Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Adrien Broner: I know who shot at me, people want me dead

By TMZSports.com

Boxing superstar Adrien Broner is finally talking about the shooting in Ohio last week … telling TMZ Sports he believes he was targeted because “every killer wants a celebrity on their list.” As we previously reported, Broner was arrested in Kentucky on Thursday after cops pulled him over in an SUV that was riddled with bullets.

Now, the boxer is telling us why he was shot at — and who wants him dead. We also asked Broner straight-up if he’s considering moving his family out of town knowing his life might be in danger. Scary stuff.

By TMZSports.com Boxing superstar Adrien Broner is finally talking about the shooting in Ohio last week … telling TMZ Sports …


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Saunders vows to make Khurtsidze ‘look stupid’

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was unimpressed with new WBO interim titlist Avtandil Khurtsidze. The 5’4 Brooklyn-based Georgian Khurtsidze stopped British champ Tommy Langford in five rounds to claim the interim belt on Saturday night at the Leicester Arena in Leicester, England, to set up a July clash with Saunders.

Billy Joe Saunders: “No disrespect to him but I will show you what he is when I fight him. All he is to me is a puffed up Danny De Vito coming forward throwing punches. He will never beat me ever and I will make him look stupid. Tommy should have got on his feet and made him miss and made him pay.”

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In another WBO interim world title fight, Zolani Tete picked up the vacant WBO interim bantamweight crown after outclassing Arthur Villanueva over twelve by scores of 119-108, 119-108, 120-107. Villanueva was down in the eleventh round.

That fight was originally scheduled to be an elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBO bantamweight title, but was elevated to interim title status after reigning champ Marlon Tapales was stripped of the belt for missing weight prior to his defense against Shohei Omori in Japan.

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was unimpressed with new WBO interim titlist Avtandil Khurtsidze. The 5’4 Brooklyn-based Georgian …



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Adamek talks comeback, Klitschko-Joshua

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m not a sitting home, counting the money type of guy,” says former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champ, and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek. “I’m still full of energy and boxing skills. I will prove that a 40-year-old Adamek is not too old to return to the ring. That I still have skills, can still provide ring excitement for my fans across the world. This is why I’m back. Not for money.”

Adamek (50-5, 30 KO) returns to the ring against New Zealand-born Australian Solomon Haumono (24-3, 21 KO) on June 24 at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, Poland. Adamek is already training with new coach Gus Curran from Vero Beach’s “House of Champions,” who will be in the Adamek corner for the first time, replacing longtime “Góral” trainer Roger Bloodworth. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I’m not a sitting home, counting the money type of guy,” says former light heavyweight and cruiserweight …


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Quigg-Simion elevated to IBF eliminator

Scott Quigg’s showdown with Viorel Simion has been ordered as an IBF world featherweight eliminator on Saturday night’s Joshua-Klitschko card at Wembley Stadium in London. Quigg returns to the UK to fight for the first time under new trainer Freddie Roach, and his clash with the Romanian now takes on even more importance following the IBF’s move.

Simion is ranked at #4 in the IBF, one place ahead of Quigg, and the winner would take the two spot, and if Selby’s mandatory challenger Jonathan Barros is unavailable to fight, then Saturday’s winner will meet Selby next. (more…)

Scott Quigg’s showdown with Viorel Simion has been ordered as an IBF world featherweight eliminator on Saturday night’s Joshua-Klitschko card …




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Adames talks about Crawford-Diaz

By Robert Coster

WBA #5 welterweight contender Carlos Adames is set to travel to California where he will be the sparring partner of his fellow Dominican, 2008 Olympic Champion Felix Diaz, who will be facing WBC/WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford on May 20th.

Photo courtesy of Upper Promotions

Flanked by his manager Jorge Luis Herasme, the 22-year-old Adames (11-0, 10 KOs), who has sparred with both Crawford and Diaz, answered the questions put to him by Fightnews.com® regarding both fighters. (more…)

By Robert Coster WBA #5 welterweight contender Carlos Adames is set to travel to California where he will be the …


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Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against mandatory contender Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), of Colombia Saturday night in defending his WBO featherweight title at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California headlining the Top Rank Pay Per View card. Oscar Valdez did not make the post fight press conference but spoke to us briefly

“It was a tough fight and it was my first time going 12 rounds. I knew he was going to be a tough fighter. It was nothing easy much respect to Marriaga. We did good thank god,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com

In the co feature bout Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (35-0, 24 KOs), of Mazatlán, México, won a lackluster one-sided unanimous decision in the first defense of his WBO super middleweight title against Max “Tiger” Bursak (33-5-1, 15 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine. Ramirez talked about his first fight back since coming off an injury and winning the title over a year ago. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard …


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Late results from Minnesota

By Ray Kilgore
Photos: Jesse Kelley at ringside

Delorien “Lord” Caraway (9-1, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, Mn defeated Jerome Rodriguez (7-7-3, 2 KO’s) of Allentown, Pennsylvania by unanimous decision in last Friday night’s main event at the Grand Casino in Hinkley, MN.

It was clear from round one that Rodriguez was going to have a long night dealing with Caraway’s speed and footwork. Caraway landed right hands to Rodriguez’s body and head, while feinting and mocking Rodriguez at times. But it wasn’t as if Rodriguez didn’t offer up a fight. In round two, he was able to stun Caraway with some good right hands and body blows. And several times throughout the fight, Caraway was forced to back up, circle and got hit with some clean head shots.

But to Caraway’s credit, he never lost his focus as he circled and reset when he needed. Once Caraway established his ground by using his jabs, game plan of movement, and solid right hands to Rodriguez’s head and body, Caraway got the job done.
The final scores read: 59-56, 58-56, 59-55. (more…)

By Ray Kilgore Photos: Jesse Kelley at ringside Delorien “Lord” Caraway (9-1, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, Mn defeated Jerome Rodriguez …


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Pacquiao hits Brisbane, Australia

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Monday for a series of press conferences throughout the country ahead of his July 2 defense of the world championship against WBO #2 Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, which is expected to become a record live gate of 55,000 fight fans. Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail was at Brisbane airport where Pacman commented on the event.

“My message for him is to work hard,” Pacquiao said. “Make sure you are in 100 per cent condition on July 2 so we can give a good fight and entertain the people. I am motivated and here to do my best.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Monday for …



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Mbenge stops Ness in seven

By Ron Jackson

In a rather untidy affair, Thulani Mbenge won the South African welterweight title when he stopped defending champion Sean Ness in the seventh round at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old Mbenge (66, 65 kg) who suffered a cut under his right eye in the early in the fight made a fast start and dropped Ness (66, 45 kg) with a right hand to the side of the head. Ness was not hurt and came back immediately.

There was definitely a clash of styles with the orthodox Mbenge against the unorthodox southpaw style of Ness, and as a result from the second round the fight developed into a spoiling and holding a match with both fighters receiving warnings from referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen for holding and other offenses. (more…)

By Ron Jackson In a rather untidy affair, Thulani Mbenge won the South African welterweight title when he stopped defending …


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Team Fury: Hughie has back injury

Team Fury/Hennessey Sports Statement: It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce that the WBO World Heavyweight Championship between the Champion, Joseph Parker, and mandatory challenger, Hughie Fury, scheduled for Saturday 6th May 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand, has been postponed.

Hughie has been declared medically unfit to box following a medical assessment. He has suffered an injury to his lower back which has been a serious issue for the last three weeks that has left him unable to train to his full capacity. Despite receiving intense physiotherapy treatment and his desire to fight for the WBO World title, after seeing his physiotherapist last Friday he has been advised to rest for 3-4 weeks before resuming training. (more…)

Team Fury/Hennessey Sports Statement: It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce that the WBO World Heavyweight …


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Ioka keeps WBA 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 112, successfully kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (117-110 twice, 116-111) over Thailand’s Noknoi Sithprasert (62-5, 38 KOs), 112, over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka maintained the initiative almost all the way with his economic way of fighting to hit without getting hit. Ioka was penalized a point for having hit low in round three, but kept battering the Thai challenger’s breadbasket so effectively that Ioka had him at bay in the tenth and eleventh rounds. Noknoi’s durability was beyond description. The referee was Raul Caiz Jr (US).

By Joe Koizumi WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 112, successfully kept his belt as he pounded out …


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Overweight ex-WBO champ Tapaples stops Omori in eleven

By Joe Koizumi

Overweight ex-WBO bantam champ Marlon Tapales (30-2, 13 KOs), 120, crashed the dream and ambition of Shohei Omori (18-2, 13 KOs), 117.5, to win the WBO belt when he finally caught up with the taller Japanese southpaw, dropped him in the closing second of the tenth and halted him at 0:16 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Until before the tenth Omori was leading on points—all 86-85, but all the tallies after Tapales badly decking Omori in the tenth were identically 95-94 for Tapales.

The Filipino lefty forfeited his belt since he failed to make the 118-pound class limit, and his victory left the WBO belt vacant. It was a gory competitive affair with Tapales bleeding from a cut over the right eyebrow in the fourth and Omori from a gash over the left eyelid in the seventh on.

The referee was Celestino Ruiz (US), and the judges were Levis Martinez, John Madfis (both US), and David Singh (Panama). The WBO supervisor was Rolando Marcos Hermoso (Panama).

By Joe Koizumi Overweight ex-WBO bantam champ Marlon Tapales (30-2, 13 KOs), 120, crashed the dream and ambition of Shohei …



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Moreno defeats Zamora, gains WBC title

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Phtos: Alma Montiel

Former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno obtained the light flyweight world championship, dethroning Ibeth “Roca” Zamora in an event held at the Unidas Deportiva Martín Alarcón Hisojo “La Hortaliza” in Metepec, Mexico.

The world rated Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta demonstrated that he is the best fighter against Juan Jiménez by a five round TKO.

Former Olympic Elías “Tigre de Zitlala” Emigdio, made his professional debut defeating Luis López by points in four rounds.

The legendary female wrestler Dulce “Sexy” Garcia prevailed in her professional debut against the experienced Yaneli Hernández by unanimous decision. Garcia is the wife of the Former double world champion Jhonny González. photos

By Gabriel F. Cordero Phtos: Alma Montiel Former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno obtained the light flyweight world championship, dethroning …


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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), Japan, by a come-from-behind stoppage at 1:36 of the twelfth and final round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Oishi, 32, making his first defense since wresting the belt from Takayuki Hosokawa last November, decked the Thai underdog in the second and was apparently leading on points by a wide margin after the eighth on open scoring system. Suddenly slowing down and then exhausted, Oishi absorbed a last surge of the Thailander and badly went down in the fatal session with the referee’s intervention. Unconscious ex-champ Oishi was carried out of the ring on a stretcher and rushed to Tane Hospital. He was all right without an expected brain surgery in accordance with the JBC’s announcement. The Edion Arena Osaka (AKA Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) celebrates three promotions every night from Friday to witness a new champion born in each of the first two shows.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka …


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Valdez-Marriaga Official Scorecard

Judges didn’t give Miguel Marriaga very many rounds in his war with WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez.

Judges didn’t give Miguel Marriaga very many rounds in his war with WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez.


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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very tough Colombian challenger, Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21KO) on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Valdez opened the fight very aggressively but when Marriaga’s chin passed the test, Valdez was forced to box, and boxed very capably, against the heavy-handed Marriaga. Just as Marriaga was building momentum, Valdez floored him with a left hook counter punch in the tenth round. What ensued was a round of the year candidate with Marriaga first rising from the canvas and surviving the next onslaught to then fighting back bravely and hurting Valdez. The two then went toe to toe for the championship rounds to the delight of the crowd, battling to the final bell. Judges scored the bout 119-108, 116-111 and 118-109, all in favor of Valdez yet Marriaga remained a threat until the very end. Valdez, in the post fight interview, expressed a desire to face Leo Santa Cruz or any other champion at 126 pounds.

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision …



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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, 15KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It was the first fight in over a year for Ramirez who was out with a hand injury.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Despite having a significant size advantage at 6’2″ over Bursak, Ramirez didn’t seem to have enough on his punches to hurt the durable Bursak who seemed content to just hang around for the twelve round distance. By scores of 120-106 on all three judges scorecards, Ramirez easily retains his WBO super middleweight title but does little or nothing to raise his own stock. At various times throughout the bout, the crowd started doing “the wave”, typically taking place at baseball games to get a rally going but none of the waves were successful to get the action going in this fight.

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over …


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Porter stops Berto in nine

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Andre Berto and Shawn Porto battled it out in the ring for the chance to fight WBC Welterweight champion Keith Thurman. In front of 9,118 fight fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, both fighters came prepared and focused on the chance to become a world champion once again. In the end, both fighters endured cuts on their eye that affected their vision and gave the fans a tough, courageous fight even though the referee failed to prevent constant headbutts and illegal blows.

Eventually Porter reigned supreme with the greater conditioning and accuracy in his power punches. Porter fought an inside fight and left Berto stumped as to how to counter effectively, suffering two knockdowns before the referee stopped the fight and awarded a TKO to Porter. The official time of the stoppage was 1:31 in round 9. Porter notches another victory to go to 27-2-1, 17 KOs while Berto picks up another defeat and is 31-5, 24 KOs. photos

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Andre Berto and Shawn Porto battled it out in the ring for …


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Higgins: I don’t think Hughie is injured

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #1 heavyweight Hughie Fury has been injured in training it was reported in the Herald newspaper and will withdraw from challenging WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on May 6 in Auckland New Zealand

“Do I think Hughie is injured? No, I don’t. I think it’s make-believe,” Duco Events boss David Higgins told the Herald. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #1 heavyweight Hughie Fury has been injured in training it was reported …


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Charlo stops Hatley in six to retain WBC title

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Jermell Charlo defended his WBC Junior Welterweight title against Charles Hatley with a stunning stoppage victory in round six on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Charlo pressed the action throughout the fight and was hardly in danger as Hartley couldn’t find his rhythm in the fight.

Charlo brought out a stunning 1-2 combination with a left jab and a thunderous right hook to drop Hartley. Hartley wised up and circled the ring to stay out of harm’s way for the rest of the round. The 3rd round remained a one-sided affair with Charlo dictating the pace of the fight, keeping Hatley guessing as to what was coming next and frequently rocking him with his jab.

The end was nigh for Hatley in the 6th round as Charlo saw his opening and took it by flooring Hatley with a vicious straight right that sent him immediately to the canvas. Thankfully, Hatley resumed consciousness and was able to walk out, a somber reminder of the dangers faced in ring and the risks these fighters take. The official time of the stoppage was 0:32 in round 6.

Charlo retains his WBC Junior Welterweight title and moves to 29-0, 14 KOs, while Hatley suffers his second professional defeat and goes to 26-2-1, 18 KOs. photo

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Jermell Charlo defended his WBC Junior Welterweight title against Charles Hatley with …


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Parker-Fury could be off

Looks like WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s scheduled May 6 title defense against Hughie Fury in New Zealand is off. WBO President Paco Valcarcel tweeted “As of today, it seems there will be no WBO Heavyweight World Title fight in New Zealand. It seems the problem lies within Team Fury.”

Looks like WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s scheduled May 6 title defense against Hughie Fury in New Zealand is off. …


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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking out his Brazilian challenger, Adeilson Dos Santos (18-3, 14KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The southpaw Magdaleno outboxed Dos Santos in the opening round but then picked things up in the second round, staggering Dos Santos with a hard left cross and dropping him with a follow-up right hook. From there, Dos Santos held on for dear life and nearly made it out of the round but another well landed right cross dropped him for a second time. The referee, to the mild protest of Dos Santos stopped the bout seemingly because Dos Santos just wasn’t fighting back rather than Dos Santos being unable to continue.

Time of the knockout was 2:51 of the second round and, with the win, Magdaleno successfully defends and retains the WBO super bantamweight championship. After the bout, Magdaleno called out fellow champions Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA) and Rey Vargas (WBC) to face him in a title unification bout.

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal …


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Soliman and Carr victorious

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman (45-14, 18 KOs) stopped Balazs Horvath (29-21, 6 KOs) in round three on Saturday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Soliman dropped Horvath in round one and two with referee Ignatius Missailidis calling the fight off in round three when Horvath indicated he couldn’t continue.

In other action, super-middleweight Jake Carr (12-1, 4 KOs) outscored Steven Ma (7-10-1) over eight rounds. Carr dropped Ma in round one.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman (45-14, 18 KOs) stopped Balazs Horvath …


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Aftermath of WBO 118lb weigh-in controversy

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi

There happened a great controversy after WBO bantamweight champ Marlon Tapales finally failed to make the weight to lose his belt on the scale on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. His challenger Shohei Omori had made the weight, scaling at 117.5 pounds. His manager/promoter Shoji Omori (no relation to his boxer), at the rules meeting, strongly insisted that the fight-day weight of the overweight Tapales should be regulated because there would be a possibility that the Filipino boxer might balloon to excessively higher weight.

The WBO supervisor Roland Marcos Hermoso, from Panama, wisely turned down his proposal, saying “There is no rule of the second weigh-in in the WBO. Now that we have no rule on such a regulation of the overweight boxer’s weight on the fight day, we cannot permit or accept it officially.” The local promoter handling the challenger still maintained his insistence that the weight regulation of Tapales should be made even privately between both parties.” It’s because it has been common here in Japan due to the domestic customs that an overweight boxer is forced to accept the upper limit of the fight-day weight based on both parties’ agreement. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi There happened a great controversy after WBO bantamweight champ Marlon Tapales …


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Undercard Results from Carson, Calif

By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

2016 U.S. Olympian, Shakur Stevenson (1-0), had a harder than expected introduction to the professional ranks and earned a technical decision against very tough challenger, Edgar Brito (3-3-1, 2KO). It was a very physical and, at times, dirty fight with both fighters guilty of head butting and Brito deducted a point in the third round for a head butt. Stevenson seemed on a seek and destroy mission but he rarely put more than a couple punches together at once but still was vastly outlanding Brito. At the start of the sixth round, the referee consulted with the ringside doctor, had him examine Brito, and, to Brito’s protest and the crowd’s extreme displeasure, the referee stopped the fight due to head butts and it went to the judges scorecard for a technical decision. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Stevenson who didn’t earn many fans in attendance and was largely booed through his post fight interview. He may be better served fighting on the East Coast closer to home, Newark, New Jersey, for his next bout. (more…)

By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside 2016 U.S. Olympian, Shakur Stevenson (1-0), had a harder than expected introduction …


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Undercard Results from Brooklyn

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Amanda Serrano and Dahiana Santana duked it out for the vacant WBO Women’s Bantamweight Championship in a scheduled 10 round bout. Although the first round started off as a cautious affair, both fighters would frequently unload their best shots in toe-to-toe action. In the 4th round, Santana was deducted a point for attempting to dislodge Serrano’s arms in a clinch. Serrano continued to pile on the pressure by outwitting her opponent with expert footwork around the ring and then landed clean jab-hook combinations. After the 6th round Santana was beginning to slow down and was assessed by the ringside doctor at the end of both rounds 6 and 7 for swelling around her left eye. Serrano continued to land at will and at 1:14 in round 8 the referee had seen enough and waved off the fight. Serrano captures the WBO Bantamweight title and is 32-1-1, 24 KOs and Santana falls to 35-9, 14 KOs.

2016 US Welterweight Olympian Richardson Hitchins bullied Alexander Picot for 4 rounds before picking up a points victory in only his second professional fight. Hitchins, a Mayweather Promotions protégé, was razor sharp with his jabs and moved with ease around the ring to attack his opponent. Hitchins applied the pain to Picot with a non-stop stream of body shots and right hooks but Picot to his credit took Hitchins best shots and made it to the end of the fight. Hitchins won on all cards by 40-36 and is now 2-0, 1 KO and Picot moves to 2-3-1. (more…)

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Amanda Serrano and Dahiana Santana duked it out for the vacant WBO …


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Murray edges Rosado in Liverpool

In a middleweight crossroads clash between former world title challengers, Martin Murray (35-4-1, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over Philadelphia fighter “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-11, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Good two-way action with Rosado closing stronger over the last few rounds. Not surprisingly, local fighter Murray prevailed. Scores were an absolutely ridiculous 119-109, 116-112, 114-114. The bout was for Murray’s WBA Intercontinental title.

In a middleweight crossroads clash between former world title challengers, Martin Murray (35-4-1, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round majority …


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Zimnoch annihilates Grant in two

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (22-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal second round knockout over 44-year-old former world title challenger “Big” Michael Grant (48-7, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legionowo Arena in Legionowo, Poland. Zimnoch rocked the 6’7 Grant at the end of round one, then floored him twice in round two to end it.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (22-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal second round knockout over 44-year-old former world title …


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Abraham defeats Krasniqi in WBO eliminator

In a WBO super middleweight eliminator, former two-division world champion Arthur Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Robin Krasniqi (46-5, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Messe in Erfurt, Germany. Krasniqi was busier, but judges preferred Abraham’s harder punches. Scores were 118-110, 115-114, 117-111 for Abraham.

“This was all or nothing,” Abraham said afterward. “Now I’ll box for the world championship and I must give everything again. I have a wish for the audience. My trainer turns 75 in a few days. Can we sing Happy Birthday?” He then sang for his trainer Ulli Wegner.

Krasniqi stated “I’ve prepared for half a year. It’s disappointing. But I’m not giving up.”

WBO #8 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round KO over 40-year-old Adnan “Bosnian Lion” Redzovic (17-2, 6 KOs). The 22-year-old Schwarz, the current WBC and WBO Youth champion, dropped Redzovic twice.

In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Adam Deinas (11-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Lukasz Golebiewski (8-1, 5 KOs).

In a WBO super middleweight eliminator, former two-division world champion Arthur Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous …


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Former heavyweight boxer Craig Payne dies

By David Finger

Fightnews is sad to report that popular former heavyweight Craig Payne has recently passed away in Westland, Michigan. Payne, who died on April 7th, was 55 years old. Payne was one of the most accomplished American amateur boxers in the 1980s, having defeated Teofilo Stevenson and Mike Tyson in 1983. He also came close to defeating Tyrell Biggs in the final match of the 1984 Olympic boxing trials, losing a razor thin decision that sent Biggs to the Olympics where we would go on to win a gold medal.

As a professional Payne amassed a record of 11-20-2, 8 KOs in a career that spanned just shy of 16 years. (more…)

By David Finger Fightnews is sad to report that popular former heavyweight Craig Payne has recently passed away in Westland, …


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Boxing at DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center

By Brad Snyder; The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

Boxing returned to DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center in the Metro Detroit area on Friday night. New promotion, Second 2 None Promotions, put on a 4 fight card that featured the second pro fight of highly touted Hasim “Gold Blooded” Rahman Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland. The main event was Rahman Jr. vs. a quirky, Demetrius Shaw, of North Carolina. Rahman was all business as Shaw seemed comical, often turning away from Rahman and turning his back to him. Rahman was able to find Shaw up against the ropes and unload a barrage of punches that sent Shaw to the canvas. Rahman pounced on Shaw as soon as the fight continued. This knocked a very, outmatched Shaw to the canvas, again. This time Shaw’s corner had seen enough and threw the towel in, giving Rahman (2-0, 2 KOs) the TKO victory at the 2:16 mark of Round 1. The heavyweight battle was still a hit in the crowd. Rahman Jr, with his dad, Rahman, by his side, said, “I started off in Detroit with Emanuel Steward at 14. That’s why it is so great to return to Detroit tonight.” Rahman Jr. pointed out, “This is, also, special to me because my father won the heavyweight title when he knocked out Lennox Lewis on this date, April 21st.” (more…)

By Brad Snyder; The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Boxing returned to DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center in the Metro …


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Hisada wins vacant Japanese 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Perennial contender Tetsuya Hisada (28-9-2, 17 KOs), 108, finally acquired the vacant Japanese light-flyweight belt when he floored veteran campaigner Kenichi Horikawa (32-15-1, 7 KOs), 108, in the seventh and pounded out a unanimous decision (95-92, 96-91, 97-91) over ten hard-fought rounds on Friday in Osaka, Japan.

Photo by Boxing Beat

It’s their third encounter with Horikawa having been victorious twice, but Hisada this time showed his determination in taking the initiative from the outset and positively mixing it up throughout the contest. Horikawa, WBO Asia Pacific titlist, was penalized twice in the fourth and sixth, which might badly effect his fighting spirit. The loser said, “Hisada improved and became stronger than previously.”

Promoter: Harada Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Perennial contender Tetsuya Hisada (28-9-2, 17 KOs), 108, finally acquired the vacant Japanese light-flyweight belt when he …


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Tapales forfeits WBO 118lb belt on scale

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi

WBO bantamweight champ Marlon Tapales, Philippines, forfeited his belt on the scale since he failed to make the class limit, finally weighing in at 120, two pounds over the limit in a couple of hours after his first trip to the scale. Japanese challenger Shohei Omori successfully made the weight, scaling at 117.5 pounds.

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi WBO bantamweight champ Marlon Tapales, Philippines, forfeited his belt on the scale since he failed …


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Ness to defend SA welter title against Mbenge

By Ron Jackson

Sean Ness makes the second defence of his South African welterweight title when he faces the unbeaten Thulani Mbenge at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Sunday afternoon. The tournament will be shown live on Sunday on SS9 from 2pm to 5:30pm. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Sean Ness makes the second defence of his South African welterweight title when he faces the unbeaten …


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Diaz, Rivera remain unbeaten in Kissimmee

Photos: Scott Foster

Undefeated Puerto Rican featherweights Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz and Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera were both victorious in separate bouts on Friday night at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Diaz (21-0, 13 KOs) scored a third round KO over late sub Jose Estrella (18-12-1, 12 KOs), while Rivera (11-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Jesus Pacheco (7-6, 1 KOs) in an eight round rumble by scores of 79-73 across the board. (more…)

Photos: Scott Foster Undefeated Puerto Rican featherweights Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz and Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera were both victorious in separate …




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