55th WBC Convention, Day 2

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the WBC 55th convention in Baku, Azerbaijan had several simultaneous events occurring in and out of the fabulous Fairmont Baku Hotel. While the referees certification seminar was being held in one room, several topics were discussed as well as the ratings meeting were held in the large meeting hall on the same floor. The WBC Cares group headed off to a boarding school for orphans and children without sufficient parental care in the Mardakan district of Baku.

In the general session, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman asked Luis Escalona to talk about the progress made in the WBC Clean Boxing Program. Escalona touted the program’s 2017 progress to date: 170 tests conducted, 7 positive, 5 dismissed. He also handed out certificates to those who assisted and supported the Clean Boxing Program.

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With the sad and untimely passing of former ratings chairman Frank Quill, Bob Yalen was voted in to position as Ratings Chairman, with Dean Louhis as Ratings Vice Chair. Continue reading “55th WBC Convention, Day 2”

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the WBC 55th convention in Baku, Azerbaijan had several simultaneous events occurring in and out of the fabulous Fairmont Baku Hotel. While the…
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Jacobs to battle unbeaten Arias

The opponent for former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) was officially announced today at a press conference in New York City. Jacobs was the first American signing of UK promotional powerhouse Eddie Hearn/Matchroom Boxing. He will make his debut under the Matchroom banner on HBO November 11 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. The opponent is unbeaten Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs).

The opponent for former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) was officially announced today at a press conference in New York City. Jacobs was the first American signing of…
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2017 Illinois Boxing HOF awards dinner

By Johnny B’

The 2017 Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame awards dinner took place Saturday night at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn located outside of Chicago. Inductees included Dr. Glenn Bynum, Ernie Brown, Pat Coleman, Mauro DiFiore (unable to attend), Kenny Gould, Fernando Hernandez, George Hernandez, Mike Jankovich, William Lerch aka Bill Lerch, Rocky Martinez, Sam Merza and Anwar Oshana. Continue reading “2017 Illinois Boxing HOF awards dinner”

By Johnny B’ The 2017 Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame awards dinner took place Saturday night at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn located outside of Chicago. Inductees included Dr. Glenn…
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Conte: Wilder-Ortiz should be allowed

By Lucas Ketelle

BALCO founder and sports doping expert Victor Conte explains the Luis Ortiz’s positive test drug result and explains why he feels Ortiz shouldn’t be removed from his fight against Deontay Wilder.

By Lucas Ketelle BALCO founder and sports doping expert Victor Conte explains the Luis Ortiz’s positive test drug result and explains why he feels Ortiz shouldn’t be removed from his…
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Leapai launches comeback, targets Browne

Former heavyweight title challenger Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (30-7-3, 24 KOs) is already eying off future opponents ahead of his comeback fight against New Zealander Thomas Peato (2-5, 0 KOs) at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 14 October. The Samoan-born heavyweight has undefeated former WBA “regular” champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne in his sights and says that a fight between the two of them is a natural.

“It’s a fight that needs to happen,” says Leapai, who went five rounds with longtime undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko when he challenged for the title in 2014. “It’s a big heavyweight fight in Australia and it’s something that Australians want to see. For sure, one of us is going to get knocked out.”

“Forget about war on the Korean Peninsula,” says Paul Keegan of DDP Sports Management, who promotes Leapai. “When these two fight they’ll be dropping more bombs than North Korea and the United States combined.” Continue reading “Leapai launches comeback, targets Browne”

Former heavyweight title challenger Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (30-7-3, 24 KOs) is already eying off future opponents ahead of his comeback fight against New Zealander Thomas Peato (2-5, 0 KOs)…
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WBC Convention opens in Azerbaijan

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The 55th annual WBC convention officially got underway in Baku, Azerbaijan today at 10:00 (AZT) with the opening ceremony. As per usual, in typical WBC style, no amount of pomp and circumstance was spared, local culture and music were implemented and an array of champions old and new, near and far were on hand to behold was has become quite the spectacle in the ceremonial boxing world.

Paulie Malignaggi once again assumed the role of master-of-ceremonies with his well-rounded and articulate speaking style. Assisting Paulie throughout was WBC legal counsel Alberto Leon.

A local youth choir performed the Azerbaijan national anthem and would later perform what has become the WBC convention theme song, “We Are The World.” Continue reading “WBC Convention opens in Azerbaijan”

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The 55th annual WBC convention officially got underway in Baku, Azerbaijan today at 10:00 (AZT) with the opening ceremony. As per usual, in typical WBC style,…
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Broadway Boxing back at Foxwoods

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, on Saturday, October 28, headlined by an excellent 10-round clash between popular lightweight contender Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (25-1, 14 KOs), of Hartford, CT, and battle-tested Mexican veteran Yardley Armenta Cruz (22-8, 12 KOs), now fighting out of Sacramento, CA.

Also featured on October 28, top welterweight prospect 19-year-old “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (8-0, 4 KOs), of East Hartford, CT, faces Somner Martin (7-5, 4 KOs), of Martinsville, VA, in a scheduled six-round bout.

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, on Saturday, October 28, headlined by an excellent 10-round clash between popular lightweight contender Matt…
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Olympic Bronze Medalist Shimizu wins OPBF 126lb belt; Abe upsets WBC #12 Hosono

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4 KOs), 126, impressively captured the OPBF featherweight belt when he recklessly mixed it up with defending champ Sa-Myong Noh (11-4, 4 KOs), a Korean brawler at 126, and finally dropped him in the fourth and halted him with a barrage of punches at 1:54 of the fifth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimizu, an exceptionally tall southpaw at 31, failed to win the gold medal in London, when he lost a 20-11 decision to Luke Campbell in the semi-final in 2012. He couldn’t be a Japanese representative for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, and promptly turned professional thereafter. Shimizu, an awkward puncher despite his advantageous height and reach, loves swapping punches in a short range, and decked a 3-0 mark—all within the distance. Shimizu, six years his senior, exchanged hot rallies from the outset, kept on battling toe-to-toe and sent him to the deck with a flurry of punches following effective body bombardments in round four. Going for a kill, Shimizu accelerated his attack and battered him to the punch to prompt the ref Fukuchi’s well-received stoppage in the fifth round. Continue reading “Olympic Bronze Medalist Shimizu wins OPBF 126lb belt; Abe upsets WBC #12 Hosono”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4 KOs), 126, impressively captured the OPBF featherweight belt when he recklessly mixed it up with…
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WBC orders Golovkin-Alvarez rematch

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A direct rematch between world champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was ordered here at the WBC’s 55th Annual Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced the Board of Governors’ official decision today. The bout is expected to take place for Cinco de Mayo 2018.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A direct rematch between world champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was ordered here at the WBC’s 55th Annual Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan. WBC President…
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Deontay Wilder lets loose

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was in a writing kind of mood Sunday night. This is what he had to say on social media (warning, contains some strong language):

I’m going to just put it like this , I’ve called out EVERY TOP FIGHTER that was viewed by many as the best of the division. I’ve always fight who was placed in front of me. Many of the so called best stayed in the light because they knew once they enter into that dark tunnel, I would be on the other end of that bih waiting… Mind “Willing” and Body saying “Ready”. :::::::::::—————->>>>>> Continue reading “Deontay Wilder lets loose”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was in a writing kind of mood Sunday night. This is what he had to say on social media (warning, contains some strong language): I’m…
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Vera predictions on 154lb tripleheader

By Jeff Zimmerman

After super welterweight contender John “The Phenom” Vera (18-0, 11 KOs), now ranked #5 WBO and #7 WBA, took care of business Friday night with an impressive 3rd round TKO of Sunday “Golden Child” Ajuwa (15-3, 12 KOs) in Dallas, Vera shared his thoughts on the big SHOWTIME tripleheader taking place on Saturday, Oct. 14 in the 154lb division in an exclusive interview with Fightnewscom® in his packed dressing room after the fight.

Photo: Lucio Quintero

Vera, a southpaw from Fort Worth, has keen interest in the fights as he is gradually moving up the rankings and should be in line for a title shot very soon. Vera weighed in on each of the matchups starting with the main event in Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha. Continue reading “Vera predictions on 154lb tripleheader”

By Jeff Zimmerman After super welterweight contender John “The Phenom” Vera (18-0, 11 KOs), now ranked #5 WBO and #7 WBA, took care of business Friday night with an impressive…
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World champions converge on Baku

By Boxing Bob Newman

At 5 p.m. AZT (Azerbaijan Standard Time), a “press conference of champions” was held prior to the start of the opening cocktail event at the WBC 55th annual convention in Baku, Azerbaijan. Champions Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Carlos Zarate, Azumah Nelson, Kostya Tszyu, Yuri Arbachakov, Christina Hammer, Viktor Postol and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai all greeted the gathered press with comments and answered questions.

By Boxing Bob Newman At 5 p.m. AZT (Azerbaijan Standard Time), a “press conference of champions” was held prior to the start of the opening cocktail event at the WBC…
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Results from Rome, Italy

By Marco Bratusch

Saturday night in front of almost 2,000 fans in attendance at the Palasport of Rome, Italy, both the challengers for the two Italian national titles scheduled to top the program tore the belts off reigning titleholders’ waists, concluding a successful BBT Production night of boxing with two quite surprising results.

Mauro ‘Strong’ Forte – his boxing nick is the English translation of his surname – became the new featherweight national champion scoring an impressive and somewhat unexpected fourth round TKO over Nicola Cipolletta (13-6-2, 3 KOs), from Naples. Continue reading “Results from Rome, Italy”

By Marco Bratusch Saturday night in front of almost 2,000 fans in attendance at the Palasport of Rome, Italy, both the challengers for the two Italian national titles scheduled to…
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Sulaiman discusses WBC convention in Azerbaijan

By Boxing Bob Newman

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman talked about the changing of the convention site unexpectedly last spring from Astana, Kazakhstan to Baku, Azerbaijan and what he expects to be one of the most unique and best conventions ever.

By Boxing Bob Newman WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman talked about the changing of the convention site unexpectedly last spring from Astana, Kazakhstan to Baku, Azerbaijan and what he expects to…
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Pumicpic defeats Amagasa, Amagasa retires

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Game and gallant Filipino Richard Pumicpic (20-8-2, 6 KOs), 125.5, impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific featherweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (117-111, 115-112, 115-113) over former world challenger Hisashi Amagasa (33-7-2, 21 KOs), 126, over twelve lopsided rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The 5’4” Filipino kept boring in and battering the much taller Japanese by seven inches nearly all the way, steadily piling up points.

The lanky Japanese once had an ambitious crack at the WBA 122-pound belt against Guillermo Rigondeaux, dropping the champ twice despite his eventual TKO defeat in 2014. Continue reading “Pumicpic defeats Amagasa, Amagasa retires”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Game and gallant Filipino Richard Pumicpic (20-8-2, 6 KOs), 125.5, impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific featherweight belt as he pounded out…
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Mucino, Martinez triumph in Cancun

Former world champion Arely “Machine Gun” Mucino (25-3-2, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Tenkai Tsunami (23-12, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Mexico. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 97-95, all in favor of Mucino, who gets another step to a shot at the female flyweight title.

In the co-feature, WBC female super flyweight champion Guadalupe “Lupita” Martinez (16-9, 6 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Carlota “Liebre” Santos (7-5-5, 5 KOs). Martinez was making the first defense of the title she took off Zulina “Loba” Muñoz. Continue reading “Mucino, Martinez triumph in Cancun”

Former world champion Arely “Machine Gun” Mucino (25-3-2, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Tenkai Tsunami (23-12, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis Arena…
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Boesel, Deines win on points

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

Light heavyweight contender Dominic Boesel and unbeaten light heavy Adam Deines were pressed into action on just one week’s notice after a training injury forced world-rated heavyweight Tom Schwarz to pull out of Saturday’s main event at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany.

Boesel (26-1, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision (100-90, 98-92, 99-91) over Alis Sijaric (14-4, 12 KOs), while Deines (13-0-1, 7 KOs) had to work hard to get past German Rafael (13-2, 9 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 99-91 as Deines claimed the IBF intercontinental belt. Continue reading “Boesel, Deines win on points”

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Light heavyweight contender Dominic Boesel and unbeaten light heavy Adam Deines were pressed into action on just one week’s notice after a training injury…
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Kika Chavez wins WBC Diamond belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Yessica ‘Kika’ Chavez (30-4-3, 4 KOs) claimed the WBC female flyweight diamond belt, becoming the second Mexican woman to claim the special elite belt awarded by the WBC, defeating current WBC champion Emeralda ‘La Joya’ Moreno (35-10-1, 11 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision at the Ecatepec Regional Center for Culture, Art and Sport in Las Américas in México State. Kika was in command from the get-go, dropping Moreno in round seven on the way to a 99-91, 99-90, 99-91 win.

In the co-feature, two-time super flyweight title challenger Felipe ‘Gallo’ Orucuta (35-4, 29 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Edgar ‘Power’ Jiménez (22-14-2, 16 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Orucuta is taking aim at a third world title try.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Yessica ‘Kika’ Chavez (30-4-3, 4 KOs) claimed the WBC female flyweight diamond belt, becoming the second Mexican woman to claim the special elite belt awarded by…
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Renteria stops Maure, Matellon edges Cano

By Héctor Villarreal

Two members of Spartan Team beat previously undefeated opponents to win regional titles on Saturday night in Panama.

Panamanian John “El Emperador” Renteria (14-4-1, 11 KOs) stopped his countryman Lesvy “Preciso” Maure (4-1, 1 KO) at 0:19 on the fifth round to conquer the WBA Fedecentro welterweight championship at Veneto Hotel & Casino on the main event of the Sparta Bajo Fuego boxing card. Continue reading “Renteria stops Maure, Matellon edges Cano”

By Héctor Villarreal Two members of Spartan Team beat previously undefeated opponents to win regional titles on Saturday night in Panama. Panamanian John “El Emperador” Renteria (14-4-1, 11 KOs) stopped…
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O’Sullivan punishes and stops Quigley

Photos: Emily Harney

Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round stoppage of Nick Quigley (15-3, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. The handlebar-mustached O’Sullivan battered Quigley mercilessly to the head and body until referee Arthur Merchant Jr. stepped in to stop the punishment. Time was 1:23.

“This is my seventh time fighting in Boston and it has truly turned into my second home, I really appreciate the opportunity,” said O’Sullivan. “I was surprised by Quigley’s power as he was very strong and delivered clean shots. It was a fight full of action. Quigley and I traded a lot of shots and that’s the only way I could take the victory.” Continue reading “O’Sullivan punishes and stops Quigley”

Photos: Emily Harney Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round stoppage of Nick Quigley (15-3, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the House of Blues…
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Briedis retains WBC title, advances in WBSS

WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Mike Perez (22-3, 14 KOs) to defend his world title and advance to the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series on Saturday night at a sold out Riga Arena in Riga, Latvia.

Ugly fight with lots of clinches and wrestling. Briedis was cut over the left eye in the third round from a head clash. Perez was docked one point. Perez continued swarming while Briedis landed the cleaner punches. Briedis was deducted a point in round ten for holding. Scores were 116-110, 115-111, 114-112 for Briedes, who will face Oleksandr Usyk in the next round.

WBC cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Mike Perez (22-3, 14 KOs) to defend his world title and advance to the semi-final…
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Butler beats Hall again in rematch

In a clash between former world bantamweight champions, Paul Butler (25-1, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Stuart Hall (21-6-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Butler outboxed Hall to win by wide scores of 117-111, 118-110, 118-110. Butler previously took the IBF bantamweight world title from Hall via split decision back in 2014.

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Ohara Davies KO6 Tom Farrell (super lightweight)
Sean Dodd W12 Thomas Stalker (lightweight)
Rocky Fielding TKO1 David Brophy (super middleweight)

In a clash between former world bantamweight champions, Paul Butler (25-1, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Stuart Hall (21-6-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Glowacki dominates and stops Bruzzese

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (28-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Leonardo Bruzzese (18-4, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in Riga, Latvia. Glowacki was in command the entire fight, dropping Bruzzese twice.

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (28-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Leonardo Bruzzese (18-4, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in Riga, Latvia. Glowacki was in…
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Wilder still wants to fight Ortiz

Failed drug test or no, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he still wants to fight Luis Ortiz. “I will be fighting November 4 at the Barclay Center still,” said Wilder on Instagram. “It’s all up to the WBC. Whatever they want to do with it. I already put in the request that I still want to fight him no matter what, because if these motherf–kers gonna do these PEDs, they’re just gonna do it. So if you need some help with me, fine but let’s make this sh-t still happen. But again it’s not up to me, so we’ll see what happens baby.”

Failed drug test or no, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he still wants to fight Luis Ortiz. “I will be fighting November 4 at the Barclay Center still,” said…
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Glowacki: I want to steal the show

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“No one is very perfectly healthy in boxing, but I’m healthy enough. I know what to do in Riga. It was hard to have training camp getting ready for one fighter, but in the back of my mind thinking that I could possibly fight Mike Perez or Mairis Briedis. But this is not my problem now. Bruzzese is,” said former WBO champ Krzysztof “Head” Głowacki (27-1, 17 KO).

Głowacki, first alternate in World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament, will face today, in Riga (Latvia) Italian fighter Leonardo Bruzzese (18-3, 6 KO). Continue reading “Glowacki: I want to steal the show”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “No one is very perfectly healthy in boxing, but I’m healthy enough. I know what to do in Riga. It was hard to have training camp getting…
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