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Red hot lightweight contender Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) will return to the squared circle on October 31 at the Exhibition Center Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The unbeaten Olympian will be defending his WBO Latino title against Brazilian Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3, 17 KOs) in a bout to be televised on UniMas. Verdejo is returning just three months after undergoing surgery on his left hand to repair an injury suffered in his June win against Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera in New York City. Tickets, priced at $67 and $35, go on sale Sunday at 10AM at the the Silver Spurs Arena box office and Ticketmaster.
“I’m more than happy to come back here, where I have been treated so well,” said Verdejo. “I want Florida to be one of our places to fight, along with Puerto Rico and New York. I hope with the warmth my people give me that I’ll be able to give back all the love with a big win. Thank God my hand is better every day. And by the 31st it’ll be stronger than ever, so I’m dying to get back to being healthy and ready to continue give joy to my people.”
Diego Magdaleno explains what makes his scrap with Terry Flanagan fan-friendly. The Flanagan-Magdaleno WBO world lightweight title bout happens Saturday at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford’s fall season opener begins Friday with another edition of the famed Puerto Rico versus Mexican Rivalry. The main event has former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (21-4-1, 11 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico vs Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-4-1, 16 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for the 10 rounds with the WBO Latino junior lightweight title on the line. The show will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz made world news headlines with his initial announcement on Fightnews that he “is a proud gay man.” He is the first ever openly gay active boxer in the history of the sport. It took a lot of courage by Cruz to make an announcement especially in such a macho sport as boxing. Cruz has handled the situation very professionally and even got his chance to fight for a world title. He came up short but is determined more than ever to fight and win the title the next go round. (more…)
Photos by Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to talk about her feud with Floyd Mayweather, her upcoming battle against Holly Holm at UFC 193 and more Tuesday night . . . click here for more at UFC.com
Today, Rousey was the first female athlete to guest host ESPN’s SportsCenter. Check out photos from this historic event! (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Just ten days in advance of their middleweight unification fight taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, both the camps of WBA, IBO and WBC (Interim) champ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0 30 KO) and newly crowned IBF kingpin David Lemieux (34-2 31KO) got together on a conference call to discuss the HBO pay-per-view event. 3000 miles separated the pair with Golovkin speaking from California and Lemieux from Montreal who should have no problem finding each other when they meet in the ring Saturday October 17. Following are some highlights from the participants.
Oscar De La Hoya (Lemieux’s promoter): Thank you very much to Gennady Golovkin for taking this huge chance against David Lemieux. Trust me, you’ll get your money’s worth. David Lemieux and Gennady Golovkin represent what I feel is the next generation of talented champion fighters in our sport. These guys don’t hold back in the ring and it is guaranteed action from the first bell. It will be bombs away. The fans will be the real winners here. (more…)
George Groves says he’s not retiring
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Bradley Saunders says he is pondering retirement
Manny Pacquiao also brings up the ‘R’ word
On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd. Headlining the card was undefeated Bronx junior welterweight prospect Louis Cruz in his ring return following a 10-month absence related to a hand injury. Now fully recovered, the 24-year-old Cruz, 139¾, impressively dispatched of southpaw Ariel Vazquez, 137½, Managua, Nicaragua, in the sixth of a scheduled eight-rounder. (more…)
Photos: Andy Newman
Lavisas Williams 135.2 vs. Michal Dufek 134
Emanuel “Pinky” Colon 141.4 vs. Jose Marrufo 141
Melissa Hernandez 136.8 vs. Gina Chamie 133.6
Leo Pla 198.6 vs. Eric George 197.6
Tyler McCreary 130 vs. Manuel de los Reyes Herrera 130.2
Sonny Frederickson 141 vs. Jesus Angulo 137.6
Alexander Dedovets 197.6 vs. Matthew Pierce 197.8
Saadiq Muhammad 155 vs. Kevin Cooper 151.4
Promoter: Mercedes Vazquez Simmons (Pretty Girl Promotions)
Venue: Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
The WBO World Championship Committee has given WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux 10 days to convince them why he should remain champion. Rigo hasn’t fought at all in 2015 and has no fights scheduled. Per WBO rules, a champion can be stripped for not defending within a nine-month period, which he has surpassed.
A letter to Rigondeaux through Boris Arencibia of Caribe Promotions said in part:
“The WBO World Championship Committee recognizes your great abilities in the ring and all of your accomplishments both at the amateur and professional levels. This has earned you ample consideration as one of history’s best. Nevertheless, it is our duty and obligation to ensure that our Rules are complied with. In your case, we have not even ordered a mandatory defense of your WBO championship in order to allow you the opportunity to compete against any of the top 15 classified contenders within your division in the WBO world championship rankings. Despite our flexibility, you remain inactive.”
Rigondeaux, who also hold a WBA “super” version of the belt, recently split with longtime manager Gary Hyde. A possible fight with WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko allegedly fell apart due to unrealistic demands from the Rigondeaux camp. WBA “regular” champion Scott Quigg and IBF champion Carl Frampton have shown no interest in fighting him, so the world’s best 122-pounder currently without a big money dance partner at the moment. He needs to get active no matter what.
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) participated in a kickoff press conference on Wednesday at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City to formally announce their December 5 Showtime showdown from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Daniel Jacobs: “I’ve been calling him out for two years, but it had to take that time to build and for our careers to blossom. Just because Peter has flaws in one area, he can back that up with a one-punch knockout, so you always have to be prepared for that. Peter’s flaws are that he loads up his shots too much, is slow on his feet and isn’t headstrong. If I can execute the game plan I think it will be a phenomenal outcome.”
Peter Quillin: “I expect Danny to bring his great chin to this fight. I didn’t notice it before but his chin looks very huge, so that’s what we’re looking at now. This is a good guy vs. good guy fight and it’s good for the sport of boxing. I’m coming to throw bombs. It’s not about the bills. It’s about the character of the person I’m fighting. This is the type of fight that is going to bring the best out of Peter Quillin.”
The undercard for the Brooklyn showdown will be announced soon.
Unbeaten featherweight sensation Oscar Valdez is still gathering accolades after the biggest win of his career last September 11 in Las Vegas over the one-time world championship challenger Chris Avalos. The two-time Mexican Olympian’s first headline show in Las Vegas was a big success and he looked devastating in dropping Avalos on his way to a fifth round stoppage in front of a big national TV audience on tru-tv.
“I was very happy with my performance. We had a great game plan and I was able to execute. I just did what my corner told me to do and put everything we did in gym against Avalos that night and it worked to perfection,” said Valdez who is now 17-0, with 15 KOs.
Valdez who is 3-0 this year with two knockouts, has been featured on both HBO and on tru-tv in his last two fights. “I am very happy with the exposure in my last couple of fights, but I know that I have a lot of work to do as I get closer to the world title opportunity,” said Valdez. (more…)
A heavyweight clash between Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) and Malik “King” Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) is set for Friday, October 30 from The Venue at UCF, located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida. Bounce TV will televise.
In the co-main event, undefeated super lightweights Lydell Rhodes (23-0-1, 11 KOs) and Sergey Lipinets (7-0, 6 KOs) will meet in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins with more undefeated prospects as Javontae Starks (13-0, 7 KOs) and Samuel “El Macho” Figueroa (9-0, 4 KOs) square off in eight rounds of welterweight action.
Brooklyn’s own Alicia “Slick” Ashley (22-10-1, 4 KOs), who will be 48 years, 81 days when the bell rings later this month, is a former world titleholder who currently owns the Guinness World Record as the oldest female boxing world champion. She has the chance to re-write history and put her own world record further out of reach when she faces current WBC interim female bantamweight champion Christina McMahon (7-0, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC female super bantamweight title on promoter Dmitriy Salita’s October 29 Brooklyn Brawl show at Aviator Sports and Events Center.
“This will be another, epic Brooklyn Brawl show with a WBC world title fight featured at the event. This show will have prospects and contenders, and fighters from all parts of the globe and from all around New York City,” said Salita. “Alicia is one of the most highly-regarded boxers in the world and is looking to follow in the footsteps of future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins by re-capturing a title at this point in her career. Her great skills will certainly be put to the test against an undefeated contender in Christina McMahon.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
It’s been said many times, “Boxing is a business.” It can be further expressed as a global business, and as far as the global economy is concerned, China figures largely in all facets. So too is it becoming more apparent in the sport and business of boxing. In the last ten years, China’s has presence has grown in amateur boxing all the way to the Olympic level, a home grown world champion has been produced (Xiao Zhong Xiong- WBC minimumweight), two world conventions have been held (WBA and WBA- both in the city Chengdu in 2007 and 2008 respectively), with a third to be held by the WBC from November 2-7th in Kunming this year. The IBF is joining the fray in full force with the creation of IBF China. Over the last six months, IBF president Daryl Peoples has journeyed to China four times to oversee meetings, training seminars and provide direction and oversight in the development in all aspects of the formation of IBF China. (more…)
Venezuelan super middleweight Jose Uzcategui (24-1, 20 KOs) stunned everyone in the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas, with his two round destruction of previously unbeaten Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs). “Our plan was to go round by round, but sometimes opportunities arise. As soon as I saw I hurt him I took advantage. Speed was the key tonight,” said Uzcategui. “We didn’t underestimate him at all, but once we saw our advantage after the start I jumped on him.”
“This is everything we’ve been working towards for three months. I want to thank my entire team because they constantly drilled into me that when (Jackson) throws the jab I should immediately shoot the right hand over the top. We knew that the best part of his game was his jab, but we were focused all training camp to throw the right hand and tonight we were able to do so.”
Jose Uzcategui poses with Sean Gibbons before his shocking second round destruction of Julius Jackson.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
On Tuesday, boxing superstar WBA, IBO, and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) held a media workout at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California for his upcoming fight taking place Saturday October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City live on HBO Pay Per View. GGG takes on IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) in a middleweight unification bout.
“Camp has been very good,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com. “A great atmosphere. We have brought in a new idea and strategy. He is a champion, this is a unification fight. I think he is ready. This is like a big test for me.
“I am excited. This is my dream Madison Square Garden. I know the history of Madison Square Garden, It’s the Mecca of Boxing. I think this is a big step. Expect a big drama show.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association (WBA) will lift the suspension of former cruiserweight world champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs), who was suspended for two years after having twice testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said the 43-year-old Jones can return to boxing, but only at heavyweight. He’ll need at least two fights in that division to be considered eligible for a future shot at a regional or world title. In addition, Jones must do drug testing for the remainder of his boxing career.
Confirmed: Martin Murray will challenge Arthur Abraham for the WBO world super middleweight title at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany on November 21.
Martin Murray: “I am thrilled to have the chance to face Arthur for the WBO world super middleweight title. I was shocked when Arthur agreed to the fight, it’s one he didn’t have to take so must be confident but I am at my natural weight now and believe on November 21 I will become world champion.”
Arthur Abraham: “Martin is a very strong opponent. He has challenged for World titles three times before and on two of those occasions he should have won. He is a very deserving challenger and I think it will be a good fight. That is what the public wants to see – the best fighting the best – and that is what they will see on November 21 in Hannover.”
By Jose E. Santiago
Fightnews sat down with unbeaten light heavyweight Mike Seals (19-0 14KO) to talk about his upcoming Spike TV match-up against Edwin Rodriquez on November 13th.
Belgian based – Armenian born Sasha “la bestia del este” Yengoyan will make his second comeback fight as main undercard bout to the vacant EBU cruiserweight title fight between Bilal Laggoune and Dmytro Kucher next friday in Ghent, Belgium.
Yengoyan, 32-2-1(21), who suffered his second loss against Jan Zaveck for his WBF world title came back with a points win over 6 rnds against Gary Abajyan last June 27. Now he will face Frenchman Fouad El Massoudi, 13-5-0(1) over 8 rnds. Yengoyan, trained by his longtime friend Eddy Huughe, is in a must win situation if he wants to get another chance on higher level. He will for sure go for an impressive win not to let slip away those chances.In case of a win he might face Ahmed Boussaidi on Nov 11 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
Experienced local Ismael Aboul, Sebastian Steen and Belgian female championess Elfi Philips will complete this interesting show billed as Gentsboksgala round XVI and promoted by Claude Van den Heede of International boxing event.
Date: Oct 9, 2015
Place: Ghent, Belgium
Arena: Topsporthal Vlaanderen
Promoter: Claude Van de Heede, International boxing event
TV: Sport 40
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At a press conference in Panama City, the World Boxing Association (WBA) announced that its 94th Convention will be held from December 13 to 19 Panama City, along with a WBA KO Drugs Boxing Festival in conjunction with Promociones del Istmo and the Panamanian Tourism Authority. Making the announcement were Panamanian ring legend Roberto Duran, promoter Rogelio Espino and the WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
It was also announced that Panamanian WBA interim super flyweight world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion will defend his crown for the first time against an opponent to be announced.
Also in an interesting development, it was announced that Panamanian contender Jezreel Corrales will fight for a second sanctioned version of the WBA interim super featherweight title on the card. Possible opponents include former world champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vazquez or another contender. The winner must then face the winner of the October 24 bout between the existing WBA interim super featherweight champion Emanuel Lopez and Miguel “Mickey” Roman to determine the absolute WBA interim super featherweight champion.
Representatives from over 100 countries including officials, judges, promoters, international press, champions and former world champions are expected, including GGG, “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, “Chino” Maidana and many more.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
Former two-division world champion flyweight Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-4, 22KOs) and WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) held a media workout on Tuesday at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California for their upcoming PPV fights taking place Saturday October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Viloria will take on undefeated Nicaraguan superstar WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua. “This has been one of the best training camps I have had to prepare myself for the fight,” Viloria told Fightnews.com. “This is a big fight. One of the biggest of my career. I think it’s going to be the highlight of my career. You have the number one pound for pound. He’s undefeated. It can’t get any bigger than that. I compare this a lot to the Super Bowl of Boxing. Expect a lot of action. It’ll be an action-packed night with me being the new world champion!”
Bubba Bush isn’t quite sure if the infamous “Octagon jitters” had anything to do with his first run at victory in the UFC, but whatever was going on with him just wasn’t right. The born and bred Texan had the right amount of experience and titles on smaller stages in the sport to give him the confidence he needed to make the jump to the big leagues; the only thing he needed to do was execute the way he’d proven he could time and time again . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs) returns with a renewed vigour on October 17 as the Bulgarian star looks to get his world title ambitions back on track with a victory over George Arias (56-13, 42 KOs) at the dm-Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. Pulev has been out of the ring since November 2014, where despite a brave performance, the 34-year-old failed to dethrone heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Following a period of transition, which has seen the ‘Cobra’ team up with legendary German coach Ulli Wegner, the former European Champion has made some important changes and believes he is now ready to work his way back into world title contention. “The fight against Klitschko was a valuable lesson for me,” said Pulev. “At that time I wasn’t doing enough, I was too complacent, but now I know what it takes to become world champion and I won’t be making that mistake again. This is the start of a new beginning for me.” (more…)
Undefeated 22-year-old welterweight prospect Emanuel “Pirata” De Jesus (15-0, 10 KOs) has been added to this Friday’s Telemundo show at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, where he’ll have the toughest test of his young career against veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera (38-21-3, 26 KO’s) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. This will be WBA #15 rated De Jesus’ fifth fight on the series. In the main event WBO #10 contender, former Olympian and world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (21-4-1, 11 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will face Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-4-1, 16 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with the WBO Latin jr. lightweight title on the line.
Six more fights round off the show, the first bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US. Claro Sports will televise to all of Latin America. Tickets are already on sale at the Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E Dakin or by calling (407) 935-1412.
Free Oquendo is reportedly out with an injury, scrubbing his October 17 WBA title challenge against WBA regular heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev in Germany. It was a court ordered rematch, with Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne waiting for the winner. Now what?
There is talk of a heavyweight clash between Malik Scott and Tony Thompson to take place at the end of the month during the WBO Convention in Orlando.
ESPN Deportes has picked up Saturday’s Linares-Cano clash from Venezuela. Now some network in the USA needs to step up and televise the two world title fights from Manchester, England on Saturday.
GGG’s big drama show Apple iWatch commercial:
Shane Cameron picks Joseph Parker to beat Kali Meehan
Anthony Joshua talks about his bad-boy days
Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber do karaoke
Photos: Josh Jordan/PBC
In an IBF super middleweight eliminator, Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (24-1, 20 KOs) scored a spectacular two-round annihilation of previously unbeaten Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) on Tuesday night in San Antonio’s Cowboys Dancehall. Uzcategui dropped Jackson three times in round one and referee Tony Weeks waved it off in round two after Jackson hit the canvas again. Time was :45.
In a clash of former world champions, Argenis Mendez (23-3-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Miguel Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) over ten tactical rounds. Scores were surprisingly wide at 99-90, 97-92 and 95-94, all for Mendez. There didn’t seem to be much to separate the two. Vazquez was deducted a point for holding in round seven.
Welterweight Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Alfonso Olvera (4-2, 2 KOs). Karl forced Olivera to take a knee in round five and went on to win 58-55, 59-54, 59-54.
Louis Cruz 139.8 vs. Ariel Vazquez 137.4
Ivan Golub 150.4 vs. Kendal Mena 150.4
Peter Dobson 150.4 vs. Tavorus Teague 150
Shemuel Pagan 140 vs. David Nelson 139.8
Ivan Baranchyk 140.8 vs. Gyorgy Mizsei, Jr. 139.6
Carlos Adames 148 vs. Rudy Lozano 149.6
Steed Woodall 162.4 vs. Javier Loya 161.2
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets: Available at the door, priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55.
Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.
WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) was scheduled to fight for the first time as a champion in Russia, his home country, in late November but the fight has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. Kovalev will return to the ring very early in 2016. The date, opponent and location will be revealed shortly.
According to Sergey’s promoter, Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva, “The two fights would simply have been too close together. As we worked on Sergey’s schedule for next year, it became clear that the best course would be to schedule his first bout in 2016 as early in the year as possible. While Sergey is disappointed that the bout in Moscow must be postponed, he understands that the change in schedule is necessary at this time and he will return to Russia to fight in front of his fans there as soon as possible.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Kali “Mean Hands” Meehan (42-5, 32 KOs) is ready to spring the upset against WBO #6, WBA #13, WBC #15 Joseph Parker (15-0, 13 KOs) at The Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on October 15 with the help of his son Willis. The 45-year-old, 6’5 Meehan is coming off a ten round points decision win over Shane Cameron. His chief sparring partner has been his son Willis Meehan, who is currently an Australian heavyweight contender. Parker is coming off a round one knockout over Bowie Tupou.
Meehan said, “It’s hard to get better sparring than my son Willis. Joseph Parker has very fast hands and good power which Willis has as well. Willis can impersonate Parker’s style when we spar. Willis is bigger and stronger then Parker and that only benefits me. Parker’s strengths are his speed and good power and he’s also a fighter who doesn’t know how to lose. It’s hard to beat fighters like that, but on the downside he hasn’t faced anybody that can make him lose – which I plan to do. I believe I have the experience to do that. I only have to put it all together on the night. The fans are in for a treat.”
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The UFC’s first and only female bantamweight champion will add another first to her resume this Wednesday, Oct. 7, as she becomes the first female athlete to guest host ESPN’s SportsCenter . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“I used to do that when I was working with Terry Norris… but Gennady is a different animal. I would be afraid that the other guys could be excited about this idea, start to go for it and it would end very painfully for them…GGG is a polite man, but when you want to hurt him…not so much,” said Abel Sanchez, trainer of WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO), when asked by Fightnews.com if he ever offered GGG sparring partners a “special bonus” for trying to knock down one of the most feared fighters in the sport.
Sanchez also stated, “What I want is to see Gennady Golovkin and IBF champion David Lemieux go down, stand up and fight the next round. This is what I want. I want October 17 to be a historic night at The Garden!” (more…)
Unbeaten Bilal Laggoune, 19-0-1(9) faces Ukranian puncher Dmytro Kucher, 23-1-0(17), for the vacant EBU cruiserweight title next Friday, Oct 9, at the Topsporthal of Ghent, Belgium.
Kucher suffered only 1 defeat, a majority points decision, against Congolese Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC Silver title in July 2013. It looks a step in in class for Laggoune who is fresh from a trainings camp at the 5th street gym in Miami. At the advantage of Laggoune is that Kucher has been very inactive due to injuries and has had little activity since that defeat. In 27 months he scored 2 easy inside the distance wins. The 9 year younger Laggoune has the chance to proof himself and to propel him into the WBC top 15. For Kucher it looks an important crossroad fight.
An interesting undercard will be presented by promoter Claude Vandenheede of International boxing event.
In the main undercard bout former WBF world champion Sasha Yengoyan (32-2-1/21) will face French Fouad El Massoudi (13-5-0/1) but will doubtfull go over the scheduled 8 rounds.
Experienced local Ismael Aboul, Sebastian Steen and Belgian female championess Elfi Philips will all appear over 6 rounds.
The Gentsboksgala is promoted for the 16th time by Claude Van den Heede.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super middleweight Marco Antonio Peribán (22-3-1, 14 KOs) returns October 17 in the Auditorium Benito Juatez in Veracruz, Mexico, facing Ghanaian Joshua Okine (28-4-1, 17 KOs) for a WBC International title at an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Mexico on Televisa. “I’m at the top of the world rankings (WBC #19 to be exact) and I feel I have the skills for another fight with champion Badou Jack, whom I had a draw with in a fight that left everyone wanting to see a rematch. It’s even better now that he’s world champion, but first I’m focused on beating Okine convincingly in my next fight because nothing I say will count for much if I don’t win.”
The same night, former WBC world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (45-14-1, 30 KOs) fights for a WBC International featherweight title against Filipino Edward Mansito (13-2-2, 7 KOs).
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