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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to ...

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UFC

Rousey a candidate for TIME’s 2016 Most Influential People list

Ronda Rousey has yet to step into the Octagon in 2016 but she’s still a massive superstar. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is a contender for a spot on TIME Magazine’s top 100 most influencial people list . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Ramirez-Lopez clash in Vargas-Salido co-feature

Undefeated featherweights Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (16-0, 8 KOs) and Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) will battle in the HBO-televised co-main event for the showdown between Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido on June 4 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. “Certain fights determine the path of a fighter’s future, and this is one of them,” said promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “Whoever wins is well on his way to fighting for a world championship, whoever loses has to go back to the drawing board. With everything at stake, Julian and Abraham are going to put on an incredible show for fight fans.”

Both Ramirez and Lopez have fought extensively at Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club, the popular monthly series at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.



April 19th, 2016


Boxing News

Olympian Jose Ramirez returns home July 9th on a nationally televised fight and looks to sell out quick

Photos: Top Rank

Coming off a packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 9th and on HBO PPV televised to the world, USA Olympian, WBC Continental Americas Champion, NABF Champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) won in dominant fashion and retained his title. Ramirez now will return July 9th in his home town where he will main event a Nationally televised fight at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino which looks to sell out in a week. Ramirez last fought at home December 5th at the Save Mart Center drawing 13,100 and before that 10,000 in May at the Selland Arena.

A victory will give Ramirez a Top-10 world rating and further his journey to a world title. Champions including Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones and many other superstars have held the WBC Continental Americas belt.

“Jose Ramirez is one of the greatest, young talents in recent years and has all the elements of becoming a Superstar. The WBC is very proud to have been hand-in-hand with him since the beginning of his career,” said WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman (more…)



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Is Mazurek the next Golota?

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Nick Mazurek is the best heavyweight I worked with since Andrzej Golota. This boy is only 21 years old, but is big, strong as an ox and hits like mule with both hands,” said Chicago trainer Sam Colonna about his new prodigy with Polish heritage. “I was more into Arturo Gatti and Tomasz Adamek than Andrzej Golota, but my trainer/manager Sam Colonna wants me to mimic his style of fighting. Especially his jab,” said Mazurek (3-0, 3 KOs), who will have two more fights in the coming weeks.



April 19th, 2016


UFC

UFC Fight Pass Spotlight: UFC 197

With a crossroads fight at 155 pounds, a potential slugfest in the middleweight division, and a heavyweight bout that could produce a rising star among the big men, the UFC FIGHT PASS portion of Saturday’s UFC 197 card in Las Vegas is a must see for fight fans as they get ready for a star-studded main card featuring the return of the pound-for-pound king, Jon Jones, against Ovince Saint Preux, and a flyweight title fight pitting champion Demetrious Johnson against unbeaten challenger Henry Cejudo . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Video: Amir Khan workout

By Jerry Hoffman/jh12sports

jh12sports visited Virgil Hunter’s gym in Hayward Monday.



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Khan media workout

By Andrew Greenman
Photos: Tri Nguyen

Former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) hosted a media workout on Monday at his gym in Hayward, California, ahead of his PPV battle against WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya was first to arrive which took a bit of pressure off Amir Khan’s anticipated arrival. Oscar sat down first to answer questions. (more…)



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Anthony Joshua reveals baby boy on Instagram

“I’ve been very lucky,” says Nick Blackwell on social media

Tyson Fury row ex-BBC journalist West missed Belfast so much he’s back for good

Why Nonito Donaire should choose Carl Frampton over Guillermo Rigondeaux for his next fight



April 19th, 2016

UFC

UFC 197: Extended preview

UFC 197 features the interim light heavyweight championship fight between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux. In the co-main Demetrious Johnson defends his flyweight belt vs. Henry Cejudo. The action begins April 23 live on Pay-Per-View . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Glowacki camp mulls over next step

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Leon Margules, president of Warriors Boxing and co-promoter (with Polish trio Andrzej Wasilewski, Tomasz Babilonski and Piotr Werner/Sferis Promotions/Babilon Promotions), who six months ago decided that was worth the risk to match undefeated Polish cruiserweight Krzysztof “The Head” Glowacki with legendary Marco Huck, was proven right again. Glowacki, after another spectacular performance, defended his WBO title at the Barclays Center against former IBF champ Steve Cunningham during Saturday’s PBC on NBC broadcast. “As a promoter, I want to make great television – this is what promoters do. Glowacki is a terrific fighter. When it comes to his future we have to wait until many of the important fights in the cruiserweight division will be completed over the next month of so,” said Margules, who does not rule out any fight for his world champion – from mandatory defense to unification bout.



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Zbikowski makes ring return in Chicago Friday

Hitz Boxing returns to The Belvedere this Friday, as Notre Dame great Tommy Zbikowski makes his long-awaited ring return in his hometown of Chicago. A fighter inside the ring, and a Chicago Firefighter outside the ring, the former NFLer fights for more than money or fame on Friday, as he raises money for fallen Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano, who was killed in the line of duty in a Chicago warehouse fire in December. A portion of the evening’s profits will be donated to Capuano’s family. (more…)



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Enriquez ready for LA Forum showcase

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Carlos Angel

It has been over a year since former WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7KO) lost her title via a controversial split decision to veteran Melissa McMorrow back in February of 2015. Since then the charismatic 22-year-old has fought twice back in her more natural weight class of 108 pounds and this Saturday night, April 23rd, will partake in her biggest fight to date, at least stage-wise, when she faces fellow top-ten rated Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (9-2-2, 1KO) of San Diego, CA, in a junior flyweight eight rounder as part of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade fight card at the Forum in Los Angeles. (more…)



April 19th, 2016

Boxing News

FS1 Weights from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions

Ivan Redkach 135.2 vs. Luis Cruz 134.9
Immanuwel Aleem 158.9 vs. Jonathan Cepeda 160.4
Kyrone Davis 158.2 vs. Junior Castillo 157.8
Frank De Alba 131 vs. Daniel Perales 130.9
Stephen Fulton 122.8 vs. Adalberto Zorilla 122.5
Kent Cruz 139.1 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 140
Dustin Pague 146.9 vs. Rafael Davis 144.4
Nicholas Hernandez 152.9 vs. TBA

Venue: Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1

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April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Golovkin-Wade officials named

The California Boxing Commission has appointed the officials for Saturday’s WBA/IBF/WBC (interim) title fight between world champion Gennady Golovkin and Dominic Wade at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

The third man in the ring will be Jack Reiss. Judges are Pat Russell, Steve Morrow and Adelaide Byrd.

Golovkin will be making the sixteenth defense of his WBA belt and the first defense of his IBF belt.



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Fernando Montiel set for return on April 30 at StubHub Center

Photo: Promociones Zanfer

Three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico will return to the ring on Saturday April 30 as part of the card the TGB will promote from the StubHub Center and that will telecast live on Fox and Fox Deportes as part of Premier Boxing Champions series. Montiel (54-5-2, 39 Kos) will take on undefeated Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 Kos) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a 10 round featherweight bout on the same card the Victor Ortiz will take on Andre Berto in the main event.

“This is a great opportunity for me to show that I still belong at the highest level of boxing. This is a tough fight. I will be facing a young undefeated fighter who is hungry to prove himself and I know how that feels, because I was in shoes once,” said Montiel who has won world titles at 112, 115 and 118 pounds.

“I will be ready to give the fans a great fight. This is the type of fight that I need to win, so I can get another opportunity to fight for a world championship and that’s what why I still in boxing,” said Montiel. (more…)



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten cruisers collide on May 13

Unbeaten Mayweather Promotions star Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (12-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated power-puncher Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) will clash in an 10 round cruiserweight bout on May 13 on ShoBox: The New Generation from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Also featured is another matchup in the cruiserweight division as 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (11-0, 8 KOs) battles fellow unbeaten Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) in 10-round bout.



April 18th, 2016

UFC

UFC sells out Ottawa debut

UFC® announced today that UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACDONALD vs. THOMPSON, taking place at The Arena at TD Place, on June 18 is sold out. The event will be headlined by two of the best welterweights in the world as No.1-ranked Rory MacDonald (18-3, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada by way of Quesnel, B.C., Canada) meets No.2-ranked Stephen Thompson (12-1, fighting out of Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA) in a bout that could determine the next title contender in the competitive 170-pound division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Liebenberg arrives in Stockholm

Light heavyweight Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) has arrived in Sweden today ready for his fight with Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm. The South African fighter has wasted no time making his feelings known. “I think Skoglund is overrated,” he says. “He has never fought anyone good. He has a record of 24-0 and a top-ten World ranking that he doesn’t deserve. I thought Swedes were tough Vikings, but clearly I’m wrong. I’m looking forward to showing Sweden what a real fighter is!

“Erik is the exact opposite of a tough Viking. He is just a pretty face. A poster boy. I saw he posted a video on Facebook the other day playing guitar and I couldn’t help laughing. Is he serious? Am I fighting Justin Bieber or should I call him Erik Bieber? (more…)



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Olympic gold medalist Boonjamong in action Friday

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Thailand’s two-time Olympic medalist Manus Boonjamong (5-0, 3 KOs) will take on Canadian Ryan Ford (5-0, 3 KOs) on Friday at the Infantry Center Division 7, Maerim, Chiangmai, Thailand.

“Bonjamning is an incredible talent who won the junior welterweight Olympic Gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the Silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games,” said Jimmy Chaichotchuang, leading IBF promoter in Thailand. “Boonjamnong will have his sixth professional fight against the Canadian’ Ryan Ford. This will be the acid test for Boonjamnong to fight Ford who is former MMA champion.” (more…)



April 18th, 2016

UFC

RDA focusing on Jiu-jitsu, ‘misses submitting’ people

Rafael Dos Anjos, who is scheduled to make his second title defense against Eddie Alvarez in a UFC FIGHT PASS exclusive card on July 7, is almost fully healed from a sore foot and is busy planning camp for his return . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Golovkin-Wade undercard finalized

Fans watching on HBO will see world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight Dominic Wade and flyweight king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez take on McWilliams Arroyo. Fans attending the fights at the Fabulous Forum will see four additional undercard matchups.

In female action, Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7 KOs) faces Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (9-2-2, 1 KOs) in an eight round flyweight bout and Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (5-0, 1 KO) battles Selene Lopez (3-4-3, 1 KO). Also, undefeated lightweight prospect Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (13-0, 8 KOs) meets Rosberg “Lobito” Montoya (16-7-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled six round clash. Rounding out the action is a “Battle of the Pedros” as undefeated junior lightweight Pedro “Little Pete” Duran (13-0, 10 KOs) collides with Pedro “Manitas de Piedra” Lopez (6-2-1, 2 KOs). A sell-out is expected, but there are still some tickets available.



April 18th, 2016

Column

The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

WORKING TOGETHER WORKS!

My dearest father, Jose Sulaiman, always thought me that there is nothing more important than unity and respect. There are countless famous quotes, one of my favorites is: “Together we stand, divided we fall.”

Boxing is a different sport from all other major ones. Unlike the NFL in football, MLB in baseball, NBA in basketball, NHL in hockey, etc… Boxing governing entities have absolutely nothing to do with the business aspect of the sport. In boxing, independent promotional companies handle the business, TV deals, site deals and gate, sponsorship, etc…. This creates a model which often leads to individual efforts instead of actions for the common benefit of all in the industry, leads to antagonism and power struggle among boxing promoters, managers, agents, etc ….

The same happens within boxing governing bodies. Boxing is structured with several levels of jurisdiction and it all depends on the laws of each individual country which complicates, in some cases, the correct administration of the sport. (more…)



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

GGG aims to extend KO streak this weekend

Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions

Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions


All eyes will be on undefeated unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on Saturday night as he goes for his 22nd consecutive knockout. Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) will defend his WBA, IBF WBC “Interim” titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday at the Fabulous Forum in in Inglewood, California.

Co-featured will be WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) battling world ranked contender McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico.

Both bouts will be televised live on HBO.

All four TV fighters were within the WBC-required limit at their respective seven-day weigh-ins. Golovkin weighed 164 lbs., while Wade tipped the scales at 166 lbs. “Chocolatito” weighed 115.8 lbs. at his training camp in Costa Rica and Arroyo hit the scale at 115.4 lbs.

On Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Golovkin threw out the ceremonial first pitch just prior to the nationally televised contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. It was the third time the honor was extended to GGG.



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather splashes the cash once again

Stephen Smith fails in bid to join brother Liam as world champ

When The Champ came to town

Amir Khan not bothered about fighting Kell Brook



April 18th, 2016

UFC

UFC makes first trip to South Dakota in July

The Octagon will set down in South Dakota for the first time on Wednesday, July 13, as the UFC presents a UFC Fight Night Event at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 18th, 2016

Boxing News

Video Interview: Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury on Klitschko rematch, Anthony Joshua and being world heavyweight champion.



April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Team Petalcorin files WBC protest

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

A formal protest has been lodged to the WBC office over Friday’s split decision loss by former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin against Omar Kimweri in Melbourne, Australia. Scores were 114-113 Petalcorin, and 115-112, 115-112 for Kimweri, who claimed the WBC flyweight silver title.

“Team Petalcorin have lodged a formal protest with the WBC on the grounds the referee (Malcolm Bulmar) did not score four knockdowns to Randy Petalcorin,” said Petalcorin’s promoter Peter Maniatis. “If the knockdowns were correctly awarded, Randy wins the fight by a margin. The WBC integrity unit will view the whole fight and make a decision. Team Petalcorin have no futher comment on this matter till the WBC decide what happens.”



April 17th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Tampa Talking Points and Post-fight

No title fights? No problem.

Fight Night Tampa’s card sustained multiple shakeups over the past two weeks. But the outcome still left us with fights that have significant impacts on divisions and future title shots . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Post Fight Bonus Recap

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Russell: I will go anywhere to get Lomachenko

After obliterating Patrick Hyland on Saturday night at Foxwoods, WBC featherweight world champion “Mister” Gary Russell Jr. was asked what is next. “I’m ready to fight anyone in the division – Santa Cruz, Lee Selby. We are ready. But what I really want is [Vasyl] Lomachenko. I don’t care if he moves up to 147 pounds. I will go anywhere to get that fight,” Russell said. Next up could be WBC interim featherweight champ Oscar Escandon.



April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Cunningham: Glowacki – smart fighter w/big punch

By Przemek Garczarczyk



April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Mia St. John stops Lewis in four

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

Former WBC female super welterweight champion Mia St John (49-14-2, 19 KOs) of Los Angeles stopped Lisa Lewis (0-1) of New Zealand, on Saturday night at the Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday. Referee Lance Revill called it off in round four.

The 35-year-old Lisa Lewis, who was making her professional debut, was also the promoter of the event. The 48-year-old St John won her second straight. (more…)



April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Van Heerden defeats Claggett

Photo: Manny "Mitts" Murillo/Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions

Photo: Manny “Mitts” Murillo/Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions


Welterweight Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden (24-2-1, 12 KOs) hammered out a ten round majority decision over Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (23-4-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) in Las Vegas. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95. Close fight, no knockdowns.

“I knew I won this fight, 120-percent, but I knew it was close,” Van Heerden commented. “We’re both winners tonight because of it was so close and we entertained the crowd. Me and Claggett entertained the crowd…..we delivered. I’ve been through so much and the lord helped me get this win. I look forward to a rematch, but I want to move forward.” (more…)



April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC #10 Estrella barely gets past Corley

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC #10 ranked lightweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (26-1, 23 KOs) won a close twelve round majority decision over 41-year-old former world champion DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (44-27-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido in Monterrey, Mexico. Beforehand, the 41-year-old Corley called this fight “an impossible test” for Estrella, and true to his word the fight was competitive throughout. After eight, WBC open scoring had it 80-72, 77-76 and 78-74 for Estrella. In round nine, Corley dropped Estrella with a right hand that left him spaghetti-legged. Estrella survived the round and was pretty much on his bicycle for the rest of the fight. In the end, judges saw it 114-114 and 117-110, 116-111 for Estrella.

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April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Nery, Zepeda victorious in Mexico City

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Unbeaten WBA #7 bantamweight Luis “Panterita” Nery (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Martín “Pini” Casillas (15-7-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio “Juan de la Barrera” in Mexico City. Nery dropped Casillas twice en route to a 100-88, 99-89, 98-90 verdict.

In the co-feature, WBO #1 lightweight José “Chon” Zepeda (25-1, 21 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unnaimous decision over veteran Pedro “Vaquero” Navarrete (29-22-3, 18 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 97-92 and 97-92.

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April 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Russell demolishes Hyland in two; Pedraza retains IBF 130lb belt against Smith

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

WBC featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) annihilated Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) in two rounds on Saturday night in the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Russell knocked down Hyland three times in round two to end it. Time was 1:33.

In an exciting twelve round bout, Puerto Rican world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs) outslugged #1 contender Stephen “Swifty” Smith (23-2, 13 KOs) to retain the IBF jr. lightweight title. Pedraza controlled most of the fight, dropping Smith with a right hook in the ninth round, but Smith rallied to survive. Pedraza dominated the early portion of the fight, but Smith had moments in rounds four and five, and again in eleven and twelve where he landed his own 1-2 combinations. Smith began timing the champion mid-way through the fight, but couldn’t sustain enough of an attack to win rounds over Pedraza. Overall, it was an impressive victory for DiBella’s IBF titleholder, who showed grit and adversity against a tough and capable opponent. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 116-111.

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April 17th, 2016




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