WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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UniMas Weights from Laredo, Texas

Erick De Leon 130.6 vs. Aldimar Silva 129
Esquiva Falcao 160.1 vs. Josue Obando 162.1
Arturo Marquez 147 vs. Stephen Bass 146.8

Photo: Ruben Cortez
Photo: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

Venue: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

Erick De Leon 130.6 vs. Aldimar Silva 129 Esquiva Falcao 160.1 vs. Josue Obando 162.1 Arturo Marquez 147 vs. Stephen …


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Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina?

Looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina on December 10 in Manchester, England.

Looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina on December 10 in Manchester, England. Ricardo, Eric Molina. Father …



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Purse Bid Results: Narvaez-Rodriguez IBF Bantamweight Eliminator for #1

A purse bid procedure was held at the IBF office today to determine who will promote the IBF bantamweight eliminator fight for #1, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, K.O. International and Warriors Boxing. K.O. International bid $126,101 and Warriors Boxing bid $57,500. The purse bid split will be 60% to Narvaez and 40% to Rodriguez. The fight must take place within 90 days or by January 27, 2017.

A purse bid procedure was held at the IBF office today to determine who will promote the IBF bantamweight eliminator …


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Flanagan to face Cruz on November 26th

WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (31-0 12 KOs) will make the fourth defence of his World title against Puerto Rico’s former world title challenger Orlando Cruz (25-4-1 13 KOs) on Frank Warren’s November 26th Motorpoint Arena Cardiff show, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (31-0 12 KOs) will make the fourth defence of his World title against Puerto Rico’s …




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PBC lays out 2017 TV plans

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has announced plans for its third season in 2017. “The Premier Boxing Champions series will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,” said Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Boxing. “Through its first two seasons the PBC will have broadcast over 90 shows, featuring surprising upsets, spectacular knockouts and hard-fought championship matches. The 2017 season of the PBC series will be the most exciting yet.”

The 2016 PBC season will close with shows on Spike November 12 (Danny Garcia vs. Samuel Vargas) and on Showtime December 10 (Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares and Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams).

In 2017, the PBC series will continue its broadcast partnerships with FOX, FS1, Spike, NBC, ESPN, SHOWTIME/CBS and Bounce TV and will feature more primetime networks shows next year than in either of the first two seasons.

FOX will broadcast three prime time network shows, the first of which will be on February 25. FS1 will broadcast 25 shows, running from February-October.

NBC will broadcast three primetime network shows in the second half of 2017, beginning with the first show on Sept. 23.

ESPN will broadcast 12 shows from April-August with the first show on April 14.

Spike will regularly broadcast shows as part of its Combat Sports Friday platform, beginning with the first show on Jan. 13.

Bounce TV will feature a quarterly boxing show with the first broadcast on March. 31.

SHOWTIME/CBS will broadcast select PBC series fights on dates throughout the year.

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has announced plans for its third season in 2017. “The Premier Boxing Champions series will continue …


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Hrunov: Ustinov should fight Klitschko

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Boxing manager Vladimir Hrunov, who manages WBA #3 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov, says the WBA should be ordering a bout for the vacant WBA heavyweight crown between Ustinov and WBA #2 Wladimir Klitschko. WBA #1 Luis Ortiz vacated the WBA interim title and is scheduled to fight Malik Scott, which could lead to a possible clash between WBA #5 Lucas Browne and Ustinov, now that Klitschko appears headed toward a March or April 2017 challenge against IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

“Right now we are waiting for the WBA’s resolution that would clarify the WBA’s ordered tournament,” Hrunov said, “where the winner of the fight between Ustinov-Ortiz had to face the winner of the Klitschko fight. Fury is now clearly out, so if they are following the rules of the previous resolution, then Ustinov should be the opponent for Wladimir Klitschko.

“The next fight [for Ustinov] is scheduled in December, everything else has to be discussed. I think for Wladimir Klitschko, a fight with Ustinov is a great inconvenience because Alexander is the same size as him and very motivated.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Boxing manager Vladimir Hrunov, who manages WBA #3 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov, says the …


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Andrade hoping to fight Culcay for WBA title

On November 5, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) plans to win his second world title at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany against WBA super welterweight champion “Golden Jack” Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs). “I signed my contract to fight Jack Culcay and I’m very excited to get back into the ring on November 5,” said Andrade. “The WBA was very helpful to assist in making this fight. Now all we’re waiting for is for Culcay’s side to sign his contract.

“In 2007, I fought Culcay as an amateur, so we have some history in the ring. He advanced far in the amateur ranks, so he definitely has the skill-set to present a challenge for me. He’s probably looking for revenge and I’m looking to keep my winning streak going. The business in the sport of boxing is tough, and for him to be a world champion and have 22 pro wins is impressive. My plan is to come to Germany and put on a great performance…I expect to win this belt and then make moves to unify the other belts in the 154 lb division.”

On November 5, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) plans to win his second world title at the MBS …


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Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in Kazakhstan

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Goodwill Tour has arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From left to right, WBO Supervisor Ricardo Rizzo, WBO judge Gloria Rizzo, FBHOF members ring announcer Bob Alexander, judge Don Balas, referee Tommy Kimmons, judge Ric Bays, and referee/former world cruiserweight champion James Warring, not pictured TV producer Ira Steven Glass and broadcaster Bob Sheridan.

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The group is here representing promoter Nelson Lopez to work a seven bout show on Saturday that will feature the main event of Kanat Islam vs. Patrick Allotey in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO Intercontinental jr middle and vacant UBC world jr middleweight titles.

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Goodwill Tour has arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From left to right, WBO Supervisor Ricardo …



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Photo by Pete Susens

Undefeated Lightweight Eric De Leon (13-0, 11 KOs) works the pads with trainer Robert Garcia, Jr. today at Canizales Boxing Gym in Laredo, Texas. De Leon meets Aldimar Silva in the eight round main event Friday night at The Laredo Energy Center.

Photo by Pete Susens Undefeated Lightweight Eric De Leon (13-0, 11 KOs) works the pads with trainer Robert Garcia, Jr. …


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Boxing returns to Warm Springs, Oregon on Saturday

By Ricardo Ibarra

This Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, Warm Springs Nation Boxing will stage an eight bout Pro/Am show, highlighted by three pro bouts. Zillah, Washington’s Juan Esquivel (4-0, 4 KOs) will square off with local Daniel Gilbert in the four round heavyweight main event. Esquivel, who has scored all of his four wins by knockout, will fight for the first time in over two years. In his last bout, which took place in Warm Springs, he stopped Albert Aleck in the third round. Gilbert will be making his pro debut. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra This Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, Warm Springs Nation Boxing …


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Manny Pacquiao Hollywood workout

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Photos: Mikey Williams / TopRank

Eight division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, is over a week away from his next fight as he worked out for media at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Pacquiao returns to the ring as he will take on WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas on Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on Pay Per View.

Manny Pacquiao

“I feel good. training camp has been great.”

“I had jetlag a few days when we arrived but its getting better.”

“My plan for this fight is to make the fans happy this fight.” (more…)

Photos: Mikey Williams / TopRank Eight division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), of General …


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JuanMa-WV2 Press Conference

A near brawl broke out today between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs) and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López (34-5, 31 KOs) at today’s press conference, during the traditional face-off picture, in advance of this Saturday night’s grudge showdown, airing live on pay per view from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr.: “‘JuanMa’ Lopez and many people have belittled me. They have disparaged my sacrifice, the food that I put on the table for my family, but Saturday I will hurt him. I have a Machiavellian plan to destroy him so he will respect me. I respect everybody that has had a rough time.”

Juan Manuel Lopez: “Vasquez was interrupting at all times during the press conference. He was singing out loud and during the face-to-face picture he tried to kiss me and I did not permit. I understand that he’s afraid and what a better moment than in front of everybody including the press to release his emotions.”

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A near brawl broke out today between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs) and Juan Manuel …



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Fonfara in Oakland: Ready for anything

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It’s what’s next what counts. I can do nothing about my defeat against Smith Jr, but I can do everything to make sure, that this was the last one in my career,” said light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) , who at 28 years of age considers himself a ring veteran with all that has happened in his boxing life. Training with Virgil Hunter in Oakland, ‘The Polish Prince’ is ready to prove it, most likely early in 2017.

Photo: Daniel Krzywiec
Photo: Daniel Krzywiec

“When I moved from Chicago to California, with my wife Justyna and just a month old son Leo, I expected it to be a tougher transition than it actually was,” Fonfara told Fightnews.com. “At the beginning it was tough, getting situated in my apartment in Union City, buying all this stuff needed not just for me but the family was an ordeal. But I knew I can always count on my brother Mark, my friends. I didn’t know Virgil Hunter, but just after a couple of days in his gym, I knew it was a right decision.” (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk “It’s what’s next what counts. I can do nothing about my defeat against Smith Jr, but I …


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Stevens-De La Rosa added to Kovalev-Ward PPV

The Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View telecast on November 19 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will now include the 10-round middleweight showdown between Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) and James “The King” De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs).

Stevens fought earlier this year on the Canelo-Khan HBO Pay-Per-View telecast and scored a spectacular second-round upset knockout of then-undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira. When asked about the upgrade to the televised card Curtis replied, “I know it is Kovalev-Ward but now it is Kovalev-Ward-Stevens. Time to show out!”

De La Rosa was in a similar situation when he defeated former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. He said, “Déjà vu all over again. The same thing happened when I fought Angulo. I am happy to fight on the PPV telecast. I need this win so I’ll leave it all in the ring come November 19.”

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva added, “After we announced Curtis would be fighting on the untelevised portion of the Kovalev-Ward PPV card, we heard from a lot of fans asking that the fight be moved to TV so they could see Curtis. What the fans want, the fans get!”

The Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View telecast on November 19 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. …


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New opponent for Hurd

Undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) will now match up against former title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Saturday, Nov. 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Once-beaten contender Jorge Cota was originally scheduled to face Hurd, but was forced to withdraw after an emergency appendectomy.

The event is headlined by Philadelphia’s own undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, who takes on Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a clash between former world champion Javier Fortuna and unbeaten prospect Omar Douglas.

Undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) will now match up against former title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-3, …


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More details on Dec 10 Showtime twinbill

Showtime’s December 10 world title doubleheader featuring WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) against former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and a clash between IBF super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) and top undefeated contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), will take place at USC’s Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles. The card is co-promoted by Ringstar Sports, headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, and TGB Promotions headed by Tom Brown.

Showtime’s December 10 world title doubleheader featuring WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) against former three-division world …



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Pierre meets Salgado November 16

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WBA #6 Lightweight contender Evens Pierre (26-1, 17 KOs) will be facing his toughest test yet against Mexican, two-time World Champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-6-1, 16 KOs) in Haiti on November 16th. Pierre, nicknamed “The Sun City Kid,” is a Haitian native whose career developed in Panama. He now fights solely in Haiti.

His promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps comments that “Evens is a role-model for kids in Haiti, a hero in his Sun City neighborhood. Fighting a two-time World Champion like Salgado is watershed moment in his career. If everything goes well against Salgado, we are looking at a world title shot next year. This will be momentous in Haiti.”

On the undercard of the Pierre-Salgado fight, IBU World Featherweight Champion, Haitian-American Melissa St Vil will be facing Diana Garcia of the Dominican Republic, a fight which Melissa wants to be a contribution to the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

By Robert Coster WBA #6 Lightweight contender Evens Pierre (26-1, 17 KOs) will be facing his toughest test yet against …


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Kogawa keeps Japanese 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese flyweight champ, WBA#8/WBC#12/IBF#11/WBO#11 Takuya Kogawa (28-4, 13 KOs), 112, successfully retained his national belt as he defeated JBC#4 Yudai Arai (8-4-3, 4 KOs) , 112, by a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 98-92) over ten hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kogawa, a fast-punching speedster making his fourth defense, was in command in the first half, leading on points by open scoring system: all 49-46. Arai, handled by ex-world 108-pound titlist Katsuo Tokashiki, showed his heart by retaliating with southpaw combinations, but Kogawa maintained the initiative down the stretch.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese flyweight champ, WBA#8/WBC#12/IBF#11/WBO#11 Takuya Kogawa (28-4, 13 KOs), 112, successfully retained his …


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Toronto boxing event postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lee Baxter Promotions’ card scheduled for Thursday evening at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario has been postponed until further notice. Two of Baxter’s fighters scheduled to appear on that card, 130 pound contender Logan “Cotton” McGuinness and heavyweight prospect Mladen “Monster” Miljas, will now fight October 28 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (more…)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lee Baxter Promotions’ card scheduled for Thursday evening at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario has …


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Mundine-Green Rematch on Feb 3

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA 175 pound champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) will clash with former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony ” The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) over ten at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia on February 3.

Mundine defeated Green over twelve rounds in 2006 in a contest that attracted a live gate in Sydney of 30,000.

Anthony Mundine: “I’m looking forward to the challenge on February 3. My mind is ready and my body is ready to put on a great performance.”

Danny Green: ” I lost the fight to Mundine ten years ago but I’m now a much better fighter. I think Choc is overlooked and way past his best. I have a lot more in the tank than he has. Let’s find out on February 3rd at Adelaide Oval…I’m not far off the weight limit (183 pounds). I have been going without beer!”

Green is coming off a ten round decision victory over Kane Watts in February and Mundine is coming off an eleven round stoppage loss to Charles Hatley in 2015.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA 175 pound champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) will …


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Showtime announces 5 new boxing telecasts

Showtime Sports has finally returned from hibernation, announcing five boxing telecasts over four month scheduled to begin in December.

December 10:
Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs)*
Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) vs. Julian Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs)*

January 14:
Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) vs. James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs)**

January 28:
Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) vs. Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs)*
Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs)*

February 11:
Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs)

March 4:
Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) vs. Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs)**

*World title bout
**World title unification bout

Showtime Sports has finally returned from hibernation, announcing five boxing telecasts over four month scheduled to begin in December. December …


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“The New” Ray Robinson returns Friday night

Professional Boxing returns to the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night October 28th with the another blockbuster card featuring the return of “The New” Ray Robinson in an eight round welterweight contest against former WBO Fedecentro super featherweight champion and rugged veteran Santos Benavides (25-10, 19KOs). In the eight-round super welterweight co-feature of the evening, Steven Martinez (16-3, 13KOs) will face upset-minded Jeremy Ramos (9-4, 4KOs). The fight the local fans are flocking to see, will be a four round lightweight special feature as former nationally rated amateur star and Philly and Hard Hitting Promotions Branden Pizarro is set to make his professional debut when he swaps punches with Ezequiel Ocasio (1-2). (more…)

Professional Boxing returns to the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night October 28th with the another blockbuster card …


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Q&A: Promoter Hannah Nasari

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian boxing promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews about upcoming Sydney promotions that she has scheduled for October, November and December

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian boxing promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews about upcoming Sydney promotions that …


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Commey-Shafikov Purse Bid Results

A purse bid was held today in the IBF Office for the lightweight eliminator between Richard Commey and Dennis Shafikov. Warriors Boxing bid $61,000 and Sauerland Event bid $45,305. The fight has to be done by January 8, 2017.

A purse bid was held today in the IBF Office for the lightweight eliminator between Richard Commey and Dennis Shafikov. …


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Claressa Shields to make pro debut

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields will be making her much anticipated professional debut during the lead-off freeview telecast of Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shields is set to face an opponent to be announced in a four-round middleweight bout, with each round timed at two-minutes. The pay-per-view telecast will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The freeview telecast which includes the live Claressa Shields bout will begin at 7PM ET/4PM PT and will be available on cable, satellite, and telco channels.

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields will be making her much anticipated professional debut during the lead-off freeview telecast of …


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Pacquiao, Roach, Arum Q&A

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum took part in a Q&A session with reporters on the first day of Manny’s USA training camp.

FREDDIE ROACH: It was a pretty tough schedule in this camp but he held up really well. The sparring days were really good and it’s the best I’ve seen Manny in a long time – he is a lot more aggressive than I have seen him in the past and there was a lot of the old Manny Pacquiao coming out and he really, really looked good. We trained right up until Saturday morning before our flight out to Los Angeles and he boxed 10 rounds and he looked great and he’s in great shape, I know it’s been a very difficult camp with the Senate and so forth. Manny has always been a busy person but because of the Senate he seems to be a lot more serious than anything else he has done. He is in Senate sessions on some nights until 7:30 or 8:00 at night and when he is done we go right to the gym. (more…)

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum took part …


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Burton vs Buglioni British battle lands on Joshua card

Hosea Burton will defend his British Light-Heavyweight title against Frank Buglioni at the Manchester Arena on December 10.

Burton landed the crown with an impressive sixth round stoppage win over Miles Shinkwin at the same venue in February but two scheduled defences were cancelled through injuries to his opponents.

Burton was set to meet Tony Dodson at Goodison Park in Liverpool in May but Dodson snapped his Achilles, then Buglioni was slated to meet Burton in September but the Londoner pulled out of their Manchester meeting after sustaining a cut in sparring. Burton boxed on both occasions, with a third round stoppage over Fernando Castaneda a ninth win inside the distance in 18 pro outings. (more…)

Hosea Burton will defend his British Light-Heavyweight title against Frank Buglioni at the Manchester Arena on December 10. Burton landed …


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Klitschko injured, out until 2017

2016 has been a lost year for 40-year-old former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has already had two fight dates cancelled this year. Wlad has suffered a reported calf injury that will now torpedo a proposed December 10 fight against either IBF champion Anthony Joshua or Lucas Browne for the vacant WBA belt.

“I was made aware that Wladimir picked up a minor injury late last week but regardless of that, with just over six weeks to go until December 10, it’s unrealistic to put together a fight of this magnitude and give it the full build up it deserves,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.

Hearn says Joshua will fight another opponent on December 10, then face off with Klitschko in March or April if all goes according to plan.

2016 has been a lost year for 40-year-old former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has already had two fight …


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Hopkins-Smith kickoff press conference

Former Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of FamerBernard “The Executioner” Hopkins(55-7-2, 32 KOs) and Light Heavyweight Contender Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles press conference Monday to discuss their 12-round battle set for December 17 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and to be televised live on HBO.

Below is what the fighters, their trainers, managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:

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Photo: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Joe Smith Jr: “I’m so glad I was chosen to fight Bernard Hopkins in his final fight on December 17th at the Forum. I’m going to train very hard for this fight and take full advantage of it. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone.”

Bernard Hopkins: “This is history, we have been here many times where history has been made. This is obviously different than everything I have ever done, because it is the Final 1. To be able to have the Final 1 in LA, where the city of stars are trying to be stars, however you cut it, it couldn’t have been better with the history placed in the DNA that the Forum has produced.

“It is fitting that the end of a twenty-nine year career, since 1988 is in a historic place at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. This is something that came as an opportunity to be here. I couldn’t tell you that it would be in this arena-it just happened, and here I am against an incredible opponent. (more…)

Former Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of FamerBernard “The Executioner” Hopkins(55-7-2, 32 KOs) and Light Heavyweight Contender Joe Smith …


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Parker vs. Ruiz headed to the USA?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

New Zealand promoter Dean Lonergan said the WBO heavyweight title clash between WBO #3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) and his fighter, WBO #1, IBF #1 Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs), could end up in America if he cannot get the necessary backing in New Zealand.

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Dean Lonergan: “We are in discussions with a huge array of people. But they all have to come together in a very tight space of time. Obviously, it’s a massive event. It’s a historical event for New Zealand and it’s something that David Higgins and myself are incredibly keen to make happen. But we are first and foremost a business and it has to be commercially viable. We have to raise seven figures to make this thing work and that’s never been done on a boxing match here before. We might break it down and say, ‘if it makes a loss, it makes a loss and we have to suck it up.’ (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing New Zealand promoter Dean Lonergan said the WBO heavyweight title clash between WBO …


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Juanma-WV2 PPV undercard lineup

Former world featherweight title challenger Jonathan Oquendo, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Yomar “The Magic” Alamo and 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian Jontay Ortiz have all been added to this Saturday night’s Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López and Wilfredo”Papito” Vázquez, Jr pay-per-view card in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 33-year-old Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will appear in the 10-round co-feature against Gustavo “El Gustavo” Molina (23-13, 9 KOs). Alamo (11-0, 8 KOs) will be fighting in his first scheduled 10-round bout versus an opponent to be announced. In the PPV opener, 1012 Olympian Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) faces Luis Hernandez in a 6-round match.

Former world featherweight title challenger Jonathan Oquendo, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Yomar “The Magic” Alamo and 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian …


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Briggs: Haye scared to fight me

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs lashed out at fellow ex-champ David Haye today on social media. In May, Haye and Briggs fought on the same card in London and Haye openly promised to fight Briggs later in the year. Now it appears that isn’t happening.

I would rip your face into shredded meat – Shannon Briggs

Shannon Briggs: Haye scared to fight me for the WBA title. I just got word he said he rather quit boxing then fight me. I understand David. It’s not safe. I’m holding in a lot of pain and anger from things that have happened in my life. I’m seeking to put that pain on someone else. Particularly you for lying and deceiving me and the public. I would rip your face into shredded meat as soon as the bell rung, immediately if not sooner, so I overstand. Get a job putting stripes on candy or sewing undies, boxing ain’t for you Lil buddy. No hard feelings again I overstand lil chump #LETSGOCHAMP

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs lashed out at fellow ex-champ David Haye today on social media. In May, Haye and …


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Pacquiao not looking past Vargas

By Kurt Freitag

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is an 8:1 favorite, but he’s not taking his November 5 PPV clash against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas for granted. “I’m not taking this fight lightly,” said Pacquiao. “Vargas is the champion and I won’t underestimate him…I’m not thinking about any fights in 2017. One at a time. I can’t say ‘yes’ right now. Let me finish this fight first!”

Pacquiao added that he’s staying disciplined and focused so he can concentrate on his work as a Senator in the Philippines while he trains for Vargas. “I don’t have time to go out with the friends,” he said.

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Top Rank is producing this pay-per-event themselves, rather than using HBO PPV. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum revealed, “We think we’re going to do very, very big pay-per-view numbers.”

He stated that ticket sales are tremendous and closed circuit operators (at bars) are being blown away by the response. “The pay-per-numbers we really won’t get a handle on until the week of the fight. But am I optimistic? Off the charts!”

By Kurt Freitag Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is an 8:1 favorite, but he’s not taking his November 5 PPV clash …


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Underground Boxing Results from Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Saturday’s boxing card taking place almost 400 feet underground inside the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland, featured eight rounds of heavy hits in the heavyweight main event and an easy job in the featherweight co-main event. This was the eighth edition of the one-of-a-kind “Underground Boxing Show.”

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

The heavyweight bout between Krzysztof Zimnoch (20-1, 13 KOs and Marcin Rekowski (17-4, 14 KOs) was an entertaining scrap with both fighters not avoiding heavy hits and give fans something to cheer for. Zimnoch, more skilled than the physically stronger Rekowski, was faster, scoring at will with his jab, but was in danger any time Rekowski decided to launch an attack. Although judges gave Zimnoch only a split decision, Fightnews.com unanimously scored this fight for the fighter from Białystok. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Saturday’s boxing card taking place almost 400 feet underground inside the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, …


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The 12th Round: Perception vs Reality

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

Boxing is a unique sport, it has so many differences in comparison with all other mainstream sports and unfortunately most differences are often for the detriment of our beloved sport. Boxing, as I see it, is the “black sheep” of sports, the “ugly duckling.” This is how reached the title of this week´s column – Perception vs Reality .

NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, WWE, UFC are the leagues of the mainstream sports in the USA (but is the same all over the world ). These “leagues” are in essence multi-million dollar corporations which own the business side of their corresponding sport. They control TV rights, sponsorship, gates and all sources of income while at the same time regulating the sport. Boxing is a completely different story. The WBC, which regulates the sport, has no intervention in the business side of the sport. Independent promoters are the ones in charge of the business and commercial activity, each boxing show is, in fact, a complete individual event. (more…)

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