Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

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Stevenson a 6:1 favorite to retain belt

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) is a -600 favorite to retain his world title tonight against challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs). Williams backers can get +400 if the American pulls the upset in the Spike-televised bout from the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Stevenson will be defending his WBC title for the seventh time. Williams, from Fort Washington, Maryland, is coming off a sensational second round KO over Edwin Rodriguez in April. It should be a good fight between two big punchers.

Photo: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Photo: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) is a -600 favorite to retain his world title tonight …


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Ceylan-Walsh Euro title clash in Denmark Oct 15

Unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant European title on October 15 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. For the first time since 2010, a Dane will contest the European title on home soil. Ceylan will be hoping to join an elite club of Danish fighters who have held the prestigious belt including Jørgen Hansen, Gert Bo Jakobsen, Jesper D. Jensen and the Bredahl brothers.

The 27-year-old will meet tough opposition from Walsh, the current British featherweight champion, who has only lost a points decision to current IBF world champion Lee Selby.

Unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant European title on …



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Waseem the Toast of Pakistan

It has been a non-stop appreciation tour for unbeaten newly crowned WBC “silver” flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) his native Pakistan. It has been nonstop local media interviews, meeting with high ranking officials, and meet and greets with his countrymen since Waseem defeated former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-6-2, 11 KOs) on July 17 in South Korea to claim the WBC belt. Winning the title is, to date, the biggest achievement of any Pakistan-born professional boxer. There is still the goal of becoming the country’s first world champion.

Waseem will return to Las Vegas soon to resume training with Jeff Mayweather at the famed Mayweather boxing club per his promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions. A November return to the ring is the plan. (more…)

It has been a non-stop appreciation tour for unbeaten newly crowned WBC “silver” flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) …


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Video: Tapales wins WBO bantamweight title

Got a few minutes? Check out this terrific WBO bantamweight world title clash from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Filipino bantamweight Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round KO to dethrone reigning world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-4, 35 KOs) on Wednesday. Tapales recovered from two fifth round knockdowns to drop Sor Singyu in round six and then knocked him out with a barrage of punches in round eleven. Tapales joins Nonito Donaire, Donnie Nietes and Johnriel Casimero to become the fourth current titleholder from the Philippines.

Got a few minutes? Check out this terrific WBO bantamweight world title clash from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Filipino bantamweight Marlon Tapales …




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Santa Cruz-Frampton final presser

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their featherweight world title clash that headlines the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader this Saturday from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Also in action undefeated former world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) takes on former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) in the co-main event, plus once-beaten contenders Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) and Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) face off in a junior middleweight title eliminator. Two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) meets fellow Brooklynite Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in the Showtime Extreme main event. Coverage with a lightweight battle between Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs).

The fighters spoke to media Thursday at the Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say:

Leo Santa Cruz; “I know that this is going to be an interesting fight. We’re both undefeated and we’re going to make it a war. Neither of us wants that first loss. We’re going to leave it all in the ring. This won’t be an easy fight. It’s a 50-50 fight. The fighter who wants it the most will win the night. (more…)

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated former unified 122-pound …


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Stevenson, Williams make weight

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and WBC #8 rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs) both made weight for their world title clash on Friday night in Quebec City. Stevenson weighed 173.6 pounds and Williams scaled in at 174.6.

Other Weights:
Eleider Alvarez 179.4 vs. Robert Berridge 178.4
Immanuwel Aleem 160.4 vs. Demond Nicholson 160.4

Venue: Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: GYM
TV: Spike

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and WBC #8 rated challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr …


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Hatton warns Tony Harrison

Ricky Hatton has warned Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) that he will be in for a rude awakening if he dares to underestimate Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) this weekend. The pair meet in an IBF super welterweight eliminator in the opening bout of Showtime’s Santa Cruz-Frampton telecast from Brooklyn on Saturday night. And Hatton, who has trained Rabchenko for the past four years, believes both Harrison and US fight fans could be overlooking his fighter’s ability due to the manner of his sole defeat, a points loss to Anthony Mundine in late 2014, leaving some questioning skills and desire.

“Not making any excuses but Sergey had a few personal problems going into the Mundine fight and he wasn’t himself that night,” Hatton explained. “If Harrison and his team have looked at the tape and think that’s the same opponent they are getting, then they’re going to be in for a shock. Although I believe Sergey did enough to beat Mundine, actually losing the decision has been the best thing for him because it’s given him a kick up the backside and he knows he needs to bring his A game to every fight from now on. (more…)

Ricky Hatton has warned Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) that he will be in for a rude awakening if he …


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Jojo Diaz Jr: I want to show more power

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. of South El Monte will put his title and his undefeated record on the line against Victor “Pitufo” Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico this Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center live on HBO Latino. We caught up with Diaz talk about his upcoming fight. As usual Diaz trained in his hometown of South El Monte for this camp at the Teamsters Gym with his father Joseph Diaz and longtime trainer Ben Lira.

“Camp is going good, we are just focusing now on making the weight,” Diaz told Fightnews.com®. “All the hard work has already been done now it’s just making the weight proper. I am ready to go.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Golden Boy Promotions NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. of South El Monte will put …



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Klassen challenges for IBO belt

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 Australia-based Filipino Jack Assis for his IBO super featherweight belt on Friday at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa.

Assis, 33, who has a record of 35-18-5, 18 KOs won the vacant IBO belt with an eighth round knockout over Kye MacKenzie of Australia in April last year. This will be his first defence but he has had two non-title fights since winning the belt, with wins over Hero Tito (19-7-2) and Waylon Law (9-6).

The 35-year-old Klassen (32-6-2, 17 KOs) won the WBF junior lightweight belt in November 2006 with a points win over Daniel Lomeli and the IBF junior lightweight belt on two occasions with wins over Gairy St Clair and Cassius Baloyi. In his most recent fight on April 29 this year he stopped Leonilo Ruiz Miranda in the first round to capture the vacant WBA International junior lightweight title. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen a former IBF and WBF junior lightweight champion hopes to capture his third …


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The Price of an Olympic Quota, Part VI

By Ognian Georgiev

In the previous parts of our series, we showed you different pieces of Olympic boxing’s world. In this article you’ll see how AIBA handles past and current doping issues. The recent doping problems with Russian athletes became the headline of all major sports news around the world. An investigation, started by the German journalist Hajo Seppel in 2014, shook the entire Olympic community when his reports showed how systematic doping practices were used in Russia.

The domino effect hit the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), which was proven to hide positive doping cases and even blackmail athletes for covering the usage of prohibited substances.

In the recent months, the AIBA came under serious criticism over their anti-doping program. Many articles said they didn’t give enough attention of the problem. An investigation by Private Eye magazine showed that AIBA didn’t make a single out-of-competition test for 2015. A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), after officials came to investigate the headquarters of AIBA in December, described the level of out-of-competition testing as “almost non-existent.” (more…)

By Ognian Georgiev In the previous parts of our series, we showed you different pieces of Olympic boxing’s world. In …


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Margarito-Alvarez kickoff press conference

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo’s older brother Ramon “Inocente” Álvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) at the kickoff press conference for their August 13 clash at the Centro de Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California.

Antonio Margarito: “I’ll be better than in the fight against Paez Jr. I was rusty after nearly five years of retirement. I’m not the young man of before, but I’ll be looser in my movements. I don’t disparage any opponent, but with all due respect, on the street when I’m asked who I’m fighting, if I say ‘Inocente Alvarez’ they don’t know who it is. But when I say ‘Canelo’s brother,’ they know. I’m going to win on August 13.”

Ramon Alvarez: “There will just two of us in the ring. I will enter to do my work and I’ll be 200% and give everything in the ring.”

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo’s …


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Stevenson-Williams Press Conference Quotes

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) faced off at the final press conference in advance of their world title clash on Spike TV Friday night from Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.

Adonis Stevenson: “Welcome to Québec City Thomas. I saw your fight against Edwin Rodriguez. It was a nice performance with a beautiful KO. When I saw that bout, I told myself I wanted that fight with you. I knew I was going to be motivated. I know Williams hits hard and that he has a name now in the United States, but I keep the same Kronk Gym mentality Emmanuel Steward taught me: we go for the KO. It is also my daughter’s birthday and I want to get her a KO, I am motivated. That will be exciting…don’t blink!”

Thomas Williams: “You don’t know what I have been through to be here. Tweets, talks and predictions won’t mean nothing Friday night…..facts will. There will be a new champion!” (more…)

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) …



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Santa Cruz, Frampton NYC media workout

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion, Irish star Carl Frampton, were joined by undercard fighters in Manhattan at Church Street Boxing Wednesday for the final media workout before Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Leo Santa Cruz: “I’m ready to come here and give a great fight. I want to make it a war. Carl Frampton is a great fighter and he makes for an interesting fight. I’m excited to perform in front of the fans…people think Frampton is the underdog because he’s moving up in weight. But I moved up in weight too. I never take an opponent lightly. I’m going to come really hungry. I respect every fighter and I train for my opponent to be at his best…This could definitely be a career-defining fight. I think getting a win over Carl Frampton will get me to the next level. I think the winner of the fight will be considered one of the best fighters in the world.”

Carl Frampton: “I’ve dealt with fighting bigger guys throughout my whole career. I’m used to it. I’ve fought bigger guys than Santa Cruz. I think on fight night I’m going to be stronger. People forget that he started his career at bantamweight while I fought as a featherweight in the amateurs. On the night, I’ll be the bigger man and that will be the difference…All the pressure is on Santa Cruz. Everyone is expecting him to win. I’m going to come in there and upset him. I’m here to put on a great performance and bring the belt back home.” (more…)

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion, Irish …


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Stevenson-Williams Officials Named

Michael Griffin (Canada) will be the third man in the ring when WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) defends against Thomas Williams (20-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Judges are Massimo Barrdvecchio (Italy) Juergen Langos (Germany) And (Richard DeCarufel (Canada). WBC supervisor is Bob Logist. Spike TV will televise in the USA.

Michael Griffin (Canada) will be the third man in the ring when WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 …


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Boxing Buzz

Super featherweight Liam Walsh (20-0, 14 KOs) will face Andrey Klimov (19-2, 9 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF world title on October 8th at Harrow Leisure Centre in northwest London. The fight will be promoted by Frank Warren and Andy Ayling, and televised live in the UK on BoxNation.
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Former world champion Amir Khan has been hinting through social media that he could switch to MMA. An Instagram photo of Khan inside an octagon wearing a UFC belt stated “UFC training has started.”
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The August 6th boxing event at The Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Cape Cod, MA has been cancelled. Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase. The event promoters apologize for any inconvenience. Boxing is expected to return to the south shore of Massachusetts this fall.
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Greg Cohen Promotions has signed IBF #14-rated bantamweight Elton Dharry (20-5-1, 13 KOs) to a promotional contract. He fights out of the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
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Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing have signed 19-year-old amateur standout Ruben Villa to a co-promotional contract. He makes his pro debut Friday on a Thompson Boxing show.
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Super featherweight Liam Walsh (20-0, 14 KOs) will face Andrey Klimov (19-2, 9 KOs) in a final eliminator for the …


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Four title fights at the Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Despite the icy cold weather in the Eastern Cape fight fans can expect hot action involving four title fights and two other exciting match-ups at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The tournament was scheduled to take place at the open-air Selborne Tennis Courts, but due to the inclement weather the promoter Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions had to take the fights indoors.

In the main event South Africa’s Makazole Tete (15-1-1, 10 KOs) meets Raymond Tubugon (18-4-1, 8 KOs) from the Philippines for the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior bantamweight title and also on the card South African junior lightweight champion Aphiwe Mboyiya (13-2-1, 6 KOs) faces another Filipino, Jerry Castroverde (9-2, 5 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBF Youth junior lightweight title. It is believed that Mboyiya’s real name is Boyiya. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Despite the icy cold weather in the Eastern Cape fight fans can expect hot action involving four …



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Australian Brubaker unifies OPBF 147lb belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Elongated Australian, OPBF welterweight champ Jack Brubaker (11-1-1, 5 KOs), 146.5, successfully unified the regional belts as he defeated OPBF interim titlist Suyon Takayama (24-2, 8 KOs), 147, by a split but well-received decision (116-111, 115-112, 113-115) over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s truly Fight of the Month, since both showed all what they had through the grueling combat. Brubaker, four inches taller, took the leadoff with good jabs and faster combinations, while the sturdy-built Takayama, unbeaten since 2011, responded with occasional combinations. Brubaker, in round five, had him at bay with non-stop combos, while Takayama dominated the seventh with a flurry of punches by pinning the Aussie to the ropes. After the eighth, the official tallies read: 78-74, 77-75 for Brubaker, 78-75 for Takayama. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Elongated Australian, OPBF welterweight champ Jack Brubaker (11-1-1, 5 KOs), 146.5, successfully unified …


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Dimitrenko: I am confident of defeating Parker

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

Giant 6’7 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) has arrived in New Zealand for a press conference and said that he is confident of defeating IBF #1 Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) and that he will have all the pressure on him for their October 1st bout when they clash over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m confident I can win. I’m not a slow heavyweight – I’m fast. I’ve stopped good heavyweights such as Timo Hoffman and Albert Sosnowski. Hoffman went the distance with Vitali Klitschko. Parker has a lot of pressure on him to win this fight. I have no pressure on me. Duco promotions made me the offer a few months ago and I said yes because I am confident of winning.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron Giant 6’7 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) has arrived …


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Frampton: Santa Cruz fight “may be brutal”

By Matt Richardson

In February, IBF junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton boxed in the biggest fight of his career.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight.

In a bout that was hyped to be a sure thing, it wound up anything but. In fact, Frampton’s match against the then-unbeaten Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in the UK turned into a clear decision win for Frampton. Quigg was too cautious and Frampton took advantage. It was a disappointing affair.

Now, five months later, Frampton (22-0, 14 KO’s) is set for the second biggest fight of his career. But unlike his match-up against Quigg, he will be in against one of the most active and aggressive fighters in all of boxing in Leo Santa Cruz. While the Quigg fight promised action, the Frampton-Santa Cruz fight this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime will televise at 9 PM ET) is likely to deliver. (more…)

By Matt Richardson In February, IBF junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton boxed in the biggest fight of his career. Unfortunately, …


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New South African promoter on the block

By Ron Jackson

New boy on the block, 43-year-old Sandile Xaka of Supreme Boxing Promotions, presents his first tournament with a seven bout card at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The first bout starts at 2:30 pm.

In the main bout scheduled for six rounds Percy Mkhize from Soweto who is unbeaten in 7 fights with 3 wins coming inside the distance meets Mpho Sefaro who has won 2 fights with both inside the distance. They will be fighting at junior flyweight. Mkhize who is trained by Alan Toweel goes into the fight as the favourite after having scored impressive victories over Gift Pooe (pts 4), Mthobisi Nkosi (tko 2) and Sihle Jelwane (pts 4) in 2016. (more…)

By Ron Jackson New boy on the block, 43-year-old Sandile Xaka of Supreme Boxing Promotions, presents his first tournament with …


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Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero speaks

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: John Aguon/Spike/Premier Boxing Champions

Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring against David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) on August 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California headlining PBC on Spike TV. The kickoff press conference to announce the fight took place Tuesday afternoon at Spike TV Headquarters in Santa Monica, California with Guerrero, former world champion Alfredo Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs), and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) in attendance.

“I have a tough guy in front of me on August 27. I have to take care of him and leave no doubts so that I can get in there against the top guys again,” Guerrero said. “Nobody has ever heard of him but those are the guys that guys that creep up on you. It happened to me against Aron Martinez. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: John Aguon/Spike/Premier Boxing Champions Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to …


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Wilcox faces Orozco on Thursday

Rising lightweight star Steven Wilcox (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will face hard-hitting Juan Orozco (12-3-2, 10 KOs) on Thursday night in the eight round main event of the first ever “Next Generation” card at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“Both fighters deserve props for making this happen,” said promoter Lee Baxter. “Orozco is filling in on short notice for Jesus Singwancha, who withdrew after injuring his hand in training. On top of that, he just fought a few days ago. Wilcox also deserves credit for dealing with multiple opponent changes and going forward with no questions asked. On top of that, Orozco is a tough fighter and I’m expecting a very competitive fight.” (more…)

Rising lightweight star Steven Wilcox (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will face hard-hitting Juan Orozco (12-3-2, 10 KOs) on Thursday night in …


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Santa Cruz and Frampton: First Faceoff

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Photo: Edward Diller

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and former jr featherweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) met face-to-face for the first time on the 86th floor Observatory atop the iconic Empire State Building. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the fighters shared the spotlight with a coin-operated binocular rather than the New York City skyline in the photo op.

Santa Cruz and Frampton will meet again under less friendly circumstances on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Their world championship fight marks both Santa Cruz and Frampton’s first fight in the “Big Apple.” Showtime will televise.

Photo: Edward Diller WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and former jr featherweight champion Carl Frampton …


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WBA strips Chagaev + Lucas Browne update

By Karl Freitag

The WBA World Championships Committee has stripped WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev of his title. Chagaev was gifted back the title after a KO loss to Lucas Browne when Browne failed a drug test, but Chagaev’s team was unable to take advantage of the situation by failing to finalize a WBA-mandated rematch with Fres Oquendo, which included getting current on past-due sanctioning fees.

The WBA has an ongoing heavyweight tournament to establish a single champion. If the brackets stay as they are, the 43-year-old Oquendo would now make the final sometime in 2017 without any fighting in any of the earlier rounds.

The other bracket features WBA “interim” heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz against Alexander Ustinov on September 17 (although there may be some problems with that bout, as well) and the rematch between WBA “super” heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko. The Ortiz-Ustinov and Fury-Klitschko winners would then collide with the winner earning the right to face Oquendo.

Note: If Ustinov falls out, replacing him with Oquendo seems like a logical solution that would push the tournament forward.

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In related news, heavyweight Lucas Browne has enrolled in the WBC Clean Boxing Program, headed by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). This means he’s nominated himself to be tested for drugs (both performance enhancing and recreational) at ANY TIME, 365 days of the year. The first Aussie boxer to do so.

By Karl Freitag The WBA World Championships Committee has stripped WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev of his title. Chagaev …


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IBF champion Jonathan Guzman loses $70,000

By Robert Coster

Six days ago, KO artist Jonathan Guzman emerged on the world scene becoming the IBF Junior Featherweight Champion with an impressive stoppage of Japanese Shingo Wake in 11 rounds in Japan. The new Champion flew back to his native Dominican Republic but his arrival there was not happy and triumphant as it should have been. Upon leaving Tokyo, Guzman was paid $70,000 in cash and then he proceeded to tuck away the money in his luggage. Arriving in Santo Domingo, the Champion discovered to his astonishment that the money had been stolen. Guzman has appealed to the airport and police authorities to investigate the theft. The news has, quite logically, made headlines in the sportspages of the local press.

By Robert Coster Six days ago, KO artist Jonathan Guzman emerged on the world scene becoming the IBF Junior Featherweight …


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Update on Tommy Bagnasco’s condition

By Brad Snyder
Photo by Bob Ryder

An update on Tommy Bagnasco’s condition. After tests at Toledo Hospital, it is now known that Tommy Bagnasco went into cardiac arrest on Friday night. A genetic condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy seems to have been the cause. On social media Mash Gym (where Tommy trains), extended a special thank you to Toledo Fire Fighters from Station 23 and 25 for saving Tommy’s life. Surgery is scheduled for today to correct the medical condition. Bagnasco has been awake and breathing on his own the last few days and interacting with family and visitors.

On Friday, July 22nd Tommy Bagnasco (0-2) Walled Lake, Mi became unresponsive after losing a fight to Roy Barringer (2-0) at the 1:56 mark of the 1st Round. The knockout proved scary as Tommy had to have CPR performed to save his life.

By Brad Snyder Photo by Bob Ryder An update on Tommy Bagnasco’s condition. After tests at Toledo Hospital, it is …


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Andre Ward-Alexander Brand undercard set

The undercard lineup is set for the HBO-televised Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand clash on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

In non-televised bouts, unbeaten super lightweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-2, 15 KOs) takes on Tyrone Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KOs), undefeated junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (13-0-3, 8 KOs) faces Marcelo Gallardo (7-3-2, 3 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight Rudy “The Revelation” Puga Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) meets TBA, unbeaten light heavyweight Junior Younan (9-0, 7 KOs) battles Jaime “Zarco” Solorio (5-2-2, 4 KOs), highly regarded heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock (3-0, 3 KOs) looks to build up his record against Mike Kyle (1-2-1, 1 KO) and local junior welterweight Bilal “Rebellious” Mahasin (8-3-1, 1 KO) goes against journeyman Luis Alfredo Lugo (14-25-1, 5 KOs).

The undercard lineup is set for the HBO-televised Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand clash on August 6 at the Oracle …


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Orozco, “Jojo” Diaz quick quotes

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) announced their upcoming televised fights on HBO Latino on July 30. Rising SoCal fan-favorite fighter, Nick “La Calavera” Arce (8-0-0, 6 KOs) fighting on the non-televised undercard portion of the night was also in attendance.

Below is what the fighters, their managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:

Antonio Orozco; “I want to thank God for providing these opportunities. It’s a blessing to have the team I have around me. These are the moments that as a professional you look forward to. We’ve paid our dues and put in the hard work. This wouldn’t be possible without a team–even though as a fighter, you are alone in the ring, you don’t get ready without a team.

“My opponent is a tremendous fighter from what I’ve seen, who can pull off an upset and has won against undefeated fighters before. We are putting together our relentless style of boxing and July 30 will be no exception. No one will be bored watching this fight.” (more…)

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio …


Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz: I Will Stay on Top of Him

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, is set for to take on undefeated former world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing. We spoke to Santa Cruz prior to his departure to New York where he talked about his camp and upcoming fight with Frampton.

“I have never been to New York, not everyone knows me. I want to a great fight to more fans,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “Frampton is an Irish star. This is the toughest fight of my career. That is what I wanted. He’s well prepared and is an undefeated fighter like me, he doesn’t want to lose and I don’t want to lose.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln …


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Feigenbutz back in action Saturday

20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (22-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Leeds, UK, against Wilmer Gonzalez (19-10-1, 12 KOs) in a tune-up fight. He is also scheduled to fight in September. The boxing card at the First Direct Arena also features heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) against unbeaten David Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International title and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (13-1, 11 KOs) against former world champion Argenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver lightweight belt. Featherweights Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) and Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) meet in the main event for the WBC International title.

20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (22-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Leeds, …


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Review: ShoBox scores a knockout at Foxwoods

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
photos by Emily Harney

In the main event of the ShoBox event at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this past Friday Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) battled Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-2, 8 KOs) to a draw in a ten round super bantamweight bout. In a back-and-forth affair, Lopez tried to box from the outside while Reynoso lunged to get inside. After a few rounds, the contest got ugly with both fighters using any tactic to score. Click here for full report and photos…

By Jason Marchetti at ringside photos by Emily Harney In the main event of the ShoBox event at Foxwoods Resort …


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Chocolatito-Cuadras kickoff press conference

Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) faced off for the first time before their title clash on Saturday, September 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez will be moving up in weight to challenge for another world title in his fourth weight division.

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez; “I have confidence in God and with the support of the Nicaraguans, Mexicans and Americans, I’m honored to headline my first show at the Forum and look forward to all the fans support. It’s a blessing to named the #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and its motivation to keep training hard. I’m very happy to train in Big Bear with Gennady Golovkin, the conditions up there will provide the best preparation for the fight. It means a great deal to me to win a fourth world title and I dedicate this fight to the memory of my mentor and hero Alexis Arguello.”

Carlos “Principe” Cuadras; “Thanks to “Chocolatito” for coming up to my division and taking this challenge. This fight will provide fireworks, it will be a war and this title is coming back to Mexico. I’m good, I’m fast and I’m very handsome and I’m going to win by knockout.” (more…)

Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” …


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Parker returns on Oct 1 against Dimitrenko

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on October 1st when he will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. “Dimitrenko is a guy who former world champion Shannon Briggs went out of his way to avoid earlier this year because of the risk,” said Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan. “Even casual boxing fans know that all Eastern Europeans in the heavyweight division know how to fight.”

The 6’7 Dimitrenko is three inches taller than Parker, and is on a six-fight winning streak with his last loss against Kubrat Pulev four years ago. Parker will be heavily favored to defeat Dimitrenko in 67 days time, then move on to challenge IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

Photos

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be …


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Abdugofurov destroys Chalermpol in 104 seconds

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee

On Saturday Night of July 23 the Asian boxing highlight was held at the Pavillion, Far East Square in Singapore, promoted by Willip Ho and Alexander Shah of Cartel Promotions. This was the first time ever for Singapore and WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) in promoting 4 WBC Asia championships on the same event. Also, there were many famous world champions participating in this event such as former WBC flyweight King Pongsaklek Wonjonkam, 2-time WBC champion Sirimongkol Singwancha and former WBA superfeatherweight champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and MMA ONE FC champion Dechdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok.

The main card was the vacant WBC Asia middleweight championship, which ABCO#10 Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3 KOs) impressively captured the title when he scored a one-punch KO over ABCO#6 Chalermpol Singwancha (17-1, 13 KOs) at 1:44 of the first round. Although Chalermpol made a good start with his bodyshots but the show unexpectedly finished when Universaide 2013 Silver Medalist Abdugofurov landed a vicious right hook which brutally destroyed former unbeaten Thailander to be unconscious for several minutes. (more…)

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Sroi Mungmee On Saturday Night of July 23 the Asian boxing highlight was held at the …


Column

The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

BACK TO BASICS

The activity of our sport will be taking a break during the Olympic Games. Few cards are scheduled during the event which captures the attention of the world as the athletes of the world compete trying to fulfill their dreams of winning a medal for their country. Boxing will feature a challenge in this Olympic games in Rio as AIBA has taken the decision to change the rules of enrollment as well as the rules of competition. As multiple articles in the news taint AIBA’s reputation with allegations of all sorts, fighters will go into the ring to do what their work and we all wish them great success and hopefully the sport of boxing will come out in a positive note. No headgear will certainly be a topic of discussion, I do anticipate cuts that will force potential medal winners out of the Olympics and the scoring of the fights will be under heavy scrutiny, but I am personally hopeful that everything will leave the sport in a high note at the end of the games.

Professional boxing needs to go back to basics. I may have written this before, but I will continue to openly state the urgent need of everybody to work together, to sit down and reach agreements and simply go back to basics. Trainers need to learn how to train fighters, matchmakers need to understand the responsibility of even matches, promoters need to start promoting, selling tickets, creating figures with interest in the public, and so on. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son BACK TO BASICS The activity of our sport will be taking …










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