T. Inoue defeats ex-Japan 118lb champ Masuda

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten younger brother WBC#9 Takuyam Inoue (10-0, 2 KOs), 119, defeated former Japanese bantamweight titlist Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15 KOs), 118.25, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 96-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten younger brother WBC#9 Takuyam Inoue (10-0, 2 KOs), 119, defeated former Japanese bantamweight titlist Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15 KOs), 118.25, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93,…
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Taguchi, Melindo, Kimura, Igarashi, Kyoguchi, Buitrago make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Milan Melindo 107.5
(WBA/IBF light flyweight unification)

Sho Kimura 112 vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi 112
(WBO flyweight title)

Hiroto Kyoguchi 105 vs. Carlos Buitrago 104
(IBF minimumweight title)

Venue: Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Milan Melindo 107.5 (WBA/IBF light flyweight unification) Sho Kimura 112 vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi 112 (WBO flyweight title) Hiroto Kyoguchi 105 vs. Carlos Buitrago…
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Browne calls out Whyte

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne says the ball is firmly in Dillian Whyte’s court as to whether the proposed clash on March 24 is to go ahead. The bout has been slated for the O2 Arena in London and both boxers have been very vocal in calling for the fight to be made.

“I heard from my promotional team this morning,” said Browne. “They informed me that Eddie Hearn has been in touch and he said that Whyte is in control of the financials. I guess that means there’s a certain amount in the pot for the fight. Apparently, Eddie is going to have one last try to get Whyte to move.” Continue reading “Browne calls out Whyte”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne says the ball is firmly in Dillian Whyte’s court as to whether the proposed clash on March…
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Roy Jones Jr. announces farewell fight

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) has announced he will fight one last time on February 8 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. “It’s my last one for the bayfront … Civic Center, Pensacola, Bayfront Arena, whatever you want to call it. So if you want to come to see my last day in Pensacola, be there February 8. That’s my last one there,” said Jones in a video posted on social media. He will be 49years old when he steps in the ring for the last time. The opponent has not been named. Tickets go on sale next week.

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) has announced he will fight one last time on February 8 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of…
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Medical Exam of year-end tripleheader participants

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Smart enough, the medical examination of six contestants who will participate in the world title tripleheader on New Year’s Eve was executed just an hour before the weigh-in ceremony of the twinbill on Saturday at the same hotel. Our press people need not move to another place to cover both events under the tight schedule.

The results of the medical checkups were all satisfactory, and their physical data were as follows: Continue reading “Medical Exam of year-end tripleheader participants”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Smart enough, the medical examination of six contestants who will participate in the world title tripleheader on New Year’s Eve was executed just…
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Inoue, Boyeaux, Ken, Pedroza Make Weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBO junior bantam champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue scaled in at the 115-pound class limit, while his French challenger Yoan Boyeaux weighed in at 113.75 at their first trips to the scale on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Also unbeaten WBC light-fly titlist Ken Shiro tipped the beam at 107.25 pound to 107.75 for Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza. Continue reading “Inoue, Boyeaux, Ken, Pedroza Make Weight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO junior bantam champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue scaled in at the 115-pound class limit, while his French challenger Yoan Boyeaux weighed in…
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Karperis-Martinez clash Jan 26

Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing will kick off the new year with Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (14-3, 5 KOs) headlining Rockin’ Fights 29 at The Paramount against Erick Martinez (14-11-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round jr. welterweight contest on January 26th. Both Karperis and Martinez are looking to bounce back after tough losses. Karperis’ loss coming by the hands of highly rated prospect and former gold glove champion Louis Cruz, and Martinez’s loss coming courtesy of the up-and-coming Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa. Continue reading “Karperis-Martinez clash Jan 26”

Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing will kick off the new year with Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (14-3, 5 KOs) headlining Rockin’ Fights 29 at The Paramount against Erick Martinez (14-11-1, 8 KOs)…
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Upset of the Year: Truax-DeGale

The Fightnews.com® Upset of the Year for 2017 (and honestly one of the biggest upsets of all time) was the shock victory by Minnesota’s Caleb Truax over IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale earlier this month in DeGale’s hometown of London, no less. Hand-picked opponent Truax was given virtually no chance by pundits, but he surprisingly took the fight to former Olympic gold medalist DeGale all night and dramatically came away with a deserved majority decision and the world championship belt.

Online Sportsbooks had listed DeGale as up to a 100:1 favorite going into the fight. Truax barely even qualified for a title shot, entering the IBF ratings at a lowly #15 a month before the fight. There was a contractual rematch clause, so Traux and DeGale will be doing it again in 2018.

The Fightnews.com® Upset of the Year for 2017 (and honestly one of the biggest upsets of all time) was the shock victory by Minnesota’s Caleb Truax over IBF super middleweight…
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Joshua-Parker Update

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins was again in contact with WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn who is vacationing. “I spoke to Eddie Hearn and he is sunning himself in the Carribean drinking cocktails. He didn’t clarify whether it was on his own private island or not,” Higgins said to Stuff. “But Eddie needs to have a good rest as it’s the calm before the storm. We think he has made a grave mistake by feeding AJ to Joseph Parker … he is sending his glass goose to the slaughter. Continue reading “Joshua-Parker Update”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins was again in contact with WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn who…
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IBF champ Easter vows to destroy Fortuna

Undefeated IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) will defend his world title against former world champion Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs) in the co-main event live on SHOWTIME January 20 in Brooklyn. The bout will be the co-feature for the big welterweight championship showdown between IBF titlist Errol Spence Jr. and former beltholder Lamont Peterson.

Robert Easter: “I’m going to be making a statement with this fight. My last three fights I haven’t gotten a knockout. I’m going to be giving my fans and fight fans a good show. I’m going to use my reach and length and destroy this guy from the outside. All my career I’ve been fighting shorter guys. Every short guy doesn’t fight the same. But you get in the ring and you feel him out and make adjustments…My mindset is that I’m not going in there to play around with him. I’m ready to destroy!”

Javier Fortuna: “My preparation for this fight is going very well. I’ve been working out in the Dominican Republic, but I’ve come back to Boston to finish my training. Right now we’re at 75% and closing in on 100%. I will be completely prepared when it’s time to fight. My preparation and my strategy make me the more dangerous guy…I prefer my opponents to be taller. It plays into what I’m able to do. I’ve never had a problem with taller opponents.”

Undefeated IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) will defend his world title against former world champion Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs) in the co-main event live on SHOWTIME…
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Salido: Loma ‘not close’ to being best fighter

Four-time world champion in two different divisions Orlando “Siri” Salido has once again produced a fight of the year candidate this time for his HBO-televised war with Miguel “Micky” Roman on December 9 in Las Vegas. That bout took place the same night Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux was televised on ESPN.

“I always give the fans the best fights that I can. Win, lose or draw the fans know that they are going to get their money’s worth. Boxing is entertainment and the fans deserve to be entertained,” stated Salido. “Not sure what Lomanchenko and Rigondeaux was, but it sure wasn’t entertainment. I keep hearing it was historic, it might have been that since it was the first time a guy hurt his hand in a ring without landing a punch and another one wins a fight without landing a significant one. Continue reading “Salido: Loma ‘not close’ to being best fighter”

Four-time world champion in two different divisions Orlando “Siri” Salido has once again produced a fight of the year candidate this time for his HBO-televised war with Miguel “Micky” Roman…
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Jan 20 fights announced in San Antonio

On January 20, 2018, the Scottish Rite Theatre in downtown San Antonio, TX, will host a boxing event presented by TMB & PRB Entertainment. Headlining the main event will be hometown hero Daniel “Da Beast” Baiz (10-1, 6 KOs) against Joey Dunmoodie (9-2, 4 KOs) in a 6-round super-welterweight bout. The co-main event will feature a female attraction between locals Briana “Queen B” Gonzales (2-1) and Brittany “Mi Vida Loca” Ordonez (2-1), in a 6-round bantamweight clash. Also seeing action will be unbeaten bantamweight “Vicious” Vic Pasillas (11-0, 4 KOs) vs. Alejandro Moreno (28-36-1, 11 KOs) in a six-rounder. Continue reading “Jan 20 fights announced in San Antonio”

On January 20, 2018, the Scottish Rite Theatre in downtown San Antonio, TX, will host a boxing event presented by TMB & PRB Entertainment. Headlining the main event will be…
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Top Rank Champions New Year’s resolutions

Boxing enjoyed an outstanding 2017 and before the crystal ball drops in Times Square to begin an even better year, Top Rank asked some of its champions for their New Year’s resolutions. Here are their responses:

TERENCE CRAWFORD (32-0, 23 KOs) / Two-division world champion
“My 2018 resolutions are to win a world title at my new welterweight division, making me a three-division champion, and to open the fully renovated B&B Boxing Academy here in Omaha for all the kids in my community to enjoy.”

VASILIY LOMACHENKO (10-1, 8 KOs) / Two-division world champion
“First I want to wish world peace on earth, good health and Happy 2018 to all. For me, I want to get back into the ring at least three times and fight the best fighters and biggest names available.” Continue reading “Top Rank Champions New Year’s resolutions”

Boxing enjoyed an outstanding 2017 and before the crystal ball drops in Times Square to begin an even better year, Top Rank asked some of its champions for their New…
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Lamar Russ Update

El Matador Management has signed middleweight contender, Lamar “The Boxing Que” Russ (17-2, 8 KOs). Felipe Gomez will now be managing the career of Russ, who hails from Wilmington, North Carolina. Gomez will work closely with DiBella Entertainment (Russ’ Promoter) as they jointly look to keep Russ busy, while guiding him toward a world title. Continue reading “Lamar Russ Update”

El Matador Management has signed middleweight contender, Lamar “The Boxing Que” Russ (17-2, 8 KOs). Felipe Gomez will now be managing the career of Russ, who hails from Wilmington, North…
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Inoue’s last 115-pound title defense sold out

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Which is more famous in Japan, WBO junior bantam champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs) or Shohei “Japanese Babe Ruth” Ohtani? Of course, Ohtani since baseball is much more popular than boxing here. Ohtani has decided to join a US team in Los Angeles and play there from next year. Which is internationally more talented, Naoya or Shohei? Naoya, 24, has been already recognized by the international boxing fraternity, while Ohtani, 23, has yet to be tested in the major league even though the 6’4” sensational pitcher/batter Shohei is the biggest athletic export ever from Japan to the US.

Naoya will participate in his probably last and seventh defense of his WBO 115-pound belt when he puts his belt on the line against Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-4, 26 KOs) in the main event on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Continue reading “Inoue’s last 115-pound title defense sold out”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Which is more famous in Japan, WBO junior bantam champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs) or Shohei “Japanese Babe Ruth” Ohtani? Of…
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Fight of the Year: Joshua-Klitschko

The epic collision between world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and former champion Wladimir Klitschko is the Fightnews.com® Fight of the Year. In front of 90,000 screaming fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in April, Joshua defeated Klitschko by eleventh round KO in a clash for both the WBA and IBF titles. In Klitschko, Joshua was facing by far his most dangerous opponent to date. The 41-year-old Wlad was determined to redeem himself after a terrible performance against Tyson Fury 18 months earlier.

It was a battle for the ages as Joshua dropped Klitschko in round five, only to be floored himself in round six. Joshua eventually regrouped himself and floored Klitschko twice in round eleven to end it.

Wlad had a rematch clause, but there was no return fight. The longtime former champ opted to retire instead.

The epic collision between world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and former champion Wladimir Klitschko is the Fightnews.com® Fight of the Year. In front of 90,000 screaming fans at London’s Wembley…
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Joshua-Parker heavyweight unification looming

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s unification bout with WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looks destined to happen after a substantial document was received by Parker’s promoter David Higgins from Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Joshua versus Parker has never been closer to happening,” Higgins said, adding that there were still “a few things to work through.” Continue reading “Joshua-Parker heavyweight unification looming”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s unification bout with WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looks destined to happen after a substantial document was…
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Juarez ready for world title fight in Ghana

Junior featherweight contender Cesar “Corazon” Juarez, has earned his nickname in the gym and in the ring. He gives all his heart into everything he does and now he is ready to win his first world championship when he travels to Accra, Ghana, later this week to take on local undefeated fighter Isaac Dogboe (17-0, 11 KOs) on January 6 for the interim World Boxing Organization 122lb title in the Bukon Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana, that will televised in the United States by Bein Sports.

Juarez has no trouble going to Africa for his world championship opportunity. “I have proven in my career that I will fight anyone anywhere, anytime and while I get duck all the time I have no problem going to my opponents home to fight. I have the preparation, the talent and the heart to beat anyone in my division and I will prove it against Dogboe,” said Juarez. Continue reading “Juarez ready for world title fight in Ghana”

Junior featherweight contender Cesar “Corazon” Juarez, has earned his nickname in the gym and in the ring. He gives all his heart into everything he does and now he is…
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King’s Promotions inks Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez

King’s Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former world title challenger Jose “Chelo” González to a promotional contract. González, 34 of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico has a record of 24-2 with 19 knockouts. He won his first 19 bouts and challenged then WBO lightweight world champion Ricky Burns on May 11, 2013. Gonzalez will be looking to come back after a two-and-a-half year layoff. Continue reading “King’s Promotions inks Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez”

King’s Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former world title challenger Jose “Chelo” González to a promotional contract. González, 34 of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico has a record…
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Year-end Schedule of World Title Bouts in Japan

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

Our heads of Japanese fight scribes are befuddled with many world title bouts to be held here in the end of this prosperous year, when we have seen no less than eleven world titleholders born here in this small country. Five champions thereof will put their belts on the line to entertain the home box audience through television. The schedule of the highly anticipated title goes are as follows:

December 30 at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama

WBO 115-pound kingpin Naoya “Monster” Inoue will defend his throne against Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux.

Naoya “Monster” Inoue, Yoan Boyeaux

Also, WBC 108-pound ruler Ken Shiro will put his belt at stake against Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza.

Ken Shiro (right), Gilberto Pedroza

December 31 at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo

WBA 108-pound titlist Ryoichi Taguchi will participate in a unification title bout with IBF champion Milan Melindo of the Philippines.

IBF 105-pound ruler Hiroto Kyoguchi will face mandatory challenger Carlos Buitrago from Nicaragua.

WBO flyweight titleholder Sho Kimura will meet ex-WBC champ and compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi.

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Can you learn all the eleven world champions out of Japan by heart? Yes, I can, but you probably can’t.

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Our heads of Japanese fight scribes are befuddled with many world title bouts to be held here in the end of this prosperous year, when…
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Boxing back Feb 10 in Worcester, Mass

The “New England’s Future” series, promoted by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), returns with its fifth installment on Saturday night, February 10, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Undefeated Hartford (CT) prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (5-0, 4 KOs) takes on Kevin “KRAY 2 UNKL” Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) New England title in the eight-round main event.

In the six-round co-featured event, New Haven (CT) super middleweight Elvis Figueroa (3-0, 1 KO) steps up to fight former New England super middleweight champion Vladine Biosse (15-7-3, 7 KOs).

The “New England’s Future” series, promoted by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), returns with its fifth installment on Saturday night, February 10, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Undefeated Hartford (CT)…
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Battle at the Boat kicks off Jan 12

Brian Halquist Productions will kick off its 2018 season with a special Friday night boxing event on Friday, Jan. 12 with Battle at the Boat 114 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. The six-bout card will feature a 10-round main event between welterweights John Jackson and Manuel Perez and the return of Walter “2 Guns” Wright.

Jackson (17-3-2, 13 KOs) is coming off a victory over former USBA lightweight champion Tyrone Harris on May 13 in his hometown of Detroit. Jackson also holds wins over Reynaldo Hurtado, who once fought for the IBF world bantamweight championship, and former NABF super bantamweight champion Ricardo Hurtado. Continue reading “Battle at the Boat kicks off Jan 12”

Brian Halquist Productions will kick off its 2018 season with a special Friday night boxing event on Friday, Jan. 12 with Battle at the Boat 114 at the Emerald Queen…
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Foreman: Joshua could have existed in any era

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Famer George Foreman thinks Anthony Joshua deserves to be rated the best heavyweight in the world and could have excelled in any era. “I think he’s a legitimate heavyweight champion. He’s on the top of the list as far as one to beat,” Foreman told The Sun tabloid.

“One day when they put together the Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder fight, it would probably be one of the greatest heavyweight fights in boxing in the modern day. Anthony Joshua is something special. What Anthony Joshua has is what every group of fighters should – he is conditioned. Continue reading “Foreman: Joshua could have existed in any era”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Famer George Foreman thinks Anthony Joshua deserves to be rated the best heavyweight in the world and could have excelled in…
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Legend of SA ring dies

By Ron Jackson

Willie Toweel one of the legends of the South African ring and the last of the fighting Toweel’s passed away at his home on Christmas night. He was 83.

Willie who was born in Benoni on April 6 1934, was a magnificent fighter and trained by his father “Papa Mike” he developed into a brilliant amateur and won SA junior and senior titles and a bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. It was reported that he lost only five fights as an amateur. Continue reading “Legend of SA ring dies”

By Ron Jackson Willie Toweel one of the legends of the South African ring and the last of the fighting Toweel’s passed away at his home on Christmas night. He…
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