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

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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.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Jessie Magdaleno and Oscar Valdez Media day

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico and Las Vegas’s undefeated junior featherweight Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) held a media workout Thursday afternoon at the Jack Rabbit Boxing Club in Long Beach, Calfornia for their upcoming bouts as the two will be featured in separate bouts Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card live on Pay Per View.

“I am ready for my first title defense but I am still training like I am trying to win that title,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com

“This is cool fighting on a big card like this, not only is this a big card but it’s taking place in my hometown. I think this is going to be one of my biggest homecoming fights that I have had in my career,” Jessie Magdaleno told Fightnews.com “I am ready to spill it all out there for this fight,” Magdaleno added.

The two fighters held camp and trained together under trainer Manny Robles at the Rock Gym in Carson, California as they prepare for their upcoming fights. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KO’s) of Nogales, …


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It’s official. Parker versus Ruiz for vacant WBO title in New Zealand

By David Finger

The biggest story out of the WBO Convention in San Juan Puerto Rico came this morning at the championship and ratings committee meeting. Although there was talk of a possible four-man tournament to fill the recently vacated heavyweight title, which was surrendered by Tyson Fury, Carl Moretti of Top Rank and Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan announced that the box off was not necessary. They announced that there was an agreement reached for #3 ranked Andy Ruiz to take on #1 Joseph Parker in New Zealand in December and that the winner would accept any mandatory set forth by the WBO for their first title defense.

“The winner of this fight will fight anyone that the WBO decrees to fight next,” Moretti said.

When asked if this included a 120-day deadline both Moretti and Lonergan said that was more than acceptable.

“We are happy with that,” Lonergan said before Moretti added that a 120-day deadline for a mandatory was “no problem.” (more…)

By David Finger The biggest story out of the WBO Convention in San Juan Puerto Rico came this morning at …



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Avni Yildirim getting ready for Supermiddleweight Eliminator against Schiller Hyppolite

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WBC no. 4 ranked supermiddleweight contender Avni Yildirim is looking sharp in training camp for his big showdown with no. 7 ranked Schiller Hyppolite on November 5th in Munich, Germany.

The 25-year-old fast rising Turkish star is unbeaten (13 fights, 13 wins) and has been WBC Youth Intercontinental, International Silver and EPBC champion at light heavyweight before moving down in weight and competing at 168 lbs.
“I feel very strong and fast at the lower weight”, said Yildirim. “My movement is getting better and better in every sparring session. I am ready to go and I cannot wait for November 5.”

During his training camp in Dachau, Germany, Yildirim has been sparring with a six different sparring partners including WBC Youth World Champions James and Toni Kraft. “Avni is looking very good in sparring”, states trainer and promoter Ahmet Oner. “He is sharp and focused and knows exactly how to use his power. He’s not at 100 percent yet but he will be at his absolute best on fight day. When I see Avni in the gym I start feeling sorry for Schiller. Of course, we cannot and will not underestimate him but as long as Avni fights his fight there’s no stopping him.”

The Silver International Supermiddleweight Championship between Yildirim and Hyypolite is one of three WBC title fights at the big event on November 5th in Munich which is co-promoted by Ahmet Oner and former cruiserweight and heavyweight contender Alexander Petkovic who has built up a stable of promising young stars in Southern Germany.
“Toni Kraft will defend his Youth World Championship against Abdallah Paziwapazi from Tanzania and we will also have a Women’s World Middleweight Championship Unification between WBO champ Christina Hammer and WBC titlist Kali Reis”, says Petkovic. “It is a very big an important event for us and we are looking forward to great fights.”
The event will be broadcasted live on Sky in Germany.

WBC no. 4 ranked supermiddleweight contender Avni Yildirim is looking sharp in training camp for his big showdown with no. …


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Raja Amasheh versus Ana Arrazola in Vienna, Austria

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“Raging” Raja Amasheh from Germany and Mexico’s Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola will square off this Saturday (October 22nd) in Vienna, Austria, for Amasheh’s WBC Silver Flyweight Championship. The fight is part of the big Women’s Flyweight Diamond Belt tournament which started with “Kika” Chavez’ win over Naoko Fujioka on October 1st in Mexico.

At today’s press conference Amasheh made very clear that it is her goal to defend her title and advance to the next round in the tournament. “I thank Ana Arrazola for coming all the way to Europe but she will have to leave empty-handed”, said Amasheh. “What’s mine is mine. I will keep my belt and add the Diamond Championship to my collection very soon. It is a great honor to be part of the tournament with all these other great champions.”

Amasheh vs. Arrazola is one of two female main events at the big show Saturday night at Wimberger Hotel in Vienna promoted by Peter Pospichal (Box-Team Vienna) in association with Dominik Junge (Sportschule Mach1).

In the co-feature local hero Eva Voraberger takes on Eileen Olszewski from the USA.

“Raging” Raja Amasheh from Germany and Mexico’s Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola will square off this Saturday (October 22nd) in Vienna, …




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Bantamweights showcased in Motown

Three of Motown’s brightest bantamweights, will appear in separate bouts on Salita Promotions’ next “Detroit Brawl” event on Saturday, November 12, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit. Undefeated 26-year-old James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs), Jarico “Great Lakes King” O’Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) and Zach Shamoun (4-0-1, 3 KOs) will face opponents to be named; Tickets for “Detroit Brawl” will be priced at VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, $63, $38, and $28 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Tickmaster.com.

Three of Motown’s brightest bantamweights, will appear in separate bouts on Salita Promotions’ next “Detroit Brawl” event on Saturday, November …


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Canelo hits Puerto Rico

WBO junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez arrived on Puerto Rican soil yesterday to participate in the 29th Annual Convention of the WBO at the Hilton Hotel Caribe in San Juan.

Photo: Sumio Yamada
Photo: Sumio Yamada

Canelo, who last September dethroned Liam Smith, attended a ‘Mexican Fiesta,’ held in the Tijuana Bar & Grill, where he was recognized by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and Mayor Hector O’Neill for his faithful commitment to youth and sport. (more…)

WBO junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez arrived on Puerto Rican soil yesterday to participate in the 29th Annual Convention …


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WBC/Hublot help boxers in need

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

The World Boxing Council (WBC) and Hublot have introduced the new WBC watch that will be put on sale to raise funds to help retired boxers in poor condition. This is a continuation of the original WBC/Hublot agreement reached by Don Jose Sulaiman, who originally found in the company to support the goal of helping retired boxers with financial and health problems.

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An event was held late Tuesday in Mexico City to unveil the limited edition watch with the presence of champions and boxing legends like Gennady Golovkin, Roy Jones, Julio Cesar Chavez, “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Pipino Cuevas, Alfonso Zamora, Edgar Sosa and Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran among others. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel The World Boxing Council (WBC) and Hublot have introduced the new WBC watch …


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Pintor debuts on Telemundo Friday

The Fall season finale of Boxeo Telemundo Ford ends with another Mexican boxing “Civil War.” The main event features local Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor (19-2-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico City vs. unbeaten prospect Fernando “El Cacho” Marin (13-0-3, 9 KOs) of Aguascalientes. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the vacant WBC Latin welterweight title at stake. The site will be the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. Pintor is the nephew of famed former world champion and Hall of Famer Lupe Pintor. Mauricio has much respect for his uncle, but is ready to make a name for himself in boxing.

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How do you feel your inactivity over the last three years will affect your performance on Friday?

We are going to see, but I can tell you I am coming to this fight well prepared. (more…)

The Fall season finale of Boxeo Telemundo Ford ends with another Mexican boxing “Civil War.” The main event features local …



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Super Four cruiserweight final at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Kevin Lerena possibly faces the toughest fight of his career when he meets Micki Nielsen of Denmark in the Super Four cruiserweight final at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night, on a bumper bill presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.

Other top line fights are Chris van Heerden against Sacky Shikukutu from Namibia in a clash for the vacant WBA Pan African welterweight title and a local matchup between Hekkie Budler and Siyabongo Siyo for the vacant WBA Pan African junior flyweight title.

The tournament will be shown live on SS 7 from 20:00 to 00:30. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Kevin Lerena possibly faces the toughest fight of his career when he meets Micki Nielsen …


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WBO Day Two Convention Report

By David Finger

Day two of the 29th annual WBO convention featured the official’s seminars for much of the day as the morning saw Judge Steve Weisfeld give an effective judges training seminar to kick off the morning. While the judges were getting their ABC certification the executive committee listened to Vice President John Duggan in regards to the recently implemented amendments to the constitution and bylaws of the WBO. He also offered some clarification of the role of the WBO inspector in champion ship fights, in particular with issues like pregnancy tests, HIV tests, and other requirements often set forth by local commissions. Duggan stressed that these requirements need to be conducted by the local commission due to the danger of confusion over the role of the WBO in such fights.

“Dividing the authority can lead to it being improperly done,” Duggan said. “It confuses the function of the WBO. Host commissions have the responsibility. We want there to be a clear line of demarcation of authority. It’s not that we don’t want them done. We want them to be optimally done.”

Duggan expressed concerns over the possibility of a commission or inspector “passing the buck” if there was not this clear line of demarcation. “Our function is limited to awarding the championship,” Duggan added. (more…)

By David Finger Day two of the 29th annual WBO convention featured the official’s seminars for much of the day …


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Helenius, Sauerland patch things up

Team Sauerland and Nordic Nightmare Promotions announced that a legal settlement was reached on Monday relating to a contractual dispute regarding Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius. As a result of this agreement, both parties have agreed to mutually cease all legal proceedings, and have entered into a partnership to co-promote at least two fights for Helenius during the year of 2017.

Helenius’ first bout, as part of this new co-operation, is planned to take place in March in Helsinki, with further details to be announced soon. (more…)

Team Sauerland and Nordic Nightmare Promotions announced that a legal settlement was reached on Monday relating to a contractual dispute …


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Parker: Ruiz ripped my mouth

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #1, IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and WBO #3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) were in three sparring sessions in 2013 and it was revealed that in the first sparring session Ruiz dazed and cut Parker.

Joseph Parker: “I remember when I sparred him in 2013, he had a lot of power. I was saying to someone else, he was the only one who punched me, the hardest I’ve ever been punched before and ripped my mouth. I couldn’t eat for about three days so I know he’s got a lot of power, and he’s got a lot of experience. But I know if I have a great training camp, I know I will beat anyone in the world.”

Andy Ruiz: “I was kind of surprised because it didn’t seem like he was really hurt in the sparring. The first time we sparred there were some good exchanges. He’s pretty fast and he likes to throw combinations as well. We were both exchanging and I guess I got there first. I kind of dazed him. I rocked him pretty good.”

Bob Arum (Ruiz) and Dean Lonergan (Parker) of Duco Events are in negotiations for Ruiz and Parker to clash in December or early 2017 with the vacant WBO crown up for grabs now that Tyson Fury has vacated both WBO and WBA titles. The WBO is discussing the way forward at their current convention.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #1, IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and WBO #3 …



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Shabranskyy-Barrera on HBO Latino Dec 16

Undefeated Vyacheslav light heavyweight “Lionheart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will take on Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout for Shabranskyy’s WBC USNBC title on December 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino televised live on HBO Latino.

In the televised co-main event, IBF North American welterweight titlist Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) will put his title on the line in a 10-round fight against undefeated Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (16-0, 11 KOs).

Rounding out the HBO Latino card, WBC Silver featherweight titlist Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Undefeated Vyacheslav light heavyweight “Lionheart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will take on Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) in a …


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IBF#4 Jeff Horn in action Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF#4, WBO#4, WBA#11, 147 pounder Jeff Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) will clash with IBF#14 Rico Mueller (20-1-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF#2 position up for grabs at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, Queensland, Australia on Saturday.

Former London 2012 Olympian, Horn is coming off a seven round stoppage over former world champion Randall Bailey in April. Horn, 28 years was born and resides in Brisbane, Australia.

Mueller is coming off a round one stoppage win over Viktor Hasselbach in May. Mueller,28 years, was born and resides in Eberswald, Brandenburg, Germany.

Officials for the IBF Elimination bout Supervisor Ben Keilty Referee Sam Williams, Judges, Bruce McTavish, Adam Height, Holger Weimann

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF#4, WBO#4, WBA#11, 147 pounder Jeff Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) will clash with …


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Weights from Montreal

Custio Clayton 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 149.4
Marie-eve Dicaire 142 vs Karla Zamora 139.2
Alexandre Choko 153 vs Mike Breton Paquet 152.8
Vislan Dalkhaev 121.6 vs Rodrigo Adrian Campos 121
Dario Bredicean 167.2 vs Baptiste Castegnaro 165.8
Patrice Volny 164.2 vs Oscar Masso Cando 166.2
Dwayne Durel 140 vs Pal Olah 136.8

Promoter: GYM
Venue: Montreal Casino Cabaret

Custio Clayton 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 149.4 Marie-eve Dicaire 142 vs Karla Zamora 139.2 Alexandre Choko 153 vs Mike Breton …


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Loeffler/K2 honored by CSAC

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Photo: California State Athletic Commission

Tom Loeffler and K2 Promotions were honored Tuesday in Downtown Los Angeles by the California State Athletic Commission for providing greater opportunities for fighters to participate in the State’s major professional boxing contests.

“Being a lifelong Los Angeles area resident and being able to bring these high profile sporting events means a great deal to me,” said Loeffler. “Although K2 Promotions has presented highly successful events all over the world, having success at home is very meaningful.”

Most recently K2 Promotions has presented three memorable evenings of world class professional boxing at The Fabulous Forum featuring Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0 33 KOs) and the #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World, WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (46-0, 38 KOs) in addition to a long list of local prospects.

Photo: California State Athletic Commission Tom Loeffler and K2 Promotions were honored Tuesday in Downtown Los Angeles by the California …



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Warren eyeing big fight for Billy Joe Saunders

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren and members of his team are currently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Caribe Hilton Hotel for the 29th Annual WBO Convention and securing a huge fight in early 2017 for undefeated WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders is high on the agenda. Warren says discussions have been taking place and are ongoing with the representatives of two marquee names, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

Now another option for Saunders has entered the running at the WBO Convention. Warren, who has promoted Billy Joe Saunders since he turned professional after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has begun dialogue with Japanese Promoter Akihiko Honda regarding a potential fight between the WBO Middleweight Champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Ryota Murata. (more…)

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren and members of his team are currently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the …


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New boxing series at Mohegan Sun announced

Mohegan Sun and Main Events have announced a new boxing series entitled “Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series” which will debut on November 26 at the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The series will feature local boxing prospects from New England and around the world. The debut event will feature local prospects including Cassius Chaney a heavyweight from New London, CT, Kevin Asmat a featherweight from Union City, NJ and Reinaldo Graceski a light heavyweight from Springfield, MA and international talent such as Enriko Gogokhia a junior middleweight from Ukraine and Madiyar Ashkeyev a junior middleweight from Kazakhstan. The full card will be announced shortly.

Mohegan Sun and Main Events have announced a new boxing series entitled “Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series” which will …


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WBO 2016 day two

By David Finger

The big news out of San Juan on day two of the convention was the election of Diana Melendez as Executive Director of the NABO after the resignation of Jose Izquierdo yesterday. Melendez is well known and highly respected among boxing insiders, having worked with the WBO since 1999. Although she worked part time from her home from 2002-2008 she returned to the WBO full time in 2008 and has been a member of the ratings committee since her return.

Melendez was nominated by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and was unanimously elected by the executive committee.

By David Finger The big news out of San Juan on day two of the convention was the election of …


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Serrano makes female boxing history with KO

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

Female boxing sensation Amanda Serrano (30-1-1, 23 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to annihilate Hungarian Alexandra Lazar (8-2, 2 KOs) on Tuesday night to claim the vacant WBO female junior featherweight world title during the annual WBO Convention at the Hotel Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After two knockdowns, referee Sparkle Lee stopped it with Lazar still down from the second knockdown. Serrano, who was born in Puerto Rico then raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, is now a four-division world champion.

In the co-feature, super featherweight Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (18-1, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant WBO international belt with a second round KO over Edgar Lopez Sasso (13-2-1, 4 KOs).

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Female boxing sensation Amanda Serrano (30-1-1, 23 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to annihilate Hungarian Alexandra Lazar …


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Golovkin-Jacobs ruled out for December

Looks like the much anticipated showdown between unified WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA regular champion Daniel Jacobs won’t be happening on December 10 at Madison Square Garden as hoped. The camps are still hashing out the money situation. Now even if an agreement is reached, the fight won’t take place until 2017. So no more GGG this year.

Looks like the much anticipated showdown between unified WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA regular champion Daniel Jacobs won’t …


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Chatman-Gray clash Friday in Rhode Island

By Jason Marchetti

Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KO’s) will challenge Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KO’s) this Friday night at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI in the main event on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds at Jr. middleweight and is for the UBF regional title at 154 lbs.

Chatman is coming off a spectacular win this summer over New England favorite middleweight, Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KO’s). In their rematch, Chatman defeated Falowo again using his superior conditioning and angles to keep his opponent missing most of the fight. Chatman, who has never refused a fight from 154 -168 lbs, wears down his opponents and scores effectively late in the fight. His best tools are his quick footwork, 1-2 punch accuracy, and solid boxing IQ. He has been chasing the fight against gray for about a year, and is convinced Gray’s handlers were probably protecting him until he was more experienced. (more…)

By Jason Marchetti Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KO’s) will challenge Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KO’s) this Friday night at Twin …


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Rosa-Iwasa collide in IBF eliminator

On Saturday, November 19, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series. New Haven’s undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the card facing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.

“Fans will not want to miss Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino on November 19,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “New Haven’s Luis Rosa Jr. is set for the toughest and most important challenge of his career against Iwasa. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF junior featherweight world championship. The stacked undercard will also include local New England favorites Alexis Santos, Mykquan Williams, and Christopher Davis-Fogg, the popular Irish Noel Murphy, West Point graduate Boyd Melson and Russian future world champion Radzhab Butaev.”

On Saturday, November 19, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for …


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WBO 2016 Convention Day One Report

By David Finger

The 29th annual WBO Convention convened today in a place that could only be considered home court for the organization: San Juan, Puerto Rico. But for how long will remain something of a mystery as the WBO took steps to relocate to Florida after a unanimous vote of both the executive committee and of standing members. Although talk of a move was the most significant topic of discussion on the first day of business, there was no shortage of other noteworthy events as the convention kicked off on a sad note as the WBO paid a touching tribute to a man that President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel called “one of the greatest international matchmakers in the history of boxing.” Hedi Tauab Mohammad was a frequent and welcome face at the WBO conventions over the years and his passing in 2016 was a sad blow not only for the WBO, but for boxing as a whole.

After the memorial for Tauab the WBO proceeded with the election for officials.

Right off the bat, Executive Committee Secretary and NABO / Intercontinental Executive Director Jose Izquierdo withdrew his name as a candidate for second vice president. Izquierdo was slated to run against long time vice president John Duggan, but his withdrawal gave Duggan an open path to another term as Duggan remained unopposed in the election. Duggan was reelected as second vice president in an uncontested election while longtime president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel was also reelected without opposition. (more…)

By David Finger The 29th annual WBO Convention convened today in a place that could only be considered home court …


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Aussie Mitchell dethrones OPBF 168lb champ Matsumoto

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Australian footworker Jayde Mitchell (10-1, 4 KOs), 168, impressively captured the OPBF super-middle belt as he completely outlegged and outspeeded defending champ Shintaro Matsumoto (13-5, 9 KOs), 168, to be awarded a nearly shutout technical decision (100-92, 99-92 twice) at 1:29 of the tenth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Matsumoto, making his initial defense since his acquisition of the belt due to a technical decision win over Yuzo Kiyota this April, ironically forfeited his belt on asimilar technical verdict caused by an accidental headbutt. Mitchell proved he was a better boxer thanks to his superior speed on hand and foot, piling up points steadily. Though light-punching, the Aussie speedster kept punching the Japanese with precision and quickly kept himself elusive from Matsumoto’s retaliation. The official tallies after the eighth were as follows: 80-73 twice and 79-74 all for Mitchell. The tenth witnessed a bad gash of Matsumoto over the right eyebrow, which made the third man call a halt and take a technical verdict. Matsumoto’s OPBF belt in the first defense was blowin’ in the wind.

Promoter: Yonekura Promotions. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Australian footworker Jayde Mitchell (10-1, 4 KOs), 168, impressively captured the OPBF super-middle …


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Ezrom Ngcobo dies at 86

By Ron Jackson

Former South African light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Ezrom Ngcobo who fought as a professional from 1954 to 1971 passed away at the Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital in Pimville, Soweto last week. Ngcobo who fought under the alias of “King Lodger” was born in Ermelo in the then Transvaal, on April 8 1930, and made his pro debut on September 25 1954 at the Bantu Men’s Social Centre in Johannesburg against Hazzie Twala, winning on a second round knockout. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Former South African light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Ezrom Ngcobo who fought as a professional from 1954 …


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Joe Koizumi honored by WBO

By David Finger

Hall of fame boxing writer and frequent Fightnews contributor Joe Koizumi was honored with two awards (including Asian Matchmaker of the year) by the WBO today at the 29th Annual Convention in San Juan Puerto Rico.

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Photo: David Finger

Koizumi remains the most recognizable and respected boxing personality in Japan, not only as a writer and television commentator, but also as an official and as a matchmaker.

He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008. Congratulations Joe!

By David Finger Hall of fame boxing writer and frequent Fightnews contributor Joe Koizumi was honored with two awards (including …


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Oscar De La Hoya: Hopkins’ Next Fight Is 100% His Last…I’m Making Him Promise

By TMZSports.com

52-year-old Bernard Hopkins is jumping back into the ring one last time … and it’s really ONE LAST according to his boss, Oscar De La Hoya … who says he’s making BH promise to hang ’em up FOREVER. Oscar joined the guys on the “TMZ Sports” TV show and announced Hopkins’ final fight to the world … a brawl with 27-year-old knockout artist Joe Smith Jr. set to go down on December 17th.

Question is … is it REALLY over? Hopkins has been known to beat the hell out of guys half his age … take some time off … then beat the hell out of guys half his age again.

De La Hoya says this it … telling the crew “I’m having him sign some kind of proclamation saying it’s his last fight, at 52 years old, this should be the last fight for him.”

By TMZSports.com 52-year-old Bernard Hopkins is jumping back into the ring one last time … and it’s really ONE LAST …


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German Court vindicates Soliman

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF World Middleweight champion Sam Soliman has won a longstanding battle for justice against Germany’s Boxing Commission (BDB). Today the German District Court in Kiel has pronounced a judgment that the decision by the German Boxing Commission to ban Soliman from fighting for nine months and to disqualify Soliman from the fight he won against Felix Sturm in Dusseldorf in 2013 is unlawful and therefore ineffective.

The BDB had wrongly claimed a violation of Anti-Doping Rules by Soliman and is now disabused by the German Civil Court. The BDB can appeal against this court decision within one month after notification of the judgment.

“The German Court agreed that I was punished without a judicial basis for something that I was not guilty of,” Soliman said. “The unlawful decision by the German Boxing Commission cost me a shot at a world title and immense reputational damage. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former IBF World Middleweight champion Sam Soliman has won a longstanding battle for …


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Breaking News: WBO vote to relocate to Florida

By David Finger

First it was the Rams to LA. Then the Raiders to Las Vegas. But now we may have the most surprising move in sports for 2016: the WBO to Florida.

On the first day of the 29th annual WBO convention in San Juan Puerto Rico the WBO voted to do what just two years ago would have seemed unthinkable: leave Puerto Rico.

With a unanimous vote from the executive committee and a unanimous vote from the WBO members across the world, the WBO just authorized the executive committee to unilaterally relocate the World Boxing Organization from Puerto Rico to the State of Florida.

After President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel made the proposal WBO officals chairperson Michael Pernick made the motion which was seconded by Geno Hernandez. (more…)

By David Finger First it was the Rams to LA. Then the Raiders to Las Vegas. But now we may …


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Photo: Top Rank

World champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) gears up for a workout at Bones Adams Gym in Las Vegas. Nonito takes on Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) on Top Rank’s November 5 Pacquiao vs Vargas PPV card at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas.

Photo: Top Rank World champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) gears up for a workout at Bones Adams Gym in …


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Julian Williams leads class of Briscoe award winners

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com

Junior middleweight contender Julian Williams picked up a Briscoe Award as the “2015 Philly Fighter of the Year” Sunday afternoon at Xfinity Live! In South Philadelphia. The annual event celebrates the best achievements of the Philadelphia fight scene, and is named for Philly boxing icon Bennie Briscoe. This was the ninth year for the event, which is presented by PhillyBoxingHistory.com.

Other winners included WBA junior lightweight champion Jason Sosa (Breakout Fighter of 2015), junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer (2015 Performance of the Year), top-ranked super middleweight Jesse Hart (Prospect of the Year), heavyweight Joey Dawejko (KO of the Year), rising super middleweight Christopher Brooker (Rookie of the Year), 4-time national amateur champion Jaron Ennis (Amateur of the Year), and Amir Mansour vs. Joey Dawejko (2015 Philly Fight of the Year). Amateur boxer Atif Oberlton won a special prize, the “Everett Brothers Award”. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com Junior middleweight contender Julian Williams picked up …


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Marco Huck to face Dmytro Kucher Nov 19

By Karl Freitag

IBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) will defend his title against current European champion Dmytro Kucher (24-1-1, 18 KOs) on November 19 at the TUI Arena in Hanover, Germany. Huck was scheduled to face Ovill McKenzie on September 24 in Frankfurt, but Mckenzie pulled out on late notice and the whole card was canceled. Kucher is coming off a first round KO over Enzo Maccarinelli in June, Huck beat Ola Afolabi last February in his most recent ring appearance.

By Karl Freitag IBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) will defend his title against current European champion Dmytro …


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WBO 29th annual convention kicks off in San Juan

By David Finger

The 29th annual WBO convention kicked off Monday night at the beautiful Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event started off with the 19th annual golf tournament at 6AM at the El Legado Golf Club in Guayama. At 7PM the festivities began as numerous WBO officials from around the world hit the Blue Martini near the Hotel Caribe for the welcome cocktail ceremony.

Photo: David Finger
Photo: David Finger

The 2016 Convention continues tomorrow as the General Assembly of the WBO Executive Committee kick off at 8AM in the San Cristobal room at the Hotel Caribe.

By David Finger The 29th annual WBO convention kicked off Monday night at the beautiful Caribe Hilton Hotel in San …


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Lomachenko-Walters Ticket Alert

Tickets to the clash between two-division world champion/two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and undefeated former world featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters will go on sale Wednesday (Oct 19) at 1PM ET/10AM PT. Lomachenko and Walters will be battling for Lomachenko’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title on November 26 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO. Prices are $200, $150, $100, $75, and $50 (general admission), available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

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