Fortune: Horn fought better than we ever thought he would

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Manny Pacquiao’s Australian strength and fitness trainer Justin Fortune, who once battled Lennox Lewis, said after Jeff Horn had scored twelve round unanimous points victory over the future Hall of Famer that they underestimated the former Brisbane school teacher. “He fought better than we ever thought he would,” Fortune said. “Jeff fought 100 times better than he’ll ever fight again. The kid’s got a lot of heart, a lot of balls. We’ll see where he goes from there. We knew he would fight nothing like we ever saw him on video, because 50,000 people, it’s your home, you’ll fight.”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he accepted the judges’ decision and didn’t take Horn as seriously as he should have. “I didn’t expect (he would be) that tough,” said Pacman, who insists he will invoke a rematch clause to get Horn back in the ring in November.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Manny Pacquiao’s Australian strength and fitness trainer Justin Fortune, who once battled Lennox Lewis, said after Jeff Horn had scored twelve round unanimous…
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Weights from Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Pakistani flyweight based in Korea, Muhammad Waseem (5-0-0, 3 KOs) ranked #1 by WBC, weighed in at 120.5 pounds for his 6 rounds tune-up fight against local journeyman Eliecer Valdes (3-8-2, 2 KOs) who came in at 121.

Waseem is preparing in Panama with trainer Jeff Mayweather for a probable WBC title fight later this year and will face Valdes on the undercard of the “Puro Poder” boxing event which is headlined by the return of former world champion Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez (33-6-2, 23 KOs) vs Colombian Mauricio Martinez (13-11-2, 4 KOs).

Another Panamanian ex-world titlist, Luis “El Nica” Concepción (35-5, 24 KOs) faces Luis De La Rosa (25-8-1, 15 KOs) from Colombia over 8 rounds. Continue reading “Weights from Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal Pakistani flyweight based in Korea, Muhammad Waseem (5-0-0, 3 KOs) ranked #1 by WBC, weighed in at 120.5 pounds for his 6 rounds tune-up fight against local…
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Lonergan: My gut feeling is that Manny wants a rematch with Horn

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Dean Lonergan, who was co-promoter of the Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao clash, talks to Alan Jones on 2GB and explains how he first asked Bob Arum to have a look at the young Aussie welterweight (Horn) several months ago. They also discuss the rematch clause in the Horn-Pacquiao contract and Lonergan’s gut feeling that Pacquiao will want that rematch in November back in Brisbane, Australia.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Dean Lonergan, who was co-promoter of the Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao clash, talks to Alan Jones on 2GB and explains how he…
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Mikey Garcia gets belted by WBC

By Boxing Bob Newman

WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia was officially presented with his gold and green belt by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman and former NABF president Duane Ford at the closing of the 49th NABF convention in San Diego on Sunday.

By Boxing Bob Newman WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia was officially presented with his gold and green belt by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman and former NABF president Duane Ford at…
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Santillan Arrives in Tampa for Friday’s Showdown

Unbeaten welterweight contender Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan arrived in Tampa, Florida for his upcoming challenge this Friday against NABO Champion “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin at the A La Carte Pavillion.

Santillan and Valentin will see each other for the first time at the press conference, Wednesday at the local Children’s Cancer Center, 4901 W Cypress St., at 2 PM where WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel will make a donation to the center during the ceremony. Santillan accompanied by his father/manager Memo and brother/trainer Gerson Santillan arrived confident and said: “I’m ready and I will win by KO.” Continue reading “Santillan Arrives in Tampa for Friday’s Showdown”

Unbeaten welterweight contender Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan arrived in Tampa, Florida for his upcoming challenge this Friday against NABO Champion “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin at the A La Carte Pavillion.…
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Villalobos battles Morales Saturday in Bellingham, Washington

By Ricardo Ibarra

Heavy-handed Pacific Northwest banger Steven “Hands of Gold” Villalobos (4-0, 4 KOs) will look to add a fifth consecutive win on Saturday night at the Mount Baker Theater in Bellingham, Washington, facing off with Idaho’s Vince Morales in a four round Jr. middleweight fight. The bout will be one of four boxing contests featured on Avelar/Galeas Promotions’ inaugural ‘Fight Night Championship,’ which will have both boxing and MMA on the card. Continue reading “Villalobos battles Morales Saturday in Bellingham, Washington”

By Ricardo Ibarra Heavy-handed Pacific Northwest banger Steven “Hands of Gold” Villalobos (4-0, 4 KOs) will look to add a fifth consecutive win on Saturday night at the Mount Baker…
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New venue for Fuentes-Lara

Saturday’s flyweight clash in Mexico City featuring former world champion Moses “Moi” Fuentes (24-3-1, 13 KOs) against Ulysses “Mouse” Lara (17-15-2, 10 KOs) has been moved to a new venue. The bout will now take place at the Domo del Sindicato de Trabajadores del IMSS rather than the Gimnasio Cuauhtémoc del Plan Sexenal. According to promoter Zanfer, the new venue is “more practical and comfortable for boxing fans.”

Fuentes is rebounding from a TKO loss to Kosei Tanaka in a clash for the WBO light fly belt last December.

Saturday’s flyweight clash in Mexico City featuring former world champion Moses “Moi” Fuentes (24-3-1, 13 KOs) against Ulysses “Mouse” Lara (17-15-2, 10 KOs) has been moved to a new venue.…
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DiCarlo confident WBA #8 Flanagan can defeat Lebedev

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #8 Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) will challenge WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) at the DIVS in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Sunday. Flanagan’s manager Angelo DiCarlo is confident his charge will cause a major upset over the heavily favored Russian.

DiCarlo who guides Flanagan’s career talked to Paul Nasari on radio 2BACR, 100.9fm. “Mark is a genuine world class puncher,” said DiCarlo. “He hasn’t been beaten as a cruiserweight. Continue reading “DiCarlo confident WBA #8 Flanagan can defeat Lebedev”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #8 Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) will challenge WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs) at the DIVS in…
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Four WBA title fights in July

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has had an excellent year in terms of fights full of action and excitement, and it goes on as the WBA has sanctioned four title bouts to take place in July.

The first title fight will take place on Sunday, July 9, when the super champion Dennis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) from Russia will defend his cruiserweight belt against Australian Mark Flanagan (22-4, 15 KOs) in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

On Saturday, July 15, there will be two WBA titles on the line, a super championship and a regular title. The first will take place in California, when the Panamanian super champion Jezreel Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time against the dangerous Mexican Robinson Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs). The latter will take place in Chonburi, Thailand, when the undefeated Thammanoon Niyomtrong (15-0, 7KO), better known as Knockout Freshmart, will defend his belt against the Filipino Rey Loreto (23-13, 15 KOs).

July’s action will end in Japan where Nippon Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KOs) will fight Colombian Robert Barrera (18-1, 12 KOs). This will be the Japanese fighter’s sixth defense of the light flyweight championship he won in December 2014.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has had an excellent year in terms of fights full of action and excitement, and it goes on as the WBA has sanctioned four title…
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Ex-champ Bika returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-7-3, 21 KOs) will be in action on Saturday at the Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow, NSW, Australia against Luke Sharp (14-5-3, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds with the WBC Asian Council Continental title up for grabs. Continue reading “Ex-champ Bika returns Saturday”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-7-3, 21 KOs) will be in action on Saturday at the Fraternity Club, Fairy…
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The 12th Round: North American Boxing Federation

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

The NABF celebrated its 49th annual convention in San Diego, California, with the presence of members from most of the states in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The NABF was founded in 1968 with the goal to serve as a Continental Federation affiliated with the World Boxing Council. It was formed by the affiliation of individuals representing their states in the three countries mentioned above. These individuals were boxing commissioners – most, if not all, were the chairmen of their state boxing commission. It was through the NABF that the administration of boxing and implementation of rules to make boxing safer was a great success.

The Muhammad Ali Act came to the USA and became a law, and it includes a clause prohibiting boxing commissioners from being members of a governing body. This measure has hurt the sport in a tremendous way, as there is limited or no reciprocity agreements between the boxing jurisdictions, and it is basically impossible to implement new rules in the USA, which is the greatest country in boxing in the world. Continue reading “The 12th Round: North American Boxing Federation”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son The NABF celebrated its 49th annual convention in San Diego, California, with the presence of members from most of the states…
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Warren releases ex-champ Butler

As of today Queensberry Promotions is releasing Paul Butler from his current promotional contract. As his manager and promoter, Frank Warren guided Paul to the British Super-Flyweight title, WBO Inter-Continental Super-Flyweight title, WBA Inter-Continental Super-Flyweight title, WBA Inter-Continental Bantamweight title, IBF World Bantamweight title and most recently the WBO International Super-Flyweight title.

As of today Queensberry Promotions is releasing Paul Butler from his current promotional contract. As his manager and promoter, Frank Warren guided Paul to the British Super-Flyweight title, WBO Inter-Continental…
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British champ Skeete targets Pacquiao

Has Manny Pacquiao become a stepping stone? WBO #4, IBF #6, WBC #14 welter Bradley Skeete (26-1, 12 KOs) has his sights set on Pacman if he can get past Dale Evans (13-3-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London.

“…ideally, I’m a year off a challenge to Spence or Thurman,” said Skeete, who currently holds the British domestic belt. “With another year’s hard work and commitment, I’ll be good to go in 2018. But Pacquiao is a different kettle of fish. With my WBO ranking and him doing a world tour, that’s the most possible….and most winnable. Continue reading “British champ Skeete targets Pacquiao”

Has Manny Pacquiao become a stepping stone? WBO #4, IBF #6, WBC #14 welter Bradley Skeete (26-1, 12 KOs) has his sights set on Pacman if he can get past…
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Filipino Pabustan wins vacant WBO ASPAC 118lb belt by technical decision over Takahashi

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

On the next day of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao’s forfeiture of the belt in Australia, another Filipino Jetro Pabustan (29-4-6, 9 KOs), 117.5, impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific (ASPAC) bantamweight belt as he was awarded a well-received majority technical decision (67-65, 67-66, 67-67) over local favorite Tatsuya Takahashi (26-7-5, 19 KOs), 117.75, because of the Japanese loser’s deep lacerations on both optics at 0:38 of the seventh round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

The first round saw Jetro display a jet-propelled opening attack with fast and ferocious southpaw lefts that almost stunned the taller but stiff Japanese, which really impressed the crowd. Pabustan previously had a shot at the WBO bantam belt only to lose a seventh-round technical decision to defending champ Phuengluang Sor Singyu in Thailand in February of the last year. Continue reading “Filipino Pabustan wins vacant WBO ASPAC 118lb belt by technical decision over Takahashi”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda On the next day of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao’s forfeiture of the belt in Australia, another Filipino Jetro Pabustan (29-4-6, 9 KOs), 117.5,…
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Kieza predicted Horn upset over Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Leading Australian boxing writer Grantlee Kieza was training with Jeff Horn in Brisbane. He was also with Manny Pacquiao in Manila, Philippines watching Pacman in training five weeks before their WBO welterweight championship contest in Brisbane. Prior to the fight he talked to Fightnews.com® and gave his prediction that Horn would defeat Pacquiao.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Leading Australian boxing writer Grantlee Kieza was training with Jeff Horn in Brisbane. He was also with Manny Pacquiao in Manila, Philippines watching…
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Horn: Atlas was trying to ruin the moment for me

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn thought ESPN announcer Teddy Atlas lacked class over comments he made to him after his unanimous points victory 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 over Manny Pacquiao. “They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn, the local kid for trying hard,” Atlas said. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning!”

“Congratulations, great effort, but I thought you lost,” Atlas told Horn as Pacquiao, standing alongside them, cracked a wide smile.

Horn believes Atlas was lacking class. “Everyone has a right to their opinion. The timing of their opinions can be a bit off sometimes. He was trying to ruin the moment for me at that point. It would have been good for him to say it another time. Say what you want Teddy,” Horn commented.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn thought ESPN announcer Teddy Atlas lacked class over comments he made to him after his unanimous…
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EBU Updates

By Marco Bratusch

Saturday night in Dresden, Germany, Karo Murat (31-3-1, 20 KOs) won the vacant European light-heavyweight title – a belt relinquished by the now retired Robert Stieglitz, who was at ringside – for the second time in his career with an eleven round technical knock-out over formerly undefeated Dominic Boesel (24-1, 9 KOs), in the main event of an SES promoted night. Continue reading “EBU Updates”

By Marco Bratusch Saturday night in Dresden, Germany, Karo Murat (31-3-1, 20 KOs) won the vacant European light-heavyweight title – a belt relinquished by the now retired Robert Stieglitz, who…
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NABF Wrap-up, Mikey belted

By Boxing Bob Newman

The 49th annual NABF convention ended on Sunday in San Diego with the judges seminar and a special presentation. Outgoing NABF president Duane Ford on his first class ABC certified judges seminar in the Westin hotel’s Plaza room.

Ford emphasized professionalism and the desire to improve throughout one’s judging career. A sign of the times- social media again raised its ugly head with warnings from Ford. “You will leave your digital footprint even in what you think are private messages.”

“Commenting on upcoming assignments, taking photos with fighters and promoters, etc. and posting them online is a major conflict of interest for an active official,” stressed Ford. Continue reading “NABF Wrap-up, Mikey belted”

By Boxing Bob Newman The 49th annual NABF convention ended on Sunday in San Diego with the judges seminar and a special presentation. Outgoing NABF president Duane Ford on his…
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WBA Convention headed to Medellin, Colombia

The beautiful city of Medellin, Colombia, will host the 96th WBA Convention from October 30 to November 2, bringing together the most important figures in the world of pugilism. This convention will be totally different from the previous formats. The WBA is establishing a new model which can provide real contributions to the city that hosts the event. Therefore the venue chosen was Medellín, a city recognized worldwide for its advancement in education and social inclusion processes of change for a better life.

WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is sure the 96th WBA Convention will be a success and said to expect some surprises to be unveiled in the coming weeks. This will be the second time that Medellin has hosted a WBA Convention, the first time was in 2009.

The beautiful city of Medellin, Colombia, will host the 96th WBA Convention from October 30 to November 2, bringing together the most important figures in the world of pugilism. This…
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McDonnell-Solis agree to rematch

WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell’s team and Liborio Solis’ team have reached an agreement to have their rematch and, thus, they avoided the purse bids ordered by the WBA Championships Committee for today. The boxers previously fought last December with McDonnell winning by unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 and 117-111). A protest from the Solis team was upheld by the Championships Committee and the rematch was ordered. Team McDonnell and Team Solis have 20 days to send the signed contracts to the WBA offices.

WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell’s team and Liborio Solis’ team have reached an agreement to have their rematch and, thus, they avoided the purse bids ordered by the WBA Championships…
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4.4 million see Pacquiao-Horn

ESPN’s live Pacquiao-Horn telecast Saturday averaged a total live audience (television and streaming) of 3.1 million viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen. It was the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable television since 2006 (Baldomir-Gatti) and ESPN’s highest-rated boxing telecast since 1995 (Nicholson-Haydon). The fight peaked during the final half hour of their fight with 4.4 million viewers across both networks.

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On ESPN, the telecast averaged a 1.6 household rating and 2,812,000 viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable TV since 2006. Carlos Baldomir vs. Arturo Gatti on HBO on July 22, 2006, earned a 1.6 household rating. It was also the highest-rated boxing telecast on ESPN’s networks since 1995. Danell Nicholson vs. Darren Hayden on ESPN, on December 21, 1995 earned a 1.7 household rating. Continue reading “4.4 million see Pacquiao-Horn”

ESPN’s live Pacquiao-Horn telecast Saturday averaged a total live audience (television and streaming) of 3.1 million viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks, according to Fast National ratings from…
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Karperis-Cruz headline July 28 in NY

Star Boxing has announced the main event for “Rockin Fights 27”, Friday, July 28th, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Fast-rising junior welterweight prospect and New York State champion Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, 14-2, 5 KOs, NY will take on former NY Golden Glove champion Louis Cruz, 11-3, 5 KOs, in a 10 round match up. The card was pushed back from June 15th when that card’s headliner Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin failed a drug test.

“This is what New York boxing used to be like and is supposed to be like,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “Two young kids, one from Long Island, one from the Bronx, putting it on the line to try and further their careers. This is a good match-up and I expect another sellout at the Paramount– so get your tickets early.”

Star Boxing has announced the main event for “Rockin Fights 27”, Friday, July 28th, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Fast-rising junior welterweight prospect and New York State champion Anthony…
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This Week’s Boxing Preview

Big fights this week? Well, the biggest fight on U.S. soil is certainly Friday’s Telemundo clash between unbeaten welterweights “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) and Giovani Santillan (21-0, 18 KOs) taking place in Tampa.

We have heavyweight Hughie Fury vs. TBA this Saturday in London. Hughie is confirmed to face WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on Saturday September 23rd at the Manchester Arena.

On Sunday, WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev defends against Mark Flanagan in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Lebedev appears to be the biggest name in the cruiser division NOT participating in the eight-man World Boxing Super Series. There are still two spots left. All quarter-final match-ups will be determined Saturday during a live draft at Monaco´s famed Grimaldi Forum “with all fighters in attendance.”

Big fights this week? Well, the biggest fight on U.S. soil is certainly Friday’s Telemundo clash between unbeaten welterweights “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) and Giovani Santillan (21-0,…
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Horn victory celebration continues

Boxing hero Jeff Horn is the toast of Brisbane and all of Australia this week after his historic upset victory over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday in front of a record crowd of 51,000+ and a worldwide TV audience.

The new WBO welterweight world champion will be honored with a ticker-tape parade through the city on Thursday, culminating at the main square in downtown Brisbane where Horn will be presented the keys to the city by local authorities. “The Hornet” will also speak to the fans and sign autographs.

Boxing hero Jeff Horn is the toast of Brisbane and all of Australia this week after his historic upset victory over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday in front of a record…
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Arum: The fight was close

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum declared the decision that newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn received over Manny Pacquiao was close but fair.

“I know Jeff would welcome the rematch, but I don’t know Manny’s future position,” Arum said. “Is he going to stay in politics and not continue in boxing? I don’t know, and he doesn’t know now — it’s unfair to ask him now.” Continue reading “Arum: The fight was close”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum declared the decision that newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn received over Manny Pacquiao was close…
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