More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to rebound after his TKO ...

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 ...

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WBC orders Stiverne vs. Wilder II

The World Boxing Council has officially confirmed Bermane Stiverne as mandatory contender for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Free negotiations for this rematch begin today.

The World Boxing Council has officially confirmed Bermane Stiverne as mandatory contender for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Free negotiations …


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More on Fukuhara-Calleros WBO 105lb title war + photos

Story and photos by David Finger at ringside

It goes without saying that the bigger fighters tend to dominate the spotlight in boxing, despite the fact that smaller fighters tend to produce better fights. Well, in boxing lightest weight class two brawlers showed fight fans that good things do come in smaller packages as Moises Calleros and Tatsuya Fukuhara took part in what already looks to be the fight of the year over twelve rounds today (Sunday, February 26) in Kamiamakusa, Japan.

Fukuhara, who clearly had home court advantage against the Mexican from Monterrey, was able to feed of the electricity of his rabid local fans, and edged Calleros in a twelve round split decision. (more…)

Story and photos by David Finger at ringside It goes without saying that the bigger fighters tend to dominate the …



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Crowley sends fans home happy

By Dave Spencer

After hearing scorecards being read all night, Toronto fight fans finally got the stoppage win they were craving as welterweight Cody Crowley sent the Hershey Centre faithful of close to 5,000 home happy with a pair of crippling body shots in Mississauga Ontario. The main event was all Crowley as the Peterborough fighter didn’t disappoint in only his third Canadian appearance pushing his record to a perfect 11-0 with his 6th stoppage versus an over matched Juan Carlos Cano (15-4-2) of Argentina at 2:43 of the third round. (more…)

By Dave Spencer After hearing scorecards being read all night, Toronto fight fans finally got the stoppage win they were …


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Wilder: I want to unify the division

By Tracy Morin

Deontay Wilder: We knew Washington would have a lot of adrenaline, fighting for a world title the first time, and I knew he’d bring the best Gerald Washington. Everybody wants to put their name on that [WBC] belt. My hands feel wonderful, and I still have power–Alabama country power. [He didn’t hurt me] at all. It was a patient fight. We used the 3-2 [left hook, right hand], which we worked on in camp but were very specific about in the dressing room. I didn’t throw too many jabs, more as a measurement, and we knew he couldn’t move to his right. It was all timing. I knew he was wearing down. I knew it was coming. We were looking to set up the 3-2. We changed our whole game plan in the dressing room. I was just waiting on that big moment. Washington was just as tall and long as me, so if I made the wrong move, I could be the one on the ground. I didn’t want to take any big chances. I don’t care about being down on the cards, especially in the early rounds. I take my time and do what I gotta do.

I saw Joseph Parker after the fight and greeted him. I’m a gentleman outside the ring. I’m in love with boxing, but I don’t want to do it long. I think I have 10 years or less. I want to unify the division, defend it a couple times, and I’m outta here. I really feel in 2017 I’m going to injure someone, to the point they’re going to have to put a red tag on somebody’s toe. I really feel that way; this is no joke. (more…)

By Tracy Morin Deontay Wilder: We knew Washington would have a lot of adrenaline, fighting for a world title the …




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Jerrett Hurd Post-Fight Comments

By Tracy Morin

Jarrett Hurd: I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a lot of movement in the fight. The game plan was to wear him down as the fight wore on. One thing I do well is keep my composure. We knew landing shots to the body and keeping the pressure on him was going to eventually break him down. I was using the jab a lot; he has a great jab, and we wanted to win the jab battle. One thing we didn’t expect, that he was doing very good, was sliding out the side door with his movement. He caught me one time in my eye; my vision was kind of blurry, but I shook it off. I got a little winded in the eighth. I knew I would get stronger and he would slow down. We timed it perfectly–when he came with a jab, we came over the top with a right hand. We practiced that a lot in the gym and landed it in the ninth round. I would give my performance a 7.5, 8. Tony shows that he has talent over and over again, and he showed it tonight; he caught me with some great shots. Whatever happens [next], Team Swift is ready for.

By Tracy Morin Jarrett Hurd: I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a …


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Fukuhara wins interim WBO 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) , 104.75. acquired the vacant WBO interim 105-pound belt as he defeated Mexican Moises Calleros (25-7-1, 14 KOs), 104.75, by a split decision (116-112 twice, 113-115) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto, Japan. The newly crowned interim champ is supposed to face the WBO regular titlist Katsunari Takayama upon his recovery from a surgery on the scar tissues.

By Joe Koizumi Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) , 104.75. acquired the vacant WBO interim 105-pound belt as he defeated …


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Plant and Nyambayar remain unbeaten

In a walkout bout on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KO) faced off against Thomas Awimbono (25-7-1, 21 KO) in the super middleweight division. Both fighters were exchanging in the first round with neither landing anything solid, until a left hook from Plant knocked Awimbono down toward the end of the round (he was able to beat the count). Plant stayed on the offensive through Round 2, landing a few solid blows to the head and body. In the third, Awimbono landed a solid left hook that reddened Plant’s face, but the response from Plant drove Awimbono into the corner. Round 4 saw back-and-forth action, with Plant coming on strong at the end and maintaining control in the fifth. Despite Awimbono’s willingness to engage in spots, Plant also landed the cleaner punches in the sixth and seventh. The rounds unfolded in similar fashion until the final bell after the tenth, handing Plant the one-sided win with scores of 100-89 (twice) and 99-90.

Mongolian 2012 silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 8 KO) faced Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7 KO) in a junior lightweight match scheduled for 10. After establishing a fairly brisk pace early on, each fighter had his moments until Nyambayar landed a right hand and sent Gemino to the canvas in the third. Nyambayar kept Gemino on the defensive for most of the fourth, landing precise combinations. Nyambayar landed hard shots in the fifth round but Gemino came alive in the last minute and landed some decent punches of his own as they traded. Round 6 was back-and-forth until a flurry of power shots from put Gemino on the mat, where he went right back a few seconds later. Gemino survived and continued to trade with Nyambayar–but Nyambayar landed more and cleaner shots. Nyambayar continued his precise assault, breaking Gemino down, and in the tenth a flurry of punches sent Gemino to the mat again. He beat the count, but Nyambayar didn’t give him a chance to get back into the fight, and shortly after Nyambayar’s continuous one-sided barrage the ref stopped the fight at 1:05 of the final round.

Alantez Fox (22-0-1, 10 KO) took on Kenneth McNeil (10-3, 7 KO) in a middleweight 10-rounder. In the opening stanza, McNeil pressed his advantage when he stunned Fox with an overhand right, leading to further effective blows, but it was McNeil who briefly tasted the canvas after Fox landed a hard right hand. In subsequent rounds, Fox wisely relied on more boxing and movement to keep away from his shorter opponent, who at times barreled forward but couldn’t again rattle Fox like he had in the first; when he landed another cracking overhand right in Round 5, Fox took it better. Fox started scoring uppercuts against the bending, reaching McNeil, who made his own moments on the inside in the seventh and eighth, when he landed a leaping left hook with seconds to go. In a wrestle-heavy ninth, McNeil scored the best punch, another overhand right, and pressed ahead for the entire tenth, though Fox landed some quality shots under pressure. The close, sometimes messy, fight went to the scorecards: 95-94 (twice) and 97-92 for Fox.

In a walkout bout on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KO) faced …


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BJ Flores blasts out Bates in one

Fighting as a heavyweight, two-time cruiserweight title challenger BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (33-3-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round KO over Jeremy “The Beast” Bates (26-19-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Flores dropped Bates twice in round one and referee Wes Melton after it off after BJ continued his assault. Time was 2:51. Flores, weighing 223 pounds, was coming off a third round KO loss to WBC cruiser champ Tony Bellew last October. He claimed the vacant WBA-NABA heavyweight title.

In the co-feature, super middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (18-5-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Sijuola Ade Shabazz (6-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBA-NABA super middleweight title. Hernandez overcame a cut over his left eye (caused by a punch) to win by scores of 100-89 across the board.

Fighting as a heavyweight, two-time cruiserweight title challenger BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (33-3-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round KO …



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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight belt on the line against Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KO) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, in a fight that featured few highlight reel moments–that is, until its explosive end.

After a feeling-out first round, Washington landed a couple of solid rights to the body in an otherwise quiet second. The third featured its share of clenches as both tried to establish a rhythm, but both worked on the inside while tied up. Though neither fighter was offering much output, Deontay upped the pace slightly in the fourth (perhaps the first round he clearly won). However, the knockout artist was just biding his time and launched a missile of a right hand and left hook in the fifth that put Washington down. He rose on shaky legs, but Wilder smelled blood, keeping a laserlike focus on his opponent before he unleashed a slew of unanswered punches. Ref Mike Griffin stepped in to stop the fight at 1:45 of the fifth, after which a dazed Washington pitched across the ring, clearly saved from further damage.

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By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight …


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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight belt on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KO) took on Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KO).

After a tentative, feeling-out first round, Harrison was able to catch Swift coming in, while Swift followed Harrison around without cutting off the ring. Action heated up in the third when Harrison started putting his punches together, landing a few quick combos with conviction. Harrison liberally used his legs in the fourth while some of Hurd’s jabs started to connect, but Hurd’s best moment in the fifth came courtesy of a right that clipped Harrison’s chin with seconds to go. Harrison retaliated in the sixth with a few combinations, but Hurd too started throwing with more power–and in the seventh he was able to wobble Harrison more than once with heavy right hands. Hurd hurt Harrison with more chopping right hands in Round 8; Harrison would at times look out on his feet, then lash out with his own power shots. The ninth round was competitive until Hurd landed a game-changing right hand on the button and scored a knockdown. Harrison got to his feet but spit out his mouthpiece, leading the ref to wave off the bout at 2:24.

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By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight …


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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to rebound after his TKO loss to Anthony Joshua last June by taking on Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KO) in a hard-fought heavyweight war on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ugonoh looked sharper from the outset, cracking hard power shots to the body of Breazeale, who complained of a low blow in the second round. Ugonoh’s punches were straighter and more accurate than Breazeale’s often looping attempts, but the fight soon became a back-and-forth battle of wills. A monster third round saw both genuinely hurt–and still throwing with bad intentions–but it was Breazeale who scored a knockdown when Ugonoh himself was on the attack. Ugonoh came back with a vengeance and drew blood from a cut over Breazeale’s left eye (which soon swelled badly), wobbling him with ferocious right hands, only for Breazeale to fire back. Ugonoh had a better fourth round, scoring a brutal knockdown, after which Breazeale rose on shaky legs but survived. In the high-drama, seesaw battle, Breazeale rallied in the fifth, landing hard rights to head and body to score a knockdown. Ugonoh beat the count, but not long afterward he absorbed more power punches and was knocked through the ropes, leading to the ref halting the scheduled 10-rounder at 0:50 of Round 5.

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By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to …


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Zimnoch stops Mollo in rematch

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (21-1, 14 KOs) avenged his only loss with a sixth round TKO over Chicago’s Mike Mollo (21-7, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in Szczecin, Poland. In a highly anticipated rematch of their fight almost exactly a year ago, when Mollo knocked out Zimnoch in less than two minutes, this time Zimnoch dropped Mollo in round two and got the win when the bout was halted after round six.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (21-1, 14 KOs) avenged his only loss with a sixth round TKO over Chicago’s …



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Vargas beats McDonnell for WBC 122lb belt

In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #1 Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over WBC #2 Gavin McDonnell (16-1-2, 4 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC 122lb title on Saturday night at the Hull Ice Arena in Hull, England. It was a competitive fight and a game effort by McDonnell, but the much taller Vargas put his size to good use in pulling away to a 117-111, 116-112, 114-114 verdict. McDonnell failed to match twin brother Jamie as a world ruler. Jamie holds the WBA bantamweight crown.

Notes: Vargas and McDonnell were fighting for the title vacated by Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa who retired. Judges Nathan Palmer and Max De Luca (both from the USA) had Vargas comfortably ahead. British judge Ian John-Lewis from the UK somehow scored the bout even.

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In the co-feature, lightweight Luke Campbell (16-1, 13 KOs) thrashed Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (21-7, 14 KOs) in two rounds. Campbell dropped Lopez in round one and finished him with another knockdown in round two. Campbell retained his WBC silver lightweight title.

In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #1 Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision …


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Undercard Results from Birmingham, AL

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside

Iago Kiladze (25-1, 17 KO) made quick work of Byron Polley (39-20-1, 13 KO) in a heavyweight match scheduled for eight. Polley emerged aggressively (perhaps because Kiladze hadn’t fought since June 2015) but swung wildly and succeeded only in getting picked apart by his taller, more precise opponent. A right hand put Polley down in the first round; though he beat the count, he was soon caught with a flush one-two that landed him flat on his back, prompting the stoppage at 2:11 of Round 1.

Junior Fa (10-0, 7 KO) made his U.S. debut versus southpaw Keith Barr (17-11-1, 7 KO) in a heavyweight bout scheduled for six. The 6’5″ New Zealander towered over his opponent, who did his best work in the clinches but offered little sustained offense. The second round was a dominant one for Fa, who threw dozens of punches in the last minute, mostly unanswered by Barr–leading to a knockdown late in the round. Barr beat the count and continued, but it started to look like target practice. Near-identical lefts to the body put Barr down again in the third–twice–leading to the ref stoppage at 2:36 of the round.

Josh Rasberry (0-1) was unsuccessful in his pro debut against Deon Nicholson (2-0, 2 KO) in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for four rounds. From the opening bell, Rasberry caught clean punches from his aggressive opponent, but it was a straight right from Nicholson that crumpled Rasberry in the corner. Though he tried to rise, the fighter was clearly hurt, and the fight was waved off just 40 seconds into the first round, giving Nicholson his second KO win.

Anthony Retic (0-1), making his pro boxing debut, squared off with Thomas Knox (2-0, 1 KO) in an evenly matched middleweight bout scheduled for four. Both fighters landed their share of power shots in the second after a tentative first round; Knox more often worked the body, while Retic found a home for his uppercuts as Knox pressed forward. The rangier Retic tried to use lateral movement to keep Knox at bay, but after four rounds, judges rewarded Knox’s aggression with scorecards of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).

Heavyweight Robert Alfonso (11-0, 4 KO) needed less than one round to dispatch overmatched Keith Thompson (8-5-0, 4 KO). Alfonso, who represented Cuba in the 2008 Olympics, emerged popping stiff jabs to the head and body, but once he began to throw in combination, he scored three knockdowns in quick succession. After the third, though Thompson beat the count, the referee waved off the bout.

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Iago Kiladze (25-1, 17 KO) made quick work of Byron Polley (39-20-1, …


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Lai stops Foley in three

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Sydney-based light heavyweight Aaron Lai (9-4, 8 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (17-3- 1, 14 KOs) in round three Saturday to capture the vacant Orient Pacific Boxing Federation title at the Dee Why RSL club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Lai and Foley exchanged heavy punches in round one and in round two Foley connected with a right hand bomb that dropped his opponent and Lai was unsteady legs at the bell. Lai recovered well between rounds and started round three in top gear dropping Foley twice with power shots to the head at which point referee John Gauchi crowned Lai the new OPBF champion.

Photo: Warren Suen

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Sydney-based light heavyweight Aaron Lai (9-4, 8 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (17-3- 1, …


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Adames crushes Prada

By Robert Coster

The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (11-0,10 KOs), WBA#5, gave another display of absolute punching power and violence by disposing in just 2 rounds of much more experienced Jean Carlos Prada(31-3-1,22Kos) of Venezuela in Santo Domingo on Friday. At the bell, Prada opted-foolishly-to go at Adames and trade freely with the young Dominican, one known for his devastating power. The first round saw some vicious exchanges, but it became apparent that the Venezuelan’s punches had no effect on Adames whereas the contrary was certainly the case. The visitor returned to his corner on shaky legs and it became evident that an early end to the fight as imminent. Sensing blood, Adames jumped on his prey and hammered away with thunderous combinations at Prada who stood dazed and defenseless on the ropes. The Venezuelan’s manager jumped into the ring to stop the slaughter. (more…)

By Robert Coster The Dominican Republic’s hottest prospect, welterweight Carlos Adames (11-0,10 KOs), WBA#5, gave another display of absolute punching …



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Unified champ Braekhus still unbeaten

Photos: First Lady Promotions

Unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (30-0, 8 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Klara Svensson (17-2, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Spectrum in Oslo, Norway. The “First Lady,” now 35 years old, won by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.

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Photos: First Lady Promotions Unified WBC/WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (30-0, 8 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided …


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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 Banks, 78-74 Lewis, 77-75 Banks) in the main event Friday night in Detroit. The decision seemed to be in line with the crowd’s opinion. Some had Lewis winning in their heads because of activity and his jab. Other fans had Banks winning due to his counter left hooks and his accuracy. The fight, which lived up to the hype of the fans and media, entertained the near capacity crowd Friday, February 24 at the Sound Board, located inside the MotorCity Casino-Hotel.

Early in the fight, Craig Lewis was able to fire a jab to keep the much smaller Banks from doing any damage. In the 2nd Round, Banks was shooting his left from orthodox position. These accurate and powerful left hooks were well timed against Lewis’ movement. The middle rounds were highly competitive and saw both fighters sticking their tongues out at each other. The cat and mouse game of Banks trying to land shots, while Lewis was trying to throw punches, proved to Judges Chambers and Stewart that Banks was leading in the fight, as Judge McKalpain saw these rounds going to Lewis because of activity. A wild 8th Round had Banks chasing Lewis, but ended with both fighters having a solid case for a victory. (more…)

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) …


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Horn to Pacquiao: Our millions are real

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who co-promote Jeff Horn has supplied Fightnews of a video showing that the offer for Manny Pacquiao to fight Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia is 100% valid and government-backed where the offer to fight in the UAE has many question marks and at this late date still not confirmed.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who co-promote Jeff Horn has supplied Fightnews of …


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Fukuhara, Calleros confident of victory at weigh in for WBO title fight

By David Finger

It may be the most overused cliche in boxing, but sometimes the story of the underdog overcoming all odds fits perfectly. And there may not be a better Rocky story in boxing today then that of WBO #2 ranked minimumweight contender Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7 KOs). After all, in 2013 few could have predicted the Kumamoto would be here fighting for the interim WBO minimumweight title. He was a five year veteran who had lost back to back fights against Yi Kimura and Takuma Inoue, and for ringsiders it was hard to envision him clawing his way into the world rankings. The loss to Inoue was particularly devastating as Inoue was making his professional debut against Fukuhara, a veteran of eighteen fights. Well, four years have passed since the loss to Inoue and Fukuhara has not only gone undefeated in his last ten fights, but he finds himself one win away from the world title.

But first he has to get past a man who overcame his own Rocky like setback just two years ago: Mexico’s Moises Calleros.

Calleros, 25-6-1, 14 KOs, also seemed finished after back to back losses in late 2013 and 2014, including a devastating knockout loss to Samuel Gutierrez. Gutierrez was a fighter with an 8-12-4 record going into the fight and the loss seemed to close the book on Calleros. But Calleros proved just as resilient as Fukuhara as he bounced back with five straight wins including a decision victory over Jose Manuel Sanchez to propel him into the top spot for the WBO. (more…)

By David Finger It may be the most overused cliche in boxing, but sometimes the story of the underdog overcoming …


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McDonnell-Vargas collide for WBC 122 belt

Gavin McDonnell is aiming to step out of his twin brother Jamie’s shadow and land in the big time when he faces Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC Super-Bantamweight title today at the Hull Ice Arena, live on www.klowdtv.com. Victory for Gavin would create a unique piece of British boxing history as he would join twin brother Jamie as a world ruler, with Jamie holding the WBA bantamweight crown and will make a sixth defense next time he enters the ring.

Weights:
Gavin McDonnell 120.8 vs. Rey Vargas 120
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Luke Campbell 134 vs. Jairo Lopez 133.1
(WBC silver lightweight title)
Tommy Coyle 139.6 vs. Rakeem Noble 139.9

 

 

Gavin McDonnell is aiming to step out of his twin brother Jamie’s shadow and land in the big time when …


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Floyd: There’s only one fight out there that’s important. That’s Mayweather and Connor McGregor

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, tells Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he still wants to fight MMA fighter Connor McGregor. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see,” proclaimed Floyd. “There’s only one fight out there that’s important. That’s Mayweather and Connor McGregor.”

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, tells Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he still wants to …


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Chavez Sr. convinces Canelo to end wager

By Hesiquio Balderas

During a heated press tour between Canelo Alvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr., Canelo and Chavez Jr. agreed to make a large wager on the outcome of the fight. Junior’s father, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was against the idea of a bet and thought that it was unethical to proceed with the whole thing. After an appearance on a sports TV show in Los Angeles, Canelo and Chavez Sr. agreed to put an end to the controversy.

“I am a man of my word but just for you, because I respect you, we’ll put an end to this, only because of you,” Canelo told Chavez Sr.

It’s not new to boxing fans that Canelo admires JC Sr. He has called Chavez his idol on numerous occasions. Canelo and Chavez Sr. shook hands and touched fists after agreeing to end the wager.

By Hesiquio Balderas During a heated press tour between Canelo Alvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr., Canelo and Chavez Jr. …


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Weights from Kamiamakusa City, Japan

By David Finger

Weights from the Misaki Tei Hotel, Kamiamakusa City, Japan. Supervisor: Leon Panoncillo

Tatsuya Fukuhara 104 3/4 vs. Moises Calleros 104 3/4
(vacant WBO interim minimumweight title)

Photo: David Finger

Ryusei Yoshida 139 3/4 vs. Kamol Jatuten 140
Wolf Nakano 119 3/4 vs. Yuki Hirashima 119 1/2
Ryo Nishijima 129 1/2 vs. Tomoya Ikeda 129
Tetsuro Matsunami 118 vs. Yusei Fujikama 118

By David Finger Weights from the Misaki Tei Hotel, Kamiamakusa City, Japan. Supervisor: Leon Panoncillo Tatsuya Fukuhara 104 3/4 vs. …


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Meserito Rodriguez crushes Narvaez in four

WBO #5 rated jr bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-3, 5 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Puerto Rico’s Carlos “The Kid” Narvaez (15-1, 6 KO’s) on Friday night at the Tony Rosa Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Rodriguez laid out the previously unbeaten WBO #15 rated Narvaez for the count with an explosive left hook to retain his WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.

Photo: Alex Nunez

WBO #5 rated jr bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-3, 5 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over …


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Alvarez KOs Bute in fifth round

By Dave Spencer

In a battle of two top ranked Quebec boxers, Elieder Alvarez scored a big 5th round knockout over former world champion Lucian Bute (32-4-1) on Friday night at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

Bute seemed to be getting the better of things, with good movement jab a defense but Alvarez turned things around on a dime with two crushing right hands to put Bute down and out. The first right stood the former champ straight up and the second crashing down to the canvas, where try as he might, he just couldn’t get to his feet. Alvarez stays undefeated and moves to 22-0 with the WBC light-heavyweight title eliminator win and is in line to face-off in another all Quebec match-up versus world champion Adonis Stevenson.

After two very close opening rounds Bute seemed to be gaining the upper hand in rounds three and four, able to frustrate the Colombian born Alzarez and not letting him get off, that all quickly changed though as Bute who now has just two wins in his last seven was stopped for the second time in his career. Now 36, retirement seems to be on the horizon for the former champion.

The win goes down as the second versus Bute for Montreal trainer Marc Ramsey who was also at helm when former world champion Jean Pascal scored a points victory in 2014.

By Dave Spencer In a battle of two top ranked Quebec boxers, Elieder Alvarez scored a big 5th round knockout …


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Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

By Hesiquio Balderas

It’s pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don’t like each other, but making a bet for both purses gave the already heated event and extra ingredient that should translate to the box office and to the PPV numbers. The arguments between Saul and Julio continue and that’s why there are less than 1,000 tickets left.

Photo: Tony Bullard – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Canelo and Chavez still had a few new things to say about each other.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “If he wants to do something with the bet we will do it, but let’s do it legally, let’s sign a paper. If we are going to do something, we’ll get it done, not just words. He (Canelo) is the first to say that a man backs his words with his balls, but I don’t see him doing that because he said he was going to fight Golovkin after the Amir Khan fight and he didn’t back up his own words, so I don’t believe in his words.”

Canelo Alvarez: “This fight goes beyond words. This fight is for honor. I made him the bet because he is always talking bad about me, that he is going to knock me out. He makes memes of me and he doesn’t say it in front of me, but I bet him the amount of money that he is going to earn. If I win this fight I will donate a percentage to the immigrant foundation to give my support to our people.” (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas It’s pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don’t like each other, but making a bet for both …


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DeLoach destroys Pearson

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Hot super welterweight prospect Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) scored a second round KO over Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Casino & Resort in Temecula, California. In round two DeLoach knocked down Pearson twice, the second time Pearson stayed down for the count. The time was 2:30.

Unbeaten lightweight prospect Saul Rodriguez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a split decision over Oscar Bravo (22-7, 10 KOs). Bravo controlled the action throughout the fight. In round five Rodriguez was knocked down by Bravo. The judges preferred Rodriguez’ higher workrate compared to Bravo’s power punches. Scores were 95-94, 97-92 for Rodriguez and 95-94 for Bravo.

In a clash of unbeaten cruiserweights, Andrew Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Quantis Graves (11-1-2, 4 KOs). Tabiti pressed the action in the fight from the start, hurting Graves every round. Graves, who was in survival mode from the start, took heavy shots in round five from Tabiti. In round six Tabiti knocked Graves to the canvas. Graves didn’t come out for round seven. The result was erroneously announced in the ring as a fifth round TKO.

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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Hot super welterweight prospect Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (17-1, 9 KOs) scored a second …


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Undercard Results from Quebec

By Dave Spencer

Undercard action from the Videotron Centre in Quebec City Friday night:

Heavyweight Adam Braidwood (7-1) traveled from Edmonton and scored the biggest win in his career, knocking down Eric Martel Baholeli (11-7-1) twice in the 5th round for the TKO victory. Wisdom was that the longer this one went, the more it favored the more experienced Bahoeli, and indeed it was the local Quebec fighter in control over the first three rounds. Braidwood though would start to dominate physically in the 4th, in fact almost pushing Bahoeli completely out of the ring when the two locked heads together. Braidwood took full advantage of the upper hand and never relented for the duration, almost stopping his opponent as the 4th. The beginning of the 5th was delayed as the ringside physician examined a cut under the left eye of Braidwood, but the extra time wasn’t nearly enough for Bahoeli who went down rather easily from an equally exhausted Braidwood. Bahoeli managed to climb to his feet but was visibly wobbly and glassy-eyed and the bout was wisely called. (more…)

By Dave Spencer Undercard action from the Videotron Centre in Quebec City Friday night: Heavyweight Adam Braidwood (7-1) traveled from …


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Canelo-Chavez press tour ends

By Miguel Maravilla

Mexican superstars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco and former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa made their final stop of a four city press conference tour Friday evening at the Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California for their showdown. Canelo and Chavez will square off on Saturday May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View. The tour kicked off Monday in Mexico City making stops in New York, Houston, and concluded in Los Angeles as Angelinos and Mexican fans were on hand. The press conference was hosted by ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna as he asked the fighters and their teams questions.

Osuna asked both fighters how they felt about the fight.

Canelo: “For me to represent Mexico, it’s an honor. It’s a risky fight and I will be ready and prepare hard do whatever is necessary to win.”

Chavez Jr: “This fight is personal, it’s a war between two Mexicans and may the best man win. I am focused it’s a great opportunity for my career, I am ready to show I can beat anybody.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Mexican superstars Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco and former world champion Julio Cesar …


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Weights from Lacey, Washington

By Ricardo Ibarra

Marquice Weston 196 vs. Jesse West 207.5
Richard Vansiclen 175 vs. Jose Galindo 179.5
Ramel Snegur 145 vs. Kevin Torres 147.5
Erik Cronkhite 151 vs. Steve Villalobos 149
Johnathan Arias 148.5 vs. Alex Eastman 150
Victor Morales, Jr. 131.5 vs. Chris Wheaton 127
Bricen Vasques 142.5 vs. Eduardo Torres 143.5
Patrick Ferguson 200 vs. Justin Davis 192.5
Justin Chappell 165.5 vs. John Peak 166.5

Promoter: Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions
Venue: Washington Land Yacht Harbor, Lacey Washington

By Ricardo Ibarra Marquice Weston 196 vs. Jesse West 207.5 Richard Vansiclen 175 vs. Jose Galindo 179.5 Ramel Snegur 145 …


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Weights from Minnesota

By Jesse Kelley

Joey Abell 257 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244
Ramon Luis Nicolas 178 vs. Darnell Boone 178
Marty Lindquist 189 vs. Martez Williamson 189
Livan Navarro 145 vs. Gilbert Venegas Sr. (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Irosvani Duvergel 170.5 vs. Walt Cournoyer (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Uriel Lara 152 vs. Desmond Johnson (147.6)

Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: Sports Expo Building, Blaine, MN
Stream: www.Facebook.com/SecondsOutFights

By Jesse Kelley Joey Abell 257 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244 Ramon Luis Nicolas 178 vs. Darnell Boone 178 Marty Lindquist …


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Canadian card ushers in new era

By Dave Spencer

It’s not often your phone will ever ring 48 hours before any Ontario, Canada fight card. Promoters are invariably way too busy putting out fires and jumping through hoops to assure that all bouts are presented as scheduled and rearranging deck chairs in hopes that the whole entirety doesn’t sink.

But Saturday’s nine-fight card at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga hopes to issue in a new era for the sport as long-standing commissioner Ken Hayashi has now retired and Ray Dempster has assumed the position.

“The fights were all finalized weeks ago and I’m finally doing what a promoter is supposed to do,” explained Don McDonald of his early morning phone call, “I’m promoting.” (more…)

By Dave Spencer It’s not often your phone will ever ring 48 hours before any Ontario, Canada fight card. Promoters …


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Washington outweighs Wilder by 17 pounds

Photos: Scott Foster

Deontay Wilder 222 vs. Gerald Washington 239
(WBC heavyweight title)

Tony Harrison 153.6 vs. Jarrett Hurd 153
(IBF junior middleweight title)

Dominic Breazeale 263 vs. Izu Ugonoh 230.6
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Tugstsogt Nyambayar 127.8 vs. Jhon Gemino 128.6
Caleb Plant 147.8 vs. Thomas Awimbono 148
Alantez Fox 159.8 vs. Kenneth McNeil 158.6

Venue: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: FOX and FS1

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Photos: Scott Foster Deontay Wilder 222 vs. Gerald Washington 239 (WBC heavyweight title) Tony Harrison 153.6 vs. Jarrett Hurd 153 …


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WBC Cares triumphs at success academy

The WBC and WBC Cares was out in force and up for the challenge of spreading its message of inspiration and diversity, at Success Academy Harlem, the largest group of charter schools in New York.

In front of almost a thousand teens and teachers, a wonderful panel of people from our community started with a welcome, and a moment of silence, in which we paused to contemplate our lives, our dreams and the journey that brought us to climb the steps of this school. (more…)

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