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WBA world title twinbill weigh-in: Kono, Concepcion, Taguchi, Miyazaki make weight

WBA world title twinbill weigh-in: Kono, Concepcion, Taguchi, Miyazaki make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada Kohei Kono 115 vs. Luis Concepcion 114.75 (WBA super flyweight title) Ryoichi Taguchi 108 vs. Ryo Miyazaki 108 (WBA jr flyweight title) Venue: Ota-City ...

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McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

Story and photo by Nick Giongco Just hours after arriving in Manila from a 24-hour trip from Puerto Rico, defending champion McJoe Arroyo ...

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Hernandez stuns Angulo, Gausha edges Martinez

Hernandez stuns Angulo, Gausha edges Martinez

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Andy Samuelson - Premier Boxing Champions In a bloody super middleweight slugfest, Freddy “El Riel” ...

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WBO #3 Marriaga KOs WBO #14 Robb for NABO belt; WBO #3 Felix TKOs Frankel

WBO #3 Marriaga KOs WBO #14 Robb for NABO belt; WBO #3 Felix TKOs Frankel

By Karl Freitag Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank In a clash of featherweight contenders, WBO #3 Miguel Marriaga (24-1, 20 KOs) scored a ...

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Rusita beats Gonzalez in intense fight

Rusita beats Gonzalez in intense fight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Female super bantamweight Yazmin "Rusita" Rivas (40-9-1, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decision over Jessica ...

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Boxing Result

Matsushita keeps OPBF 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

With such a short distance of only an hour by car, there happened a couple of OPBF title bouts in Nagoya and Kariya cities on Sunday. OPBF bantam ruler Rolly Matsushita Lunas (30-8-1, 18 KOs), 118, a Japan-based Filipino puncher, kept his belt as he needed only 90 seconds to dispose of Korean challenger Ji-Hwan Lee (5-2-1, 2 KOs), 117, in a scheduled twelve rounder in Nagoya, Japan. Rolly, making his second defense, previously went to Panama to make an ambitious shot at the WBA bantam belt against Ansermo Moreno only to lose a lopsided decision in 2008. He regained the vacant OPBF bantam throne by finishing another Filipino belonging to a Japanese gym, Zerofit Jerope Zuiyama Mercado, in eight rounds last July, and demolished Kohei Ohba in eleven heats of his initial defense. Rolly sent the Korean Lee sprawling to the deck three times to deck an automatic KO win based on the three knockdown rule (in Japan, it is registered as a knockout win, not a TKO). It will be interesting to see Rolly have a shot at the WBA belt against Koki Kameda should the champ accept his challenge.



March 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Darley Perez returns April 6

The return of undefeated WBA #5, IBF #8, WBO #8, WBC #12 lightweight Darley Perez takes place on Thompson Boxing Promotions “PATH TO GLORY” card at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on April 6. Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) takes on Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) in the main event scheduled for eight rounds. In the co-main event, Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. Also a super bantamweight showdown features undefeated Jonathan “Lil Thunder” Arellano (11-0-1) facing Calexico’s Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout. Tickets for “PATH TO GLORY” are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.



March 20th, 2012


Boxing News

Visa Problems KO Murray as Chavez Jr. foe

Middleweight Martim Murray has been forced to withdraw from his WBC world middleweight title challenge against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr because he cannot obtain a visa in time that would allow him to enter the United States. The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion was lined up to challenge the Mexican in El Paso, Texas on June 16th. Murray spent time in prison when he was younger and has turned his life around in recent years. However, his past has meant a delay in getting the necessary visa. Despite being a model citizen these days he cannot get the paperwork rubber stamped in time for a US and Mexican press tour later this month and the fight is now off.

Family man Murray, 29, said: “I’d signed the contract and everything was agreed so to be told I cannot box Chavez Jr because of my past is gut-wrenching. As a human being, I couldn’t have done any more to turn my life around over the last seven years. I have a fantastic wife, Gemma. We two wonderful children Archie and Amelia. They are my life and everything I do is for them.” (more…)



March 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Cleverly to defend WBO belt April 28

Promoter Frank Warren will stage the first world title show at the Royal Albert Hall in over a decade when British star Nathan Cleverly headlines the legendary venue on April 28. Unbeaten Cleverly, who defeated American Tommy Karpency last month, will make the fourth defence of his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title against the number four ranked Robin Krasniqi, subject to confirmation from the WBO. The 25-year-old from Cefn Fforest will be the first Welshman in a championship title fight at the venue since Joe Calzaghe defeated Stephen Wilson in 1995.

Albanian Krasniqi, who is based in Germany, has a top record of 37 wins from 39 fights and his only two losses were on points early in his career. He won the European WBO title last October with a fourth round stoppage of Abdelkahim Derghal and defended it against Hakim Zoulikha in January, stopping him in the twelfth round. (more…)



March 20th, 2012


Boxing News

Gutknecht to defend Euro light heavy belt March 31

European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title against Tony Averlant (17-5-2,4 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s show in Kiel on March 31. It will be Gutknecht´s third title defence since winning the belt in May 2011. The 30-year-old last defeated Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Frankfurt in February. “That was an important victory for me,” Gutknecht stated. “I did exactly what my coach Mr Wegner asked of me. Now I am prepared for a tough fight against Averlant. I was ringside when he won the EU title against Artur Hein last year. He impressed me, he is a good boxer and comes forward all the time. I will be prepared for him and defend my title.” In the main event of the night, Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs).



March 20th, 2012

Boxing News

DeGale-Sanavia Euro title clash on April 21

European Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale (11-1, 8 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against Cristian Sanavia (45-5-1, 13 KOs) on April 21 in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The fight will be co-promoted by Team Sauerland and Italian promoters Round Zero. “DeGale versus Sanavia will be an exciting battle for the European crown,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “This is a great addition to the Nordic Fight Night. We are delighted to bring the very best of European boxing to Frederikshavn.” DeGale, who won the gold medal for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, will make a first defence of the title he clinched with a majority decision against Piotr Wilczewski in Liverpool last October. Sanavia, a former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, is convinced that the experience of 51 fights will lift him to victory. “DeGale had a great amateur career but he has never been inside the ring with somebody as experienced as me,” he stated. “This is my last chance to get back to where I belong, which is the very top of the super-middleweight division. I will win on April 21.”



March 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Erik Morales Lands in Houston

Photos: Box Latino

Four time world champion in as many divisions and current WBC light welterweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales arrived in Houston, Texas, on Sunday evening for his next assignment and first defense of his title on Saturday. Morales landed with his team comprised of his trainer and father Jose “Olivaritos” Morales, chief second Fernando Fernandez as well as assistants Armando Cardona and Jorge “Choko” Murillo. Morales (52-7, 36KOs) of the Zona Norte of Tijuana, Mexico, will be facing undefeated young lion Danny “Swift” Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) of Philadelphia in a twelve round bout.

On Monday afternoon, Morales made his way to the Savannah Boxing Club to fine tune the last details for his Saturday night engagement. More photos…



March 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. vs. Murray in El Paso?

It’s been almost fourteen years since Oscar De La Hoya defended his world title at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The June 13, 1998, event is still the most watched sporting event in the history of El Paso, with 49,000 fans in attendance and a world-wide TV audience of over 50 million. The Sun Bowl returns to the spotlight Wednesday morning when officials from HBO conduct a site survey of the facilities. According to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, HBO’s stamp of approval on the Sun Bowl is the last step in finalizing a Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs Martin Murray world middleweight championship at the Sun Bowl on June 16.

Should HBO approve the Sun Bowl as the site of the event, El Paso would be showcased live on the network, as well as to over 100 foreign countries. The anticipated world-wide audience would be over 80 million viewers.



March 20th, 2012

Feature Story

Molina earning his crown the hard-way

Report/photos by Bill Hillmann

Chicagoan Carlos Molina (19-4-2 6 KOs) is set to face James Kirkland (30-1 27 KOs) in his home state of Texas. The bout is a title eliminator for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s WBC Light Middleweight belt. The bout will air as the co-main event on HBO this Saturday March 23rd. Molina has come up the hard way as much as fighter in the game.

As a child, Molina’s family would gather at their home in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to watch Julio Cesar Chavez fight. “All our uncles and cousins and cousins’ of cousins would get together the house and cook-up food, the whole day. It was just a big party and everybody get together to see Chavez.” Carlos’s cousin Junior told Fightnews. “Chavez was the man back in the day. He was a huge inspiration to Carlos and all of us.” (more…)



March 20th, 2012

Feature Story

Q&A: Brendon Smith

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Brendon Smith is best known for guiding the career of Michael Katsidis but is now working with former world rated super middleweight Les Sherrington.. Brendon talks to Fightnews about how he trained Michael since his amateur days and also his biggest fights which included Juan Manuel Marquez and Kevin Mitchell.

You’re best known as the guiding force behind Michael Katsidis. Can you tell me when you first met Michael?

I first trained Michael when he was eleven years of age. At that time I had many pro fighters including the number one IBF featherweight November Ntshingila and national champion Gilbert Hooper. I only trained Michael for a short time. Then he came back and I managed his pro career from the start. (more…)



March 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Marquez-Mayol WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) defends against former WBC light flyweight world champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Octavio Rodriguez (Panama) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento from Venezuela.



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

WBA calls Trout-Mundine purse bid

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championship Committee has sent information has called a purse bid for a fight between WBA regular super welterweight champion Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) and the interim super welterweight world champion Anthony Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs). The minimum bid is $150,000 and the auction will be held March 29th at WBA Headquarters in Panama City with WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presiding.



March 19th, 2012

Feature Story

Peterson-Khan II LA presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Peterson: I will win this fight more convincingly then the first fight!

Khan: If I box him I don’t think he will have a chance against me

Unified super lightweight world champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) and the man he dethroned, Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) wrapped up their three-city press tour Monday at the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The tour kicked off last week in England then made its way to Washington D.C. before hitting LA. The world championship rematch comes six months after their first fight and will take place May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“It was a good, crowed pleasing fight that is the type of fight I like to be in,” Peterson told Fightnews.com. “I was pleased with a lot of things [with] me winning the title.”

Amir Khan told us, “The first fight was a terrific and great fight…this fight could be the fight of the year.” (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Video: Rios-Abril altercation

Yuriorkas Gamboa was a no-show at the kickoff press conference for the aborted clash against Brandon “Bam Bam” Ríos, but WBA interim jr welterweight champ Richard Abril was in attendance. Abril got right in Ríos’ face and things got heated. Now with Gamboa falling out, Ríos is facing Abril in a big April 14 split-site PPV.



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo Courtesy: Rams Morales

Reigning WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez is training high in the Nevado de Toluca (located 50 miles west of Mexico City) during the weekends. “I’m training with some changes for this fight,” said Gonzalez. “Besides being a great experience, coming here to Nevado is a great workout….I’m happy to fight against the Dominican champion Elio Rojas and this will be a great night for Mexican boxing and boxing world.”

The Gonzalez-Rojas fight was slated to be April 14 but some sources indicate that date could be moved to April 28 with a possible venue in the Palacio de Los Deportes in Mexico City. Gonzalez maintains his day-to-day workouts in the Romanza Gym with renowned Mexican trainer “Nacho” Beristain. more photos



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Alekseev vs. Arslan on May 11

Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (32-5-1, 21 KOs) reigning European cruiser champion Alexander Alekseev (23-2, 20 KOs) on May 11 at the EMS arena in Göppingen, Germany. The card will be promoted by Universum Box-Promotion and EC Boxpromotion. Universum consultant Peter Hanraths stated “This makes the whole scene interesting again, this is what the viewers want to see. Such a fight is much more exciting than ones against unknown Americans or Russians.” Other matchups and details on tickets will be announced shortly.



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Bute-Froch UK Presser

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

IBF World super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and former WBC champion Carl Froch faced off at a press conference today to announce their May 26 showdown at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.

Here’s what they had to say:

Carl Froch: “It’s great to be back in Nottingham – it’s been too long. I am so pumped up for the fight and I’ve got to give Lucian Bute credit. I’ve given him stick in the past for not fighting the top opposition, he didn’t enter the Super Six but he beat who was put in front of him. He’s not often fought out of his hometown so to put his title on the line in my backyard he’s either very confident or very stupid – I think he’s very confident and he’s the champion, so why not be confident. I’m coming into the fight on the back of a loss, and when I did that after the Kessler defeat I was so tuned in to beating Arthur Abraham and it was a whitewash – and that’s how I feel about this fight. I’ve got a lot of respect for Lucian – he is a top level athlete and so am I, there’s no needle between us and there doesn’t need to be, as the fight speaks for itself.”

Lucian Bute: “Very happy and excited to be here today – I would like to thank Carl for accepting the fight and stepping in the ring with me. Big fights take time to negotiate but I’m glad that this fight has come. Both Carl and I have had similar careers so far, for me it’s the right time to come away from home and defend my belt and in my heart I believe I will be victorious. I’ve been criticised for not fighting away from home. I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought away from home at the end of his career he received the respect he deserved for doing that and that’s what I am looking to do. Carl is a good strong aggressive fighter. He will have 9,000 cheering for him and not many for me. It has all the ingredients for a great fight.”

Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £200 from the Capital FM Arena Nottingham website www.capitalfmarena.com and on 08444 124624.



March 19th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: DeMarco vs. Roman

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon

The biggest dream for a boxer besides winning a world title is to perform as a champion of their division in front of their hometown fans, family and friends. That dream became a reality Saturday night for WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2, 20KOs) in a big way as he became the first man to knock former title challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-10, 28KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled twelve in the first defense of the title he captured late last year with a come from behind knock out victory over Venezuela’s Jorge Linares. (more…)



March 19th, 2012

UFC

Guida-Maynard, Franklin-Le kick off UFC summer

Two compelling matchups will get the Summer of 2012 off to a rousing start as the June 22nd UFC on FX event will see a five round lightweight main event battle between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard, and UFC 148 on July 7th will feature a middleweight showdown between former champion Rich Franklin and striking standout Cung Le. Both bouts have been verbally agreed to, and more information on both cards will be announced shortly. – Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Promoter Joe DeGuardia speaks at Ring 8

This Tuesday at 7p ET in Long Island City

Promoter Joe DeGuardia, founder and CEO of the Bronx-based Star Boxing, will be the special guest speaker at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

Ring 8 will also hold a clothing drive at this meeting. Coats are being collected, in association with the Mark Breland Foundation, to donate to needy boxers. (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Feature Story

Fight Promoter University VIII Coming June 5-8

Fight Club OC Show To Be Featured Activity

The date of June 5th thru June 8th is now set as the time for the eighth session of Fight Promoter University, and the four day conference will be held in conjunction with the June 7th Fight Club OC hybrid show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center. The announcement made by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht firms up the June date for this unique course that has graduated close to 150 future fight promoters who have come from seven foreign countries and 38 states to learn all aspects of the fight promotions business.

Cost for the four day gathering, which will include three nights lodging, all meals, all classroom instruction, the 265 page FPU Manual, media credential, and apparel, is $1,399, with a Special Team discount of $1,000 for a second person attending. (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Column

Sergio Martinez: Class Tells

By Graham Houston

Matthew Macklin’s courage and commitment predictably wasn’t enough to overcome the remarkable skills of Sergio Martinez but the St. Patrick’s Day middleweight fight provided excitement for HBO viewers in the States and Sky Sports’ subscribers in the U.K. It was only in the late rounds that Martinez started to outclass Macklin. By the ninth Macklin’s hopes of victory were fast receding but it looked as if he might at least have the satisfaction of completing the 12 rounds. In the 10th, though, Martinez was really blasting the British challenger (with Irish ancestral roots), and two knockdowns in the 11th ended a gritty challenge.

I’m sure that Macklin wished to continue, but his trainer, Buddy McGirt, did the right thing in retiring his man. Macklin was starting to look bloody and battered — cut over the left eye and on the right side of his scalp, a mouse forming under the right eye. There really was no point in letting the fight continue. (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Feature Story

Szpilka-Marbra heats up

War of words now, war in the ring later?

Szpilka and Oloukun

By Przemek Garczarczyk

On Saturday at the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, the main event will still be WBC International heavyweight title between beltholder Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) and Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs). But the spotlight will also shine on one of the most talented heavyweights of the young generation, Poland’s Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs). The 22-year old, who has gotten rave reviews from Lennox Lewis and Monte Barrett, will face Terrance “Big Jim” Marbra (6-1, 5 KOs), and if you believe their verbal exchanges, looks like fans of boxing will have nice war in the ring – guaranteed.

“Nobody hits harder than Artur. This guy has a great future in front of him,” said Aleksiej Solowiew (18-0, 12 KOs), one of Szpilka’s recent sparring partners who had to come back home with broken ribs after just a couple of days in Szpilka’s training camp in Warsaw. (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Feature Story

Return of the Dragon?

By Dennis Maley

Hollywood couldn’t script a better beginning to the story. A boxer, China “The Dragon” Smith, who begins a comeback in the eponymous year of the Chinese zodiac. 2012 is indeed the Year of the Dragon, and the Bradenton Florida heavyweight is hoping it will mark the renaissance of his once-promising career as a prizefighter. After a five-year hiatus, Smith has announced that he will be returning to the ring later this spring, intent on picking up where he left off and finally landing the career-defining fight on the big stage that has thus far eluded him. The humble and personable fighter fell of the map after putting together a three-fight win streak in late 2006 that upped his record to 33-4 with 26 KOs. (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez-Macklin: Report/Photo Gallery

Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland

When the going gets tough and an outcome is in doubt, legendary fighters adjust and turn their activity up a notch to win a bout decisively. “Sugar” Ray Leonard did it in his see-saw battle against Tommy Hearns. Oscar de la Hoya did it in his best wins over Ike Quartey and Fernando Vargas. Floyd Mayweather did it after a fast start by Zab Judah. And Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez did it once again on St. Patrick’s Day, scoring a spectacular eleventh round technical knockout over an inspired Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin, impressively ending a close contest in front of 4,671 fans inside of a sold-out Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. (More)



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Bute travels to England

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute landed in London, England this weekend in advance of Monday’s press conference in Nottingham with Super-six finalist Carl Froch. Tickets for the May 26 title bout also go on sale today. After Monday’s initial meeting, the pair will cross the Atlantic for similar gathering in Montreal later this week.



March 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Full Report from Atlantic City

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, former NABF super middleweight title holder Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (19-1, 12 KOs) survived one of the toughest tests of his career, with hard fought ten round unanimous victory over Dion Savage (11-3, 6 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-92 and 96-93 to keep his quest for world title aspirations on track. All three judges had Ennis ahead by wide margins, but the scores did not indicate the closeness of the fight. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Pound for Pound Promotions, unbeaten welterweight prospect Vitaliy Demyanenko (20-0, 12 KOs) made an impressive east coast debut with a one sided unanimous decision victory over a befuddled but dangerous Ayi Bruce (21-6, 13 KOs). (more…)



March 19th, 2012

Boxing Result

Oguni keeps OPBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten OPBF super-bantam champ Yukinori Oguni (8-0, 2 KOs), 122, kept his regional belt as he dropped ex-titlist Hiromasa Ohashi (24-1-3, 15 KOs), 121.25, with a smashing right in the opening session, piled up points steadily, withstood the challenger’s retaliation and then was awarded a unanimous technical decision (88-83 twice and 88-84) at 0:21 of the ninth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. It was a gory affair as Oguni, a tall and stylish boxer, opened a gash over the right eyebrow with solid rights in the fifth, while he suffered a worse laceration caused by a head-collision in the seventh. Ohashi, a Vito Antuofermo bleeder, began to roughly mix it up and the time almost turned in his favor, but the referee had the champ’s bad cut examined by the ringside physician, who recommended a stoppage then and there. Oguni will defend his throne against ex-WBA ruler Akifumi Shimoda in Tokyo next, which may be a tough trial of his fists. Promoter: Heiwa Promotions.



March 18th, 2012

Feature Story

Statistics of Japan’s Boxing Industry

By Joe Koizumi

By any coincidence this reporter happened to begin summarizing data of our Japanese boxing fraternity for last four years from 2008 on the first anniversary of the unforgettably horrible earthquake and tsunami that miserably killed some 20,000 people. Yours truly, on behalf of our boxing world, hereby express our great thanks for your warm support to our sorrowful victims after the disaster.

Viewing a table attached downstairs, we realize that our licensed professional boxers are decreasing year after year since 2008. We had 2,820 boxers licensed by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in 2008, but the number is reducing to 2,670, 2,633 and 2,538. We, however, still have more than 2,500 boxers licensed so that they actively fight in the paid ranks. Some 150 foreign boxers from Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, etc.) and other countries (Mexico, Venezuela etc.) have been licensed by our commission for international matchups every year. (more…)



March 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Ortiz runs full marathon

Former welterweight champion Vicious Victor Ortiz, 25, completed the Los Angeles Marathon today running a personal best 3 hours 27 minutes and finishing in the top third of an estimated 30,000 starters. Ortiz is scheduled to fight former welterweight Champion Andre Berto on June 23. “It was such great fun running with all these world class marathoners,” Ortiz exclaimed. “I know that made me run better than ever. In many way it couldn’t be any more different that boxing. I mean nobody is punching you in the nose, the gut, the kidneys and on the chin and up the side of your head,” Ortiz explained.

“But in other ways doing this very much relates to boxing. Conditioning the lungs, the legs and building endurance. That’s why all fighters do road work. But 26-plus miles is something else. I won’t say going 12/3 minute championship rounds is easy Anything but. But Berto must know how prepared I’ll be when he hears I ran this well three months before our fight. I’m very happy.” (more…)



March 18th, 2012

Boxing Result

Seda, Jr crushes Guillen

Yesterday in the municipality of Villa González in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, César “Junito” Seda (22-1, 16 KOs) defeated former world title contender, Domingo Guillen (38-12-1, 34 KO’s) by technical knockout in the first round, in a bout set for 8 rounds at 118 lbs. Seda dominated, successfully connecting enough body shots against his opponent. 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the first round, the referee stopped the fight after “Junito” landed a strong left hook to the face that drops Guillen, who got up in bad shape. (more…)



March 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Duran’s trainer “Plomo” Espinosa passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Nestor “Plomo” Espinosa the longtime trainer of ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran, has passed away in Panama at the age of 81. Espinosa started with Duran at eight years of age and was in his corner during each of Duran’s four world title victories in different weight categories. He began his career as a trainer in 1956 and worked with world champions Luis Ibarra, Wilfredo Gomez, Alfonso Lopez and Jorge Lujan among others, but will be remembered most for his 40 year association with Duran. Duran also used other trainers like Ray Arcel, Freddie Brown and others, but always, from his first fight until his last, Espinosa was in his corner.



March 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Sergio: I knew he would fall

Photo: Ed Mulholland

World middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez was losing on all three scorecards after a controversial knockdown in round seven before scoring a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. “It was a complicated fight,” Martinez admitted. “He wasn’t open on defense. I knew it was a 12-round fight. I knew that it was only a matter of time. It’s like chopping a tree – little by little – and I knew he would fall.”

“Buddy stopped the fight,” stated Macklin. “I wanted to continue.” Macklin’s co-promoter Brian Peters said “We called it in the corner. There are more days.”



March 18th, 2012

Boxing Result

Chavez stops Julio/Chocolatito’s opponent quits

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Welterweight Omar Chavez (28-1, 20 KOs) won by TKO when Colombian Emilio Julio (20-8-2, 13 KOs) didn’t come out for round nine on Saturday night at the Palenque de Gallos in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Chavez was returning to the ring for the first time after his first career loss last December against compatriot Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. “I felt very good,” said Chavez. “A little rough in taking care of my opponent, but all went well. We’re back on the road to success and the people of Culiacan were satisfied with my performance and that motivates me and makes me more eager.”

WBA light flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 16 KOs) won by first round KO over Manuel “Menny” Jiménez (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in a non-title fight. Jimenez simply took a knee and was counted out by referee Alvaro Garcia at 2:58. The Culiacan Boxing Commission and Zanfer Promotions retained the purse of Jimenez. more photos



March 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Kell Brook: I would smash Amir

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Welterweight Kell Brook says he’s ready to fight countryman Amir Khan after producing a dominant display to beat Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Saturday night. “No-one can touch me domestically now – I’ve proved I’m ready for a world title push,” said Brook. “I want Khan now. He thought Matthew was the better fighter and I proved him wrong, and I would smash Amir.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “”We are ready for Khan now. Money talks and I am ready to arrange that. If this fight doesn’t happen then it’s them who have bottled it. We’d sell bundles and bundles of tickets for the fight – it would bring back pay-per-view for Sky Sports and both fighters would make a fortune. So the question is – will Amir take it?”



March 18th, 2012




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