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Rodriguez on the rise in latest UFC rankings

Yair Rodriguez may have delivered the KO of the Year to open up the main card at UFC 197. The Mexican-born featherweight prospect delivered a flying left roundhouse kick that crumbled his opponent, Andre Fili . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Della Rosa-Attou clash Saturday in Rome

By Marco Bratusch

Former Italian junior middleweight champion Emanuele Della Rosa (36-2, 10 KOs) and former French junior middleweight champion Zakaria Attou (22-6-1, 7 KOs) will collide this Saturday in Fiumicino (Rome) for the vacant European Union 154 lbs. title. The fight card is promoted by Opi2000, Principe Boxing Event and Paciucci Boxing Team. The 36-year-old Della Rosa is well known to the boxing fans for a split decision loss to Sebastian Zbik in 2009 in Germany for an interim WBC belt. (more…)



Boxing News

Ortiz-Berto Final Press Conference

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions

Former world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Andre “The Beast” Berto, fighters participated in a final press conference on Thursday before they enter the ring for their FOX-televised rematch on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Whiskey Red’s in Marina Del Rey:

Victor Ortiz: He might hate me. I respect him, but I’m coming to take him down and out. I know what I’m here for and that’s a victory. As much talking as he’s done, it was a different guy that showed up today. “This is a totally different fight than five years ago. We’re different people. I’m a different guy and so is he. Saturday is right around the corner and I’m here. I see loss in his eyes. I’m ready. 100 percent.”

Andre Berto: “It’s been five years coming and now we’re here. The stuff Victor said on the stage and his body language. I believe he knows he is going to be in there with a different type of animal this time. I think he is already defeated. He sees how focused I am. If he has been hearing anything from camp, he knows I’m ready to go. He didn’t believe anything he said on the stage. Looking at him face to face, he was trying to tell jokes. I think that he knows that he is going to be in there with a different Andre Berto.” (more…)


Boxing News

Magomedov faces Hernandez on May 21

“Knockout Night at the D” returns May 21 with the second event of its 2016 series. Undefeated WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14 middleweight Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on upset-minded Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs) in the ten-round main event, airing live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

In the eight-round co-feature, super middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera (12-0, 8 KOs) puts his unbeaten record and NABA-USA title belt on the line against popular Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs).

The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegas and (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. “Our recent Knockout Night at the D event was a great success, so needless to say, we are excited for next month’s fights,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. “Outdoor boxing is continuing to boom in Las Vegas and we look forward to watching this series grow and develop.”



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Jack-Bute/DeGale-Medina Final Presser

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Four of the top super middleweights in the world shared a stage Thursday afternoon as Badou Jack, Lucian Bute, James “Chunky” DeGale and Rogelio “Porky” Medina participated in the final press conference for their fights this Saturday on Showtime from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. WBC champion Jack battles the former champion Bute, while the IBF titleholder DeGale takes on the top rated contender Medina. The winners of these fights have agreed to meet in a world title unification later this year.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday: (more…)


Boxing News

WBC champ Francisco Vargas fails drug test

Golden Boy Promotions has issued the following statement with regard to WBC super featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas:

“As part of a voluntary testing program that Francisco Vargas requested ahead of his June 4 fight, he tested positive for clenbuterol. Francisco believes he tested positive due to ingesting contaminated meat in Mexico where clenbuterol is commonly used by ranchers in livestock feed. The Associated Press reported this week that this practice may impact athletes throughout the country ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

“Francisco has, is and will always be a clean fighter. That is why he insisted on this voluntary testing program ahead of the first defense of his WBC championship. He previously tested clean as part of this same voluntary testing regiment and in all of his previous fights. He will immediately leave Mexico to finish his training camp in the US in order to avoid any possible repeat of this situation and is fully cooperating with the California State Athletic Commission to submit to all required testing ahead of his June 4 title defense.”


Boxing News

Spike TV Weights from Atlantic City

Andre Dirrell 169 vs. Blake Caparello 167
Anthony Dirrell 168.8 vs. Caleb Truax 168.6
Jonathan Guzman 122 vs. Daniel Rosas 121.2

Eddie Ramirez 139.8 vs. Osumanu Akaba 143.2
Hafiz Montgomery 202.3 vs. Darnell Pierce 198.4
Brendan Barrett 248 vs. Alando Pugh 236
Anthony Young 148.4 vs. Juan Rodriguez ??
Chris Thomas 165.6 vs. Jessie Singletary 163.8
Abraham Nova 131.6 vs. Weusi Johnson 128.4
Titus Williams 127 vs. DeWayne Wisdom 129.4
Luther Smith 211 vs. Solomon Maye 224.2
Chordale Booker 152.6 vs. Roque Zapata 153.2

Venue: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: Spike


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Hughie Fury ready for Kassi test

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (19-0, 10 KOs) came face-to-face with his latest opponent ‘Big’ Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) at today’s press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London. Fury is gunning for another knockout win on Saturday at London’s Copper Box Arena in his quest to join cousin Tyson at the very top of the world heavyweight scene.

“I’m just happy that I’ve got such a great team in my corner. I’ve learnt a lot form sharing a training camp with my cousin Tyson. I’m only 21 and I’ve already come up against some decent opponents. Kassi is another step up for me. I want these type of fights on my way to the top,” said Fury.


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Martinez-Lomachenko NYC Press Conference

World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and undefeated #2 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted a press conference Thursday to kickoff the HBO-televised Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend championship card on June 11 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Rocky Martinez (Speaking Spanish): “I know I’ll have a great fight on June 11 against Vasyl Lomachenko. This is a big challenge, but not impossible. I’m working hard so I can beat him and he can have a second loss on his record. Many people see me as an underdog…but I’ve been in many, many wars, and I’ve gotten a lot of experience. I’m training very hard in Puerto Rico so that night I can continue being world champion.”

Vasyl Lomachenko (Speaking English): “I’m looking forward to my fight on June 11. It’s a good fight to test English for me. This is my first main event fight, and I’m happy about it. I think we’ll have a great time. My opponent Ramon Martinez is a smart, strong and experienced fighter. Both of us fought Orlando Salido. I had a loss, he had a win. It’s a fight that will be remembered. On June 11 Puerto Ricans will have their big holiday. After this fight, I think Ukrainian people will also have a holiday!”

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UFC

Countdown to UFC 200: Brock Lesnar era

Seven fights. It’s a year and a half’s worth of work for guys like Neil Magny and Donald Cerrone, but when it comes to Brock Lesnar, his seven trips to the Octagon encompass his entire UFC career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Martinez-Lomachenko ticket alert

You better believe Saturday night’s alright for fighting, especially in New York on Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend!

Three-time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko will go mano a mano for Martinez’s WBO junior lightweight world title and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, will risk his WBO Latino lightweight crown, undefeated record and No. 2 world rating against Juan Jose Martinez in the co-main event of a championship doubleheader Saturday, June 11 — one day before the famed Puerto Rican Day Parade — at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The two bouts, scheduled for 12 and 10 rounds, respectively, will be televised live on HBO beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard will feature the U.S. debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion Zou Shiming from The Peoples Republic of China in a 10-round flyweight bout. (more…)


Boxing News

Bauwens – Karaxha: for the pride of Flanders

Jean Pierre Bauwens Jnr, 37-2-1(22), will fight Meriton Karaxha, 9-1-1(3), tomorrow night at the by now famous Gentsboksgala at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Ghent, Belgium. It will be the 17th edition of this prestigious event promoted by International Boxing Event of Claude Van den Heede.

Jean Pierre Bauwens will make his long awaited ring return. In his last fight he lost his EBU-EU title by split decision against Italian Manuel Lancia. He moved up to the 140lbs division and pulled out of a WBC Francophone championship mid-March against Franck Petitjean.
The much less experienced Meriton Karaxha is expected to be the underdog is this thrilling fight but wants to prove that he is now much better then when he lost his only fight against Hakim Ben Ali. Karaxha escaped with a draw against the much heavier Mohamed Sder, the only other blemish on his record.
Bauwens – Karaxha is unfortunately only scheduled as 8 rounder but could have been for any national or regional international title over 10 or 12 rounds… (more…)


Boxing News

“Piquet” Martinez to face Felix Verdejo

Photo: Pepe Rodriguez
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) will face unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo on June 11 at Madison Square Garden for the WBO Latino lightweight title. The bout will tale place the weekend of the annual “Puerto Rican Day Parade” in New York City. Martinez said this is the opportunity he’s waited for throughout his career. “The serious work and all the sacrifices have been worth it,” said Martinez. “I’m where everyone wants to be and few come. Now I will continue working with the same passion and discipline to use this as a springboard to fight for a world title. Verdejo is an undefeated fighter who has a good reputation and has shown great things. I don’t trust the strange performance in his last fight. We all have bad nights and my intention is to repeat his bad performance and bring the title to Mexico because we Mexican fighters can win anywhere!”

Verdejo-Martinez will be the main undercard bout on a show topped by the world title clash between WBO jr lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.


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UFC

Who’s the pound-for-pound king of UFC?

On the heels of UFC 197, this week’s Rankings Report with Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino dives into the hot topic debate of who deserves to be No. 1 pound-for-pound between Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Boesel risks #1 rating against unbeaten Liebau

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (21-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBO Intercontinental title and WBA Continental title against hard-hitting Denis Liebau (19-0, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahrhunderthalle in Spergau, Germany. Here’s what the fighters had to say at this week’s press conference:

Dominic Boesel: “Denis Liebau is not the first unbeaten opponent I’ve boxed. The other ‘invincibles’ I’ve beaten. I’m glad Liebau was so successful in kickboxing, but the basics of boxing are different. We’ve seen weaknesses in his footwork. With my boxing skills, I’ll win and keep the title with a clear victory.”

Denis Liebau: “Even as a kickboxer, boxing was my strength. The difference isn’t so great for me – in boxing you wear flat shoes! Am I the KO King? Halfway okay – but for me, only at a 100% knockout ratio should someone be entitled to have this ‘title!’ Clearly, one of us loses! I want to take the title on Saturday. The case for the belt is ready. The winner will be Denis Liebau!” More + Photos


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Challenge Accepted! Thorslund-Ivanova is on

Female super bantamweight Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) has accepted the challenge of former two-time world champion Galina Ivanova (16-11-4, 2 KOs). The female fighters will meet in an eight-round contest on May 28 when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Arena Midt in Kjellerup. Ivanova is the only fighter to have defeated Danish World Champion Anita Christensen, outpointing her in 2008 WBA World title fight at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.

The Bulgarian boxer has now set her sights on Denmark new female boxing talent and has spent the past months challenging Thorslund on social media, posting a series of threatening messages using the hashtag #SavethelifeofDinaThorslund.

“Dina is just a kid,” said Ivanova. “Someone needs to tell her boxing is dangerous before it is too late. Her promoter thinks she can become world champion in the next twelve months, but I’m ready to prove them wrong. I’m surprised she has accepted my challenge. She is a good fighter but she doesn’t have the experience to beat me. She will pay in blood!” (more…)


Boxing News

Jennifer Han ready for first title defense

By David Finger

For as long as anyone could remember the city of El Paso was home to some of the most devoted and die hard boxing fans in the world. For those fighters lucky enough to call El Paso home, they knew that there would always be a loyal and dedicated fan base to support them and back them as they made their way up the rankings. But although there have been some tremendous fighters from El Paso over the years, all came just a little short in their bids for a world title. El Paso fans always found themselves on the outside looking in: waiting for a champion to bring gold to the Sun City.

Well the wait is over for El Paso. IBF featherweight champion Jennifer Han has kicked down that door and in the process broke down the glass ceiling over it as well. El Paso has a world champion, and the city couldn’t be prouder of their local girl. And this Friday the Sun City will get the opportunity to once again see Han (13-3-1, 1 KO) as she make the first defense of the IBF belt she won seven months ago against Helen Joseph. (more…)


Boxing News

Horn calls out Jessie Vargas after stopping Bailey

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

“He was a tough guy,” said IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) after impressively stopping former world champion Randall Bailey (46-9, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. “I hit him with some good shots and he kept taking them. He got me at the start. I should of been more careful. I did get clipped and he can punch. I wake up when I get hit. I should of hit myself in the dressing room before I come out.

“It is amazing having pretty much everyone I know here tonight and everyone watching on Foxtel is pretty amazing. Great to have everyone behind me for this fight. I hope my next fight is Jesse Vargas next – he is the world titleholder and the number one position is vacant and if he wants to take me on I’m happy to do it.

“Thank you to Duco Events for putting on such a great show. Thanks to my trainer Glen Rushton and my brother Ben.”


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Fujimoto defeats Australian McKay

Photo: Boxing Beat
Photo: Boxing Beat

By Joe Koizumi

On the undercard of the Uchiyama shocker, WBC #16 Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (14-1, 7 KOs), 232.25, proved faster and more accurate than Australian Nathan McKay (6-3, 3 KOs), 267.75, winning a unanimous decision (80-73 twice and 80-72) over eight give-and-take rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Only once-beaten by Solomon Haumono in quest of the vacant OPBF belt in 2014, Fujimoto, 29, scored nine consecutive victories since including a couple of wins over ex-WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida.

Despite a shutout decision it wasn’t an easy triumph for Kyotaro as the much taller and heavier McKay showed his resilience and retaliation with his best effort. The game Aussie almost had Kyotaro at bay midway in round four, but the Japanese fought back hard with solid combinations to make him a bloody mess with good jabs and left-right combos. From the sixth round on Fujimoto, a faster footworker, turned loose and attempted to finish him with stronger shots to McKay, who, however, showed his heart and durability to win the praise of the crowd. Fujimoto demonstrated his improvement on his abundant stamina and good footwork. Our people like him except for his favorite red-dyed hair.


Boxing News

Lomachenko arrives in NYC

Photo: Top Rank
Photo: Top Rank

World champion Vasyl Lomachenko and his team arrive in New York City for the big Top Rank press conference at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Lomachenko will take on world super feather champion Rocky Martinez at MSG on June 11. Rocky will be at the press conference as will Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo of Puerto Rico. HBO will televise the big card.


Boxing News

Berto-Ortiz media day flash quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Victor Ortiz: “I put in a rotal of 14 weeks of work. It was nothing easy, come the 30th I will prove once again why I beat Berto the first time. I thank the media for writing me off, they did me a favor and gave me that fire back.”

Andre Berto: “We had a tremendous training camp it was crazy nothing but grinding. We are ready to get it. I learned a lot from the last fight with him but this is my focus now. I want to win this fight in fashion and I want to look good doing it.” (more…)


Boxing News

Joshua-Breazeale sells out in 30 minutes

The first defense of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua against Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale at The O2 in London on June 25 sold out in 30 minutes today. Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) landed the crown at the same arena earlier in April with a second round KO of Charles Martin and is looking to take another unbeaten record from another unbeaten American foe when Breazeale crosses the pond boasting a 17-0 record with 15 KO wins. Tickets went on general sale at 10am today and went inside half an hour – yet another rapid sell-out fight for the Olympic hero.


Boxing News

Isaac Chilemba: I will crush the Krusher

Light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) will challange WBO, WBA and IBF world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on Monday, July 11. Chilemba, who is currently in his home country of South Africa, participated in a conference call Wednesday to give the media a chance to discuss his upcoming battle against Kovalev.

Isaac Chilemba: “I want to thank Main Events for making this fight possible. Thanks to Sergey Kovalev for giving me this challenge.”

[On Kovalev’s Recent Opponents] “I believe Kovalev he is a hard-working fighter. There is no such thing as an easy fight. I believe Kovalev worked hard to get where he is. I don’t think he would say any of his opponents weren’t tough. He has never fought me or someone like me though. This will be a very different fight for Kovalev.” (more…)


Boxing News

Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), 129.75, Japan, by a very quick demolition at 2:59 of the second round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Corrales sent Uchiyama sprawling to the deck three times in succession with his tremendously fast combinations.

Who had expected such a quick forfeiture of Uchiyama? The 36-year-old Japanese was a prohibitive favorite due to his previous eleven defenses—almost all in one-sided fashion. The Panamanian youngster, 24, made a surprising opening attack that had Uchiyama on the defensive and the champ cautiously probed the interim champ’s quickness on hand.

An unexpected disaster visited Uchiyama in round two. Corrales connected with a solid left to the chin of Uchiyama, who hit the deck and barely regained his feet to show his damage. The Panamanian promptly swarmed over him, flooring him again though it looked like a slip. Uchiyama grabbed the aggressor to last the crisis and his strategy seems almost successful, but Jezreel’s whirlwind attack finally dropped him for the third time in the same second round. Since the three-knockdown rule was applied in this WBA title bout, Uchiyama was declared a KO loser by US referee Robert Hoyle.

The judges (Uriel Aguilera, Silvestre Abainza and Hubert Earle) all tallied the first session in favor of Corrales.

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Boxing News

Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Busy-punching Japanese warrior Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, retained his WBA super-flyweight belt by winning a nearly shutout decision over Thailander Inthanon Sithchamuang (43-12-2, 22 KOs), 114.5, over twelve hot frames on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges—Hubert Earle (Canada), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Byunmu Kim (Korea)—tallied 119-106 in favor of the defending champ Kono. In the second title go of the WBA world title tripleheader, Kono, 35, kept on punching and punching the durable Thai challenger, 29, all the way. The champ swept almost all rounds with his workman-like display of consecutive right shots to the southpaw rival, which were effective enough.

Kono sent Inthanon, a shorter but tough fighter, to the deck three times — each once in the fourth, fifth and seventh sessions. People expected Kono to finish the affair soon, but Inthanon’s durability and Kono’s lack of convincing power enabled the Thailander to last the distance. Kono, who kept his belt against top contender Koki Kameda by a unanimous nod in Chicago, registered his third defense, but Inthanon might be tougher than he had expected.

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.

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Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan veteran southpaw Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-2, 21 KOs), 108, five times and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven-skulled 36-year-old Venezuelan hit the deck twice in the ninth, once in the tenth and twice more in the fatal eleventh, but whenever he was floored, he showed his heart and stood up to resume fighting. But his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the lopsided eleventh. Taguchi, making his third defense, had the upper hand and kept whipping the lefty challenger all the way despite Landaeta’s occasional retaliation. The lanky speedster Taguchi, 29, thus registered all three defenses by knockouts to show his improvement.

Before the stoppage, all the officials identically had Taguchi leading on points: 108-96 by Robert Hoyle (US), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Byunmu Kim (Korea). The patient referee was Hubert Earle (Canada). Watanabe Promotions.

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UFC

Cormier vs. Jones 2 headlines UFC 200

The UFC’s first takeover of Good Morning America wasn’t the promotion’s only breaking news on Wednesday, as it was announced that the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas will be the light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Fury-Klitschko press conference erupts in Manchester – Fury in fine form!

By James Slater
Photos: Scott J. Raven

Today at The MEN Arena in the city of Manchester, heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko came face to face for the first time since their November fight last year.

Ex-champ Klitschko, looking relaxed and smiling, was the first to the head table; shaking hands with members of the media. Then Fury, the unbeaten champion arrived. Making his entrance to blaring music, with some cheerleaders/pom-pom girls accompanying him, Fury was also all smiles.

Dancing on the top table as Klitschko smiled and at times looked straight ahead, Fury was clearly enjoying himself.

BoxNation commentator John Rawling spoke first, announcing how tickets for the fight dubbed “Repeat or Revenge” are on sale today – a ringside seat costing almost £1,000, a cheap seat £50. Promoter Frank Warren then spoke and he said, once again, that this fight is for the “real” heavyweight championship. Warren stated how Klitschko has to drastically change his approach if he is to defeat Fury and gain revenge. It will be a much better fight this time, Warren promised. Bernd Boente, alongside Klitschko, said how Wladimir wants to show that he simply had an off-night last year. Boente also promised how it will be a completely different fight this time round. (more…)


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Upset: Corrales dethrones WBA 130lb champ Uchiyama by second round demolition

By Joe Koizumi

Panamanian southpaw Jezreel Corrales (20-1-1NC, 8 KOs), 130, astoundingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs), 129.75, Japan, by a very quick demolition at 2:59 of the second round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Corrales sent Uchiyama sprawling to the deck three times in succession with his tremendously fast combinations.

Who had expected such a quick forfeiture of Uchiyama? The 36-year-old Japanese was a prohibitive favorite due to his previous eleven defenses—almost all in one-sided fashion. The Panamanian youngster, 24, made a surprising opening attack that had Uchiyama on the defensive and the champ cautiously probed the interim champ’s quickness on hand.

An unexpected disaster visited Uchiyama in round two. Corrales connected with a solid left to the chin of Uchiyama, who hit the deck and barely regained his feet to show his damage. The Panamanian promptly swarmed over him, flooring him again though it looked like a slip. Uchiyama grabbed the aggressor to last the crisis and his strategy seems almost successful, but Jezreel’s whirlwind attack finally dropped him for the third time in the same second round. Since the three-knockdown rule was applied in this WBA title bout, Uchiyama was declared a KO loser by US referee Robert Hoyle.

The judges (Uriel Aguilera, Silvestre Abainza and Hubert Earle) all tallied the first session in favor of Corrales.


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Horn stops Bailey in seven

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (14-0, 9 KOs) impressively stopped former IBF/WBA/WBO world champion and currently rated WBO #12 Randal Bailey (46-9, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In round two, Horn dropped Bailey. However, in round three, Bailey rocked Horn, who was given a count when his glove touched the canvas. After that Horn’s body work and boxing skills progressively broke down Bailey, who stayed on his stool after round seven. Horn claimed the vacant WBO Intercontinental title and retained his IBF Intercontinental title.

WBA #13 heavyweight Solomon Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Manuel Alberto Pucheta (39-12, 32 KOs).

Heavyweight Willis Meehan (5-0, 4 KOs) will made short work of debuting Riki Barclay, scoring a first round knockout. Meehan is the son of former world heavyweight title challenger Kali Meehan and is regarded as outstanding prospect.


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Kono retains WBA 115lb belt by lopsided decision over Inthanon

By Joe Koizumi

Busy-punching Japanese warrior Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), 115, retained his WBA super-flyweight belt by winning a nearly shutout decision over Thailander Inthanon Sithchamuang (43-12-2, 22 KOs), 114.5, over twelve hot frames on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges—Hubert Earle (Canada), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Byunmu Kim (Korea)—tallied 119-106 in favor of the defending champ Kono. In the second title go of the WBA world title tripleheader, Kono, 35, kept on punching and punching the durable Thai challenger, 29, all the way. The champ swept almost all rounds with his workman-like display of consecutive right shots to the southpaw rival, which were effective enough. Kono sent Inthanon, a shorter but tough fighter, to the deck twice—each once in the fourth and fifth sessions. People expected Kono to finish the affair soon, but Inthanon’s durability and Kono’s lack of convincing power enabled the Thailander to last the distance. Kono, who kept his belt against top contender Koki Kameda by a unanimous nod in Chicago, registered his third defense, but Inthanon might be tougher than he had expected. Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.


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Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt by halting Landaeta

By Joe Koizumi

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 107.75, successfully kept his belt when he dropped Venezuelan veteran southpaw Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-2, 21 KOs), 108, five times and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The shaven-skulled 36-year-old Venezuelan hit the deck twice in the ninth, once in the tenth and twice more in the fatal eleventh, but whenever he was floored, he showed his heart and stood up to resume fighting. But his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the lopsided eleventh. Taguchi, making his third defense, had the upper hand and kept whipping the lefty challenger all the way despite Landaeta’s occasional retaliation. The lanky speedster Taguchi, 29, thus registered all three defenses by knockouts to show his improvement.

Before the stoppage, all the officials identically had Taguchi leading on points: 108-96 by Robert Hoyle (US), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Byunmu Kim (Korea). The patient referee was Hubert Earle (Canada).
Watanabe Promotions.


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Interview: Dat Nguyen, Buddy McGirt

Interview/Photos: Karl Freitag

Popular featherweight Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday, May 8 at Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida. It will be the 33-year-old Nguyen’s first fight since dropping a decision to Jayson Velez since 2013, a fight he took on late notice. Fightnews.com® dropped by Nguyen’s nicely equipped gym in Vero Beach, Florida, where he is preparing for his comeback with elite trainer Buddy McGirt. Dat recently signed with promoter Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Boxing and his fight will take place on the undercard of the Bounce TV telecast featuring Kanat Islam vs. Juan De Angel.

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