Potapov Returns with TKO over Saltykov

Former NABO Champion and #2-rated WBO bantamweight contender Nikolai Potapov (18-1-1, 9 KOs) returned to action last Saturday night with a TKO3 over his Russian countryman Alexander Saltykov (11-46-3, 6 KOs). Fighting at the Floyd Mayweather Boxing Academy in Zhukovka, Russia, Potapov looked sharp while forcing Saltykov to stay on his stool after two rounds of pounding.

The 28-year-old Potapov holds a victory over former world title challenger Antonio Nieves and fought to a draw with Stephen Young, who is fighting for WBA interim title this weekend. Continue reading “Potapov Returns with TKO over Saltykov”

Former NABO Champion and #2-rated WBO bantamweight contender Nikolai Potapov (18-1-1, 9 KOs) returned to action last Saturday night with a TKO3 over his Russian countryman Alexander Saltykov (11-46-3, 6…
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O’Connor, Doheny win in Boston

Photos: Emily Harney

WBC Silver Intercontinental titleholder Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) recovered from a seventh round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over Steve Claggett (26-5-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts.

O’Connor managed to shake off the knockdown, got his legs under him, and finished the final two rounds strong, earning a unanimous decision victory, and successfully defending his WBC belt. Scores were 97-92, 97-92, 96-93.

In another notable bout, undefeated IBF #1 mandatory junior featherweight contender T.J. “The Power” Doheny (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a second round TKO over former fringe contender “Machine-Gun” Mike Oliver (26-8-1, 8 KOs), who returned for his first fight since 2015.

The card was promoted by Murphy’s Boxing and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

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Photos: Emily Harney WBC Silver Intercontinental titleholder Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) recovered from a seventh round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over Steve Claggett (26-5-1,…
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Valera is the new WBA Fedelatin champ

By Robert Coster

Shuan Boxing Promotion, the most dynamic boxing promoter in the Dominican Republic, presented its first big show of the year in Santo Domingo on Saturday night. Popular former WBA interim world light heavyweight champion Felix “Mangu” Valera faced Colombian puncher Beibis Berrocal for the vacant WBA Fedelatin belt in the main event.

Photo: Shaun Boxing

Valera (16-2, 14 KOs) neutralized Berrocal (17-5, 16 KOs) who came out swinging and handed the visitor a systematic beating, round after round. The brave Colombian did not go down but absorbed merciless punishment. Valera was in a different league and demonstrated his counter-punching skills. The referee finally put an end to the one-sided contest in the 8th round declaring Valera winner by TKO. Continue reading “Valera is the new WBA Fedelatin champ”

By Robert Coster Shuan Boxing Promotion, the most dynamic boxing promoter in the Dominican Republic, presented its first big show of the year in Santo Domingo on Saturday night. Popular…
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Boxing Buzz

Going into the tenth and last round Saturday night in New York City, two judges had Felix Verdejo ahead by scores of 86-85 and 87-84. The other judge saw Antonio Lozada in front 86-85. So if Verdejo had survived the final 23 seconds, a 10-8 round for Lozada would have ended in a split decision going Lozada’s way 95-94, 96-93 for Lozada, 95-94 for Verdejo.

Congratulations to popular ring announcer Marc Lichtenfeld, whose new book: You Don’t Have to Drive an Uber in Retirement: How to Maintain Your Lifestyle without Getting a Job or Cutting Corners is an Amazon #1 Best Seller. This is his second book. The first one, Get Rich with Dividends is in its second edition, is published in several languages and won the 2016 Book of the Year award from the Institute for Financial Literacy. As far as we know, Marc the only published financial analyst who has ring announced world championship boxing matches on HBO, Showtime and ESPN.

Going into the tenth and last round Saturday night in New York City, two judges had Felix Verdejo ahead by scores of 86-85 and 87-84. The other judge saw Antonio…
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R.I.P. David Whittom, Jorgen Hansen

By Robert Coster

Sad to report that Canadian cruiserweight David Whittom has passed away at the age of 39. Ten months ago, Whittom was stopped in the tenth round of a bout for the Canadian domestic title in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After that fight, he underwent brain surgery and was placed in an artificial coma. He never regained consciousness.

Three-time European jr welterweight champion and title contender Jorgen Hansen passed away in Denmark at age 74. Hansen lost a bid for the WBC jr welterweight title in 1973 against Bruno Arcari. In the last 5 years of his career, Hansen won 23 bouts against only one loss (vs Pipino Cuevas). The Danish contender retired in 1982 with a victory over former world champion Perico Fernandez. Jorgen Hansen’s final tally was 78-14, 35 KOs.

By Robert Coster Sad to report that Canadian cruiserweight David Whittom has passed away at the age of 39. Ten months ago, Whittom was stopped in the tenth round of…
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Yamanaka stops Calleros to keep WBO 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO 105-pound champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5 KOs), 105, impressively kept his belt in his initial defense as he was awarded a TKO victory after the eighth round when Mexican Moises Calleros (28-8-1, 16 KOs), 105, quit on the stool because of his absorption of punishment in the eighth on Sunday in Kobe, Japan.

Yamanaka utilized his faster left hand to be leading on points: Gerard White (US), Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) both 80-72, and Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) 78-74, all for Yamanaka. The ref was Jose Rivera (Puerto Rico). Calleros showed his retaliation with body shots to the fleet-footed champ in the third and fourth, but Yamanaka took the pace and accelerated his attack to hurt the game Mexican with a flurry of punches in the fatal session.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO 105-pound champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5 KOs), 105, impressively kept his belt in his initial defense as he was awarded a TKO victory…
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Canizales beats Konishi to win WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs), 106.75, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt when he dropped also undefeated Japanese Reiya Konishi (15-1, 5 KOs), 108, in round three, withstood Konishi’s furious retaliation and strong pressure, and displayed a last surge to earn a close but unanimous decision over twelve hard-round rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan.

The official tallies were as follows: Stefano Caruozza (Italy) 114-113, Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) 115-112, Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 116-111, all for the fast-circling footworker. The referee was Pinito Prayadsab (Thailand).

Konishi maintained the pressure and seemingly weakened Canizales with persistent body bombardments. The audience thought Konish overcame his early deficits on points and seized a slght come-from-behind victory, but the judges might have evaluated the Venezuelan’s desperate attack down the stretch.

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Continue reading “Canizales beats Konishi to win WBA 108lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs), 106.75, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt when he dropped also undefeated Japanese Reiya Konishi (15-1, 5…
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Mijares stops Saucedo on farewell tour

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC, WBA and IBF world champion Cristian Mijares (59-8-2, 27 KOs) won by technical knockout 2:20 of the eighth round over Argentinean Fernando Saucedo (61-8-3, 10 KOs) in his farewell fight for his fans at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

It was a good fight between two accomplished boxers. In the fourth round, an unfortunate head butt produced a cut in Saucedo’s left eyebrow. The bout ended in round eight when Mijares rocked Saucedo badly, then attacked him with a non-stop barrage of continuous blows that made referee Florentino López stop the fight. The 36-year-old Mijares plans to hang up his gloves later this year. Continue reading “Mijares stops Saucedo on farewell tour”

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former WBC, WBA and IBF world champion Cristian Mijares (59-8-2, 27 KOs) won by technical knockout 2:20 of the eighth round over Argentinean Fernando Saucedo (61-8-3,…
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Foley beats Wilcox in 140lb showdown

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

In an important clash between world rated jr welterweights, WBA #8 Darragh Foley (15-2, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous points decision over Canada’s WBA #10 Steven Wilcox (18-2-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday at the Star City Casino, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Foley, an Australia-based Irishman, prevailed by scores of 117-111, 118-110 and 116-112.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing In an important clash between world rated jr welterweights, WBA #8 Darragh Foley (15-2, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous points decision…
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Soliman held to a draw by Capper

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (45-14-1, 19 KOs) was held to a twelve round majority draw on Saturday against fellow Australian Wes Capper (19-2-1, 12 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia with the IBF International title up for grabs over twelve rounds. The 44-year-old Soliman missed with a punch in round two and his glove touched the canvas so referee Malcolm Bulner gave the compulsory eight count to the former world champion. At the conclusion, two judges scored the fight a draw 114-114, 114-114 and third judge scored 114-113 for Soliman.

WBC #13, WBA #15 super middleweight Jayde Mitchell (16-1, 9 KOs) scored a three round knockout over Ariel Alejandro Zampedri (9-3, 7 KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled eight round bout in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Saturday. Mitchell dominated Zampedri in rounds one and two with referee Allan McColl calling off the contest at 2:59 of round three. Mitchell weighed in at cruiserweight poundage of 176 pounds. Continue reading “Soliman held to a draw by Capper”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (45-14-1, 19 KOs) was held to a twelve round majority draw on Saturday against fellow Australian Wes…
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Munguia mangles Navarrete

Unbeaten WBC #8 rated super welterweight Jaime “Destructor” Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the 154lb division with a third round KO of Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete (33-10, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jose Sulaiman Arena in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Munguia dropped Navarrete in round two and after more punishment in round three, the referee spared Navarrete from further abuse. Time was 2:08. This bout was a rematch, Eleven months ago, Munguia and Navarrete went the distance with Munguia winning by decision.

Photo: Zanfer

Unbeaten WBC #8 rated super welterweight Jaime “Destructor” Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the 154lb division with a third round KO of Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete…
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Mioletti stops Lampkin in two

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net

Undefeated Jr. lightweight prospect Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti (11-0, 3 KOs) turned in the most impressive victory of his young career on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, stopping the previously unbeaten Ray Lampkin (11-1, 4 KOs), of Portland, Oregon, in the second round of a scheduled ten.

In the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ ‘Battle at the Boat 115,’ Mioletti used his superior hand speed and longer reach to out-land the aggressive-minded Lampkin early on and went on to score a knockdown late in the second round before the referee stepped in and called it. Continue reading “Mioletti stops Lampkin in two”

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net Undefeated Jr. lightweight prospect Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti (11-0, 3 KOs) turned in the most impressive victory of his young career on Saturday night…
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Results from Commerce, California

By Miguel Maravilla

The ladies were in action as Adeida Ruiz (4-0, 1 KO) scored a second round knockout over Brenda Enriquez (0-1) in the main event Saturday night at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California. Ruiz jabbed as Enriquez was on the receiving end going forward. However, a huge left hook by Ruiz in round two knocked Enriquez out as the referee immediately waved off the bout at 53 seconds of the second round. Continue reading “Results from Commerce, California”

By Miguel Maravilla The ladies were in action as Adeida Ruiz (4-0, 1 KO) scored a second round knockout over Brenda Enriquez (0-1) in the main event Saturday night at…
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Conlan thrills St Paddy’s Day crowd in NYC

Unbeaten Olympian featherweight Michael Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) beat up David Berna (15-3, 14 KOs) in a bout that took place after Ramirez-Imam on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. Conlan dropped Berna with a body shot. Conlan floored Berna again in round two and the bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 1:00.

Unbeaten Olympian featherweight Michael Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) beat up David Berna (15-3, 14 KOs) in a bout that took place after Ramirez-Imam on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater…
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Ramirez defeats Imam to claim WBC 140lb belt

In a clash for the vacant WBC super lightweight title formerly held by Terence Crawford, 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Amir “Young Master” Imam (21-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. Good two-way action from the opening round. Ramirez was the aggressor and outworked Imam to win 120-108, 117-111, 115-113.

Photo: Top Rank

In a clash for the vacant WBC super lightweight title formerly held by Terence Crawford, 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Amir…
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Gvozdyk wins WBC interim light heavy belt

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. Gvozdyk was in command all the way, but at no time was the rugged Amar in danger of being stopped. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 118-110.

Photo: Top Rank

2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title…
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Joyce chops down 6’10 Palmer in 38 seconds

Olympic super heavyweight silver medalist Joe Joyce (3-0, 3 KOs) needed just 38 seconds to chop down 6’10, 300-pound Bostonian Donnie “Big Nasty” Palmer (9-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday at London’s York Hall. After the fight, Joyce continued to call out Dereck Chisora.

British cruiserweight titlist Matty “The Assassin” Askin (24-3-1, 15 KOs) retained his with a second round knockout of Stephen Simmons (18-3, 7 KOs).

Much hyped former kickboxing champion Ruqsana Begum and Ivanka Ivanova (1-3-1, 0 KOs) fought to a four round draw.

Olympic super heavyweight silver medalist Joe Joyce (3-0, 3 KOs) needed just 38 seconds to chop down 6’10, 300-pound Bostonian Donnie “Big Nasty” Palmer (9-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday at…
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Lozada ruins Verdejo comeback

In a huge upset on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, Tijuana lightweight Antonio Lozada Jr (39-2, 33 KOs) TKO’d previously unbeaten Olympian Felix Verdejo (23-1, 15 KOs) in round ten. Lozada pressed the action all night and busted up Verdejo. The last round was all Lozada. He rocked Verdejo, then knocked him down, then battered him some more before referee Eddie Claudio called it off. Time was 2:37.

Photo: Top Rank

Continue reading “Lozada ruins Verdejo comeback”

In a huge upset on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, Tijuana lightweight Antonio Lozada Jr (39-2, 33 KOs) TKO’d previously unbeaten…
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2,000th WBC world title fight tonight

The winner of tonight’s world title showdown in New York City between Amir Imam and Jose Ramirez will get a special belt. The World Boxing Council super lightweight title clash is the landmark 2,000th world title fight sanctioned by the organization.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Previous WBC milestone bouts:

The WBC’s first world championship fight…
Flash Elorde vs Johnny Bizarro
super featherweight Feb 16, 1963 in Manila

The 100th world championship fight…
Fighting Harada vs Manuel Caraballo
bantamweight July 4, 1967 in Tokyo

The 1,000th world championship fight…
Miguel Ángel Gonzalez vs David Sample
lightweight August 13, 1993

And the WBC’s 2,001st world championship fight? It’s coming April 15. Daigo Higa vs Cristopher Rosales for the WBC flyweight title in Japan.

The winner of tonight’s world title showdown in New York City between Amir Imam and Jose Ramirez will get a special belt. The World Boxing Council super lightweight title clash…
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Statement on Virgil Hunter From His Family

Trainer Virgil Hunter experienced a health scare this week and was hospitalized. We are happy to report that he is recovering and getting stronger every day. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and request that his privacy be respected while he recovers. There will not be any further statements made at this time as we allow him to heal.

Trainer Virgil Hunter experienced a health scare this week and was hospitalized. We are happy to report that he is recovering and getting stronger every day. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts…
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Pennington edges Martinez

Friday night, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented the 30th edition of the popular “Rockin Fights” series at the Paramount in Huntington, NY. The main event 8 round jr middleweight contest saw the streaking Courtney Pennington of Brooklyn, NY, pull off his 4th consecutive upset as he squeaked out a unanimous decision over the Bronx’s Steven Martinez. In the end it was Pennington who won by scores of 77-75 on two cards, and 78-74 on the third. Pennington improves to 12-3-2, 5 KOs while Martinez drops to 18-4, 13 KOs. Continue reading “Pennington edges Martinez”

Friday night, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented the 30th edition of the popular “Rockin Fights” series at the Paramount in Huntington, NY. The main event 8 round jr middleweight contest…
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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero


Cristian Mijares 134.20 vs. Fernando Saucedo 133.50
Aarón Alameda 118.80 vs. Edgar Lozano 1118.80
Juan Pablo Romero 143 vs. Valentín Martínez 146.70

Venue: Oasis Grand Arena in Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Cristian Mijares 134.20 vs. Fernando Saucedo 133.50 Aarón Alameda 118.80 vs. Edgar Lozano 1118.80 Juan Pablo Romero 143 vs. Valentín Martínez 146.70 Venue: Oasis Grand Arena…
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Yamanaka, Calleros, Canizalez, Konishi make weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

A weigh-in ceremony took place at the fight venue, Portopia Hotel, where all the four successfully made weight at their first trip to the scale on Saturday in Kobe, Japan. The results are as follows:

WBO 105-pound title bout
Ryuya Yamanaka 47.6 kg 105 lbs (class limit)
vs.
Moises Calleros 47.6 kg 105 lbs (class limit)

WBA 108-pound title bout for the vacant championship
Carlos Canizales 48.3 kg 106.75 lbs
vs.
Reiya Konishi 48.9 kg 108 lbs (class limit)

The first fight of tomorrow’s show consisting of only four bouts will start at 5 PM.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada A weigh-in ceremony took place at the fight venue, Portopia Hotel, where all the four successfully made weight at their first trip to…
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Joshua: I will stop Parker inside eight rounds

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has predicted he will stop WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker before round eight in Cardiff Wales on March 31. “Joseph Parker is dedicated,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “He’s going to come 50% better than I’ve ever seen him before. But what I’ve learned is that boxing is simplified when you incorporate your feet. Even though it’s a game of punching people, your feet get you in and out of the way. So if I can transform what I’ve worked on in the gym for the last 10 to 11 weeks into the ring then hopefully I can get him out of there between six and eight.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has predicted he will stop WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker before round eight in Cardiff Wales on…
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Russell stops Munoz in two

In the first event of a boxing series being presented by Uprising Promotions, Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing and Wray & Nephew Rum, A Real Deal Uprising in Jamaica was headlined on Friday by Junior NABF middleweight champion Kemahl “Hitman” Russell (13-1, 11 KOs), who dismantled crafty veteran Michi Munoz (26-8, 18 KOs) in the second round at the National Arena in Kingston. Continue reading “Russell stops Munoz in two”

In the first event of a boxing series being presented by Uprising Promotions, Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing and Wray & Nephew Rum, A Real Deal Uprising in Jamaica was…
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