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By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron As previously reported, IBF heavyweight mandatory title challenger Joseph Parker’s next fight will take ...

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By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Bob Newman This morning in Beijing, China, the IBF 33rd annual convention began quietly with a closed board of ...

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Upset: Hernandez defeats WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 middleweight Magomedov

Upset: Hernandez defeats WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 middleweight Magomedov

Photos: Manny Murillo/RJJ Boxing Promotions In a huge upset, unheralded Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (12-4-1, 3 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over ...

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By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, IBF #4 Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) won a ...

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Beltran KOs Najera in two

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Boxing News

Jacobs-Quillin is official for December 5

In a highly anticipated showdown between two Brooklyn favorites, WBA “regular” middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) will take on former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) on December 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Showtime will televise.

Daniel Jacobs: “There is no doubt this is going to be one of the biggest fights Brooklyn has ever seen. Peter and I go back a long time, but this is business. I’m the champion and he’s the challenger. I’m going to do everything I can to win on December 5 and show the world that I’m the best Brooklyn has to offer.”

Peter Quillin: “The fans have waited a long time for this fight and now it’s finally here. I was back in the gym on Monday after my fight against [Michael] Zerafa preparing for December 5. I know there is so much at stake for me — a belt and Brooklyn bragging rights. It’s going to be a night to remember for me and for all of Brooklyn.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. ET.



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto arrives in Los Angeles for training camp

Photos: Hector Santos Guia/Roc Nation Sports/Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC
Video: Team Cotto/Roc Nation Sports

Reigning WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) has arrived in Los Angeles to begin training camp at Wild Card Boxing Club with trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his Saturday, Nov. 21 pay-per-view showdown against former WBC and WBA super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Below is what Cotto and Roach had to say about the start of camp:

Miguel Cotto: “I am more than ready to get to work and am fully confident that the plan Freddie Roach has in place for our team is going to ensure that I am prepared to lock in this victory on November 21.”

Freddie Roach: “The energy at Wild Card is at an all-time high. Miguel is one of the hardest working men I know and he did not waste any time getting into the ring with me. I know that we have the tools we need for a successful training camp that will put Miguel in the best position possible to beat Canelo.”

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September 30th, 2015


Boxing News

Broner: You have to learn from your mistakes

Video/Photo: Showtime

During a lengthy interview at HeadBangers Gym in Washington, D.C., former world champion Adrien Broner spoke candidly about his approach to the sport and learning from past mistakes. Broner faces Khabib Allakherdiev for the vacant WBA “regular” super lightweight world championship this Saturday live on Showtime from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

“You have to learn from your mistakes,” said Broner. “When you understand and you know why you’re losing, then you can fix it. This next half of my career I’m going to be the AB that’s about business and about boxing.”



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Former boxer Juan ‘Golo’ Gomez passes

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Sad to report that former lightweight contender Juan “Golo” Gomez (23-5, 16 KOs) has suddenly passed away from an apparent massive heart attack in Puerto Rico. Gomez, 41, a cousin of Felix “Tito” Trinidad, had faced health problems in recent years. After his retirement, he excelled as a trainer.



September 30th, 2015


Boxing News

Humberto Soto: This fight will be all-action

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

With the boxing world buzzing with the return of Lucas ” The Machine” Matthysse this Saturday night against Viktor Postol for the vacant WBC super lightweight title and more importantly the first HBO Boxing broadcast in months, the fight of the night might just be between Mexicans Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35KO) and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15KO) in the semi-main event over ten rounds in the 140 pound division.

The bout is the classic match-up between the experienced veteran and the upcoming undefeated prospect but for Soto of Los Mochis, Mexico, it is just another fight. “For me this is just another fight. Another chance for me to display what I can do. I’ve considered other fights in my career much more important. Not to overlook Orozco who is an undefeated fighter and has been brought along very well. I would say my title fights have been more important.” (more…)



September 30th, 2015

UFC

Franklin, Champion and Ambassador, Retires

Rich Franklin was always the most unlikely of UFC champions. Perhaps that’s what made “Ace” – who retired on Monday at the age of 40 – such a key part of the promotion’s rise at a pivotal time in its history . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing still a requirement at West Point for cadets

43-year-old real estate agent fights for Aussie title

Disagreement on Manny Pacquiao’s next foe



September 30th, 2015

Boxing News

Fortuna retains WBA “regular” 130lb world title

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

WBA “regular” super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round TKO over 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Ivan Velasquez (19-2, 12 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Fortuna dropped Velasquez in round two and had him holding on. Fortuna then busted up Velasquez and punished him for the rest of the fight. Referee Russell Mora finally waved it off in round ten at :35.

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September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Undercard Results from Las Vegas

Undefeated cruiserweight knockout artist Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (12-0, 11 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over Tamas Lodi (16-6-2, 13 KOs). Tabiti dropped Lodi hard in round two. Lodi somehow made it to his feet and finished the round but the bout was stopped by the corner between rounds.

In a clash of undefeated rising super welterweight contenders, Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) and 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (13-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a majority draw. It was a good action fight with both fighters having their moments. Scores were 97-93 Dolton, 95-95, 95-95.

IBF #14 super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (21-1, 11 KOs) outpointed late sub Marcus Upshaw (18-15-4, 9 KOs) over ten rounds.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Blast from the Past: Ben Tackie returns

By Karl Freitag

Jr middleweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez has suffered an injury to his right hand in sparring and pulled out of his October 10 showdown with Ramón “Inocente” Álvarez at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Alvarez (39-6-2, 23 KOs), the brother of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez, will now face former contender Ben “Wonder” Tackie (30-12-1, 18 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for a WBC regional title. Tackie, 42, who challenged Kostya Tszyu for the WBC/WBA/IBF jr welterweight titles in 2002, regularly mixed with top level opposition during his prime, but later became a gatekeeper and has only had one bout since 2010, which took place in Ghana against a journeyman opponent. Can Tackie dial back the clock? TV Azteca will televise in Mexico, U.S. TV details are TBA.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Viloria: Chocolatito has never fought a guy who can hit as hard as me

By Karl Freitag

With WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) getting acclaim from some in the media as the world’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter, four-time former world champion in two divisions Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) is confident he has the tools to defeat Chocolatito when they collide October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I’ve been watching tapes endlessly for this fight in this training camp. He does a lot of things correctly. Not to give too much away in terms of strategy, I just need to come in shape. I just need to do what I have to do in the gym and be able to fight twelve rounds like it’s fighting the first round. Just let my hands go. I don’t think Chocolatito has ever fought a guy who can hit as hard as me and who’s a bit faster than any other fighter that he’s fought. I think I possess a bit of a challenge for Chocolatito in this fight. I have the experience. I’ve been in big battles, big fights, and I don’t think Chocolatito has ever fought a guy quite like me. All I need to do is to come into the fight with a straight head and just let my hands go. I don’t think I could be training any harder than I’m doing already and I’m just ready – ready to go!”



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

New Teixeira opponent named: Don Mouton

Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Teixeira (25-0, 21 KOs) will now face Don Mouton (13-9-1, 11 KOs) in the ten-round main event of Friday’s night’s LA Fight Club event at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Teixeira was originally slated to face Gabriel “El Rey” Martinez (29-9-1, 16 KOs). The Estrella TV-televised card will also feature unbeaten brawler Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (12-0, 5 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (24-18-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight co-feature. Opening up the telecast, Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8 KOs) is scheduled for a six-round featherweight against Victor “Sina” Fonseca. (9-5-1, 7 KOs).



September 29th, 2015

UFC

Gustafsson: What I learned from losing

UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles talks to UFC 192 main event fighter Alexander Gustafsson about his previous losses to Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson and how those defeats will help him beat champion Daniel Cormier this Saturday night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Dulorme rejects Provodnikov clash

WBA #11 super lightweight Thomas Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) has turned down an offer to take on former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) on November 7 in Brooklyn. “I’m very happy with the support and affection that the fans have given me, even if I did not leave victorious against Terrence Crawford,” said Dulorme. “In deference to those fans, my family, my team and of course, myself, I decided not to take this offer to fight against Provodnikov. We must act in an intelligent and accurate manner, not rushed into combat without the time to step into the ring in top condition. We have a goal of a world championship and must work accordingly toward it. I respect Provodnikov and like that fight, later we can sit down and negotiate. ”

Dulorme advisor Richy Miranda-Cortese added, “We ensure the proper development of Dulorme, short and long term. We believe that the time was extremely short to achieve 100 percent condition against a quality boxer like Provodnikov. Dulorme is ready to return to the ring before the end of the year, as a prelude to a 2016 of great challenges and opportunities for him.”



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Haskins ready for Caballero clash in the USA

Fresh from a career-best knockout performance over Ryosuke Iwasa for the IBF interim bantamweight world title, Lee Haskins will now face IBF champion Randy Caballero to decide who is the rightful owner of the IBF belt. The fight is set to take place in the USA with terms agreed with Golden Boy Promotions but the date and location are yet to be finalized.

Haskins’ manager Chris Sanigar confirmed “We are happy to secure the IBF world title fight for Lee and to box in the USA is a great opportunity for him. We made it clear to Golden Boy Promotions that Haskins is willing to travel to the USA giving Caballero home advantage, but we wanted a neutral venue away from Caballero’s hometown of Indio, California. We are only prepared for Haskins to box in the USA if it’s on a major promotion in a major city to give the fight the profile it deserves otherwise we can go to purse bids and we’ll bid for the fight to be staged in the UK.”

Haskins is back in training patiently waiting for confirmation of the date and venue.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Brook-Chaves on Showtime

Showtime Sports has confirmed it will pick up the IBF welterweight world championship fight between undefeated defending champion Kell Brook and contender Diego Chaves on October 24 from Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. The bout will be aired live in the USA at 5:45PM ET / 2:45PM PT. Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) will make his third consecutive title defense of 2015. Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) in his last fight battled to a draw with Timothy Bradley, who is now the WBO welterweight champion.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

J Oquendo gets title shot; says he’s still promoted by PR Best

After his victory over former two-time world champion, Jhonny Gonzalez, 17 days ago, Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo signed the contract that will take him to his first world title bout, to be held on Saturday, December 5, against the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The clash between Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs) and the Argentine Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) will be part of the show headlined by the WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former middleweight world champion Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs), who are going to face for Jacobs’ belt. Both Quillin and Jacobs live in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Oquendo, who had signed with Golden Boy last week, has now confirmed that he has a contract with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) until 2016 and he will honor it. In addition, he will continue to handle personally all matters of his career with PRBBP.

“After reviewing my promotional contract as a professional boxer with Ivan Rivera (President of PRBBP), I realized that it is in effect until 2016, so I can’t sign with another company. Also, I noticed that my management contract had expired in July 2013 and I hadn’t noticed. I signed the contract with GBP per misstatement of the people who were managing my career, and with whom I communicated via phone and email, so I did with the people of GBP too, to end the relationship”, Oquendo said. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Fortuna: I think I will knock him out

WBA “regular” super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) says the amateur style of Carlos Ivan Velasquez (19-1, 12 KOs) will get the former Puerto Rican Olympian knocked out when they collide tonight at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “He’s a good amateur fighter, making the transition to pro, but he hasn’t yet completed that task,” said the Dominican world champion Fortuna. “At times, he keeps his guard up really high and shows no regard of people going to his body. But this is a huge opportunity for him, so he will be at his absolute best. I think I will knock him out. He stands up too straight and I will catch him, but he’s a good boxer with a good record. Hopefully he’ll show up with no excuses.”

The fight will be broadcast live on FS1 and FOX Deportes.



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Commey added Oct 17 card in Germany

Ghanaian power-puncher Richard Commey (22-0, 20 KOs) continues his assault on the lightweight division on October 17 when he brings his explosive style to the dm-Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. The 28 year-old from Accra, who will face an as yet unnamed opponent, has raced to 22-0 since joining the paid ranks, stopping 20 of his opponents and claiming the Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental titles.

To further his ambitions, the undefeated fighter has moved to the UK, and is now based out of the Pro SW Gym in Loughton, Essex. With the backing of his promoter Team Sauerland and manager Michael Amoo-Bediako, Commey has set his sights on the division’s top talents as he aims to prove he is ready for a world title challenge.

“I want to become world champion,” said Commey. “And with the help of my team and the grace of God, I will make this dream a reality. There are a lot of fighters out there who say they are world class but are afraid to fight me. I’m willing to face anyone to show I’m ready to challenge for world titles. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

UFC

Daniel Cormier Relived To Be Champ But Ready To Defend

It’s good to be the champ. In fact, Daniel Cormier can tell you that it’s actually great.

But even after winning the UFC light heavyweight title in May, Cormier remains pretty much the same guy. He drives a fuel-efficient Prius. He still lives in the same house in the decidedly un-hip city of Gilroy – the proud Garlic Capital of the World – where you’re likely to find him hanging out quietly with his fiancé and two young children . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 192 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF #7 Tawatchai defeats Salogoa

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

In a nationally televised IBF championship title bout, IBF #7 junior featherweight Mike Tawatchai (36-8-1, 21 KOs) clearly outpointed Filipino Junny Salogaol (9-8-4, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision over twelve rounds with scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111 to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title at the Central Plaza Westgate Department Store, Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday

In the main supporting bout, Thailand’s two-time Olympic medalist Manus Boonjamong (2-0, 0 KOs) won his second professional fight when he defeated Indonesian’s Marco Tuhumury (10-12-2, 3 KOs).

In other action, IBF #3 mini-flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (28-4-1, 15 KOs) easily outpointed Indonesian Oscar Raknafa (12-11, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Carmona-Rodriguez rematch Oct 16 on Telemundo

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Boxeo Telemundo Ford and A1l Star Boxing’s fall series will have its second installment on Friday, October 16 at their new home, the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City.

The main event will be another Mexican “Civil War” when local super flyweight contenders when David “Severo” Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) gives a rematch Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-2, 4 KO’s) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. The absolute WBO Latin super flyweight title sone the line. Also, the winner of this fight should be in line to face the winner of the WBO title fight between champion Naoya Inoue and Warlito Parrenas, who fight December 29 in Tokyo. (more…)



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao honored in Asia as “Game Changer”

Samir Mouneimne retires after controversial title fight loss

Deontay Wilder tries to take control of his career



September 29th, 2015

Boxing News

Fortuna, Velasquez make weight

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions

Javier Fortuna 130 vs. Carlos Velasquez 130
(WBA “regular” super featherweight title)

Domonique Dolton 153.6 vs. Oscar Molina 153
J’Leon Love 168.6 vs. Marcus Upshaw 164
Andrew Tabiti 195.5 vs. Tamas Lodi 193.2
Ladarius Miller 137 vs. Rondale Hubbert 136.8
Thomas Hill 156 vs. Alphonso Black 158.2
Juan Heraldez 142.8 vs. Joaquin Chavez 141.6
Leduan Barthelemy 125 vs. Michael Gaxiloa 126

Venue: Palms Casino and Resort, Las Vegas
Promoter`: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes

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September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes: Wilder, Kassi, Taylor, Bradley, Pacquiao

By Karl Freitag

Looks like Wilder-Duhaupas, the first heavyweight world title fight on NBC in 30 years, had the lowest rating of all four NBC primetime PBC boxing telecasts to date, which is too bad because Deontay Wilder’s fights are always entertaining. According to the WBC, Wilder has to defend against Alexander Povetkin next.

Might have to change “Big” Fred Kassi’s nickname to “Classy” Fred Kassi. First, at 5’11, 220-something, he’s not big by today’s heavyweight standards. Secondly, he’s shown amazing restraint in his post-fight comments after arguably being jobbed by the judges in consecutive nationally televised fights.

Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is back on the streets and training in Ocala, Florida. He’s reunited with trainer Pat Burns. No fights scheduled at the moment, but Burns told Arkansas Online last week that 114 days in lockup have cleared the ex-champ’s mind. Taylor is still facing a December trial on gun charges.

Trainer Teddy Atlas is now in the camp of WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. “He don’t play! He’ll smack me in the face,” says Bradley.

Pacman Update: Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said via Instagram that he had a successful MRI on his shoulder.

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September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Panama

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By Héctor Villarreal

Venezuelan Tony Gomez and undefeated Panamanian Jaime Arboleda both weighed 129.5 pounds for their WBA FedeCaribe super featherweight title fight to take place at Hotel RIU Plaza Panama on Tuesday night. The preliminary fighters of the Promociones y Eventos del Istmo card weighed as follows:

Eric Castro 135 vs. Addir Sanchez 137.75
Jorge Sanchez 120.5 vs. Hernan Cortez 121.75
Azael Villar 110.25 vs. Ezequiel Asprilla 111
Daniel Miranda 133 vs. Elvis Saldaña 136.75
Fernando Martinez 133.75 vs. Joel Blanco 131.5



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Fonfara: I want Cleverly to challenge me

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m sure Nathan Cleverly is convinced that he can beat me on October 16 in Chicago, but I’m fine with that. I want Cleverly to challenge me. I like that kind of fight,” said “Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KO) who is only a couple weeks away from being challenged by former WBO light heavyweight titleholder from Wales, Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KO). Fonfara-Cleverly will be an October 16 Premier Boxing Champions on Spike presentation with the Koki Kameda-Kohei Kono WBA flyweight title in the televised opener from UIC Pavilion.

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September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Bailey receives big welcome to Korea

Former two-division world champion Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (45-8, 38 KOs) received a literal big welcome to Korea from local Basketball star Kim Joo-Sung. Bailey has settled in and adjusted to the time change ahead of his showdown with Shusaku Fujinaka of Japan next Sunday, October 4th. Kim is no relation to Bailey’s promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions).

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September 28th, 2015

UFC

UFC schedules event in New York’s historic Madison Square Garden

UFC® today announced a series of important steps to bring mixed martial arts (MMA) events to New York. These efforts include the scheduling of the organization’s first, professional MMA event in New York since the state’s ban in 1997. This event will take place at Madison Square Garden on April 23, 2016 featuring UFC’s top champions competing with other world-class athletes inside the Octagon®. UFC is also taking additional steps through the federal courts to ensure the event’s success. (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Ishida, Takenaka keep Japanese, OPBF belts on undercards of Ioka, Takayama twinbills

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Prospects in the Osaka district appeared on the undercard of the world title twinbill featuring the title defenses of Kazuto Ioka and Katsunari Takayama on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

Unbeaten elongated prospect, world-rated Japanese super-flyweight champ Sho Ishida (20-0, 10 KOs), 115, a stablemate of the main eventer Kazuto Ioka, kept his national belt by earning a unanimous verdict (97-93, 98-93, 99-91) over formerly WBO interim Asia Pacific 115-pound titlist Hayato Kimura (23-9, 15 KOs), 115, over ten frames. But it wasn’t so easy a defense as the official tallies indicated, as Ishida was often forced to retreat with Kimura’s desperate attacks. Ishida’s retaliation, however, was a little more accurate against the onrushing challenger. Kimura’s right optic was badly puffed and swollen with Ishida’s counters, but the challenger from Tokyo kept going forward and stalking the champ, who didn’t look an easy victor. Ishida recently had a tough time coping with an aggressive puncher Taiki Eto, eking out a split duke to retain his national belt this April. Again did Ishida experience a tough battle with the desperate challenger, though outmaneuvering him with sharper cunteres.

OPBF female light-fly titleholder, unbeaten tall southpaw Kei Takenaka (10-0, 3 KOs), 108, kept her regional belt by winning a shutout decision (all 80-72) over Thailand’s Krikanok Islandmuaythai (12-6-2, 4 KOs), 106.5, over ten lopsided rounds. Takenaka utilized her height and southpaw stance, and whipped the game Thai girl with long southpaw lefts to the face. Krikanok’s eyes were swollen, but she showed a good retaliation despite her absorption of punishment. The unbeaten 108-pounder Takenaka, 29, will be a good prospect and look forward to a world title crack. (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Jason Sosa rolling with the punches in rising career

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

In the Philly area, Jason Sosa, the Camden, NJ junior lightweight, has been a fighter to watch for some time now. His busy, powerful and fan-friendly style has been attracting local fans for years. However, in the past year or so, the Puerto Rican puncher has excelled, stepping up the level of his competition and still managing to keep an impressive knockout streak going strong. With a new Top Rank deal recently inked, Sosa is on the brink of landing a big fight that could put him in line for a shot at a world title belt.

Friday night, Sosa, 17-1-3, 13 KOs, meets Mexican Jorge Pazos, 14-8-1, 8 KOs, in the main event of night of fights at South Philly’s 2300 Arena being branded as the “First Annual Philadelphia Puerto Rican Boxing Classic”. The seven-bout card has been stacked with local Puerto Rican talent in hopes of beginning a new tradition for the fight-hungry Puerto Rican market in and around Philadelphia.

“It’s the first Philadelphia Puerto Rican Classic event,” Sosa said. “It feels good to be the main event. It’s something big and something new they’re starting here in Philadelphia. It’s a big deal and I’m honored.” (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Arum: Pacquiao-Khan in the works

A Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan showdown is in the works for early next year. “We were planning for Manny Pacquiao to fight at the end of February, or at the latest, the first two weeks in April,” Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told The Telegraph’s Gareth Davies. “I’m not saying necessarily that the negotiations [for a Khan fight] will be successful, although I believe that everybody is negotiating in good faith. While those negotiations are ­going on, I’m not going to discuss any other opponent for Manny Pacquiao.”



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Matthysse-Postol vs. Broner-Allakhverdiev on competing HBO, Showtime telecasts Saturday

By Karl Freitag

Just like in the old days, HBO and Showtime are going head-to-head on Saturday night with a pair of super lightweight headliners.

Showtime delivers the return Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) against Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBA “regular” super lightweight world title. Interestingly, both fighters are former world champions rebounding from losses. In the co-feature, unbeaten IBF super featherweight titleholder Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) defends against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).

HBO counters with Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) against unbeaten Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC super lightweight title. In the TV opener, “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) steps up against former champion Humberto Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) in another super lightweight matchup. This event marks HBO’s first live boxing telecast since JULY!



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

New Book: The Double Life of Emile Griffith

Award-winning author Donald McRae has done it again in his first sports book in more than ten years with a gripping story on the double-life of five-time world champion in his book The Double Life of Emile Griffith – A Man’s World. (more…)



September 28th, 2015

Boxing News

Buglioni: I’ll go back to the drawing board and start again

Super middleweight Frank Buglioni won the hearts of boxing fans with his game, but losing effort against against WBA “regular” world champion Fedor Chudinov last Saturday at the SSE Arena in London. “I had a fantastic opportunity for the world title and I gave it my best,” said Buglioni. “I stuck it with one of the world’s top super middleweights, but on the night he was the better man. I’ll be back from this, it’s still early and raw, but I’ll go back to the drawing board and start again. His punches were very correct and he had a good defense, he gets my respect, he’s a very good fighter. While it’s hard to take defeat I believe that I showed my fighting heart and courage and I thank my loyal fans for their tremendous support.”



September 28th, 2015




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