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IBF Awards Banquet

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Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Amagasa Scorecard

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Cuban, WBA/WBO super-bantam champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), 121.75, had a tough time hitting the deck twice in the seventh, but fought back hard to score a TKO victory over Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19KOs), 121.75, because of the loser’s badly swollen left cheek after the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. Rigondeaux kept his belt in a contest castigated as a mismatch, but his overconfidence might have caused a couple of visits to the deck. Prior to the stoppage, the tallies were: 105-101, 107-99 twice, all for the Cuban southpaw.

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December 31st, 2014



Boxing News

Video: Lee Samuels HOF induction speech

Videos/Photos: Ed Keenan

On Tuesday night, Top Rank PR Chief Lee Samuels was inducted into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame at Salem County Community College, Carney’s Point, NJ. Samuels, who hails from Pennsville, NJ, was formerly sports editor of the Pennsville Progress and Penns Grove Record newspapers in Salem County. He later covered boxing for the Philadelphia Bulletin before moving on to Top Rank, where he has been for over 30 years.

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December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux dropped twice, but rallies to get stoppage win over Amagasa

WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) had all he could handle from unheralded WBO #6, WBA #10 rated Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19 KOs), retaining his title by eleventh round TKO on Wednesday night at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan. Rigondeaux was dropped twice by the aggressive Amagasa in round seven but later recovered to pummel Amagasa, flooring him in round ten and getting a stoppage victory when the courageous, but badly busted up, Amagasa remained on his stool after round eleven. After the bout, Rigondeaux’s promoter Caribe Promotions issued a challenge to WBC 122lb champion Leo Santa Cruz.



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Uchiyama retains WBA 130lb belt by stopping Perez after ninth

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18 KOs), 129.75, scored his ninth successful defense of his WBA super-featherweight belt when he controlled the contest, averted the challenger’s furious attacks with his excellent defensive skills and finally had game Argentine challenger Israel Perez (27-3-1, 16 KOs), 129.25, retire after the ninth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The 35-year-old skillful champ made good use of accurate and effective jabs against the free-swinging Argentine, also 35, and weakened him with accurate body bombardments as the contest progressed. Uchiyama accelerated his attack in round nine, when he pinned the fading Perez to the ropes and battered him with vicious combinations upstairs and downstairs. The exhausted and damaged Argentine decided to stay on the stool rather than go for the tenth session.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
WBA supervisor: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela).



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Takayama claims vacant IBF/WBO 105lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese veteran Katsunari Takayama (28-7-1NC, 11 KOs), 104.75, acquired the vacant IBF/WBO minimumweight (105-pound) belts as he halted compatriot Go Odaira (11-4-3, 1 KO), 104, at 2:34 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Former two-time world champ Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 9 KOs), 112, exploded a solid straight right and finished Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez (20-8-1, 14 KOs), 110.25, at 2:09 of the fifth round.

Promoter: Ioka Promotions.



December 31st, 2014

UFC

The One and Only Donald Cerrone

There’s only one Donald Cerrone.

The hard-charging lightweight wrecking machine is a force of nature in the ranks of the 155-pound fold, with his fighting style the definition of fan friendly. From the opening bell, the scrappy Colorado native is coming to put his opposition in the proverbial dirt, and he’ll use any combination of punches, kicks, chokes or knees to make that happen . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Kono draws with Jimenez to keep WBA 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, barely kept his throne as he was held to a split draw by Norberto Jimenez (20-8-4, 10 KOs), 114.5, Dominican Republic, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Silvestre Abainza saw the sizzling affair 116-111 for Kono, Gustavo Padilla (Panama) had it 115-112 for Jimenez, and Michael Lee (Korea) tallied 114-114. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US).

Kono, a Roberto Duran stylist, kept stalking the taller dancer and tried to stop his mobility with his persistent body attacks, while Jimenez occasionally threw long countering uppercuts to the onrushing champ. Jimenez was penalized a point for repeatedly hitting low midway in the sixth. Jimenez looked slowing down in later rounds and Kono caught him with overhand rights to effectively hurt him down the stretch. This reporter saw Kono leading on points in the end of the Tom-and-Jerry fight.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
WBA supervisor: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela).



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Taguchi defeats Rossel to win WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Lanky and five inches taller, Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8 KOs), 108, captured the WBA light-flyweight belt as he floored defending champ from Peru, Alberto Rossel (32-9-1NC), 108, twice to win a unanimous decision over twelve heats on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) 116-110, Michael Lee (Korea) 116-111, Jose Cova (Venezuela) 117-109, all in favor of the aggressive challenger. The referee was Silvestre Abainza (Philippines). Taguchi, ex-national champ dethroned by Naoya “Monster” Inoue last year, decked Rossel with a body shot twice in rounds eight and nine. Rossel might have left his fighting spirit in Peru only to keep circling and retreating to absorb Taguchi’s busy combinations.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Jr welter prospect Lipinets on the fast track

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Junior welterweight prospect Sergey Lipinets (5-0, 4 KOs) is already a world champion in kickboxing and now has his sights becoming a world champion in professional boxing. Nothing out of the ordinary for a young boxer early in his career except for the rate Lipinet’s team sees him achieving this goal. Lipinets turned pro in 2014 and is on the fast track. “Realistically my management partner Alex Mezherovsky and I totally believe if given the opportunity he will be a world champion by the end of 2015. Yes. He is that good,” proclaims Lipinet’s management Alex Vaysfeld of Union Boxing Management. (more…)



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former champ Paulie Ayala in the news in Texas, training Parkinson’s patients. More

Mayweather-Pacquiao: Ever the hot boxing topic in 2014. More

Amir Khan on site in Peshawar. More

African hopeful Immanuel “The Prince” Naidjala says he’ll have dramatic comeback in 2015. More



December 31st, 2014

Boxing News

WBA world title tripleheader in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Today, the very last day of the year, we will see a WBA world title tripleheader with our great expectations at Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight ruler Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs) will participate in his ninth defense against Israel Perez (27-2-1, 16 KOs) from Argentina over twelve rounds. WBA super-fly titlist Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), a Japanese veteran, will put his belt on the line against Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10 KOs) from Dominican Republic in the second title go. The first title bout will see Peruvian Alberto Rossel (32-8-1NC, 13 KOs) defend his WBA light-fly belt against Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8 KOs), a Japanese speedster taller by five inches, over twelve.

The weigh-in ceremony took place at U-Port Hotel in Tokyo yesterday, and the results were as follows:
Uchiyama 129.75 vs. Perez 129.5
Kono 115 vs. Jimenez 114.5
Rossel 108 vs. Taguchi 108

(more…)



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Barbados Promoter Sam Layne: An unsung hero

Photo courtesy of the Barbados Advocate

Photo courtesy of the Barbados Advocate


By Robert Coster

At the beginning of the last century (1901 to be precise), the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados made its mark in boxing when its legendary native son Joe Walcott became the world welterweight champion. However, “The Barbados Demon” as Walcott was known fought all his career in the United States. Today, more than a century after, one man – Sam Layne – has made it his calling to bring pro boxing to the 167 square mile tropical paradise and have its second world champion.

With just a pair of punch mitts, a small ring, a wealth of boxing knowledge and unstoppable stubbornness, Layne has promoted close to 40 shows over 15 years and he has brought boxers like welterweights Christopher “Shaka” Henry, Miguel Antoine, featherweight Leon Moore and cruiserweight Shawn Cox to world class level. (more…)



December 30th, 2014

UFC

Randa Markos: A Crazy Year Ends, A New One Begins

December 12 was going to be just another day for Randa Markos. She was competing for the UFC for the first time, but after five previous fights on the local circuit in Canada and three more on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, the “Quiet Storm” assumed she was ready . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten Zsolt Bogdan defeats faded Danny Williams

By James Slater

Yesterday in Budapest, Hungary, 35-year-old Zsolt Bogdan remained unbeaten in improving to 8-0, 5 KOs with a wide ten-round points win over Britain’s Danny Williams. Bogdan won every round on one card at 100-90, and won via a 99-91 score on the other two cards. 41-year-old Williams, who fell to 46-25, 35 KOs, has now lost four straight bouts and 15 of his last 17.

Despite this, and despite that fact that Williams – once a top contender capable of defeating an aging Mike Tyson and of challenging a peak Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight crown – appears totally shot, he will fight on. According to numerous reports, “The Brixton Bomber” will face fellow veteran Frans Botha in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on February 5th. (more…)



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Happy Birthday Mauricio Sulaiman

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Méxican WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is celebrating his 45th birthday today with his family in México City. Sulaiman was elected to the WBC presidency his father and longtime WBC President José Sulaiman passed away in last January in Los Angeles

Mauricio is trying to continue the work his father started in worldwide boxing and maintains daily and continuous contact with worldwide media.



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Eubank and Butler get world title fights

British boxing stars Chris Eubank Jr. and Paul Butler kick start 2015 with the big news that they will fight for world titles. Eubank returns to the ring against WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov at the O2 arena on February 28, while undefeated Butler challenges IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete on March 6th in Liverpool. Eubank features as chief support on the big fight card headlined by Tyson Fury’s WBO international heavyweight title defense against Christian Hammer.

It’s a comeback fight following Eubank’s split decision loss to bitter rival Billy Joe Saunders in November. Chudinov is unbeaten in 16 fights with nine KOs and has made two defenses of the belt. A win for Eubank could set up a rematch against Saunders with two world titles on the line if Saunders is successful in his WBO World title challenge against new champion Andy Lee when the fight is confirmed. (more…)



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Inoue demolishes Narvaez in two to win WBO 115lb belt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvV0HBVDZbE

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), 115, very impressively and astoundingly captured the WBO super-flyweight belt when he scored a stunning quick knockout over formidable defending champ Omar Narvaez (43-2-2, 23 KOs), 114.5, at 3:01 of the second round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue quickly dropped the champ twice in the opening session, and followed up his furious attack to floor Narvaez twice more to see him counted out on the deck. A wicked body shot was a haymaker. It was a fantastic finish that shows Inoue is a genius as well as Monster as nicknamed. Inoue established a new ring record of having acquired two world title belts in just eight bouts. Inoue may be going to be an international superstar.

(More to come)



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Guevara acquires vacant WBC 108lb belt

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo

Photo: Promociones del Pueblo


By Joe Koizumi

Mexican Pedro Guevara (24-1-1, 16 KOs), 106.75, became the new WBC light-flyweight champion as he acquired the vacant belt by demolishing formerly two-time champ, Japanese veteran Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10 KOs), 107.5, with a vicious body shot at 2:45 of the seventh round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. A stunning finish abruptly visited in the closing seconds of the fatal session, when Guevara, 25, landed a left hook to the belly of Yaegashi, 31, who knelt down in agony. People expected the ex-champ to stand up and resume fighting, but he winced and only endured the pain without regaining his feet. Referee Vic Drakurich, US, finished taking the ten count before Yaegashi managed to pull himself up.

Yaegashi, who yielded his WBC flyweight throne via KO route by Roman Gonzalez months ago, should have taken a more rest as he neither looked sharp nor speedy as usual. But he was fighting gamely as usual, but the open scoring system indicated that he was behind on points after the fourth: 39-37 twice for Guevara and 38-38.

The taller and younger Mexican also dominated the fifth with good combinations with precision and showed he was controlling the contest with sharp jabs and good right shots to the ex-champ whose left eye was puffed as the contest progressed.

Guevara reportedly took a qualification of being an attorney in Mexico, which may show his brain intelligence. He, in the ring, also demonstrated his ring intelligence and brings back a nice New Year gift, the green belt, for his family.

Unbeaten former Olympic gold medalist in London, WBC#8 middleweight Ryota Murata (6-0, 4 KOs), 161, won a unanimous decision (100-91, 100-90 twice) over Jessie Nicklow (24-5-3, 8 KOs), 162, over ten. Murata one-sidedly beat him up, but Nicklow displayed his durability and heart to refuse to go down throughout the contest.

Promoter: Teiken and Ohashi Promotions.



December 30th, 2014

UFC

He’s the Bad Guy – Jon Jones is OK With That

Jon Jones is accustomed to answering the UFC’s bell with reckless abandon. And with a real sense of timing . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Linares wins WBC lightweight title in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

Two-time world champ, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs), 134.75, impressively acquired his third WBC lightweight belt as he caught WBC#2 Mexican Javier Prieto (24-8-2, 18 KOs), 134.5, with a beautiful left-right combination to have him flat for the count at 1:50 of the fourth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It was the first in the world title tripleheader at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, where the well-packed spectators witnessed a spectacular knockout of Linares who had once gained the WBA feather and WBC super-feather titles to move up to the 135-pound category.

Linares, from the outset, cautiously outboxed and outjabbed the sturdy Mexican and steadily piled up points to feel out his opponent’s style and strategy. He accelerated his attack but prudently kept his distance with sharp and swift jabs to the game Mexican. The fourth witnessed Linares throw a very solid left-right combo that sent Pierto to the canvas. The Mexican stayed prone with his hands under the head as if he was taking a sunbath. His damage was so heavy that he couldn’t move only to be counted out by the referee Hernan Guajardo from Argentina, who might have been able to toll a hundred counts.

Unbeaten bright super-fly prospect, WBA#10/WB#14 tall and hard-punching Ryo Matsumoto (13-0, 11 KOs), 114.75, seized the vacant OPBF 115-pound belt by dispatching world-rated Thailander Rusalee Samor (25-6-2, 11 KOs), 114.25, with a barrage of solid punches at 0:43 of the twelfth and final round. Matsumoto may be a future world champ out of Ohashi Gym, following the footsteps of Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue.

In a unique confrontation of the brothers of the main eventers, unbeaten world contender Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1 KO), 114, defeated former world challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaez (20-3-2-1NC), 113.25, Argentina, by a shutout decision (80-73, 80-72 twice) over eight. Inoue outsped and out powered Narvaez, winning all rounds with ease.

Co-promoters: Teiken and Ohashi Promotions.



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Top Rank’s Lee Samuels to be honored tonight

Top Rank PR Chief Lee Samuels is back in his hometown of Pennsville, NJ, where tonight he will be inducted into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame at Salem County Community College, Carney’s Point, NJ. On Monday, Lee attended a pre-induction dinner with Pennsville NJ High School Alumni and writer friends at AJ’s in Pennsville. Lee was nominated for the award by columnist Jack Hummel of the Bridgeton NJ Evening News. Years ago Lee was sports editor of the Pennsville Progress and Penns Grove Record newspapers in Salem County. Lee’s long time editor and star columnist Bob Shryock of the Woodbury Daily Times (now the Gloucester County Times) will be among those at the induction ceremony. Samuels, who covered boxing with beat writer Bob Wright at the Philadelphia Bulletin, has been with Top Rank for over 30 years.



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Amir Khan continues to draw attention to the tragedies in Peshawar. More

“Come to negotiation table or I’ll look elsewhere,” says Khan to Mayweather. More

Is Mayweather still dodging Manny Pacquiao? More

Op-ed: Why can’t superfights happen? More



December 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Vivian Harris to return to welterweight, calls for rematch with Victor Ortiz

By David Finger

Although he is coming off of a disappointing loss to WBO #8 ranked Ramon Alvarez, former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris has vowed to continue the quest for another world title, and he knows exactly what he needs to do to reposition himself for one final fight for a title. “Victor Ortiz,” Harris said without missing a beat, “I would love to have the rematch with him. This time it would be a better fight for both of us at 147.” Harris has elected to return to the welterweight division, abandoning his quest for a junior middleweight title.

“I have a good ranking at 147 in the WBO,” Harris added. Although Harris was dropped from the WBO rankings after his loss to Alvarez, he is confident that a return to the top ten will be in the works in 2015…especially if he can land the elusive Ortiz rematch. (more…)



December 29th, 2014

UFC

Josh Burkman: When Opportunity Knocks

Josh Burkman last competed in the UFC a little more than six years ago at UFC 90, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Pete “Drago” Sell. That was October of 2008 . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Paul Delgado: A Boxing Success Story

By Jose E. Santiago
Video: Forbes.com

In the world of boxing there are many that embark on the journey in pursuit of stardom and riches. Many have the talent, some have the drive, but in comparison to those that strive only a few reach the pinnacle of obtaining stardom. In many cases the post boxing life leaves former pugilists struggling to find a sense of worth and/or purpose. Not the case with Paul Delgado of Atlanta GA. Never a dominant force in the sport, but a contender in his heyday, Delgado was willing to scrap with anyone. Winner of multiple regional titles and onetime challenger for the IBF Welterweight World title, Delgado retired in 2012. Unlike some former lifelong combatants in the sweet science, Delgado immediately found his direction and new aspiration in life. Forbes.com took note of Delgado’s success and ran a feature titled “Building a Knockout Small Business.”



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Linares seeking third world title

Still eight months shy of his 30th birthday, Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (37-3, 24 KOs) has the opportunity to become the youngest Venezuelan to win world titles in three divisions when he faces Mexico’s Javier “Implacable” Prieto (24-7-2, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship on Tuesday, December 30 at the Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux promises explosive fireworks display New Year’s Eve in Japan

After enduring a frustrating year in which he has fought only once, unified world super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) is prepared to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title belt this Wednesday, New Year’s Eve, against WBO #6 rated challenger Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19 KOs) at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan. Rigondeaux, who resides in Miami, is also the World Boxing Association (WBA) “super” beltholder.

The 34-year-old Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, arrived Dec. 21 in Japan and the pound-for-pound star is extremely grateful for the overwhelmingly warm reception he has received from countless Japanese boxing fans who’ve watched him train or approached him in Osaka. Last July in Macao, Rigondeaux successfully defended his WBO/WBA Super titles, destroying challenger Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1) in the opening round of the ultra-skilled Cuban’s lone fight to date in 2014.

The 5′ 10 ½” Amagasa towers over the diminutive Rigondeaux, who is 6 ½ inches shorter than his Japanese opponent. Rigondeaux, however, isn’t concerned in the least about their differences in height because of his past success against many taller foes. (more…)



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Narvaez-Inoue line finally released and it’s a shocker, the champ is a huge underdog

Oddsmakers have conspicuously avoided releasing a line all week for the Tuesday showdown in Tokyo between longtime world super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (43-1-2, 23 KOs) and former WBC light flyweight champ Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6 KOs). Paddypower.com has become the first online sportsbook to establish a number and their opening odds are a stunner. Narvaez, making the 13th defense of his WBO 115lb belt after 16 defenses of his WBO 1121b belt, is a +550 underdog against the less experienced Inoue, who’s a whopping -1200 favorite despite ambitiously moving up two weight divisions. There is also an over/under proposition at 10.5 rounds with “over” at -175 and “under” at +125.



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Narvaez, Inoue to collide tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Time will tell whether Argentine veteran champ Omar Narvaez (43-1-2, 23 KOs) will give a lesson to unbeaten but less experienced 21-year-old Japanese Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6 KOs) or the youngster will dethrone the 39-year-old formidable titlist tomorrow in Tokyo, Japan. The WBO 115-pound belt will be on the line, as Naoya, participating in his only eighth pro bout, had renounced his WBC 108-pound belt and jumped up two categories to have a very ambitious shot at the second championship against such a formidable titleholder as “Huracan (hurricane)”.

Today we saw the weigh-in ceremony, where Narvaez tipped the beam at 114.5 pounds, while Inoue scaled in at the 115-pound class limit.

The officials are as follows: referee Lou Moret (US); judges Ulysses Glen (US), Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico), Lisa Giampa (US); supervisor Jose Izquierdo (Puerto Rico). (more…)



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Most intriguing boxing stories of 2014

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Mikey Williams

Perhaps the most intriguing stories outside the ring in 2014 were the end of the “cold war” between promotional powerhouses Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, the related exit of Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, and the continued emergence of boxing advisor/manager Al Haymon.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum and Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya appeared together at a press conference before the December 13 WBA interim super lightweight title fight between Jose Benavidez Jr. and Mauricio Herrera.

Bob Arum: Oscar as you know is a great fighter, a great champion, a credit to the sport. I’m really so delighted that he has now devoted himself absolutely full time to promoting fights and events in boxing because he is somebody that the sport really looks up to and there will be great things that Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy will be doing in the future.

Oscar de la Hoya: This is a person I really look up to because now that I’m a promoter, what better person than Bob Arum to learn the ropes from? And to promote and take these fighters’ careers and watch the progression of their boxing careers and help them grow? It really is a pleasure and an honor because Bob Arum, he’s like an icon, he’s like this person who we all have to admire for what he’s done for boxing. He’s put up some amazing fights. He now has Todd duBoef who’s doing a lot of work and doing the same thing – putting up great fights and running the business. It really is admirable and for me personally as a young promoter, I learn from everything that you’ve done so thank you very much on behalf of Golden Boy Promotions for paving the way and continuing for many more years to pave the way on how it’s done. (more…)



December 29th, 2014




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