Kyoguchi dethrones Argumedo; wins IBF 105lb title in only 8th fight

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese prospect, ex-OPBF titlist Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6 KOs), 105, captured the IBF mini flyweight belt as he dropped defending world champ Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12 KOs), 104, Mexico, in the ninth round to earn a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Mike Fitzgerald (US) and Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico) both tallied 116-111, and Masahiro Noda (Japan) saw it 115-112, all in favor of the 23-year-old chalenger. The referee was Malik Waleed (US). It wasn’t a technically excellent fight at all as they kept missing the target each other, slipped down many times and repeated clinches time and again. Continue reading “Kyoguchi dethrones Argumedo; wins IBF 105lb title in only 8th fight”

WBA 108lb champ Taguchi stops #1 Barrera

By Joe Koizumi

WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12 KOs), 108, impressively kept his belt when he positively kept battering mandatory challenger Robert Barrera (18—2, 12 KOs), 108, Colombia, from the outset and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 0:24 of the ninth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Taguchi, making his sixth defense, had the upper hand over the switch-hitting challenger, who occasionally retaliated with light but fast combinations.

Taguchi, however, remained more aggressive, pinning Barrera to the ropes with persistent body attacks that apparently weakened the fading Colombian. Taguchi, in round seven, turned loose to hurt Barrera with furious combinations but the game challenger refused to go down by showing his heart. Having overwhelmed and overpowered Barrera with his accelerated attacks, Taguchi had him in great trouble in the eighth. The referee Russell Mora, US, gave a strong warning to Barrera for his repeated holding to avert the champ’s hot rallies in the closing seconds of the eighth session. As Taguchi went for a kill in round nine, the third man finally called a halt to stop the one-sided proceedings even without a knockdown.

(More to come)

Ex-WBC female 112lb champ becomes a man

By Joe Koizumi

This reporter has been writing on boxing in Japan for more than fifty years since the middle of 1960s, but this news may be the first and last that I report to the world. Extremely astoundingly, former WBC female flyweight champion Go Shindo (16-4, 11 KOs), a transgender at 30, announced on Tuesday (July 18) that Shindo had legally become a man and had his marriage with a girl named Ayuka registered by the government.

Ex-WBC female 112lb champ Go Shindo becomes man, retires from boxing, legally marries a woman (Photo: Boxing Beat)

Shindo, whose passport name was Megumi Hashimoto (a girl’s name), legally changed his name to Go Hashimoto. She, nay he, will submit a letter of retirement to the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) soon. Continue reading “Ex-WBC female 112lb champ becomes a man”

WBSS: Briedis-Perez lands in Latvia Sept 30

The World Boxing Super Series has announced that the Riga Arena in Latvia will play host to the cruiserweight quarter-final bout between reigning and defending WBC world champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) and Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) on September 30th. Briedis, one of the cruiserweight tournament’s four seeded fighters, selected Perez as his quarter-final opponent at the live Draft Gala in Monaco on July 8th. Ticket details will be announced shortly.

WBA: Shannon Briggs suspended for 6 months

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has suspended heavyweight Shannon Briggs for six months after he tested positive in doping tests on May 14. Briggs and his team were notified from the outset of the test results and they were given the opportunity to open the B test as per WBA rules. However, they did not take this option and Briggs is therefore suspended until November 13, 2017.

Juan Manuel Marquez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The return to the ring of four-time world champion Juan Manuel Márquez has again been postponed for one or two months according to his promoter Fernando Beltran. He was penciled in for August 19 at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City but now Monterrey is the most likely venue. It is also known that Marquez has not been able to continue his intense workouts.

Fans must pre-register to buy Mayweather-McGregor tickets

Tickets for the fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, taking place Saturday, Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will go on sale Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. However, you must register in advance to buy tickets.

Here’s how it works. The thwart bots and scalpers attempting to buy tickets, fans must request a unique offer code and link to purchase tickets. To receive the code, fans must first be verified through a registration process. Registering still does not guarantee you will receive a code, nor have the ability to purchase tickets. However, only fans who do register can receive their unique code and have the chance to purchase tickets — limited to two (2) per offer code. Continue reading “Fans must pre-register to buy Mayweather-McGregor tickets”

Canelo opens training camp

Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) returned to San Diego for the eighth consecutive time and for his sixth headlining pay-per-view event to open training camp ahead of his Sept. 16 clash against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) for middleweight supremacy at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo’s daily routine in camp consists of:

– Running from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
– Breakfast after the run, followed by rest.
– Eats a light meal or snack at 1 p.m. before heading over to his gym.
– Training in the gym from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday (exercises, hitting the mitts, jumping rope, etc.).
– Sparring sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Continue reading “Canelo opens training camp”

Jermain Taylor arrested in Arkansas

More problems for former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Taylor, 38, was arrested Tuesday in Maumelle, Arkansas for allegedly biting his girlfriend on the face and arm and threatening to kill her. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Taylor was later released by authorities and is being charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree domestic battery and interference with emergency communication. Taylor has been involved in a number of troubling incidents in recent years and is currently on probation.

Tyson Fury: If I never box again, I’ve done well

Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury doesn’t even want to talk about making a comeback at the moment. “I’ve not been involved in the sport for nearly two years, so I don’t think it’s fair to try and dampen the lads as it’s their big time to shine,” Fury told BoxNation. “My time was two years ago. If I come back there will be an announcement, but if I don’t then goodbye.”

“I’m undefeated. Second heavyweight champion in history to retire unbeaten after Rocky Marciano. Unified the division. Beat the man who can’t be beat. Do I need to do anymore?”

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Retires

Multi-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has announced his retirement.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career. I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

“I was blessed to win multiple world titles in four-divisions. A boxer’s career is a long and tough road. Many tears were shed, lots of blood, and tons of sweat. Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred, none were easy and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old fashion way. I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world. I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second, of every round, of my fights.” Continue reading “Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Retires”

Smith fought nine rounds with broken jaw

Popular Long Island light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-2-0, 19 KOs) gritted his way through Saturday’s ten round battle with Sullivan Barrera (20-1-0, 14 KOs) after suffering a broken jaw early in the 2nd round. Even with a broken jaw, Smith Jr. dug deep to fire away at the skilled Barrera until the final bell, in which he ultimately fell short by scores of 96-93 and 97-92 twice. In his only other previous loss, Smith also suffered a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero five years ago.

“After spending part of Saturday night at the UCLA Medical Center, Joe will have surgery later this week in New York and we’ll know more then about a time frame for his full recovery. We congratulate Sullivan Barrera on his victory,” said Smith’s promoter Joe DeGuardia.

Berchelt beats Miura, still WBC 130lb champ

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion number and one contender Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at The ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California. Berchelt got off to a fast start as he dropped Miura with a 1-2 combo in the opening round. Working off the jab Berchelt boxed as Miura stalked. The jab worked effectively for Berchelt as he blinded Miura and followed up with big shots but the Japanese fighter landed some thudding punches.

The Mexican landed a huge right in round eight. Shortly after Miura landed a rabbit punch on Berchelt. Heading into the championship rounds Berchelt fought conservatively keeping his distance utilizing the jab frustrating Miura. The final round saw the two trading in center ring. In the end, the judges scored the bout 120-109, 119-108, and 116-111. Continue reading “Berchelt beats Miura, still WBC 130lb champ”

Corrales barely retains WBA 130lb title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8KO) barely escaped with his world title in his first defense with a majority decision against tough Mexican Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14KO) on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Castellanos, coming off an upset victory over Yuriorkis Gamboa, twice floored Corrales in the third round. Corrales, to his credit, not only survived the knockdowns but fought back strongly and knocked down Castellanos in the seventh round with a straight left counter.

Castellanos fought the majority of the fight with a cut over his eye from an accidental head butt and at the start of the tenth round suffered a huge gash under his eye from yet another head butt. The ringside physician advised the referee to stop the bout – and with that, it went to the scorecards. Judges scored the bout 94-94 even, 94-93 for Corrales and, inexplicably, 96-92 for Corrales to give him the majority decision victory. Continue reading “Corrales barely retains WBA 130lb title”

Eubank beats Abraham, punches ticket to WBSS

Super Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr.(25-1, 19 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champ “King” Arthur Abraham (46-6, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in London. Eubank’s strong, quick combinations often had Abraham on the defensive. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-108. With the win, Eubank retains his IBO 168lb belt and will move onto the lucrative World Boxing Super Series. Abraham has likely come to the end of his long career.

Selby dominates Barros to retain IBF featherweight title

IBF featherweight champion “Lightning” Leo Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 contender and former WBA beltholder Jonathan Victor “Yoni” Barros (41-5-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in London. Selby was cut over the right eye by a head clash in round five, but otherwise Selby was too quick and slick. He dropped Barros with a left hook to punctuate a dominant performance. Scores were 119-108, 117-110, 117-110. Continue reading “Selby dominates Barros to retain IBF featherweight title”

Thammanoon retains WBA minimum belt

Unbeaten WBA minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (16-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Rey Loreto (23-14, 15 KOs) on Saturday afternoon in Thailand. It was the third defense for Thammanoon, also known as “Knockout CP Freshmart.” Scores were 117-110, 117-110, 115-113.

Lora ruins Camacho comeback attempt

Middleweight Orlando Lora (33-7-2, 21 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over former #1 contender Hector Camacho Jr. (58-7-1, 32 KOs) on Friday night at the Westgate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The 38-year-old Camacho, returning to the ring for the first time in nearly three years, missed weight by 6.5 pounds on Friday. He was blasted to the canvas with a barrage of punches by Lora to end it.

Mayweather-McGregor NYC Presser

Profanity Warning: The f-bomb fest known as the Mayweather-McGregor press tour made its way to Brooklyn on Thursday. This time, Floyd made it “rain” by throwing bills into the air.

McGregor: They’re all fucking ones. Where’s the real money at?
Mayweather: That’s all you’re worth.

Mayweather: This ain’t shit but a circus clown. And a pussy. I ain’t never quit. And never will….He’s a con artist. He’s a quitter. Real fighters don’t quit. You fucking eejit.
McGregor: Fuck you.
Mayweather: You fucking eejit.
McGregor: Fuck you and your high heels.
Mayweather: You fucking eejit.
McGregor: Get them high heels off you little fucking squirt.
Mayweather: You fucking eejit. You fucking circus clown. You ho. You stripper. You bitch. I run this show. This is my ho. And I threw one dollar bills on this bitch. That’s a $3 million fighter against an $800 million fighter. I ain’t running nowhere but to the bank!

Pacquiao says he hasn’t been paid yet either

Below is Senator Manny Pacquiao’s official statement regarding Freddie Roach’s allegation that he has not yet been paid:

“I have no problem with Coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one paying him, it’s Bob Arum. The trainer’s fee is automatically deducted by Top Rank from my purse. So, if Coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are in the same boat. My purse has not yet been released by Arum.”

Koncz expresses shock over Roach’s claim

By Nick Giongco

Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao, yesterday called the attention of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on the issue of the alleged non-payment of his professional fee following the Jeff Horn fight last week in Brisbane, Australia. “For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz yesterday after an article on Sports Illustrated reported that Roach has yet to collect his payment.

“If Freddie had some concern, he should have brought it up with Manny and not in the media,” said Koncz, noting that the fee of conditioning coach Justin Fortune and cutman Miguel Diaz also get theirs from the promoter. Continue reading “Koncz expresses shock over Roach’s claim”

Floyd compares McGregor to Maidana

Profanity Warning: Former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather compared MMA fighter Connor McGregor to former world champion Marcos Maidana. “Some guys play it safe and then some like Marcos Maidana go for the kill,” Floyd told the LA press. “I think he’s the Maidana-type. He’s a heavy-hitter so I have to be cautious. It’s going to basically be a toe-to-toe battle.”

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Floyd also stated he could beat McGregor no matter where they fight. “I don’t give a fuck if it’s a ring, I don’t give a fuck if it’s an octagon. Put me in there and I’m going to kick ass,” proclaimed Floyd. “I don’t back down from no-mutha-fucking-body. You line them up, and I knock’em down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m gonna knock this bitch out too…if you want eight oz. gloves, let’s put eight oz. gloves on. If you want four oz. gloves, let’s put four oz. gloves on. Don’t fool the public. Continue reading “Floyd compares McGregor to Maidana”

Joshua-Klitschko 2 could land in Vegas

Eddie Hearn, promoter of WBA, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is headed to Las Vegas to potentially stage the rematch between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at the T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay. Klitschko still hasn’t signed off on the fight, which did blockbuster business in London, drawing 90,000 fans to an epic war. All of Joshua’s fights to date have been in the UK. Wlad’s home base is Germany. Vegas is considered neutral ground.

Horn beats Pacquiao again, in WBO Review

By David Finger

The WBO has just released the results of their review of the scoring of the Pacquiao-Horn fight and it looks like Jeff Horn has again won a decision over Manny Pacquiao.

After a formal protest and was filed by the Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) on July 3rd, disputing the decision of the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight and alleging “errors of the referee and judges who officiated the subject fight”, the WBO agreed in a letter written by President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, to review the decision. Valcarcel stated that as part of the review the WBO had five “anonymous and competent Judges from different countries” watch a replay of the Horn-Pacquiao fight “without sound distractions.” Continue reading “Horn beats Pacquiao again, in WBO Review”

Lebedev retains WBA cruiserweight title

WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev (30-2, 22 KOs) retained his world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #6 rated Mark Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) on Sunday night at the DIVS in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Lebedev dropped Flanagan in round nine with a body shot, en route to a one-sided win. Scores were 119-108, 119-108, 120-107.