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Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being ...

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Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, ...

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Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada Three-division world champion and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) won an entertaining twelve round ...

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Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime Light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (22-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over previously undefeated ...

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Crolla, Linares make weight

Crolla, Linares make weight

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing WBA lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) ...

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Adama ready to challenge Geale

By Bill Hillmann

USBA champion Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15KOs) is the most highly-rated unknown middleweight in the world. Since Adama’s exciting UD loss to Donovan George (22-1-1, 19KOs) in 2010 on Showbox, the Ghanaian has gone on a run of terror. He signed with his manager Wasfi Tolaymat and Cynthia Tolaymat’s CFC Promotions. “I could see that he was a warrior, if can he fight this good against George,” Wasfi told Fightnews. “And he was very nice when we met him. I think maybe we can help this guy. Maybe we can help him be champion!”

Adama also began to train with former Ghanaian cruiserweight journeymen Joseph Owinongya. Owinongya trains at a garage gym in Joliet, Illinois. He decided to test Adama’s commitment to being a champion and drove him twenty miles to Bolingbrook. Owinongya dropped him off and told Adama, “Run back to the gym”. Adama did as he was told. Then they began to train. “I do it to break him down, but now after running that far he is still strong,” Owinongya said. Owinongya had some other ideas; he makes Adama push his mid-size van around a parking lot for half-hour stints. (more…)



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Lundy: In the ring I’m the closest thing to God

With his opponent all but guaranteeing a victory, vocal lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy has issued a reply in hopes of ending the banter between he and Dannie Williams before the two settle their feud in the ring later this month. “This kid is a joke,” Lundy said in response to Williams’ promise that he’ll be “fighting for a knockout” March 30th when the two face one another for Lundy’s NABF on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Conn. “You can’t scare me. You can’t derail me, because I fight for a living. I’m going to hurt this boy. There’s an old saying that goes, ‘Your arms are too short to box with God.’ I’m not God, but in the ring I’m the closest thing to it.”



March 6th, 2012


Boxing News

Marquez-Cuenca for WBO title in April

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has confirmed to Fightnews.com that his next fight on April 14th against undefeated southpaw Argentinian Cesar Rene Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) will be at the “New Mexico City Arena” in Mexico City for the WBO super lightweight world title. There is a possibility it could be for regular crown with Bradley fighting for the WBO welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao on June 9 in Las Vegas, but for now it’s assured that Marquez-Cuenca is for the WBO interim super lightweight world title.



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

WBC to investigate “Garcia” switch

The World Boxing Council has called for a hearing with boxing agent Hugo Correa, for him to explain the deal he made with Filipino promoter ALA Promotions. According to ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer, Correa was to deliver Mexican Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia as the opponent against Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista. However the fighter who arrived to fight Bautista was another boxer named Genaro Gutierrez Garcia. The WBC has vowed that this situation “will be investigated till last consequences.”



March 6th, 2012


Boxing News

Gamboa a no-show at LA presser

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Top Rank President Todd DuBoef stated today at a Los Angeles press conference that “we are going forward with the fight on April 14.” He also announced that an added $100,000 bonus will be given to the winner. Rios stated he is ready to fight “with him or without him.” He also showed a poster that had Gamboa pictured with the words “This coward never wanted to fight.”



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Agbeko now a free agent

Former two-time world champion and top-rated bantamweight Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko is now a promotional free-agent. Agbeko recently gained his freedom from Don King Productions. “I’m confident I am among the best in the world at 118 and 122. There are so many great fighters in each weight class,” Agbeko said. “I’m ready to fight anyone. I’m sure the TV networks and boxing fans will love the fights. I have a television friendly, all-action style. I really look forward to working with a new promoter and together making a real impact….I’m ready to take on any top boxer at 118 or 122. Wherever the big fights are, that’s the division I want to fight in. There are so many great fights for me and for boxing fans in both divisions. I respect all the top fighters. I just want the chance to show who is best in the ring. I would love to fight WBA champion Anselmo Moreno. We both beat Vic Darchinyan; so boxing fans need to know who is better, Moreno or me? Keep the business good by making the best fight for fans.”



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Ennis-Savage collide March 17 in AC

On Saturday night March 17th, boxing returns to Ballys in Atlantic City when John Lynch’s Pound for Pound Promotions features once-beaten super middleweight Farah Ennis (18-1, 12 KOs) taking on Dion Savage (11-2, 6 KOs) in a ten round bout. In the eight round co-feature, undefeated Welterweight Vitaliy Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs) takes on rugged Ayi Bruce (21-5, 13 KOs). Also in a six round jr middleweight bout, Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (12-0, 6 KOs) will see action against Antonio Infrante (6-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

April 18 card in Newark, NJ

On April 18th, boxing returns to the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey with a card that is promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions. In the main event, Super Middleweight Richard Pierson (10-2, 7 KOs) will see action in a eight round bout against TBA. In the six round co-feature, John Thompson (6-0, 2 KOs) will look to remain undefeated against Jamond Bourgeois (4-1, 1 KO). Also bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad (6-0, 5 KOs) and featherweight Joseliz Cepeda (5-2) will fight TBAs in six-rounders.



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Brazilian super fight not in Brazil

Freitas against Oliveira lands in Uruguay

MO Productions president Carlos Oliveira announced today that the long rumored fight between retired Brazilian living legend, four-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, and undefeated World Boxing Council South American middleweight champion Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, will take place June 2 at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay. The 10-round Freitas-Oliveira main event will be contested at 154-pounds. The remainder of the card will be announced at a later date.

“Everything was finalized yesterday and ‘Popo’ signed the contract,” Carlos said from Sao Paulo. “We’re all very excited that the deal has been made for what will be a huge event for Brazilians. We have a beautiful venue in nearby Uruguay. The fight will air live on Global TV in Brazil and Uruguay television.” (more…)



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Pavlik to return March 31?

According to Kelly Pavlik’s hometown newspaper, the Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik has agreed to face Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) on March 31 in San Antonio, Texas. If all goes well, he could then land a spot on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley super card in Las Vegas.



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Rios: Gamboa is scared to face me

Watch Brandon Rios unload on Yuriorkis Gamboa during Monday’s Miami press conference, where Gamboa was a no show. The two are supposed to meet at a press conference today in Los Angeles and in the ring on April 14th in Las Vegas.



March 6th, 2012

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March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Donaire set to face Salado

All Star Boxing, Inc and Telemundo Network return to Mexico City on March 16 with their successful “Boxeo Telemundo” series from the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa. In the main event, WBO #11/WBC Latin flyweight titleholder Glenn “Boyet” Donaire of General Santos City, Philippines (18-4-1, 10 KOs) will now face two-time world title challenger Omar Salado (24-4-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a clash scheduled for twelve Rounds with the vacant WBC Latin super flyweight title at stake. Donaire was originally slated to face Omar “Lobito” Soto.

First bell at 8:00 PM, six more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM and by Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico and Central America. (more…)



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Timm will train Tajbert

Former WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (22-2, 6 KOs) has parted ways with former trainer Magomed Schaburow and is now working with Universum head trainer Michael Timm. “I want to try something new,” stated Tajbert. “Michael Timm is an excellent, experienced trainer and I think a lot of both of him personally and his work. He has made ​​so many boxers into world champions. From that I’m guaranteed to benefit.”



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Ruiz-Apolinario for WBA title

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) will defend his crown on March 31 against Filipino John Mark Apolinario (17-2-1, 4 KOs) in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur headlining an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing. On that same night, WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres (27-3-3, 15 KOs) defends against American Mary Ortega (31-6-2, 8 KOs). The event will be broadcast on Televisa.



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Harris-Gerber on May 5th

Moments ago a deal was finalized for IBF #6 world ranked Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) to face unbeaten German Edmund Gerber (19-0, 13 KOs). The bout will take place May 5th in Erfurt, Germany and is scheduled for eight rounds. The fight will be a major step up in competition for Gerber who has yet to face a world ranked fighter. A win for Harris would give him a solid chance to move up further in the IBF rankings in pursuit of his goal to challenge for the world title. Sauerland Events will promote.



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Amanda Serrano seeks WBC title April 27

Former IBF world champion Amanda Serrano (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will challenge WBC super featherweight champion Frida Wallberg (10-0, 2 KOs) of Sweden at the Cloetta Center in Linkoping, Sweden on April 27th. The unbeaten Serrano never lost her title in the ring but instead made a business decision to give up the strap to challenge Wallberg.



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Message from Wladimir Klitschko



March 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Concepcion, Tanada workout

Photos: Pete Susens

Featherweights Bernabe Concepcion and Allan Tanada worked out at The Barrio Obrero Gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico for their bouts Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Stadium on the undercard of the Orlando Salido vs. Juan Manuel Lopez return WBO title bout. Concepcion will take on undefeated Miguel Angel Garcia for the NABO and NABF featherweight titles, while Tanada will face local favorite Gamalier Rodriguez in a six round bout on the undercard. more photos



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez on target for Macklin

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

With less than 2-weeks until fight night, middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, is in tremendous shape as he continues his preparations under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California for his upcoming bout against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card titled ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Caballero opponent named

Super bantamweight Randy Caballero’s first ShoBox bout promises to be the toughest of his career. Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Mexico’s Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) in defense of his WBC Youth Intercontinental title in a 10 round bout on March 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (14-0-1, 11 KOs) faces Ramon Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in the main event.



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Christy Martin vs. Mia St. John II announced

Ever since it gained worldwide notice in 1996, women’s boxing has produced a series of great fighters, but two iconic names stand above the rest – Christy Martin and Mia St. John. This summer, nearly a decade after their first bout in 2002, Martin and St. John will meet again, in “Final Victory,” only this time the stakes will be even higher, as these two champions will fight for the final time and it will be for the WBC World Super Welterweight Belt in a big night of championship boxing on Tuesday evening, June 19th that will be presented by Table Mountain Casino, in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Thompson next in line for Wlad

Photo: Goossen-Tutor

IBF mandatory challenger Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) says he was’t impressed by WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s easy KO of Jean Marc Mormeck Saturday in Germany. “It was an infomercial at best,” said Thompson, whom Wlad must fight by mid-July. “Mormeck is a tough cruiserweight but he’s not an impressive opponent for the heavyweight champion of the world…it was interesting that it seemed that Wladimir mentioned everyone in the division but me. I knew my shot was next, and I’m doing everything to solely focus on beating him. I just want to fight, point blank. It doesn’t matter to me where it takes place. If he wants to come over here, great. If he wants to fight in Germany thats great too.”

Klitschko previously KO’d Thompson in 2008, but Thompson claims injuries prevented him from entering that bout at 100%. Now Thompson says he’s healthy. “I’m ready,” he stated. “I’m done waiting for this part of my life to be over and I’m looking forward to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.”



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Gamboa a no-show at Rios presser

Former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was on hand on Monday at the Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, for the kick-off press conference to announce his April 14 showdown with former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Las Vegas. Surprisingly Gamboa was a no-show. There is another press conference scheduled for tomorrow in Los Angeles. Top Rank says tomorrow’s LA press conference is 100% confirmed. Will Gamboa show up at that one?



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Williams warns Lundy: I hurt guys I hit

Photo: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions

Lightweight knockout specialist “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs) will break training camp in Youngstown, Ohio, later this month and head east to challenge NABF beltholder “Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in the ESPN Friday Night Fights 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Williams is the mandatory challenger for Lundy’s title. Lundy is rated WBC #4, WBO #7 and IBF #12.

“I feel fantastic,” WBC #10-rated Williams said from camp, where he’s working with his head trainer, Jack Loew. “I don’t want to take anything away from Lundy. He’s the NABF champ and a good fighter, but I’m coming with it and he better not forget that. He talks a lot. I guess he’s trying to get in my head but it’s not going to work. When we get it on, all the talking will be over. I posted something on my Facebook page promoting our fight to get people interested to watch it at Foxwoods or on ESPN. No trash talking at all. He then went on my page and put up a lot of stuff trying to stir things up. Nobody cares. I’ll see him fight night. He hasn’t talked too much lately because he knows this fight is real. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Baysangurov-Konecny clash cancelled

Saturday’s world title defense of WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny in Kiev, Ukraine has been canceled after Baysangurov allegedly suffered a back injury in training. Baysanguro-Konecny will be rescheduled as soon as possible according to Konecny’s promoter Ulf Steinforth. This is another bitter pill for Konecny, who last year had a planned world championship fight and rematch with then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled after Dzinziruk suffered an injury in training 13 days before the fight.



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Audley injured, comeback fight delayed

Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrsion has been forced to postpone his comeback bout with Ali Adams, scheduled for April 14 at the Brentwood Centre, Essex. It will now take place 6 weeks later on 26th May at the same venue. Audley had begun sparring last week Monday and during a heated sparring session, damaged his right elbow. He sought treatment and resumed sparring on Friday, but the injury became worse. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Juanma-Salido officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido vs Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday, March 10, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The referee will be Roberto Ramirez Sr., from Puerto Rico. Judges are Michael Pernick and Denny Nelson, from United States, and Raul Nieves, from Puerto Rico. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jorge Molina, from Argentina.



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Pala, Airich meet in heavyweight showdown

WBO #5 heavyweight Ondrej Pala (30-2, 21 KOs) meets IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night in the Turkish port city of Tekirdag. The bout will be a rematch of their 2009 clash won by Pala via majority decision. Pala’s WBO European Champion belt will be at stake, as well as Airich’s IBF Intercontinental title. Promoter Ahmet Oner vows that this will be a better fight than last Saturday’s heavyweight title clash between world champion Wladimir Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Q&A: Ricky Burns

With two world titles already on his resume, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is now primely placed to reap the material rewards of his labors. But with a lucrative summer showdown against London rival Kevin Mitchell beckoning, and possible unification openings thereafter, this most unassuming of champions stresses to boxing writer Glynn Evans that there can be no room for complacency when he faces off with top grade Namibian Paulus Moses at Braehead Arena next Saturday. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Rojas vs. Zarate

Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon

In a sparsely-attended fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium, former WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (38-13-1, 25KOs) danced his way to a unanimous decision win over former world title contender Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-6-2, 17KOs) in the ten round super bantamweight main event of another marathon event presented by Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions. Originally scheduled to be headlined by the first defense of newly crowned WBO champion Moises Fuentes, that bout got scratched when Fuentes suffered a hand injury earlier this week. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Adamek can’t wait to get back in ring

Photos: Marty Rosengarten/www.ringsidephotos.com

Former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) spoke to the media last week about his March 24th showdown with Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on the undercard to Zab Judah’s Homecoming bout against undefeated Vernon Paris. “I’ve already forgotten about the last fight (against Vitali Klitschko),” said Adamek. “I lost on Saturday and on Monday I came back to my family and my life in America. I was ready to get back to work. I quickly came back to the gym and went back to work. Twice, I went to Roger’s house and worked on my technique more than anything. I needed to prepare to get back in the ring. I’m a mountain boy and I wasn’t about to quit. I knew I had to win tougher fights so I could get another chance. I can’t think about retiring. Not now. I still have to fight.” (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Another first for Bobby D. Presents

By Felipe Leon

Bobby D. Presents, San Diego’s premier promoter, achieves another first when along with Jorge Marron Productions he presents “Champions of Tomorrow II” at 31,000 square feet Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, March 9th. The night will mark the first time a boxing event is held at the Center and the return of professional fisticuffs to the fairgrounds after four years. The event will also be a fundraiser for the Athletes of the Future Foundation with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to the organization which is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, counseling and providing opportunities for young people facing a variety of challenges and helping them reach their potential.

Featured in the eight round main event, super middleweight James “Choco” Parison (15-1, 4KOs) is matched up against the rugged Lester Gonzalez (12-6-3, 6KOs) in a crosstown rival face off. The popular Parison, a San Diego native, is known as a slick boxer who is on a three fight win streak with his last “W” coming back in September with a split decision over Paul Mendez in an exciting back and forth clash. Parison’s biggest name on his resume is Craig McEwan who against “Choco” dropped a unanimous decision for his only loss back in ’09. (more…)



March 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Geale aiming for impressive win

Photo: Werner Kalin

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale is fully focused on defending the title against Ghana-born and American-based Osamunu Adama at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Wednesday but also knows he must be impressive if he hopes to be in one corner in million dollar bouts against Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm. Geale has had the best preparation possible with sparring sessions against one of the toughest 168 pounders in the world in Sakio Bika. “These other big fighters around the world, they’re only looking at fighting other great fighters where there’s money involved,” Geale said. “If I have a bad performance they probably won’t look at me because there’s not much money to generate through the fight – a big performance will generate these big fights.” Daniel’s career is guided by Bill Treacy and Gary Shaw.



March 5th, 2012

Boxing Result

Iwasa keeps Japanese 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

OPBF top ranked Japanese bantam champ Ryosuke Iwasa (11-1, 8 KOs), 118, registered his initial defense as he annihilated JBC#2 contender Yuki Murai (20-16-4, 6 KOs), 117.5, with a single southpaw left to the button at 3:00 of the opening session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

It reminded us of an unforgettable first-round demolition of Hiroyuki Ebihara over Pone Kingpetch with a similar southpaw left shot producing a dramatic coronation of the world flyweight championship in 1963. Iwasa, 22, had failed to win the national belt from current WBC ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka via tenth-round stoppage despite showing a grueling performance last March. As Yamanaka renounced the belt, Iwasa entered an elimination bout with Jerope Mercado to win the vacant throne. In the first defense Iwasa, a tall lefthander, exploded a picture-perfect left to the pinpoint of the chin, dropping the game challenger to the deck with a thud. Murai, 32 in his fortieth bout, desperately raised himself up and looked almost ready to go on. The ref showed a gesture of “come on”, so did Murai step forward. He then abruptly fell forward face first to the canvas to have the third man toll the fatal ten. Iwasa is gunning for a rematch with Yamanaka next time with the world belt on the line in the future. (more…)



March 5th, 2012




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