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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

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Haye and Bellew pulled apart at fiery press conference

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Kraft beats Paziwapazi for WBC Youth Championship

Local hero Toni Kraft beat Tanzania’s Abdallah Paziwapazi Saturday night at the Ballhausforum in Munich to win the WBC Youth Lightheavyweight Championship. Both men had their moments in a fight with some good back-and-forth action but also a lot of clinching. Kraft proved to be the technically more skilled fighter who tried to work behind his jab while Paziwapazi was going for the knockout throwing a lot of power punches and missing most of them.

Referee Juergen Langos had a tough night with lots of work and some difficult decisions to make. In the sixth round Kraft went down from what seemed to be a punch which caught him off balance but Langos ruled it as a slip. In round eight, Langos took a point from Kraft for pushing his opponent to the floor.

After ten rounds judges Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) and Ed Pearson (Canada) scored the bout 98-91, Maurizio Rinaudo (Germany) gave it 97-92, all in favor of Toni Kraft who landed more and cleaner shots.

It was Kraft’s tenth win in as many pro fights while Paziwapazi’s record dropped to 14-3.



November 6th, 2016

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Avni Yildirim impressively stops Schiller Hyppolite in three

Yilderim vs SchillerWhat a performance by 25-year-old Avni Yildirim! The fast rising Turkish superstar needed only three rounds to impressively stop WBC #7 ranked Schiller Hyppolite and win the vacant WBC Silver International Supermiddleweight Championship.

Before the fight Schiller had vowed to make Avni his “toy” but Yildirim ended up playing cat and mouse with the Canadian. The young Turk clearly dominated the first round stunning Hyppolite with some hard hooks. In round two, Schiller managed to stay out of trouble with good footwork and head movement and landed some nice counterpunches of his own but Yildirim wasn’t impressed at all with the Canadian’s uppercuts and walked right through them.

The end came in round three when Yildirim battered the Canadian with furious combinations. Schiller tried to somehow survive the attacks but found no place to hide because the Turk cut off the ring very well. Hyppolite went down and was obviously hurt. He somehow managed to break the count but was on shaky legs leaving referee Daniel Van de Wiele no other chance but to waive it off after 2:44 minutes of the third round.

With this impressive win, Yildirim who was ranked on #4 in the WBC ratings will get in reach of a world title shot although the supermiddleweight division is very busy at the moment. WBC World Champion Badou Jack will unify belts with IBF titlist James DeGale on January 14th. The winner of that bout will face a mandatory defense against WBC Silver Champ Callum Smith. However, at age 25 and with only 14 pro fights in his record (14 wins, 9 KOs) Avni Yildirim has a great future ahead of him and will surely get a well deserved world title shot sooner or later.



November 6th, 2016


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Senator Pacquiao wins by a landslide

By Bill Dwyre

While most senators around the world, in every country where there is that kind of government, were home on their couches Saturday night, making sure to take their pain pills and Geritol, the Honorable Manny Pacquiao was beating up a guy in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, who retired from boxing for a while so he could learn the ropes of governing, is back. He has won a record eight division titles in his now 59-6-2 career, and has now won the won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title for a third time. His victim this time was young titleholder Jessie Vargas, who talked a good game with his new trainer, Dewey Cooper, but could not match the speed and fire power of a man 10 years his senior and five inches shorter.

With the exception of the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat Pacquiao handily, and Juan Manuel Márquez, who caught him with a great punch, recent history against Pacquaio was repeated. Before a crowd of 16,132 in the Thomas & Mack Center, Pacquiao handled the 27-year-old Vargas as he has handled so many over the years. (more…)



November 6th, 2016

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Reis got Hammered! Christina Hammer beats Kali Reis for World Middleweight Championship

Christina HammerChristina Hammer is the new WBC Women’s World Middleweight Champion. The 26-year-old German dethroned “KO” Kali Reis Saturday night in front of 3,500 fans at the Ballhausforum in Munich, Germany. “Lady” Hammer who also holds the WBO title dominated the fight making good use of her height and reach advantage as well as her excellent footwork.

The smaller Reis was very aggressive from the opening to the final bell, kept moving forward and had her moments landing hard hooks to her opponent’s head and body. But for most of the ten rounds Hammer managed to keep the distance, establish her jab and fight well from the outside. After ten entertaining rounds judges Ed Pearson (Canada) and Fernando Laguna (Spain) scored the bout 98-93 while Grzegorz Molenda (Poland) saw it as a clear shutout 100-90, all in favor of Hammer.

“I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time”, said Hammer after her win. “Like every fighter in the world I dreamed of becoming a WBC World Champion and winning the Green and Gold Belt. This is a very special moment for me. I thank all my fans and my team for the fantastic support.”

As new and proud WBC Champion Christina Hammer will come to the 54th Annual WBC Convention in Hollywood, Florida.



November 6th, 2016


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WBC#3 Higa, 11-0, 11 KOs, keeps OPBF 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Upcoming hard-punching prospect, WBC#3 Daigo Higa, 111.75, impressively kept his OPBF flyweight belt as he extended his unblemished mark to 11-0, 11 KOs by finishing game Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob, Jr. (6-3-5, 2 KOs), 112, at 2:55 of the fourth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The 21-year-old Higa, handled by ex-WBA 108-pound champ Yoko Gushiken who scored thirteen defenses, overwhelmed the Filipino from the outset, battering him from pillar to post. But Cagubcob fought back hard by trading strong body shots each other, but Higa’s acceleration of attack visibly weakened him in the third. The fatal fourth witnessed Higa connect with solid combinations, dropping him twice and for the count. Gushiken said, “Higa is strongly than I when I was twenty-one.” Higa also said, “I strongly wish to tie my manager’s record of winning the world belt at the age of 21, and I believe I can.” But Higa, while young, had better learn and improve how to defend himself from the great champ.

Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.

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November 6th, 2016

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Results from Los Mochis, Sinaloa

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Super lightweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilán (38-7-1, 13 KOs) won by third round disqualification against Rosekie “Gigante” Christopher (12-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Christopher was DQ’d for repeated headbutts.

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Super flyweight Felipe “Gallo” Orucuta (33-4, 27KOs), a two-time world title challenger, stopped Ephraim “Matador” Pérez (17-9, 12KOs) at 1:37 of the third round. (more…)



November 6th, 2016

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Pacquiao-Vargas Post Fight Comments

By Miguel Maravilla

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was back in the ring Saturday night dethroning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacquiao did not make the post fight press conference as he received 16 stitches from a cut he suffered in the final round.

His trainer Freddie Roach talked briefly. “I thought Manny fought a good fight and Vargas showed good heart,” Roach said. “I was a little disappointed because Manny couldn’t get the knockout.”

“He is not done fighting yet,” Roach added.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was pleased. “It was a great show and that’s what we should do in boxing. Every fight was significant and every fight was for a world title. I thought Manny performed well and Vargas did not take a back seat,” Arum commented.

“Floyd was very polite. He asked Todd if he can attend the fight and we got him credentialed. It’s not like he just barged in,” Arum stated regarding Floyd Mayweather attending. “As far as I know Floyd is retired,” Arum said regarding a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch. (more…)



November 6th, 2016

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Pacquiao wins back WBO welterweight title with unanimous decision over Vargas

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

37-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) is a world champion again after a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBO welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pacquiao dropped Vargas with a straight left in round two, but Vargas fought his way back into the fight. Vargas was cut over the right eye in round eight, NSAC ruled it was caused by a punch. Pacquiao closed strong and won 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109.

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November 6th, 2016

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Valdez retains WBO featherweight title

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round TKO over super game #1 rated Hiroshige Osawa (30-4-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 70:1 favorite Valdez dropped Osawa in round four, but Osawa survived Valdez’ vicious follow up assault. The bout was waved off in round seven.

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November 5th, 2016

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Magdaleno defeats Donaire to seize WBO super bantamweight title

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Unbeaten super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) won by twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBO champion Nonito Donaire (37-4, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It was a good action fight with Donaire bringing the pressure and Magdaleno holding his own. Magdaleno rocked Donaire in round nine. Donaire closed strong but it was too little too late. In the end, scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.

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November 5th, 2016

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Shiming beats Phaprom for WBO flyweight title

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

In a clash for the vacant WBO flyweight world championship, two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (9-1, 2 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Prasitak Phaprom (39-2-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Shiming dropped Phaprom in round two en route to a 120-107, 120-107, 119-108 verdict. Shiming easily defeated Phaprom two years ago in Macao and he obtained a world title after this repeat performance.

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November 5th, 2016

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Undercard results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Russian welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin stopped Azael Cosio of Panama at the end of six in a scheduled eight round bout. Besputin boxed smooth as Cosio stalked. In round two Cosio landed a straight right that backed Besputin to the ropes. The Russian continued to be slick throughout the fight as he landed a body shot in round five that stopped Cocio’s momentum. Besputin continued to control the action as Cosio did not come out for round seven.

Besputin improves to 5-0, 5 KO’s. Cosio goes 20-5-2, 17 KO’s.

Lightweight Teofimo Lopez made his pro debut with a second round knockout over Ishwar Siqueiros. Lopez scored a flash knockdown with left hook as he got up. A right hand by Lopez dropped Siquieros for a second time as he got up but Siquieros returned the favor scoring a flash knockdown at the bell to close round one. Lopez dropped Siquieros twice in round two as referee Jay Nady reached a ten count at 2:03

Teofimo Lopez goes to 1-0,1 KO in winning his pro debut. (more…)



November 5th, 2016

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Zeuge TKOs De Carolis in twelfth to win WBA super middleweight world title

Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over reigning WBA champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-7-1, 12 KOs) to win the world 168lb title on Saturday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. After battling to a draw in July, the first half of the bout was very close. Zeuge then started imposing his will down the stretch, finally dropping De Carolis in round twelve. Referee Rafael Ramos waved it off after Zeuge continued to batter the champ. Time was 2:41.



November 5th, 2016

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Illinois Boxing HOF induction ceremony

By Craig Wick

In November of 2015, Illinois boxing inspectors Mike McNamara and Pete Hoffman launched the first “Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame” induction ceremony. During the lead-up, questions regarding how the local fight fraternity, a skeptical and derisive bunch to be sure, would respond seemed to be the question on nearly everyone’s mind. The night of the event they had their answer: Thirty-two inductees, accompanied by proud, beaming family and friends, packed the Abbington Banquet Hall in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn for a night of long lost camaraderie and overdue recognition. Simply put, it was a helluva shindig. The second installment unfolded Friday night and, once again, the state’s boxing brotherhood turned out en masse, this time to honor twenty-seven inductees, past and present, whose varying contributions greatly enriched the sport of boxing in Illinois. (more…)



November 5th, 2016

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Pacquiao-Vargas PPV Preview

By Kurt Freitag

How competitive will the fights be on tonight’s four-fight world championship pay-per-view card from the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas?

Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) Vs. Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs)
WBO welterweight championship

Pacquiao is a -600 favorite to dethrone Vargas and regain the WBO title for the third time. Vargas backers can get +450. At age 37, Pacquiao hasn’t won via knockout in seven years, but he should still be too quick and powerful for Vargas. On the other hand, Vargas is in his prime at age 27 and is coming off a career-best performance in a KO win over Sadam Ali.

Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) Vs. Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs)
WBO junior featherweight championship

This is easily the most competitive bout on the card. Donaire is a narrow -145 favorite, while the unbeaten Magdaleno is +125. Could steal the show.

Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) vs. Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs)
WBO featherweight championship

If the odds are any indicator, this will be a blowout. Valdez is a whopping -7000 favorite while Osawa backers can get +3000. Valdez is making his first defense, while Osawa is rated #1 with eight straight KOs over limited opposition.

Zou Shiming (8-1, 2 KOs) vs. Prasitak Phaprom (39-1-2, 24 KOs)
Vacant WBO flyweight world championship

This fight is kind of a set-up for Shiming, who is a -6000 favorite, to win a world title. He easily defeated Phaprom two years ago in Macao and figures to do so again. For his part, +2750 underdog Phaprom has won 12 straight fights by KO since losing to Shiming.



November 5th, 2016

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Browne and Briggs prepping for title showdown

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #5 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) and WBA #8 Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) say they are preparing for when they clash in December for the vacant World Boxing Association title. No date or venue is set at this time.

Lucas Browne: “The second week done of my training camp. We had sparring this morning and it went quite well. I’m training hard every morning with (trainer) Rodney Williams and doing the pads and everything else four times a week. I’m doing strength and conditioning so I’m feeling the pain and the soreness but it is for a good cause at the end of it.”

Shannon Briggs: “We are getting ready for Lucas Clown – I mean Lucas Browne. We are going to knock him out. I can see it now. The new WBA heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs from Brownsville, New York. Let’s go champ!”



November 5th, 2016

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Former DC Middleweight ‘Rock’ Payne Passes

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Gerry “Rock” Payne, a 1990’s-era middleweight, has passed away at the age of 47 years old. No word on the nature of his passing.

Mr. Payne, a native of Washington, DC, was an outstanding amateur in the mid-to-late eighties, becoming an alternate on the 1988 United States Olympic team. Mr. Payne made a unique pro debut on March 24, 1990 at the Frank Williams Activity Center at Coolidge High School in DC. Payne participated in a six-round debut bout, defeating Walter “Mad Dog” Green by decision. Green was 6-1 with three KO’s at the time of the bout. (more…)



November 5th, 2016

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Vences defeats Ramos in battle of unbeatens

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In a match-up between two undefeated super featherweights, San Jose, California’s Andy Vences (17-0, 10 KOs) scored a nine round technical decision over Casey Ramos (23-1, 6 KOs) of Austin, Texas, on Friday night at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Fighting cautiously in the opening round round, Vences landed a counter right uppercut on Ramos. In round two Ramos pressed the fight as the taller Vences popped the jab. Ramos continued to go forward in round three as Vences countered. Vences circled the ring in round four as Ramos stalked letting his hands go. Ramos overwhelmed Vences in round five as he outworked him on the inside responding with punches. (more…)



November 5th, 2016

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Mendez KOs Freitas nephew in one round

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Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Local lightweight fan favorite Manuel Mendez (13-1-2, 9 KOs) scored a sudden first round KO over previously undefeated Vitor Jones Freitas (12-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Omega International Event Center in Corona, California. A body shot put Freitas down for the count. Time was 2:32. Freitas is the nephew of Brazilian ring great Acelino Freitas, who was in attendance.

In the main event, undefeated WBO #9, WBA #13 welterweight Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Jaime Herrera (15-4-1, 8 KOs) to retain his NABO title. Shelestyuk, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, prevailed 96-93, 96-93, 95-94.

In a clash of undefeated cruiserweights, Constantin Bejenaru (12-0, 4 KOs) recovered from a trip to the canvas to outpoint Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (16-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. Bujaj dropped Bejenaru in round five with a short left hook, but otherwise Bejenaru was by far the busier fighter. It was a dirty fight with many headbutts and Bujaj appeared to bite Bejenaru at one point. Bujaj was deducted a point for hitting on the break in round nine. Scores were 97-91 across the board for Bejenaru. The vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles were on the line. photos



November 4th, 2016

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WBO #1 Hart KOs Hernandez in three

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated WBO #1 super middleweight Jesse Hart (21-0, 17 KOs) of Philadelphia scored a third round knockout over Andrew Hernandez (15-5-1, 6 KOs) of Phoenix in a scheduled ten round bout for the USBA, NABO and NABF titles. A left hook by Hart sent Hernandez to the canvas in the opening. Hernandez got up and finished the round. However, in round three a barrage of punches by Hart forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight at 1:59. Hart is also rated IBF #6 and WBA #12 in the world at 168 lbs.

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Undefeated welterweight Alex Saucedo (23-0, 14 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Raymond Serrano (21-4, 9 KOs). Saucedo came out strong in the opening round as he landed solidly on Serrano. In the closing seconds of round two, Saucedo dropped Serrano with a solid straight right but Serrano continued to fight on. The Oklahoma fighter Saucedo pressed much of the fight, Serrano held his own putting up a fight as both fighters finished strong. In the end, the judges scored it 77-74, 77-74, and 76-75 as Saucedo pulls off the decision. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Avila stays unbeaten with controversial decision

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Unbeaten WBC #14 featherweight contender Manuel “Tino” Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) was gifted a ten round split decision over Jose Ramirez (27-6-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Delasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Ramirez was attacking from the opening bell and worked over Avila for much of the fight. The uber-aggressive Ramirez was deducted points for hitting on the break in round five and for holding in round ten by referee Lou Moret, but the deductions didn’t matter as two judges somehow had Avila way ahead 99-89 at the end. Ramirez was up 95-93 on the third card that actually reflected the fight.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez (14-0, 9 KOs) outscored Diuhl Olguin (10-6-2, 9 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 77-75.

19-year-old bantamweight Pablo “The Shark” Rubio Jr. (8-0, 3 KOs) stayed unbeaten by outworking journeyman Francisco Dominguez (7-9, 1 KO) over six rounds. Scores were .59-55, 60-54, 60-54.

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November 4th, 2016

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Weights from Fort Washington, Maryland

Mykal Fox 140.6 vs. Juan Rodriguez 139.6
Luther Smith 197.4 vs. Mike Marshall 199.6
Jordan White 122.6 vs. Jose Elizondo 121.6
Kent Cruz 139.2 vs. Darius Ervin 139.8
Greg Outlaw Jr. 139.2 vs. Lamont White 141
Justin Hurd 153.2 vs. Hector Mercado 153
Marcus Bates 121.6 vs. Francisco Muro 121.6
Patrick Rivera 163.8 vs. Hakeem Atkinson 165.6

Venue: Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland
Promoter: King’s Promotions

1st bout 7:00 PM—Doors open at 6 PM
Tickets are now on sale for $75, $60 & $40 by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging onto www.kpboxing.com



November 4th, 2016

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Andrade camp accuses Team Sauerland of dirty tricks

The World Boxing Association (WBA) ruling, which recently ordered a new purse bid for the Demetrius Andrade-Jack Culcay bout, showed that there is more to the story than the Sauerland Promotion version of events which caused their WBA junior middleweight world title fight to be cancelled.

Ed Farris of A-Team Promotions (Andrade’s co-promoter) said, “The original Sauerland contract was never even given to Andrade because it had ridiculous clauses in it, allowing Sauerland to change the date of the event with virtually no notice, which is against purse bid rules. There were additional clauses in there as well, which would have penalized Andrade $100,000 (virtually Andrade’s entire purse) for missing a single press conference half way around the world, with very little notice! It was clear to us that Culcay’s side was trying everything they could to force us to pull out. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Parker-Ruiz NZ sponsor pulls out, WBO heavyweight title fight now could be headed to the U.S.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #1 Joseph Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Events said the financial backer for the WBO heavyweight title bout featuring Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz to be held in Auckland, New Zealand had been secured until the bombshell arrived on Thursday evening. Lonergan also mentioned he will still do his best to find the necessary sponsorship for the WBO title bout to be held in New Zealand.

Dean Lonergan: “Up till 5pm Thursday this fight was 100 per cent guaranteed coming to Auckland due to the fact we had a number of sponsors come on board with one of the major ones being Ateed. We’ve been talking with them for a number of weeks putting together a package that to them made sense, based around visitation, tourism messages and feelgood factors of having the fight in Auckland. Unfortunately at 5pm on Thursday, Ateed rang us to say that they were no longer going to participate. So we are back to where we were about a week ago.”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum could now promote the Parker vs. Ruiz in the USA. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Weighing in on Pacquiao vs Vargas

By Bill Dwyre

It is Friday of fight week, and a female friend has it labeled perfectly: Boys in Underwear Day.

Weigh-in day for boxing matches represents the single most-consistent and predictable no-news day in sports journalism. The fighters know what they have to weigh, what the consequences are if they are too heavy — loss of a portion of their purse and sometimes, even a fight cancellation — and so the parade to the scale is about as dramatic as a soccer injury. Player falls, player grimaces and writhes in pain, stretcher carts player off, player returns to game in 30 seconds.

Boys in Underwear Day, then, is a good chance to catch up on the facts, figures and nuances of Saturday night’s major boxing card at the Thomas & Mack Center here.

The main event is the comeback of the Philippine hero, senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. He had left us there for a few months, saying he was retired. In essence, it was a boxing retirement, as opposed to an actual retirement. Think of it like you would one of those end-of-the-world-coming-tomorrow predictions. In other words, it ain’t gonna happen. For further perspective, Google Floyd Mayweather Jr., and await the next announcement. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Pacquiao, Vargas make weight

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao 144.8 vs Jessie Vargas 146.5
(WBO World welterweight title)

Nonito Donaire 121.8 vs Jessie Magdaleno 121.3
(WBO World super bantamweight title)

Oscar Valdez 125.3 vs Hiroshige Osawa 125.3
(WBO World featherweight title)

Zou Shiming 111 vs Prasitsak Phaprom 111.3
(WBO World flyweight title)

Teofimo Lopez 133 vs Ishwar Siqueiros 133.8
Alexander Besputin 149.8 vs Azael Cosio 150
Que Xu 125.5 vs Fernando Fuentes 124.5
Robson Conceicao 129.6 vs Clay Burns 129

Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: PPV

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November 4th, 2016

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Weights from Los Mochis

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Nery Saguilan 139 vs Rosekie Christopher 137
Felipe 114.40 vs Efrain Perez Orocuta 114.40
Karim 113.30 vs Angel Guevara Arce 112.20
Marcos Mendez 166 vs Eduardo Tercero 166

Venue: Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Promoter: Promotions People & De Leon Promotions
TV: Televisa



November 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Big WBC tripleheader in Munich

Munich, GermanyThree huge WBC title fights will take place at the Ballhausforum in Munich, Germany, this Saturday.

Fast rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim collides with Schiller Hyppolite for the vacant WBC Silver International Championship. Both fighters weighed in spot on at the limit of 76.2 kg (168 lbs.).
The winner of the bout between the #4 (Yildirim) and #7 (Hyppolite) of the WBC supermiddleweight ratings will make a huge step towards a world title. After Schiller stated that he will play with Avni and make him his “toy”, the 25-year-old Turk brought a Barbie doll to the weigh-in and handed it to his opponent so he has something to play with.

Munich, GermanyIn a highly anticipated women’s middleweight unification fight WBC champion Kali Reis will take on unbeaten WBO titlist Christina Hammer. Both champs had no problem making weight.

It’s a rematch of their May 2015 encounter won by the local Christina Hammer.

Reis tipped the scale at 71.8 kg (158.3 lbs.) while Hammer was a little heavier at 72.3 kg (159.4 lbs.). (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Abel Sanchez: Ruiz will be ready for Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Respected trainer Abel Sanchez is confident that WBO#3 heavyweight Andy Ruiz will be in the best shape of his career on December 10 and will be victorious against WBO#1 Joseph Parker to become the WBO heavyweight champion. Sanchez mentions Ruiz is very talented and will be around 245 pounds for the fight.

“Here he is working hard, he’s not putting any pretence of being tired or being sore. He’s giving me what I need. By fight time, if it’s December 10, we’ll have him down to 245 pounds somewhere there. Nice and cut.

“He’s got talent, it’s just a matter of making sure that he understands this is a twelve round fight not a six round fight.” (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Ovill McKenzie retires due to heart condition

Former British, Commonwealth and WBA Continental Cruiserweight Champion Ovill McKenzie has pulled the curtain on a glittering career after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

Derby-based McKenzie won 25 of his 38 professional bouts, with 13 coming by knockout.

Trained by Martin Bowers at Canning Town’s famous Peacock Gym, McKenzie came within touching distance of winning World honours – at 11 days notice – when he controversially drew to Argentina’s Victor Emilio Ramirez in a challenge for the IBF World Cruiserweight title in Buenos Aires in October 2015. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Q&A: Isaac Chilemba

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Photos: Scott Foster/Main Events

Yesterday, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) held an open workout for members of the media in advance of his upcoming fight on November 19 against Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) for the NABF Light Heavyweight Title on the Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View televised undercard live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

How did you become a boxer?

“I was born in Malawi. When I was 14 one day I was walking around and friend of mine asked me if I want to come to the boxing gym with him. I looked in the window and I was just drawn to it. When I saw boxing I thought, ‘Wow that’s me.’ I walked in and asked them how to start and they said I could start now. I took off my flip flops and that was the beginning.”

Have you done anything new to prepare for this fight?

“I have been a professional fighter for ten years. During that time, I have figured out what works for me. I have been sticking to that stuff but we keep adding new stuff too. Now that I am working with Roy Jones there is a lot of new stuff added to my routine. He has added things to improve my style. But as far as conditioning goes I stick to the same. Everything has been going well so far.” (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Tyron Zeuge, Giovanni De Carolis make weight

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Photo: Team Sauerland

Tyron Zeuge 167.6 vs Giovanni De Carolis 166.7
WBA World Super Middleweight Championship

Stefan Haertel 167.6 vs Adasat Rodriguez 167.1
Artur Mann 200.4 vs Adam Gadajew TBA
Burak Sahin 225.5 vs Ferenc Zsalek 222.9
Deniz Ilbay 145.5 Anzor Gamgebeli TBA
Kai Robin Havnaa 197.3 vs Ihar Karavaeu TBA
Patrick Wojcicki 159.2 vs Frane Radnic 158.3
Arman Torosyan 157.6 vs Attlia Koros 159.6

Venue: MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: Sat.1 (Germany)



November 4th, 2016

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Otto Wallin to battle Eugene Hill December 9

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Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) will face his toughest career test on December 9 when he takes on American heavyweight Eugene Hill (34-1, 22 KOs) in a ten-round contest at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

The fighter known as ‘Mean Gene’ represents a significant step up in class for the Sundsvall southpaw. He holds an impressive record of 34 wins including 22 KOs, and will provide a final hurdle for Wallin as he looks to secure a title fight in 2017.

‘’He is definitely the best opponent I’ve faced so far,’’ said Wallin, who is back in action following a unanimous points victory over South African Champion Osborne Machimana on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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Jeff Chandler and Herman Taylor enter Philly Sports Hall of Fame

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Story & Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Former bantamweight champion, Joltin’ Jeff Chandler, 60, entered the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night (Nov. 3, 2016), along with fifteen other sports standouts from the Philly area.

Chandler’s eight-year professional boxing career included nearly four years as the 118-pound world champion. Chandler took the crown from Julian Solis by 14th round TKO and went on to make nine successful title defenses. The south Philadelphian was unbeaten for the first seven years of his career and finished in 1984 with an overall record of 33-2-2, 18 KOs. (more…)



November 4th, 2016

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WBA KO Drugs Festival in Argentina

By Gabriel F.Cordero

The KO to Drugs Festival, organized by the World Boxing Association, will take place on November 26 at the Polideportivo Presidente Perón in Gonzalez Catan, La Matanza, Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Originally introduced by the late WBA President Gilberto Mendoza in 1990, the The KO to Drugs Festival has been the rite of passage for future world champions such as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Ricardo Mayorga, Luis “Nica” Concepcion, Gennady Golovkin, Jorge Linares, Juan Carlos Revecco, Edwin Valero, Leo Gamez and Marcos Maidana among many others.

In the headliner, welterweight Fabian Andres Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs) will face off against Cristian Romero Nestor (16-8-1, 8 KOs). Maidana has had his entire career in the United States since his professional debut on June 21, 2014.

Fabian is the brother of former double World Champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana and was part of the Amateur Argentina team. In 2010 he won the silver medal at the World Junior in Baku, Azerbaijan and won the bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Another prospect who will fight is Brian Carlos Castaño (12-0, 9 KOs) who will be against an opponent yet to be confirmed.



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