WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Olympic Boxing Results: Final Day

Super Heavyweight Final: Tony Yoka (France) scored a 2-1 split decison over Joe Joyce (UK) to claim the Olympic gold. Yoka won round one on two of the three cards, then swept round two. Joyce won the third round on two cards, but it was too little, too late.

Light Welterweight Final: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) took the Olympic gold with a 2-1 split decision over Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (Azerbaijan).

Flyweight Final: Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) won the Olympic gold with a 3-0 win over Misha Aloian (Russia).

Women’s Middleweight Final: Claressa Shields (USA) repeated as Olympic gold medalist with a 3-0 win over Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands).

Today’s action ends the Rio Olympics boxing competition. Stay tuned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Could be a lot of professional fighters in that one.

Super Heavyweight Final: Tony Yoka (France) scored a 2-1 split decison over Joe Joyce (UK) to claim the Olympic gold. …


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Spence a 100:1 favorite over Bundu

By Karl Freitag

Online sportsbooks aren’t giving IBF #6 rated welterweight contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu much of a chance of beating unbeaten 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. in this afternoon’s NBC-televised IBF eliminator at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, New York. Odds are pretty much 100:1 across the board for the highly regarded 26-year-old Spence (20-0, 17 KOs), who is rated IBF #2 with the #1 spot vacant. Bundu backers can get +4000 if the 41-year-old Italian (33-1-2, 12 KOs) can somehow spring the upset.

The “over-under” for the bout at 7.5 rounds seems an interesting proposition. The “over” is -160, while “under” is +140. Bundu, a 2000 Olympian himself, went the distance with big-punching WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and has never been stopped. Can Spence halt Bundu early and one-up “One-Time” Thurman?

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Photo: Emily Harney

By Karl Freitag Online sportsbooks aren’t giving IBF #6 rated welterweight contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu much of a chance …



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Ex-champ Molina tops Gorham

Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Former IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (27-6-2, 8 KOs), now fighting at jr welterweight, outpointed Carlos Gorham (16-4, 10 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. In a bout that often resembled a sparring session, Molina kept the pace deliberate, blocked most of Gorham’s punches, and methodically outscored Gorham 80-72 on all three cards.

Lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (20-6, 12 KOs), the son of former WBC featherweight champion Marcos Villasana, won by tenth round disqualification over previously unbeaten Cristobal Rosekie (12-1, 9 KOs). Villasana dropped Rosekie in round five. Rosekie was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight and disqualified after a low blow in round ten.

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Photos: Pepe Rodríguez Former IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (27-6-2, 8 KOs), now fighting at jr welterweight, outpointed Carlos …


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IBF #1 Uzcategui destroys Pena

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

IBF #1 super middleweight contender José “Bolivita” Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Fabiano Pena (18-6-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the L.A. Cetto Vineyard in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. In round two Uzcategui dropped Pena with a crushing right hand. Pena recovered but Uzcategui put him on the deck again after a vicious barrage prompting the referee to stop the fight. The time was 1:16.

Unbeaten IBF #13 welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over the much shorter Alvaro “Tyson” Robles (19-6, 17 KOs). Ocampo was in command for most the fight. In round ten Ocampo hurt Robles but when he went in for the kill he got rocked himself. The scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.

Jr middleweight Luis Fernando “Muñeco” Uribe (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Saúl Mendoza (14-9, 7 KOs). In round 6 a point was taken from Mendoza for throwing low. The scores were 59-55, 59-55, 59-55.

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions IBF #1 super middleweight contender José “Bolivita” Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KOs) scored a second round knockout over …




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Stevenson says he hasn’t inked with Mayweather

It was announced several times during the NBC Olympics telecast that Rio 2016 bantamweight silver medalist Shakur Stevenson had signed with Mayweather Promotions. That was perhaps fueled by a series of tweets by Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday which read:

“I came all the way to Brazil to support the athletes of the United States, but while enjoying the events I had one goal in mind and that was to extend a warm welcome to @ShakurStevenson into The Money Team family. @MayweatherPromo connecting true future stars worldwide!”

Stevenson, however, says he’s a free agent. “I haven’t signed with anybody so I’m going to go home and look at my options,” he stated. (more…)

It was announced several times during the NBC Olympics telecast that Rio 2016 bantamweight silver medalist Shakur Stevenson had signed …


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Olympic Boxing: Day 15 Gold Medal Matches

Men’s Bantamweight Final: Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba) won a split decision over Shakur Stevenson (USA) to claim the gold in a very close fight. Ramirez won round one, Stevenson took round two. Judges favored Ramirez 2-1 in round three. Ramirez adds the 2016 bantamweight gold to his 2012 flyweight Olympic gold medal. Silver medal winner Stevenson looks headed to a pro career under the Mayweather Promotions banner.

Men’s Middleweight Final: Arlen Lopez (Cuba) defeated Bektemir Melikuziev (Uzbekistan) 3-0 to claim the gold.

Women’s Flyweight Final: Nicola Adams (UK) defeated Sarah Ourahmoune (France) 3-0 to win the gold for the second consecutive Olympiad.

Rio Olympic boxing wraps up Sunday with four more gold medal bouts, including the USA’s Clarissa Shields going for her second straight gold in the female middleweight final and the UK’s Joe Joyce meeting France’s Tony Yoka for the super heavyweight gold in the tournament’s final bout.

Men’s Bantamweight Final: Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba) won a split decision over Shakur Stevenson (USA) to claim the gold in a …


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Spence, Bundu make weight

Photo: Emily Harney

Errol Spence Jr. 146.2 vs. Leonard Bundu 146.2
(IBF welterweight eliminator)

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Other weights:
Heather Hardy 125 vs. Shelly Vincent 125.6
(WBC International female featherweight title)
Claudio Marrero 127 vs. Luis Hinojosa 127.8
Julian Sosa 142 vs. Rene Marquez 141.8
Joseph Williams 179.4 vs. Chris Harris 179.2
Chordale Booker 154.2 vs. Brandon Philips-Black 153.2
Abraham Nova 131.8 vs. Wilfredo Garriga 132.6

Venue: Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: NBC & NBCSN

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Photo: Emily Harney Errol Spence Jr. 146.2 vs. Leonard Bundu 146.2 (IBF welterweight eliminator) Other weights: Heather Hardy 125 vs. …


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Broadhurst beats Miller for IBF Int’l title

Photo: Angelo DiCarlo
Photo: Angelo DiCarlo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (18-1, 11 KOs) won a seven round technical decision over
New York-based Shawn Miller (15-3-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout to capture the vacant IBF International title at the Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Broadhurst outworked Miller from the opening round and in round seven the American visited the canvas twice with one knockdown due to a head clash and at the conclusion of the round, Miller’s trainer John Scully retired his charge and the fight went to the scorecards. Judges had Broadhurst winning 70-62, 70-62, 70-62.

Broadhurst is now scheduled to make his American debut on an Art Pellulo/Banner Promotions card scheduled for November 3rd.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (18-1, 11 KOs) won a seven round …



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Big Baby: I still want to break Wilder’s jaw

Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME
Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller passed his toughest test with a third-round TKO over gatekeeper Fred Kassi last night in front of a national TV audience on Showtime and a live crowd at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.

“I knew it would take some time to get going tonight. I was thinking maybe three or four rounds to warm up and get going. But in the second round, I got my wind and I knew I hurt him,” said Miller. “My legs came alive and I touched his body and his head. I knew I was going to get the stoppage. I think he could have continued, though. He just didn’t want to. That’s why I take my hat off to Deontay Wilder. I still want to break his jaw, but he finished his fight with a broken hand. That’s what champions do. Kassi didn’t want to continue.

“Let’s talk about all these heavyweights. Tyson Fury, he doesn’t want this work. He’s always complaining. He’s always sick or something. I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Wilder, every five minutes he breaks another finger. Look, it’s just a matter of time before these guys are going to have to put up or shut up. Anthony Joshua, that’s going to be a mega fight. I am just begging for him to call my name.”

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller passed his toughest test with a third-round TKO over gatekeeper Fred Kassi last …


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Takayama awarded WBO 105lb belt by technical decision

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Japanese veteran speedster Katsunari Takayama (31-8-1NC, 12 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant WBO 105-pound belt as he was awarded a unanimous technical decision over 18-year-old prospect Riku Kano (10-2-1, 5 KOs), 105, due to Takayama’s deteriorated laceration at 0:58 of the sixth round on Saturday in Sanda, Japan. Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) scored the competitive fight 58-56, Waleska Roldan (US) and Lynne Carter (US) had it 59-56 and 59-55 respectively, all for the 33-yer-old ex-titlist. As expected, the notorious bleeder Takayama bled from a gash over the left eyebrow due to an accidental butt from the third on, but not as expected, the victor wasn’t his opponent but Takayama. When the referee Danrex Tapdasan of the Philippines halted the affair midway in round six, some 3,000 spectators, most of whom were Kano adherents, believed Kano was a winner by a TKO. But the fact was a technical decision, which resulted in a victory for Takayama against Sanda citizens’ earnest expectations.

People wanted to see the fight until the end, because they realized Takayama’s tendency of slowing down in later rounds and the much younger Kano would display his superior stamina therein. But the technical decision shuttered Kano’s ambition as well as Sanda people’s expectations. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Japanese veteran speedster Katsunari Takayama (31-8-1NC, 12 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant WBO 105-pound …


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Fox, Balogun Lead Night of KOs in Arlington, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Kent Green

It was a nine-bout, nine-knockout night during the King’s Promotions card Friday night at the Crystal City Hilton in Arlington, VA.

In the main event, Forestville, MD super lightweight and King’s Promotions signee Mykal “The Professor” Fox put on a sterling display en route to a dominant third-round knockout over Somner “Magic Man” Martin of Martinsville, VA. The 6’4″ Fox used his height to land crisp right jabs and solid left hooks to keep the shorter Martin at bay. Martin could not find any offense. Fox was able to eventually batter Martin all around the ring, knocking him down before the bout was stopped at 1:53 of the third. Fox is now 11-0, three KO’s while Martin is 5-3, three KO’s. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Photos: Kent Green It was a nine-bout, nine-knockout night during the King’s Promotions card …


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Miller, Menard, Eyubov victorious

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Bob Newman

Undefeated WBO #7, WBA #9, IBF #9 heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round TKO over veteran Fred Kassi (18-6-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the outdoor Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY. The 296.5 pound Miller broke down Kassi with body shots for three rounds and Kassi stayed in his corner after round three citing an injury to his right hand.

Lightweight “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) scored a punishing ninth round KO over Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov (18-3, 11 KOs). Mamadjonov’s awkward southpaw style frustrated Menard, until Menard dropped Mamadjonov twice in round seven. Menard finished him in round nine. Referee Steve Smoger waved it off as Mamadjonov collapsed to the canvas. Time was 2:26. Menard claimed the vacant NABO title.

Undefeated welterweight knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a razor-thin ten round split decision over Karim Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs). With disdain for Mayfield’s power, the raw Eyubov waded in looking to exchange. Mayfield at times was happy to oblige and outworked Eyubov late. Eyubov was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight. Scores were 95-94, 95-94 Eyubov, 95-94 Mayfield.

Unbeaten bantamweight Antonio Nieves (16-0-2, 8 KOs) and Alejandro Santiago (11-2-2, 3 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. Scores were 96-94 Nieves, 96-94 Santiago and 95-95. Nieves retains his WBO NABO title. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Bob Newman Undefeated WBO #7, WBA #9, IBF #9 heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” …



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LA Fight Club: Shabranskyy still unbeaten

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography

Unbeaten Los Angeles-based Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) stopped Oscar Riojas (10-6, 3 KOs) of Laredo, Texas in three rounds Friday night at LA Fight Club at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles headlining the Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV telecast. A lead right by Shabransky sent Riojas to the canvas in round three. Riojas got up but the Ukraininan finished him off as referee Raul Caiz Jr. waved off the bout at 1:43 of the third.

Unbeaten lightweight Ivan “Striker” Delgado (10-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage over Alejandro Ochoa (7-12-2, 1 KO). Delgado sent Ochoa to the canvas with a left hook in the opening round. With a mouse under his right eye, Delgado traded with Ochoa throughout the fight. Delgado connected solidly with an uppercut in round four as Ochoa clinched and Delgado followed up with a solid straight right. However, a triple left hook combination by Delgado in round seven did it as Ochoa went down and referee Lou Moret stopped the fight at 1:42. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography Unbeaten Los Angeles-based Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy …


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Weights from Ensenada

José “Bolivita” Uzcategui 170 vs. Fabiano Pena 168.5
Carlos “Chema” Ocampo 146.5 vs. Alvaro “Tyson” Robles 148
Luis Fernando “Muñeco” Uribe 154 vs. Saúl Mendoza 152.
Maximino Flores 110.5 vs. Ariel Guzmán 112
Luis “Chapo” Castro 115.5 vs. Mario “Destroyer” Lara 117
Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres 107 vs. María Gorety ??
Jorge Humberto “Pitbull” Rodríguez 140.3 vs. Alberto Tiburcio Rubio 140

Venue: L.A. Cetto Vineyard, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico), beIN Sports Espanol (USA)

Photo: Zanfer
Photo: Zanfer

José “Bolivita” Uzcategui 170 vs. Fabiano Pena 168.5 Carlos “Chema” Ocampo 146.5 vs. Alvaro “Tyson” Robles 148 Luis Fernando “Muñeco” …


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Weights from Acapulco

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Marcos Villasana 131 vs Rosekie Cristóbal 133
WBC Lightweight International title

Carlos Molina 140 vs Carlos Gorham 142

Venue: Centro de Convenciones Acapulco
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez Marcos Villasana 131 vs Rosekie Cristóbal 133 WBC Lightweight International title Carlos Molina …


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Weights from Milwaukee, WI

Luis Arias 159.8 vs. Daryl Cunningham 158.8
(USBA Middleweight title bout)

Caleb Truax 165 vs. Zacharia Kelley 165
Michael Gaxiola 124 vs. Marcos Forestal 123.6
Ramesis Gil 142.6 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 139.8
Carson Jones 150 vs. Starr Johnson (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Tyler McCreary 138.8 vs. DeWayne Wisdom (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Livan Navarro 141.2 vs. Quintez Bozell 144.4
John Luna 258.4 vs. Oswaldo Oretega 217.2

Venue: The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions

Luis Arias 159.8 vs. Daryl Cunningham 158.8 (USBA Middleweight title bout) Caleb Truax 165 vs. Zacharia Kelley 165 Michael Gaxiola …



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Olympic Boxing: Day 14 Results

Super Heavyweight Semifinals: Tony Victor James Yoka (France) edged Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) 2-1. Joe Joyce (UK) defeated Ivan Dychko (Kazakhstan) 3-0. Yoka takes on Joyce for the gold, Hrgovic and Dychko get bronze.

Light Welterweight Semifinals: Gaibnazarov Fazliddin (Uzbekistan) edged Vitaly Dunaytsev (Russia) 2-1. Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (Azerbaijan) defeated Artel Harutyunyan (Germany) 3-0. Fazliddin now meets Sotomayor Collazo for the gold, Dunaytsev and Harutyunyan get bronze.

Flyweight Semifinals: Shakhobidin Zoirov (Uzbekistan) defeated Yoel Segundo Finol (Venezuela) 3-0. Misha Aloian (Russia) defeated Hu Jianguan (China) 3-0. Zoirov now faces Aloian for the gold, Finol and Hu get bronze.

Women’s Middleweight Semifinals: Claressa Shields (USA) defeated Dariga Shakimova (Kazakhstan) 3-0. Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) edged Li Qian (China) 2-1. Shields will be looking for her second consecutive gold medal against Fontijn, Shakimova and Li get bronze.

Women’s Lightweight Final: Estelle Mossely (France) edged Yin Junhua (China) 2-1 for the gold.

Super Heavyweight Semifinals: Tony Victor James Yoka (France) edged Filip Hrgovic (Croatia) 2-1. Joe Joyce (UK) defeated Ivan Dychko (Kazakhstan) …


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Weights from Brisbane

Photo: Angelo DiCarlo
Photo: Angelo DiCarlo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (17-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Troy, New York-based Shawn Miller (15-2-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The vacant IBF International title will be on the line only for Broadhurst, Miller was overweight and cannot win the title.

Trent Broadhurst 174.7 vs. Shawn Miller 179.4

Venue: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Promoter: Angelo DiCarlo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #12 light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst (17-1, 11 KOs) will clash with Troy, …


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Szeremeta-Ouma weigh-in

By Przemek Garczarczyk

The Miedzyzdroje Seaside Boxing Show, presented by Babilon Promotion/Sferis KnockOut Promotions, quickly became one of the staples of Polish boxing events in the summer. The fighters in the ring are just 100 yards from Baltic Sea beach in a laid-back atmosphere – what’s not to like? In the ring, business stays more serious. This Saturday, middleweight Kamil Szeremeta (13-0, 2 KO), who one day hopes to showcase his skills in the U.S., will have to defeat his by far toughest (at least on paper) opponent – former world champion Kasim Ouma (29-9, 18 KO). A very relaxed Ouma is very confident (he spent half the weigh-in chatting with special guest WBO champ Krzysztof Glowacki) that Szeremeta just doesn’t have enough experience to test his skills. The Polish fighter is convinced that Ouma’s best years are way behind him. Someone is wrong.

By Przemek Garczarczyk The Miedzyzdroje Seaside Boxing Show, presented by Babilon Promotion/Sferis KnockOut Promotions, quickly became one of the staples …


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Perez to face Petrov in WBA eliminator

Lightweight Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. is set to face the toughest opponent to his career thus far when he takes on NABA beltholder Petr “Zar” Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) of Ryazan, Russia for the WBA lightweight world title eliminator on September 30. The new 12-round main event, which is set to replace formerly announced headliner Andrew “El Chango” Cancio who is now fighting against Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. on the Canelo vs. Smith pay-per-view undercard on September 17, will kick off the fall season of fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and be broadcast live nationally on Estrella TV. (more…)

Lightweight Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. is set to face the toughest opponent to his …


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Kano, 18, to make ambitious shot at veteran Takayama

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Fast-rising 18-year-old youngster, WBO#1 Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5 KOs), will make a very ambitious participation in a WBO world 105-pound title bout for the vacant championship against formerly four-time titlist, WBO#2 Katsunari Takayama (30-8, 12 KOs), 33, tomorrow (Saturday) in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Their fifteen-year age difference is shown by a fact that when Takayama made a pro debut in October 2000, Kano was still less than three years of age. Also, should Kano be victorious, he will renew the Japanese record of the youngest world champion, now held by Hiroki Ioka who won the belt at 18 years nine months and ten days, by six days. We realize we are so curious people that love a new thing, especially a new record, even if it might be a source of renovation or invention.

Kano, an aggressive southpaw, had a unique career. Despite no amateur experience he made a pro debut in the Philippines, losing a split nod at the age of sixteen and three weeks in December 2013, since the JBC then ruled that a professional boxer should be at least 17 years of age (now from sixteen). Kano went on fighting twice more in the Philippines and four times in Thailand to be 5-1-1, 3 KOs before he made his first appearance in his native Japan in June 2015. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Fast-rising 18-year-old youngster, WBO#1 Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5 KOs), will make a very …


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The Last Detroit “Manager” Billy Gutz, 86, Dies

By Lindy Lindell

Billy Gutz died last Thursday, August 11, but he had been so reduced by a second stroke that his ability to talk had been impaired in getting a whole sentence out without faltering. He would pound his kitchen table in his frustration to enunciate. This was a killer for Billy because of the delight. He told stories over and over, but one was always compelled to listen because he almost never failed to add previously-unsaid, juicy bits. When we parted that day, he hugged me. It was the only time he initiated a hug with myself. But he always shook hands. No shaking, really. Just squeezing, giving one the impression that he really meant it. I think he did. (more…)

By Lindy Lindell Billy Gutz died last Thursday, August 11, but he had been so reduced by a second stroke …


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Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller: Don’t let my weight fool you…I’m in really good shape

Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) tonight on Showtime in the main event at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY. Despite weighing in at a career high of 296.5 pounds, Miller says he’s in great shape. “I’m a big guy, but I’m athletic,” said Miller. “I can move. I can punch, and I was a kickboxer. I’m not your average heavyweight. I’m not trying to change the blueprint of how heavyweights should be. I’m just being myself and doing my job.”

Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME
Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME

“They are like, ‘we’ve seen his body, we’ve seen his size. We’ll outwork him,’ but they are wrong. Never can judge a book by its cover. I’ll outwork him in the ring. I’m fast, I’m good and I can punch. He’s not going to see me coming.

“Don’t let my weight fool you. I’ve been doing cardio. I’m in really good shape and I’m ready to go the distance.”

Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, …


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Former IBO champion Tommy Oosthuizen returns

By Ron Jackson

Former IBO super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen returns to the ring after an absence of 14 months when he meets former two-time South African champion Daniel Bruwer at the Birchwood Hotel and O R Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg on Saturday August 27.

The 28-year-old Oosthuizen, who has a record of 26-0-2, 14 KOs, won the vacant IBO super middleweight belt with a ninth stoppage win over Evert Bravo and made seven successful defenses before relinquishing the belt in April 2014 and moved up to the light heavyweight division. In a clash for the vacant IBO light heavyweight belt he beat fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg on March 14 2015, before being stripped of the belt on June 6 when he came in overweight against Robert Berridge. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Former IBO super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen returns to the ring after an absence …


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Cuadras, Soto-Karass media day

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions

Undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0, 27 KOs) of Mexico City and former world title challenger Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico held separate workouts Thursday afternoon at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California for their upcoming bouts taking place Saturday, September 10 at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO. Fightnews.com® spoke to both fighters as they talked about their upcoming bouts.

“I thank God and Teiken Promotions for this opportunity to be fighting on HBO in the U.S. and to be in the main event,” Carlos Cuadras told Fightnews.com®. Cuadras will take on WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions Undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0, 27 KOs) …


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Midwest Boxing Action

By Johnny B’

Saturday August 20th Anthony Grygelko, Seconds Out Promotions, will present top professional middleweight boxing as Luis Arias 15-0 battles Darryl Cunningham 33-8 for the IBF/USBA Vacant Middleweight Championship. The co-feature bout will also be middleweights, as Caleb Truax 26-3-2 takes on Joshua Okine 28-7-1 in a match scheduled for ten rounds. An undercard of fighters, from featherweight to heavyweight, fill out the card at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Bouts begin at 7pm.

By Johnny B’ Saturday August 20th Anthony Grygelko, Seconds Out Promotions, will present top professional middleweight boxing as Luis Arias …


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Rod Salka returns Aug 27

World Fighting Championships returns to Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Saturday, August 27, with a nine-bout card headlined by “Lightning” Rod Salka (22-4, 4KO) in a eight-rounder versus Arizona’s Wilberth Lopez (15-5, 10KO).

Rod Salka is a busy man. Having fought only three times since his most notable fight versus Danny Garcia in 2014, he has kept busy outside of the ring. “I sat around and waited for a call after the Garcia fight, but the right call never came,” said Salka. Not one to sit idle, he focused his energy elsewhere, opening his own 16,500 square foot gym in Pittsburgh, and founding a new workout called Crossfight. In the meantime, at his “day job,” he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager. If that weren’t enough, come November 8th, if Salka has his way, the “Lightening” will be replaced with “State Representative,” as Salka has embarked on a campaign to become Pennsylvania House District 38 Representative in the state legislature. “People told me to avoid politics. I can honestly say it’s easier than navigating boxing politics, and trying to guide your own boxing career.” (more…)

World Fighting Championships returns to Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Saturday, August 27, with a nine-bout card headlined by “Lightning” …


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LA Fight Club Weights

Photo: Golden Boy
Photo: Golden Boy

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 173.8 vs. Oscar Riojas 174.8
Ivan Delgado 132 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 130.8
Alexis Rocha 148.2 vs. Israel Villela 143.8
Genaro Gamez 135.4 vs. Tyshawn Sherman ??
Oscar Duarte 134.6 vs. Omar Garcia 134.4
David Mijares 139 vs. Jorrell Sparenberg 136.2

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 173.8 vs. Oscar Riojas 174.8 Ivan Delgado 132 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 130.8 Alexis Rocha 148.2 vs. Israel Villela …


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Weights from Crystal City, Virginia

Photo: King’s Promotions

Somner Martin 142 vs Mykal Fox 140.5
Luther Smith 211 vs Mike Balogun 234
Jordan White 122 vs Sergio Aguilar 121.5
Sam Crossed 193.5 vs Mike Estus 196
Christopher Petty 169 vs Devar Ferhadi 165.5
Phillip Hooker 158 vs David Rohn 170
Marcus Bates 121.5 vs Daniel Hernandez 121
Patrick Rivera 158.5 vs Dustin Caplinger 165
Colby Madison 240.5 vs Bryson Haubrick TBA

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Hilton Crystal City

Photo: King’s Promotions Somner Martin 142 vs Mykal Fox 140.5 Luther Smith 211 vs Mike Balogun 234 Jordan White 122 …


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New opponent for DeLoach

Undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on once-beaten super welterweight Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event on Bounce TV Sept.16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chris Pearson was originally scheduled to face DeLoach, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.

The card is headlined by former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs)facing once-beaten contender Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1, 11 KOs).

Undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on once-beaten super welterweight Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round …


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“Big Baby” scales in really big: 296.5 lbs.

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller 296.5 vs. Fred Kassi 237.25
Mason Menard 134.5 vs. Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov 135
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 142.5 vs. Karim Mayfield 142.75
Antonio Nieves 117 vs. Alejandro Santiago 117.5

Venue: Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY
Promoter: Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: Showtime

Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME
Photo: Rosie Cohe/SHOWTIME

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller 296.5 vs. Fred Kassi 237.25 Mason Menard 134.5 vs. Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov 135 Bakhtiyar Eyubov 142.5 …


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Boxing Canada’s Statement on Olympic Boxing

Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of boxing in Canada recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee has weighed in on the controversies at the Rio Olympics:

Following questionable decisions and alleged corruption claims occurring at the Rio 2016 Boxing competition, a global strategy is being put in place to pressure AIBA into addressing and correcting the situation.

Boxing Canada strongly believes that the integrity of our sport and athletes must be protected while faced with injustice and we will not tolerate any unfair judgment. Although small measures have been taken by AIBA, combined efforts with our partners will continue until the integrity of boxing is restored and has reached a satisfactory level.

Boxing Canada is the national governing body for the sport of boxing in Canada recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee …


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HBO nixes Pacquiao-Vargas, Arum says Pacman’s HBO deal is now terminated

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has pledged that he move forward with the November 5 date for Manny Pacquiao’s return to the ring against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas despite HBO-PPV’s refusal to distribute the fight. The network fears the close proximity of the November 5 date will impact their November 19 PPV offering between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. Arum told the LA Times that he will now offer the fight to other networks and stated he believes Pacquiao is now a television free agent. If that is indeed the case, the network may have forfeited the right to air a possible 2017 rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, by far the most lucrative PPV event in boxing history.

“The fact that they passed means the contract is over, it seems clear to me,” Arum told Times boxing writer Lance Pugmire. “They can’t pick and choose which fights they are going to distribute. They’re either in breach of contract or they’ve ended the contract. My feeling is, based my legal background, is that the contract is terminated.”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has pledged that he move forward with the November 5 date for Manny Pacquiao’s …


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Spence-Bundu face off at Coney Island

Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment / Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and once-beaten contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu went face-to-face for the first time Thursday before they meet in the main event on NBC this Sunday from the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY.

Errol Spence Jr: “This has been a long camp. I’m in great shape and I’ve had strong sparring partners throughout. Bundu is a very good fighter. He’s experienced and technically sound, but he can be awkward. We went up the rankings trying to find an opponent. A lot of guys didn’t want to fight me, even in a title eliminator. So I want to thank Bundu for taking the fight. I’m not worried about what’s going to happen next. I know what’s next if I take care of my business. If I win I’m guaranteed a chance at the world title. I want the title fight sooner rather than later.”

Leonard Bundu: “Spence Jr. is a good boxer. He’s probably my toughest fight to date. These kind of fights make me more motivated. I have nothing to lose. I’m going to give it all I have and I’m very confident in myself. I believe I can be victorious…I see his weaknesses and I have to take advantage of them. I believe I can put him in trouble with my countering but it all has to come together in the ring. I love the challenge. I want to give him his first loss. That’s what I have to do. That’s all that is in my head.”

Promoter Lou DiBella: “This is the first boxing broadcast that will be nationally televised from Coney Island. In my mind we have one of the best young fighters in the world defending his standing against a guy who has had a long and successful career. Both Spence Jr. and Bundu were Olympians and it will be a real test for Errol.”

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Photos: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment / Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and once-beaten …


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Shakur Stevenson to fight for gold medal

Bantamweight Semifinals: Shakur Stevenson (USA) moved to the gold medal round via walkover when Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) couldn’t fight due to injury. In the final, Stevenson will face Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba), who defeated Murodjon Akhmadaliev (Uzbekistan) 3-0. Nikitin and Akhmadaliev will collect bronze medals.

Light Heavyweight Final: Julio Cesar La Cruz (Cuba) defeated Adilbek Niyazymbetov (Kazakhstan) 3-0 to claim the gold.

Middleweight Semifinals: Arlen Lopez (Cuba) defeated Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan) 3-0, and Bektemir Melikuziev (Uzbekistan) defeated Misael Uziel Rodriguez (Mexico) 3-0. Lopez will face Melikuziev for the gold, Shakhsuvarly and Rodriguez get bronze.

Women’s Flyweight Semifinals: Nicola Adams (UK) defeated Ren Cancan (China) 3-0, and Sarah Ourahmoune (France) topped Ingrit Lorena Valencia-Victoria (Colombia) 2-0-1. Adams will now meet Ourahmoune for the gold, Ren and Valencia-Victoria will get bronze.

Bantamweight Semifinals: Shakur Stevenson (USA) moved to the gold medal round via walkover when Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) couldn’t fight due …










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