Inoue stops Ratchasi to win OPBF, WBO ASPAC 154lb belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese 154-pound champ, IBF#15/WBO#15 Takeshi Inoue (12-0-1, 7 KOs), 154, impressively gained the OPBF super-welter belt as well as the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title when he overpowered the current OPBF ruler Ratchasi Sithsaithong (12-5, 8 KOs), 152.75, all the way and finally decked him twice en route to a fine TKO victory at 2:51 of the eighth session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue, a sturdy body puncher, took the initiative with his superior power and hurt the Thailander with persistent body shots, leading on points after the fourth—40-46 twice and 39-37. Ratchasi, who had dethroned Japan’s Yutaka Oishi to win the OPBF throne via come-from-behind twelfth-round TKO last April, was durable enough to withstand Inoue’s continual assault. Finally, however, did Inoue catch up with him with merciless body bombardments, dropping him twice to score a well-received stoppage.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese 154-pound champ, IBF#15/WBO#15 Takeshi Inoue (12-0-1, 7 KOs), 154, impressively gained the OPBF super-welter belt as well as the vacant WBO…
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Persoon defeats Delhal; calls out Taylor

Belgian female star and sportswomen 2015 worked hard to defeat French Myriam Delhal by scores of 99-91 (Guido Cavaleri), 99-91 (Olena Pobyvailo) and 100-90 (Maurizio Rinaudo) to  retain her WBC lightweight title in her comeback fight. Persoon was out of the ring for almost 11 months to nurse an injured hand.
Delfine Persoon, now 38-1 , was briefly in trouble in the 4th round but controlled the rest of fast paced bout handled by Swiss Fabian Guggenheim. Brave Myriam Delhal, 15-5-3, tried hard but came short in most of the rounds.
After the fight Persoon called out British Katie Taylor, 7-0, who holds the WBA title for a unification fight. Persoon and Taylor are at the moment by far the best 2 female lightweights in the world and this unification is a must in 2018 to find out who is the best in the division. Continue reading “Persoon defeats Delhal; calls out Taylor”

Belgian female star and sportswomen 2015 worked hard to defeat French Myriam Delhal by scores of 99-91 (Guido Cavaleri), 99-91 (Olena Pobyvailo) and 100-90 (Maurizio Rinaudo) to  retain her WBC…
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ESPN Weights from Cancun

Jose Martinez 115 vs. Jesus Martinez 114.4
Alexis Rocha 146.4 vs. Pascual Salgado 147
Vergil Ortiz 139.6 vs. Evandro Cavalheiro 138.4

Venue: The Poliforum Benito Juárez, Cancun, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN Deportes (live) ESPN2 (tape)

Jose Martinez 115 vs. Jesus Martinez 114.4 Alexis Rocha 146.4 vs. Pascual Salgado 147 Vergil Ortiz 139.6 vs. Evandro Cavalheiro 138.4 Venue: The Poliforum Benito Juárez, Cancun, Mexico Promoter: Golden…
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Vyacheslav Shabranskyy Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

Light heavyweight slugger Vyacheslav “Lion Heart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles for his upcoming title bout against former undisputed light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) Saturday, November 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

“Fighting Kovalev is a big thing. We are in it to win it and we’ll make the best of it,” Shabranskyy told Fightnews.com®.
“Fighting for a world title — it’s all or nothing. Right now, I’m not thinking about [Kovalev]. I’m not thinking about what he has done or what he is doing. I’ll see him on November 25, and then after the fight, I’ll tell you about him.” Continue reading “Vyacheslav Shabranskyy Media Day”

By Miguel Maravilla Light heavyweight slugger Vyacheslav “Lion Heart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Westside…
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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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Joselito Velazquez makes U.S. Debut on Dec 9

2016 Olympic flyweight Joselito Velazquez (4-0, 1 KOs), one of the brightest Mexican prospects in boxing today, will make his United States debut on the undercard of the December 9th HBO event featuring four-time World Champion Orlando “Siri” Salido battling fellow Mexican warrior Miguel “Mikey” Roman at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Continue reading “Joselito Velazquez makes U.S. Debut on Dec 9”

2016 Olympic flyweight Joselito Velazquez (4-0, 1 KOs), one of the brightest Mexican prospects in boxing today, will make his United States debut on the undercard of the December 9th…
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Cotto-Ali Conference Call Transcript

Four-division, six-time world champion, current WBO jr. middleweight world champion and Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) hosted an international conference call on Wednesday to discuss their 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBO junior middleweight world championship hardware. The action will take place on HBO from Madison Square Garden. This historic mark in boxing will be Miguel’s final fight of his career. Continue reading “Cotto-Ali Conference Call Transcript”

Four-division, six-time world champion, current WBO jr. middleweight world champion and Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14…
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Martz-Washington headline in Columbus

6’8, 250 pound former NABF heavyweight champ Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (15-5, 12kos) will battle 6’6, 245 pound Tim Washington (6-4, 6kos) over 8 rounds on Friday at the Lifestyle Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. In the co-features, cruiser Brian Holstein (12-7, 7kos) meets Lawrence Blakey (5-7, 2kos), while light heavy Damar Singleton (9-1, 6kos) faces Emmanuel Sanchez (7-7, 1ko) in another six rounder. Continue reading “Martz-Washington headline in Columbus”

6’8, 250 pound former NABF heavyweight champ Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (15-5, 12kos) will battle 6’6, 245 pound Tim Washington (6-4, 6kos) over 8 rounds on Friday at the Lifestyle…
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Kovalev-Shabranskyy off-TV undercard

Before fans at the Theater at Madison Square Garden are treated to the WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Vyacheslav “Lion Heart/Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy on Saturday, November 25, they will witness an exciting mix of top international and local prospects on the non-televised undercard.

Brooklyn native and local philanthropist, Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-2-2, 11 KOs), will face Jaime Herrera of Chicago, Illinois in an eight-round super welterweight battle. Continue reading “Kovalev-Shabranskyy off-TV undercard”

Before fans at the Theater at Madison Square Garden are treated to the WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Vyacheslav “Lion Heart/Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy on Saturday,…
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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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John Joe Nevin aims to jumpstart career

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin (8-0, 4 KOs) can’t wait to return to the ring on Friday 24th November 24th and kick-start his career as aims to make 2018 his year. The Irish ace has his first fight in Britain as a professional at the Tolworth Recreation Centre on the undercard of female world champion Pink Tyson. Nevin has had various problems from physical, personal and promotional issues since turning professional.

His last fight was on 26th August 2016 at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia when he defeated Jesus Lule, winning every round in the six-round contest. He was scheduled to fight in September this year, but medical licensing and opponent issues meant that that it had to be postponed. Continue reading “John Joe Nevin aims to jumpstart career”

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin (8-0, 4 KOs) can’t wait to return to the ring on Friday 24th November 24th and kick-start his career as aims to…
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Pete Duran on Salido-Roman undercard

Lightweight Pete Duran (15-0-2, 12 KOs) of Paramount, California, will return to the ring on Saturday, December 9 on the undercard of the Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Roman card to be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino and televised by HBO “Boxing After Dark.” He will face TBA.

Duran has developed a huge following in Southern California because of his tremendous and dramatic knockouts and his never surrender style in the ring. Continue reading “Pete Duran on Salido-Roman undercard”

Lightweight Pete Duran (15-0-2, 12 KOs) of Paramount, California, will return to the ring on Saturday, December 9 on the undercard of the Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Roman card to…
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Ghana to host world title fight on Jan 6

By David Finger

Well, it’s official. After nearly 30 years Ghana is about to host another world championship fight. For the first time since December of 1988, when Azumah Nelson defended his WBC super featherweight title against Sidnei Dal Rovere, a Ghanaian fighter will be stepping into the ring with a world title of one of the major sanctioning organizations on the line.

WBO #3 ranked Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (17-0, 11 KOs) will take on tough #1 ranked Mexican contender Cesar Juarez (20-5, 15 KOs) of Mexico in what is arguably the most significant fight to ever be hosted in Ghana on January 6, 2018. Continue reading “Ghana to host world title fight on Jan 6”

By David Finger Well, it’s official. After nearly 30 years Ghana is about to host another world championship fight. For the first time since December of 1988, when Azumah Nelson…
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DeGale, Selby opponents named

We already knew IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale and IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby will defend their belts on December 9 at London’s Copper Box Arena. Now we have opponents. DeGale will defend against IBF #15 rated Minnesota boxer Caleb Truax (28-3-2, 18 KOs), Selby will face IBF #11 Eduardo Ramirez (20-0-3, 7 KOs) from Mexico.

We already knew IBF super middleweight world champion James DeGale and IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby will defend their belts on December 9 at London’s Copper Box Arena. Now…
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Zurdo Ramirez returns Feb 3 in Corpus Christi

Top Rank on ESPN will kick off its 2018 season with a sensational Super Bowl weekend world championship event. WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (36-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, will make his third defense against Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed (22-0, 17 KOs) from Accra, Ghana. The fight will take place on Saturday, February 3, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, and will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App.

Top Rank on ESPN will kick off its 2018 season with a sensational Super Bowl weekend world championship event. WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (36-0, 24 KOs), from…
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Legendary cutman Rafael Garcia passes

Sad to report that legendary cutman Rafael Garcia has passed away at the age of 88. Garcia, who was also a top hand wrapper, worked in the corner of future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather for many years.

Sad to report that legendary cutman Rafael Garcia has passed away at the age of 88. Garcia, who was also a top hand wrapper, worked in the corner of future…
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RIP Desmond Hammond

Sad to report, Desmond Hammond, Director of Operations for King’s Promotions for the better part of the last three years, and nephew of King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman, has passed away at the age of 35.

“This is such a sad day for my family and for everyone who knew Desmond,” said Kauffman. “Desmond was like a son to me. He is my sister’s son, and he is basically the same age as my children so we are extremely close. Desmond came to boxing just a few years ago and he picked up the business so fast. We have run more shows then anybody in the country, and they all have come off so smoothly. That was because of Desmond. He was on top of every detail, which made the events go off without a hitch. Continue reading “RIP Desmond Hammond”

Sad to report, Desmond Hammond, Director of Operations for King’s Promotions for the better part of the last three years, and nephew of King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman, has passed…
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Horn aims to beat Corcoran convincingly

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn finds it hard to understand why he is not regarded as one of the best in his division, especially after defeating one of the greatest boxers of all time in Manny Pacquiao last July.

“The recount (against Pacquiao ) and things from last time really doesn’t bother me,” said Horn to the Gold Coast Bulletin. “I know there’s always going to be two sides and there’s going to be people saying I won and people saying I didn’t. I’ve just got to ignore all that, train hard and get ready for my next opponent who says he’s coming to take my belt.” Continue reading “Horn aims to beat Corcoran convincingly”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn finds it hard to understand why he is not regarded as one of the best in his division,…
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Wallin added to Zeuge-Ekpo undercard

Unbeaten heavyweight Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) will face Gabriel Enguema (8-3, 5 KOs) in a ten-round contest on the undercard of the WBA world super middleweight title rematch between Tyron Zeuge and Isaac Ekpo on December 2 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

It is a must-win fight for Wallin as he looks to secure a Swedish super-fight with archrival Adrian Granat early next year. Wallin and Granat are mandated to meet for the European Union title. However, both must overcome a final hurdle, with Granat also set for action in Germany in December.

Unbeaten heavyweight Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) will face Gabriel Enguema (8-3, 5 KOs) in a ten-round contest on the undercard of the WBA world super middleweight title rematch between…
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EBU purse bid and update

By Marco Bratusch

At Monday’s EBU purse bid in Rome, Italy, French promoter Gerard Teysseron of Europrom offered 42,001 Euros as the only bidder to guarantee to his company the rights for staging the European flyweight contest, at stake for young co-challengers Vincent Legrand (25-0, 15 KOs), an unbeaten former continental titlist, and Charlie Edwards (11-1, 4 KOs), a former world title challenger from England, United Kingdom.or date nor venue for such bout was announced yet by the winning promoter.

26-year-old Martin J. Ward (18-0-2, 8 KOs), a rangy junior lightweight promoted by Matchroom Boxing, will step in as a substitute for the European contest facing Spaniard Juli Giner (21-2-1, 8 KOs), promoted by Gallego Prada. The two boxers will square off on December 13 at the historic York Hall in London, United Kingdom. Giner was scheduled to fight Stephen Smith for the aforementioned belt, however, the Liverpudlian was lately offered to fight against former WBC champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas as a co-feature bout of a Golden Boy Promotion junior lightweights filled card at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on December 9th and grabbed the chance. Continue reading “EBU purse bid and update”

By Marco Bratusch At Monday’s EBU purse bid in Rome, Italy, French promoter Gerard Teysseron of Europrom offered 42,001 Euros as the only bidder to guarantee to his company the…
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Gavronski-Hernandez for NABA 168 title

By Ricardo Ibarra

Riding a four-fight unbeaten streak and two months removed from scoring the most notable win of his career, super middleweight prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (24-2-1, 15 KOs) will step back into the ring in search of his first title belt on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, squaring off with Arizona’s Andrew Hernandez (19-7-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBA-NABA 168 lbs. championship. The title bout will serve as the main event of Brain Halquist Productions’ 113th edition of the long-running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series, heading up what promises to be an entertaining six bout card. Continue reading “Gavronski-Hernandez for NABA 168 title”

By Ricardo Ibarra Riding a four-fight unbeaten streak and two months removed from scoring the most notable win of his career, super middleweight prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (24-2-1, 15…
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“Rumble at The Rim” Dec 9 in Hampton, NH

Granite Chin Promotions invades the Granite State on Saturday, December 9th when promoter Chuck Shearns presents “Rumble at The Rim” at The Rim in Hampton, New Hampshire. In the main event, New England cruiserweight champion Chris Traietti (24-4, 19 KOs), fighting out of Quincy, MA, will fight a TBD opponent in an eight-round bout at a 185-pounds catch-weight limit.

Also in action are lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (26-3, 8 KOs) and light heavyweight Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (4-0, 3 KOs). Continue reading ““Rumble at The Rim” Dec 9 in Hampton, NH”

Granite Chin Promotions invades the Granite State on Saturday, December 9th when promoter Chuck Shearns presents “Rumble at The Rim” at The Rim in Hampton, New Hampshire. In the main…
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OPBF Convention successfully held in Palawan

By Joe Koizumi

The 55th OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) Convention was successfully held with more than three hundred attendants among member countries thanks to the OPBF president Abraham Mitla’s excellent leadership and warm hospitality last week (November 9 through 12) in Palawan, Philippines. Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, is a famous resort place with many foreign people to enjoy their vacation, but boxing people were so hard workers that they diligently engaged in tight but useful sessions.

On the first day, many attendants moved to a shopping mall where the weigh-in took place for the boxing show in commemoration of the OPBF Convention on Friday. In the afternoon the OPBF president and GAB (Games and Amusements Board, the commission under the Philippine government) chairman Mitla administered various schedule so well that people appreciated nice speeches of local VIPs including the Palawan mayor and enjoyable songs/dances to our satisfaction.

The second day saw veteran US judge Hubert Minn from Hawaii give informative lessons to approximately one hundred officials (referees and judges) to improve their understanding of the scoring standard. Also, veteran US referee residing in the Philippines, Gen Del Bianco conducted fruitful and sometimes humorous lectures on refereeing by utilizing well-prepared footages. Continue reading “OPBF Convention successfully held in Palawan”

By Joe Koizumi The 55th OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) Convention was successfully held with more than three hundred attendants among member countries thanks to the OPBF president Abraham…
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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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WBA orders Barthelemy-Relikh clash

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee ordered this week three big fights, and the respective teams behind the boxers involved must start to negotiate.

In the Super Lightweight division, Cuban Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13KOs), number one in the ranking, and Belorussian Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19KOs), second best, must fight for the title at 140 pounds, which is currently vacant. Both teams have 30 days to negotiate, starting from November 6; if they fail to reach an agreement, the fight will be called to a purse bid. Continue reading “WBA orders Barthelemy-Relikh clash”

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee ordered this week three big fights, and the respective teams behind the boxers involved must start to negotiate. In the Super Lightweight division, Cuban…
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