Female boxing champ Angelique Duchemin dies

By Robert Coster

Sad news to report. World Boxing Federation (WBF) featherweight champion Angelique Duchemin has tragically passed away at the age of 26. She was training in her hometown gym in Perpignan, France, when she collapsed, the victim of a heart attack.

Courtesy of France-boxe

Duchemin had an unbeaten 14-0, 3 KO record, winning the European title in 2015 and the WBF world title in May 2017. Angelique’s father, a former boxer, had also died of a heart seizure. Fightnews.com® laments the passing of this promising young champion.

By Robert Coster Sad news to report. World Boxing Federation (WBF) featherweight champion Angelique Duchemin has tragically passed away at the age of 26. She was training in her hometown…
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Bell and Ware Headline Toledo Fight Card

By Bob Ryder

This Saturday, September 2, boxing is back in downtown Toledo as Pulse Boxing (Vick Green) presents a seven bout card at the Seagate Convention Center. In the co-main event six rounder, hometown lightweight Albert Bell (7-0, 2KO’s) takes on Tyrome Jones (4-1, 1 KO). In the other six round contest, light heavyweight DeAndre Ware (8-0-2, 6 KO’s) goes against Derrick Adkins (5-1-1, 3 KO’s). Bell and Ware are part of the growing group of talented Toledo boxers led by world champion Robert Easter, Jr and both will be looking to impress and advance Saturday night. Continue reading “Bell and Ware Headline Toledo Fight Card”

By Bob Ryder This Saturday, September 2, boxing is back in downtown Toledo as Pulse Boxing (Vick Green) presents a seven bout card at the Seagate Convention Center. In the…
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Undefeated feathers clash in IBF eliminator

Featherweight Josh Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) will face undefeated Dane Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs) in a mandated final eliminator for the IBF featherweight world title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 21. Local hero Warrington is within touching distance of forcing a dream World title showdown with bitter rival Lee Selby after the Welshman declined a substantial offer from Frank Warren to defend his crown against the current WBC International belt holder.

Josh Warrington: With Selby not taking a fight with me, it’s left me annoyed and even more hungry to produce a massive performance on October 21. You’re going to see the best ever version of Josh Warrington against Ceylan. Like I keep saying, the fight with Selby is the one I have always wanted, let’s see if he is still the champion when I’m the mandatory challenger.

Dennis Ceylan: My dream has always been to fight for a World title, and now, I’m only one fight away, and that gives me all the motivation I need to beat this guy. I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I wasn’t confident of winning. After I beat Josh, I’ll be ready for Lee Selby. I’m training hard and I will be at my very best on October 21.

Featherweight Josh Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) will face undefeated Dane Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs) in a mandated final eliminator for the IBF featherweight world title at the First Direct…
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The 12th Round — Floyd Mayweather

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

There could be no other topic for my column of today other than Floyd Mayweather.

Before I start, I would like to invite all of you to reach out and help the victims of Harry in Texas. There are many ways of doing so, the WBC is doing activations to raise funds and direct such to the proper entities handling this crisis. But there are many ways you can help, even with just making a phone call.

Saturday night was magic, boxing is without a doubt the overall winner. Millions of non boxing fans watched a boxing match which was entertaining, competitive and even dramatic and millions of those will now follow our sport.

Floyd Mayweather represented boxing and did it with bravery and pride. Most thought he would outbox McGregor in an easy 12 round decision and to the surprise of all Floyd came to fight and never did he step backwards. He took the risks he had not taken in many years, he stood up against a much bigger, stronger and heavier McGregor and was brilliant in his game plan, the greatness of boxing, the strategy, the step by step victory. Continue reading “The 12th Round — Floyd Mayweather”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son There could be no other topic for my column of today other than Floyd Mayweather. Before I start, I would like…
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Canelo LA Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

Mexican superstar Ring Magazine middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco held an open media workout Monday afternoon at the Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles as he prepares for his highly anticipated showdown with WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan as they will square off September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view.


Video Courtesy Golden Boy Promotions & GGG Promotions

Canelo spoke to a round table of media prior to his workout as hundreds of loyal fans awaited his arrival in the blistering sun since 6am. Continue reading “Canelo LA Media Day”

By Miguel Maravilla Mexican superstar Ring Magazine middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco held an open media workout Monday afternoon at the Microsoft Square at…
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Golovkin LA Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan held an open media workout Monday afternoon at the Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles ahead of his highly anticipated showdown against Mexican superstar and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view.


Video Courtesy Golden Boy Promotions & GGG Promotions

With hundred of fans waiting outside to see the Kazakh superstar, Golovkin accompanied by his team Trainer Abel Sanchez and Promoter Tom Loeffler spoke to media prior to the workout. Continue reading “Golovkin LA Media Day”

By Miguel Maravilla WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan held an open media workout Monday afternoon at the Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE in Los…
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Horn camp confident Pacquiao will sign

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao co-promoter Dean Lonergan is optimistic that the rematch will go ahead in November despite Pacman’s delay signing the contract. Recalling the problems in arranging Pacquiao-Horn 1 when Manny held out for several months because of a phantom multi-million dollar offer from the Middle East that in the end didn’t materialise, Lonergan stated “Manny wants to fight and he said as much two weeks ago. I feel this sense of deja vu, with similar gamesmanship for months before the first fight. Continue reading “Horn camp confident Pacquiao will sign”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao co-promoter Dean Lonergan is optimistic that the rematch will go ahead in November despite Pacman’s delay signing the…
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Golovkin-Canelo public workout

Photos: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and former champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) hosted an open media workout at L.A. LIVE ahead of their highly anticipated PPV showdown on September 16 in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez: “I know what I have in front of me. I know he’s a strong fighter. He is the most dangerous opponent of my career, but I’m ready for him and what’s next to come. That’s why we prepared, and to give the fans a beautiful fight. This fight’s for you; this fight’s for all the fans who have been asking for it. We know that in fights, it takes two to tango. I’m ready, and you know what you’ll get from me. Let’s just hope he brings it as well.”

Gennady Golovkin: “Canelo has looked good and looked strong in his last few fights. That is why we have worked so hard in training camp. We have worked on new things. This is my biggest fight. I worked hard to become of champion of the world. I worked hard with Abel to stay champion of the world.”

Photos: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and former champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) hosted an open media workout at L.A.…
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Golovkin-Canelo PPV undercard set

Here’s the latest on the undercard line-up in support of the Sept. 16 showdown between WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas.

In the co-main event, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) takes on Jorge “Pilon” Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) in a 12-round WBC featherweight title eliminator.

Also on the pay-per-view telecast will be a battle between two undefeated Golden Boy stablemates as former IBF world bantamweight champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) faces Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight battle. Opening the telecast, lightweight contenders Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) and Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) clash. Continue reading “Golovkin-Canelo PPV undercard set”

Here’s the latest on the undercard line-up in support of the Sept. 16 showdown between WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and former world champion Canelo…
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Full Report: Yamanaka dethrones WBO 105lb champ Fukuhara

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi

Fast-moving Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4 KOs), 105, captured the WBO mini-flyweight belt as he made best use of swift footwork, averted retaliations of defending champ Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-5-6, 7 KOs), 104.75, scored well with sharp lefts and rights and earned a unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Ashikita ward, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) tallied the hot affair 116-112, Carlos Ortiz Jr. (US) and Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) 115-113, all for the challenger Yamanaka (no relation to former WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke). Eddie Claudio (US) refereed the speedy game of the lightest and smallest boxers very well.

Regardless of the difference on points, there might be no objection to Yamanaka’s victory and coronation due to his precision in scoring more effective punches throughout the contest. He seldom took any damaging blows from the champ. Continue reading “Full Report: Yamanaka dethrones WBO 105lb champ Fukuhara”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi Fast-moving Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4 KOs), 105, captured the WBO mini-flyweight belt as he made best use of swift footwork, averted…
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Cunningham and Tabiti discuss snoozer

There are no American boxers in the $50 million World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament kicking off in September, but two of the USA’s best cruisers, world rated Andrew Tabiti and former world champion Steve Cunningham, fought Saturday on the big card in Las Vegas. Tabiti took a unanimous decision, but Cunningham wasn’t impressed.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Steve Cunningham: “I don’t think Andrew Tabiti is a championship level fighter. I thought I won the fight. I didn’t think I saw anything special from him. He was quick and sharp, so I didn’t want to just lunge in and make a mistake. I took my time but when I saw that he wasn’t trying to fight, I had to push it a little more. I was in there trying to fight. I thought we should have gone in there and worked for our money. He didn’t want to give the fans the show they deserved.”

Andrew Tabiti: “I was just jabbing him and making sure I stayed smart. He’s a veteran so I had to stay composed. I wanted to show that I could box. This was a step up for me and I felt comfortable in there. He had a decent jab but he wasn’t busy enough. I just didn’t want to make mistakes. If you start too fast against a veteran you’re liable to get caught by him…I just stayed calm in there. I wanted it to look like I was the veteran. He didn’t press the issue enough. When he did, I was trying to catch him.”

There are no American boxers in the $50 million World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament kicking off in September, but two of the USA’s best cruisers, world rated Andrew Tabiti…
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Takayama: I want Olympic gold now

By David Finger

It’s been a long, illustrious career for Osaka Japan’s Katsunari Takayama (31-8, 12 KOs). But on Sunday night, right before the WBO mini-flyweight title fight between Ryuya Yamanaka and Tatusya Fukuhara, Takayama finalized a decision he announced back in April. In a solemn Japanese ceremony punctuated by a ten count, Takayama’s career officially came to a close in the sport of boxing.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Strike that… in the sport of professional boxing.

Because if the five-time world champion who is a strong candidate for the Boxing Hall of Fame has his way, he may be adding one more accomplishment to his resume: an Olympic gold medal. Continue reading “Takayama: I want Olympic gold now”

By David Finger It’s been a long, illustrious career for Osaka Japan’s Katsunari Takayama (31-8, 12 KOs). But on Sunday night, right before the WBO mini-flyweight title fight between Ryuya…
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Horn-Pacquiao rematch in jeopardy

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s co-promoter Dean Lonergan is reassessing his options regarding the rematch with future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao, who has now said he doesn’t want the fight Horn until 2018. “Two weeks ago Manny Pacquiao confirmed to Bob Arum of Top Rank that he wanted to exercise his option to rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight championship,” said Lonergan. “November 12 was the date Pacquiao agreed to the rematch. Up until late this week that was the outcome Top Rank, DUCO promotions, TEQ and Brisbane Marketing were working towards in good faith to achieve having the rematch in Brisbane late this week. Continue reading “Horn-Pacquiao rematch in jeopardy”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s co-promoter Dean Lonergan is reassessing his options regarding the rematch with future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao, who…
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Zeuge and Ekpo reach an agreement

World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge’s team and Isaac Ekpo’s team reached an agreement to fight for the WBA world title in November, and thus the purse bid scheduled for Monday, August 28th, 2017, was suspended. They already fought on March 23rd and the German was given the victory by technical decision in the fifth round. However, it was an intense fight with 49-46, 48-47 and 49-47 score cards. Continue reading “Zeuge and Ekpo reach an agreement”

World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge’s team and Isaac Ekpo’s team reached an agreement to fight for the WBA world title in November, and thus the purse bid…
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Fiacco: We have the numbers

By Nick Giongco

Pat Fiacco of Canada, a member of the AIBA Executive Committee, said yesterday in Hamburg, Germany, that his group has the numbers needed to knock out Dr. Ching Kuo Wu as president of the world governing body. In a hastily-called press conference at the Hyperion Hotel, headquarters of the ongoing world championships, Fiacco told the media that Franco Falcinneli of Italy, head of the EUBC and AIBA vice-president, will take over once a change in leadership takes place this year. Continue reading “Fiacco: We have the numbers”

By Nick Giongco Pat Fiacco of Canada, a member of the AIBA Executive Committee, said yesterday in Hamburg, Germany, that his group has the numbers needed to knock out Dr.…
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Mayweather-McGregor Post-Fight Presser

By David Robinett

Floyd Mayweather: “I knew he [McGregor] was going to be awkward from the beginning, but right before we came out I talked with my dad, the game plan was to let him take his heavy shots in the beginning, take our time, then shoot our shots to the body and take him down the stretch. He lasted a little longer than expected but I stuck with the game plan.”

Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

“He [McGregor] was solid. I’ve been off for a couple of years. I’m not the same Floyd Mayweather I was 21 years ago. I’m not even the same Floyd Mayweather I was two years ago. With coming straight ahead I was going to take some contact. I could have counterpunched and boxed and made it boring but I didn’t want to do that.” Continue reading “Mayweather-McGregor Post-Fight Presser”

By David Robinett Floyd Mayweather: “I knew he [McGregor] was going to be awkward from the beginning, but right before we came out I talked with my dad, the game…
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Yamanaka dethrones WBO 105lb champ Fukuhara

By Joe Koizumi

Fast-moving Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4 KOs), 105, captured the WBO mini-flyweight belt as he made best use of swift footwork, averted retaliations of defending champ Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-5-6, 7 KOs), 104.75, scored well with sharp lefts and rights and earned a unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 twice) over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Ashikita ward, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

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By Joe Koizumi Fast-moving Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4 KOs), 105, captured the WBO mini-flyweight belt as he made best use of swift footwork, averted retaliations of defending champ Tatsuya Fukuhara…
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Mayweather: Tonight was my last fight

Floyd Mayweather Quick Quotes: “I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I had to come straight ahead and give the fans a show. That’s what ​I​ gave them​.​

“He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be. He’s a tough competitor, but ​I​ was the better man tonight. Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch. We know in MMA he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he started to slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance. Continue reading “Mayweather: Tonight was my last fight”

Floyd Mayweather Quick Quotes: “I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I had to come straight ahead and give…
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McGregor: I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage

Conor McGregor Quick Quotes: “I thought I took the early rounds pretty handily. He had to change his style, and he adjusted. He’s composed. He’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy is he composed. He was patient with his shots. He’s had a great career. What can I say? I had a bit of fun and hopefully entertained the fans.” Continue reading “McGregor: I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage”

Conor McGregor Quick Quotes: “I thought I took the early rounds pretty handily. He had to change his style, and he adjusted. He’s composed. He’s not that fast, he’s not…
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Mayweather dominates and stops McGregor in ten

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

It may not have been a matchup of two pound-for-pound boxers, but Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor put on an entertaining show, which is never a given in the squared circle, and always appreciated when it happens. Mayweather eventually forced a stoppage, pounding an exhausted McGregor into the ropes before referee Robert Byrd stepped in to protect McGregor from further punishment at 1:05 of round ten in a scheduled twelve-round super welterweight contest.

But before then, McGregor won some rounds (even if Mayweather might have let him), Mayweather had stretches where he treated McGregor like a bobblehead, and amazingly, the whole exercise might have actually been worth the $100 for the fans that paid to watch on television. Continue reading “Mayweather dominates and stops McGregor in ten”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME It may not have been a matchup of two pound-for-pound boxers, but Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor put on an entertaining show,…
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Davis stops Fonseca, IBF 130lb title remains vacant

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In boxing, as in many other sports, there’s often a fine line between icon and punchline. Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs), who at 22 was boxing’s youngest champion before being stripped of his IBF junior lightweight title this week for coming in two pounds over the 130 lb. limit, defeated his opponent, Francisco Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KOs), but did so in a performance so flat and disappointing, the comparisons to Adrien Broner are almost impossible to avoid. Continue reading “Davis stops Fonseca, IBF 130lb title remains vacant”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME In boxing, as in many other sports, there’s often a fine line between icon and punchline. Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs), who…
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Cotto beats Kamegai, wins WBO 154lb title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

While most of the world’s attention was focused on the Mayweather-McGregor spectacle in Las Vegas, The action was in Southern California as Puerto Rico’s only four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) returned to the ring Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California against Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs).

It was an action packed fight from start to finish with Cotto adding another world title to his legacy in taking a hard fought decision over the Japanese warrior Kamegai who kept bringing throughout the night. Continue reading “Cotto beats Kamegai, wins WBO 154lb title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada While most of the world’s attention was focused on the Mayweather-McGregor spectacle in Las Vegas, The action was in Southern California as…
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Vargas retains WBC super bantamweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In the co feature bout at StubHub Center in Carson, California, WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs ) of Mexico City scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs). Vargas was defending his WBC title he won over Gavin McDonnell going into hostile territory for the second fight in a row as the local favorite Rios of nearby Santa Ana, California was looking to become Santa Ana’s first ever world champion.

Rios off to a fast start shot right hands to the body as Vargas jabbed following up with looping rights. In round two Vargas connected with a left hook to the body as Vargas returned landing a solid right hand. Trading away in the third Rios backed Vargas up as he went to the body crunching him in the closing seconds. Keeping his distance in round four Vargas shot the jab and fired combinations. Continue reading “Vargas retains WBC super bantamweight title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In the co feature bout at StubHub Center in Carson, California, WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs ) of…
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Jack dominates and dethrones WBA champ Cleverly

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In a surprisingly one-sided fight, former super middleweight titlist Badou Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) moved up in weight and stopped light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) at 2:47 of round five to take Cleverly’s WBA light heavyweight belt.

After a strong first round by Cleverly, he really never found another gear as Jack peppered him with punches to the head and body round after round with Cleverly mostly just covering up on the ropes. Continue reading “Jack dominates and dethrones WBA champ Cleverly”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME In a surprisingly one-sided fight, former super middleweight titlist Badou Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) moved up in weight and stopped light heavyweight…
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Williams KOs Kinda in wild scene

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In the main event at Foxwoods Casino, Jimmy Williams (14-0-1, 6 KO’s) knocked out Issouf Kinda (18-5, 7 KO’s) in a controversial ending at welterweight.

In a relatively even fight through 4 rounds, Kinda and Williams traded shots as both fighters had their moments at a distance. However as the fight got closer in the ring, referee Steve Smoger appeared to attempt to break the action as both boxers kept fighting. Kinda and Williams continued to punch, and Williams’ final blow also hit Smoger. Kinda dropped to the floor and Smoger immediately began the count. Kinda’s corner threw the stool in the ring as Smoger counted Kinda out and mayhem broke loose inside and outside the ring. Continue reading “Williams KOs Kinda in wild scene”

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In the main event at Foxwoods Casino, Jimmy Williams (14-0-1, 6 KO’s) knocked out Issouf Kinda (18-5, 7 KO’s) in a controversial…
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