WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Melindo to defend world title in Cebu Sept 16

Newly crowned IBF Jr. Flyweight world champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo is set to defend his title in Cebu City. After two previous attempts at the coveted world title, a win over then IBF #3 Jr. Flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. of Thailand for the IBF interim title last November provided Milendo a ticket to Japan and another shot at a world championship, this time against regular IBF champion Akira Yaegashi. (more…)

Newly crowned IBF Jr. Flyweight world champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo is set to defend his title in Cebu City. …


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Ex-OPBF 126lb champ Amagasa demolishes Surasit

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former Japanese and OPBF feather champ who dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux twice here in 2014, elongated Hisashi Amagasa (33-6-2, 21 KOs), 126, participated in a knockdown-studded contest, and finally dispatched southpaw Thailander Surasit Sithwanchai (8-3, 2 KOs), 124.75, with a vicious left hook to the belly for the count at 1:39 of the third round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The 5’11” lanky puncher, usually fluctuating between ups and downs, campaigned in the UK and lost a unanimous nod to unbeaten prospect Josh Warrington on his home turf Leeds in April of the previous year, and thus scored three victories since.

Amagasa was sharp this night. He sent the muscular Thailander to the deck with a well-timed right after his fast combination in the initial round. The aggressor, in round two, decked him twice more with solid combos, and people then thought it would be a matter of time. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former Japanese and OPBF feather champ who dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux twice here in …



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Diezel battles Adyaka Saturday in Lacey, Washington

By Ricardo Ibarra

Featherweight journeyman Rob Diezel (11-7, 4 KOs) will look to continue a recent career resurgence and add his third consecutive win on Saturday night at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey, Washington, taking on Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Phillip Adyaka (7-8, 4 KOs) in the main event of Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions’ fourth ‘Brawl at Harmony Hall’ card.

Diezel, of Seattle, Washington, is coming off an assertive fifth round stoppage win over Juan Jaramillo in January, a victory that garnered him a regional title belt and closed out their trilogy at 3-0. In his bout prior to that, Diezel had rebounded from two consecutive losses with a unanimous decision win over Heath Cline last September. The seven-year pro hopes to maintain his newfound momentum with a win over an equally experienced foe.

Originally from Uganda, Adyaka, who turned pro nine years ago going 1-4 in his first five fights, is also on an upswing, winning both of his last two bouts. Last October he broke a two-fight losing streak with a stoppage win over Abdul Noor and, in his most recent fight, he scored a six round decision victory over Samuel Ismael in January.

“I think it’s a great match-up,” said promoter Keith Weir of the headline bout. “Adyaka is a pretty durable guy and he’s coming off two wins. He’s putting in the work and he’s coming to win. He had a 200-plus fight amateur career so he’s got a lot of experience.”

“This is a very important fight for Diezel to win,” Weir continued. “He won that regional title on three weeks’ notice. That was a very good win, a good opportunity, and he went down and took full advantage of it and stopped Jaramillo. Things are looking up for him but he needs to win in order to push his career. I think it’s a great fight for both of them. They both need this win and I think it will make for an exciting match.”

Diezel and Adyaka will meet in a six round bout at 126 lbs. A total of seven bouts will fill out the remainder of the card with a number of young Pacific Northwest prospects looking to showcase their skills.

In the semi-main event, Tacoma’s Marquice Weston (8-1-1, 4 KOs) will face-off with Yakima, Washington’s Carlos Villanueva (2-1) in a cruiserweight fight. Weston, a tall, rangy fighter who also has a good inside game, last fought in January coming back from a December loss to Montez Brown with a fourth round TKO over Utah’s Jesse West. Villanueva, who’s shown himself to be a resilient fighter in his relatively short career, suffered his first loss in his last fight, dropping a four round decision to Alberto Rivas in May. The two will square off in a five round fight.

Promising former amateur stand-out Victor Morales, Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), of Vancouver, Washington, will look for his sixth professional win, taking on Puyallup, Washington’s Kevin Davila (1-3-2) in a five round lightweight contest. Morales, who as an amateur was a three-time national champion and an international gold medalist for the USA Boxing Junior National Team, has maintained a busy schedule in the paid ranks. He turned pro in August of last year at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on a PBC undercard and went on to score another win one month later in Oregon. This fight will mark the fourth time he’s seen action in 2017 with his most recent fight being a five round unanimous decision win over seasoned journeyman Corben Page in May. Davila, meanwhile, last fought in July, losing by decision to Hector Madera.

Heavy-handed Steven Villalobos (3-0, 3 KOs), of Federal Way, Washington, will look for his fourth consecutive knockout in a welterweight bout, taking on the winless William Fernandez (0-5), of Kelso, Washington. Villalobos, an aggressive fighter with a fan-friendly style, last fought in March, scoring devastating first round knockout of Chris Two Moons in Montana. Fernandez, a rangy fighter who has a better skill-set than his record would suggest, last stepped into the ring fifteen months ago, losing a majority decision to Sean Gee. The two combatants will face-off in a scheduled four round match-up.

Kevin Torres (2-0-1, 2 KOs), of Bellingham, Washington, will look for his second win of the month in a Jr. middleweight contest, squaring off with Patterson, Washington’s Josh Solis (0-3). Torres scored an impressive first round knockout of Jesse Barich on June 3rd in Tacoma. Solis, meanwhile, was stopped by Enrique Gallegos in May in an entertaining one round slugfest. The fight is slated for four rounds.

In other four round bouts, Lacey’s own Johnathan Arias (2-1, 1 KO) will battle Erik Cronkhite (0-2) in a 154 lbs. match-up; Tacoma’s Nicholas Jefferson will make his pro debut against Alex Eastman (0-2) in another Jr. middleweight bout; and in a fight between two guys that have met before, but in an MMA contest, Frankie Orr (1-1) will once again take on Dylan Potter in a cruiserweight fight. Potter, who is making his boxing debut, won their MMA bout by submission.

“It’s going to be an action-packed show,” said Weir of the line-up. “We’ve got an eight fight card with some good fights and some good prospects…I think we’ve got a great card for Northwest fight fans.”

Doors to the family friendly event will open at 5 p.m. with the first bout set to start at 6 p.m. A local restaurant will cater, with drinks and food available at the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.brawlatharmonyhall4.eventbrite.com. The weigh-ins will be open to the public and will take place on Friday at 5 p.m. at Inferno’s Pizza in Lacey. For more info visit the PNW Professional Boxing Promotions Facebook page.

By Ricardo Ibarra Featherweight journeyman Rob Diezel (11-7, 4 KOs) will look to continue a recent career resurgence and add …


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Canelo: GGG pretty much one dimensional

By Arvin Nundloll

Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez took time out to speak about his upcoming Middleweight mega-fight with Gennady Golovkin and why he’s determined to cement his legacy on the sport.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

First up was the Mexican style boxing from Golvokin and why Canelo is the real Mexican in the ring:

“Yes, he has a little bit of a Mexican style. He’s aggressive, big puncher and has a good left hook but you know I’m Mexican, Mexican blood. That’s what makes for a good fight because of the style.”

When asked about the alleged fear he had of Golvokin, Canelo dismissed those claims as nonsense:

“I don’t care. People are going to say that when you’re at the top, you’re going to get criticized so it never really bothered me and I don’t care about the comments. “ (more…)

By Arvin Nundloll Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez took time out to speak about his upcoming Middleweight mega-fight with Gennady Golovkin …




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Kermit Cintron-Tyrone Brunson Press Conference

Kermit Cintron and Tyrone Brunson faced off in advance of Saturday’s Pennsylvania State junior middleweight title clash at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Here’s what went down:

Kermit Cintron and Tyrone Brunson faced off in advance of Saturday’s Pennsylvania State junior middleweight title clash at the 2300 …


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Brook vows to box again in 2017

Kell Brook has vowed to return to the ring by the end of the year after a successful operation on his fractured right eye socket. Brook sustained the injury in his clash with Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield in May where he lost his IBF Welterweight crown to the American in front of a huge crowd at the home of Sheffield United FC.

The Special One was hampered by the eye in the closing stages of the high class contest which ended in an 11th round stoppage win for the unbeaten challenger.

Brook had surgery on the injury on Friday (June 16), which was a carbon copy of the left-eye socket fracture he suffered in his lash with Kazakh ace Gennady Golovkin, and the Sheffield ace is making fine progress in his recovery and has targeted a return to the ring this winter. (more…)

Kell Brook has vowed to return to the ring by the end of the year after a successful operation on …


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GGG-Canelo Press Tour Hits NYC

After a press conference Monday in London, WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former world champion Saul Alvarez faced off again Tuesday in New York City. With neither fighter adept at trash talk, the pre-fight quotes have been rather tame so far.

Photo: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

If you plan to attend the September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET. Seats are priced at $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700, $500 and $300. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $5,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $800, $700 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $500 and $300 price levels.

After a press conference Monday in London, WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former world champion Saul Alvarez faced off …


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Mikey Garcia: I feel if I land a good punch, I will hurt him

By Miguel Maravilla

Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, California is set for his biggest challenge to date when he takes on four-division champion Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs). Garcia will square off with Broner on July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime.

Photo: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

“This is a good fight for my career,” Mikey Garcia told Fightnews.com®. “This fight is huge and important. With a win this can launch my career to another level. We have been training for several weeks and have been doing sparring sessions just to be active but soon we will begin the intense sparring so we are happy how things are going.”

“We’re getting ready for the best Adrien Broner possible,” Trainer Robert Garcia told Fightnews.com®. “Mikey will come into this fight one-hundred percent ready.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, California is …



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Ramirez beats Bone in Las Vegas

Unbeaten rising junior welterweight Eddie Ramirez (17-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Erick Bone (16-5, 8 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 for Ramirez, 97-93 for Bone.

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

In a clash of unbeaten featherweight prospects, Xavier Martinez (8-0, 4 KOs) shut down Prince Smalls (11-1-1, 4 KOs) over eight. Scores were 80-71 across the board.

Junior welterweight prospect Dennis Galarza (16-2, 9 KOs) outpointed Omar Tienda (18-5, 11 KOs) over ten by scores of 98-91, 99-90, 100-89. Tienda was docked a point for throwing Galarza to the canvas in round nine.

Unbeaten rising junior welterweight Eddie Ramirez (17-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Erick Bone (16-5, 8 …


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Holyfield inks Toka Kahn-Clary

Featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (21-1, 15 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with new Hall-of-Famer Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Management. The Liberia-born Toka-Kahn, fighting out of Cranston, RI, makes his debut under Holyfield’s banner this Saturday night in the Real Deal Championship Boxing series televised opener on CBS Sports Network (10 p.m. ET start), airing live from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. This event is part of six-week “I Am Ali” festival, concluding July 15, to honor the late, great Muhammad Ali in his hometown. Kahn-Clary takes on dangerous Dominican Angel “El Gato” Luna (11-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout.

Featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (21-1, 15 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with new Hall-of-Famer Evander Holyfield’s …


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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia LA Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, California and four-division champion Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) wrapped up their two city press tour Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles at the Conga Room at LA Live. The two will square off on Saturday July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as they headline live on Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime.

Photo: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

“We have a very special fight with these two combatants here,” Leonard Ellerbe said in opening the press conference. “What an incredible fight, we have with these two champions. This is going to be a tremendous matchup,”

Mikey Garcia: “I am happy to be back. It’s a great to be getting this fight with Adrien Broner. I am undefeated, you have two of the best fighting. I am here to challenge and get bigger fights. I believe this can be the fight of the year…When we get in the ring, he knows what’s in front of him. July 29 Barclays Center, it will be one hot place to be at. Don’t miss it.”

Adrien Broner: “5/1. Shit! This is just a time for me to step up. After this I hope I can get my due diligence…I’m a bad man. I’m coming to fuck him up. July 29 I will be victorious. After July 29 this is going to be a coming out party for me.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, California and …


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WBA schedules McDonnell-Solis purse bid

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has called for a purse bid for the bantamweight title rematch between world champion Jamie McDonnell and Liborio Solis on July 3. The WBA ordered both parties to negotiate on January 31 and granted them 30 days to reach an agreement according to championship rule C.36. however, since they did not reach an agreement for the WBA summoned a purse bid. This division minimum amount to participate is $120,000. The purse bid distribution will be 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger.

McDonnell and Solis first fought for the WBA bantamweight title in December 2016, when the British boxer won by a controversial unanimous decision: 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111, and the Championships Committee ordered a rematch request made by Solis team. The purse bid will take place in the WBA office located in Panama City, Panama, and will be chaired by Aurelio Fiengo of the WBA Directory.

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has called for a purse bid for the bantamweight title rematch between world champion …



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Boxing back at Agua Caliente Casino this Saturday

Professional boxing returns to Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California this Saturday, June 24 with the 73 edition of World Fighting Championship (WFC), a card headlined by young undefeated Las Vegas sensation Devin Haney along with some of the best local talent. The show will also feature Devon de la Hoya, son of boxing great Oscar de la Hoya, and Joel Diaz Jr., son of the respected trainer Joel Diaz, in separate amateur bouts.

Haney (15-0, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas will take on Angel Aispuro (8-5-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico in an eight round lightweight bout. Haney, who is 18 years old and one of the hottest rising prospects in professional boxing, will be seeking his fifth victory of the year. (more…)

Professional boxing returns to Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California this Saturday, June 24 with the 73 edition of …


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WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first time as he will defend his belt against #7 Antonio Nieves (17-1-1, 9 KOs) on September 9. It will take place beneath a grudge fight between newly crowned WBC titlist in the same category Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and former titlist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Also shown will be the WBC eliminator between #2 Carlos Cuadras and #3 Juan Carlos Estrada, both of Mexico, with the victor to have a mandatory shot at the Srisaket-Gonzalez winner. The fight place in the West Coast hasn’t been decided yet, but it will be shown by HBO After Dark. Inoue and Gonzalez were in attendance at the press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday. They hope to exchange gloves in the near future. Inoue said, “I’m very much excited to fight in the US to show my power before American people.”

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the …


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EBU Updates

By Marco Bratusch

The European jr featherweight title bout scheduled between champion Abigail “Bebe” Medina (17-3-2, 8 KOs) at his first defense and challenger Martin Ward (25-3-1, 5 KOs) has been postponed to September 23rd in Newcastle, England, according to Ward’s promoter Phil Jeffries who won the respective bid. Logistic problems connected with the indicated venue are the reason for this switching, it was reported.

A very interesting clash in the flyweight division looms as champion Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5 KOs) will have to take on young British and former world title challenger Charlie Edwards (10-1, 4 KOs), the new EBU official challenger. Edwards lost by the hands of tough Pinoy puncher John Riel Casimero last September before coming back with two victories, whose last was for the British title. Masson, aged 27, is three years older than Edwards and has already been European champion twice, being now at the first defense of his second reign. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch The European jr featherweight title bout scheduled between champion Abigail “Bebe” Medina (17-3-2, 8 KOs) at his …


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Surge of ‘Square’ Bets on Conor McGregor

By Jim Murphy

According to bookmakers in Nevada and London as well as some of my ‘sources’ at other sportsbooks they’ve seen a strong surge of betting on Conor McGregor over Floyd Mayweather in the early going. That’s presumably why prices on Mayweather have dropped from -1100 or higher when the fight was still in the ‘hypothetical’ stage to as low as -600 at some UK books. I say ‘presumably’ because without access to a bookmakers actual financial position on the fight (which you’re not going to get) you have to take their word with a grain of salt. You should never believe a bookie ‘poormouthing’ about all the money they lost on a given NFL weekend, nor should you believe them when they’re suggesting (or strongly intimating) that you should bet one way or another.

In this case, however, I happen to believe them. So what does the early line movement on McGregor mean? How can I be sure it’s ‘square’ money? If I want to bet Mayweather when should I do it? Those questions and many more will be answered herein. This information shouldn’t necessarily be taken as my handicap or ‘picks’ on the fight (though I haven’t exactly been shy about who I think will win). You can expect extensive handicapping coverage of the matchup as we get closer to fight time. This is simply my analysis and interpretation on what the early betting trends represent. (more…)

By Jim Murphy According to bookmakers in Nevada and London as well as some of my ‘sources’ at other sportsbooks …



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Where Are They Now? Philip Holiday

By Boxing Bob Newman

Former IBF Lightweight champion Philip Holiday tore through the lightweight division with six defenses in two years from 1995-1997. The native South African now makes his home in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Holiday spoke with Fightnews.com® about his career in the ring, his move to Australia and his life outside the ring.

By Boxing Bob Newman Former IBF Lightweight champion Philip Holiday tore through the lightweight division with six defenses in two …


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Gallegos-Hardwood headline July 8 in Medford, OR

By Ricardo Ibarra

On Saturday July 8th at the EdenVale Winery in Medford, Oregon, three pro boxing match-ups will be featured on a mixed combat sports show, presented by regional MMA organization Rogue Promotions. The boxing ring and the MMA cage will be set up side-by-side for the event, with a number of pro and amateur boxing, MMA, and submission contests scheduled throughout the day. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra On Saturday July 8th at the EdenVale Winery in Medford, Oregon, three pro boxing match-ups will be …


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Former SA champion dies at 53

By Ron Jackson

Freddy Rafferty who fought as a professional from 1983 to 1997 and won the South African junior-heavyweight title in October 1988 died from a heart attack on Monday in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. Rafferty was at his gym in Empangeni where he trained a number of fighter when he collapsed, before he was taken to the local hospital where he passed away. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Freddy Rafferty who fought as a professional from 1983 to 1997 and won the South African junior-heavyweight …


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Weights from Las Vegas

Eddie Ramirez 142.8 vs. Erick Bone 142.6
Xavier Martinez 124 vs. Prince Smalls 125
Dennis Galarza 136 vs. Omar Tienda 134.6
Lanell Bellows 169 vs. Mike Snider 168.2
Josue Vargas 137.8 vs. Andrew Rodgers 138.4
Cameron Kreal 143.8 vs. Genaro Mendez 143.8
Brian Gallegos 126 vs. Carlos Trevino 128
Andres Cortez 131.6 vs. Jesus Arevalo 131

Venue: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: FS1

Eddie Ramirez 142.8 vs. Erick Bone 142.6 Xavier Martinez 124 vs. Prince Smalls 125 Dennis Galarza 136 vs. Omar Tienda …


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Tyner-Harris Headline Motor City Casino Card

By Bob Ryder

Promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas present the latest installment of their “Night of Knockouts” series this Friday at Detroit’s Motor City Casino-Hotel with an intriguing main event featuring Lanardo Tyner against Winfred Harris, Jr. Young Harris has built a gaudy 13-0, 8 KO’s record in a short span of less than 18 months including 6 wins in 2017 alone. A close examination of his record reveals however, that he has yet to face an opponent with a winning record. On the other hand, ring vet Tyner has fought them all including Canelo Alvarez, Antonio DeMarco, Jessie Vargas, and Vivian Harris to name a few in compiling a 32-10-2, 20 KO’s record. Further, Tyner has never been stopped or knocked out and has only been knocked down twice, the most recent being in his last fight. At 41 years old, Tyner is certainly on the downside of his career. Whether he has slipped enough to let a young aggressive newcomer like Harris beat him creates the intrigue in this matchup between these two Detroiters. Harris who is naturally the bigger man will have significant advantages in height and reach over Tyner as well. This 8 round super welterweight contest has all the ingredients for a very good and interesting fight. (more…)

By Bob Ryder Promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas present the latest installment of their “Night of Knockouts” series …


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WBA: Dorticos upgraded to regular champion status, Shumenov out

On Monday, the World Boxing Association Championships Committee released a resolution regarding the cruiserweight division status.

Firstly, it was made public the vacancy of the division regular title. Reigning champion Beibut Shumenov is out because he can no longer fight based on medical recommendation after suffering an injury to the eye. For that reason, it was decided to promote Yunier Dórticos, who was supposed to fight Shumenov for more than a year, from interim to regular champion.

Second, Denis Lebedev is authorized to fight Australian Mark Flanagan for the for the WBA cruiserweight super championship. The winner must fight Dorticos within 120 days, to have only one champion in this division.

The resolution was sent to all parties involved and the intention is to ensure activity in the division that has gone a year without a title fight.

On Monday, the World Boxing Association Championships Committee released a resolution regarding the cruiserweight division status. Firstly, it was made …


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The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Yesterday we all celebrated “Father’s Day” and with the modern world of communications most if not all of us received, sent and shared countless messages, photos, videos, memes with this topic. I was surprised by my daughter as she baked me a delicious cake and spent a great day with my Mom, my wife and my three kids. Later at night, I was able to find a quiet corner, time to think of my hero, my dear father who is no longer with us but is at all times present in my heart and mind.

I was also thinking about the lives of so many who live day after day with a current difficulty and can’t enjoy their fathers or the fathers who can’t enjoy their families. All those brave men serving in the armed forces protecting humanity, those who are sick, those who have jobs that keep them abroad, those incarcerated, etc… (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son Yesterday we all celebrated “Father’s Day” and with the modern world …


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Broner-Garcia face off at NYC Press Conference

Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and three-division world champion Mikey Garcia went face-to-face for the first time Monday before they battle in one of the premier matchups of the summer that headlines a Showtime telecast on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fighters spoke to media Monday at Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Adrien Broner: “I’m training hard and I think this will be one of the best performances of my career. This will take me to the superstar level where I need to be. I heard Mikey is a big favorite – they aren’t giving me much of a chance. I hope no one puts their house against me on this fight, because it won’t work out well for you.”

Mikey Garcia: “I’ll do whatever it takes to win this fight. I’m more of a boxer-puncher but if I need to press the fight and put pressure on, I’m going to be ready to do that…Adrien is going to come to beat me and I’m coming 100 percent to beat him. The fans will be the winner on fight night, but my hand will be raised.”

(more…)

Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and three-division world champion Mikey Garcia went face-to-face for the first time Monday …


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Takam and Blandamura win in Italy

IBF #3 heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) won by TKO in round two against Croatian Ivica Bacurin (27-12-1, 16 KOs) last Saturday night at the beautiful Sain Vincent Resort and Casino, Italy.

In the main event of the evening, European middleweight champion and IBF #12 Emanuele Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs) retained his 160lb title with a hard-fought unanimous decision against stablemate Alessandro Goddi (30-2-1, 14 KOs). (more…)

IBF #3 heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) won by TKO in round two against Croatian Ivica Bacurin (27-12-1, …


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Boxing back in Woodland, CA on Friday

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy of The Sacramento Bee

Fairfield welterweight Alan Sanchez (18-3-1, 9 KOs), after a stretch of road fights, will make his next appearance of front of friendly neighborhood fans Friday night when he faces veteran Miguel Angel Huerto (28-14, 18 KOs) of Santa Ana in a 10-round main event at the Woodland Community Center.

The Northern California venue’s last card was in 2012 by the same promoters, Don Chargin and Paco Damian, who have hosted several shows at nearby Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Sanchez’s last fight was 13 months ago in Las Vegas where he won the WBC Continental Americas belt by split decision over Pablo Cesar Cano (30-6-1) of Mexico. Huerto was idle last year but fought three times for North America Federation titles.

Paired in the semi-main are light heavyweights Ryan Bourland (12-1) of nearby Vacaville and Cesar Ruiz (5-4) of Phoenix. The preliminaries, beginning at 7 p.m., include other area fighters led by Sacramento featherweight Alberto Torres (9-0-2).

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy of The Sacramento Bee Fairfield welterweight Alan Sanchez (18-3-1, 9 KOs), after a stretch of road …


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Opinion: Instant Replay Should Be Introduced

By Joe Koizumi

This reporter was one of millions of worldwide television watchers that witnessed the WBA 122-pound unification bout between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Moises Flores in Las Vegas on Saturday. The ending and result were so problematic that we should seriously consider introducing the Instant Video Replay system to review the fight scene at our earliest convenience. This concept of utilizing the instant replay has been advocated by the WBC, and it was experimentally used in some places. But we should seriously put it into practice now that we actually saw such turmoil in the Rigondeaux-Flores encounter happen before a great many witnesses.

Rigondeaux had a couple of faults, as follows:

(1) Put his right hand around the neck of Flores to fasten the target and punched him with his southpaw left hand

(2) Landed a final lethal shot to the face of Flores obviously after the bell to end the first round

Watching the post-fight scene in turmoil, this observer deeply sympathized with referee Vic Drakulich who had established a reputation as a good third man for many years. Vic, before making his decision, climbed down out of the ring and approached the desk of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to review the scene. He was attempting to do the right thing, but the NSAC, though having a screen monitor on the desk, couldn’t handle it to show Vic the replay he wanted. Could he have seen it, he would have never declared a victory for Rigondeaux. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi This reporter was one of millions of worldwide television watchers that witnessed the WBA 122-pound unification bout …


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Pacquiao-Horn to air free on ESPN in the USA

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the only sitting Senator to capture a world championship belt, will add another first to his burgeoning list of Hall of Fame-caliber accomplishments with his live debut on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (also streaming live on the ESPN app) on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The fight will be called ringside by ESPN commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas. They will be joined by guest analyst Timothy Bradley, Jr., a former two-division world champion recently trained by Teddy Atlas who has met Pacquiao three times in the ring, winning their first match in a decision. ESPN Deportes will pair Jorge Eduardo Sanchez and Juan Manuel Marquez to call the main event in Spanish, with prefight commentary from Pablo Viruega, Leopoldo Gonzalez, Claudia Trejos and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against undefeated No. 1 contender and Brisbane’s favorite son Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. This will be the first time Pacquiao has not fought on pay-per-view since Sept. 10, 2005, when he stopped Hector Velazquez in the sixth round — 12 years and four weight divisions ago. (more…)

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the only sitting Senator to capture a world championship belt, will …


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Luis impressive in sweep, wants Linares next

By Dave Spencer

Lightweight contender Tony “Lightning” Luis (24-3, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Irish” Cam O’Connell (15-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant NABA lightweight championship on Saturday at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Canada. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 98-82.

Luis is expected to be ranked in the WBA top-15 with the victory and had a message for lightweight champion Jorge Linares after the dominating performance. “He has a voluntary defense coming up and I volunteer myself.” (more…)

By Dave Spencer Lightweight contender Tony “Lightning” Luis (24-3, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Irish” …


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Amonsot: Manny will have a hard time knocking Horn out

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #1 Jeff Horn has the skills and power to give WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao a tough fight according to WBA #4 light welterweight Czar Amonsot who has been a regular sparring partner of Horn recently and also a former sparring partner of Pacquiao. Amonsot talked to the Manila Times newspaper.

“It’s going to be a good fight because Jeff Horn’s condition looks great, but I’m expecting Pacquiao to be in good shape, too. Left and right hand, Horn is also powerful. I feel his power every time we have a sparring session,” Amonsot told The Manila Times via overseas call on Saturday. “Pacquiao should take Horn seriously. He is no joke. At the same time, Jeff Horn has the courage and the heart as a boxer. I think Manny will have a hard time knocking Jeff Horn out in their fight because he’s really durable and strong.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #1 Jeff Horn has the skills and power to give WBO welterweight …


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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Andre Ward: “I think it was plain to see that I broke him mentally and physically. I’m not a person that demands respect or none of that. You don’t have to respect me and I don’t demand anything, but at a certain point and time, you got to give a person their just do. I’m 13 years in and I’ve been doing it against the best. What’s next? Cruiserweight? Heavyweight? I dream big. Anything is possible when you have God.”

Sergey Kovalev: “He hit with four low blows. The ref didn’t call them. I felt I could have continued. This is bullshit.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch …


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Douglas captures UBF female super flyweight title

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Tyriesha “Lady Tiga” Douglas won the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Female Super Flyweight championship with a fourth-round TKO over previously undefeated Ebony “The Storm” Rivera of Fayetteville, NC at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The bout was the main event of the Shabazz Brotherz card. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Tyriesha “Lady Tiga” Douglas won the vacant Universal Boxing Federation Female Super Flyweight championship …


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Rivera romps in Harrisburg, PA

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night in the Small Arena at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA., Titans Boxing Promotions put on a four-bout card featuring debuting Harrisburg fighters against regional competition. In the main event of the evening, hometown heavyweight Angel Rivera(1-0, 1 KO) scored an impressive first round TKO of Buffalo, New York’s Jimmy Levins (0-2). (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Saturday night in the Small Arena at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA., …


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SA referee Len Hunt dies

By Ron Jackson

Len Hunt one of the best referees in South African boxing in recent years passed away on Saturday night at the Linksfield Hospital near Johannesburg. He was 79. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Len Hunt one of the best referees in South African boxing in recent years passed away on …


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Andre Ward Statement

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