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Weights from New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

Joseph Parker 234 vs. Carlos Takam 241
(IBF heavyweight eliminator)

Venue: Vodaphone Event Center, Manukau City, New Zealand
Promoter: Duco Events

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron Joseph Parker 234 vs. Carlos Takam 241 (IBF heavyweight eliminator) …


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Abraham comeback opponent named

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) faces Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. Abraham returns for the first time following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez, and the former three-time World Champion is eager to get back on the world title trail starting with a victory against the 23-year-old Norwegian.

“My goal is to become World Champion again and I will not let anyone stand in my way,” said Abraham. “Tim-Robin Lihaug is a good, young fighter but he will learn the hard way what it takes to make it to the top. I never underestimate any of my opponents and I will prepare myself to be in top shape. I want to put the disappointment of losing to Ramirez behind me and prove I still have more to give. I’m looking to the future now and that starts with a good win on July 16.”

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) faces Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle …



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Shumenov-Wright upgraded to WBA “regular” cruiserweight title fight

The WBA has declared Saturday night’s fight between #1 ranked contender Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) and No. 11-rated Junior “Hurricane” Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) will become the WBA “regular” cruiserweight world champion. The 12-round off-TV bout will take place at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Shumenov had been the WBA “interim” cruiserweight world champion and mandatory challenger for WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in a unification match against IBF champion Victor Emilio “El Tyson de Abasto” Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in Russia.

The WBA has mandated that the Shumenov-Wright winner will be the mandatory challenger for the Lebedev-Ramirez unified winner, which must take place within 120 days.

Friday’s night’s fight in France between #2 Yunier Dorticos and #3 Youri Kalenga, originally billed as for the WBA “regular” title, will now be for the WBA “interim” cruiserweight world championship.

The WBA has declared Saturday night’s fight between #1 ranked contender Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) and No. 11-rated Junior …


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Hanzel Martinez injured in car accident – off Tucson card tonight

hanzelaccident300By David Finger

With less than a day to go before his CBS Sports televised fight for the NABA-USA super bantamweight title, Hanzel Martinez (23-2, 18 KOs) was forced to drop out of the card due to serious injuries received after a traffic accident in Tijuana yesterday. Martinez was slated to fight Prosper Ankrah (24-7, 15 KOs) but will be out of commission due to neck and back injuries suffered during this accident.

“Roy Jones Jr. Boxing wishes our fighter Hanzel Martinez a healthy and speedy recovery,” RJJ Boxing said in a press release. “Hanzel is very disappointed that after a nine week training camp he can’t perform. Our main concern, of course, is Hanzel’s safety and well being. We can’t wait to get Hanzel back into the ring and what he loves to do the most.”

Despite the last minute cancellation of the main event, the card will continue tonight with undercard fighters Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (14-0-1, 4 KOs) and local boy Keenan Carbajal in separate bouts.

By David Finger With less than a day to go before his CBS Sports televised fight for the NABA-USA super …




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Lara-Martirosyan/Charlo-Trout/Charlo-Jackson Final Press Conference

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In attendance were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara who defends against Vanes Martirosyan in a rematch, IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo, who defends against former champion Austin Trout, plus super welter contenders Jermell Charlo and John Jackson, who meet for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. Twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo celebrated their 26th birthday Thursday and celebrated with a cake. On Saturday they look to become the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class. (more…)

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader went face-to-face for the first …


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Proposal to IBF second day weigh-in system

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Figure by Joe Koizumi

It was early in the morning on May 8, the fight day of the IBF junior flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi to defend his belt against Mexican challenger Martin Tecuapetla at night in Tokyo, Japan. On the previous day both were successful in the official weigh-in: Yaegashi 107.5, while Tecuapetla 107.75—under the 108-pound class limit. They were ready to make the “Second Day Weigh-in” (as called in the IBF rules and regulations) at 8 am at the Japan Boxing Commission’s office.

Each was a small boxer—Yaegashi only 5’3” and Tecuapetla 5’4”. They were allowed to gain the weight—up to ten (10) pounds over the class limit—at the point of the Second Day Weigh-in on the next morning.

The IBF’s regulation on the second weigh-in is as follows: The junior flyweight contestants in quest of the IBF 108-pound belt should be less than ten (10) pounds over the junior flyweight limit—under the 118-pound guideline—at the second weigh-in. Yaegashi scaled in again at 53.0 kg (116.75 pounds), 8.75 pounds over the class limit; while Tecuapetla at 52.8 kg (116.25 pounds), 8.25 pounds over the limit. Even such small contestants raised the weight by more than eight pounds with food ingestion and water/liquid intake, having passed a night. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Figure by Joe Koizumi It was early in the morning on May 8, the fight day …


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Thurman-Porter Barclays undercard shaping up

The undercard is shaping up for the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Undefeated super welterweight Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs), will collide in a 10-round bout while undefeated light heavyweights David Benavidez (14-0, 13 KOs) and Francy Ntetu (16-0, 3 KOs) will mix it up in an eight-round fight. Also, Heather “The Heat” Hardy (16-0, 4 KOs) competes in a female eight-round super bantamweight attraction while Polish bruiser Adam Kownacki (13-0, 10 KOs) competes in a heavyweight bout, highly regarded 140-pound prospect Regis Prograis (17-0, 14 KOs), 2012 Spanish Olympian super lightweight Jonathan Alonso (8-0, 4 KOs) and Mayweather Promotions prospect Josue Vargas (4-0, 3 KOs) will see action.

As previously announced, WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defends against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in the co-feature.

The undercard is shaping up for the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and former champion …


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Estrella TV Weights from Fantasy Springs

Eddie Gomez 145.6 vs. John Karl Sosa 146.6
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 135 vs. Art Hovhannisyan 134.2
Jesus Sanchez 141.8 vs. Livan Navarro 141.4
Joseph Aguirre 134 vs. Rony Alvarado 135
D’Mitrius Ballard 168.6 vs. Victor Fonseca 166.6

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

Eddie Gomez 145.6 vs. John Karl Sosa 146.6 Fidel Maldonado Jr. 135 vs. Art Hovhannisyan 134.2 Jesus Sanchez 141.8 vs. …



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Kalenga, Dorticos make weight

Cruiserweights Youri Kalenga (22-2, 15 KOs) and Yunier Dorticos (20-0, 19 KOs) both made weight for their WBA cruiserweight title fight on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Both fighters scaled in at 198.8 pounds. They are fighting for the vacant WBA regular cruiserweight title.

Cruiserweights Youri Kalenga (22-2, 15 KOs) and Yunier Dorticos (20-0, 19 KOs) both made weight for their WBA cruiserweight title …


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Beltran focused on becoming world champion

Photo: Top Rank

Veteran Mexican brawler Ray Beltran wants to return to the world title picture in the lightweight division, but to reach that treasured opportunity of fighting for a world championship, he will first have to battle against Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera this Saturday, May 21 at the Laredo Energy Arena. Beltran (29-7, 17 KO’s), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will take on Najera (16-2 8 KO’s), from San Antonio, Texas, in a eight round lightweight battle that will be the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card that will be broadcasted from coast to coast in the United States this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on UniMas.

“I am very excited for this Saturday. After a very long year I will again have an opportunity to do what I love and for this opportunity I am so grateful,” said Beltran, who is coming from a one-year inactivity period. “Life is full of ups and downs, successes, failures, victories, defeats and Lord knows mistakes. This past year has given me much time to reflect. I have reflected on my life and my career, my triumphs and my mistakes, for which I make no excuses.” (more…)

Photo: Top Rank Veteran Mexican brawler Ray Beltran wants to return to the world title picture in the lightweight division, …


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Video: Pacquiao officially proclaimed Senator-elect

Legendary eight-time boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao was officially proclaimed Senator-elect by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at a ceremony today in Manila, Philippines. Manny ended up with over 16 million votes and is one of twelve senators elected.

Manny’s address:

“Several months ago, we mounted a campaign to heed the call for help from the poor and downtrodden Filipino masses. We went out and joined them in their homes and places of work, we listened to their longings and assured them that a new beginning is coming.

“Over the past week, we heard those same voices strongly during the recent national electoral process. The message was very clear: Filipinos want their government back in the hands of the ordinary people. They want a new set of leaders who would stand up for their aspirations and share their goals. (more…)

Legendary eight-time boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao was officially proclaimed Senator-elect by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at a ceremony …


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New opponent for “Titere” Vazquez

PBC has announced that former IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will now take on super lightweight Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on May 28. Bone replaces Felix Diaz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Bone will return to 140-pounds after losses to Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri at welterweight in 2015.

PBC has announced that former IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will now take on super lightweight …



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WBA Championships Committee Orders Kono-Concepcion

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has ordered negotiations between WBA World super flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, and WBA World interim super flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (34-4, 24 KOs), from Panama City, Panama, to fight for the 115-pound title currently held by the Asian fighter.

Kono first won the WBA flyweight title in 2012, when he KO’d Tepparith Kokietgym in Tokyo in the fourth round of a scheduled 12. Five months later he lost the belt in his first defense to Liborio Solis.

In March 2014, Kono won the vacant WBA World super flyweight title by knocking out Denkaosan Kaovichit, dropping him in the fourth and eighth rounds. He has defended his title three times since then, defeating Norberto Jimenez in 2014, Koki Kameda in 2015, and Inthanon Sithchamuang in April of this year. (more…)

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has ordered negotiations between WBA World super flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13 KOs), …


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Eubank Jr opponent named: Tom Doran

Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) will defend his British title against unbeaten Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs) at The O2 in London on June 25. Eubank Jr makes the first defense of the Lord Lonsdale belt he won against Nick Blackwell in March, taking on Doran on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first defense of his IBF World Heavyweight title.

Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) will defend his British title against unbeaten Tom Doran …


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World title tripleheader workout in Las Vegas

Photos: Amanda Wescott/SHOWTIME

Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters competing in the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights this Saturday from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Working out Wednesday and headlining the event were WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage also features IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:

Erislandy Lara: I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I’m a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature…after I win Saturday, I would love to fight GGG or Canelo, but I would prefer GGG. It’s not frustrating that I’m not fighting the biggest names all the time. I’m a headliner.

Vanes Martirosyan: This is going to be a tough fight. I hope he comes to me. It makes for a good fight. Actually, I think he is going to come forward a little more than people expect, but I’m prepared to chase him. Whatever it takes to be effective. If he is aggressive, once he feels my power, he is going to go back to what he does best – running. (more…)

Photos: Amanda Wescott/SHOWTIME Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters …


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Vargas, Salido want to put bad test behind them and deliver a great fight

Photo: Chris Farina/Team Salido
Photo: Chris Farina/Team Salido

By Karl Freitag

WBC super featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) hosted an international media conference call ahead of their upcoming 12-round championship bout on June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Vargas’ positive test for clenbuterol was a major topic on the call. Vargas was allowed to keep his WBC title and the California State Athletic Commission issued Vargas a probationary boxing license contingent on further testing. Salido, who was stripped of his IBF featherweight title and suspended by the Nevada Commission after testing positive for nandrolone ten years ago, stated “If it would have been me that came up positive, the fight would have been canceled and it would have been all over. It would have been done with. Is that justice? I don’t know. That’s all I have to say about that. They would have never given me an opportunity to prove otherwise.”

Vargas said “I have always been a clean fighter. I’m going to continue to be a clean fighter. We’re the ones that requested the testing.” He reiterated that the banned substance entered his body via some beef stew his mother made him. (more…)

By Karl Freitag WBC super featherweight world champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-time world champion …



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Charges withdrawn against former champ Paul Spadafora in store incident

Conor McGregor gets toyed in boxing sparring

Proposed MMA clause would “end boxing as we know it” in New York

Lee Beard says Vijender Singh will become world champ if he remains focused

Charges withdrawn against former champ Paul Spadafora in store incident Conor McGregor gets toyed in boxing sparring Proposed MMA clause …


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Szello-Wandera clash Saturday in Hungary

Felix Rácz/Felix Promotion will promote their next event on May 21st in Cegled, Hungary, where local hero and former Hungarian cruiser champ Imre Szello (12-0) will take on Uganda-born Hamza Wandera (19-9-3). The card will also feature Hungarian light heavyweight champ Robert Baranyi (16-1), who will take on Georgian Beka Aduashvili (17-4), middleweight prospect Norbert Harcsa (4-0) will fight experienced German Chris Herrmann (21-9-1) and Szabolcs Pintye (12-0-1) meets Szabolcs Szabó (11-2-2) in a long awaited Hungarian middleweight title fight scheduled for ten rounds. The event will be broadcast live by M4 Sport (Hungarian National TV).

Felix Rácz/Felix Promotion will promote their next event on May 21st in Cegled, Hungary, where local hero and former Hungarian …


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Avni Yilderim drops down to supermiddle; back in action next Monday

Avni YilderimTop Turkish prospect Avni Yilderim, now 10-0-0(6), the current WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight champion is training hard under the guidance of Ahmet Oener, for his next fight on Monday May 23 at Petkos Gym in Dachau, Germany. The team has decided to drop a division and give it a try in the supermiddleweight division.

His opponent will be experienced Hungarian Zoltan Sera, 23-8-0(14). If successful and impressive, Yilderim will continue his career in that division.

It will be a quick return to the ring for Yilderim as he was last seen in the ring on May 6 in Berlin, Germany, stopping Jackson Junior in 2 rounds.

Top Turkish prospect Avni Yilderim, now 10-0-0(6), the current WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight champion is training hard under the guidance …


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WBC names Golovkin full middleweight champion

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

It’s official. No more “interim” moniker for Gennady Golovkin, who is now the unified WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight world champion.

WBC Statement: The WBC has received official confirmation from Golden Boy Promotions with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ decision to vacate the WBC middleweight world championship. Gennady Golovkin is hereby recognized as the undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world. The WBC wishes Canelo Alvarez great success in his career, and will certainly look forward to see Golovkin vs. Alvarez materialize in the future.

Photo: Big Joe Miranda It’s official. No more “interim” moniker for Gennady Golovkin, who is now the unified WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight …


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Canelo to vacate WBC title: I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines

Photo: Emily Harney

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez today issued the following statement:

“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”

Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya today issued the following statement:

“There is no denying that Canelo is the biggest star in the sport of boxing. He is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline. Now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.”

Photo: Emily Harney WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez today issued the following statement: “After much consideration, today, I instructed …


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Shumenov to defend belt against Wright

WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) makes his first title defense this Saturday night against WBA #11-rated Junior “Hurricane” Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) at The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. By becoming the WBA interim beltholder, Shumenov also became the #1 ranked mandatory challenger for WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in Russia against IBF champion Victor Emilio “El Tyson de Abasto” Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in a unification match.

The WBA has already mandated that the Lebedev-Ramirez must fight Shumenov within 120 days. The Shumenov camp is very vocal in criticizing a WBA “regular” cruiserweight world title fight this Friday night in France between #2 Yunier Dorticos and #5 Youri Kalenga, after announcing that it would work this year to have only one world champion in each weight class.

The 12-round Shumenov vs. Wright title fight is on the non-televised portion of The Cosmopolitan show.

WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) makes his first title defense this Saturday night against WBA …


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Rios-Esquivias tops June 3 LA Fight Club card

Featherweight contender Ronny Rios (25-1, 10 KOs) will make his LA Fight Club debut on June 3 against Efrain Esquivias (17-4-1, 10 KOs) in the ten round main event at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Belasco Theater to be televised on Estrella TV. It will be Rios’ first fight since defeating Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez on the Cotto vs. Canelo undercard last November. Also on the telecast, unbeaten super lightweight prospect Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (14-0, 6 KOs) will face Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-3-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder and female flyweight Seniesa Estrada (6-0, 1 KO) meets TBA.

The event kicks off an exciting weekend of fistic action in the Los Angeles area that will be capped off by the June 4 showdown between WBC world super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) at StubHub Center in Carson.

Featherweight contender Ronny Rios (25-1, 10 KOs) will make his LA Fight Club debut on June 3 against Efrain Esquivias …


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Ortiz and Ustinov Reach Agreement

The World Boxing Association has notified that the teams of WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) that an agreement has been reached to fight, possibly this summer. As a result, the purse bid scheduled for Thursday, May 19, at the WBA headquarters in Panama has been canceled. According to Golden Boy Promotions, HBO is interested in airing the Ortiz-Ustinov fight. The WBA Championships Committee had ordered the heavyweight title fight earlier this year to comply with a tournament to establish a single champion in the division.

The World Boxing Association has notified that the teams of WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz …


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Eubank Jr back with Matchroom

Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) has signed a new promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will box at The O2 Arena in London on June 25. Full details of his first fight back with promoter Eddie Hearn will be announced at a press conference on Thursday morning in London. Eubank cut ties with Matchroom last December after they lost a purse bid to rival promoter Mick Hennessy. Eubank fought Nick Blackwell under Hennessey’s banner and Blackwell suffered a severe head injury in that bout. Headlining the June 25 card is IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defending against unbeaten Dominic Breazeale.

Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr (22-1, 17 KOs) has signed a new promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing …


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Briggs looking for new opponent

By Karl Freitag

It was confirmed at today’s press conference in London that former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs WILL NOT be fighting Alexander Dimitrenko as previously announced. When asked who his opponent will be on Saturday, Briggs stated “I’m not sure yet. I was supposed to fight Dimitrenko. He pulled out. I had a tougher opponent that he (David Haye) is fighting and I took it hands down. I want David Haye. I want to take the shine off of him. Everything he’s got is mine.”

Haye added, “Dimitrenko pulled out. He agreed to the fight and didn’t clear it with the manager. Apparently he did this in the fight before as well. So right at the moment we’re looking at opponents for Shannon. He said he’ll fight anyone, so we’re trying to find someone suitable.”

The name of Croatian Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible Briggs foe. An official announcement could come later today.

By Karl Freitag It was confirmed at today’s press conference in London that former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs WILL NOT …


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Gassiev: It wasn’t the most powerful punch but I snapped it pretty well

Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a fearsome knockout victory over Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) on Tuesday night’s PBC telecast from Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, MN. “It wasn’t the most powerful punch but I snapped it pretty well. I was ready to keep going but that punch was enough,” said the Russian fighter, who trains with Abel Sanchez alongside GGG. “I am extremely happy he got up and I hope he is okay. I never want to hurt anybody. I just want to win the fight.”


Video: Premier Boxing Champions

Gassiev is now in line to face the winner of Saturday’s cruiserweight unification fight in Moscow between IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez and WBA champion Denis Lebedev. (more…)

Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a fearsome knockout victory over Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) …


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Parker: Takam will be a good name on my record

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

IBF #4 heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) and IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs) met at a South Auckland restaurant for their final press conference before they clash in an IBF elimination bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand on Saturday.

Joseph Parker: “I have a lot of respect for Carlos and what he’s done in his career. He’s been in the ring with some big names. The plan is not to get hit, but with boxing, if you have a guy like Carlos who’s prepared to give me a good fight, who is confident in himself and who has trained the house down, then you’re definitely going to take some punches. I’m definitely excited about fighting someone like Carlos, who is going to be a good name on my record if I beat him.”

Carlos Takam: “With time, he’s going to be one of the best. But right now, I’m here to win.”

The promoter is Duco Events and the bout will be televised on the Foxtel Cable Television Network throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Photos

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron IBF #4 heavyweight Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) and IBF …


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Wilson takes on Bissett this Saturday in Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) will look to add a fourteenth consecutive victory to his unblemished record this Saturday, May 21st at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Wilson, who is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Pacific Northwest, will take on Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-8, 7 KOs) in a six round bout, headlining White Delight Promotions’ six bout “Rogue Valley Rumble 4” card. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (13-0, 7 KOs) will look to add a fourteenth consecutive victory …


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Ghana trainer of Emanuel Game Boy Tagoe passes away

Ghana boxer Michael Ayitey Okine says he’ll be a gospel musician after retiring from boxing

Anthony Ogogo targets world titles ahead of return from injury

Conor McGregor continues to tease a boxing match

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EA Sports UFC 2 launches live event competition

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) has announced the launch of Live Event Competitions, a brand new competitive experience in EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 Live Events mode. Starting on Saturday, May 14, fans around the world can play the qualifiers in the Live Event Competition to compete for a chance to earn Ultimate Team rewards and a trip to the live finals coinciding with the UFC Fan Expo®, part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, and UFC® 200: CORMIER vs. JONES 2 in Las Vegas. The winner of the grand final match, taking place on Friday, July 8, at the UFC Fan Expo, will receive $10,000 USD* and walk away with the belt as the EA SPORTS UFC 2 world champion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) has announced the launch of Live Event Competitions, a brand new competitive experience in EA …


Boxing News

Gassiev destroys Shimmell in IBF eliminator

Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

In an IBF cruiserweight world title eliminator, unbeaten knockout artist Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) of Vladikavkaz, Russia, annihilated Jordan Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. Gassiev, rated #3 by the IBF with the #1 and #2 spots vacant, detonated a left hook on the jaw that put the IBF #10 Shimmell on his back unconscious. Time was 2:54. Thankfully Shimmell appears to be OK.

In the co-feature, veteran heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (32-9, 30 KOs) scored an explosive third round TKO over previously unbeaten Oklahoman Wes Nofire (19-1, 15 KOs). Southpaw Abell, bloodied by a cut caused by a headbutt, dropped Nofire with a barrage of punches at the end of round two. Abell then dropped Nofire in twice more in round three and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:12. (more…)

Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions In an IBF cruiserweight world title eliminator, unbeaten knockout artist Murat “Iron” Gassiev (23-0, 17 …


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Comparing & Contrasting the Charlo Twins

Photo: Showtime

Undefeated identical twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo have the opportunity to become boxing’s first twins to hold world championships in the same weight class when they enter the ring this Saturday on Showtime from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall will defend his title against former champion Austin Trout, while unbeaten Jermell will battle fellow contender John Jackson for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship.

While they definitely have their similarities – look the same, have one letter different in their first names, have the same dreams and goals in the same sport – like any sibling relationship, they also have their differences. One likes the color black and while the other likes white. One likes horse racing, one likes basketball. However, one of the things they agree on most, is their desire to make history. (more…)

Photo: Showtime Undefeated identical twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo have the opportunity to become boxing’s first twins to hold …


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Bitter ex-rivals Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney team up as promoters

By David Finger

They say politics make strange bedfellows, particularly in an election year. But for fans of the Sweet Science, that quote could just as easily be applied to the sport of boxing. Sometimes the biggest surprise doesn’t come inside the ring and odds are that this Friday night in Las Vegas the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing promoted fight card featuring Hanzel Martinez will be hard pressed to top the surprising news as to who is now partnering with Roy Jones…James “Lights Out” Toney.

Two Hall of Fame fighters, whose dislike for each other was so palpable that their 1994 showdown was billed “The Uncivil War,” are now co-promoting fights together, starting with the Martinez fight on Friday. (more…)

By David Finger They say politics make strange bedfellows, particularly in an election year. But for fans of the Sweet …


Boxing News

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. comments on Canelo-GGG and Chavez Jr.

By Hesiquio Balderas

Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has been sometimes critical and sometimes supportive of current boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez. Yesterday during his ESPN Deportes TV show “A Los Golpes,” Chavez was both when he discussed the Canelo-GGG situation.

“If the fighter wants to fight someone, the fight gets made,” stated Chavez. “For example, when I was offered the Camacho fight, I took it. When they offered me the Haugen fight, I took it. And the Meldrick Taylor fight, and the Whitaker fight, I took them. Don King sometimes didn’t want the fights, but I told him that I wanted to fight them and the fights got made.

“I don’t think Canelo is afraid and I also think that Canelo has more than a good chance to beat Golovkin. Canelo keeps getting better. To me, Canelo is a natural middleweight. Canelo is a much better boxer than Golovkin, but Golovkin is a bigger puncher than Canelo. Honestly, I think Canelo has the skills to make a good fight and he can beat Golovkin.” (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has been sometimes critical and sometimes supportive of current boxing …










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