Arum: Loma won’t let Rigo stink it out

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko won’t let WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux “stink out” the Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden when the two two-time Olympic gold medalists collide December 9 on ESPN.

Bob Arum: Let me give you my expert opinion because I’ve been around the sport for a lot of years. What you are looking at here are two different schools of boxing. The Cuban and the Eastern European. Continue reading “Arum: Loma won’t let Rigo stink it out”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko won’t let WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux “stink out” the Theater at New York City’s Madison…
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Lomachenko: I am promising to squash him

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko says he’s going to “squash” WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, who moving up two weight divisions to challenge him. The two two-time Olympic gold medalists collide December 9 on ESPN at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

[On whether Rigondeaux will come at him] No, I don’t think he’s going to be doing that. He has never done that in his whole career. When he goes forward he falls down in the ring. I don’t think he’s going to be doing that. Continue reading “Lomachenko: I am promising to squash him”

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko says he’s going to “squash” WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, who moving up two weight divisions to challenge him. The two two-time Olympic…
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Rigondeaux: It is going to be a massacre

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux says he’s going to “massacre” WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, despite moving up two weight divisions. The two two-time Olympic gold medalists collide December 9 on ESPN at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

[On moving up to 130 pounds] I went up to 130 because it was the only way I could get this fight made. I would rather it have been at a lower weight, but I want to show the world that I can do it by moving up two weight classes. Continue reading “Rigondeaux: It is going to be a massacre”

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux says he’s going to “massacre” WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, despite moving up two weight divisions. The two two-time Olympic gold medalists collide…
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WBO 108lb champ Tanaka renounces his belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten two-time world champion Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6 KOs) has renounced his WBO junior flyweight championship and will move up to the flyweight category to pursue his third belt.

His manager/promoter and ex-WBC 122-pound titlist Kiyoshi Hatanaka has sent a formal letter to the WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel to declare his champion’s relinquishment, saying as follows:

“We, Tanaka and I, express our utmost appreciation of your precious guidance and leadership in Tanaka having acquired the WBO 105-pound and 108-pound championships, and sincerely wish that the WBO will newly rank Tanaka in the 112-pound category so that he will try to obtain his third WBO belt.” Continue reading “WBO 108lb champ Tanaka renounces his belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unbeaten two-time world champion Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6 KOs) has renounced his WBO junior flyweight championship and will move up to the flyweight…
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Hearn: Parker fight is the frontrunner

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is the front runner to challenging WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and the fight is closer to happening according to Eddie Hearn but world heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller could be back up fights if they Parker fight does not happen.

“There are two perfect fights for AJ. Parker and Deontay Wilder. The Wilder fight is unrealistic because of what they want. The Parker fight is a lot closer,” Hearn told SkySports. ”We may look at a WBA mandatory, Dillian Whyte or going to the States to fight Jarrell Miller…there are options but the aim is to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

”Parker is the frontrunner, he’s the guy we want. But we can’t be in a position where this goes on for three weeks then falls through.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is the front runner to challenging WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and the fight is closer to…
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Joshua wants Fury, Parker AND Wilder

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants to give former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, current WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder an opportunity to get in the ring with him.

AJ states Fury needs to get back in shape and that discussions are ongoing with the teams of Parker and Wilder. Continue reading “Joshua wants Fury, Parker AND Wilder”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants to give former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, current WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker…
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Floyd Mayweather Considering One More Fight

By TMZSports.com

Floyd Mayweather has been telling people close to him that he’s considering a 51st fight — and he’s been training like a maniac in the gym … but we’re told there has been NO official movement … yet. Here’s the deal … people close to Floyd say he’s still in fighting shape and ready to go. He even posted video training in his Vegas gym. We’re told he’s been kicking around the idea of another comeback.

The obvious matchup … a Conor McGregor rematch — especially with the money they made in the first fight.

We saw Showtime Sports honcho Stephen Espinoza — a major part of the first fight — and asked if there was any movement behind the scenes. Long story short — nothing happening now … but Espinoza isn’t ruling it out at some point down the line. Stay tuned…

By TMZSports.com Floyd Mayweather has been telling people close to him that he’s considering a 51st fight — and he’s been training like a maniac in the gym … but…
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Kovalev Krushes Shabranskyy, regains WBO title

Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Former unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) regained his former WBO world title with a two round destruction of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in The Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Kovalev dropped Shabranskyy twice in round one and floored him again in round two. The fight was waved off by referee Harvey Dock after Kovalev continued to rock Shabranskyy. Time was 2:36.

Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events Former unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) regained his former WBO world title with a two round destruction of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-2, 16…
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Charr beats Ustinov for WBA heavyweight title

In a clash for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title, Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Ustinov (34-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.

Both boxers came to fight and often traded shots. Charr was cut over the left eye in round two. Charr staggered the 6’7, 280lb Ustinov with a left hook in round seven and wobbled him with a jab later in the round. Charr dropped Ustinov with another left hook at the end of round eight. Ustinov was also cut under the right eye. In the end, scores were 115-111, 116-111, 115-112.

Charr must now go into immediate negotiations for a world title defense against Fres Oquendo.

In a clash for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title, Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Ustinov (34-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night…
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WBA: Ustinov-Charr winner must fight Oquendo

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee granted a special permission to boxers Alexander Ustinov and Manuel Charr to fight for the WBA “regular” heavyweight title tonight in Germany. The permission was granted at the request of the interested parties and based on WBA rules C.46 and C.28, also taking into account that the fighters occupy #2 and #4 in the rankings. The winner must immediately start negotiations with Fres Oquendo, who has court order to fight for a WBA world title. This agreement must be made before December 22, 2017. Otherwise, the contest will be called to a purse bid and the percentages will be 50/50. If Ustinov-Charr ends in a draw or is not valid, Oquendo must face the next available contender.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee granted a special permission to boxers Alexander Ustinov and Manuel Charr to fight for the WBA “regular” heavyweight title tonight in Germany. The…
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Ustinov-Charr for WBA heavyweight title

This Saturday night BoxNation subscribers will be able to watch Alexander Ustinov (34-1, 25 KOs) and Manuel Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) clash for the vacant WBA world championship. There had been some question about the championship status of the fight, but it now being billed as a world title fight. Ustinov-Charr is taking place at Koenig-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Charr is returning to action after having had hip replacement surgery in May.

This Saturday night BoxNation subscribers will be able to watch Alexander Ustinov (34-1, 25 KOs) and Manuel Charr (30-4, 17 KOs) clash for the vacant WBA world championship. There had…
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Arum: 65-35 split is about right

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum cannot understand why Eddie Hearn regards a 65-35 split as not reasonable for a unification bout between WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

“I’ve been in this sport for decades and I can tell you that in a unification fight like this that split is more than fair,” said Arum, who has a promotional interest in Parker. “Joshua has two belts and Parker has one – so 65-35 is about right. I can’t see why Eddie Hearn doesn’t see it as reasonable. Continue reading “Arum: 65-35 split is about right”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum cannot understand why Eddie Hearn regards a 65-35 split as not reasonable for a unification bout between…
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Hearn: A 65%-35% split is NOT happening

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could be defending the championship against former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne now that negotiations for a unification bout against WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has stalled. Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn has stated he will not be paying Parker the 35% of the revenue stream that was demanded by David Higgins for a Parker-Joshua bout.

“There is a deal there to be done with Joseph Parker, which makes him a lot of money,” said Hearn. “A win gives him a massive eight-digit payday for the next one. If they really think they can knock out Anthony Joshua, they should take the fight…It’s not a million miles away, but it’s not happening at 65-35.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could be defending the championship against former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne now that negotiations for…
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Parker camp makes “final offer” to Joshua

The camp of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s camp has made a “final offer” to face WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a unification bout. “We have gone from 50 to 40 to 35 per cent of the net profit and are willing to take the fight next,” Parker’s promoter David Higgins told Sky Sports. “It’s our final bottom line decision. We feel anything less is disrespectful or a disgrace.”

The camp of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s camp has made a “final offer” to face WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a unification bout. “We have gone from 50…
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Haye injured, Bellew-Haye 2 postponed

Heavyweight David Haye has been forced out of the rematch with Tony Bellew after injuring his bicep in freak accident.

Haye and Bellew were set to renew hostilities again at The O2 in London on December 17 following their rollercoaster first meeting in March won by Bellew, but the two teams will now work towards a new date for the rematch early in 2018, with news on that to come this week.

“I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 24 or May 5, subject to scheduling,” said Haye. “Despite the recent injury rumors, I was in perfect condition with an incredibly strong training camp, currently weighing lighter than I have for more than five years, I couldn’t wait to get back in the ring. I was ready to rewrite the ending of the Haye Bellew saga. Continue reading “Haye injured, Bellew-Haye 2 postponed”

Heavyweight David Haye has been forced out of the rematch with Tony Bellew after injuring his bicep in freak accident. Haye and Bellew were set to renew hostilities again at…
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Oscar: GGG-Canelo 2 likely on Cinco de Mayo

By TMZSports.com

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya is putting concerns there won’t be a GGG vs. Canelo Alvarez rematch to bed … he says it’s happening — most likely on Cinco de Mayo — and it’s going to be the biggest thing in boxing.

We got The Golden Boy at his 21st Annual Turkey Giveaway in L.A. Saturday and asked him about the highly anticipated fight (part 2) … and he’s pumped about it too. He says the plan is for the rematch to go down the same place as last time — T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas — on May 5, 2018. As you’ll recall … the first fight was ruled a draw despite one judge insanely scoring it 118 to 110 for Canelo, who’s Oscar’s fighter.

As for Conor McGregor — who Oscar recently boasted he could beat in 2 rounds — the retired former champ doubled down … and took a jab at Floyd Mayweather while he was at it.

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By TMZSports.com Promoter Oscar de la Hoya is putting concerns there won’t be a GGG vs. Canelo Alvarez rematch to bed … he says it’s happening — most likely on…
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Ancajas KOs Conlan, retains IBF 115lb title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his title by sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Jamie Conlan (19-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ancajas was credited with a knockdown in round one when Conlan took a knee. Ancajas dropped Conlan again in round three with a brutal body attack. Conlan barely survived the round. Amnother knockdown in round four. The ref deducted a point from Ancajas for a low blow, seemingly on the belt line, in round five. The bout was finally stopped after Ancajas dropped Conlan again in round six. Time was :52.

It was Ancajas’ third successful title defense this year since dethroning McJoe Arroyo in September 2016. Conlan is the older brother of Top Rank fighter Michael Conlan. photos

Photos: Sumio Yamada IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his title by sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Jamie Conlan (19-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night…
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WBO champ Tete KOs Gonya in 11 seconds

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (26-3, 21 KOs) needed just 11 seconds to knock out challenger Siboniso Gonya (11-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Southpaw Tete came out, landed a right hook and it was over. The fight was the quickest world title fight in the history of boxing. photos

Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (26-3, 21 KOs) needed just 11 seconds to knock out challenger Siboniso Gonya (11-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE…
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Parker: I would KO Joshua and Wilder

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident he has the power to knock out both WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the respect of being a world champion, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Parker said. “I feel as a world champion I have achieved something incredible in our country and am very happy with what I have achieved. But I don’t think I get the respect.

“Now I have the WBO, I want the WBC. I want the IBF. I want the WBA. AJ (Joshua) is a fighter who is champion of the world. My goal is to unify. My goal is to grab his belts and to say that I am the real champion. I don’t think I would have problems knocking them [Joshua or Wilder] out.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident he has the power to knock out both WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight…
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Ferdie Pacheco passes at 89

Sorry to report that former Muhammad Ali cornerman and Showtime boxing commentator Ferdie “The Fight Doctor” Pacheco has passed away at his home in Miami at the age of 89.

Ferdie’s daughter Tina Louise Pacheco announced the following on Facebook:

It’s with a heavy heart that I have to announce to the world the passing of my wonderful Dad, Ferdie Pacheco. He was a pharmacist, a doctor, a boxing commentator, a painter and a writer. But to me he was just Papa. It’s a heartbreak to lose a parent, but I know he’ll always be with me.

Showtime Sports issued the following statement: Continue reading “Ferdie Pacheco passes at 89”

Sorry to report that former Muhammad Ali cornerman and Showtime boxing commentator Ferdie “The Fight Doctor” Pacheco has passed away at his home in Miami at the age of 89.…
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Wilder vows to end Joshua’s career

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder ripped into WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on ESPN Sports Nation.

“Joshua, let’s make this fight happen man,” said Wilder. “…I’m ready, I don’t know about you. Y’all had it easy. It’s been breezy for you. You’re ready to fight low opposition and get paid millions of dollars and you don’t want that gravy train to end, but I am the man that’s going to end your career!”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder ripped into WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on ESPN Sports Nation. “Joshua, let’s make this fight happen man,” said Wilder. “…I’m ready, I don’t know…
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Horn: I can beat Crawford like I beat Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is confident he will score an upset victory over the WBO welterweight mandatory contender Terrance Crawford when they clash in 2018, just like he did when he defeated ring legend Manny Pacquiao last July. “I’m very keen to fight Terence Crawford,” Horn told Fox Sports. “They’ve made him the top contender for my title and he has a great record, but I know I can beat him like I beat Pacquiao. We’ll just have to see about the timing of the fight and when it happens.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is confident he will score an upset victory over the WBO welterweight mandatory contender Terrance Crawford when they…
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Parker rejects ‘most insulting offer in boxing history’

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

A heavyweight unification fight between IBF, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon after Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn’s offer was rejected by Parker’s promoter David Higgins.

“He made the most ridiculously low offer. It could have been the most insulting offer in boxing history,” Higgins told Sky Sports. “To expect 40 percent is actually quite reasonable, because you have earned it, and it’s a unification. Of course, I have mentioned it (to Joseph Parker) and he just laughed like I did.

“I’m not going to reply, because I don’t think it was Eddie Hearn. I reckon someone hacked his account, it was a scam. I reckon Eddie respects boxing and I reckon Anthony Joshua wouldn’t want to insult Joseph Parker. Continue reading “Parker rejects ‘most insulting offer in boxing history’”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing A heavyweight unification fight between IBF, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon…
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Oscar says he would fight McGregor

Former world champion Oscar de la Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) just went on Dash Radio with a very special announcement to kick off the launch of Golden Boy Radio, and the Tattoo and the Crew show… He says he’s been secretly training, and is preparing to come out of retirement, specifically to fight MMA fighter Conor McGregor (0-1).

The 44-year-old Golden Boy, who last fought in 2008, stated “I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight…I’m calling him out. Two rounds!”

Former world champion Oscar de la Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) just went on Dash Radio with a very special announcement to kick off the launch of Golden Boy Radio, and…
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Beterbiev stops Koelling in 12 to win IBF light heavyweight title

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over Enrico Koelling (23-2, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF world title formerly held by now-retired Andre Ward on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

Beterbiev pressed the action, while Koelling tried to keep the pace slow and not trade punches. Beterbiev slowly broke down Koelling and finally opened up in round twelve to drop Koelling twice and end it. The time was 2:33. photos

Photo: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over Enrico Koelling (23-2, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF world title formerly…
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