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Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

By Tracy Morin at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) ...

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Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night ...

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Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

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Manny Pacquiao looks sharp in workout

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club ...

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IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

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Boxing News

Kimura keeps Japanese 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC#8/WBA#15/IBF#5/WBO#12 Yu Kimura (15-2-1, 2 KOs), 108, formerly national amateur titlist, kept his Japanese national light-flyweight belt as he was awarded a unanimous technical decision (all 69-64) over Atsushi Aburada (9-7, 5 KOs), 107.75, because of the challenger’s bad laceration caused by an accidental butt at 1:50 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Aburada, an unheralded underdog, had the champ bewildered with a solid looping right to take a point in the opening session, but Kimura utilized his speed and skills to dominate the contest from the second round on. The fifth saw the game challenger from Osaka sustain a gash over the left eyebrow, which became worsened as the game progressed. The ref, midway in the seventh, called a halt and took a technical decision to render it to the champ.

JBC#2 flyweight Tetsuma Hayashi (25-2-2, 9 KOs), 111.5, displayed a fine form in finishing Ryutaro Taira (8-5-2, 3 KOs), 112, with a vicious body shot at 1:59 of the third session in a scheduled eight.

Ex-OPBF feather champ, Filipino Jonel Alibio, 133.5, gave a lesson to an upcoming Japanese hard-puncher Yuichi Yokoyama (14-3, 13 KOs), 133.5, and chalked up a fine TKO win at 2:20 of the fourth canto in a scheduled eight. Alibio brought him to a standstill in a furious mix-up, which had the loser’s corner toss in the towel.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



November 3rd, 2014



Boxing News

Matsuoka defeats OPBF#12 Pumicpic

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

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Local bantam prospect Hikaru Matsuoka (8-1-3, 1 KO), 120, decked an important victory over OPBF#12 Filipino Richard Pumicpic (15-7-2, 4 KOs), 119.5, by a unanimous decision (79-74, 78-76 twice) over eight rounds on Saturday in Sanda, Japan. The Japanese underdog made good use of his footwork and kept averting Pumicpic’s roundhouse punches, piling up points with faster combinations. Pumicpic, a willing mixer, tried to mix it up but Matsuoka refused to trade punches in the close range all the way.

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OPBF #7 flyweight Filipino Giovanni Escaner (12-3, 8 KOs), 113.75, aggressively attacked Japanese veteran Junichi Ebisuoka (23-18-6, 10 KOs), 115, from the outset and finally caught him to have him at bay with the towel fluttering into the ring at 2:42 of the seventh canto. The ex-world challenger Ebisuoka, 33, apparently passed his peak and tasted the fifth defeat in his latest six bouts. It may be time for him to consider hanging up gloves for good.

Another Filipino victor was Jonel Gadapan (9-7-1, 6 KOs), 134.75, dispatched previously unbeaten local kid Yuji Itani (4-1, 4 KOs), 133.75, at 2:37 of the second session in a scheduled six.

Out of the three international bouts, a couple of Filipinos decked very convincing victories by registering one-sided stoppages. Probably the local promoter had wrong prefight information from a Philippine matchmaker. The crowd looked stunned and disappointed at their local favorites’ bad defeats.

Promoter: Taisei Promotions.



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Dawejko headlines in Chester, PA on Nov 14

On November 14, heavyweight Joey Dawejko (12-3-2, 5 KOs) will look for his fifth consecutive win when he takes on Rayford Johnson (10-15, 6 KOs) in the 8-round main event at Harrahs Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Also in action is Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-2, 8 KOs), who will return in a six round jr. welterweight bout. His opponent will be named shortly. (more…)



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Magdaleno headlines on UniMas this week

UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas, featuring lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10 KOs) against Heivinson Herrera (17-9-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Also on the card: an 8-round welterweight bout between unbeaten Brad Solomon (22-0, 8 KOs) and Eduardo Flores (17-15-3, 12 KOs). Also scheduled are IBF super bantamweight mandatory challenger Chris Avalos (24-2, 18 KOs), Olympian light heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev (5-0, 5 KOs) and local middleweight favorite Juan de la Rosa (21-3-1, 16 KOs) in separate bouts.



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins says he represents 40+ fans against Kovalev

Photo: John DiSanto/PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Photo: John DiSanto/PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Legendary WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, who turns 50 in two months, says he represents all older folks when he unifies against WBO champ Sergey Kovalev on HBO this Saturday. Hopkins stated, “What motivates Bernard Hopkins is every 40 and up person out there that’s living, whatever job they have that they are afraid that this young intern is coming to take it and they can relate to that, then they will root for me and they will be for me, and I’m representing them. And so, black, white, Chinese, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, it doesn’t make any difference, they will look at the age and they will say “Rumble, old man, rumble,” and I will do that. And I will make them proud when I’m done November 8th being the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world for the second time in my 20 plus year career, going on three decades.”



November 3rd, 2014

UFC

Jake Matthews: ‘Age isn’t a factor’

Age and experience are always going to be a topic of discussion whenever Jake Matthews prepares to set foot in the Octagon, as the 20-year-old lightweight with just eight professional fights to his credit is the second youngest fighter on the UFC roster . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Montiel back in action Saturday

Former three division world champion Fernando “Ko-chulito” Montiel (52-4-1, 39 KOs) returns Saturday against unbeaten Sergio “Dandy” Puente (16-0, 6 KOs) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In the final stages of his career, Montiel has a lot to lose if he takes an “L” in this bout and he knows opponents are gunning for him. “They’re all dangerous,” he said. “They know that with a victory over me their stock will rise. I don’t disrespect any opponent, especially now that Zanfer is close to getting me a world title fight in 2015.”



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Fonfara-Ngumbu

By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

On a chilly Saturday night, Warriors Boxing brought a marathon 13-bout card with an international flavor to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Showtime Boxing Special Edition was on hand, televising three of the fights with Polish native, and Chicago fan favorite, Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara, in the main event. Also seeing televised action were Japan’s Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda and Dominican knockout artist, Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna. (more…)



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Sharif Bogere eyes a shot at a world title. More

Chris Algieri: the jab is not my best asset. More . .. See also: Timothy Bradley offers Algieri tips on fighting Manny Pacquiao. More

Is Tony Davis on the rise as Britain boxing’s next big coach? More

Congratulations to FightNews writer Christopher Cook and his wife Susan with the birth of their son Christopher David Cook. Christopher entered the ring October 25th weighing 7.7 pounds with a height of 19 inches (reach is unknown but thought to be under 24 inches).



November 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Perez, Lopez win UBF belts in Denver

Local welterweight Manny Perez (21-10-1, 4 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Cesar Holguin (10-5-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Perez claimed the vacant Universal Boxing Federation International belt.

In the co-feature, featherweight Ricky Lopez (13-3, 5 KOs) outpointed Justin Lopez (5-2, 5 KOs) over eight rounds to win the vacant UBF All-America’s title.

Other results:
Sammy Clarkson SD6 Issak Cardona (super middleweight)
Manny Lopez TKO4 Emilio Hernandez (super lightweight)
Donovan Estrella UD4 Ian Connelly (super featherweight)
Saud Clark KO1 Angel Smith Torres (welterweight)
David Escamilla DQ over Esteban Nichol (super featherweight)
Ray Molina UD4 Eric Rosales (welterweight)
Ricky Rodriguez UD4 Antonio Solarzano



November 2nd, 2014

UFC

Honchak successfully defends Invicta FC title

Fighting in front of a partisan crowd inside the River Center in Davenport, Iowa, flyweight champion Barb Honchak did not disappoint, putting forth a blue-collared, grinding effort to retain her title against veteran Takayo Hashi in the main event of Invicta FC 9 on Saturday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez wins first title, sets arena record; off to Philippines; returns Dec 13 at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Only 22 months from his pro debut in Las Vegas, USA Olympian Jose Ramirez, 22, earned his first title belt by left-hooking David Rodela into submission for a 50-second first-round stoppage before a huge crowd last weekend at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.

“Jose is a great fighter, a future world champion,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “We had a big crowd with a big fight atmosphere in Fresno. I want to thank Rick Mirigian for all that he does to promote these events.”

“I wasn’t expecting to turn out like this,” said Ramirez, with the green and gold NABF junior title belt strapped around his waist. “But I am very happy I did because it took all of the nerves out of my mom and dad and we did it in front of my hometown fans and friends.” (more…)



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez-Harrison, Hurd score KO1s in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

There were a number of solid knockout performances during the All-In Entertainment card Saturday night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

In the main event, DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison thrilled the hometown crowd by scoring a crushing first-round knockout over Michael Clark of Columbus, OH. Harrison used a solid jab to set up a right that caught Clark on the top of the head and sent him tumbling backward to the canvas. Clark could not beat referee Joe Cooper’s count and the bout was stopped at 1:40. Hernandez-Harrison is now 24-0, 13 KOs while Clark falls to 44-12-1, 18 KOs.

In the co-feature, junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD landed a solid right hand of his own to knockout out Terry Cade of Aiken, SC in the first round. Much like Harrison, Hurd used patience and a solid left jab to set up a brutal right hand that sent Cade to the canvas with his right leg buckled underneath him Referee Mark D’Atillio counted to 10 and the bout was over at 2:39. Hurd remains undefeated at 13-0, eight KOs while Cade drops to 4-7-1, two KOs. (more…)



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

WV2: I am ready for any 126-pounder out there

Former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. confirmed that his confidence is back after winning a majority decision over Jonathan Arellano Saturday night in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Early in the second round Vazquez Jr. was caught with a solid left hook from Arellano that shook him. Wilfredo followed his dad and trainer’s instructions and made the correct adjustments to overcome the bad moments and convince the judges.

“I feel very happy to get the win tonight,” said WV2. “I am very grateful of everybody for this opportunity. I worked really hard with my dad in the gym and we got the victory. I wanted to impress and get a early win but did not happen how I wanted. Just want to make it clear I am ready for any 126-pounder out there. I just want to get a world champion opportunity again. I will be a world champion!”



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara suffers hand injury in win

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk


By Przemek Garczarczyk

Light heavyweight contender and hometown favorite Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara won a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Doudou Ngumbu Saturday night in Chicago, but he didn’t come out unscathed. “I injured my right hand, beginning of the fourth,” said Fonfara. “Same hand I had surgery last year but I hope it’s not as bad as last time.”

The injury explains why Fonfara stepped off the gas in round five after he had Ngumbu in trouble. “I wanted to finish him in the fifth, but I had to be careful that he didn’t catch me with a counterpunch.”



November 2nd, 2014

UFC

The Crossover: UFC Stars in Music Videos

Throughout over two decades, the UFC has become the ultimate proving ground for the best fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts to test themselves. Over the past two decades, numerous competitors have battled up the ladder to become champions, several of which have gone on to become certified superstars widely recognized across the MMA landscape for their greatness inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Saguilan defeats Sakai; Vargas still unbeaten

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

The legendary Arena Coliseo in the historic center of Mexico City once again hosted a professional boxing card on Saturday night. In the headliner Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (31-4-1, 11 KOs) outboxed Japan’s Shoki Sakai (17-5, 11 KOs) by a twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.

On the co-main event, local undefeated prospect Rey Vargas (22-0, 19 KOs) laid down the law in his rematch with Filipino Sylvester Lopez (22-9-2, 16 KOs), winning by TKO8 to retain his WBC Youth super bantamweight belt.

In other action, former Olympian Javier “Intocable” Molina (16-1, 7 KOs) won a six round split decision over Luis Prieto (8-4, 4 KOs), and Lourdes “Little Lulu” Juarez, sister of the “Barbie” won a split decision over Jacqueline “Jaky” Calvo. photos



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara tops Ngumbu; Kameda edges Hernandez; Fortuna crushes Cotto

By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

Local light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Doudou Ngumbu (33-6, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Fonfara staggered Ngumbu in round five, but the “Polish Prince” let him off the hook. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.

The Mexican shootout we were promised never materialized, but unbeaten WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) to become the absolute WBO ruler at 118 pounds. Kameda outboxed Hernandez over the first eight rounds. “El Mexicanito” suffered a cut over the left eye in round nine, but successfully navigated the final four rounds to win by scores of 115-113, 115-113 on two cards. Hernandez was up 115-113 on the third card.

Former interim WBA featherweight world champion and undefeated super featherweight contender Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (26-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a devastating fifth round KO over Abner “Pin” Cotto (18-3, 8 KOs). Fortuna aggressively swarmed over Cotto from the start, looking for a quick KO. In a bizarre sequence in round three, Cotto was credited with a knockdown after a shot to the back of the head of Fortuna PLUS Cotto was deducted a point for hitting behind the head. Fortuna was deducted a point for hitting after the bell in round four, aided by a nice acting job by Cotto. Fortuna knocked out Cotto with a crushing left hand to the chin. Time was 1:32. photos



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs gets 50th career KO

In a low-key stay busy fight, former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs scored his 50th career knockout, taking down 300-pounder Richard Carmack in the first round on Saturday night at the Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi. Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) dropped Carmack (12-6, 10 KOs) three times, the third time for the count. Time was 2:59. It was Briggs’ sixth straight win since launching his comeback in April.

Unbeaten welterweight Joey Bryant (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Richard Dinkins (10-52-4, 8 KOs). Bryant dropped Dinkins twice. (more…)



November 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Vazquez Jr. wins in comeback bout

Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions

Former super bantamweight world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-4-1, 19 KOs) returned to action with an eight round majority decision over Jonathan Arellano (15-5-2, 3 KOs) in a featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Vazquez got past a rough round two to pull away to a 76-76, 78-74, 77-75 win.

In the co-main event, undefeated super featherweight prospect Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (9-0, 7 KOs) knocked out Alvin Torres (7-2-2, 5 KOs) in round two with a right to the chin. Time was 2:25. photos



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank

New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO jr. welterweight champion Chris Algieri and Kevin Rooney Jr., son of former Tyson trainer Kevin Sr., and now with Team Algieri, meet legendary heavyweight champion and New York’s boxing king, Mike Tyson at the Field of Dreams in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday. Algieri is in intense training at the Venetian Las Vegas for his upcoming championship fight with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Rooney Jr.’s father, Kevin Rooney Sr. was the former trainer of Tyson.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Off-TV Result: Kameda KOs Salado

By Craig Wick at ringside

On the undercard of the Showtime Boxing Special Edition event taking place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL, former three-time world champion, Koki “Killer” Kameda (33-1, 18 KOs), Osaka, Japan, had little trouble in dispatching Omar Salado (24-9-2, 15 KOs), Mexico City, Mexico, ending matters with a huge body-shot in round four of a scheduled ten round bantamweight affair. The stoic faced, southpaw Kameda worked effectively behind a right jab and was able to do heavy damage in close with straight left hands and right hooks to the head and body of Salado. The pattern continued until round four when Kameda struck suddenly, unleashing a right uppercut to the midsection that crumpled Salado near the ropes. While it looked like Salado may have beaten the count, the referee had seen enough, waving off matters at the 2:21 mark.

Also, world rated middleweight Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 15 KO’s) Osseo, Minnesota, continued his winning ways pounding out an 8th round TKO over the game Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KO’s) of Lynchburg, Virginia in a scheduled ten rounder. (more…)



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Tanaka wins OPBF 105lb belt in 4th bout

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten 19-year-old Japanese prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs), 104.75, formerly four-time national high school champ, impressively captured the OPBF minimumweight belt when he scored a fine stoppage of previously unbeaten champ, WBA#2/WBC#4/WBO#2/IBF#5 compatriot Ryuji Hara (18-1, 10 KOs), 105, at 0:50 of the tenth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

In this country the word of “genius” might lose its rarity value, as there are not a few geniuses such as Kazuto Ioka (who won a world belt in his seventh pro bout) and Naoya Inoue (who acquired it in his sixth). This youngster may try to get it in his fifth pro bout to break the current WBC 108-pound ruler Inoue’s mark soon or later.

It was such a furious and competitive affair as all the judges tallied 38-38 after the fourth, and 76-76 twice and 77-76 for Tanaka after the eighth. The defending champ Hara, 24, who once attempted to become a jockey, made a good start in the opening session, but Tanaka fought back hard with longer and stronger punches to the shorter titlist. (more…)



November 1st, 2014

UFC

Walt Harris: Going to Make This One Count

In Walt Harris’ own words “the third time is a charm.”

At least in his mind, that’s the way things have to be as “The Big Ticket” has put every ounce of what he has into his preparation for his upcoming bout with Soa Palelei at Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping. The 31-year-old American Top Team representative is determined to prove he belongs on the UFC roster, and toppling “The Hulk” is exactly what he needs to do in order to get this done . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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November 1st, 2014

Boxing Result

Hammer pounds Costa; Murat TKOs Tchoula

WBO #6 heavyweight Christian Hammer (17-3, 10 KOs) hammered out a twelve round decision over previously unbeaten WBO #15 rated Irineu Beato Costa Jr. (15-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night in front of 800 spectators at the Kugelbake Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany. After the fight, Hammer declared himself ready to challenge heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

In the co-feature, former world light heavyweight title challenger Karo Murat (26-2-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Leo Tchoula (9-7, 8 KOs) in his first bout since his world title loss to Bernard Hopkins 12 months ago. Murat later stated his dream fight is a rematch with Hopkins, but WBO champ Brähmer would also be an interesting opponent.

Heavyweight prospect Adrian Granat (6-0, 5 KOs) needed just two rounds to finish badly faded 41-year-old Mike Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams (46-23, 35 KOs).



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez: Kameda wants to be a Mexican, but he’s Japanese…I’m the real Mexican

WBO world bantamweight champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) defends his title against WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) collide in a 12-round bout for the absolute WBO belt tonight at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Kameda is a -1000 favorite to defeat Hernandez +650 in a bout that has tempers flaring.

Hernandez takes offense at Japan’s Kameda adopting his country of Mexico. “He’s not a real Mexican,” fumed Hernandez. “He wants to be a Mexican, but he’s Japanese. I’m the real Mexican here. I’m so Mexican that even the dirt under my fingernails is Mexican. Tomoki is Japanese, and he came to my country to learn from us, the Mexicans. But let’s not forget who the real Mexican is here. He comes here saying he represents Mexico and he’s not even Mexican. I don’t have to pretend. I’m 100 percent pure Mexican blood. On Saturday night, I will win. I’ll be a world champion, a true Mexican champion.”

Kameda stated “I’m Japanese, but I live in Mexico. I fight like a Mexican. Boxing fans better be ready, because Saturday night is going to be a true all-Mexican brawl. This is a fight for Japan, a fight for Mexico, a fight for all the Latinos. I respect my opponent a lot, but there is a reason I’m undefeated, there is a reason I’m the champion and I’m going to win the fight. We’re going to scream ‘Viva Japan,’ we’re going to scream ‘Viva Mexico’ and ‘Viva los Latinos’ for all the fans in the U.S. On November 1, you are going to see me eat up ‘The Little Clown.'”



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lbs belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

WBC female strawweight champ, pretty lefy Yuko Kuroki (12-4-1, 6 KOs), 105, successfully made her initial defense when she outlegged and outboxed official challenger Katia Gutierrez (19-5, 4 KOs), 105, from Mexico, by a split verdict over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Fukuoka, Japan.

Franz Malti (Switzerland) and Furuta (Japan) both tallied 96-94 for Kuroki, and Herminio Cuevas (Mexico) had it 97-93 in favor of Gutierrez. The referee was Yuji Fukuchi (Japan).

Kuroki annexed the belt from compatriot Mari Ando in Osaka this May, and had to make the first defense against such an experienced challenger as Katia, former IBF 105-pound ruler who kept it on four occasions. Kuroki, a southpaw footworker, utilized her feet, kept circling and displayed fine hit-and-run tactics. But occasionally did Katia connect with looping let hooks to the face of the champ, who desperately retaliated with fast but right combinations. After the first four sessions, the scores were announced as follows: 39-37 twice for Kuroki, and 39-37 for Gutierrez. (more…)



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

DC-MD-VA Hosting ’15 Days of Fistic Fury’

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The November 1 card at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC will be the beginning of one of the busiest stretches in the area known as the Beltway (DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia) in many years. The November 1 card will be the first of six cards to be held in the area over a 15-day period — known as the “15 Days of Fistic Fury.” Details are still coming in on the cards but here are the dates.

Most of this time will be spent in and around Baltimore, MD as “Charm City” will host three of the cards in a seven-day period. Thursday, November 6 will be the date for one of two charity boxing cards during the period — The Jonathan Ogden Foundation card at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD. Women’s world champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson is slated to headline this card in the first of two appearances during this period. This is the ninth anniversary for this card hosted by Ogden, the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman who played his entire pro career with the Baltimore Ravens. (more…)



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs-Carmack weights from Lula, Mississippi

Shannon Briggs 261 vs. Richard Carmack 308
Joey Bryant 143.1 vs. Richard Dinkins 143.6
Codie Shufield 171.5 vs. Omar Barefield 168.25
William Johnson 169 vs. Chris Doyle 168.5
Law Purifoy 157.5 vs. Robert Hill 158

Promoter: Summitt Fighting Promotions
Venue: Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi



November 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-champ Ramirez stops Elam in thriller

Former world champion Victor Ramirez (21-2- 16 KOs) of Argentina survived two first round knockdowns to KO former Contender 4 (reality series) participant Deon Elam (13-2, 7 KOs) in round two on Friday night at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina. The bout was for the IBF Latino cruiserweight title.

Elam’s height advantage was what caught immediate attention from the capacity crowd on hand. He had at least 5 to 6 inches on Ramirez it appeared. Elam followed the instructions of trainer Buddy McGirt from the opening bell using his massive reach advantage with a solid jab. Ramirez right away was having problems finding the distance. When Ramirez finally got close he found him self being surprised as Elam was able to fight well on the inside as he stated earlier in the week in his Fightnews interview. A combination dropped Ramirez in round one for the first knockdown. Moments later another combination had him down again and this time he was really hurt bad. He managed to beat the count but was on very rubbery legs. His mouthpiece was dislodged during the second knockdown. Ramirez had a fair amount of time to not only get his mouthpiece rinsed out but time for him to receive a drink of water from his cornerman. Elam jumped on him to finish him off but the bell sounded moments later.

Early in round two, Elam punished Ramirez to the body but during a follow up exchange Ramirez landed his right hand before Elam’s punch, sending Elam face first to the canvas where he was counted out by the referee. Fortunately Elam moments later appeared to be fine and walking around in the ring.



October 31st, 2014




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