Higa, Fuentes Make Weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa (14-0, 14 KOs) tipped the beam at the 112-pound class limit, while his Mexican challenger Moises Fuentes (25-4-1, 14 KOs) scaled in at 111.75 pound on Saturday in Okinawa, Japan. Higa, 22, is very much willing to extend his KO streak to fifteen, saying, “If I cannot knock him out despite my victory, I’ll be an ordinary champ. If victorious by knockout, I have something as the champion. Should I lose, I’ll be only a boxer with no crown.”

After the weigh-in was over, the promoter and Higa’s manager, Yoko Gushiken (who previously defended his WBA 108-pound belt on thirteen occasions to his credit) kindly gifted tacos, Mexican food, to Fuentes, 30, who smilingly received it with pleasure. Is that a diplomatic language? Continue reading “Higa, Fuentes Make Weight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa (14-0, 14 KOs) tipped the beam at the 112-pound class limit, while his Mexican challenger Moises Fuentes…
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Ramirez batters Ahmed to keep WBO 168lb title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) scored a one-sided six round beatdown over previously unbeaten WBO #4 challenger Habib Ahmed (22-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The bout was waved off by referee Laurence Cole with Ahmed under heavy fire. Time was 2:31. It was Zurdo’s first KO since 2014.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) scored a one-sided six round beatdown over previously unbeaten WBO #4 challenger Habib Ahmed (22-1, 17 KOs)…
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Ancajas KOs Gonzalez to retain IBF 115lb title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

In his U.S. debut, IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (27-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his world title with a tenth round KO over IBF #9 challeger Israel Gonzalez (20-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ancajas dropped Gonzalez in round one. The bout ended in round ten with two more knockdowns by the champion, who is hailed as the next Manny Pacquiao. Time was 1:50.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada In his U.S. debut, IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (27-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his world title with a tenth round KO over IBF #9…
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Undercard Results from Corpus Christi, Texas

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former world title challenger and WBO #1 rated Jesse Hart (23-1, 19 KOs) demolished Thomas Awimbono (24-8-1, 20 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hart dropped Awimbono twice to promptly end it. First with a right uppercut, then with a right/left combination. Time was 1:28. Hart is the son of Philadelphia boxing legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart.

Former WBA interim super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. (26-0, 17 KOs) reappeared to the ring for the first time since 2016 with an eight round TKO over Matthew Strode (24-6, 9 KOs). Benavidez returned after taking a gunshot to the leg. He is the older brother of current WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez.

Continue reading “Undercard Results from Corpus Christi, Texas”

Photos: Sumio Yamada Former world title challenger and WBO #1 rated Jesse Hart (23-1, 19 KOs) demolished Thomas Awimbono (24-8-1, 20 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at…
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WBSS: Gassiev KOs Dorticos, unifies WBA/IBF

The cruiserweight semifinals of the popular World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) concluded Saturday when undefeated IBF world champion Murat “Iron” Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over previously unbeaten WBA world champion Yunier “The KO Doctor” Dorticos (21-1, 20 KOs) at the Bolshov Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.

Both fighters came out aggressively and landed big shots. Dorticos applied pressure, while Gassiev landed cleaner shots. As the fight progressed, Gassiev took control as Dorticos slowed down. Dorticos tried to rally in round eleven but got rocked and had to hold on. Gassiev dropped Dorticos three times in round twelve. The end came when Gassiev blasted Dorticos through the ropes with eight seconds left in the bout.

WBA/IBF champion Gassiev will advance to the WBSS championship final in Saudi Arabia this May to fight WBO/WBC champion Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) in a bout to crown an undisputed cruiserweight champion and unify all four major championship belts.

The cruiserweight semifinals of the popular World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) concluded Saturday when undefeated IBF world champion Murat “Iron” Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO…
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Okolie defeats Chamberlain in grudge fight

2016 Olympian cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a clearcut ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Isaac Chamberlain (9-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday in a grudge match at The O2 in London. Scores were 98-89, 96-90 and 97-89. Chamberlain was down in rounds one and six. He also had a point deducted for holding.

Unbeaten super welterweight Ted Cheeseman (13-0, 8 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Carson Jones (40-13-2, 30 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 100-89. Cheeseman claimed the WBA International belt. Jones missed wight so wasn’t eligible for the belt.

Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi (4-0, 3 KOs) blew away Jordan Joseph (7-2-1, 2 KOs) in two rounds.

2016 Olympian cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a clearcut ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Isaac Chamberlain (9-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday in a grudge match at…
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WBO #6 Schwarz stops Nebo in four

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

WBO #6 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (20-0, 13 KOs) predicted a fourth found KO over Samir Nebo (10-2-1, 10 KOs) and he got it on Saturday at the Erdgas Sports Arena in Halle (Saale), Germany. Schwarz threw a barrage of punches prompting Nebo to turn away and the bout was stopped at 1:50 of round four. Nebo protested to no avail.

In the co-feature, former world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (47-5, 17 KOs) defeated Bartlomiej Grafka (20-28-3, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision in a super middleweight bout. Scores were 78-75, 78-76, 79-73. Krasniqi returned ten months after his decision loss to Arthur Abraham. Continue reading “WBO #6 Schwarz stops Nebo in four”

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #6 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (20-0, 13 KOs) predicted a fourth found KO over Samir Nebo (10-2-1, 10 KOs) and he got it on…
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Undercard Results from Sochi, Russia

In a WBSS cruiserweight substitute fight, WBO #2, WBA/WBC #3, IBF #6 rated Maksim Vlasov (42-2, 25 KOs) punished WBC #5 Olanrewaju Durodola (27-5, 25 KOs) for ten rounds. Durodola didn’t come out for round eleven. Vlasov is now WBA International and WBC silver champion.

Former world champion and WBA #3 super middleweight Fedor Chudinov (16-3, 11 KOs) gave late sub Timo Laine (21-10, 6 KOs) a one-way beating for seven rounds. Laine didn’t come out for round eight. Chudinov retained his WBA International belt.

In a clash for the WBA International bantamweight title, reigning beltholder and WBA #7 rated Mikhail Aloyan (4-0, 0 KOs) scored a close ten round split decision over previously unbeaten WBA #8 rated Alexander Espinoza (15-1-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-95 Aloyan, 96-94 Espinoza. Aloyan is a two-time Olympic medalist and former amateur world champion.

In a WBSS cruiserweight substitute fight, WBO #2, WBA/WBC #3, IBF #6 rated Maksim Vlasov (42-2, 25 KOs) punished WBC #5 Olanrewaju Durodola (27-5, 25 KOs) for ten rounds. Durodola…
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Ellis, Younan open to rematch

By Bill Green at ringside

Undefeated super middleweight prospects Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan fought to a split draw in the main event of ShoBox on Friday night at the WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa. At the midway point, Ellis was behind on every card, but he won four of the final five rounds on all three cards to keep his “O” intact.

“I thought I pulled it out,” said Ellis. “I closed the show at the end. I was pressuring him and the fans know I won. In the eighth, he landed a couple of shots but he wasted his energy. As you saw, he didn’t do anything the rest of that round, and after that round he had nothing left. He was running from the start, so I knew I could land shots on him anytime. My only regret is I wish that I got him out of there. It’s all knockouts from here on out. I would definitely fight him again, but I’ll do whatever my promoter lines up for me.” Continue reading “Ellis, Younan open to rematch”

By Bill Green at ringside Undefeated super middleweight prospects Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan fought to a split draw in the main event of ShoBox on Friday night at the…
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Avelar halts Frias in tenth

Featherweight Issac “Canelito” Avelar (14-0, 9 KOs) captured the WBC FECOMBOX title with a tenth round TKO victory over Alejandro Frias (6-3-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Explanada de Expoplaza in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Photo: Mario Serrano

Avelar, a southpaw who was fighting in front of his hometown fans, applied pressure from the opening bell, forcing Frias to fight going backwards. Avelar used a lot of faints to keep Frias off balance, giving him opportunities to a land a lot of power shots. In the middle rounds, Avelar was overpowering the taller Frias, forcing him fight off the ropes. As the fight entered the later rounds, Frias was starting to fade, as Avelar maintained a steady attack. In the tenth and final round, Avelar landed a flurry of punches to the head and body of Frias, forcing the referee to stop the bout at the :40 second mark. Avelar, who is managed by Prince Ranch Boxing’s Greg Hannely, remained undefeated. Continue reading “Avelar halts Frias in tenth”

Featherweight Issac “Canelito” Avelar (14-0, 9 KOs) captured the WBC FECOMBOX title with a tenth round TKO victory over Alejandro Frias (6-3-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Explanada…
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ShoBox: Ellis-Younan ends in draw

By Bill Green at ringside

In a clash between undefeated super middleweight prospects, Ronald Ellis (14-0-2, 10 KOs) and Junior Younan (13-0-1, 9 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night at the WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa. It was a close fight with some good exchanges. Scores were 96-94 Ellis, 96-94 Younan, 95-95.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Unbeaten lightweight Thomas Mattice (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over two-time ShoBox winner Rolando Chinea (15-2-1, 6 KOs). Chinea built up a big lead, but Mattice turned the tables in round seven with a big shot, then got the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches culminating with a knockdown. Time was 1:31.

Undefeated super lightweight Montana Love (9-0, 4 KOs) scored an eight round majority decision over Philadelphia prospect Sam Teah (12-2-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 76-76. Love was originally scheduled to fight on a non-televised undercard bout, but he stepped in for Wellington Romero, who was forced to withdraw on Monday with a back injury.

By Bill Green at ringside In a clash between undefeated super middleweight prospects, Ronald Ellis (14-0-2, 10 KOs) and Junior Younan (13-0-1, 9 KOs) battled to a ten round draw…
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Undercard Results from Sloan, Iowa

By Bill Green at ringside

New Jersey amateur prospect Joel Flores who was recently signed by GH3 would have to settle for a majority draw against St Louis’s Charles Johnson. Flores quickly established a strong body attack with fast flurries. Johnson thought to be only as MMA type opponent proved his worth by landing chopping right hands and occasional lead left hooks to the body. While Flores would have plenty moments with the cleaner and pure boxing style, Johnson would switch stances and surprisingly show Great footwork to dance out of any problems. Rounds 3 and 4 we’re back and forth action with both fighters imposing their will and landing big shots. The Iowa commission deserves credit for ignoring one fighters status of being a blue chip prospect and declaring the fight a draw. Scorecards read Judge Bechen 39-37, Mike Contreras 38-38 and Jeff Sinett 38-38. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Sloan, Iowa”

By Bill Green at ringside New Jersey amateur prospect Joel Flores who was recently signed by GH3 would have to settle for a majority draw against St Louis’s Charles Johnson.…
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Ramirez, Ahmed, Ancajas, Gonzalez make weight

Zurdo Ramirez 168 vs. Habib Ahmed 166.75
(WBO super middleweight title)
Ramirez was .25 heavy, stripped naked and made weight

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jerwin Ancajas 114.75 vs. Israel Gonzalez 114
(IBF jr bantamweight title)

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jesse Hart 173.5 vs. Thomas Awimbono 179.5
Teofimo Lopez 139.75 vs. Juan Sanchez 144.5
Gabriel Flores 131.5 vs. Alex Solorio 130
Rohan Murdock 169.5 vs. Frank Filippone 166.5
Jose Benavidez 148 vs. Matthew Strode 149.5
David Kaminsky 148.5 vs. Rafael Munoz 149.5

Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN

Zurdo Ramirez 168 vs. Habib Ahmed 166.75 (WBO super middleweight title) Ramirez was .25 heavy, stripped naked and made weight Jerwin Ancajas 114.75 vs. Israel Gonzalez 114 (IBF jr bantamweight…
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Weights from London

Lawrence Okolie 199.5 vs. Isaac Chamberlain 197.5
(WBA Continental cruiserweight title)

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Ted Cheeseman 153.4 vs. Carson Jones 158.5
(WBA International super welterweight title)
Note: Jones didn’t make weight)

Joshua Buatsi 177.5 vs. Jordan Joseph 175.5
Reece Bellotti 125.5 vs. Ben Jones 127
Gamal Yafai 124 vs. Jose Hernandez 122.5

Venue: The O2 in London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky Sports

Lawrence Okolie 199.5 vs. Isaac Chamberlain 197.5 (WBA Continental cruiserweight title) Ted Cheeseman 153.4 vs. Carson Jones 158.5 (WBA International super welterweight title) Note: Jones didn’t make weight) Joshua Buatsi…
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Weights from Germany

Tom Schwarz 238 vs. Samir Nebo 226.5
(WBO IC/German heavyweight titles)

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Robin Krasniqi 171 vs. Bartlomiej Grafka 170.6
Jurgen Uldedaj 197.75 vs. Jakub Synek 198.5
Tom Dzemski 174.5 vs. Patrick Linkert 172.5
Roman Fress 197.5 vs. Ralf Sawetski 201
Elvis Hetemi 170 vs. Stanislav Eschner 171.5
Roman Belaev 148.5 vs. Giorgi Abramishvili 148.3
Marco Martini 153.75 vs. Daniel Przewieslik 153.75

Venue: Erdgas Sportarena, Halle (Saale), Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR

Tom Schwarz 238 vs. Samir Nebo 226.5 (WBO IC/German heavyweight titles) Robin Krasniqi 171 vs. Bartlomiej Grafka 170.6 Jurgen Uldedaj 197.75 vs. Jakub Synek 198.5 Tom Dzemski 174.5 vs. Patrick…
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Weights from Tlalnepantla

Guadalupe Martínez 114 vs. Irma García 115
(WBC female super flyweight title)

Bryan González 133 vs. Adrián Morales 135
Héctor Reyes 154 vs. Luis Montelongo 157
Adrian Curiel 114 vs. Alejandro Villaseñor 112
Victoria Torres 122 vs. Celeste González 122

Venue: Convention Center, Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Cancun Boxing
TV: Azteca 7, beIN Sports Espanol

Guadalupe Martínez 114 vs. Irma García 115 (WBC female super flyweight title) Bryan González 133 vs. Adrián Morales 135 Héctor Reyes 154 vs. Luis Montelongo 157 Adrian Curiel 114 vs.…
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Unbeaten WBC 112lb champ Higa to defend against Fuentes

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

For Hall of Famer, former WBA 108-pound champ in 1970’s, Yoko Gushiken (23-1, 15 KOs), this will be a grudge fight with his pupil, WBC flyweight titlist Daigo Higa (14-0, 14 KOs) fighting on his behalf. Gushiken, in the last world title bout in Okinawa 37 years ago, forfeited his belt to Mexican Pedro Flores on an upset twelfth-round knockout defeat in 1981. Gushiken and Higa both come from Okinawa, a southern island with the US military camp, from which many great world champions were produced to the credit of the local residents.

Higa, an unblemished KO artist with two guns, will put his belt on the line against two-division world champ Moises Fuentes (25-4-1, 14 KOs), a Mexican puncher like Pedro Flores, at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan (Martial Arts Hall) in the capital Naha city, on Sunday. Daigo, aiming to extend his mark to 15-0 with all knockouts, will make his second defense of the WBC belt since he dethroned Juan Hernandez by a sixth-round stoppage in May of the previous year. Continue reading “Unbeaten WBC 112lb champ Higa to defend against Fuentes”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda For Hall of Famer, former WBA 108-pound champ in 1970’s, Yoko Gushiken (23-1, 15 KOs), this will be a grudge fight with his…
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Boxing Back At Cache Creek

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Professional boxing returns to the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, near Sacramento, on Feb. 10, with area favorite Alan Sanchez (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of Fairfield meeting Ramses Agaton (20-6-3, 10 KOs) of Mexico in the eight-round, welterweight main event.

Promoters Don Chargin and Paco Damian see a bright future for Sanchez, whose last two fights were a fifth-round stoppage of Miguel Angel Huerta (28-15-1, 8 KOs) last June after a 2016 split-decision win over Pablo Cano (30-7-1, 21 KOs). Agaton was 1-1 in his last two fights. Continue reading “Boxing Back At Cache Creek”

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Professional boxing returns to the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, near Sacramento, on Feb. 10, with area favorite Alan Sanchez (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of…
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Gassiev and Dorticos make weight

IBF cruiserweight World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) made weight ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy semi-final at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi. Gassiev weighed 199 lbs. and Dorticos weighed 200 lbs.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

“I would like to thank every who came to the weigh-in,” said Gassiev. “I don’t feel any pressure at all. I am looking forward to fighting in front of my family, friends, and fans. The stare down was intense, but that is normal. I see a future in the tournament after this fight. I will do my job.”

Said Cuban Dorticos: “I will end the fight before the fifth round. I will kick his ass in front of his own fans. On Saturday the Russian fans and boxing fanatics all over the world will learn what the ‘KO Doctor’ is about!”

Saturday’s winner will face Ukraine’s Aleksandr Usyk in the final of the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series. The final takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in May.

IBF cruiserweight World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) made weight ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy semi-final at the Bolshoy Ice…
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Povetkin-Price is official

Alexander Povetkin will defend his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Heavyweight titles against David Price at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.Former WBA ruler Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA Super title held by Anthony Joshua MBE, who meets Joseph Parker in a unification blockbuster at the top of the bill. The Russian powerhouse will be targeting a showdown with the main event winner, but must first make a second successful defence of his titles having seen off Christian Hammer in December after winning the belts in July against Andriy Rudenko.

“I’m very excited to be fighting on this huge show,” said Povetkin. “I expect to put on a great performance and then go on to fight the Joshua vs. Parker winner later this year.”

Price has other ideas as he lands a golden opportunity to take a seat at the top table in the Heavyweight division. The Liverpool favourite returned to action in December in Essex after his loss to Hammer in February, and the 34 year old is determined to take this golden chance on a ‘life changing’ night. Continue reading “Povetkin-Price is official”

Alexander Povetkin will defend his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Heavyweight titles against David Price at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.Former WBA…
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Unbeaten super middleweights collide tonight

Undefeated super middleweight prospects Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan made weight on Thursday for their 10-round main event matchup tonight on Showtime from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloane, Iowa. Younan (13-0, 9 KOs), a former amateur standout, is a highly-touted prospect from Brooklyn taking a major step-up in class against Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs), the 2010 National Golden Gloves Champion with two ShoBox appearances under his belt. Both prospects will fight in their first scheduled 10-round bout.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Ronald Ellis: “I let him do all the talking. We’ll just get cracking when we get in there. I’m smarter than him, and I’ll let my hands do the talking…we sparred years ago, but he was just warming me up though.”

Junior Younan: “I’m looking to make a statement. This is a step-up test for me. But I’m coming here to pass the test…we sparred and I honestly don’t think he’s that good. I didn’t think much of him. We’re sparring with elite fighters. He isn’t bringing anything we haven’t seen.”

Undefeated super middleweight prospects Ronald Ellis and Junior Younan made weight on Thursday for their 10-round main event matchup tonight on Showtime from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloane, Iowa. Younan…
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Benavidez: I will finish Gavril with a knockout

Undefeated WBC super middleweight world champion David Benavidez held a media workout in Las Vegas Thursday ahead of his world championship rematch with top-rated contender Ronald Gavril on February 17 live on SHOWTIME from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “I am not focused on anything except for this fight,” stated Benavidez. “He says it’s going to end in a knockout, but I promise you I will finish him with a knockout come fight night. I’m here to give the fans what they want, and that’s another great fight.”

Photo: John Gurzinski/Mayweather Promotions

“I think we’re definitely going to steal the show February 17. It was a great fight last time and I have no doubt it’s going to be exciting again, as long as it lasts. There’s only one way this fight ends and that’s with me knocking him out.”

Undefeated WBC super middleweight world champion David Benavidez held a media workout in Las Vegas Thursday ahead of his world championship rematch with top-rated contender Ronald Gavril on February 17…
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Weights From Aguascalientes, Mexico

Alejandro Frias 125 vs. Issac Avelar 126
(WBC Fecombox featherweight title)

Damian Vazquez 117 vs. Miguel Lizardo 118
Cristina Mora 114 vs. Gabriela Sanchez 112
Edwing Davila 125 vs. Carlos Guardado 123
Donovan Estrella 138 vs. Antonio Camacho 136
Maryan Salazar 108 vs. Naomi Reyes 108
Kye Brooks 185 vs. Antonio Reyes 186

Promoter: Sugar Promotions
Venue: Explanada de Expoplaza, Aguascalientes, Mexico
Facebook Live Stream: Canal 26 en Vivo
First Fight Starts at 5:30 p.m CT

Alejandro Frias 125 vs. Issac Avelar 126 (WBC Fecombox featherweight title) Damian Vazquez 117 vs. Miguel Lizardo 118 Cristina Mora 114 vs. Gabriela Sanchez 112 Edwing Davila 125 vs. Carlos…
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Ramirez-Ahmed/Ancajas-Gonzalez Final Presser

By Mikey Williams/Top Rank

IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (26-1-1, 18 KOs), his challeger Israel Gonzalez (20-1, 8 KOs), WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (36-0, 24 KOs) and his challenger Habib Ahmed (22-0, 17 KOs) faced off Thursday in advance of their ESPN-televised world title fights on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jerwin Ancajas: I’m very excited to be fighting in the U.S. because this gives me a big opportunity to be able to showcase my talent.

Israel Gonzalez: We didn’t come to play. We came to take that title from Ancajas and I promised Mexico and Cabo San Lucas to take that title back.

Zurdo Ramirez: I take really seriously, like every fight, because nobody knows him. But a lot of great fighters come from Ghana that nobody knows…Azumah Nelson…Joshua Clottey…so I know he’s really prepared to put on a great show.

Habib Ahmed: It’s been my dream to be a world champion. This opportunity has come to us and I’m going to take it.

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By Mikey Williams/Top Rank IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (26-1-1, 18 KOs), his challeger Israel Gonzalez (20-1, 8 KOs), WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (36-0,…
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WBA: WBSS winner must fight Lebedev

The World Boxing Association (WBA) granted a special permit to Yunier Dorticos, current WBA cruiserweight champion, to unify his belt against Murat Gassiev, International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion on Saturday. Meanwhile, Denis Lebedev, WBA super champion at 200 pounds, was declared champion “in recess.”

This special permit is endorsed by the WBA Rules in article C46, which allows the body to modify or suspend the strict application of the rules, as long as the situation warrants it. In this case, the WBA considered that, although Dorticos had to face Lebedev, a unification fight is always beneficial for boxing. This fight is in the semifinal phase of the “World Boxing Super Series” tournament, which generates a tangible benefit that boosts the sport and increases its popularity around the world, giving good financial opportunities to the participants. In addition, Lebedev expressed verbally and in writing his consent to this resolution. Continue reading “WBA: WBSS winner must fight Lebedev”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) granted a special permit to Yunier Dorticos, current WBA cruiserweight champion, to unify his belt against Murat Gassiev, International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion on Saturday.…
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