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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning ...

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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UFC

Fight Night Rio Main Post-Fight

With nine finishes out of 12 fights at Fight Night Rio on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White said at the post fight press conference that he had a hard job picking the winners of the performance bonuses for the event . . . click here for more

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March 22nd, 2015


Boxing News

Nathan Cleverly calls out Juergen Braehmer, eyes September date

By James Slater

Nathan Cleverly provided the expert analysis in the Sky Sports studio last night, as WBA light-heavyweight champ Juergen Braehmer defended his “regular” title against fellow German (and former Cleverly victim) Robin Krasniqi. And the former WBO 175-pound ruler from Wales wasted no time in calling Braehmer out after seeing the 36-year-old retain his belt with a 9th-round corner retirement win over Krasniqi.

Cleverly was all set to fight Braehmer back in 2011, before the German pulled out of the fight, much to Cleverly’s annoyance, the week of the fight. Now 28-year-old Cleverly (28-2, 14 KOs) is aiming to get the fight on at last, this September.

“I’m told the fight can really happen,” Cleverly told Sky Sports. “I believe this fight is on the cards, so I’ve got one fight lined up (against a TBA on April 25th) and if I get through that I think it’s likely that myself and Braehmer are going to get it on. (more…)



March 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBA interim world title twinbill in Germany May 9

On May 9, “Golden Jack” Culcay (19-1, 10 KOs) and Maurice Weaver (21-1, 8 KOs) will clash for the vacant WBA interim super welterweight title at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. “This is the next big step for me,” said Culcay. “By winning the world championship, I want to show that I’m ready for the big guns at super welterweight!”

The bout will be the co-feature underneath the WBA interim super middleweight clash between champion Fedor Chudinov and former multi-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm.



March 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Saguilan defeats Villasana Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel

Jr welterweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Marcos Villasana Jr. (15-6, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State. Scores were 97-93 across the board for Saguilan. Villasana is the son the former WBC featherweight champion of the same name.

In the co-feature, WBC female mini-flyweight champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora, won a ten round unanimous nod over Suri “Tsunami” Tapia. Scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 99-91.

More results and photos…



March 22nd, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Rio Main: Maia Masterful in Decision Win Over LaFlare

What could have been a star-making turn for Long Island welterweight Ryan LaFlare on Saturday night instead turned into a reminder why Demian Maia is one of the top groundfighters in the sport, as the Brazilian contender put together a Jiu-Jitsu clinic in winning a five-round unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night main event at Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . . . click here for more

Also see: Silva subs Koscheck

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March 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Lopez TKOs Padilla for WBA interm 130lb belt

Photos: Zanfer

Local super featherweight hero Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (18-4-1, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Carlos “Batey” Padilla (15-2-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim world title on Saturday night at the WBA “KO Drugs” event in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. Lopez took over in round four and punished Padilla after that. Lopez knocked down Padilla at the end of round seven and put Padilla on the deck again in round nine. He got the stoppage from referee Luis Pabon with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:24.

Minimumweight Carlos “Cochorroncito” Buitrago (28-1-1, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (20-10-4, 12 KOs). “Dragoncito” was down twice in round five, but gutted it out for the full ten. Scores were 96-93, 96.5-93, 95.5-93.

WBA female interim flyweight champion Joselyn “Princesa Tapatia” Arroyo (18-0, 7 KOs) won a controversial split decision over Maribel “Pantera” Ramirez (13-8, 5 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 98-94 for Ramirez and 95-94.5 for Arroyo.

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March 22nd, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Rio Prelims: KO Kevin Finishes Kikuno in One

The story of Saturday’s featherweight matchup between Rio’s Kevin Souza and Tokyo’s Katsunori Kikuno was expected to be one of punches vs. kicks. Well, punches won at Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a single right hand ending Kikuno’s night in the first round of the UFC Fight Night prelim bout . . . click here for more

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March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Giacon wins WBC interim silver title

Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (now 27-1, 23 KOs) won the WBC interim silver super lightweight title moments ago in Milan, Italy, by unanimous decision against brave and tough Steve Jamoye (now 16-1-1, 2 KOs). Jamoye was down in round seven. The scores were 119-109, 118-109, 116-111. OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events promoted the show with Italia 1 televising in Italy, Fightklub in Poland, Kombat Sport in France, Digi Sport in Romania and IL-TV in Finland.



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Braehmer punishes Krasniqi, retains WBA title

By Karl Freitag

WBA “regular” light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round TKO over mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Spirited effort by nifty boxer Krasniqi, but southpaw Braehmer’s power was the difference as he rocked Krasniqi throughout the fight. Referee Tony Weeks gave Krasniqi a count in round nine after Braehmer power shots sent Krasniqi staggering into the ropes. Krasniqi, with a bad cut over his lip, didn’t come out for round ten. Time was :01. German media has never given Braehmer his just due like other German champions due to his well documented difficulties outside the ring, but he has both power and skills and hasn’t lost since 2008.



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Helenius destroys Csomor in comeback fight

Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (20-0, 12 KOs) made quick work of Andras Csomor (11-5-1, 9 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The first fight for the 6’6 Helenius in two years lasted just 62 seconds. The unbeaten 31-year-old, once considered a possible threat to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, returned after injuries and an ongoing dispute with German promotional powerhouse Sauerland Event.



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Undercard Results from Germany

Hot super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz moved to 19-1 with 18 KOs, after a spectacular ninth round stoppage over previously unbeaten Balazs Kelemen (22-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Feigenbutz stuggled during the first eight rounds, but finished Kelemen with a crushing shot in round nine.

Heavyweight Denis Boytsov (36-1, 27 KOs) scored a second round TKO when Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-5, 14 KOs) quit citing an injured right hand.

In a clash of unbeaten super lightweights, Anthony Yigit (13-0-1, 5 KOs) outpointed Timo Schwarzkopf (14-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-93.

Cruiserweight Agron Dzila (22-1, 17 KOs) outpointed Bernard Adie (12-3, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds by scores of 117-110, 117-109, 116-110 to win the GBU belt.



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

World title tripleheader coming to Japan in May

Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi

A world title tripleheader was announced by Watanabe Promotions on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-feather “super” champ Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18 KOs) will put his belt on the line against also undefeated OPBF ruler Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4 KOs), also WBC Muay-thai 135-pound titlist of Thailand, in the main event at Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo on May 6. Also, newly crowned WBA light-fly champ Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8 KOs) will make his initial defense against ex-WBA titleholder Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-3-1, 26 KOs), a Thai veteran, over twelve rounds. The first title go will be competed by WBO female mini-flyweight titlist Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-2, 3 KOs) and OPBF flyweight ruler Kayoko Ebata (8-5, 4 KOs) over ten. (more…)



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Nelson, Douglas, Salinas Win Female World Titles in Woodlawn

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

The night was a good one for female boxing as three Washington-area ladies captured world titles in front of an overflow, standing-room-only crowd at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. The card was promoted by Shawstyle Promotions and Shabazz Brothers.

In the main event, undefeated Ashburn, VA fan-favorite Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson captured the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight championship with a 10-round unanimous decision over Kita “Ready-Made ” Watkins of Fort Worth, TX. Nelson used a strong right hand repeatedly to gain a complete advantage throughout the contest. Nelson dropped Watkins late in the second round with a picture-perfect straight right hand. Watkins recovered but was never able to solve the mystery of Nelson’s right hand.

Judges Kenny Chevalier, John Gradowski and Paul Wallace all scored a shutout (100-89) for Nelson, who has now fought 24 consecutive rounds of boxing without losing a round. Nelson remains undefeated at 14-0-3, one KO and captures her sixth world title in her third weight division. (more…)



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Braehmer favored to retain title tonight

Tonight Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends his WBA light heavyweight title against top rated Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Ahead of the all-German affair, online sportsbooks have Braehmer heavily favored at -1400 on average. Krasniqi backers can get +700. “The Moment of Truth: Braehmer vs. Krasniqi” is available to watch live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.



March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Lopez-Padilla clash tonight for WBA 130lb title

Photos: Zanfer

Super featherweights Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (17-4-1, 6 KOs) and Carlos “Batey” Padilla (15-1-1, 9 KOs) will collide tonight for the vacant WBA super featherweight title formerly held by Takashi Uchiyama, who was promoted to WBA 130lb super champion status in February. The bout will take place during the WBA “KO Drugs” event in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and be televised on the popular Unimas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.

Emanuel Lopez: “I have the opportunity of a lifetime, in front of my hometown fans, and I’m not going to waste it…for two months I’ve dedicated myself completely to boxing. This fight is very big and important. Thank God I have this opportunity. Going out with my hand raised in my own house motivates me very much.”

Carlos Padilla: “For me it’s a big challenge to face a fighter like the ‘Pollo’ and although he has 17 wins and it will be a very important fight, like I said, we’re coming with everything to win by knockout and take the title to Colombia.”

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March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Gesta-Molina clash April 30 on FS1

Former lightweight world title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) and Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) will battle it out on Thursday, April 30 looking to crash their way into the 140-pound title picture in the 10-round Golden Boy Live! FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Filipino fighter Gesta has won two straight since suffering his only loss to Miguel “Titere” Vazquez in an IBF light title fight in 2012. Norwalk, California’s Molina, not to be confused with the former IBF champ with the same name, has dropped consecutive fights to top talent in Amir Khan and Adrian Broner. Tickets for the April 30 Gesta vs. Molina card start at $25 and went on sale Friday.



March 21st, 2015

UFC

Demian Maia: The Long Road to Maracanazinho

Considered to be one of the best pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players in the UFC, an unofficial accolade that has been part of his resume since his Octagon debut in 2007, Demian Maia is also one of the most notable representatives of what has been described as “The Gentle Art.” . . . click here for more

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March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

“Payasito” Hernandez defeats Casillas

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

Former WBO interim world bantamweight champion and hometown favorite Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (29-11-2, 15 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-5, 8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. “Payasito” had all he could handle with the aggressive Casillas, but came away with a 97-93, 97-93, 98-92 verdict to claim the vacant WBC Latino bantamweight title.

In other action, Mexican heavyweight Vicente “Bufalo” Sandez (13-4, 8 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Thanasis Michaloudis (8-1, 7 KOs) by fourth round TKO to claim the vacant WBO Latino heavyweight title. Michaloudis tried to bum rush Sandez, ran out of gas and was eventually finished by the unheralded Sandez at :52 of the fourth round.

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March 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Gomez decisions Kamegai; Rios, Quigley, Kavanagh also post victories

By David Robinett at ringside

In a stirring battle of attrition, Alfonso Gomez, (25-6-2, 12 KOs), outlasted Yoshihiro Kamegai, (25-3-1, 22 KOs), over ten grueling rounds in the main event of the evening on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The two fighters slugged it out with increasing intensity as the fight progressed, with the judges favoring Gomez by an unfairly wide margin of 98-91 on all three cards.

Gomez, the former Contender star who had repeatedly stated his desire to rely more on his boxing skills coming into this fight, tried to control the action with his jab and movement while circling around Kamegai in rounds one and two, but the Japanese pugilist’s relentless pressure repeatedly forced Gomez to stand and trade in long, violent exchanges. On several occasions Gomez would land quick, light-hitting combinations and try and move out of Kamegai’s range, but inevitably he would get drawn back into close quarters as Kamegai walked him down.

In round four a seemingly inadvertent forearm by Gomez to the head of Kamegai as the fighters came together cost Gomez a point without any prior warning. That point loomed potentially significant once the fighters both made it to the final bell, but it ultimately turned out moot due to the inexplicably wide scorecards, even if the win itself for Gomez was well-deserved. The eighth round was a round of the year candidate, with both men trading bombs for nearly the entire stanza. With the victory Gomez remains in the hunt for one more meaningful fight in an already memorable career and Kamegai’s stock should not suffer much in light of his tremendous effort. (more…)



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing back at Resorts World Casino NYC

On Saturday, March 28, New Legend Boxing will return to the Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica, NY with another night of professional boxing.

Bouts announced so far are:

In the main event, undefeated super bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves (10-0, 5 KOs) faces TBA in the in his first bout scheduled for eight rounds.

In the co-feature, lightweight Scott “Bang Bang” Burrell (9-2, 6 KOs) will be competing in his first eight-rounder vs. TBA.

Popular female junior lightweight Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano (22-5-2, 10 KOs) will see action in a six-round contest vs. Fatuma Zarika (24-9-1, 14 KOs).

Tickets are priced at $150, $125, $75 and $50.



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Golden Boy re-inks Sadam “World Kid” Ali

2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid”Ali has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. The WBO NABO and WBO Intercontinental welterweight titlist caught the attention of many when he became the first Arab-American to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Since then, the buzz on Ali has continued thanks to his record of 21-0, 13 KOs.

“The undefeated Sadam ‘World Kid’ Ali is, without a doubt, a top contender to be world champion one day,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m pleased Golden Boy Promotions will continue to work with him. We want to put on the best fights for the fans and I know Sadam is also committed to that goal, which is why he is a natural fit for Golden Boy Promotions. He is a tough fighter willing to fight anyone, and that’s what you need to do in order to become a champion.”



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Tlanepantla

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Nery Saguilan 143 vs Marco Villasana Jr 137
Ibeth Zamora 113 vs Sury Tapia 109

Venue: Centro de Convenciones Tlanepantla
Promover: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Chiapas, Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Emanuel López 126 vs Carlos Padilla 126
(WBA super featherweight title)
Joselyn Arroyo 112 vs Maribel Ramírez 112
Mario Rodríguez 104 vs Carlos Buitrago 104
Román Morales 122 vs Eduardo Ramírez 122
Alejandro Barrera 146 vs Juan Montiel 146

Venue: Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana de Tapachula, Chiapas
TV: Azteca 7
Promoter: Zanfer

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March 20th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Rio at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bouts between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare and Erick Silva and Josh Koscheck, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Ryan LaFlare (171) VS Demian Maia (171)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Josh Koscheck (170) VS Erick Silva (171)
Tony Martin (156) VS Leonardo Santos (156)
Shayna Baszler (136) VS Amanda Nunes (136)
Alex Oliveira (155) VS Gilbert Burns (154)
Andre Fili (145) VS Godofredo Pepey (145)

FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Akbarh Arreola (156) VS Francisco Trinaldo (155)
Katsunori Kikuno (146) VS Kevin Souza (146)
Drew Dober (156) VS Leandro Silva (156)
Cain Carrizosa (155) VS Leonardo Mafra (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Christos Giagos (155) VS Jorge de Oliveira (156)
Fredy Serrano (125) VS Bentley Syler (126)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC Fight Night Rio is LIVE on FOX SPORTS on Saturday, March 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Ronnie Shields on “The Pin” Szpilka: Houston – there’s no problem

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Ringpolska / Plex Gym

The date is set. On March 29, southpaw heavyweight from Wieliczka, Poland Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KO) comes to America. 25 years young and always entertaining – in and out of the ring, Szpilka is coming to work, live and start new chapter of his career under Ronnie Shields tutelage in Houston’s “Plex” gym facilities. Szpilka, who is co-promoted by KnockOut Promotions and Warriors Boxing and managed by Al Haymon, is scheduled to be in the ring on Premier Boxing Champions, April 24 show in Chicago, televised live on Spike TV.

“I can’t wait to be in Houston and start my work with trainer Shields. This is what I always wanted – to prove myself in the US, where everything is harder, competition is the strongest but the rewards are biggest” said Szpilka, who in his last bout during Polsat Boxing Night in Krakow unanimously defeated former Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek. (more…)



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Braehmer and Krasniqi make weight

WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer weighed in at 173.3 lbs. and top rated mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi weighed in at 173.9 lbs. for their all-German clash Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany.

Juergen Braehmer 173.3 vs Robin Krasniqi 173.9
WBA light heavyweight title

Vincent Feigenbutz 166.5 vs Balazs Kelemen 166.7
Denis Boytsov 214.3 vs Irineu Beato Costa Jr 266.9
Anthony Yigit 143.3 vs Timo Schwarzkopf 143.3
Agron Dzila 195.1 vs Bernard Adie 196.2
Stefan Haertel 169.1 vs Volodymyr Borovskyy 165.35
Ohara Davies 136.7 vs Jacek Wylezol 136.9

Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Hatton: Brook will face welter big-guns this year

Ricky Hatton says Kell Brook will shine in his first IBF World Welterweight title defense and land the big-money fights he is chasing as he takes on number one mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28, live on Sky Sports in the UK and SHOWTIME in the US.

Brook defends the belt he ripped from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles last summer, and former two-weight World champion Hatton has added his name to the list of fighting stars impressed with ‘The Special One’s win. (more…)



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Giacon and Jamoye make weight

On Friday night in Milan at Fausto Colato’s showroom, the weigh-in took place for the fighters who will square-off on Saturday’s card promoted by OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events at the Principe Theater in Milan, Italy.

Luca Giacon 139.3 vs. Steve Jamoye 138.6
(WBC interim silver super lightweight title)

Anita Torti 133.3 vs. Maiva Hamadouche 132.2
Niklas Rasanen 173 vs. Marko Benzon 173
Matteo Rondena 200 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 190.6
Silvia La Notte 110.2 vs. Mirela Barudzic 108
Catalin Paraschiveanu 160.7 vs. Goran Milenkovic 164.2

The card will be broadcast live by Kombat Sport in France, Digi Sport in Romania and FightKlub Polska in Poland. Giacon-Jamoye will be broadcast in Italy by national network Italia 1 with a short delay.



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Loreto to make first defense of IBO light fly belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Nkosinathi Joyi goes into a make or break fight when he meets IBO light flyweight champion Rey Loreto from the Philippines in a return match at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. In a battle of southpaws Joyi, 31, and Loreto, 24, met for the vacant IBO light flyweight title at Monte Carlo in February last year and in a big upset the underdog Loreto knocked out Joyi at 2 minutes 32 second into the third round.

Joyi 24-3-1nc (17) a former IBO strawweight and IBF mini flyweight champion has not fought since the loss to Loreto, who has had a non-title fight against Henri Amol (35-19-4) in October last year, winning on a seventh round knockout. (more…)



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Woodlawn, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Here is the scale watch for the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz Promotions card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD:

Tori Nelson 147 vs. Kita Watkins 152 ½
Tyrieshia Douglas 110 ½ vs. Maria Suarez 110 ½
Jennifer Salinas 130 vs. Angel Gladney 130
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Edgar Perez 175
Travis Reeves 193 vs. Lamont Capers 194
Joshua Davis 131 vs. Hilario Medina 128 ½
Devin Butcher 165 vs. David Rohn 165
Kwame Ritter 182 vs. Santos Martinez 184

Devar Ferhadi’s bout with Rashad Jones has been scratched because Jones weighed in 23 pounds over the contracted weight for the bout. Promoters are trying to find a late replacement opponent.



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia, Peterson explain decision to fight at 143lb catch weight rather than unify

By Karl Freitag

WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia and IBF super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson spoke to reporters Thursday about their upcoming NBC bout taking place April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fighters gave their take on the bout being at a 143lb catch weight rather than a unification clash.

Danny Garcia: In order for the fight to be done in the time we had for it to be done, that’s the weight we had to fight at. At the end of the day, I feel that this is still a fight that the fans want to see. This is still a big fight, no matter with the belts or without the belts. I think if the media just lets it go already and just accepts that it’s gonna be a big fight without the belts, come April 11 I guarantee you the media and the fans won’t even be talking about that because the fight will be so good.

[On whether he can still make 140] I’m not saying I can’t make 140 again, but with the time off since August, I don’t want to cheat the fans. I want to give them my best.

[On vacating the WBC and WBA belts] Right now I have to stay focused on April 11. I’m not really worried about what’s gonna happen next. Either I’m gonna defend them in the summertime or vacate them.

Lamont Peterson: I’m cool with it. There’s too many belts, too many titles. At the end of the day you have two young top fighters who are willing to fight each other. I know a lot of times the fans want it their way, but sometimes you just gotta chalk it up and look at it. It’s a good matchup. We know what this fight means and I hope they can just push that aside and enjoy the fight and not worry about it.

[On their common opponent Lucas Matthysse, whom Garcia defeated and Peterson was stopped by in another non-title bout] “It makes no difference.”



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Katsidis victorious in comeback fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” (31-7, 24 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Rodynie Rafol (12-7-2, 5 KOs) in Thursday night at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Scores were 58-56, 59-55, 58-56. The 34-year-old Katsidis was returning from a TKO loss against Tommy Coyle in the UK last October. He’s planning to be back in the ring in May.



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA 118lb champ McDonnell and WBO champ Kameda clash May 9, WBO balks at unification sanction

By Karl Freitag

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda 31-0, 19 KOs) will meet on May 9th in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s a huge fight, a unification fight for the WBO and WBA titles,” Hearn told SKY Sports.

However, it appears unlikely the WBO will accept the bout as a unification clash since McDonnell is only WBA “regular” world champ with the WBA “unified” world champ being Carlos Payano. It’s not clear what gives Payano the “unified” designation as he only has the one world title. WBO President Paco Valcarcel tweeted “Not sure why there’s talk about Kameda-McDonnell. McDonnell not even ranked by WBO. The WBO recognizes Payano as the WBA champ.”

McDonnell-Kameda will be the co-feature for the jr welterweight clash between former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs). Both fights will be televised by CBS on an afternoon card starting at 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT.

Later the same night on HBO, Canelo Alvarez meets James Kirkland 200 miles east in Houston.



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing back in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Boxing is back in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, March 28th at the Belle of Baton Rouge. Unbeaten Justin Thomas (11-0, 6 KOs), who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, tops the card, facing Athens, Georgia’s Timothy Hall, Jr. (9-19, 5 KOs) in an eight round super middleweight contest. In the co-feature, Baton Rouge native Chris Singleton (14-1, 7 KOs) faces Fort Worth’s Jose Hernandez (14-9-1, 6 KOs) in a six round lightweight bout.

“Every boxing event we’ve had at the Belle has sold out,” said promoter Matt McGovern. “We’re going to see a lot of great fighters coming out of Baton Rouge in the years to come. The kids fighting in the amateurs see the professional fighters on the big stage, and they want to stay in the gym and work hard to get there as well.”



March 20th, 2015

Boxing News

WBO Latino heavyweight title in Mexico City

Photos by Pete Susens

Undefeated Greek heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (8-0, 7 KOs) fighting out of Roaton, Honduras will meet Mexican Vicente Sandez (12-4, 8 KOs) tonight at The Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City tonight with the vacant WBO Latino heavyweight title on the line.

Both weighed in at Thursday at The Distrito Federal Boxing Commission. Michaloudis scaled 235 and “Bufalo” Sandez weighed 237.

In the main event, Payasito Hernandez takes on Martin Casillas for the WBC Latino Bantamweight title over ten rounds. The card is promoted by Felix “Tutico” Zabala of All Star Boxing and the Hernandez fight is televised on the Telemundo Network.

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March 20th, 2015




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