WBO to review Horn-Pacquiao bout

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO President Paco Valcarcel has announced that the WBO will review Jeff Horn’s victory over Manny Pacquiao with a panel of five judges with audio muted but the decision will not be reversed.

“We will appoint five (5) anonymous competent Judges from different countries to watch the bout without sound distraction. Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. This means that 3 of the 5 officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.

“The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the judges based on discretion and, in this case, we do have a rematch clause on the fight contract.”

The WBO had previously reviewed Timothy Bradley’s victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO President Paco Valcarcel has announced that the WBO will review Jeff Horn’s victory over Manny Pacquiao with a panel of five judges…
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Weights from Tampa

Sammy Valentin 147 vs. Giovanni Santillan 146
(10 Rounds NABO Welterweight Title)

Photo: Damon Gonzalez/LatinBox Sports

Teofimo Lopez 136 vs. Christian Santibanez 135
Antonio Vargas 118 vs. Leonardo Reyes 118
Noemi Bosques 115 vs. Sonia Osorio 114
Ramon De La Paz 149 vs. McKinley Smith 146
Richard Brown 197 vs. Jimmy Owensby 196

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL
Doors open 7:00 PM First Fight 8:00 PM
TV: Telemundo Network @ 11:35 PM
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in Association with Thompson Boxing and Top Rank

Tickets and Information: (813) 454-7800

Sammy Valentin 147 vs. Giovanni Santillan 146 (10 Rounds NABO Welterweight Title) Teofimo Lopez 136 vs. Christian Santibanez 135 Antonio Vargas 118 vs. Leonardo Reyes 118 Noemi Bosques 115 vs.…
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Ticket Alert: Superfly Tripleheader

Southern California’s iconic outdoor boxing venue, The StubHub Center in Carson, California, home to numerous legendary nights of action over the last decade, will play host to the highly anticipated “SUPERFLY” tripleheader set for Saturday, September 9, it was announced today by Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.

Tickets for “SUPERFLY” will go on sale Tomorrow, Friday, July 7 at 12:00 p.m. PT and are priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). Continue reading “Ticket Alert: Superfly Tripleheader”

Southern California’s iconic outdoor boxing venue, The StubHub Center in Carson, California, home to numerous legendary nights of action over the last decade, will play host to the highly anticipated…
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Vera Jr. headlines July 15

NABA super welterweight champion John “The Phenom” Vera Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) takes on Daniel Rosario (11-2, 10 KOs) on July 15 in a 10-round contest at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, Ariz. In the co-feature, former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (25-5, 13 KOs) will face Tony Lopez (12-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant NABA title. The Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions card will be streamed live on Facebook.

NABA super welterweight champion John “The Phenom” Vera Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) takes on Daniel Rosario (11-2, 10 KOs) on July 15 in a 10-round contest at the Wild Horse…
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Perez, Yildirim, Brant added to WBSS

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce three more rising challengers. Undefeated youngsters Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) and Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) have been added to the super-middleweight competition, while Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) completes the cruiserweight line-up. With just one more spot to be filled, the Muhammad Ali Trophy now features nine undefeated fighters, five world champions and three former world champions. Continue reading “Perez, Yildirim, Brant added to WBSS”

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce three more rising challengers. Undefeated youngsters Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) and Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) have been added to…
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Jeff Horn ticker-tape parade

Newly crowned WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn was honored Thursday in a ticker-tape parade at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, Australia. “The Hornet” was also presented with keys to the city.


Jeff thanked thousands of supporters who gathered in downtown Brisbane to congratulate him on his winning fight against Manny Pacquiao. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presented Horn with the keys to the city on behalf of Brisbane and a certificate of appreciation to Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton. Horn was also presented with a photograph of the 51,000 people that packed into Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Newly crowned WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn was honored Thursday in a ticker-tape parade at Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, Australia. “The Hornet” was also presented with keys to the…
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Leo Santa Cruz looking to get back in the ring soon

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight world champion and WBC diamond featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) has been putting in work at the gym in recent days as he looks back to get in the ring soon. We caught up with the champ at his gym the S.C.M.T. Boxing Club in Montebello, California where he talked about his upcoming plans.

Photo: Naoki Fukuda/WBC

“Lately I have been staying active. We had a three-month layoff which is the longest layoff I ever had. I felt lazy the first few days back but I am back in the gym now,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “I am looking to get back in the ring. My plans are to fight the big names and right now there are big names out there. So we are training for now and ready for what comes next.” Continue reading “Leo Santa Cruz looking to get back in the ring soon”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight world champion and WBC diamond featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) has been putting in work at the gym in recent…
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Callum Smith joins star-studded WBSS

The World Boxing Super Series has confirmed that unbeaten WBC #1 super middleweight Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) has joined the eight-man tournament line-up. He joins George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs), Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) and Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs). There are three more positions available.

The World Boxing Super Series has confirmed that unbeaten WBC #1 super middleweight Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) has joined the eight-man tournament line-up. He joins George Groves (26-3, 19…
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Luis Concepcion destroys De La Rosa in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Panamanian Former World champion Luis “El Nica” Concepción (36-6, 25 KO´s) scored an impressive knockout over Colombian Luis De La Rosa (25-9-1, 15 KO´s) at 1:34 on the second round of the fight scheduled to 8 on the main event of the “Puro Poder” card presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo in Fantastic Casino, Panama City, Panama.

Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez (34-6-2, 23 KO´s), also ex world titlist, had to come from behind in rounds 5 and 6 to win a unanimous decision over Colombian Mauricio Martinez (13-12-2, 4 KO´s). Two judges scored the fight 58-56, and the third one 59-55.

Pakistani flyweight Muhammad Waseem (6-0, 4 KO´s), ranked #1 by WBC stopped local journeyman Eliecer Valdes (3-9-2, 2 KO´s) after 2 rounds of intense action. Continue reading “Luis Concepcion destroys De La Rosa in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal Panamanian Former World champion Luis “El Nica” Concepción (36-6, 25 KO´s) scored an impressive knockout over Colombian Luis De La Rosa (25-9-1, 15 KO´s) at 1:34 on…
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WBC diamond belt added to WBSS

The World Boxing Council (WBC) will honour the World Boxing Super Series by awarding its prestigious WBC Diamond Belt for both the Cruiserweight as well as the Super-Middleweight tournament. As of today, the inaugural season of the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament already features five world champions and three former champions as well as three rising contenders, which has led to an outcry of media and fan approval despite a lack of Americans so far. Continue reading “WBC diamond belt added to WBSS”

The World Boxing Council (WBC) will honour the World Boxing Super Series by awarding its prestigious WBC Diamond Belt for both the Cruiserweight as well as the Super-Middleweight tournament. As…
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Horn talks about win over Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn talks to Allan Jones on Radio 2GB about his victory over Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane with over 51,000 fight fans in attendance. Horn’s wife said he showed no sign of nerves and was snoring the night before the fight. Horn mentions how he was bullied in school but met Glen Rushton who changed his life training him as a boxer who would go on to represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympics and now dethroning future Hall of Fame legend Manny Pacquiao.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn talks to Allan Jones on Radio 2GB about his victory over Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane with…
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Hammer: Shields still young, has a lot to learn

WBC Female middleweight world champion Christina Hammer is currently training at high-altitude “Athletic Camp Austria” in Seefeld (Austria) to prepare for her upcoming title defense. The date and place of Hammer’s next fight haven’t been confirmed yet but according to manager Harald Pia details will be announced shortly. “We are about to close the deal and hope that we can announce the fight by the weekend,” states Pia.

Photo: Team Hammer

Hammer’s long time goal is to conquer the US with a fight against two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields. But before taking on Hammer, Shields will challenge Nikki Adler for the WBC female world super middleweight championship on August 4th in Detroit. “I will be ringside for that fight to take a close look at Claressa,” says Hammer. Continue reading “Hammer: Shields still young, has a lot to learn”

WBC Female middleweight world champion Christina Hammer is currently training at high-altitude “Athletic Camp Austria” in Seefeld (Austria) to prepare for her upcoming title defense. The date and place of…
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Valentin, Santillan face off at final presser

Photos: All Star Boxing

NABO welterweight champion “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0, 9 KOs) and challenger Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) went face to face at today’s press conference at the Children’s Cancer Center in anticipation of their clash of this Friday at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.

Valentin, 22, a Tampa Bay fighter of Puerto Rican heritage, is ranked #9 by the WBO. Santillan, 25, hails from San Diego with Mexican roots. This battle between undefeated prospects is scheduled for 10 rounds with Valentin’s title at stake. Continue reading “Valentin, Santillan face off at final presser”

Photos: All Star Boxing NABO welterweight champion “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0, 9 KOs) and challenger Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) went face to face at today’s press…
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Arum defends Pac-Horn officials

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum defended referee Mark Nelson and judges Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores, Ramon Cerdan after fallout from the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn WBO welterweight championship title bout. “You had 40,000 Australian fans and 15,000 Filipino fans in the stadium,” said Arum. “When Horn landed a punch, the Australian fans were all screaming. When Manny landed, there was virtual silence. If you were a judge, of course, you’d be influenced. You’re only human. But if you think they were dishonest, I wouldn’t agree.” As for the performance of referee Mark Nelson, Arum stated “Both guys were doing things. There was a lot of holding by Manny and Jeff.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum defended referee Mark Nelson and judges Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores, Ramon Cerdan after fallout from the Manny…
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WBA orders Rigondeaux-Flores rematch

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) has ordered a rematch between WBA super bantamweight “super” champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and interim champ Moisés Flores. The parties have 30 days to reach an agreement and avoid a purse bid with a 75/25 split for Rigondeaux.

Rigondeaux and Flores fought June 17 in a controversial bout ended by knockout in the first round in favor of Rigondeaux, but the result was changed to “no contest” by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because the KO blow landed after the bell. After an analysis of the fight, the WBA Championships Committee agreed with the view of the NSAC. Continue reading “WBA orders Rigondeaux-Flores rematch”

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) has ordered a rematch between WBA super bantamweight “super” champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and interim champ Moisés Flores. The parties have 30…
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Extension granted for N’Dam-Murata purse bid

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) granted an extension of 15 days the auction of confrontation between WBA middleweight regular champion Hassan N’Dam and Ryota Murata at the request of the interested parties. The bid was initially agreed to on July 7 and will be rescheduled if both parties do not reach an agreement.

The rematch between N’Dam and Murata was ordered by the WBA on May 20 because the Championships Committee considered it a controversial result and not attached to what was seen in the ring. This decision is in favor of both sides to achieve the desired agreement and that is beneficial to both fighters.

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) granted an extension of 15 days the auction of confrontation between WBA middleweight regular champion Hassan N’Dam and Ryota Murata at…
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WBA sets Santa Cruz-Mares deadline

The WBA Championships Committee informed both working teams of the Mexicans Leo Santa Cruz, WBA Featherweight super champion and Abner Mares, regular champion, that they had till July 11, 2017 to reach an agreement for their mandatory fight, otherwise the WBA will open the fight to purse bid on July 21, 2017.

The Mexican fighters already boxed in 2015 and the fight was considered the best fights of the year. The fight was scored a majority division for Santa Cruz who became the WBA Super Champion. Continue reading “WBA sets Santa Cruz-Mares deadline”

The WBA Championships Committee informed both working teams of the Mexicans Leo Santa Cruz, WBA Featherweight super champion and Abner Mares, regular champion, that they had till July 11, 2017…
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Robert Guerrero speaks

Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is hard at work preparing for his main event showdown with unbeaten Omar Figueroa that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, July 15 in the first boxing event at the newly renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a matchup of unbeaten light heavyweights Marcus Browne and Seanie Monaghan plus an all-Polish heavyweight showdown between Artur Szpilka and Adam Kownacki.

Here is what Guerrero had to say

“I feel great going into this fight. Me and my dad have been working really hard on all aspects of my game. I hired a new CrossFit coach, Greg Amundson, and he’s gotten me in great shape. Everyone will see an improvement in my all-around game. With my back against the wall going into this fight, I did everything possible in camp to be ready for Figueroa. Continue reading “Robert Guerrero speaks”

Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is hard at work preparing for his main event showdown with unbeaten Omar Figueroa that headlines Premier Boxing…
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Vargas-Funeka clash August 19

North American Boxing Association welterweight champion Samuel Vargas has been on boxing’s biggest stage and he’s determined to prove that he still belongs there. The 28-year-old Vargas (27-3-1, 14 KOs) steps up in one of the most significant fights of his career, August 19, as he defends his NABA title against three-time world title challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (39-6-3, 31 KOs) in the main event of Lee Baxter Promotions’ (LBP) second event at the Brampton Powerade Centre, “Face Off”, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

North American Boxing Association welterweight champion Samuel Vargas has been on boxing’s biggest stage and he’s determined to prove that he still belongs there. The 28-year-old Vargas (27-3-1, 14 KOs)…
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Smith Jr. aiming for another high profile win

“It’s true the division is truly heating up and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said 27-year-old light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-1-0, 19 KOs), who faces Sullivan Barrera (19-1-0, 14 KOs) July 15 on HBO at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles. “The winner of my upcoming fight moves right into the top of the mix in the division. With my last two knockouts (Bernard Hopkins and Andrzej Fonfara) I have the full confidence that the sky is the limit for me in this division, I want to achieve my dream of becoming a world champion.”

Photo: Star Boxing

Smith still works full-time as a union laborer in the New York City area. He only takes a short break from wielding the sledgehammer when he finalizes training for his fights. Continue reading “Smith Jr. aiming for another high profile win”

“It’s true the division is truly heating up and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said 27-year-old light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-1-0, 19 KOs), who faces…
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Pacquiao, GAB ask WBO to review fight

The Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board has asked the World Boxing Association (WBO) for a thorough review of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight world title fight that took place over the weekend in Brisbane, Australia. The GAB wants the WBO take a look at “possible errors” by the referee and judges that led to Pacman’s unanimous decision loss.

Pacquiao supported the request by releasing a statement saying “I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decisions and officiating.”

The Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board has asked the World Boxing Association (WBO) for a thorough review of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight world title fight that took place over…
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Santillan looks to shine on Telemundo Friday

Unbeaten welterweight contender Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) will challenge NABO Champion and local favorite “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0, 9 KOs) this Friday at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida.

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

The main event bout will be the season opener of “Boxeo Telemundo Ford” Summer edition. Santillan will be in tough vs the unbeaten Valentin in his backyard but he is confident none the less of victory. Continue reading “Santillan looks to shine on Telemundo Friday”

Unbeaten welterweight contender Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) will challenge NABO Champion and local favorite “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0, 9 KOs) this Friday at the A La…
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It’s official, Kudryashov in WBSS

The World Boxing Super Series has officially confirmed that cruiserweight contender Dmitry Kudryashov has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that features the four reigning world champions Oleksandr Usyk (WBO), Mairis Briedis (WBC), Murat Gassiev (IBF) and Yunier Dorticos (WBO) as well as former champions Marco Huck and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. The Russian Hammer (21-1, 21 KOs) enters the Muhammad Ali Trophy with a fearsome KO ratio of 94 %, with all of his 21 victories coming by the way of knockout. One more spot remains open.

All participants will come face-to-face during the Draft Gala in Monaco on Saturday. The top four seeds will hand-pick their opponents from the unseeded boxers. Once the quarter-final match-ups have been set, the dates and venues will be announced. Continue reading “It’s official, Kudryashov in WBSS”

The World Boxing Super Series has officially confirmed that cruiserweight contender Dmitry Kudryashov has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that features the four reigning world champions Oleksandr Usyk (WBO), Mairis…
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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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