the one that Kell Brook accepted – but unfortunately they made the deal impossible. There were certain things they wanted that were just a complete no-go. They were given a deadline and they chose not to take the fight.”
A 10-round NABF light heavyweight championship fight between defending champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Thomas Karpency has been added to the July 23 pay-per-view undercard card headlined by the Terence “Bud” Crawford – “The Iceman” Viktor Postol WBO/WBC junior welterweight world title unification fight.
For Gvozdyk 10-0, 8 KOs), of Khariv, Ukraine, world-rated #6 by the WBC and #10 by the IBF, this will be his first defense of the title he won on April 9 via a second-round KO of Nadjim Mohammedi.
Karpency (26-5-1,15 KOs), a two-time world title challenger from Mogantown, WV, enters this fight having won five of his last six, including a 10-round decision over former world champion Chad Dawson.
Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions have announced that Gennady Golovkin will defend his IBF, WBA, WBC and IBO Middleweight World titles against IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook at The O2 in London on September 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO World Championship Boxing.
The two unbeaten stars collide in London with the US-based Kazakh KO king Golovkin stepping into the ring as a defending champion for the 16th time and looking to keep up his incredible knockout percentage – with 32 of his previous 35 fights ending early, including all of his World title outings, and the 34 year old is ready to add to that run in his first fight in the UK.
“I’m very excited to be fighting in front of the great British boxing fans and promise another ‘Big Drama Show’ against Kell Brook,” said Golovkin.
Brook – who will retain his status as IBF Welterweight champion – has been hunting a major fight since landing the World title, and the 30-year-old believes he has the tools to defeat Golovkin and become boxing’s biggest star.
“This is the fight and the moment I have been waiting for for some time,” said Brook. “We’ve tried and tried to lure the best to come and fight me and now we’ve got the best of the best – the number one pound for pound fighter in the world is coming to the UK.
“When this fight got offered to me I accepted within minutes and I can’t wait. Everyone knows I’m a huge welterweight and I know I will carry my speed and accuracy and even more power through the weights. This is the ultimate fight, one of the biggest international fights the country has seen in many years – you have seen some huge names run from GGG but I’m running to him. I’m a Special fighter and I will show the World on September 10.” (more…)
Ex-world champion Ruenroeng TKO’d by 21-year-old amateur, Ex-champ N’Dam loses by shut out to 23-year-old amateur
In shocking lightweight final, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand, rated #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight, was stopped by 21-year-old amateur Lindolfo Delgado Garza of Mexico in the second round on Friday on the final day of the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela. Stunning result considering until just six weeks ago Ruenroeng was a world champion. Despite the humbling loss, Ruenroeng will still advance to the Rio Olympic Games.
In a lightweight box-off for an Olympic spot, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, edged 21-year-old Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey to get into the Rio Games.
In the light heavyweight final, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, lost a one-sided three round unanimous decision to 23-year-old Colombian Juan Carlos Carrillo. Carrillo, a big puncher, stalked N’Dam the whole fight and won 30-27 on all three cards. Like Ruenroeng before him, N’Dam N’Jikam will advance to the Rio Olympic Games despite the loss.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect José ‘El Chocolatito’ Gonzálezsigned a multiannual promotional contract with Top Rank® the promotional company based in Las Vegas that is led by Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum. As a professional fighter, Gonzalez, who was born and raised in Queens, New York, marches undefeated with a record of 3-0-1 and 1 knockout.
The fighter that is called ‘El Chocolatito’ amassed a 34-6 record as an amateur and won various amateur tournaments as: Junior Olympics in 2011 and Golden Gloves in 2014. (more…)
Undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios, former title challenger Devis Boschiero, unbeaten prospect Eddie Ramirez and Californian contender Jessie Roman hosted a media workout Thursday as they prepared for their Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes showdowns taking place this Saturday, July 9 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features Barrios taking on Boschiero in a 12-round super featherweight title eliminator, while Ramirez and Roman square-off in a 10 round super lightweight battle.
The fighters worked out at the Sun National Bank Center for media as they near their primetime bouts, with a chance to elevate themselves closer to world title contention. (more…)
Undefeated former world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has shifted his training camp to the USA leading up to his showdown with unbeaten WBA “super” featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on July 30 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. “The transition coming over to New York to finish training camp has been great,” said Shane McGuigan, Frampton’s trainer. “We could have waited until closer to fight night but we want every single percent to our advantage. We’re still acclimatizing to the heat, the jet lag is no problem and we’re going to be ready on fight night.”
Frampton will be making his debut in the featherweight division after a four-fight reign as IBF super bantamweight champion. “Moving up to 126 pounds was definitely the right decision for me,” said Frampton during a media workout at the famed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “I’m a big puncher but I lost power coming down to 122 pounds. I’m going to be punching harder and be at my very best.”
Photos: Eroll Popova/Team SES
A particularly hard and long training camp for former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (45-4, 17 KOs) was completed with yesterday’s final sparring rounds at the SES Gym in Magdeburg, Germany. Krasniqi takes on WBA #12 and WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-2-1, 6 KOs) for the WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt next Friday at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany.
“This can be a big step toward a new world title shot,” said Krasniqi after the last round of sparring in Magdeburg SES Gym. “The last three months have been a hard time. The strength and conditioning in the mountains of the Bavarian Forest and then the intense sparring here with very good sparring partners. More couldn’t be done. Now I’m in top shape and very good for the weight in my new weight class, the super middleweight division. Now when the “Doberman” comes I’ll pull his teeth!”
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Josue Martinez
The “Fists of the Future” press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the San Mateo Event Center for the fights this Saturday. Unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) headlines against former world title challenger Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (17-5, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs) meets Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9-1, 10 KOs).
“Prince” Albert Pagara
How does it feel to fight here in the United States?
I’m very excited and ready for the fight. The US is the mecca of boxing and I’m ready to give the fans a good showing.
On Juarez’ comments that Pagara isn’t at his level as a fighter.
(Smiling) Juarez says that I’m not at his level. Those results will be determined in the ring. We’ll see come this Saturday night. (more…)
Local lightweight Antonio “Toño” Morán (19-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico City faces Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sánchez (30-12, 14 KOs) of Tabasco, Mexico tonight on Boxeo Telemundo Ford from the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the WBC Latino lightweight title on the line.
What do you know about your opponent?
He’s a solid fighter and is very technical. He’s also very experienced in the ring.
Who do you feel enters this fight with the power advantage?
I would say me. For all the fights he has, his knockout ratio is fairly low. (more…)
Undefeated prospect and one of the most popular boxers in the Bay Area, Andy “El Tiburon” Vences of San Jose, California, is set to return to the ring this Saturday, July 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California in a “Solo Boxeo” show presented by Top Rank.
Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) will be looking for his second win of 2016 when he takes on Moises Delgadillo (15-15-2, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight round bout.
Vences held a media workout on Wednesday which was held at Los Gallos Boxing Academy in Stockton, California and was accompany by his trainer Gabe Flores Sr. as well as his longtime manager Herb Stone. (more…)
Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott (29-7, 21 KOs) now battles Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round super welterweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, July 12 from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Ghvamichava was scheduled to face undefeated Domonique Dolton, but Dolton was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.
Ghvamichava was originally scheduled to take on Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, who is now facing undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. in PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action Saturday, July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Photos: Pablo Lozano/Prensa All Star Boxing Inc & Producciones Deportivas
Antonio Moran 133 vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez 134
(10 Rounds WBC Latin Lightweight Title)
Martin Casillas 120 vs. Salvador Juarez 118
Antonio Curiel 107 vs. Mauricio Cruz 102
Juan Lopez 154 vs. Roger Aguilar 151
Rogelio Perez 117 vs. Mauricio Lara 118
Alan Gonzalez 120 vs. Jose Vega 117
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas
The 10-round super featherweight bout between Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) and Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs) has been upgraded to the main event on the Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar, broadcast on July 15. The originally scheduled fight between Alfonso Gomez vs. Pablo Cesar Cano has been cancelled due to Gomez sustaining an elbow injury earlier this week. (more…)
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank returns to Tucson on August 6, with a nationally televised event featuring Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Trevor McCumby in separate bouts at Casino Del Sol, a boxing stronghold in the city. The undercard packed with local Tucson boxing talent. Boxing fans and media can meet the Tucson fighters during the Noche De Boxeo pre-fight press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12 at Casino Del Sol’s Paradiso Lounge. The boxers include Alfonso Olvera, Jensen Ramirez, Albert Alvarez, Jesus Arevalo, Mike Martinez and Jesse Ruiz.
Many promoters have come and gone in Tucson, showcasing national talent, but neglecting to expose the growing crop of homegrown fighters from within the city. Not since the 1970s has the pool of boxing talent been so deep, and Tucson boxing fans will finally get the opportunity to support their own future champions at Noche De Boxeo.
By Karl Freitag
In a lightweight semi-final between two world-rated professionals, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand, rated #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight, scored a three round unanimous decision over unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs), a former EBU-EU champion, on Thursday at the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela.
Ruenroeng took the first two rounds on all three cards and won 29-27 across the board to assure himself a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics whether he wins or loses in tomorrow’s final. Tommasone can still qualify for Rio if he wins a box-off tomorrow with the other semi-final loser.
In the other notable bout, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, cruised past outclassed 23-year-old Ukrainian Denys Solonenko in a men’s light heavyweight semi-final. Scores were 30-27 across the board. With the win, N’Dam N’Jikam assured himself a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics whether he wins or loses in tomorrow’s final. His opponent will be Colombian Juan Carrillo, who has looked to be possibly the best fighter in the competition with two early KOs.
In the latest IBF ratings, which came out this week, the two rated pros competing at the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela have been dropped. Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs), who was rated #9 at super flyweight, and former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who was rated IBF #5 at middleweight are both removed from the ratings for one year for violating Rule 5 of the IBF/USBA Rules, which states:
“A Champion and Challenger must at all times set high ideals and act in a sportsmanlike manner. Any action by a Champion, Challenger promoter, manager or cornerman which reflects poorly on the IBF/USBA or the sport of boxing will subject the contestant to the imposition of discipline and penalties.”
For the full IBF statement on professional boxers competing in the Olympics, click here.
For all the current boxing ratings from the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO, click here.
Unbeaten USA Olympian and WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) returns to Central California — where he’s previously fought in front of sellout crowds — to face Tomas Mendez (22-7, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
The official weigh-in for the Ramirez’ nationally televised fight will take place tomorrow at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. This event is free and open to the public.
*Qualifying media will be given fight credentials tomorrow at this event.
Location: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino (second floor of hotel)
Undefeated prospect Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on Californian contender Jessie Roman (20-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight matchup on ESPN and ESPN Deportes this Saturday from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. In the headliner, undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs) takes on former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in a 130-pound title eliminator.
Additional action features Philadelphia’s Tyrone Brunson (22-6-1, 21 KOs) battling Maryland’s Joshua Okine (28-7-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight contest, 25-year-old prospect Christopher Brooker (9-1, 5 KOs) taking on unbeaten Gabriel Pham (6-0, 2 KOs) in eight-rounds of super middleweight action, Kazakhstan-born Zhankosh Turarov (18-0, 13 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout against Brazil’s Daniel Souza Santos (15-10, 12 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Titus Williams (5-0, 2 KOs) against Puerto Rico’s Jovany Fuentes (7-7, 6 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight fight. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Just three professional boxers remaining for today’s semi-finals at the APB/WSB Olympic qualification tournament in Vargas, Venezuela. All are world-rated and two are facing each other!
In a lightweight semi-final, former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) of Thailand, rated rated #9 by the IBF at super flyweight and #8 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at flyweight, takes on unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs), a former EBU-EU champion, in what should be an interesting matchup.
In the other notable bout, former WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs), who is currently rated IBF #5, WBC #6 and WBO #8 at middleweight, meets limited 23-year-old Ukrainian Denys Solonenko in a men’s light heavyweight semi-final.
Three boxers from eight of the ten weight divisions will advance to the Olympics, along with only the winners from the heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions getting an invite.
Both the WBC and IBF have announced they will suspend and remove from the ratings any pro competing in the Olympics.
Super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (19-5, 15 KOs) and super lightweight Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (21-9-1, 10 KOs) both arrived in San Francisco Wednesday confident and ready to get into the ring Saturday night at the San Mateo Event Center for ALA Promotions’ “Fists of the Future.”
Juarez, who arrived with his father Margarito and his trainer Ricardo Juarez Baltazar, will face unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBC #10 junior featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs), while Alvarez, who arrived with manager Luis Zapari, takes on WBO #1 junior welterweight Jason “El Niño” Pagara (38-2, 23 KOs).
Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) announced their upcoming televised fights on HBO Latino on July 30. Rising SoCal fan-favorite fighter, Nick “La Calavera” Arce (8-0, 6 KOs) fighting on the non-televised undercard was also in attendance.
Antonio Orozco: “My opponent (Abner Lopez) is a tremendous fighter from what I’ve seen, who can pull off an upset and has won against undefeated fighters before. We are putting together our relentless style of boxing and July 30 will be no exception. No one will be bored watching this fight.”
Joseph “Jojo” Diaz: “I’m excited to give everyone a great performance. I’ve been training very hard, and I want to showcase that I am at the same level as all the champions in the featherweight division. Hopefully, I can go for a world title soon.” (more…)
The Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission has been handling the process related to Lucien Bute’s positive anti-doping test result for Ostarine. That result came about from a sample collected after Bute’s fight with WBC champion Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight world title.
The WBC and the D.C. Commission have communicated frequently about that case. The D.C. Commission arranged for the opening of Bute’s “B” sample which will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Bute has designated his representatives who will attend the opening of the “B” sample container, consistent with the WBC Rules & Regulations.
More information about this case will be made available in days to come.
Top Rank has announced that WBO super middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) has suffered a hand injury in training and will be unable to defend his title against Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) on the July 23 PPV undercard of Terence Crawford versus Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola hosted an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their July 16 title showdown on FOX live from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: I’m getting excited man. I’m always excited to fight. I was born to do this. The closer it gets, the more eager and excited I become ready to get in the ring and do what I love to do and that’s to knock out people.
Chris Arreola: I want that title. I want it more than anything. I’ve been working my ass off over here in San Diego and I’m gonna make the best out of this opportunity.
Trainer Ulli Wegner has hit back at claims questioning former world champion Arthur Abraham’s (44-5, 29 KOs) motivation prior to his WBO International super middleweight title fight with little-known Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
Lihaug’s trainer Thomas Hansvoll had called into question Abraham’s desire, stating that he believed the former two-weight World Champion ‘had lost his hunger’ and after years at the top of the sport was ‘not so interested anymore.’ Wegner has disputed these remarks, and says Abraham is hungrier than ever as he looks to regain the world title he lost to Gilberto Ramirez, starting with a victory over Lihaug. (more…)
Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events
100:1 underdog Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) faces WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) on Monday in Ekaterinburg, Russia, but the 29-year old is no stranger to fighting in enemy territory. Chilemba grew up in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries but in order to make it as a professional fighter he left Malawi for South Africa. According to Isaac, “As a professional, I have never fought at home in Malawi. I have fought mostly here in South Africa which is a foreign land for me. I have also fought in the UK, Canada and the US. That has made me who I am.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Every day there’s a press conference here in Tokyo, Japan. On Monday, Watanabe Promotions announced a dual WBA world title bout featuring mandatory defenses. On August 31, WBA 115-pound champ Kohei Kono, a Japanese veteran, will face ex-titlist Luis Concepcion of Panama in Tokyo. In the main event on the same show, WBA 108-pound ruler Ryoichi Taguchi will cope with top contender and ex-champ Ryo Miyazaki, also of Japan, over twelve heats.
On Tuesday, Ohashi Promotions announced that Satoshi Shimizu, formerly bronze medalist in the bantam category in London Olympic Games in 2012, would make a professional debut under Ohashi Gym. He is a very tall 5’11” featherweight prospect.
On Wednesday, Teiken Promotions also announced a world title twinbill, in which Shinsuke Yamanaka will make his eleventh defense against Anselmo Moreno, a Panamanian puzzling southpaw, in a rematch in Osaka, Japan, on September 16. On the same bill, former WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa will make an ambitious crack at the WBC 122-pound belt against elongated Mexican champ Hugo Ruiz in the semi-windup.
Two-time super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz is back in intensive daily training to prepare for a clash against European light heavyweight champion Mehdi Amar The EBU (European Boxing Union) has named Stieglitz as the official mandatory challenger for the Frenchman. Negotiations are currently underway and the middle of July, the date and the venue of this European Championship will hopefully have been determined.
Robert Stieglitz: “I absolutely want this fight, I’m already doing well in training and I want to bring the European light heavyweight title to Germany. I still lack the European championship belt in my collection! It fits right in with what’s currently happening in the sports world: the German team beats France, then also wins the final for the European championship. I follow with a win in my title shot and then I’m also European champion! By the way, my tip for Germany against France is a 2-1 victory for us.”
Unbeaten Sergei Ekimov (16-0, 8 KOs) will face American Samuel Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs), for the vacant WBC International Silver light heavyweight title on July 31 in Riga, Latvia.
A full top undercard with among them undefeated heavyweight prospect Ruslan Fayfer and former interim WBA champion Dmitry Chudinov will soon be announced.
The show will be shown live on Match-TV and is promoted by Empire Sport in association with current WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis.
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