Cotto: I’m leaving on Dec 31, no matter what

By Miguel Maravilla

Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico makes his ring return against Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto takes on Kamegai this Saturday, August 26 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The Puerto Rican star spoke to Fightnews.com on his upcoming fight with Kamegai.

“I am ready for this fight with Kamegai. All fights are tough but I will do my job to come out on top,” Miguel Cotto told Fightnews.com. The fight will mark the debut of Miguel Cotto fighting under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, although he doesn’t plan to stick around for long. Continue reading “Cotto: I’m leaving on Dec 31, no matter what”

By Miguel Maravilla Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico makes his ring return against Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto takes…
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McGregor could also KO Vegas Sportsbooks

Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably close considering Floyd is shooting to go 50-0 for his Hall of Fame career against an MMA fighter making his pro boxing debut. Nevertheless, wagers have been flowing in heavily on McGregor +325, and if McGregor wins, Vegas casinos stand to get creamed.

Zach Jornlin, sportsbook supervisor at MGM Resorts, told The New York Post: “This would be a really, really bad loss for us.”

Jay Rood, VP of MGM Resorts Race and Sports, told ESPN: “This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts.”

Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably…
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Japan’s Youth Tournament Finals, First Day

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

The first Japan’s Youth Tournaments came to an end to see the finals in four classes on the first day on Tuesday with the other three on the next day in Tokyo, Japan. Continue reading “Japan’s Youth Tournament Finals, First Day”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda The first Japan’s Youth Tournaments came to an end to see the finals in four classes on the first day on Tuesday with…
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Champion-maker Yonekura Gym to close this month

By Joe Koizumi

It was in 1963 that Kenji Yonekura, two-time world challenger, Orient bantamweight champ and former Olympian in the Melbourne games in 1956, established Yonekura Gym after his retirement. Since then, the Gym produced five world champions, nine OPBF/OBF titlists and thirty-one national titleholders to its credit to be called “champion-maker.”

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

The 83-year-old Yonekura, an outstanding speedster who failed to win the world belt from Pascual Perez and Jose Becerra, made up his mind to close his Gym in the end of this month because he cannot cultivate youngsters any longer due to his physical condition. Continue reading “Champion-maker Yonekura Gym to close this month”

By Joe Koizumi It was in 1963 that Kenji Yonekura, two-time world challenger, Orient bantamweight champ and former Olympian in the Melbourne games in 1956, established Yonekura Gym after his…
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Payano, Miller, Sakai victorious

Former world bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (19-1, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (21-5-1, 8 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.

Photo: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

In a showdown between once-beaten lightweights, Ladarius Miller (14-1, 4 KOs) outscored Jamel Herring (16-2, 9 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.

Welterweight Shoki Sakai (22-7-1, 12 KOs) surprised former world title challenger Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (40-8-1, 11 KOs), taking an eight round unanimous decision. Continue reading “Payano, Miller, Sakai victorious”

Former world bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (19-1, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (21-5-1, 8 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in…
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Mayweather: I have to give the fans a great show this time

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off fight week events Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of the Showtime PPV event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters were greeted by fans at the Toshiba Plaza before making brief remarks onstage. Here is what they had to say:

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Floyd Mayweather: “I’m doing this for myself and my family but I want to give everyone a great show. Everyone deserves a good show. The Pacquiao fight wasn’t exciting enough. That was on Pacquiao, but I have to give the fans a great show this time.”

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Conor McGregor: “Floyd can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He can talk any kind of trash he wants, because he’s talking to the new God of boxing.” Continue reading “Mayweather: I have to give the fans a great show this time”

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off fight week events Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of the Showtime PPV event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking…
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Islam ready for clash with Cook

Unbeaten welterweight Kanat ‘Qazaq’ Islam (24-0, 19 KOs) held an open workout for the media this past Sunday during the 2017 Astana International Expo as he prepares to face fellow unbeaten Brandon Cook (18-0, 11 KOs) in front of an expected 12,000+ fans on September 9th at the Saryarka Velodrome in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Islam’s WBO/NABO and WBA Intercontinental belts will be at stake. “This is my home and I will not
lose,” he promised.

Unbeaten welterweight Kanat ‘Qazaq’ Islam (24-0, 19 KOs) held an open workout for the media this past Sunday during the 2017 Astana International Expo as he prepares to face fellow…
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Cunningham to host Briscoe Awards

Philly Boxing History announced today that former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will be the celebrity guest host of the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, on October 15, 2017.

“It’s an honor,” Cunningham said of being named the guest host. “I’m happy and proud. I’m going to do my best.” Continue reading “Cunningham to host Briscoe Awards”

Philly Boxing History announced today that former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will be the celebrity guest host of the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, on…
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IBA Relaunched

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has been relaunched worldwide by a sports group headed by the new IBA president, J.C. Courreges. In 1991, two-time Major League Baseball all-star pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Dean Chance founded the IBA, guiding the international sanctioning body until his death in 2015.

Based in Ventnor City, New Jersey, the IBA also has an office in Florida. The IBA is establishing international representatives around the world in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Continue reading “IBA Relaunched”

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has been relaunched worldwide by a sports group headed by the new IBA president, J.C. Courreges. In 1991, two-time Major League Baseball all-star pitcher and…
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Cotto focused on Kamegai, not other fights

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only four-division world champion in Puerto Rico’s rich boxing history, says he’s focused on Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) in Saturday’s clash in Los Angeles for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.

And while Cotto-Kamegai will be on HBO, it will be going head-to-head with the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor PPV telecast that some think can produce 4 million buys. Cotto says he’s not paying attention to that “other” fight at all. Continue reading “Cotto focused on Kamegai, not other fights”

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only four-division world champion in Puerto Rico’s rich boxing history, says he’s focused on Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) in Saturday’s clash…
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Horn: Mayweather should annihilate McGregor

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is confident that Floyd Mayweather will defeat Conor McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas but said he likes the Irishman, who is hilarious and a great entertainer. Horn talked to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail.

“I hope Mayweather annihilates him and I think he will,” Horn said. “But I like McGregor, much more than Mayweather. McGregor is hilarious and a great entertainer. It will be dreadful for the sport of boxing if Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters of all time, gets rolled by a guy having his first fight but I can’t see McGregor doing too well even with all the hype.” Continue reading “Horn: Mayweather should annihilate McGregor”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is confident that Floyd Mayweather will defeat Conor McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas but said he likes…
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Roy Jones Jr Promotions, beIN Sports ink deal

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions and beIN Sports have inked a one year TV deal that will commence on September 29th at Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas. The pact calls for three fights in 2017 and ten fights in 2018. Kicking off in September, Jones will co-promote with Montoya Boxing. Headlining is local favorite and WBA-NABA super welterweight champion John “The Phenom” Vera (17-0-0, 10 KOs) along with featherweight Ray Ximenez (16-1), cruiserweight Adrain “Montu-Ra” Taylor (3-0, 3 KOs) and middleweight Joey Alday Jr.(5-0, 5 KOs). Continue reading “Roy Jones Jr Promotions, beIN Sports ink deal”

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions and beIN Sports have inked a one year TV deal that will commence on September 29th at Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas. The pact calls for…
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Tony Luis returns Oct 14

WBA-NABA Lightweight Champion, Tony “Lightning” Luis (24-3, 8 KOs), will put his title on the line on Saturday, October 14th, when he takes on Giovanni “Impacto” Straffon (14-2-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round main event at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, ON, Canada.

In the co-feature bout, undefeated heavyweight prospect and recent Liveco signee Oleksandr Teslenko (10-0, 8 KOs) is expected to deliver a crushing KO against a fighter to be named later.

WBA-NABA Lightweight Champion, Tony “Lightning” Luis (24-3, 8 KOs), will put his title on the line on Saturday, October 14th, when he takes on Giovanni “Impacto” Straffon (14-2-1, 9 KOs)…
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FS1 Weights from Las Vegas

Juan Carlos Payano 120.6 vs. Alexis Santiago 120.4
Jamel Herring 134.4 vs. Ladarius Miller 134.8
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 145 vs. Noe Lopez 142.4
Ashley Theophane 144 vs. Shoki Sakai 143.4
Cameron Krael 147.2 vs. Greg Jackson 146.2
Ahmed Mahmood 125.4 vs. Alberto Mora 127.6

Venue: Sams Town, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: FS1

Juan Carlos Payano 120.6 vs. Alexis Santiago 120.4 Jamel Herring 134.4 vs. Ladarius Miller 134.8 Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 145 vs. Noe Lopez 142.4 Ashley Theophane 144 vs. Shoki Sakai 143.4 Cameron…
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The 12th Round: Don King

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President- Jose Sulaiman’s son

We are living in a difficult time, humanity is hurting, tragedies and terrorist attacks happening, with so many innocent people dying and countless families suffering without being able to find an explanation. The latest tragic event took place in Barcelona and shook the world. Let’s only hope that a day comes when matters are settled in a different manner when at least we respect rules as the principle among all. Our prayers join the millions from all over the world for all the victims and their families.

Don King turned 86 yesterday. I decided to dedicate this week’s column to one of the greatest personalities in the history of boxing and all sports. Continue reading “The 12th Round: Don King”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President- Jose Sulaiman’s son We are living in a difficult time, humanity is hurting, tragedies and terrorist attacks happening, with so many innocent people dying and…
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Frampton splits from McGuigan

Former world champion Carl Frampton posted on his Twitter account that he has split from Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions. Nothing announced on whether “The Jackal” will remain with trainer Shane McGuigan, Barry McGuigan’s son.

Former world champion Carl Frampton posted on his Twitter account that he has split from Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions. Nothing announced on whether “The Jackal” will remain with trainer…
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Lomachenko-Rigondeaux in play for December

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will return December 9 on ESPN at The Theater in Madison Square Garden according to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The opponent isn’t set, but either Guillermo Rigondeaux or Orlando “Siri” Salido is the likely foe. Lomachenko-Rigondeaux would be a clash between elite two-time Olympic gold medalists with Rigo moving up two divisions from 122 to 130 pounds. Lomachenko-Salido would be a rematch and opportunity for Loma to avenge his only loss.

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will return December 9 on ESPN at The Theater in Madison Square Garden according to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The opponent isn’t…
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Brisbane demands Pacman commitment

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

The Brisbane City Council will not make a financial commitment to the promoters for the rematch of WBO welterweight title bout between world champion Jeff Horn and challenger Manny Pacquiao until it’s guaranteed that the future Hall of Famer will be travelling from the Philippines for a rematch with the former Brisbane schoolteacher in November. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has told News Corp Australia that he wants confirmation from promoters that Pacquiao has signed on for the fight before he commits to marketing the event. Continue reading “Brisbane demands Pacman commitment”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing The Brisbane City Council will not make a financial commitment to the promoters for the rematch of WBO welterweight title bout between world…
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Gavronski-Vera clash Sept 9 at the Boat

By Ricardo Ibarra

An intriguing super middleweight fight tops the 112th edition of Brian Halquist Productions’ long running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on September 9th. Popular local prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (23-2-1, 14 KOs) will take on one of his most accomplished opponents to date as he squares off with battle-tested former WBO-NABO middleweight champion Brian Vera (26-11, 16 KOs) in a ten round match-up. Continue reading “Gavronski-Vera clash Sept 9 at the Boat”

By Ricardo Ibarra An intriguing super middleweight fight tops the 112th edition of Brian Halquist Productions’ long running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma,…
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Alamo becomes WBC Youth world champion

Yomar ‘The Magic’ Alamo (14-0, 11 KOs) from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, viciously defeated Hungarian Zsigmond Vaas (13-6, 2 KOs) in the first round to become WBC’s super lightweight Youth World Champion in an exciting fight held at the Samuel ‘Sammy’ Rodríguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas. A Youth World title had never previously been held in Puerto Rico.

An excited Álamo stated: “I am thrilled to have won this world title in front of my home fans! I will carry my title with dignity and cannot wait to defend it in Puerto Rico or abroad. I am ready.” Continue reading “Alamo becomes WBC Youth world champion”

Yomar ‘The Magic’ Alamo (14-0, 11 KOs) from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, viciously defeated Hungarian Zsigmond Vaas (13-6, 2 KOs) in the first round to become WBC’s super lightweight Youth…
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Whyte: Wilder will fall in three

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC #5, IBF #7,WBO #10 heavyweight Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) was impressive in defeating Malcolm Tann (24-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday, stopping tann in round three. The win could now set him up for a fight against WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

“I’m a natural body puncher and try to hurt these guys to the body,” Whyte stated. “Against Deontay Wilder, imagine those shots. With his thin, lean body he’d fall after three or four rounds. I believe in my power. If I land I can knock any of these heavyweights out!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBC #5, IBF #7,WBO #10 heavyweight Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) was impressive in defeating Malcolm Tann (24-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday, stopping…
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Humongous Crawford-Indongo Photo Gallery

Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a rare four-belt world title fight, Terence Crawford became the undisputed king of the 140lb division with a stunning third round knockout over Julius Indongo Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Crawford now holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts, the first man to do so since Jermain Taylor 11 years ago.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada In a rare four-belt world title fight, Terence Crawford became the undisputed king of the 140lb division with a stunning third round knockout over Julius Indongo Saturday…
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Terence Crawford: Belts matter

Terence Crawford: Belts matter. I’m the only one that can be labeled champion at 140 and that’s a big deal to me…we have been practicing on the body shots all camp – it was a rough tough camp and everything that we worked on in camp came out today in the fight…Andre Ward is one of my favorite fighters, but I have to top him on this one!

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Terence Crawford: Belts matter. I’m the only one that can be labeled champion at 140 and that’s a big deal to me…we have been practicing on the body shots all…
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LaManna wins, then retires

It was a bittersweet night for welterweight contender Thomas LaManna as he won a 10-round unanimous decision over George Sosa in an entertaining bout in front of a capacity crowd at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. LaManna won the WBC Silver Latino welterweight title and shortly after, the fighter known as “Cornflake” promptly announced his retirement in the ring.

“It’s over. It’s over,” said LaManna. “I put a lot of years into this. This is it. I want to thank my parents, Vinny Ponte my promoter, my trainer and everybody who have helped me along the way.” Continue reading “LaManna wins, then retires”

It was a bittersweet night for welterweight contender Thomas LaManna as he won a 10-round unanimous decision over George Sosa in an entertaining bout in front of a capacity crowd…
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Garcia avenges loss to Diaz in rematch

By Lucas Ketelle

Luis “Vicious” Garcia avenged his lone career loss to Eddie Diaz in the same building, the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, while picking up a belt in the process. Garcia, a native of Richmond, CA, was stopped by Diaz in the second round in January of this year, since then Garcia won a #1 contender bout to fight Diaz in a rematch. Garcia nearly stopped Diaz in the first round when a solid overhand right almost relieved Diaz of his senses. Diaz would recover and battle back hurting Garcia later in the bout in a truly competitive affair. Luis Garcia won the Square Warriors junior welterweight by majority decision after eight hard fought rounds. Continue reading “Garcia avenges loss to Diaz in rematch”

By Lucas Ketelle Luis “Vicious” Garcia avenged his lone career loss to Eddie Diaz in the same building, the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, while picking up a belt…
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