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Alvarado edges Torres, Korobov defeats Vera

Alvarado edges Torres, Korobov defeats Vera

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In his 2nd comeback fight, former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) had ...

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Joshua KOs Breazeale in seven, retains IBF heavyweight title

Joshua KOs Breazeale in seven, retains IBF heavyweight title

By Karl Freitag Photos: Matchroom Sport IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Dominic ...

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Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA welterweight title in one to remember

Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA welterweight title in one to remember

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney For the last year Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman have tried to get it on in ...

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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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Thurman edges Porter, retains WBA

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Boxing News

Fedor now super champ, Feigenbutz and De Carolis to contest vacant WBA regular world title

Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) can write boxing history on Saturday night by becoming Germany’s youngest ever world champion with the vacant WBA world super middleweight title now on the line in his rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany.

Feigenbutz and De Carolis were originally scheduled to contest the WBA’s interim world title, but yesterday, the governing body announced that their fight will be for the ‘regular’ world title. Their ruling comes following Andre Ward’s move up to light heavyweight and the subsequent promotion of reiging “regular” world champion Fedor Chudinov to super champion status. (more…)



January 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

A year of highs and lows for Kenyan boxing

Floyd Mayweather accounts for UFC’s Conor McGregor’s popularity as “racism”

Bob Arum admits Pacquiao-Bradley III is a “tough sell”

David Haye promises a “stellar show”despite undercard blow



January 5th, 2016


Boxing News

The Other Canelo

By Hesiquio Balderas
Photo: Hesiquio Balderas/Fightnews

He’s a public figure, a world champion, and at only 25 he has fame, money and a very successful professional career. Many young guys at Canelo’s age are trying to figure out what they’ll do for a living, but Alvarez always knew he wanted to be a fighter. Young Canelo used to fight all the time in elementary school, he’s always been brave and serious, very mature for his age. Is there another side of Canelo Alvarez? What about the person?

Santos Saul Alvarez is a shy individual in public, he doesn’t like the fame and prefers to keep himself away from anything and everything. He spends most of his free time in his home. His personality contrasts big time with his media and ring presence. He’s funny, laughs all the time and makes jokes. That’s the side of Saul not too many people know about. I personally worked briefly for Canelo Promotions and he told me a few stories. (more…)



January 5th, 2016

UFC

Cerrone Makes 170 Debut vs. Means

Longtime lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone wasn’t going to stay idle for long after his December loss to 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos. So it’s no surprise that the popular striker will be back in the Octagon on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 5th, 2016


Boxing News

Wallisch-Bacurin Press Conference

Photos: Team SES / P. Grecke

A press conference took place Monday for Saturday’s SES card in Berlin headlined by WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) against late sub Ivica Bacurin (23-8-1, 13 KOs).

Michael Wallisch: “On short notice, I have to rethink my game plan for my new opponent Bacurin. The live broadcast on SAT.1 is a big motivation for me, because I want to show the fans what they’ve missed in the past few years! Now, finally, there is movement in the heavyweight division and the audience can experience something new. I can quickly get to the top. 2016 represents a new era for the heavyweight division!”

Bacurin was not in attendance. (more…)



January 4th, 2016

UFC

Carlos Condit: “I may be done, but we’ll see . . .”

Carlos Condit battled Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title at UFC 195 but came up just short, losing by split decision. Condit threw 504 significant strikes and landed 196, compared to Lawler’s 78/177 significant strikes thrown . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

David Benavidez returns to action January 19

Unbeaten 19-year-old light heavyweight David “El Bandera Roja/RED FLAG” Benavidez will return to action on Tuesday, January 19, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. Benavidez (11-0, 10 KOs) will face Kevin “The Vermont Bully” Cobbs (10-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Benavidez’s rising star caught fire in his last ring appearance, a brutal, nationally televised TKO 1 over Felipe Romero last November.

“It’s a great feeling to give the fans what they want,” said Benavidez of the victory. “I knew something big would happen that night. I could feel it. It feels good knowing that people want to see me fight.”

To prepare for Cobbs, Benavidez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, has the Phoenix-based fighter and his father/trainer Jose Benavidez Sr., (David is the younger brother of undefeated Interim WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Jose Benavidez Jr.)
working with Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston.



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Mikhaylenko-Robinson Added to Kovalev-Pascal II

Undefeated welterweight prospect Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KOs) will look to make his mark in the wide-open welterweight division against southpaw Ray “The New Ray Robinson” Robinson (20-2, 9 KOs) in the opening 10-round bout of the Kovalev-Pascal II HBO World Championship Boxing event Saturday, Jan. 30 live from the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mikhaylenko, 29, from Gelendzhik, Russia, is co-promoted by Main Events and German Titov Promotions. “The Mechanic” is undefeated and stopped his last three opponents, including former interim super lightweight titleholder Johan Perez. This will be his second fight in Canada; he stopped Felipe De la Paz in the fifth round on the undercard of Kovalev-Pascal I. (more…)



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Commey set to fight in IBF final eliminator

2016 promises to be a big year for Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (23-0, 21 KOs) with the undefeated 28 year-old set to fight in a final eliminator for the IBF World title. Commey is coming off the back of a hugely successful 2015, which saw him defend his Commonwealth title against Thompson Mokwana in South Africa and claim the IBF Intercontinental strap with an eighth-round technical knockout victory over Bahodir Mamadjonov in Las Vegas.

However, a lack of available challengers has forced the often-avoided power-puncher to relinquish his IBF Intercontinental belt, and as a result, the IBF has confirmed that Commey will fight in a final eliminator for their World title. (more…)



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Feigenbutz intends to ‘leave no questions unanswered’

Photo: Alexander Maschner/ Fotostudio Kopfkino

Photo: Alexander Maschner/ Fotostudio Kopfkino


WBA interim world super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) says he will ‘leave no questions unanswered’ in his rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany. Feigenbutz controversially came out on top in their first encounter on November 17, scoring a razor-thin twelve-round points decision over his Italian opponent at the DM-Arena in Karlsruhe, his hometown.

However, despite the positive result, the 20-year-old admits he was left disappointed with his display and is promising an improved performance when the super middleweights square off for a second time in Offenburg.

“The first fight against Giovanni was a real battle,” reflects the rising German star. ”Although I won the fight, I wasn’t happy with my performance as I know I can do better. I don’t want to use it as an excuse but I was recovering from a severe cold and therefore unable to fight to my full potential. (more…)



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #14 Solomon Haumono targets Danny Green

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #14 heavyweight Solomon Haumono (23-2-2, 20 KOs) talks to Fighnews.com® and says he’s confident of defeating former IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green. Haumono also talks about his father, Maile, who was Aussie heavyweight champion and once took world cruiserweight champion Mate Parlov the distance. He kayoed Joe Frazier’s sparring partner Vern McIntosh on the undercard of the 1975 Frazier vs. Jimmy Ellis rematch in Melbourne.

Haumono’s manager Matt Rose also spoke to Fightnews about a possible Haumono-Green showdown and revealed the offer and their acceptance to fight former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye that fell through when WBA-rated Mark de Mori took the fight.



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Salita’s first “Detroit Brawl” card coming together

The first “Detroit Brawl” card is coming together for February 6, at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. The Salita Promotions promotion will feature hometown talent galore, reported promoter Dmitriy Salita. “I am getting more and more excited for our first Detroit promotion and can’t wait to see talent like bantamweight James Gordon Smith, a Golden Gloves champion who has an 8-0 professional record,” Salita said. This national amateur champion, from East Detroit, won eight regional Golden Gloves title, and will tussle with Antoine Robertson in a six rounder.

The iconic venue for the first Salita show, will also feature Ed Williams (10-1), a two-time Detroit Golden Gloves champ who is now a hot prospect at super welterweight. Detroit’s Antonio Wade (1-0) will show his skill set in the junior middleweight class. He will fight for state bragging against Jessie Addison of Saginaw, Michigan in a four rounder. Also on the card: battle tested veteran James Lester of Detroit will attempt to derail hot NYC prospect Dimash Niyazov in a six-round tangle. (more…)



January 4th, 2016

UFC

High Stakes as Bisping, Silva Set to Fight

It’s a fight that probably should have happened a few years ago.

Both Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping, now set to meet in a February epic in London on UFC FIGHT PASS, admitted as much on a media conference call on Tuesday morning . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Freddie Roach remains upbeat about Manny Pacquiao

Nonito Donaire to start training in February for Evgeny Gradovich

David Haye dealt a blow in comeback fight

Teddy Atlas admits third Bradley fight with Pacquiao will be difficult



January 4th, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye unveils new co-feature

Following the news that Australia’s Billy Dib had been ruled out of an undercard appearance at David Haye’s comeback on Jan 16 at The O2, Haye has announced that Dib’s fight against Jamie Speight has been replaced by a British welterweight title eliminator between Shayne Singleton (21-1, 7 KOs) and John O’Donnell (30-2, 11 KOs). You can see the tweets via the link below.

Commenting on the announcement, Haye said “Obviously it’s disappointing that Billy Dib will not be on the bill but injuries are a part of boxing sadly. Jamie Speight was looking forward to the challenge of facing a former two-weight world champion and hopefully we can make the fight happen on the next Haye Day card. We wish Billy a speedy recovery. (more…)



January 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

New opponent for Wallisch

WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) will now face Ivica Bacurin (23-8-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday (January 9) night at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Bacurin steeped in for Marcin Rekowski, who had to pull out due to a broken rib suffered in sparring. Wallisch will be defending his WBO European title belt.

Also on the card:

An opponent was finally announced last week for WBO middleweight “junior” titlist Jan Meiser (10-0, 5 KOs). He will face Szabolcs Szabo (10-2-1, 4 KOs).

Two-time light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (44-4, 17 KOs), now campaigning at super middleweight where he’s rated #12, will face Cagri Ermis (18-9-2, 5 KOs).



January 3rd, 2016

UFC

UFC 195 Talking Points and Post-Fight

Although every fight inside the Octagon produces a winner and a loser, sometimes a truly epic fight takes place that makes the outcome difficult for some to accept . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Post-fight bonus recap

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez returns March 19

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Flyweight contender Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will return to the ring on March 19 on a card presented by Universal Promotions in Puerto Rico. “We’re working on a fight in March. It will be a Noche de Campeones DirecTV event, maybe for a regional title and an eliminator. I’m working on a couple of things,” said Gonzalez’ promoter Javier Bustillo.

For his part, Gonzalez said he’s aiming for the March 19 date and expects this fight to be a prelude to his planned title shot against IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng. “I hope for that,” said Gonzalez. “If all goes well, I could fight for the title in June. I’m IBF #8 so we’re ready to go. I hope now is an eliminator to go for the belt in June or July. If not, it would be by the end of the year.”



January 3rd, 2016

UFC

UFC 195 Main Event: Lawler Hangs On To Title in Split Decision Victory

With his welterweight title on the line at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Robbie Lawler delivered everything a champion should in the fifth and final round of his UFC 195 main event against Carlos Condit Saturday night, delivering a ferocious assault that allowed him to win the round and the fight, allowing him to retain his crown via split decision . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 3rd, 2016

UFC

UFC 195 Main Card: Miocic Wins Quickly, Tumenov & Ortega Take Longer

Stipe Miocic needed to make a statement in Saturday’s UFC 195 co-main event to truly establish himself as the next in line for a shot at the world heavyweight title. He did it too, knocking out former champion Andrei Arlovski in less than a minute at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 3rd, 2016

UFC

UFC 195: Mayday Victorious in Return; Morono, Kish Also Win at Prelims

After 749 days on the sidelines due to injury, bantamweight contender Michael McDonald made a triumphant return to the Octagon in UFC 195 prelim action on Saturday, holding off a quality effort by Masanori Kanehara to submit the veteran in the second round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2016

UFC

UFC 195: Poirier, Tanaka Go Distance For Wins in Early Prelims

The wait was worth it for Dustin Poirier in his UFC FIGHT PASS featured bout against “Irish” Joe Duffy Saturday, as the 12th-ranked lightweight contender scored a shutout three-round unanimous decision win at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye-Mark De Mori fight could go out live and exclusive on Hayemaker YouTube channel

By James Slater

Former unified cruiserweight king and former reigning WBA heavyweight champ David Haye will return to action on January 16th at The O2 in London and, as his fans know, the return to the ring will be against Australian slugger Mark De Mori. But what fans, in the UK especially, have been asking is: which TV station will show the heavyweight bout.

Interestingly, according to an exclusive in British tabloid The Sun, there is a very good chance the fight will be shown on Haye’s official YouTube channel. According to the short piece, Haye is keen to “give back” to his “loyal fans” and will have his comeback fight streamed live on his Hayemaker channel on YouTube as a thank you; this despite reported interest in the fight from Channel 4 and ITV (both terrestrial channels in the UK of course). (more…)



January 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Uchiyama-Flores Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten hard-punching Japanese, Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs), 129.5, impressively registered his eleventh defense when he landed a wicked left hook to the liver of Nicaraguan Oliver Flores (27-2-2, 17 KOs), 129.25, and had him completely prone at 1:47 of the third round in Tokyo, Japan, on New Year Eve. The referee Luis Pabon from Puerto Rico promptly declared a halt since Flores was so heavily damaged and motionless on the canvas. With the third man not completing a fatal ten, it was registered by the JBC as a technical knockout.

Prior to the quick stoppage, all the judges—Derek Milham (Australia), Carla Caiz (US) and Michael Lee (Korea)—saw it 20-18, scoring the first two rounds to the defending champ.

Uchiyama, reigning for almost six years since his coronation by demolishing Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010, made a cautious start against the ambitious Nicaraguan southpaw in the opening session. The 36-year-old champ, usually good at coping with southpaw opposition including his victory over grudge rival and ex-WBC ruler Takashi Miura, figured out the low-ducking challenger’s strategy and connected with jabs and occasional rights. (more…)



January 2nd, 2016

UFC

UFC’s Heavyweight Division is Big Again

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the drought is over.

Sure, there was some notable heavyweight news in 2015, from Fabricio Werdum defeating Cain Velasquez for the undisputed title and Andrei Arlovski besting good buddy Travis Browne in a Fight of the Year candidate, to the retirement of “Minotauro” Nogueira and Alistair Overeem’s December knockout of Junior Dos Santos. But for the most part, the thunder that used to be solely possessed by combat sports’ glamour division was stolen by other weight classes in the past 12 months . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Tanaka-Saludar Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese youngster who won the belt in his fifth pro bout, WBO minimumweight champ Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3 KOs) , 104.75, barely retained his belt as he came off the canvas in the fifth and sank Filipino challenger Vic Saludar (11-2, 9 KOs), 104.75, for the count at 2:15 of the sixth round in Nagoya, Japan, on New Year Eve.

It’s a dramatic come-from-behind knockout as Tanaka was behind on points: 50-45 twice (Lynne Carter of US and Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary) and 49-45 (Levi Martinez of US), all in favor of the game challenger who had the champ on the deck with a straight right midway in the fifth. The 20-year-old university student Tanaka, however, dug a vicious shot to the side of the belly and had him down in agony for the count. The referee was Mike Ortega (US).

For Tanaka, formerly four-time national high school champ, his apparent overconfidence cost such a tough battle. Before the fight, the baby-faced champ boldly predicted, “I’ll knock him out without problem.” In his eventually successful first defense of the belt that he had acquired by defeating durable Mexican hombre Julian Yedras last May, Tanaka didn’t look sharp except a moment that he sank the better-than-expected challenger Saludar. (more…)



January 2nd, 2016

UFC

New Poirier: Fresh and Focused

There’s a spring in Dustin Poirier’s step as he bounces around the American Top Team training facility in Coconut Creek, Florida. It’s not so much because he will finally be facing Irishman Joe Duffy at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 (the two were originally scheduled to face each other in October in Ireland before Duffy had to withdraw), but mostly because he feels good these days . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 2nd, 2016

Boxing News

Jessie Magdaleno returns February 20

Unbeaten super bantamweight contender Jessie Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs) will headline a February 20th UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast from the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

Magdaleno, currently rated #3 by the WBA and WBO, #5 by the IBF and #11 by the WBC, will take on an opponent to be announced soon. This will be Magdaleno’s second straight appearance on UniMas and in Phoenix.



January 1st, 2016

UFC

UFC 195 at the scales

UFC 195, which is headlined by the UFC welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit and the heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski and Stipe Miocic, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
Carlos Condit (169) VS Robbie Lawler (170)

Pay-Per-View Main Card
Andrei Arlovski (246.5) VS Stipe Miocic (241.5)
Albert Tumenov (171) VS Lorenz Larkin (171)
Brian Ortega (145.5) VS Diego Brandao (146)
Tony Sims (156) VS Abel Trujillo (156)

FOX Sports 1 Prelims
Masanori Kanehara (135) VS Michael McDonald (136)
Alex Morono (170) VS Kyle Noke (170.5)
Nina Ansaroff (116) VS Justine Kish (116)
Drew Dober (155.5) VS Scott Holtzman (155.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Joe Duffy (155) VS Dustin Poirier (155.5)
Michinori Tanaka (135.5) VS Joe Soto (135.5)
Edgar Garcia (170) VS Sheldon Westcott (170)

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UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 1st, 2016

UFC

Predictions: UFC 195

That’s right boys and girls, depending on your time zone, 2015 is already gone and it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side! As Robert Burns would say, let all my mistakes be forgot, and never brought to mind . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Taguchi-De La Rosa Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Lanky Japanese speedster Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 108, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he withstood the opening attack of Colombian Luis de la Rosa (24-6-1, 14 KOs), 106.75, and retaliated with persistent jabs and occasional straight rights to weaken the challenger so effectively that he quit on the stool after the ninth round on New Year Eve in Tokyo, Japan. Taguchi, making his second defense, had a shaky start in the opening round, but he kept circling and sticking the Colombian swinger to take back the initiative. As the contest progressed, the champ improved the precision in outpunching the onrushing challenger to overcome his early deficit on points. But the official tallies read after the ninth round: Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico) and Gloria Martinez (US) 86-85 and 87-84 respectively, both for de la Rosa, and Carla Caiz (US) 87-84 for Taguchi. (more…)



January 1st, 2016

Boxing News

January 8 Show Kicks Off Detroit Boxing For 2016

By Bob Ryder

Promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas return to the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Friday, January 8 as they present Detroit middleweights Darryl Cunningham and Willie Fortune in co main events.

“People’s Choice” Cunningham takes on veteran opponent Chris Grays while Fortune “500” tangles with Jeremy Marts. Marts engaged Cunningham in an exciting fight last November here in the Motor City.
The undercard is stacked with local newcomers highlighted by Canadian cruiserweight (by way of Lebanon) Haider Mansour, who made a thrilling pro debut last time out. Also scheduled to appear in separate bouts are welterweight Alejandro Hernandez, heavyweight Josh Parisian, cruiserweights Antoine Blassingame and Ed Latimore, light heavys Jacob Lamb and John Chalbeck, and middleweight Winford Harris.

Tickets are available at AXS.com or the Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office.



January 1st, 2016

UFC

Kanehara’s Success Has Come Because of His Passion for Fighting

Before Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar kicked off the mixed martial arts explosion in 2005, before Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones introduced the world to a new generation of fighter, there was Masanori Kanehara, plugging away on the Japanese scene in 2003 as a 21-year-old who wasn’t thinking of fighting in Las Vegas in January of 2016 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Argumedo-Takayama Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unheralded and unknown, IBF#8 ranked Mexican, Jose Argumedo (16-3-1, 9 KOs), 105, surprisingly captured the IBF minimumweight belt as he positively battered Japanese defending champ Katsunari Takayama (30-8-1NC, 12 KOs), 105, withstood his retaliation and was awarded a split technical decision due to the champ’s bad bleeding after the ninth round on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.

Judges Fabrizio Lopez (Mexico) and Mickey Vann (England) both scored 87-84 for the challenger, and Takeo Harada (Japan) 86-85 for the champ. The referee was Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan).

The 32-year-old champ Takayama, of course, was a prefight favorite thanks to his superior credentials of having acquired four belts in the 105-pound category of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO in this order, but it wasn’t his night. His old scar tissues caused a termination of the contest, and a technical decision was rendered to the more effectively aggressive Mexican.

From the outset Argumedo, 27, apparently turned loose and positively attacked the defending titlist to be in command in the first two rounds. Takayama had been reported not to be in best shape due to his skin condition on the scar tissues, and reportedly decided to appear in the title defense without any sparring sessions (incredibly stupid). (more…)



January 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Ioka-Reveco Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

The fistic history between Japan and Argentina is so long and eventful since Pascual Perez dethroned Yoshio Shirai by a unanimous decision (146-139, 143-139, 146-143) before some 20,000 spectators at the Korakuen Baseball Stadium on November 26, 1954. Each Shirai and Perez was the first world titlist ever produced in each country. Now we saw another confrontation of outstanding contestants that represented their countries, which was a grudge fight that the ex-champ attempted to regain his belt from the current titleholder.

WBA flyweight ruler Kazuto Ioka (19-1, 11 KOs), 112, impressively retained his belt as he finally sank former champ Juan Carlos Reveco (36-3, 19 KOs), 112, with vicious body shots at 1:57 of the eleventh round in Osaka, Japan, on New Year Eve. Ioka had wrested the throne from Reveco on a close majority verdict (116-113, 115-113, 114-114) here last April, and the WBA, upon Reveco’s protest, recommended their rematch, which took place at the same venue.

A day before the rematch, there happened a bitter dispute only on the color of the gloves at the rules meeting. It’s a recent inclination here in Japan that each counterpart wears gloves in different colors for the sake of good contrast to the eyes of the audience and television watchers. Ioka Promotions prepared the black gloves for Ioka and the blue ones for Reveco, who, however, strongly insisted that he would also like to use the gloves in the same black color. Reveco was eager to use the black gloves that weren’t in stock just a day before the event. (more…)



January 1st, 2016




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