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Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will not be fighting November 28 at the Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City. The Groupe Yvon Michel-promoted boxer injured his shoulder during training last week, forcing him to withdraw from his bout. Beterbiev is currently world rated at #2 by both the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as #3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #4 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
The decision was made this morning (Tuesday) after the two-time Russian Olympian met GYM’s doctor, Francis Fontaine, and surgeon David Baillargeon determined Beterbiev needs minor but necessary surgery to his right shoulder. “Under my supervision, Artur had a magnetic resonance examination Friday,” Dr. Fontaine explained. “After a meeting this morning, we have decided that Artur’s surgery would be performed in the next few days by specialist Dr. Baillargeon. We expect a complete recovery followed by a return to the ring at the beginning of 2016.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
A number of notable names will see action on the undercard when WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford defends against Dierry Jean on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-1-1, 9 KOs) will see action for the first time since losing his world title against Lee Selby in May. Gradovich will face Aldimar Silva (19-8, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder.
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (25-0, 17 KOs) is back in action against Raphael Zumbano (37-11-1, 30 KOs) in a scheduled eight round clash. World-rated Ruiz defeated Joell Godfrey last month, and is penciled in to fight again in December.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (26-1, 20 KOs) returns against Ayi Bruce (23-11, 9 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. It will be Zewski’s first bout since dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Konstantin Ponomarev in May.
Also, unbeaten welterweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (18-0, 13 KOs) takes on Angel Martinez (12-7-1, 8 KOs) in a six round bout, plus super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (10-0, 9 KOs), super welterweight Zsolt Daranyi Jr (4-0, 4 KOs) and local super lightweight Alfredo Martinez (4-0, 2 KOs) are scheduled to face opponents to be named.
The undercard was announced today for the November 21 PPV mega-showdown between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez from The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title for the fifth time against unbeaten Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KOs) and undefeated featherweight Jayson Velez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) will face Ronny Rios (24-1, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder. An additional televised bout will be announced shortly. There has been media speculation that boxing superstar Andre Ward could be appearing in the co-feature, but as of now nothing is official.
David Itskowitch (Roc Nation Sports): “Bringing sports fans an event featuring what is likely to be the 2015 Fight of the Year in Cotto vs. Canelo is great, but adding a highly entertaining undercard makes it greater. The announcement of these two televised undercard fights brings additional excitement and value for fans watching the event live in Las Vegas or at home on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions): “On November 21, the best fighters in boxing will gather for one epic night in Las Vegas. Audiences will not only see the two biggest stars battle, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, but every fighter featured on the card brings the highest caliber of talent propelling the sport further into a new golden age of boxing.”
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr. – dcobbjr.com
The Briscoe Awards again honored the best of the Philadelphia boxing scene on Sunday, but this year during the ceremony, some major breaking news was announced by heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham, a former two-time cruiserweight champion. “Can I have your attention?” Cunningham asked the crowd gathered at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia. “This is some breaking news right here. We’ve talked with the team and we made a decision. We’re going to go back down to cruiserweight and become a three-time world champion at cruiserweight. My next fight, in January, is going to be at cruiserweight.”
Cunningham cited his frustration at heavyweight, where he’s been on the wrong end of critical controversial decisions which have stalled his ability to secure a title fight. Cunningham most recently settled for a questionable draw against Antonio Tarver, and lost disputed verdicts against Vyacheslav Glazkov and Tomasz Adamek prior to that.
“These judges are not considering me a heavyweight,” Cunningham said. “They are not understanding what they are seeing in the ring, with me being 204 (pounds) fighting guys 230 (or more). I’m advised by Al Haymon and we’ve made the decision.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
In less than two weeks, the World Boxing Council will hold its 53rd Annual Convention in Kunming, China, from November 1st-7th. The host hotel will be the Intercontinental Hotel Kunming. This will be the second convention held in China by the WBC, the first occurring in 2008 at Chengdu. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, fresh off a slew of meetings and the huge card (Gonzalez-Viloria and Golovkin-Lemieux) at Madison Square Garden this past weekend, will head off to Kunming early next week, ahead of schedule to personally make sure every detail is attended to for what promises to be an epic convention. While Mauricio Sulaiman oversaw the 2013 convention in Bangkok, Thailand in place of his ailing father, the late Jose Sulaiman, this will be the younger Sulaiman’s second convention as president, after last year’s mammoth event in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to information received, fallen boxer Prichard Colon continues in a state of critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. On Monday, Prichard showed small signs of improvement at the neurological level. He exhibited reflexes in his left hand, but he remains in a coma. He is breathing on his own but has a fever. Colon underwent emergency surgery last Saturday night after suffering a subdural hematoma (brain bleed) in his nationally televised bout against Terrel Williams.
The popular series Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues its fall season on Friday from the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, former WBO Latin Champion Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano (13-3, 10 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face David Quijano (15-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight interim title on the line.
Seven more fights round off the show. The first bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US. Claro Sports will televise to all of Latin America. Tickets are already on sale at the A La Carte Pavillion 4050 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa or by calling 813-309-9991. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In a 24-page ruling, United States District Judge John F. Walter has rendered a decision on Top Rank’s lawsuit against boxing powerbroker Al Haymon and his financial backers Waddell & Reed. Judge Walter granted Haymon’s Motion To Dismiss, but will allow Top Rank to refile an amended complaint with greater detail on or before October 30. The judge also granted Waddell & Reed’s Motion To Dismiss “without leave to amend,” so they appear to be off the hook.
Top Rank’s lawsuit alleged Haymon has engaged in at least four types of anticompetitive and tortious behavior: (1) inducing professional boxers to enter unlawful “tie out” agreements, which prevent the boxers from “freely” or “independently” contracting with legitimate promoters, (2) illegally acting as a promoter and fraudulently operating in the promotion business through a network of “sham promoters,” (3) blocking legitimate promoters’ access to major venues through fraud, overbooking, and other unlawful means, and (4) utilizing predatory “payola” practices, i.e.. preventing legitimate promoters from access to television broadcasters through exclusive dealing, overbooking. and other unlawful means.
Hedi Slimani, 22-2-0(12), was scheduled to defend his WBC Francophone lightweight title against Ghanian George Ashie, 25-4-1(18), on the undercard of the WBC female lightweight title defense of Delfine Persoon against EBU championne Maiva Hamadouche of France.
It seems that apart from some visa problems, the Ghanian got injured in training last night and he still has to receive green light from his Board doctor to fight on Nov 11 in Zwevezele, Belgium. Promoter/matchmaker Filiep Tampere is already looking for a replacement in case Ashie definetely pulls out of the fight.
On the same card unbeaten Yves Ngabu, 14-0-0(11) will face French champion Engin Karakaplan, 14-5-1(6) for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title. Ahmed Boussaidi, 8-1-0(3) faces Sasha Yengoyan, 33-2-1(22), over 10 rounds.
Date: Nov 11, 2015
Place: Zwevezele, Belgium
Arena: Sporthal de zwaluw
Promoter: Filiep Tampere / Paul Degroote DTT.be
TV: Sport 40, Belgium
By Robert Coster
Photo: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
He may have lost a (controversial) verdict on Saturday against former world champion Lamont Peterson, but Felix Diaz won many hearts judging by feedback from boxing fans, who by large numbers consider that the 2008 Olympic Champion did enough to get the decision. The Bronx-based, Dominican-born Diaz seemed to take his first loss in 17 bouts with surprising composure, embracing Peterson and waving to the crowd. Fightnews.com® talked to Felix Diaz in the aftermath of his first nationally televised main event fight.
Felix, you lost your unbeaten record on Saturday, yet you seem to be taking it surprisingly well. You went over to embrace Lamont Peterson. Another fighter might have been furious at the verdict. Is that just the way you are?
Why should I blame Lamont Peterson for lousy judges? Lamont is a great boxer and an excellent person. I only have respect for him. Sure, I’m disappointed because I feel, like so many of the boxing fans who saw the fight, that I deserved the victory. But I’ve got to put it behind me. (more…)
Interview and photo: Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Leading Australian boxing trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews about who wins a GGG vs. Cotto showdown. Shaw was in the corner of Daniel Geale when he challenged both middleweight champions. Shaw also talks about his charge, former WBO-rated light middleweight Ryan Waters (24-4-1, 13 KOs) who will challenge Australian middleweight champion Dwight Ritchie (12-0, 1 KO) at the Cronulla Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on November 21. In addition, Shaw mentions heavyweight prospect and Rugby League great Paul Gallen (3-0, 2 KOs) and current WBC Youth welterweight champion Jack Brubaker (9-1-1, 4 KOs) who he also trains.
[On who wins a GGG v Cotto showdown] “If the fight happens at 160 pounds I see GGG winning. While Gennady is a great puncher he is also a complete boxer. I’m a Miguel Cotto fan. He has been a great champion. Great boxers like GGG only come along every twenty years. We are seeing a great middleweight at the moment in him.” (more…)
Junior middleweights take center stage as heavy-handed unbeaten Nathaniel Gallimore (9-0 ,8 KOs) takes on Urman Ryskeldiev (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder with the WBU title at stake. The fight will take place on Saturday night at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California. Gallimore is a highly touted prospect based out of Illinois by way of Jamaica and will be stepping up in competition vs Ryskeldiev. “This is a big fight for Nathaniel, but our team feels he is ready and will come out on top,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Some of Gallimore’s management stablemates will be on the undercard such as Ernest Muhammad Jr., Kelin Sharpe, Joshua Greer Jr., and the comebacking formerly world ranked heavyweight Razvan Cojanu.
Peter Rasmussen (PR Sports Promotions Inc) and James Toney (Lights Out Promotions) will promote the show titled “The Battle in Burbank.”
Before October 24th’s UFC Fight Night Poirier vs. Duffy at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, journalist Ralph Welch takes a look back at the last time the UFC visited The Emerald Isle from unique perspectives. Today, Aisling Daly provides her viewpoint of the last Dublin card from afar. Check back Oct. 19 for Paddy Holohan’s experience from inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana won the interim South African lightweight title when he scored a 12 round unanimous points decision over Sipho Taliwe at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night.
The original match was billed for the vacant title relinquished by Xolisani Ndongeni, but promoter Ayanda Matiti applied for a court interdict to stop the fight going ahead, as he felt that Boxing SA had ignored the claim of his fighter Xolani Mcotheli who is ranked at number three, in the most recent Boxing SA ratings, whereas Fana is only ranked at number five. The claim by Fana to the interim title is rather hollow as there is no such title or provision in the South African Boxing Act and Boxing Regulations. (more…)
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Fighting for the first time in 16 months, former WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius “BooBoo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) made quick work of Argentinian Dario Fabian Pucheta (20-3) on Saturday night, then proclaimed himself ready for the “big boys” at 154 pounds, whether it’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, or anybody else in that weight class.
“No disrespect to any fighter because anyone who gets in that ring, I have high respect for, but it’s time for me to showcase what I really have against the guys everyone thinks is #1,” said Andrade, who was stripped of his world title for inactivity. “This layoff, I just took the time to get better physically, spiritually, mentally, just all around, to be better myself. Once I found out I was fighting October 17th, I always keep the synthetic oil in, but I had to get the motors running again. Here we go, man.”
Both Canelo and Lara are already booked for fights in late November. Andrade’s co-promoters Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo are working on lining up BooBoo’s next fight.
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (17-0, 11 KOs) says he’s nervous, but excited for his nationally-televised showdown against Louis “The Unknown” Rose (13-2-1, 5 KOs) on Friday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I’m really excited and to be honest, there are a lot of nerves that come with it,” admitted Brant. “I’m stepping up from a supporting fight on a smaller network to headlining a ShoBox on Showtime. I’m really jumping up in class in two ways. I decided to take a slower track in pro boxing because I had a very strong amateur style and it’s taken me up to this point to shake that off and really start developing my professional style. I feel like I’m a solid pro now and this is my first time really stepping up against a truly tough opponent. So yeah, there are some nerves, but I’ll be fine when fight night comes.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBA #5 ranked super flyweight contender Norberto Jimenez has congratulated WBA champion Kohei Kono for his exciting win over countryman Koki Kameda in a nationally televised fight on Friday night in Chicago. But the Dominican boxer also challenged Kono to fight him in a rematch. “On December 31, 2014, you and I fought a draw in Tokyo but I had a point taken away by the referee. I say to the champion, you did good job but it should have been me in there with Kameda. Be a man champ, and let’s do it again. Let’s fight!”
The colorful, eccentric Jimenez (22-8-4,11 KOs) is slated to return to ring action in a ten rounder against Venezuelan veteran Freddy Beleno (26-9, 15 KOs) on November 14th in Sosua, Dominican Republic. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican boxer Prichard Colón remains at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, in an induced coma as doctors attempt to decrease inflammation in his brain. Colon underwent surgery on Saturday night for cerebral bleeding suffered in his nationally televised bout that day against Terrell Williams. Fightnews.com® is in contact with the Colon family. Unofficially, we hear a battery of tests are scheduled today to test Prichard’s reflexes and sense of touch. Thousands of boxing fans worldwide have sent messages of support. A public gathering is scheduled for Tuesday in the downtown square of Colon’s hometown of Orocovis, Puerto Rico at 6:30PM to pray for his speedy recovery.
WBA “interim” middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. (19-1, 14 KOs) said he believes he possesses the tools to beat WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin as he prepares to defend his against Tony Jeter (20-4-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England. Eubank, who won the WBA belt in February, will be stripped due to inactivity after this fight. But he already has plans to face Spike O’Sullivan (21-1, 15 KOs) in London on December 12 and aims to land a world title fight in 2016.
“People see Golovkin as the top fighter in the middleweight division – and as the type of fighter I am, I want to fight the best,” said Eubank. “I want to prove that I can mix it and beat these guys. Anyone in the middleweight division that has a belt – I want to fight them. There is no reason that within the next two years, I can’t have all those belts. Golovkin has got weaknesses that I feel I can exploit, so the goal is to work towards that fight. It’s a huge fight down the line. I think he’s easy to hit and I can exploit that. I don’t think he’s had a defining fight. I don’t think he’s fought anyone who’s really been there to try and win. (more…)
WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) will defend his title against former world champion Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) on ESPN November 25 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami. “I’m very excited to be defending my title in my hometown of Miami,” said Lara. “Getting in the ring with a former world champion and an experienced fighter like Jan Zaveck is something I’m very much looking forward to. On November 25 I will put on a show for all my fans and especially all my Cuban fans watching on ESPN.”
Five-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) vehemently refutes the results of his failed New Jersey Boxing Commission drug test taken prior to his 12-round draw with two-time IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham this past August 14th in Newark.
A report claims Tarver tested positive for synthetic testosterone. He categorically denies taking any banned substance before his fight with Cunningham. “I have no idea how my urine sample tested positive because I didn’t take anything illegal,” Tarver said. “Either the test was contaminated, or mixed-up with another sample. We believe in the process and I will fully comply. Further analysis will prove I’m 100-percent innocent because I’ve done nothing wrong.”
Former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) will fight unbeaten Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Mexico in the headliner of the “Night of Champions” tournament in Monte Carlo on November 7. This bout replaces the WBA championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Tommy Oosthuizen after the German sustained a hand injury in training. Frantic efforts to secure a highly-rated replacement for Oosthuizen were unsuccessful, although promoter Rodney Berman was delighted to get Provodnikov’s signature.
“He’s in great shape as he was in training,” said the South African, who reached an agreement with Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions. “Provodnikov is all-action, a made-for-TV fighter who will add great value. I’m disappointed the Braehmer-Oosthuizen fight has fallen through, but I’ve been around long enough to know that such things are an occupational hazard.” (more…)
WBA “regular” light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer has suffered a hand injury forcing a cancellation of his planned November 7 defense against Tommy Oosthuizen in Monte Carlo. Braehmer’s trainer Karsten Rower stated that they tried everything and consulted multiple doctors before it was determined that Braehmer would be unable to fight on the scheduled date. When and where Braehmer will return to the ring will be decided in the coming weeks.
It’s fight week in Omaha, Nebraska, as WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) returns to his hometown to face #6 rated contender Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) in an HBO-televised fight on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center. All fight week activities will be open to the public!
Wednesday: Media / Public Workouts
B&B Boxing Academy (3034 Sprague St.)
· 1:00 P.M. Dierry Jean
· 2:00 P.M. Terence Crawford
Thursday: Final Press Conference
CenturyLink Center Omaha – Exhibit Hall A (On the lower level)
· 11:00 A.M. Doors Open.
· Noon Press Conference Begins.
Friday: Official Weigh-In
CenturyLink Center Omaha – Exhibit Hall A
· Noon Doors for public and media open. Fighters report.
· 1:00 P.M. Fighters step on the scale.
Saturday: Fight Day!
· 6:00 P.M. Doors open.
· 6:30 P.M. First fight.
· 8:30 P.M. HBO telecast begins
Remaining tickets, priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000. To order online, visit ticketmaster.com.
Two-time super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz (47-5-1, 28 KOs) is now campaigning in the light heavyweight division, and his SES Boxing stablemate, two-time light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (44-4, 17 KOs), is moving down to the super middleweight division.
On Saturday, both boxed in their new weight divisions on a card in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. Stieglitz crushed Robert Rosenberg (6-1, 5 KOs) with a body shot in round two. Krasniqi took out Vaclav Polak (8-5-1, 6 KOs) with a hard right hook in round one.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBO light middleweight contender Ryan Waters (22-4-2, 13 KOs) will challenge Australian middleweight champion Dwight Ritchie (12-0, 1 KO) on November 21 at the Cronulla Sutherland leagues Club in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Waters talked to Fightnews to say he does not underestimate Ritchie and is looking forward to the challenge. He also mentions he is being expertly trained by Graham Shaw, who is well known for training former IBF and WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale, and discusses the biggest fight of his career against former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine, who he lost to in ten rounds in 2010. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Emily Harney
In light of yet another dominant and lopsided performance at the hands of middleweight phenomenon Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, the question surrounding the post-fight press conference in the bowels of Madison Square Garden early Sunday was not who could potentially beat Golovkin down the line. Instead, it was more an issue about who would even be willing to attempt to.
Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO’s) looked sharp and strong in his eight-round beat down of Lemieux approximately an hour before the post-fight press conference began. So strong, in fact, that the main discussion following his title unification victory revolved around whether linear WBC champion Miguel Cotto or rising challenger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be open to fighting him next year.
Cotto and Canelo will, of course, first face off in a much-anticipated showdown on November 21 but the winner has been mandated by the WBC to defend immediately against Golovkin. (more…)
By: Matt RIchardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos by: Emily Harney
In what’s become a violent but beautiful routine, middleweight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin scored yet another dominating knockout Saturday in front of 20,548 screaming fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The opponent this time, Canadian David Lemieux, came into the fight with the IBF middleweight belt and the swagger of a fighter who expected to win. Click here for ringside report and new, never before published photos
Two fights into his UFC career, Scotland’s Stevie Ray has already endured two of the more stressful, challenging situations a fighter can experience when preparing to step into the Octagon and fight on the biggest stage in the sport . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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On Saturday night at the iconic Madison Square Garden, we saw two of the boxers considered to be the sport’s pound-for-pound best impressively defeat strong opponents.
By Julian Burgower and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Many watching the April 2015 fight between Lamont “Havoc” Peterson and Danny “Swift” Garcia thought that Garcia got a gift. Lamont may have started slowly, but had come on strong in the later rounds and made it a fight…one many thought he deserved the nod for and didn’t get. Peterson, (34-3-1, 17 KOs), got his karma Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA, albeit at the expense of 2008 gold medal Olympian Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs). And so goes boxing.
Diaz, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, by way of Dominican Republic, got off to a competitive start when most didn’t think he had a chance with hometown hero Peterson. (more…)
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Should you bet your money, which do you prefer a 33-1 challenger or a 30-8-1 champ? The younger challenger, 28, was formerly a three-class titleholder aiming to win his fourth belt, while the 34-year-old champ once suffered three losses in a row but abruptly improved after celebrating his 32-year-old birthday. The odds were logically 9-1 in the challenger’s favor at first but became a little closer to 6-1 before the game. Anything can happen in the ring, and the underdog Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs), 114.8, impressively retained his WBA 115-pound belt as he decisively kept battering the prohibitive favorite and mandatory contender Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs), 115, to pound out a unanimous decision over twelve fast non-stop rounds on Friday in Chicago, IL.
Glenn Feldman saw the hot affair 116-108, William Lerch had it 115-109, and Robert Hoyle tallied a closest score 113-111, all in favor of the busy-punching and energetic workman Kono. The third man was Celestino Ruiz, and all the officials were of the US.
In short, it’s an upset game. The unheralded underdog Kono, making his second defense, impressively took the initiative and had the upper hand almost all the way, though Kameda made a good start with aggressive body shots to win a first point in the opening session. (more…)
“Prichard Colon became symptomatic in his dressing room following his bout with Terrel Williams Saturday afternoon at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Within moments, he was under the care of EMTs and was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He suffered a brain bleed as a result of an injury during the bout and underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. His condition remains critical. Prichard’s family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time. Updates will be provided when appropriate. We ask that everyone join us in praying for Prichard and his family.”
– Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment
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