IBF #13 Tawatchai victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF #13 122-pounder, Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) successfully defended the IBF Pan Pacific title stopping Rivo Renkung (36-24-6) in round five on Wednesday at Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand. Tawatchai controlled all the rounds as he boxed aggressively and connected with power shots to the head and body that visibly hurt Revkung. At 0.29 of round five the referee crowned Tawatchai.

In other action, IBF Pan Pacific 140-pound champion Downua Ruawiking (10-0) successfully defended the title by outscoring Adam Abdulhamed (11-4) over twelve action-packed rounds. Abdulhamed came to fight but Ruawiking outworked his tough opponent in most of the rounds to be awarded the decision by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 115-113. Continue reading “IBF #13 Tawatchai victorious”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF #13 122-pounder, Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) successfully defended the IBF Pan Pacific title stopping Rivo Renkung (36-24-6) in round five…
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Weights from Corona, Calif

LaRon Mitchell 242 vs. Michael Bissett 209
(NABF heavyweight “junior” championship)

Erick Ituarte, 125.9 vs. Alberto Torres, 125.7
(NABF featherweight “junior” championship)

Roberto Meza, Jr. 129 vs. Giovanni Cabrera 128.8
Ruben Torres 135.6 vs. Jesse Cruz 137

Venue: Omega Products International in Corona, Calif
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

LaRon Mitchell 242 vs. Michael Bissett 209 (NABF heavyweight “junior” championship) Erick Ituarte, 125.9 vs. Alberto Torres, 125.7 (NABF featherweight “junior” championship) Roberto Meza, Jr. 129 vs. Giovanni Cabrera 128.8…
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Mayweather-McGregor undercard Presser

Fighters competing on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard spoke to media and went face-to-face Thursday, one day before they weigh-in ahead of their Saturday, Aug. 26 showdowns at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event will feature undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis making the second defense of his 130-pound title against undefeated challenger Francisco Fonseca plus light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly defending his belt against former super middleweight champion Badou Jack. The telecast begins with unbeaten Andrew Tabiti and former world champion Steve Cunningham meeting in a 10-round battle. Continue reading “Mayweather-McGregor undercard Presser”

Fighters competing on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard spoke to media and went face-to-face Thursday, one day before they weigh-in ahead of their Saturday, Aug. 26 showdowns at T-Mobile Arena…
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Cotto-Kamegai Final Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico and Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) held the final press conference Thursday afternoon at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, where they square off this Saturday for the vacant WBO world junior middleweight title on HBO. Also present was WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KOs) of Mexico, who goes up against Santa Ana, California’s Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KOs) in the HBO co-feature bout.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

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By Miguel Maravilla Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico and Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) held the final press conference…
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Valdez, Zurdo headline on Sept 22 FNF

WBO world champions Óscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez hosted a press conference today to announce their respective featherweight and super middleweight title defenses taking place on September 22 at the Tucson Arena. The fighters were also joined by their Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The ESPN-televised world title twinbill will be taking place on a Friday night, rather than a Saturday night.

WBO world champions Óscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez hosted a press conference today to announce their respective featherweight and super middleweight title defenses taking place on September 22 at…
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Japan’s Youth Tournament Finals, Second Day

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

This long-time reporter since 1964 wonders who and how our Japanese frontrunners will be in five years. Probably our current twelve world champions may change or fade out after attaining fame and fortune through their campaigns, and we may see newcomers coming out to be our new heroes.

We witnessed the second day of the first Japan’s Youth Tournament finals in three additional classes on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s fortunate for us to be able to see such bright prospects exchange hot rallies each other with future champions victorious in front of roaring spectators at the Hall. Continue reading “Japan’s Youth Tournament Finals, Second Day”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda This long-time reporter since 1964 wonders who and how our Japanese frontrunners will be in five years. Probably our current twelve world champions…
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Mayweather-McGregor poised to set records

“No event is bigger than this one,” proclaimed SHOWTIME Sports Executive VP & General Manager Stephen Espinoza on Wednesday. “This will be the most widely distributed event in PPV history. This event will be distributed in over 200 countries and might grow to 225 countries by the time we’re done. That’s a broader distribution than virtually any other event in combat sports history. We are well on our way to being a record-setting event in many categories!” The best news? You can still see the fight live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets are still available starting as low as $2500.

“No event is bigger than this one,” proclaimed SHOWTIME Sports Executive VP & General Manager Stephen Espinoza on Wednesday. “This will be the most widely distributed event in PPV history.…
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Oscar: Conor won’t land a single punch

By TMZSports.com

Oscar De La Hoya tells TMZ Sports … Conor McGregor won’t connect ONE SINGLE SHOT during his fight with Floyd Mayweather. Not one. He’s serious. The Golden Boy has been a loud opponent of the fight from the start — saying boxing fans should focus on world-class matchups like Canelo vs. GGG and Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai. But get this, despite his war of words with Dana White — ya know, when Dana cussed him out — Oscar says the two have buried the hatchet. “That’s my man. There’s no tension whatsoever.”

By TMZSports.com Oscar De La Hoya tells TMZ Sports … Conor McGregor won’t connect ONE SINGLE SHOT during his fight with Floyd Mayweather. Not one. He’s serious. The Golden Boy…
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Cleverly and Jack ready to steal the show

WBA champion Nathan Cleverly is ready for his moment on the big stage this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At a recent public presentacion Cleverly showed that he is eager to defend his WBA belt against the battle tested “Jack The Ripper.”

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“Badou Jack is a tough fighter, very good fighter. It’s gonna be tough fight but he’s new to the light heavyweight division and he’s fighting an established light heavyweight in myself. Eighth world title fight, two time champion of the world, and he’s gonna see why. He’s gonna find out the hard way why I’m champion of the world!” Continue reading “Cleverly and Jack ready to steal the show”

WBA champion Nathan Cleverly is ready for his moment on the big stage this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At a recent public presentacion Cleverly showed…
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WBA monitors case of Geysi Lorenzo

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association, held on Wednesday a phone conversation with Franklin Nunez, Commissioner of the Dominican Republic National Professional Boxing Commission, to talk about the case of the boxer Geysy Lorenzo, who died a few days ago after a participating in a professional fight. Mendoza, showed his concern for this case to be solved as soon as possible, stating that no sanction will be made in the short term, because Nunez, together with Dominican Republic Sport Ministry are investigating what happened, as cited the news clip posted in the “Listin” newspaper and its website on August 15, 2017. Continue reading “WBA monitors case of Geysi Lorenzo”

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association, held on Wednesday a phone conversation with Franklin Nunez, Commissioner of the Dominican Republic National Professional Boxing Commission, to talk about…
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Holyfield announces fighter safety initiative

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment has announced the development of “The Real Deal Medical”, an initiative to revolutionize the standard of care for its athletes and all combat sports. The Real Deal Medical team will consist of ARP-certified physicians from various specialties to provide the fighters with consistent medical care and maintain a medical history that will be able to track any changes in their physical or mental health. Through a partnership with Medical Arts Radiology, the Real Deal Medical will monitor the neurocognitive function of the athletes, as well as pre- and post-bout imaging studies to try to prevent any acute or chronic traumatic brain injuries. Continue reading “Holyfield announces fighter safety initiative”

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment has announced the development of “The Real Deal Medical”, an initiative to revolutionize the standard of care for its athletes and all combat…
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Mayweather-McGregor Quick Quotes

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather and MMA star Conor McGregor faced off Wednesday at the final press conference before their PPV clash on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor: We are prepared for twelve three minute rounds on non-stop pace. I will go forward and I will put the pressure on him and break this old man. Trust me on that. Eight-ounce gloves I think he made a big, big error. I don’t see him lasting two rounds…I’m going f__k this boy up.

Floyd Mayweather: Pacquiao’s got bombs, Canelo’s got bombs, Shane Mosley had bombs, and for those guys it was all in vain. One thing about me, I’ve got a granite chin. Remember this. The same way you give it, you have to be able to take it.

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather and MMA star Conor McGregor faced off Wednesday at the final press conference before their PPV clash on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las…
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WBC unveils the “Money Belt”

WBC Mauricio Sulaiman today presented the new WBC “Money Belt,” which will be presented the winner of Saturday night’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The Money Belt contains 1.5 kilograms of 24 kt gold, 3360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds, crocodile leather.

WBC Mauricio Sulaiman today presented the new WBC “Money Belt,” which will be presented the winner of Saturday night’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The Money Belt contains…
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WBC bantam champ Nery fails drug test

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican WBC bantamweight champion Luis “Panterita” Nery is being investigated by the WBC and VADA for failing in one of the doping tests conducted prior to his fight in Japan against Shinsuke Yamanaka on August 15. Nery tested positive for Zilpaterol, a substance similar to the clenbuterol that is used in Mexico to fatten cattle.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán has confirmed the investigation of Nery and the WBC Clean Boxing Program will begin the process according to its protocol.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican WBC bantamweight champion Luis “Panterita” Nery is being investigated by the WBC and VADA for failing in one of the doping tests conducted prior to…
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“Hammer Hands” Rodriguez returns Sept 8

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, ends a 10-month layoff when he takes on hard-hitting Dario Ferman, of El Paso, TX, in a scheduled six-round contest Friday evening, Sept. 8, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Rodriguez, 22, known as “Hammer Hands,” was a decorated amateur. As a pro, He is 15-0, 10 K0s, but he has not boxed since last Nov. 18 in Kissimmee, FL, when he scored two knockdowns on his way to a unanimous eight-round decision over former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes. Continue reading ““Hammer Hands” Rodriguez returns Sept 8″

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, ends a 10-month layoff when he takes on hard-hitting Dario Ferman, of El Paso, TX, in a scheduled six-round contest…
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Cletus Seldin returns Sept 28

Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia has announced the return of unbeaten former WBC International silver super lightweight beltholder Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (19-0, 16 KOs) to the ring, headlining the latest edition of the popular “Rockin” Fights” series at
The Paramount, Thursday, September 28th, in Huntington, NY.

Seldin has been inactive since June of 2016 due to various medical issues and a failed drug test, but now feeling 100%, he is raring to go. Continue reading “Cletus Seldin returns Sept 28”

Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia has announced the return of unbeaten former WBC International silver super lightweight beltholder Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (19-0, 16 KOs) to the ring, headlining…
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Cotto: I’m leaving on Dec 31, no matter what

By Miguel Maravilla

Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico makes his ring return against Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto takes on Kamegai this Saturday, August 26 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The Puerto Rican star spoke to Fightnews.com on his upcoming fight with Kamegai.

“I am ready for this fight with Kamegai. All fights are tough but I will do my job to come out on top,” Miguel Cotto told Fightnews.com. The fight will mark the debut of Miguel Cotto fighting under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, although he doesn’t plan to stick around for long. Continue reading “Cotto: I’m leaving on Dec 31, no matter what”

By Miguel Maravilla Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico makes his ring return against Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto takes…
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McGregor could also KO Vegas Sportsbooks

Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably close considering Floyd is shooting to go 50-0 for his Hall of Fame career against an MMA fighter making his pro boxing debut. Nevertheless, wagers have been flowing in heavily on McGregor +325, and if McGregor wins, Vegas casinos stand to get creamed.

Zach Jornlin, sportsbook supervisor at MGM Resorts, told The New York Post: “This would be a really, really bad loss for us.”

Jay Rood, VP of MGM Resorts Race and Sports, told ESPN: “This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts.”

Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably…
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Japan’s Youth Tournament Finals, First Day

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

The first Japan’s Youth Tournaments came to an end to see the finals in four classes on the first day on Tuesday with the other three on the next day in Tokyo, Japan. Continue reading “Japan’s Youth Tournament Finals, First Day”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda The first Japan’s Youth Tournaments came to an end to see the finals in four classes on the first day on Tuesday with…
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Champion-maker Yonekura Gym to close this month

By Joe Koizumi

It was in 1963 that Kenji Yonekura, two-time world challenger, Orient bantamweight champ and former Olympian in the Melbourne games in 1956, established Yonekura Gym after his retirement. Since then, the Gym produced five world champions, nine OPBF/OBF titlists and thirty-one national titleholders to its credit to be called “champion-maker.”

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

The 83-year-old Yonekura, an outstanding speedster who failed to win the world belt from Pascual Perez and Jose Becerra, made up his mind to close his Gym in the end of this month because he cannot cultivate youngsters any longer due to his physical condition. Continue reading “Champion-maker Yonekura Gym to close this month”

By Joe Koizumi It was in 1963 that Kenji Yonekura, two-time world challenger, Orient bantamweight champ and former Olympian in the Melbourne games in 1956, established Yonekura Gym after his…
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Payano, Miller, Sakai victorious

Former world bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (19-1, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (21-5-1, 8 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.

Photo: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

In a showdown between once-beaten lightweights, Ladarius Miller (14-1, 4 KOs) outscored Jamel Herring (16-2, 9 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.

Welterweight Shoki Sakai (22-7-1, 12 KOs) surprised former world title challenger Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (40-8-1, 11 KOs), taking an eight round unanimous decision. Continue reading “Payano, Miller, Sakai victorious”

Former world bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (19-1, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (21-5-1, 8 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in…
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Mayweather: I have to give the fans a great show

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off fight week events Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of the Showtime PPV event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters were greeted by fans at the Toshiba Plaza before making brief remarks onstage. Here is what they had to say:

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Floyd Mayweather: “I’m doing this for myself and my family but I want to give everyone a great show. Everyone deserves a good show. The Pacquiao fight wasn’t exciting enough. That was on Pacquiao, but I have to give the fans a great show this time.”

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Conor McGregor: “Floyd can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He can talk any kind of trash he wants, because he’s talking to the new God of boxing.” Continue reading “Mayweather: I have to give the fans a great show”

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off fight week events Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of the Showtime PPV event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking…
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Islam ready for clash with Cook

Unbeaten welterweight Kanat ‘Qazaq’ Islam (24-0, 19 KOs) held an open workout for the media this past Sunday during the 2017 Astana International Expo as he prepares to face fellow unbeaten Brandon Cook (18-0, 11 KOs) in front of an expected 12,000+ fans on September 9th at the Saryarka Velodrome in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Islam’s WBO/NABO and WBA Intercontinental belts will be at stake. “This is my home and I will not
lose,” he promised.

Unbeaten welterweight Kanat ‘Qazaq’ Islam (24-0, 19 KOs) held an open workout for the media this past Sunday during the 2017 Astana International Expo as he prepares to face fellow…
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Cunningham to host Briscoe Awards

Philly Boxing History announced today that former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will be the celebrity guest host of the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, on October 15, 2017.

“It’s an honor,” Cunningham said of being named the guest host. “I’m happy and proud. I’m going to do my best.” Continue reading “Cunningham to host Briscoe Awards”

Philly Boxing History announced today that former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will be the celebrity guest host of the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, on…
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IBA Relaunched

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has been relaunched worldwide by a sports group headed by the new IBA president, J.C. Courreges. In 1991, two-time Major League Baseball all-star pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Dean Chance founded the IBA, guiding the international sanctioning body until his death in 2015.

Based in Ventnor City, New Jersey, the IBA also has an office in Florida. The IBA is establishing international representatives around the world in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Continue reading “IBA Relaunched”

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has been relaunched worldwide by a sports group headed by the new IBA president, J.C. Courreges. In 1991, two-time Major League Baseball all-star pitcher and…
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