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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz 124.8 vs. Abner Mares 125.2 (vacant WBA "super" featherweight title) Hugo Ruiz 121.4 vs. Julio Cesar Ceja ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5 Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25 Venue: ...

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Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo "El Terremoto" Santa ...

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Boxing News

Ronnie Shields: Szpilka will knock Consegura’s head off

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Szpilka is ready. He’s in a great shape. Camp was really good. And the most important thing – he’s confident. About Consuegra, OK, he’s got good amateur career. But this is not amateurs anymore. You get paid. This is when all counts. He’s gonna be in the ring with the beast, Artur Szpilka, who is gonna knock his head off. This is the fact. This is what will happen in the Prudential Center. Let’s see who will do the running when the fight starts. If he’s a man of his words, he (Consuegra) will stand up and fight. It will be great for us and the fans,” said renowned trainer Ronnie Shields talking with Fightnews.com about upcoming fight of his fighter, Poland’s Artur Szpilka (19-1, 14 KO). Szpilka vs. Yasmany Consuegra (17-1, 14 KO) will be part of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike (Friday, 9PM ET live) from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.



August 10th, 2015


Boxing News

Rodriguez gets phantom KO in Uruguay

By Gabriel F Cordero

Dominican super featherweight puncher Braulio Rodriguez (19-1, 17 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Argentinian Marcos Martinez (17-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night in Montevideo, Uruguay. Martinez was floored in the second round by a combination of punches that never seemed to connect squarely.



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

USA Olympian Jose Ramirez defending his NABF title on Sept 26 – Tickets go on sale Aug 12

USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs), coming off a big TKO win in Macau a few weeks ago where he was in the co-main event, is now coming home. Ramirez will defend his NABF title on Saturday, September 26 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, as the main event broadcast on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas National TV, in what will now be his homecoming event, located just minutes from Avenal where he grew up.

Tickets go on sale August 12th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Hotel Gift shop and at tachipalace.com. There are only 2,000 tickets for this exclusive event!

“Top Rank is very proud of Jose and all that he has accomplished inside and out of the ring while helping his community. He is a great person, a great fighter and a future world champion,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. (more…)



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Barboza destroys Oltmanns in 71 seconds

By Matt Thompson at ringside

In front of over 800 people Saturday night at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC), Boston Boxing Promotions brought Professional Boxing back to Cape Cod for the first time in nearly a decade for an action packed evening of professional fights.

In the main event of the evening, Hyannis’ Jesse Barboza (10-1-1, 6 KO’s) made quick work of Pennsylvania’s Jesse Oltmanns (10-6, 7 KO’s) with a 1st round KO to win the Northeast Heavyweight Championship. A left hook early in round 1 staggered Oltmanns into the ropes. A follow up barrage of body punches and another big left hook to the head put Oltmanns down. Referee Jackie Morell immediately called a halt to the fight and the official time of the KO was 1:11 of round 1. (more…)



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Orucuta defeats Pucheta

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

Celebrating the seventy-first anniversary of the Tecate brewery located in the sleepy small town of Tecate, Baja California Norte, Mexico, Zanfer Promotions along with the Azteca channel and the brewery itself offered boxing fans live at the small arena built at a local baseball field and on national TV an entertaining fight card featuring over ten professional fights.

In the main event, former title challenger Felipe Orucuta (31-3, 25KO) took a hard earned unanimous decision over fellow Mexico City native Roberto “Alacran” Pucheta (9-6-1, 5KO) in an entertaining bantamweight ten round scrap.

From the opening bell it was evident who was going to play what role. Orucuta, with the legendary Nacho Beristain in his corner, was more than happy to be the boxer while Pucheta was the stalker. (more…)



August 10th, 2015

Feature Story

Tarver Dreams a Big Dream

IMG_94By Robert Hough
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver watched Disney World appear where once there were orange groves. Now the Florida native and resident is going for the big, happy miracle ending that would make Walt Disney proud.

Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs), who was born and raised in Orlando, Fla., and lives in Tampa, faces Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight bout this Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The contest headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event on Spike TV. (more…)



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Tank Williams: I’m going to take out Hammer

Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (37-14-2, 20 KOs), fighting out of Nassau, Bahamas, travels to Romania to take on Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) on August 28 in the 10-round main event in Galati’s hometown of Galati. The 42-year-old Williams will be fighting in his eighth different country against Hammer. “I’m a Bahamian warrior,” Williams explained why he fights so many opponents in their backyard. “By nature, in the Caribbean, we are known as pirates. I’ve traveled all my life. We have no borders, only waters to cross. Wherever I fight, I feel like it’s my hometown of Nassau. This is the sixth different fight for me this year but the only one that’s really happening. The others fell apart for one reason or another. I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity. I’ll face adversity fighting in Romania for the first time but I’m going there with the intention of belting him from pillar to post. I’m going to take him out. I’m bringing my Conch punch (big overhand right), which is synonymous with the Bahamas, and people everywhere love it.” (more…)



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Bundall, Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Cruiserweight Kurtis Pegoraro (3-2) outpointed James Porter (7-3) over eight rounds to capture the State Queensland title at the Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Pegoraro was deducted a point in round six by referee Paul Tapley for use of the elbow. Scores 76-75, 79-72, 79-72.

In other action, 154 pounder Will Parsons (6-2) outscored Aphichat Koedchafturat (0-2) over six rounds. Parsons dropped his opponent in round one for an eight count and won by scores 60-53, 60-53, 59-54. (more…)



August 10th, 2015

UFC

Five Bouts Confirmed For UFC Dublin

On Saturday, October 24 UFC® will make its highly anticipated return to Dublin, Ireland. And with less than four weeks until tickets to the event go on sale, the organisation has confirmed five exciting match ups that will feature on the fight card . . . Click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT SASKATOON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, August 23 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Foley halts Casey in four

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail

Australian light heavyweight champion Kerry Foley (16-2-1, 13 KOs) stopped Joel Casey (16-14-3, 8 KOs) in round four of a scheduled ten round title bout at the North Sydney League Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Foley controlled the contest from round one and dropped Casey twice in round four. Referee Anthony Shipley crowned Foley at 2:02. Foley captured the national title in May by defeating Dane Mulivai.

In other action, super middleweight Faris Chevalier (9-1, 5 KOs) outscored Tej Pratap Singh (4-1-1) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian 168 pound title. Chevalier controlled the contest in most of the rounds to win by scores 97-93, 99-91, 100-90. Chevalier was born in Paris, France in 1986 and turned professional in Australia as a light heavyweight in 2012. (more…)



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Gennady Golovkin’s trainer understands why fans (still) feel cheated from Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler returns to Caesars Palace

Badou Jack talks about Sept. 12

James Leija Jr. wins professional debut



August 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Video: Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Inductions

Highlights from Saturday night’s Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame Inductions Ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Inductees Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Felix Trinidad, Marco Antonio Barrera, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Roger Mayweather are the in the class of 2015.



August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Hrunov: Allakhverdiev to face Broner on October 3

On October 3 in Las Vegas, former super lightweight world champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) is expected to meet former three-division world champion Adrian Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) for the vacant WBA “regular” title. Promoter Vladimir Hrunov says Allakhverdiev has signed for the fight.

“It will be a very big fight,” said Hrunov. “Recently I received a request from the WBA about the possibility of a title fight between Khabib and Broner. I immediately got in touch with Al Haymon and in two weeks we signed. This is my first experience with Haymon, and I am pleased that everything went seamlessly and quickly. Khabib is now preparing to fight in Russia with his brother Shafidina Allakhverdiev. On September 1, they’ll fly to the United States for the final stage of preparation with Sergei Kovalev trainer John David Jackson.”



August 9th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Updates

Seven new fights are now on the schedule for upcoming UFC events, with a mix of contenders, prospects and heavy hitters slated to hit the Octagon in the next couple months . . . Click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT SASKATOON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, August 23 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Top Rank chief publicist Lee Samuels and Marvelous Marvin Hagler were inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Saturday night during their 3rd annual red carpet and awards dinner gala.

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August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Another new opponent for Lucas Browne

Heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will now face American seven-footer Julius “Towering Inferno” Long on Friday night after Icho Larenas pulled out as a result of legal problems. Larenas was himself a replacement for Gonzalo Basile, but Hatton Promotions’ international matchmaker Philippe Fondu received word late on Thursday that it was unlikely that the Canadian former MMA star would be allowed to leave Argentina, where he is now based. After working through the night, Fondu, Browne’s manager Matt Clark, and agent Juan Pablo Manfredi, managed to secure a deal with Long. The fight will be a ten round non-title contest and is being televised live free to air across Australia on Channel 9. (more…)



August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Rivera defeats Vazquez for WBC silver

Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

Strawweight Janiel Rivera (13-2-2, 7 KOs) outpointed Israel Vazquez (9-3-2, 6 KOs) to win a one-sided unanimous decision and become the WBC silver beltholder on Saturday night at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The fight began with a lot of action. Israel, the son of Puerto Rican legend Wilfredo Vazquez, tried to land bombs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the best performance of Rivera’s career.

“I felt great tonight. I really did my fight and he couldn’t do anything. I am very proud and happy to be the WBC silver champion, now my goal is to become the world champion,” said a very emotional Rivera afterward. (more…)



August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Orucuta outpoints Pucheta, Flores stuns Dragoncito

Photos: Zanfer

WBC #8 super flyweight Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta (31-3, 25 KO’s) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Roberto “Alacran” Pucheta (14-6-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in the main event at the Estadio de Beisbol Manuel Ceceña in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Orucuta, who was twice narrowly defeated in world title challenges, won by a score of 98-92 on all cards. The bout was fought at the bantamweight limit.

Also, unbeaten mini-flyweight Hector “Rapidito” Flores (10-0-2, 5 KOs) surprised former world champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (19-11, 12 KOs), winning a ten round unanimous decision by scores of 97-95, 96-94 and 96-94.

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August 9th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Nashville Main: Texeira Subs OSP

Former world light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira turned wrestler in his UFC Fight Night main event against Ovince Saint Preux at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, and that strategy worked like a charm, as he spoiled the Knoxville resident’s homecoming bout with a third-round submission win . . . Click here for more

Also see main card coverage: Dariush gets disputed nod over Johnson
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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT SASKATOON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, August 23 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Jardon, Juarez victorious at the Arena Coliseo

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

In a spectacular fight, WBC international silver lightweight champion Dante “Crazy” Jardon (26-6 , 21 KOs) scored a wild second round KO over Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (18-3, 12 KOs) at the legendary Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. In round two, Lopez dropped Jardon. Jardon then got up and knocked out Lopez!

In the co-feature, Saul “Baby” Juarez (22-4, 12 KOs) won a ten round split decision over former WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (30-5-1, 19 KOs). The bout was a rematch. Juarez previously defeated Hernandez by TKO8 via a cut in May.

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August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Charles Ellis upsets former champ James Toney

Heavyweight Charles Ellis (10-3-1, 8 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over 46-year-old former multi-division world champion and future Hall of Famer James “Lights Out” Toney (76-10-3, 46 KOs) on Saturday night at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. Scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. Toney lost the first five rounds on all three judges’ scorecards.



August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Mikhaylenko batters Perez, Avila and Farmer win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy

Undefeated Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KOs) scored an eight round beatdown against former WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Johan “El Terrible” Perez (20-3-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Both fighters fought fearlessly as a near sell-out rowdy crowd cheered them on. Mikhaylenko showed his strength early on in the fight and continued to corner Perez on the ropes as the fight progressed. The relentless assault by Mikhaylenko finally prompted a referee’s stoppage by Ray Corona. Time was 1:21. Mikhaylenko won the NABA welterweight title.

Undefeated super bantamweight standout Manuel “Tino” Avila (18-0, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former world title contender Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs). Avila dropped Salinas in round two. Salinas remained on his stool at the end of round six citing a hand injury.

Streaking lightweight Tevin Farmer (20-4-1, 5 KOs) impressively scored his thirteenth straight win by knocking out former world title challenger Daulis Prescott (30-2, 22 KOs) in round eight. Farmer dropped Prescott in round four. He put Prescott down again in round six, but was then deducted a point for hitting Prescott when he was down. Farmer finally knocked out Prescott in round eight. Time was :52.

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August 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Early Results from St. Louis

Journeyman Management fighters Fernando Martinez, Adrien Granados, and Nathaniel Gallimore were all successful to open up the fight card in St. Louis, which is headlined by former multi-division champion James Toney. Martinez decisioned Jair Montoya to earn his first win as a pro. Granados (14-4-2, 10 KOs) stopped Dedrick Bell in round three of a scheduled eight round bout. Gallimore (8-0, 7 KOs) remained unbeaten by stopping Lauro Alcantar in round one.



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF #11 Shibata keeps OPBF/Japanese 160lb belts

Photo by Boxing Beat

Photo by Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

This week we saw no less than five shows from Monday at the Korakuen Hall, where there were many hard-fought contests entertaining the crowd almost every day. IBF#11 ranked Japanese six-footer Akio Shibata (26-8-1, 12 KOs), 159.5, successfully kept his OPBF and Japanese belts as he fully utilized his hand speed and footwork, and had the face of compatriot challenger Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-5-1, 8 KOs), 159.25, so badly swollen that the referee finally called a halt because of the ring physician’s advice at 1:40 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Shibata was in command from the outset, scoring with sharp straight rights to the slower and still stiff challenger. Akiyama occasionally threw a heavy shot to the champ only at a time, but Shibata, a year his junior at 34, kept circling and countering nearly at will. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated that Shibata was leading on points: 40-36 twice and 39-37. Akiyama’s left optic became puffed and swollen later with his absorption of punishment as the contest progressed. Shibata’s superiority, in the fatal eighth, looked obvious with Akiyama’s face grotesquely getting swollen and his left eye almost closed, when the third man logically decided to terminate it with no objection.

Having suffered a quick demolition at the hand of former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his professional debut in August 2013, Shibata steadily went back on a comeback trail and registered five victories straight including three within the distance to be ranked by the IBF. His manager/promoter Hitoshi Watanabe said, “Shibata is willing to have a world title shot either in the 154-pound or 160-pound category, if an opportunity should be given.” Mr. Watanabe himself, formerly an unfruitful middleweight contender, seems more ambitious than his boy Shibata.

Promoter: Reason Promotions.



August 8th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Nashville Prelims: Hall Back in Win Column, Stops Bamgbose

Middleweight Uriah Hall rebounded from a May loss to Rafael Natal Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, stopping late-notice newcomer Oluwale Bamgbose in the first round . . . Click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT SASKATOON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, August 23 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Off TV Results from Fantasy Springs

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated featherweight Joet Gonzalez (11-0, 5 KOs) of Glendora, California, scored a third round knockout over Ciudad Obergon, Mexico’s Miguel Tamayo (16-15-2) in a scheduled six-round featherweight bout. Gonzalez was on the attack in the first round as he cornered Tamayo with a barrage, later in the round a left hook to the body staggered Tamayo. In round two Gonzalez started where he left off boxing patiently landing effectively. However in round three Gonzalez dropped Tamayo with a combination as he got up and continued to fight but a left hook to the body followed up by a combination upstairs sending Tamayo to the canvas a second time as referee Pat Russell reached a ten count.

Los Angeles-based Irish sensation Jason Quigley (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Michael Faulk (3-3, 1 KO) of Queens, New York, in a scheduled six-round super middleweight bout. Quigley stalked Faulk early on connecting effectively. The fighting Irish connected with a flush right hand in round two dropping Faulk. Quigley then continued his attack and sent Faulk to the canvas a second time with the right hand. Faulk continued to fight but Quigley’s attack was too much as Faulk hit the canvas a third time referee Ray Corona stopped the fight at 2:59 of round two. (more…)



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Szpilka: I want to be a Polish Floyd Mayweather Jr.

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Plex Gym

“Losing to Bryant (Jennings) was the best thing that could happen to me,” said heavyweight contender Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (19-1, 14 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. “It made me a humble man. I went through all the stages afterwards – depression, I was devastated. Then I completely changed my life. Dedicated myself entirely to boxing. I left Poland, moved to Houston – there is nothing more in my life, only training. Now fans want to see me against good fighters. They want to see exciting fights. And they are 100 percent right. Yasmany Consuegra fits the bill – very good Cuban amateur background. Very slick, intelligent in the ring, with a quick right hand. I need somebody like him to show my skills. Can’t wait to see white and red flags on August 14 in the Prudential Center.”

The clash between Szpilka and Consuegra (17-1, 14 KOs), a Cuban living in Miami, will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions on Spike (9PM ET) event on Friday, August 14, live from the Prudential Center in Newark. The boxing evening in New Jersey will feature heavyweights Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) vs. Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in the main event and the American debut of WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2, 26 KOs), who will be facing undefeated #1 contender Krzysztof Głowacki (24-0, 15 KOs) from Poland. (more…)



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Briggs opponent named: Mike Marrone

Two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs) will face Mike Morrone (21-4, 15 KOs) in the main event of “World Heavyweight Champs – Saturday Fight Night” on September 5 at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The card will be a celebration of heavyweight boxing with more than 20 former world heavyweight champions confirmed to attend, including reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, Tony Tubbs, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Michael Bentt, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Mike Weaver, Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon Thomas, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Bruce Seldon.



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez vs. Mikhaylenko Scouting Report

Tonight on HBO Latino, former WBA “interim” super lightweight champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela will face unbeaten Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia in a 12-round battle for the WBA-NABA welterweight title. The telecast airs live at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). The action takes place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 5:05 p.m.

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August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Brinson comments on late stoppage

Middleweight Nick Brinson (17-4-2, 7 KOs) wasn’t happy about the stoppage by referee Earl Brown with just 29 seconds left in his fight with unbeaten and 2012 Olympian Ievgen Khytrov on Friday night in Atlantic City. “I am fine. I am upset with the stoppage,” said Brinson, who was ahead on the scorecards (68-65, 70-62, 66-66). “I took a knee to recoup. I wasn’t knocked out. I knew where I was. I thought the smart thing to do was take a knee and get myself back together. He was coming on strong, but I knew there wasn’t much time left at all in the fight. I looked at the ref and I told him I was fine and he still stopped the fight. It is upsetting to me. I was winning the fight.

“I would love a rematch. It was a great fight, and I think the fans loved it. If a rematch is on the table I would take it right away.”



August 8th, 2015

UFC

Predictions: Fight Night Nashville

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for a Nahville edition of the Downes Side! Grander than the Grand Ole Opry and tougher than old hickory, it’s the only MMA predictions article that matters.

So pull yourself out of whatever hermitage you’re living in and turn on FOX Sports 1 for Ultimate Fight Night. Live from the Bridgestone Arena, the main event features a light heavyweight contest between Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux. In the co-main event, lightweights Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush square off. Who needs the Country Music Hall of Fame? It’s fight time! . . . Click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT NASHVILLE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, August 8 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Ishimoto, Nishida victorious

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Formerly world-rated speedster Yasutaka Ishimoto (26-8, 7 KOs), 122, showed superior speed and skills in outscoring Japan’s super-bantam top contender Gakuya Furuhashi (17-6-1, 7 KOs), 122, by a close but unanimous decision (76-75, 77-76, 77-75) over eight hard-fought rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Given greater power, Furuhashi failed to the moving target with precision, while Ishimoto often caught him with faster jabs and quick combinations. Ishimoto once decked an upset triumph over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on points in Macao in April 2013, but lost to Chris Avalos via eighth round stoppage in an IBF 122-pound eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger also in Macao in May 2014. Ishimoto cleverly utilized his hit-and-grab tactics against the less experienced opponent, but the referee Nakamura finally penalized a point for holding too often midway in round seven. (more…)



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Ioka to defend WBA 112lb belt against Sosa

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Newly crowned WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka (17-1, 10 KOs) will defend his belt against Roberto Domingo Sosa (26-2-1, 14 KOs) of Argentina in his initial defense in Osaka, Japan, on September 27. Ioka, 26, dethroned long reigning titlist Juan Carlos Reveco by a majority decision this April. It was once reported that the WBA ordered a direct rematch due to a protest on the verdict by Reveco’s hander Osvaldo Rivero, but Ioka will participate in a voluntary defense with another Argentine handled by Rivero. Ioka, three-class world champ, said, “September 27 is my grandmother Mitsuko’s seventy-first birthday, and I wish to dedicate my fine victory to her.” If victorious, Ioka will face the ex-champ Reveco on New Year’s Eve. Ioka, the nephew of formerly two-time world titlist Hiroki, is managed and coached by his father Kazunori, Hiroki’s elder brother.



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA 115lb Champ Kono resumes training

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono of Japan resumed training after he suffered a rib injury during a sparring session in the end of May in preparation for his mandatory defense with compatriot and formerly three-time titlist Koki Kameda then scheduled in July. Although it is an encounter of Japanese compatriots, it will be held in the US under Warrior Promotions. Kono said, “I felt a severe pain after the injury and could neither run nor work at gym, but I have almost recovered from it. My doctor says I’ll be ready after the middle of October.” Hitoshi Watanabe, Kono’s manager/promoter, said, “I feel sorry to have bothered people concerned including the US organizers. Kono will start sparring from September and we will accept any fight date after mid-October. I wish Kono to display a good showing in excellent condition.”



August 8th, 2015

Boxing News

Pacquiao: I Want Mayweather Again

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Asian icon Many Pacquiao visited Japan to attend the World Basketball Conference here as a Congressman in order to invite the Word Cup event to his home country Philippines, and received an interview by our fight scribes in Tokyo on Thursday.

Q: How about your right shoulder after the surgery?
A: (Rotating his shoulder) I can lift my shoulder like this. No problem any longer.

Q: You are called “Asian hero” and greatly respected even here in Japan.
A: I truly appreciate your people’s respects to me.

Q: How do you review your fight with Mayweather this May?
A: He was running away all the time. I was making the fight by stalking him and believe that I deserved a victory. (more…)



August 8th, 2015


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