Steward and Davtaev: Training without talking

When it comes to working in the gym, undefeated Russian heavyweight prospect Apti Davtaev (14-0-1, 13 KOs) and his US trainer, Kronk Gym’s Javan SugarHill Steward, have their own way of communicating.

“We play a form of charades a lot. I physically put him in position sometimes and show him the openings,” said Steward. “It’s a challenge for me, which makes me love it more, to teach him without talking.”

The pair are currently hard at work for the big Russian’s (from the Chechen Republic of Kurchaloi) ring return, scheduled for April. Continue reading “Steward and Davtaev: Training without talking”

When it comes to working in the gym, undefeated Russian heavyweight prospect Apti Davtaev (14-0-1, 13 KOs) and his US trainer, Kronk Gym’s Javan SugarHill Steward, have their own way…
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Wilder: Ortiz is dealing with a monster

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has made it clear that he wants the toughest challenges and that’s why he selected unbeaten challenger Luis Ortiz as his challenger on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“I want people to get it in their mind that I could have ran from this fight,” stated Wilder. “I could have chosen any opponent that I wanted to fight on March 3, especially when all the other stuff went about. I could have easily gone somewhere else but no, I’m adamant about what I say, I’m confident about what I’m going to do and I’m ready to prove it to the world. So I got the perfect opponent, it’s the perfect time, it’s the perfect place. Continue reading “Wilder: Ortiz is dealing with a monster”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has made it clear that he wants the toughest challenges and that’s why he selected unbeaten challenger Luis Ortiz as his challenger on Saturday night…
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Lewis: Horn has chance to expose Crawford flaws

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis has advised WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn on how to fight hot favorite Terence Crawford on April 14 in Las Vegas. Lewis, 73, has spent more than 60 years in boxing and trained six world champs, including Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in New York last year.

“Jeff can’t sit back and look for opportunities because Crawford is a sharpshooter and he will pick him off,” Lewis told Grantlee Kieza. “I’m not going to say that Crawford is the best fighter in the world but he’s certainly one of them along with the Ukrainian kid (Vasyl Lomachenko). Continue reading “Lewis: Horn has chance to expose Crawford flaws”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis has advised WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn on how to fight hot favorite Terence Crawford on April…
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Interview: Sullivan Barrera

Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) discusses Saturday’s challenge against WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The bout will be the co-main event on the Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin HBO World Championship Boxing telecast.

Photo: Robert Illanes/Main Events

[On fighting in a title bout] “This would be a very important victory obviously because I want to look to the future after this. It would be a dream come true to win the title. And we would see what happens after that. There are a lot of big names out there.” Continue reading “Interview: Sullivan Barrera”

Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) discusses Saturday’s challenge against WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The bout will…
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Maemu stops Mchanjo in three rounds

By Ron Jackson

Featherweight Rofhiwa Maemu from Soweto retained the WBA Pan African title for the second time when he stopped Haidari Mchanjo of Tanzania in the third round at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre in Mbabane over the past weekend.

The South African was in control through rounds two and three before the referee stopped the fight at 2 minute 30 seconds into the third round. Continue reading “Maemu stops Mchanjo in three rounds”

By Ron Jackson Featherweight Rofhiwa Maemu from Soweto retained the WBA Pan African title for the second time when he stopped Haidari Mchanjo of Tanzania in the third round at…
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Almonte KOs Rodriguez in first round

By Robert Coster

Bantamweight Junior Almonte, considered one of the Dominican Republic’s top prospects, faced off against fellow countryman Rafael Rodriguez with two titles at stake, the WBC Fecarbox belt and the vacant Dominican title, on Saturday in the city of Santiago. Almonte (8-0, 6 KOs), nicknamed “Little Bomb” (“Bombita”) certainly pleased his fans with a sterling performance, using combination punching to the head and the body against Rodriguez (11-2, 9 KOs), battering him in lethal and systematic manner. Rodriguez fell to his knees and was counted out at 1:51 of the first round. Continue reading “Almonte KOs Rodriguez in first round”

By Robert Coster Bantamweight Junior Almonte, considered one of the Dominican Republic’s top prospects, faced off against fellow countryman Rafael Rodriguez with two titles at stake, the WBC Fecarbox belt…
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O’Quinn scores dominant win over Otieno

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

In the biggest test of his young career, Ja’Rico O’Quinn (8-0, 6 KO’s) shined with a complete performance over Nick Otieno Okudo (31-13, 13 KO’s) Friday night, in Warren, MI. O’Quinn, whose potential as a boxing star under Salita Promotions, needed a step up in competition.

Otieno came in as a tough competitor, with an impressive resume. He is a true boxer with the only downfall of being 44 years old. O’Quinn’s speed and elusiveness proved strong over the super bantamweight 6-Round contest. His corner, Chad Jaquillard, agreed post fight and added he was happy with Rico’s performance. Continue reading “O’Quinn scores dominant win over Otieno”

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard Photos: Bob Ryder In the biggest test of his young career, Ja’Rico O’Quinn (8-0, 6 KO’s) shined with a complete performance over Nick Otieno Okudo (31-13,…
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Smith and Groves set for WBSS final

Callum Smith booked a place in the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Final after a rather underwhelming points win over tough kickboxer Nieky Holzken (a late sub and 50:1 underdog) in Nuremberg, Germany. Smith will now take on George Groves on June 2 at The O2 Arena in London.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

Callum Smith: “I’m looking forward to the final. Groves is the one everyone wants to beat. He’s the number one seed and it’s the fight I wanted.”

George Groves: “I’ve had two great wins, this is the fight people want to see. I need to get in the ring and win the trophy. It’s exciting to see your opponent fight live – I can’t wait to get back into the gym. It will be an explosive final. I don’t expect it to go the distance – I’m confident, of course.”

Nieky Holzken: “I thought it would be tougher, but he did a good job behind the jab. Congratulations to him, but I will be back!”

Callum Smith booked a place in the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Final after a rather underwhelming points win over tough kickboxer Nieky Holzken (a late sub and 50:1…
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Estrada: I felt I won…I want a rematch

By Miguel Maravilla

Following the epic Super Fly 2 card at the Forum in Inglewood, California, 360 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler and Juan Francisco Estrada spoke to the media. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-3-1, 39 KOs) of Thailand won a majority decision over Mexico’s Estrada (36-3, 25 KOs) in what was a thrilling bout from the opening bell.

Juan Francisco Estrada: “I felt I won, I boxed and attacked the last 3 rounds. I don’t know what the judges saw…I want a rematch!” Continue reading “Estrada: I felt I won…I want a rematch”

By Miguel Maravilla Following the epic Super Fly 2 card at the Forum in Inglewood, California, 360 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler and Juan Francisco Estrada spoke to the media. Srisaket Sor…
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Srisaket edges Estrada, keeps WBC superfly title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 39KO) retained his WBC Super Flyweight title with a hard fought battle in a scintillating majority decision victory over Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3, 25KO) on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Estrada got off to a good start in the early rounds but then Rungvisai’s simple but effective and powerful punches started to find a home in the middle rounds. Despite some heavy leather being traded and a few tangled feet resulting in downed fighters, there were no knockdowns in the fight.

Estrada was most effective when he had the opportunity to counter Rungvisai but, by the championship rounds, Rungvisai fought a very controlled fight and the opportunities for Estrada to counter dried up. In the twelfth and final round, Estrada threw everything he had at Rungvisai but it was in vain and, while enough to win the round, not quite enough to win the fight. By scores of 114-114, 117-111 and 115-113, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai retains his title by majority decision to the utter disappointment and disapproval of the large Mexican fan base in attendance.

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By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 39KO) retained his WBC Super Flyweight title with a hard fought battle in a scintillating majority decision victory…
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Nietes KOs Reveco, retains IBF fly title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23KO) scored a spectacular knockout victory over the very tough two-time world champion, Juan Carlos Reveco (39-4, 19KO) on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. The two fighters were engaged in a tactical battle for the first few rounds that elicited disapproving boos from the crowd but action opened up in the sixth round with Nietes badly hurting Reveco with a devastating right hand counter at the end of the round.

Reveco wobbled back to his corner, possibly already concussed, was examined by the doctor between rounds and allowed to continue. Coming out for the seventh round, it was evident that Reveco’s legs were gone. Nietes came right after him and ended a flurry of punches with a perfectly landed uppercut that floored Reveco. Continue reading “Nietes KOs Reveco, retains IBF fly title”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23KO) scored a spectacular knockout victory over the very tough two-time world champion, Juan Carlos Reveco…
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Dalakian beats Viloria for WBA flyweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11KO) captured the vacant WBA Flyweight title with an impressive performance over four-time world champion, Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (38-6, 22KO) on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. The younger, 30-year-old Dalakian outboxed Viloria the entire time and proved to be too quick and elusive for the 37-year-old to catch.

Dalakian really left no doubt as he not only proved hard to hit but also landed a number of hard power punches, as well. Dalakian hurt Viloria badly in the eleventh round and left him a bloody mess after opening a gash on his forehead with an elbow. By scores of 118-109 on all three scorecards, Dalakian wins the title vacated by Kazuto Ioka and shows himself a force to be reckoned with in the flyweight division and a potential opponent in a flyweight unification bout for the winner of the Nietes vs Reveco. Continue reading “Dalakian beats Viloria for WBA flyweight title”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11KO) captured the vacant WBA Flyweight title with an impressive performance over four-time world champion, Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria…
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LaManna, Bracero battle to draw

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb


In the main event, welterweights Thomas LaManna, Millville, NJ, 25-2-1, 9 KOs, and Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero, 24-3-1, 5 KOs, fought to a ten round split decision draw. Many of the rounds were close and one of the official judges scored it that way. Lawrence Layton had the bout 95-95, but the other two judges split the vote rather one-sidedly. Joe Pasquale favored LaManna 98-92, while Pierre Benoist thought Bracero was the winner 97-93. I scored the close fight 96-94 for LaManna. Continue reading “LaManna, Bracero battle to draw”

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb In the main event, welterweights Thomas LaManna, Millville, NJ, 25-2-1, 9 KOs, and Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero, 24-3-1, 5 KOs, fought to a…
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Arroyo defeats Cuadras by majority nod

By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Puerto Rican super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14 KOs) defeated former champion Carlos Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Scores were 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93.

Arroyo came out strong, attacking and landing power punches as Cuadras boxed in the opening round. An overhand right by Cudras found its mark as he staggered Arroyo to close the second round. Cuadras boxed behind the jab in round 3 as he followed up with the right, Arroyo continued to press. Continue reading “Arroyo defeats Cuadras by majority nod”

By Miguel Maravilla and Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Puerto Rican super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14 KOs) defeated former champion Carlos Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico…
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Crawford Camp Heading to Colorado

Report/Photos Bill Green

Since the arrival of B&B Boxing Promotions, founded and created by Terence “Bud” Crawford and Brian “BoMac” Mcintire, we have watched them groom local talent and now in 2018 sign/manage already established talent. B&B has a close working relationship with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions since Crawford signed with the world class company back in 2011.

As Crawford’s skill and stock grew along with the confidence from matchmaker Brad Goodman, saw in this team, the past few years we have witnessed several B&B talent appear on Crawford’s undercards. Continue reading “Crawford Camp Heading to Colorado”

Report/Photos Bill Green Since the arrival of B&B Boxing Promotions, founded and created by Terence “Bud” Crawford and Brian “BoMac” Mcintire, we have watched them groom local talent and now…
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Smith defeats game Holzken, moves to WBSS final

Report/Photos: Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing

WBC/WBO #1 super middleweight Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) edged his way into the final of the first series of the World Boxing Super Series with a close fought points win over highly durable late replacement for Juergen Braehmer, Nicky Holzken, on Saturday night at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg, Germany.

Before the fight few gave Holzken much of a chance. The former kickboxer, despite being 13-0 as a boxer, was an unknown quantity and fought with grit and durability to make Smith work hard in Nuernberg, Germany. Continue reading “Smith defeats game Holzken, moves to WBSS final”

Report/Photos: Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing WBC/WBO #1 super middleweight Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) edged his way into the final of the first series of the World Boxing Super Series with…
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Undercard Results from Nuremburg, Germany

Photos: Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing

In a WBSS super middleweight substitute fight, former WBA interim champ Dmitrii Chudinov (21-2-2, 13 KOs) scored a harder-than-expected eight round unanimous decision over late sub Siarhei Khamitski (30-15-3, 14 KOs). Scores were 78-73 across the board.

2016 Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist Filip Hrgovic (4-0, 3 KOs) went the eight round distance against Sean “Big Sexy” Turner (12-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.

Unbeaten super middleweight Leon Bauer (13-0-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Marco Miano (6-6, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Nuremburg, Germany”

Photos: Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing In a WBSS super middleweight substitute fight, former WBA interim champ Dmitrii Chudinov (21-2-2, 13 KOs) scored a harder-than-expected eight round unanimous decision over late sub…
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Moloney Brothers victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #6, IBF #10 Super-flyweight Andrew Moloney (16-0, 10 KOs) outscored IBF #5, WBC #11 Rene Dacquil (20-7-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds with the OPBF and WBA Oceana titles up for grabs at the St Kilda Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria on Saturday. Scores 117-111, 118-111, 119-109.

Also in action, WBA #9, WBO #5, IBF #12 bantamweight Jason Moloney (16-0, 13 KOs) defended the Commonwealth crown successfully when he stopped Immanuel Naidjala (23-4-1, 13 KOs).in round three.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA #6, IBF #10 Super-flyweight Andrew Moloney (16-0, 10 KOs) outscored IBF #5, WBC #11 Rene Dacquil (20-7-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds…
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Akkawy defeats De Carolis

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Standout Photo/Neutral Corner Promotions

Australian super-middleweight Bilal Akkawy (17-0-1, 14 KOs) outscored Italy’s former WBA super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (25-9-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds to retain the WBA Oceania title on Saturday at the Club Punchbowl in Sydney. Scores at the conclusion were 99-90, 99-90, 100-89.

From the opening round both De Carolis and Akkawy connected with power shots to the head and body, but a no point did either boxer look in danger of visiting the canvas. The former world champion was warned several times for holding and in round four referee Justin Kennedy deducted a point from DeCarolis. The pace of the fight never slowed down and as the bell sounded to end round ten the fans gave the boxers a standing ovation. Continue reading “Akkawy defeats De Carolis”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Standout Photo/Neutral Corner Promotions Australian super-middleweight Bilal Akkawy (17-0-1, 14 KOs) outscored Italy’s former WBA super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (25-9-1,…
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Superfly 2 Weigh-In Gallery

Photos: Sumio Yamada


Three world titles are on the line tonight at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC super flyweight title and Donnie Nietes vs. Juan Carlos Reveco for the IBF flyweight title will air on HBO, while Brian Viloria vs. Artem Dalakian for the WBA flyweight title will be live-streamed. The HBO telecast will also feature Carlos Cuadras vs. McWilliams Arroyo for the WBC silver super flyweight title.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Three world titles are on the line tonight at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC super flyweight title…
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Smith-Holzken meet in last WBSS semi

This afternoon in the semifinals round finale of the incredibly entertaining World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament, undefeated challengers Callum “Mundo” Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and late replacement Nieky “The Natural” Holzken (13-0, 10 KOs) square-off in the 12-round super middleweight bout, at Nurnberger Versicherung Arena in Nuremburg, Germany. The Smith vs. Holzken card will air live in Canada, exclusively on Super Channel. Sadly, no USA TV.

Holzken, an undefeated Dutch prospect, replaced two-time world champion Juergen Braehmer, of Germany, who withdrew earlier this week from the WBSS semifinals match due to illness.

The Smith-Holzken winner will advance to the WBSS super middleweight championship final against WBA super middleweight world champion “Sir” George Groves (28-3, KOs) on June 2 at The O2 Arena in London, in a battle for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.

This afternoon in the semifinals round finale of the incredibly entertaining World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament, undefeated challengers Callum “Mundo” Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and late replacement Nieky “The…
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Machimana knocked out in the seventh

By Ron Jackson

In one of the poorest South African heavyweight title fights in recent years Ruann Visser knocked out defending champion Osborne Machimana at 2:59 in the seventh round at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark on Friday night. The 39-year-old Machimana (316 lbs) weighing in at his heaviest ever came into the ring with a massive roll of flesh over his trunks and managed to survive into the seventh round behind a cross-armed defense and his years of experience in the ring. Continue reading “Machimana knocked out in the seventh”

By Ron Jackson In one of the poorest South African heavyweight title fights in recent years Ruann Visser knocked out defending champion Osborne Machimana at 2:59 in the seventh round…
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Bang Bang Lulu in action tonight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (7-0, 3 KO) from Australia has a beautiful smile and engaging personality but don’t be fooled: she is a boxing world champion. Luisa shocked the world going to Japan and winning the WBO title in an undefeated rival’s home country. She will do her best to add more hardware to her collection – the WBC International light flyweight belt – if she beats Anahi Torres during tonight’s SuperFly 2 event at The Forum in Inglewood. Fightnews.com talked to Hawton before her US title fight.

By Przemek Garczarczyk “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (7-0, 3 KO) from Australia has a beautiful smile and engaging personality but don’t be fooled: she is a boxing world champion. Luisa…
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Gonzalez edges Rodriguez by split decision

Photos: Scott Foster

Flyweight Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (20-2-1, 12 KOs) scored a razor-thin ten round split decision over former world title challenger Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-6, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

The bout featured good two-way action. Gonzalez was credited with a knockdown in round three when Rodriguez’ knee touched the canvas. “Meserito” brought a lot of pressure down the stretch but the knockdown made the difference. Scores were 95-94, 96-93 Gonzalez, 95-94 Rodriguez. Continue reading “Gonzalez edges Rodriguez by split decision”

Photos: Scott Foster Flyweight Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (20-2-1, 12 KOs) scored a razor-thin ten round split decision over former world title challenger Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-6, 5 KOs) on Friday…
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