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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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Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Photos: LAP Images Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center ...

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Haye and Bellew pulled apart at fiery press conference

David Haye and Tony Bellew had to be separated at the launch press conference for their Heavyweight blockbuster on March 4 at ...

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Weights from Philadelphia

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Photo: Daniel Cork

David Gonzales 140.5 vs Samuel Teah 140
Carlos Rosario 133.5 vs Bobby Hornsby 131
Antowyan Aikens 169 vs Terrence Williams 168
Nicholas Hernandez 154 vs Anthony Prescott 153
Hafiz Montgomery 204.5 vs Julian Poole 223
Darryl Bunting 167 vs Juan Zapata 163
Wesley Triplett 216.5 vs Randy Easton 228.5
Roberto Irizarry 126.5 vs Jules Blackwell 132

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Harrahs Philadelphia
1st Bell: 7:00 PM ET



November 11th, 2016

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Quadruple OPBF title show in Japan today

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

A quadruple OPBF title show will take place today (Friday) in Kobe, Japan, where eight participants are willing to bring home the bacon as well as the OPBF belts. The weigh-in results were as follows:

OPBF super-bantamweight title bout (main event)
Champion, Shun Kubo 55.2 kg (121.75 lbs)
vs.
Jin-Wook Lim 55.0 kg (121.25 lbs)

OPBF lightweight title bout
Champion, Masayoshi Nakatani 61.1 kg (134.75 lbs)
vs.
Alan Tanada 60.9 kg (134.25 lbs)

OPBF bantamweight title bout
Champion, Takahiro Yamamoto 53.4 kg (117.75 lbs)
vs.
Mark John Yap 53.4 kg (117.75 kg)

OPBF minimumweight title bout for the vacant championship
Merlito Sabillo 47.5 kg (104.75 lbs)
vs.
Ryuya Yamanaka 47.6 kg (105 lbs)

This show is presented by Shinsei Promotions in association with Ioka Promotions.

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November 11th, 2016


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Garcia, Vargas final press conference

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Photo: Darryl Cobb / Kings Promotions / Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Colombia’s Samuel Vargas went face-to-face Thursday afternoon, one day before they weigh-in for their Premier Boxing Champions on Spike main event showdown taking place Saturday, November 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Televised coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd battling former title challenger Jo Jo Dan plus former world champion Javier Fortuna taking on unbeaten Omar Douglas.

Here is what the participants from Thursday’s event at the Clarion Hotel had to say: (more…)



November 11th, 2016

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Weights from Sacramento

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Ryan Bourland 174.5 vs. Gilberto Rubio 174
Blake McKernan 194 vs. Jamel Reynolds 195
Mario Ayala 122 vs. Pabo Cupul 122
Ivan Vergara 124 vs. Tyler Marshall 124
Matt Kim Yee 186 vs. Marco Delgado 183.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento (CA).
Date: Friday, Nov. 11.
Promoter: Nasser Niavaroni.



November 11th, 2016


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Inoue brothers to fight for WBO 115lb, 118lb belts

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Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

Inoue brothers will appear in the same show to fight for the WBO belts in Tokyo on December 30. It was announced by Ohashi Promotions on Wednesday. WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), making his fourth defense, will face former WBA titlist, veteran compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs) in a sensational matchup. His younger brother, Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), only 20, will have an ambitious crack at the WBO bantam throne against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs). Also, IBF junior flyweight titleholder Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12 KOs) will appear on the same card. An elongated southpaw, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (1-0, 1 KO)will fight his second pro bout on the undercard.

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November 11th, 2016

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Ortiz-Scott Final Press Conference

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

Heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott faced off in Monte Carlo at the final press conference for their clash on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.

The card also features WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell defending his crown against Liberio Solis, WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa defending against Stephen Smith, and former world title challenger Martin Murray facing former interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov.

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November 10th, 2016

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Trent Broadhurst returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF#12 light-heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (18-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Michal Ludwizak (14-4-0) over ten rounds at the Eatons Hill hotel, Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia on Saturday.

Broadhurst is coming off a victory over American Shawn Miller in August. Ludwizak whom was born and is based in Poland is coming off a stoppage victory over Attila Benkovics in October.

Also in action will be former world light-middleweight challenger Dennis Hogan (24-1-1, 7 KOs) who will clash with Yao Yi Ma (15-1-0) with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Hogan coming off a ten round decision victory over Samuel Colomban in September. Hogan was born in Ireland but based in Australia

Ma was born in Taiwan but based in Australia and is coming off a points victory over Patrice Sou Toke in July 2015



November 10th, 2016

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Terence Crawford: We’re looking to go to hell and back to get the victory

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and challenger John Molina faced off at their kickoff press converence on Thursday in Omaha for their December 10th fight at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Terence Crawford said “We’ve been watching [Molina] for a long time now. We knew he was a dangerous fighter. We’re looking to go to hell and back to get the victory. I know it’s gonna be a great fight.”

John Molina said “All the talking means nothing. Fighter’s fight.”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said “John Molina is a helluva fighter. We know how dangerous he is. This fight without a doubt is the best fight in the division.”

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November 10th, 2016

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Q&A: Bilal Akkawy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Aussie 168 pounder, Bilal Akkawy (14-0, 12 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his stoppage victory over Welshman Kerry Hope, who suffered a broken jaw, in what could be the “Australian Fight of The Year” in 2016.” Also impressive sparring sessions with former WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika, the former IBF middleweight champion who was trained by Bilal’s father Michael, Daniel Geale, world-rated Zac Dunn, world light heavyweight challenger Blake Capparello and recent KO victor over Daniel Geale – Renold Quinlan.



November 10th, 2016

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Full card named for Saturday’s ‘Detroit Brawl’

The full card has been announced for Salita Promotions’ latest “Detroit Brawl” event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, on Saturday, November 12.

In support of the six-round bantamweight main event between Detroit’s undefeated James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) and Olim Nazarov (14-2, 8 KOs), will be a full array of local and international talent in the match-ups.

In the night’s co-main event, Muheeb “Flashy,” Fazeldin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) will face Michael Gaxiola (4-9) in a six-round lightweight battle. (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Englebrecht Named To Top 500 List

111016roy2At a gala event on Wednesday evening, November 9th at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht was named to the Orange County Business Journal’s Inaugural Issue of the OC500, which highlighted the 500 most influential business people and opinion shapers in Orange County.

At the Wednesday event, which was hosted by the Orange County Business Journal, Lugano Diamonds and Union Bank, the distinguished group of leaders were each given a personal copy of the November 14th OCBJ issue which lists the OC500 before it hits the newsstands next week.



November 10th, 2016

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McDonnell: I want Warren or Haskins after I beat Solis

Jamie McDonnell is targeting mega-fights in 2017 as he defends his WBA World Bantamweight crown against Liborio Solis in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports. The Doncaster star extended his winning run to 20 with a clinical ninth round stoppage win over Fernando Vargas at The O2 in London in April.

That win was McDonnell’s fourth successful defence of his WBA crown but the champion is frustrated that his fifth defence is only his second fight of the year.

“It’s been a long wait for this fight,” said McDonnell. “I want to be active and I’ve not been out as much as I’d have liked. But we’ll see this one out and move on to big things hopefully next year. (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Decoration conferred on Fighting Harada

By Joe Koizumi

The Japanese government conferred a decoration named Order of the Rising Sun on Masahiko “Fighting” Harada, two-time world champion when there were only eight champions on the universe in 1960’s. On the Cultural Day, our national holiday on November 3, Harada received such a great award by the government thanks to his outstanding achievement as a frontrunner in the ring—following the footstep of our very first world titleholder Yoshio Shirai who won the belt in 1952.

Photo by Boxing Beat

Photo by Boxing Beat

Harada, at the age of nineteen, dethroned world flyweight kingpin Pone Kingpetch via spectacular eleventh round knockout in 1963, and surprisingly upset previously unbeaten “golden bantam” Eder Jofre to win his second belt in 1965. Harada, in his second defense, repeated his triumph over Jofre next year. The ex-champion, 73, is still healthy and active, managing his Fighting Harada Gym. Harada says, “I want to produce a world champion like me.” He is truly our fistic symbol. Congratulations.



November 10th, 2016

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Kovacs-Cheka collide Saturday in Hungary

On Saturday, Felix Promotion will organize their upcoming event in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, where national super featherweight champion Zoltan Kovács (17-5-1) will fight Russia-based Tanzanian Cosmas Cheka (17-6-5) for the vacant WBO Europe title.

The co-main event will be for the Hungarian welterweight title between Balazs Torteli (9-1-0) and György Mizsei (24-19-0).

The card will also feature unbeaten middleweight Norbert Harcsa (6-0-0) vs. Estonian Sergej Melis (26-22-0) and light middle hot prospect Ferenc Berki (5-0-0) vs the Czech Tomas Bartunek (4-4-0).

The event will be broadcast Live by the Hungarian National TV (M4).



November 10th, 2016

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Tanaka to collide with Fuentes for vacant WBO 108lb belt on New Year’s Eve

Photo by Boxing Beat, Zanfer Promotions

Photo by Boxing Beat, Zanfer Promotions


By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten ex-WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs), Japan, will face Mexican Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13 KOs) in quest of the vacant WBO 108-pound championship recently renounced by excellent Filipino Donnie Nietes at Gifu Memorial Hall, Gifu city, on New Year’s Eve. It was announced by Hatanaka Promotions presided by Kiyoshi Hatanaka, ex-WBC super-bantam champ who dethroned Pedro Decima and yielded his belt to Daniel Zaragoza, both in 1991.

Tanaka, now still 21, had acquired the WBO mini-flyweight belt by defeating Mexican Julian Yedras in his only fifth pro bout in May of the previous year. After successfully keeping his title by a come-from-behind knockout of Filipino Vic Saludar in his initial defense, the fast-growing youngster relinquished his belt to move up to the 108-pound category. In his tune-up go Tanaka impressively halted world-rated Filipino Rene Patillano in a light-fly bout this May. (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Solis aims to repeat Linares’ feat on Saturday

Liborio Solís is aiming to become the second Venezuelan in recent months to defeat an English fighter when he challenges Jamie McDonnell for the WBA bantamweight title in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night. In September, Solís’ countryman Jorge Linares overcame Manchester’s Anthony Crolla with an impressive display of skill and speed and he hopes to make it a Venezuelan double in Monte Carlo and become a two-weight Wworld king in the process.

“Linares did well beating another English fighter but that’s what he did and I have to write my own story,” said Solís.

“It’s my turn now. McDonnell is good, he uses his jab well, he throws good combinations, he’s also a strong guy but what I have in my favor also is my World title experience. I have to win this fight round by round and that’s what I’m going to do.” (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Hatton surprised WBA approved Browne-Briggs

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton who promotes WBA #5 Lucas Browne was surprised when the WBA sanctioned WBA #8 Shannon Briggs to challenge Browne for the vacant WBA Regular title and not WBA #6 David Haye which would have been a much bigger fight in England.

Hatton said, “It’s not the fight I wanted to be honest, because we were working on a fight with David Haye,” Hatton said “As a fighter I always wanted to fight the best and as a promoter I always try and match my fighters with the best and this would’ve been for the fans especially. They would’ve loved to see Lucas Browne against David Haye but at least the fact that he is fighting for his old title is a bigger plus. (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Danny Garcia: Seek and Destroy

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Photos: Darryl Cobb

Days before he enters the ring to fight in his hometown, undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia opened up his DSG Boxing Gym to media on Wednesday as he prepares to face Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Saturday, November 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Here is what Garcia and his father and trainer, Angel had to say:

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On Keith Thurman being ringside on the Spike announcing crew…“He will just get an up close and personal look at what will happen to him in March. I hope he’s paying attention. (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Q&A: Andre Ward

Andre Ward took questions from reporters in advance of his November 19th showdown with Sergey Kovalev at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

How does this fight compare to some of your other big fights in terms of how you’re mentally approaching it?

Mentally it’s honestly the same to me. Obviously, there’s a lot at stake and it’s a different challenge moving up in weight, pay-per-view, all of those things make it a little bit different. Whether it’s Alexander Brand or Sergey Kovalev I approach every situation the same way. I wouldn’t be able to get to this level and stay at this level if I checked in and checked out. It’s the same dedication and it’s the same work. For me it’s about trying to be the best in sport where there’s little room for error. I understand that every time I step into the ring and leads to me making sure I prepare accordingly. (more…)



November 10th, 2016

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Chavez Jr. Returns December 10

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Photos: Zanfer / Jam Media

Zanfer Promotions has announced that former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr will return on December 10 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Chávez Jr (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will take on Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout.

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November 9th, 2016

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Usyk-Mchunu added to B-Hop-Smith card

Newly crowned World Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, (10-0, 9 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine will make his highly anticipated United States debut in his first title defense against world ranked contender Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu, (17-2, 11 KOs) of South Africa on Saturday, December 17 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, CA and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Usyk-Mchunu 12-round clash is presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events and will open the HBO telecast headlined by the light heavyweight clash between Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall-of-Famer Bernard Hopkins, (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and hard-hitting contender Joe Smith Jr., (21-1 18 KOs) and a 10-round co-main event between Joseph Diaz Jr. and Horacio Garcia who will clash for the NABF Featherweight Title.



November 9th, 2016

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Sacramento hosts brawl rematch

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy The Sacramento Bee

Vallejo light heavyweight Ryan Bourland won his first fight with Mexico’s Gilberto Rubio but wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome. So Friday night at Sacramento’s suburban Doubletree Hotel, Bourland (10-1), in an eight-round rematch serving as the main event, will seek a more decisive victory against Rubio (6-3) than their battle in July when he rallied from a first-round knockdown to win a split decision.

The Nasser Navaronii promoted card is a rarity in California’s capital city, once one of the state’s busiest boxing centers but now missing ring stars to follow in the footsteps of former world champions Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza, Willie Jorrin and Bobby Chacon. (more…)



November 9th, 2016

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Ortiz: I’ll rule the heavyweight division in 2017

Luis Ortiz says he’ll rule the Heavyweight division in 2017 as he prepares to take on Malik Scott in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.

Ortiz is one of the most feared fighters on the planet and has blasted away 22 of his 25 opponents inside the distance, with the vicious Cuban’s last two outings underlining his fearsome reputation as dismissed Bryant Jennings in seven rounds to land the interim WBA crown in December and then destroyed Tony Thompson in six rounds in March.

‘King Kong’ is hunting down World honours and makes his European debut against Scott his first fight under the Matchroom banner and the 37 year old monster revealed his excitement at his upcoming schedule. (more…)



November 9th, 2016

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Stieglitz-Amar Final Press Conference

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The final press conference took place for Saturday’s European light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mehdi Amar and two-time world super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Mehdi Amar: “I don’t care where the ring is – in Paris, Berlin, Marseille or Magdeburg. In the ring, I always have a home game. It’s my living room when I climb in the ring. I’m here to win, just like Robert. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at full throttle in order to win. My fight motto is ‘victory or death!'”

Robert Stieglitz: “Amar can bring everything in the ring, but he has no special or particular strengths. His balance of skills make him strong. The City of Magdeburg is behind me – you can feel it! The mood in the “Lion’s Den,” GETEC Arena, is great. My anticipation is huge. In addition, I’m already on-weight, without any hassles. I’m not finished with boxing. No problems sparring. Some great boxers have had the European title, I want to belong to this group, so, I’ll get the European belt to Magdeburg and back in Germany. It belongs here.”

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November 9th, 2016

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“Pacquiweather” Kim continues to shine, defeats Kobayashi

By Victor Lee
Photos: Eun-Sang Cho

In boxing, as in any other art, it is fascinating to consider how one artist influences another. In some cases the influences are immediately apparent—in others, they are not as easily discerned. One need look no further than the second nom de guerre of South Korea’s only world-ranked professional boxer, IBF #13 Ye-Joon Kim (14-1-2, 7 KOs), to find his fistic inspirations: “Pacquiweather.”

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Indeed the 24-year-old Kim seems as much to have grown out of his first ring name—“Troublemaker”—as he is growing into the second. This spelled bad luck for tonight’s challenger, who has an apt moniker of his own: Yuki “Strong” Kobayashi (10-5, 5 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. (more…)



November 9th, 2016

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Malik Scott: I’ll hand first loss to ‘King Kong’ Ortiz

 

Malik Scott says that his best years are still to come – and he’ll prove that by handing a first loss to dangerous Heavyweight Luis Ortiz when they clash in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on HBO in the US.

American star Scott recorded impressive back-to-back wins over Alex Leapai and Tony Thompson in his last two outings to get in the frame for a big-time outing, bouncing back from a first round loss to Deontay Wilder back in March 2014.

Ortiz has been dubbed the most avoided Heavyweight on the planet, but Scott insists that this is a fight he’s wanted and the Philadelphian believes that beating Ortiz can be the springboard to him winning World titles, not ‘King Kong’ Ortiz. (more…)



November 9th, 2016

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Arum warns Mayweather: Manny’s a better fighter now

By TMZSports.com

Don’t expect the same boring fight if Manny Pacquiao gets his rematch with Floyd Mayweather — so says Manny’s promoter, Bob Arum, who says his guy is a BETTER FIGHTER than he was last year. We saw Bob out in L.A. Monday night — and he explained why he’s extremely confident MayPac2 will actually happen … and when it does, Floyd’s gonna be in some real trouble in the ring.

“I think Manny looks, really, a lot better now,” Arum said. “I think this time I give my guy Pacquiao a hell of a lot better chance.”

Arum also says the rematch could be the SECOND biggest PPV fight of all time … right behind the first time they faced off.



November 9th, 2016

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Senator Manny Pacquiao donates WBO belt to the Philippines

No sooner had boxing superhero Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world title for a third time — dethroning the younger and taller defending champion Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday in front of 16,321 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center — boxing’s only eight-division world champion jetted back to Manila in time to attend the first day of the Philippine Senate’s new session. Pacquiao has not missed one day of Senate activity since being sworn in, despite a grueling schedule that incorporated an intense training camp for his challenge of Vargas.

Upon entering the Senate chamber today, as a world champion, carrying his new world title belt, Senator Pacquiao was lauded by his colleagues. The Senate passed a resolution commending Pacquiao’s discipline to effectively serve the citizens of the Philippines while training for his world championship challenge in his ring return against Vargas, both on a fulltime basis. (more…)



November 8th, 2016

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Arum: Andy Ruiz has the fastest hands since Ali

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum is confident his fighter, WBO #3 heavyweight Andy Ruiz, will defeat WBO #1 Joseph Parker when they clash over twelve rounds for the vacant WBO championship in Auckland New Zealand on December 10. “I give my guy a helluva shot, particularly now he is being trained by Abel Sanchez,” said Arum. “Abel will get Ruiz in shape. Get him a game plan. The game plan will utilize the tremendous hand speed that Andy has. I haven’t seen a heavyweight with the hand speed of Andy since Muhammad Ali!”



November 8th, 2016

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Samuel Vargas out to make his name against Garcia

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Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by – Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Samuel Vargas, 25-2-1, 13 KOs, is hard at work in Miami training for his big opportunity against two-division champion Danny Garcia, 32-0, 18 KOs, which scheduled for Saturday night in Philadelphia. Vargas was plucked from a list of potential foes and grabbed the chance to fight Garcia in the champion’s 10-round, non-title, homecoming bout at the Liacouras Center.

Vargas knows that a win against the undefeated Garcia would be a life-changer, and a chance to make his bones with boxing fans on one night. However, Vargas also knows that he is expected to come to North Philly to lose, and allow Garcia to keep his already-scheduled welterweight title unification fight with Keith Thurman on track for March 4, 2017.

But Vargas doesn’t plan to stick to the script.

“I’m going there to explode everyone’s plans and to make my name known,” Vargas said. (more…)



November 8th, 2016

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Parker-Ruiz set for Dec 10 in Auckland, NZ

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker will clash with WBO #3 Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10, it was confirmed today by Duco Events CEO Martin Snedden. The fight will cost about NZD $4 million (US $3 million).

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Photo: Dave Cameron

It’s been a pretty rocky, volatile last few weeks,” Snedden said. “For us today it’s about in some ways putting a line in the sand…we’ve reached a point today where we can say this title fight is happening in Auckland, and let’s use the next 32 days before the fight to really enjoy the build up to this. There’s a hell of a lot to do, but we have utter confidence we can do things right.”



November 8th, 2016

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Smith: Sosa style is perfect for me

Super featherweight Stephen Smith believes WBA 130lb world champion Jason Sosa’s style is perfect for him to rip away the WBA world title when they clash in Monte Carlo on Saturday. Smith challenges for world honors for the second time in 2016 having travelled to Connecticut in April in an unsuccessful attempt against IBF king Jose Pedraza.

“This is chalk and cheese to the Pedraza fight,” said Smith. “Jose is a tall, distance fighter who moves a lot and switches, relies on his skills, and it was always going to be a cagey fight and one that I had to take the fight to him as he’s the champion and that’s how it played out.

“Sosa is short, strong, known as a big puncher, so I have got to force him into mistakes and use my skills to get him onto my shots. It’s a good fight and one that’s more suited to me, I prefer a style like Sosa than Pedraza. (more…)



November 8th, 2016

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Schaefer’s Ringstar Sports inks Olympian Balderas

By Flattop

Ringstar Sports chairman and CEO Richard Schaefer announced that he has signed 2016 U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas, along with his brother Jose, to promotional agreements. “I am very proud that they signed with Ringstar. Carlos was one of the most talked about U.S. Olympians. Jose also had an excellent amateur career. I believe both of them will be champions inside and outside of boxing.” Carlos – who fought as a lightweight in the Olympics – will fight at 130 pounds and Jose will debut at 118 pounds. Schaefer has tentative plans for the brothers to debut in February at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. *More to follow*

Photo: Ringstar Sports

Photo: Ringstar Sports



November 7th, 2016

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Arum: May-Pac rematch chances at 75%

By TMZSports.com

They’re not officially in negotiations, but Manny Pacquiao’s promoter tells TMZ Sports there’s a 75% chance of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. We spoke with Bob Arum — who says the two camps are on great terms. In fact, when Floyd sat ringside at Manny’s fight this weekend, it was all thanks to Team Pacquiao.

“Floyd called us and asked for tickets,” Arum says, “It’s a great sign. I’d love for the fight to happen. I’d make it 75% that it happens.”

Arum — who’s been in the fight game for decades — says he simply doesn’t believe Mayweather’s fighting days are over.

“Based on my experience, I feel like [Floyd’s] getting the itch to come back.”

We’ll see …



November 7th, 2016

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Crawford-Molina is official

Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and WBA #2, WBC #3, WBO #3 contender John Molina Jr. will host a press conference on Thursday in the upstairs convention center (rooms 210-212) of CenturyLink Center Omaha to officially announce their 12-round world title fight. The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at Noon, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. CT. Fans should enter the grand hallway doors and take the elevator or escalator to the second floor.

Crawford vs. Molina will take place on Saturday, December 10, at CenturyLink Center Omaha. HBO will televise.



November 7th, 2016


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