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WBO #1 bantamweight “King” Arthur Villanueva is determined to leave no doubt against WBC Continental Americas super flyweight champion Juan “El Penita” Jimenez in their rematch on September 24 at the Stubhub Center, Carson, CA. Villanueva once again faces Jimenez as one of the main undercards in ALA Promotions, TFC, and Abs-cbn’s “Philippines vs Mexico” event that features the flyweight debut of former world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.
Villanueva and Jimenez’ first confrontation came late May of this year for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title in the Philippines where Jimenez was able to knock Villanueva down during the second round. Villanueva got back on his feet and, hitting Jimenez’ with a hard left and right, successfully scored a knockdown against the Mexican in the third round. In an exchange of blows during the next round, the fighters’ heads collided, leaving an unconscious Jimenez on the canvas. The referee announced Villanueva as the new WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight champion after Jimenez failed to get back up within the 21-second count. Some spectators, those who watched the replay on TV, and most especially Jimenez’ team, expressed a different decision against the referee. Team Jimenez went as far as to appeal for a rematch with Villanueva, with which ALA Promotions granted. (more…)
Video: Ed Keenan
Photos: Khristopher Sandifer/Roc Nation Sports
On Tuesday, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and two-time world champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in an official press conference at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, in advance of their November 19 showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Below is what the fighters had to say at the press conference:
Sergey Kovalev: “It’s a big moment in my career. I want to thank all of the people who are involved with this fight, my promoter Kathy Duva, Roc Nation and HBO Pay-Per-View. Thank you to all of my fans. It will be a fight to remember; one for the history books. I just want to give the fans a really great fight in Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Andre Ward: “I’m grateful to be here today. I want to thank everyone who is associated with this event—the good, the bad, the press, all of it. Obviously HBO, Peter Nelson, Roc Nation, Main Events, everyone who’s associated with it. It’s hard to thank everybody. It’s a lot of people that you guys know of that worked on this fight to get it done. There’s a lot of different nuances that go into getting a fight like this done, but it’s done. That’s what we should all focus on.
“I thank God for this opportunity. I thank God for my career and being able to compete at a high level through the peaks and valleys. Sometimes that gets overlooked, a veteran in the game. I’ve paid my dues and I continue to pay my dues. This is just another opportunity. I’ve been in this position before and so has my opponent. It doesn’t matter what the other side says, how they feel, what they say. He’s got to get it done and I’ve got to get it done. When those bright lights come on who it’s all about who executes and who gets it done. I don’t have to throw chairs. I don’t have to cuss. I don’t have to act crazy. I said let’s fight, lets fight. You’re selling yourself. I know that what I possess and what I have is in me, and not on me.”
Photos: Matchroom Boxing
Thousands crowded into The West Piazza in Covent Garden in London today to watch public workouts of unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and IBF welterweight champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-0, 25 KOs) just five days prior to their highly anticipated international showdown at The O2 on Saturday, September 10 in London, England.
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions
Undefeated WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) and undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0, 38 KOs) faced off at the final press conference ahead of their world title main event on Saturday, September 10 at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Roman Gonzalez: “I am very thankful to God and my family, and also to Cuadras for the opportunity to fight for the title. On Saturday we will have a tough fight, but God is above all things and is on my side to win the fight. On Saturday we’ll make history.”
Carlos Cuadras: “I thank all the people who helped make this fight. The time is almost here and that makes me very happy. I come with a lot of preparation, my trainer did a great job. It will be ME who makes history.”
By David Finger
It’s not easy to set yourself apart from the competition when it comes to boxing in Las Vegas, but there is little question that Roy Jones Jr. Boxing is doing just that as they bring their fourth installment of the popular “KnockOut Night at The D” series to Sin City on September 9th. The CBS Sports Network televised card will feature an exceptional crossroads fight between undefeated super lightweight contender Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles 15-0-1, 5 KOs as he takes on Canadian welterweight champion, Steve Claggett 23-4-1, 16 KOs, from Alberta, Canada. The bout will be an NABA United States championship fight and is scheduled for 10-rounds. (more…)
Lightweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado, Jr. (22-3-1, 19 KOs) faces former world title challenger, Diego “Mr. Superb” Magdaleno (28-2, 12 KOs) in an LA Fight Club clash on October 7. The ten rounder will take place at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles and serve as the main event on the Estrella TV, Boxeo Estelar broadcast which will also feature Philadelphia’s Damon “No Smilin” Allen (10-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight co-main event and Maricela Cornejo (4-2, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles participating in a six-round super middleweight televised opener.
AWE TV has picked up the September 24th fight between WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares.
Deep thoughts from middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin regarding bulked up welterweight champ Kell Brook. “He came in a month before the fight at 176 lbs and then 167 lbs,” GGG told Sky Sports. “My weight has been 165 or 163 but he’s huge. He looks good. He looks strong and big. It’s interesting. It’s very serious and it’s a huge fight…My first question to my coach was about different speed but he said no – just different size, different power and different timing. I thought ‘Wow.’ It’s interesting.”
WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack has parted ways with longtime trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Eddie very disappointed in the split.
Undefeated lightweight Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) will headline an October 28th UniMas show at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Opponent is TBA. In addition to training for this nationally-televised bout, Ramos is running for City Council in his native Austin, Texas.
Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo” series is moving to fill the boxing void on Friday nights. This Saturday’s telecast featuring heavyweight Andy Ruiz and lightweight Ray Beltran in separate bouts will be the last Saturday telecast, which is a good move since the shows are often competing against boxing telecasts on the premium networks.
“With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. “We will reach an even broader audience and “Solo Boxeo” will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”
The first live Friday telecast takes place September 23 from Kissimmee, Florida, and will feature undefeated super lightweight contender Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) against Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs) against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Dennis Hogan hopes to take another step back up the ratings with a victory over Melbourne-based Sam Colomban of the Cameroon on Saturday night at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Australia. The 31-year-old Hogan was born in Ireland but lives in Brisbane and has been training in Miami, Florida for Saturday’s big fight.
Hogan who has a record of 23 wins and a draw in 25 fights, told Sydney journalist Russ Penton he was still “bitterly disappointed” by the circumstances leading into his only loss as a professional — a 12-round points decision to WBA interim super welterweight champion Jack Culcay in Hamburg, Germany last year. (more…)
WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) and his team including his trainer Arnulfo Obando and manager Carlos Blandon, met on Monday with a large contingent of media who have flown in from Nicaragua in advance of the country’s most popular athlete’s quest for a fourth divisional world title on HBO against WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be telecast LIVE in Nicaragua on Channel 4 for its population of over 6,000,000 to watch.
“I know Carlos says a lot about my nickname but on Saturday night he will feel the fists of Chocolate,” said Gonzalez. “I need to throw combinations and keep him off-guard to win the fight. This fight is for all my people in Nicaragua and especially dedicated to my mentor, the great Alexis Arguello. I don’t think about other fights or how high I can move up. I just focus on Saturday night against Cuadras.”
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) continued his busy media schedule on Monday as he winds down toward Saturday’s HBO showdown with WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. “This was my first time meeting Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., right away he wanted to give me pointers for Saturday night,” said Cuadras. “He throws multiple combinations but I’m too big and strong for him.”
“I like being a world champion,” stated Cuadras, “and I plan on staying that way on Saturday night. Doesn’t matter to me, knockout or decision, I will win.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/K2
Super welterweight fan favorite Jesus “El Renuente” Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, is days away from his rematch with Japanese warrior Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, 23 KOs) this Saturday at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with Soto Karass as he talked about his upcoming rematch with Kamegai.
“This is the rematch. I believe I won the first fight. I didn’t lose or draw that fight,” Jesus Soto Karass told Fightnews.com®.
Soto Karass and Kamegai went toe to toe for ten rounds in what was definitely a fight of the year candidate setting the stage for an immediate rematch.
“He’s a kamikaze. I have nothing bad to say. He leaves it all in the ring,” Soto Karass said. “The last fight was non-stop at times we hit each other with low blows and kidney shots but that comes with the territory when you fight.” (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Australian super middleweight prospect Jake Carr (11-0, 4 KOs) will break a year-long hiatus from the sport and fight his first pro bout on U.S. soil this Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Carr will take on Tacoma fan favorite Mike Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ 107th installment of the long-running “Battle at the Boat” series.
Carr, who is originally from Victoria, Australia, recently made the move to the U.S. and currently resides in Los Angeles, working with well-known trainer Justin Fortune. In his four years as a pro, the highly touted Australian has racked up eleven straight wins and captured the Australian 168 lbs. championship, defeating Serge Yannik for that title in his fifth pro bout by unanimous decision. He went on to make three successful defenses of the belt. Carr will be looking to shake off a year’s worth of ring rust, having fought his last bout in August of last year, scoring a sixth round TKO win over Togasilimai Letoa. (more…)
On Saturday at London’s O2 Arena, WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), the undefeated knockout artist from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, will defend three of his four belts against IBF welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), from Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, in what will likely be the toughest fight of both men’s careers.
The WBA Super World middleweight title will not be at stake.
When the fight was announced in July, WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said, “The Championships Committee and the Presidency have not agreed to sanction this bout as a title fight because Brook has never fought as a middleweight.”
Mendoza added, for the sake of clarification, “The intent of the organization is to try to protect the integrity and health of the fighters.” (more…)
Formerly highly rated world rated heavyweight Travis Kauffman (30-1, 22 KOs) believes he is very close to realizing his goal to fight for the heavyweight title. In order for that to be realized, he must not stumble this Friday night when he takes on Josh Gormley (22-5, 21 KOs) as part of the undercard of a championship doubleheader at the Santander Arena in Kaufman’s hometown of Reading, Penn. The 41-year-old Gormley is in the midst of a comeback after a 16 year retirement. He was stopped in three rounds by Andy Ruiz in July.
The card, which has been dubbed the biggest fight card in Reading, will be televised live on Spike TV, will be headlined by Daniel Jacobs defending the WBA Middleweight championship in a rematch against former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora. In the televised co-feature, undefeated lightweights Robert Easter Jr. and Richard Commey vie for the vacant IBF Lightweight title.
This Thursday at 12:30PM at the flagship Fitness Evolution (4774 N Blackstone Ave) in Fresno, California, unbeaten local boxer Jose Ramirez will host the fighters on Saturday’s nationally televised fights in the Central Valley at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino and will be doing three minute workouts for media. Including main and co-main event fighters heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, veteran star Ray Beltran, NABF champion and Central Valley native Daniel Valdivia as well as the Madera Brothers, amateur star Bryan Lua who will turn pro and the homecoming for Saul Lomas who returns to the venue eight years later that he built and 8-0 record at after multiple operations and rehab. This event is FREE to the public and the first 40 people that attend will get FREE tickets to the fight, hang out and meet the fighters after!
By Robert Coster
Welterweight Carlos Adames (8-0, 7 KOs), the Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, will defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Ivan Alvarez (23-6,16 KOs) of Mexico on September 16th. Adames, a former amateur star, may be facing his toughest test to date against Alvarez, a southpaw who has won 10 of his last 11 fights. The 22 year-old Adames, ranked 14th in the WBA, had this to say about his future opponent “I’ve seen videos of Alvarez and he’s what you expect a good Mexican warrior to be. I like that because that’s how you progress, fighting tough guys.” (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
This past week has been like a roller coaster to me. I spent a few days in Boston with my wife Christiane and our oldest son Jose as we prepared to drop him off at the High school which will show him the road to follow to be successful, which will see him grow as young man and will nest his dreams until the time where destiny with meet reality and shape his future as a grown man.
Thursday midnight I took a redeye flight back to Mexico City as I was honored by Telmex-Telcel Foundation to serve as host and perform Q&A with one of my heroes, Rocky! Yes, Sylvester Stallone was an invited guest at the yearly event which gathers the 15,000 beneficiaries who receive education scholarships throughout Mexico by Mr. Carlos Slim’s Telmex-Telcel Foundation. (more…)
Charlie Edwards insists he is ready to land the IBF World Flyweight title in just his ninth pro fight when he challenges champion John Riel Casimero at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Edwards moved to 8-0 in July with a points win in Germany and this World title tilt is his first 12 round action.
Former Light-Flyweight champion Casimero overturned a June 2015 title loss to Amnat Ruenroeng to KO the Thai man in the fourth round of their rematch in May. The 26 year old Filipino first boxed for the title back in March 2011 and Saturday night is his 11th World title bout – but Edwards says that he’s more than ready for his chance to be on top of the world.
While Edwards’ pro career may still be blossoming, he carries outstanding amateur pedigree into the bout. The 23 year old landed the European Schoolboys title nine years ago and mixed in elite-class amateur competition until he turned over in January 2015. (more…)
The Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Fight Week schedule has been released. On Tuesday, at the West Piazza in Covent Garden, London, the fighters will be hosting public workouts from midday ahead of Saturday night’s action. The following fighters will perform workouts: Gennady Golovkin, Kell Brook, Lee Haskins, Stuart Hall, Charlie Edwards, Johnriel Casimero and Conor Benn.
Press conferences for media only are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
On Friday, the final weigh-in will start at 1pm at the 2,800 capacity Indigo at The O2.
Golovkin is currently a -750 favorite in the bout, Brook backers can get +525. (5dimes)
The WBA-mandated fight between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) has apparently fallen apart for the second time. Ustinov’s representative Vlad Hrunov informed Fightnews.com® that the deadline has passed for Ortiz to sign for the fight after World of Boxing won the right to promote the bout at a WBA purse bid on August 15.
Ortiz-Ustinov was originally planned for the Canelo-Smith undercard on September 17 in Dallas. Ortiz refused that agreement and instead bought out his contract with Golden Boy. There was then talk of the bout landing on the Kovalev-Ward card.
A Team Fury press conference scheduled for today has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced shortly. Promoter Frank Warren says he expects an announcement shortly to confirm everything is going ahead as planned regarding the rematch between WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former champ Wladimir Klitschko slated for October 29 in Manchester, England. Looks like there is still work to be done.
By Morrison Brandon at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
Saturday night the ballroom at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi became the battleground for Rite Hook Promotions Sweet Science VI. It featured the return of former titlist Donald Stokes (40-2-1) slated against late sub Tyrone Dowdy (4-41-0) in a cruiserweight match up. After a prolonged 19-year hiatus, “The Tiger” did not disappoint himself or the raucous packed house with a quick first round TKO.
The crowd was also entertained by the legend himself, Roy Jones Jr, who accompanied the entourage with Stokes as he entered the ring. (more…)
By David Finger
Passing his first major test, light heavyweight Donald Cobb won the vacant Colorado State title with an impressive win over tough Joey Montoya over 8-rounds. Montoya was the naturally bigger man, having fought as high as heavyweight in his career. But he was unable to compete with the speed of Cobb. Cobb sailed to an early lead and although he shows signs of fading in the final two rounds he quickly picked up his second wind to close out the fight in dominant fashion. With the win, Cobb improved to 8-0, 6 KOs. Montoya slips to 9-5-3, 3 KOs. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), 115, impressively retained his WBO junior bantamweight belt as he kept battering top contender Petchbangborn Kokietgym (38-8-1, 18 KOs), 115, swept all rounds and finally knocked him out at 3:03 of the tenth round on Sunday in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan. Inoue, making his third defense against all #1 contenders, displayed a complete control of the contest, but the game Thailander withstood his assault and amazingly showed his persistent retaliation. But Inoue finally accelerated his attack so furiously that he had the challenger sprawling to the deck for the count tolled by the referee Mark Nelson of the US.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the bantam category, elongated southpaw Satoshi Shimizu, 128, impressively made a fine pro debut when he dropped Korean featherweight champ In-Kyoo Lee (3-3, 1 KO), 127.5, at 2:13 of the fifth round in a scheduled six on Sunday in Zama, Japan. The 5’11” southpaw, 30, floored Lee with a short left in the opening session, decked him again with his trademark right hook in the second and then dispatched him with a southpaw left uppercut to the liver—like Michal Nunn or Khaosai Galaxy–in the fatal fifth. Shimizu wasn’t so tremendously fast, but his puzzling lefty style may prevail to confuse his future opposition in the paid ranks. He will campaign in the feather category.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten younger brother of WBO 115-pound champ Naoya, WBC#4 Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), 116.75, came off the canvas in the first round, fought back hard, dropped back WBC#15 flyweight Froilan Saludar (23-2-1, 15 KOs), 115.5, twice and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-90 twice, 96-91) over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Zama, Japan. Takuma, seven-time national high school champ, overcame the first-round visit to the deck, battered the game Filipino with faster combinations and floored him in the eighth and ninth sessions. It was a furious give-and-take affair with the youngsters displaying all they had to entertain the well-packed crowd. Takuma may be a very possible challenger to the newly crowned WBO bantam titlist Marlon Tapales in his initial defense.
Unbeaten Koki Inoue (5-0, 4 KOs), 143.25, proved too fast and ferocious for Indonesian super-lightweight champ Heri Andriyanto (22-23-2, 10 KOs), 141.75, halting him with a southpaw right hook at 1:20 of the second session in a scheduled eight-round bout. Koki, a cousin of Inoue brothers, was also a national high school champ and was campaigning in University league before turning professional. Koki looks promising with his speed and power, plus good height and reach.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Professional boxing returned to the scenic Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA on Saturday night with a nice seven bout card. In the six round main event of the card promoted by Ernie Bizzarro’s Bizzarro Promotions, welterweight Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (18-4-1, 7 KOs) wore down and scored a sixth round stoppage of upset-minded Justin “Baby Johnson (6-13-6). In the co-feature, Canadian middleweight prospect Roy “Don’t Blink” Berringer upped his record to 4-0, 3 KOs with a dominant four round unanimous decision victory over Hakeem Atkinson (2-5, 1KO). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs) will defend his belt against top ranked Thailander Petchbangborn (38-7-1, 18 KOs) today (Sunday) in Zama city, Kanagawa, Japan. Zama is well-known by a US military camp there and is also the native place of the defending titlist. Inoue, 23, is making his third defense against all the WBO top contenders in succession, being a prohibitive favorite to the 31-year-old Thailander whose mark here is 1-4, having lost to Kohei Kono (L8) and Sho Ishida (KOby2). Petchbangborn, however, is lately in good form as he won sixteen straight, including nine KOs. But Inoue is said to be in good shape, and people here expect his fine and crowd-pleasing knockout win.
WBO officials are as follows: referee Mark Nelson, judges Lou Moret, Pat Morley, Daniel Sandoval; supervisor Leon Panoncillo (all from the US). (more…)
Promoter Manny Pacquiao celebrates with his first world champion ever under his MPP banner! Newly crowned IBF junior bantamweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16 KOs) from Cavite City, had to work for it but took a clear decision from defending champ McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico by scores of 118-109, 115-112 and 117-110.
“It’s another dream come true for me to be able to give Jerwin a chance to win a world championship at home in the Philippines,” said Pacquiao. “He was prepared and made me proud to be his promoter.”
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Unbeaten featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Díaz (21-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Samuel “Pana” Gonzalez (17-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Morelos de la Delegación Cuajimalpa in Mexico City. Diaz survived some rough moments in round five, but got things back under control and won 97-93, 97-93, 97-97.
In an upset, lightweight journeyman Francisco Gabriel Piña (18-12, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over two-time former world title challenger Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (31-5, 21 KOs). Scores were 77-76, 77-75, 77-75.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Undefeated WBC #1 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (28-0, 22 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former world champion Alexander “Explosivo” Munoz (38-7, 30 KOs) to retain his WBC International silver title on Saturday night at the Deportivo Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Mexico. The much taller Vargas smashed the 37-year-old Munoz to the canvas twice in round two. Vargas floored Munoz again in round four, but there was still no quit in the old champ. Vargas finally got the win when he knocked down Munoz for the fourth time in round five. Time was 2:22.
In the co-feature, two-time former super flyweight world title challenger Felipe Orucuta (31-4, 25 KOs) stopped Yader Cardoza (20-8-1, 6 KOs) in round four. A furious barrage of punches sent Cardoza to the deck and the bout was stopped.
Former female bantamweight world champion Irma Garcia (15-1-1, 2 KOs) outpointed Ana Maria Lozano (12-5-1, 9 KOs) over eight.
Photos: Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten super lightweight Darwin Price (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Javontae Starks (13-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. Price dropped Starks in round three with a hard right hand. The bout ended in round six when Price rained down a barrage of punches on Starks prompting a stoppage by referee Mark Calo-Oy at the 1:52 mark.
In a clash of undefeated super lightweights, Kent Cruz (11-0, 6 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Rickey Edwards (11-1, 3 KOs). Cruz dropped Edwards in round two, but a reeling Edwards survived the round. Cruz continued to rock Edwards as the bout progressed. Scores were 77-74, 77-73, 77-73.
2012 Olympian super welterweight Junior Castillo (11-1, 9 KOs) had all he could handle against journeyman Josue Ovando (12-11-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 58-56, 58-56. 60-54 was a bad score. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
The former long time WBA featherweight king Chris John has embarked on a new career as a promoter since August this year. However, his first international promotion took place on Saturday featuring current WBA #10 jr flyweight Tibo Monabesa (14-0-1, 7 KOs), mentioned as one of the top Indonesian prospects, who won by technical knockout over the Philippines’ Joel Taduran (7-5-1, 1 KO) at Balai Sarbini Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia. Monabesa landed a sharp hook to Taduran’s temple to cause a severe cut, prompting the doctors to halt the scheduled ten-rounder in round six.
“I hope we can bring sponsors to feature an international title for Monabesa at the WBA,” said Armin Tan, Monabesa’s trainer and manager. (more…)
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