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Browne stops Kiatchanachai

Browne stops Kiatchanachai

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermont Former Australian champion Dave Browne Jnr (21-1-1, 7 KOs) stopped Denkamoi Kiatchanachai (22-5, 13 ...

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WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Pepe Rodriguez Unbeaten WBC #4, IBF #5, WBO #8 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (24-0, 20 KOs) hammered out a ...

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Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA interim super flyweight champion David "Tornado" Sanchez (28-2-2, 22 KOs) needed just two rounds to crush Walberto Ramos (23-7-2, ...

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DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

By Arvin Nundloll ar ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Although the English national anthem was omitted while the Irish and American anthem was ...

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DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

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Boxing News

Court awards Warren damages from Burns

The Court today confirmed that boxing promoter Frank Warren won his claim against boxer Ricky Burns. The Judge found that there was no basis for Burns to walk away from his promotional and management agreements. Rival promoter Eddie Hearn advised Burns that Warren had no claim at all, saying last March, “we’ve been provided with a letter from Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.”

However this advice proved costly to Burns who must now pay £200,000 of his own legal fees and a further £170,000 by the end of January to pay Warren’s damages and costs, with other substantial sums to follow.



December 15th, 2014



Boxing News

Sityatha retains IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Despite being ill in the dressing room before going into the ring, Lwandile Sityatha from Mdantsane near East London managed to retain his IBO junior bantamweight belt on a 12 round split decision against Filipino Michael Dasmerinas at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The judges scored it 118-110 for Dasmerinas and 116-112 on the other two scorecards for Sityatha. In a closely fought contest Sityatha managed to win some of the early rounds but as he tired towards the end the southpaw Dasmarinas came back into the fight to score with counter punches. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Controversially dethroned WBA Interim Super Lightweight champ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is still trying to figure out how he is without his belt after it was slipped from around his waist and adorned around that of his opponent on Saturday night- Jose Benavidez. In a questionably scored bout that raised the eyebrows of many- Herrera lost a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-111 to the undefeated Benavidez. A dejected Herrera graciously took the time to talk to Fightnews at the Japonais Restaurant in the Mirage Hotel and Casino nearly twenty four hours after his fight.

Mauricio, thank you or taking the time to talk to Fightnews after your controversial loss to Benavidez. What are you thoughts about how the fight went at this point?

I was feeling sad. I don’t know why, but I had a feeling that something was gonna go wrong when they announced the score cards. Then they announced Benavidez…I heard “Jose Benavidez,” and I wasn’t angry, I was just numb. I just, I’ve been there like three times in my career- three robberies-I was just shocked. I didn’t know how to react. It hurt me. It hurt me more than feeling angry. It hurt me to hear them call his name, he won the belt, they were screaming. I didn’t know what to think. I was speechless. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Aussie 2014 Review

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Review of Australian activity during 2014 of Australia’s world rated boxers also prospects and leading promoters “Down Under.”

IBF #5, WBC #5, WBA #5 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) was in action three times during 2014, capturing the Commonwealth title in April stopping Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli in five rounds before outpointing previously unbeaten Andriy Rudenko in August.Former WBC rated Chauncey Welliver was stopped in five rounds in November.Promoted by Ricky Hatton and trained by Jeff Fenech. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Boxing Manager Egis Klimas

By Robert Coster
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich – a trio of talented young boxers and world champions hailing from the former Soviet Union. And behind them, their mentor and manager Egis Klimas, born in Lithuania. Klimas himself was never a boxer but he certainly was a lover of boxing, who at one point in his life decided that he wanted to guide the careers of young boxers. As Klimas tells it, his ascent as a manager was a mix of great luck, opportunity, human touch and good business sense. Fightnews had the pleasure to meet up with Egis Klimas and have him tell the story of his rise as one of boxing’s most successful boxing managers.

Egis, a couple of weeks ago, your boxer IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich was held to a controversial draw by Jayson Velez. What’s your reaction to this verdict?

It was a ridiculous decision. Verdicts like that are really bad for boxing. Everybody knows who really won that fight. (more…)



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson: I will leave it all in the ring, all the blood, sweat, and tears

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By Miguel Maravilla

Top rated junior lightweight contender Mexican slugger Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico is looking forward to his showdown with Costa Rica’s interim WBA world super featherweight champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs). Thompson and Vasquez clash on Saturday night in Cancun, Mexico live on Fox Deportes. We caught up with “Yeyo” Thompson at Elite Pro Boxing in Santa Fe Springs, California, and he talked about his upcoming showdown with Vasquez.

“It’s a competitive fight because of our styles. He likes to box and can punch. I like to come forward. My fight will be to close the gap and punch,” Thompson told Fightnews.com. Once again, Thompson is working with trainer Clemente Medina. The duo is going on their fourth fight in two years. “Everything is going well we are one-hundred percent ready right now we are just working on our speed and timing as well as maintaining the weight,” Thompson said about his training camp. “The camp was a very strong camp, we worked very hard.” (more…)



December 15th, 2014

UFC

Jamie Varner retires at 30

It wasn’t the way he wanted to go out, but former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner stuck to his guns and the decision he made weeks ago, retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts at the age of 30 after his Fight Night Phoenix loss to Drew Dober Saturday . . . click here for more

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December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing News

More on the U.S. heavyweight showdown between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder. More

Amir Khan celebrates after his big win Saturday night over Devon Alexander, calls for a showdown with Floyd Mayweather. More

The spirit of Johnny Tapia lives in his documentary. More

‘Khan doesn’t deserve Mayweather . . . yet,” says Kell Brook. More

Is Bob Arum the one ‘halting’ a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight? More



December 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux, Takayama title bouts added to year-end rush of world title shows in Japan

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBA/WBO 122-pound champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs), an unbeaten southpaw originally hailing from Cuba, will come to Japan to put his belts on the line against OPBF feather ruler Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19 KOs), an elongated Japanese, in Osaka, Japan, on the last day of the year. Also, former champ Katsunari Takayama (27-7, 10 KOs) will dispute vacant IBF/WBO 105-pound titles lately renounced by Francisco Rodriguez Jr. with a compatriot Go Odaira (11-3-3, only a KO) on the same show. These two title bouts have been added to the already announced six world title contests in the capital Tokyo on December 30 and 31, as written below.

The Rigondeaux-Amagasa matchup was beyond our imagination and expectation, since Amagasa, standing 5’10 1/2″ is a full-fledged 126-pounder and hasn’t fought in the 122-pound category since his debut in 2004. Amagasa himself says, “I’ll have no problem to make the weight” and we hope he will make a good condition to show a good performance.

December 30, Tokyo
WBO junior bantamweight title bout
Omar Narvaez (Argentina) vs. Naoya Inoue (Japan)
WBC title bout for the vacant light-flyweight championship
Pedro Guevarra (Mexico) vs. Akira Yaegashi (Japan)
WBC title bout for the vacant lightweight championship
Jorge Linares (Venezuela/Japan) vs. Javier Pierto (Mexico)
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Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (Japan) vs. Jessie Nicklow (US)

December 31, Tokyo
WBA super-featherweight title bout
Takashi Uchiyama (Japan) vs. Israel Perez (Argentina)
WBA super-flyweight title bout
Kohei Kono (Japan) vs. Norberto Jimenez (Dominican Republic)
WBA light-flyweight title bout
Alberto Rossel (Peru) vs. Ryoichi Taguchi (Japan)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

A pair of Ontario fighters made the trip from Toronto and posted victories Saturday night while headliner Francisco ‘Hitman’ Cotroni rode a first round knockdown on his to a convincing victory at Club de Boxe de L’est in east end Montreal. The small pro-am show featured four professional giving the participants a chance to keep busy and get some much needed work.

Light-middleweight Cotroni (10-3-1 5KO) scored with a right hand upstairs and left hook to the body that brought Pawel Seliga (4-5 1KO) to his knees to end the first round. Cotroni pressed for the remainder of the fight but Seliga of Poland was able to absorb much of the onslaught, hanging on and tying up and making it to the scorecards where he won a convincing 60-53 unanimous decision on all the scorecards. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Vetyeka wins WBA International title

By Ron Jackson

In East London at the Orient Theatre, Simpiwe Vetyeka beat Arturo Santos Reyes on points to claim the WBA international featherweight title. The South African won 120.5-108.50, 119.50-112.50 and 119-109, with the new half-point system being tried by the WBA being used. Reyes, from Mexico, was unable to stop Vetyeka from scoring throughout the 12-round bout. Vetyeka, a former triple “world” champion, had not fought for six months, but looks ready to extend his career after turning 34 on Christmas Eve. His record now stands at 27-3, including 15 wins inside the distance. Since his professional debut in January 2002 he has won the SA and IBO bantamweight titles, as well as the IBO featherweight, WBC international super-bantamweight and WBA “super” bantamweight titles. The 28-year-old Reyes dropped to 18-4, with 5 knockouts, after winning his previous six fights since losing to the highly regarded Hosumi Hasegawa in December 2012. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Cave Camp’s reaction to loss to Escandon

Update: All parties supporting Tyson Cave have agreed to work collectively together. A review of the fight by the WBA is still expected to take place. Whether its the WBA’s decision to mandate an automatic rematch or if another major fight is made for Tyson next, all parties are now on the same page for the best interest of Cave’s immediate future.



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia beats Garcia again

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (37-3, 22 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Andrés “Bombita” Garcia (9-4-3, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Municipal Auditorium in Los Cabos in Baja California Sur. Garcia’s bodywork paid dividends as the bout progressed and he nearly got a late stoppage. The two previously fought early in their careers with “Rayito” winning an eight round decision. He later went on to capture both the IBF and WBO minimumweight titles.



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-champ Smith suffers upset loss

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former female IBF welterweight champion Daniella Smith (13-6,1KO) suffered upset five round stoppage at the hands of Gentiane Lupi (2-1-1, 1 KO) in the scheduled main event ten round bout at the ABA stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday. Referee John Conway crowned Lupi at 1:45 after Smith had visited the canvas in round five. The 42-year-old Smith captured the IBF title in 2010 when she defeated Jennifer Retzke by ten round decision in Berlin, Germany. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Chauke retains South African featherweight title

By Ron Jackson

Oscar Chauke retained his South African featherweight title for the second time when he outpointed Bonakile Bhikitsha over 12 rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The decision was unanimous with judges Simphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Andile Matika scoring it 115-111, 117-111 and 116-109. Early in the first round the 34-year-old Chauke (56.65kg) dropped Bhikitsha (57.15kg) with an overhand right to the head but referee Siya Vabaza-Booi ruled it as a slip. Through rounds two to nine the fight never rose to any heights as both boxers were missing badly and more so the challenger. However, in round ten a short right to the jaw sent the challenger down but Bhikitsha managed to beat the count and fought back bravely as he backed up the champion to the end of the round and also in the eleventh round. In the twelfth and final round a bloodied, gutsy and tiring Bhikitsha, 36, managed to hold on to the final bell despite being dumped on his pants in the neutral corner from an overhand right. Chauke improved his record to 31-8-3; 11 and Bhikitsha saw his reported record drop to 9-8; 7. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

52nd Annual WBC Convention kicks off today

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC will celebrate its 52nd annual convention from today through December 20 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. “The WBC is ready for the Convention in Las Vegas,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “We have a number of surprises and events and it’ll be some very special days. The WBC is in a great moment. It’s a tribute to the memory and work of Jose Sulaiman and a tribute to all world champions. My father has inspired us to go ahead and with all the enthusiasm.” A large turnout of current world champions such as Floyd Mayweather, Gennady Golovkin and Jhonny Gonzalez and historical legends like Julio César Chavez, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson will be on hand.



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Review of three interesting scorecards

By Miguel Maravilla

An interesting night of scoring in all three HBO-televised bouts on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Opening the show, Jose Benavidez Jr. won the WBA interim jr welterweight title from Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in a bout many felt Herrera did enough to win. All three judges had Benavidez winning handily. Max DeLuca and Eric Cheek had it 8-4 in rounds for Benavidez, while Dave Moretti had it 9-3 for the challenger.

In the second bout, Andy Lee was behind on all three scorecards before stopping Matt Korobov to claim the vacant WBO middleweight title formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title (and a $1.4 million payday) as a favor to his advisor Al Haymon. Judges Don Trella and Tim Cheatham had Korobov ahead 5-0 in rounds, while Dick Houck had Korobov ahead 3-2 before Lee ended the bout suddenly and dramatically.

In the main event, the prevailing view at ringside was that Timothy Bradley won clearly despite a game effort by Diego Chaves. Not so, according to judge Julie Lederman who had Chaves ahead 8-4 in rounds. Judge Craig Metcalfe scored it 6-6 in rounds, awarding Chaves the last four rounds to pull even at the end. Judge Burt Clements saw the bout 7-5 in rounds for Bradley.

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December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Caparello wins in comeback fight; WBO #15 Dunn halts Ramallo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world light heavyweight challenger Blake Caparello (20-1-1, 6 KOs) scored a ten round decision over Argentina’s Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (15-4, 6 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Caparello was coming off a second round loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev after having the champion on the canvas in round one in August. Caparello defeated former world rated American’s Elvir Muriqi in 2014 and Allan Green in 2013.

On the same night, WBO #15 super middleweight Zac Dunn (16-0, 14 KOs) stopped Argentina’s Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (16-6-1, 11 KOs) in seven rounds of scheduled twelve round WBO Oriental title bout at the Royal Exibition Building at Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Ramallo was coming off win over Juan Damian Alvarez in October and had lost to IBF #1 Hassan N’Dam N’Jkam in February. Promoter Barry Michael, the former IBF 130 pound champion, said “Zac Dunn has the skills and power to reach the top in boxing. He reminds me of former world super middleweight champion Michel Kessler.”



December 14th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Post-Fight

In one of the best fights in recent history in the heavyweight division, Junior Dos Santos won a unianimous decision over Stipe Miocic in a five-round war . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Kell Brook says he wants to hurt Amir Khan

By James Slater

Amir Khan certainly lived up to his “King” nickname last night in Las Vegas, all but shutting out Devon Alexander over 12 hugely impressive rounds. And, as Khan has stated before many times, he wants that massive fight with the pound-for-pound number-one, Floyd Mayweather Junior. Khan, now 2-0 as a welterweight and fully showing the benefits of the hard work he has put in with ace trainer Virgil Hunter, says he hopes for a huge 2015 after having closed out 2014 “with a bang.”

Of course, Mayweather has come out and called out the fellow superstar all boxing fans have wanted him to fight for the longest time, in Manny Pacquiao, and this could leave Khan out in the cold as far as the mega-fight is concerned. But there are plenty of other big options for Khan – including a domestic super-fight with current IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook.

Unbeaten Brook was a studio guest in the Sky Sports studios to call Khan-Alexander, and though he was impressed with Khan’s performance, he doesn’t think his would-be rival deserves a shot at “Money.” (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan-Alexander post fight presser quotes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Several of the fighters from the televised portion of Golden Boy’s “Royal Battle” show appeared and spoke at the post fight presser. Abner Mares, Leonard Bundu, Keith Thurman and Amir Khan all gave their thoughts on their fights as well as answered questions from the assembled media.

Oscar: I know that Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight the fans want, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t then Amir is the fight Floyd HAS to make.

Amir Khan: I fought my game plan tonight. Devon is a good fighter. He beat Maidana easily and Maidana gave Floyd a tough fight. I just beat Devon easily. Virgil Hunter has made me a more complete fighter. I don’t stand there to get hit any more. I believe I’m the best fighter in the world. I know the fans want Mayweather-Pacquiao, But I have the style and speed to beat Floyd. If the fight can’t be made for May, I’m sure Oscar will make the right plans for me.

Oscar de la Hoya: You saw a great fighter tonight in Amir Khan. The welterweight division is the best division in boxing right now. The top three guys are Pacquiao, Mayweather and Khan. I know that Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight the fans want, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t then Amir is the fight Floyd HAS to make. Where else is he gonna go? Amir’s only getting better. Thank you for coming and Merry Christmas!

Keith Thurman: Everybody thinks of me since my amateur days as a knockout artist. But I want to be a complete fighter, a smart fighter. You can’t knock everybody out. I fought my game plan and won every round. It’s called “Boxing” first! (Giving his thoughts on the Khan-Alexander fight)- Khan fought a smart fight. He stuck to his game plan. I would love to fight him in 2015. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Wilder officially announced

The most significant heavyweight matchup in the United States in years between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) was formally announced on Saturday night. The bout takes place on Saturday, January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised by Showtime. The event is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and will feature undefeated WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) defending his belt against a challenger to be announced. Ticket information for the event will be announced shortly. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley-Chaves ends in draw

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In an entertaining fight, former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-1-1, 12 KOs) and former interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chaves came out throwing bombs, but hit mostly air. Two unintentional headbutts in round two left both fighters cut. More meaningful punches were landed by Bradley although Chaves had his moments also. Judge Julie Letterman scored the fight 116-112 for Chaves, Burt Clements scored it 115-113 for Bradley, and Craig Metcalfe scored it even 114-114.

“I thought I won eight rounds,” said Bradley. “We clashed heads right away I feel I may have a fracture in my left cheekbone.”

Chaves commented, “I thought it was a close fight. I thought I won the fight. I am not surprised what happened in the score.”

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December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan schools Alexander, wants Mayweather

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

In a welterweight clash between former world champions, Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) pitched a twelve round near shutout over Devon Alexander “The Great” (26-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Khan was quicker and more accurate, never deviating from his game plan. He methodically outjabbed and outboxed Alexander, who was never really in the fight. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 120-108.

“I believe I have earned my shot against Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan afterward. “It would be huge and I would walk out with the belt…I think it was one of my best performances. I’m the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. I’m getting better.” (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Oquendo Files Lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan over July WBA title fight against Chagaev

Fres Oquendo has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan against Hamburg-based promoter Terek Box Event seeking damages of $5 million and an injunction to prevent the promoter from promoting Ruslan Chagaev in any bouts until it first gives Oquendo the rematch he was promised. On July 6, 2014 in Grozny Chechnya, Oquendo fought Chagaev for the vacant WBA regular World Heavyweight Title that became vacant after Wladimir Klitschko defeated Alexander Povetkin in October 2013. Chagaev, the home town favorite and adopted son of President Kadyrov, was awarded a majority decision with one judge ruling the fight a draw and the other two judges finding for Chagaev by only one round. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Main: Dos Santos Survives Miocic, Wins Five-Round War

Junior Dos Santos may not hold a heavyweight title belt anymore, but he fought with the heart of a champion Saturday night at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, surviving a spirited effort from Stipe Miocic to fight his way out of an early hole and win a punishing five-round unanimous decision . . . click here for more

Also see: RDA rolls, shuts out Diaz

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December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Lee wins WBO middleweight belt, Benavidez dethrones Herrera at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Middleweight Andy Lee (34-2, 23 KOs) scored a sudden sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Olympian Matt Korobov (24-1, 13 KOs) to claim the WBO middleweight belt formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title rather than to face Korobov. The close fight ended abruptly after Lee rocked Korobov with a right hook and then got the stoppage from Kenny Bayless with a barrage of punches. Lee was behind on all three scorecards before the TKO win.

WBA interim jr welterweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) was surprisingly dethroned by Jose Benavidez Jr. (22-0, 15 KOs). Herrera outboxed Benavidez early, but the challenger adjusted his tactics and turned the tables. In the end, it was Benevidez prevailing by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 117-111, raising some eyebrows at ringside. A scoring controversy for the second time this week in a WBA interim title fight. (more…)



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Casimero destroys Santos in IBF flyweight eliminator

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former IBF jr flyweight champion and #3 rated John Riel “Cuadro Alas” Casimero (21-2, 13 KOs) destroyed IBF #4 Armando “Cobra” Santos (14-4-1, 8 KOs) in two rounds to win an IBF flyweight world title eliminator on Saturday night at the Salon Las Palmas in Monterrey, Mexico. Casimero dropped local favorite Santos in round one and finished the job in round two. The Filipino star is now in line to face IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand.

Also, 2008 Mexican Olympian jr lightweight Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 15 KOs) knocked out veteran Genaro “Duro” Camargo (44-18, 34 KOs) in round two.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Thurman outpoints Bundu, Mares crushes Ramirez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Charlo Bros, Spence, Ortiz, Shumenov, Kamegai also victorious

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

WBA interim welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Leonard Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Thurman dropped the 40-year-old Bundu in the first 30 seconds of round one with a left hook, then settled into a long technical fight with the unorthodox Bundu. Scores were 120-107 on all cards in a very unThurman-like fight. “Bundu was smart, he came to not get KO’d. It was hard to time him, but I was patient. It was a great learning experience,” said Thurman afterward.

Former three division world champion Abner Mares (28-1-1, 14 KOs) laid a beating featherweight contender Jose Ramirez (25-5, 15 KOs). Mares dropped Ramirez in rounds one, three and five, and Ramirez’ corner halted the bout after the fifth round.

Undefeated junior middleweight Jermall Charlo (20-0, scored a third round KO over Lenny Bottai (2293, 9 KOs). A left hook sent Bottai to the deck at :38. Full details



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo, Hart demolish opponents in Philadelphia

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Villa / Top Rank

The star of unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo continued to shine brightly on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Verdejo dominated then stopped Karim El Ouazghari (16-6, 4 KOs) in every round before overwhelming his outgunned opponent in round four to move his record to 16-0 with 12 KOs.

Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hardwork” Hart (16-0, 13 KOs) won by TKO over Samuel Miller (28-10, 25 KOs) at 2:07 of round two in a short but exciting fight.

Unbeaten welterweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular second round demolition of Randy Fuentes (4-4-1, 0 KOs). Fuentes down four times in all.

Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (14-0, 9 KOs) pummeled Camilo Perez (9-3, 4 KOs) for eight rounds en route to an 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 unanimous decision.

Unbeaten middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna (16-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Gilbert Sanchez (4-7, 2 KOs) over six rounds.

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December 13th, 2014




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