WBC Clean Boxing Program Update

The WBC, through the Clean Boxing Program, administered by VADA has tested a total of 72 fighters in the first semester of 2017. Many of the fighters were tested multiple times during the process. Just five rated fighters missed their tests: J’Leon Love, Joseph Parker, Bermane Stiverne, Kyotara Fujimoto, and Tevin Farmer. Only four fighters failed a test (adverse finding): Andrej Wawrzyk, Cletus Seldin, Dennys Ceylan, and Suriyan Khaikanha. Each missed test and adverse finding has been or is in the process of WBC/VADA results management protocol.

The WBC, through the Clean Boxing Program, administered by VADA has tested a total of 72 fighters in the first semester of 2017. Many of the fighters were tested multiple…
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Horn trainer had vision of victory

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Trainer Glenn Rushton tells Fightnews.com® about a vision he had back in 2013 that his charge Jeff Horn would capture the world championship at Suncorp Stadium with over 50,000 fans in attendance – and he told Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan. It all came true on July 2 in Brisbane with Horn defeating future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Trainer Glenn Rushton tells Fightnews.com® about a vision he had back in 2013 that his charge Jeff Horn would capture the world championship…
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Results from Waterloo, Iowa

By John Unland

Salomon Becerra and his Rough House Promotions brought an 8 bout card to the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday night. The main event of the evening saw local lightweight favorite Kevin Cruz make quick work of Reymundo Hernandez (6-23). Continue reading “Results from Waterloo, Iowa”

By John Unland Salomon Becerra and his Rough House Promotions brought an 8 bout card to the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday night. The…
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Ex-champ Martin, La Bomba return Tuesday

Some notable names scheduled for Tuesday night’s FS1 undercard in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Photo: Hosanna Rull/Premier Boxing Champions

In a bout that hopefully makes the TV telecast, former IBF heavyweight world champion “Prince” Charles Martin (24-1-1, 22 KOs) takes on Mike Marrone (21-7, 15 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. This is Martin’s second appearance since losing the world title to Anthony Joshua.

Also buried deep on the undercard is former world title challenger Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (28-2, 19 KOs) against Melvin Russell (10-1-2, 6 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. It’s Rodriguez’ first fight since a KO loss to Thomas Williams Jr 15 months ago.

Some notable names scheduled for Tuesday night’s FS1 undercard in Alexandria, Louisiana. In a bout that hopefully makes the TV telecast, former IBF heavyweight world champion “Prince” Charles Martin (24-1-1,…
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FS1 Weights from Alexandria, Louisiana

Miguel Flores 125.3 vs. Chris Avalos 125.8
Ahmed Elbiali 176.7 vs. Christopher Brooker 174.9
Charles Martin 255 vs. Michael Marrone 241.5
Edwin Rodriguez 185.8 vs. Melvin Russell 184.4
Ryan Karl 144.8 vs. Carlos Velasquez 144.6
Justin Jones 239.7 vs. Carlos Sandoval 244.5
Kelvin Henderson 162 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 155.8
Clay Burns 131.3 vs. Josh Ross 133
Brandon Shavers 165 vs. Phillip Jean Seide 164.4

Venue: Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria, Louisiana
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: FS1

Miguel Flores 125.3 vs. Chris Avalos 125.8 Ahmed Elbiali 176.7 vs. Christopher Brooker 174.9 Charles Martin 255 vs. Michael Marrone 241.5 Edwin Rodriguez 185.8 vs. Melvin Russell 184.4 Ryan Karl…
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Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Retires

Multi-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has announced his retirement.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career. I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

“I was blessed to win multiple world titles in four-divisions. A boxer’s career is a long and tough road. Many tears were shed, lots of blood, and tons of sweat. Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred, none were easy and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old fashion way. I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world. I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second, of every round, of my fights.” Continue reading “Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Retires”

Multi-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has announced his retirement. “First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career. I’m a kid from a…
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Smith fought nine rounds with broken jaw

Popular Long Island light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-2-0, 19 KOs) gritted his way through Saturday’s ten round battle with Sullivan Barrera (20-1-0, 14 KOs) after suffering a broken jaw early in the 2nd round. Even with a broken jaw, Smith Jr. dug deep to fire away at the skilled Barrera until the final bell, in which he ultimately fell short by scores of 96-93 and 97-92 twice. In his only other previous loss, Smith also suffered a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero five years ago.

“After spending part of Saturday night at the UCLA Medical Center, Joe will have surgery later this week in New York and we’ll know more then about a time frame for his full recovery. We congratulate Sullivan Barrera on his victory,” said Smith’s promoter Joe DeGuardia.

Popular Long Island light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-2-0, 19 KOs) gritted his way through Saturday’s ten round battle with Sullivan Barrera (20-1-0, 14 KOs) after suffering a broken…
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Jhonny Gonzalez returns on Saturday

Former multi-division world champion Jhonny González (63-10, 53 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday against unbeaten Filipino Jessie “Jimdomar” Rosales (21-0-1, 9 KOs) in a clash for a WBC regional belt at the Lienzo Charro in Hidalgo Del Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Gonzalez, long one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, is currently rated WBC #5 and is hoping to land a shot at WBC champ Miguel Berchelt, who successfully defended his belt over the weekend.

Former multi-division world champion Jhonny González (63-10, 53 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday against unbeaten Filipino Jessie “Jimdomar” Rosales (21-0-1, 9 KOs) in a clash for a…
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Confirmed: Saunders-Monroe on Sept 16

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against WBO #5 rated Willie Monroe Jr (21-2, 6 KOs) on September 16 at the Copper Box Arena in London. The bout will take place the same date that WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defends the rest of the 160lb world belts against Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin previously stopped Monroe in 2015. Continue reading “Confirmed: Saunders-Monroe on Sept 16”

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) will defend his title against WBO #5 rated Willie Monroe Jr (21-2, 6 KOs) on September 16 at the Copper Box…
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Upset in Juarez: Villalba smashes Garcia in one

By David Finger

In a stunning upset, Esteban “Tremendo” Villalba scored a first round TKO over El Paso’s Josue Garcia Friday night in Ciudad Juarez, just south of the border with El Paso, Texas. Garcia had lost a ten round decision in his last fight against Craig Callaghan in a fight for the WBF US welterweight title and had never been stopped before Friday in a career that spanned twelve fights. But although Villalba, a native of Juarez, came into the fight with a less than impressive record, he has shown tremendous power in the past. Continue reading “Upset in Juarez: Villalba smashes Garcia in one”

By David Finger In a stunning upset, Esteban “Tremendo” Villalba scored a first round TKO over El Paso’s Josue Garcia Friday night in Ciudad Juarez, just south of the border…
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Horn Sr. criticizes Team Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Jeff Horn Sr., who is the father of WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, talks to Fightnews.com® and says the WBO review board validated the scorecard of judge Waleska Roldan (117-111 for Horn) and also mentions that his son is currently in Las Vegas on holiday with his wife.

The 59-year-old elder Horn also sent an open letter to Fightnews.com® saying Manny Pacquiao should ponder dumping his corner team because of the risk of “self-sabotage” going into the rematch with his son slated for November in Australia.

“As the dust settles after the controversial but credible win by Jeff to snatch the WBO title from Manny Pacquiao, attention now turns to the potential rematch.

“To say that the lack of sportsmanship shown by Pacquiao since fight day has been disappointing would be an understatement. However, a look into the farcical and unprofessional performance of the Pacquiao team immediately prior to and during the Battle of Brisbane beggars belief. Continue reading “Horn Sr. criticizes Team Pacquiao”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Jeff Horn Sr., who is the father of WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, talks to Fightnews.com® and says the WBO review board validated…
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Ferguson-Petranyi top July 27 Montana card

By Ricardo Ibarra

Facing off with the most experienced opponent of his young career, Pacific Northwest cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on seventy-seven fight veteran Zoltan Petranyi (55-22, 18 KOs) on Thursday, July 27th at the Boxing and Bulls Outdoor Grounds in Hays, Montana, headlining a nine bout pro/am card organized by Silver Wolf Fight Promotions. Continue reading “Ferguson-Petranyi top July 27 Montana card”

By Ricardo Ibarra Facing off with the most experienced opponent of his young career, Pacific Northwest cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on seventy-seven fight veteran Zoltan Petranyi…
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WBC cuts ties with China Federation

The World Boxing Council has confirmed the cessation of relations with the Chinese Boxing Federation. No reason was given for the split. Since 2002, the WBC has made a considerable effort to boost professional boxing activities in China. They held an annual convention in China in 2008 (Note: the WBA held their convention there the previous year), they were first body to stage a world championship fight in China and they were first body to crown a Chinese world champion (Xiong Chao Zhong). The WBC intends to continue to work actively to develop the sport in that country.

The World Boxing Council has confirmed the cessation of relations with the Chinese Boxing Federation. No reason was given for the split. Since 2002, the WBC has made a considerable…
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Quigley earns USBO welterweight title

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Undefeated Germantown, MD welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley, Jr. captured the vacant United States Boxing Organization (USBO) Welterweight title with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over Luis “La Roca” Hernandez of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico Saturday at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. The bout was the main event of a GQ Promotions card. Continue reading “Quigley earns USBO welterweight title”

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Undefeated Germantown, MD welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley, Jr. captured the vacant United States Boxing Organization (USBO) Welterweight title with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision…
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Vera, Ramos triumph in Arizona

NABA super welterweight champion John “The Phenom” Vera Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round majority decision over Daniel Rosario (11-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, Arizona. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 96-94. Vera is ranked #7 by the WBA and #14 by the WBO.

In the co-feature, former WBA world champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (26-5, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Tony Lopez (12-3, 4 KOs) to claim the vacant NABA super bantamweight title. Ramos scored a tenth round knockdown to punctuate a 98-91, 98-91, 99-90 win.

Welterweight Abel Ramos (18-2, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Emmanuel Robles (15-3, 4 KOs). Ramos dropped Robles with a shot to the jaw and Robles couldn’t continue. Time was 1:16.

NABA super welterweight champion John “The Phenom” Vera Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round majority decision over Daniel Rosario (11-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Berchelt beats Miura, still WBC 130lb champ

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion number and one contender Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at The ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California. Berchelt got off to a fast start as he dropped Miura with a 1-2 combo in the opening round. Working off the jab Berchelt boxed as Miura stalked. The jab worked effectively for Berchelt as he blinded Miura and followed up with big shots but the Japanese fighter landed some thudding punches.

The Mexican landed a huge right in round eight. Shortly after Miura landed a rabbit punch on Berchelt. Heading into the championship rounds Berchelt fought conservatively keeping his distance utilizing the jab frustrating Miura. The final round saw the two trading in center ring. In the end, the judges scored the bout 120-109, 119-108, and 116-111. Continue reading “Berchelt beats Miura, still WBC 130lb champ”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion number…
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Corrales barely retains WBA 130lb title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8KO) barely escaped with his world title in his first defense with a majority decision against tough Mexican Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14KO) on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Castellanos, coming off an upset victory over Yuriorkis Gamboa, twice floored Corrales in the third round. Corrales, to his credit, not only survived the knockdowns but fought back strongly and knocked down Castellanos in the seventh round with a straight left counter.

Castellanos fought the majority of the fight with a cut over his eye from an accidental head butt and at the start of the tenth round suffered a huge gash under his eye from yet another head butt. The ringside physician advised the referee to stop the bout – and with that, it went to the scorecards. Judges scored the bout 94-94 even, 94-93 for Corrales and, inexplicably, 96-92 for Corrales to give him the majority decision victory. Continue reading “Corrales barely retains WBA 130lb title”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1, 8KO) barely escaped with his world title in his first defense with a majority decision…
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Figueroa, Browne, Kownacki score crushing wins

Photos: Emily Harney

In a clash between former world champions, welterweight Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs) utterly destroyed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Figueroa dropped Guerrero three times in round two and finished him with two more knockdowns in round three.

In a showdown between unbeaten New York light heavyweights, “Sir” Marcus Browne (20-0, 15 KOs) annihilated “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (28-1, 17 KOs) in two rounds. The fight was all Browne, who dropped Monaghan in round one and battered him mercilessly until the mismatch was halted.

In an all-Polish heavyweight grudge match, unbeaten Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs). The bout was waved off after Kownacki dropped Szpilka, then rocked him with a barrage of hard punches. Continue reading “Figueroa, Browne, Kownacki score crushing wins”

Photos: Emily Harney In a clash between former world champions, welterweight Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs) utterly destroyed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night…
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Barrera overcomes knockdown to beat Smith

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14KO) captured the WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title with a unanimous decision victory over the dangerous and hard hitting Joe Smith Jr. (23-2, 19KO) on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Barrera tasted the canvas late in round one from a left hook counter but mostly dominated the remainder of the scheduled ten round bout. Smith had his moments and landed occasional hard shots but he also endured a lot of punishment from Barrera along the way. Judges scored the bout 97-92 (twice) and 96-93, all in favor of Barrera. Continue reading “Barrera overcomes knockdown to beat Smith”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14KO) captured the WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title with a unanimous decision victory over the dangerous and hard hitting…
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Superfly Press Conference Quick Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: “I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to fight Rungvisai once again. I come with a big desire to win this fight and bring back my title to Nicaragua. You will see a great fight September 9th and may the best man win.”

Juan Francisco Estrada: “I am happy to be here. These are some of the best in the world. I consider myself a warrior. I respect my opponent, Carlos is one of the best and you will see a good fight September 9th.” Continue reading “Superfly Press Conference Quick Quotes”

By Miguel Maravilla Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: “I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to fight Rungvisai once again. I come with a big desire to win this…
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Eubank beats Abraham, punches ticket to WBSS

Super Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr.(25-1, 19 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champ “King” Arthur Abraham (46-6, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in London. Eubank’s strong, quick combinations often had Abraham on the defensive. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-108. With the win, Eubank retains his IBO 168lb belt and will move onto the lucrative World Boxing Super Series. Abraham has likely come to the end of his long career.

Super Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr.(25-1, 19 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champ “King” Arthur Abraham (46-6, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE…
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Selby dominates Barros to retain IBF featherweight title

IBF featherweight champion “Lightning” Leo Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 contender and former WBA beltholder Jonathan Victor “Yoni” Barros (41-5-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in London. Selby was cut over the right eye by a head clash in round five, but otherwise Selby was too quick and slick. He dropped Barros with a left hook to punctuate a dominant performance. Scores were 119-108, 117-110, 117-110. Continue reading “Selby dominates Barros to retain IBF featherweight title”

IBF featherweight champion “Lightning” Leo Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 contender and former WBA beltholder Jonathan Victor “Yoni” Barros (41-5-1,…
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Thammanoon retains WBA minimum belt

Unbeaten WBA minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (16-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Rey Loreto (23-14, 15 KOs) on Saturday afternoon in Thailand. It was the third defense for Thammanoon, also known as “Knockout CP Freshmart.” Scores were 117-110, 117-110, 115-113.

Unbeaten WBA minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (16-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Rey Loreto (23-14, 15 KOs) on Saturday afternoon in Thailand. It was the…
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