The 12th Round

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

I started the year with a very fruitful trip to Los Angeles as I was able to hold several important meetings to kickoff 2018.

I had the pleasure to meet Antonio Villaraigoza who is a candidate to become Governor of the state of California. Mr Villaraigoza loves boxing and has been supportive of our sport for a long time. He will be launching a program which will bring social responsibility campaigns through boxing.

The WBC Los Angeles office has become a very important asset of the WBC as it serves as a bridge closer to the boxing community, especially the boxers. This office serves as a platform for boxers, we provide photoshoot sessions resulting in high quality photographs that the fighters may use and this is a gift from the WBC. Our meeting resulted in the creation of the action plan for 2018 with many interesting things coming soon. Continue reading “The 12th Round”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son I started the year with a very fruitful trip to Los Angeles as I was able to hold several important meetings…
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Team Juarez cries foul over stoppage in Africa

Cesar Juarez is a warrior and will risk it all to win it all every time he steps into the ring and that what he was doing Saturday night in his championship fight against Isaac Dogboe in the Bukon Boxing Arena in Accra Ghana when after having been drop twice referee Tony Weeks called the fight off in the fifth round. “I was knocked down, but not hurt. I always take risks in the ring and I get caught sometimes and go down, but it was early in the fight and I felt that the stoppage was too early. In my fight against Nonito Donaire, I was down twice in the fourth round, but came back and came close to winning the fight,” said Juarez.

“Donaire tired himself out in the first half of our fight and Dogboe was going to do the same thing and that was going to be my chance to win the fight and the WBO belt. Donaire because of his great experience was able to withstand my attack in the last couple of rounds, but I knew that Doboe would not be able to do so. Weeks took away my opportunity with his quick stoppage,” added Juarez. Continue reading “Team Juarez cries foul over stoppage in Africa”

Cesar Juarez is a warrior and will risk it all to win it all every time he steps into the ring and that what he was doing Saturday night in…
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Kamegai added to Jan 27 Forum card

Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida’s Daquan “King” Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight fight that will top off the non-televised undercard of Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Continue reading “Kamegai added to Jan 27 Forum card”

Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida’s Daquan “King” Pauldo (16-1, 9…
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Ortiz-Alexander lands on FOX Feb 17

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander “The Great” headline a show topped by two USA vs. Mexico battles as the former welterweight champions meet in the 12-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX (not FS1) and FOX Deportes Saturday, Feb. 17 from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas. In the co-main event unbeaten contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant will battle Rogelio “Porky” Medina in a 12-round 168-pound world title eliminator.

Also on the card, Tony Harrison (25-2, 20 KOs) takes on Jorge Cota (27-2, 24 KOs) in a super welterweight showdown and Karlos Balderas, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, will appear in a lightweight special attraction. Continue reading “Ortiz-Alexander lands on FOX Feb 17”

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander “The Great” headline a show topped by two USA vs. Mexico battles as the former welterweight champions meet in the 12-round main event of…
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Jackson-Perez clash Friday at the Boat

By Ricardo Ibarra

An intriguing welterweight clash between a one-time prospect looking to bounce back after a lengthy lay-off and a seasoned journeyman hoping to keep a current successful run going will open the 2018 season of Brian Halquist Productions’ long running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series this Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In the 114th installment of the Pacific Northwest boxing staple, John “Action” Jackson (17-3-2, 13 KOs) will take on the durable Manuel Perez (28-12-1, 7 KOs) in what has the makings of an action packed main event. Continue reading “Jackson-Perez clash Friday at the Boat”

By Ricardo Ibarra An intriguing welterweight clash between a one-time prospect looking to bounce back after a lengthy lay-off and a seasoned journeyman hoping to keep a current successful run…
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World Rated Moloney returns Feb 24

Unbeaten WBA #9, WBO #8, IBF #13, WBC #18 bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney (15-0, 12 KOs) gears up for the biggest fight of his career on February 24 at St Kilda City Stadium in Melbourne Australia. In the co-main event of the Hosking Promotions “Punches in the Park 7,” Moloney defends his World Boxing Association Oceania title and challenges “The Prince” Naidjala of Namibia (23–4-1, 13 KOs) for the coveted Commonwealth title. Continue reading “World Rated Moloney returns Feb 24”

Unbeaten WBA #9, WBO #8, IBF #13, WBC #18 bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney (15-0, 12 KOs) gears up for the biggest fight of his career on February 24…
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Beltway Boxing 2017 Year in Review

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Beltway Boxing 2017 took boxing fans in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia to the highest of heights that were followed by moments where we now question where the area is going as it heads into 2018.

In the first two months of the year, Beltway Boxers won six titles — three world and three regional — a feat not accomplished in more than a decade.

January 14th saw Gervonta Davis win the IBF Junior Lightweight title with a seventh-round TKO over Jose Pedraza in Brooklyn, NY. On the same card, Immanuwel Aleem won the WBC Silver Middleweight title with a gutsy sixth-round TKO over previously undefeated Ievegen Khytrov.

On January 28th, Lamont Roach, Jr. captured the WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight championship with a blistering first-round knockout of Alex Valdez in Indio, CA. Continue reading “Beltway Boxing 2017 Year in Review”

By Gary “Digital” Williams Beltway Boxing 2017 took boxing fans in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia to the highest of heights that were followed by moments where we now…
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Claressa Shields sighting

Watch Claressa Shields go toe-to-toe with Dancing Usher at Pistons game

Watch Claressa Shields go toe-to-toe with Dancing Usher at Pistons game Pretty epic @StateFarm Dance Cam tonight with gold medalist and World champion @Claressashields! pic.twitter.com/dYRNP9qQAO — Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January…
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Kiladze: Kownacki will punch the air

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Opponents just don’t know how fast I am, how good I move inside the ring, until they actually face me. I always like to fight heavier guys. I’m too quick and technically skilled to catch with a meaningful punch.” So says once-beaten heavyweight Iago Kiladze in a Fightnews.com interview.

Photo: Team Kiladze

On January 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Kiladze (26-1, 18 KO) faces undefeated Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KO) live on Showtime Sports digital platforms. Continue reading “Kiladze: Kownacki will punch the air”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “Opponents just don’t know how fast I am, how good I move inside the ring, until they actually face me. I always like to fight heavier guys.…
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FBHOF Names 2018 Inductees

Photos: Damon Gonzalez

The 8th annual SJC Boxing Open house was packed with the Who’s Who of boxing as the FBHOF announced the Class of 2018. This was a special event as it was the 10th Class of Inductees and the crowd was enthusiastic and excited. The FBHOF Board of Directors surprised President and CEO Walter “Butch” and Kathy Flansburg with a special plaque, wine glasses and long-stem roses in appreciation for their leadership, vision and service during these ten years.

2018 new Inductees who were present – Johnny Torres, President Butch Flansburg, Jorge Rubio and Don Balas to row and Johnny Williams and Mark Lanton bottom row

Fighters: Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Christy Salters Martin, Mark Lanton, Steven Frank, Bobby Cassidy, Derrick Gainer, Johnny Williams and Lemuel Nelson. Continue reading “FBHOF Names 2018 Inductees”

Photos: Damon Gonzalez The 8th annual SJC Boxing Open house was packed with the Who’s Who of boxing as the FBHOF announced the Class of 2018. This was a special…
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Dogboe TKOs Juarez for WBO 122lb belt

In the first world title fight of 2018, WBO #2 jr featherweight Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) stopped WBO #1 Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (25-6, 15 KOs) in round five to claim the vacant WBO interim title on Saturday night at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. Dogboe dropped Juarez in round two, and battered him for the remaining two minutes. Juarez recovered well and round three was toe-to-toe. Juarez was floored again in round five. He beat the count, but was in bad shape and the bout was stopped by referee Tony Weeks. Time was 2:12.

Dogboe is now in line to face the WBO’s full champion Jessie Magdaleno, who had to pull out of a fight against Juarez due to a wrist injury. “Jessie Magdaleno, I’m coming for you!” said a jubilant Dogboe after the fight.

In the first world title fight of 2018, WBO #2 jr featherweight Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) stopped WBO #1 Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (25-6, 15 KOs) in round five to…
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Ferguson and Tabul ends in draw

In a clash between unbeaten cruiserweights, Washington native Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) and Ghana’s Abraham Tabul (11-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a ten round split draw on Saturday night at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. Tabul built up an early lead, then faded late. Scores weren’t announced. The WBO Africa cruiserweight title remained vacant.

In a clash between unbeaten cruiserweights, Washington native Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) and Ghana’s Abraham Tabul (11-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to a ten round split draw on Saturday night…
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Ten count for referee Dick Pakozdi

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing lost another member of its esteemed fraternity as referee Richard Pakozdi passed away Friday morning after a tough battle with Cancer. He was 67. Among his accomplishments, Pakozdi reffed three world title bouts.

An athlete in his youth, Pakozdi was a golden gloves boxer and played minor league baseball in Florida. Pakozdi began refereeing in the amateurs, especially in the Rochester, New York area, including golden gloves, Empire State Games and the Aquinas Mission bouts. Continue reading “Ten count for referee Dick Pakozdi”

By Boxing Bob Newman Boxing lost another member of its esteemed fraternity as referee Richard Pakozdi passed away Friday morning after a tough battle with Cancer. He was 67. Among…
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Barry: Parker won’t be affected by huge crowd

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be affected by a huge audience of 80,000 fans plus if the unification bout with WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua goes ahead as expected according to Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry. ”Joshua is already talking about Tyson Fury and Wilder – this is laughable to me,” Barry told The Express. “If he’s really looking past Joseph Parker, he is in for a huge, rude awakening.” Continue reading “Barry: Parker won’t be affected by huge crowd”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be affected by a huge audience of 80,000 fans plus if the unification bout with WBA,…
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Ferguson-Tabul clash in Ghana co-main

By David Finger

Boxing fans in the Northwest will have an extra reason to tune into the interim WBO world junior featherweight title fight featuring Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe and Mexico’s Cesar Juarez in Accra, Ghana Saturday night (January 6th). In the co-main event 27-year old Washington native Patrick Ferguson (10-0, 10 KOs) will enter hostile territory in his quest to break into the WBO rankings as he takes on fellow undefeated prospect Abraham Tabul (11-0, 10 KOs) in a ten round fight for the WBO Africa cruiserweight title. The 27-year old Ferguson has already turned heads in the cruiserweight division due to his punching power but has yet to be seriously tested as a professional. However, he has stepped up to the plate in Accra, taking on the 27-year old Ghanaian in his hometown. Continue reading “Ferguson-Tabul clash in Ghana co-main”

By David Finger Boxing fans in the Northwest will have an extra reason to tune into the interim WBO world junior featherweight title fight featuring Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe and Mexico’s…
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Yamanaka to face WBC champ Nery in grudge fight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

It’s great that former WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), a Japanese hard-punching southpaw, will participate in a grudge fight with current WBC titlist Luis Nery (25-0, 19 KOs), Mexico, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 1. It was announced by Teiken Promotions, which also made public a supporting world title bout where newly crowned IBF 122-pound champ Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2 16 KOs) will put his belt on the line against #13 ranked Filipino Ernesto Saulong (21-2-1, 8 KOs) on the same bill at Ryogoku Sumo Arena.

Yamanaka, then making his thirteenth defense, forfeited his WBC belt by a fourth-round stoppage caused by a cornerman tossing in the towel in August of the previous year. Having been overly reacted by Nery’s opening attack, he (the trainer) had the towel fluttering in without the manager’s consent. Yamanaka himself insisted that he could go on, but there’s no crying over the already thrown towel. The fight was over. His belt was gone. Continue reading “Yamanaka to face WBC champ Nery in grudge fight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda It’s great that former WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), a Japanese hard-punching southpaw, will participate in a grudge fight with…
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Juarez, Dogboe make weight

By David Finger

Weights are in for the first world title fight of 2018.

Photo: Zanfer

Cesar Juarez 121.6 vs. Isaac Dogboe 121.4
(WBO interim super bantamweight title)

Patrick Ferguson 195.9 vs. Abraham Tabul 197.2
(Vacant WBO Africa cruiserweight title)

Venue: The Bukom Boxing Aera, Accra, Ghana
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)

Referee: Tony Weeks
Judges: Deon Dwarte, Matteo Montella, Fernando Lagoon
WBO Supervisor: John Duggan

By David Finger Weights are in for the first world title fight of 2018. Cesar Juarez 121.6 vs. Isaac Dogboe 121.4 (WBO interim super bantamweight title) Patrick Ferguson 195.9 vs.…
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Mock upsets ex-champ Chudinov

In Hall of Fame promoter Mogens Palle’s 60th anniversary event at the Frederiksberg Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark, veteran super middleweight Lolenga Mock (42-14-1, 13 KOs) surprised former WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitrii Chudinov (20-2-2, 13 KOs), taking a close ten round unanimous decision. The 45-year-old Mock surged to his 11th straight win.

In the co-feature, Swedish light heavyweight boxer Sven Fornling (13-1, 7 KOs) stopped Jeppe Morell (8-2, 3 KOs) in the 3rd round due to Morell bleeding profusely.

In Hall of Fame promoter Mogens Palle’s 60th anniversary event at the Frederiksberg Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark, veteran super middleweight Lolenga Mock (42-14-1, 13 KOs) surprised former WBA interim middleweight…
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Viloria-Dalakian added to Superfly 2

Four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked Artem Dalakian, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA flyweight world title taking place prior to the HBO Boxing triple header telecast at SUPERFLY 2 set for Saturday February 24, 2018, at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, it was announced today by Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions. Continue reading “Viloria-Dalakian added to Superfly 2”

Four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked…
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DiBella Entertainment signs ex-champ Indongo

DiBella Entertainment has signed former unified junior welterweight world champion Julius “The Blue Machine” Indongo to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement. Sporting a record of 22-1 with 11 knockouts, the Namibia native will be relocating his training camp to Omaha, Nebraska, in preparation for his return to the ring in the United States.

Said Indongo, “I’m very happy for the opportunity to fight for DiBella Entertainment. I will make sure that I work hard in order to open doors for my fellow Namibians. It’s an unexpected dream that turned into reality. DiBella Entertainment, I’m thrilled to continue my career and achieve my goals with your promotional push.” Continue reading “DiBella Entertainment signs ex-champ Indongo”

DiBella Entertainment has signed former unified junior welterweight world champion Julius “The Blue Machine” Indongo to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement. Sporting a record of 22-1 with 11 knockouts, the…
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Salita Promotions inks Franchon Crews-Dezurn

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has announced the signing of Baltimore-based female super middleweight prospect and former amateur world standout Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a promotional contract. Crews-Dezurn joins a Salita Promotions women’s boxing roster that includes superstar Claressa Shields, European star Christina Hammer, and Russian future champion Elena Savelyeva.

30-year-old Crews-Dezurn, 2-1, 1 KO as a professional, is a former highly decorated, elite amateur boxer. Among her many championships, she was an eight-time US Open National Champion, a four-time National Female Golden Gloves Champion, a four-time Pan Am Continental Champion, a two-time National PAL Champion, and a two-time US Olympic Team Alternate. Continue reading “Salita Promotions inks Franchon Crews-Dezurn”

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has announced the signing of Baltimore-based female super middleweight prospect and former amateur world standout Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a promotional contract. Crews-Dezurn joins a Salita…
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WBO, famed actress make $50,000 donation

For a long time, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) has been a faithful collaborator with the philanthropic and non-profit organization Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, based in Ponce, Puerto Rico, distributing toys and other donations among the children of the different impoverished communities in the area. That relationship continued this Thursday in the main offices of the Centros Sor Isolina Ferré.

In a special ceremony, the We Will Foundation, initiated three years ago by renowned boxing referee Gino Rodríguez and his daughter, the celebrated actress Gina Rodríguez, star of the hit TV series Jane The Virgin, presented a $50,000 donation to the humanitarian institution. Sister Mildred Vázquez, director of the Centros, gratefully received the donation. Continue reading “WBO, famed actress make $50,000 donation”

For a long time, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) has been a faithful collaborator with the philanthropic and non-profit organization Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, based in Ponce, Puerto Rico, distributing…
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March Madness Boxing Preview

Things are still coming together, but here are some notable fights in the works for March:

The big fights will likely start with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder against Luis Ortiz on Showtime on March 3. The bout would take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Wilder-Ortiz would be going head-to-head against an HBO telecast taking place a few miles away in the Theater at Madison Square Garden headlined by a pair of light heavyweight world title contests. WBO champ Sergey Kovalev and WBA champ Dmitry Bivol are featured in separate bouts.

ESPN is planning a March 10 clash between WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and probably former WBA 122lb titlist Scott Quigg. The bout will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

On March 17, ESPN returns with Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title formerly held by Terence Crawford. The site is the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Things are still coming together, but here are some notable fights in the works for March: The big fights will likely start with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder against Luis…
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Former McGregor foe moving to boxing

Middleweight Aron “Iron Fist” Jahnsen who made a name for himself on the European MMA circuit, including a 2011 fight against Conor McGregor, has decided to transition from mixed martial arts to professional boxing. Jahnsen will face Sam Omidi (4-9-2) in his professional boxing debut on February 3. “Don’t worry, I’m not going to choke you out, I’m going to knock you out,” says the Oslo fighter ahead of their clash at the SØR Amfi in Arendal, Norway.

“All my fights have been away from home in Sweden, Denmark, England and Japan,” reveals Jahnsen. “It’s not legal to do MMA in Norway so when pro boxing was legalized, I thought to myself, yes, finally I can fight on Norwegian soil!”

Middleweight Aron “Iron Fist” Jahnsen who made a name for himself on the European MMA circuit, including a 2011 fight against Conor McGregor, has decided to transition from mixed martial…
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1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Gonzales Arrested

By Miguel Maravilla

1984 Olympic Super Flyweight Gold Medalist Paul Gonzales (16-4, 3KOs) of East Los Angeles was arrested December 29th for lewd acts upon a child at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles. 8 felony counts were filed against the 53-year-old former NABF flyweight champion as he is currently being held at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

Gonzales was a trainer at the gym and became the 1st Mexican-American Olympic gold medalist in 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He had a rivalry with former world champion Hall of Famer Orlando Canizalez in which they split a pair of fights.

By Miguel Maravilla 1984 Olympic Super Flyweight Gold Medalist Paul Gonzales (16-4, 3KOs) of East Los Angeles was arrested December 29th for lewd acts upon a child at the Eddie…
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