Phuzi wins Gauteng title

By Ron Jackson

Akani Phuzi won the vacant Gauteng cruiserweight title when he smashed Chris Thompson to defeat inside two rounds at a packed to capacity Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon.

After a quiet start to the first round with both fighters sparring for an opening Phuzi (90.40kg) scored with two big lefts and rights to the jaw that sent Thomson (89.80klg) 5-2; 4 staggering back against the ropes just before the bell.

Both fighters made a cautious start to the second round before Phuzi landed a straight right to the jaw that sent Thompson flat on is back in his own corner, where he was counted out by referee Tony Nyangiwe at 1 minute 11 seconds into the round. Continue reading “Phuzi wins Gauteng title”

By Ron Jackson Akani Phuzi won the vacant Gauteng cruiserweight title when he smashed Chris Thompson to defeat inside two rounds at a packed to capacity Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in…
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Worst Week in Japanese Boxing History

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

It might be a nightmare that we had such a worst week when Daigo Higa forfeited his WBC flyweight belt on the scale and had his perfect mark of 15-0, 15 KOs blemished by Cristofer Rosales via TKO defeat in an overweight bout last Sunday, and IBF 130-pound champ Kenichi Ogawa was stripped of his belt last Thursday because he had tested positive for synthetic testosterone with his victory over Tevin Farmer on points last December reversed to a no contest.

Higa’s overweight scandal and Ogawa’s forfeiture of the world championship due to a doping test failure were each the very first in Japanese boxing history. We deeply sympathize with their hard luck, but the regulations should be duly severe to the offenders as the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) had indefinitely suspended the overweight ex-champ Luis Nery in Japan. Continue reading “Worst Week in Japanese Boxing History”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda It might be a nightmare that we had such a worst week when Daigo Higa forfeited his WBC flyweight belt on the scale…
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Broner: It looks like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with

After their war in the ring last night in Brooklyn, welterweights Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas continued their hostilities verbally in front of a national TV audience!

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Broner: Hey man, f—k all that. F—k all that. Let me see the mic. I beat your ass. Look at his face. It looks like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with man. (Rodney King?)
Vargas: I’m gonna be honest. I’m an honest man. We went at it for 12 rounds.
Broner: We didn’t go at it. That’s gay.
Vargas: We can do it again.
Broner: Going at it is gay.
Vargas: We can do it again.
Broner: I beat your ass.
Vargas: We can do it again.
Broner: I beat your ass like you stole something. I beat your ass like you were suspended from school. I beat your ass like you stole my bicycle ni—r.
Vargas: You can get some more if you want.
Broner: You’re bruised up!
Vargas: I’m ready to fight right now fool.
Broner: C’mon man. You need peroxide and alcohol.
Vargas: You need to settle down.
Broner: You need peroxide and alcohol. Boy, your face on 6ix9ine right now. You’re a bloooood.

Continue reading “Broner: It looks like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with”

After their war in the ring last night in Brooklyn, welterweights Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas continued their hostilities verbally in front of a national TV audience! Broner: Hey man,…
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Martirosyan: Everyone is beatable – everybody

The clash between WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) is only 14 days away and takes place on Cinco De Mayo — Saturday, May 5 — under the stars at StubHub Center. It will be televised live on HBO. Martirosyan was one of a handful of boxers in the conversation as Golovkin’s May 5 opponent following the cancellation of the Canelo rematch. He was ready to go when the call came. Continue reading “Martirosyan: Everyone is beatable – everybody”

The clash between WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) is only 14 days away and takes place on Cinco…
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Spence will face Ocampo next

On Saturday’s Showtime telecast, it was announced that Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight world championship against undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo June 16 on SHOWTIME in a homecoming fight in Dallas.

Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs), hails from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and is promoted by Zanfer Promotions.

On Saturday’s Showtime telecast, it was announced that Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight world championship against undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos…
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Canelo’s brother beats Son of Paez

Super welterweight Ramón “Inocente” Alvarez (26-3, 16 KOs), the older brother of Canelo Alvarez, hammered out a clearcut ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (41-11-2, 24 KOs), the son of former IBF lightweight champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez, on Saturday night at the Gimnasio de Usos Múltiples del Parque de Rafael in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alvarez took over in round four and won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

In the co-feature, super flyweight Jose “Gallito” Quirino (19-2-2, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round stoppage of former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (44-9-2, 30 KOs). Marquez took a lot of punishment in rounds eight and nine, and the ref decided to wave it off at the beginning of round ten.
Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Super welterweight Ramón “Inocente” Alvarez (26-3, 16 KOs), the older brother of Canelo Alvarez, hammered out a clearcut ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (41-11-2, 24 KOs),…
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Results from Pleasanton, CA

By Lucas Ketelle

In front of a sold-out crowd in Pleasanton, CA at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Squarevision Entertainment returned with its inaugural champion, Luis “Vicious” Garcia (10-1-1 7KOs) got a seventh-round TKO victory over Jhonathan Zamudio (1-5-4 1KO) in an action-packed main event. Zamudio started strong, but the pressure and power of Garcia started to effect Zamudio. The fight was stopped in the seventh round when Zamudio who was not hurt did not throw back any punches after a Garcia barrage. Continue reading “Results from Pleasanton, CA”

By Lucas Ketelle In front of a sold-out crowd in Pleasanton, CA at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Squarevision Entertainment returned with its inaugural champion, Luis “Vicious” Garcia (10-1-1 7KOs) got…
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Broner and Vargas battle to 12 round draw

Former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and former two-division Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in front of 13,964 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Fighting at a 144lb catch weight, Vargas started well and Broner closed stronger. Scores were 115-113, 114-114, 114-114. Very entertaining fight with lots of toe-to-toe action.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

The back-and-forth battle was a tale of activity vs. accuracy. Vargas was by far the more active fighter, throwing 839 total punches, 300 more than his opponent. Yet the flashy Broner was supremely accurate, connecting on 44 percent of his power shots and 38 percent of his total punches, compared to just 27 and 24, respectively, for Vargas.
Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) came on strong in the second half of the fight, picking up rounds eight through 10 on all three of the judges’ scorecards. The 12th round was crucial in determining the draw, which was scored 115-113 Broner and 114-114 twice. The judges agreed on eight of the 12 rounds but couldn’t agree on the final round, which was ruled differently by the two judges who scored the fight a draw.

Former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and former two-division Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in front of 13,964 fans…
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Charlo crushes Centeno for WBC interim belt

As he promised, former 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo sent a statement to the middleweight division knocking out previously once-beaten contender Hugo Centeno Jr. to capture the interim WBC 160-pound title in the co-main event on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Charlo is now the mandatory for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and didn’t shy away from calling out the WBC, WBA and IBF Middleweight World Champion. Continue reading “Charlo crushes Centeno for WBC interim belt”

As he promised, former 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo sent a statement to the middleweight division knocking out previously once-beaten contender Hugo Centeno Jr. to capture the interim WBC 160-pound title…
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Davis demolishes Cuellar to win WBA 130lb title

Unbeaten super featherweight Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA 130lb “super” world title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Davis, who lost the IBF 130-pound title on the scales last August, scored three knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his second title in the super featherweight division. The 23-year-old connected on 49 percent of his power shots in his first bout with new trainer Kevin Cunningham. Continue reading “Davis demolishes Cuellar to win WBA 130lb title”

Unbeaten super featherweight Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA 130lb “super” world title on…
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Undercard Results from Barclays Center

Former super bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Juan Medina (10-3, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Scores were 80-72 across the board. Warren has moved down to the bantamweight division.

Popular female featherweight Heather Hardy (21-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Paola Torres (10-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 79-73.

Welterweight Fabian Maidana (15-0, 11 KOs), younger brother of Marcos Maidana, won by third round corner stoppage against Justin Savi (31-16-2, 21 KOs).

Former super bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Juan Medina (10-3, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Scores…
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Frampton beats Donaire for WBO interim belt

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Featherweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) outboxed “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds for the WBO interim title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Scores were 117-111 on all three cards.

Local hero Frampton was the sharper fighter from the opening bell and imposed his will on the veteran Donaire. Frampton controlled the distance well and was strong on the inside, landing a fierce right hand that caused swelling to Donaire’s left eye in the second round. Donaire showed glimpses of why he was named the consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year, landing a vicious uppercut in the seventh and a big left hand in the latter stages of round number 11 that hurt Frampton. Continue reading “Frampton beats Donaire for WBO interim belt”

Photos: Sumio Yamada Featherweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) outboxed “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds for the WBO interim title on Saturday…
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Wallin tops Granat to win EU heavy belt

In a bout billed as one of the biggest domestic clashes in Swedish boxing history, unbeaten heavyweight Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a wide twelve round unanimous decision over Adrian Granat (15-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gärdehov in Sundsvall. Wallin claimed the vacant European Union belt.

In a bout billed as one of the biggest domestic clashes in Swedish boxing history, unbeaten heavyweight Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a wide twelve round unanimous decision over…
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Adamek stops Abell in seven

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: MB Promotions

Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (53-5, 30 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Joey Abell (34-10, 32 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hala Sportowa in Czestochowa, Poland. The 41-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight

Cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (41-4, 28 KOs) was victorious when Youri Kalenga (23-5, 16 KOs) didn’t come out for round seven. The bout was a rematch of their 2014 fight won by Kalenga by split decision.

Continue reading “Adamek stops Abell in seven”

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside Photos: MB Promotions Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (53-5, 30 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Joey Abell (34-10, 32 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Tete beats Narvaez in snoozer

WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs) scored a boring twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (48-3-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Tete towered over Narvaez and won easily 120-108 on all three cards. Narvaez was in survival mode from the opening bell, much like he was in 2011 against Nonito Donaire when he suffered his first loss.

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WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs) scored a boring twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (48-3-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Amir Khan annihilates Lo Greco in 39 seconds

Super welterweight Amir Khan (32-4, 20 KOs) destroyed Phil Lo Greco (28-4, 15 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Khan quickly ended it blasting Lo Greco to the canvas in just 39 seconds.

“I’ve been out of the ring for two years but I’ve still been busy in the gym,” said Khan afterward. “I was ready for 12 rounds. I came here to do a job and I done it in style. Liverpool you was great tonight, thank you! Amir Khan is back!

“I’m going to give the U.K fans the biggest fights possible. I want to become a world champion again, I’m a 147lbs fighter.”

Super welterweight Amir Khan (32-4, 20 KOs) destroyed Phil Lo Greco (28-4, 15 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Khan quickly…
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Kabayel retains European heavyweight title

Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke

EBU European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (18-0, 13 KOs) knocked out Miljan Rovcanin (19-2, 13 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany. Time was 2:25.

Heavyweight Tom Schwarz (21-0, 13 KOs) won by fifth round disqualification over previously unbeaten Senad Gashi (16-1, 16 KOs) in a clash for the German domestic title. Gashi was chased for headbutting. The crowd was not happy with the ending.

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Photos: Team SES/P. Gercke EBU European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (18-0, 13 KOs) knocked out Miljan Rovcanin (19-2, 13 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the Estrel…
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Brooklyn’s other fight card tonight

There’s not one, but two professional boxing cards in Brooklyn tonight. From Barclay’s Center, head up Flatbush Avenue about two miles and Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing is putting on a show at the historic Kings Theatre. Headlining the twelve-bout card is Josue ‘The Prodigy’ Vargas, (10-1, 6 KOs) vs. Victor Vazquez (10-3, 4 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight clash.

Photo Credit/Segundo Rivera

Josue Vargas 141.6 vs. Victor Vazquez 141.6
Peter Dobson 148.8 vs. Martin Wright 148.8
Duke Micah 117.2 vs. Yoan Boyeaux 121.6
Shakhram Giyasov 148.6 vs. Gabor Gorbacs 148.6
Sergey Kuzmin 247.8 vs. Jeremiah Karpency 226.8
Baturkhan Ahmedov 142.6 vs. Oscar Barajas 141
Murojdon Akhmadaliev 128.8 vs. Carlos Gaston Suarez 132.6
Mathew Gonzalez 144 vs. Demetrius Wilson 141.8
Justin Biggs 155 vs. Dominik Csaba Karoly 154
Oscar Moreno 118 vs. Rafael Castillo 119.2
Kennedy Katende 198.6 vs. Luther Smith 198.8

Venue: Kings Theatre
Promoter: Evander Holyfield/Real Deal Boxing and World of Boxing
TV: CBS Sports Digital

There’s not one, but two professional boxing cards in Brooklyn tonight. From Barclay’s Center, head up Flatbush Avenue about two miles and Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing is putting on…
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Davis-Cuellar clash for WBA 130lb title tonight

While the clash between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas gets top billing on tonight’s Showtime telecast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the WBA 130-pound “super” world championship clash between former champions Gervonta “Tank” Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) and Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) could steal the show.

Photo: Janer Bigio/Mayweather Promotions

Davis, from Baltimore, lost the IBF 130lb title on the scale last August, but this time he made the weight. “I had a lot of distractions last camp that led to me missing weight,” says Davis. “From that day forward I was focused on getting back to a world title shot. I let people down when I lost the title on the scale, but now I’m more focused…I want to show that I have the skills and ability to take over the sport of boxing.”

Argentinian Cuellar’s only setback was a split decision loss to Abner Mares. “This is going to be all action,” he promised. “Expect to see a war with me raising my hand at the end of the night. I’m going to do whatever it takes…the plan is to go out there and win that belt.”

While the clash between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas gets top billing on tonight’s Showtime telecast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the WBA 130-pound “super” world championship clash between…
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Khan: I’m hitting my peak years

Amir Khan believes he’s hitting his peak years ahead of his comeback clash against Phil Lo Greco at a sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool tonight, live on ESPN+. Khan steps back through the ropes for the first time in almost two years since facing Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016 and the Liverpool fight fans will be the first to see him on UK soil in nearly five years. The former unified super lightweight ruler takes on Phil Lo Greco – who has former two-time super welterweight king Fernando Vargas in his corner.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Khan will have a new face backing him in Joe Goossen, who replaced an unwell Virgil Hunter as trainer for Khan’s camp, and the 31-year-old has allayed fears that the change will hurt his comeback – and says Goossen has bolstered his defensive skills

“I’ve always liked the way that Joe trains his fighters,” said Khan, who scaled 150lbs. “He’s trained some great fighters like Corrales and Casamayor. They’re fighters with a similar style to me so I thought Joe would be a good fit and we got in touch, got on and chose to work with him for the rest of camp and it’s worked well. Continue reading “Khan: I’m hitting my peak years”

Amir Khan believes he’s hitting his peak years ahead of his comeback clash against Phil Lo Greco at a sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool tonight, live on ESPN+. Khan steps…
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Broner makes attitude adjustment at weigh-in

It was a kinder, gentler, more respectful Adrien Broner who showed up at Friday’s weigh-in following his profanity-laced outburst at Thursday’s final press conference. Broner faces Jessie Vargas tonight on Showtime in a battle of former world champions.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Adrien Broner: “We had a helluva camp. It was the first time doing a full camp with Uncle Kev, which is what I call him. You know him as Coach Kevin Cunningham. It was very militant, but we got through it. It’s something that was always there [urgency]. You know, something had to be brought out of Adrien Broner and tomorrow night I will be victorious and I will put on a good show.”

Jessie Vargas: “All of the hard work is done. Now all I have to do is go out there and entertain my fans. I have a great team behind me that keeps me focused and helps me avoid any distractions or negativity.”

It was a kinder, gentler, more respectful Adrien Broner who showed up at Friday’s weigh-in following his profanity-laced outburst at Thursday’s final press conference. Broner faces Jessie Vargas tonight on…
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Q&A: Trainer Gus Curren

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Gus Curren, trainer of former world champion Tomasz Adamek, says the 41-year-old Adamek is “strong, fast and hitting hard.” The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champ meets Joey Abell in a heavyweight clash tonight in Czestochowa. Poland.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Gus Curren, trainer of former world champion Tomasz Adamek, says the 41-year-old Adamek is “strong, fast and hitting hard.” The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champ…
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Ornelas wins vacant NABA title in Las Vegas

By Jeff Zimmerman

Local fan favorite bantamweight Max Ornelas earned the NABA title in a tough but convincing victory over Fort Worth’s Tony Lopez at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas as the main event of the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Card that was also shown live on beIN Sports. The scores read 79-73 twice and 80-72 for the UNLV student, a criminal justice major, who had the crowd chanting his name throughout the fight.

Ornelas displayed a crisp jab from the opening bell while Lopez mostly stayed in a defensive posture to fend on the 19-year-old aptly called the “baby face assassin.” Ornelas was not surprised by the tactics of the defensive-minded Lopez.

Photo: Manny Mitts Murillo/Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions

“I knew that was going to happen. I know he gets tired as the rounds go so I kept pushing and I knew he would be in that defensive stance, so I was working on shots just to take advantage of it.” Continue reading “Ornelas wins vacant NABA title in Las Vegas”

By Jeff Zimmerman Local fan favorite bantamweight Max Ornelas earned the NABA title in a tough but convincing victory over Fort Worth’s Tony Lopez at the Cox Pavilion in Las…
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Adamek-Abell Weights from Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Tomasz Adamek 226.4 vs. Joey Abell 254.4

Mateusz Masternak 199 vs. Youri Kalenga 198.1
Robert Parzęczewski 175.1 vs. Tim Cronin 177
Adam Balski 199.5 vs. Denis Grachov 191.1
Damian Jonak 156.7 vs. Marcos Cornejo 160.1
Michał Chudecki 141.9 vs. Damian Wrzesiński 138
Ewa Brodnicka 129.6 vs. Sarah Pucek 128.7
Michał Żeromiński 146.8 vs. Łukasz Wierzbicki 146.1

Venue: Hala Sportowa, Czestochowa, Poland
Promoter: MB Promotions
TV: ipla.tv

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By Przemek Garczarczyk Tomasz Adamek 226.4 vs. Joey Abell 254.4 Mateusz Masternak 199 vs. Youri Kalenga 198.1 Robert Parzęczewski 175.1 vs. Tim Cronin 177 Adam Balski 199.5 vs. Denis Grachov…
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