Rugged veteran heavyweight Travis Kauffman will now take on Scott Alexander in a 10-round bout that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes action that features three heavyweight showdowns on Sunday, June 10 from Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Kauffman was originaly slated to face 49-year-old former champion Antonio Tarver, who ran into licensing problems.
The telecast begins with former world title challenger Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington take on once-beaten Wes Nofire in a 10-round attraction plus 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter challenging Iago Kiladze in a 10-round fight. Also featured on the card is super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (2-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round special attraction.
“Travis Kauffman doesn’t back down from anyone and there’s no doubt he’ll be looking to make a statement against Scott Alexander on Sunday, June 10,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “It’s an interesting time in the heavyweight division and all the winners on this card will figure into the picture in a prominent way in the future.” Continue reading “Tarver out, Kauffman to face new opponent”
Rugged veteran heavyweight Travis Kauffman will now take on Scott Alexander in a 10-round bout that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes action that features three heavyweight… Read More »
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov, (1-0, 1 KO), of Kazakhstan wrapped up camp in Boca Raton, Florida and has arrived in London ahead of his highly anticipated debut in the United Kingdom set for this Wednesday, June 6 at the famed and sold-out York Hall fighting under the banner of his promoter Matchroom Boxing. The 27-year-old welterweight spent eight weeks training under the watchful eye of renowned trainer and former two-division world champion John-David Jackson and his father Marat Yeleussinov.
Day 4 of the 35th annual IBF convention in St. Vincent, Italy began with the medical seminar at 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Massimilliano Bianco spoke on the effects of the Female Athlete Triad. The triad consists of eating disorders, osteoporosis and amenorrhea (lack of menstrual cycle). A study Dr. Bianco was involved with showed female boxers actually suffer less injuries in the ring. Contributing factors may include shorter rounds, possible less punching power. Natural female hormonal processes can and do also affect the triad. Continue reading “2018 IBF Convention, Day Four”
By Boxing Bob Newman Day 4 of the 35th annual IBF convention in St. Vincent, Italy began with the medical seminar at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Massimilliano Bianco spoke on the… Read More »
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields is deep in preparation for her attempt to become a two-division world champion when she faces fellow unified champion Hanna Gabriels at Masonic Temple in Detroit on Friday, June 22. Shields, a unified champion at 168 pounds, and Gabriels, a unified titlist at 154 pounds, will meet for the vacant IBF and WBA Middleweight World Championships on SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION at 10 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME.
A native of Flint, Mich., Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. The 23-year-old turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and became unified women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional fight. Shields now begins her first camp with renowned trainer John David Jackson as she attempts to become a two-division champion.
SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION will also feature extensive highlights of unified women’s middleweight champion Christina Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) as she defends her WBC & WBO titles in her U.S. debut against former world champion Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs). If both Shields and Hammer are victorious in their 160-pound bouts on June 22, they will meet in a fall blockbuster on SHOWTIME to determine the undisputed women’s middleweight world champion. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Training Camp Notes”
Photos: Salita Promotions/Terrell Groggins Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields is deep in preparation for her attempt to become a two-division world champion when she faces fellow unified champion Hanna… Read More »
Future Hall of Fame boxer Miguel Cotto believes that, for him, promoting is even more challenging than fighting. The living legend retired last December with an incredible 41-6 (33 KOs) pro record, in which he became the only Puerto Rican to capture world titles in four different weights classes, light welterweight through middleweight. “We have been in the promoting business for more than 13 years, combining both roles (fighter and promoter),” Cotto said. “Now, we are able to give more attention to our fighters in terms of training.
Japanese super-feather champ Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1, 11 KOs), 129.75, successfully kept his national belt as he decked #1 contender Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-16-5, 3 KOs), 130, with a countering right in the opening session and pounded out a unanimous verdict (all 98-91) over ten heats on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The upright stylist, making his second defense, acquired the vacant national belt by outscoring Ribo Takahata last October and halted Ken Osato in eight sessions of his initial defense this February.
Unbeaten Filipino prospect, 21-year-old Jayr Raquinel (10-0-1, 7 KOs), 112, impressively retained his OPBF flyweight belt by disposing of Japanese challenger, #13 Shun Kosaka (15-4, 4 KOs), 112, with a single southpaw left at 1:20 of the fourth round in Wakayama last Sunday (May 27). The hard-punching Raquinel, making his first defense, captured the OPBF throne when he surprisingly demolished defending titlist Keisuke Nakayama in nine hot rounds here this March. Raquinel is worth watching.
By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese super-feather champ Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1, 11 KOs), 129.75, successfully kept his national belt as he decked #1 contender Tsuyoshi Tojo (14-16-5, 3… Read More »
Heavyweight Dan Pasciolla (9-3-3, 0 KOs) won the New Jersey state heavyweight title when he won a six-round unanimous decision over former world champion Imamu Mayfield on March 19, 2016. But when the 32-year-old native of Brick, New Jersey signed on to fight Quian Davis (4-0-2, 2 KOs) this Friday night at The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, he was informed that the fight would be for the vacant title. That was news to Pasciolla and his manager Rich Masini, as the pair believed that Pasciolla was still the champion.
Funeral service for former Commonwealth Champion and three-time world light middleweight challenger Troy Waters, who passed on May 18 after a long illness, was held on Wednesday at Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Drive, Greenpoint, NSW, Australia. There were over one thousand mourners in attendance, among them former two-time WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hitman” Harding who said, “Troy worked with me as a sparring partner when I defended the WBC title in France against David Vedder. Troy also won his fight by knockout on the undercard. He got me in great shape for my fight. Troy was a champion in and outside the ring. God Bless Troy.” Continue reading “Rest in Peace Troy Waters”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Funeral service for former Commonwealth Champion and three-time world light middleweight challenger Troy Waters, who passed on May 18 after a long illness,… Read More »
Former IBF junior lightweight world champion José “Sniper” Pedraza (23-1, 12 KOs), who made his debut at 135 pounds March 17, is preparing to battle for the WBO Latino lightweight title against Antonio Moran (22-2, 15 KOs) in the co-main event of the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn world championship event, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I feel very happy and excited about this great opportunity. Now I will make the most of it and see what other good opportunities come our way,” said Pedraza. “What is happening right now with my career is exactly what we were expecting and that was the reason that we signed with Top Rank. We want to fight in great stages like this card that will be headlined by Terence Crawford.” Continue reading “Pedraza set for Crawford-Horn co-feature”
Former IBF junior lightweight world champion José “Sniper” Pedraza (23-1, 12 KOs), who made his debut at 135 pounds March 17, is preparing to battle for the WBO Latino lightweight… Read More »
Vasiliy Lomachenko underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder suffered during the second round of his May 12 bout against Jorge Linares. The surgery, performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, will preclude Lomachenko from fighting Aug. 25 as originally scheduled. Lomachenko will begin the recovery process immediately and is hopeful that he will defend his WBA lightweight title before the end of the year.
Said Dr. ElAttrache, “Vasiliy had the anticipated injuries in his right shoulder, resulting from a dislocation event that he sustained during his fight on May 12. In particular, he had an extensive labral tear, approximately 270 degrees with a small amount of cartilage damage and a bone impaction injury, all resulting in instability of the shoulder. He underwent an arthroscopic repair of the labrum as anticipated with no complications. Based on the result of the surgical repair, we are optimistic for an excellent prognosis and for him to return to competition at his previous level of performance.”
Vasiliy Lomachenko underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder suffered during the second round of his… Read More »
June 8th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, was set to be a battle for bragging rights between Long Island super lightweights Anthony Karperis and Danny Gonzalez. However, Karperis suffered a hand injury while training, rendering him unable to fight. With a vacant spot in the “Rockin’ Fights” main event, Justin Savi (31-16-2, 21 KOs) answered the call to take on Queens fan favorite Gonzalez (15-1-1, 6 KOs) in a ten-rounder to save the June 8th date.
Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the new main event, “It is always unfortunate when a fighter suffers an injury leading up to a big fight. We wish Anthony Karperis the best and a quick recovery, as we look forward to his return.” DeGuardia continued, “with Justin Savi stepping in to face Danny Gonzalez, the Long Island fans will not be disappointed. Savi will bring great veteran experience and pose a great test for Danny Gonzalez, who looks to continue to grow his Long Island fan base, and take the next step forward in his career. Fight night is just over a week away, so be sure to get your tickets now.”
June 8th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, was set to be a battle for bragging rights between Long Island super lightweights Anthony Karperis and Danny Gonzalez. However, Karperis suffered… Read More »
Day three of the 35th IBF annual convention in St. Vincent, Italy opened with the first general session. As always, things kicked off with self-introductions of everyone from the board of directors to the attendees in the auditorium.
IBF president Daryl Peoples first introduced to the lectern Gianni Di Leo, Presidente of Regional Committee of Piemonte FPI on behalf of the President of Italian Boxing Federation (FPI) Vittorio Lai. Di Leo welcomed the delegates to Italy and presented President Peoples with a commemoration of the event here in St. Vincent.
Ever since winning the WBO 122-pound championship, undefeated Isaac Dogboe has been hinting at a unification fight in the near future. But in the last two days another war of words has erupted between the Ghanaian champion and the Mexican-American puncher whom he defeated to win the belt: Jessie Magdaleno.
“(W)here you at,” Magdaleno asked on his Instagram page. “(L)et’s get this rematch you and I know you can’t really beat me at my best just saying you know that!!!!!”
An opponent has been named for comebacking light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. on June 30 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Smith (23-2, 18 KOs) will face 39-year-old Melvin “The Romantic Redneck” Russell (11-4-2, 7 KOs). “The Common Man” had his jaw wired shut for over six months following his loss to Sullivan Barrera in July 2017.
In the co-feature, former WBC female champion Kali Reis (13-7, 4 KOs) will fight Szilvia Szabados (17-11, 8 KOs). Reis is coming off her historic bout with undisputed women’s champion Cecilia Braekhus in the first ever women’s bout televised on HBO.
An opponent has been named for comebacking light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. on June 30 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Smith (23-2, 18 KOs) will face… Read More »
IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) hosted Media Day at his home gym, R&R Boxing Club in Dallas, Texas as he prepares for his 2nd title defense against Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday, June 16th at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco and the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. It was a packed house in the sweltering gym as Spence Jr. hit the mitts of his trainer Derrick James and pounded the heavy bag.
In Philly, the word on the street is that welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 19-0, 17 KOs, is boxing’s next big star, and some say the best to come along since Meldrick Taylor electrified the City of Brotherly Love by winning an Olympic Gold Medal at age 17, and world championships in two weight divisions as a professional. Big shoes to fill for sure. However, Ennis’ rise thus far suggests we should indeed believe the hype.
Ennis takes the next step in his budding career on Friday night in Atlantic City when he faces veteran “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis, 26-10-2, 13 KOs, in the 10-round main event at the Showboat Hotel & Casino. The fight is significant for Ennis because, in Arnaoutis, the 20-year-old prospect takes on arguably his biggest “name” opponent to date. Continue reading “Ennis meets Arnaoutis in AC gateway fight”
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com In Philly, the word on the street is that welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 19-0, 17 KOs, is boxing’s next big star, and some say… Read More »
The Salita Promotions professional boxing event on Friday, June 22, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, is heating up even more with the announcement of an intriguing match-up of promising light heavyweight prospects with local ties.
In a fight with explosive action written all over it, Detroit’s own James “The Equalizer” Ballard (10-1, 3 KOs) will face undefeated Aslambek Idigov (12-0, 5 KOs), from Detroit via Grozny, Russia, over 10 exciting rounds. Fighting mostly in his home city, the 28-year-old Ballard has become a fan favorite for his fearlessly aggressive style. Ballard says he refuses to lose on his home turf of Detroit. Continue reading “Prospects clash on Shields-Gabriels undercard”
The Salita Promotions professional boxing event on Friday, June 22, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, is heating up even more with the announcement of an intriguing match-up of promising… Read More »
IBF president Daryl Peoples invited several members of the WBA Board of directors to the 35th IBF convention in St. Vincent, Italy. At tonight’s “Meet The Champs” event, WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza spoke about the relationship between the two organizations and presented Peoples with a miniature WBA belt as a token of their friendship and continued commitment toward the betterment of boxing.
By Boxing Bob Newman IBF president Daryl Peoples invited several members of the WBA Board of directors to the 35th IBF convention in St. Vincent, Italy. At tonight’s “Meet The… Read More »
WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko posted on social media that he will be back later this year after recovering from a shoulder injury in his bruising May 12 fight with Jorge Linares.
Loma posted the following on Instagram:
“Tomorrow I undergo surgery for a torn Labrum in my right shoulder suffered during the 2nd round of my fight against Jorge Linares. I was aware something was not right with my shoulder straight away, but I could not disappoint my fans with excuses. Thank you for the overwhelming kind words I’ve already received. I’ll be back in the ring THIS year.”
WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko posted on social media that he will be back later this year after recovering from a shoulder injury in his bruising May 12 fight with… Read More »
Day two of the 35th annual IBF convention began with a memorable jaunt to Italy’s highest peak- Monte Bianco, aka Monte Blanc on the French side of the Alps, aka White Mountain. The entire trip including the two-stage gondola cable ride to the top and lunch from the midway observation point lasted roughly five and a half hours.
While temperatures back in St. Vincent were in the 60s at the start of the trip, the temps up at the summit were less forgiving: 32°. Between the clouds due to the 11,371 ft. altitude and the blinding snow, visibility was zero from the top deck. By lunchtime however, there was some break in the clouds, a little sun and some breathtaking scenery. The tour wound up roughly an hour early, allowing delegates time to relax before the “Meet the Champs” event at La Rascard Salon et Terrasse. Continue reading “2018 IBF Convention, Day Two”
By Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 35th annual IBF convention began with a memorable jaunt to Italy’s highest peak- Monte Bianco, aka Monte Blanc on the French side… Read More »
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
May 24 will be registered in the books of history as a great day for the sport of boxing, human equality and inclusion, as the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, signed the presidential pardon of boxer Jack Johnson at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC.
Canelo Alvarez promoter Oscar de la Hoya says Gennady Golovkin can take it or leave it, but there can be no change in the purse split, which is reportedly 65/35 in Canelo’s favor. GGG says he wants 50/50.
Canelo Alvarez promoter Oscar de la Hoya says Gennady Golovkin can take it or leave it, but there can be no change in the purse split, which is reportedly 65/35… Read More »
The much-anticipated Ali Trophy Super-Middleweight Final between George Groves & Callum Smith is set to go ahead later this summer.
Contrary to some reports on social media that the Hammersmith fighter had been replaced, Comosa AG, the company behind the World Boxing Super Series, will be delaying the British super-fight until late August or early September to allow Groves as much time as possible to take part in the concluding night of the 168lb competition.
The WBA Super Champion (28-3, 20KOs) dislocated his shoulder in the final round of his semi-final win over Chris Eubank Jr in February. There had been the desire from Comosa AG to complete the competition by late July, but after boardroom discussions and consulting the public demand it has been decided to postpone the final further.
“As is the nature of injuries, especially the type of injury that George suffered, getting an exact recovery date is nearly impossible,” said Comosa AG’s Head of Boxing Kalle Sauerland. Continue reading “WBSS: Groves-Smith Update”
The much-anticipated Ali Trophy Super-Middleweight Final between George Groves & Callum Smith is set to go ahead later this summer. Contrary to some reports on social media that the Hammersmith… Read More »