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Hard-hitting unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 8 KOs) will face against Australia’s Lenny Zappavigna (35-2, 25 KOs) in a 12-round junior welterweight world title eliminator on the undercard of Cuellar vs Mares on December 10th.
Also featured are undefeated rising contenders Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) in a middleweight bout and Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) battling Argentina’s Claudio Rosendo Tapia (24-18-4, 9 KOs) in junior lightweight action.
An array of talented fighters from the Los-Angeles area round out the evening as Oxnard’s Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (24-1, 12 KOs) competes in a super middleweight attraction, former title challenger Josesito Lopez (33-7, 19 KOs) of Riverside in a six-round welterweight fight and Abner Mares’ younger brother, Adan Mares (14-1-3, 3 KOs) enters the ring in a lightweight bout. (more…)
Photo: Frank Warren Promotions
Dulwhich Super-Welterweight Ahmet Patterson has been forced to withdraw from his British title showdown with Welshman Liam Williams after being attacked whilst out running late on Thursday night.
Patterson, 29, suffered injuries to his head and right eye after being struck by a brick whilst running past a group of three men in London. The undefeated Peacock Gym fighter was struck on the head as he ran past the three men who attempted to block his path.
“I was doing my road work when I noticed a group of men gathering on the pavement around 50 yards in front of me,” said Patterson. “I tried to run around them but they moved in front of me and blocked my path.
“As I ran around them one of the men struck me in the face with a brick and we got in a scuffle. Once I started defending myself they ran off.”
The injuries suffered left Patterson with no choice but to withdraw from his challenge for the Lonsdale Belt this Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. (more…)
Photo: Dave Cameron
A Press Conference was held Tuesday for the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilepa Alono Sailele Maillelegaol who is the major sponsor of the WBO#1 Joseph Parker versus WBO#3 Andy Ruiz who clash for the vacant WBO heavyweight title at the Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on December 10 promoted by Duco Events.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilepa Alono Sailele Mallelegaol said “We are proud to be able to support our son Joseph Parker in his quest to become the first Samoan world heavyweight champion, and believe he possesses the qualities required to succeed, strength of body, mind and soul. In addition to this, this event will be a great opportunity for Samoa to promote our beautiful country to what will be a massive international audience.”
Parker’s promoter Dennis Higgins of Duco Events said “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the people of Samoa and the Honorable Prime Minister
who have extended to both Joseph Parker and Duco Events over the past 24 months.”
Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) spoke to the press on Monday about their HBO clash this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Vasyl Lomachenko: I think it is going to be very, very hard for me in the first four rounds, then after that I will be trying to terminate the bout.
Nicholas Walters: I don’t think this is a different Lomachenko from the guy that lost to Salido – he is the same Lomachenko. They say a leopard cannot change his spots right? Since he did lose to Salido, he can be as technical all he wants, but I am in the hurt business – this is a gladiator sport and I fight all of my fights like that, I fight like a gladiator. He can come in with his technical fight on Saturday and I am going to be up for it and put on a helluva show on Saturday night.
Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) has a major challenge in front of him Saturday night in Las Vegas against unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs). But if Lomachenko gets past Walters, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said Monday that a showdown between Lomachenko and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao could be in the near future.
“It is not beyond the realm of possibility that he and Manny could fight sometime next year,” said Arum. “Lomachenko wants challenges and he is a tremendous talent.”
Lomachenko stated he’s onboard. “Yes, of course, I would like to fight Pacquiao, but not in the next fight,” he stated.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
We, in Japan, are going to welcome a bunch of world title bouts to be held in the end of the year, as usual, since our televisions like to show deluxe programs of plural title goes at prime time in association with our active impresarios. The schedule is as follows:
December 30, at Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo
WBO junior bantamweight title bout
Champion, Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs)
Former WBA titlist, compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs)
December 31, at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo
WBA super-featherweight title bout
Champion, Jezreel Corrales, Panama, Panama (20-1, 8 KOs)
Former champion, Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs)
WBA light-flyweight title bout
Champion, Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs)
Carlos Canizales, Venezuela (16-0, 13 KOs)
December 31, at Gifu Memorial Hall, Gifu
WBO junior flyweight title bout for the vacant championship
#1 Moises Fuentes, Mexico (24-2-1, 13 KOs)
#2 ex-WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs)
December 31, at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto
WBA flyweight title bout
Champion, Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs)
Interim champion, Stamp Kiatniwat, Thailand (15-0, 6 KOs)
IBF bantamweight title bout
Champon, Lee Haskins, UK (34-3, 14 KOs)
Shohei Omori (17-1, 12 KOs)
IBF junior featherweight title bout
Champion, Jonathan Guzman, Dominican Republic (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs)
Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7 KOs)
IBF#5 ranked 122-pounder Yukinori Oguni will make an ambitious crack at the IBF junior featherweight belt against Jonathan Guzman, a Dominican Wilfredo Gomez boasting of all KO wins in 22 victories, on New Year’s Eve—along with another IBF title bout of the Haskins-Omori confrontation. Oguni, a stylish speedster, will try to make best use of his speed and footwork to outbox the hard-punching champ Guzman.
By Nick Giongco
Marlon Tapales’ first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crown on Dec. 30 in Tokyo was scrapped after Japanese challenger Takuma Inoue suffered an injury during training. Tapales’ chief handler Wakee Salud said there is an offer to defend against unbeaten Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Jan. 28 as well as offers to do the same thing in Ireland also on the same date and in England in February.
“A decision will have to be made within the week so Marlon can program his training,” said Salud, who was informed about the cancellation of the Tokyo fight last week. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
”Alvarez fight will be my fourth bout this year. An optimal situation, staying in fighting shape, no need to build mental, physical fitness. It’s already there!” says Polish light heavyweight southpaw Norbert “Noras” Dąbrowski (19-5, 7 KOs), who on December 10 in Montreal will do his best to upset undefeated WBC #1 ranked Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs). Alvarez- Dąbrowski will be the main event in the second installment of the GYM 2016-2017 boxing series at Montreal Casino Cabaret, by Mise-o-Jeu, in collaboration with Videotron.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Heavyweight Lucas Browne has reportedly tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance. Again. The Australian star stopped Ruslan Chagaev in a March clash for the WBA title, but was then stripped and suspended after testing positive for clenbuterol. After serving his suspension, the WBA ranked Browne #3 and allowed him to get an immediate shot at their vacant “regular” title against #6 Shannon Briggs, but that bout could now be in doubt if reports prove true. No comment yet from the Browne camp.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
This past week the boxing lost a true advocate of women´s boxing. Raul Cruz passed away in Mexico City. Don Raul was a childhood friend of my father in their hometown of Victoria city. He moved to Mexico City years after my father did and eventually became a boxing promoter/agent. Raul Cruz was the strong supporter of women in boxing and he made a match which changed the future of the sport. He brought Laura Serrano to fight Christy Martin at the MGM Grand in the undercard of a Tyson and Chavez card. Serrano was a huge underdog dressed in humble uniform and Martin was the fans’ favorite with satin pink uniform… The fight was great and ended up in a draw. Such a fight opened the eyes to the world for female boxing and Laura became the inspiration of fighters in Mexico. Today Mexico has eight great world champions in women’s boxing. Don Raul was able to see the success even when he was not part of the promotions. He was proud that his work paved the way for others.
Women´s boxing has great success in several countries, such as Mexico, Japan and Argentina. There have been great champions in Germany, Australia, Canada and many other areas of the world. The USA has had its run in the past. Laila Ali is the greatest female fighter and she was very successful. Christy Martin, Mia St John, Lucia Rijker were sensational, but then it all faded away… Promoters and TV corporations didn’t step up and give women that much needed opportunity. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
Undefeated junior welterweight contender, 2012 U.S. Olympian, WBC Continental Americas Champion and social activist, Jose Ramirez, and Team Ramirez are taking time out from training camp to team up with County Supervisor Richard Valle for the annual “Operation Gobble” where they will give away hundreds of turkeys and food baskets for the town Ramirez was born and raised in as well as up tp 8 free tickets to families to attend his upcoming fight on December 2nd at The Save Mart Center in Fresno, Ca at no cost.
“Team Ramirez is proud and happy to give back to my home town,” said Ramirez.” Supervisor Valle has done a lot for my city and I hope we can make some families happy this Thanksgiving.” (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Coach Ulli Wegner says Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) must ‘keep his cool’ during his historic homecoming fight with former World Champion Samuel Peter (35-5, 29 KOs) on December 3 at the Arena Armeec in Sofia.
Pulev, a national hero in his native Bulgaria, will be fighting at home for the first time in his seven year career when he meets Peter for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title.
Wegner, who will be in the 35 year-old’s corner for a fourth time following victories over George Arias, Maurice Harris and most recently Dereck Chisora, has shared his thoughts on the match-up including a few words of warning for the current European Champion. (more…)
Photo: All Star Boxing
Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz and his team arrived in Cardiff, Wales in anticipation of his fight against Terry Flanagan for the WBO Lightweight Title this Saturday.
By Miguel Maravilla
A review of the scorecards shows Sergey Kovalev surged to an early lead, but then the judges gave him almost NOTHING in the last six rounds. John McKaie and Glenn Trowbridge gave Andre Ward a 6-0 sweep in the second half of the fight, while Burt Clements favored Ward 5-1. None of the judges gave Kovalev round ten, which many in the media thought Kovalev won.
Welterweight Dmitry Mikhaylenko bounced back from his defeat for the WBC Silver title against Charles Manyuchi last May with a convincing 7th round stoppage against still dangerous puncher Breidis Prescott for the WBC Silver interim title.
Mikhaylenko was briefly dropped in the 1st but fought back and steadily wears down the Colombian visitor for the next 6 rounds. Prescott was dropped outside the ropes in round 7 but was still able to beat the count off Belgian veteran referee Daniel Van de Wiele. After the count Prescott turned his back to the referee saying “estoy cansado”… and the fight was waved off.
The local hero was in the lead on 2 cards by 58-56 (Irakly Malazonia), 57-56 (Noppharat Sricharoen) while the 3rd judge (Predrag Aleksic) had the visitor by 56-57.
Dmitry Mikhaylenko is now the official challenger to Charles Manyuchi and is eager to take revenge for his only defeat.
On the undercard Magomed Kurbanov dropped experienced Dennis Laurente in round 9 to win a wide unanimous decision by twice 100-89 and 99-90. Kurbanov retained his WBC ABCO Silver superwelterweight title and added the vacant WBC EPBC to his account.
Pavel Malikov retained his WBC ABCO Silver lightweight title with a steady punishment of Carlo Magali. After a brief consultation of the referee with the corner Magali wisely did not come out for round 9.
In the 4th WBC titlefight of the evening Mikhael Alekseev survived two knockdowns in round 1 to capture the WBC ABCO Silver superfeatherweight title of Mirzhan Zhalsylykov from Kazakhstan. The visitor was down in round 8 and decided not to come out for round 9 making Alekseev the new champion.
The successful event was promoted by Titov promotions at the DIVS arena of Ekaterinburg last Friday Nov 18.
WBA #8 Shannon Briggs has warned WBA #5 Lucas Browne that he has made a mistake taking the fight with him for the vacant WBA regular heavyweight championship. “Should never of give me a shot Browne,” Briggs said. “I’m going hurt you boy, I’m going to hurt you boy. I promise you. I’m going hurt you. Show up if you want. Show up if you want!”
The WBA ruled that Browne and Briggs should fight for the WBA championship by December 31.
Browne’s promoter Ricky Hatton said that Browne should have the opportunity to challenge for the championship in his home country of Australia. Browne’s lawyer, Leon Margules said that there has not been a venue selected at this time but the fight could happen in China, England or Australia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super featherweight contender Miguel Roman (56-11, 43 KOs) is the mandatory challenger for the WBC world title of Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) and is still waiting for Vargas to recover from an injury suffered against Orlando Salido in April.
“I respect Vargas and I understand his physical situation because we are athletes we have injuries that prevent us from fulfilling our commitments or maintaining our sports rhythm. I’m still waiting for this great opportunity and I’m convinced to be the next WBC super featherweight champion” Says Roman
According to a source, the WBC suggested an interim world title fight for Roman, but now that Vargas is ready Roman’s Team says ‘let’s do it.’ Promoter Promociones del Pueblo is ready to go to a purse bid if necessary to promote Vargas-Roman.
WBC #1 rated super middleweight Callum “Mundo” Smith will defend his British title against mandatory challenger Luke Blackledge at the Manchester Arena on December 10. Smith makes a first defense of the title he won in spectacular fashion last November when he knocked out local rival Rocky Fielding in Liverpool inside a round. The unbeaten 26-year-old is looking to move to 22-0 and add to his 16 KO wins, and it represents a chance to showcase his ability ahead of a World title tilt in 2017.
Smith is the mandatory for the winner of the unification battle between IBF champion James DeGale MBE and WBC king Badou Jack who meet in Brooklyn on January 14.
“It was good to see James and Badou finally get their fight signed. I was in Washington in April when they both defended their titles and agreed to meet in a unification and I didn’t think it would take this long for the fight to happen. (more…)
The German Boxing Association has officially granted a promoter’s license to 14-year-old Ranee Schroeder, daughter of longtime boxing man Olaf Schroeder. Ranee’s first event will take place on December 18 at the Sportpalast in Bielefeld, Germany. She will celebrate just her 15th birthday only days before the show.
“For many years now I have accompanied my dad to a lot of shows all over Europe whenever school allows, from little gym shows with 50 fans constituting a sellout up to mega events at Wembley Arena or London’s O2 with 15.000 people,” said Ranee. “I have seen how big and small promoters work, I have met superstar fighters like Carl Frampton, Donny Lalonde, Barry McGuigan or David Haye, who even invited me to his dressing room for a chat. Now is the time to see if I can run a show myself.”
As for the possibility of the show losing money, the teenager stated, “I hope not, but since I still go to school, of course, I have already alerted my parents that I may need a little sponsoring.” (more…)
Power puncher Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) arrives from Panama into Las Vegas for his mega showdown vs. WBO super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) on Top Rank’s big fight card on Saturday at the sold out Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
This is a highly anticipated fight that was over a year in the making. Lomachenko is running as a 9:1 favorite. HBO will televise.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
Resurging super middleweight prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) added a second consecutive win to his twenty-two fight win column on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, turning in a dominant performance, thoroughly outboxing Accra, Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono (25-5-1, 21 KOs) over ten rounds in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 108”.
Gavronski used his jab and lateral movement to set the range early in the fight, patiently working at a distance and picking off Awimbono with occasional straight right hands as the Ghanaian pressed forward. Maintaining a steady pace, Gavronski easily racked up points in the first half of the fight, keeping the aggressive minded Awimbono at the end of his punches. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In one of the best fights seen in the South African ring this year Simphiwe Konco retained the IBO minimumweight belt as he used all his boxing skills, to outscore the aging Nkosinathi Joyi to win on a unanimous 12 rounds points decision at the Orient Theatre on a hot Sunday afternoon.
Judges Lulama Mtya and Eddie Papoe scored it 119-111 and 118-112, while judge Allen Matakane had a more realistic score of 116-113. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Newly crowned WBA, WBO, and IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke to the press after Ward’s narrow unanimous decision victory on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Sergey Kovalev: “Thanks for your support. I am happy about peoples’ opinion but I think I won this fight. Of course, I am disappointed but life is still good. The fight was more clearer than the decision. I don’t agree with the decision.
“Everybody saw what happened. Look at his face, look at my face. I didn’t think I won the fight because I hurt him first but because I kept controlling the fight, but he kept running from me. Let’s make the second fight!” (more…)
WBC Youth female minimumweight titleholder Fabiana Bytyqi (9-0, 3 KOs) retained her title with a ten round unanimous decision over Halima Vunjabei (3-3-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
Female featherweight Lucie Sedlackova (8-0-1, 4 KOs) outpointed Pasa Malagic (11-4, 3 KOs) over ten by scores of 95-93, 97-91, 95-93. Sedlackova claimed the vacant WBC Youth female featherweight title.q
Also, in a clash for the Czech cruiserweight championship Lubos Suda (35-11-1, 25 KOs) outscored Daniel Vend (4-2, 2 KOs) over ten 97-92, 98-94, 98-92.
The SES Boxing/Qwert Boxing was completely sold out and televised on TV Nova.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Undefeated heavyweight and former Olympian Simon Kean wasted no time in finishing things off quickly in the ring and endearing himself to his new fans as the Quebec boxer made his first successful road trip down the highway 401 and took care of business in Toronto’s Hershey Centre. Kean who competed and the London Olympics of 2012 needed just 2:40 to drop Danny Calhoun (6-2) stopping the 33-year-old Cincinnati for the first time. A solid left-hook to the body before coming upstairs with left put Calhoun down to his knees for a count of ten and beyond. The final shot was enough to bloody the mouth of Calhoun who had a trickle of blood hit the canvas at the count of ten but it was the body blow that kept him there, still trying to get his wind back beyond that. “I have power in both hands,” said Kean after the fight, “If they’re guarding against the right, I can come with both.” (more…)
Former unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev after being dethroned via narrow unanimous decision by Andre Ward.
“It’s the wrong decision. I don’t want to say my opinion. The witnesses are here – they saw it. It’s my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges’ decision. He got maybe a few rounds, I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight…of course, I want a rematch and I will kick his ass. I want to show good boxing. I am against here it is the USA and all the judges were from the USA. He is a boxer. It’s a sport, don’t make it politics. It’s a sport and I won the fight!”
Andre Ward after his razor-thin unanimous decision win over unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev:
“No, I was not surprised when I heard the decision, I don’t’ know where you got that from. I know it was a close fight – the crowd you can hear they thought I won…I have been a champ before I knew it was going to be a tough fight – it was the first time in my career I was dropped…He did everything I expected him to do. He started to show up as I expected he started to fight like I expected. My coach did a great job…It’s hard for me to call myself great. At the end of the day I am a two-weight division champion. Of course, I would do a rematch. I am not going to negotiate a fight right now I will go home and relax and see what’s next.”
For the second consecutive fight Mike Gavronski has spoiled a boxer’s United States debut. Gavronski defeated Thomas Awimbono by unanimous decision in the super middleweight main event of Battle at the Boat 108 Saturday in Tacoma, Wash. Gavronski improved to 22-2-1 with the victory. The judge’s scored the 10-round bout 100-90, 99-91, 98-92. Awimbono, a native of Ghana who was fighting in the U.S. for the first time professionally, dropped to 25-5-1, losing for the first time since January 2010 and seeing his 18-bout winning streak end. The win comes two months after Gavronski knocked out previously undefeated Jake Carr, a former Australian champion who was also making his U.S. debut.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a terrific fight, former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) came back from a second round knockdown to edge unified world champion Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) by scores 114-113 on all three scorecards to capture the Russian’s WBA, WBO, and IBF light heavyweight belts on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ward, (31-0, 15 KOs) was in all kinds of trouble early, wobbled by a hard Kovalev jab in round one, and sent down by a quick right hook in round two. Kovalev’s short right hand seemed to hurt Ward every time it landed. Ward held often in the early rounds, trying to blunt Kovalev’s power and reach advantages and buy some time to recover. By round five though, Kovalev drifted away from using his right hand and Ward began to outland the Russian as the rounds progressed. Ward rocked Kovalev with a straight left hand in round seven and outboxed Kovalev with confidence in most of the later rounds. The two fighters both displayed their quality in the championship rounds, each landing big punches but Ward was just a little faster and landed with a little more authority to shade the fight on the final scorecards. Ultimately, a defining win for Ward, Kovalev certainly did not diminish his stock in defeat, and a win for boxing that its latest big fight delivered on the hype.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Former WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez (33-2-2, 21 KOs) moved up to junior welterweight and seemingly upset unbeaten Maurice Hooker (21-0-3, 16 KOs), only to get a draw. Hooker boxed well and used the jab as Perez landed a looping right hand in the opening round. Perez pressed forward in round two as Hooker kept his distance. In round three Perez connected Hooker with a wild right hand as he followed up with a flurry. The fourth round saw Perez landed a two punch combination as Hooker went down but referee Kenny Bayless quickly ruled it a slip. At the halfway point in round five Hooker continued to stick the jab as Perez kept moving forward. Halfway through in round six the Colombian pressed the fight with Hooker keeping his distance. Continuing to press and swing wild, Perez was the aggressor through seven while Hooker jabbed and stayed away. The taller fighter Hooker used his distance as the fight was in the late rounds Perez stayed aggressive throwing big punches searching for the knockout. The tenth and final round Hooker stuck to his plan and used the jab as Perez sensed the urgency looking for the big punch. In the end, the judges scored the bout 97-93 for Perez, 97-93 for Hooker! and 95-95. Hooker stayed undefeated. (more…)
Former NABF junior heavyweight champ “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (15-4, 12 KOs) displayed dominant power and skills Saturday night in stopping Arthur “The Armenian Assassin” Saribekian (23-13, 18 KOs) in the 4th of a scheduled 8 rounder at the Wheeling Isle Casino in Wheeling, West Virginia. Martz dropped Saribekian in the second with a straight right and then methodically broke down his opponent with effective combinations before referee Tim Wheeler put a stop to the contest at 1:08 of round 4. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
In the main event of Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Alexis Santos (17-1, 14 KOs) out-punched Jesse Barboza (11-3-1, 7 KOs) over 8 rounds in an exciting heavyweight slugfest. Portions of the fight could have been fought in a phone booth with both fighters landing heavy shots. Santos moves well for a heavyweight and scored on powerful combinations which Barboza absorbed in spurts. His overhand right winced Barboza on the ropes on several occasions but he was not able to drop his opponent to the canvas at any point throughout the fight. (more…)
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields made her long-anticipated pro debut, earning a hard fought unanimous decision over her former USA Boxing teammate Franchon Crews, 40-36 on all three cards in a four-round super middleweight bout. Crews, the 2015 U.S. national champion at light heavyweight and Olympic alternate who was also debuting, came out guns blazing at the opening bell, forcing Shields into a shootout when it was clear Shields wanted to try and box. But each time Shields tried to get into a rhythm behind her jab, Crews would swing away, forcing Shields to do the same. Shields’ class began to show though in round three, as Crews began to tire and Shields starting landing accurate big right hands before backing away and resetting her offense. It was more of the same by Shields in round four, and it was also evident that Shields probably would have knocked her opponent out given another round or two to work with. Nevertheless, it was a good debut by Shields in an exciting fight, which drew several ovations from the fans in attendance.
Highly touted heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock, (6-0, 4 KOs), looked unimpressive en route to a pedestrian four-round unanimous decision over MMA fighter Brice Ritani-Coe, (4-5-1, 3 KOs), by scores of 40-36 twice, and a bizarre 40-35 score where there were no knockdowns, penalties, or enough action in any round to score it 10-8. (more…)
IBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (40-3-1, 27 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over current European champion Dmytro Kucher (24-2-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hanover, Germany. Many close rounds. Huck fought in spurts, but did the more eye-catching work. Huck staggered Kucher in round eight and had Kucher holding on. Huck was mostly the busier man down the stretch and won by scores of 117-111, 119-109, 117-111.
WBA #10 light heavyweight Shefat Isufi (22-3-2, 17 KOs) scored a third round KO over journeyman Daniel Urbanski (21-18-3, 5 KOs). Eleven straight losses for Urbanski, who fought Gennady Golovkin in 2006.
Light heavyweight Christian Pawlak (29-8-1, 19 KOs) scored a second round TKO over previously unbeaten Ali Beqiray (2-1, 1 KO).
By Dave Spencer
Boxing action returns this Saturday November 19th as former Olympic Canadian heavyweight Simon Kean travels to Toronto to headline at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. So far all of the six-foot-five slugger’s fights have ended the same way, by knock-out in what has been an impressive path of destruction in his first six fights.
“It was a no brainer as far as headlining him,” said promoter of Don MacDonald of United Promotions, “He has a tremendous upside and we are forging a great relationship with Eye of the Tiger management in Montreal and we figured we better get on that train before it left the station.”
That partnership between United and Eye of the Tiger was cemented earlier this week when the long on-again, off-again, fight between #4 ranked (WBA) Brandon Cook (17-0 10KO) and fellow undefeated junior middleweight Stephen Butler (18-0-1 15KO) was finally confirmed in what should be a classic inter-provincial battle on January 28 in Montreal.
Kean is pencilled in on that card to start the year but first the 2012 London Olympian will have to take care of business tonight against 6-1 Chicago heavyweight Danny Calhoun. The 33 year-old has fought almost exclusively out of Cincinnati and went the distance in his only loss so Kean will be challenged if he wants his knockout streak to continue. (more…)