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Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Bob Newman Until April 15, 2016, barely anyone in the boxing world knew who Mason Menard was- that is, ...

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Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Filipino champ Rene Dacquel successfully retained his OPBF super-flyweight belt when he was trailing on points, badly ...

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Spence KOs Bundu in six

Spence KOs Bundu in six

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Welterweight Errol Spence Jr. blew out Leonard Bundu in six rounds Sunday afternoon in the main ...

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IBF #1 Uzcategui destroys Pena

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, ...

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Ex-champ Molina tops Gorham

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 ...

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UFC

No Repeat: Dos Anjos-Cerrone Rematch Different

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone isn’t thinking about his 2013 loss to Rafael dos Anjos.

On Saturday a new and improved Cowboy will challenge dos Anjos for the lightweight title at Fight Night Orlando, and that Cowboy said he plans to bring it early and often . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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December 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Edwards, Corley looking to derail unbeaten Swedes

American fighters Derek Edwards (27-5-1, 14 KOs) and DeMarcus Corley (42-25-1, 25 KOs) have travelled the Atlantic aiming to upset undefeated Swedish boxers Erik Skoglund (23-0, 11 KOs) and Anthony Yigit (15-0-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

Edwards, who faces local hero Erik Skoglund, is full of confidence ahead of their ten-round light heavyweight contest having already enjoyed some success against Swedish opposition. The 38-year-old from Phoenix defeated current WBC World Champion Badou Jack via first-round knockout in February 2014, and intends to deliver another devastating finish to his fight with the IBF Intercontinental Champion Skoglund. (more…)



December 18th, 2015


Boxing News

Mosley KOs Lopez in ten, Concepcion tops Marquez

By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over southpaw Patrick “El Elegante” López (23-6, 14 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Thursday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. Mosley floored Lopez in round two, but then it was a more competitive fight than expected up until the last round when the 44-year-old Mosley opened up and dropped Lopez three times to end it. Time was 2:00.

WBA super flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (34-4, 24 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (39-7-1, 28 KOs). Concepcion outboxed Marquez all the way to win 120-107, 120-107 and 120-109, avenging two KO losses to Marquez in 2011.

Super featherweight Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (19-1, 7 KOs) claimed the vacant WBA “interim” super featherweight title with an eleventh round TKO over Juan Antonio “Zurdo” Rodriguez (28-6, 25 KOs). photos



December 18th, 2015


Boxing News

Weights from Indio, California

Jo Jo Diaz 125.4 vs. Hugo Partida 126
Rene Alvarado 127.4 vs. Andrew Cancio 127.2
Taishan Dong 280 vs. Daniel Arambula 212
Oscar Torres 146.6 vs. Evince Dixon 147
Rafael Gramajo 121 vs. Michael Gaxiola 121.6
Donnie Palmer 300 vs. Tommy Washington 259
Marco Magdaleno 137.4 vs. Derick Bartlemay 139.2
Jon Jon Dinong 146.6 vs. Deartie Tucker 146

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV



December 18th, 2015


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Joshua Clottey prepares for Gabriel Rosado

Floyd Mayweather’s extravagant Dubai vacation gets big coverage everywhere but U.S.

Tyson Fury cleared of driving offense he was “too busy” to respond to

Ricky Burns looks for another crack at a world title



December 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Barthelemy, Shafikov make weight

Undefeated Cuban Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) both made weight for their IBF lightweight world title fight on Friday night at the Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas. Both fighters scaled in at 134.2 pounds. The fight will be televised on Spike TV.

Other weights:
Isiah Thomas 198.8 vs. Murat Gassiev 197.8
Gervonta Davis 133 vs. Luis Sanchez 131.2
Chris Pearson 156.8 vs. Eric Walker 153.8
Brian Castano 155.8 vs. Aaron Garcia 156.7
Ishe Smith 154.4 vs. Tommy Rainone 153
Mickey Bey 134.4 vs. Naim Nelson 135.2
Ronald Gavril 167.4 vs. Mariano Hilario 168.2



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Chagaev-Browne confirmed for March 5

Unbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne faces WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Chechnya on March 5. Australia has never had a world champion in the heavyweight division, but the 36-year-old from Sydney aims to change that by ripping the WBA crown away from the experienced Uzbek. Browne has been the mandatory challenger for the title since February, but has had to wait patiently for a shot due to Puerto Rico’s Fres Oquendo being granted a rematch with Chagaev. That return was scrapped in October when Oquendo suffered an injury.

“I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I’m fighting for the WBA title and I fully intend to become Australia’s first ever heavyweight world champion,” said Browne, 23-0 (20 KOs). “Make no mistake, I’m going over to Grozny to knock Ruslan Chagaev out. I’m not interested in leaving the fight in the hands of the judges so I’m going to bring my two judges with me, my left hand and my right hand. (more…)



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Jennings-Ortiz final presser

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The Turning Stone Resort and Casino today hosted the final press conference for what will not only be the last big card of 2015, but one which also boasts several fights whose results will have world wide ramifications in several divisions. In a unique move, HBO and HBO Latino will combine to televise five of the seven total bouts, headlined by a clash for the interim WBA heavyweight title between champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz and Bryant “By-By” Jennings. The card is stacked from top to bottom, with several major promoters working together to pull off this blockbuster bill.

The presser kicked off with Golden Boy Senior VP Eric Gomez taking the microphone. Gomez waxed poetic about the match-ups on the card, the willingness of the assorted promoters to work together to bring the best match-ups to boxing fans and he then went down the line introducing fighters and members of their respective teams to deliver their thoughts on the show. (more…)



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Rhode Island

Khiary Gray 154 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 154
Jimmy Williams 148 vs. Chris Gray 150
Joey McCreedy 162 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez 163
Fatlum Zhuta 158 vs. Deivison Ribeiro 160.5
Freddy Sanchez 140.5 vs. Sidney Maccow 139.5
Julio Perez 139 vs. Josh Bourque 137
Cido Hoff 129 vs. Timmy Ramos 131
Ray Oliveira Jr. 153 vs. Antonio Fernandes 153
Phil Dudley 131 vs. Jacob Solis 129

Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Promoter: CES



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Australia

Photo: Werner Kalin

Photo: Werner Kalin


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Jason Moloney 124 vs. Markquil Sarvana 124
(WBA Oceania featherweight title)

Andrew Moloney 117 vs. Robero Lerio 117
(Australia bantamweight title)

Jayde Mitchell 167.5 vs. Ryan Breese 167.5
Terry Tzouramanis 137.7 vs. Shady Souied 138.2
Mitchell Clark 170.1 vs. Joel Bourke 167.5
Alex Don 159.1 vs. Bentley Sheffort 158.1

Venue: Town Hall, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Peter Maniatis



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Video: Ortiz-Jennings Press Conference

By Boxing Bob Newman



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

94th WBA Convention: Day Four

Story by Tracy Morin, photos courtesy WBA

The WBA’s fourth day of meetings on Thursday were relatively brief due to the evening’s KO Drugs fight card in Panama City, Panama, but the morning Medical Seminar was packed with speakers and information that impact the medical aspects of the sport—and hence the health and safety of fighters.

The first speaker, Francisco Pina, delved into the study of isotonic beverages (i.e., sports drinks such as Gatorade), which are used commonly in other sports, like American football. Interestingly, in a study cited by Pina that sought to determine the most demanding sport (taking into consideration endurance, strength, speed, power, agility and more), boxing was given the top ranking. Another study evaluating the nutrition of boxers pointed toward the many unhealthy weight loss practices in the sport, especially dehydration, which poorly affects performance. The WBA rules currently state that only water is allowed to rehydrate during a fight, so Pina questioned whether that guideline should be changed to help protect fighters’ health. Pina also discussed anti-doping tests, proposing that the WBA requires local commissions to provide a list of labs that have been verified for admission of these tests. (more…)



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA Retro Party Photo Gallery

By Tracy Morin
Photos courtesy WBA

Retro Night at the 94th WBA started with a buffet dinner and musical performances. Officials Tony Weeks, Russell Mora and Robert Hoyle performed old-school classics with spirited style and choreographed dance moves, while a local band belted out oldies. A photo booth, complete with outlandish accessories like oversized hats and masks, gave attendees a whimsical photo op (even Daniel Jacobs couldn’t resist), while entertainment from two Elvises (one pint-sized) closed the night’s revelry.

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December 17th, 2015

Scale Watch

Yilderim and Forsman make weight in Ratingen, Germany

Avni Yilderim versus Janne ForsmanWBC #14 Avni Yilderim, 7-0-0(4) scaled 78.500kg for his double title defence against Finnish Janne Forsman, 21-2-0(13), who scaled 1kg lighter at 77,500kg.
Both the WBC Silver Intl and WBC EPBC titles will be on the line tomorrow evening in Ratingen, Germany.

The weigh-in took place under the supervision of Malte Mueller-Michaelis and in presence of promotor Ahmet Oener and his close friend Rick Rababah.



Undercard:

8×3
Selcuk Aydin, 27-3-0(20), 69,000
Nodar Robakidze, 15-15-3(5), 68,000

6×3
Mohamed Al Zein, 5-0-0(3), 113,000
Sasa Dajic, 0-7-0(0), TBA

4×3
Onur Aykac, debut, 77,000
Edin Hajric, 0-8-0(0), TBA

Date: Dec 18, 2015
Place: Ratingen, Germany
Arena: Ahi-Festsaal
Promoter: Ahmet Oener – Arena Box-promotion
TV: NTVspor



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Salita Promotions invades Detroit

“I am starting a new series, called “Detroit Brawl,” announced New York City promoter Dmitriy Salita Thursday. “Detroit Brawl” will be a series of electrifying Detroit-based boxing events showcasing the talents and skills of fighters from throughout the city, across the country and around the world!” The first show will take place February 6th at an iconic Detroit venue, the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. Each show in the series will also feature a performance by a local musician.

“First Brooklyn Brawl, now a version of the same in Detroit,” said Salita. “Two heavyweight cities, home to maybe the best local, grassroots boxing series in the nation. I am committed to supporting the rebirth of Detroit and will focus attention on encouraging young people to succeed in life, by supporting local programs. That includes local gyms, youth boxing programs and activities for young people which will help strengthen the core of the city! I am beyond excited to kick this off in what promises to be a stellar year in boxing, 2016!”

The series will run on local and national television, with details to be announced soon. Tickets are priced at $28, $38, $48, $63, $93, and $123, available at ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, or the Masonic box office.



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Pro boxing returns to Butte, Montana

The first professional boxing card held at the Butte Civic Center since 1990 is set for January 23. In the main event, former world champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (105-17-3, 81 KOs) will battle Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (34-12-3, 18 KOs) in a bout contested at super middleweight. In the co-feature, jr middleweights Jesse Uhde and Daniel Gonzalez will fight for the third time in a ten round match for the Montana State title. Also, formerly world rated light heavyweight Berry “Killer B” Butler (25-13-1, 20 KOs) will see action against Leo “Bashido” Bercier. Tickets start at $20 and are available at The Butte Civic Center box office, Online at www.butteciviccenter.com or call 406-497-6401.



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Nielsen, Ceylan headline Feb 6

The Nordic Fight Night returns on February 6 with Danish talents cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) and fearherweight Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) topping the bill at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark. Opponents are TBA.



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

94th WBA Convention: Day Three

Photos and story by Tracy Morin

Meetings continued Wednesday at the 94th Annual WBA Convention with discussions between promoters, officials, the media and other attendees to question common yet controversial practices in the sport. The main topics discussed were interim titles, super championships and the like, with some participants proclaiming there are too many titles circulating. However, promoters in attendance, including Gary Shaw and Sampson Lewkowicz, maintained they are necessary for receiving television coverage and selling the fight. Another heated topic was controversial decisions and outcomes, such as when officials make errors in judgment calls; many questioned what can be done to rectify errors after the fight ends, when necessary. (more…)



December 17th, 2015

UFC

Johnson Seeks Redemption in Fight With Diaz

Split decisions. How is the losing fighter supposed to react?

To further the point, what if every major MMA media outlet scored the scrap for the fighter who two judges said lost? And what if that same fighter statistically outstruck his opponent and stuffed all seven of their takedown attempts? . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ORLANDO 2015 is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, December 19 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

#2 Tapales demolishes #1 Omori in WBO 118lb eliminator

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Kyoto City is one of world legacies with the beautiful Golden Temple and a great many traditional shrines in the ancient capital of Japan. Kyoto was heavily shaken up as if an earthquake happened when one of our brightest prospects, WBO top ranked bantamweight, previously unbeaten Shohei Omori (15-1, 10 KOs), 117.5, hailing from Kyoto, miserably and disastrously suffered four knockdowns and eventually a quick stoppage at the hand of WBO#2 Filipino Marlon Tapales (28-2, 11 KOs), 116.25, at 1:35 of the second round in a WBO 118-pound eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger on Wednesday.

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Who on earth had expected such a lopsided affair between the competitive bantams? Omori, 22, a tall and hard-punching lefty with strong heart, was regarded as a near-future world champ thanks to his latest fine showings over world-rated Mexican Christian Esquivel (KO4), national champ Kentaro Masuda (TKO3) and former world challenger Hirofumi Mukai (TKO6). (more…)



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Lots of people think an unknown MP boxer would beat Tyson Fury

LGBT rights groups to protest BBC Sports Personality awards over Tyson Fury

Danny Green touts boxing twins Jason and Andrew Moloney

Floyd Mayweather’s $1 million spending spree in Dubai



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Concepcion-Marquez weights from Panama

WBA interim super flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez both had problems on the scale for Thursday night’s fight at the WBA KO Drugs Festival to be held in the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City. It will be their third meeting with Marquez winning by KO in the first two fights, both in the flyweight division. This time they meet at super flyweight with Marquez being a last minute replacement after Giovani Segura pulled out.

At the official weigh-in in the Multicentro Mall both fighters had problems. Marquez initially weight 118.25, while Concepcion weighed 116.25. They were given two hours to get to the 115 pound limit. Marquez returned at 116.75, while Concepcion was at 115.25. According to WBA rules, win or lose Conception will remain the champion because he was the only one who made weight (the .25 pound surplus was credited to his underwear).



December 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Camacho, Pintor, Zapata elected to IBHOF

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Inductees include Puerto Rico’s multi-division champion Hector “Macho” Camacho (posthumous), Mexico’s two-division champion Lupe Pintor and Panama’s two-division champion Hilario Zapata in the Modern category; judge Harold Lederman, commissioner Marc Ratner, journalist Jerry Izenberg and broadcaster Col. Bob Sheridan.

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2016 and are very much looking forward to paying tribute to the new inductees in Canastota next June,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder: I’m knocking Szpilka out / Szpilka: You’re done January 16th!

Heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and bruising Polish challenger Artur Szpilka took time out of their intense training schedules to exchange some words on a media conference call Wednesday before they meet in the ring on Saturday, January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on Showtime.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:

Deontay Wilder: “Don’t get too overwhelmed by the opportunity, Szpilka. You still have to do something with it. Once I knock Szpilka out, I want all the Polish fans to come on the “Bronze Bomber” train as I bring the heavyweight division back to the top. I don’t care who it is. It doesn’t matter who is in the ring with me. I love a fighter who’s not scared because it gives me the motive to knock him out. I don’t play around because I mean business. I’m looking for a grand show. It’s going to be a great performance to kick off 2016. This is going to be a huge year for me. I’m knocking Szpilka out and I’m sending a message to everyone who stands in my way.”

Artur Szpilka: “I hope that you hear loud and clear, I can win this fight. My mind is ready, my body is ready. You’re done January 16. I have everything that a good boxer needs. I’m very confident and I know that this is my time. I have respect for him, but he’s never fought somebody like me. Everybody he fought but Bermane Stiverne was a bum. Only three people have actually tried to fight him. Everybody else had already lost before they got into the ring. I wanted this fight. This is my time. The heavyweight titles are wide open. There’s new blood for boxing.”



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Andy Lee: I become a horrible, nasty person and that will come out in this fight

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WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee and undefeated challenger Billy Joe Saunders came face-to-face today in the final press conference before Saturday’s fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Lee stated, “Once that bell goes I’m a totally different character, it’s like there’s a switch as soon as hear a knock on the dressing room door saying ‘time to walk’ there’s a transition in me and I become a horrible, nasty person and that will come out in this fight.”

He added, “For me it’s just another fight, yes, there’s a lot stake between us, my family name and honour, his family name and honour, but more importantly my world title is at stake.” Sho Extreme will televise in the USA.



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr: I feel a responsibility to re-enter the ring

Two days after his defeat to Enzo Maccarinalli in his first fight as a Russian citizen, 46-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. announced at a press conference that his health is fine, and that he has no plans to relax. “This first fight as a Russian will not be the last,” said Jones. “This is just the beginning. I said I wanted to finish my career, but now I feel a responsibility to re-enter the ring. I want to continue my work in boxing. I plan to do business in Russia, to open several boxing gyms. I will pass on my experience to the young Russian generation. To do this in Russia has excellent possibilities. I’m not saying that I’ll hang up the gloves. Time will tell, and most importantly, health.”



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Wallisch, Krasniqi opponents named

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Photo: Team SES/P. Gercke

January 9 opponents have been named for WBO #11 heavyweight Michael Wallisch (15-0, 10 KOs) and two-time light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (44-4, 17 KOs) at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

Wallisch will take on Marcin Rekowski (17-2, 14 KOs) in the twelve-round main event for the WBO European Championship.

Krasniqi, now campaigning at super middleweight where he’s rated #12, will face Cagri Ermis (18-9-2, 5 KOs), who brings a ten fight winning streak.



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Andy Lee: Saunders not good enough to beat me

WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) held a media workout in Manchester, England, concluding preparations for his eagerly awaited showdown with WBO #1 contender Billy Joe Saunders (22-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday on Sho Extreme from Manchester Arena.

Andy Lee: I have a punch that can end a fight, lights out, in any given second. I won’t rely on the punch. I will look to dominate from the start with educated pressure. I’m feeling very dangerous at the moment. Saunders’ unbeaten record is a disadvantage. He’s always been in fights he’s expected to win and has been well managed by (Frank) Warren.

I’ve never lost a fight on points and I never will on points. If I’m down on the cards I will go out swinging in the last round. Saunders being a fellow traveler does add another layer, but at the end the day it’s about how good you are and he’s not good enough to beat me.



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Joseph Parker matchmaker: Anthony Joshua has flaws

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Stuart Duncan who is the matchmaker for WBO #3, IBF #10, WBC #11, WBA #12 Joseph Parker talks to Fightnews and gives his opinion on WBC #2, WBA #13, IBF #9 Anthony Joshua and explains what he’d seen in Joshua’s victory over Dillian Whyte in London last Saturday

“I noticed Joshua’s mouth gaping in early rounds and sticking the chin out with the shoulder down,” Duncan said.”Whyte didn’t fight the right fight and definitely came into the fight too fat. For a fight that was Whyte’s biggest opportunity to date, it’s almost like Whyte didn’t take the fight seriously. Whyte was flapping his mouth off before the fight, but he should have been snapping his punches out during the fight.

“To create the chinks in the armour of Anthony Joshua, and I would normally say he’s a fairly complete fighter, but I see flaws in him after the Whyte fight. I’m not saying that to sing the song that Joseph Parker beats Anthony Joshua. Joseph Parker is a work in progress as well and there are components of his style that his trainer Kevin Barry is working on. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

UFC

The Nigerian Nightmare’s Golden Dream

“The Nigerian Nightmare” has a dream and it’s to claim UFC gold. The first step to making that dream a reality for welterweight prospect Kamaru Usman is to believe in himself. The second step is amassing a whole bunch of Ws inside the Octagon. And The Ultimate Fighter 21 alum is well on his way with both . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ORLANDO 2015 is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, December 19 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 16th, 2015

WBA

94th WBA Convention: Day Two

Report/Photos by Tracy Morin

On Tuesday, the second day of the WBA 94th Annual Convention commenced with a general meeting, opening with a roll call of attendees from around the world. Promoter Gary Shaw applauded the absent Gilberto Mendoza Sr.’s guidance, wisdom, knowledge and warm smile but looked forward to his son’s newly established leadership and the future of the organization.

The day began with a review of the WBA Convention in Lima, Peru, in 2013, with Legislative Director Carlos Chavez emphasizing the need for evaluating officials’ performances, especially in controversial fights—as well as the also controversial topic of the half-point system for scoring, which would be used only when rounds are extremely close. However, the organization made clear that it was merely considering (not yet implementing) this measure.

The morning meeting otherwise consisted of reviewing the directorate meeting on Monday, including notes on the WBA creed and agenda. Significantly, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, former First Vice President and now President, has decided to leave his former position vacant for the time being. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Buthelezi meets Tete for IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

In an all-South African clash Gideon Buthelezi and Makazole Tete meet for the vacant IBO super flyweight belt on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London. The title became vacant when Lwandile Sityatha relinquished it and decided to move up to the bantamweight division. In his most recent fight in July this year, Sityatha retained the belt on a disputed decision against Buthelezi. However, he was possibly having severe weight problems at the time. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Ogawa dethrones IBF#13 Naito; Ito keeps OPBF 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Hard-punching super-feather prospect Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14 KOs), 130, impressively captured the Japanese 130-pound belt as he displayed a stunning blitzkrieg, dropped previously unbeaten IBF#13 defending champ Rikki Naito (13-1, 5 KOs), 130 in the closing seconds of the opening session, put on an aggressive performance and was awarded a technical decision (49-47, 49-46 twice) after Naito became unable to go on due to a bad laceration caused by an accidental butt at 2:28 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also, OPBF 130-pound ruler Masayuki Ito (18-1-1, 8 KOs), 130, kept his regional belt by scoring a unanimous nod (117-111, 118-111 twice) over compatriot Shingo Eto (17-4-1, 9 KOs), 130, over twelve. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Moloney Brothers in action Friday

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former amateur star Jason Moloney (4-0, 4 KOs) will clash unbeaten Markquil Savana (9-0, 3 KOs) of the Philippines over ten rounds with the vacant WBA Oceana super bantamweight title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Friday. In other action, Moloney’s brother, Andrew (4-0, 2 KOs) will take on Aussie champion Robert Lerio (16-22-1, 6 KOs) for the Australian bantamweight crown over ten rounds.

Promoter Peter Maniatis is confident the boxing fans in attendance will be witnessing a great fight night.

“Savana is undefeated 9-0 and I am told is a very talented boxer from General Santos so his fight with Jason Moloney who is also undefeated 4-0 and a rising star of Australian boxing will be worthy of the main event,” said Maniatis. (more…)



December 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Brit Liam Smith calls out Miguel Cotto

Anthony Joshua already back in the gym

Derek Chisora confident of beating Joshua

Billy Joe Saunders talks beating Andy Lee



December 16th, 2015




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