Errol Spence Jr. Media Day Quick Quotes

By Jeff Zimmerman
Video: Robert Hughes

Errol Spence Jr.

Biggest thing Peterson has going: Lamont has a big heart, he’s experienced and has been in there with a lot of great fighters.

Potential rust on having to wait months between fights like the Brook fight: I don’t think so been training since Jermell Charlo camp. I have been in the gym and sparring and haven’t see any signs of ring rust. I’m not worried about it at all.

Pressure to defend title – I don’t feel any pressure at all after gone overseas for first title fight and fighting a champion in his home town. I don’t see it as pressure.

On what this fight means – It’s a statement fight. Lamont Peterson has a name and to show everybody I’m the best welterweight in the division. Continue reading “Errol Spence Jr. Media Day Quick Quotes”

By Jeff Zimmerman Video: Robert Hughes Errol Spence Jr. Biggest thing Peterson has going: Lamont has a big heart, he’s experienced and has been in there with a lot of…
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Holyfield inks Philly prospects

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing has announced the signing of two top national, Philadelphia-based prospects, lightweight Steven Ortiz (7-0, 2 KOs) and welterweight Poindexter Knight Jr (1-0, 1 KO). Both fighters will return to battle at ‘Real Deal Showcase Series 1’ on Friday, January 26 at the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia. Ortiz will face Joshua Davis (11-2, 5 KOs) in an eight round clash, while Knight will face-off against an opponent to be announced in a four-rounder.

Said Holyfield, “Both of these prospects have the attributes I look for when signing fighters; skill and the willingness to work hard and continue to learn. I’m excited to see them continue to progress and present them with the opportunities to further their careers.”

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LaManna-Bracero collide Feb 24

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (25-2, 9 KOs) will headline the inaugural Boardwalk Boxing series when he takes Gabriel Bracero (24-3, 5 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight bout for the WBC Fecarbox welterweight title on Saturday, February 24th at The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. The bout will be the main event of Rising Star Promotions’ new Boardwalk Boxing series, which was announced last week. This will be LaManna’s 18th fight in Atlantic City. Continue reading “LaManna-Bracero collide Feb 24”

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Ex-champ Grigory Drozd retires

Former World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd (40-1, 28 KOs) has officially announced his retirement from boxing. The 38-year-old last fought in May 2015 and had to give up the WBC belt due to injury.

“Dear friends, fans of boxing, today I made a very important decision for me. I officially declare the end of my sports career. I want to thank my team, my coach, and my promoters. Life does not stop. In sports, I reached the top. But you cannot be there forever. I want to thank the people who were with me. My family: my mother, my wife, and my children. Together we went through victories and won the WBC green and gold belt. Today in front of me, there are many interesting and important tasks such as the development of boxing in the new generations of my country. We have achieved a lot, but we still face many more important tasks. Thanks for everything.”

Former World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd (40-1, 28 KOs) has officially announced his retirement from boxing. The 38-year-old last fought in May 2015 and had to give up…
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Frampton poised for Donaire clash

Featherweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton believes his clash against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire on April 21 will be one of the biggest fights to ever take place in Belfast and a make-or-break bout for both men. MTK Global-backed two-weight world champion Frampton (24-1, 14KO) is set to take on Filipino four-weight world champion Donaire (38-4, 24KO) in a 126lb showdown at Belfast’s SSE Odyssey Arena.

“It’s a brilliant fight – a four-weight world champion against a two-weight world champion,” said Frampton. “Has a bigger ‘away’ fighter ever come to fight in Belfast before? I don’t think there’s been a bigger name than Nonito Donaire and he’s coming to fight a local guy in his hometown.

“But I think both of us are in the same situation – a slip-up here and one of us might never fight for a world title again. There’s a lot on the line for both guys.” Continue reading “Frampton poised for Donaire clash”

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Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields speaks

Unified champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields reflects on her remarkable amateur career and forecasts success in 2018, starting when she defends her belts against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson this Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME.

“I want to go down in history as the best women’s fighter ever, and how do you do that?” Shields ponders as she explains her decision to turn pro. “I did something that made history and people are sitting there acting like I don’t even exist.”

Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) takes viewers through a day of training camp in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, where she discusses growing up in the city that defines her and predicts a dominating professional career in multiple weight classes. Continue reading “Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields speaks”

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Murphy, Lespierre to clash on Feb 7 bout

Dibella Entertainment’s acclaimed Broadway Boxing series returns to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 7, headlined by a sensational eight-round welterweight crosstown clash between Noel Murphy (12-0, 2 KOs), of Woodlawn, New York, and Brooklyn’s Mikkel Lespierre (18-0-1, 8 KOs).

“We’re very excited to return to our Manhattan home at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for another action-packed card,” said Lou Dibella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Our main event is a terrific crosstown battle between two undefeated welterweights, Noel Murphy and Mikkel LesPierre, both of whom will have very loud and passionate fan bases on hand. I’m thrilled to welcome junior lightweight Jon Fernandez, one of the best and most exciting prospects in boxing, to New York City for the first time. Following up on our December event, this is going to be another memorable evening for local boxing fans.” Continue reading “Murphy, Lespierre to clash on Feb 7 bout”

Dibella Entertainment’s acclaimed Broadway Boxing series returns to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 7, headlined by a sensational eight-round welterweight crosstown clash between Noel…
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The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

I started the year with a very fruitful trip to Los Angeles as I was able to hold several important meetings to kickoff 2018.

I had the pleasure to meet Antonio Villaraigoza who is a candidate to become Governor of the state of California. Mr Villaraigoza loves boxing and has been supportive of our sport for a long time. He will be launching a program which will bring social responsibility campaigns through boxing.

The WBC Los Angeles office has become a very important asset of the WBC as it serves as a bridge closer to the boxing community, especially the boxers. This office serves as a platform for boxers, we provide photoshoot sessions resulting in high quality photographs that the fighters may use and this is a gift from the WBC. Our meeting resulted in the creation of the action plan for 2018 with many interesting things coming soon. Continue reading “The 12th Round”

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Team Juarez cries foul over stoppage in Africa

Cesar Juarez is a warrior and will risk it all to win it all every time he steps into the ring and that what he was doing Saturday night in his championship fight against Isaac Dogboe in the Bukon Boxing Arena in Accra Ghana when after having been drop twice referee Tony Weeks called the fight off in the fifth round. “I was knocked down, but not hurt. I always take risks in the ring and I get caught sometimes and go down, but it was early in the fight and I felt that the stoppage was too early. In my fight against Nonito Donaire, I was down twice in the fourth round, but came back and came close to winning the fight,” said Juarez.

“Donaire tired himself out in the first half of our fight and Dogboe was going to do the same thing and that was going to be my chance to win the fight and the WBO belt. Donaire because of his great experience was able to withstand my attack in the last couple of rounds, but I knew that Doboe would not be able to do so. Weeks took away my opportunity with his quick stoppage,” added Juarez. Continue reading “Team Juarez cries foul over stoppage in Africa”

Cesar Juarez is a warrior and will risk it all to win it all every time he steps into the ring and that what he was doing Saturday night in…
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Kamegai added to Jan 27 Forum card

Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida’s Daquan “King” Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight fight that will top off the non-televised undercard of Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Continue reading “Kamegai added to Jan 27 Forum card”

Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida’s Daquan “King” Pauldo (16-1, 9…
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Ortiz-Alexander lands on FOX Feb 17

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander “The Great” headline a show topped by two USA vs. Mexico battles as the former welterweight champions meet in the 12-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX (not FS1) and FOX Deportes Saturday, Feb. 17 from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas. In the co-main event unbeaten contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant will battle Rogelio “Porky” Medina in a 12-round 168-pound world title eliminator.

Also on the card, Tony Harrison (25-2, 20 KOs) takes on Jorge Cota (27-2, 24 KOs) in a super welterweight showdown and Karlos Balderas, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, will appear in a lightweight special attraction. Continue reading “Ortiz-Alexander lands on FOX Feb 17”

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Jackson-Perez clash Friday at the Boat

By Ricardo Ibarra

An intriguing welterweight clash between a one-time prospect looking to bounce back after a lengthy lay-off and a seasoned journeyman hoping to keep a current successful run going will open the 2018 season of Brian Halquist Productions’ long running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series this Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In the 114th installment of the Pacific Northwest boxing staple, John “Action” Jackson (17-3-2, 13 KOs) will take on the durable Manuel Perez (28-12-1, 7 KOs) in what has the makings of an action packed main event. Continue reading “Jackson-Perez clash Friday at the Boat”

By Ricardo Ibarra An intriguing welterweight clash between a one-time prospect looking to bounce back after a lengthy lay-off and a seasoned journeyman hoping to keep a current successful run…
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World Rated Moloney returns Feb 24

Unbeaten WBA #9, WBO #8, IBF #13, WBC #18 bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney (15-0, 12 KOs) gears up for the biggest fight of his career on February 24 at St Kilda City Stadium in Melbourne Australia. In the co-main event of the Hosking Promotions “Punches in the Park 7,” Moloney defends his World Boxing Association Oceania title and challenges “The Prince” Naidjala of Namibia (23–4-1, 13 KOs) for the coveted Commonwealth title. Continue reading “World Rated Moloney returns Feb 24”

Unbeaten WBA #9, WBO #8, IBF #13, WBC #18 bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney (15-0, 12 KOs) gears up for the biggest fight of his career on February 24…
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Beltway Boxing 2017 Year in Review

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Beltway Boxing 2017 took boxing fans in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia to the highest of heights that were followed by moments where we now question where the area is going as it heads into 2018.

In the first two months of the year, Beltway Boxers won six titles — three world and three regional — a feat not accomplished in more than a decade.

January 14th saw Gervonta Davis win the IBF Junior Lightweight title with a seventh-round TKO over Jose Pedraza in Brooklyn, NY. On the same card, Immanuwel Aleem won the WBC Silver Middleweight title with a gutsy sixth-round TKO over previously undefeated Ievegen Khytrov.

On January 28th, Lamont Roach, Jr. captured the WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight championship with a blistering first-round knockout of Alex Valdez in Indio, CA. Continue reading “Beltway Boxing 2017 Year in Review”

By Gary “Digital” Williams Beltway Boxing 2017 took boxing fans in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia to the highest of heights that were followed by moments where we now…
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Claressa Shields sighting

Watch Claressa Shields go toe-to-toe with Dancing Usher at Pistons game

Watch Claressa Shields go toe-to-toe with Dancing Usher at Pistons game Pretty epic @StateFarm Dance Cam tonight with gold medalist and World champion @Claressashields! pic.twitter.com/dYRNP9qQAO — Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January…
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Kiladze: Kownacki will punch the air

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Opponents just don’t know how fast I am, how good I move inside the ring, until they actually face me. I always like to fight heavier guys. I’m too quick and technically skilled to catch with a meaningful punch.” So says once-beaten heavyweight Iago Kiladze in a Fightnews.com interview.

Photo: Team Kiladze

On January 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Kiladze (26-1, 18 KO) faces undefeated Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KO) live on Showtime Sports digital platforms. Continue reading “Kiladze: Kownacki will punch the air”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “Opponents just don’t know how fast I am, how good I move inside the ring, until they actually face me. I always like to fight heavier guys.…
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FBHOF Names 2018 Inductees

Photos: Damon Gonzalez

The 8th annual SJC Boxing Open house was packed with the Who’s Who of boxing as the FBHOF announced the Class of 2018. This was a special event as it was the 10th Class of Inductees and the crowd was enthusiastic and excited. The FBHOF Board of Directors surprised President and CEO Walter “Butch” and Kathy Flansburg with a special plaque, wine glasses and long-stem roses in appreciation for their leadership, vision and service during these ten years.

2018 new Inductees who were present – Johnny Torres, President Butch Flansburg, Jorge Rubio and Don Balas to row and Johnny Williams and Mark Lanton bottom row

Fighters: Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Christy Salters Martin, Mark Lanton, Steven Frank, Bobby Cassidy, Derrick Gainer, Johnny Williams and Lemuel Nelson. Continue reading “FBHOF Names 2018 Inductees”

Photos: Damon Gonzalez The 8th annual SJC Boxing Open house was packed with the Who’s Who of boxing as the FBHOF announced the Class of 2018. This was a special…
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Dogboe TKOs Juarez for WBO 122lb belt

In the first world title fight of 2018, WBO #2 jr featherweight Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) stopped WBO #1 Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (25-6, 15 KOs) in round five to claim the vacant WBO interim title on Saturday night at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. Dogboe dropped Juarez in round two, and battered him for the remaining two minutes. Juarez recovered well and round three was toe-to-toe. Juarez was floored again in round five. He beat the count, but was in bad shape and the bout was stopped by referee Tony Weeks. Time was 2:12.

Dogboe is now in line to face the WBO’s full champion Jessie Magdaleno, who had to pull out of a fight against Juarez due to a wrist injury. “Jessie Magdaleno, I’m coming for you!” said a jubilant Dogboe after the fight.

In the first world title fight of 2018, WBO #2 jr featherweight Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) stopped WBO #1 Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (25-6, 15 KOs) in round five to…
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Ferguson and Tabul ends in draw

In a clash between unbeaten cruiserweights, Washington native Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) and Ghana’s Abraham Tabul (11-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a ten round split draw on Saturday night at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. Tabul built up an early lead, then faded late. Scores weren’t announced. The WBO Africa cruiserweight title remained vacant.

In a clash between unbeaten cruiserweights, Washington native Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) and Ghana’s Abraham Tabul (11-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a ten round split draw on Saturday night…
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Ten count for referee Dick Pakozdi

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing lost another member of its esteemed fraternity as referee Richard Pakozdi passed away Friday morning after a tough battle with Cancer. He was 67. Among his accomplishments, Pakozdi reffed three world title bouts.

An athlete in his youth, Pakozdi was a golden gloves boxer and played minor league baseball in Florida. Pakozdi began refereeing in the amateurs, especially in the Rochester, New York area, including golden gloves, Empire State Games and the Aquinas Mission bouts. Continue reading “Ten count for referee Dick Pakozdi”

By Boxing Bob Newman Boxing lost another member of its esteemed fraternity as referee Richard Pakozdi passed away Friday morning after a tough battle with Cancer. He was 67. Among…
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Barry: Parker won’t be affected by huge crowd

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be affected by a huge audience of 80,000 fans plus if the unification bout with WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua goes ahead as expected according to Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry. ”Joshua is already talking about Tyson Fury and Wilder – this is laughable to me,” Barry told The Express. “If he’s really looking past Joseph Parker, he is in for a huge, rude awakening.” Continue reading “Barry: Parker won’t be affected by huge crowd”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be affected by a huge audience of 80,000 fans plus if the unification bout with WBA,…
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Ferguson-Tabul clash in Ghana co-main

By David Finger

Boxing fans in the Northwest will have an extra reason to tune into the interim WBO world junior featherweight title fight featuring Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe and Mexico’s Cesar Juarez in Accra, Ghana Saturday night (January 6th). In the co-main event 27-year old Washington native Patrick Ferguson (10-0, 10 KOs) will enter hostile territory in his quest to break into the WBO rankings as he takes on fellow undefeated prospect Abraham Tabul (11-0, 10 KOs) in a ten round fight for the WBO Africa cruiserweight title. The 27-year old Ferguson has already turned heads in the cruiserweight division due to his punching power but has yet to be seriously tested as a professional. However, he has stepped up to the plate in Accra, taking on the 27-year old Ghanaian in his hometown. Continue reading “Ferguson-Tabul clash in Ghana co-main”

By David Finger Boxing fans in the Northwest will have an extra reason to tune into the interim WBO world junior featherweight title fight featuring Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe and Mexico’s…
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Yamanaka to face WBC champ Nery in grudge fight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

It’s great that former WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), a Japanese hard-punching southpaw, will participate in a grudge fight with current WBC titlist Luis Nery (25-0, 19 KOs), Mexico, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 1. It was announced by Teiken Promotions, which also made public a supporting world title bout where newly crowned IBF 122-pound champ Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2 16 KOs) will put his belt on the line against #13 ranked Filipino Ernesto Saulong (21-2-1, 8 KOs) on the same bill at Ryogoku Sumo Arena.

Yamanaka, then making his thirteenth defense, forfeited his WBC belt by a fourth-round stoppage caused by a cornerman tossing in the towel in August of the previous year. Having been overly reacted by Nery’s opening attack, he (the trainer) had the towel fluttering in without the manager’s consent. Yamanaka himself insisted that he could go on, but there’s no crying over the already thrown towel. The fight was over. His belt was gone. Continue reading “Yamanaka to face WBC champ Nery in grudge fight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda It’s great that former WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), a Japanese hard-punching southpaw, will participate in a grudge fight with…
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Juarez, Dogboe make weight

By David Finger

Weights are in for the first world title fight of 2018.

Photo: Zanfer

Cesar Juarez 121.6 vs. Isaac Dogboe 121.4
(WBO interim super bantamweight title)

Patrick Ferguson 195.9 vs. Abraham Tabul 197.2
(Vacant WBO Africa cruiserweight title)

Venue: The Bukom Boxing Aera, Accra, Ghana
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)

Referee: Tony Weeks
Judges: Deon Dwarte, Matteo Montella, Fernando Lagoon
WBO Supervisor: John Duggan

By David Finger Weights are in for the first world title fight of 2018. Cesar Juarez 121.6 vs. Isaac Dogboe 121.4 (WBO interim super bantamweight title) Patrick Ferguson 195.9 vs.…
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Mock upsets ex-champ Chudinov

In Hall of Fame promoter Mogens Palle’s 60th anniversary event at the Frederiksberg Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark, veteran super middleweight Lolenga Mock (42-14-1, 13 KOs) surprised former WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitrii Chudinov (20-2-2, 13 KOs), taking a close ten round unanimous decision. The 45-year-old Mock surged to his 11th straight win.

In the co-feature, Swedish light heavyweight boxer Sven Fornling (13-1, 7 KOs) stopped Jeppe Morell (8-2, 3 KOs) in the 3rd round due to Morell bleeding profusely.

In Hall of Fame promoter Mogens Palle’s 60th anniversary event at the Frederiksberg Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark, veteran super middleweight Lolenga Mock (42-14-1, 13 KOs) surprised former WBA interim middleweight…
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