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By Ron Jackson
If four-fight novice Azinga Fuzile beats veteran Macbute Sinyabi when they meet for Sinyabi’s South African featherweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night, this could be one of the biggest upsets in South African boxing in recent years.
Sinyabi who has also held the South African junior featherweight title has been fighting as a pro since June 2006 and compiled a record 29-4, 20 KOs, whereas Fuzile has only won four fights through 22 rounds since making his professional debut in April this year.
However, in the sport of boxing anything can happen as Fuzile goes in against an opponent far better than any of the four opponents he has met before. (more…)
Photo: All Star Boxing
Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez 122 vs Emanuel “Veneno” Dominguez 121
Hugo “Verdugo” Guarneros 112 vs Sacarias Medina Mora 115
Uriel “Yuca” Lopez 122 vs Jorge “Bolillo” Gomez 123
Juan “Marciano” Lopez 158 vs Elliot Cano 161
Kevin “Muneco” Nava 135 vs Jeovanny “Halconcito” De La Cruz 133
Ricardo “Tiburon” Reza 122 vs Aaron “Gallito Asil” Arreola 120
Edwin Campos 119 vs Edwin “Dominico” Martinez 117
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Kevin Barry who trains IBF #1, WBO #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about his charge who will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.
A major topic discussed at the Second WBC Female Convention, this past January in Tijuana, was a Flyweight Tournament for the Diamond Belt, and now it’s due to come to fruition.
After months of hard work, this historic event will be launched in October with three tremendous fights. WBC World Champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez starts the action on October 1st, defend her title against Japanese ring veteran and multiple-time World Champion Naoko Fujioka in Ecatepec, Mexico. (more…)
Photo: Manny “Mitts” Murillo / Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
Hanzel Martinez 122 vs Erik Ruiz 121
(Vacant WBA Super Bantamweight Championship)
Tony Lopez Jr. 118 vs Stephon Young 117
(Vacant WBA-NABA Bantamweight Championship)
John Vera 154 vs Milorad Zizic 153.5
Randy Moreno 134 vs Fabian Alaniz 134.5
Jeremy Nichols 147.5 vs Marquis Hawthorn 146
Max Ornelas 118 vs Mulapi Enjani 116.5
Sal Lopez 131 vs Kenneth Taylor 129
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Super featherweights Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) and Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) will collide for the WBC interim super featherweight title on December 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will be televised on HBO, which is shaping up to have a big November/December after a largely down year.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez will take on Gabriel Bracero (24-3, 5 KOs) in the ten round main event on December 2 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
Former world lightweight title challenger Ray Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) will face TBA in the ten round co-feature.
Also seeing action will be local favorites, including unbeaten super welterweight Danny Valdivia (12-0, 9 KOs), unbeaten middleweight Quilisto Madera (4-0, 2 KOs), unbeaten lightweight Eric Altamirano (8-0, 6 KOs) and unbeaten super lightweight Saul Lomas (9-0, 6 KOs). Opponents will be named.
Matias Entertainment and Black Tiger Promotions have announced the big pay-per-view clash between Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been pushed back from October 8 to October 29. The reason given is the big blackout that hit Puerto Rico last week forced a reshuffling of the events at the arena.
Photo: Tom Barnes
Mike Lee 173 vs Chris Traietti 174
Alantez Fox 163.5 vs Ronald Montes 162
Ed Brown 144 vs Robert Acevedo 140.5
Nick Mazurek 246 vs Tommy Washington Jr 277
Martez McGregor 175 vs Rick Reed 178
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Venue: UIC FORUM, Chicago, Illinois
By Karl Freitag
World boxing sanctioning bodies are still awaiting specifics on the undisclosed medical condition that forced WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to pull out of his October 29 rematch with former champion Wladimir Klitschko.
WBA President Gilberto J. Mendoza stated, “We have already made two requests to Tyson Fury’s team to get the medical report so we could know his medical status in full detail. And regarding what actions we might take — everything will depend on the reports. He could be named a ‘champion in recess,’ the championship could become vacant, but we won’t know until we have the medical report.”
The WBO World Championship Committee has given Team Fury ten days to supply Fury’s physician’s complete psychological/mental evaluation and diagnosis of his condition, Fury’s prognosis for recovery and his expected return to competition, plus a physician’s opinion of whether it is likely Fury will be able to return to competitive condition within 180 days. If the requested information isn’t received, “the Committee will proceed with the necessary appropriate action without the benefit of an appeal.”
Photo: Fantasy Springs
Michael Perez 135 vs. Petr Petrov 134
(WBA lightweight eliminator)
Genaro Gamez 134.4 vs. Vernon Alston 131.2
Alexis Rocha 147.8 vs. Colbert Lozoya 147.6
Luis Coria 128 vs. Noe Munoz 129
Javier Padilla 120 vs. Richard Morales 115
Jonathan Navarro 141.4 vs. Farkhad Sharipov 140
Bastie Samir 167 vs. Sijuola Ade Shabazz 166.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
There are a few notable fighters on Saturday’s Braehmer-Cleverly undercard at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
– WBO #11, IBF #12 heavyweight David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) takes on 42-year-old journeyman Ivica Perkovic (22-30, 17 KOs) in a six-round fight that appears to be a mismatch.
– Former WBA interim super middleweight champion and currently WBA #9 rated Vincent Feigenbutz (23-2, 21 KOs) faces Guillermo Ruben Andino (10-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
– IBF #6, WBA #11, WBO #12 light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) battles Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the WBA Inter-Continental belt.
In 2017, King’s Promotions will present a double-elimination tournament that will feature hot prospects in the 140 pound division. Applicants for the tournament must have double-digit wins and no more than two losses. Besides the fight purses, there will be a prize of $15,000 for the winner, $10,000 for the runner-up and $5,000 for third place.
“We are looking for the next contenders and champions in the junior welterweight division,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman. “We already have several quality fighters that have expressed a big interest in entering. We feel that there are a lot of fighters out there in this weight class that fit the criteria for what we are looking for and I am eager to hear from some of them.”
IBF #2, WBC #3, WBA #3, WBO #4 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) faces WBO #10 rated Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) in a real power punching affair on December 23 in Gatineau as part of the GYM Boxing Series, presented by the Casino de Lac Leamy in collaboration with Videotron.
“Despite the claims of some promoters and light heavyweight challengers,” said promoter Yvon Michel. “It’s a fact that Artur Beterbiev is the most dangerous and biggest threat to all of the world light heavyweight champions All contenders for titles change their minds when it comes to getting in the same ring with him.”
Report, photos by Joe Koizumi
Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14 KOs) will put his newly acquired WBA super-bantam belt on the line against unbeaten Thailander Anurak Thisa (17-0, 5 KOs), PABA (Pan American Boxing Association) titlist, tomorrow (Friday) in Wenzhou, China. Having gained the vacant WBA belt by a fine final-round stoppage over Xiao Jun Qiu in Beijing last June, Cermeno returned to China to make his initial defense against the Thai prospect under the promoter Niwat Laosuwanwat. Though it was rumored Cermeno would be overweight, he finely make the 122-pound class limit, while Anurak scaled in at 54.75 kg (120.75 pounds). It may be hard to predict the result since we haven’t had enough data on the Thai challenger, though he boasts of an unblemished mark in seventeen bouts. (more…)
The entire card has been announced for this weekend’s (Saturday, October 1) Windy City Fight Night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
In the night’s main event, popular super welterweight Achour Esho (11-0, 7 KOs) of Skokie, Illinois, will attempt the second bout of his comeback against capable Eduardo Flores (24-22-3, 15 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador in a six-round battle.
A battle between an undefeated fighter and a once-beaten fighter will serve as the main supporting bout, as Joshua Greer (9-1-1 3 KOs) of Chicago will take on Juan Gabriel Medina (10-0, 9 KOs) of Dominican Republic in a six-round bantamweight bout between up-and-coming contenders. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan former WBA super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (20-3, 13 KOs) returns after more than a year without fighting against his compatriot Pedro Verdu (18-14-2, 7 KOs) this Saturday at the legendary Centro Recreacional Yesterday in Turmero, Maracay in Venezuela.
“It’s very exciting return to the ring. It hasn’t been easy. I know I can be world champion again and I have everything to achieve it,” said Perez.
Perez has twice won WBA interim super lightweight titles. In December 2011, he beating the Mexican Fernando Castañedas for the belt. In November 2013, he shocked the boxing world by beating previously unbeaten former world champion Paul Spadafora in Virginia. (more…)
Due to a calf injury, WBC light flyweight champion Ganigan “Maravilla” Lopez (28-6, 17 KOs) will be prevented from defending his world title against former champ Pedro Guevara (28-2-1, 17 KOs) on October 15 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The WBC #1 rated Guevara will stay on the card and now face former world title challenger Jerry Tomogdan (21-7-3, 9 KOs) from the Philippines instead.
The card will also feature Karim “Traviesito” Arce, nephew of multi-division former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce.
By Matt Thompson
It has been over two decades since a professional boxing event took place in the Whaling City. That drought will come to an end Saturday, November 12th when Boston Boxing Promotions presents “All-Pro Boxing” at New Bedford High School featuring New Bedford resident Briam “Bam Bam” Granado (1-1-1, 1 KO), as well as local favorite “The American Nightmare” Vinnie Carita (14-1-1, 13 KOs) in a special ten-round heavyweight attraction.
The rich history of professional boxing in New Bedford dates back well over a century. The first modern pro boxing event on record in the city was held in the spring of 1883. From that time on, the area was a hotbed for prize fights with New Bedford’s various athletic clubs, skating rinks and arenas playing host to a regular schedule of boxing events from the late 1800s through World War I. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti
Former Iraq veteran Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) will challenge “Subway” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) in the ten-round main event of “Forum Fights 1” for the vacant USBA light heavyweight title at the UIC Forum in Chicago tomorrow night.
Traietti is best known in New England as a solid cruiserweight who promotes his own club shows in Massachusetts under the banner of Granite Chin Promotions. This time, he will fight on a card promoted by DiBella Entertainment in hopes to extend his win and knockout streak to 12 and earn a world ranking. The bout will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Lee, a former Notre Dame Boxing Captain and winner of the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves, has built his record slowly since turning pro six years ago. Lee has fought on ESPN, Showtime, CBS, and NBC, grinding out wins over B-level talent, occasionally with swift knockout power. Lee – born and raised in Chicago – is also known as a spokesman for Subway sandwich shops. (more…)
It’s on! Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title against undefeated former world featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters on Saturday, November 26, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO. Promoted by Top Rank, ticket information including room/ticket packages, will be announced shortly.
“Boxing fans will be able to spend their Thanksgiving holiday weekend feasting on the year’s most anticipated showdown,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Forget their weight class. With more than 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout, they punch and win like heavyweights! We know how the fight is going to end. The question is, which fighter will end it.” (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams
Hall of Fame Promoter, Bob Arum and World Champion, Oscar Valdez visit the ESPN studios in Los Angeles, California to promote his first title defense on November 5, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Los Vegas, Nevada.
Photos: Uwe Koch
The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will finally meet in a World title fight on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.
WBA World Champion Braehmer returns to happy hunting ground as he looks to secure his seventh successive title defence by defeating his long-standing rival.
The German veteran captured the WBA strap against Marcus Oliveira at the Jahnsportforum in 2013, and successfully defended the belt with a shutout points victory over domestic rival Eduard Gutknecht in March this year.
‘’This is a special fight for me,’’ said Braehmer at today’s final press conference. ‘’It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and a fight the fans are excited to see. I will enter the ring, as I always do, with just one goal in my mind – to win, no matter what, and with the support of crowd in Neubrandenburg, I know I will.’’
The challenger, Cleverly, believes timing is on his side, as the former WBO Champion aims to wrestle the belt from the 37 year-old Braehmer, and begin his second World title reign.
‘’It’s great that this fight is finally happening,’’ said Cleverly. ‘’It’s been five years in the making, and finally Braehmer is stepping up to the plate. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and Nicholas “AxeMan” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) are in advanced discussions for a November 26 fight on HBO. The fight was discussed earlier this year. Hopefully this time it gets made.
Female boxing’s biggest star, undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) takes on big punching Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday in a big fight in Oslo, Norway. It will be the first pro boxing card in Norway since 1981. Mathis’s manager Christel Aujoux confirmed that if Mathis wins, a rematch is signed. Braekhus decisioned Mathis four years ago.
Also Saturday, WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer meets Nathan Cleverly in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They were scheduled to meet in 2011, but then WBO champ Braehmer pulled out and Cleverly was awarded the title. Braehmer is now making his seventh defense of the WBA strap. So who will win? Braehmer is a -225 favorite.
Former three-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Mexico City against Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (34-9-2, 24 KOs) in a ten round super lightweight clash. It’s the 36-year-old Soto’s first fight since losing to Antonio Orozco last September, a fight he insists he won.
By Karl Freitag
In October 2015, Premier Boxing Champions presented eight live boxing telecasts. In October 2016, there are currently no events scheduled. So what happens now?
First a bit of history. Premier Boxing Champions debuted on March 7, 2015, on NBC. Since then the ambitious project created for television and led by licensed boxing manager Al Haymon, and bankrolled by Kansas investment firm Waddell & Reed, has presented 96 boxing telecasts.
PBC returned boxing to free network television with multiple shows on NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as putting shows on cable giants like ESPN and Spike TV. Lower budget shows made it to cable outlets like NBCSN, FOX Sports 1, and Bounce TV. There were also Spanish-language simulcasts on ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes. In addition, PBC fighters appeared on premium network Showtime on 14 occasions.
From day one, PBC has been hemorrhaging money. Boxers were paid well over the going market value and millions in expensive air time was purchased from the networks. Some estimate that $500 million+ has been spent trying to build the PBC brand and keep Haymon’s deep roster of some 200 fighters busy. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron
IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand and if successful will be in perfect position to receive world championship opportunities, said promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, now that Tyson Fury could be stripped of the WBO belt.
“So long as Joseph Parker wins on Saturday night, he is locked into the best position of any heavyweight in the world with the exception of Anthony Joshua himself,” claimed Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan. (more…)
Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions
Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Buffalo Thunder Casino, New Mexico. Ugas came out strong and dominated the fight from round one, dropping Perrella to the canvas. In round four Ugas knocked down Perrella yet again. Perrella got up but Ugas was on top of him instantly, landing blow after blow causing the referee to stop the fight. The time was 2:20.
Undefeated welterweight Ryan ‘Cowboy’ Karl (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Jose Felix Quezada (11-2, 6 KOs). Karl dropped Quezada in round one and finished him at the end of round four with another knockdown. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas undercard headliners were on hand Tuesday afternoon inside the Conga Room in Los Angeles for a press conference to announce their fights on the November 5 Las Vegas pay-per-view event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Joining Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum were WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and his challenger Jessie Magdaleno, who meet in the co-feature, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, and flyweight contender Zou Shiming.
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum started the press conference to officially announce the undercard. “November 5th will be a pay per view organized and promoted by Top Rank,” Arum said. “We have four world championship fights with fighters from six different countries, all which have been insulted by Trump.” (more…)
Former title challenger Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KO’s) looks to redeem himself after a tough loss back in April as he headlines the main event of Mayweather Promotions Sin City Showdown, Saturday, October 8th from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. No television was announced in connection with the card.
“I have been in the gym training harder than ever and mentally preparing after coming up short against Adrien Broner earlier this year,” said Theophane. “I’m excited to get back in the ring on October 8 and be the first to headline the monthly fight series at Sam’s Town that Mayweather Promotions has put together. I will not disappoint. This is for my fans right here in Las Vegas to witness live, and my supporters worldwide. You can expect a great performance come fight night!” (more…)
Veteran super bantamweight Erik Ruiz (15-5-1, 6 KOs) has replaced Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Quartey, who was unable to secure a visa to enter the United States, in this Friday night’s 10-round main event versus Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs), headlining a “Knockout Night at the D” card. The card is airing live (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network. “Knockout Night at the D” will be held outdoors under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Martínez is the brother in law of former two-time world champion Antonio Margarito.
By Miguel Maravilla
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum addressed the current down moment in the sport of boxing during a press conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles. “A lot of you people have said to me ‘Is boxing dead?’ and I don’t think I’ve replied as forcefully as I should,” said Arum. “Boxing not only isn’t dead, but it’s on the cusp of a great resurgence. You have all of these great young fighters from the United States, from Mexico, and from all around the world, who are coming to the world stage. Boxing is followed by more people than almost any other major sport. And boxing, because of this young talent, will not only succeed, but it will flourish. It will be bigger than it’s ever been.
“Wait you see. This next ten years we are on the cusp of time in boxing when the people all around the world will join together to watch our great athletes perform. I’m very proud of the people, the young men in this sport, and wait you see what’s gonna happen starting now in these next ten years.”
Undefeated world champion Oscar Valdez will defend his WBO featherweight championship for the first time on Saturday, November 5, against Hiroshige Osawa of Japan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“As a world champion you have to face tough challenges and my first defense will be against a tough challenger, but I am ready to face him,” said Valdez. “I worked hard to get my belt and I intend to keep it for a long time.”
“Oscar Valdez always works very hard to get ready for his fights. He will be even more focused and work even harder defending his championship belt on November 5 than he was when he won it back in July,” said Valdez’s trainer Manuel Robles. (more…)
Erik Skoglund’s (25-0, 11 KOs) WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) will now take place on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.
‘’We’re delighted to have a new date in place,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’The application has already been submitted with the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, and we can now look forward to another great night of boxing on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.’’
Skoglund, who is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, is relishing a return to his hometown arena, which last year, played host to his historic IBF Intercontinental title fight against Oleksandr Cherviak, and a shut-out points win over Derek Edwards. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga smashed Viwe Mdletyeni to defeat inside three rounds to retain the WBA Pan African lightweight title at the OR Tambo Hall in Mthatha on Friday night. The 39-year-old Malinga from Katlehong on the on the East Rand dominated from the opening round against the former South African lightweight champion Viwe Mdletyeni, 29, who never really got into the fight. (more…)
Tickets are now available for the 2016 Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies on October 14th. $65, provides admission to the ceremonies that includes dinner. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and the ceremonies get under way at 6:30 p.m.
2016 Inductees: Rodney Bobick, Jim Hegerle, Larry LaCoursiere, Fred Lenhart, My Sullivan, George Blair, Leo Ryan, Earl Kane and Pat Killen. Special Recognition: Rob Brant. (more…)
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