Diablo Wlodarczyk: Nothing to lose, I will not disappoint myself

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I was just 25 years old when I became a world champion. Recently, I looked at my first belt, lying somewhere in a utility room … and I liked the feeling. It brought back great memories,” said former IBF/WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk (53-3, 37 KOs). “Diablo” just started his training camp in Warszawa (Poland) before his first World Boxing Super Series fight against current IBF champ, undefeated Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KO).

“I have nothing to lose. I will do everything what I can, everything, to not disappoint myself. Whatever happens in the end, it’s God’s will anyway” stated Włodarczyk. The Gassiev-Włodarczyk World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight quarterfinal bout is expected to happen in October at a venue on the US East Coast.

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)

Funai keeps Japanese 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese super-flyweight champ Ryuichi Funai (28-7, 19 KOs), 115, kept his national belt by a unanimous technical decision (68-65 twice, 67-66) over mandatory challenger Takayuki Okumoto (18-8-3, 8 KOs), 114.75, from Osaka, because of the champ’s bad bleeding at 1:32 of the seventh round in a scheduled ten on the undercard of a world title twinbill on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Funai made his initial defense since dethroning Kenta Nakagawa via seventh round TKO this March, but it wasn’t so easy as he began bleeding profusely from the early stage of the bout. Funai had the southpaw challenger at bay with a flurry of punches in the seventh, when the ref Asao finally decided to take a technical decision after having his gash examined by the ring physician several times.

Ex-WBA 115lb champ Kono stops Thailander Rambo

By Joe Koizumi

Former WBA super-fly champ Kohei Kono (33-10-1, 14 KOs), 117, made a fine comeback as he dropped Thailand’s Rambo Gorat Sports School (13-10-1, 3 KOs), 115.5, twice en route to a well-received stoppage at 1:35 of the fifth round in a scheduled eight beneath a world title doubleheader on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Having been demolished by unbeaten WBO titleholder Naoya “Monster” Inoue in six lopsided rounds last December, Kono had been considering whether to go on or not, but returned to ring warfare to show his usual non-stop punching in halting the Thailander with his trademark combinations upstairs and downstairs. It is said Kono will meet WBO top ranked Rex Tso in Hong Kong in October.

Ex-champ Gonzalez crushes Rosales in two

Former multi-division world champion Jhonny González (64-10, 54 KOs) demolished previously unbeaten Filipino Jessie “Jimdomar” Rosales (21-1-1, 9 KOs) in the second round on Saturday night in a clash for a WBC regional belt at the Lienzo Charro in Hidalgo Del Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. The hard-hitting Gonzalez dropped Rosalez with a left hook to the head, then finished him later in the round with a hook to the body. Gonzalez, long one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, is currently rated WBC #5 and is now hoping to land a shot at WBC champ Miguel Berchelt.

Dogboe batters and stops Chacon

By David Finger at ringside

For any event that takes place in an outside arena, there is nothing more worrisome then storm clouds in the sky on the afternoon of the fight. And as light rain starting to sprinkle down in Accra, Ghana after an overcast day on Saturday afternoon (July 22nd) there was a legitimate fear with boxing fans in the West African city that a storm would hit. Well, the rain let up and the skies cleared up by the time the event kicked off. But at the end of the show there was no question in anyone’s mind that a storm did in fact touch down in the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.

Unbeaten WBO #4 junior featherweight Isaac Dogboe Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (17-0, 11 KOs) scored what was his most dominant performance to date and he dominated Argentina’s two-time world title challenger Javier Chacon (25-4-1, 7 KOs), forcing Chacon’s chief second to stop the fight in the corner after round six. The fight was billed “The Battle to Vegas” and was promoted as an unofficial elimination fight for a shot at WBO junior featherweight champion Jesse Magdaeno. Continue reading “Dogboe batters and stops Chacon”

Former Ghanian President meets with boxers

By David Finger

Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings, who remains one of the most popular former heads of state on the African continent, met with both Isaac Dogboe and Javier Chacon on Friday afternoon ahead of their WBO international bantamweight title fight on Saturday, July 22.

Rawlings, a noted boxing enthusiast, listened intently as referee Tony Weeks spoke about the honor of officiating a fight in Ghana. Weeks then presented President Rawlings with a small pair of boxing gloves and a copy of a seminar he had done for officials. Continue reading “Former Ghanian President meets with boxers”

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”

World Title Twinbill in Japan Tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

We, in Japan, are in the midst of very hot summer with no less than 35 degrees Centigrade every day, and will see a hotly competitive twinbill with world titles on the line tomorrow (Sunday). WBA light-flyweight champ Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KOs), Japan, will face mandatory challenger Robert Barrera (18-1, 12 KOs), from Colombia, over twelve rounds at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo. Also, unbeaten Japanese prospect, former OPBF 105-pound ruler Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6 KOs) will have an ambitious shot at the IBF mini flyweight belt against Mexican Jose Argumedo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in the main event.

All successfully made the weight today at the arena — Taguchi and Barrera both scaling at the 108-pound class limit. Argumedo tipped the beam at 104, a pound lighter than the limit, to 105 for Kyoguchi. Continue reading “World Title Twinbill in Japan Tomorrow”

WBA orders Linares-Campbell

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has ordered the start of negotiations between WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares and the Luke Campbell. Both teams were duly notified and have 30 days, starting July 21st, to reach an agreement or, otherwise, the fight will be called for purse bids.

Linares got his belt last September 2016 when he defeated Anthony Crolla. Since then, he has not had a mandatory fight. According to article 11 of the WBA Rules, a champion must face his mandatory opponent in a period of 9 months, time that expired on June 23rd, 2017. Campbell got the opportunity to fight for a world title after defeating Darleys Perez by TKO in the ninth round last April.

Dogboe confident at final press conference: I’m always ready

By David Finger

Isaac Dogboe and Javier Chacon took part in a final press conference on Friday at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana before today’s fight at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. Both fighters were respectful but confident as they talked about the upcoming clash.

When asked if he was ready for the fight Isaac Dogboe electrified the crowd with a forceful response. “(I’m the) warrior of Africa! I am always ready!”

Dogboe recognized he was facing off against a world class opponent in Chacon, brother of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Pablo Chacon. Javier Chacon has twice fought for a WBA world title and has won five in a row. But Dogboe nonetheless remained supremely confident and even directed a message to Chacon at the press conference. Continue reading “Dogboe confident at final press conference: I’m always ready”

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.

Serrano retains WBO 122lb female title

Photos: Ivan Ojeda/PRBBP

WBO female jr featherweight champion Amanda Serrano (33-1-1, 25 KOs) retained her title with a third round TKO over Edina Kiss (13-5, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kiss went down one time in the second round.

In his first fight since an unsuccessful world title challenge in December 2015, jr lightweight Jonathan Oquendo (27-5, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Orlando Rizo (19-11, 11 KOs). Oquendo won by TKO at :01 of round six when Rizo did not answer the bell for that round. Oquendo sent Rizo to the canvas in round five.

Two-time Puerto Rican Olympian jr featherweight Jeyvier Cintrón (2-0, 1 KO) won by TKO at 2:21 of the second round when the referee stopped the bout after Guillermo Dejeas (7-8-1, 2 KOs) went down.

Three-time Olympian and 2016 Gold medalist Robson Conceicao (4-0, 3 KOs) needed just 52 seconds to finish Bernardo Gómez (18-8, 11 KOs). Gomez was hit with a good punch and stayed on the floor.


Boxing returns tonight to Roswell, NM

By David Finger

Boxing fans in New Mexico will be converging on the city of Roswell tonight when School of Hard Knocks Promotions kicks off “Throwdown in Alien Town,” the first boxing show in Roswell since 2012.

The card will feature popular local journeyman John “Smiley” Herrera (4-17-2, 2 KOs). Herrera takes on Belen, New Mexico’s Gene Perez (1-9-1, 0 KOs) in the main event. The last time Herrera fought in his backyard he was seen as something of a gritty journeyman with a longshot chance at pulling it together to make a run as a regional contender. Herrera capitalized on the opportunity and made sure to leave his local fans satisfied. Smiley scored a devastating knockout over Cristoval Larrazolo, giving Roswell boxing fans a hope that Herrera’s career was about to turn a corner. However, it would not be the case for the likeable Herrera, who would go winless in his next fourteen fights. Continue reading “Boxing returns tonight to Roswell, NM”

Moran massacres Rosales

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

Lightweight Antonio “Toño” Moran (22-2, 15 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over late sub “Bronco” Guadalupe Rosales (34-13, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. Moran dominated the fight from the start. In round two Moran overpowered Rosales knocking him to the canvas. Moran continued to batter Rosales. In round six after a barrage of punches, Morales again dropped to the canvas. The referee decided Rosales had enough and stopped the fight. Time was 2:16. Photos

Weights from Parral, Chihuahua

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Johnny González 126.5 vs. Jessie Rosales 126.5
(WBC Latino super featherweight title)

Michael Rodriguez 159 vs. David Mosquera 158.4
Lindolfo Delgado 136.4 vs. Gerson Aguilar 134.2

Venue: Lienzo Charro Parral, Chihuahua
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

Golovkin-Canelo closed circuit tix on sale

Tickets for closed circuit viewing in Las Vegas of the battle for middleweight supremacy between Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) went on sale today. Closed circuit viewing is available at Bellagio Resort and Casino, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino, and Circus Circus Las Vegas. The closed circuit ticket price is $75, not including applicable fees. All seats are general admission.

Weights from Accra, Ghana

By David Finger

Weights from the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana

Isaac Dogboe 121.2 vs. Javier Chacon 121.2
(WBO International jr featherweight title)

Olanrewaju Duradola 196 vs. Karama Nyilawila 186
Daniel Ankornu 132 vs. Evans Danko 131
Albert Commey 117 vs. Michael Tagoe 112
Victor Kuwornu 136 vs. Enoch Lamptey 141
Wasui Mohammed 128 vs. Emmanuel Laryea 125
Prince Oko Nartey 165 vs. David Ehizojie 166
David Allotey 172 vs. Kabiru Towolawi 170

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.

Holyfield inks bantamweight contender

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports and Entertainment has signed bantamweight contender and 2012 Ghanaian Olympian Duke “The Baby Faced Terminator” Micah, (20-0-0, 18 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract, it was announced today by their COO, Eric Bentley and Micah’s co-manager’s Michael Amoo-Bediako of Streetwise Management of Essex, England and Jacob Zwennes of Errol Hawk Sports Management of New Jersey in the United States.

A native of the boxing rich country of Ghana, the 25-year-old Micah is currently ranked #6 by the World Boxing Organization and #15 by the World Boxing Council. Fighting for the second time in London, England on November 12, 2016, the all-action Micah defeated Matthew Chanda over 12-rounds earning the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) bantamweight title.

Details of Micah’s United States debut under the Real Deal Promotions banner will be announced shortly.

Sampson Boxing inks unbeaten lightweight

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced the signing of lightweight Bryan “The Kid” Figueroa to a promotional contract. Before turning professional in 2014, undefeated Figueroa (12-0, 5 KOs) had an accomplished amateur career in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. Figueroa is trained by Coach Joe Vargas at The Arena Gym in San Diego, California and managed by Gregorio Ambriz. His first fight under the Sampson Boxing banner is TBA.

WBO 154lb eliminator: Liam vs. Liam 2

Bitter super welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams will lock horns again on Saturday 28th October following their bloody war at the Manchester Arena back in April. Both men will be looking to settle the score after the controversial ending of their first meeting. Williams was ahead on the cards, but his corner stopped the fight due to a cut, which they contend was caused by a headbutt. Smith did not win the vacant WBO interim title at the time because he failed to make weight.

Social media exploded after their fight as fans called on promoter Frank Warren to match the foes together again. Smith and Williams are chomping at the bit to get at each other for a second time; with another shot at the WBO interim super welterweight title on the line. The site is TBA.

Gonzalez targets Berchelt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (63-10, 53 KOs) faces Jessie Rosales on Saturday and expects a good win to lay his claim to challenge to beat current WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt.

“I’m going to prove that I’m ready for the title shot and after this victory will be a formal challenge for the champion,” said Gonzalez. “I had a very strong preparation and I feel able to beat Berchelt. I’m now focused on Jessie, who is a fighter who is undefeated but I’m going to look for a great victory to seize an opportunity for the championship.”

Moran seeks trifecta on Telemundo tonight

Lightweight Antonio “Toño” Moran (21-2, 14 KOs) will make his third headlining appearance on Telemundo tonight. He will also look to make it three consecutive wins on the network as he takes on tough countryman Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (34-12, 18 KOs). The ten round bout will be the Telemundo main event at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. The vacant WBO Latino lightweight title will be at stake.

Morán has responded well under the bright lights. However, he could very well have his hands full with the veteran Rosales, who is fresh off of upsetting an unbeaten fighter. Morán feels he will be 3 and 0 on Telemundo following his fight tonight. Continue reading “Moran seeks trifecta on Telemundo tonight”