WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Joshua, Klitschko hit NYC

On Tuesday, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and long reigning former unified heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-0, 53 KOs) hit New York City for media appearances and to hold a press conference to discuss their April 29 boxing clash set for London’s Wembley Stadium where a sold-out crowd of 90,000 will bear witness. The press conference was held at Madison Square Garden.

Photo: Ed Mulholland, Matchroom/K2/KMG

Anthony Joshua: “This is all about the mind games now, but as we know I’m a man who likes to perform. The obsession has always been there for me and not just in boxing. It starts with self, boxing is a representation of who I am. I’m determined to become the best. That’s my obsession.”

“I’m a man who likes to perform and entertain and that’s away been there. I’ve always want to take on the best. The questions are correct, is it too soon, have my opponents prepared me for this” God would never put me in a position I couldn’t handle, fighting Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 people. But the objective still remains the same.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “I first fought here in 2000 on the undercard of Lennox Lewis vs. Michael Grant, Anthony was 10, it’s crazy to think about time and how fast it runs. When I fought Samuel Peter, his promoter called me dead-man walking, but that man kept walking for a very long time.

“I believe this man has a lot of skills, maybe yes, maybe not he will be the biggest star in boxing. I know there are plans to fight Wilder after me, it’s good to be young and ambitious, but I believe this fight has a lot of questions. Is it too early for him, too late for me? All those questions will be answered on April 29, do I still got it or is it too late? I’m looking forward to his challenge, I have my goal to become three-time world champion and I’m obsessed with it.”

On Tuesday, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and long reigning former unified heavyweight world champion Wladimir …


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New date and venue for free boxing card

The inaugural boxing show for this year by Sanman Promotions will now be held on February 26 at the Lagao Gym in General Santos City, Philippines. “It will also be officially part of the annual Kalilangan Festival celebration by the city,” said promoter Jim Claude Manangquil, Chief Executive Office of the Sanman Promotions.
The boxing card, dubbed as the “Rise of the Next Champions” was first scheduled at the on Feb. 25.

“We had to change the venue to Lagao Gym because the SM Convention Center could only accommodate around 800 people and that will not be enough,” said Manangquil.

Lagao Gym, which is run by the city government can accommodate at least 5,000 people.

“This is still free to the public so fight fans should not miss this world class boxing,” said Manangquil. (more…)

The inaugural boxing show for this year by Sanman Promotions will now be held on February 26 at the Lagao …



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Boxing Buzz: Khan, Joshua, Klitschko, more

Former world champion Amir Khan made some major changes to his management team, parting ways with his father Shah Khan (who negotiated his fights), his uncle and his best friend. Now Khan says he wants to keep business and family separate and will be working with boxing adviser Asif Vali. He is currently training in the San Francisco area preparing to return to the ring this summer.
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The teams of WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs) and Isaac Ekpo (31-2, 24 KOs) have reached an agreement to fight each other on March 18th in Germany.
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Juan “Churritos” Hernández briefly left his training camp at the Otomí Ceremonial Center to attend the WBC´s “Coffee Tuesday” for the 30-day pre-weighing in the run up to the March 4 fight for the vacant WBC flyweight title against undefeated Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai in Thailand. Hernande weighed 122.75, within the 10% limit.
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IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko were in New York City Tuesday to promote their April 29 WBA/IBF heavyweight championship clash in London expected to draw a live gate of 90,000+. Still no word on USA television. Joshua has a deal with Showtime, while Wlad has been an HBO fighter.

Former world champion Amir Khan made some major changes to his management team, parting ways with his father Shah Khan …


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Call for suspension of Butler: Incredible video of Montreal aftermath

By Dave Spencer

Aftershocks are still rippling through the Montreal boxing world from the melee that followed the Steven Butler versus Brandon Cook matchup Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Cook remained undefeated and was victorious with a scintillating 7th round knockout but was quickly knocked to the canvas himself in celebration as bottles and debris were launched into the ring by angry fans upset that their man had lost. A metal wine bucket caught the visiting Ajax, Ontario fighter squarely in the head, just after being shoved by Butler himself.

New video footage shows the full effect of the launched missile along with Butler’s father entering the ring. (more…)

By Dave Spencer Aftershocks are still rippling through the Montreal boxing world from the melee that followed the Steven Butler …




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Lucas Browne to tell his story in new book


By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The story of Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will be published next month in a new book titled The World Champion That Never Was by Graham Clarke which will focus on Browne winning the WBA heavyweight title by ten round stoppage on March 5, 2016 over Ruslan Chaegev in Grozny, Russia. Browne was stripped two months later because of a failed drug test administered by VADA. He was banned for six months and stripped by the WBA.

Browne told Fightnews.com® he thinks the drug was planted in his food. Browne’s lawyer appealed the WBA decision and he was successful in receiving an opportunity to challenge for the WBA title again. However, in December while training for a bout with former world champion Shannon Briggs, Browne failed a second VADA drug test that the WBC conducted.

Browne says the drug was mistakenly taken in a pre-workout supplement. The WBA reached a decision on his penalty. A two-year ban which will see Browne back in action after March 2018. Browne is now 37 years of age and vows that he will make it back into the all the world ratings and challenge for the heavyweight championship again. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The story of Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will be published next month in …


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Kabayel-Hubeaux final press conference

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Heavyweights Agit Kabayel and Herve Hubeaux faced off at the final press conference before Saturday’s showdown for the European heavyweight title at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany.

Agit Kabayel: “This weapons exhibition of my opponent, the “Hubeaux-double ax” doesn’t impress me one bit. In the ring we’re only boxing. My goal is to be world champion and like Lennox Lewis, the Klitschkos and the great German idols in the division, I want this European title on the way to the top!”

Hervé Hubeaux: The nickname “Double Ax” comes from my name, abbreviated to “Double H” – this also means “Double Ax” in French. In Celtic, this stands for ‘attack and defense,’ but in the ring I’ll use my fists as ‘weapons’ and get my belt!”

SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: “It would be an honor for us to win the European title. It is and will remain a major milestone in sports history. My prediction: This European title fight will be decided by knockout!” photos

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Heavyweights Agit Kabayel and Herve Hubeaux faced off at the final press conference before …


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Promoter loses right to Shumenov-Dorticos

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has notified WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov and WBA Interim cruiserweight title-holder Yunier Dorticos, as well as their representatives, that Caribe Promotions has lost its rights to promote the WBA mandated Shumenov vs. Dorticos title fight. Dorticos’ promoter, Caribe Promotions, originally won the Shumenov vs. Dorticos title fight rights last November with a winning purse bid of $350,001, which required a fight date within 90 days. Although rumored to be held in mid-February in either Miami or Las Vegas, Caribe’s ability to actually promote the fight came into question in January, 2017. The WBA demanded that Caribe confirm its intentions and even granted Caribe additional time to respond, but Caribe failed to file confirmation of a fight date with the WBA. Because Caribe was unable to confirm its intentions, the WBA awarded the rights to the second-highest purse bidder, Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions.

Caribe Promotions forfeits its $35,000 purse bid deposit with 10-percent off the top going to the WBA and remainder ($31,500) distributed to Shumenov and Dorticos, respectively, on a 75-25 percent basis due to its failure to promote the fight.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has notified WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov and WBA Interim cruiserweight title-holder Yunier Dorticos, …


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Vasquez Jr, Collazo final presser

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions

Welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. and former world champion Luis Collazo went face-to-face Tuesday ahead of their welterweight showdown that headlines a special three-hour edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Thursday, February 2 from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting matchups. Fast-rising contender Yordenis Ugas will meet Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava in a 10-round matchup of hard-hitting welterweights while Houston’s Ryan Karl takes on Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez in a 10-round battle of unbeaten super lightweights.

Sammy Vasquez Jr:

“Luis Collazo is a really tough opponent. He’s always game. It doesn’t matter who he fights. I always enjoyed watching him growing up because he’s quick, strong and savvy. (more…)

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions Welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. and former world champion Luis Collazo went face-to-face Tuesday ahead of …



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New LA Fight Club fights announced

Things will heat up at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, as Golden Boy Promotions puts on three fight cards.

First, on February 3, Golden Boy has Joshua “The Professor” Franco and Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr. in previously announced bouts.

Two weeks later on Feb. 17, super lightweight knockout artist, Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (33-1, 27 KOs) will make his statewide debut against Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz (40-15-3, 19 KOs).

Then, on March 10, local fan favorite Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (16-0, 14 KOs) will face his toughest test to date as he battles for the WBC Youth Intercontinental lightweight Championship against Romero “Ruthless” Duno (12-1, 11 KOs).

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Things will heat up at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, as Golden Boy Promotions puts on three fight …


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Laggoune defends WBC Francophone against Ngumbu

Poster Roosdaal, Belgium
Undefeated Belgian lightheavyweight Bilal Laggoune, 20-0-2(10), will face ever dangerous French Doudou Ngumbu, 35-7-0(13), in a defence of his WBC Francophone 175lbs title on Feb 10 in Belleheide center, Roosdaal near Ninove, Belgium.

Laggoune destroyed French Hakim Chioui in 3 rds to win the vacant title last June and his best result is a draw against hard hitting and former EBU champion Dmytro Kucher. Bilal is a former EBU-EU cruiserweight champion before moving down a division.

Doudou Ngumbu has faced the best all over the world and is always a difficult and dangerous opponent and will be a good test for Laggoune to see how far he can go in this division. Ngumbu proved how good he is with a points win against South African Johnny Muller in Monaco in 2014.

The show is promoted by Ezzedine Laggoune, the brother of boxer Bilal, who has put up a fantastic undercard with a Belgian 168lbs titlefight between Timur Nikarkhoev and Mohamed El Achi. Local Belgian stars Jean Pierre Bauwens and Sasha Yengoyan will fight on this very interesting show. Kevin Vanderheyden will make his pro debut.

Undefeated Belgian lightheavyweight Bilal Laggoune, 20-0-2(10), will face ever dangerous French Doudou Ngumbu, 35-7-0(13), in a defence of his WBC …


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WBC says Gary Russell is fighting Feb 18

Still no official announcement from About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, but according to the World Boxing Council, WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on February 18 to defend his title against Interim champion Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Showtime has already announced three televised fights from Cincinnati that night: Former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados, WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan defending his title against former champion Lamont Peterson and unbeaten light heavyweight contender “Sir” Marcus Browne meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr.

Perhaps Russell-Escandon will end up on Showtime Extreme.

Still no official announcement from About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, but according to the World Boxing Council, WBC featherweight …


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Green: It’s Mundine’s choice not to stand for national anthem

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian cruiserweight champion Danny Green said on social media that it is Anthony Mundine’s choice not to stand for the national anthem before their Australian title bout on Friday at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia, but he does despise division in the Australian communities. Mundine responded by saying it is a racist anthem and disrespectful to the aboriginal people.

“Big fight this Friday in Australia. Lots of talk in the public and the media about division because Mundine is indigenous and I am a white fella with Irish roots,” Green posted on social media. “Mundine won’t stand for the anthem before the fight and that is totally his choice. Doesn’t affect me. He is allowed his choices and his opinion. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian cruiserweight champion Danny Green said on social media that it is Anthony …



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Late results from Michigan

By David Finger

Nearly 1,000 fight fans came out in full force in Lansing, Michigan to witness the comeback of local boy Tyrone Harris as he snapped a six fight losing streak after winning a unanimous six round decision over late sub Greg Covington Jr. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but plenty of action.

“I was happy with the fights and the crowd,” promoter Ron DeLeon said of the show. “I will do 3 more shows this year instead of MMA.” (more…)

By David Finger Nearly 1,000 fight fans came out in full force in Lansing, Michigan to witness the comeback of …


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Full Feb 10 ShoBox Lineup

Undefeated super lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (13-0, 10 KOs) will face Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation® quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

In the co-feature, rising local favorite and son of the late former world heavyweight champion, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, hard-hitting heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (13-0, 13 KOs), makes his second start on ShoBox when he faces the dangerous Daniel Martz (15-4-1, 12 KOs), of Clarksburg, West Virginia, in an eight-round match.

Undefeated former Dominican Republic Olympian Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and former national Golden Gloves champion Joe “Mack” Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, N.Y., clash in a confrontation of undefeated light heavyweights in an eight-round featured bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, Spain’s up-and-coming unbeaten Jon “Johnfer” Fernandez (10-0, 8 KOs) takes on southpaw Ernesto Garza (7-1, 4 KOs), of Fort Hood, Texas, the eight-round super featherweight scrap.

Undefeated super lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (13-0, 10 KOs) will face Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round …


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Conlan, Cardoza to fight for WBC International Silver super-flyweight title

Undefeated super-flyweight Jamie Conlan (18-0, 11 KOs) will face former World title challenger Yader Cardoza (21-10-1, 6 KOs) for the Vacant WBC International Silver Super-Flyweight Championship at the Belfast Waterfront on February 18th.

“Expect fireworks,” declared Conlan. “This is a great opportunity to get my hands on another belt and I’m not going to waste it. Cardoza has fought at World level but that belt has my name on it and I’m going to send my fans home happy.

“I need to get in there and get the job done. My team has really pushed me forward and we’ve been making some great progress over the past few months. There’s some huge fights out there for me and I’m going to kick the year off with a new belt around my waist.”

Undefeated super-flyweight Jamie Conlan (18-0, 11 KOs) will face former World title challenger Yader Cardoza (21-10-1, 6 KOs) for the …


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New opponent named for Deontay Wilder

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will now defend his title against unbeaten contender Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

The opponent change comes after Wilder’s original foe, Andrzej Wawrzyk, tested positive for a banned substance.

“I was disappointed when Wawrzyk tested positive for a banned substance and wasn’t available to fight. I didn’t want to disappoint my loyal fans in Birmingham, who have always supported me,” Wilder said.

“I know that I’ll be fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard, but that adds more excitement to the fight for me. I’m looking forward to going to Birmingham and coming away with a victory just like I did in my last fight there,” Washington said.

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will now defend his title against unbeaten contender …



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Mundine: Green is 22 pounds heavier than me

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine says Friday’s challenge against former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny “Green Machine” Green is bigger than their 2006 bout and also vows to win the rematch at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia.

“This is a bigger challenge for me,” Mundine told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “Green is going to be 10 kilos (22 pounds) heavier than me by fight time too and he’s a better fighter now than he was the first time.

“He’s improved. He’s always had the power but as he’s gotten older he’s become more patient. He doesn’t rush in like he did 10 years ago. He thinks more about what he’s doing and tries to set you up.”

Green is the betting favourite with Australian betting agencies to defeat Mundine with the live gate to exceed 30,000 fight fans.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine says Friday’s challenge against former …


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Holmes, Martinez victorious in Santa Fe

Story and photos by David Finger

In what has emerged as one of the most popular boxing series in the Southwest, Holmes Boxing and Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino hosted another sellout on Saturday as local boy Brandon Holmes extended his undefeated record with a tough unanimous decision over Belen’s Gene Perez. Casual fans might have expected Holmes, who weighed in at 132.6, to be in for an easy night. Perez, who weighed in at 131.9, was visibly smaller, slower, and clearly lacked the skill set of the undefeated prospect from Santa Fe. But anyone who saw the first Holmes-Perez fight back in September knew that Perez was a fighter who could give the prospect fits. (more…)

Story and photos by David Finger In what has emerged as one of the most popular boxing series in the …


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Barry talks about Parker’s weight gain

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker admitted that he has put on several pounds since defeating Andy Ruiz in Auckland New Zealand on December 10 but Kevin Barry, who is the trainer of Parker, said he will slap the (weight) off his face. Barry also mentioned that Parker will be much improved heavyweight boxer now he has become world champion and he expects his charge to be fighting in a unification bout in 2017 if Joseph keeps winning.

“When fighters say they are 5kg (11pounds) over, double it,” Barry told Sunday sport on RadioLive.

“When I heard him say five, I thought that was a little concerning because now he is 10kg (22 pounds) over.”

“I’m going to slap it off his face,” he laughed. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker admitted that he has put on several pounds …


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Patera faces Di Silvio in Sint Truiden, Belgium

Jill Serron
Francesco Patera, 16-2-0(7), will face experienced Italian Pasquale Di Silvio, 20-8-1(6), next Saturday Feb 4 in Sint-Truiden, Belgium with the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title at stake.

Both lost their last fight to Sean Dodd and this makes the fight very interesting and probably competitive as Patera lost by split decision and Di Silvio a unanimous decision. Patera’s other loss was also on points against French Yvan Mendy
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Di Silvio is the current Italian champion a title he won against Acatullo and successfully defended it against Finiello back in 2015. He has only 1 fight since (the Sean Dodd loss). Most of his losses are against top opposition like Marsili, Lancia, Tatli… Patera is also a current national champion, winning the title against Hakim Ben Ali back in 2015.

The main undercard bout will see local female star Jill Serron look for her 2nd pro win against French Wendy Vincent. Two other 4 rounders and severeal amateur bouts will complete the fightcard.

The show, which starts at 7:30pm at the Sportcomplex Sint Pieter of Sint Truiden and is promoted by Trudo Boxing Club headed by François Lesuisse and Jean Houwaer with trainer Patrick Coppesmette.

Francesco Patera, 16-2-0(7), will face experienced Italian Pasquale Di Silvio, 20-8-1(6), next Saturday Feb 4 in Sint-Truiden, Belgium with the …


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WBO champ Parker motivated to KO H Fury

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) will be prepared to defend the world title in England against mandatory contender WBO #2 Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) ahead of the purse bid to be held at the WBO Head Office in San Juan Puerto Rico on February 1st. Parker says if the fight is in England, it would be perfect preparation for a unification bout against IBF champion Anthony Joshua. He also pointed out that Fury has never headlined a promotion or been in a pay-per-view fight and if the fight is in England, he’ll be motivated to KO Hughie.”This could be the perfect lead-up to those bigger fights. Getting used to it, testing it out. Looking for a place over there, where we could stay and get comfortable with.” Parker told Sky Sports. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) will be prepared to defend …


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Kreiskott looks to extend win streak

Heavyweight Werner Kreiskott (23-19-2, 17 KOs) will face former WBC world title challenger Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (43-24-1, 37 KOs) on Saturday, February 11, at the EMKA Sportzentrum in Velbert, Germany. The 38-year-old Kreiskott, who once had a terrible record of 12-19-1, has been undefeated in his last twelve outings dating back to 2012. He will be defending his World Boxing Federation (WBF) International heavyweight title against Mendoza. The show, billed as “Die Nacht Der Löwen” (Night Of The Lions), will be promoted by Kreiskott and his Fight Club Wuppertal. The undercard will feature local talent.

Heavyweight Werner Kreiskott (23-19-2, 17 KOs) will face former WBC world title challenger Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (43-24-1, 37 KOs) on …


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Cook hoping to be next Joe Smith…undefeated fighter returns to work Tuesday

By Dave Spencer

Undefeated Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook returns to work Tuesday morning installing windows after opening some doors to future fights at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. Cook delivered a mammoth right hand and followed up with a left hook at the end of the 7th and undefeated Steven Butler went crashing down to the canvas.

Butler (18-1-1 15KO) bounced down off the canvas and did manage to crawl back to his feet but was clearly dazed and referee Marlon Wright wisely called it off. It goes down as the first defeat for the 21-year-old youngster who wasn’t in agreement with the decision to stop the fight, but his team clearly was.

“We agree with the stoppage,” promoter Camille Estephan said after the fight. “You’ve got to protect a kid like that.” (more…)

By Dave Spencer Undefeated Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook returns to work Tuesday morning installing windows after opening some doors to …


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Green-Mundine Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green ticket sales at this time have eclipsed 20,000 I have been informed. Friday night’s bout should break the 2006 record of 30,000.

The controversial Mundine has stated he will not be standing for or acknowledging the Australian national anthem. Word is “The Man” hasn’t looked good in sparring. Green is a solid 2.5 to 1 favorite.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The Anthony Mundine vs. Danny Green ticket sales at this time have eclipsed …


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Team Moloney hits Adelaide

By Brett Bonetti

Exciting Australian prospects Jason and Andrew Moloney have arrived in Adelaide today ahead of their fights on the undercard of the Danny “The Green Machine” Green vs Anthony “The Man” Mundine mega fight this Friday Night at Adelaide oval in South Australia.

WBA #10 Super Bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney (11-0, 10 KO’s) takes on Marco “The Maniac” Dececillo (22-6-1, 17 KO’s) and WBA #11 Bantamweight Andrew “The Golden One” Moloney (11-0, 7 KO’s) will face Renoel “The Renegade” Pael (21-4-1, 11 KO’s). (more…)

By Brett Bonetti Exciting Australian prospects Jason and Andrew Moloney have arrived in Adelaide today ahead of their fights on …


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Quebec-Ontario: A rich history of great fights

By Dave Spencer

It’s a guaranteed recipe for success. Take one boxer from Quebec, add another from Ontario, simmer for twelve rounds and sit back and watch things explode.

The Bell Centre was a powder-keg Saturday night with #5 ranked WBA Brandon Cook defending his undefeated 17-0 record and WBA Intercontinental belt vs 18-0-1 Steven Butler and his IBF North American belt. The fires were stoked all night by announcers, not that they needed to be, and by the time the opening bell rang there was a feverish pitch and the 5,500 in attendance were in a frenzied mode and were revved even higher by the action inside the ring.

Over 500 made the trip to Montreal from Toronto and 2,000 Quebec flags were given out to help ignite passion. (more…)

By Dave Spencer It’s a guaranteed recipe for success. Take one boxer from Quebec, add another from Ontario, simmer for …


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Ancajas retains IBF super flyweight world title in Macao

IBF world super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs) of the Philippines scored a seventh round TKO over former WBA interim light flyweight king Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (35-5, 19 KOs) from Mexico on Sunday night at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. Ancajas, making his first defense of the belt, was in command from the get-go. The end came when Rodriguez didn’t come out for round eight citing a shoulder injury.

IBF world super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KOs) of the Philippines scored a seventh round TKO …


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Takam KOs Rekowski in Macao

IBF heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (now 34-3-1, 26 KOs) won the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title moments ago with a fourth round KO over Poland’s Marcin Rekowski (17-5, 14 KOs). The bout took place Sunday night at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China.

Photo: OPI 2000

Takam, currently rated #5 by the IBF, was returning from a close loss to Joesph Parker last May in New Zealand.

IBF heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (now 34-3-1, 26 KOs) won the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title moments ago with a …


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Post fight melee mars classic battle

By Dave Spencer

He described it as the biggest victory of his life, but undefeated Brandon Cook (18-0) who scored a dramatic 7th round KO as a visitor to the Bell Centre over Steven Butler was robbed of the chance to celebrate by a disgusting display from fans hurling debris into the ring and knocking down the newly crowned IBF north American champ.
Footage from TVA Sports can be seen here with Cook being taken down by cans, bottles and even an ice bucket.

“There was stuff coming from everywhere,” Cook told the media after the fight in a press conference that lacked the usual celebration and joy from a fighter winning a big fight. In fact, media members were told that Cook was not going to be making an appearance and had left the building for his own safety.

But Cook did make it and almost all talk centered on the tragic display from fans that also saw an innocent fan take a Vodka bottle to the back of the head, bandaged up and taken to the hospital. (more…)

By Dave Spencer He described it as the biggest victory of his life, but undefeated Brandon Cook (18-0) who scored …


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Mikey Garcia planning lightweight division takeover

By Miguel Maravilla

“Mikey” Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Oxnard, California, became a three-division world champion after crushing WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

“This is only the beginning,” said Garcia. “I am very happy, this is my third world title. This time it means more to me. The way the fight ended was unbelievable but he was a well worthy champion. I stuck to my plan and came out with the victory.”

And for his future plans? “My main focus is the 135 pound division. I feel good here with my speed. We have plans in the future to move to 140. 147 may take a year or two. Right now it’s 135…give me another 2 or 3 months. I can be back anytime soon. I would like to fight anybody at 135 and unify. In the meantime, I don’t want to be waiting. I want to get back in the ring.

“If Lomachenko and Bob Arum wants to go to 135 and fight me, we can do that. I hear the fans and media calling for that fight but I have not heard anything from their side!”

By Miguel Maravilla “Mikey” Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Oxnard, California, became a three-division world champion after crushing WBC lightweight …


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Santa Cruz, Frampton speak

By Miguel Maravilla

Irish superstar Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico met with the media at the postfight press conference following their world featherweight title rematch on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Leo Santa Cruz: “A lot of experts said I was going to lose but I proved them wrong. I boxed and we worked the body and I was landing them body shots good. Frampton is a tough fighter”

On if he is willing to fight Frampton in Belfast: “A real champ goes anywhere. I am willing to go anywhere. If our managers come to an agreement, we can fight a third fight. Or fight Abner Mares, Lee Selby, Gary Russell. I’m willing to fight the best.”

Carl Frampton: “Obviously I’m disappointed. Me and Leo have had 24 rounds with each other. Leo is a tremendous fighter, he surprised me, he boxed really well…he deserved the fight and congrats to him. I feel he stole a lot of those rounds late with his experience. The better man won tonight.

“We have to make a trilogy. Leo said he can do a third fight in Belfast and I hope he is a man of his word.”

By Miguel Maravilla Irish superstar Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa …


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Fights at the Fitz Results

By Tracy Morin at ringside

On Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, Southern fighters scrapped in four bouts that went the distance and ended with the crowd on its feet to cheer a local favorite.

In the main event, Memphian Dedrick Bell (15-29-1, 8 KO) scored a six round unanimous decision over Aaron Anderson (3-47-0, 1 KO) in a clash for the Mid-South welterweight belt. Bell, coming off two wins (including a unanimous decision against Anderson last July), appeared well-prepared for the six-round rematch and emerged from his corner with sharper combinations and measured aggression behind the jab versus his shorter opponent. (more…)

By Tracy Morin at ringside On Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, Southern fighters scrapped in …


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Santa Cruz edges Frampton to regain WBA featherweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) avenged his loss to previously unbeaten Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) with a twelve round majority decision to reclaim the WBA featherweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After a hard twelve rounds, scores were 115-113, 115-113 for Santa Cruz and 114-114.

Starting off where they left off Santa Cruz boxed and kept his distance in the opening round as he connected Frampton with and the two exchanged wildly to close the first. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) avenged his loss to …


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Berchelt TKOs Vargas in eleven to seize WBC super featherweight title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) dethroned WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) by brutal eleventh round TKO on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Berchelt punished Vargas the whole way until referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in at 2:19 of round eleven as Vargas was taking heavy fire in the corner and throwing little in return.

The fight was Berchelt’s from the opening bell, as he landed the heavier punches and threw at a higher workrate than Vargas. Although Vargas gamely fired back, often with crisp, accurate punches and occasionally trying to maintain distance, work behind the jab, and make it a boxing match, Berchelt wouldn’t have it, continuing to come forward round after round, pummeling Vargas with both hands. By round six Vargas was clearly starting to get beat up, bleeding over the left eye and trying to trade with Berchelt but visibly outgunned. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) …


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Mayweather says comeback likely against MMA fighter McGregor

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather said tonight that it’s “likely” he will return to the ring against MMA star Conor McGregor. Floyd will be looking to move his unbeaten record to 50-0, while McGregor would be making his professional boxing debut.

“I don’t know if the fight’s gonna happen between me and Connor McGregor, but most likely the fight’s gonna happen,” Mayweather proclaimed on SkySports. “I believe I can get my number.”

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather said tonight that it’s “likely” he will return to the ring against MMA star Conor …




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