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The Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View telecast on November 19 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will now include the 10-round middleweight showdown between Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) and James “The King” De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs).
Stevens fought earlier this year on the Canelo-Khan HBO Pay-Per-View telecast and scored a spectacular second-round upset knockout of then-undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira. When asked about the upgrade to the televised card Curtis replied, “I know it is Kovalev-Ward but now it is Kovalev-Ward-Stevens. Time to show out!”
De La Rosa was in a similar situation when he defeated former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. He said, “Déjà vu all over again. The same thing happened when I fought Angulo. I am happy to fight on the PPV telecast. I need this win so I’ll leave it all in the ring come November 19.”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva added, “After we announced Curtis would be fighting on the untelevised portion of the Kovalev-Ward PPV card, we heard from a lot of fans asking that the fight be moved to TV so they could see Curtis. What the fans want, the fans get!”
Undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) will now match up against former title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Saturday, Nov. 12 from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Once-beaten contender Jorge Cota was originally scheduled to face Hurd, but was forced to withdraw after an emergency appendectomy.
The event is headlined by Philadelphia’s own undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, who takes on Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a clash between former world champion Javier Fortuna and unbeaten prospect Omar Douglas.
Showtime’s December 10 world title doubleheader featuring WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) against former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and a clash between IBF super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) and top undefeated contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), will take place at USC’s Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles. The card is co-promoted by Ringstar Sports, headed by former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, and TGB Promotions headed by Tom Brown.
By Robert Coster
WBA #6 Lightweight contender Evens Pierre (26-1, 17 KOs) will be facing his toughest test yet against Mexican, two-time World Champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-6-1, 16 KOs) in Haiti on November 16th. Pierre, nicknamed “The Sun City Kid,” is a Haitian native whose career developed in Panama. He now fights solely in Haiti.
His promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps comments that “Evens is a role-model for kids in Haiti, a hero in his Sun City neighborhood. Fighting a two-time World Champion like Salgado is watershed moment in his career. If everything goes well against Salgado, we are looking at a world title shot next year. This will be momentous in Haiti.”
On the undercard of the Pierre-Salgado fight, IBU World Featherweight Champion, Haitian-American Melissa St Vil will be facing Diana Garcia of the Dominican Republic, a fight which Melissa wants to be a contribution to the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Japanese flyweight champ, WBA#8/WBC#12/IBF#11/WBO#11 Takuya Kogawa (28-4, 13 KOs), 112, successfully retained his national belt as he defeated JBC#4 Yudai Arai (8-4-3, 4 KOs) , 112, by a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 98-92) over ten hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kogawa, a fast-punching speedster making his fourth defense, was in command in the first half, leading on points by open scoring system: all 49-46. Arai, handled by ex-world 108-pound titlist Katsuo Tokashiki, showed his heart by retaliating with southpaw combinations, but Kogawa maintained the initiative down the stretch.
Promoter: Reason Promotions.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lee Baxter Promotions’ card scheduled for Thursday evening at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario has been postponed until further notice. Two of Baxter’s fighters scheduled to appear on that card, 130 pound contender Logan “Cotton” McGuinness and heavyweight prospect Mladen “Monster” Miljas, will now fight October 28 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA 175 pound champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) will clash with former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony ” The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) over ten at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia on February 3.
Mundine defeated Green over twelve rounds in 2006 in a contest that attracted a live gate in Sydney of 30,000.
Anthony Mundine: “I’m looking forward to the challenge on February 3. My mind is ready and my body is ready to put on a great performance.”
Danny Green: ” I lost the fight to Mundine ten years ago but I’m now a much better fighter. I think Choc is overlooked and way past his best. I have a lot more in the tank than he has. Let’s find out on February 3rd at Adelaide Oval…I’m not far off the weight limit (183 pounds). I have been going without beer!”
Green is coming off a ten round decision victory over Kane Watts in February and Mundine is coming off an eleven round stoppage loss to Charles Hatley in 2015.
Showtime Sports has finally returned from hibernation, announcing five boxing telecasts over four month scheduled to begin in December.
Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs)*
Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) vs. Julian Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs)*
Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) vs. James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs)**
Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) vs. Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs)*
Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs)*
Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs)
Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) vs. Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs)**
*World title bout
**World title unification bout
Professional Boxing returns to the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night October 28th with the another blockbuster card featuring the return of “The New” Ray Robinson in an eight round welterweight contest against former WBO Fedecentro super featherweight champion and rugged veteran Santos Benavides (25-10, 19KOs). In the eight-round super welterweight co-feature of the evening, Steven Martinez (16-3, 13KOs) will face upset-minded Jeremy Ramos (9-4, 4KOs). The fight the local fans are flocking to see, will be a four round lightweight special feature as former nationally rated amateur star and Philly and Hard Hitting Promotions Branden Pizarro is set to make his professional debut when he swaps punches with Ezequiel Ocasio (1-2). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian boxing promoter Hannah Nasari talks to Fightnews about upcoming Sydney promotions that she has scheduled for October, November and December
A purse bid was held today in the IBF Office for the lightweight eliminator between Richard Commey and Dennis Shafikov. Warriors Boxing bid $61,000 and Sauerland Event bid $45,305. The fight has to be done by January 8, 2017.
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields will be making her much anticipated professional debut during the lead-off freeview telecast of Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shields is set to face an opponent to be announced in a four-round middleweight bout, with each round timed at two-minutes. The pay-per-view telecast will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The freeview telecast which includes the live Claressa Shields bout will begin at 7PM ET/4PM PT and will be available on cable, satellite, and telco channels.
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum took part in a Q&A session with reporters on the first day of Manny’s USA training camp.
FREDDIE ROACH: It was a pretty tough schedule in this camp but he held up really well. The sparring days were really good and it’s the best I’ve seen Manny in a long time – he is a lot more aggressive than I have seen him in the past and there was a lot of the old Manny Pacquiao coming out and he really, really looked good. We trained right up until Saturday morning before our flight out to Los Angeles and he boxed 10 rounds and he looked great and he’s in great shape, I know it’s been a very difficult camp with the Senate and so forth. Manny has always been a busy person but because of the Senate he seems to be a lot more serious than anything else he has done. He is in Senate sessions on some nights until 7:30 or 8:00 at night and when he is done we go right to the gym. (more…)
Hosea Burton will defend his British Light-Heavyweight title against Frank Buglioni at the Manchester Arena on December 10.
Burton landed the crown with an impressive sixth round stoppage win over Miles Shinkwin at the same venue in February but two scheduled defences were cancelled through injuries to his opponents.
Burton was set to meet Tony Dodson at Goodison Park in Liverpool in May but Dodson snapped his Achilles, then Buglioni was slated to meet Burton in September but the Londoner pulled out of their Manchester meeting after sustaining a cut in sparring. Burton boxed on both occasions, with a third round stoppage over Fernando Castaneda a ninth win inside the distance in 18 pro outings. (more…)
2016 has been a lost year for 40-year-old former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has already had two fight dates cancelled this year. Wlad has suffered a reported calf injury that will now torpedo a proposed December 10 fight against either IBF champion Anthony Joshua or Lucas Browne for the vacant WBA belt.
“I was made aware that Wladimir picked up a minor injury late last week but regardless of that, with just over six weeks to go until December 10, it’s unrealistic to put together a fight of this magnitude and give it the full build up it deserves,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.
Hearn says Joshua will fight another opponent on December 10, then face off with Klitschko in March or April if all goes according to plan.
Former Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of FamerBernard “The Executioner” Hopkins(55-7-2, 32 KOs) and Light Heavyweight Contender Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles press conference Monday to discuss their 12-round battle set for December 17 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and to be televised live on HBO.
Below is what the fighters, their trainers, managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:
Joe Smith Jr: “I’m so glad I was chosen to fight Bernard Hopkins in his final fight on December 17th at the Forum. I’m going to train very hard for this fight and take full advantage of it. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone.”
Bernard Hopkins: “This is history, we have been here many times where history has been made. This is obviously different than everything I have ever done, because it is the Final 1. To be able to have the Final 1 in LA, where the city of stars are trying to be stars, however you cut it, it couldn’t have been better with the history placed in the DNA that the Forum has produced.
“It is fitting that the end of a twenty-nine year career, since 1988 is in a historic place at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. This is something that came as an opportunity to be here. I couldn’t tell you that it would be in this arena-it just happened, and here I am against an incredible opponent. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
New Zealand promoter Dean Lonergan said the WBO heavyweight title clash between WBO #3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) and his fighter, WBO #1, IBF #1 Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs), could end up in America if he cannot get the necessary backing in New Zealand.
Dean Lonergan: “We are in discussions with a huge array of people. But they all have to come together in a very tight space of time. Obviously, it’s a massive event. It’s a historical event for New Zealand and it’s something that David Higgins and myself are incredibly keen to make happen. But we are first and foremost a business and it has to be commercially viable. We have to raise seven figures to make this thing work and that’s never been done on a boxing match here before. We might break it down and say, ‘if it makes a loss, it makes a loss and we have to suck it up.’ (more…)
Former world featherweight title challenger Jonathan Oquendo, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Yomar “The Magic” Alamo and 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian Jontay Ortiz have all been added to this Saturday night’s Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López and Wilfredo”Papito” Vázquez, Jr pay-per-view card in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The 33-year-old Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will appear in the 10-round co-feature against Gustavo “El Gustavo” Molina (23-13, 9 KOs). Alamo (11-0, 8 KOs) will be fighting in his first scheduled 10-round bout versus an opponent to be announced. In the PPV opener, 1012 Olympian Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) faces Luis Hernandez in a 6-round match.
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs lashed out at fellow ex-champ David Haye today on social media. In May, Haye and Briggs fought on the same card in London and Haye openly promised to fight Briggs later in the year. Now it appears that isn’t happening.
I would rip your face into shredded meat – Shannon Briggs
By Kurt Freitag
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is an 8:1 favorite, but he’s not taking his November 5 PPV clash against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas for granted. “I’m not taking this fight lightly,” said Pacquiao. “Vargas is the champion and I won’t underestimate him…I’m not thinking about any fights in 2017. One at a time. I can’t say ‘yes’ right now. Let me finish this fight first!”
Pacquiao added that he’s staying disciplined and focused so he can concentrate on his work as a Senator in the Philippines while he trains for Vargas. “I don’t have time to go out with the friends,” he said.
Top Rank is producing this pay-per-event themselves, rather than using HBO PPV. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum revealed, “We think we’re going to do very, very big pay-per-view numbers.”
He stated that ticket sales are tremendous and closed circuit operators (at bars) are being blown away by the response. “The pay-per-numbers we really won’t get a handle on until the week of the fight. But am I optimistic? Off the charts!”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Saturday’s boxing card taking place almost 400 feet underground inside the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland, featured eight rounds of heavy hits in the heavyweight main event and an easy job in the featherweight co-main event. This was the eighth edition of the one-of-a-kind “Underground Boxing Show.”
The heavyweight bout between Krzysztof Zimnoch (20-1, 13 KOs and Marcin Rekowski (17-4, 14 KOs) was an entertaining scrap with both fighters not avoiding heavy hits and give fans something to cheer for. Zimnoch, more skilled than the physically stronger Rekowski, was faster, scoring at will with his jab, but was in danger any time Rekowski decided to launch an attack. Although judges gave Zimnoch only a split decision, Fightnews.com unanimously scored this fight for the fighter from Białystok. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son
Boxing is a unique sport, it has so many differences in comparison with all other mainstream sports and unfortunately most differences are often for the detriment of our beloved sport. Boxing, as I see it, is the “black sheep” of sports, the “ugly duckling.” This is how reached the title of this week´s column – Perception vs Reality .
NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, WWE, UFC are the leagues of the mainstream sports in the USA (but is the same all over the world ). These “leagues” are in essence multi-million dollar corporations which own the business side of their corresponding sport. They control TV rights, sponsorship, gates and all sources of income while at the same time regulating the sport. Boxing is a completely different story. The WBC, which regulates the sport, has no intervention in the business side of the sport. Independent promoters are the ones in charge of the business and commercial activity, each boxing show is, in fact, a complete individual event. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Nick Lourens
Jeff Magagane won the vacant Gauteng lightweight title in one of the most exciting fights seen in recent years when he beat Michael Mokoena on a unanimous ten round points decision at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoon.
In a battle of southpaws and unbeaten fighters Magagane (61.05kg) won with scores of 97-93 on all three judges scorecards.
In toe-to-toe action throughout the fighters set a tremendous pace with Magagane possibly winning the first five rounds, before he began to tire in round seven and let Mokoena (60.70kg) come back into the fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has been assured by Top Rank matchmakers that his heavyweight WBO#3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) can defeat WBO#1, IBF#1, Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBO title in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10. Ruiz’s trainer, Abel Sanchez and Top Rank matchmakers Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman said the unbeaten Mexican has a helluva a shot to be victorious against Parker.
Arum also said of Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican sentiments and Ruiz hand speed. “The fastest hands in the west. That’s who Donald Trump was thinking about when he said bad hombre.”
“(Matchmakers) Bruce (Trampler) and Brad (Goodman) give him a helluva shot and Abel thinks that he (Ruiz) can do it. Those are the guys that are important, not a schmuck like me. I’m a business person in boxing, I rely on my matchmakers. and they all believe Andy has a hell of a shot,” Arum said. “It would be great, particularly to have the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history, you know how huge that would be in Mexico? The president (Enrique Peña Nieto) would ban Trump from the country.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
We saw finals of the tourney to decide the next mandatory challengers to our Japanese national titleholders. JBC#2 super-bantam Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1, 9 KOs) surprisingly upset #1 Japan-based Filipino Jonathan Baat (32-8-5, 14 KOs) via vicious body shot at 2:17 of the fourth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Thanks to this impressive victory Kuga acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the current national 122-pound champ Yasutaka Ishimoto in a rematch.
Super-feather Satoru Sugita (12-3-1, 7 KOs) also won the right of obligatory title shot at national titlist Kenichi Ogawa in a grudge fight, when he earned a unanimous decision (all 78-74) over Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-14-5, 2 KOs) over eight.
Veteran light-flyweight Tetsuya Hisada (27-9-2, 17 KOs) showed his determination and halted Hayato Yamaguchi (14-7-1, 2 KOs) at 2:30 of the seventh round as the loser’s corner tossed in the towel to save the very gory boxer from further punishment.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo
Unbeaten super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (20-0-3, 17 KOs) scored a second round KO over former world champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (38-4-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the historic Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. A hook to the liver followed by two head shots sent Terrazas to the deck at the 3:00. The 18-year-old Hernandez claimed the WBC Latin American title.
In a female fight, former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno outpointed “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow over ten by scores of 100-88, 100-90 and 98-89.
By Ron Jackson
Souths Africa’s Kevin Lerena won the Super Four cruiserweight final on a majority ten round points decision against Micki Nielsen of Denmark at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. In what was more of wrestling match with Nielsen the main culprit, two of the judges handed in surprisingly close scorecards, when most of the cleaner punching came from Lerena. The scores were 96-95, 97-93 and 95-95.
Throughout the ten rounds Nielsen (90.55 kg) would throw a punch, miss and then charge forward and lean on and wrestle Lerena (90.15 kg) towards the ropes in this boring encounter. Fighting from the southpaw stance Nielsen appeared to have problems with his fellow southpaw opponent in a fight which resulted in more pushing, mauling and wrestling than boxing.
Referee Stan Christodoulou had a hard nights work separating the fighters throughout the ten rounds. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #6, WBO #10 bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round KO over Richie “Magnum” Mepranum (33-5, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 5000+ at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. A three-punch combination finished Mepranum at :41. He was slow to recover in the ring from the knockout and had to be assisted by doctors. “We are ready to go for the world title,” declared Nery afterward. “[Promoter] Fernando Beltran will soon give me the news. I’m very happy with my performance and the support of my fans.”
Super flyweight journeyman Ulises “Raton” Lara (17-14-2, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over former IBF world champion Javier “Cobrita” Mendoza (25-4, 19 KOs). Mendoza was in command until Lara suddenly dropped him twice in the fourth to end it.
In a women’s fight, three-time former world champion Arely Mucino (22-3, 10 KOs) outpointed Judith “Peligrosa” Rodriguez over ten by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
A new WBC Silver Flyweight Champion was crowned in Vienna, when Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola defeated “Raging” Raja Amasheh by close unanimous decision.
It was declared open warfare from the outset, right up to ten bells, with Amasheh moving forward most of the time, but Arrazola landing lots of clean counter punches. Southpaw “La Bronca” made especially good use of her left uppercut, which she often landed at will.
In a tough fight, with some full and frank exchanges, the ladies clashed heads numerous times but, luckily neither got gashed. Referee Bela Florian had her work cut out, separating them from a multitude of clinches.
After four rounds, judge Fabian Guggenheim had Raja up 39-37 while Esa Lehtosaari and Olena Pobyvailo both had it even at 38-38. “La Bronca” was the more active fighter in the middle rounds, earning a lead on all three cards by the second open scoring announcement after round 7 (67-66 on two cards, 68-65 on the third).
Amasheh tried her level best to turn it around, but Arrazola jealously defended her close, but decisive lead, earning the unanimous decision win. Judges Guggenheim and Pobyvailo both had it 96-94 for the Mexican, Lehtosaari gave it 97-93 for “La Bronca.”
An array of WBC champions were in attendance to support “Raging” Raja. Unified Featherweight champ Jelena Mrdjenovich flew in all the way from Edmonton, Canada, and sat next to World super middleweight Champion Nikki Addler, newly crowned Silver Minimumweight Champ Tina Rupprecht and former three-time World super middleweight Champion Markus Beyer.
On January 28, former wrld champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) returns to the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, against WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs). Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds as the co-main event on a Showtime-televised fight card headlined by Carl Frampton defending his WBA “super” featherweight title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.
“I’m very happy and excited for my next fight,” said Garcia. “I know that Dejan Zlaticanin is a strong, undefeated southpaw, which will make for a great fight. I’m thankful of being afforded another opportunity to show my skills. I’m ready to take on the very best in boxing, and Zlaticanin is one of the best lightweights in the sport. I want to prove that I’m better than I was before, and that I’m willing to fight anyone. The time off from boxing made me stronger and more competitive than ever. (more…)
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) hammered a ten round unanimous decision over Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (27-8-3, 6 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight fight tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. KO artist Lemieux stalked Rios from the get-go, but Rios (who has never been stopped) was combative the whole way and never close to going down. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
In an upset, Filipino super lightweight Ricky Sismundo (31-9, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Ghislain “Mani” Maduma (18-2,11 KOs). Sismundo dropped Maduma in round nine en route to a 97-91, 95-93, 95-93 verdict.
Unbeaten super welterweight Steven Butler (18-0-1, 15 KOs) smoked Janks Trotter (10-4-1, 10 KOs) in the first round to claim the vacant IBF North American title.
Veteran super super welterweight Silverio Ortiz (35-18, 17 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten Mian Hussain (16-1, 6 KOs), scoring a TKO after three rounds.
Unbeaten super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Gergo Horvath (9-2-1, 5 KOs). Ballard knocked Harvath down three times before the referee waved off the fight.
Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (22-1, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Ruiz (11-4, 4 KOs) at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. The score was 99-92. Butler looked good in his first fight under new trainer Joe Gallagher.
Also, unbeaten super middleweight Jamie Cox (21-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Martin Fidel Rios (20-10-3, 11 KOs) over ten.
In a shocker, previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (11-1, 7 KOs) was stopped in the eighth round by Craig Cunningham (17-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC International middleweight title on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Ogogo was down in round two. His corner finally stopped the beating in round eight.
In other action, welterweight Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over former world title challenger Frankie Gavin (23-3, 14 KOs) and unbeaten IBF #6, WBA #10, WBO #11 super flyweight Khalid Yafai (20-0, 14 KOs) smashed journeyman Johnson Tellez (9-28-5, 6 KOs) in four rounds.
Promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Yafai will challenge WBA world champion Luis Concepcion on December 10 on the undercard to Anthony Joshua vs. TBA in Manchester.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO#3 Andy Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs) has signed the contract to fight WBO#1, IBF#1, heavyweight Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10 and has said he is working on a plan to be aggressive and keep Parker going backwards.
“I hope he thinks I’m going to get tired like I did in my last fight (Franklin Lawrence) because I wasn’t prepared for that fight. I’m going to be smart and hit the body. When I sparred (Parker) I was counter-punching so you will see a lot of that. The main thing for me is to use my speed and be aggressive. I don’t think he likes the pressure. I don’t think he knows how to fight going backwards good.” (more…)
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