Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Inductions

This past weekend the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held its 7th Annual Induction Gala at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. The weekend kicked off with a meet and greet on Friday, followed by the induction ceremony on Saturday. This event was sponsored by WBC Boxing and Title Boxing.

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The 2019 induction class consisted of Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Joel Casamayor, Leroy Haley, Wayne McCullough, Hasim Rahman, “School Boy” Bobby Chacon, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzales, “Terrible” Terry Norris and Ronald “Winky” Wright. Non-Boxer Participants included Duane Ford, Dan Goossen, Dr. Flip Homansky, Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Marc Risman.

This past weekend the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held its 7th Annual Induction Gala at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. The weekend kicked off with…
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Navarrete in TV spotlight this week

In the main televised boxing match this weekend, all-action WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) will defend his belt against unbeaten Francisco de Vaca (20-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday in Los Angeles. The bout will air on ESPN in the US and on Azteca 7 in Mexico. Navarrete comes in off two impressive wins over Isaac Dogboe.
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“We had a great preparation. We want to be a champion for a long time and for that we have prepared thoroughly. We’re ready for whatever my opponent brings and we’ll achieve this victory that allows us to think about unifying the title,” said Navarrete.

In the main televised boxing match this weekend, all-action WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) will defend his belt against unbeaten Francisco de Vaca (20-0, 6…
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Watanabe stops Lee, wins OPBF 154lb belt in Korea

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi

Japanese veteran southpaw puncher Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32 KOs), 154, surprisingly captured the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) super welterweight belt as he dropped taller lefty Korean champ Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-3-1, 3 KOs), 154, in the second, but had Lee retaliate to turn the tide until Watanabe finally caught the defending titlist twice en route to a dramatic stoppage at 2:37 of the tenth round in a scheduled twelve on Sunday in Seoul, Korea.
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The Korean six-footer, 31, came off the canvas from his bad visit to the deck by the Japanese challenger’s left cross, and remarkably came back to dominate the following rounds by utilizing his advantageous height and reach. The open scoring system indicated after the eighth that Lee was ahead on points—77-74, 76-75 (for Lee), 75-76 (for Watanabe). Continue reading “Watanabe stops Lee, wins OPBF 154lb belt in Korea”

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi Japanese veteran southpaw puncher Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32 KOs), 154, surprisingly captured the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) super welterweight belt as he dropped…
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Saunders reportedly inks with Matchroom

WBO super middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders, who recently parted ways with longtime promoter Frank Warren, has reportedly signed with Matchroom Boxing. Promoter Eddie Hearn had already announced he’ll reveal a major new signing at a press conference in London on Tuesday morning. The move was made to set up a potential unification fight between Saunders and WBA champion Callum Smith.

WBO super middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders, who recently parted ways with longtime promoter Frank Warren, has reportedly signed with Matchroom Boxing. Promoter Eddie Hearn had already announced he’ll…
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Baysangurov scores first round TKO in Kiev

Former middleweight world title challenger Khasan Baysangurov (18-1, 7 KOs) made a statement in his return to the ring. It was his first fight since this past February when he fought valiantly in defeat versus then WBA world champion Rob Brant in his U.S. debut. Baysangurov TKO’d the normally durable and battle-tested Ilya Kharlamau (9-6, 6 KOs) of Belarus in round one with a liver body shot. Kharlamau had only previously been stopped one time but not that quick. Continue reading “Baysangurov scores first round TKO in Kiev”

Former middleweight world title challenger Khasan Baysangurov (18-1, 7 KOs) made a statement in his return to the ring. It was his first fight since this past February when he…
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Fernandez tops Byrd in Detroit

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

Welterweight Demian Fernandez (11-1, 5 KOs) defeated Andre Byrd (8-7-2, 1 KO) in a 10-round contest by UD (99-91, 98-92, 96-94) on Saturday night at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit, Michigan.
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Fernandez, who is the WBO Latino champion, overcame a tough opponent in Byrd. The fight was awkward at times and featured a lot of clinching and challenges of both fighter’s style.

Super welterweight Antonio Wade (5-1, 3 KOs) improves his record defeating Courtney Williams (0-2) over a 4-round Majority Decision (38-38, 40-36, 40-36). Continue reading “Fernandez tops Byrd in Detroit”

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard Photos: Bob Ryder Welterweight Demian Fernandez (11-1, 5 KOs) defeated Andre Byrd (8-7-2, 1 KO) in a 10-round contest by UD (99-91, 98-92, 96-94) on Saturday…
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Vergil Ortiz Jr. Post-Fight Quotes

By Jeff Zimmerman

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Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

How you would rate your performance?

I think my first round was OK. I almost got him out of there. I am kind of proud of myself how I stepped back and tried to analyze the situation. In rounds two, three and four, I got a little off track and I just had to listen to my corner and that’s when everything fell into place.

How tough was Orozco?

It took everything I had to get him out of there. I thought I was going to knock him out in the 4th or 5th round, he was so tough, tougher than I imagined to be honest. Continue reading “Vergil Ortiz Jr. Post-Fight Quotes”

By Jeff Zimmerman How you would rate your performance? I think my first round was OK. I almost got him out of there. I am kind of proud of myself…
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Ex-champ Sosa stops Rhodes in seven

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

Former WBA super featherweight champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) continued on his quest for another world title shot, dropping “The Hackman” Haskell Lydell Rhodes (27-4-1, 13 KOs) three times en-route to a seventh round stoppage Saturday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on the card promoted by Top Rank, Raging Babe Promotions and Peltz Boxing.
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Sosa took control late in the third with constant pressure, which forced Rhodes to be on the defensive. The constant pressure from the man nicknamed El Canito continued throughout the fourth round. Sosa finally sent Rhodes to the canvas with left hook. Rhodes rose to his feet and Sosa continued to batter him around the ring. Rhodes was sent to the canvas again with a counter right. Continue reading “Ex-champ Sosa stops Rhodes in seven”

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. Former WBA super featherweight champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) continued on his quest for another world title shot,…
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Ortiz KOs Orozco in six for WBA gold title

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

Unbeaten welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr scored a sixth round KO over Antonio Orozco to win the WBA gold belt and an accompanying world title challenge on Saturday night at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Ortiz Jr (14-0, 14 KOs), out of Grand Prairie, TX, and fighting in his hometown for the first time as a pro, came out smoking from the opening bell as he landed a big body shot against former world title contender Antonio Orozco (28-2, 17 KOs) right from the jump. He soon followed up with a flurry of shots in the corner, before Orozco escaped initially. Ortiz got Orozco in trouble later in the round with power punches to the head and body, but Orozco showed his championship mettle by withstanding the initial onslaughts of Ortiz. In the 2nd round of the pro-Ortiz crowd, both guys landed to the body as Ortiz was going for the KO. Orozco went toe to toe with Ortiz who his trainer Robert Garcia called a future multi division world champion. Continue reading “Ortiz KOs Orozco in six for WBA gold title”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Unbeaten welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr scored a sixth round KO over Antonio Orozco to win the WBA gold belt and an accompanying world title challenge…
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Chavez Jr. destroys Bravo in one, Angulo next?

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr (51-3-1, 32 KOs) made quick work of Evert Bravo (25-11-1, 19 KOs) with an impressive first round KO on Saturday night at Estadio “Antonio R. Márquez” in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. Chavez pinned Bravo in a corner and put him down and out with a hook to the liver. Time was 1:22. It was Junior’s first fight since facing Canelo Alvarez more than two years ago.
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“Boxing is like that,” said Chavez afterward. “I wanted to give the fans more of a show, but that hook was well connected. I’m very happy. I prepared like never before. I want to return in September against “Perro” Angulo and then go for the super middleweight or light heavyweight title!”

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Former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr (51-3-1, 32 KOs) made quick work of Evert Bravo (25-11-1, 19 KOs) with an impressive first round KO on Saturday night at…
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2x Olympic gold medalist Ramirez loses pro debut

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

Unheralded Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) did the unthinkable in the four round featherweight co-feature on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, spoiling the professional debut of two-time Cuban Olympic Gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (0-1) by capturing a split decision victory.
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Gonzalez dropped Ramirez in the opening seconds of the fight with a short counter. The knockdown seemed to give the Adan Gonzalez confidence and he opened up his offense with short little shots which seemed to keep the Cuban from letting his hands go. Rounds two and three were close, but Gonzalez wouldn’t back down his attack. Ramirez landed enough to make the rounds close. Ramirez caught Adan in the final seconds of the fight with a couple big lefts over the top as both traded, but just could not deter the busier Gonzalez. One judge saw the bout 38-37 for Robeisy Ramirez, but was overruled as the other to officials had it 38-37 and 40-35 for Adan Gonzalez, giving him the upset split decision victory.

Undefeated KO artist Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) kept his first round knockout streak intact, needing only two minutes and twenty four seconds to stop French middleweight Gregory “Nounou” Trenel (11-5-2, 3 KOs). Berlanga stunned Trenel with an eight punch combination early in the first round. Trenel tried to back out, but was sent to the canvas with an overhand left up top. Trenel was game and tried to survive as Berlanga rocked him with crushing shots. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr finally had seen enough and stepped in and called a halt to the contest at 2:24 of the opening round. Continue reading “2x Olympic gold medalist Ramirez loses pro debut”

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. Unheralded Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) did the unthinkable in the four round featherweight co-feature on Saturday night at the Liacouras…
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Franco and Negrete battle to second draw

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In an unusual trilogy in boxing today, bantamweights Joshua Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) from San Antonio, TX and Oscar Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) out of Columbia squared off for the 3rd time in as many fights on Saturday night in Grand Prairie, Texas. The first fight ended in a draw and Franco won a close rematch, a fight that Negrete feels he deserved to win. And like the first two fights, this one was a seesaw battle throughout, as these two know each other so well.

Negrete came out firing from the opening bell as he landed a big right hand and teed off on Franco with combinations to the head and body. Negrete continued in the 2nd round with a triple right hand down the middle and big uppercuts that had Franco railing and in trouble, but Franco hung tough and had his moments towards the latter part of the round. In rounds 3 through 6, Franco found his footing and had a great 4th round as he scored to both the head and the body. In the 7th round, Negrete landed a hard uppercut to the chin of Franco, but Franco found success to the body. In the 8th and 9th, Franco and Negrete took turns landing at will on the other. But in the 10th and last round, Franco landed a huge uppercut and clearly took the fight to Negrete. But in the end, in what was a “too close to call” battle once again, as Franco and Negrete settled for a draw as the scores read 96-94 for each and 95-95. With the draw and the second between these two combatants, Franco retains his NABF & WBA International bantamweight title. Continue reading “Franco and Negrete battle to second draw”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside In an unusual trilogy in boxing today, bantamweights Joshua Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) from San Antonio, TX and Oscar Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) out of…
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Former Euro champ Tatli beats Sanchez

Former European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (32–3) scored a unanimous decision victory over Nicaraguan Berman “La Cobra” Sanchez (29-9–3) on Saturday 10th August in Savonlinna, Finland. It was an one-sided affair with Tatli controlling the action from start to finish. This was Tatli’s first fight since his KO loss against Teofimo Lopez in April. Tatli used his jab to keep Sanchez at bay, and when the opportunity presented itself, he threw quick combinations to Sanchez’s head. Sanchez tried to use his upper body movement to get in close, but found little success.

In the fifth round Tatli got in a left hook that staggered Sanchez, and in the beginning of seventh he connected with two stiff right crosses. In the eighth and final round Tatli was looking for a KO, but the experienced Sanchez managed to stay out of harms way. The scores were 80–73, 79–73 and 80–73 for Tatli. Continue reading “Former Euro champ Tatli beats Sanchez”

Former European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (32–3) scored a unanimous decision victory over Nicaraguan Berman “La Cobra” Sanchez (29-9–3) on Saturday 10th August in Savonlinna, Finland. It was an one-sided…
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World-rated Caparello stops Papuni

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC #8, WBO #10, WBA #11 light-heavyweight Blake Caparello (30-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Reece Papuni (13-3, 7 KOs) in round eight of a scheduled ten round WBA Oceana title bout on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington Victoria, Australia. Caparello was coming off a ten round decision over fellow Australian Regain Dessaix and will be remembered for dropping Sergey Kovalev in unsuccessful WBO challenge in 2014.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBC #8, WBO #10, WBA #11 light-heavyweight Blake Caparello (30-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Reece Papuni (13-3, 7 KOs) in round eight…
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Munguia headlines Sept 14 on DAZN

Golden Boy and DAZN will continue the tradition of delivering pugilistic action on Mexican Independence Day Weekend as Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) takes on Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBO junior middleweight world title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The event will take place on Saturday, September 14 and will be streamed live on DAZN.

In the co-main event, rising star Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. will take on Avery “A Plus” Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a 10-round lightweight fight. Continue reading “Munguia headlines Sept 14 on DAZN”

Golden Boy and DAZN will continue the tradition of delivering pugilistic action on Mexican Independence Day Weekend as Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) takes on Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs)…
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Lee to defend OPBF 154lb belt against Watanabe tomorrow

Report, photo by Joe Koizumi

OPBF 154-pound champion Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), Korea, will defend his newly acquired belt in his initial defense against mandatory challenger Akinori Watanabe (37-7-1, 31 KOs), a hard-punching Japanese southpaw, tomorrow (Sunday) in Seoul, Korea.
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Lee, one of a few Korean prospects, acquired the vacant OPBF belt when he finished Australian Samuel Colomban with a single southpaw left in the seventh session here this January. Though his first defense against Watanabe was once scheduled in April, it was postponed until August because of Lee’s injury at the shoulder rotator cuff. But Lee, standing six feet, has recovered and is reportedly well-conditioned prior to his tough test against the Japanese veteran, It will be promoted by TAP Promotions presided by Beatrice Kim, a lady promoter.

Report, photo by Joe Koizumi OPBF 154-pound champion Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), Korea, will defend his newly acquired belt in his initial defense against mandatory challenger Akinori Watanabe (37-7-1,…
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Heavyweight Vukosa drops and defeats Cusamano

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In the main event of the evening, heavyweight Steve Vukosa (11-1, 4 KO’s) defeated Juiseppe Cusamano (18-3, 16 KO’s) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
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Vukosa has been inactive over the years, a 10 year layoff, followed by a 4 year layoff, but was selected to fight in ESPN’s Heavyweight Boxino Tournament in 2015. He returned to boxing this year, with cruiserweight Chris Traietti (27-4) working his corner, to defeat the regional giant, Cusamano by unanimous decision. Continue reading “Heavyweight Vukosa drops and defeats Cusamano”

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In the main event of the evening, heavyweight Steve Vukosa (11-1, 4 KO’s) defeated Juiseppe Cusamano (18-3, 16 KO’s) at Twin River…
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Prograis files lawsuit and withdraws from WBSS

Today in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment, Inc. filed for a declaratory judgment that Comosa AG, the owner of the World Boxing Super Series, has breached its contractual obligations to Prograis and DBE. Prograis and DBE further informed Comosa that Prograis is withdrawing from the WBSS, effective immediately.

The lawsuit cites a long and repeated pattern that includes late payments, scheduling delays, bad faith representations, missed deadlines, and broken promises.

Today in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment, Inc. filed for a declaratory judgment that Comosa AG, the owner of…
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Weights from Philadelphia

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Jason Sosa 129 vs. Lydell Rhodes 130.9
Edgar Berlanga 162.3 vs. Gregory Trenel 162.2
Robeisy Ramirez 125 vs. Adan Gonzales 125.3
Paul Kroll 147.9 vs. Shinard Bunch 146.6
Sonny Conto 214.5 vs. Guillermo Del Rio 225.5
Donald Smith 126.5 vs. Raheem Abdullah 124.6
Jeremy Adorno 121.9 vs. Fernando Robles 121

Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Top Rank
Stream: ESPN+

Jason Sosa 129 vs. Lydell Rhodes 130.9 Edgar Berlanga 162.3 vs. Gregory Trenel 162.2 Robeisy Ramirez 125 vs. Adan Gonzales 125.3 Paul Kroll 147.9 vs. Shinard Bunch 146.6 Sonny Conto…
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Chavez Jr. 175.2, Bravo 173

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Julio César Chávez Jr. 175.2 vs. Evert Bravo 173
Francisco Horta 121.9 vs. Francisco Alarcón 122.3
Jessica Nery 109.1 vs. Bárbara Martínez 108.6
Fernando Molina 135.5 vs. Giovani Alexander 135.2
Martín Jiménez 118 vs. Cristian Medina 119
Oscar Tapia 154 vs. Jesús Alberto Morales 152

Venue: Estadio Antonio R. Márquez
Promoter: Zanfer, Mega eventos Code Jalisco
TV: Azteca 7, Canal Space

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Julio César Chávez Jr. 175.2 vs. Evert Bravo 173 Francisco Horta 121.9 vs. Francisco Alarcón 122.3 Jessica Nery 109.1 vs. Bárbara Martínez 108.6 Fernando Molina 135.5 vs. Giovani Alexander 135.2…
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Ortiz, Orozco make weight

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale

Vergil Ortiz Jr 147 vs. Antonio Orozco 146.75
(WBA gold welterweight title)
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Joshua Franco 118.25 vs. Oscar Negrete 117.5
Hector Tanajara Jr 134.5 vs. Ezequiel Avilez 134.25
Marcelino Lopez 142.25 vs. Daniel Echeverria 142.75
Travell Mazion 153.2 vs. Jeremy Ramos 153.25
Alex Rincon 154.5 vs. Joel Guevara 152.25
Hector Valdez 121.75 vs. Rafael DelGado 121.75
George Rincon 139.6 vs. Enrique Escobar 139.25
Tristan Kalkreuth 178.5 vs. Kynndale Prather 168.5
Joshua Juarez 177 vs. Emanuel Sanchez 171.75

Venue: Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: DAZN

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale Vergil Ortiz Jr 147 vs. Antonio Orozco 146.75 (WBA gold welterweight title) Joshua Franco 118.25 vs. Oscar Negrete 117.5 Hector Tanajara Jr 134.5 vs.…
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Ruiz-Joshua II lands in Saudi Arabia

On Monday in London, Eddie Hearn will chair a press conference along with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment, official event partner in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to formally announce Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes.’ The bout will take place December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Ababia.
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On Monday in London, Eddie Hearn will chair a press conference along with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment, official event partner in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,…
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Weights from Finland

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Photo: Saku Schildt

Edis Tatli 144,8 vs. Berman Sanchez 145,5
Oskari Metz 147 vs. Bibi Ondoua 146,4
Jose Antonio Sanchez Romero 123 vs. Yesner Talavera 125,7
Nourdeen Toure 145,3 vs. Fernando Valencia 142,2
Timo Laine 172,8 vs. Davyd Horokhovets 172
Dayron Lester 179,7 vs. Denys Kozakov 174,4

Venue: Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna
Promoter: Veljekset Pekkonen Oy & Pekka Mäki
Web Stream: Ruutu.fi / Nelonen

Edis Tatli 144,8 vs. Berman Sanchez 145,5 Oskari Metz 147 vs. Bibi Ondoua 146,4 Jose Antonio Sanchez Romero 123 vs. Yesner Talavera 125,7 Nourdeen Toure 145,3 vs. Fernando Valencia 142,2…
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Weights from Kiev

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Khasan Baysangurov 162 vs. Ilya Kharlamau 160
Ramil Gadzhyiev 176 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 175
Shamil Galaev 154 vs. Andrii Moreiko 152
Khyseyn Baysangurov 159 vs. Badri Gogichashvili 160
Dmytro Mytrofanov 160 vs. Rafal Jackiewicz 161
Ruslan Riabokon 133 vs. Vasyl Chebotar 134

Venue: Caribbean Club, Kiev, Ukraine
Promoter: Eliseev Boxing System

Khasan Baysangurov 162 vs. Ilya Kharlamau 160 Ramil Gadzhyiev 176 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 175 Shamil Galaev 154 vs. Andrii Moreiko 152 Khyseyn Baysangurov 159 vs. Badri Gogichashvili 160 Dmytro Mytrofanov…
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Teshigawara halts Omori, keeps OPBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

OPBF super bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13 KOs), 122, successfully kept his regional belt as he took the initiative, continued to whip former world challenger Shohei Omori (20-3, 15 KOs), 122, and finally halted him with a flurry of punches at 2:36 of the twelfth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Hiroaki, handled by ex-WBA 154-pound champ Koichi Wajima, had him at bay in round six and was leading on points after the eighth: 79-73 twice and 78-3 on open scoring system. Omori showed his retaliation with southpaw lefts to the midsection in the tenth and eleventh, but Teshigahwara accelerated his last surge down the stretch to have the referee Nakamura call a well-received halt.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda OPBF super bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13 KOs), 122, successfully kept his regional belt as he took the initiative, continued to whip…
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