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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Japan Update

WBA/IBF 108lb champ Taguchi to face Budler next; Koki Kameda to make a comeback

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Newly unified 108-pound champion of the WBA and the IBF, Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi will face Hekkie Budler of South Africa next. Hitoshi Watanabe, his manager/promoter of Watanabe Promotions, mentioned on Monday that it had been a condition of the IBF to sanction the Taguchi-Melindo unification title bout since the Filipino had been ordered to meet Budler again after his controversial defense with him last September. Taguchi said, “After my Budler defense I’ll pursue my third unified belt.” He is truly an up-and-coming titlist.

WBA/IBF 108lb champ Taguchi (left); IBF 105lb champ Kyoguchi

Formerly three-time world champ Koki Kameda, 31, declared on Monday that he had an unfinished business, and will make a comeback venture. Kameda, the eldest of Kameda brothers, lost to WBA 115-pound defending champ Kohei Kono, a busy-punching compatriot, in Chicago in October 2015, and it became his final showing as he said a farewell to the ring warfare after the unset defeat. Should his comeback target be Kono, Kameda need not go and fight in Chicago but do it here in Japan—before our audience.

WBA/IBF 108lb champ Taguchi to face Budler next; Koki Kameda to make a comeback By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat Newly unified 108-pound champion of the WBA and the IBF,…
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Kownacki aiming to stop Kiladze

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“This is the way I box – constant pressure, in your face boxing. Making the other man quit mentally is a very important for me and for all the fighters. Boxing is a clash of characters,” said undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki in a Fightnews.com® interview.

Photo: Sylwek Wosko

On January 20, Kownacki (16-0, 13 KO) will be challenged by Iago Kiladze (26-1, 18 KO) in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as a part of Showtime Championship Boxing card headlined by the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson welterweight championship clash. Kownacki-Kiladze will be streamed live on Showtime Sports digital platforms Facebook and YouTube. Continue reading “Kownacki aiming to stop Kiladze”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “This is the way I box – constant pressure, in your face boxing. Making the other man quit mentally is a very important for me and for…
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Hearn: Joshua’s Power Underrated

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

With WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looking certain to be fighting WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker next, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn shared his thoughts on the fight with Stuff.co.nz. “It’s a very dangerous fight for both fighters,” said Hearn. “They have great styles for each other. Joseph Parker and his team will fancy this fight because he will know that AJ likes to stand and trade and get hit. Also AJ and his team know that if someone is willing to take chances, then they are going to get hit and AJ is technically a lot better than some tend to think. Both fighters can punch and they may get hurt. But I just feel AJ’s punching power and speed is underrated and I’m not sure whether Parker has the artillery to do enough damage if there is a gunfight. If they are standing in a gunfight and they are trading up, then I have to pick my man all day long.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing With WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looking certain to be fighting WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker next, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn shared…
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Skeete: Horn blatantly avoided me

WBO #3 and IBF #6 welterweight Bradley Skeete believes he is ready to step up in class. The outright British Champion is next out on Frank Warren’s February 10 show at London’s Copper Box Arena with an opponent set to be named soon. He was close to landing a world title fight against WBO titlist Jeff Horn, but the Australian’s team opted to face Gary Corcoran instead. Horn stopped Corcoran in the 11th round on December 13th.

“I’m ready to prove I’m a world class fighter,” said Skeete. “I’ve got the world rankings but now I need the right fights to back them up. Jeff Horn swerved the fight with me. I’m avoided for a reason! Horn took the easier fight in Corcoran and blatantly avoided me. I’d have taken him to school and his team knew that. If it wasn’t for Horn and his team swerving the fight, then I’d be a world champion. I’d have gone over there and got that world title.”

WBO #3 and IBF #6 welterweight Bradley Skeete believes he is ready to step up in class. The outright British Champion is next out on Frank Warren’s February 10 show…
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Granat-Wallin showdown hits snag

At the end of 2017, EC Box Promotion and Team Sauerland decided that it was time for Swedish heavyweights Adrian Granat and Otto Wallin to finally collide in one of the biggest Swedish boxing fights in history. The fight will be for the vacant EU-title. The parties are in the final stages of closing the details of the agreement and the fight is already considered to be a “done deal.” Last night, however, Adrian Granat released a video from his Twitter account where he strongly criticized Otto Wallin for pricing himself out of the contract. Continue reading “Granat-Wallin showdown hits snag”

At the end of 2017, EC Box Promotion and Team Sauerland decided that it was time for Swedish heavyweights Adrian Granat and Otto Wallin to finally collide in one of…
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De Alba-Padilla collide Feb 13

Super Featherweight Frank De Alba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) will battle Carlos Padilla (16-6-1, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event on February 13th at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The Fox-Garcia bout is scheduled for eight-rounds. Undefeated super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox (15-0, 4 KOs) will take on Ricardo Garcia (14-1, 9 KOs) in the co-main event.

In another eight-round bout, heavyweight contender Joe Hanks (22-2, 14 KOs) will fight Nick Guivas (14-9-2, 9 KOs).

The card is promoted by King’s Promotions.

Super Featherweight Frank De Alba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) will battle Carlos Padilla (16-6-1, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event on February 13th at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The…
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IBF Branches into Muay Thai

IBF President Daryl Peoples traveled to Bangkok, Thailaind in late December to announce the IBF’s market entry plans into Muay Thai and to preside over the first IBF Muay Thai bouts for the Lightweight and Jr. Lightweight titles. The bouts took place at Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium to celebrate the 73rd Anniversary of the oldest boxing stadium in Thailand. President Peoples presented the belts to the winners Saeksan Or Kwanmung, who captured vacant IBF Muay Thai Lightweight title with his win over Panpayak Sithchefbuntham, and Petchuthong Or Kwanmung, who became the IBF Muay Thai Junior Lightweight Champion defeating Kaokai Sangchaimuaythaigym. Continue reading “IBF Branches into Muay Thai”

IBF President Daryl Peoples traveled to Bangkok, Thailaind in late December to announce the IBF’s market entry plans into Muay Thai and to preside over the first IBF Muay Thai…
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Feb 2 ShoBox quadrupleheader announced

A battle of unbeaten super middleweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 2, live on SHOWTIME from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, as two-time ShoBox veteran Ronald Ellis takes on New Yorker Junior Younan. Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs), of Lynn, Mass., and Brooklyn’s Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) will clash in the 10-round main event of a four-fight telecast that features eight fighters with a combined record of 113-3-3.

In the co-feature, former Dominican Olympian Wellington Romero (12-0-1, 6 KOs) will take on Philadelphia’s Sam Teah (12-1-1, 5 KOs) in a super lightweight scrap contracted at 141 pounds. Continue reading “Feb 2 ShoBox quadrupleheader announced”

A battle of unbeaten super middleweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 2, live on SHOWTIME from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, as two-time…
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KO of the Year: Srisaket-Chocolatito

Super flyweight Srisaket Sor Rungvisai scored a controversial majority decision over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in March to win the WBC 115lb belt. An immediate rematch was ordered and most thought Gonzalez would exact revenge when they met again in September. It didn’t work out that way. This time, Srisaket brutally knocked out Chocolatito, whom many pundits had rated as high as #1 P4P.

Super flyweight Srisaket Sor Rungvisai scored a controversial majority decision over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in March to win the WBC 115lb belt. An immediate rematch was ordered and most thought…
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Boy Jones Jr. moves up in weight

Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. is winding down his Hall of Fame career, but the UK’s Boy Jones Jr (14-1-1, 8 KOs) says he’s feeling fitter and stronger than ever after making the jump from super featherweight to lightweight. The six-foot Jones returns February 10 of promoter Frank Warren’s card at the Copper Box Arena in London. “I always say it but people need to realize that I only had a handful of unlicensed fights before I turned pro back in 2015,” stated Jones. “I’ve had a lot of fights for a 21-year-old and I’m constantly learning and improving. This is the year that everyone will get to see the real Boy Jones Jr.”

Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. is winding down his Hall of Fame career, but the UK’s Boy Jones Jr (14-1-1, 8 KOs) says he’s feeling fitter and stronger than ever…
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Report: Tyson enters the weed business

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly entered the marijuana business. “Iron Mike” is involved with a 40-acre cannabis farm located in California City, according to theblast.com. Marijuana became legal in the state on Monday, January 1.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly entered the marijuana business. “Iron Mike” is involved with a 40-acre cannabis farm located in California City, according to theblast.com. Marijuana became legal…
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Arum: UFC has to come into boxing to stay alive

By TMZSports.com

Another round in the Bob Arum vs. Dana White (UFC President) mega-feud … this time, it’s the legendary boxing promoter throwing major shade at White for his plans to get into boxing in 2018. Arum tells TMZ Sports he welcomes the UFC honcho into the boxing community … but then he fires this shot …

“By coming in the business, he is really admitting that boxing is the more popular sport. And in order to keep his company alive, he has to go into the boxing business.” Continue reading “Arum: UFC has to come into boxing to stay alive”

By TMZSports.com Another round in the Bob Arum vs. Dana White (UFC President) mega-feud … this time, it’s the legendary boxing promoter throwing major shade at White for his plans…
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