Valdez, Ramirez set to defend belts

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated WBO world champions Oscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Jesse “Hard Work” Hart took paer in a media workout on Tuesday in Tucson, Arizona.

On Friday at Tucson Arena, Valdez will defending his WBO featherweight title against the WBO #4 Genesis Servania, while WBO super middleweight champion Ramirez will take on Hart in a grudge match. Continue reading “Valdez, Ramirez set to defend belts”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Undefeated WBO world champions Oscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Jesse “Hard Work” Hart took paer in a media workout…
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Parker-Fury gets new ref, another Brit

Referee Marcus McDonnell will now work Saturday’s WBO heavyweight title fight between champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury in Manchester, England. The Parker camp complained that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) appointed British referee Terry O’Connor rather than a neutral referee as per WBO rules. The BBBofC at first resisted making a change, but then switched out O’Connor for another British referee in McDonnell. The Parker camp, however, had better hope O’Connor didn’t take his ouster personally – the BBBofC reassigned O’Connor as one of the judges!!!

Referee Marcus McDonnell will now work Saturday’s WBO heavyweight title fight between champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury in Manchester, England. The Parker camp complained that the British Boxing Board…
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WBO rejects Shiming rematch request

The WBO Championship Committee has denied the request of Zou Xuan Sports of China on behalf of Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming for an immediate rematch against WBO flyweight champion Sho Kimura. Hand-picked opponent Kimura shockingly knocked out and dethroned Shiming in his first defense on July 28 in Shanghai, China. The 36-year-old Shiming had recently hooked up with trainer Robert Garcia and hoped to get quick revenge against Kimura, whose win was a colossal upset.

The WBO Championship Committee has denied the request of Zou Xuan Sports of China on behalf of Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming for an immediate rematch against WBO flyweight champion…
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Barrios stops Nelson in seven

Unbeaten IBF #12 lightweight contender Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Naim Nelson (13-4, 1 KO) in a super welterweight bout on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Nelson was in distress for most the fight due to a left shoulder injury. He bravely fought on, but finally couldn’t take the pain anymore in round seven and the bout was called off.

Unbeaten lightweight Thomas Velasquez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Tyrome Jones (4-2-1, 1 KO) fought to a six round draw. Scores were 59-55 Jones, 59-55 Valezquez, 57-57.

Light heavyweight prospects Earl Newman (10-0-1, 7 KOs) and Paul Parker (8-2-1, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 79-73 Newman, 77-75 Parker, 76-76.

Unbeaten IBF #12 lightweight contender Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Naim Nelson (13-4, 1 KO) in a super welterweight bout on Tuesday night at…
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Leo Santa Cruz speaks

Photos: Erick Ramirez/Ringstar Sports

Three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz hosted a media workout Tuesday at the new Team Watson Boxing Club in Lake Balboa, Calif. as he prepares to defend his featherweight titles against Chris Avalos on Saturday, October 14 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Televised coverage begins 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT with four-time world champion Abner Mares defending his 126-pound belt against once-beaten Andres Gutierrez.

Also in attendance was lightweight Ivan Redkach, who trains with Santa Cruz and will compete in an undercard bout on October 14.

Here is what the participants had to say Tuesday:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

“Now we both get another fight first, I’m pretty sure we will both win and the fans win by seeing us again as well. Continue reading “Leo Santa Cruz speaks”

Photos: Erick Ramirez/Ringstar Sports Three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz hosted a media workout Tuesday at the new Team Watson Boxing Club in Lake Balboa, Calif. as he prepares to…
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Kovalev explains breakup with trainer

By Przemek Garczarczyk

After trainer John David Jackson ripped former WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev (30-2, 26 KO) and accused him of quitting in his rematch with Andre Ward, I was wondering what “Krusher’s” response to Jackson various accusations will be. We all know that Kovalev does not know what political correctness is, so it was very refreshing to hear that the top light heavyweight contender take the high road. “The coach should help you in the ring. I didn’t feel that with Jackson,” stated Kovalev, who also politely explained (with manager Egis Klimas) why he’s on the hunt for new man in the corner. Judge for yourselves.

By Przemek Garczarczyk After trainer John David Jackson ripped former WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev (30-2, 26 KO) and accused him of quitting in his rematch with Andre Ward,…
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118-110 judge feels terrible, shattered

Embattled boxing judge Adalaide Byrd is not under suspension or been reprimanded in any way according to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett. Byrd has been taking a lot of heat from fans and media after scoring Saturday’s superfight 118-110 for Canelo Alvarez. “She feels terrible that she saw it differently from the other two judges,” Bennett told the Las Vegas Review. “She explained what she saw and she feels shattered.”

Bennett also dismissed charges of corruption leveled by ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas. “Anyone reporting corruption couldn’t be any further from the truth. Adalaide is a woman of integrity and a judge many around the world have requested for.” Continue reading “118-110 judge feels terrible, shattered”

Embattled boxing judge Adalaide Byrd is not under suspension or been reprimanded in any way according to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett. Byrd has been taking a lot of heat…
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The 12th Round: GGG – Champion of Champions

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

It would be impossible not to dedicate this week’s column to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Saturday night in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, Golovkin finally received the world recognition as the best fighter in the middleweight division and one of the best in the world. Saul Canelo Alvarez fought GGG to a very entertaining fight which had the sold-out arena chanting throughout the fight hoping that Alvarez would bring those glory days of Mexican warriors like Sanchez, Chavez, Morales, Barrera and Marquez back and win the fight of his life precisely on Mexican Independence Day. It didn’t happen.

It was GGG the one fighting “Mexican Style” going forward at all times, dominating the action and trying to engage in a brawl which eventually happened during the last three rounds. Alvarez decided to be the aggressor on the tenth, too late in my personal opinion. Continue reading “The 12th Round: GGG – Champion of Champions”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son It would be impossible not to dedicate this week’s column to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Saturday night in Las Vegas at the…
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David Bey passes

By David Finger

Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of former heavyweight contender David Bey. According to WPVI, an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, Bey was working as a Pyle driver with Local Carpenters’ 179 in Camden, New Jersey. He was killed on Wednesday, September 13th, in an industrial accident at the Camden Towers when he was reportedly hit by a steel sheet Pyle.

Bey is perhaps best remembered by boxing fans for his 1985 IBF world title fight against Larry Holmes. Holmes beat the then-undefeated Bey by way of tenth round TKO. But many boxing fans nonetheless remembered the gritty performance from Bey, who rocked Holmes in the second round. Holmes was later quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying Bey “got my attention” in the second round of the fight. Continue reading “David Bey passes”

By David Finger Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of former heavyweight contender David Bey. According to WPVI, an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, Bey was working as a Pyle…
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PBC weights from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mario Barrios 140.9 vs Naim Nelson 140.8
Earl Newman 178 vs Paul Parker 177.5
Thomas Velasquez 131.1 vs Tyrome Jones 132.1
Juan Sanchez 124.9 vs Gorwar Karyah 125.8
Ryan Wilczak 154.3 vs Devin Mcmaster 152.9
Antonio Russell 117.8 vs Cristian Renteria 120.2
Jeffrey Torres 140.4 vs Latorie Woodberry 141.8
Antuanne Russell 138.5 vs Jesus Lule 139.7

Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: FS1 & FOX Deportes
Venue: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mario Barrios 140.9 vs Naim Nelson 140.8 Earl Newman 178 vs Paul Parker 177.5 Thomas Velasquez 131.1 vs Tyrome Jones 132.1 Juan Sanchez 124.9 vs Gorwar Karyah 125.8 Ryan Wilczak…
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Wilder vs. Ortiz is set for Nov 4

It’s official. On Wednesday in New York City, undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and unbeaten top contender Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will announce their Showtime Championship Boxing showdown taking place Saturday, November 4 in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It’s official. On Wednesday in New York City, undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and unbeaten top contender Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will announce their…
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Dawejko face Banks in Philly

Hard Hitting Promotions will present a card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Friday night September 22 featuring the return of Philly’s own heavyweight star Joey “The Tank” Dawejko (17-4-4, 10 KOs) against Demetrius Banks (9-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event of the evening. Dawejko, who is training at the famed Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach and Marvin Simodeo, makes his return to the “City of Brotherly love. “I love fighting in Philly. I have trained hard and feel focused,” said Dawejko. I am in great shape and I hope to show my friends and family an explosive knockout.” Continue reading “Dawejko face Banks in Philly”

Hard Hitting Promotions will present a card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Friday night September 22 featuring the return of Philly’s own heavyweight star Joey “The Tank” Dawejko…
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Tiberi Jr. Returns Nov. 11th

By Rick Scharmberg

“Joltin’” Joey Tiberi (15-2, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, November 11th at the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware. In the co-feature, cruiserweight Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary (8-2, 5 KOs) is scheduled to fight in an 8 rounder. Both opponents will be announced shortly, and both bouts will be contested for regional titles in “The Battle for the Belts!” Continue reading “Tiberi Jr. Returns Nov. 11th”

By Rick Scharmberg “Joltin’” Joey Tiberi (15-2, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, November 11th at the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware. In the co-feature, cruiserweight Lamont…
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Oner: Eubank Jr. is a spoiled kid

Coach Ahmet Öner is ready to send his boxer Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) into war against Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The former light heavyweight, now coach and manager, believes that his fighter can go all the way to win the World Boxing Super Series tournament. The first obstacle is Chris Eubank Jr., but Öner does not see the British IBO Champion as a serious threat.

“I do not fear Eubank Jr. He has nothing to stop Avni. Eubank is a kid, a spoiled kid who thinks he is a brave tough guy, he is not. Continue reading “Oner: Eubank Jr. is a spoiled kid”

Coach Ahmet Öner is ready to send his boxer Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) into war against Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in…
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New opponent for Schwarz

WBO #4 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KOs) will now face Ali “Sultan” Baghouz (10-0-1, 6 KOs) on September 30 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Baghouz stepped in after original foe Marcin Siwy suffered a hand injury in sparring last week that will require surgery. The WBO Intercontinental title fight will be televised in Germany on MDR.

WBO #4 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KOs) will now face Ali “Sultan” Baghouz (10-0-1, 6 KOs) on September 30 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Baghouz stepped in…
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Parker-Fury Press Conference Heats Up

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and challenger Hughie Fury both vowed to win by knockout before facing off at today’s press conference in advance of Saturday’s PPV clash in Manchester, England.

Things turned ugly when Parker’s promoter David Higgins got into a shouting match with Hughie’s father and manager Peter Fury over the BBBoC’s decision to use a British referee rather than a neutral referee as per WBO rules. Both Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry stated they plan to go through with Saturday’s fight despite the referee dispute.

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and challenger Hughie Fury both vowed to win by knockout before facing off at today’s press conference in advance of Saturday’s PPV clash in Manchester,…
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Valdez gearing up for homecoming title defense

By Miguel Maravilla

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) of Tucson, Arizona by way of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico will make his homecoming as he takes on undefeated Filipino Genesis Servania (29-0, 12 KOs) this Friday at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona headlining the latest edition of Top Rank on ESPN. We caught up with the champ during camp where he spoke to us about his preparation and upcoming fight.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“I am ready for this fight I am facing Genesis Servania, a tough Filipino fighter who is ranked fourth in the WBO. We are pretty excited for this and try to give it our best,” Valdez told Fightnews.com®. Continue reading “Valdez gearing up for homecoming title defense”

By Miguel Maravilla WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) of Tucson, Arizona by way of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico will make his homecoming as he takes on undefeated Filipino…
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WBO #10 Jackson defeats Santiago

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #10 featherweight Luke Jackson (15-0) outpointed Mexico’s Humberto de Santiago (14-4-1) over ten rounds at the Hobart Town Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Saturday to successfully defend the WBO Oriental crown. Promoter Grant Brown said after the bout, “The win over Santiago should get Lucas a top six rating and we are focused on a WBO title shot against Oscar Valdez.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #10 featherweight Luke Jackson (15-0) outpointed Mexico’s Humberto de Santiago (14-4-1) over ten rounds at the Hobart Town Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia…
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Ferguson stops Tapusoa in three

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Adding his ninth consecutive knockout win, undefeated cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (9-0, 9 KOs) stopped Missouri’s Gary Tapusoa (9-7-1, 8 KOs) in the third of a scheduled ten rounds on Saturday night at the Oregon State Fair and Expo in Salem, Oregon, highlighting Rogue Promotions’ second installment of its mixed boxing/MMA series ‘Arena Wars: Total Kombat.’ Ferguson, of Spokane, Washington, picked Tapusoa apart over the course of three rounds, dropping him once in the second and three times in the third before the referee waved it off. Continue reading “Ferguson stops Tapusoa in three”

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra Adding his ninth consecutive knockout win, undefeated cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (9-0, 9 KOs) stopped Missouri’s Gary Tapusoa (9-7-1, 8 KOs) in the third of…
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Chavez Jr. planning comeback

Former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has announced via Twitter that he is returning to the ring on November 11 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The “Son of the Legend” will face former world champion Anthony Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs) in the super middleweight division. Junior (50-3-1, 32 KOs) is coming off a bad loss to Canelo Alvarez in May. Dirrell is 3-0 since losing his WBC super middle belt to Badou Jack in 2015.

Former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has announced via Twitter that he is returning to the ring on November 11 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The…
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Golovkin: Of course I want the rematch

Undefeated WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) wants a rematch with Mexican boxing icon Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs). That bout would likely take place in May or September of 2018.

Gennady Golovkin: “Of course I want the rematch. Real Mexican style fighters do not run from best fight, from history fight.”

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez: “To paraphrase Gennady, this was a big drama score. Gennady and Canelo treated us to a great event. It’s a shame they didn’t get the definitive result they deserved. It was a close fight. I thought Gennady won. You don’t win fights backing up all night.”

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter: “There is no question that Gennady won the fight. Because the world was watching and the media was covering, this time, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Saturday’s HBO replay will show that. There are no issues to doing a rematch. I just hope it takes Canelo and Golden Boy less time to do it than it did to make this fight. Enough drama, let’s get them back into the ring. Gennady is a true champion. He runs from no one.”

Undefeated WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) wants a rematch with Mexican boxing icon Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs). That bout would likely take place in May…
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Golovkin, Alvarvez Post Fight Presser

By Miguel Maravilla

Following their highly anticipated showdown Saturday night, middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan met in the ring a second time, but not for a rematch. The two battled it out to a draw in front of sold out crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Golovkin and Alvarez spoke about their battle at the post-fight press conference.

“I am champion, this was the biggest fight in boxing. This is terrible, I am over it,” Gennady Golovkin said. “I saw the reaction, it’s terrible this is not fair.”

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stated, “I am happy with what I saw tonight. The plan was to use the ring and the ropes we did exactly that. Lets put the scorecard aside we fought a great fight tonight. If people want a rematch. Why not?” Continue reading “Golovkin, Alvarvez Post Fight Presser”

By Miguel Maravilla Following their highly anticipated showdown Saturday night, middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs)…
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NSAC: Adalaide had a bad night

The controversial 118-110 scorecard in the Golovkin-Alvarez fight submitted by veteran Las Vegas boxing judge Adalaide Byrd has received widespread criticism from media and fans alike. She shockingly awarded only two rounds to Gennady Golovkin Saturday night in a fight many thought he won or at least was very close.

However, despite the blowing the scoring, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett defended her. He acknowledged her score was “a little wide,” but he stated that she is an outstanding judge and he still has full confidence in her. “I’ll go over the fight with Adalaide round by round,” Bennett told the press. “She’ll have to articulate to me what she saw, how she saw it, why she scored each round the way she did, and then we’ll continue to move forward from there.” Continue reading “NSAC: Adalaide had a bad night”

The controversial 118-110 scorecard in the Golovkin-Alvarez fight submitted by veteran Las Vegas boxing judge Adalaide Byrd has received widespread criticism from media and fans alike. She shockingly awarded only…
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GGG, Canelo Quick Quotes

Canelo Alvarez: “I thought I won the fight. I was superior inside the ring. I won at least 7…8 of the rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady Golovkin wobble a couple of times. It’s up to the people if we fight again, I feel frustrated over this draw.”

Gennady Golovkin: “It’s a big drama show. I want to thank all my fans, I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans for supporting me, for coming out. Of course, I want a rematch, this was a real fight. Look I still have all the belts, I’m still the champion.”

Canelo Alvarez: “I thought I won the fight. I was superior inside the ring. I won at least 7…8 of the rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make…
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