Caferro knocks out Zeigler in Three

Caferro knocks out Zeigler in Three

Story and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra Helena, Montana’s Duran Caferro (16-1, 12 KOs) turned in a dominant performance on Saturday night at the ...

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Gonzalez KOs Contreras, takes aim at world title

Gonzalez KOs Contreras, takes aim at world title

By Gabriel F. Cordero Big-punching three division world champion Jhonny González once again showed his power on Saturday night before 9,000 and a ...

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Olympian Nico Hernandez wins pro debut

Olympian Nico Hernandez wins pro debut

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Linares beats Crolla again, retains WBA lightweight title in dominant fashion

Linares beats Crolla again, retains WBA lightweight title in dominant fashion

WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 ...

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Quigley defeats Tapia, remains unbeaten

Quigley defeats Tapia, remains unbeaten

By David Robinett at ringside Middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (13-0, 10 KOs) passed the toughest test of his career thus far, outlasting Glen ...

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Shumenov wants Lebedev to fight or be stripped

It has been more than a month since WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) petitioned the WBA to either declare a purse bid for a title fight between him and WBA “super” cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, or strip Lebedev of his title. This past April, the WBA had issued a resolution that the winner of the Lebedev vs. Victor Emelio Ramirez WBA/IBF unification fight in May must fight Shumenov within 120 days of the Shumenov’s May 21 knockout victory over Junior Wright. However, now Lebedev’s promoter Andrei Ryabinsky reportedly has a deal in place for Ledebev to defend his IBF title first.

The Shumenov camp maintains that Lebedev is holding his version of the WBA title “hostage” and they’re unable to book any fights for Beibut until the WBA rules. “I was looking forward to fighting Lebedev and I don’t understand his unwillingness and refusal to step in the ring with me,” stated Shumenov.

It has been more than a month since WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) petitioned the WBA …


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London Olympian Opetia victorious

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped Sosefo Faleaono (3-2, 9 KOs) of New Zealand in round six in the main event at the Mediterranean House at Five Dock, NSW, Australia on Friday night. The 6’4 Opetaia controlled the contest from the opening bell as he connected with accurate long range combinations from the southpaw stance. Faleaono, 5’9, was aggressive continually and scored with left hooks and right hands when at close range. In round six Opetaia connected with a barrage of head shots that dropped Faleaono and referee Anthony Shipley called it off at 1:11. Three-time world champion and Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech guides the career of the 21-year-old southpaw Opetaia, who is a former world amateur champion. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped Sosefo Faleaono (3-2, 9 …



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Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Undefeated WBA #5 super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Roman Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It was a good action fight with the wild swinging Reynoso giving Lopez all he could handle. Lopez staggered Reynoso in the tenth and final round, but Reynoso spit out his mouthpiece to get some time to recover. Scores were 96-94 Lopez, 97-93 Reynoso and 95-95.

Super middleweight KO artist Jerry Odom (14-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a stunning one-punch knockout in the third round against Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs). A crushing right hand laid out Jackson at 1:57. Odom was a late sub. Jackson is the son of former world champion Julius “The Hawk” Jackson.

Lightweight Rolando Chinea (13-1-1, 6 KOs) won an eight round split decision decision over O’Shaquie Foster (10-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74 Chinea, 77=75 for Foster.

In a slugfest, super welterweight Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against previously unbeaten Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KOs). After being staggered in round one, Green came back to drop Gray twice in round two to end it. Time was 2:50. Green was also a late sub. (more…)

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Undefeated WBA #5 super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Roman …


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LaManna, Meng, Zhilei victorious

Photo: Darryl Cobb
Photo: Darryl Cobb

By John DiSanto at ringside

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-8, 3 KOs, in a scheduled 6-round junior middleweight bout. LaManna jumped right on his opponent at the opening bell. Then after trapping Valenzuela in his own corner, LaManna relentlessly fired an extended volley to his head. However it was when Cornflake landed a single shot to Engelberto’s body, that the Mexican folded to the canvas and referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight immediately. The time was 2:17 of the first round.

Light heavyweight Fanlong Meng, 8-0, 6 KOs, remained undefeated with an impressive beat down of veteran Daniel Judah, 24-11-3, 11 KOs, in their scheduled 8-rounder. The 2012 Olympian for China, won the first four rounds against Judah before going for the kill in round five. Meng backed Judah to the ropes and uncorked a hard left that sent the New Yorker reeling. The ropes clearly kept Judah from hitting the canvas. So referee Rickey Gonzalez called it a knockdown. He looked at Judah and began to count, but then called a sudden stop to the fight. The time was 2:08 of the fifth. Gonzalez called the result a KO (and not a TKO).

In the opening bout at Atlantic City’s Claridge Hotel, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist for China, Zhang Zhilei, 11-0, 7 KOs, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Californian Rodney Hernandez, 10-5-1, 2 KOs, in a heavyweight bout. Southpaw Zhilei drilled his opponent with power lefts all night and opened a nasty cut over Hernandez’s right eye. All three judges scored the fight for Zhilei, 59-55 and 60-53 twice.

By John DiSanto at ringside Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-8, 3 …




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McGuigan revving up Frampton fan base

You might as well have been in Belfast! Carl Frampton’s manager, International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, was greeted by over 100 expatriates at The Heritage bar on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, New York Thursday night. The former featherweight champ continued the hype for Carl “The Jackal” Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz, July 30, at Barclays Center on Showtime Championship Boxing. More than 100 were delighted to meet the former champ, including young Logan Murphy, and his dad Rickie Murphy; a gaggle of Gaelic football players from County Tyrone, and neighborhood good guy Brendan Burke as liaison with bartender Paul Friel who set up the appearance. McGuigan signed autographs, posed for pictures with the excited customers, and talked boxing from his championship reign to Frampton vying for the same title he held 30 years ago. The McLean Avenue section of Yonkers and nearby Woodlawn in The Bronx has a heavy Irish population. Frampton has trained for the fight in nearby New Rochelle, NY, at Champs Boxing Club. The Heritage has a bus planned for fight night, and judging from last night’s crowd may need more than one. The Heritage is also planning a viewing party for its customers not attending the live action.

You might as well have been in Belfast! Carl Frampton’s manager, International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, was greeted …


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Yildirim-Nikharkoev: Unbeaten super middleweights collide in Berlin

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WBC #5 ranked super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (11-0) takes on WBC Youth Champion Timur Nikarkhoev (10-0) in an intriguing eight-round bout tomorrow (Saturday, July 23rd) at “Iron Gym” in Berlin, Germany. Former WBC Silver International light heavyweight champion Yildirim moved down from 175 to 168 lbs. in May and has wins over veteran Glen Johnson and tough Argentinian Walter Sequeira on his record. Nikarkhoev won the WBC Youth super middleweight title last December by stopping Georgia’s Ramazi Gogichashvili and comes to Germany with an impressive KO ratio of 80 percent. It is the first time that the 23-year-old will fight outside of Belgium. “I am sure that this will be a hell of a fight,” said promoter Ahmet Oner. “Two young, hungry unbeaten guys who will do whatever it takes to continue their rise to the top.”

WBC #5 ranked super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (11-0) takes on WBC Youth Champion Timur Nikarkhoev (10-0) in an intriguing …


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Crawford, Postol, Valdez, Rueda make weight

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Terence Crawford 140 vs. Viktor Postol 139.5
(WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification)

Oscar Valdez 126 vs. Matias Rueda 125
(WBO featherweight world title)

Jose Benavidez, Jr 146.5 vs. Francisco Santana 148
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175 vs. Tommy Karpency 174.5

Ryota Murata 161 vs. George Tahdooahnippah 161.5
Lenny Zappavigna 143 vs. IK Yang 143
Edward Williams 144.5 vs. Christon Edwards 144.5
Stanyilav Skorokhod 155 vs. Hakim Bryant 155
Steve Nelson 173 vs. Tim Meek 171

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO-PPV

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Terence Crawford 140 vs. Viktor Postol 139.5 (WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification) Oscar Valdez 126 …


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Weights from Singapore

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Cartel Promotions

Azizbek Abdugofurov (Uzbekistan) 159.2 VS. Chalermpol Singwancha (Thailand) 159.5
(Vacant WBC Asia Middleweight championship)
Muhamad Farkhan (Malaysia) 198.5 VS. Elly Pangaribuan (Indonesia) 189.5
(Vacant WBC Asia Silver Cruiserweight championship)
Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (Uzbekistan) 146.2 VS. Adones Cabalquinto (Philippines) 144.5
(Vacant WBC Asia Silver Welterweight championship)
Jeson Umbal (Philippines) 122 VS. Mark Anthony Geraldo (Philippines) 122
(Vacant WBC Asia Continental Superbantamweight championship)

Undercards:
Ryan Ford (Canada) 175.2 VS. Muhammad Meeraj (Malaysia) 175.2 (6 rounds)
Rahmat Munadjab (Singapore) 133.5 VS. Edgar Ang (Singapore) 137.2 (4 rounds)

Venue: The Pavillion, Far East Square, Singapore
Promoter: Willip Ho and Alexander Shah of Cartel Promotions

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By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Cartel Promotions Azizbek Abdugofurov (Uzbekistan) 159.2 VS. Chalermpol Singwancha (Thailand) 159.5 (Vacant WBC Asia Middleweight championship) …



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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Yessica Chávez 111.5 vs Esmeralda Moreno 111.5
(WBC Flyweight world title)

José López 147 vs Diego Cruz 147
Víctor Terrazas 131 vs Cristian Arrazola 131
Joseph Aguirre 135 vs Ismael Urieta 133
Francisco Rodríguez 115 vs Mitchel García 113

Venue: Grand Oasis Cancún Hotel
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Pepe Gomez Cancún Boxing
TV: Televisa and CBS for United States

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By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez Yessica Chávez 111.5 vs Esmeralda Moreno 111.5 (WBC Flyweight world title) José López 147 …


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Weights from Mohegan Sun

Delvin Rodriguez 153.25 vs. Shawn Cameron 153.5
Michael McLaughlin 147.5 vs. Shaka Moore 147.5
Joel De La Paz 175 vs. Naim Terbunja 175
Scott Burrell 137.75 vs. Chip Perez 137.75
Jose Rivera 163 vs. Saul Almeida 162.5

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
Tickets: $150, $95, $45 and $30

Delvin Rodriguez 153.25 vs. Shawn Cameron 153.5 Michael McLaughlin 147.5 vs. Shaka Moore 147.5 Joel De La Paz 175 vs. …


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ShoBox celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight

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Acclaimed Showtime Sports prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight with a four-fight telecast. Since its inception in 2001, ShoBox has been dedicated to promoting competitive fights pitting promising boxers in the toughest fights of their career. 67 fighters who fought on the series have gone on to become world champions. Analyst Steve Farhood has worked all 219 ShoBox telecasts.

“This is certainly an accomplishment for the series, but we wouldn’t be here for 15 years without the fighters,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. “The credit should go to the young men who are willing to step up and take risks early in their career. As we’ve seen over the last 15 years, matching fighters tough at a young age escalates their career development, and we’re thrilled to provide the platform to introduce viewers to these talented fighters. I’d also like to thank the promoters, managers and trainers who are willing to test their fighters at an early stage. Working together with a diverse roster of promotional companies is vital for the advancement of the sport as we aim to find tomorrow’s stars today.” (more…)

Acclaimed Showtime Sports prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight with a four-fight telecast. Since …


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Berchelt ready for the super featherweight elite

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Zanfer

Max Boxing Promotions’ president, Mario Abraham Xacur, stated his charge interim WBO super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt is ready for the best in the 130-pound division after defending his title with a 4th round TKO over Thailand’s Chonlatarn Siriyapinyo last Saturday night in La Paz, Mexico. The scheduled twelve round championship bout was the main event of Mexico’s Azteca Channel and presented by Zanfer Promotions.

Abraham Xacur mentioned he is very satisfied with the win of the “Alacran”, scorpion in spanish as Berchelt is called, but more so with the way he won which puts him in the mist with the best of hte weight category.

“Berchelt is ready to face any of the super featherweight champions,” Abraham Xacur of Merida, Mexico, added. “Lomachenko, Vargas, Corrales or Pedraza.”

The president of Max Boxing believes with Berchelt becoming the first man to knock out the tough Piriyapinyo in more than sixty fights, it makes the defense of the title as valid as if it was the full-fledged title that Lomachenko holds and not just simply of the interim version. (more…)

By Felipe Leon Photo: Zanfer Max Boxing Promotions’ president, Mario Abraham Xacur, stated his charge interim WBO super featherweight champion …



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Braehmer-Cleverly clash set for October 1

On October 1, WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) will face former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two have some history. In 2011, Braehmer pulled out of a fight with Cleverly (the third straight fight Braehmer pulled out of on late notice) and was stripped of his WBO title, which was promptly given to Cleverly.

Interestingly, this announcement comes 24 hours after the WBA ordered Braehmer to fight “super” champion Sergey Kovalev, who also has other plans.

Brahmer will be making the seventh defense of his WBA belt. Cleverly is coming off a decision loss to Andrzej Fonfara last October.

On October 1, WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) will face former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly …


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Crawford: We are definitely going to find out who has the better jab

By Bill Green
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

It’s all too rare in the sport of boxing to see the number one and number two fighters in a division face one another, especially while risking unbeaten records. But, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, we’ll witness exactly such a confrontation. WBO jr welterweight champion and Pride of Omaha Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) faces Freddie Roach-trained, WBC super lightweight champion Victor “The Iceman” Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) from Ukraine in a highly anticipated unification showdown on HBO PPV.

Fightnews.com® has been covering Terence “Bud” Crawford since his fifth professional fight and we sat down with him Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas before he left for his nightly conditioning workout. (more…)

By Bill Green Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank It’s all too rare in the sport of boxing to see the number …


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Nietes-Estrada moved to next year

The much awaited confrontation between two of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions of boxing, longest-reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO World Jr. Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Unified WBO/WBA Flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada is being delayed until next year.

According to ALA Promotions International President/CEO Michael Aldeguer, Zanfer (Estrada’s promoter) has informed them that they received a WBA Mandatory letter for Estrada to fight current WBA World Flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, forcing to push back the Nietes-Estrada super fight.

Aldeguer added that the negotiations for this fight would definitely be carried on the next months towards its realization.

The much awaited confrontation between two of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions of boxing, longest-reigning Filipino world …


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Full Report: Guzman wins vacant IBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt as he displayed superior power in dropping IBF#1 Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs), 121.75, four times and dominated the lopsided contest before the referee’s well-received halt at 2:16 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It’s a Guzman night since he took the initiative from the outset, floored Wake twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, decked him again in the third and floored the gory contestant in round five. Wake had the right cheek badly swollen and almost closed as the game progressed. Wake, a 5’9” southpaw, showed his retaliation in the seventh, but Guzman still maintained his pace in controlling the gory affair. Finally did the third man Wayne Hedgpeth (US) declare a halt to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the …



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Derevyanchenko decimates Soliman; Khytrov dominates Mendez

By Jason Marchetti
Photos: Emily Harney

Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Sam Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) once in the 1st round and twice in the 2nd round en route to a TKO in an IBF middleweight title eliminator. The fight was televised on ESPN as part of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast, promoted by DiBella Entertainent.

Soliman got caught several times in the 1st round and tied up Derevyanchenko, but he couldn’t escaped the perfectly timed 1-2 punch when bouncing off the ropes and hit the canvas.

Derevyanchenko showed power on several punches throughout the fight, sending Soliman across the ring off balance and “slipping” on the canvas several times. In the second, Soliman hit the canvas once from a quick exchange in the corner and the other was from a vicious right-left combination that sent Soliman through the ropes. Soliman was waved off immediately as he laid on the canvas for several minutes after the bout was over.

In a thrillingly, dominating performance, Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) TKO’d Paul Mendez (19-3-2, 9 KOs) in the 9th round in a bout at middleweight. Mendez showed toughness by never hitting the canvas, but the round-by-round onslaught by the Ukrainian-native was too overwhelming for referee Joey Lupino to let it continue. (more…)

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Sam Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) once in the …


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ShoBox Weights from Foxwoods

Photos: Rosie Cohe / Showtime

All eight fighters participating in the milestone ShoBox: The New Generation 15-year anniversary telecast weighed-in on Thursday at Foxwoods Resort Casino ahead of tomorrow’s quadrupleheader, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Adam Lopez 121 vs. Roman Reynoso 121
Jerry Odom 168 vs. Julius Jackson 168
O’Shaquie Foster 134 vs. Rolando Chinea 134
Khiary Gray 155 vs. Ian Green 157

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Photos: Rosie Cohe / Showtime All eight fighters participating in the milestone ShoBox: The New Generation 15-year anniversary telecast weighed-in …


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Crawford-Postol undercard fighter quotes

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Fighters featured on Saturday’s Crawford-Postol HBO-PPV undercard has their moment in the Fight Week spotlight at the undercard press conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.

In the co-feature, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) battles undefeated #2 rated Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.

Oscar Valdez: “Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of fighting for the WBO, trying to get the belt. And right now I’m very close to achieving [that dream]. I’m very excited for this. I train hard for all my fights, but for this one I trained extra hard because it’s for a world title. I’ve got nothing but respect for Matias Rueda. Like he said, inside the ring we’re gonna try and knock each other’s heads off…I’m going to do whatever I have to do to bring that belt back to Mexico.”

Matias Rueda: I’m ready. I come from Argentina with a great team to give a great fight on Saturday against Oscar Valdez. We came here to win. There’s no doubt about that. We did a lot of kilometers, a lot of rounds to come here to win and I’m going to show the world the next Argentinean superstar. I respect Oscar Valdez a lot, but after the first bell the respect is going to be gone and I’m here to win. (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Fighters featured on Saturday’s Crawford-Postol HBO-PPV undercard has their moment in the Fight …


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McKenzie: I will take Huck’s belt off him and bring it back to England

Cruiserweight Ovill “The Upsetter” McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) will challenge Germany’s Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) for the IBO title at the Festhalle in Frankfurt on September 24th. It is a big return for McKenzie, who was forced to withdraw from his challenge for the vacant European cruiserweight championship against Dymtro Kucher last month through injury. McKenzie narrowly missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed former IBF ruler Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October. Now the former British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight title holder is looking to propel himself back on to the world stage.

“I am traveling to Frankfurt to give a great performance,” said McKenzie. “I don’t want the people to look at my record and write me off immediately or that it will be a walk in the park for Huck. I am in great shape. I will take Marco’s belt off him and bring it back to England. I will give the performance of my life. I am a real fighter, a warrior. I am 36 now, but I honestly feel like I’m 20. I am in amazing shape.”

Cruiserweight Ovill “The Upsetter” McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) will challenge Germany’s Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) for the IBO title …


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The Bully Pulpit: Crawford, Postol and Arum and the Golden Age of the Jr. Welterweight Division

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By Bill Dwyre

Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly. There may be more colorful sports on the day of the actual competition. But there is none better than boxing during the run-up. These guys could make a turtle race sound like a Super Bowl.

Some of it was legitimate, even charming.

Viktor Postol of Ukraine, who will fight Terence Crawford of Omaha for the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC)140-pound title here Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, greeted reporters with the news that he was a new father, as of Tuesday.

“Twin boys,” he said, beaming.

Then, in the middle of the media session, his phone rang and soon everybody was looking, via Facetime, at a weary and smiling mom. There was Olga Postol, telling her husband from Ukraine, that the anesthesia was just starting to wear off. (more…)

By Bill Dwyre Wednesday was yet another day of boxing fun and folly. There may be more colorful sports on …


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Kamegai vs. Soto-Karass 2 on HBO Sept 10

Following their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate fight this past April 15, at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai, (26-3-2, 23 KO’s)and Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KO’s), will meet in the ring once again on Saturday, September 10 for a highly anticipated rematch from the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. The bout will be televised live on HBO.

The rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto-Karass is a super welterweight clash scheduled to go 10 rounds, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions, and will serve as the co-main televised event on HBO World Championship Boxing telecast prior to the world championship fight between undefeated fighters WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KO’s) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KO’s).

Tickets for this outstanding evening of professional boxing priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 will go on sale Friday, July 22 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster and the Forum Box Office.

Following their epic 2016 “Fight of the Year” candidate fight this past April 15, at the Belasco Theater in downtown …


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Full Report: Ioka keeps WBA 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs), 112, impressively retained his belt when he had a tough time with young Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara (18-2-1, 6 KO), 112, in earlier rounds but took back the initiative and finally dropped him twice en route to a fine knockout at 1:11 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Despite an eventual triumph of the defending champ Ioka, it wasn’t an easy defense at all since Lara, still 21, was a much better challenger than people expected and called it a mismatch. Lara, a non-stop puncher from the start, was apparently leading on points after the fourth: Glen Feldman (US) 40-36, Jan Christensen (Denmark) 39-37, both for the Nicaraguan youngster, and only Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 39-37 for Ioka.

“Ioka may lose tonight as Lara is going to win this game,” some ringsiders were worried about the outcome. From the fifth on, however, Ioka changed his strategy into battering Lara’s side of the midsection and following with combos to the face even though Lara kept punching incessantly. Ioka looked more effective with body shots and counters to the face to the game and gallant challenger who still kept punching but whose precision was declining with Ioka’s good reflexes. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs), 112, impressively retained his belt …


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#1 heavyweight Parker KOs Haumono in four

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten IBF #1, WBO #1, WBC #4 and WBA #8 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-3-2, 21 KOs) on Thursday night at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. Both fighters came out looking to land big shots, with Parker having the edge for the first three rounds. Parker dropped the 40-year-old Haumono with a right uppercut in round four and referee Bruce McTavish reached the count of ten just as Haumono regained his feet. Time was 1:35.

Middleweight Kris George (11-1, 6 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Bowyn Morgan (7-1, 4 KOs) in round three. A left hook dropped Morgan to end it.

Unbeaten heavyweight Izuagbe Ugonoh (16-0, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ricardo Humberto Ramirez (13-2, 10 KOs). Ugonoh dropped Ramirez in round two and finished him in round four with bodyshots.

Heavyweight David “Brown Buttabean” Letele (12-3, 6 KOs) scored a sloppy fourth round TKO over JJ Smith (1-1, 1 KO).

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Unbeaten IBF #1, WBO #1, WBC #4 and WBA #8 heavyweight Joseph Parker …


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Jai Opetaia in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (4-0,1 KO) will clash Kyle Brumby (4-10-3) over eight rounds in the main event at the Mediterranean House at Five Dock, NSW, Australia on Friday. In Opetaia’s most recent contest, he travelled to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in April and outscored Orlando Vazquez in a cruiserweight bout. As a sixteen year old, Opetaia represented Australia in the heavyweight division at the 2012 London Olympics but lost 11-12 to Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan. Three time world champion and Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech guides the career of the 21-year-old southpaw Opetaia.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing London 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (4-0,1 KO) will clash Kyle Brumby (4-10-3) over …


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The Price of an Olympic Quota, Part IV

By Ognian Georgiev

Fightnews.com® recently published a series of articles regarding the controversial and seemingly suspect officiating in the recent Olympic Qualification in Vargas, Venezuela (July 3-8). The AIBA has issued a statement in response.

Here all the articles: Part I | Part II | Part III

Here is the text of the AIBA statement:

AIBA has taken note of the series of articles published by Mr Georgiev in Fightnews.com® and wishes to respond to some of the points raised and clarify some of the claims made. Indeed, the reduction of the R&J community as referred to in your story does not reflect the reality. AIBA has more than 1500 registered AIBA certified referees and judges ranging from 1 star to 5 star certification. In general 1 and 2 star R&J’s are appointed at national level and around 300 3 star and above are used yearly at elite competitions on a regular basis. This certification process, within which each R&J evolves, ensures that all our R&Js have the highest levels of officiating and are in optimal situation to perform accordingly. In addition, R&J’s have systematic debriefings of their bouts, are continuously evaluated and have access to numerous seminars throughout the year. (more…)

By Ognian Georgiev Fightnews.com® recently published a series of articles regarding the controversial and seemingly suspect officiating in the recent …


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Oscar Valdez’s title search

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By Bill Dwyre

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, Oscar Valdez knew he was fighting Saturday night in the co-main event of the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol boxing card. What he didn’t know was exactly what he was fighting for, other than a nice paycheck and another step forward in his career.

His was the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 pounds) title fight that maybe wasn’t going to be a title fight. And maybe it was. With three days to go before the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was a hint of Abbott and Costello and “Who’s on First.”

Valdez will fight Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda immediately before Crawford and Postol vie for the 140-pound WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) title unification belts, and advance publicity material had listed the Valdez-Rueda bout as a title fight. Except one thing stood in the way.

Vasyl Lomachenko. (more…)

By Bill Dwyre As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, Oscar Valdez knew he was fighting Saturday night in the co-main event of …


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WBA orders Kovalev to face Braehmer

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has ordered negotiations to commence between WBA “super” light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) to continuing their policy of reducing titles that the organization began earlier this year. According to WBA rules, the champion must make a mandatory fight every 18 months and that period expired on May 7.

Kovalev won his black-gold belt in November 2014, when he won a unanimous decision against ring legend Bernard Hopkins and has defended his crown successfully four times. Braehmer won his version of the belt in 2013 and has exhibited his belt six times.

Both parties have been informed of the decision issued by the WBA World Championships Committee and have 30 days to negotiate. If no agreement is reached, the fight will go to a purse bid.

The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has ordered negotiations to commence between WBA “super” light heavyweight champion …


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Derevyanchenko and Soliman make weight for IBF middleweight eliminator

Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment/Premier Boxing Champions

Sergiy Derevyanchenko 159 vs. Sam Soliman 159
(IBF middleweight eliminator)

Ievgen Khytrov 159 vs. Paul Mendez 160
Ivan Golub 149 vs. Ernesto Ortiz 148
Shelly Vincent 126 vs. Christina Ruiz 123
Mykquan Williams 142 vs. Isaac Johnson 143
Alantez Fox 162 vs. Paul Valenzuela, Jr. 163
Christopher Davis-Fogg 158 vs. Jeff Anderson 158

Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN

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Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment/Premier Boxing Champions Sergiy Derevyanchenko 159 vs. Sam Soliman 159 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Ievgen Khytrov …


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Crawford-Postol Press Conference Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol faced off at the final news conference for their WBO/WBC world title unification fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted the proceedings.

Viktor Postol: Hopefully this is going to be an exciting fight. I’ll do everything I can for that.

Terence Crawford: I had a great camp, nice sparring, nice everything, went well on weight, I’m just ready to go out there and display my talent. A lot people aren’t giving me enough credit to the point where everybody’s talking about Postol’s jab. Well we’re gonna see who’s got the better jab come Saturday. Everybody stay tuned. It’s gonna be a great fight.

Bob Arum: This fight I think is the best fight certainly that’s been offered to date [in 2016] to fight fans. It matches two terrific young fighters, each a champion, each with the same record, 28 wins and no defeats, each holding a belt from their respective organizations. It has everything that great fights have had for all the years I’ve been associated with boxing. I’ve been in boxing for over 50 years, and I’ve been associated with great, great fights. This fight, to me, is up there with any of the fights that I’ve promoted. I remember a number of years ago down in Florida at the Orange Bowl I promoted a great, great 140lb championship fight between Aaron Pryor and the late, great Alexis Arguello. And that was a fight for the ages. Look it up. Watch it. One of the great, great fights you’d ever want to see. And I really believe that this fight will be the equal of that unbelievable fight so many years ago, I guess it was in 1981. I really am looking forward to a tremendous fight here on Saturday. photos

By Karl Freitag Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor …


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Heavyweights headline Wheeling, WV card

Three eight round heavyweight clashes will highlight the ten bout Pro-Am card presented by Revolution Boxing Promotions on July 29th at the Wheeling Island Casino Racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia. Former NABF Junior champ, 6’7 250 pound Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (14-4-1, 11 KOs) battles former U.S. Olympian Devin Vargas (18-4, 7 KOs), while former NABA-US champ Jason Bergman (25-12-2, 16 KOs) tangles with Arthur Saribekian (23-11-1, 18 KOs). In the main event, undefeated Travis Clark (9-0, 7 KOs) defends his West Virginia State heavyweight strap versus Keith “No Holds” Barr (17-9-1, 7 KOs). (more…)

Three eight round heavyweight clashes will highlight the ten bout Pro-Am card presented by Revolution Boxing Promotions on July 29th …


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Live Stream: Crawford-Postol Final Press Conference

Watch LIVE! Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol final press conference. Crawford vs. Postol happens Saturday, July 23 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Watch LIVE! Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol final press conference. Crawford vs. Postol happens Saturday, July 23 live on pay-per-view beginning at …


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Liam Smith: They shouldn’t be calling me a paper champion

Photos: Steven Paston – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith came face-to-face with challenger Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for a second time at today’s London stop on the two-city  Canelo vs. Smith international press tour. ‘Beefy’ puts it all on the line against Alvarez at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on September 17th.

Smith lashed out at those in the US media who have labelled him as a “paper champion,” saying the American press weren’t in a position to comment as he’s never fought Stateside before.

“They’ll know in September that they shouldn’t be calling me a paper champion,” proclaimed Smith. “I haven’t fought out there just yet, but they’ll know why [it’s wrong to call me a paper champion] when I do. I’m going in there to stop Canelo. If I don’t stop him, it won’t be for the lack of trying.”

Alvarez, insisted he will not be underestimating Smith, despite heading into September’s mega-fight as the bookies’ clear favorite (currently 12:1).

“What can I say? Liam Smith is a great champion,” said Canelo. “He’s very strong and he’s very hungry. We’re going to prepare like never before, knowing what we know about Liam Smith. I can assure you this: we’re going to give the fans what they want to see.”

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Photos: Steven Paston – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith came face-to-face with challenger Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez …


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Guzman wins vacant IBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt as he displayed superior power in dropping IBF#1 Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs), 121.75, four times and dominated the lopsided contest before the referee’s well-received halt at 2:16 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It’s a Guzman night since he took the initiative from the outset, floored Wake twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, decked him again in the third and floored the gory contestant in round five. Wake had the right cheek badly swollen and almost closed as the game progressed. Wake, a 5’9″ southpaw, showed his retaliation in the seventh, but Guzman still maintained his pace in controlling the gory affair. Finally did the third man Wayne Hedgpeth (US) declare a halt to save the loser from further punishment.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the …


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#1 rated light heavyweight Boesel returns Sept 17

Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke

WBO #1 and WBA #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs), closing in on a world title shot, will return September 17 against an opponent to be named at the Stadthalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Boesel will be defending his WBO and WBA Intercontinental belts. In the co-feature, German welterweight champion Felix Lamm (12-1-1, 5 KOs) will see action. The card was announced this week at a kickoff press conference.

Dominic Boesel: “In the last three years I have matured and grown as a boxer. Boxing again in the vicinity of my hometown Freyburg is great because my fan base has grown enormously in the past three years. Anyone can come who wants to. I’ll take on anyone! I hope soon to get a world title shot!”

SES Trainer Dirk Dzemski: “Dominic has undergone the development that we expected from him. He has enormously increased his physical strength and his technically high-class boxing has expanded! Now we all hope that the biggest challenge, the world title shot, won’t be long in coming!”

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Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke WBO #1 and WBA #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs), closing in on a …










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