New Date for Bellew-Haye Rematch

The much-anticipated rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye will take place on Saturday May 5 at The O2, London. Haye and Bellew were set to renew hostilities on December 17, however the fight was postponed after David Haye injured his bicep in a freak accident.

Tony Bellew commented “I’m pleased to get a new date in the diary and I look forward to giving boxing fans a great night on May 5. To be honest I was looking forward to a great victory in December and a relaxing family break over Xmas but my mind is still very much on this fight and I will punish him for that. Continue reading “New Date for Bellew-Haye Rematch”

The much-anticipated rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye will take place on Saturday May 5 at The O2, London. Haye and Bellew were set to renew hostilities on December…
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Gassiev-Dorticos set for Russia on Feb 3

World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-final bout between IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) will take place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia on February 3, 2018.

Murat Gassiev: Dorticos is a very good dangerous fighter. It is going to be great to test my skills against an opponent like him. I am confident we will deliver great boxing for fans around the world.

Yunier Dorticos: I believe I am the best in the world and the future winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy. I can’t wait to show Gassiev and the fans in Russia and all over the world what ‘The KO Doctor’ is about!

The cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in May 2018.

World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-final bout between IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) will take place at the…
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Barry: We are close to reaching an agreement

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s proposed unification bout with WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua looks closer to happening according to Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry, who told RadioLIVE’s Sunday Sport fans can expect an official announcement in the next 7-10 days.

“We are very close to reaching an agreement and, like I said, we have made several concessions, because we want this fight,” Barry said. “We want Joseph’s body in the right shape to enter our biggest-ever training camp. Hopefully, in the next week to 10 days, we will be able to say it’s Anthony Joshua!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s proposed unification bout with WBA, IBF champion Anthony Joshua looks closer to happening according to Parker’s trainer Kevin…
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Horn: Bob Arum should not underestimate me

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is confident he will defeat WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford in 2018 and has warned Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum to not underestimate him.

“Bob Arum wants to keep my world title in his control,” Horn said to Courier Mail. “He wants one of his fighters to hold on to that belt. He’s got a two-fight deal with me, so Terence Crawford would be my last one. It depends if we are going to renegotiate a contract or whether he wants Terence to win because of their long-term deal. Continue reading “Horn: Bob Arum should not underestimate me”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is confident he will defeat WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford in 2018 and has warned Hall of Fame…
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Nemushungwa upsets Studdard

By Ron Jackson

Heading the “Christmas Cracker” tournament, in what was considered an upset, bantamweight Rofhiwa Nemushungwa beat Joshua Studdard on a ten round split decision at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Monday night.

Two judges scored in favour of Nemushungwa whilst the third judge had a questionable card in favour of Studdard. Continue reading “Nemushungwa upsets Studdard”

By Ron Jackson Heading the “Christmas Cracker” tournament, in what was considered an upset, bantamweight Rofhiwa Nemushungwa beat Joshua Studdard on a ten round split decision at Emperors Palace near…
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Akkawy Returns Friday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian super middleweight Bilal Akkawy (15-0-0) will clash with Rogerio Damasco (16-7-1) over eight rounds on Friday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Promoter Paul Nasari said, “Bilal Akkawy has been impressive in sparring sessions which I witnessed last week with former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine who is also in good shape for his scheduled contest in January. Bilal was in the WBA world ratings in 2016 after defeating world class Kerry Hope of Wales in what was regarded as one of the best fights in Australia that year. Continue reading “Akkawy Returns Friday”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian super middleweight Bilal Akkawy (15-0-0) will clash with Rogerio Damasco (16-7-1) over eight rounds on Friday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia.…
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Cotto to undergo surgery on bicep injury

Ring legend Miguel Cotto fought the second half of Saturday night’s loss to Sadam Ali in intense pain due to a torn left bicep. The future Hall of Famer arrived back in Puerto Rico on Monday and is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the injured arm later this week. He is expected to make a full recovery. Cotto didn’t attend the post-fight press conference and went directly to the hospital for a medical evaluation of the injury. He did confirm after the bout that this indeed was his last fight.

Ring legend Miguel Cotto fought the second half of Saturday night’s loss to Sadam Ali in intense pain due to a torn left bicep. The future Hall of Famer arrived…
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McDonnell vacates WBA bantamweight title

The World Boxing Association (WBA) regular bantamweight championship is now vacant as Jamie McDonnell gave up the belt to go up a division. McDonnell owned the belt at 118-pounds since 2014, when he beat Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat and since then he made 6 defenses. Thus, the WBA’s bantamweight rankings now have only one champion, McDonnell’s countryman Ryan Burnett, who holds both the WBA (unified) and IBF titles.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) regular bantamweight championship is now vacant as Jamie McDonnell gave up the belt to go up a division. McDonnell owned the belt at 118-pounds since…
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Luis Ortiz returns Friday on FS1

Top-rated heavyweight title contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz will take on Daniel “The Mountain” Martz in an added 10-round featured bout on Friday night’s FS1 boxing telecast at Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida. Ortiz-Martz replaces the Chad Dawson-Edwin Rodriguez light heavyweight bout on the card. The match was cancelled after Dawson suffered an injury in training camp.

Ortiz is returning to the ring one week after the World Boxing Council lifted a sanction that it had imposed against the Cuban heavyweight contender in October. Ortiz was pulled from a match against world champion Deontay Wilder scheduled for Nov. 4, after Ortiz failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug test. Last week the WBC ruled that Ortiz had failed to disclose two medications that he was taking, which triggered his positive test. He was fined $25,000 for failing to make the disclosure, and re-instated into the organization’s rankings. Continue reading “Luis Ortiz returns Friday on FS1”

Top-rated heavyweight title contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz will take on Daniel “The Mountain” Martz in an added 10-round featured bout on Friday night’s FS1 boxing telecast at Hialeah Park…
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The 12th Round: The Abuse of Power

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

The abuse of power has once again hit our sport in a dramatic way, as Orlando Salido and Micky Roman will be prevented of accomplishing their dream of winning the WBC title due to a decision taken by a man sitting on a desk mandating terms of their bout.

HBO has mandated their fight to be only for 10 rounds.

The promoters have no say in the matter, and simply take the orders from the Power force of the sport, the TV Network. Tom Loeffler, Fernando Beltran, and Oswaldo Kuchle simply have to bow down and remain quiet and accept to go against the essence of our sport. I wonder how will they look into the eyes of their fighters to explain that they will not be competing for the WBC green belt, that their fight is a simple 10-round fight with no meaning whatsoever. It will be like watching a pre-season game of the NFL. Continue reading “The 12th Round: The Abuse of Power”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son The abuse of power has once again hit our sport in a dramatic way, as Orlando Salido and Micky Roman will…
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Akiyama upsets Tyson to win OPBF, WBO ASPAC 160lb belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unheralded underdog Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9 KOs), 158.75, impressively won the OPBF and vacant WBO Asia Pacific middleweight belts when he floored defending OPBF champ Tyson Koki (13-2, 11 KOs; AKA Koki Maebara), 160, three times to prompt the loser’s corner tossing in the towel at 1:46 of the fifth round in a scheduled twelve. Akiyama, recently traded from Yonekura Gym (which was closed due to the club owner Kenji Yonekura’s retirement) to Watanabe Gym, previously failed to win the OPBF throne from Akio Shibata via eighth round TKO loss in 2015, but his second crack at the belt resulted in a stunning upset.

OPBF bantam champ Mark John Yap (28-11, 14 KOs), 118, kept his belt by scoring a fine knockout over Seizo Kono (19-9-1, 12 KOs), 118, at 2:44 of the tenth round in a scheduled twelve. Continue reading “Akiyama upsets Tyson to win OPBF, WBO ASPAC 160lb belts”

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unheralded underdog Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9 KOs), 158.75, impressively won the OPBF and vacant WBO Asia Pacific middleweight belts when he floored defending…
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WBO#4 Arakawa defeats Filipino Aguelo

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBO#4 veteran southpaw lightweight Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18 KOs), 137.75, pounded out a unanimous verdict (97-93 twice, 98-93) over durable Filipino Adonis Aguelo (28-17-2, 19 KOs), 138, over ten non-title frames on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Arakawa, a shaven skulled warrior, took the initiative with his faster combinations, but whenever he mixed it up, Aguelo furiously retaliated with persistent body shots to the Japanese lefty, who had to return to his original outboxing strategy. Aguelo displayed a better performance than expected, having Arakawa take a tough time in the close quarter.

Elongated JBC#8 super-welter Yuto Shimizu (12-3-2, 5 KOs) hit the canvas with an opening left hook from Indonesian Maxi Yeninar, but fought back hard with a vicious body shot to sink him for the count at 2:39 of the first round in a scheduled eight. photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBO#4 veteran southpaw lightweight Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18 KOs), 137.75, pounded out a unanimous verdict (97-93 twice, 98-93) over durable Filipino Adonis Aguelo…
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Maruki sinks Indonesian champ Rangga

By Joe Koizumi

JBC#2 ranked super-welter Ryosuke Maruki (15-4-1, 10 KOs), 154, scored an eye-catching knockout over Indonesian welter champ Filipus Rangga (23-18, 13 KOs), 152.75, at 1:33 of the third round in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. The son of former world junior lightweight challenger Takao against Samuel Serrano previously failed to win the national belt from puzzling southpaw Yuki Nonaka in July of last year, but thus registered three victories in a row since. Ryosuke floored the Indonesian with a short left hook, and when it resumed, he swarmed over the damaged opponent with a flurry of punches and finally sank him for the count. Maruki demonstrated his improvement thanks to his father’s earnest coaching.

Heavyweight Kotatsu Takehara, 248, had a tough time coping with the hand speed of Korean Hoo-Won Lee, 200.75, but earned a unanimous nod (58-56 twice, 59-55) over six. Tall heavyweight southpaw Ryu Ueda, 221, halted Korean Sang-Ho Kim, 200.75, with a southpaw right hook at 2:00 of the second session of a scheduled six. Lightweight prospect Shogo Yamaguchi, 135, needed just 1:00 of the opening session to flatten Indonesian Sam Puadi, 132.75, in a scheduled eight. His left hook was a haymaker.

By Joe Koizumi JBC#2 ranked super-welter Ryosuke Maruki (15-4-1, 10 KOs), 154, scored an eye-catching knockout over Indonesian welter champ Filipus Rangga (23-18, 13 KOs), 152.75, at 1:33 of the…
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Elbiali steps up against Pascal Friday

Unbeaten light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13 KOs) will look to lock in his contender status when he faces former champion Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 18 KOs) in a special Friday night edition of PBC “Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays” on FS1 from Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida.

“Pascal is a very experienced fighter who knows what it’s like to win a world title,” said Elbiali. “He’s a former world champion who’s fought at the elite level. He’s a dangerous puncher with a lot of skill. I’m taking this fight seriously and I feel this will be a defining fight in my career. I’m happy to have this opportunity and may the best man win…everything is riding on this fight. Victory is a must!”

Unbeaten light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13 KOs) will look to lock in his contender status when he faces former champion Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 18 KOs) in a special Friday…
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Selby ready to defend IBF title Saturday

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby insists that re-aligning with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren is the final cog in his quest to secure universal recognition as the world’s top featherweight. “The Welsh Mayweather” makes a fourth defense of the IBF strap Saturday on Showtime’s Facebook page.

“Frank has got Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton so those fights should be easy to make and hopefully Scott Quigg can also hop on board so we can have a round robin. Everyone can make money and we’ll find out who’s the best,” said Selby, who meets unbeaten Mexican southpaw Eduardo Ramirez on a card that also features IBF super middle boss James DeGale in world title action.

Selby rated the other champions. Continue reading “Selby ready to defend IBF title Saturday”

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby insists that re-aligning with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren is the final cog in his quest to secure universal recognition as the world’s top…
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Lomachenko: Salido is nobody now

Arch-rivals Vasyl Lomachenko and Orlando “Siri” Salido will be going head-to-head against each other on separate networks this Saturday. Lomachenko takes on Guillermo Rigondeaux in an ESPN clash between two-time Olympic gold medalists in New York City. Salido meets Miguel “Mickey” Roman on HBO in Las Vegas.

If both are victorious, there is speculation that Lomachenko and Salido could meet in a grudge rematch. Then again, maybe not.

Vasyl Lomachenko: I don’t think he’s going to fight me because he already found, to him, a good excuse. He’s been saying, ‘I don’t need this bout. Lomachenko needs this bout. So because Lomachenko needs this bout you need to pay me good money.’ That’s just his excuse and Salido is nobody now. Continue reading “Lomachenko: Salido is nobody now”

Arch-rivals Vasyl Lomachenko and Orlando “Siri” Salido will be going head-to-head against each other on separate networks this Saturday. Lomachenko takes on Guillermo Rigondeaux in an ESPN clash between two-time…
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Dib and Jarvis victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #3 super featherweight Billy Dib (42-4) outscored Phum Kunmat (24-23-4) over eight rounds at the Mediterranean club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. The former IBF featherweight Champion controlled the contest in all the rounds to win by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 80-72.

In other action, classy bantamweight Brock Jarvis (12-0) stopped Wichet Sengrakhorn (9-1) in round one of a scheduled ten round bout to capture the WBC Asian Boxing Council title. The referee crowned Jarvis at 1:01. Jarvis is trained and managed by three-time world champion Jeff Fenech.

Promoter was Rob Fogarty.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #3 super featherweight Billy Dib (42-4) outscored Phum Kunmat (24-23-4) over eight rounds at the Mediterranean club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday.…
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Ali dethrones Cotto, seizes WBO 154lb title

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Puerto Rican boxing legend Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs) came up short in his final Saturday night in front of 12,391 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Former Olympian Sadam Ali (27-1, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Cotto to take Cotta’s WBO junior middleweight world title by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 115-113.

Both fighters started cautiously, testing each other with the jab in effort to see what lay ahead the next possible 12 rounds. Ali wobbled Cotto in the 2nd with a stunning straight right but seconds later went down via a slip to kill any momentum he may have had. The 3rd brought back and forth action from both fighters leading to intelligent exchanges and a more dominant Cotto round. Ali then turned the tables on Cotto in the 4th, landing overhand right hooks that stopped Cotto in his tracks and building his confidence. Round 6 saw Cotto deliver a right hook that sent Ali flying to the ropes, reminding the younger fighter whose goodbye party it was. Continue reading “Ali dethrones Cotto, seizes WBO 154lb title”

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Puerto Rican boxing legend Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs) came up short in his final Saturday night in front of 12,391 at…
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Srisaket-Estrada headline Superfly 2

On Saturday night, HBO announced “Superfly 2” will air on February 24 with WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defending against mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada. The card will likely land at The Forum in Inglewood, California. WBO super flyweight king Naoya “Monster” Inoue is also expected to fight on the card.

On Saturday night, HBO announced “Superfly 2” will air on February 24 with WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defending against mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada. The card will…
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Christmas Cracker at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions presents his annual “Christmas Cracker” tournament featuring five bouts at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Monday night. In the main event Joshua Studdard 8-1; 7 from Gauteng meets Rofhiwa Nemushungwa of Thoyandou in a bantamweight fight scheduled for ten rounds. Continue reading “Christmas Cracker at Emperors Palace”

By Ron Jackson Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions presents his annual “Christmas Cracker” tournament featuring five bouts at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on…
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Van Rooyen stops Phetani in six

By Ron Jackson

Barend van Rooyen who will celebrate his 40th birthday on December 23 won the vacant South African middleweight title when he stopped Yanga Phetani in the sixth round at the Kempton Park Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night. Phetani, 37, had a good opening round using his greater height and reach to keep Van Rooyen on the outside.

In round two Van Rooyen began to work on the inside as he landed stinging shots to the body that caused Phetani to wince every time a blow landed. Van Rooyen continued to work the body in the third round as he backed Phetani up against the ropes and this was the pattern of the fight through rounds four and five. Phetani tired badly in the sixth round and when he was not fighting back referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen waved the fight off at 2 minutes 30 seconds into the round. Continue reading “Van Rooyen stops Phetani in six”

By Ron Jackson Barend van Rooyen who will celebrate his 40th birthday on December 23 won the vacant South African middleweight title when he stopped Yanga Phetani in the sixth…
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Mikhalkin beats Ngumbu for third time

IBO light heavyweight beltholder Igor Mikhalkin (20-1, 9 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision against Doudou Ngumbu (31-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at La Palestre in Cannes, France. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-112. For Mikhalkin, it was his third career win over Ngumbu. He is now targeting WBC champ Adonis Stevenson and IBF champ Artur Beterbiev.

IBO light heavyweight beltholder Igor Mikhalkin (20-1, 9 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision against Doudou Ngumbu (31-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at La Palestre…
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Canelo’s brother wins in Guadalajara

Photo: Jorge Barajas, Imago/Zanfer

Middleweight Ramon “Inocente” Álvarez (25-6-3, 16 KOs) pounded out a clear ten round unanimous decision over Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete (34-11-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Multiusos del Parque San Rafael in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Scores were 97-93, 99-91 and 98-92.

The bout was a rematch of their September clash that ended in a draw. Ramon is the older brother of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez.

Photo: Jorge Barajas, Imago/Zanfer Middleweight Ramon “Inocente” Álvarez (25-6-3, 16 KOs) pounded out a clear ten round unanimous decision over Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete (34-11-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Miguel Cotto/Sadam Ali Post Fight Comments

Miguel Cotto: “Feeling good. Feeling good with the performance. Something happened to my left bicep, seventh round. I don’t want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family.

“Thank you for all the fans, I am proud to call MSG my second home. I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport.”

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Sadam Ali: “I worked hard for it. I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to Thank God, and also thank Team Cotto, They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted to.

“I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds. I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in. By the 11th, I thought the fight was close. Whatever GBP has next, I’ll take it. Good things happen to good people. I have been training since I was 8 years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.”

Miguel Cotto: “Feeling good. Feeling good with the performance. Something happened to my left bicep, seventh round. I don’t want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. It is my…
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Vargas retains WBC super bantam title

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a clash between unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC world champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) outscored Oscar Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at MSG. Vargas was cut over both eyes by headbutts, but won 119-108, 119-108, 120-108.

Both fighters had the agility and speed to trouble each other which led to an entertaining bout filled with back and forth action. Vargas came out of the gate running as he pressed Negrete into the corners in nearly every exchange, leading with his left jab to open up the right hook with ease thanks to his longer reach. By the middle rounds Negrete decided that fighting on the inside would be a better strategy and found success as Vargas’ reach was neutralized. Continue reading “Vargas retains WBC super bantam title”

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a clash between unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC world champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) outscored Oscar Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) to…
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