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Ricky Burns says there’s plenty more big fights in his as he defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against dangerous mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow tomorrow night, live on Sky Sports in the UK. The ‘Rickster’ knows that blockbuster clashes lay in wait if he can see off big-punching Relikh, who boasts 19 KOs from his 21 wins. The 32 year old has been linked with a clash with brash American Adrien Broner but the Coatbridge ace will entertain thoughts of glamour nights in Las Vegas once the job is done against his Ricky Hatton-trained foe.
“I don’t think that being a three-weight World champion will sink in until I hang them up, and I am a long way from that,” said Burns, who weighed 9st 13lbs 2oz, with Relikh making 10st at the third attempt. (more…)
Orlando Cruz 130 vs. Gabino Cota 130
(NABO jr lightweight title)
Sammy Valentin 146 vs. Joaquin De La Rosa 145
Orlando Gonzalez 123 vs. Jonathan De La Paz 124
Jose Medina 256 vs. Tracey Johnson 219
Connor Coyle 160 vs. Euris Silveiro 160
Josue Loyola 138 vs. Tom Mills 140
Mark Reyes Jr 149 vs. Curtis Waller 147
Fernando Martinez 150 vs. Brandon Davis 149
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing
Doors Open: 7PM, First Fight: 8PM
Tickets: (813) 454-7800 or at the door
Former WBA/WBO flyweight world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) spoke to reporters about Saturday’s ten round super flyweight fight against Raymond Dapudong at the “Francisco Leon Garcia” Baseball Stadium in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.
Juan Francisco Estrada: “I’m prepared to win, offering all my talent in the ring and if it’s a knockout, then that’s good and I want a knockout on my return to the ring after a year. I have no doubt that the Filipino will come with everything and will be ready…at super flyweight I’ll be very strong. I’m seeking big fights, the first is to win on Saturday and in December face Cuadras or Inohue and in 2017 I want Concepcion and Chocolatito Gonzalez. That’s my goal at 115 pounds!”
Art Hovanissyan 137 vs. Diego Magdaleno 137
damon Allen 136 vs. Luis Arceo 137
maricela Cornejo 166.6 vs. Eliza Olson 167
joseph Aguirre 136.8 vs. Roberto Rivera 135.8
david Mijares 139.4 vs. Jason Gavino 140.6
marvin Cabrera 153.2 vs. Jose Caro 149.6
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
The WBC had ordered the free negotiation period for the Jorge Linares vs. Dejan Zlaticanin fight for the WBC/WBA lightweight championship after Linares defeated Anthony Crolla on September 24. Linares visited Mexico City earlier this week and met with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman at the traditional “Mártes de Cafe” weekly press conference, where he was presented with a WBC Champion’s bracelet.
Linares injured his right hand, however, in the sixth round of his ferocious battle with Crolla, and after analyzing the situation and confirming with Dr. Jedediah Jones, M.D., it has been concluded that Linares will not be able to fight for some time. Therefore, Zlaticanin is free to make a voluntary title defense of the WBC title.
The fight between WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs), the undefeated knockout artist from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 19 KOs), the “Miracle Man” from Brooklyn, New York, will likely to go to a purse bid.
The WBA Championships Committee notified both fighters on September 11 to inform them that they had 30 days to reach an agreement.
Negotiations between the two parties end in six days, on October 12. However, Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions who is representing Golovkin, told the WBA that it is unlikely that the parties will reach an agreement before the deadline and recommended that the fight go to a purse bid.
The request is currently being evaluated by the WBA. (more…)
Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) returns to the ring and the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” non-televised undercard to face James “The King” De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight showdown.
According to Stevens, “I’m happy someone is willing to fight me. Bless the Gods. Now, it’s time to turn it up a notch and get ready to check in and check out. The Bully is back!”
“It’s always good to fight on a big stage,” said De La Rosa. “As always, I’m coming to fight and put on a show. I know I have a tough fighter in front of me in Curtis Stevens. With his style and my style, we’ll warm the fans up for Kovalev-Ward. Thanks to Main Events and AC Sports Management, LLC for putting this together.”
Super featherweight Andy “El Tiburon” Vences knows exactly what is at stake when he takes on fellow undefeated fighter Casey “The Wizard” Ramos in the main event of a Top Rank show on Saturday, November 4 at the Treasure Island hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) of San Jose, California and Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) of Austin, Texas will battle for the WBC Continental Americas title in a fight that will be telecast nationally by Unimas during their popular show Solo Boxeo. (more…)
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (11-0, 7 KOs) will fight for his first pro title when he clashes with Craig Cunningham (16-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC International middleweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on October 22. Ogogo’s first shot at professional hardware comes after returning to action with three successive wins following a difficult time with injuries that had previously stunted his career in the paid ranks.
One week from tonight, Thursday, October 13th Fight Club OC will celebrate its 35th pro fight show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, and promoter Roy Englebrecht says it will be worthy of a celebration.
The card features Abel Sanchez-trained 7-0 Ruslan Madiyev in a lightweight battle with 3-1 Baltazar Ramirez. A clash of undefeated welterweights Christian Gonzalez 2-0 and Daniel Rodriguez 2-0. Westminster’s top featherweight prospect 4-0 Humberto “Filly” Rubalcava vs 3-3 Jose Fabian Naranjo. (more…)
Ricky Burns 139.2 vs. Kiryl Relikh 140
(WBA super lightweight championship)
Dillian Whyte 253 vs. Ian Lewison 271
(British heavyweight title)
Venue: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #1/WBO #1 heavyweight contender Joseph Parker held a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand, as his team reviews his options. Parker will return to Las Vegas this weekend to prepare for whichever direction his team decides.
Options on the table include a November 26 world title shot against Anthony Joshua in the UK, or a December clash for the soon to be vacated WBO heavyweight title against #3 Andy Ruiz in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has had a second drug test come back positive for cocaine. The BBBofC, whom Fury has an acrimonious relationship with, meets next Wednesday to discuss Fury’s fate.
Cyclone Promotions in association with Team Sauerland have announced that three-time world title challenger George Groves will defend his WBA International super middleweight title against two-time world title challenger Eduard Gutknecht at the SSE Arena, Wembley on November 18. The winner of Groves vs. Gutknecht can look forward to a world title shot in 2017 while the loser will almost certainly have to contemplate a life beyond the ropes.
George Groves: “I’m extremely happy to announce this fight and am excited to be headlining on Channel 5. I have been fortunate in my boxing career so far to experience almost everything the sport has to offer but to be fighting live on terrestrial TV is something that has always been very high up on my bucket list…It goes without saying that I am now determined to challenge again, and this time succeed in becoming a world champion.
Eduard Gutknecht: “I will come to London on November 18 full of Energy and conquer with my Viking Box team. I only want to fight winners and make them lose! George Groves is a winner and a world class fighter but so am I. The fans in London are in for a hell of a fight on November 18.”
Former Mexican national champion Gabino “Flash” Cota (19-6-1, 17 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico faces former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (24-4-1, 12 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico this Friday in a rematch. Cruz, 35 is currently ranked #4 WBO won a hard fought but clear decision in their first encounter nearly a year ago. The 10 round main event will be aired on the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford fall series. Cruz’ NABO Junior lightweight title will be at stake. Cota, 23 has been asking for this rematch feeling he is more mature. He gets his chance on Friday to prove this.
You took this fight on short notice. How prepared do you feel you are for this fight?
I am ready to put on a good show. I asked for this rematch. I was already preparing for a fight so my conditioning is fine. (more…)
The AIBA Referees & Judges and Technical & Rules Commissions convened in Lausanne, Switzerland from 3-5 October, to reflect upon the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Several recommendations were made, especially in the areas of referees and judges. While the majority of the boxing competition in Rio 2016 was received positively, a number of questionable decisions indicated that further reforms in the AIBA R&J procedures were necessary. (more…)
Photo: All Star Boxing
NABO Jr. Lightweight Champion and WBO #5 contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz arrived today in Miami, Florida where he will be a special guest of the popular show Titulares y Mas on Telemundo with hosts Karim Mendiburu and Edgar Lopez at 11:35 PM tonight to talk about his upcoming fight this Friday, October 7 at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa. His opponent Gabino “Flash” Cota arrived to the site of the bout confident to obtain revenge in the ring. The clash will be televised live by Telemundo Deportes at 11:35 PM.
Promoter Rick Mirigian holds one of 200,000 Me-N-Eds pizza boxes which feature USA Olympian Jose Ramirez who will headline a Top Rank Solo Boxeo Unimas boxing card in Fresno on December 2. The pizza box tops will be in 70 locations in a 200 mile area.
beIN Sports en Espanol has picked up Saturday’s fight between former world champion Juan Francisco Estrada and Raymond Tabugon in Mexico. Estrada recently gave up his WBA and WBO titles to move up to super flyweight.
Happy Birthday to promoter Gary Shaw.
By Marco Bratusch
At today’s purse bids held at EBU Headquarters in Rome, Spanish promoter “Maravilla Box” earned the right to stage the fight for the vacant European welterweight belt between his 28-years-old protégé Ceferino Rodriguez (23-1, 12 KOs) and French co-challenger Ahmed El Mousaoui (24-2-1, 6 KOs), promoted by “MK Events” of Malamine Koné. “Maravilla Box”’s won the bid offering 62.100 Euro while the other bidder put in the envelope 50.200 Euro. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
ISHIMOTO KEEPS JAPANESE 122LB BELT; BEPPU RUNS UNBLEMISHED MARK TO 14-0, 14 KOs; QUADRUPLE OPBF TITLE SHOW ANNOUNCED
Japanese 122-pound champ Yasutaka Ishimoto, making his second defense, retained his belt by a fine stoppage over Gakuya Furuhashi at 2:27 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo. Ishimoto once upset Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in Macao in 2013, but failed to win over Chris Avalos via eighth round TKO loss in an IBF eliminator in the same venue in Macao in 2014. Ishimoto acquired the vacant national belt by decisioning Yusaku Kuga in December of the previous year and kept it twice since.
Former WBA 122-pound champ, now campaigning in the feather category, Japanese lefty Akifumi Shimoda easily halted Filipino Gadwin Tubigon at 1:58 of the second session. (more…)
Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) says he will be ready to rematch Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) in early 2017 following a positive diagnosis on his injured right arm. The German southpaw, who celebrates his 38th birthday today, may have lost his WBA World title to Cleverly, but has received good news from the doctors.
His injury has been diagnosed as a minor muscle tear in his right forearm that will not require surgery, which means, following a short break, the former two-time World Champion will be ready for a rematch with Cleverly early next year.
“Fortunately, the injury was not as bad as it first seemed,” said Braehmer. “After a suggested period of rest, I will begin my rehabilitation and will be ready for the rematch as soon as possible.” (more…)
Ricky Burns says he’ll handle the power of big-hitting mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh – but questioned whether Relikh has the temperament for the big stage as Burns defends his WBA Wold Super Lightweight title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday night. Burns became Scotland’s first three-weight World champion in May when he stopped Michele Di Rocco in front of a fever-pitch crowd in the same arena.
Unbeaten Relikh boasts 19 KO’s from his 21 wins and Burns is ready to nullify that punching power, questioning whether the Belarussian will be able to handle the pressure of the biggest fight of his career in front of a passionate Glasgow crowd.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how he copes and adapts to the atmosphere,” said Burns. “I don’t know what sort of person he is. But obviously this is a big step up for him, first time he’s headlined an Arena show live on Sky Sports, and he’s walking into the lion’s den in Glasgow. Hopefully the fans will make it hostile for him and I don’t think it will sink in the level he’s at until there’s just me, him and the ref in the ring. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
Brian Howard (12-1, 9 KO’s) of Atlanta, Georgia won an eight round unanimous decision over Phil Williams (16-8-2, 14 KO’s) on last Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Scores read 79-73, 79-73, 78-74. There was not much action throughout the eight rounds, with both fighters showing a lot of respect for each other’s power. Howard won rounds with his quick and long jab while Williams waited for an opening to counter, which never ended up coming. No significant punch was landed by either fighter although the fight did get heated in the closing seconds of the fight. Williams attacked Howard with ten seconds left in the bout and the two ended up tangled in a corner as the fight came to a close. Williams then shoved Howard and Howard tried to retaliate before being separated by cornermen and security. (more…)
World of Boxing has announced that WBA/IBF unified cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev and Murat Gassiev will face off on December 3 in Moscow.
TGB Promotions has requested program permits from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for boxing events to be held on January 21 and January 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, to be televised on Showtime. TGB Promotions, headed by promoter Tom Brown, normally features PBC boxers on their shows.
Showtime Championship Boxing, which has been M.I.A. (missing in action) since July, is expected to televise IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next defense against TBA on November 26 (which could possibly be against Wladimir Klitschko). The network also might slip in another November date.
HBO Championship Boxing returns on the same November 26 date with WBO super featrherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters. This is HBO’s first telecast since September 10 (other than two PPVs).
Photos: Sumio Yamada
The World Boxing Society (WBS) is the latest new sanctioning body. The official kickoff event was recently held in Bangkok, Thailand. The organization is headed by Korean Yang Sup Shim, a former WBA executive. Former world champion Chris John is one of the most notable members.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke this week the WBC/WADA Clean Boxing Program created to educate boxers on the issue of doping and prevent cheating. “For us, our priority is to protect the fighter and we seek it to be an educational process,” said Sulaiman.
The WBC requires the 17 divisional champions and the top fifteen contenders in each weight category to be subject to random drug testing to identify performance-enhancing drugs and other illegal substances. The deadline for boxers to register for the program has passed and the new WBC ratings will remove boxers who haven’t registered. (more…)
Filipino super flyweight Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon (18-5-1, 8 KOs) of General Santos City arrived in Mexico on October 4 to face former world champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada of Mexico on October 8 at the Estadio Francisco León García in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Tabugon and his team arrived via Los Angeles, according to his manager Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of the Sanman Promotions.
“Tabugon and his team arrived ahead of his fight with Estrada,” said Manangquil. “Tabugon’s preparation is OK. And he is good to go for October 8. I expect Tabugon to fight hard like he always does. This is a big opportunity for him.” (more…)
Professional boxing returns to the World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California on October 14. Presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing, the San Fernando Valley’s only pro boxing series Valley Fight Night 10 will be supplemented by blue chip prospects from the Top Rank stable including the main event between Jose Felix Jr. (34-1-1, 26KOs) and Alan Herrera (34-8, 22 KO’s). Felix Jr. will put his #3 WBO and #5 IBF World Rankings on the line against his fellow countryman in a 10 round Lightweight battle. (more…)
WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he hasn’t been in the gym for months, has “done lots of cocaine” in the last few months, and doesn’t want to live anymore. In a long, sad and disturbing interview with Rolling Stone, Fury stated “I’ve done lots of cocaine. Lots of it. Why shouldn’t I take cocaine? It’s my life isn’t it? I can do what I want. Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well. What the f–k has that got to do with anything? That ain’t a performance enhancing drug. Am I not allowed to have a life now as well? Do they want to take my personal life off me too? I’ve not been in a gym for months. I’ve not been training. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what I’m saying. I’ve had total enough of it. They’ve forced me to the breaking edge. Never mind cocaine. I just didn’t care. I don’t want to live anymore. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore.”
After an exciting June win over Shaun Porter in his only 2016 ring appearance, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) is in a holding pattern with no fight currently scheduled.
“I don’t know if I’m going to do a [mandatory defense],” said Thurman in a quote released on the PBC website. “I’d rather make something more meaningful happen. But I enjoy looking down realizing that after a power struggle, I’ve attained the top spot…I have time to step into the ring this year and I’m open to that, but I’m also willing to sit back and reflect on the fact that I’ve worked 20 years of my life to get where I am. If we sit out the rest of this year, we’ll walk into the ring early next year at 28 years old as the undefeated welterweight champion of the world in our prime.”
Undefeated prospect Daniel “Twitch” Franco, (14-0-3, 9 KOs) faces Jose Haro (13-1-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant IBF-USBA featherweight title on Thursday, November 10 in Washington, D.C. in the 10-round main event of “Fight Night” at the Washington Hilton.
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to fight in Washington, D.C. for the IBF-USBA featherweight title. Jose and I have been on a crash course for the last year and I’m glad we can finally settle this in the ring with a title and a world ranking at stake,” said the 24-year-old Franco. “My goal is to become a world champion and this opportunity for fight for a top-15 world ranking is the next crucial step.” (more…)
Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
Beneath the WBA 122-pound title bout of Nehomar Cermeno finishing Thai challenger Anurak Thisa in three rounds, there happened some important bouts under Liu Gang’s Max Power Promotions on Friday (September 30) in Wenzhou, China.
XiaoJun Qiu (21-3, 10 KOs) acquired the WBA China super-bantamweight belt by finishing Filipino southpaw Robert Udtohan (23-2-3, 15 KOs) at 1:39 of the third round in a scheduled twelve rounder. Qiu had failed to win the vacant WBA 122-pound belt via last-round stoppage by Nehomar Cermeno in Beijing last June. But his promoter Liu Gang positively plans to have him meet Cermeno again with the same belt on the line this coming December. Qiu is now coached by Jeff Mayweather and showed his improvement in this fight. (more…)
WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns will land a huge showdown with Adrien Broner if he successfully defends his WBA world title against mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday. “It’s all anyone seems to be asking all week,” Burns told Sky Sports. “[Broner] announced that he’s coming over for the fight, apparently. I’ve said when I’m doing my interviews that I can’t entertain any of it now. They all seem to be looking past Kiryl but he’s got my full attention.” Burns is a 4:1 favorite over Relikh, who comes in with a record of 21-0, 19 KOs.
Trainer Frank Holm insists Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) is ready to become Denmark’s next European Champion when he challenges Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant Featherweight title on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Holm says Walsh may be underestimating the Danish-boxer, who he believes has the superior boxing skills and the ability to KO the current British Champion.
“I think Ryan might be underestimating Dennis’ strengths,” said Holm. “Ryan is a physically strong fighter, but Dennis is the better boxer, and if the opportunity comes, he has the tools to knock him out. Obviously, we won’t go looking for the knockout, first and foremost, we will concentrate on winning the rounds so there’s no doubt about the decision if it goes to the scorecards.”
While October is a bleak month for boxing in the USA, world title action continues to be hot and heavy in the UK with three separate world title events. At this point, no U.S. network has picked up any of these telecasts.
This Friday, WBA super lightweight world champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) defends against Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
On October 15, WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) defends against BJ Flores (32-2-1, 20 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
On October 22, WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders defends his title against Artur Akavov at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
Of course, the big October 29 heavyweight championship card slated for October 29 in Manchester was cancelled when Tyson Fury pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Heavyweight contenders Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz are reportedly close to fighting for the soon to be vacant WBO heavyweight title this December in New Zealand. Negotiations between promoters Dean Lonergan (Parker) and Bob Arum (Ruiz) are ongoing, but Lonergan told the New Zealand Herald, “We have a lot of work to do but I would say right now that we are 95% sure the fight will be held right here in New Zealand and more than likely Auckland given it’s the biggest market.”
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