Weights from Melbourne, Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Randy Petalcorin 115 vs. Oscar Raknafa 114.6

Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria
Promoter: Peter Maniatis

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Randy Petalcorin 115 vs. Oscar Raknafa 114.6 Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria Promoter: Peter Maniatis

Ramirez-Reed Final Press Conference

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Super lightweight contenders Jose Ramírez and Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed, along with top-rated light heavyweight contenders Artur Beterbiev and Enrico Köelling, joined Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum for the final press conference in advance of Saturday’s ESPN twinbill at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Continue reading “Ramirez-Reed Final Press Conference”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Super lightweight contenders Jose Ramírez and Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed, along with top-rated light heavyweight contenders Artur Beterbiev and Enrico Köelling, joined Hall of Fame promoter…
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ShoBox weights from Cleveland

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Luis Rosa Jr. 125 vs. Yuandale Evans 125.5
Radzhab Butaev 146 vs. Janer Gonzalez 147
Junior Fa 262 vs. Freddy Latham 261
Charles Conwell 153 vs. Roque “Rocky” Zapata 155

Venue: The Masonic at Templelive Cleveland
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime

Luis Rosa Jr. 125 vs. Yuandale Evans 125.5 Radzhab Butaev 146 vs. Janer Gonzalez 147 Junior Fa 262 vs. Freddy Latham 261 Charles Conwell 153 vs. Roque “Rocky” Zapata 155…
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Unbeaten heavyweights collide Friday

Unbeaten 6’5, 270-pound New Zealand-based heavyweight Junior Fa (12-0, 7 KOs) meets Pittburgh’s Fred Latham (9-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Friday night’s ShoBox telecast from the Masonic Temple in Cleveland. Fa, who has two amateur victories over reigning WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, will fight for just the second time in the United States. He recently trained in England with heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion Latham (9-0-2, 5 KOs) battled to a split decision draw against Alonzo Butler (31-3-2, 24 KOs) in his last bout on December 3, 2016. “I am looking forward to facing Fa. I’ve heard a lot about him and the great heavyweight prospect he is, but on November 10 I’ll show the world that I’m a much better fighter!”

Unbeaten 6’5, 270-pound New Zealand-based heavyweight Junior Fa (12-0, 7 KOs) meets Pittburgh’s Fred Latham (9-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Friday night’s ShoBox telecast from the Masonic Temple…
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Wach: Miller’s head will explode

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO

6’7 Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 KO) is very confident that his size and experience will be enough to beat undefeated Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (19-0, 17 KO) on Saturday night’s HBO telecast from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

You arrived in New York 10 days before fight ready to go…

Exactly. I arrived last week on Wednesday, couple of workouts, then on Saturday I had a good, and tough six-round sparring with Bryant Jennings. That was the last part of fight preparations. Since then, it’s more about being fresh, working on my speed, reflexes than anything else. Continue reading “Wach: Miller’s head will explode”

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO 6’7 Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 KO) is very confident that his size and experience will be enough to beat undefeated Jarrell “Big…
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Danny Jacobs: There’s no one in the middleweight division that can honestly beat me

By Arvin Nundloll

The Miracle Man, Danny Jacobs, returns to the ring fresh of his first PPV appearance against Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs faces another undefeated fighter in Luis Arias and took time out to break down why he believes that he’s only become a better fighter since GGG and has no one to fear in the division.

Photo: Emily Harney

Jacobs believes that although he lost on paper, he won new fans, pushed GGG out of his comfort zone and edged him out in the eyes of many who have watched the fight.

I was underestimated by a lot of the boxing world I think with the GGG fight, even being arguably was one of the biggest underdogs that he’s faced and being the one to actually take him 12 rounds, backing him up and doing all the things I was doing inside the ring to gain his respect. That wasn’t the typical Triple G that you guys are used to seeing and I think that is what gained me the fans respect despite how people may view the fight. From what I’ve seen people view the fight 50-50, some people felt like he won and some people felt like I won but at the end of the day I feel like we ultimately won as we put ourselves on the map. Continue reading “Danny Jacobs: There’s no one in the middleweight division that can honestly beat me”

By Arvin Nundloll The Miracle Man, Danny Jacobs, returns to the ring fresh of his first PPV appearance against Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs faces another undefeated fighter in Luis Arias and…
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Karpency Brothers Return on Saturday

By Matt Thompson

New England middleweight champ Russell Lamour (15-2, 7 KOs) will battle former WBA-NABA champ John Thompson (17-3, 6 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Portland Civic Center in Portland, Maine. In the co-features, former WBC/WBO/IBO light heavyweight title challenger Tommy Karpency (27-6, 16 KOs) faces veteran Tiwon Taylor (26-26, 19 KOs) in an eight rounder, while heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency (14-1, 5 KOs) meets former IBF title challenger Rubin Williams (29-29, 16 KOs) in a 10 rounder. In other action, local middleweight Jason Quirk (7-0, 5 KOs), super lightweight Brandon Berry (11-2, 7 KOs), light heavy Brandon Montella (8-0, 7 KOs) and cruiser Cristiano Pedro (1-1) will appear in separate bouts. The card is promoted by Bob Russo and the event will help benefit the Portland Boxing Club.

By Matt Thompson New England middleweight champ Russell Lamour (15-2, 7 KOs) will battle former WBA-NABA champ John Thompson (17-3, 6 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the…
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Tiberi Jr. Faces late sub Womack on Saturday

By Rick Scharmberg

Night Night Promotions held a press conference on Thursday at Delaware Park Casino in Stanton, Delaware in advance of their show “Battle for the Belts” at the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware on Saturday night. In the main event, “Jolt’n” Joey Tiberi (15-2) was scheduled to face Justin Savi for a regional title. It was announced that Savi will be replaced by Kevin Womack (7-14-4), who will meet Tiberi in a six round lightweight bout. Tiberi partnered with Todd Mulvena to create Night Night Promotions, and this will be their second show to date.

“We are doing our best to put on a great show. We have a great venue in the Hockessin PAL Center, and it is Veteran’s Day weekend. There is a ten dollar discount for military, firefighters, and police,” stated Mulvena. “A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Attack Addiction organization.” Continue reading “Tiberi Jr. Faces late sub Womack on Saturday”

By Rick Scharmberg Night Night Promotions held a press conference on Thursday at Delaware Park Casino in Stanton, Delaware in advance of their show “Battle for the Belts” at the…
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Tri-Star returns to Nashville December 8

Junior flyweight sensation Edwin Reyes (7-2-2, 5 KOs) fighting out of Nashville by way of Guatemala, looks for his fourth straight victory when he challenges Santos “Titos” Vasquez (4-2-1, 3 KOs) of Reno, NV in the eight round main event of Tri-Star Boxing’s “Fights at the Fairgrounds” Friday, December 8th at the Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville, TN.

The co-featured bout of the evening pits knockout artist Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko (19-1, 17 KOs) born in Ghana but now fighting out of Nashville, against durable veteran Juan Carlos Rojas (8-23-2, 7 KOs) of Mexico in a six rounds super middleweight showdown. Continue reading “Tri-Star returns to Nashville December 8”

Junior flyweight sensation Edwin Reyes (7-2-2, 5 KOs) fighting out of Nashville by way of Guatemala, looks for his fourth straight victory when he challenges Santos “Titos” Vasquez (4-2-1, 3…
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Granat accepts Wallin challenge

Yesterday Otto Wallin went out to challenge his compatriot Adrian Granat in what will be one of the biggest domestic fights ever to take place on Swedish soil – the country that until 2013 was one among three countries in the world (the others North Korea, Jemen and Cuba) to disallow professional boxing. The fight will most likely be for the EU-title and the winner will climb further towards the top. Continue reading “Granat accepts Wallin challenge”

Yesterday Otto Wallin went out to challenge his compatriot Adrian Granat in what will be one of the biggest domestic fights ever to take place on Swedish soil – the…
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WBA 112lb champ Ioka renounces his belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Three-time world champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs) astoundingly renounced his belt before his mandatory defense with perennial top contender Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs) from Ukraine. It was publicly announced by his father/manager/trainer/promoter Kazunori today (Thursday) in Osaka. Having got married to famous and popular singer Nana Tanimura this May, Kazuto, a long-time resident in Osaka, moved to Tokyo to live with his bride—reportedly without his father’s permission. Kazuto finally decided to relinquish his belt rather than be forced to make the mandatory defense with limited preparation.

His father said, “It will be up to him whether to go on fighting or to hang up gloves for good. Kazuto may have an alternative to go for the fourth belt next year, if motivated.” It will be a waste of talent if Kazuto should call it quit at this point of his career since he is such a vastly gifted boxer-puncher with good reflexes and excellent defensive skills. Ioka remarkably proved it with such a clean and unbruised face after every fight. Kazuto Ioka, still 28, is at a crossroads in his life.

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Three-time world champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs) astoundingly renounced his belt before his mandatory defense with perennial top contender Artem Dalakian (15-0,…
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Arikawa stops Sakamoto to unify Japanese 147lb belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese welterweight champ Toshio Arikawa (15-4, 13 KOs) returned to action after a long hiatus for a year and unified the national belts by stopping interim titlist Daisuke Sakamoto (14-9-3, 8 KOs) at 1:42 of the fifth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Having suffered a first round stoppage at the hand of Sakamoto three years ago, the regular champ Arikawa was once slated to defend his national belt against the grudge rival last April, but his injury prevented him from participating in a rematch and Sakamoto acquired the interim title by outhustling Kamoto Kawasaki on points this June. Arikawa overcame his ring rust and connected with solid rights and body shots to the interim champ, piling up points steadily. The champ, in round five, opened a bad gash over the left eyebrow with a vicious right and so profusely bled that the ref had the cut examined by the ringside physician and then declared a halt. Continue reading “Arikawa stops Sakamoto to unify Japanese 147lb belts”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese welterweight champ Toshio Arikawa (15-4, 13 KOs) returned to action after a long hiatus for a year and unified the national belts…
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Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Biggest news in Japan while this reporter was absent to attend the WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia, was that former WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), 35, finally made up his mind to go on fighting in order to regain his belt from his conqueror Luis Nery (25-0, 19 KOs), 22, via fourth round TKO this September.

Nery tested positive afterward, but the WBC lately approved his 118-pound reign and then ordered a rematch between Nery and Yamanaka. The Japanese southpaw is willing to face the Mexican in a grudge fight and regain his belt. We expect his exito (success) in their revancha (rematch). Continue reading “Japan Update”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Biggest news in Japan while this reporter was absent to attend the WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia, was that former WBC bantamweight champion…
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Jacobs-Arias Workout Quotes

The six fighters that will appear Live on HBO World Championship Boxing on Saturday night at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum worked out Wednesday in New York for the media.

Daniel Jacobs: Having Chris Algieri in camp is great – it’s the second time around and it makes for a great family atmosphere. But at the same time, I am a loner. I like to be alone. I like to s=isolate myself because on fight night I am in that ring all by myself so I like to get used to being the only person leading up to the fight. On Saturday night, I just want to win impressively so I can have another fight. That is my only goal. I want to be champion again and go after the heavy hitters. Not excluding anyone, but I feel I am the best middleweight in the world and I want to prove that and Saturday night is going to be the first stepping stone. Continue reading “Jacobs-Arias Workout Quotes”

The six fighters that will appear Live on HBO World Championship Boxing on Saturday night at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum worked out Wednesday in New…
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Lipinets-Broner in the works?

Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) to win the vacant IBF Junior welterweight title this past Saturday night. It was a gutsy effort by the Union Boxing/Journeyman Management managed Lipinets who overcame a cut in route to victory. Lipinets ironically won the same title that his legendary trainer James “Buddy” McGirt did nearly 30 years ago. It did not take long for the rumor mill to start that Lipinets would be making his first defense against Adrien Broner in the first quarter of 2018. Though nothing is confirmed as of yet on such a fight, some chuckled at the notion of Lipinets being able to defeat Broner based off of his performance Saturday night. McGirt was quick to warn Lipinets doubters to not be so quick to judge. Continue reading “Lipinets-Broner in the works?”

Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) to win the vacant IBF Junior welterweight title this past Saturday night. It was…
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Rosa-Evans Workout Quotes

Featherweight prospects Luis Rosa Jr. and Yuandale Evans worked out for the media today at the Thurgood Marshall Recreational Center in Cleveland, Ohio prior to their ShoBox: The New Generation 10-round main event matchup this Friday from The Masonic Temple Live Cleveland.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

Luis Rosa Jr: “He wasn’t really on my radar, he sort of came out of the woodwork. We’re looking for a world championship and this is a step closer…boxing fans can expect a powerful, fast, smart fighter. I’m the full package. I fight with both hands, we’ll see if he can take it.”

Yuandale Evans: “He’s a strong fighter that comes forward, a good body puncher. But he doesn’t have any boxing skills. He’s just a banger who keeps coming forward. Defensively, he leaves himself open with his aggressiveness. He was not on my radar. I’ve wanted to fight much tougher guys, higher-ranked guys. But once the fight was offered, I said yes. I want to fight Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr., and a rematch with Javier Fortuna. I want to fight all the top guys because that’s where I belong.”

Featherweight prospects Luis Rosa Jr. and Yuandale Evans worked out for the media today at the Thurgood Marshall Recreational Center in Cleveland, Ohio prior to their ShoBox: The New Generation…
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Kovalev excited about title fight

“My next fight without the belt was going to be discouraging,” said former WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who takes on Vyacheslav Shabranksyy on November 25 on HBO. in a bout upgraded to a WBO world title fight thanks to the retirement of Andre Ward.

“I’m really excited and ready to get my belts back,” Kovalev told reporters. “It would be really interesting and really exciting, and I would fight anybody. I was ready to fight Sullivan Barrera, but he didn’t approve the fight and we got Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. And, after this, Andre Ward vacated the title; it’s additional motivation. It’s like the most important (in) how my future boxing career is going to be. I’m really happy that this fight will be for the title and for the WBO, because this was the first title that I had already, But now this is like a new chapter in my boxing career. I am recharged. I am much stronger than last three fights and you will see November 25 in New York!”

“My next fight without the belt was going to be discouraging,” said former WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who takes on Vyacheslav Shabranksyy on November 25 on HBO.…
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WBC makes final ruling on Povetkin case

Summary: Povetkin received a one year suspension ending December 6, 2017, after which he is on probation for one year. The previously imposed $250,000 fine was upheld, he must continue on a special testing protocol the WBC designed for him until December 6, 2018, he will eligible to be included in the WBC rankings starting in January, he must participate in a WBC doping prevention campaign.

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Summary: Povetkin received a one year suspension ending December 6, 2017, after which he is on probation for one year. The previously imposed $250,000 fine was upheld, he must continue…
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Shields-Nelson officially announced

As previously reported by Fightnews.com®, unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields will defend her 168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME.

A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation live at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. Continue reading “Shields-Nelson officially announced”

As previously reported by Fightnews.com®, unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields will defend her 168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12 live…
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Wallin: Is Granat running scared?

Swedish heavyweight rivals Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) and Adrian Granat (14-1, 13 KOs) could meet for the European Union title early next year. The 26-year-olds are ranked top two in the latest European Union ratings and are now in line to fight for the vacant title. Wallin, the current WBA Continental Champion from Sundsvall, has already accepted his position as number one challenger for the EU belt, and has implored Granat, from Malmo, who is number two in the rankings, to do the same.

If Granat accepts, it would set up a huge showdown between the domestic foes, and a chance for fans to see who is the number one heavyweight in Sweden.

“I’ve accepted my position to fight for the EU title, and now, it’s time for Granat to do the same,” said Wallin. “This would be a massive fight for Swedish boxing. I think we owe it to the fans to see who the best heavyweight in Sweden is. Continue reading “Wallin: Is Granat running scared?”

Swedish heavyweight rivals Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) and Adrian Granat (14-1, 13 KOs) could meet for the European Union title early next year. The 26-year-olds are ranked top two…
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Tyson Fury fighting to clear his name

Hennessy Sports Statement: It has been a difficult two years but we will not stop until we have cleared Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury names.

The statement was issued in response to a BBC article in which Ukad, the UK Anti-Doping regulatory body, expressed fears that former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could sue the organization for many millions for two years of lost earnings should Fury be cleared after an alleged positive test for a banned steroid. Fury claims the adverse result came from eating uncastrated wild boar and Ukad has unjustly damaged his career.

Hennessy Sports Statement: It has been a difficult two years but we will not stop until we have cleared Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury names. The statement was issued in…
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Parker-Joshua Camps In Talks…

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could be IBF, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next opponent now that Eddie Hearn and David Higgins have had preliminary talks. Otherwise, Australia’s former WBA champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne will likely get the opportunity for a WBO challenge.

”There is interest from the Joshua camp which is why we’re talking to them now,” Parker told the Herald. “He’s my preferred option. Everyone wants to fight him but I honestly think in his last performance he didn’t look the best. I didn’t look the best in my last performance because of the style I had in front of me. I think his style matches mine perfectly and I honestly think I can knock him out. Continue reading “Parker-Joshua Camps In Talks…”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could be IBF, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next opponent now that Eddie Hearn and David Higgins have…
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Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame 2018 Class

Evander Holyfield heads the 2018 class of the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame. Holyfield, born in Atmore, will be inducted in the Pro Boxer category for his incredible career, which included unifying the cruiserweight belts and winning multiple titles as a heavyweight while engaging in some of history’s biggest fights against the likes of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe.

Joining Holyfield is Ozark’s Byron Mitchell. Mitchell is the inductee in the Amateur Boxer Category. He won a National Golden Gloves title and competed on an international level. Continue reading “Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame 2018 Class”

Evander Holyfield heads the 2018 class of the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame. Holyfield, born in Atmore, will be inducted in the Pro Boxer category for his incredible career, which…
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IBF #3 Petalcorin in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #3, WBC #6, WBO #12 light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will clash with Indonesian champion Oscar Raknafa (13-15, 5 KOs) on Friday at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Former WBA champion Patalcorin stated, “Friday night is big fight for me. I will not underestimate Raknafa who I know is tough and he defeated former WBA world champion Muhammad Rachman and also lasted the distance with current WBO champion Kosei Tanaka. It’s a tough fight but I trained hard. I am ready.” Continue reading “IBF #3 Petalcorin in action Friday”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #3, WBC #6, WBO #12 light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will clash with Indonesian champion Oscar Raknafa (13-15, 5 KOs)…
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