Salita Promotions Inks Christina Hammer

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of undefeated women’s unified world middleweight champion Christina Hammer to a multi-fight promotional contract. Already a superstar in Europe, “Lady Hammer” (22-0, 10 KOs), from Dortmund, Germany, (via Novodolinka, Kazakhstan) is the current WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion. She has also previously held the WBF Middleweight, as well as WBO and WBF Super Middleweight Championships.

Under Salita’s promotional direction, Hammer will make her United States boxing debut on Friday, January 12, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, on the non-televised undercard of a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast (10 p.m. ET/PT), featuring unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields’ WBC and IBF title defense against mandatory challenger Tori Nelson. Hammer is scheduled for a 10-round fight, highlights of which will be shown on SHOWTIME. Continue reading “Salita Promotions Inks Christina Hammer”

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of undefeated women’s unified world middleweight champion Christina Hammer to a multi-fight promotional contract. Already a superstar in Europe, “Lady Hammer” (22-0, 10…
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Koseki dethrones WBC 105lb champ Kuroki to win 2nd belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (23-2-1, 9 KOs), 103.75, impressively captured the WBC 105-pound belt as she dethroned compatriot Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 96-94) over ten speedy rounds on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan. It’s a contest of the southpaw titleholders with Koseki showcasing her superior volume of punches that overwhelmed the less experienced local favorite. After the seventh Koseki was leading on points of the open scoring system—68-65, 69-64, 67-66. Kuroki turned loose, but the more aggressive Koseki had a second wind to take the initiative down the stretch. Koseki had retained her WBC atomweight belt on seventeen occasions, and will have to decide which of the WBC belts she likes to keep and defend from now on after talking with her manager Masayuki Ariyoshi, who has cultivated Koseki into such an excellent fighting champion. photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (23-2-1, 9 KOs), 103.75, impressively captured the WBC 105-pound belt as she dethroned compatriot Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1,…
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King’s Promotions announces 2018 dates

Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has announced that the company will stage at least 14 events in Pennsylvania in 2018. The dates will be spread out over three of the premiere venues in the state. The 2300 Arena and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia as well as the Sands Bethlehem Event Center will stage the fight cards which will be seen live on national television. Continue reading “King’s Promotions announces 2018 dates”

Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has announced that the company will stage at least 14 events in Pennsylvania in 2018. The dates will be spread out over three of the premiere…
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Horn camp wants $4 million for Crawford fight

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn was paid US$760,000 (AUD$1 million) for his successful defense against WBO #10 Gary Corcoran last week but is chasing US$4 million or (AUD$5 million) to defend against WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford in 2018 according to Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan who talked to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail.

“I can tell you now, Jeff won’t be fighting Crawford for $1 million,” Lonergan said. ”This is a huge fight, pitting a man who beat an 11-time world champ (Pacquiao) against a fighter who is unbeaten in 32 bouts and regarded by many as the world’s best boxer, pound-for-pound. This will be one of the biggest fights in the world in 2018.” Continue reading “Horn camp wants $4 million for Crawford fight”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn was paid US$760,000 (AUD$1 million) for his successful defense against WBO #10 Gary Corcoran last week but is…
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Avni Yildirim returns with KO win – Derek Edwards next

Super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (17-1) has fully recovered from his KO loss to Chris Eubank jr. in the World Boxing Super Series tournament and wants to prove that he is still a top contender in the division.
On Saturday, the 26-year-old Turk came back with a first-round KO win over Attila Korda (13-7) in Munich. Yildirim floored his opponent multiple times before referee Ingo Barrabas stopped the fight.
“It felt good to be back in the ring”, said Yildirim. “I want to return as soon as possible. Defeat hasn’t broken me but only made me stronger.”
Promoter Ahmet Oner announced that Yildirim’s next fight will be at “Satory Hall” in Cologne on March 3rd. “The win over Korda was good for Avni to get back on track. But Korda was more of a victim than a real opponent”, said Oner. “In his next fight, Avni will have to show a lot more.”
Yildirim will face Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards from Las Vegas in a bout for the WBC International Championship.
“I am sure that this will be a good fight”, says Oner. “Edwards stopped Badou Jack in 2014 and went the distance with the likes of Andre Dirrell and Gilberto Ramirez.”
Edwards has fought on the road many times in recent years so he is used to traveling. “I’m looking forward to March 3 with great intensity”, he said. “I’ve already started training, lighty. Then in early January I will be in heavy training. I have seen many fights on TV over the years televised from Germany in front of huge enthusiastic crowds, and I look forward to being my aggressive self against Yildirim for the great boxing fans of Germany.”

Super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (17-1) has fully recovered from his KO loss to Chris Eubank jr. in the World Boxing Super Series tournament and wants to prove that he…
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Tawatchai-Doheny clash in IBF eliminator

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #7 Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) will clash with IBF #3 Terrence Doheny (17-0) in an IBF jr featherweight eliminator on Wednesday at Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand. Tawatchai also boxed Shingo Wake in an eliminator in Japan in 2015, so this is the second chance for Tawatchai. This time, he’s happy the fight in his homeland. Doheny was originally scheduled to fight Evgeny Gradovich in Russia but he unfortunately had a vision problem. Dohney trained for many months and was ready to fight for this eliminator so Tawatchai was the replacement. Continue reading “Tawatchai-Doheny clash in IBF eliminator”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #7 Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) will clash with IBF #3 Terrence Doheny (17-0) in an IBF jr featherweight eliminator on Wednesday at Suanlum…
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Joe Fournier wins WBA International title

By Robert Coster

Joe Fournier, the multi-millionaire British businessman turned boxer, returned to ring action after a year of inactivity. Fournier traveled to the Dominican Republic to face veteran Wilmer Mejia for the WBA International light-heavyweight title. Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs) won the vacant belt scoring a second round KO over Mejia (22-10-3, 16 KOs).

Courtesy of Domini Boxing

The British boxer attacked his foe as soon as the bell rang but, in the first round, Mejia showed good movement and a jab that found its mark. In the second round, Fournier gave up the head-hunting and attacked the body. It was precisely a hook to the liver that sent Mejia to the canvas for the full count. Continue reading “Joe Fournier wins WBA International title”

By Robert Coster Joe Fournier, the multi-millionaire British businessman turned boxer, returned to ring action after a year of inactivity. Fournier traveled to the Dominican Republic to face veteran Wilmer…
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Five-time female champ Fujioka renounces WBO 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Five-time female champion Naoko Fujioka announced last week in Tokyo, Japan, to relinquish her newly-acquired WBO 108-pound belt because of weight problems. Naoko seized the vacant WBO junior fly belt by decisively defeating Yokasta Valle of Costa Rica by a unanimous nod over ten hard-fought rounds on December 1.

Fujioka had a rematch clause with Valle’s manager/promoter Mario Vega, but people concerned amicably settled this matter since Naoko had a difficulty making the 108-pound limit again. Valle will fight in quest of the vacant WBO belt in her home turf Costa Rica. Though eventually losing, Valle displayed a gallant performance to win the praise of the audience here. Fujioka will keep her WBA 112-pound belt to make a defense next spring.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Five-time female champion Naoko Fujioka announced last week in Tokyo, Japan, to relinquish her newly-acquired WBO 108-pound belt because of weight problems. Naoko…
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Lewis urges Horn not to fight Crawford

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail and he has urged WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn NOT to fight WBO mandatory challenger Terrence Crawford because of the obvious problems he is having making the 147 pound limit. “Jeff Horn looked so drained at the weigh-in for the Corcoran fight, it was like he’d had a bout with Count Dracula the night before,” said Lewis, a 2017 IBHOF inductee. “He looked emaciated. Continue reading “Lewis urges Horn not to fight Crawford”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail and he has urged WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn NOT…
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Valentine wins Japanese 140lb belt; Obara keeps WBO ASPAC 147lb title

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Perennial contender, 36-year-old veteran Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9 KOs), 139.5, wrested the Japanese 140-pound belt as he dethroned his close friend and defending champ Koichi Aso (22-8-1, 15 KOs), 139.75, by a hairline verdict (95-94 twice, 96-95) over ten hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Valentine previously failed three times to acquire a belt, losing to Shinya Iwabuchi, Man-Wook Kim and Hiroki Okada. But he displayed a great determination to win the national belt in scoring good points in the second half, while the shaven-skulled Aso’s vision seemingly deteriorated with bad bleeding from the third round onward. Valentine’s long efforts finally paid off. Continue reading “Valentine wins Japanese 140lb belt; Obara keeps WBO ASPAC 147lb title”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Perennial contender, 36-year-old veteran Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9 KOs), 139.5, wrested the Japanese 140-pound belt as he dethroned his close friend and defending…
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Seldin: This fight motivates me even more

“I’ll be back, I promise you that,” says jr welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, who lost for the first time on Saturday night against Yves Ulysse in Laval, Quebec, Canada. “I hate to lose and I’ll be a much better fighter next time. I’m a fighter who likes to entertain the fans and bang. I’m sorry I couldn’t catch him. I promise I am going right back into the gym as soon as they let me and I will fix some things so this never happens again. This fight motivates me even more and I promise I will make 2018 the year of the “Hebrew Hammer.

“I was not expecting him to move so much, I figured in front of his home town fans he would stand and fight more. I tried my best to make a fight of it and refused to let the knockdowns keep me down. The knockdowns didn’t really affect me, I just got up and went to work. I like the combat, it was the chasing that got to me. I just want to brawl.”

“I’ll be back, I promise you that,” says jr welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, who lost for the first time on Saturday night against Yves Ulysse in Laval, Quebec,…
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Chihuas, Felix Jr. triumph in Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (25-4-1, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ronald Ramos (40-17-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Rodriguez dropped Ramos in round two and finished him in round six. Time was 2:45.

In other action, lightweight contender Jose “Josesito” Felix Jr. (36-2-1, 28 KOs) won by fourth round TKO over Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (22-8, 15 KOs).

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (25-4-1, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ronald Ramos (40-17-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis…
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Torres wins WBA female 108lb title

Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (18-0-1, 6 KOs) won the WBA female light flyweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Brenda “Bonita” Flores (12-4-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Torres won by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93. The bout had some historical significance because Silvia’s sister is longtime former WBC champion Ana Maria Torres.

Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (18-0-1, 6 KOs) won the WBA female light flyweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Brenda “Bonita” Flores (12-4-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Saunders toys with and defeats Lemieux

Photo: Matt HeasleyHogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

In a grudge match, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) dominated former IBF David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Hometown favorite Lemieux was never in the fight as he was thoroughly outboxed by Saunders. Scores were 120-108, 117-111, 118-110.
Photo: Matt HeasleyHogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Billy Joe Saunders: “I know you’re booing me because I whooped your fighter’s ass…I wouldn’t have come over here if I thought I’d get beat…I’m a different animal now. I wanted to put it on Lemieux…Canelo fight me NOW!

David Lemieux: “I wasn’t at my best. As of the second round I couldn’t use my left hand the way I wanted to. He was on the run and I had difficulty throwing my shots. I guess his strategy to win is to run away from fighters instead of fighting. If that’s the way you want to win then, hey, congratulations.”

In a grudge match, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) dominated former IBF David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night at Place…
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O’Sullivan KOs Douglas, Ulysse beats Seldin

Photo: Matt HeasleyHogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) scored an upset seventh round KO over WBO #7, WBC #8, WBA #10 rated Antoine “Action” Douglas (22-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. O’Sullivan broke down Douglas and blasted him to the canvas in round seven to end it. Time was 1:03. O’Sullivan claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title.
Photo: Matt HeasleyHogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Super lightweight Yves Ulysse Jr (15-1, 9 KOs) completely outclassed previously unbeaten WBC #13 rated Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (21-1, 17 KOs). Ulysse dropped Seldin in each of the first three rounds, then cruised to a 99-88 win on all three cards. Continue reading “O’Sullivan KOs Douglas, Ulysse beats Seldin”

Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) scored an upset seventh round KO over WBO #7, WBC #8, WBA #10 rated Antoine “Action” Douglas (22-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night…
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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez 114 vs. Ronald Ramos 115
Jairo “Doberman” López 134 vs. José “Josesito” Félix Jr. 135
Elías Emigdio 118.5 vs. Balam Hernández 150
Joseph “Diamante” Aguirre 134.2 vs. Facundo Ased 131
Pedro Tut 122 vs. Geovanny Zamora 122
(WBC Youth super bantamweight title)

Venue: Oasis Grand Arena in Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez 114 vs. Ronald Ramos 115 Jairo “Doberman” López 134 vs. José “Josesito” Félix Jr. 135 Elías Emigdio 118.5 vs. Balam Hernández 150 Joseph…
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Weights from Mexico City

Silvia Torres 107 vs. Brenda Flores 108
Elvis Torres 132 vs. Miguel A. González 133
Martín Tepacuetla 115 vs. César Martinez 115
Sergio Sánchez 126 vs. Daniel Rojas 126.4
Antonio Lozada Jr 138 vs. Fernando Avila 139
Adrian Curiel 108 vs. Adrian Pacheco 108
Uriel Pérez 140 vs. Joe Rodriguezz 137

Venue: Deportivo del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro, CdMx
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

Silvia Torres 107 vs. Brenda Flores 108 Elvis Torres 132 vs. Miguel A. González 133 Martín Tepacuetla 115 vs. César Martinez 115 Sergio Sánchez 126 vs. Daniel Rojas 126.4 Antonio…
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Molina: I did what I had to to get the victory

Two weeks away from his 35th birthday, super lightweight John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. (30-7, 24 KOs) showed he’s still one of the most exciting boxers today. Molina came off the canvas in round two to deliver a sensational fourth round stoppage of Ivan Redkach (20-3-1, 16 KOs) Friday night in Lancaster, California. “It was a great fight,” said Molina. “I was a little rusty, but it’s not an excuse, Redkach was a really tough guy. We got the job done and never gave up. A fight is a fight, it’s not over until it’s over.”

“You always dig deep with your family watching,” added Molina. “You never want to lose in front of your family. I’m always going to fight until the very end. I had a tough opponent in front of me but I did what I had to to get the victory.”

Two weeks away from his 35th birthday, super lightweight John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. (30-7, 24 KOs) showed he’s still one of the most exciting boxers today. Molina came off…
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Vargas wins, James and Molina steal the show

Photo: Peter Young/Premier Boxing Champions

It’s been 13 months since former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) lost his world title to Manny Pacquiao. He finally returned to the ring with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Aaron Herrera (33-8-1, 22 KOs) in a welterweight bout at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Vargas, rated WBC #4, Vargas dropped Herrera in round six and cruised to a 100-89 win on all three cards.
Photo: Peter Young/Premier Boxing Champions

Minnesota welterweight Jamal James (22-1, 10 KOs) scored an upset third round KO over WBA #5, WBC #5 welterweight, WBO #10 super welterweight Diego Chaves (26-3-1, 22 KOs). A left hook put Chaves down for the count. Time was 2:12.
Photo: Peter Young/Premier Boxing Champions

Super lightweight John Molina Jr (30-7, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Ivan Redkach (20-4-1, 16 KOs). Redkach dropped Molina at the end of round two, but Molina roared back to drop Redkach in round three and knock him out at the end of round four. Fight of the year candidate! Continue reading “Vargas wins, James and Molina steal the show”

It’s been 13 months since former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) lost his world title to Manny Pacquiao. He finally returned to the ring with a one-sided…
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Povetkin punches ticket to Joshua fight

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside

WBA #2, WBO #6, IBF #12 rated former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #1, WBA #3, IBF #4 Christian Hammer (22-5, 12 K0s) on Friday night at the DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Former Olympic gold medalist Povetkin pressed the action and generally got the best of it. Hammer was deducted a point for holding in round seven. In the end, scores were 120-107, 120-108, 118-108.

The bout was for the WBO International and WBA Intercontinental belts, plus Povetkin promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy stated, “I have confirmation from WBA that Anthony Joshua must fight the Povetkin-Hammer winner.”

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside WBA #2, WBO #6, IBF #12 rated former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #1,…
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Saunders and Lemieux make weight

Photos: Matt Heasley-Hogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Billy Joe Saunders 160 vs. David Lemieux 160
(WBO middleweight title)
At a rowdy weigh-in, both had to strip naked to make weight.

Antoine Douglas 159.2 vs. Gary O’Sullivan 158.8
Cletus Seldin 141.6 vs. Yves Ulysse, Jr 141.2

Venue: Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO

Photos

Photos: Matt Heasley-Hogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Billy Joe Saunders 160 vs. David Lemieux 160 (WBO middleweight title) At a rowdy weigh-in, both had to strip naked to make weight. Antoine Douglas…
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Loma-Rigo draw 2,114,000 viewers on ESPN

Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN telecast, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defending his WBO World Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), delivered big on ratings and viewership, making it Saturday’s most-viewed telecast on cable television among men 18-34 and men 18-49, according to final viewership data from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, 2,114,000 tuned in for Loma-Rigo. It was the second most-viewed boxing telecast on cable television in 2017, trailing Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn, which peaked at 3,925,000. Continue reading “Loma-Rigo draw 2,114,000 viewers on ESPN”

Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN telecast, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defending his WBO World Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), delivered big on ratings and viewership, making…
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Undercard Results from Ekaterinburg, Russia

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside

IBF #8, WBA #13 lightweight Pavel Malikov (13-0, 5 K0s) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Deiner Berrio (20-1-1, 11 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Inter-Continental and WBA Asia titles. Berrio was credited with a knockdown in round nine but replays showed Malikov was not hit by a punch.

WBO #1, WBA #6, IBF #9 super welterweight Magomed Kurbanov (13-0, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over game Akinori Watanabe (35-7, 30 KOs). The WBO International title fight was stopped due to Watanabe’s left optic being swollen shut.

WBO #2, IBF #12 super Featherweight Evgeny Chuprakov (19—0, 10 K0) edged Pablo Manuel Ojeda (14-4, 10 KOs) over ten close rounds to win the WBO Inter-Continental title.

Unbeaten WBO #7, WBA #9, IBF #11 ranked cruiserweight Yuri Kashinsky (15-0, 14 KOs) stopped Minnesota’s Al Sands (20-3, 16 KOs) in round two of a WBO Oriental title fight.

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside IBF #8, WBA #13 lightweight Pavel Malikov (13-0, 5 K0s) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Deiner Berrio (20-1-1, 11 KOs) in…
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New IBF 130lb champ Ogawa makes hero’s return

By Joe Koizumi

Newly crowned IBF 130-pound champion Kenichi Ogawa made a return in triumph after his invaluable victory over Tevin Farmer with the vacant IBF belt on the line in Las Vegas last Saturday. Ogawa, formerly a Nihon Kenpo contestant, acquired the world belt in the US since Tadashi Miura gained the vacant WBA 154-pound title by defeating Rocky Fratto in 1981. We know it is hard to win the world throne in America as the technical level thereof is higher there unless in the super-flyweight or less categories.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs), 29, is still improving technically in the international style boxing. He reportedly said to his manager/promoter Akihiko Honda, “I wish to fight again in Las Vegas.” Should he square off against Francisco Vargas, Miguel Roman or Orlando Salido (who changed his mind after he once said a farewell to the ring after only five days), it will be a good matchup without doubt. Continue reading “New IBF 130lb champ Ogawa makes hero’s return”

By Joe Koizumi Newly crowned IBF 130-pound champion Kenichi Ogawa made a return in triumph after his invaluable victory over Tevin Farmer with the vacant IBF belt on the line…
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Trainer: Povetkin would rather die than quit

By Przemek Garczarczyk

17 years ago, Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa was the mandatory WBC welterweight championship contender. According to his then-promoter Don King, Kirpa was a “fighter with an unbelievable hunger to win.” However, with his bout for the world championship looming, Kirpa’s boxing career abruptly ended. Not in the ring, mind you, but in a brutal street fight in his Russian hometown.

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

Kirpa now stands as a trainer in the corner of former heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KO). The hunger to win is still there, and according to Kirpa the same could be said for his “Russian Knight” Povetkin. Fightnews.com spoke with Kirpa in Yekaterinburg before today’s clash with Christian Hammer for the WBO International/WBA Intercontinental belts. Continue reading “Trainer: Povetkin would rather die than quit”

By Przemek Garczarczyk 17 years ago, Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa was the mandatory WBC welterweight championship contender. According to his then-promoter Don King, Kirpa was a “fighter with an unbelievable…
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