Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch face to face in Monterrey

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Early results from the Vector Arena in Auckland, NZ

By David Finger at ringside

In the fourth fight of the night local female boxer Shannon O’Connell scored an impressive unanimous decision over undefeated Argentine boxer Laura Griffa. There were no knockdowns but plenty of action in the eight round fight. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 for O’Connell who improves to 15-4-1, 7 KOs. Griffa slips to 13-1, 1 KO. Referee was John Conway.

In the third fight of the night undefeated heavyweight Junior Fa scored the biggest win of his professional career after he dominated Argentina’s Pablo Magrini en route to scoring a third round TKO. Magrini was unable to cope with Fa’s size and reach advantage. In the third round a pair of hard left hands to the body sent Magrini to the canvas where his corner mercifully threw in the towel midway through referee Marlon Wright’s count. Time was 0:55 of the third. With the win Fa improves to 9-0, 6 KOs while Magrini falls to 17-2-1, 13 KOs.

In the second fight of the night 22-year old John Parker, younger brother of Joseph, struggled at times but ultimately won a unanimous decision over debuting Ash McConville. McConville struggled with Parker’s speed and jab, but nonetheless landed some hard shots in the second and third round. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 for Parker, who improves to 2-0, 0 KOs.

In the opening bout of the night popular local heavyweight Brown Buttabean, aka David Letele scored a 4th round TKO in a wild fight against Che Barlow. Time was 2:12 of the final round. Brown Buttabean, who took up boxing to lose weight and had shed over two hundred pounds, announced his retirement after the fight. Barlow drops to 0-2 while Brown Buttabean finishes his career at 15-3, 7 KOs.

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Boxing in Venezuela tonight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Venezuela will close the 2017 season this Saturday at the Yesterday Recreation Center inTurmero and will have as a star bout with the Venezuelan prospects Lorenzo Parra II against Edixon Perez. The event promises to be one of the most exciting of the year here. On Friday at the National Stadium Brígido Iriarte de Caracas and all boxers made weight without difficulty.

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Weights from China

Razvan Cojanu 255 *Zhi Yu Wu 283
(vacant WBO China Zone heavyweight title)

Venue: Hangzhou Stadium, Hangzhou, China
Promoter: Jiashu Chen (China International Boxing Indus)

Note: Wu was a last moment replacement for Alexander Frank (11-0, 9 KOs) of Germany by way of Kazakhstan.

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Clarkson destroys Pryor

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes

A packed house at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas Friday night was setup for Top Rank’s super welterweight prospect Joey Alday to build on his fanbase as he was scheduled as the main event in only his fourth professional fight that included some of the top local talent in Dallas Fort Worth. But when Alday, who is guided by Montoya-Ruibal Boxing Management, was unable to secure a suitable opponent by a commission mandated cutoff time of noon of fight night, he was off the card. Alday, sitting ringside, told Fightnews he was disappointed he could not fight and can’t wait to get back in the ring.

That left the door wide open for the charismatic light heavyweight southpaw Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs), already scheduled on the card, to take over as the main event against Larry Pryor (10-15, 5 KOs). (more…)

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Cuellar-Mares, Charlo-Williams Officials

Below are the officials assigned for the two world title fights on Saturday night’s Showtime-televised world title twinbill from the Galen Center on the campus Of USC in downtown Los Angeles.

WBA Featherweight World Championship
Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares
Referee: Jack Reiss
Judges: Kermit Bayless, Max DeLuca, Dave Moretti

IBF Jr Middleweight World Championship
Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams
Referee: Wayne Hedgepeth
Judges: Eddie Hernandez, Patrick Russell, Zachary Young

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Weights from Bethlehem, PA

David Peralta 145.5 vs. Berlin Abreu 147.2
(WBC Latino Title)

Kermit Cintron 147.8 vs. Rosemberg Gomez 147.1
Ronald Ellis 167 vs. Oscar Riojas 169
Erik Spring 150 vs. Grayson Blake 148
Derric Rossy 226.5 vs. Richard Carmack 362.3
Antowyan Aikens 169 vs. Blake Mansfield 167.7
Abraham Nova 127.9 vs. Joshua Santos 127.1
Chordale Booker 155 vs. Dawond Pickney 158.7
Jesus Perez 140.5 vs. Antonio Allen 143

Venue: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA
Promoters: GH3 Promotions, King’s Promotions and Sampson Boxing

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John Molina: I apologize to the fans, no excuses

By Bill Green

John Molina: I apologize to the fans, no excuses I should’ve made the weight, by no mistake did we not prepare. My body just rejected the cut. Everyone knows me, I’ve never missed weight before. From me to you, as a Nebraskan, I apologize. We did everything the same in camp, prepared just like the Provodnikov fight. My body just can’t make 140 any longer. I’m 33 years old now and I squeezed every drop out but my body just would cooperate. I take full consequences and I will give 100% tomorrow night, the fans will definitely get their money’s worth.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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“Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr Found Dead In Mexico

By Felipe Leon

Early reports indicate featherweight prospect Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr (25-3-3, 15KO) was found dead this morning in Guadalajara, Mexico. Gonzalez Jr was the son of former world champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez who won a world title at featherweight in the ’90s. Gonzalez Jr is best known for sending current the then IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton to the canvas twice in the first round in July of last year in San Antonio, Texas. Frampton won the fight via twelve round unanimous decision.

It is reported Gonzalez Jr was found in a vehicle with two more bodies, cause and those responsible are not known at this time.

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Nica Concepcion loses title on scale

WBA super flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion was unable to make the 115lb limit at Friday’s weigh-in in Manchester, England. The vacant world title will be on the line for Yafai only. Concepcion, who was initially 2.4 pounds heavy, only managed to drop three ounces.

Luis Concepcion 117.25 vs. Kal Yafai 114.5
(Vacant WBA super flyweight championship)

Other weights:
Scott Quigg 125.7 vs. Jose Cayetano 127.3
Dillian Whyte 246 vs. Dereck Chisora 250
Callum Smith 167.5 vs. Luke Blackledge 166.6
Luiz Ortiz 241 vs. David Allen 258
Hosea Burton 174.3 vs. Frank Buglioni ??
Conor Benn 147.25 vs. Steve Backhouse 143.6
Katie Taylor 132.1 vs. Viviane Obenauf 131.6

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky Sports Box Office (UK)

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Q&A: Andy Ruiz

By David Finger

There is no doubt that history will be made tonight in Auckland, New Zealand when Andy Ruiz and Joseph Parker face off for the vacant WBO heavyweight title. Two undefeated contenders will not only battle for the vacant world title, but also for the opportunity to be either the first Kiwi or the first Mexican to win a heavyweight title. For two nations with as proud a boxing history as New Zealand and Mexico, it will be an end of a streak that rivals the Cubs World Series drought in baseball. Although New Zealand’s David Tua came the closest in recent years, the drought for New Zealand went all the way back to 1883, when Herbert “Maori” Slade fought John L. Sullivan for the world championship. It was historic fight in that it was the first time an ethnic minority would fight for the heavyweight title. But ultimately Slade would come up short, and the drought for New Zealand would begin.

But while every Kiwi is firmly in the back of their local hero Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz is determined to see New Zealand’s drought last a little longer. He has a mission as well: become the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history. Ruiz hails from Los Angeles, but as a native son of Mexicali he has a firm connection to the country of his birth. And he is determined to bring a world title belt back to LA not only for California, but for Mexico as well. Ruiz took some time to speak with the media after the weigh in yesterday. (more…)

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Crawford 139.6, Molina 4 pounds heavy

By Bill Green
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Terence Crawford 139.6 vs John Molina Jr 144
(WBC/WBO super lightweight title)
Note: Molina came back later and weighed 143.4

Mason Menard 134.2 vs Ray Beltran 133.8
Sean Monaghan 179.2 vs Fernando Castaneda 177.8
Mike Reed 142 vs Sidney Siqueira 141.6
Kevin Ceja Ventura 135 vs Gregorio Perez Herrera 134.4
Steven Nelson 175.4 vs Chris Harris 175
Chris Arguello 168.4 vs Manuel Medrano 167

Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska


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Cuellar, Mares, Charlo, Williams on weight

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Jesus Andres Cuellar 124 vs. Abner Mares 126
(WBA featherweight title)

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Jermall Charlo 153.4 vs. Julian Williams 154
(IBF jr middleweight title)

Sergey Lipinets 139.8 vs. Leonardo Zappavigna 139.6
Erickson Lubin 157 vs. Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 159

Promoter: Premier Boxing Champions
Venue: USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: Showtime

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Weights from Puerto Rico

By Robert Coster

Alfredo Santiago 129 vs Jayson Velez 130

Cindy Serrano 125 vs Calixta Salgado 124.4
(For vacant WBO Featherweight title )

Subiel Matthew140 vs Antonio Sanchez140
Alberto Machado 130 vs Orlando Rizo130

Derrick Cuevas 146.5 vs Daniel Sostre146.4
(WBA Fedecentro welterweight title)

Promotor: Fresh Productions
Venue: Coliseo Cosme Beitia, Catano, Puerto Rico

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Weights from Monterrey, Mexico

By Felipe Leon

Julio César Chávez Jr 168 vs Dominik Britsch 167.5
Jaime Munguia 157.6 vs Alvaro Robles 157.6
Isaac Rodríguez 165.3 vs Jesus Angel Nerio 169.3
Omar Chávez 158.7 vs Cesar Chávez 158.7
Abner Lopez 146.6 vs Ramon Palomares 144.4
Ramón Hidalgo 142.8 vs Rodolfo Macias 140
Humberto De Santiago 126.7 vs Saul Gutiérrez 126.7
Sergio Sánchez 122.3 vs Roberto Carrizalez 122.3
Cesar Soriano 137.7 vs Galo Santos 136.6
Brayan Gonzalez 131 vs Luis Gerardo Jasso 131
Paola Torres 130 vs Karla Díaz 126.7
Giancarlos Cruz 146 vs Raúl Guerrero 146

Venue: Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: TV Azteca and Bein

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30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony on Sunday

Limited tickets are still available for this Sunday afternoon’s (Dec. 11) 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. Ring 8’s 2016 award winners as follows… (more…)

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Ulises Solis to face Petalcorin in comeback fight

Two time former IBF light flyweight Champion Ulises Solis was in Melbourne Australia today who has fought in 14 World Title bouts.

Solis met up with promoter Peter Maniatis in Melbourne and the topic was a comeback fight for Solis. The fight is planned for mid next year against former WBA champion Randy Petalcorin and Solis said that his brother Jorge Solis, who fought Manny Pacquiao in Texas, would train him if he decides to makes comeback fight.

Former World champion Solis said “Petacorin is a good fighter and a former WBA World Champion. I am a two time IBF World champion. I believe this fight would generate a lot of interest. I am only 35 years old and have not fought for a few years but I am always in the gym training and also training other boxers. I take boxing seriously.

“The offer would have to be good to get me out of retirement”

Peter Maniatis said “Solis is a good name for Petalcorin he has fought in 14 world title fights but has not fought for 3 years and at 35 years of age its up to him to get into shape to fight Petalcorin. I think this fight would be a statement fight for Petalcorin”

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Diablo Plan: Beat Harth, then fight for title

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I hope that fans will see a “real man” boxing fight. There’s everything at stake for me, because losing to Harth would mean that I won’t have a chance to fight for a world title. Winning means I’ll be very close. I want to fight for a maximum five years, win the title, defend it a couple of times and finish my career. It doesn’t matter which cruiserweight champion I have to face. And for now, I want to knock him out,” stated former WBC/IBF cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (51-3. 37 KOs). On this super busy December 10 boxing day, he’ll fight Germany’s Leon Harth (14-1, 10 KO) in Wrocław, Poland, for IBF Intercontinental title. Another cruiserweight fight in Wrocław worth watching: Michał Cieślak (14-0, 11 KO), who next year will move his training camp to the USA, vs. also undefeated Nikodem Jeżewski (12-0, 7 KO).

On the scales: Włodarczyk: 199,5, Harth: 195,1; Cieślak: 199,7, Jeżewski: 198,4.

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Golden Boy re-inks Caballero

Former world champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) has re-signed a multi-year promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, the company announced today. Caballero, who is 26 years old and from the Coachella Valley, is a former IBF Bantamweight World Champion who started his career with Golden Boy Promotions in 2010. He is currently ranked number 11 in the super bantamweight division by the WBC

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Anthony Joshua 249, Eric Molina 237.5

Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Anthony Joshua 249 vs. Eric Molina 237.5
(IBF heavyweight title)

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Showtime

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Chavez Jr. and Britsch set for clash

By Hesiquio Balderas

Things are heating up in Monterrey, Mexico, for Saturday’s clash between former middleweight champion Julio Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch.

Julio Chavez Jr: ” I trained very hard for this fight. I’ve been in the gym for a long time, doing my best. I’m basically in the best shape since my fight with Martinez. People will get a great fight from me and from my opponent because of our styles.”

Dominic Britsch: “I am here to win. I want to thank Mexico for the warm welcome. I will win the fight because I feel no pressure and because I had a great training camp for this fight. This will be an exciting fight.”

Tickets are still tickets available.

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Cuellar-Mares/Charlo-Williams Final Presser

By Miguel Maravilla

With only 2 days to go WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina and former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico held the final press conference Thursday afternoon at Galen Center Founders Club for their showdown taking place this Saturday at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C in Los Angeles live on Showtime.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Ringstar Sports’ Richard Schaefer opened up the press conference. The company will be promoting their inaugural event. “From top to bottom this is one of the best cards. When you look at these two fights, you really have two events that could be main events anywhere. These four guys are really made for each other,” Schaefer said. (more…)

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Parker, Ruiz polite at weigh in but promise victory

By David Finger

In what is already shaping up to be the biggest fight card in New Zealand’s history, undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz from Mexico and undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker from New Zealand weighed in this morning at the Britomart Country Club in downtown Auckland New Zealand. Ruiz, who has weighed as much as 297 in his early career, weighed in at 255.7. Parker weighed in at 246.7.

Photo: David Finger

After the weigh in both fighters spoke briefly to the media before answering questions from press row.

“We did the hard work over there in Big Bear and now it’s time to have fun,” Andy Ruiz said after the weigh in. “Show the talent I really have and December 10th we’re going to win.” (more…)

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Helu, Musson victorious in Auckland

Story and photos by David Finger

All eyes in boxing may be on Auckland, New Zealand for this weekend’s super fight featuring Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz for the vacant heavyweight title, but with the super fight just one night away a smaller, but no less passionate, crowd came out to support some hometown fighters at the Auckland Boxing Association (ABA) Stadium across town. Craig Thompson and CTP Boxing hosted the “Christmas Cracker” fight card, an annual event at the ABA Stadium. Founded in 1887, the Auckland Boxing Association had made its home at the ABA Stadium since 1992, and the stadium had as much character and charm as many venues twice the size.

The “Christmas Cracker” card fell a night before the Parker-Ruiz PPV clash and featured mostly amateur or “corporate” fights. However the card was rounded off with two professional fights featuring a pair of rising young Kiwis looking to break into the big time much like their countryman Joseph Parker had done. (more…)

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Weights from Dallas

By Robert Hughes

Joey Alday 159.5 vs. TBD
Samuel Clarkson 178.75 vs. Larry Pryor 180.5
Alexis Del Bosque 136.25 vs. Mohamed Rodriguez 138.75
DeAnthony Jones TBA vs. Antonio Solarzano TBA
Ray Ximenez 126.0 vs. Raymond Chacon 126.0
Gabriel Rodriguez 126.5 vs. Javier Cepeda 129.5
Thomas Smith 127.0 vs. David Montes 133.75
Jarvis Shepard 153.75 vs. Gilbert Chuen NO SHOW
Amon Rashidi 147.75 vs. Johnathan Bullock 147.0
Even Torres 169.0 vs. Christopher Jones 179.0
Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Mojica 110.5 vs. Adrian Guerra 110.5

Promoter: Golden Eagle Promotions and Montoya Rubial
Venue: The Bomb Factory, Downtown Dallas, Texas

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Andy Ruiz 255.7, Joseph Parker 246.7

By David Finger at the scale

Andy Ruiz 255.7 vs. Joseph Parker 246.7
(WBO heavyweight title)

Jeff Horn 146.6 vs. Ali Funeka 146.4
Isaac Dogboe 121.8 vs. Julian Aristile 121.8
Junior Fa 270.1 vs. Pablo Magrini 210
Josh Parker 189.6 vs. Ash McConville 203.4
Shannon O’Connell 121.4 vs. Laura Griffa 121.4
Brown Buttabean 281 vs. Che Barlow 231.5

Venue: Vector Arene, Auckland, NZ
Promoter: Top Rank/Duco
TV: HBO (same day delay)

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch face to face in Monterrey

In a cold and rainy afternoon in Monterrey, Mexico former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Dominick Britsch came face to face in the final press conference to promote their 10 round battle that will take place this Saturday in a card promoted by Zanfer Promotions in the Monterrey Arena and that will be televised in the United States by BeIN Sports Español at 11:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Chavez Jr and Britsch sat under a tarp to speak about their fight that well attended by local media and fans. Also at the presser where Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Juan Carlos Torres of Zanfer Promotions and Mexican Olympic gold medalist in the 1984 games in Los Angeles Raul Gonzalez director of Sports for the City of Monterrey and key a figure in bringing the fight here. (more…)

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Cotto-Kirkland on Feb 28

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return February 25 against James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. Cotto and his team are in New York City finalizing the details for the Roc Nation card, which will be televised by HBO PPV. The 36-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has been inactive since November 2015 when he lost by decision to “Canelo” Alvarez. An official announcement is expected shortly.

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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

WBO, WBC Super lightweight champion Terence Crawford and No. 1 Contender John Molina pose during the final Press Conference to announce their bout December 10 live on HBO at CenturyLink Center Omaha.


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Whyte vs Chisora fight still on; Chisora two-year suspension, £25,000 fine

Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora will still fight in a WBC World Heavyweight title eliminator at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The British Boxing Board of Control held an emergency meeting in Manchester on Thursday afternoon to discuss the clash between the pair at their press conference on Wednesday.

The Board ruled that Chisora would be handed a suspended two-year suspension, a £25,000 fine plus £5,000 costs and that Whyte’s British title would not be on the line.

Both fighters will weigh-in at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester tomorrow but at separate times and will not face-off.

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Arum celebrates 85th birthday in New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum celebrated his 85th birthday in Auckland New Zealand in the company of Australian boxing journalist Grantlee Kieza who talked about the time they were both at the WBC light heavyweight title bout in Australia when the champion Jeff “Hitman” Harding stopped Tom “The Bomb” Collins when the Englishman retired on his stool at the conclusion of round two.

Arum said that the fans were unhappy with Collins finishing on his stool and he talked on the microphone to the fans to settled them down. Arum also talked boxing greats Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler and Manny Pacquiao. Kieza said he “Just had sensational dinner with Bob Arum talking about some of his boxers Ali, Pacquiao, Leonard Duran Hagler Duran”

Bob Arum is in New Zealand for the WBO#3 Andy Ruiz v WBO#1 Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title on Saturday.

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Skoglund and Shala make weight

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Erik Skoglund 174.6 vs Timy Shala 173.5
WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship

Naim Terbunja 173.1 vs Sven Fornling 173.1
Mikaela Laurén 150 vs Szilvia Szabados 152.1
Hampus Henriksson 171.7 vs Przemyslaw Binienda 168.4
Patricia Berghult 137.6 vs Monika Antonik 139.6

Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Rosvalla Arena, Nyköping, Sweden

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Haskins suffers leg injury, cancels his defense with Omori in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Woz Promotions in Kyoto, Japan, presided by Shoji Omori, has surprisingly announced that the IBF 118-pound title bout between defending champ Lee Haskins and his local favorite IBF#14 Shohei Omori (no relation to the promoter despite their likeliness of the names) was pitifully cancelled because of Haskins’ leg injury, of which the British champion’s party informed the local promoter just yesterday. Therefore, the show on New Year’s Eve has become just a doubleheader featuring the IBF 122-pound titlist Jonathan Guzman versus Yukinori Oguni, and WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka versus interim titlist Stamp Kiatniwat of Thailand. Omori is supposed to participate in the show even without the world championship on the line.

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Ruiz-Parker Final Presser Quick Quotes


Undefeated heavyweight contenders Joe Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be battling for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. They faced off Thursday at their final press conference.

Andy Ruiz: “This is my chance and I didn’t come all the way to New Zealand to lose. I know everyone is underestimating me. I know I trained hard for this fight. I hear everyone commenting on how I look physically, but imagine now that I am in great shape, how good I will be on Saturday night. I know I am an exciting fighter – I will use lots of footwork and throw a lot of combinations – and we both hit hard…this is a great opportunity for me and I’m not leaving New Zealand without that belt.”

Joseph Parker: “I will use the support in the building to motivate me and that will drive me throughout the fight. Andy wants to take the belt back with him and I want to keep it here. I want to go out there and win this and win it well. I know Andy is a nice guy and there is no hate between us. But when the bell rings on Saturday night we flip the switch and we will each be trying to knock the other guy out.”

Bob Arum: “I don’t put money on fights. I do give Andy a great chance to win this fight. I always tell people, the best way to lose money is to bet on a fight. Andy is in sensational shape for this fight. Andy has the fastest hands in a heavyweight that I have seen since Muhammad Ali. And he really stands in there and takes the fight to his opponent. The winner of this fight will be the preeminent heavyweight.” photos

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Jones-Gunn: Skill vs. Will

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Courtney Gale Photography

Four-division world champion, and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) laces them up again on February, 17th, 2017, when he takes on former two-time world title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6-1, 18 KOs) at the Chase Center, in Wilmington, Delaware. They will contest for the vacant WBF world cruiserweight title. The fight was announced on a dreary, rainy afternoon in Wilmington, and the general mood of those in attendance at the kickoff press conference seemed to reflect that somberness.

Local politician and attorney Ciro Poppiti was the first to speak, and he did his best to generate some excitement. “Delaware was knocked down on the canvas, but we are getting back up. There was the Newsweek story that proclaimed Wilmington to be a ‘murder town’. This fight could have been made anywhere in the United States, but it will happen here. The sun is coming up. Roy Jones was in sunny Pensacola this morning, but he got on a plane and came here to announce that he will be fighting in our little community. That tells us that we are on the right path!” (more…)

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Liebenberg-Koelling sign for rematch in South Africa

After their memorable battle in Germany in October, light-heavyweight contenders Ryno Liebenberg and Enrico Koelling will engage in a much-awaited rematch at South Africa’s Emperors Palace Casino on February 4. Confirming the news on Thursday, Golden Gloves boss Rodney Berman and Kalle Sauerland of Team Sauerland said that agreed terms included Koelling traveling to Liebenberg’s back yard to prove the first result was no fluke.

Koelling (22-1, 6 KOs) won a split decision that infuriated the South Africans’ camp, who vowed revenge in the event of a rematch. Berman agreed to the Germans’ demands for a German judge to go alongside a South African official and a neutral official to ensure potential claims of bias have no basis. Liebenberg (17-4, 12 KOs) has been bristling ever since the referee raised Koelling’s arm at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, telling supporters to watch the video on YouTube to decide for themselves.

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