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By Victor Lee
Photos: Aaron Jang
Professional boxing in South Korea—a powerhouse boasting multiple formidable world and regional champions (such as Jung-Koo Chang, Ki-Soo Kim, Chan-Hee Park, Soo-Hwan Hong, Myung-Woo Yuh and others) from the 1960s through the 1980s—has been in decline since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Today, without a single male world champion and only three (Ji-Hoon Kim, Min-Wook Kim, Jung-Oh Son) listed in the world rankings, Korean boxing has indeed fallen on hard times.
Today at Junggu Sports Hall in Seoul, the last of the world champions mentioned above—Myung-Woo Yuh, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame and now a promoter—directed our attention to OPBF Super Lightweight champion Min-Wook Kim, perhaps the brightest of these three stars on the desolate horizon of Korean Boxing. And he did shine. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #12 super middleweight Ben McCulloch (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped Jonatan Simamora (23-24-5, 8 KOs) in round five of a scheduled twelve round PABA championship bout at the Sawtell RSL club, Sawtell, NSW, Australia on Saturday. The highly regarded McCullouch is chief sparring partner for WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika and former IBF/WBA/IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF#13 flyweight Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0, 5KOs) stopped Takuro Habu (11-8-2, 3KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled twelve round IBF Asia championship bout at Viphavade, Surat Thani, Thailand on Friday. The former Beijing 2008 Olympian Ruenroeng controlled all the rounds and dropped the Japanese 112 pounder Habu twice in round four and the referee called it off at 1:37.
Ruenroeng’s manager Jimmy Chaichotchuang is chasing an IBF world title shot against champion Moruti Mithalene for his charge
In other action IBF#14 Super featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (40-4-1, 22KOs) stopped Indonesian veteran Sonny Manakane (17-13-3, 9KOs) in round four of a scheduled eight. Sakkreerin returning to ring action after suffering a second round KO loss against Rances Barthelemy in IBF eliminator in June. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Jose Mateo
On Sunday night in front of a standing room only crowd at the Mansion Élan just north of Atlanta GA, Route 30 Promotions successfully launched a new and exciting boxing series for boxing starved Georgia fans. The event was littered with notable boxers retired and active along with celebrities including R&B and pop start Usher. Also in attendance was 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder.
In the main event, light heavyweight Jaidon “The Don” Codrington (21-3 17KO) made quick work of Steve “The Spoiler” Walker (26-30 18KO). It was obvious from the opening bell that Codrington was going to use his boxing prowess to make it a quick night. As he followed Walker around the ring, Codrington landed a crisp right to the head that dropped walker to his knees. Walker survived the round, but was simply getting outclassed. In the second, Codrington continued the assault and landed a left to the body that immediately dropped his foe. Walker grimaced as he slowly rose to his feet. Capitalizing on the knockdown Codrington kept his composer and looked for another opportunity to land a hard shot. The opportunity came when he successfully pressed Walker against the ropes and landed a left uppercut to the forehead that dropped Walker again. After beating the count on wobbly legs, referee Jim Korb stopped the contest at 1:05 of round 2. (more…)
After his knockout loss, former champ Nathan Cleverly ponders retirement. More
The Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, Ohio, will host a local card Sept. 7 at its outdoor venue. More
WBC boss Jose Sulaiman will be given the key to the city by Miami, Fla., Mayor Tomas Regalado today.
The L.A. Times reports that Amir Khan and Devon Alexander have agreed to a Dec. 7 fight, venue to be determined.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Former middleweight title challenger Danny Jacobs (26-1, 23 KO’s) scored a highlight-reel third round knockout of Giovanni Lorenzo (32-6, 24 KO’s)in the third round of a scheduled ten in the main event of a Golden Boy promoted card at the Best Buy Theater in mid-town Manhattan. Following a competitive two rounds, things heated up in the third and both men began exchanging big shots. It was Lorenzo who took the worst, however, getting caught with a big left hook that rocked him. A huge follow-up right by Jacobs dropped Lorenzo face first onto the canvas. Lorenzo tried to rise but fell to his side, prompting a stoppage at the 2:05 mark of the round.
Junior middleweight Eddie Gomez stopped Steven Upsher Chambers in the fourth round of an entertaining fight. Gomez (15-0, 10 KOs) hurt Chambers early in the bout but referee Steve Smoger elected to let the fight continue. Gomez continued to beat Chambers from the outside in the ensuing rounds but it was actually Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs) who was doing the better work in the fourth before getting stunned in the middle of the ring. After taking punishment along the ropes Smoger made up his mind and called the bout off with Chambers still standing. Time of the stoppage was 2:33. (more…)
Bobby Hitz announced today that exciting super middle weight prospect Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-0 8 KOs) of Chicago will square off against Gary, Indiana’s Derrick “Superman” Findley (20-10-1, 13 KOs) in the eight round “IT’S TIME: The Battle of the Border” Main Event of “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” on Friday, September 13, at The Venue inside of Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Tickets can be purchased at hitzboxing.com or The Venue box office.
“Mike is risking it all by fighting Derrick and he is working hard to prove that he and his unbeaten record are the real deal” said Hitz. “Both a loss and a win can change the trajectory of his career. He is stepping up big time and Chicago’s fight fans will benefit as a result.” (more…)
A couple of junior lightweights will stake their futures in boxing on Saturday night when Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, and Joselito Collado, of Jamaica, Queens, NY, collide in the 10-round main event in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. This is not your ordinary off-TV main event. Promoter Russell Peltz says two careers are on the line in this one. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced a joint venture with Super Judah Promotions to co-promote former world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) and make sure the world continues to see this boxing superstar on the sport’s biggest stages. “Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions working together is phenomenal,” said Judah. “I have been doing business with Golden Boy Promotions for a number of years, working both with them and against them and I know what it’s like to be on both sides. Through those times, I see that we are a perfect fit. This joint venture will give me the experience I need as a promoter and get me the big fights I want at this point of my career.”
“I am very happy to welcome Zab to the Golden Boy team,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “He is without question not only one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, but he also has tremendous name recognition with reaches into the general market. In his thrilling fight against Danny Garcia, Zab showed that he belongs in the absolute top level of the sport. I am looking forward to be working with Zab and his team and have him participate in the biggest fights in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions.”
Judah’s next bout will be announced shortly.
Out of sight and out of mind has finally ended for former two-time world champion Joseph KingKong Agbeko. After a two-year on-and-off legal dispute with promoter Don King, Agbeko finally secured his promotional release last week and is ready to challenge any of leading names from 118 to 126. There is one name topping Agbeko’s wish list, Guillermo Rigondeaux, the talented two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and current WBA-WBO World Champion.
“I’ve always been a great action fighter for television and I will make a war with Rigo. He’s a great fighter, but he can fight dull. The fight with (Nonito) Donaire looked like a boring sparring session.” Agbeko said. “I can guarantee network bosses and boxing fans that my fight with Rigo would be an action filled war. He can run but he can’t hide. I will impose my style on the fight. Rigo wants to be the master artist in the ring, but I’ll ruin his painting. He wants to win fighting smart and safe. I won’t let him. I will do whatever I need to do to make him fight an all-out battle.” (more…)
In front of a nearly sold-out crowd at Antilles School’s Mark C. Marin Center in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, 340 Boxing’s John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers dominated in the “Boxing in Paradise 6″ ring — posting big wins in what could be their final fight together in the territory. Two knockouts and a harrowing eight-round fight to the finish for John Jackson is what the crowd left with, but for the boxers, Saturday’s event was nothing short of heroic, as each had to push through everything from injuries to last minute opponent changes. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Moscow’s “Olympic Stadium,” built for 1980 Summer Olympics, will absolutely live up to its name on October 5 when Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO), when the Olympic gold medalist from Atlanta (1996) and Russia’s own Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO), the Olympic gold medalist from Athens (2004), will compete not for the highest amateur honor but for “Dr Steelhammer’s” WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight professional world championships belts. 14,000 tickets for the event, ranging from 1900 rubles (around $57) up to 150,000 rubles (more than $4,500) went on sale today.
There was no doubt that after the record breaking media attendance at last week’s initial Klitschko-Povetkin press conference, that fans from all over the world want to see the best in the heavyweight division live at the indoor stadium, known in Moscow as “Olimpiyskiy.” (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs), the European Heavyweight Champion and number one rated challenger by the IBF, will take on Tony Thompson in a final eliminator on Saturday at the Sport- und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany, to decide who will be the next mandatory challenger. Thompson (38-3, 26 KOs) has already challenged twice for the World Heavyweight Championship, coming up short both times against reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. For Pulev it would be the first time to fight for a world title.
“That does not fluster me in the slightest,” said the 32-year-old Bulgarian about the importance of his bout against Thompson. “I am motivated to finally step into the ring again and get my job done. My aim is to become a world champion.” The last time Pulev had the opportunity to show off his skills was nearly a year ago with a knockout victory over Alexander Ustinov. Since then, such names like Tomasz Adamek decided not to face Pulev. “I guess that they have fear of losing against me. Maybe these fighters see an easier chance to get a big fight. I have no problem with it as I just want to go toe-to-toe with fighters, who have the ambition to go up against the best and Thompson is somebody like that.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com about the possibility that WBA flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (31-1, 17KOs) could defend his crown against Ricardo “Matematico” Nunez (26-3, 22 KOs) on September 28, possibly in the Torito Rodriguez Gym, in San Martin, Argentina or at another venue to be confirmed. The event would be promoted by Osvaldo Rivero and broadcast on TYC Sports.
Photo: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Tonight’s launch of Golden Boy Live! has the boxing world buzzing as a fresh era of Monday night boxing kicks off on America’s new sports network FOX Sports 1, but fans in attendance at the Best Buy Theater in New York City will get even more compelling action with the addition of 2012 United States Olympian Terrell Gausha and promising up and comer Emmanuel Gonzalez to the undercard.
In previously announced bouts, Brooklyn’s Danny Jacobs (25-1, 22 KOs) takes the biggest step in his miraculous comeback after surviving cancer when he battles fellow New Yorker Giovanni Lorenzo (32-5, 24 KOs) in the televised 10-round main event for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Title. In the co-main event, unbeaten Bronx junior middleweight Eddie Gomez (14-0, 9 KOs) faces Philadelphia’s Steven Upsher Chambers (24-2-1, 6 KOs). Plus, 2012 United States Olympian and undefeated Staten Island native Marcus Browne (5-0, 5 KOs) will face Monroe, Louisiana’s Robert Hill (1-1). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champions Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (32-2, 29 KOs) and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-8-2, 29 KOs) collide September 7 at the Casino de Apodaca, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo with Sampson Boxing. Also on the card is a female battle of former world champions between Irma “Guerita” Sanchez (25-6-1 7KOs) and Katty Gutierrez (18-3 4KOs) in a light flyweight ten-rounder. Former Olympian Arturo “Rey” Santos, Diego “Duck” Gonzalez, Mario “Yayo” Munoz and Humberto “Flash” Flores fill out the undercard in separate bouts.
“I will have a holiday now and recover and see where I go from here and see what I want to do in life now,” dethroned former WBO light heavyweight champion Cleverly told the BBC after his devastating KO loss to heavy-hitting Sergey Kovalev. “I will go away and live a normal life for a bit now. Just leave boxing for a bit – it has been an intense period. You know six weeks into that where you want to go. Your instincts tell you if you are missing boxing, or are you going to find another career path. Who knows where my heart is going to lie?”
Promoter Frank Warren stated to the Daily Mail that there’s no reason Cleverly can’t come back. “It’s early days. We’ll let him have a break. It’s all a bit raw at the moment so we’ll have a chat in a few weeks and see where we go…at this stage I’m not even thinking about a rematch. The most important thing now is for him to go and have a holiday and when he comes back we’ll chat and see what is the way forward…he’s only 26 years of age and it’s not the end of the world. Worse fighters than Nathan have lost and come back and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do. But he’s got to learn from it and we’ll see where we go from there.”
Former Contender reality series fighter Ahmed Kaddour (26-2-1, 10 KOs) has rejoined trainer Brian Mathiasen to prepare for the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on September 7. The 31-year-old light middleweight, who last fought in September 2012, will face Aleksei Tsatiasvili (4-4, 2 KOs) from Estonia. Mathiasen says it’s now-or-never for Kaddour, who has been given one last chance and will be put through a brutal training camp.
“Ahmed has made so many wrong moves in his career,” Mathiasen said. “He has had quite a few adventures outside the ring. But inside the ring, he has done nothing. He has squandered his unique talent. I trained him at the start of his professional career for ten fights. Back then, he had the whole world in front of him. At first I was negative when he asked me to train him again, but now we will give it a go. This is his last chance, and he is making good progress in the gym. He has not been training hard for the last ten years, so it takes some time for him to get in great shape again. (more…)
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming and his wife Ying Ying welcomed their second child into the world today. Baby Ryan, born in Los Angeles, had his first official weigh-in — a strapping six pounds, seven ounces. “It’s a good omen that Ryan was born under the sign of the president,” said Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum. “Today is Top Rank president Todd duBoef’s birthday. Todd has already sent Bruce Trampler over to the nursery to watch him work out. We couldn’t be happier for Shiming and Ying Ying. It’s a wonderful day.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
A touching and emotive tribute to Tijuana legend Gaspar “Indio” Ortega was the highlight last Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium where promoter and Ortega’s nephew, Joe Vargas and his promotional outfit V&B Promotions, presented and eleven bout fight card headlined by the return of San Diego welterweight Rafael Ramirez (18-4-2, 4KOs) after a six year hiatus win an easy win over Alejandro Alonso (2-17-2, 1KO) of Tijuana over six rounds.
Back in the ring, Ramirez easy controlled the action with an educated jab followed with a stiff right hand that would get through Alonso’s high guard. Ramirez, at one point one of the sparring partners for Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the pound for pound king’s fight with Oscar De La Hoya, last stepped in the ring in October of ’06 in his hometown of San Diego with a split decision win over Francisco Maldonado.
Alonso had his moments, going to the body of Ramirez, but the San Diego fighter was just too fleet-footed and was able to slip the body attack with a couple of steps back. Ramirez seemed to hurt his hand at the end of the fifth but went for broke in the last round scoring left hooks to the body and then to the head trying to hurt Alonso but the Tijuana fighter’s experienced was enough to help him weather the late storm. Ramirez took the landslide decision with scores of 60-54 three times. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Emily Harney
Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs) fought for twelve hard rounds and survived a knockdown, that would leave most on the floor, to defeat reigning champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) and become the new IBF middleweight champion this past Saturday at the Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City. Click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Rene Perez
WBC super bantamweight world champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas has arrived in Los Angeles with his team for Saturday’s fight against Leo Santa Cruz at the StubHub Center.
“I am very motivated and came with a very good preparation for doing an excellent fight. I want to be a champion and an durable champion,” said Terrazas, who arrived with his trainer Omar Rivera, former WBC world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios and Hugo Fernando Casillas.
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
WBC super-feather champ Takashi Miura’s successful defense over top contender Sergio Thompson in Mexico was telecast live here in Japan yesterday through a cable television WOWOW to cause a hot sensation among our aficionados. It was a grueling battle with Miura dropping Thompson with his southpaw bombardments twice in the second and sixth sessions but the Mexican decking the champ in round eight. They fought out exhausting the last energy in Cancun, Mexico. The audience as well as Japanese TV watchers all praised their very best performance under the Queensberry rules.
Now we have no less than ten world champions out of Japan. Along with the victorious Miura, in the same 130-pound category, WBA ruler Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) has kept his diadem since 2010, having registered seven defenses to his credit. In the bantamweight division, we see such three champs at the same time as WBC titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14 KOs), WBA champ Koki Kameda (31-1, 17 KOs) and his younger brother, newly crowned WBO leader Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18 KOs). The flyweight division holds WBC kingpin Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9 KOs) and WBA interim titlist Koki Eto (13-2-1, 9 KOs). In the lightest 105-pound category, we see WBA champ Ryo Miyazaki (19-0-3, 11 KOs) and IBF titleholder Katsunari Takayama (25-6, 10 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Top middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, 2012 United States Olympian Marcus Browne and undefeated rising welterweight star Eddie Gomez had a light workout plus a “Meet and Greet” this past Saturday in Harlem, New York at the Harlem Children Festival prior to their August 19th fights at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan’s Times Square. Jacobs will face former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo for the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight championship and Gomez will fight welterweight contender Steve Upsher Chambers, both of which will be televised live as part of the first event of the “Golden Boy Live!” series on FOX Sports 1.
Former two-time world champion Pauli Malignaggi also joined the fun at the Harlem Children Festival. photos
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eoin Mundow/SEEN Sport Magazine
In a much anticipated clash between unbeaten light heavyweights, power-punching KO artist Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) demolished and dethroned WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Kovalev was the aggressor, but was cut over the right eye in round two. Kovalev dropped Cleverly twice with hard shots in round three and referee Terry O’Connor carried Cleverly to his corner at the bell. Kovalev dropped Cleverly again in round four and the bout was waved off at :21.
Kovalev said “This is my dream! I will add this belt to my collection,” he joked, with a big smile on his face, “There are many people in Russia and around the world who supported me. This is for them.”
Jubilant Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, Kovalev’s promoter said, “Sergey did everything we expected him to do tonight and more.” She added, ” There is a reason we call him ‘Krusher,’ and he showed why tonight. He is the Russian Wrecking Ball and I will call on HBO Monday to start planning his next fight!” (more…)
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