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By Matt Thompson
The third time was the charm for Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes! The Polish-born fighter – now residing in Marshfield, MA – has twice challenged for a world title only to come up short in close decisions, but left no doubt Saturday at the Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts as she swept all ten rounds over the game and determined Szilvia Szabados of Budapest, Hungary for the vacant WBC Silver Women’s welterweight title. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen a former IBF and WBF junior lightweight champion hopes to capture his third world title when he challenges Australian based Filipino Jack Assis for his IBO super featherweight belt at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Friday night. The 35-year-old talented Klassen 32-6-2; 17 from Toekomsrus, West Rand is one of the better South African world champions in recent years, and has made a habit of collecting titles since he made his pro debut in May 1999. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Fujimoto stops Lovelock
WBC#18 heavyweight, Japanese champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8 KOs), 231.5, withstood an opening attack of Australian Adam Lovelock (11-6, 2 KOs), 220, and halted him with his good retaliation at 2:13 of the second session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The Aussie, in the first round, almost caught up with the local favorite with an overhand right, but Fujimoto utilized his footwork and body movement to avert his determined attack. The second saw Fujimoto connect with a solid right to have Lovelock staggering to the ropes with the loser’s corner throwing in the towel upon his furious follow-up attack. Lovelock fought well, but Fujimoto looked too powerful and heavy for the Aussie visitor. (more…)
As expected, Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) will return on November 5 against WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs). According to the Los Angeles Times, the bout could land in either Las Vegas or Dubai.
“Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Pacman’s manager Michael Koncz told the Times.
Vargas won out over WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford and four-division former world champion Adrien Broner. Koncz stated that he doesn’t believe Crawford’s style suits Manny and that Pacquiao did originally want to face Broner, but Broner “outpriced himself.”
The longest-reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO light flyweight titleholder Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KOs) breaks from his weight division as he moves up to 112 pound and faces another former world champion in Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title. The Nietes vs. Sosa showdown is scheduled for September 24th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be promoted by ALA Promotions.
Nietes during his previous interviews has disclosed his plans to go up in weight, stating that a fight against WBO/WBA world flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada is the first on his list. However, with a mandatory defense in the way for the unified champion, the negotiations were put off next year. (more…)
Undefeated female brawlers and longtime rivals Heather “The Heat” Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) and Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (18-0, 1 KO) will host a media conference on Thursday to announce their upcoming featherweight showdown that will be featured on NBCSN on August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. Hardy and Vincent have had a long and heated war of words dating back to Hardy’s second professional fight. The two will now meet in what promises to be an all-out war and the first women’s fight to air on a PBC show.
Also in attendance and competing on the August 21 undercard are local prospects Julian Sosa (5-0-1, 2 KOs), Joseph Williams (9-0, 7 KOs), and Chordale Booker (2-0, 2 KOs).
Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) faces Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a twelve-round IBF welterweight title eliminator on the card. That fight will be televised on NBC.
World Boxing Association president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has written to “all bonafide promoters” to inform them that purse bids for the following three WBA world title fights will be accepted on Monday, August 15, 2016.
The first title fight is in the heavyweight division and features WBA World interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), the knockout artist from Miami, Florida, by way of Camaguey, Cuba, against his mandatory, WBA #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs), from Minsk, Ukraine, by way of Paustovo, Russia. The minimum bid is US$600,000, with 60 percent going to the champion and 40 percent going to the challenger.
The second fight is in the super welterweight division. The principals are WBA World super welterweight champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs), from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, by way of Ambato, Equador, defending his title against #1 ranked Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island. The minimum bid is US$150,000, with 75 percent going to the champion and 25 percent going to the challenger.
The third fight is the unification bout between WBA Super World bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, against WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs), the Cinderella Kid from Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Minimum bid is US$120,000, with 75 percent going to the champion and 25 percent going to the challenger.
The Bidding will take place on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at World Boxing Association Office located at: Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia c/c Calle 47, PH Ocean Plaza, Office 14-05, Marbella, Panama, Panama. WBA Treasurer, Aurelio Fiengo will direct the bidding. If you have questions please contact the WBA Office Phone: + (507) 203-7680 or + (507) 203-7681. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Karl Freitag
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has lifted its suspension of WBA/WBO heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury pending a hearing from an independent anti-doping panel. UKAD suspended Fury and his cousin Hughey Fury on June 24 (the same day Fury pulled out of a July 9 rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko, citing an ankle injury), alleging the pair tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone in February 2015. Team Fury issued a statement denying any allegation of doping when the story first broke in June.
UK Anti-Doping today issued the following statement:
In response to public comments made by Tyson and Hughie Furys’ representatives, UK Anti-Doping can confirm that both boxers were charged on 24 June 2016 with presence of a Prohibited Substance. Mandatory Provisional Suspensions were imposed pursuant to Article 7.9.1 of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
The UK Anti-Doping Rules allow athletes to challenge the imposition of a Provisional Suspension and the independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) today lifted the athletes’ suspensions, pending full determination of the charges. These charges will be heard at a hearing before the NADP in due course.
UK Anti-Doping will not comment further on the case until due legal process has been completed.
Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer responded via Twitter:
When the hearing takes place remains to be seen. For the moment Fury is free to defend against Klitschko in their rescheduled rematch on October 29.
PBC has finally announced its FS1 “Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays” telecast on August 23 featuring rising middleweight Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) against Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs) in a ten round matchup at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Also scheduled for the telecast are a pair of light heavyweight eight-rounders. In a battle of unbeatens, Carlos Gongora (5-0, 4 KOs) faces Ronald Mixon (7-0, 6 KOs) and unbeaten Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) meets Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs).
The card is being promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions.
Undefeated welterweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) and Italian contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) hosted an international media conference call today to discuss their world title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on NBC August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.
Errol Spence: “I’m looking to put on another spectacular performance on August 21. I’m going to make this one-sided and look good in there…outdoing the other welterweights is the goal. I want to look better than guys like Thurman, Pacquiao and Khan.”
Leonard Bundu: “I’m going to give it all that I have. I know I’m better than I was versus Keith Thurman, I know Errol Spence comes to fight”
After shadowboxing in the ring and a few rounds on the punching bags on Tuesday, two-time world champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) spoke to reporters during a media workout at King’s Gym in Oakland, California. Ward takes on Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland in a bout televised by HBO.
Andre Ward: “It feels good to be back at Oracle Arena multiple times this year. I don’t know how much stock you can put into the last couple of years. A lot of people are talking about it, but people have to weigh in the amount of time I have been doing this, which is all my life…Taking those couple years where maybe you’re not fighting as frequently, it’s not always a bad thing, especially late in your career.
“…Sergey Kovalev is not on my mind at all. I’ve got a job to do. I haven’t even talked about Kovalev. We can talk about Kovalev on August 7th, that’s what I told my team. I didn’t watch his last fight, he’s not my next opponent but I know what happened and what people are saying about it.
“I’ve never seen Brand in person. It’s tricky, in my last fight, Sullivan Barrera was a little bit bigger than me. Everyone made a big deal about that, and Brand is smaller than me. You’ve got to be able to get it done, short or tall, explosive or wild. Brand is wild, so it’s going to take a few rounds to break him down and tame him before we start doing what we want to do. As a championship-caliber fighter, you’ve got to be able to deal with everything, every style and size. I’ve never seen the guy in person, so it’s hard to gauge.” (more…)
Toronto-based Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super featherweight Logan “Cotton” McGuinness (23-0-1, 10 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement. Living and fighting out of Orangeville, Ontario, the 29-year-old McGuinness is a former WBA-NABA champion at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, earning NABA Fighter of the Year in 2011. Formerly ranked number four in the world by the WBA, McGuinness has been inactive since May 2015 due to out of the ring issues and is excited to get back in the squared circle.
In his first fight since August 2015, former world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Kane Watts (18-3, 11 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In round two Watts staggered Green with a hard right hand. Also in round two, Green was cut over the right eye by a clash of heads. In round five the referee docked a point from Watts for throwing Green to the canvas. In round nine Green landed a strong right hand, knocking down Watts. Watts was knocked down again in round ten by a right hand from Green. Scores were 99-89, 99-89, 98-89.
Cruiserweight Mark Flanagan (20-4, 13 KOs) scored a second round knockout over James Langton (10-6, 5 KOs). In round two, Flanagan landed a devastating left hook on Langton knocking him out.
Super lightweight Czar Amonsot (32-3-3, 20 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Christian Lopez (20-4-1, 11 KOs). At the start of round three, Amonsot unloaded quick combos on Lopez, knocking him down. Lopez got up but he was unable to survive the round.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Jason Moloney (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round unanimous decision over Jeffrey Francisco (14-2-1, 1 KO). Moloney controlled the action throughout the fight. In round three, Moloney landed an overhand right which knocked down the bewildered Francisco. Scores were 59-54, 59-54, 60-53.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Fightnews caught up with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman this past weekend as he was in Las Vegas to support the 4th annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. The two day event was held at Caesars Palace, where many of boxing’s legendary fights took place, including The Fan Man fight that included one of this year’s inductees, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, in the second fight of his classic trilogy with Evander Holyfield. Also inducted was woman’s boxing pioneer Christy “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Martin, the electric Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker who is arguably the greatest defensive fighter of all time, Nevada’s first world champion Freddie Little and Mexican great Ricardo “Finito” Lopez who made 22 title defenses at strawweight plus several other contributors to the sweet science in the state of Nevada.
Sulaiman gave insight on his association with the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and shared his thoughts on the inductees, many of which won WBC titles during their career. He discussed the role Muhammad Ali played in shaping the WBC and meeting his idol Sugar Ray Leonard as a child at his home. Leonard was on hand to pay tribute to The Greatest during the ceremony. Sulaiman shared fond memories of Caesars Palace as an iconic boxing venue, the greatness of Lonnie Ali and the importance of boxing hall of fames to preserve the legacy of the fighters. (more…)
Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Two-time world champion Andre Ward and Alexander Brand participated in a media workout Tuesday in Oakland, California. They clash Saturday night at Oracle Arena in a bout that will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
The WBA-mandated fight between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) planned for the Canelo-Smith undercard on September 17 in Dallas is apparently off. “We are extremely disappointed to hear that despite agreeing terms, signing a contract and announcing a date for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Championship that Luis Ortiz is refusing to honor the agreement to fight on the 17th September and has withdrawn,” said Ustinov’s promoter Vlad Hrunov. “Golden Boy Promotions have acted with integrity and in good faith and I hear that Ortiz is now negotiating a termination of his contract with Golden Boy.”
By Marco Bratusch at ringside
29-year-old super middleweight Valerio Ranaldi (11-1, 6 KOs) retained his Italian domestic title via majority decision against mandatory challenger Alessandro Sinacore (12-2, 5 KOs) after ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday night in Maccarese, Rome (Italy). The fight topped a BBT Production card promoted by Davide Buccioni at “L’Ancora” Beach Resort with the ring placed aside the sea and with a good crowd in attendance to see the clash between two fellow Romans. Judges’ scorecards had it 95-95, 96-95 and a wider 97-94 in favor of the champion. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions
“At the photo shoot in London, Kell was heavier than Gennady is right now. GGG walks around 170, maybe 172. If GGG decides to fight at 168, he will have zero problems to beat whoever is in front of him and go back to 160 to defend his belts. Imagine how much faster than his opponents Gennady would be at 168 plus add his power. Kell Brook in London was maybe 180 pounds. He’s saying that feels so much stronger because had to lose so much weight to make 147. Even on fight night, I think Brook will weigh way more than GGG. Big welterweight vs. small middleweight,” said K2 managing director Tom Loeffler. Loeffler, who promotes WBC/WBA/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) talks about GGG’s September 10 clash with Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO) – and much more. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee
WBC 105lb king Wanheng Meenayothin (43-0, 17 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as he won a unanimous decision over WBC #1 Saul Juarez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) on Tuesday at the City Hall Ground of Chonburi Province, Thailand. Scored: Jesse Reyes (USA) 115-113, Barry Lindenman (USA) 116-112, Jae Bong Kim (South Korea) 116-113. After a close affair contest in the first four round, Wanheng dominated during rounds five to eight with his more accurate counterpunches and led 77-75, 78-74, 78-75 by the score announcement after round eight. Thereafter, it was not hard for him to take control the fight until the final round.
In other action, Singsayan CP Freshmart (reportedly 4-0) won a 99-91, 96-94, 96-94 unanimous decision over China’s Jin Dunshun to capture the vacant WBC Youth 115lb title. (more…)
Former two-time world champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) is a whopping 85:1 favorite at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Euro sportsbooks have Ward and even wider favorite at -10000, that is bet $10,000 to win $100. The event will be televised live on HBO.
Junior featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (13-1-3, 6 KOs) is being matched up against Cuban Luis “La Estrella” Franco (14-1-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. This is another test for “The Solution”, who has continuously proven to the critics that despite his rocky professional start, he has the motivation to make a jaw-dropping career turn-around. A three-year professional, Morales got off to a shaky start in his career with a loss and three draws in his first four fights. Since then, “The Solution” has been unstoppable winning 13 straight bouts.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews.com® to advise she began promoting in 2008 and has done over one hundred shows in several venues throughout Sydney with her husband Paul Nasari. She explains what duties she performs as a successful promoter and is looking forward to expanding the Neutral Corner promotional company in 2017. Hannah mentions the highlight of 2016 was attending the IBF Convention in China and meeting the IBF President Daryl Peoples, also Lindsey Tucker and Anibal Miramontes and becoming a member of the IBF family. Hannah also mentions meeting WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman at OPBF convention in the Philippines who offered her great advice.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE POWER OF WOMEN
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony this past weekend in Las Vegas at the iconic Caesar’s Palace. It was a memorable event as Rich Marotta´s leadership keeps moving the NVBHF into the right direction honoring the heroes from the past who have made our sport the best in the world. The countless hours of work and dedication of Michelle Corrales and the complete NVBHF team was worth it as the event was phenomenal.
Christy Martin Salters, “The Coal Miners Daughter” is the first female fighter to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Christy is one of the pioneers and is responsible for opening the doors to many other women. She inspired many to go into the gym, break paradigms, overcome discrimination and abuse of power and showed the world that WOMEN can fight! She is a great story, her speech was breathtaking and we all applaud her courage and strength to always be a champion inside and outside the ring. (more…)
ESPN is about to get out of the boxing business, but before that happens we still have two more shows left on the schedule starting Friday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. In the main event, undefeated rising super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) faces Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in a ten round clash.
“This is going to be a tough fight,” said Benavidez. “I know Douglin is hungry to give me my first loss. He’s coming off three wins in a row, so I’m taking this fight very seriously. Being that he’s a southpaw, I’ll have to do some things a little different. We worked on all that stuff in camp so I know I’m going to be ready for anything he brings to the ring.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) faces Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in another ten rounder.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin faced off with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at a press conference in London today to promote their September 10 showdown at the O2 Arena.
Gennady Golovkin: I’m very excited and happy to be in London. I’m excited to perform in front of the UK fans. Kell Brook has my full respect and a great team behind him. It’s not easy for us to get opponents – he’s ready for me and I’m ready for him. I will bring a big, big show to London and the fans are going to love it. Kell Brook is the biggest test to me – he’s a great champion, he’s moving up in weight but great fighters have done that and won so I know he’s a great boxer and he will test me the most.
Kell Brook: This is the biggest fight in world boxing – I’m so excited. I’m the best welterweight in the world and no-one wants to fight me, he’s the best middleweight in the world and no one wants him. I’ll be his size on the night and I’m bringing the speed to middleweight. To be the best you have to beat the best. I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight. It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Washington, DC has been known for great boxing among its boxers. Now it looks like the people who head the governing body for pro boxing in the Nation’s Capital are getting in on the action as well. On Friday, July 30th, the chair of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, Adam Weers, won a championship in the Men’s Masters division of the Ringside Amateur World Championships in Independence, MO.
The 39-year-old Weers has been boxing for 11 years but only recently started competing in tournaments. “The competition was really tough,” Weers told Fightnews.com®. “It was great to come out with a win. Weers is shown in the photograph alongside Marshall Cunningham, the chair of the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing, the board that oversees amateur boxing in DC and in parts of Maryland. Weers has led the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission since February of 2016.
Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is to return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on October 8th in Hong Kong. Co-promoted by DEF Promotions and Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October). Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of Japan for the vacant WBO International junior bantamweight title. Maekawa, rated is a highly regarded fighter from the fabled Watanabe Gym stable and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who has 13 successful world title defenses to his name.
With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Diamond Boxing Promotion
Wanheng Meenayothin 105 vs. Saul Juarez 104
(WBC Minimumweight championship)
Singsayan CP Freshmart 115 vs. Wang Chung 115
(Vacant WBC Youth Superflyweight championship)
Petch CP Freshmart 120 vs. Termchok Twinsgym 119
Wanchana Meenayothin 124 vs. Petch-aswin Sithwarunee 124
Venue: City Hall Ground, Chonburi, Thailand
Promoter : Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Diamond Boxing Promotion
TV: Live on Channel 7 Thailand ( August 2, 1:45 PM-4:15 PM, GMT+7)
This Friday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc., in association with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will present a quadrupleheader on CBS Sports Network.
In the night’s televised main event, red-hot WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob “Bravo” Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, will look to keep his momentum going in a 10-round battle against Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs). (more…)
Photo: William Cherry
Carl Frampton was joined Sunday evening by 300 of his “closest friends” from the UK as The Jackal Army celebrated his slugfest victory over Leo Santa Cruz to capture the WBA Featherweight Championship. The unbeaten (23-0, 14 KOs) Belfast-born star was joined at Annie Moore’s Pub in New York City by Hall of Fame manager Barry McGuigan, who held the same belt 30 years prior, and Barry’s son Shane who trains Frampton.
Light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The fight will provide chief support for the WBA world light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly. Koelling, who claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak at the MBS Arena in Brandenberg in April, will face a tough test from Liebenberg, a dangerous South African, who pushed his stablemate Erik Skoglund to a close points decision in Stockholm earlier this year.
By Ron Jackson
In a junior flyweight clash, Mpho Sefaro (pictured) outboxed the popular and previously unbeaten Percy Mkhize, to win on a six round split decision at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The shorter Mkhize (50.18kg) from the Alan Toweel gym made a good star and possibly shaded the first two rounds. Mkhize was dropped to his knees with a short right for a count from referee Ben Ncapai in the third round. He then forgot about his basic boxing skills and started throwing wild left and rights which went over the head of Sefaro most of the time. The scores were 58-55 and 57-56 for Seforo and 57-56 for Mkhize. Seforo (48.22kg) from the Dida Gym improved his record to 3-0, 2 KOs and Mkhize’s record dropped 7-1, 3 KOs. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Jeff Zimmerman
Once again, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame showed why they may be the best Hall of Fame outside of Canastota, NY. In only their 4th year of existence, the brainchild of longtime boxing announcer Rich Marotta, has turned into an annual gathering of boxing elite, fight fans and celebrities. With Michelle Corrales, widow of former world champion Diego Corrales, serving as COO and running the day-to-day operations, induction weekend has quickly become one of boxing’s biggest summer events. Las Vegas, long known as the fight capital of the world, is the perfect destination with all its glitz and glamor not to mention all of the historical fights that have taken place in the desert and at Caesars Palace, the home for the last two years induction ceremonies that have both sold out. (more…)
August is normally a light month for boxing action, but with the Rio Olympics running, action is even more sparse. Twelve shows, five from PBC, two from Top Rank, one each from Golden Boy, Roc Nation, Salita Promotions, Zanfer Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
Below is the month’s TV lineup in the US:
August 5 – ESPN
David Benavidez vs. Denis Douglin (super middleweight)
August 5 – CBSSN
Rob Brant vs. Chris Fitzpatrick (middleweight)
August 6 – HBO
Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand (light heavyweight)
August 6 – UniMas
Juan Diaz vs. Cesar Vazquez (lightweight)
August 12 – ESPN
Miguel Flores vs. Ryan Kielczewski (featherweight)
August 13 – beIN Sports Espanol
Antonio Margarito vs. Ramon Alvarez (super welterweight)
August 19 – Showtime
Jarrell Miller vs. Fred Kassi (heavyweight)
August 19 – Estrella TV
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Oscar Riojas (light heavyweight)
August 21 – NBC
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Leonard Bundu (welterweight)
August 23 – Fox Sports 1
Caleb Plant vs. TBA (super middleweight)
August 27 – Spike
Robert Guerrero vs. David Peralta (welterweight)
August 27 – UniMas
Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb (featherweight)
Things heat up again in September.
By Robert Coster
With Carl Frampton’s win over Leo Santa Cruz, there are now 14, yes 14 British world champions in the four major boxing organizations (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO). The USA, once the dominant power in pro boxing, follows with 11 world titlists and Mexico is third with 9.
UK: Tony Bellew, Kell Brook, Ricky Burns, Anthony Crolla, James DeGale, Terry Flanagan, Carl Frampton, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Lee Haskins, Jamie McDonnell, Billie Joe Saunders, Lee Selby, Liam Smith.
USA: Deontay Wilder, Daniel Jacobs, Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Jesse Vargas, Terrence Crawford, Jason Sosa, Gary Russell Jr, Rau’shee Warren
Mexico: Jose Argumedo, Ganigan Lopez, Juan F Estrada, Carlos Cuadras, Hugo Ruiz, Oscar Valdez, Francisco Vargas, Miguel Berchelt, Gilberto Ramirez
So how did we get to this golden age in British boxing? British boxing expert and columnist Eric Armit attributes it to a top level amateur program, excellent promoters, some of the best trainers in the world and great TV backing.
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